Thursday, February 2, 2017

Six Sentences: Plans / Good Fences: Speed Bump?

"You've been very quiet the last couple of days," she said, climbing into the bed after leading their youngest back to his room for the second time that night.  "Anything you need to talk about?"

"Not really," he answered, "just trying to figure out what to do about a rather sticky business situation."

"Anything you want to share?"  Her gentle inquiry made him feel wretched for the secret he was keeping and the plans that were floating through his mind.

She was completely taken aback when he said, "I'm thinking of making a business trip to the Middle East."

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog and the Six Sentence Stories page, where the cue is Share.


Gosia, of 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 others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

That's the first time i've seen a speed bump on a private driveway!

Today is:

Anniversary of Treaty of Tartu -- Estonia

Bon Soo, Ontario's Winter Carnival -- Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada (ten days of winter fun)

Bonza Bottler Day™

Candlemas -- Christian -- or Presentation of Our Lord (f/k/a the Purification of the Virgin Mary) - commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple and purification of Mary on the 40th day after the birth of Jesus. Candles have been blessed on this day since the 11th century, and this was the original forecaster, “If Candlemas is fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.”
     Bank Holiday -- Liechtenstein
     Candelaria Festival -- Puno, Peru (Virgen de la Candelaria, through the 16th)
     Dia de la Candelaria/Virgin of Candelaria -- Mexico; Spain
     La Fete de la Chandeleur -- Canada; France
     Matka Boska Gromniczna (Mother of God of the Blessed Thunder Candle) -- Poland

Festival of Juno Februa -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno as goddess of motherly and matrimonial love)b vg

Groundhog Day/Hedgehog Day/Badger Day -- what animal you looked to in order to predict the weather depended on where you lived
     Hromnice -- Czech Republic (hrom = thunder, a weather forecasting day)

Imbolc/Sughnassad -- Pagan/Wiccan (Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere)
     Brigmid -- Druid Calendar, also called Feast of Imbolc, celebrated later as St. Bridget's Day, but originally a festival for Brigid, (also known as Brighid, Bríde, Brigit, Brìd) goddess of poetry, healing, and smithcraft.  It is always halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, so some years it is on Feb. 1 with St. Brigid's Day
     Disting/Charming of the Plough -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (a feast of new beginnings and spring)
     Serpent Day -- Celtic (The tradition was that on this day, the Brigmid, snakes or badgers would come out of their winter dens and predict the weather; perhaps a precursor to North America's Groundhog Day.)
     Wives' Feast Day -- Northern England (ancient celebration in association with Imbolc)

Inventors' Day -- Thailand

Le Jour des Crepes -- France (Crepes Day, as crepes are traditionally served on Candlemas; if you can flip the crepe pan and catch the crepe in it with your right hand, while holding a gold coin in your left, you will become rich this year!)

National Heavenly Hash Day

Presentation of Christ in the Temple -- Anglican Catholic Christian

Providence Boat Show -- Providence, RI, US (start of the boating season; through Sunday)

Sled Dog Day -- anniversary of the arrival, in 1925, of diphtheria antitoxin in Nome, Alaska; in memory of the sled dogs, especially lead dogs Togo and Balto, who made it possible

St. Cornelius the Centurion's Day (the Cornelius converted by St. Paul in the Book of Acts)

Veja Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day of wind, with rituals performed to assure no wind damage next summer)

Wand Dedication Day -- Fairy Calendar

World Wetlands Day -- UN (the 2017 theme is "Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction"

Anniversaries Today:

Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Princess Alexandra) weds Paull Mowatt, 1990
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira, NY, 1870

Birthdays Today:

Shakira, 1977
Michael T. Weiss, 1962
Christie Brinkley, 1954
Ina Garten, 1948
Farah Fawcett, 1947
Graham Nash, 1942
David Jason, 1940
Tom Smothers, 1937
Les Dawson, 1934
Stan Getz, 1927
Elaine Stritch, 1925
James Dickey, 1923
Liz Smith, 1923
Ayn Rand, 1905
George “Papa Bear” Halas, 1895
William Rose Benét, 1886
James Joyce, 1882
Solomom R. Guggenheim,1861
Toyotomi Hideyoshi,1536 (Japan's second "great unifier")

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Rich Little Show"(TV), 1975
"The Midnight Special"(TV), 1973
"And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little"(Play), 1971
"What's My Line?"(TV), 1950
"Le Dame aux Camelias"(Play, Dumas, fils), 1848
"Artaxerxes"(Opera, Thomas Arnes), 1762

Today in History:

Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates The Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum) a collection of Roman law, 506
Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1536
New Amsterdam (later New York) is incorporated as a city, 1653
The first leopard is exhibited in the US, in Boston (admission 25 cents), 1802
Russian settlers establish the Ft. Ross trading post north of San Francisco, 1811
Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral afire, does £60,000 damage, 1829
The first Chinese workers arrive in San Francisco, 1848
The first public men's toilet in Britain opens, on Fleet Street in London, 1852
Samuel Clemens uses the pen name Mark Twain for the first time, 1863
James Oliver invents the removable tempered steel plow blade, 1869
The SS Strathleven arrives in London with the first frozen mutton imported from Australia, 1880
The Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut, 1882
The first official Groundhog Day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 1887
The bottle cap with cork seal is patented by William Painter of Baltimore, 1892
The longest boxing match under modern rules takes place in Nameoki, Illinois; 77 rounds between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby, 1892
The first movie close-up, of a man sneezing, is made at the Edison Studio in West Orange, NJ, 1893
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne, 1899
Queen Victoria's funeral takes place, 1901
Musher Gunner Kaasan and his sled team, led by Balto, finish the serum run from Nenana to Nome, Alaska, delivering the much needed diphtheria medication (inspiration for the Iditarod), 1925
Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine, 1935
The Groundhog Day gale hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada, 1976
F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to function legally and promises to release Nelson Mandela, 1990
Iran launches its first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit, 2009


  1. I have seen speed bumps on private drives...usually because the owner is a very important or very rich person. Sad to not be able to trust most of humanity. I wish I could travel to the Middle East and maybe will someday.

  2. The middle east is rich with history, but I'd be afraid to visit there. We do live in such a dangerous world anymore.

    Love the fence and I don't think I've seen a speed bump in a driveway before either. Well I have now.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. ooh, that's the danger of asking the question. Not seen speed bumps on a private driveway either.

  4. wonderful wrought iron gate ~ speed bump? wild ~

    Wishing you a lovely weekend ~ ^_^

  5. speed drive il popular in Europe in private properties too Thanks for joining

  6. Hmmmm! I wonder if a Djinn in a bottle might just be going along on this trip?!

  7. Dangerous time to be taking a trip to the Middle East. - Perhaps those people are speed demons!

  8. is so scary, especially to the Middle East. Bill used to travel all over the world for work. Now, he trucks all over the US for work!
    Interesting driveway! Ha!

  9. uh oh! (only saying that for the character's sake) as a Reader I'm totally looking forward to the escalating developments!

  10. Excellent story twist. I have never seen a speed bump in a private driveway.The college I went to ( 30 years ago) had speed dips which I thought were odd.

  11. The Middle East--wow! I wasn't expecting that.

  12. They might turn him back at the border with a US passport. He had better take the Djinn with him to negotiate.

  13. cool somehow to have a bump at the gate :)

  14. No desire to go anywhere these days. Seems there is a speed bump at every turn...

  15. A few speed bumps on route to the middle east could prove useful.

    My Silly Six Sentences!

  16. This is one of those times I want twelve sentences!


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