Wednesday, February 7, 2018

You Gotta Love Their Humor (Wordlesss Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.


Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by River at Drifting Through Life.  

1. exterior
2. madwoman
3. mountain lake
4. twitched
5. flicker
6. desk


1. prediction
2. approach
3. bacteria
4. vaults
5. plane
6. white lilac

His eye TWITCHED in the FLICKER of the light from the television.  He was bending over his DESK concentrating, or trying to concentrate, on working out the charts the boss wanted to see the next day.

He moved to turn the TV off, unable to take any longer the distracting tale of a MADWOMAN who had moved to a community by a MOUNTAIN LAKE.  Her predilection for repainting the EXTERIOR of her house over and over, this time in a crazy shade called WHITE LILAC, had him unnerved.

While background noise from a radio or TV often proved to be helpful to him, this time he needed a different APPROACH.  The BACTERIA counts had been off all week, and as he ran his hand mindlessly over the smooth PLANE of his desk it occurred to him to call one of the lab specialists and ask if the VAULTS where they were stored had had anything different done to them lately.

There was a dim memory of one of the older employees, now retired, telling him about a time a similar incident had happened before.  Something about a new person, and what was it?  A different cleaning routine, perhaps.  He was not used to thinking of himself as a prophet, but he had a PREDICTION, or a presentiment, that he was onto a line of thinking that would solve this problem yet.

He had to, his job depended on it.


Today is:

Asahikawa Winter Festival -- Asahikawa, Japan (through the 12th)

Carnaval de Ponce -- Ponce, Puerto Rico (through Mardi Gras)

Charles Dickens Day -- read a chapter or two of his work, in honor of his birth

Daniel Boone Escape Day -- he escaped from the Shawnee tribe which had captured him

Feast of Mulk (Dominion) -- Baha'i

Ice Cream for Breakfast Day -- because you have to do it at least once a year

Ice Fishing Derby at Hell Creek -- Fort Peck, MT, US (subject to cancellation if there is no ice, so Hell has to freeze over for them to have this tournament!)

Independence Day -- Grenada(1974)

Marriage Week -- UK (part of the Futureway Trust, and now observed around the world, celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of marriage as the heart of family life)   

National Fettucini Alfredo Day

National Girls and Women in Sports Day -- US   

National Hangover Awareness Day -- internet generated and shouldn't it be on Jan.1?

Send a Card to a Friend Day -- wonder which card company created this one

Saint Theodore Stratelates' Day (Patron of soldiers; Brindisi, Italy; for finding lost objects)

Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; wave to your neighbors, let them know you like them

Birthdays Today:

Tina Majorino, 1985
Ashton Kutcher, 1978
Chris Rock, 1965
Garth Brooks, 1962
Eddie Izzard, 1962
James Spader, 1960
Miguel Ferrer, 1954
Hector Babenco, 1946
Pete Postlethwaite, 1945
Gay Talese, 1932
Keefe Brasselle, 1923
Eddie Bracken, 1920
Oscar Brand, 1920
Larry "Buster" Crabbe, 1908
Sinclair Lewis, 1885
James Hubert “Eubie” Blake, 1883
Alfred Adler, 1870
Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867
Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, 1834
Charles Dickens, 1812
John Deere, 1804
Sir Thomas More, 1478

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"America's Most Wanted"(TV), 1988
"Blazing Saddles"(Film), 1974
"Pinocchio"(Disney animated Film), 1940
"The Cat and the Canary"(Play), 1922
"Kid Auto Races at Venice"(first Charlie Chaplin "Little Tramp" Film), 1914
"Chantecler"(Rostand Play), 1910
"The Deserter"(first ballet performed in US), 1827
"Il Matrimonio Segreto" (Comarosa Opera), 1792

Today in History:

The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir, 1238
Edward of Carnarvon,later Edward II, becomes the first English prince to hold the title Prince of Wales, 1301
The bonfire of the vanities occurs in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy, 1497
King Philip II forms an inquistion in South America, 1569
Academie Francaise begins a Dictionary of the French Language, 1639
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri, 1812
The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the Electoral Act of 1856, the first piece of legislation anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot, 1856
The Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: the Boers defeat superior British forces, 1881
The Great Blizzard of 1891 begins, 1891
Émile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J'Accuse, 1898
Baltimore catches fire; 1500 buildings are destroyed in 80 blocks, 1904
The Mud March, the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), 1907
Charlie Chaplin debuts "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice," 1914
The first wireless message sent from a moving train to a station is received, 1915
Bert Hinkler begins the first solo flight from England to Australia, 1928
Pluto moves inside Neptune's orbit for the first time since either was discovered, 1979
Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), 1984
The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power, 1990
Haiti's first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in, 1991
The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the European Union, 1992
Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein, 1999
Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia's history, 2009
In Europe, ready-meal manufacturer, Findus, withdrew its beef lasagne meals from supermarkets after confirming beef supplied by French manufacturer, Comigel contained horsemeat, 2013


  1. Dang, I read this after breakfast. Next year I'll have ice cream.

  2. Well done with the words, now I'm waiting for the rest of the story.

  3. That sign just included everything happening.

    I always love your writing. You leave us wanting more.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  4. Finally I have your blog connected on my sidebar. I love everything on it and especially enjoy when you participate in the Words For Wednesday.

  5. wonderfully done! I hope it is a simple fix to get the counts back to what they need to be!

  6. I love that sign. Best to cover everything.

  7. Great story Mimi, we need chapter two to see what happens next.

  8. Great story and use of words, Mimi. I feel like the words for Wednesday prompt helps encourage deeper writing. I can tell a lot of thought went into how the words were used. :)

    I also love the sign you shared. This year. 😒


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