Thursday, March 1, 2018

No Transfer Needed (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 

Someone asked about yesterday's Wordless Wednesday picture of Sweetie, wondering what he was doing with the broom; the hint was in the title of the photograph, "Sweetie's Lunatic Fringe."

When we clean houses, he is an absolute lunatic about making sure the fringe of every area rug is brushed out and perfectly straight (which is one reason you will find no such rugs in this house).  He watches me like a hawk to make sure i don't mess up the fringe.

Any time things get crazy and i wonder if i should transfer out of this chicken outfit, i realize i've been here too long.  He's grown on me, and being a lunatic about fringe isn't the worst thing in the world.

Plus he's still so doggone cute, and knows how to use a broom.

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


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 back fence of the cat shelter looks rather imposing, and yes, it is topped with barbed wire in an attempted to prevent any cats that get out of the back door from climbing the fence and escaping.

No, it doesn't always work.  We've had cats climb through the barbed wire from both directions, wanting out or wanting in!


Today is:

Baba Marta Day -- Bulgaria (Grandmother Spring Day, martenitsa are worn until you see a stork or a tree blooming.)

Beer Day -- Iceland (marks the end of the prohibition of beer in 1989)

Be Positive, Do Something Positive Day -- the way to start Optimism Month

Bravo Day/Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day -- Marshall Islands

Chalandra Marz -- Engandine, Switzerland (various cities of this province have the traditional spring event where costumed young people, ringing bells and cracking whips, drive out the demons of winter)

Day to Mourn Victims of Land Mines -- anniversary of the day they were outlawed worldwide in 1999

Dia de las Islas Baleares -- Iberia, Spain

Doljatra/Holika Dahan -- regions of India (a festival of colors, similar to Holi)

Elves, Woodworkers, and Mechanics' Day -- Fairy Calendar

First Day of Autumn -- Australia (they go by months, not equinoxes, like the rest of the world used to)

Florida Strawberry Festival -- Plant City, FL, US (celebrating the winter strawberry harvest, this year's theme is "Building New Memories"; through Mar. 11)

Full Worm Moon -- also called Leaf Moon, Seedling Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Sap Moon, Light Snow Moon, or Lenten Moon; considered the last full moon of winter
    Medin Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
    Taubaung Full Moon -- Myanmar

Humorists Are Artists Month begins -- any coincidence this spells HAAM?

Independence Day -- Bosnia and Herzegovina(1992)

International Association for Women of Color Day -- on the first day of Women's History Month   

International Wheelchair Day -- a day when wheelchair users celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair has had in their lives 

Martisor -- Romanians and Aromanians, especially in Romania and Moldova (similar tradition to Baba Marta; first days of March are Zilele Babei, Days of the Old Woman, when Old Woman Winter, Baba Dokia, who lives in the mountains, might come back with ferocity.)

Midnight at the Oasis -- Yuma, AZ, US (nostalgic festival featuring cars and music of the 50s and 60s; throughy Sunday)

National Fruit Compote Day

National Horse Protection Day -- US; sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation    

National Pig Day -- sponsored by Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave, who want you to know that pigs are amazing animals that place fourth on the animal intelligence list!

Make Time for a Cuppa -- UK (raising awareness of dementia and raising funds for research; through Mar. 8)   

Navii's Day / Vjunitci -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (a Day of the Dead, bringing sacrifices and inviting the ancestors to attend the feast)

New Year's Day -- Ancient Roman Pre-Julian Calendar; related observances
    Birthday of Mars Pater (Feriae Marti)
    Chalanda Marz -- Kalends of March (now a festival in Egandine, Grisons Canton, Switzerland, in which the children ring bells to ring out the winter)
    Matronalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Women's Festival to Juno)
    Renewal of the Vestal Fire

Nineteen Day Fast -- Baha'i (begins at sundown)

Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day -- in remembrance of the destruction of Bikini Atoll

Omizutori Matsuri -- Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Japan (Water-Drawing Festival of 1,200 year old Buddhist ceremonies, through the 14th)

Peace Corps Birthday / National Day of Action -- US

Peanut Butter Lovers' Day -- according to some foodie sites

Plan a Solo Vacation Day -- Solo Travel Portal wants you to dream big and plan what you would do if you could get away, solo.

