Good morning:-) OK, it's supposedly gonna rain here tomorrow, so we're bracing for a downpour. We're all about wind direction here. A few points' change, and we're up to our knees. Mountains. Love 'em, but the only predictable effect on weather is thatyou can't always predict it, LOL. And I've lived with the Great Lakes Effect, too. I wonder what people do who live someplace with stable weather, like Bermuda? Hmm....
I have a PT appointment today. Insurance wn't cover it, so I can't go more than three times total anyway. All this hassle and I still... *headdesk* And Mom sees her radiologist. Hopefully, he'll have some explanations for her. I can't go, as it's interfering with my PT appointment, but that medical POA comes in handy. I can call him later and find out! Mwahahahaha!
I feel zero zip today, but wanted to make sure I give everyone with irritating spouses an extra shout-out:-) Been there, done that. It's so bloody hard to have a rational discussion with someone who is pushing emotional buttons, y'know? Then they point fingers "Oh you're so emotional!"... (OK, well, my hubby tried that the first few years we were married. Cue Marriage Therapy Round One, and my copy of Marriage for Dummies....) Or they don't simply state, 'This bothers me." Nope, it's "You suck". Ugh! Easy trap to fall into, but not so easy to get out of. (Marriage for Dummies. Change the words, change the thinking, even your own. Weird, but true. We're so freaking programmable.) So extra purry furry squishy hugs:-)
And of course the usual overdose of puma purrs an dhugs to everyone anyway!
Today marks the signing in 1645 of the treaty that ended Kieft's War, AKA the Dutch versus the natives. The Dutch get off light in the history books (and there's no paper trail to confirm that they bought the island of Manhattan for the equivalent of $24, btw, tho' they did sign one that granted what even in Europe was acknowledged as "right of use in common", AKA land sharing), but they were right bastards to the Native American Indians, too. For one thing, while the treaties made indicated the European concept of "ownership", it wasn't as clear-cut as, say, an actual *deed*. Being a treaty, it was open more to the "common use" interpretation than the Europeans were going to admit. Thus, if Native AMericans objected to resource depletion as a treaty violation, well, they were just told to sit down, shut up, go away, or get shot. Hurray for European superiority! Wait.... (On behalf o fmy smidgen of Native DNA, grr.) Anyway, the Dutch also attacked some Swedes who lived along the Delaware River and had begun benign trade and residence with the local Susquehannock, so the tribes were in general not too fond of the Dutch. The Dutch, meanwhile, viewed them as "hostile savages" who went nuts over any little thing (like deforesting a whole island, no big deal, right?)... So Kieft was the guy the Dutch West India Company sent to govern matters in their colony at New Amsterdam, and he started a war without their approval, or the approval of the Dutch colonists. Kieft was recalled to Europe, Peter Stuyvesant replaced him, matters calmed down, Dutch colonists returned to the site, and in 1664, the English took away a fort, and in 1667, the transfer of "New Netherlands" and "New Amsterdam" to England was formalized.... Giving us New York. Several NYC metro names trace back to the Dutch or Native roots, such as Stuyvesant and Canarsie (Cannarsee band of the Lenape tribe).
Incidentally, the Dutch bought what they thought was the whole island of Manhattan fromn the Cannrsee for about $1,000 in modern money, not $24, and only the Cannarsee band agreed, so the sale was basically like your son selling your house and you suddenly have this strange kid moving in.... Not so much.
Today in baseball history, Ty Cobb made his major league *batting* debut, with the Detroit Tigers.
In 1983, Guion Bluford Junior went into space aboard the US space shuttle Challenger, becoming the first African-American to actually travel in space. Guy, as he is also known, is currently retired (he's in his 70s) but was an aerospace engineer and Air Force colonel who flew fighter jets. He flew a total of four shuttle missions. After NASA, he went into private sector business near DC (read: contractors, including NOrthrup Grummon), and has been indcuted into both the INternnational Space Hall of Fame as well as the US Astronaut Hall of Fame. Yes, those really exist.
Today in 1991, Azerbaijan declared its independence from the Soviet Union. Whether or not th eUSSR noticed, given the turmoil of the time, is debatable. Azerbaijan is squished between the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, south of the repoublic of Georgia and north of part of Iran, with Armenia between it an dTurkey. If you play those online "place the country in the right spot" games, Azerbaijan's a killer. (for me, anyway. Former Soviet republics other than Belarus and Ukraine? Not so much.) While known for high literacy and low unemployment, Azerbaijan is also rife with public servant corruption, and not the subtle kind. Alas.
Have a lovely day, and hugs to all...
I got hit by a truck.And, yowch.Well, metaphorical truck, AKA license plate FIBROCats ere howling.Weather change.Overdid it.And now my mom's landlord is doing another thing, and I just want to swear at them in Polish, but I can't get my pronunciation right, so I'm not saying what I want to say and it's laughable and irritating.(WHere I live in Virginia, nobody knows Polish. I can cuss all I want...
Ever have that moment when you realize that you made a mistake or things did not work out as planned? We all have, but it's important for us to remember that we did the best we could with what we had or the best we could given the situation and to have self compassion. Give members an idea of how they can show self compassion when things don't go as planned. How will you show yourself compassion...