Thursday, July 5, 2018

Like Old Times (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"It's just like old times, isn't it?" Tim said to his mother, as they worked on a car exhaust system.

"Well, not exactly, but close enough," Marty laughed as one of the grandchildren came running in, chased by a second.

"Slow down there, boys," Tim said, "come on over here so Grandma can show you how to change out a muffler!"

"We're going to do plenty of that while they are here for two weeks this summer," Marty noted.

The elder boy shook his head and announced, "Mom said to come get you two, it's time for dinner," and then he added, "Mom says you two would live out here in the shop if you could."

Tim and Marty looked at each other and laughed, and Marty said, "Tell Grace we are washing up and will be in soon."

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


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 blog to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

This one had nice iron scrollwork.


Today is:

Alice in Wonderland Day -- on July 5, 1862, Dodgson began writing the adventure story he had told Alice Liddel and her sisters the day before

Bikini Day -- the skimpy suit made its debut on this day in Paris in 1946

Constitution Day -- Armenia

Feast of Anubis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Graham Cracker Day -- birth anniversary of inventor of graham flour, the Reverend Sylvester Graham, in 1794

Independence Day -- Algeria(1962); Cape Verde(1965); Venezuela(1811)

National Apple Turnover Day

National Work-a-holics Day -- we will know it's you if you are all "back to business" after a holiday

Ottawa Bluesfest -- Ottawa, Canada (fabulous music through the 15th)

Poplifulgia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a ceremony to commemorate the "Flight of the People" when they had to flee enemies)

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day -- Roman Catholics in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Apostles to the Slavs, created the Glagolithic alphabet and translated the Bible into the Slavonic language)

Sts. Grace and Probus' Day (married co-Patrons of Probus, Cornwall, England)

Tynwald Day -- Isle of Man (Manx National Day; assembling of the year's session of the High Court of Tynwald, as their Parliament is called, to read the laws to the citizens; oldest continual parliament in existence)

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival -- Greensburg, PA, US (multicultural celebration of food, fine arts, handicrafts, and music from many nations; through Sunday)

Birthdays Today

Dolly the Sheep, 1996 (first cloned mammal)
Edie Falco, 1963
Huey Lewis, 1951
Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage, 1951
Jackie Robertson, 1944
Eliot Feld, 1942
Shirley Knight, 1936
Katherine Helmond, 1934
Warren Oates, 1928
Janos Starker, 1924
Georges Pompidou, 1911
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., 1902
Jean Cocteau, 1889
Clara Zetkin, 1857
Cecil Rhodes, 1853
P.T. Barnum, 1810
David Glasgow Farragut, 1801

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica(Publication date), 1687

Today in History

Scotland and France form the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England, 1295
John Guy sets sail from Bristol with 39 other colonists for Newfoundland, 1610
Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1687
The Salvation Army is founded in the East End of London, England, 1865
Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco, on Bloody Thursday, 1934
Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation, 1937
Highest recorded temperature in Canada, at Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan: 45°C (113°F), 1937
Larry Doby signs a contract with the Cleveland Indians baseball team, becoming the first black player in the American League, 1947
National Health Service Acts created the national public health systems in the United Kingdom, 1948
The Knesset passes the Law of Return which grants all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel, 1950
William Shockley invents the junction transistor, 1951
The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin, 1954
Arthur Ashe becomes the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title, 1975
Japan launches a probe to Mars, and thus joins the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation, 1998
The SARS virus is declared to be contained by the WHO, 2003
Indonesia holds its first presidential election, 2004
Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam title in tennis, winning a five set match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, 2009
The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered, consisting of more than 1,500 items, is found near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England, 2009
Europe's tallest, habitable, free-standing structure, The Shard, which stands at 1,016 feet (309.6 metres) officially opens in London, England, 2012
In Rome, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII are canonized by the Vatican, 2013


  1. Sounds like a happy family! Beautiful gate!

  2. Wouldn't you think Apple Turnover Day would be in apple season...?
    Now that's gonna bug me all day, Mimi!

  3. I tried the Six Sentence Stories today and posted on my blog. What else do I need to do?

    1. Hi Annie. It's Denise from GirlieOnTheEdge. I host Six Sentence Stories. Excellent you wrote a 6! Here's what to do to link up:

      Mimi posted the link to my blog at the end of her 6. Click on that.
      Once you're at my blog, GirlieOnTheEdge, you'll see a post "It's Six Sentence Story Thursday Link Up! Click on that post.
      At the end of the post you'll see a blue frog. Click on the blue frog. You will be directed to the page where you can add your 6.
      Click on the small rectangular blue box in lower left of your screen that says "Add your link".
      You will be directed to a page where you post the url link to your Six Sentence Story. Follow the next couple of steps and the link to your 6 will show with everyone else's.
      Welcome :)

  4. " Grandma can show you how to change out a muffler!". Now that is a hoot. Thanks Mimi. I really enjoy Thursday reading the sentences. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. What a lovely story and I know these guys. You can hardly get them to come into the house for anything. They are doing what they love though and that's the ticket.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  6. That is a good one, nice twist with Grandma instead of Grampa.

  7. Oh man, I almost missed the Feast of Anubis.

  8. Very nice 6 :)
    I know from experience, when someone's in the garage working on a vehicle and they're in deep, leave a light on and go to bed :D

  9. I wonder if there is more and more of that ('muffler-changing grandmothers than in previous generations? Seems so)
    And a good thing, too.

  10. very nice! Congrats! I felt I was there.

  11. Perhaps Grandma and Grandpa worked a lot together in the shop and their skills were just naturally passed down to their children. It must have felt good to be there working with her son again. Your stories are written in such a way to make your readers being totally drawn into the setting of your characters. Well done.

  12. I got the story loaded but couldn't get the picture.

  13. Your story certainly reminds me of my husband Ron. He would have lived outside all year round if Winter never came. He did not like the cold much.

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  15. Sweet 6 sentence story and great shot of the iron fence!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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