(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both. If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
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 Delores at Mumblings.
This week’s words are:
Cody’s yells SPLIT the air on what had, up until that moment, threatened to be yet another MUNDANE day on the farm. As well they announced his imminent arrival on the front PORCH where his grandmother sat in the swing, sewing replacements for the RAVELED old kitchen CURTAINS.
“Land sakes, boy, why all the noise? Did another snake get into the hen house?”
“No, but Grandma! I heard someone moaning in the barn and I TRACKED it down and there’s a man hiding in the back of the tack room and he’s bleeding!”
“Well, show some SPUNK, boy, and go HITCH the Grover to the surrey. You and Mavis head for town and get the sheriff and the doctor,” she said, as she tossed the sewing aside and went to the front door.
“What are you going to do, grandma?” Cody asked.
“I’ll keep an eye on him,” she said, grabbing the old shotgun she kept behind the door.
Cody nodded and headed for the carriage barn.
Mavis had heard the yelling, and came out of the house wide-eyed. “Grandma, do you think it might be that man who was hurt trying to rob the hotel yesterday?”
“Mebbe so, child. That’s why I’m not having you two walk into town for help.”
“But grandma,” the young girl continued, “I thought you always said Doc Hanson was a QUACK and he always criticizes your cooking. Why would you send for him?”
“Never you mind what I’ve said, child, you just do as I ask. When you get to town, let Cody drop you at the Doc’s office while he goes and finds the sheriff.” Grandma smiled to herself, thinking about how such a young girl wouldn’t yet understand the depth of an old FRIENDSHIP that kept two people poking and prodding each other that way.
When the sheriff and Doc Hanson arrived, they found Mrs. Watts standing at the door of the tack room in the barn leveling her shotgun at the would-be hotel robber.
“Quite an INTREPID thing for you to do, Mrs. Watts, keeping guard on him like that,” the sheriff had commented as he loaded the man in his wagon after Doc Hanson had stopped his bleeding and stabilized his broken arm.
“She’s nothing if not intrepid,” Doc had noted, grinning at her.
“Once you’re done with him,” Mrs. Watts asked Doc, indicating the injured man with a nod of her head, “would you like to come back and have supper with us?”
“Is your cooking as DEPLORABLE as ever?” Doc asked.
“As bad as your doctoring,” she answered with a laugh.
“I’ll be here!”
Be Late For Something Day -- sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America, Inc. (if they can get around to mentioning it in their newsletter, of course)
Defeat of Jesse James Days -- Northfield, MN, US (a bank raid reenactment, plus parade, races, rodeo, and more; through Sunday)
Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee -- New Centerville, PA, US (steam engines, threshing the old fashioned ways, and fun; through Sunday)
Genesia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (a day of the dead; date approximate)
Hassaku-sai -- Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (rituals to ask the gods for mild weather, good harvests and safe homes)
International Day of Charity -- UN
Jupiter Stator Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemorates that Jupiter helped Romulus to stop the Sabine invasion under Titus Tatius)
Jury Rights Day -- marking the decision by a jury, in 1670, to not convict William Penn of laws which they considered unjust which would have prohibited him from the practice and preaching of his religion to a peaceably assembled congregation; this decision became the basis of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the US
National Cheese Pizza Day
Peach Days Celebration -- Brigham City, UT, US (delicious peaches and family fun; through Saturday)
St. Laurence Gustiani's Day (First Patriarch of Venice)
St. Teresa of Calcutta's Day (Mother Teresa)
Sts. Zechariah and Elisabeth's Day -- Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches
Teacher's Day -- India
The Masters -- Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB, Canada (The international horse show jumping competitions; through Sunday)
Wag and Carrot Fancying Day -- Fairy Calendar
John Travolta marries Kelly Preston, 1991
Kim Yu-Na, 1990
Rose McGowan, 1973
Dweezil Zappa, 1969
Kristian Alfonso, 1964
Cathy Guisewite, 1950
Dennis Dugan, 1946
Raquel Welch, 1940
William Devane, 1939
Carol Lawrence, 1934
Bob Newhart, 1929
Arthur C. Nielsen, 1923
John Cage, 1912
Arthur Koestler, 1905
Darryl F. Zanuck, 1902
Morris Carnovsky, 1897
Jesse James, 1847
Johann Christian Bach, 1735
"The Joan Rivers Show"(TV), 1989
"Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy"(TV), 1966
"No Mother To Guide Her"(Play), 1905
Today in History:
The Great Fire of London ends, leaving 8 people dead and 13,200 homes destroyed, 1666
Peter the Great of Russia imposes a tax on beards, in an attempt to Westernize his people, 1698
The First Continental Congress is assembled in Philadelphia, 1774
The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror, 1793
Napoleon surrenders Malta to Great Britian, 1800
Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas, 1836
The First Opium war begins in China, 1839
James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon, 1862
Sioux Chief Crazy Horse is killed, 1877
The First Labor Day Parade is held in NYC, 1882
The first gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 1885
The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin), 1906
The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger, 1932
The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade, 1961
A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attack and take hostage 11 Israel athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. 2 die in the attack and 9 die the following day, 1972
Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay, 1977
The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel, 1980
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, came into force, 1991
Tuvalu joins the UN, 2000
For the first time, a browsable, analysable overview of four million functional elements of the human genome discovered to date are made available to the public, 2012
The World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, 2014
Hurricane Irma becomes the post powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history with winds of 185mph, 2017
Togo's government shuts down the internet for a week to quell government opposition, 2017