Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Better Late Than Never (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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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 River at Drifting Through Life.    

This week's words are:

1. bathroom
2. parasol
3. furniture
4. duck
5. phone
6. puzzle


1. wade
2. grim
3. barge
4. sporadic
5. pizza
6. burial

Detective Clegg grabbed another slice of PIZZA and shook his head.  He'd been relying on fast food way too much lately, and had to face the GRIM fact that he was regaining the weight he'd worked so hard to lose.  His hours had become way too SPORADIC again in the wake of this latest case for him to continue cooking the healthy meals he'd fought to learn to make.

Turning to the papers on his cluttered desk, he tried to once again WADE through the reports and make some sense of the PUZZLE.  A gruesome BURIAL of the victim with a PARASOL clutched in his hand.  FURNITURE overturned into the strangest pattern, obviously done on purpose.

His lower tract chose that moment to BARGE in on his reverie with an insistence that could not be denied, so he decided to head for the evidence room and look at the objects recovered from the scene and DUCK into the BATHROOM on the way.

The moment he opened the men's room door, his PHONE rang.  "Of course!" he thought, glancing at the screen and hoping he could ignore it for the moment and return the call.  No such luck.

"Clegg," he said, and listened while one of the investigators said, "We found a second victim buried in the yard.  We're pretty sure it's his ex-wife."

"I'll be down there as soon as I can," he said, knowing that it was going to be another long afternoon.


Today is:

Adopt a Goblin Orphan Day -- Fairy Calendar

Blessed Wulfric's Day

Butter Lantern Festival -- Tibet (the final celebration of the Tibetan New Year)

Cherry Pie Day

Clean Out Your Bookcase Day -- supposedly begun in 1985, but i can't find information on who started it; donate books you don't need any more to a local friends of the library group

Flying Car Day -- the Arrowmobile, the first flying car, patented this day in 1937 (and can you imagine, as bad as driving is, how many accidents we would have if these people were flying around instead?)

Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere) -- at noon local time, citizens are requested to go outside and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase away winter and call in spring; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Khajuraho Dance Festival -- Khajuraho, India (annual gathering of Indian classical dancers from across the country and abroad; through the 26th)

Love Your Pet Day -- a day to pamper pets, like they don't get pampered enough

National Handcuff Day -- on the anniversary of its patent 

St Leo of Catania's Day (a/k/a Leo the Wonderworker, Patron of Rometta, Longi, and Sinagra, Sicily)

Toothpick Day -- first machine used to make them patented this day in 1872

World Day for Social Justice -- UN

Anniversary Today:

John Cleese marries Connie Booth, 1968
US Post Office, 1792 (George Washington signed the act which created it)

Birthdays Today:

Rihanna, 1988
Andrew Shue, 1967
Lili Taylor, 1967
Cindy Crawford, 1966
French Stewart, 1964
Charles Barkley, 1963
Ron Eldard, 1963
James Wilby, 1958
Patty Hearst, 1954
Gordon Brown, 1951
Ivana Trump, 1949
Jennifer O'Neill, 1948
Peter Strauss, 1947
Brenda Blethyn, 1946
Sandy Duncan, 1946
Phil Esposito, 1942
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941
Nancy wilson, 1937
Bobby Unser, 1934
Sidney Poitier, 1927
Robert Altman, 1925
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924
Carl E. Stotz, 1920
Gale Gordon, 1906
Ansel Adams, 1902
Joseph Jefferson, 1829
William Prescott, 1726

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel"(Play), 1963
"Barber of Seville"(Rossini Opera), 1816
"Giulio Cesare in Egitto"(Opera, HWV 17), 1724

Today in History:

Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland so King Christian I can pay his daughter's dowry, 1472
An unnamed comet approaches withing 860,000 miles of Earth, the closest a comet has ever come to our planet, 1491
The first recorded wine auction is held, in London, 1673
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington, 1792
Austria declares bankruptcy, 1811
Concepcion, Chile, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1835
The US Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia, 1839
Luther Crowell patents a machine to manufacture paper bags, 1872
In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens, 1872
The first minor league baseball association is organised, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1887
King O'Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra, 1913
A new volcano, Paricutin, erupts in a farmer's cornfield in Mexico, 1943
The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate, 1959
While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 1962
Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts, 1965
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands, 1976
Texas industrialist Ross Perot's U.S. presidential campaign begins, 1992
Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout, 2005
Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network , with cars charging in less than 30 minutes, 2013
A 4-inch lock of John Lennon's hair sells at auction for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector, 2016
Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million, 2017
Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis, 2018


  1. lovely post greetings from Europe

  2. I like yor tale. Poor Detective Clegg. I hope he is in for better times later.
    A small correction from a pedantic Dane ;)
    "Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland so King Christian I can pay his daughter's dowry, 1472"
    Norway should be Denmark and Norway as it was a double monarcy at that time ;)

  3. "Clean Our Your Bookcase" isn't just a holiday - it's more of a lifestyle! :-)

  4. Mimi,

    Funny V-Day signs! The hogs and kisses put a smile on my face. :) Great flash story! Do you ever expand on these short pieces? You write very well. :)

  5. We are glad we haven't ever met a real skunk, but we have taken in the scent while driving down the road!

  6. LOL thanks for making me smile :-)

    Have a quiptastic week :-)

  7. It's Cherry Pie Day and on Wednesdays Village Inn Restaurants give a free piece of pie to senior adults. I think I know what my lunch plans will be. Have a blessed day.

  8. Fun post for Wednesday ~ brings a smile to my face ~ ^_^

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

  9. Scent - imental and Hogs & Kisses, Love it, love it, love it. My wife will love it because she was a farmer's daughter. Thanks you Mimi for giving me a good laugh this morning. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Love those signs. They made me chuckle.

    I always love your stories and this one made me laugh at the end. He needs to alter that diet of his. Yikes.

    If I use the link above to go to your WordPress site it will go to Blogger posts. I'm sure you don't want that to happen.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  11. Love the hogs and kisses!
    Now I want to know the next instalment of the story.

  12. Well, first timer here... love your theme and blog here... looks like I shall be stopping by again! Your signs were a real hoot! LOL Have a great day!

  13. Interesting that Austria went bankrupt? What happens to a country when it goes bankrupt?
    I am going to have to read up a bit on this...

    - Lisa

  14. Interesting story. Those cookies look good :)

  15. Uh-Oh, TWO murders. Great use of the words. Every time I look at the list I'm reminded how long it's been since I had any pizza. Almost a year. I hope Inspector Gregg doesn't suffer too much from his pizza.

  16. Great signs for valentine's day. I like the story and wondered how the story ends. Have a great weekend!


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