Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Odd Place to Take a Break (Wordless Wednesday) and House (Words for Wednesday)

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.


This month, Cindi is hosting Words for Wednesday, in which two groups of 6 words are provided, and you are challenged to write a story for each set, or one story incorporating them all.  The list of prompt words and my story follows: 

1. Forgotten
2. Sorrow
3. Rustling
4. Darkness
5. Unbroken
6. Window


1. Perched
2. Grim
3. Beast
4. Soul
5. Disaster
6. Ominous

She pulled her coat tighter around her, the wind feeling like a GRIM BEAST that was tearing at the fabric to try to get inside.

As DARKNESS descended, the RUSTLING of the leaves sounded more OMINOUS than she ever remembered.  Long FORGOTTEN SORROW was creeping nearer, PERCHED to swoop down and take over her SOUL again.

Once she reached the old house, she peeked through the only still UNBROKEN WINDOW she could reach.  She had expected it to be bad, but nothing could have prepared her for the DISASTER she saw inside.

Today is:

Balloons Around the World -- balloon artists around the world are encouraged to donate an hour or more to a charity of their choice in their community, entertaining children everywhere with balloon sculpture

Buttering-Up Final -- Fairy Calendar

Change a Light Day -- US (was originally sponsored by EnergyStar, promoting energy saving light bulbs; although they don't seem to be running this particular campaign any more, it's a great idea to switch to the highest efficiency bulbs you can) 
    while the original dates were on Wednesdays, some websites list this on the first Sunday

Festival of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Golf Lovers' Day -- internet generated, enjoy if you love golf

Ieiunium Cereris -- Ancient Roman Calendar (fast for the goddess Ceres)

Improve Your Office Day -- and water that plant while you are at it!

Independence Day -- Lesotho(1966)

International Toot Your Flute Day -- an internet generated day for shameless self promotion

International Walk to School/Bike to School Day -- to promote both healthy exercise and less pollution 

Kanelbullens Dag -- Sweden (cinnamon roll day)

National Ship in a Bottle Day -- another one i can't find a source for, but it's listed everywhere

National Taco Day

Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival -- Nihonmatsu, Japan (one of Japan's 3 largest lantern festivals; through the 6th)

Nottingham Goose Fair -- Nottingham, England (dating back to at least 1284, what began as a fair market so people could stock up on food supplies for winter is now a fun festival with rides and games; through Sunday)

Peace and National Reconciliation Day -- Mozambique

Semana Morazanica, una Fiestas Patrias -- Honduras (through Friday)

St. Francis of Assisi's Day (Patron of animal welfare societies, animals, birds, ecologists, ecology, environment and environmentalists, families, lace makers/lace workers, merchants, needle workers, peace, tapestry workers, zoos; Italy, especially Assisi, as well as several other cities around the world; against dying alone, fire)
    Blessing of the Animals Day -- at many Catholic Churches, in honor of the Saint (some churches, even non-Catholic ones, will hold their blessing events this coming Sunday)

St. Petronius' Day (Patron of Bologna, Italy)

10-4 Day (C.B. 'ers) -- fourth day of the tenth month, ten-four, good buddy, etc.

Tewa Deer Dance -- Tewa Native Americans (celebrating the cosmic duality of the feminine and masculine, and honoring male and female ancestors; through the 7th)

Vodka Day -- internet generated

World Animal Day -- International 

World Space Week begins -- International

Anniversaries Today

The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, 1957
The Soviet Union launches Luna 3, 1959 (first satellite to photograph the moon's distant side)

Birthdays Today:

Rachael Leigh Cook, 1979
Alicia Silverstone, 1976
Abraham Benrubi, 1969
Christoph Waltz, 1956
Anita DeFrantz, 1952
Armand Assante, 1949
Susan Sarandon, 1946
Clifton Davis, 1945
Anne Rice, 1941
Jackie Collins, 1937
Alvin Toffler, 1928
Charlton Heston, 1924
Buster Keaton, 1895
Damon Runyon, 1884
Edward Stratemeyer, 1862
Frederic S. Remington, 1861
Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, 1807

Debuting/Premiering Today

"The Alvin Show"(TV), 1961
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major(Shostakovich Op. 107), 1959
"Leave It To Beaver"(TV), 1957
Snoopy, in the Peanuts Comic strip, 1950
Dick Tracy(Comic strip), 1931

Today in History:

One of the largest naval battles in history, the Battle of Lake Poyang, ends when the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat Chen Youliang, 1363
The first full English translation of the Bible, sometimes called the Matthew Bible, which contained the work of translators William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale, is printed in Switzerland, 1537
Pope Gregory XIII's calendar adjustment that bears his name takes effect, with tomorrow being not Oct. 5, but Oct. 15, 1582
Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts drafts its first code of law, 1636
Peter Stuyvesant establishes America's first volunteer fire department, 1648
Christian Huygens patents the pocket watch, 1675
The state of Belgium is created after separation from the Netherlands, 1830
The New Orleans Tribune becomes the first black daily newspaper, 1864
The Orient Express, linking Turkey to Europe by rail, makes its first run, 1883
Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, 1941
The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature, 1991
The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique, 1992
NATO confirms invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, 2001
SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space, 2004
What is believed to be the oldest high-altitude human settlement is found in Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, 2010
At the Ceatec 2012 show in Tokyo, Nissan unveils the NSC-2015, an electric car that can drive and park itself and recognize some road signs, 2012


  1. I sensed another exciting story unfolding! Have a great day!

  2. Sounds exciting! Kind of wish you'd carry on with it.....

  3. and just so odd it make me SMILE.

  4. Well done, Mimi. Of course, I want to know what happens!

  5. National Taco Day!!! Count me in. Too many tacos and you'll be tooting more that your own flute. Just sayin'. Have a blessed week.

  6. That is funny. Have a great day! :)

  7. I want to know what was inside too. Give.

    That is an odd place to park. Looks like it's on the lawn. Nice lawn too.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ☺

  8. If I'm not mistaken, that is mail carrier van. I wonder what he's doing there? Have a great Wednesday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. That IS a strange place to leave a mail truck. Hope he didn't get lost lol

    Oh, and Words FOR Wednesday sounds intriguing. I might have to jump on that bandwagon.

  10. I'm looking forward to the rest of the story!

  11. Your use of Cindi's prompts makes my heart ache. Great job.

  12. Another one here wondering what happened inside the house. Hopefully we'll find out in time.
    I've always wanted to take a trip on the Orient Express and those little ships inside bottles are fascinating aren't they. ~ Cathy
    You'll find my take on Cindi's words on my blog

  13. Why is she out there in the darkness and the cold. Why is she at the old house. What happens next?

  14. Love the picture of the mail truck. We're so far out in the country that the mail truck is sometimes the only vehicle we see all afternoon.

  15. Ooh! Nice job with the words! Such drama!!
    Will we get a part two?

    - Lisa