Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Busy Day at the Laundromat (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee's Comedy Plus.


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    

This week's words are:

1. kitchen
2. long
3. modicum
4. notice
5. overly
6. perfectly


1. quivering
2. roasted
3. strawberry
4. theory
5. umbrage
6. vestige

His nose picked up the savory smell LONG before he got to the apartment, much less the KITCHEN, and what his nose told him had the rest of him QUIVERING with delight.

As he crossed the floor heading toward the stove, he was determined to get himself at least small sample of the PERFECTLY ROASTED onions he knew would be in the big black cast iron Dutch oven, along with potatoes and celery and a chunk of beef so tender it would melt in his mouth, with a gravy even better than his mama used to make.

So determined was he to snatch a taste that he didn't NOTICE she was standing in the pantry closet.  The fact that the kitchen was a typical small apartment size kitchen, about the size of a postage stamp, and the pantry closet was not a walk in, tells you just how OVERLY engrossed he was in getting himself that small sample.

"I had a THEORY," she said with a mischievous grin, surprising him so much that he dropped the Dutch oven lid with a clang before he had even gotten it up by an inch.  "Knowing you don't have a MODICUM of decency about snatching samples before dinner is served, I made you a small appetizer plate."

As she held out a plate of some simple stuffed tomatoes to him, he said, "I should take UMBRAGE at your accusation."  Then he took the tomatoes, ate one, smiled, and said, "I should, but I don't, because I can't.  You know me too well."

They laughed and he offered her a tomato, which she accepted before turning back to the pantry.  Then he said, "So, where you do you think I should look for the last VESTIGE of my dignity after being caught red-handed this way?"

"How about at the bottom of the STRAWBERRY trifle I made for dessert?" she suggested, which about sent him into orbit.


Today is:

According to Hoyle Day -- death anniversary of Edmond Hoyle

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday 

Birthday of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Chop Suey Day

Columbia County Fair -- Chatham, NY, US (be a kid again at the 176th annual fair; through US Labor Day)

Day of Loose Talk -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Patron of baptism, bird dealers, converts, convulsive children, cutters, epileptics, farmers, French Canadians, lambs, monastic life, motorways, printers, tailors; over 70 cities and countries around the world; against convulsions, epilepsy, hail and hailstorms, spasms)
    Head Day -- Iceland (a weather omen day; whatever today's weather, it will stay the same for at least 3 weeks)

Individual Rights Day -- on the birth anniversary of John Locke, the first philosopher to argue that a human being has basic rights based on his status as a sovereign human being, and that people are not slaves of their government, but their human rights should be protected by government

International Day Against Nuclear Testing -- UN

Judgment Day -- according to "The Terminator"

La Tomatina -- Buñol, Valencia, Spain (annual citywide food fight festival in which around 30,000 people take to the streets to pelt each other with tomatoes)

Lemon Juice Day

More Herbs, Less Salt Day

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day -- US (by presidential proclamation in 1991)

Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off -- Sparks, NV, US (with rib cookers from across the country competing, this is a rib eater's delight, and even includes a rib-eating contest and free nightly concerts; through Labor Day)

Runic Half-Month Rad begins (Motion)

Slovak National Uprising Anniversary -- Slovakia

St. Medericus' Day (also called Saint-Merri or St. Merry, acclaimed as the Patron of the Right Bank of the Seine River in Paris)

Birthdays Today:

Lea Michele, 1986
Rebecca De Mornay, 1962
Mark Morris, 1956
Michael Jackson, 1958
`Richard Gere, 1949
Robin Leach, 1941
William Friedkin, 1939
Elliot Gould, 1938
John McCain, 1936
Richard Attenborough, 1923
Charlie "Bird" Parker, 1920
Isabel Sanford, 1917
Ingrid Bergman, 1915
Preston Sturges, 1898
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., 1809
John Locke, 1632

