Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dance to the Tune (Six Sentence Story) and Good Snowy Fences

“Well, think about it,” Buddy continued, “the money that Professor Denarius spent for those instruments should be part of your inheritance, and I know from the look on his face that Jonathan agrees with me when I say I’d feel like a heel if I kept it, as much as I would like to.”

“Didn’t you hear what mom said,” Julia piped up, “Grandpa invested some of the money through a broker, and left me his house and any of the contents he didn’t specifically give my mother, and he left her some money, too.”

“Julia’s right,” Diane interjected, “my Dad was odd, but he picked a good investment advisor; even if it was weird to build a secret room and put half of Mom’s jewelry in it so I’d have to wait for you so I could find it all, he left plenty to us without those two instruments.”

“Grandpa thought the world of several of his students, and he left instructions to his lawyer to send items to many of them, but only you two got this puzzle that helped us find the things we were missing as well, and he wanted you to each have an investment quality instrument,” Julia went on.

“Buddy, like you, I am torn about it, but I think it would be bad form to refuse the gifts Denarius left us, especially as these two lovely ladies are insisting we keep them,” Jonathan spoke up for the first time, then raised his glass and added, “to Denarius!”

“I know when to dance to the tune I’m played,” Buddy laughed and they all drank that toast.

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

This is the final segment of a continuing story, if you wish to read the previous installments please click on the Jonathan page linked above.


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.

While we were having the biggest snowfall i've ever seen in the swamps, i had to snap these photos of snow building up on the fences:

Today is:

Ako Gishi sai -- Ako, Japan (traditional dances and warrior parades honoring the 47 Ronin)

Buy a Tree Day / Deck the Halls Day -- internet generated, and if you are going to decorate, why did you wait this long?

Christmas Bird Count begins -- sponsored by the National Audubon Society (through Jan. 5; since 1900, the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations)

Halcyon Days begin -- a time of calm and tranquility (beginning seven days before the winter solstice, lasting until December 28, seven days after the solstice; named for an ancient fabled kingfisher bird [or halcyon], which hatches and raise her young during this time)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Stufur -- Shorty, who is also known as Ponneskefill, the pan-scraper, who will scrape food scraps from the pans left out

Khoiak Ceremony for Ploughing the Earth -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Monkey Day -- unofficial, by animal groups, to draw attention to the plights of simians kept in labs and as pets 

National Bouillabaisse Day

National Energy Conservation Day -- India

Play An Old Song That You Didn't Like To See If You Still Don't Like It Day -- internet generated, and don't bother, bad songs don't improve with age

Precalentines Day -- an unofficial holiday for math lovers begun by a precalculus class at a Nova Scotia high school

South Pole Discovery Day -- thank you, Roald Amundsen

St. John of the Cross' Day (Patron of contemplative life, contemplatives, mystical theology, mystics, Spanish poets; Ta' Xbiex, Malta)

St. Spyridon's Day (Patron of Corfu, Greece, and potters)

Thomasville's Victorian Christmas -- Thomasville, GA, US (relive Christmas past all through the downtown area; through tomorrow)

Anniversaries Today:

Alabama becomes the 22nd US State, 1819
Princess Mary Stuart is crowned Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542

Birthdays Today:

Samantha Peszek, 1991
Vanessa Hudgens, 1988
Paul "Beakman" Zaloom, 1951
Bill Buckner, 1949
Dee Wallace Stone, 1948
Patty Duke, 1946
Jane Birkin, 1946
Ernie Davis, 1939
Leonardo Boff, 1938
Lee Remick, 1935
Charlie Rich, 1932
Don Hewitt, 1922
Shirley Jackson, 1919
Morey Amsterdam, 1914
Spike Jones, 1911
Margaret Madeline Chase Smith, 1897
James Harold Doolittle, 1896

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Saturday Night Fever(Film), 1977
Diamonds are Forever(Film), 1971
"Il Trittico"(Puccini opera), 1918

Today in History:

Osman ibn Affan is appointed the third kalief of Islam, 644
The Zuider Zee seawall collapses, 50,000 lives are lost in the floods that follow, 1287
The first artificial pearls, made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales, are manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris, 1656
The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifts off on its first test flight, 1782
David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a machine that cuts nuts and bolts, 1798
The American Academy of Political and Social Science is organized in Philadelphia, 1889
The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii, 1902
Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first to reach the South Pole, 1911
Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya,Nepal, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sri Lanka join the United Nations, 1955
The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations. 1961
NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus, 1962
Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations, 1999
The Millau viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened, 2004
China's first lunar rover, the Yutu, lands successfully on the Moon, 2013


  1. Knowing when to dance isn1/2 the battle.

  2. Mimi,

    We got a trace of snow Friday night. I peeked out the window just before we went to bed but it was gone come Saturday morning. The ground just wasn't cold enough even though the temps were plenty frigid. We're still getting some freezing nightly lows but next week things are forecast to be more normal. I'll be a happy girl about that, too. :)

  3. I like how the story goes! Nice fences and the snow!

  4. Still waiting for the book. Your snow photos are great. I bet you were amazed at that white stuff which is so rare.

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  6. Ha,ha,ha Mimi. We received snow on Monday & Wednrsday for a grand total of 8 inches of the fluffy white stuff. The schools are closed today Thursday because of it and the temperature is in the low 20's. Merry Christmas my friend, See ya

    Cruisin Paul
    I need my cruise to come quickly. It begins at the end of January.

  7. Bravo! I can't wait to read your next story. Pretty snow photos.

  8. I've enjoyed your installment-style stories. :-)

  9. Congrats on finishing a story, and I love the snow pics. Very nice!

  10. Loved the story. A happy ending is always nice too.

    That's a lot of snow for living in a swamp.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. ♥

  11. I raised my glass too! I wonder what you have in store for us next?

    Click to read my Six!

  12. Hi mimi. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!!

  13. Very satisfying serial story! (and excellent Six, too!)

  14. Interesting way of deciding a will. Wills can be so charged with angst and split families - this sounds as though it joined them.

  15. Enjoyable post. Nice story. I'll go back and read the previous pages. 40 years since Saturday Night Fever WOW!

  16. When you're not used to snow, like I'm not. it's always fascinating to watch the build up. Enjoyed your post and the tail end of your story.


  17. Snow!
    I like snow much more now that I am retired and do not have to drive to work in it
    Have a great week-end!

  18. I thought of you immediately when I saw the prompt word. i like the way you played it.

  19. love all your snowy fence images. Have a great weeokend.


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