Thursday, August 9, 2018

Here’s Your Sign (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences, Broken Gates!

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"You're working too hard, and I'm worried about you!" he said, his voice a good bit louder than he had intended.

"Oh, you're worried about nothing," she said with a smile, then added, "and you don't have to yell."

"You are putting in too many hours, you are preoccupied, and that shouldn't happen," he said in a softer tone, but with a hard edge, "and there's another thing, you are getting absent minded at home."

"Absent minded, pish!" she laughed.  "Prove that!"

"Here's your sign," he said, pointing to the milk she had just set in the cabinet while putting the cereal in the fridge.

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


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.    

Some people love these automatic opening gates, but i can do without:

They look nice from the front side.
They even look nice from the back side.
But the opener arms always break sooner or later.


Today is:

Betty Boop Day -- she debuted in "Dizzy Dishes" on this day in 1930

Book Lover's Day -- internet generated, but if you love books, go sit under a shady tree with a cool drink and indulge!

Clean Out the Kitchen Cupboards Day -- because someone, somewhere, thought it would be a good day to remind us to get rid of the junk in there we haven't seen since last year

Dag der Inheemsen -- Suriname (Indigenous People's Day)

Edmonton Folk Music Festival -- Gallagher Park, Edmonton, AB, Canada (folk music of all kinds and fun for the whole family; through Sunday)

Festival for Sol -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Goblin Ugly Contest -- Fairy Calendar

Great River Tug Fest -- Port Byron, IL, and LeClaire, IA, US (the only tug-of-war across the Mighty Mississippi, this year's theme is "Rumble Over The River" and the cause supported is Rapid City Fire Protection District; festival through Saturday)

Hope Watermelon Festival -- Hope, AK, US (if you've never had Hope watermelons, you've missed the best!  Through Saturday)

Independence Day / National Day -- Singapore(1965)

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples -- UN

International Tango Festival and World Championship -- Buenos Aires, Argentina (through the 22nd)

Jersey Battle of Flowers -- Jersey, Channel Islands, UK (two days of floats and family fun)

Jesse Owens Day -- the day he became the first American to win 4 gold medals

"Li'l" Margaret's Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival -- Leonardtown, MD, US (bluegrass music, crafts, old time tractors and cars, and home-cooked meals; bring a lawn chair!  through Saturday)

Nagasaki Day / Moment of Silence -- Japan

National Hand Holding Day -- sponsored by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith of Chicago

National Hobo Convention -- Britt, IA (held each year since 1900, gathering for migrant workers who are proud to call themselves "hobos" and make a living through working where they choose and travelling where they want; through Sunday)

National Rice Pudding Day

National Women's Day -- South Africa

Remembrance for Radbod, King of the Frisians -- Asatru/Norse Pagan

Skowhegan State Fair -- Skowhegan, ME, US (since 1818, ten days of grand fun; through the 18th)

Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross' Day (born Edith Stein, killed at Auschwitz; Co-Patron of Europe; Patron of converts, martyrs, those who have lost their parents, World Youth Day)

Smokey the Bear Day -- Smokey first appeared on a U.S. Forest Service poster on this day in 1944

Veep Day -- US (commemoration of the day in 1974 Richard Nixon's resignation let Gerald Ford succeed to the presidency)

Yosakoi Matsuri -- Kochi City, Japan (over 100 groups come up with their own Bon dance and costume and have dance competions in the streets, through the 12th)

Anniversaries Today:

Coronation of Albert II of Belgium, 1993

Birthdays Today:

Audrey Tautou,1976
Eric Bana, 1968
Gillian Anderson, 1968
Delon Sanders, 1967
Hoda Kotb, 1964
Whitney Houston, 1963
Michael Kors, 1959
Amanda Bearse, 1958
Melanie Griffith, 1957
Sam Elliot, 1944
David Steinberg, 1942
Robert Joseph (Bob) Cousy, 1928
P.L. Travers, 1899
Joseph Locke, 1805
Amedeo Avogadro, 1776
John Dryden, 1631
Izaak Walton, 1593

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Béatrice et Bénédict (Beatrice and Benedick)"(Berlioz Opera Comique), 1862
Walden(Thoreau, publication date), 1854

Today in History:

Battle of Pharsalus, in which Julius Caesar defeated Pompey, who fled to Egypt, BC 40
Bulgaria is founded as a Khanate on the south bank of the Danube after defeating the Byzantine armies of Emperor Constantine IV south of the Danube delta, 681
Start of construction of the Tower of Pisa, 1173*
Sistine Chapel opens, 1483
First horses arrive in Hawai'i, 1803
The Webster-Ashburton Treaty is signed, establishing the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains, 1842
Thoreau's Walden is published, 1854
Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph, 1892
Betty Boop makes her debut in the cartoon, Dizzy Dishes, 1930
Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement, 1942
The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time, 1944
Singapore is expelled from Malaysia and becomes the first and only country to date to gain independence unwillingly, 1965
Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office, 1974
Wayne Gretzky is traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings in one of the most controversial player transactions in ice hockey history, 1988
The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan loses a 38-year hold on national leadership, 1993
Tensions escalate between North and South Korea, when South Korea claims North Korea fired over 100 rounds of artillery into the Sea of Japan, 2010
David Rudisha of Kenya becomes the first athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympics to set a new world track record and secures the 800m gold medal, while Usain Bolt becomes the first person to win the 100m and 200m sprint in back to back Olympics, 2012

*completed two hundred years later


  1. Many years ago coming home from work tired (and perhaps absent minded) I threw the milk under the bed as I went past - and only realised when my shoes didn't fit in the milk compartment in the fridge.

  2. Work pressure does that to you. Sometimes I am running to do something only to realize a little while later that I am blank...then while doing another work that things just pops up.

  3. I'm there for Book Lovin'!!

  4. That's my excuse, I/m working too hard at this retirement thing.

  5. How many times have I done things like that? I think of my mind as a sponge that sometimes gets overly saturated. I like a six sentence story that is a slice of everyday life.

  6. Automatic gates always seem such a waste of money, how hard is it to open a gate? Mind you I might think differently if it was pouring with rain...

  7. I have many signs of absent mindedness, not due to working too hard but most probably due to aging process. Lol!

  8. That's a lot preoccupied. I chucked though.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  9. Lol. That for sure is a sign her mind was elsewhere!(but where??) She's lucky she has someone to point things out to her. On rare occasion, I've come across things in "odd" places :)
    As usual, enjoyable SSS.

  10. I,m not absent minded, I'm focused elsewhere.

  11. My first reaction is to lol (at the last line)...then, god knows why, I thought about the last time I experienced something like that... and, no, it is not funny when it happens. (Still a good Six)

  12. Great story. I have done stuff like that before :)

  13. I think we have all made similar mistakes at one time or another. Hopefully, it was just because she was thinking about something else.

  14. Great story and neat photos of the fence ~

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