Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A to Z: Vanquishing Spider Webs, a Lucky Throw (Wordless Wednesday) and Vacation (Words for Wednesday)

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.


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Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by Elephant's Child.   

This week's prompts are:
  1. thin
  2. frightened
  3. scratch
  4. wealthy
  5. flowery
  6. sulky 

And/or 

  1. stove
  2. unwieldy
  3. fearless
  4. zoo
  5. price
  6. inquisitive
 And a photo to use or ignore as well.





“This is so much more fun than a ZOO!” he chortled gleefully.

She put on a THIN smile to try to hide the fact that she was a bit FRIGHTENED.  She didn’t want to appear SULKY, after all.  He had put up with going to a couple of museums that held little interest for him, the least she could do on their shared vacation was go with him to see alligators in their natural habitat.

He was very INQUISITIVE, asking their guide question after question about all of the swamp creatures.  He was FEARLESS when the guide snatched a baby alligator out of the water and let him hold it; she wouldn’t go near it for any PRICE.  It looked so UNWIELDY and it squirmed, and she had an unreasonable feeling that its mama was going to come roaring out of the water and STOVE in the side of the little boat, landing them right where they would be ‘gator bait.

Once they were back at the landing, heading for their rental car, he was still grinning from ear to ear as he said, “Well, I can SCRATCH holding an alligator off of my bucket list!  Thank you so much, sweetheart, for indulging me in this.  How about I take you out for a dinner fit for the WEALTHY?”

She looked at him with a real smile and said, “I’ll even wear that FLOWERY dress you like so much!”


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Today is:

Administrative Professionals Day 

Adonia -- Greece (women's festival mourning the death of Adonis; date approximate)

ANZAC Day -- Australia; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Tonga

Army Day -- North Korea

DNA Day -- structure of DNA first published this day in 1953; human genome project ended today in 2003; related observance
    DNA Day -- a day for teachers, students, and everyone to learn more about genetics and genomics sponsored by genome.gov and the Smithsonian 

Duck Appreciation Society Day -- The Duck Appreciation Society (some sites say May 10; either way, go feed the ducks if you like them, but not stale white bread, it's no better for them than it is for us)

East Meets West Day -- Allies from the East and West finally met up this day in 1945 about 75 miles from Berlin

Festival of Robigalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to protect against corn blight; festival of Robiga and Rogibus, the brother and sister fertility gods)

Flag Day -- Faroe Islands; Swaziland

Gio to Hung Vuong Day -- Vietnam (National Day; celebrating the founding of the nation by Emperor Hung Vuong some three millenia ago)

Hairstylist Appreciation Day -- if you have a good one, let him/her know (some sites put this on the 30th)

Hug A Plumber Day -- because when you are knee deep in it, you really need them around

International Guide Dog Day

Liberation Day -- Italy; Portugal

Mesir Paste Festival -- Manisa, Turkey (mesir paste is a blend of 41 different spices and is intended as a general cure-all and tonic; lots of craft exhibitions, concerts and sporting tournaments, as well as traditional throwing of paste off minaret of the Sultan Mosque; through Sunday)

National Crayola Day -- no one claims starting this holiday, observe it with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews/kids down the street, and remember how fun it is to color pictures

National Golf Day -- We Are Golf sponsors this day, and is holding an event on Capitol Hill today, too  

National Zucchini Bread Day -- they hold this at a time when you are not yet sick of all that zucchini you grew in the garden

Parental Alienation Awareness Day -- raising awareness of Parental Alienation or Hostile Aggressive Parenting 

Poetry & the Creative Mind Gala -- Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, US (an extraordinary evening celebrating the role of contemporary poetry in American culture sponsored by Academy of American Poets)

Red Hat Society Day -- first Red Hat Tea Party held this day in 1998

Sinai Liberation Day -- Egypt

St. Mark the Evangelist's Day (Patron of attorneys/barristers/lawyers/notaries, captives, glaziers, imprisoned people/prisoners, lions, stained glass workers, struma patients; Egypt; Boretto, Italy; Creazzo, Italy; Infanta, Philippines; Ionian Islands; Pordenone, Italy; Sonnino, Italy; Venice, Italy; against impenitence, insect bites, scrofulous diseases, struma)

Tag des Baumes -- Germany (Tree Day/Arbor Day)