Purim -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday, through sundown today)

ReFIRED, Not Retired Day -- the day to get Fired Up about Life, Part II; you aren't retired, you are reFIRED!

Republic Day -- NE, Switzerland

Samiljeol (March 1st Movement Remembrance Day) -- South Korea

Self-Injury Awareness Day -- International (for information about self-injury, or to get started getting help, go here)

St. David of Wales' Day (Patron of doves; Patron of Wales, where it is called Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant)

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day -- UK (to focus on ensuring the positive wellbeing of people with mental health difficulties)   

Whuppity Scoorie Day -- Lanark, Scotland (Spring festival, children run around the church and pick up coins thrown for them.)

World Book Day -- UK and Ireland (most other countries celebrate this on April 23; more information is here)   

World Civil Defense Day -- International Civil Defense Organisation   

Yap Day -- Micronesia (festival celebrating the heritage of the Yap peoples)

Anniversaries Today:

Johnny Cash marries June Carter, 1968
Yellowstone National Park established, 1872
Nebraska becomes the 37th US State, 1867
Howard University in Washington, D.C., is chartered, 1867
Ohio becomes the 17th US State, 1803

Birthdays Today:

Justin Bieber, 1994
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 1974
Javier Bardem, 1969
George Eads, 1967
Russell Wong, 1963
Nik Kershaw, 1958
Timothy Daly, 1956
Ron Howard, 1954
Catherine Bach, 1954
Alan Thicke, 1947
Dirk Benedict, 1945
Roger Daltry, 1944
Robert Conrad, 1935
Harry Belafonte, 1927
Pete Rozelle, 1926
Donald "Deke" K. Slayton, 1924
William M. Gaines, 1922
Richard (Purdy) Wilbur, 1921
Ralph Ellison, 1914
Harry Caray, 1914
David Niven, 1910
Glenn Miller, 1904
Watsuji Tetsuro, 1889
Oskar Kokoschka, 1886
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1848
Frederic Chopin, 1810

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Sophisticated Ladies"(Musical), 1981
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"(Musical), 1979
"Believe It or Not"(TV), 1949
"Captain America Comics #1"(Comic book), 1941
Native Son(Publication date), 1940

Today in History:

