Thursday, April 5, 2018

A to Z: Every (Six Sentence Story) and Elegant (Good Fences)

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She walked into the house to find her husband engrossed in a game on TV and both boys coloring themselves, every limb, every inch, with markers.

The sound she made came out like a strangled gurgle, and when she caught her breath she asked, “What in the world are you doing?” even though it was rather obvious what they were doing — making a mess of themselves.

“It’s okay, mom!” the older boy said, grinning, “we’re using the washable markers!”

“No, you aren’t,” she answered, “the washable markers are in the car, those are the non-washable ones!”

An hour of soaking and scrubbing in the tub later, they gave up as the older boy realized he was going to have to let the colors just fade, and he would have to go to school that way; the younger one did not care a whit, but his big brother knew he was in for some teasing.

He learned to check the labels better, every time.

Linking up with Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Limb (and yes, this is a true story, it happened to a church friend).     


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.   

Today i wanted to post elegant fences for the letter E on the A to Z Challenge.  Some of these i have posted before.


To enjoy more blogs participating in the A to Z Challenge, click here.


Today is:

Babu Jagivan Ram's Birthday -- Andhra Pradesh, India

Bell Bottoms Day -- remember those? apparently so did someone who wanted to celebrate the fact

Easter Island Day -- anniversary of the "discovery" of the Island in 1722, on Easter Sunday of that year

Fringe Fairies Welcome Party -- Fairy Calendar

Go for Broke Day -- take a risk, and make it count!  step out and do something extraordinary; anniversary of the day in 1945 that a US Army unit made up of almost all Japanese-Americans, the 442nd Regimental, went for broke and managed to break through the Nazi Gothic line in Italy in one day

Lady Luck Day -- in honor of the Roman festival of Fortune held each year on this date

Nafels Pilgrimage -- Canton Glarus, Switzerland (commemoration of the Battle of Nafels in 1388, observed with processions, prayers, sermon, and a reading of the names of those killed in battle)

National Alcohol Screening Day® 2018 -- US (if you or a loved one need help, find a way to get screened here)   

National Caramel Day

National Deep Dish Pizza Day -- anniversary of the day in 1979 that Uno Chicago Grill, originator of the deep dish pizza, first opened a restaurant outside the Chicago area

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

Nones of April -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Fortuna Publica -- festival of Fortune in her role as the Luck of the People

Quing Ming Jie -- China; Hong Kong; Macau; North Korea; Taiwan (Tomb Sweeping Day, last day of the Quingming Festival)(a/k/a Festival of Clear Brightness, Festival for Tending Graves, Grave Sweeping Day, Chinese Memorial Day, Tomb Sweeping Day, Spring Remembrance, and All Souls Day (not to be confused with the Roman Catholic holiday of the same name); the festival includes kite flying and rituals to call the spring rains, as well as cleaning the graves of ancestors and offering them gifts)

Saint Vincent Ferrer's Day (Patron of brick makers, builders, construction workers, pavement workers, plumbers, tile makers; of Calamonaci, Italy; Casteltermini, Agrigento, Italy; Leganes, Philippines)

Sikmogil -- South Korea (Arbor Day)

The Masters Tournament -- Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA, US; the matchup for the Green Jacket is the first of golf's major championships in 2018, running through the 8th

Anniversary Today:

John Rolfe marries Pocahontas, 1614

Birthdays Today:

Mitch Pileggi, 1952
Agnetha Faltskog, 1950
Max Gail, 1943
Michael Moriarty, 1942
Judith A. Resnik, 1949
Colin Powell, 1937
Frank Gorshin, 1934
Roger Corman, 1926
Gale Storm, 1921
Gregory Peck, 1916
Bette Davis, 1908
Spencer Tracy, 1900
Booker T. Washington, 1856
Joseph Lister, 1827
Elihu Yale, 1649

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Secret Garden"(Musical), 1991
"Married . . . with Children"(TV), 1987
"Secret Agent"(TV), 1961
"Fireside Theatre"(TV), 1949
"Pavane pour une infante défunte"(Ravel piano solo, Pavane for a Dead Princess), 1902
"Die Fledermaus"(Operetta), 1874
The Symphony No. 2 in D major(Beethoven Op. 36), 1803

