Thursday, August 13, 2020

Like A Candy Shop For Grownups (Six Sentence Story), Ironworks (Good Fences), Not So New Idea (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Just Enough (Brian's Thankful Thursday)


"Are you actually using our Amazon account?" he asked, knowing she preferred to shop more locally whenever possible.

"Yes, the neighbor's daughter and her fiancé are registered there, so I'm looking at what's on their list for their couple's shower next week -- it's nothing like back when we were getting hitched and you registered only your silver service, china pattern and crystal stemware."

"See anything good?"

"I'm thinking the extra large woven storage baskets, they are beautiful and useful, and the really nice shop vac for grubby outdoor work."

"I agree, those would be great and -- hey, they've picked out a nice cordless drill combo, I could use one of -- hey, where are you going with the laptop?"

"Not today you don't, today we are only getting gifts,  you have to save up for the drill!"

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Useful.          


Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    

A nice wrought iron fence:


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day!  This week's image and my poem:    

The kids these days think delivery
Of food to the house is new
But here's a flash of insight, kids,
It's only new to you!

The milkman, he came daily,
His many wares to ply,
He'd sell you milk and cream and eggs,
On him you could rely.

During the seafood seasons,
Fresh seafood came our way,
In ice chests in the back of a truck,
Whatever was caught that day.

The baker had a truck as well,
Greengrocer came each week,
The grocer also delivered,
And the peddler we did seek,

As he would come with many
Of the things needed all the time,
When mom bought from him he also
Handed out candy most sublime.

We had Schwan's with the cooked dinners,
And Omaha Steaks as well,
Then the Watkins' Man would come,
His spices for to sell.

Kentwood man delivered water,
In his uniform of brown,
Long before that Brittney
Made famous a small town.

There was Stanley cleaners and Fuller Brushes,
Diaper service for the babies,
Dry cleaner brought back clothes so fresh,
And Avon for the ladies.

Charles Chips was a favorite,
And the Ice Cream Man, what a taste!
Chips and many frozen delights,
All ended up on my waist!

Tinkers and rag men and knife grinder men,
The ice man and one bringing coal,
They may have been before my time,
But they too prove that on the whole,

The idea that home delivery is new,
Well it's just plain to see
That all such door to door service
Long predates you and me!


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

We are thankful for the refreshing rain that fell yesterday.  Not enough to wash us away, just enough to keep our swamps healthy, that's how we like it!


Today is:

Anniversary of Snick-Snacker's Right Foot -- Fairy Calendar

Day of Battle between Horus and Set; Aset gains the Horns of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Aventine Diana / Nemoralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemoration of the dedication of her temple; celebrated between now and the 15th, and rededicated as the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin after Christianization)

Festival of Xocotl Huetzi -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (first fruits of harvest festival; date approximate, but two weeks around the end of August)

Independence Day -- Central African Republic(1960)

International Left-Hander's Day -- sponsored by Lefthanders International  

Lao Issara -- Laos (Day of the Free Laos)

Lesser Festival of Flora -- Ancient Roman Calendar

National Filet Mignon Day

Obon -- Buddhist (celebration to revere the ancestors; celebrated at different times even within Japan, but usually the biggest dates are in mid-August)

Runic Half Month As begins (the gods)

Skinny Dipping Day -- funny t-shirt:  I no longer skinny dip. I chunky dunk!

St. Cassian's Day (Patron of students and teachers; Brixen, Italy; Comacchio, Italy; Imola, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico)

St. Concordia's day (Patron of nursing mothers and wet nurses)

St. Hippolytus' Day (Patron of horses, prison guards/officers/workers; Bibbiena, Italy)

Wall Day -- anniversary of the day in 1961 that the Berlin Wall began going up; observe it by trying to break down a wall or communication barrier somewhere in your own life

Women's Day -- Tunisia

Birthdays Today

Shani Davis, 1982
Midori Ito, 1969
Quinn Cummings, 1967
Danny Bonaduce, 1959
Dan Fogelberg, 1951
Kathleen Battle, 
Philippe Petit, 1949
Kevin Tighe, 1944
Don Ho, 1930
Pat Harrington, Jr., 1929
Fidel Castro, 1926
George Shearing, 1919
Ben Hogan, 1912
Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907
Alfred Hitchcock, 1899
Bert Lahr, 1895
Annie Oakley, 1860
Lucy Stone, 1818

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Zaire/The Tragedy of Zara"(Voltaire's "Tragedy in Verse"), 1732