Romulus, first king of Rome, celebrates the first Roman triumph after his victory over the Caeninenses, following the Rape of the Sabine Women, BC752
Lucius Cornelius Sulla, at the head of a Roman Republic army, enters Athens, BC86
Hulagu Khan, grandson of Genghis, conquerors Damascus, 1260
The Unitas Fratrum is established in the village of Kunvald, on the Bohemian-Moravian borderland. It is to date the second oldest Protestant denomination, 1457
23 Huguenots are massacred by Catholics in Wassy, France, marking the start of the French Wars of Religion, 1562
The Uppsala Synod is summoned to confirm the exact forms of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, 1593
Samuel de Champlain reclaims his role as commander of New France on behalf of Cardinal Richelieu, 1633
Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba are arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
"The Spectator" begins publishing, in London, 1711
The first US census is authorized, 1790
Napoleon returns to France from his banishment on Elba, 1815
Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first African-American female to earn a medical degree, 1864
Yellowstone becomes the world's first national park, 1872
E. Remington and Sons in Ilion, New York begins production of the first practical typewriter, 1873
Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri, 1893
Henri Becquerel discovers radioactivity, 1896
Battle of Adwa, Abyssinia (Ethiopia) defeats invading Italians, the first defeat of a colonizing European nation by an African colony, 1896
Albert Berry makes the first parachute jump from an airplane, 1912
The Republic of China joins the Universal Postal Union, 1914
The March 1st Movement, demonstrations for independence from Japan, begins in Korea, 1919
Charles Lindbergh, Jr., is kidnapped, 1932
The Hoover Dam is completed, 1936
US Steel raises workers wages to US$5/day, 1937
Trans-Canada Air Lines (forerunner of Air Canada) begins transcontinental operations (between Vancouver and Montreal), 1939
The International Monetary Fund begins financial operations, 1947
Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Formosa, 1950
The Castle Bravo, a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb, is detonated on Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, resulting in the worst radioactive contamination ever caused by the United States, 1954
The Peace Corps is established, 1961
Villarrica Volcano begins a strombolian eruption causing lahars that destroy half of the town of Coñaripe, Chile, 1964
Venera 3 Soviet space probe crashes on Venus becoming the first spacecraft to land on another planet's surface, 1966
Bosnia and Herzegovina declares its independence from Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1992
Yahoo! was incorporated, 1995
The Envisat environmental satellite successfully reaches an orbit 800 kilometers (500 miles) above the Earth on its 11th launch, carrying the heaviest payload to date at 8500 kilograms (9.5 tons), 2002
The International Criminal Court holds its inaugural session in The Hague, 2003
English-language Wikipedia reaches its one millionth article, Jordanhill railway station, 2006
Gustav Klimt's painting "Bauerngarten" sells for $59.3m in London, 2017


  1. I am amazed that any fence would keep a cat in! I hope they don't ever impale themselves on the barbed wire but I'd guess they are smart enough not to. I'm a bit of a lunatic fringer too :)

  2. Mimi,

    Cute and can use a broom. You're right, being a little loony isn't the worse thing in the world because I'm certain if it were DH wouldn't have stayed around all these years. :) Fringed rugs are hazards, an accident waiting to happen if ever I saw one. Nope, I don't have any fringed rugs in the house. I'm a klutzo as it is, I don't need more help. :)

  3. Mimi, you reeled me in. I didn't realize I was reading a six sentence story until almost the end. I thought it was a sequel to yesterday's post. Good one! I love it. Note: rug fringe would drive my husband (and probably me) nuts trying to keep it straight. There'll be none of that in my home, either.

  4. We used to have one of those rugs in the office, but it was such a trip hazard that we ended up tossing it.

    Can't wait to read about the problems in the town. Zombies? ;)

  5. No rug with fringe in my house! That is a neat fence!

  6. I didn't get the fringe part, but it makes perfect sense this morning. Thanks for clearing that up. I think we all have things we're obsessed with. It's all good.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  7. lol

    (liked the playing with the term 'lunatic fringe')
    fun Six

  8. This was a cute story, and of course I had to check out the "lunatic fringe" photo... perfect! Yes, spouses do have their quirks, we all do, but the good stuff far outweighs the bad and after so many years together you wouldn't know how to act with anyone else! :-)

  9. That is sweet that he is so concerned about the fringe :) I hope no cats got hurt on that barbed wire.

  10. I was going to say something funny about lunatic fringe but I caouldn't today. Early this morning I received a phone call from a cousin informing me that my Uncle Rocco passed away last night, so all I can say right now is see ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. I happen to know someone who took a comb to the fringe on the ends of the oriental rug everyday :) Got to admit, it makes it look a lot nicer!
    Cute 6 :)
    I'm impressed there is any fence that could keep a cat in (or out) lol

  12. Enjoyed reading this. If I had a rug with a fringe it would drive me mad. I'd have to constantly keep it "tidy"... yes, id soon be seen as a lunatic...

  13. That fence would certainly keep anyone out.. Hope you have a wonderful weekend

  14. The fringe on my rugs would drive him out of his mind! The fringe adds a challenge to cat games of hide and seek, and it is NEVER straight!