Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wordless and Sometimes Speechless Wednesday

The view from Ms. V's house after the water had receded a bit:

The water had come up to the roots of these bushes.

There were smiles even in the tough times:

Somebody knew how to have fun in the floodwater!

This left me speechless:

Yes, the sprinklers are on a timer, could someone think to turn them off after a flood?

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.

Today is:

#2 Pencil Day -- internet generated, but since a pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, write under water, in zero gravity, or upside down, what's not to celebrate!

Black Cat Appreciation Day -- they deserve a day! black cats even have a Facebook page   

Chung Yuan Festival -- China (Festival of Hungry Ghosts; according to legend, during this 7th lunar month the souls of the dead are released from Purgatory to wander the Earth, and so today is the day to appease those spirits with joss stick burning, prayers and food, "ghost money", and other offerings; dates of this vary in other countries)

Day of Rituals in the Temples of Ra, Horus, and Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Drink Coffee at the Office from A Sippy Cup Day -- begun by someone with a sense of humor, who wants you to see how long it takes people to notice

Festival of Diana -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Jari Kemerdekaan RI -- Indonesia (Independence Day)(1945)

Mae West Birthday Gala -- New York, NY, US 

Meaning of "Is" Day -- thank you, Clinton!

National Medical Dosimetrist's Day -- American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (medical radiation safety experts)

National Thrift Shop/Thrift Store Day -- no history on it, probably started by a thrift store having a summer sale; still a good idea

National Vanilla Custard Day

Odin's Ordeal begins -- based on the Ancient Norse legend, Modern Odinists and some Asatru practice silence for nine days, through the 25th

Portunalia -- Roman Empire (honoring the god of locks, keys, ports, and harbors)

Prekmurje Union Day -- Slovenia (celebrates the Slovenes in Prekmurje being Incorporated into the Mother Nation)

San Martin Day -- Argentina (death anniversary of General Jose de San Martin, liberator of Argentina, chile, and Peru)

St. Hyacinth's Day (Patron of Camalaniugan, Philippines; Ermita de Piedra de San Jacinto, Philippines; Kradow, Poland; Lithuania; Poland; against drowning)

Birthdays Today:

Mark Salling, 1982
Donnie Wahlberg, 1969
Sean Penn, 1960
Jonathan Franzen, 1959
Belinda Carlisle, 1958
Guillermo Vilas, 1952
Robert Joy, 1951
Robert DeNiro, 1943
Francis Gary Powers, 1929
Maureen O'Hara, 1920
Harrison V. Chase, 1913
Mae West, 1892
charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, 1887
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Davy Crockett, 1786

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Life of Brian(Film), 1979
"Symphonie Liturgique"(Honegger's Third Symphony), 1946
Animal Farm(Publication date), 1945
"Gotterdammerung/Twilight of the Gods"(Opera WWV 86D), 1876

Today in History:

The Peace of Bergerac gives political rights to the Huguenots, 1577
John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia, to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier, 1590
Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins its first trip up the Hudson River, 1807
Solymon Merrick patents the wrench, 1835
The first bank in Hawaii opens, 1858
A patent is granted for an electric self starter for automobiles, 1891
Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opens in Seattle, 1907
Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, the first animated cartoon, is shown in Paris, 1908
First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California, 1953
Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana, 1958
East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall, 1962
Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage, 1969
Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus), 1970
Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine, 1978
The first Compact Discs are released to the public in Germany, 1982
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts, 2005
Afghan archeologists discover the remains of a Buddhist site located south of Kabul, 2010
Trogloraptor marchingtoni, an unusual spider discovered in 2010 is determined to be a new family of spiders previously unknown in the world of science; the new spider family has been named Trogloraptor, meaning 'cave robber', 2012


  1. speechless as well.
    I recall seeing that during Hurricane Fran and being...bewildered.

  2. So glad the waters are receding. Did folks have problems with snakes and fire ants as the waters rose?

    1. There are sometimes problems with "critters" in the water. The ones we have to really watch for are the alligators, water moccasins, and cottonmouth snakes. Even coral snakes on occasion. Most people, when they were fleeing the water, didn't much care, they took the risk to get to rescue boats and high water vehicles.

      It's now, when the waters are receding, we may hear of trouble. People don't want to wait until the water is all the way down to get into their homes and try to salvage what they can.

      So far i have not seen any stories of people bitten or attacked, but it may still happen. We pray it does not.

  3. I've been praying for you and all those affected. I hope this goes away soon.

    Have a dry Wordless Wednesday. ☺

  4. oh my gosh...sure hope that water has receded....and that everyone is ok.

  5. I know it's been a terrible ordeal, but I couldn't help laughing at those sprinklers.

  6. Those sprinklers are ... well, like an insult, almost, except that in reality I am sure they were just on a timer that nobody altered the settings too. I am sorry the flooding was so difficult for everyone and I hope things get back to normal before too long.

  7. Glad her home was OK. The sprinklers definitely made me speechless too.

  8. Hope it continues to dry out. The clean up is going to be long and difficult. Stay safe.

  9. Glad you are safe from the floods and, stay safe as the clean up proceeds. My heart aches for those affected.

  10. Hoping the water recedes quickly and without incident. I don't even want to think about the critters than can be lurking there.


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