Today in History

The English army under King Henry V lands at the mouth of the Seine River, 1415
Tenochtitlan of the Aztecs is conquered by the Spanish, 1521
Tenbun Hokke Disturbance, in which Buddhist monks from Kyoto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto, 1536
John Smith submits the story of Jamestown's first days for publication, 1608
Christiaan Huygens discovers the Martian south polar cap, 1642
Founding of Litchfield, CT, 1651
Marie Antoinette and other French royals are imprisoned by Revolutionaries, 1792
Nat Turner sees the solar eclipse which he interprets as a sign from heaven to begin his ill-fated slave rebellion, 1831
Earthquake in Peru and Ecuador kills 25,000, 1868
Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon", 1889
First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, 1913
Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, 1918
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is established as a public company in Germany, 1918
The first barbed wire fence that would become the Berlin Wall is erected, 1961
The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York, 1969
Michael Phelps sets the Olympic record for most the gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history, 2008
Footage of the previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is released; the Kawahiva is an indigenous tribe living in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world, 2013
Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani becomes the first woman to win the Fields Medal in mathematics, 2014
Measles cases have tripled so far worldwide in 2019 according to the WHO, 2019 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

A Scientist's Pencil Cup (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Lissa.  

The prompts this week are two photos:

Had she really lived that way at one point?

Walking down the street in the rain, clutching easily procured food in one arm and her umbrella in the other, she was immersed in remembering.

She recalled standing against the wall, watching the older boys scan the newspapers looking for job announcements.  Her younger sister crouched next to her twin brother, the two of them enjoying the funnies.

As the laundry flapped in the breeze, Mama would poke her head out to check on it, making sure it hadn't blown away.  The one time it happened that the line broke, it wasn't a laughing matter, although she could laugh now at how they must have all looked, chasing sheets and pillowcases down the street and up the alley.

The movie she'd been to before she went and bought dinner had brought back so many memories, not all of them good.  At the time, she'd known they were poor, but as a child that just meant not much variety in their meals and only one small, cheap gift each at Christmas.

Now she realized how poor they truly were, with vitamin deficiencies always a concern (although they hadn't realized that was the cause of some illnesses at the time) and no extras, none of life's little luxuries to soften the days.

It made her miss Mama, and wish she could have done more for her before she died.

Lost in her reverie, she'd almost walked right past her own door.  Going in, she started getting the dinner she'd purchased ready to serve, thinking of how much she had.

That was one movie that would haunt her thoughts for a long time to come.


Today is:

Aloha Day -- unofficial celebration of the annexation of Hawai'i by the US

Anniversary of Snick-Snacker's Left Foot -- Fairy Calendar

Awa Odori Festival -- Tokushima, Japan (through the 15th; one of Japan's largest dance festivals, Awa-dance is said to be a "fool's dance", and the saying is "It's a fool who dances and a fool who watches, so if both are fools, you may as well dance!")

Crayfish Premiere -- Sweden (although they are now available year 'round, it used to be that crayfish could only be sold and served in restaurants the day after the season opens; the actual premiere date is often still celebrated with crayfish parties and lots of schnapps)

Festival for Hercules Invictus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (through tomorrow; based on an even older Greek celebration of Heracles at the same time of year)

Festival for Venus Vitrix -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Victorius Venus)

Grouse Day/Glorious Twelfth -- England; Scotland (opening of grouse hunting season; because the 12th is a Sunday in 2012, it will actually be celebrated tomorrow)

Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday and National Mother's Day -- Thailand

International Youth Day -- UN

Julienne Fries Day

Krishna Janmashtami -- Hindu (birth of Lord Krishna)

Lychnapsia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (celebration of the Birthday of Isis, instituted after the conquest of Egypt)

Middle Children's Day -- on some sites, listed as Aug. 14; either way, Middle Children deserve a special day!

National Toasted Almond Bar Day

Osirian Mysteries; Feast of the Lights of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, but this is the date the Romans gave it, so who am i to quibble?)

