Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: one of the contributing bloggers picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted number is a challenge to participating bloggers to write at least one piece using that exact number of words.
This month, the word count number is: 68
It was submitted by: yours truly
Here are the links to the other Word Counters posts, check them out!
Carl had one of "those" mornings. The kind where you are putting on your belt for work and it breaks, the buckle end coming undone from the little shaft it was attached to. Being Carl, he wanted to try glueing it; instead i encouraged him to grab one of the other 3 he has. And i told him trying to find glue would cut into his exercise time.
Later, when talking to Ms. V about it, she noted that Mr. L's previous colleague has just invented a new very special award winning glue that is now out on the market, and it just might do the trick, she would ask him about it. Now you know where Carl gets that throw-nothing-away attitude. The apple did not fall far from the tree on that score.
It was the kind of morning where you figure out, when looking for your keys, that you locked them in the car the night before while cleaning the car out. Off for the spare key we went, only to find that the last time he locked himself out of the car and used the spare, he'd put it on the wrong hook. Heart in your throat moments there.
Then the debate over what to take for a snack. He had a sandwich ready, and a peach, but wanted something else. He'd bought a bag of Halloween candy, so i offered him a box of Nerds. No, they spill and get everywhere. Okay, Laffy Taffy. Nope, it has cholesterol and gives him gas, and he's out of gas pills. No, i haven't read that scientific study yet, either.
The whole time we were getting him ready for work, i would turn to look for him and have to look down. He was dropping to the floor to do his push ups and his sit ups at every opportunity. This was interspersed with, of course, dancing around the room and grabbing the kettlebell to do arm exercises. As is usual, his breakfast was a sight to behold.
|Not shown, the milk, prunes, and tea i'd already put back in the fridge.|
Once done with Carl's, i went to Ms. PA's house. Mr. Jack, who cannot remember my name, asked his wife, "What's this lady here to do again?" Smiling, i told him i was going to dust his room. He smiled back and said, "Well, dust the places you'd like to, and the places you wouldn't like to, but let the old man get out of the way first!"
Okay, time for some of the stuff that Grandma forwards to me.
Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!
It's my month to provide the prompts for Words for Wednesday. Since it becomes Wednesday in some parts of the world while it is still Tuesday here, i am providing the prompts today, so you can work on them and post them when it's Wednesday where you are.
This week's prompts are:
and/or one or both of the following phrases:
short end of the stick
Birth of the Bab -- Baha'i
Feast of Agios Gerasimos -- Kefalonia, Greece (celebration of the patron saint of this Ionian island, with religious services followed by dancing and feasting)
Feast of No Excuse For A Feast Day -- internet generated, if you have no other excuse to celebrate something today, use this one
Festival of Ebisu -- Japan (the laughing god, who is the only one available this month, as the 8 million other gods of the pantheon gather at the Grand Shrine of Izumo; traditionally on 20th day of 10th month of the lunisolar calendar)
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth -- Sikh
International Juan Valdez Appreciation Day -- internet generated, yet as we sip our morning wake up brew, let's remember the hardy souls who pick the beans for us!
Mashujaa Day -- Kenya (National Day/Kenyatta Day)
Miss American Rose Day -- with online only pageants devoted to high achievement and community service for girls and women of all ages, Miss American Rose suggests treating all women in your life like beautiful roses and performing community service with them
National Brandied Fruit Day
National Day on Writing -- US (sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English)
National Pharmacy Technician Day -- because pharmacy technicians "Help America Feel Better"
Revolution Day -- Guatemala
Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar
St. Acca's Day (Patron of learning)
Suspenders Day -- probably begun by the same people who wanted to see if you would observe Wear Something Gaudy Day and Dress Like A Dork Day
Vuelta a Espana -- Spain (the third of cyclings' prestigious Grand Tours; through Nov. 8)
World Osteoporosis Day -- International Osteoporosis Foundation
Clint Black marries Lisa Hartman, 1991
William Shatner marries Marcy Lafferty, 1973
The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973
Aristotle Onassis marries Jacqueline Kennedy, 1968
John Krasinski, 1979
Dann Gillen, 1967
Viggo Mortensen, 1958
Danny Boyle, 1956
Keith Hernandez, 1953
Tom Petty, 1953
Melanie Mayron, 1952
Tom Petty, 1950
Jerry Orbach, 1935
William Christopher, 1932
Mickey Mantle, 1931
Art Buchwald, 1925
Fayard Nicholas, 1914
Bela Lugosi, 1882
Charles Ives, 1874
Charles Dewey, 1859
James Robert Mann, 1856
Arthur Rimbaud, 1854
Christopher Wren, 1632
"The Six Million Dollar Man"(TV), 1973
"No Time for Sergeants"(Play), 1955
"Vor Sonnenaufgang/Before Sunrise"(Hauptmann play), 1889
Today in History:
The first Crusaders arrive at Antioch, 1097
The city of Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace), Bolivia, is founded, 1548
Battle of sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's Shoguns, 1600
Maria Theresa of Habsburg becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, 1740
Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy, 1781
US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase, 1803
The U.S. and U.K. sign the Convention of 1818, which, among other things settles the U.S. - Canada border at the 49th parallel for most of its length, 1818
First Edition of London Sunday Times, 1822
Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the US, on the 4th Thursday of November each year, 1864
P.T. Barnum's Hippodrome featuring "The Greatest Show on Earth" opens in NYC, 1873
The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched, 1910
The first Negro League World Series is held, the KC Monarchs shut out the Hilldales, 5-0, 1924
United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time, 1947
The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses, 1971
The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973
BM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released, 1983
US accuses Microsoft of violating law by forcing IE browser on computers, 1997
European astronomers announce the discovery of 32 extrasolar planets, 2009
Atronomers announce that galaxy UDFy-38135539 is the most distant object observed from Earth, around 30 billion light-years, 2010
Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Mutassim Gaddafi are killed shortly after the Battle of Sirte, 2011
Pollution is linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in a report published in "The Lancet", 2017
Qantas Airlines runs a first test flight of its new 787 Boeing Dreamliner, flying from New York to Sydney in 19 hours, 42 minutes, 2019