Thursday, May 24, 2018

Decision (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“There is a time for being flexible, and a time to take a stand and be firm, and this is one of those times to stand and be firm!”

He had struck his best I-know-what-I-am-talking-about pose, which she always thought looked comical in their tiny galley kitchen, but she tried very hard not to smile.

Stirring the tomato sauce with her favorite wooden spoon, she simply said, “Well, if your sure...”

“Of course I am sure!” he bellowed a little louder than he had intended, considering that while this one of those situations that called for a firm decision, it was not one of those which called for bellowing, especially since they had agreed the only reason to ever yell was if the house was on fire.

“Of course I am sure,” he said again, his voice more moderate, “sometimes there are things that have to be a certain way!”

“Very well,” she said, and this time she did smile at his posturing, “no more ground beef in the tomato sauce, just meatballs!”

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


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.  

A local fenced playground:


Today is:

Aldersgate Day -- Methodism

Battle of Pichincha Day -- Ecuador

Bermuda Day -- Bermuda

Brooklyn Bridge Day -- the most often sold bridge in the US (or so i've been told) opened on this day in 1883

Brother's Day -- celebrate all forms of brotherhood, biological, adopted, fraternity brothers, or members of your labor union

Day for the Naming of Rocks and Planets -- Fairy Calendar

European Day of Parks -- Europe

Feast of Hermes Trismegistus -- Hellenistic Egyptian Calendar (thrice-blessed Hermes, patron of alchemy, date approximate)

Hay Festival of Literature -- Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales (largest annual festival of literature in a beautiful market town in the Black Mountains of the Welsh marches; through 3 June)

Independence Day -- Eritrea(1993)

International Tiara Day -- ladies, celebrate your powers of leadership in your life; tiara wearing is optional, it's the fact that you rule that matters 

Kodiak Crab Festival -- Kodiak, AK, US (there's more than bears up here, you know! through Monday)

La Fete des Saintes Maries -- Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France (Roma [gypsy] festival, to honor St. Sara, St. Marie Jacobe, and St. Marie Salome, their patrons; through the 25th)

Little Lamb Day -- publication anniversary, in 1830, of the original poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Lubiri Memorial Day -- Buganda Region, Uganda

Morse Code Day -- anniversary of Morse's first message in 1844 (Morse Code Day is also celebrated on his birth anniversary, April 27)

Mudbug Madness -- Shreveport, LA (festival of crawfish and Cajun heritage, arts, entertainment, and more; through Sunday)

National Escargot Day

Sara-la-Kali -- St. Sara, or St. Sara the Black's Day -- patron of the Roma (Gypsy) Peoples (pilgrimage)

Sts. Cyril and Methodius's Day (Orthodox Church celebration; Patrons of Macedonia) related observances
    Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day -- Bulgaria
    Slavonic Enlighteners' Day -- Republic of Macedonia

St. Susanna's Day (Patron of martyrs)

World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest and Festival -- Oxford, MS, US (competition and festival of ragtime, honky-tonk and old-time music; through Monday)

Birthdays Today:

Billy Gilman, 1988
Alyson Hannigan, 1974
Joe Dumars, 1963
Kristin Scott Thomas, 1960
Rosanne Cash, 1955
Alfred Molina, 1953
Jim Broadbent, 1949
Priscilla Beaulieu  Presley, 1945
Patti LaBelle, 1944
Gary Burghoff, 1943
Bob Dylan, 1941
Tommy Chong, 1938
Lilli Palmer, 1914
"Engineer Bill" Stulla, 1911
Samuel I. Newhouse, 1895
Lillian Moller Gilbreth, 1878
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1819
Emanuel Leutze, 1816
Abraham Geiger, 1810
Gabriel Fahrenheit, 1686

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Spy Hard(Film), 1996
Indiana Jones and Last Crusade(Film), 1989
View to a Kill(film), 1985
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"(Single release), 1968
"Mame"(Musical), 1966
"Le roi l'a Dit / The King Has Spoken"(Opera), 1873

Today in History:

The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt, 1218
Peter Minuit buys Manhattan, 1626
The English  Parliament  passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants; Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded, 1689
John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day, 1738
Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito, 1822
"Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published, 1830
The first passenger rail service in US, from Baltimore to Elliots Mill, Maryland, begins, 1830
Samuel FB Morse taps out the first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought", 1844
The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction, 1883 
The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State, 1900
Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight), 1930
Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight, 1940
Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbana, 1956
Cyprus enters the Council of Europe, 1961
FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City, 1968
The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union, 1970
The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran, 1980
Eritrea  gains its independence from Ethiopia, 1991
Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel, 1991
15-year-old Sherpa  Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest, 2001
North Korea bans mobile phones, 2004
London's Metropolitan police remove belongings and sleeping bags of homeless people as part of 'a policy of reducing the impact of rough sleepers on the community', 2013


  1. Smiling at your story - and the playground.

  2. Well control conversation to get result. Nice fence around the playground!

  3. Ha. I can relate to these conversations, after years of marriage. Sometimes the seemingly inconsequential affords the most discussion. I for one like meatballs better, but it is so much easier just to make a meat sauce. The things we do for love. Enjoyable story, as always.

  4. well, I mean, meatballs.... (perhaps I can relate to a little of the temptation to bellow)
    fun Six

  5. Good morning Mimi. Very good blog. You should write a novel my friend or a short story. You really have the ability. Even a children's book. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. I loved this story, Mimi! It calls to mind Papa Bear's firm conviction that there can be no beans in chili. Being raised a Texan, this is the law, while in the Midwest where I was raised one always finds beans in the chili. "When in Texas, do as the Texans do!" :-))

  7. I was thinking this was going to be a big decision. I was surprised at the end. Very entertaining as always.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  8. Another very entertaining Six, Mimi. Nice tease in the beginning. Made me smile as I have gone from sauce with nothing added to sauce never! without the ground beef. Luckily, we both say no to meatballs lol

  9. How funny - I never realized Aldersgate was anything other than the name of a camp...!

  10. I hadn't read your post before writing mine, and now see some similarity between your story and mine.
    Thank you for mentioning the old time piano playing contest. I'd never heard of this. I'm going to enjoy listening to these contests on youtube.

  11. Your list of special days is always interesting.

  12. Although that is a good sturdy fence I would have thought the kids could climb over it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend


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