PC Day -- no, not politically correct, personal computer; IBM introduced theirs this day in 1981

Perseid Meteor Showers -- in 2020, peak visibility is tonight and especially tomorrow night; the Celts believed these meteors were due to games being played by Lugh, their sun god

Put Peanuts in Your Coca Cola Day -- and no, i can't figure this one out, but they say don't shake it once you do it; if anyone else wants to experiment with why, let me know the results

Solar Alignment with Teotihuacan, City of the Gods -- ancient when the Aztecs found its ruins, this city's ritual cave aligns with the setting sun today and April 29, also the rising and setting dates of the Pleiades

St. Gracilian's Day (Patron of Bassano Romano, Italy)

St. Murtagh's Day (Patron of Killaria, Ireland)

Vinyl Record Day -- celebrating the tremendous cultural influence of records, on the anniversary of the day in 1877 that Edison invented the phonograph

World Elephant Day -- learn more here    

Zaraday a/k/a Zarathud's Day -- Discordianism

Birthdays Today:

Casey Affleck, 1975
Pete Sampras, 1971
Peter Krause, 1964
Ann M. Martin, 1955
Pat Metheny, 1954
Sam J. Jones, 1954
Skip Caray, 1939
George Hamilton, 1939
William Goldman, 1931
George Soros, 1930
Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens, 1929
John Derek, 1926
Michael Kidd, 1915
Jane Wyatt, 1912
Cantinflas, 1911
Joe Besser, 1907
Alfred Lunt, 1892
Cecil B. DeMille, 1881
Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, 1880
Edith Hamilton, 1867
Katharine Lee Bates, 1859
"Diamond Jim" Brady, 1856
Robert Mills, 1781
Thomas Bewick, 1753

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Wings(Film, only silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture), 1927

Today in History:

The last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic Dynasty, Cleopatra VII Philopater, allegedly commits suicide by asp bite, BC30
A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurs which may have been what the Bible calls the Star of Bethlehem, 3
Crusaders win the Battle of Ascalon, 1099
Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Puerto Rico, 1508
Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip's War, 1676
Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine, the first one to be practical for home use, 1851
Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, 1877
The last quagga, a subspecies of zebra once plentiful in South Africa, dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, 1883
Hawai'i is annexed by the US, 1898
William Somerset Maugham published "Of Human Bondage", 1915
Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge, 1943
The Soviet Union detonates its first thermonuclear weapon, 1953
Echo I, the first communications satellite, is launched, 1960
South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games because of its racist policies, 1964
The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, 1977
The IBM Personal Computer is released, 1981
Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1992
The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, 2000
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches, 2005
Director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, announces plans to release remaining Afghan War Diary documents from War in Afghanistan, 2010
President Obama's health insurance mandate from his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011
The International Olympic Committee announces it will punish athletes who support Russian LGBT rights at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2013
NASA launches the Parker Space Probe, its first mission to the Sun and its outermost atmosphere, the corona, 2018
Scientists say they are close to an effective treatment for Ebola after a new drug trial has a 90% success rate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 2019

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

You Can't Rush Some Things, You Can't Change Others, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post


It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  

A few days ago, #2 Son came by to meet up with a friend so they could go fishing in the creek.  He and Sweetie just missed seeing each other.  Sweetie later asked, "Why did he come by?"

To go fishing.

"But didn't he come back in the house after they'd left for the creek?"

Yes, to get the cutting board so he could cut up chicken gizzards to chum the water, and to get the worms out of the fridge.

"Sounds like nothing's changed since he lived here!"

Indeed.  We still never know what adventure one of them is planning, or what we will find in our fridge.

On Saturday, as Grandpa and i pulled up to Sam's Club to get our order brought to the car, Grandpa said the same thing he always says.  "Let me see if I can remember how to work this Sam's Club thing on my phone."

He always remembers.  This time, however, he varied things a little when he added as we left, "Well, we're way ahead of schedule!"

Upon my saying that i didn't know we were on a schedule, and did he have an appointment, "Nope!"

That man is always in a tearing hurry.  The only thing he couldn't rush was when a patient was in labor.  That, he used to say, takes as long as it takes (as long as there is no emergency).

Yesterday, Carl asked for a sandwich with very lightly toasted bread (30 seconds, by the timer, thankyouverymuch), lettuce, washed and dried so as not to make the bread soggy, guacamole spread (on the lettuce, not right up against the bread), and bologna.  This is the same young man who sits at the table with a dozen herb and seasoning bottles in front of him and sprinkles something different on each bite.  Food is an adventure for him.

His breakfast was a huge bowl of cereal, a two egg and cheese omelet, a bowl of oatmeal, and the rest of a smoothie from the freezer.  He then insisted on finding something else to take with him for a snack, "In case I'm still hungry!"

As his mother, Ms. V, says, "It's a good thing he works.  He loves to eat so much that if he didn't work, he'd be a blimp!"

