Quite a Ride, a Ten Things of Thankful Post

Quite a Ride, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Once again i fly into Thankful Day with my mind spinning.  It's been a wonderful week, it always seems to be mostly that way when you spend it looking for good things to list.

Last weekend i had two clients out of town, so on both Saturday and Sunday i had to be at one client's house by 5am and the other by 5:45am so i could get to work on time after.  It all worked out almost to the minute, everyone got fed and watered, the birdseed put out, the boxes scooped, feral cats fed and as a bonus thankful, Angel actually came out and let me see her.

She won't let me get any closer, but at least she no longer stays under the bed when i'm over.

Monday saw Carl back at work, and Ms. PA's caregiver decided she was bored and had the sheets already washed and in the dryer when i got there, two very good things.

Usually Tuesdays are a less time crunched day, at least first thing in the morning.  If i'm going to be able to get to the store and shop, it's generally on Tuesday morning before i go see Ms. RW.  This past Tuesday, i set out early to get to the store and it turned out there'd been a horrible accident on the freeway again, very early in the morning.  The freeway was completely stopped, and so was every other route i could have taken to the store that's on the way to Ms. RW's house.  My thankful is that i know a very circuitous route down by the river that few people use, and that was not crowded so i was able to get to work on time in spite of it all.  (No trip to the store, that had to wait.)

Ms. G is putting another house on the market, so Wednesday we spent the day over there cleaning.  She was also getting rid of everything in the closets that the owners didn't want (complicated story, they're already gone), and there were a couple of very nice dress shirts in there.  She asked if i knew anyone who wears a 17 1/2 neck size, and i sure do, my Sweetie wears that size.  He now has two more dress shirts to go with his one nice suit, and we're both thankful.

Then Thursday morning, while i was doing Ms.V's house, Ms. G called.  Could i come back over to that house?  The handyman had gotten drywall dust everywhere, and all of the floors needed another mopping.

This is where i'm thankful Ms. V and Mr. L were up a bit earlier than usual so i was able to get the sheets off their bed and started early in the wash.  It meant i got out of there in just over 6 hours, then went to see Ms. S for my mid-week visit, and got to Ms. G's client's place by 2pm.  We spent over two hours mopping and sweeping, and got most of the dust out of there, and i'm thankful my back held up!

Thursday is also when Sweetie took Lunceford the Land Yacht in for an oil change, and called me in a panic.  The oil change people told him he had a horrible leak and put in just enough oil for him to get over to Kevin and Lenny's place.  We're glad he made it.

Lenny's diagnosis when he called me Friday was simple.  Yes, Lunceford had a leak.  Yes, it would be expensive to fix.  But it's a slow leak, all we have to do is bring it over there every 2 weeks, they'll check the oil and top off if it's needed.  His recommendation is to just do that and drive it until it decides it won't run any more.  That could be a couple of years, since it's basically sturdy.

We're thankful for that.

Since Lunceford was still in the car hospital Friday morning, it made the day a bit more complex.  Get to Bible study for 6am, once we're done with prayer, run back to the house and get Sweetie, go back to Ms. GA's house, clean the house, go to the thrift store to drop off a bunch of stuff from that empty house Ms. G has been clearing that she didn't have time to bring over, take Sweetie to get Lunceford.

That was the morning.  Afternoon was go to Ms. PA's house for the Ladies' Circle meeting (we do Zoom, and she has no internet or way to do it unless i go over there), then get to the bank, finally go to the store, and on to the cat shelter.

Yes, i'm thankful for a busy Friday that worked out.  The shelter is reopening today, it's been quite a ride.

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:

Ides of November -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also

     Epulum Iovis -- Festival of Feronia, Juno, Minerva, and Jupiter

     Fortuna Primigenia -- Fortune of the Firstborn

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week -- US (remembering those who have little or nothing during the upcoming holiday celebrations, and making time to share our bounty with them; through the 21st)     

      co-sponsors National Coalition for the Homeless and National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness 

National Indian Pudding Day

National Reread Old Letters and Magazines Day -- internet generated sentimentality

Runic Half Month Nyd begins (necessity)

St. Brice of Tours' Day (Patron against stomach diseases)

St. Homobonus' Day (Patron of business people, cloth workers/garment workers/tailors, cobblers/shoemakers, merchants)

St. Stanislaus Kostka's Day (Patron of aspirants to the Oblates of Saint Joseph, last sacraments; against broken bones)

The Lord Mayor's Show -- London, England (originally "The Lord Mayor's Day," according to the official website this show has marched, floated, trotted, and occasionally fought through almost 800 years of London history, making it one of the oldest civic pageants in the world)

Tooth Collection Days begin -- Fairy Calendar

World Kindness Day -- promoting a more compassionate world, on the anniversary of the first World Kindness Movement® conference  

     Kindness Day UK 

Anniversaries Today:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated, 1982

The Holland Tunnel opens, 1927

Birthdays Today:

Monique Coleman, 1980

Gerard Butler, 1969

Steve Zahn, 1968

Tracy Scoggins, 1959

Jimmy Kimmel, 1967

Vinny Testaverde, 1963

Chris Nth, 1957

Whoopi Goldberg, 1955

Chris Noth, 1954

Shella E. Frazier, 1948

Joe Mantegna, 1947

Jean Seberg, 1938

Gary Marshall, 1934

Madeleine Sherwood, 1922

Oskar Werner, 1922

Nathaniel Benchley, 1915

Louis Brandeis, 1856

Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850

Edwin Thomas Booth, 1833

James Clerk Maxwell, 1831

Edward John Trelawney, 1792

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Lion King"(Play), 1997

"As the Girls Go"(Musical), 1948

Fantasia(Disney animated film), 1940

"Grand Hotel"(Drake play), 1930

Today in History:

English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre, 1002

Lady Jane Grey and Bishop Cranmer are accused of high treason, 1553

Patriot revolutionary forces under Col. Ethan Allen attack Montreal, Quebec, defended by British General Guy Carleton, 1775

Benjamin Franklin says, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 1789

The first US anti-slavery party, the Liberty Party, convenes in New York, 1839

James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads him to study the subject and come up with what he later calls hypnosis, 1841

The Denny Party arrives at Alki Point, becoming the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington, 1851

The first shipment of canned pineapple leaves Hawai'i, 1895

French cyclist Paul Cornu flies the first helicopter, 1907

Russia completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles, 1947

A 150-mph tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. This is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster, 1970

The Double Eagle V becomes the first hot air balloon to make it across the Pacific Ocean, 1981

Xavier Suarez is sworn in as Miami, Florida's first Cuban-born mayor, 1985

The High Court of Australia rules in Dietrich v The Queen that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented, 1992

In a referendum voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union, 1994

NASA announces that water has been discoved on the moon, 2009

Medical textbooks require rewriting after 39-year-old Canadian Scott Routley becomes the first person believed to be in a vegetative state to tell scientists he isn't in any pain, 2012

A total solar eclipse occurs over parts of Australia and the South Pacific, 2012

The Vatican announces that restrooms being remodeled in St. Peter's Square will include showers for the homeless, and encourages other churches to do the same, 2014

Evidence of the world's earliest wine-making is uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC, 2017

Venice, Italy is hit by its worst flooding in 50 years, 2019

The rediscovered painting "Lucretia" by female baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi sells for $4.1 million at auction in Paris, 2019

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