Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dilemma (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"How do we decide if the situation really is as critical as they claim?" she asked, shaking her head as if to clear it.

"That's a great question," he told her, adding, "and I wish I had the answer."

For the third time that season, the "weather dudes," as that family called them, were being almost apoplectic in their insistence that this time it was the real deal and everyone needed to evacuate.

It wasn't an easy choice for this family, as money for travel was non-existent, the only car that could have remotely held everyone and all the pets was not reliable for being put on the freeway, and if they left and nothing happened but they got stuck trying to get back (as had happened before when the traffic back in was a nightmare), desperately needed jobs would be on the line.

The decision to stay and white-knuckle it was not made easily, and neither of them slept well until the storm turned and they knew they would get rain and nothing else.

It gave them breathing space, until the next time.

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


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences so that it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     

This fence within a fence was near Grandma's house, and i'd never seen anything quite like it before.  A white, semi-circular fence that is open on one side, inside of the regular yard fence.


Today is:

Ancestor Appreciation Day -- sponsored by the Ancestor Appreciation Day Association of Ann Arbor, MI, US

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival -- Barnesville, OH, US (pumpkins are just the start of the fun; through Sunday)

Crush a Can Day -- internet generated, so have fun seeing how many (safe) ways you can crush a can, and how flat you can get it!

Fairmount Museum Days/Remembering James Dean Festival -- Fairmont, IN, US (celebrating Dean and other famous people from Fairmont; through Sunday)

Feast of Mashíyyat (Will) -- Baha'i

Fun and Fancy Free Day -- go out and have a great day, in honor of the release on this day in 1947 of the Disney film Fun and Fancy Free

French Community Holiday -- French community of Belgium

Haustmanuour -- Icelandic Calendar (beginning of traditional Autumn Month, during which all the summer chores are finished, including livestock rounded up, before winter begins)

Meskel -- Ethiopian/Eritrian Orthodox Christian (True Cross Day)

National Corned Beef Hash Day

National Great American Beard and Moustache Championships -- Richmond, VA, US (check out some of the former competitors here; through Sunday)     

National Milk Chocolate Day

Preston County Buckwheat Festival -- Kingwood, WV, US (something for everyone at this fun annual event; through Sunday)

Shut Up and Let Somebody Else Talk Day -- begun by someone with an overly verbose spouse, perhaps?

St. Vincent De Paul's Day (Patron of charitable societies/charitable workers, charities, horses, hospital workers, hospitals, lepers, prisoners, spiritual help, volunteers; Brothers of Charity; Saint Vincent de Paul Societies; Sisters of Charity; Vincentian Service Corps; Madagascar; Richmond, Virginia; for finding lost objects; against leprosy)

Thanksgiving Day for Disappearance of Kelp-Koli Again -- Fairy Calendar

World Maritime Day -- UN and IMO (this year's theme is "IMO 70: Our Heritage -- Better Shipping for a Better Future"; this provides opportunity to both take stock and look back at 70 years since the Organization was established, and look forward to addressing current and future challenges) 

World Tourism Day -- World Tourism Organization   

Anniversary Today:

Google is founded, 1998

Birthdays Today:

Avril Lavigne, 1984
Gwyneth Paltrow, 1972
Bello Nock, 1968
Sophia Milos, 1965
Shaun Cassidy, 1958
Mike Schmidt, 1949
Marvin "Meat Loaf" Aday, 1947
Delores Taylor, 1939
Claude Jarman, Jr., 1934
Greg Morris, 1934
Wilford Brimley, 1934
Sada Thompson, 1929
Arthur Penn, 1922
William Conrad, 1920
Jayne Meadows, 1919
Thomas Nast, 1840
Raphael Semmes, 1809
George Muller, 1805
George Cruikshank, 1792
Samuel Adams, 1722

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Tonight Show"(TV), 1954
Strike Up The Band(Film), 1940
"Rip Van Winkle"(Bristow opera), 1855

Today in History:

Severe earthquake in the Gulf of Chili, China; reports of 100,000 killed, 1290
Jesuits founded by Ignatius Loyola, 1540
John Adams negotiates peace terms with Britain, 1779
Constitution submitted to the states for ratification, 1787
Jean-Francois Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone, 1822
The Stockton and Darlington Railway opens, and begins operation of the world's first service of locomotive-hauled passenger trains, 1825
The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc²,1905
The first production of a Ford Model T automobile rolls off the line at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan, 1908
First test of a twin engine airplane, in France, 1910
Native American Day is first celebrated, 1916
Democratic National Committee votes to allow female members, 1919
The first Santa Clause Training School opens in Albion, NY, 1937
The Balinese tiger is declared to be an extinct species, 1937
Sierra Leone joins the United Nations, 1961
Richard Stallman announces the GNU project to develop a free Unix-like operating system, 1983
East Timor joins the United Nations, 2002
CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7, 2008
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers direct evidence of a fast-moving stream bed, showing a prior water source on the Red Planet, 2012
Thai Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra found guilty of criminal negligence in rice subsidy scheme, sentenced to 5 years in absentia, 2017


  1. I heart goes out to these people especially in difficult time like this. Difficult choice to make.

  2. You've captured well the angst many people have faced (and did so recently) when potentially catastrophic weather events are forecast. The stress alone of not knowing whether your home will be left after the storm is bad enough, let alone making the decision to leave (or not).

  3. Bravo, you are really good at putting the words together!

  4. Sounds like something you and Sweetie would do. Just saying. You are a great wordsmith.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  5. Neat fence photos and wonderful 6 sentence story ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  6. great fences love from Europe I have decided to come back

  7. Very much a real situation made worse by
    a) changing climate, which, at least up here in the Northeast seems to have caused, not so much stronger storms, rather the weather is more susceptible to extreme 'mood swings' (lol) and
    2) the trap of superlatives and a mentality based on making the forecasting of weather somehow exciting.
    Am waiting for the Storm of the Millennium, but I don't think they have the vocabulary.
    too true a Six

  8. Well done; you captured a tough situation too real fro too many.

  9. Well done, and sadly, probably true in many families.

  10. Nice skies! May we all be safe from storms.


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