Oh, and i found the crushed mint spice bottle he was looking for -- in the medicine box.  "Someone told me it helps with an upset stomach!" he said, when asked why he would put it there.  He had, of course, forgotten that he did so.

And now for more group photos, and a few more shots of what inspires the fashion designers (courtesy of Grandma forwarding them):

Hope everyone has a blessed and beautiful Tuesday!


Today is:

Alcatraz Day -- the first prisoners arrived this day in 1934

Carnival Tuesday -- Granada

Day of Honor for Oddudua -- Santeria religion (cognate of the Roman Catholic St. Clare of Assisi; credited with the creation of humans)

Defense Forces Day -- Zimbabwe

Dog Days end -- yes, supposedly, in this heat

Feast of St. Attracta -- Irish Catholic Saint (founded a hospice and convents, and supposedly slayed a dragon; Patron of Achonry, Ireland; Men of Lugna)

Fox Hill Day -- Nassau, Bahamas (final day of their Emancipation celebrations)

Independence Day -- Chad(1960)

Ingersoll Day

National Raspberry Bombe Day or Raspberry Tart Day -- whichever one you like best, or both, if that's the way you roll

Play in the Sand Day -- as per many internet sites; yeah, like at the beach, nothing like sand in your shorts, i get enough of that on vacation, thank you

Presidential Joke Day**

Son and Daughter Day -- the day to give your son(s) or daughter(s) the gift of time

St. Clare of Assisi's Day -- (Foundress of the Order of Poor Ladies [Poor Clares] Franciscan nuns; Patron of embroiderers, eyes, gilders/gold workers/goldsmiths, good weather, laundry workers, needle workers, telegraphs, telephones, and television writers; Assisi, Italy; Santa Clara Indian Pueblo; against eye disease)***; related observance
     Fiesta de Santa Clara -- Santa Clara Pueblo, NM, US (Native American celebration of St. Clare of Assisi, their Patron saint, with a corn dance and prayers for rain)

St. Philomela's Day (Patron of babies, children, desperate causes, forgotten causes, impossible causes, lost causes, orphans, poor people, priests, prisoners, sick people, students, test takers, toddlers, young people; against barrenness, bodily ills, infertility, mental illness, sickness, sterility)

Birthdays Today:

Will Friedle, 1976
Ashley Jensen, 1969
Viola Davis, 1965
Joe Jackson, 1955
Hulk Hogan, 1953
Stephen Wozniak, 1950
Marilyn vos Savant, 1946
Joanna Coles, 1944
Anna Massey, 1937
Arlene Dahl, 1928
Mike Douglas, 1925 (Note: he also died on this date in 2006)
Alex Haley, 1921
Carrie Minetta Jacobs-Bond, 1862
David Rice Atchison, 1807
Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, 1667 (Last of the Medicis)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child(Film), 1989
"Die Harmonie der Welt /The Harmony of the World"(Opera), 1957

Today in History:

First day of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, used my the Maya and other pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, BC3114
Traditional date of the defeat of Bel by Hayk, progenitor and founder of the Armenian nation, BC2492
Battle of Artemisium, naval battle of the Greco-Persian War, fought at the same time as the Battle of Thermopylae of the same war; Leonidas, King of Sparta, dies in the land battle, BC480*
Papandayan Java volcanic eruption kills 3,000, 1772
Charles Lawrence gives expulsion orders to remove the Acadians from Nova Scotia beginning the Great Upheaval, 1755
The world's first roller rink opens in Newport, RI, 1866
The first civilian prisoners arrive at Alcatraz, 1934
Actress Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil receive a patent for a frequency hopping, spread spectrum communication system that later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi, 1942
A bomb explodes on Pan Am Flight 830, en route from Tokyo to Honolulu, killing one teenager and injuring 15 passengers, 1984
NATO takes over command of the peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, marking its first major operation outside Europe in its 54-year-history, 2003
A new species of a giant carnivorous plant, Nepethes attenboroughii, is discovered in the central Phillipines highlands, 2009
Jamaican runner Usain Bolt wins his third gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012
Scientists officially declare a Greenland shark to be the world's oldest living vertebrate, at over 400 years old, 2015

*some historians give different dates

**because presidents have a sense of humor, too, as shown this day in 1984 when Reagan thought the microphone was off and joked about Russia being outlawed

***why tv? because when she became too ill to attend mass at the end of her life, a miraculous image of the service would display on the wall of her room