Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Veterinarian Sense of Humor Times Two (Wordless Wednesday), Words for Wednesday, and Would You Rather

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at 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 lissa at The Memory of Rain

This week's prompts are (you may use the whole phrase or the words separately):
1. last day
2. zealot
3. homeward
4. listen
5. midnight
6. always

1. start
2. wicked
3. holiday
4. castle
5. infinite
6. goodbye

Like a ZEALOT heading for a religious service he wouldn't miss even if it were his LAST DAY on earth, James headed HOMEWARD at a WICKED speed.

Home, he thought.  His CASTLE, his sanctum sanctorum, his safe harbor in a cruel world.  It was close to MIDNIGHT, no other traffic on the two lane road.  He'd gotten a later START than he wanted, thus he raced along.

As he got near the Brewer place, his headlights picked up the old horse, moseying across the road.  In a split second that seemed INFINITE, he braked and swerved, and the horse shied the other direction.  Another moment and instead of the beginning of a two week HOLIDAY from work and a new assignment that wouldn't require travel any more, his family would have been biding him a final GOODBYE.

He brought the car to a complete stop and got out to see where the horse had run off to.  After all, the Brewers were good neighbors, even if they didn't ALWAYS secure that animal.  It had run back to the barn which was where he found it, and as he walked back to his vehicle, he stopped to LISTEN to the sounds of the country night with a renewed appreciation.

Only another two miles to home, he would take them a bit below the speed limit now.  He had plenty of time.


Cathy of Curious as a Cathy posted these and i thought i’d take a stab at it.

Her questions:
1. Would you rather drink raw eggs or eat sushi (uncooked)? Why?
2. Would you rather live in a hot or cold climate year-round? Why?
3. Would you rather wear slacks or dresses? Why?
4. Would you rather be single or married? Why?
5. Would you rather be on Facebook or Pinterest all day? Why?
6. Would you rather be unique and thought weird or like everyone else with no personal identity to call your own? Why?
7. Would you rather wear all black or any other color? Why?
8. Would you rather be mute or deaf? Why?
9. Would you rather binge watch your favorite TV show or be outdoors on a cold, snowy weekend? Why?
10. Would you rather be trusting or suspicious of all people? Why?

My answers:

  1. The only sushi i eat is the veggie sushi, and it’s raw!
  2. Hot, because cold is very painful for me (capillaries in my hands can break from the cold and cause sores, and breathing in the cold makes my scarred lungs wheeze).
  3. Jeans, actually — you can’t get on the floor to clean a tub or toilet in a dress, and slacks are too nice.
  4. If i’m with my Sweetie, married, if i were with anyone else, single.
  5. Neither, i don’t have an account with either and i never hope to.
  6. Since i’m already unique and thought weird, i’ll just stay that way.
  7. Purple.  All other colors only exist to show off how beautiful purple is, and i mean every shade of purple/violet except puce.
  8. Mute, because i can write what i want to say, but if i can’t hear music i think i will curl into a ball and shrivel.
  9. TV, and i don’t own one, so that tells you how much i wouldn’t want to be outdoors longer than a few minutes in the snow.  (On the rare occasion when we get snow down here, i go out to get pictures and that’s about it.)
  10. Suspicious, but with a kind demeanor that didn’t let you know i was suspicious, and i’ll let the suspicious go as soon as i know you are okay.


Today is:

Cash Register Day -- James Ritty and John Birch were granted a patent on this day in 1883 for an early mechanical cash register

Congressional Brawl Day -- marking the first ever all out brawl in the US Congress in 1798

Draw A Dinosaur Day -- and post it to the web site  

Feast of King Charles the Martyr -- Anglican

Fred Korematsu Day -- US (honoring the civil rights activist who protested the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII) 

Inane Answering Message Day -- the day to change those annoying messages, sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

King's Birthday -- Jordan

Martyrs' Day -- India (assassination anniversary of Gandhi)

National Croissant Day

Pax -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival of Peace)

Puce and Ochre Day -- Fairy Calendar

School Day of Nonviolence and Peace -- sponsored by DENIP

St. Aldegund's Day (Patron of cancer patients; against cancer, childhood diseases, sudden death, wounds)

St. Bathilde's Day (Patron of children, sick people, widows; against bodily ills and sickness)

St. Martina of Rome's Day (Patron of nursing mothers; Rome, Italy)

Three Archbishops' Day -- Eastern Orthodox (a/k/a Holy Hierarchs' Day)

US National Snow Sculpting Competition and Championships -- Lake Geneva, WI, US (through Sunday)

Yodel For Your Neighbors Day -- Why?  Do you hate your neighbors?