Tucson International Mariachi Conference -- Tucson, AZ, US (festival showcasing the best of balle folklorico and mariachi; through Saturday)

USA Film Festival -- Dallas, TX, US (major showcase of new studio and indie films; through Sunday)

Vallenato Legend Festival -- Valledupar, Colombia (one of Colombia’s most important music and folk festivals; through Apr. 30)

Walk @ Lunch Day -- founded and encouraged by Blue Cross / Blue Shield

World Malaria Day / Malaria Awareness Day -- WHO and the International Community

World Penguin Day -- because they begin migrating on or around this day     

Zabdrung Kuchhoe -- Bhutan (death anniversary of Zhabdrung)

20-Something Service Day -- can't find who started this one, but it's a good idea, whomever it was, whether you are 20 or older to do some community service or volunteer work regularly


Anniversaries Today:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is established, ND, US, 1947
The United Negro College Fund is founded, 1944


Birthdays Today:

Jacob Underwood, 1980
Emily Bergl, 1975
Jason Lee, 1970
Renee Zellweger, 1969
Hank Azaria, 1964
Jeffrey DeMunn, 1947
Talia Shire, 1946
Stu Cook, 1945
Bjorn Ulvaeus, 1945
Al Pacino, 1940
"Meadowlark" Lemon, 1932
Paul Mazursky, 1930
Albert King, 1923
Ella Fitzgerald, 1918
Edward R. Murrow, 1908
William Joseph Brennan, Jr., 1906
John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, 1884
Guglielmo Marconi, 1874


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Little Murders"(Play), 1967
"Romulus the Great"(Play), 1949
"Another Language"(Play), 1932
"Turandot"(Opera), 1926
Robinson Crusoe(Publication date), 1719


Today in History:

Lysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the Peloponnesian War ends, BC404
German geographer and mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller publishes his Cosmographiae Introductio map in which he gives the American continents their name, 1507
Highwayman Nicholas Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine, 1792
Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom, 1829
The last survivors of the Donner Party arrive back in civilization, 1847
The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots, 1849
British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal, 1859
New York State becomes the first US state to require automobiles to be licensed, 1901
First DC Comic with Batman is published, 1939
Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations, 1945
Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid describing the double helix structure of DNA, 1953
The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping, 1959
Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit, 1961
Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords, 1982
American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war, 1983
Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit, 1983
The Hubble Telescope is deployed, 1990
The Human Genome Project comes to an end 2.5 years before first anticipated, 2003
The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia  after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937, 2005
Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union, 2005
The U.S. government 'condemns' international media outlets, including 'The New York Times' for publishing confidential files, 2011
The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years, 2013
A 7.9-magnitude earthquake hits Nepal, causing over 2,400 deaths, fatal avalanches on Mt. Everest, and destruction of historic sites such as the Dharahara tower, 2015

14 comments:

  1. You always write such positive upbeat stories. Thank you so much for joining us - and for commenting so kindly.

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  2. Mimi,

    Baby gator or not, that guy is stupid, crazy! I wouldn't dare hold one. They can do a lot of damage. It makes you wonder where people's brains are, right? I see idiots all the time in the Smoky's inch their way closer and closer to bear or elk. All it takes is sec and things can get ugly in a heartbeat. Good story. I see that it's the Godfather's birthday (Al Pacino). :) Victory is nearly ours, dear friend. Happy A2Zing!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch 'V' Victorian Lady

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  3. Great post and I sure wouldn't want to hold a baby gater. Not a good idea. But we really like how you put that story together using all those words. Well done. Have a great day.

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  4. What the heck? Ha,ha,ha. Have a great Wednesday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

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  5. Great story. I am glad that is not on my hubby's bucket list :) Did the duster get stuck up there? :)

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  6. I'm not sure I get the duster pic. Spider prevention and a lucky throw? BTW I've held a baby gator, but it's mouth was taped shut.

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  7. That was a perfect throw indeed. At least the web is gone.

    What a story. Crazy story. Yikes. Well done as always.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  8. Happy ending for the couple! I wouldn't dare hold a baby gator!

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  9. The first picture is one way to keep spider webs from the ceiling corners.

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  10. You certainly have been busy!

    I love your story...it's upbeat and happy. Well done! :)

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  11. I love your story! Such a busy day today!

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  12. Fun story and love the lucky throw ~

    Oh love lentils and shepherds pie version sounds wonderful!

    Happy Days to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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