Today in History:

St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop, 456
Two hundred Dutch noblemen petition to have the Spanish Inquisition suspended in the Netherlands, 1566
The Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyushu, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa, 1609
The Native American Indian princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, marries Englishman John Rolfe, 1614
Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island, 1722
The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil, 1804
Helen Keller learns her first word, "water," from Anne Sullivan, 1887
The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire, 1897
Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B, 1900
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires, 1923
In an act of civil disobedience, Mohandas Gandhi breaks British law after marching to the sea and making salt, 1930
In the Dominion of Newfoundland, 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government, 1932
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage, 1951
Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the UK because of failing health, 1955
Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time, 1958
In Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshu, the largest suspension bridge in the world, opens, 1998
North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, 2009
SkyNews admits it illegally hacked emails that belonged to members of the public on two separate occasions, 2012


  1. maybe they will teach him to read labels in school.

  2. Boys will be boys. And as a handy hint, if you go over unwashable markers with the washable ones the colour can be removed.
    I like your Elegant fences too.

  3. Your 6 made me laugh. Very enjoyable.
    The phrase "kids will be kids" came to mind instantly! Childhood...what would we do without those kinds of stories :D

    Happy Lady Luck Day!

  4. Mimi,

    Your story reminded me of when our girls were small. They did the same thing, marking their faces with lots of pretty colors. The good news is they were using WASHABLE markers. lol

    National Deep Dish Pizza Day, you say? I haven't had a good deep dish pizza in forever. We used to have a Godfather's near us that made a delicious pizza pie. Happy A2Zing!

    Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z Creating iPad Art Sketches "E" - Eyes

  5. Too bad about the magic markers. We do love seeing all kinds of fencing. You all have a most wonderful day.

  6. If I am the mom, I guess I will faint! Lol! You have some great fences!

  7. Love the fences. National Caramel Day? Yes please. And maybe he'll pay attention once in a while!

  8. Ha,ha,ha. I love that statement, “the washable markers are in the car, those are the non-washable ones!” Believe it or not, my granddaughter did the same when she was young but just on her arm. I was worried that she had done it on her face. Now that would be interesting. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Mr. Clean Magic erasers do a good job erasing permanent markers. I wish I had some of those fences around my property. Wow, lots of actors born this day: Frank Gorshin, 1934
    Roger Corman, 1926
    Gale Storm, 1921
    Gregory Peck, 1916
    Bette Davis, 1908
    Spencer Tracy, 1900

  10. lol
    Yes, like (many of) the others I started laughing with the opening scene.
    Very fun Six

  11. Oh goodness. What a fun story. This has happened to so many little ones. It's fun until it doesn't come off.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  12. That was a fun story. And those are elegant fences.

  13. I bet he would check the labels now. It will be ingrained in his mind to check labels before using!

  14. carmel?/deep dish pizza?
    carmel?/deep dish pizza?
    carmel?/deep dish pizza?

    I'm So Torn!!!!!

  15. Oh, boy(s)! I think everybody can relate to that story--either as an active participant, or as an observer!

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  17. Nice fences. Your story made me chuckle.

  18. My niece did her "makeup" when she was 6 years old using a Sharpie! It took a couple days to fade. Great story! Zoe

  19. Engaging six word story. Nice work!! :)

  20. Oh Dear! I know a young child who decorated his face with a black Sharpie permanent marker, and his poor Mom had to endure questions and laughter until it finally faded off. Still better than a self-done haircut accomplished by a child with a scissors, that takes a lot longer to repair! :-)

    I loved the elegant fences, the one with lions on the brick columns brought to mind my college years in a small South Dakota city and a cemetery that bordered a highway. We used to climb up on the brick fence columns late at night and assume gargoyle positions to startle the occupants of any cars passing by. I have to admit that it was fun. :-)

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  21. I enjoyed your six sentence story. It was a colorful tale well told.

  22. Gratitude is 'key' ~ and love that little kitty in the basket photo! ~ Great post ~

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