Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Call (Six Sentence Story) and It's Still Carnival Time (Good Fences)

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The phone call no parent wants, episode whatever/whatever (too many to count at this point).

#1 Son:  Mom, I think I just had a seizure!

Me, trying to come out of a sound sleep at 11:45pm:  What?

#1 Son:  I was in my room playing a video game, and then I came to and didn't know who I was or where I was, and my tongue is all bit up, and I can't move my right arm, it hurts!

Me, stumbling out of bed:  Okay, i'll get there as quickly as i can.

While i still wasn't sure what had happened, one thing was clear, it was going to be a very long night.

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

Yes, this really happened.  #1 Son, probably from anxiety, fatigue/lack of sleep, and low potassium, had a grand mal seizure.  He dislocated and broke his shoulder, and ripped the rotator cuff off of the bone.  He is still in the hospital, with surgery today.  Prayers are much appreciated.


Gosia at 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.    

Since i'm usually driving, i don't get the chance to take too many pictures of this decorative phenomenon:


Today is:

Car Keys and Small Change Day -- ???

Dia de Andalucia -- Andalucia, Spain

DNA Day -- day in 1953 when Watson and Crick determined the double helix structure of DNA

Feast of the Incappucciati -- Gradoli, Italy (members of the Confraternity of Purgatory make the rounds of the town gathering food for the souls in Purgatory, which is served at a banquet next week on Ash Wednesday)

Februalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (purification of Rome performed by citizens making sacrifices to the dead)

Fettiger Donnerstag  -- Swabia, Germany ("greasy Thursday", so called because of the greasy Kuchli cakes and pastries made today to use during carnival before the Lent fast)

Floral Design Day -- a day to acknowledge this art form, sponsored by Rittners Floral School     

Florida Strawberry Festival -- Plant City, FL, US (celebrating the winter strawberry harvest, this year's theme is "Building New Memories"; through Mar. 11)

Kalevala Day -- Finland (Finnish Culture Day)

National Chocolate Souffle' Day

National Science Day -- India

National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22, depending on whom you ask

Nylon Day -- the first aliphatic polyamides were produced on this day in 1935

Peace Memorial Day -- Taiwan

Public Sleeping Day -- this one even has a wikiHow page 

Rare Disease Day -- International      

St. Hedwig of Poland's Day (Patron of queens)

St. Romanus' Day (Patron of the mentally ill; against drowning, insanity)

Teacher's Day -- Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Jordan; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen

Weiberfastnach -- Cologne, Germany (Women's Carnival, the day the women run the pre-Lent celebration)

Anniversaries Today:

University of Pittsburgh is chartered, 1787

Birthdays Today (followed by Feb. 29 Birthdays)

Ali Larter, 1976
Robert Sean Leonard, 1969
John Tuturro, 1957
Gilbert Gottfried, 1955
Bernadette, Peters, 1948
Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, 1945
Brian Jones, 1942
Mario Andretti, 1940
Tommy Tune, 1939
Gavin MacLeod, 1930
Frank Gehry, 1929
Svetiana Allilueva, 1926
Charles Durning, 1923
Zero Mostel, 1915
Earl Scheib, 1907
Milton Caniff, 1907
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, 1906
Vincente Minnelli, 1903
Linus Pauling, 1901
Ben Heckt, 1894
Charles Blondin, 1824
John Tenniel, 1820
Mary Lyon, 1797
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533

Antonio Sabato, Jr., 1972
Tony Robbins, 1960
Gretchen Christopher, 1940
Jack Lousma, 1936
Dinah Shore, 1916
Jimmy Dorsey, 1904
William Wellman, 1896
Herman Hollerith, 1860

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Golden Pond"(Play), 1979
"La Reine de Saba"(Opera), 1862
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling(Publication date), 1749

Today in History:

Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China, BC202
The first edition of Henry Fieldings' "Tom Jones" is published, 1749
John Wesley charters the Methodist Church, 1784
The first commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) is chartered, 1827
Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec), 1838
Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor, 1849
The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, 1870
The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone, 1885
The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched, 1893
Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force, 1897
Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain, 1922
DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon, 1935
Basketball is televised for the first time, 1940
In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives, 1947
James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2), 1953
The first-ever color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public, 1954
The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué, 1972
Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum, 1980
GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way, 1997
First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace, 1998
Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947, 2004
Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft, 2007
Egypt annunces the discovery of a granite head from a statue of King Tut's grandfather, Amenhotep III, 2010
The brains of two rats are successfully connected so that they share information, 2013


  1. Oh, what a true story. Felling sorry for you and #1 son, prayers on their way.

  2. Praying for you and son and the doctor to do the necessary. May God grant speedy recovery, and protection.

  3. What a scary situation! I am hoping all are tended to and feeling well..

  4. Dang that is scary. We're all sending prayers for #1 Son, we hope all is okay super soon.

  5. Yow.
    (Of course, you are fortunate in being one of those people who become calmer as the situation (involving family, at any rate) as becomes scarier.)
    Heres for the Six being total fiction.

  6. Yikes. I do pray that all goes well.

  7. vividly scary here. good job of word painting. also, liza's dad's birthday. yo vinny! nice fence.

  8. We sure send lots good thoughts that all goes well. Those are some nice fences. Have a great day.

  9. Prayers in progress. Please keep us informed.

    Have a blessed day, my friend. Big healing hugs. ♥

  10. This post really upset me Mimi. I've had many grand mal seizures in my life since I had two brain operations. I know what it is like and it's scary. I'll be praying for him Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Sorry that is a true story. I will be praying for your son. XO

  12. Lots of prayers for your dear son ~ Xox

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

  13. Excellent list of facts and dates!! Thanks! Prayers for your son! Annster's Domain

  14. You and #1Son just made the top of my prayer list. Sounds painful & frightening. Talk about a dramatic 6. Here's to fictionalized drama replacing the real thing!

  15. Oh. My. Word. That is a too-scary-six. Prayers for a speedy recovery for #1 son and peace of mind for you and your family.

  16. Thinking good thoughts...
    (And delighted to know I won't completely starve in the afterlife.)

  17. Oh, what a horrible night for him and for you. I hope that the surgery went well and that he will mend quickly. So glad you were able to answer his call for help.

  18. Mimi,

    I finally found what happened to #1 son. WOW, I did not know that he suffers from seizures? That injury sounds horrible! Gee, poor kid! Saying prayers for a quick recovery! God surely is good to keep His hand upon him.


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