Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Wordless" Vacation Photos / How i drive, really.

Some vacation photos: 

Our car rental guy programmed the GPS.  He has a sense of humor.

On my morning walk, i noticed these tiny fish thrown on the shore by the tide.

Ghost crab hole nearby.

Someone popped out of his hole and had breakfast.

Fishing is harder than it looks!

He can catch the big ones.

Grandma asked for driftwood -- she's not getting this much!

2nd time i've found one of these!

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.


Elephant's Child now hosts Words for Wednesday, in which two prompts are provided, and you are challenged to write a story for each prompt, or one story incorporating both.  The prompts and my story follows:

Hold on to your hat


A penny for your thoughts

He always hated when she said, "Hold on to your hat!"  It meant she was going to drive like her father, and her father's driving scared everyone except her.  She always said her father had taught her well, but he wasn't convinced.

Whenever it happened, he hoped his face wouldn't betray him.  If she asked "A penny for your thoughts?" he would have to try hard to hide what he really thought -- that she could give the Little Old Lady From Pasadena a run for her money!

Today is:

Family History Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, urging people to brush up on family history during summer family reunions

Feast Day of Elisha the Prophet -- Christian

Flag Day -- United States
     Pause for the Pledge Day -- US, in conjunction with Flag Day, all citizens are asked to pause at 7pm EDT to recite the Pledge

Freedom Day -- Malawi

Ice Cream Days -- LeMars, IA, US (the home of Wells's Blue Bunny Ice Cream calls itself the Ice Cream Capital of the World and has a parade, basketball tournament, children's activities, fishing derby, and more along with tons of ice cream; through Saturday)

Kuopio Dance Festival -- Kuopio, Finland (exotic dance art by familiar and new artists from around the world on the sunlit summer nights; through next Tuesday)

Leinapaev -- Estonia (Mourning and Commemoration Day; remembering those deported under Soviet rule)

Liberation Day -- Falkland Islands

Midnight Sun Film Festival -- Sodankyla, Lapland, Finland (one of the world's most unique film festivals; through Sunday)

Mourning and Hope Day -- Lithuania (remembering those exiled to Siberia under the Soviets)

National Bourbon Day -- celebrating America's "Native Spirit" 

National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival -- Weiser, ID, US (through Saturday)

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Pig Callers' Day -- no clue where this came from, or why; any pig callers out there want to weigh in?

Pop Goes the Weasel Day -- and just as no one knows for sure the origins of the song or it's meaning, no one knows why it is celebrated on this day

Rice Planting Festivals -- Sumiyoshi Shrine, Osaka and Izawanomiya Shrine, Mie Prefecture, Japan (rice planting at sacred fields, some rites date back over 1,700 years)

Rumor Sunday -- Fairy Calendar (usually held on a weekday)

Runic Half-month Dag (day) commences

Sandpaper Day -- Isaac Fisher, Jr., of Vermont, was issued the first US patent for sandpaper on this day in 1834

Show-Me State Games -- Colombia, MO, US (Olympic-style sports festival for all ages and skill levels, to encourage people to develop their physical and competitive abilites to the height of their potential through participation in fitness activities; through Sunday, and again July 21-23 and 28-30)

St. Basil the Great's Day (traditional date in Roman Catholic Church, current date in Episcopal Church; Patron of education, exorcisms, hospital administrators, monks, liturgists, reformers; Cappadocia; Russia)

St. Castora Gabrielli's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, widows)

World Blood Donor Day -- International (2017's host country is Singapore, and the emphasis is on being prepared before emergencies strike, so "Give Blood.  Give Now.  Give Often.") 
     Blood Type Awareness Day -- while donating, make sure you know your type, and that of your loved ones; in an emergency, it's good to know

Anniversaries Today:

The United States Army is founded, 1775
Munich, Germany is founded, 1158

Birthdays Today:

Daryl Sabara, 1992
Lucy Hale, 1989
Kevin McHale, 1988
Diablo Cody, 1978
Steffi Graf, 1969
Yasmine Bleeth, 1968
Traylor Howard, 1966
Boy George, 1961
Eric Arthur Heiden, 1958
Will Patton, 1954
Eddie Mekka, 1952
Donald Trump, 1946
John F. MacArthur, 1939
Jerzy Kosinski, 1933
Joe Arpaio, 1932
Marla Gibbs, 1931
Che Guevara, 1928
Pierre Salinger, 1925
Gene Barry, 1919
Burl Ives, 1909
Alois Alzheimer, 1864
John Bartlett, 1820
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Cable Guy(Film), 1996
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves(Film), 1991
"The Gong Show"(TV), 1976

Today in History:

Kublai Khan defeated the force of Nayan and other traditionalist Borjigin  princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria, 1287
Richard II in England meets leaders of Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath and the Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance, 1381
Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony, 1648
The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States, 1777
Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 7,400 km (4,000-mile) journey in an open boat, 1789
Whiskey distilled from maize is first produced by American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig, who named it Bourbon because he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1789
Badi VII, king of Sennar, surrenders his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, ending the existence of that Sudanese kingdom, 1821
The village of Henley, on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, stages its first Royal Regatta, 1839
Trade unions are legalised in Canada, 1872
Norway adopts female suffrage, 1907
John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown depart St. John's, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic  flight, 1919
Action Comics issue one is released, introducing Superman, 1938
The Canadian Library Association is established, 1946
UNIVAC I, the world's first commercial computer, is dedicated by the U.S. Census Bureau, 1951
The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris – later becoming the European Space Agency, 1962
The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, 1966
The 1994 Stanley Cup Riots occur after the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup from Vancouver, 1994
The Wallow Fire becomes the largest wildfire in the history of the US State of Arizona, 2011
Australia announces its plan to create the largest marine reserve in the world, 2012


    That always makes me smile.

  2. How fun! It must be interesting to contact the experimental people and share where the card drifted up.

  3. Great photos, glad you are having fun.

  4. Interesting breakfast. Have a very great Wednesday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Great pictures and looks like a nice way to get away for a day or two.

  6. A week on the ocean. Pure heaven I'd think. Going to have to do this again soon.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ☺

  7. Interesting vacation photos. I'm envious! No beach trips on my immediate radar. :(

    Visiting from WW

  8. Hope you're having a fantabulous time!

  9. I wasn't aware of these "drift cards" but I guess they help scientists keep our oceans and seas healthy.

  10. cool pics! All of them! Have a lovely day!

  11. You have some very interesting finds on the beach. Have a beautiful day!

  12. LOVE your photos - and your story. Which I suspect is repeated world-wide.

  13. I wonder if the crab ate the fish and the crane ate the crab. Also, I've always wanted to send a message in a bottle and see who answers. Maybe someone at Florida State University.

  14. That was a sizable chunk of driftwood. I think my daughter could have written your "hold onto your hat" story. My husband has a penchant for terrifying her in the car. I think I'll be the one to teach her to drive!