Thursday, March 8, 2018

Catch It If You Can (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"What is that crazy cat chasing this time?" he asked as a gray blur of fur streaked past, stopped short, reached up and pawed at the wall, then streaked back the other way.

"It's one of those damsel flies," she answered.

"Damsel flies?"

"Some people call them crane flies, or mosquito hawks because they look like oversized mosquitoes, but we always called them damsel flies because they flit around like a young girl dancing.  Don't worry they are harmless, but when they get in the house the cats chase them."

"It looks like he's having as much fun chasing that as he does the red dot!"

crane fly/damsel fly/mosquito hawk

Linking up for the last time with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she has hosted Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Crane.  This story is based on Link, who gives the crane flies no peace in our house.

Beginning next week, we have a new Six Sentence Story host, Girlie On The Edge!  


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.

We still have some carnival decor gracing the city:


Today is:

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Thursday:  Name Tag Day, celebrating those silly tags that say, "Hello, My Name is Illegible"!

Crufts Dog Show -- Birmingham, England (the World's Greatest Dog Show; Best in Show here is the most prestigious award in the world of dogs; through Sunday)

Day of No Interest to Fairies -- Fairy Calendar

Girls Write Now Day -- on International Women's Day, encouraging girls as the makers of future history to put pen to paper and make their voices heard

International Women's Day -- also celebrated as:
    Day for Women's Rights and International Peace -- UN
    Mother's Day -- Afghanistan; Albania; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Kazakhstan; Kosovo; Laos; Macedonia; Montenegro; Republic of Moldova; Russia; Serbia; Slovenia; Tajikistan; Vietnam

National Peanut Cluster Day

National Proofreading Day -- to promote accuracy in written messages

Revolution Day -- Syria

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo -- Mercedes, TX, US (through the 18th)

Rockhound Roundup Gem and Mineral Show -- Deming, NM, US (through Sunday)

St. John of God's Day (Patron of alcoholics, bookbinders, booksellers, dying people, firefighters, heart patients, hospitals, hospital workers, nurses, publishers, printers, sick people; Tultepec, Mexico; against alcoholism, bodily ills and sickness)

Anniversary Today:

Harry Hamlin marries Nicollette Sheridan, 1991

Birthdays Today:

Marcia Newby, 23, 1988
Bob, Clint, and Dave Moffatt, 1984
Kat Von D, 1982
James Van der Beek, 1977
Freddie Prinze, Jr., 1976
Kathy Ireland, 1963
Camryn Manheim, 1961
Aidan Quinn, 1959
James Edward "Jim" Rice, 1953
Carole Bayer Sager, 1947
Micky Dolenz, 1945
Lynn Redgrave, 1943
Susan Clark, 1940
Raynoma Gordy Singleton, 1937
Cyd Charisse, 1923
Alan Hale, Jr., 1921
Claire Trevor, 1909
Louise Beavers, 1902
Kenneth Grahame, 1859
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., 1841
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, 1714

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Mary, Mary"(Play), 1961
Symphony No. 2 in D major(Sibelius Op. 43), 1901
"Don Quixote"(Straus Op. 35), 1898
"Emilia Galotti"(Play), 1772

Today in History:

William Claxton completes his translation from French into English of Mirror of the World; as England's first printer, he will soon turn this into England's first illustrated print book, 1481
John Casor becomes the first legally-recognized slave in what will be the United States, 1655
Anne Stuart, sister of Mary II, becomes Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland, 1702
Thomas Paine's "African Slavery in America," the first article in the U.S. calling for the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery is published, 1775
Gnadenhütten massacre: Ninety-six Native Americans in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, who had converted to Christianity are killed by Pennsylvania militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by other Indians, 1782
The New York Stock Exchange is founded, 1817
The first train crosses the first US railway suspension bridge at Niagara Falls, 1855
Everett Horton of Connecticut patents a fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes, 1887
International Women's Day is launched in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, 1911
Mahatma Gandhi starts civil disobedience in India, 1930
Daytona Beach Road Course holds their first oval stock car race, 1936
Phyllis M Daley is the first black nurse sworn-in as US Navy ensign, 1945
Ghana joins the United Nations, 1957
The first radio episode of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams, is transmitted on BBC Radio 4, 1978
Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time, 1979
Martina Navratilova becomes the 1st tennis player to earn $10 million, 1986
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the murder convictions of Timothy McVeigh for the Oklahoma City bombing, 1999
The first comprehensive map of the debris field of the RMS Titanic is revealed, 2012
US-based Mercy Corps, one of the largest humanitarian organizations delivering aid to Syria, said Turkey has ordered it to immediately shut down its Turkish operations, 2017


  1. Love your six sentence story - and the fences.
    Our Jazz gives the red dot a hiding.

  2. Love your story and I love it that the cat has something fun to chase.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  3. this has been a most educational week in Sixville! Dan explained the difference between herons and cranes and storks over at his six.
    fun six

  4. Really, every day should be Proofreading Day!

  5. Happy World Kidney Day! ;)

    P.S. I'd rather my cats chase the red laser point than having a house full of damsel flies. Ugh.

  6. National Peanut Cluster Day! I think I need to make a trip to the store. :-)
    I can just picture a cat having fun chasing a crane fly.
    Nice SSS.

  7. Approximately 879,ooo people in the USA will enjoy birthday celebrations today. By the way Did you mean Caxton?

  8. Thanks to reading Pat's story and your comment there, I know what a damsel fly is!
    Ah, cats are so funny when they decide on something to "fetch" :D

  9. Happy International Women's Day!

  10. That is a pretty fence! with or without the extras!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. That was cute :)We like mosquito hawks because they kill mosquitoes :)Sorry I am a day late.

  12. Another six for the crane flies!
    I agree that every day should be proofreading day. Big time.

  13. Although I've never heard of either damsel flies or crane flies, I know well how much fun my furkids have if an errant fly or moth of any kind finds it's way into the house... the chase is on, and it doesn't matter if the goal is to reach the ceiling! Amazingly, they often manage to catch them! This was a fun read!