Birthdays Today:

Johnathan Lee Iverson, 1976
Christian Bale, 1974
Brett Butler, 1958
Phil Collins, 1951
Charles Dutton, 1951
Steve Marriott, 1947
Marty Balin, 1942
Dick Cheney, 1941
Vanessa Redgrave, 1937
Boris spassky, 1937
Tammy Grimes, 1934
Louis Ruckeyser, 1933
Gene Hackman, 1930
Dorothy Malone, 1925
Dick Martin, 1922
Barbara W. Tuchman, 1912
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882
Isaiah Thomas, 1749
Thomas Rolfe, 1615 (Only child of John Rolfe and Pocahontas.)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Yogi Bear Show"(TV), 1958
"Robert Montgomery Presents"(TV), 1950
"City Lights"(Chaplin Movie), 1931

Today in History:

The Jews of Freilsburg, Germany, are massacred, 1349
King Charles I of England is beheaded, 1649
Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed after having been dead for two years, 1661
The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master, 1703
Henry Greathead tests the first boat intended to be specialized as a lifeboat for rescue purposes, which he invented, on the River Tyne in England, 1790
The burned Library of Congress is reestablished, with Thomas Jefferson contributing, 1815
Edward Bransfield sights the Trinity Peninsula and claims the discovery of Antarctica, 1820
The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened, 1826
A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1841
The city of Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco, for the nearby mission of the same name, 1847
William Wells Brown publishes the first Black drama, "Leap to Freedom," 1858
The US Navy's first ironclad warship, the Monitor, is launched, 1862
The pneumatic hammer is patented by Charles King of Detroit, 1894
The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy, 1911
The House of Lords rejects the Irish Home Rule Bill, 1913
"The Lone Ranger" begins a 21 year run on ABC radio, 1933
Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist, 1948
American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1956
The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police, 1969
Carole King's Tapestry album is released, it would become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide, 1971
Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations, 1972
The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established as the first United States National Marine Sanctuary, 1975
Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner", 1982
Peter Leko of Hungary becomes the world's youngest chess grand master at age 14, 1994
Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease, 1995
Over half a million people participate in the world's largest wildlife survey after extreme cold drives exotic birds into Britain's back gardens, 2011


  1. Love both your words for Wednesday story, and your answers to those questions.


  3. I think that horse was sent purposely to slow James down. My mum used to be fond of saying, "don't be in such a hurry, your house isn't going anywhere" or "slow down, home will still be there when you arrive"

  4. LOL they were briliantly purrrfect haha!

    Have a puntastic rest of week :-)

  5. Love the vet signs.

  6. Great vet signs! I wonder if I could substitute howling for yodeling for our neighbors?

  7. Love those signs. Very clever.

    I love your word prompt story. I was hoping he's make it home. I'm glad he slowed it down.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  8. Love the signs.
    There was a time when I would say that I prefer colder weather, but the older I get the further south I want to long as the humidity is low. Have a blessed day.

  9. I love them all Mimi, especially the first one,
    " urine trouble " Ha,ha,ha. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Those were all totally giggle-worthy!!!

  11. Mimi,

    The signs are laughtastic! Excellent job on your writing prompt. Thanks for borrowing my questions. I enjoyed reading your responses. Good for you for not having a Facebook or Pinterest account. They are time suckers! I try to not get on too often for fear I will get lost. That's what happens when I'm in Blogosphere already. lol I like the way you answered the last questions. I described the way I am and I didn't even know it. :) Have a good day and keep warm. It's so cold today!

  12. I like the belly rub one :) Great story, sometimes we need reminders of how short life is. Nice to learn more about you with the questions.

  13. Well done Words for Wednesday's story. What I always say to my family: I'd rather have you home in one piece half an hour later than in halves half an hour earlier. I like the questions too. My answers:
    1 - raw eggs, thanks, I don't think I could stomach raw rice.
    2 - Cold, I love snow, and you can have fire inside the house.
    3 - Dresses, even though I don't. but a dress is more variable, hotter in snow and cooler on a hot day than trousers.
    4 - Married, shared pleasures are doubled, shared sorrows half.
    5 - Facebook - because of groups.
    6 - unique and weird ... because I already am ;)
    7 - Blue, I love blue.
    8 - mute, for the same reasons as you.
    9 - Be outdoors a cold weekend. I have no TV and I LOVE SNOW!
    10 - trusting - suspicion tires me out.

  14. Funny stuff - thanks for sharing the smiles!

  15. Well. Being the Macabre buff that I am, I just HAD to look up exactly HOW Cromwell was ritually executed AFTER his death.
    Interesting albeit gruesome, to be sure.

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

  16. Great signs. I like the belly rubs. A wake up after the near miss to appreciate how fragile life is but a breath away!

  17. Fun signs ~ smiling here in cold New England ~

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


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