Thursday, November 8, 2018

"Knee"ding Attention (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"Ow, ow, ow, my knee!" he yelled as he came hobbling into the house.

"What happened?" she asked as she helped him over to the couch.

"I tripped over that loose brick on the porch I've been meaning to get to, and I heard my knee give a pop noise, and ooooowwww, it hurts!"

"What do you think you need, an ice pack or an ambulance?" she asked, trying to bring in a little levity; she knew if she got him smiling, it would take his mind off the pain, even if it did turn out to be a serious injury.

"As Charlie Brown once observed, I'm dying and all I hear is insults!" he tried looking grumpy as he said it, but failed miserably.

"Ice pack it is," she said as she got up, and she smiled and nodded when he called after her, "Can I have some ice cream, too?"

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


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

Several times i've wanted to stop and snap a picture of this small door in a brick gate that is almost hidden by a tree, and i finally got the chance:


Today is:

Abet and Aid Punsters Day -- promoted by Punsters Unlimited, which seems to know better than to host a website

Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day -- especially for those who have had to close up the house for winter, we need to create a beautiful aroma for the house; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Deepavali/Diwali(Festival of Lights) -- Hindu; Jain; Sikh (second day of the festival)
    Kukur Tihar/Kukur Puja -- Day of Dogs
    Jain New Year

Dunce Day -- death anniversary of John Duns Scotus (one of the three most important philosopher-theologians of the Middle Ages, he was called the "Subtle Doctor" but his enemies turned his name into the word we use today for someone who isn't too bright)

Feast of the Four Crowned Martyrs (Patrons of cattle, masons, sculptors, stone cutters; against fever)

Festival of the Mania -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to placate the Manes)

Fuigo Matsuri -- Kyoto City, Japan (Bellows Festival, Shinto festival in honor of Inari, the kitchen hearth goddess)

I Hate to Cook Day -- internet generated, and probably started by someone who wanted an excuse to go out to dinner! 

National Cappuccino Day

National Harvey Wallbanger Day

National Parents as Teachers Day -- US

Pirates Week Festival -- Cayman Islands (mock pirate invasions, old sailing vessels, and lots of good natured fun; the islands take turns hosting events through the 12th)

Pohnpei Constitution Day -- Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

Saints, Doctors, Missionaries, and Martyr's Day -- Church of England

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers of Heaven -- Eastern Orthodox Church

Wish-Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)

World Urbanism Day/World Town Planning Day

X-Ray Discovery Day / World Radiography Day -- commemorating the discovery, in 1895, of x-rays     

Anniversaries Today:

Montana becomes 41st US State, 1889
Mount Holyoke Seminary for Women is founded, 1837 (considered by many to be the first true college for women in the US)
Opening of the Louvre, 1793

Birthdays Today:

Tara Reid, 1975
Masashi Kishimoto, 1974
Parker Posey, 1968
Courtney Thorne-Smith, 1967
Gordon Ramsay, 1966
Leif Garrett, 1961
Rickie Lee Jones, 1954
Alfre Woodard, 1953
Mary Hart, 1951
Bonnie Raitt, 1949
Virna Lisi, 1937
Morley Safer, 1931
Patti Page, 1927
Christiaan Barnard, 1922
Esther Rolle, 1920
Martha Gellhorn, 1908
Margaret Mitchell, 1900
Hermann Rorschach, 1884
Milton Bradley, 1836
Edmond Halley, 1656

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Six Degrees of Separation"(Guare drama), 1990
"Night and Day"(Stoppard play), 1978
"Days of our Lives"(TV), 1965
"Life With Father"(Play), 1939
Sister Carrie(Publication date), 1900
"Ruy Blas"(Victor Hugo drama), 1838

Today in History:

Emperor Theodosius declares Christianity to be the state religion, 392
Uprising against Piero de' Medici in Florence, Italy, 1494
First meeting of Montezuma and Hernando Cortez in Tenochtitlan, Mexico, 1519
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public, 1602
Benjamin Franklin opens the first US library, in Philadelphia, PA, 1731
Elijah Craig, of Bourbon, Kentucky, US, first distills Bourbon whiskey from corn, 1789
Sarah Bernhardt makes her US debut at NY's Booth Theater, 1880
The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time, 1892
Wilhelm Roentgen of Germany discovers X-rays, 1895
The New Testament Gospels are translated into Demotic Greek (as opposed to the Koine Greek of ancient texts), resulting in bloody clashes in Athens, 1901
The first Washington state elections in which women could vote take place, 1910
Operation Grapple X, Round C1: Britain conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific, 1957
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate, 1966
Manolis Andronikos discovers the tomb of Philip II of Macedon (Alexander the Great's father), 1977
The UN Security Council demands that Saddam Hussein disarm or face serious consequences, 2002
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao releases pictures of the moon's Sinus Iridium, or Bay of Rainbows, taken during the Chang e-2 lunar mission, 2010
The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles), 2011
Mikhail Gorbachev warns that tensions between America and Russia over Ukraine have put the world on the brink of a new Cold War, 2014
Louvre Abu Dhabi is inaugurated, the largest art museum on the Arabian peninsula, 2017
Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa breaks the world record for surfing the biggest-ever wave at 24.4m at Nazaré, Portugal, 2017


  1. Laughter (and chocolate in my case) are excellent medicines.

  2. Ice cream always helps an "owy"

  3. "Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers of Heaven"" << Best Feast Day Title *evah*!!

    (Festivities commence after we sing Happy Birthday to the Bodleian...)

  4. OUCH! That made my knees hurt!

  5. Definitely, some ice cream. That makes everything stop hurting. Hope the hurt goes away soon. Have a great day.

  6. Good one. I got with Marg, Ice Cream cures most ills. and "Six Degrees of Separation"great movie!

  7. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.

  8. Oh the ice cream will make everything better. Nice touch.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  9. The poor baby, Ice cream. If I was to say that to Mary Lou, she would give that to me not in a bowl but in my face. Ha,ha,ha. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Ice cream is a great medicine.

  11. Excellent short story. You get a complete scene and the arc of the action in that tight framework and that photo is frame-able.

  12. Doesn't ice cream make anything/everything better?
    Well written 6 today and one I can relate to! Knees are no body part to mess with but then what one is lol.

  13. I'm on the ice cream team, but I'm multiple personality about it-- sometimes it's vanilla, but other days only chocolate will do. Don't even get me started on the pistachio days ;-)

  14. Wish Granting Day! Always knew fairies and leprechauns deserved their own day.

    Hurting a knee is deserving of top notch ice cream.

  15. Delightful story and sooo true! Lovely stone fence photo too ~

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

  16. there is the remarkably effective anesthetic effect of humor on pain and/or injury

  17. That was a fun story. Most men are kids at heart :)

  18. A little ice cream (or a lot) and some laughter does wonders for making most any situation better.
    Great SSS.

  19. You list some strange holidays today!

  20. Ice cream possesses wonderful healing qualities. Any going spare?