Thursday, July 7, 2016

Six Sentence Story: A Do It Herself Job

"What is the world are you doing?" he asked, jumping out of the car just as she maneuvered the old, dead dishwasher into the place by the side of the road where the garbage truck would pick it up the next day.

"I'm getting this old, stinky thing out of the house, what does it look like I'm doing?" she replied, smiling with satisfaction.  It hadn't been easy, she'd had to wrench it out from under the counter when one of the little metal feet on the bottom had gotten caught under a piece of the linoleum and then slide it through the house and down the steps and walk it out to the street, but she had done it.

"You knew I had just gone around the corner to Jim's Market and I was coming right back, I would have helped you if you had waited," he said, just a bit exasperated.

"I know you would have helped, but I didn't know how long you would be, when you go in that place and you and Jim start talking sports you lose track of time, and I was in the mood for a good workout and throwing this thing away was just what I needed."

"So you feel powerful now?" he asked with a grin, and they both laughed when she flexed her muscles and said, "I'm an Amazon!"

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the cue is Market.

Today is:

Aphrodisia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (bathing festival of Aphrodite and Peitho [Persuasion]; date approximate)

Bonza Bottler Day™

Chocolate Day  -- no one knows why today, so why not?  Enjoy chocolate cereal with chocolate milk for breakfast, some chocolate covered raisins and nuts as a midmorning snack, chocolate milk with lunch, chocolate truffles as a midafternoon snack, chocolate liquer before dinner, chocolate cake for dessert, and sip chocolate coffee any time through the day!

Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo -- Vernal, UT, US (one of the top rodeos in the country; through Saturday)

Eid al Fitr -- Islam (celebration of the end of Ramadan; began sundown yesterday, runs through sundown on the 9th, although local dating and official government observances may vary)

Global Forgiveness Day -- encouraging "citizens of this global village" to forgive and be forgiven; sponsored by the CECA

Hodag Country Festival -- Rhinelander, WI, US (at the Hodag "50" Track, a large open-air country music festival; through Sunday)

Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day -- encouraging fathers to take some special time out with their girls today

Independence Day / National Day -- Solomon Islands(1978)

Macaroni Day -- it goes with more than just cheese!

National Strawberry Sundae Day

Nones of July -- Ancient Roman Calendar; celebrations on this day included:
     Festival of Feriae Ancillarum -- "Feast of the Serving Women", when female servants dressed up and "attacked" men of free birth with fig boughs; in honor of the serving women who helped free the city of Rome from the Gauls
     Nonae Caprotinae -- "Nones of the Wild Fig", honoring Juno Caprotina with a sacrifice under a wild fig tree
     Parilia -- festival for Pales, god of the herds

Oregon Trail Days -- Gering, NE, US (the oldest continuing celebration of the Oregon Trail; through Sunday)

Ottawa Bluesfest -- Ottawa, Canada (12 days of fabulous music)

Saba Saba Day -- Tanzania (literally "Seven Seven" Day, a/k/a Peasants' Day or Workers' Day, and the biggest day of the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair)
     Maonyesho ya Saba Saba -- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam Trade Fair, through July 8)

St. Willibald's Day (Patron of Eichstatt, Germany)

Tanabata -- Japan (star festival, 7th day of 7th month; some areas go by lunar calendar, but most larger cities celebrate by the Gregorian Calendar now)

Tell The Truth Day -- a yearly challenge frm Kepa Freeman of Teens Express to go the whole day without telling a lie or saying or doing anything misleading or dishonest

Unity Factory Day -- Yemen (all workers are encouraged to play at work today, to build team and national unity)

Anniversaries Today

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, 1946

Birthdays Today

Michelle Kwan, 1980
Cree Summer, 1969
Jorga Fox, 1968
Billy Campbell, 1959
Shelley Duvall, 1949
Ringo Starr, 1940
Doc Severinsen, 1927
Pierre Cardin, 1922
Gian Carlo Menotti, 1911
Robert Heinlein, 1907
Satchel Paige, 1906
Marc Chagall, 1887

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Ryan's Hope"(TV), 1975
"All You Need is Love"(Single release), 1967
Waverley(Novel, publication date), 1814
"Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate"(Canticles, HWV 278 & 279), 1713

Today in History

A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death, 1456
Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland, 1575
United States begins first military draft; exemptions cost $300, 1863
An International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15, 1915
Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri; it is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped", 1928
Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident, 1947
Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere, 1959
In Canada, the Official Languages Act is adopted making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government, 1969
Sharia is instituted in Iran, 1980
Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov, 1983
The Western Black Rhinoceros is declared extinct due to poaching, 2006
In efforts to avoid food shortages and political oppression, South Korea begins work on a new facility to house North Korean refugees, 2011


  1. Good for her! If it works out that's fine, if she messes up it's his fault for not being there.

  2. Amazonian women have always been a favorite of mine.

  3. Nothing like a good moving project that doubles as a workout to show you're still independent and able!

  4. you are stubborn and willful - like i can be. :)

  5. This does not sound like fiction.

  6. I love your family. I really do.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  7. A fine illustration of the saying: The best man for a job is a woman.

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    1. Cute story, Mimi. I suspect it could be true, too. Hugs.

  9. Very good example of how someone wants something done and is unable to wait to see if help will be available in a reasonable length of time...thus, handling the situation herself and no ill feelings occur as a result of it. :)

  10. Very good example of how someone wants something done and is unable to wait to see if help will be available in a reasonable length of time...thus, handling the situation herself and no ill feelings occur as a result of it. :)

  11. very effective imagery!
    "one of the little metal feet on the bottom had gotten caught under a piece of the linoleum" and the 'walk out to the street' I totally can picture that odd, rocking side to side motion!

  12. Good for her!

  13. Ha! I have Kraft macaroni on the stove as I write. What are the odds? I'd better call in sick and drive off to Las Vegas!

  14. There is nothing like that physical Amazonian rush!!!


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