Only a Few Minor Glitches, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


There's always so much for Thankful Day, but this week, i'm thankful it's not quite as much as last week.  If i had one of those weeks every time, i think i'd burn up my 9 lives in under a year, so to speak.

Last Saturday was busy, busy.  The Sam's Club shopping was crazy, and we are thankful to still have gotten it done in under one hour.

Then later in the day i got a call from Ms. A, Becca's mom.  It seems they have another dog now, a service dog in training named Mr. Bingle.  How's this for interesting, she won the dog in a raffle, and donated him to the school where she works since the school is specifically for kids with learning disabilities.  The dog will live with her family where it can be of assistance with Becca, and be at the school for the kids there, too.

Mr. Cal, the dog they have had for 12 years, is not amused by this huge newcomer.  (Mr. Cal probably weighs all of 15 pounds at most, and Mr. Bingle is an 8-month-old Golden Doodle that is as big as Coda, or bigger, and is going to get bigger, too.)

Anyway, Ms. A was asking if i was okay with staying home from church with Becca and watching Mr. Cal and Mr. Bingle, who'd never been left alone together.  Of course i was fine with it.

Mr. Bingle was very nervous when Ms. A left, but i completely ignored him and he eventually came and sat next to me and let me pet him, so i'm thankful he's warming up.

We'd hoped Little Girl would be released on Sunday, but instead she came on Monday, and we're very thankful we had such a good, long time with Coda and that Little Girl is back safe and sound.

Whenever we have Coda for a good while, Enigma SissyCat gets nervous and sometimes over-grooms herself.  We'd noticed the last few days that she was getting a red patch on her belly again, so Sweetie arranged to drop her with the vet on Tuesday.


The Tuesday thankful things for Sweetie are: the vet was able to give the cat long acting shots so we don't need to medicate her, when Sweetie lost his debit card after paying at the vet he was able to get to the bank and get a new one right away, when Sweetie drove over a pothole on his way to the bank and ended up with a bent rim and a slow leak in the tire he was able to get to Kevin and Lenny's where they fixed it at no charge.

My Tuesday was a bit less dramatic, but i'm thankful i was able to sit with Ms. JAI as she cried and shared some of the difficulties she's had.  Sometimes that's more important than dusting.

Ms. G is nursing a sore knee, so i'm glad i was able to tote and fetch and carry and just generally let her sit.  She's always on the go, and needs to slow down before she ends up needing surgery.

Sweetie and i did Ms. SE's house on Thursday and we're all thankful, especially since i've missed their house 3 times this summer between vacation, being sick, and the funeral.  It will also be a thankful thing if i don't miss again any time soon!

Then we got to go to the laundromat, and it's always thankful to have lots of clean clothes.

Yesterday was a thankfully quiet day, mostly.  At the shelter, i was able to talk to a fellow volunteer who is looking for part time work and who might be able to help with Becca during the week, and i'm so thankful i mentioned it to her, there will be news if it works out.

The rest of it was quiet until Brother-in-Law got the letter from the IRS, but i'm thankful it's something small and easily dealt with, and i'm thankful i've convinced him of that and gotten him to calm down.

Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Dyanne and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.   


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Mozambique

Family Health and Fitness Day USA

Fish Amnesty Day (same as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the US, because it hurts fish to be caught!)

Grand Magal de Touba -- Touba, Senegal (Muslim pilgrimage to honor the memory of Sheikh Amadou Bamba; began sunset yesterday, through sunset today)

International Ataxia Awareness Day -- highlighting the difficulties of living with the many forms of ataxia 

International Rabbit Day -- learn to care for these wonderful pets and promote responsible rabbit ownership    

Join a Cabal of International Bankers Today Day -- internet generated, and only for people without a conscience

Kamarampaka Day -- Rwanda (Republic Day, marks the 1961 abolition of the monarchy)

Kiwanis Kids' Day -- local clubs sponsor events for kids on the fourth Saturday of September

Math Storytelling Day -- the brainchild of Maria Droujkova 

National Comic Book Day -- internet generated, but go read one, they are fun

National Crabmeat Newberg Day

National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims -- US

National Food Service Employees Day -- because everyone wants to eat out once in a while 

National Hunting and Fishing Day -- US   

National One-Hit Wonder Day -- US, remembering those who had only one hit on the rock charts

National Psychotherapy Day -- US (a day to wear turquoise and encourage education about how psychotherapy can help people)     

National Public Lands Day -- US (Helping Hands for America's Lands -- a day to volunteer on America's Public Lands; note that entrance fees are waived for this event!) 