Today in History

Era of Diocletian (Martyrs), the last major time of persecution for the early Christian churches, begins with Gen. Gaius Aurelius V Diocletianus Jovius becoming emperor of Rome, 284
Japan mints its first copper coins, 708
The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, is executed by order of Francisco Pizarro, 1533
The first Indian "reservation" is formed by the New Jersey Legislature, 1758
Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction, 1831
The United Kingdom legislates the abolition of slavery in its empire, 1833
Treaty of Nanking signing ends the First Opium War, 1842
The first motorcycle is patented in Germany by Gottlieb Daimler, 1885
The chef of a visiting Chinese Ambassador invents "chop suey" in NYC, 1896
The Goodyear tire company is founded, 1898
The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers, 1907
Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California, 1911
The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, 1949
Speedy Gonzales makes his debut, 1953
The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, 1966
Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union suspends all activities of the Soviet Communist Party, 1991
Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, 2005
Sumatra's Sinabung volcano erupts for the first time in 400 years, killing one and causing Indonesia to evacuate thousands of people, 2010
London holds the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, 2012
Austrian researchers announce they successfully grew 'cerebral organoids' or mini-brains, containing several distinct regions of the brain; the mini-brains will help scientists understand how brains develop, and what causes schizophrenia and autism, 2013
Hurricane Harvey sets rainfall record (51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou) from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service, 2017


Elephant's Child said...

Big, big smiles. This is a couple who know each other well.

Vest said...

With all this info at hand you could possibly be the best quizzer in the world.

Vest said...

Confucius say, She who make delicious Strawberry trifle for lover will find love for ever.

Jz said...

Last time I was in the laundromat, a bad thunderstorm rolled through and the power went out. I was literally folding my very last piece of laundry when it died, so I lucked out. But there were a lot of very unhappy people around me!

Ruby's Rescued Life said...

The laundromat always seems like a busy place. Those machines are much nicer (and newer) than our local laundromat.

Tabor said...

I may find time to try this not reading your marvelous take on it.

Tabor said...

Yours is so much more smooth than mine but here goes...

The dog crouched quivering at the front of the kitchen fire hoping no one would notice of him. He had sidled in across the tiled floor taking shelter from the cold rains, his long fur matted and dirty and his pawprints evidence of his entry. There was the vestige of a perfectly roasted chicken and part of a strawberry pie on the table, aromas drifting by his nose. There was not a modicum of human sound and thus no one to take umbrage if he placed his forepaws on the table top. He was fearful but not overly so. The theory was to shove the chicken with his nose to the opposite side of the table without making it fall to the floor and then carefully lift it from the platter, that was the theory, anyway.

Cruisin Paul said...

Just to let you know Mimi, I may not be able to write my blog anymore. Somehow this thing called widget took over my blog and I've had many people try to change things bit to avail. But I'll still be checking on you my friend. You can't get rid of me that easy. LOL See ya.

Cruisin Paul

Kathe W. said...

wow a lot of clean clothes are about to be folded! And what a cute story!

Cathy Kennedy said...


I haven't been inside a laundry mat in decades. Those machines look so big from what I remember them being in the late 70s and early 80s.

Your story absolutely made me lick my lips. Mmmm, you brought the scents of the dinner cooking right off the computer screen to my nose. :) Great job!

Sandee said...

I've not done my laundry there in years and years. I remember getting my first washer and dryer when I was in my 20s. I thought I'd won the lottery. I did spend a lot of years doing my laundry at the laundromat though.

I always love your stories. You do them so very well.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

peppylady (Dora) said...

It amazing what smell comes out of the kitchen.
Coffee is on

River said...

I love your story! I know too, how a fragrance wafting from a kitchen can entice someone in for just a peek or taste. Excellent use of the words :)

Handmade Jewelry Haven said...

For some reason I just love going to laundromats! I guess the only times I have needed to go is when I lived in Key West briefly and it was a very relaxing, easy going time for me.

Thanks for sharing!

- Lisa

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Nancy Chan said...

Sounds like a happy, beautiful couple!

messymimi said...

While i am sorry for the dog and hope he gets fed and cared for, i am also sorry for the person who is going to come in to a spoiled dinner. Excellent six!

messymimi said...

Paul, it may be that you will have to start a new blog. It's a pain in the posterior, but at least you could keep going. If all of your photos are saved in Google photos, those could be used to do headers and pages about your cruises.

If you don't feel up to that, i understand, and i really do hope you get your own blog back somehow.

pilch92 said...

Now I am hungry :) Sorry I am a day late, probably a dollar short too.

carol l mckenna said...

Photo says it all ~ neat story too!

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