Thursday, April 19, 2018

A to Z: Quickly! (Six Sentence Story) and Quaint (Good Fences)

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"We have to hatch a plan, and quickly!"

"What's the rush?"

"The deadline is tomorrow!"

" can't come up with a good plan in under 24 hours!"

"Well, we have no choice, it snuck up on us as usual, and besides, we should get a refund, I don't know why we procrastinate like this."

"Okay, okay, pass the W-2s and 1099s and I'll get started on our taxes!"

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Hatch.     

(And no, i did not wait until the day before, nor did i get a refund!)


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.

To me, picket fences are the epitome of quaint.


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


Today is:

Bendideia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Bendis; date approximate)

Dogwood Festival -- Camdenton, MO, US (a rite of spring festival under the beautiful dogwood trees; through Saturday)

Dutch-American Friendship Day -- anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the US, America's oldest continuously peaceful diplomatic relations

Fiesta San Antonio -- San Antonio, Texas, US (annual celebration that honors the memory of Texas heroes who fought in the Texas war for Independence. More that 150 events, with sporting events, fireworks, dances...all culminating with the traditional "Battle of Flowers" parade! through the 26th)

Get to Know Your Customers Day (celebrated the 3rd Thursday quarterly)

Harpa Month Begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Harp, dedicated to young women as last month was dedicated to young men)
    Sumardagurinn Fyrsti -- first day of summer, a legal holiday

Independence Declaration Day -- Venezuela

John Parker Day -- many US States (anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, where Parker said “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon; but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”)

King Mswati III's birthday -- Swaziland

Lozenge Competition -- Fairy Calendar (no, i don't know what they do with the lozenges that makes it a competition)

Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival -- Nagasaki, Japan (sailing festival, commemorating the 16th century opening of Nagasaki as Japan's sole foreign trade port; through the 24th)

National Amaretto Day

National D.A.R.E Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation)

National Garlic Day

National Hanging Out Day -- Project Laundry List and other organizations promote bringing back the clothesline to save energy and the planet!

National High Five Day -- raising money for cancer research

Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day

Okoshi Daiko Festival -- Furukawa, Japan (today, hundreds of men in loincloths fight to touch a wooden frame supporting a huge taiko drum as it is carried through the streets, and tomorrow is an elegant parade with lion dancers and traditional music)

Primrose Day -- UK (anniversary of the death of Disraeli)

Spring Fair in Puyallup -- Puyallup, WA, US (fun for the family, every year since 1900; through Sunday)

St. AElfheah's Day (Patron of kidnap victims; Greenwich and Solihull, England)

St. Expeditus of Melintine's Day (Patron of merchants, navigators; for expeditious and prompt solutions; against procrastination)

St. Leo IX's Day

Yom Ha’Atzmaut — Israel (Independence Day, through sunset)

Anniversaries Today:

Grace Kelly marries Ranier III of Monaco, 1956
Cheyney University is founded as The Institute for Colored Youth, 1837
Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI by Proxy Marriage, 1770

Birthdays Today:

Maria Sharapova, 1987
Hayden Christensen, 1981
Kate Hudson, 1979
James Franco, 1978
Luis Miguel Basteri, 1970
Ashley Judd, 1968
Al Unser, Jr., 1962
Tony Plana, 1954
Paloma Picasso, 1949
Tim Curry, 1946
Alan Price, 1942
Elinor Donahue, 1937
Dudley Moore, 1935
Jayne Mansfield, 1933
Dick Sargent, 1930
Hugh O'Brian, 1925
Eliot Ness, 1903
Lucretia Rudolph-Garfield, 1832
David Ricardo, 1772
Roger Sherman, 1721

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope"(Musical revue), 1972
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"(Musical), 1951
"Carousel"(Musical), 1945
"Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder/Mother Courage and Her Children"(Play), 1941
"National Barn Dance"(Radio), 1924
"The Bing Boys are Here"(Musical revue), 1919
"Revizor/The Government Inspector"(Comedy), 1836
"Iphigenia in Aulis,"(Opera), 1774

Today in History:

Sir Francis Drake sails to Cadiz and sinks the Spanish Fleet, 1587
Because he has no male heirs, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, assuring Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would go to his daughter, Maria Theresa, 1713
Captain James Cook sights Australia, 1770
John Adams secures Dutch recognition of the United States, and his home in The Hague becomes the first American Embassy, 1782
Venezuela achieves home rule, 1810
The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and Luxembourg as a Grand Duchy, 1839
Charles Duryea claims to have taken the first automobile built in the US for a spin, 1892
The first Boston Marathon is won by John McDermott of NY in 2:55:10, 1897
Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute  jump, 1919
The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published, 1928
Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations, 1948
The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders, 1961
Sierra Leone becomes a republic, 1971
India's first satellite, Aryabhata, is launched, 1975
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168, 1995
The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945, 1999
His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Benedict XVI, 2005
Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years, 2011


  1. I have raced to the post office at 11:58 tax day more than once.

  2. I have handed my tax in late more than once.

  3. What a timely story for the SSS this time!

    The Dogwood Festival in Missouri sounds like a beautiful sight to behold.

    I still remember thinking what an almost fairytale wedding Grace Kelly had.

  4. Tax forms, grrrrr! When I featured the Oxrord English Dictionary in my Rosey story today i was unaware it was its anniversary today!

    A-Z of My Friend Rosey!

  5. I'm too pretty for jail, I file early! Good post. Happy Dutch American Friendship day! And I love the picket fence.

  6. So perfect for the season. One advantage to being married to a tax attorney is that I don't mess with those things.

  7. (smiles)
    Very timely and topical (and all too 'literatus veritas'*)

    *probably not 'real' latin.... but looks good, right?

  8. Mimi,

    We don't let tax season sneak up on us anymore. We tackle that horrid job ASAP every year. Of course, it's gotten easier with the use of technology. I don't think I'd ever go back to doing the old school again.

    Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch Quaint Living room

  9. I so agree that picket fences are the epitome of quaint.

  10. Tax season? I did mine last month an I'm smiling. I'll be able to go on another cruise. Whoopee do. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. I am glad I need not have to do anymore taxes! Very nice picket fence.

  12. Good story. Glad to be done with taxes for another year :)

  13. I wasn't even thinking about taxes. Very cleverly done.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  14. Good one! I was better this year...filed the day before the deadline lol.

  15. I love white American fencs not so common here

  16. You had me at, "hundreds of men in loinclothes"...

  17. That's a cute picket fence. My husband always insists on doing out taxes early.

  18. we should get a refund....words not heard in my household... april 16th was my mailing this year...zoe

  19. Lovely story and interesting information. :)
    Thank you for sharing.
    Jui Positive Cookies

  20. Love that story - made me laugh! I waited until the day before the deadline to file.


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