National Seat Check Saturday -- US (make sure your child's car seats are secured properly)   

National Youth Day -- Nauru

Old Holy Rood Eve -- OS calendar Holy Cross Eve, the last day to pick blackberries (after this, the devil poisons them because when he fell from heaven, he landed in a blackberry bush)

St. Cadoc's Day (Patron of the deaf; against cramps, deafness, glandular disorders, scrofula)

St. Finbarr's Day (Patron of Barra, Scotland; Cork, Ireland)

Toad Tempting Day -- Fairy Calendar

World Pharmacists Day -- International Pharmaceutical Federation; this year's theme is "Pharmacists: Caring for you."  

Birthdays Today:

Lee Norris, 1981

Catherine Zeta-Jones, 1969

Will Smith, 1968

Scottie Pippen, 1965

Tate Donovan, 1963

Aida Turturro, 1962

Heather Locklear, 1961

Michael Madsen, 1959

Jamie Hyneman, 1956

Christopher Reeve, 1952

Mark Hamill, 1951

Cheryl Tiegs, 1947

Michael Douglas, 1944

Robert Walden, 1943

Juliet Prowse, 1936

Glenn Gould, 1932

Barbara Walters, 1931

Shel Silverstein, 1930

Phil Rizzuto, 1918

Dmitri Shostakovich, 1906

Walter Wesley "Red" Smith, 1905

William Faulkner, 1897

Jean Phillippe Rameau, 1683 (baptismal date, as actual birth anniversary is unknown)

Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, 1358 (Japanese Shogun)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beauty and the Beast"(TV), 1987

"Stepping Out"(Play), 1984

"Winterset"(Play), 1935

"Dorothy"(Comic opera), 1886

Today in History:

St. Ferment is beheaded in Amiens, France, after voyaging there to preach the gospel, 303

The Battle of Stamford Bridge marks the end of the Anglo-Saxon era, 1066

Columbus begins his second voyage, with 17 ships, 1493

Vasco Nunez de Balboa becomes the first European to see the Pacific Ocean from the west coast of the Americas, 1513

The first printing press in the Americas begins operations, 1639

Old Style date; two very accurate clocks are set in motion at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England, the start of Greenwich Mean Time, 1676

Ethan Allan, American Revolutionary War hero, is captured, 1775

Benedict Arnold joins the British, 1780

The first all-black university in the US, Howard University, is created by Congress, 1867

Yosemite National Park is established by Congress, 1890

Charles Follis becomes the first black to play professional American football, 1904

Birth of the remote control -- Leonardo Torres Quevedo successfully demonstrates the invention of the "Telekino" and guides a boat from the shore in the port of Bilbao, 1906

Jimmy Doolittle performs the first blind flight from Mitchel Field proving that full instrument flying from take off to landing is possible, 1929

Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, is integrated by the use of United States Army troops, 1957

In a referendum, the people of Norway reject membership of the European Community, 1972

Belize joins the United Nations, 1981

The last of the Magdalene Asylums closes in Ireland, 1996

The Vitim event, a possible bolide (comet nucleus) impact in Siberia, Russia, 2002

China launches the spacecraft Shenzhou 7, 2008

The Wildlife Authority of Uganda announces that, since 1999, the population of some of the animals in the country's game reserves have doubled in population, 2010

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announces that women will now be able to vote and run in municipal elections, 2011

Singapore closes schools due to hazardous levels of air pollution from fires in Indonesia, 2015

World's largest radio telescope at 500m wide in Guizhou Province, China begins operating, 2016

For the first time ever, a woman graduates from the US Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, 2017

Hazzaa AlMansoori becomes first Emirati in space and first Arab astronaut to travel to the International Space Station, travelling on Russian Soyuz-MS 15 spacecraft, 2019

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first woman to lie in state in the US Capitol in Washington D.C., 2020

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