Thursday, July 6, 2017

No Skipping/Pretty Entrance Gate

"Can't you just skip me and come back to my turn later?" he asked in a voice with so much whine in it she wanted to offer him some cheese, and she almost grabbed for the Cheese Nips box on the snack table behind them. 

"No, we are not skipping anyone, remember?" she explained to him with a not very successful attempt to keep the exasperation out of her voice.  "You promised to come and to participate, and everyone takes a turn going around the circle."

"Okay" he sighed, looking for inspiration in the faces that made up the circle, the friends of hers he said he'd wanted to meet before he knew about what they did at these gatherings, and finding they looked simply willing to wait to see what he did.

Grabbing his game piece, he played his turn, and fortune seemed to favor him, he was ahead and all of them cheered him on.

"See, it's not so hard!" she said, and he smiled, but wondered if he'd ever find the courage to come play again.

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Skip.


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.

The entrance to a somewhat secluded B&B.

Today is:

Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama / World Tibet Day -- Tibetan Diaspora, to bring awareness to the cause of restoring freedom to Tibet

Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day -- internet sites that list this suggest you then donate it to a child in need

Day of the Capital -- Kazakhstan

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

Ettelbruck Rememberance Day -- Ettelbruck, Luxembourg (remebrance of Patton's 3rd Army liberating the area from the Nazis)

Feast of Isaiah the Prophet -- Roman Catholic 

Fill an Aquarium Day -- they are fun and entertaining; probably spread around the internet by an afficionado who wants to share the love

Independence Day / National Day -- Comoros (1975)

Independence Day / Republic Day -- Malawi (1964)

International Kissing Day / World Kissing Day -- noted everywhere, but not sponsored; that doesn't matter, kiss someone you love today!

Iriya no Asagao-ichi -- Kishibo-Jin Shrine, Taito Ward, Tokyo (morning glory flower festival, buy one for good luck, through the 8th)

Ivan Kupala Day -- Belarus; Poland; Russia; Ukraine (through tomorrow; Feast of St. John the Baptist in Orthodox Churches using the Julian Calendar)

Jan Hus Day -- Czech Republic

King Mindaugas Day / Statehood Day -- Lithuania

Los Sanfermines -- Pamplona, Spain (bull running, through the 14th; don't be bored, be gored! a part of the San Fermin Festival)

Ludi Apollinares -- Ancient Roman Calendar (first day of games in honor of Apollo; through the 13th)

Millenial Fairy Olympics -- Fairy Calendar (through the 14th)

National Fried Chicken Day

Old Albums are Frisbees Day -- if you have nothing to play them on, and they are scratched anyway, why not?

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

Ra o te Ui Ariki -- Cook Islands (House of Ariki[Tribal Chief])

St Godelieve of Ghistelles's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, healthy throats, in-law problems, throat diseases, victims of abuse, victims of verbal spouse abuse)

St. Maria Goretti's Day (Patron of children, teen girls, martyrs, poor people, rape victims, young people; Albano, Italy; against poverty, the death of parents)

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day -- because your online business depends on keeping him/her happy and well fed; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Anniversary Today:

Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert (King George V) marries Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (Queen Mary), 1893

Birthdays Today

Matthew O'Leary, 1987
Gregory Smith, 1983
Tia and Tamera Mowry, 1978
Jennifer Saunders, 1958
Kenny G, 1956
Allyce Beasley, 1954
Grant Goodeve, 1952
Hilary Mantel, 1952
Geoffrey Rush, 1951
George W. Bush, 1946
Sylvester Stallone, 1946
Burt Ward, 1945
Ned Beatty, 1937
Dalai Lama, 1935
Della Reese, 1932
Janet Leigh, 1927
Pat Paulsen, 1927
Merv Griffin, 1927
Bill Haley, 1925
William Schallert, 1922
Nancy Reagan, 1921
Sebastian Cabot, 1918
Laverne Andrews, 1915
Frida Kahlo, 1907
Beatrix Potter, 1866
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1781
John Paul Jones, 1747

Debuting/Premiering Today:

A Hard Day's Night(Film), 1964
"Name That Tune"(TV), 1953
"Judith"(Play), 1840

Today in History

Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) is crowned King of England, 1189
Papal bull of Pope Clement VI protecting Jews during the Black Death, 1348
Jan Hus is burned at the stake, 1415
Richard III is crowned King of England, 1483
Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River, 1484
Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII, 1535
Córdoba, Argentina, is founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, 1573
The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States, 1785
In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party is held, 1854
Lyman Reed Blake receives the first patent for a machine to sew the sole of a shoe on to the upper, 1958
Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies; the patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog, 1885
David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is forced at gunpoint, at the hands of the Americans, to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving Americans more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights, 1887
Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain, 1892
The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship, 1919
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeats the National League, 4–2, 1933
The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed, 1939
Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the "Secret Annexe" above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse, 1942
The Hartford Circus Fire, one of America's worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut, 1944
Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France, 1986
The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years, 2006
Exiled Tibetans are banned from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday as Nepalese authorities fear they will turn into anti-Chinese demonstrations, 2011


  1. Very nice gateposts for that fence
    Have a great day!

  2. That was a fun story to read, especially teh part about the Cheese Nips.

  3. Good job, I hate games were you have to take a turn like that. Sometimes it's just frustrating and you're not ready. But I do like the idea of international kissing day!

  4. I love reading your stories. You write so very well.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. I'm wondering exactly what type of game this was, and why he was so hesitant to play.

  6. Buy yourself a toy and that you always wanted as a child...I am thinking and we were as poor as dirt but I can't think of a thing. We played with mudpies, and cut out pictures from the Sears Catalog. We made toys out of everything!

  7. Well done, Mimi! I could feel his hesitation and her frustration, and now of course I want to know what kind of game they're playing!!

  8. That was great, except now I want some cheese nips :)

  9. Amazing story, Mimi. I am keen to know as what game they are playing .🙂

  10. Yes, I too fell under the spell of the Cheese Nips. Sadly they are not available in Australia (so far). Not everybody is keen on games, but luckily my family is.

  11. Whatbin the world are they playing???

  12. "...a voice with so much whine in it she wanted to offer him some cheese"
    lol (I did I get this far in life and not hear that expression... v cool)
    The Six was good, too.

  13. Skip and Nips match! What dip goes with the nips?

    When I don't like how my turn looks like, I'd like to skip it too. Unfortunately, it is hard to do that in real life. :)