Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wonderful Thought (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. shutdown
2. wreck
3. hairclip
4. marked
5. old school
6. brewery


1. release
2. hell-no!
3. cherries
4. insignificant
5. coffee
6. almost

"Mabel, did you hear the BREWERY had another SHUTDOWN?" Edna asked her back yard neighbor as they both stepped out to hang clothes on their respective lines.

"Oh, HELL-NO!" Mabel yelled.  "This is gettin' ridiculous!  What happened now?"

"When you are done hangin' your clothes, come on in for some COFFEE and I'll tell you all about it," Edna answered.

"I'll be right over, after I readjust my HAIRCLIP.  It keeps saggin' and it makes my hair look like a WRECK.  I swear I need another hair trim and it seems like ALMOST yesterday when I had the last one." 

Both ladies finished up with this step of their laundry chore, and Mabel went in to fix her hair and grab a couple of pieces of the pie that she'd made from the CHERRIES that grew on the fence line tree.  There was nothing like Edna's coffee and Mabel's pies, other ladies used to say, and the two usually knew the best town gossip as well.

"So what's goin' on this time?" Mabel asked as the two sat down at the oilcloth covered kitchen table to eat and drink and talk, their three favorite things.

Edna began, "Well, Joe asked for a work RELEASE today so he could go back to the doctor, you remember, he's been havin' trouble with his lumbago.  He had MARKED it on his time card that he was gonna be out.  Anyways, they asked him to come in for the mornin' since his appointment wasn't until afternoon.  While he was there, that newfangled machine they just got went plumb crazy again, spewin' beer all over instead of into the bottles."

Mabel interrupted with, "Land sakes!  As my Daddy used to say, the OLD SCHOOL way may be slower, but we know it always worked!"

"I know just what you mean," Edna agreed.  "Joe barely got to his appointment, they almost didn't want to let him go but he told them he was goin' and he'd be back as soon as he could.  They think his lumbago is INSIGNIFICANT compared to keepin' the place going, but if they don't have the good workers like my Joe and your Ben in good health, they ain't gonna have anythin'!"

"You got that right," Mabel agreed.  "And how did you find out about it?"

"Oh, Joe stopped off here to grab his lunch on the way to his appointment, but he's done with that and back at work by now," Edna said.  "They'll probably have another late night, all of them.  Here, have another cup of coffee, we may as well relax a while, no need to make an early supper tonight."

"That's fine by me," Mabel sighed with satisfaction.  "I'd just as soon have a nice, long afternoon chat as go swelter over a hot stove!"


Today is:

Break-Up Day -- if you are over him/her, don't go through tomorrow pledging love falsely, get out today

Dream of Your Sweetheart Day -- a reminder that if you aren't ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow, you'd better get cracking

Employee Legal Awareness Day -- Australia

Get a Different Name Day -- for those who hate their name; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Ides of February -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Parentalia begins -- through the 21st (honoring divi parentes -- the deified ancestors)
    Lupercalia begins -- through the 15th (to rid the city of evil spirits)
    Orgiastic festival of Juno Februa begins -- through tomorrow

I Value Your Friendship Day -- because you don't want to neglect your friends while we are remembering love this week

Madly in Love With Me Day -- because you have to love "me" before you can love "we"

National Tortellini Day

St. Catherine dei Ricci's Day (Patron of the ill)

Ta-asobi -- Akatsuka Suwa Shrine, Itabashi-ku, Japan (ceremony to pray for a good harvest)

Trndez or Tearnandarach -- Armenian Christian Church (fire celebration, begins in the evening and goes through tomorrow; originally a pagan sun worship celebration, it is now a Candlemas celebration by the OS Calendar)

Birthdays Today:

Mena Suvari, 1979
Robbie Williams, 1974
Kelly Hu, 1968
David Naughton, 1951
Peter Gabriel, 1950
Stockard Channing, 1944
Jerry Springer, 1944
Carol Lynley, 1942
Peter Tork, 1942
Bo Svenson, 1941
George Segal, 1934
Kim Novak, 1933
Chuck Yeager, 1923
Eileen Farrell, 1920
Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1919
Eddie Robinson, 1919
Grant Wood, 1892
Alvin York, 1887
Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace Truman, 1885
Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, 1849
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, 1754
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, 1682

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Merlin"(Musical), 1983
"Prince Valiant"(Comic strip), 1937

Today in History:

Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed, 1258
Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland, 1349
The Disfida di Barletta (Challenge of Barletta); Frenchman Charles de la Motte accused Italians of cowardice, and thirteen Italians proceeded to rout 13 Frenchmen in a chivalrous horseback tourney, 1503
St. Augustine, Florida, is founded, becoming the oldest continuously occupied European established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States, 1566
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing belief that the Earth revolves around the sun, 1633
Treaty of Lisbon:  Spain recognizes Portugal, 1668
The Massacre of Glencoe: 78 members of the clan Macdonald are murdered for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange (William III), 1692
Cholera appears in London, 1832
Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards, 1867
The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert, 1881
Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class, 1886
Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector, 1894
English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested, 1907
The Negro National League is formed, 1920
A jury in Flemington, New Jersey finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, 1935
France tests its first atomic bomb, 1960
Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released, 1970
A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, 1981
An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany, 1990
The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies, 2000
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star "Lucy" after The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", 2004
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations, 2008
At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds, 2009
For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855, 2011


  1. Love your story. I too would rather have a chat than swelter over a hot oven.

  2. Love the story. It sounds the perfect way to spend a bit of time with a neighbour. Living on a farm I don't get the opportunity to have a natter over the garden fence. I like the WW too.

  3. Nice qoute on the sign

    I wouuld like Mabel as a friend heheh!

    Have a quotetastic WW! :-)

  4. Love the quote at the top - very, very true! And well done on your story. You do such a great job using all of the words.

  5. That is very true about love. We also recently saw that being in love is like being hungry. If you are not feeling it you are probably not.

  6. Mimi,

    Excellent quote and story! You come up with some great ones with the word prompts given - very cool job! I love it that "It's Value Your Friendship' day! Excellent and I so value you, my friend! xx

  7. Well written story from the time when we had time. Thanks.

  8. I love the quote. That's so very true.

    I always enjoy your stories. You can spin a tale very nicely.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, my friend. ♥

  9. Great sign although in my case it didn't actually work out that way! Really enjoyed your lady's chat!

  10. Nice to have neighbours to chat with.

  11. I can picture the ladies in the 40's or 50's doing this. I had to look up lombago :)

  12. Many friendships are undervalued. I'm sure they would appreciate a little confirmation.
    My sweetheart of 45 years is in my thoughts daily. I'm not sure how my life would look without her. Have a blessed week.

  13. Happy Valentine's day and may you give much love away.

  14. I Love your story, I'm picturing fountains of beer spurting out of pipes and workers all running around with their mouths open to catch some. What a great story! :) :)

  15. Wonderful quote and so true and delightful story ~ thanks,

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

  16. Poor Joe and his lumbago at least he got it seen to.

  17. eat, drink & talk - my favorite things, well, not coffee though. good uses of the prompts.

    have a lovely day.


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