Thursday, April 25, 2019

A to Z: Very Busy (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"So, do you have it all?" she asked, although she could tell, from the way his eyes were glazed, he didn't.

"Look, you really need to write it all out for me, I just don't have your memory," he said.

"Memory of a mom," she sighed, and grabbed a pen and paper to start writing.

"See," she continued, "it's not as difficult as you think, and you'll even have time, between the funeral visitation and coming back to pick me up and take me to the laundromat, to stop at home and have lunch, and you can do the grocery shopping while our son is at the second job interview."

"If you're sure," he said, and she replied, "I'm sure, just follow the list and call me if you have any questions."

Taking the list, he shook his head and muttered, "Sometimes I wonder why I retired!"

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

Sweetie's list yesterday


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.    

The corner fence with a flower pot on top caught my attention:


Today is:

Adonia -- Greece (women's festival mourning the death of Adonis; date approximate)

ANZAC Day -- Australia; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Tonga

Army Day -- North Korea

DNA Day -- structure of DNA first published this day in 1953; human genome project ended today in 2003; related observance
    DNA Day -- a day for teachers, students, and everyone to learn more about genetics and genomics  sponsored by and the Smithsonian     

Dogwood Festival -- Camdenton, MO, US (a rite of spring festival under the beautiful dogwood trees; through Saturday)

Duck Appreciation Society Day -- The Duck Appreciation Society (some sites say May 10; either way, go feed the ducks if you like them, but not stale white bread, it's no better for them than it is for us)

East Meets West Day -- Allies from the East and West finally met up this day in 1945 about 75 miles from Berlin

Festival of Robigalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to protect against corn blight; festival of Robiga and Rogibus, the brother and sister fertility gods)

Fiddlers' Frolics -- Hallettsville, TX, US (home of the Texas State Fiddler Championships; through Sunday)

Flag Day -- Faroe Islands; Swaziland

Hairstylist Appreciation Day -- if you have a good one, let him/her know (some sites put this on the 30th)

Harpa Month Begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Harp, dedicated to young women as last month was dedicated to young men)
    Sumardagurinn Fyrsti -- first day of summer, a legal holiday

Harrogate Spring Flower Show -- Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (Britain's premier spring flower show, through Sunday)

Hug A Plumber Day -- because when you are knee deep in it, you really need them around

Liberation Day -- Italy; Portugal

National Crayola Day -- no one claims starting this holiday, observe it with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews/kids down the street, and remember how fun it is to color pictures

National Zucchini Bread Day -- they hold this at a time when you are not yet sick of all that zucchini you grew in the garden

Parental Alienation Awareness Day -- raising awareness of Parental Alienation or Hostile Aggressive Parenting     

Red Hat Society Day -- first Red Hat Tea Party held this day in 1998

Sandburg Days -- Galesburg, IL, US (a festival for the mind, celebrating their two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning native son, Carl Sandburg; through Saturday)

Sinai Liberation Day -- Egypt

St. Mark the Evangelist's Day (Patron of attorneys/barristers/lawyers/notaries, captives, glaziers, imprisoned people/prisoners, lions, stained glass workers, struma patients; Egypt; Boretto, Italy; Creazzo, Italy; Infanta, Philippines; Ionian Islands; Pordenone, Italy; Sonnino, Italy; Venice, Italy; against impenitence, insect bites, scrofulous diseases, struma)

Tag des Baumes -- Germany (Tree Day/Arbor Day)

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day -- US (begun by the Ms. Foundation for Women in 2003, the day is designed to expand opportunities for girls and boys, expose them to what adults do in their daily lives during work hours, show them the value of education, and teach them about the challenges of balancing work, family, community, and personal responsibilites, with this year's theme being "Workforce Development for All"; children are encouraged to return to school tomorrow and discuss what they have learned)   

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival -- Wenatchee, WA, US (more than 40 fun events showcasing the greater Wenatchee Valley, it's people, products, and heritage; through May 5)

World Malaria Day / Malaria Awareness Day -- WHO and the International Community

World Penguin Day -- because they begin migrating on or around this day     

20-Something Service Day -- can't find who started this one, but it's a good idea, whomever it was, whether you are 20 or older to do some community service or volunteer work regularly

Anniversaries Today:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is established, ND, US, 1947
The United Negro College Fund is founded, 1944

Birthdays Today:

Jacob Underwood, 1980
Emily Bergl, 1975
Jason Lee, 1970
Renee Zellweger, 1969
Hank Azaria, 1964
Jeffrey DeMunn, 1947
Talia Shire, 1946
Stu Cook, 1945
Bjorn Ulvaeus, 1945
Al Pacino, 1940
"Meadowlark" Lemon, 1932
Paul Mazursky, 1930
Albert King, 1923
Ella Fitzgerald, 1918
Edward R. Murrow, 1908
William Joseph Brennan, Jr., 1906
John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, 1884
Guglielmo Marconi, 1874

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Little Murders"(Play), 1967
"Romulus the Great"(Play), 1949
"Another Language"(Play), 1932
"Turandot"(Opera), 1926
Robinson Crusoe(Publication date), 1719

Today in History:

Lysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the Peloponnesian War ends, BC404
German geographer and mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller publishes his Cosmographiae Introductio map in which he gives the American continents their name, 1507
Highwayman Nicholas Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine, 1792
Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom, 1829
The last survivors of the Donner Party arrive back in civilization, 1847
The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots, 1849
British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal, 1859
New York State becomes the first US state to require automobiles to be licensed, 1901
First DC Comic with Batman is published, 1939
Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations, 1945
Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid describing the double helix structure of DNA, 1953
The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping, 1959
Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit, 1961
Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords, 1982
American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war, 1983
Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit, 1983
The Hubble Telescope is deployed, 1990
The Human Genome Project comes to an end 2.5 years before first anticipated, 2003
The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia  after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937, 2005
Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union, 2005
The U.S. government 'condemns' international media outlets, including 'The New York Times' for publishing confidential files, 2011
The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years, 2013
A fossil unearthed in China has been identified as a new pterosaur species; named Kryptodrakon progenitor, the fossil is the first of its kind to show traits of pterodactyls, giant flying reptiles, 2014


  1. I like that fence as well. I always like finding things in places where they are not normally found.

  2. Shades of my father - who always wondered how he had found time to work...

  3. lawyers, notaries, and glaziers, huh?
    I'm going to have to think about that one. :-)

  4. Retirement can be the busiest time of your life! Hey, Duck Appreciation Day! I assume we don't celebrate it with Peking duck or duck l'orange!

    My A-Z of Children's Stories

  5. come on, how could my Six and your Six have such,... simpatico (though I will be surprised if many others think the same thing)

  6. Sounds as if he hasn't retired, just hired on at the 'Honey do Ranch' hahaha excellent six!

  7. Now I understand why most men don't want to retire. Lol! Most of my former male colleagues delayed going home after work so as to avoid being asked to do things for their wife.

  8. TLW leaves me a list every day when she leaves. Not that my memory is bad, it's terrific, she just wants to boss me around! 42 years, I suppose it's working! Good six. And happy DNA day!

  9. I'm very glad that I retired. Amazing I have more money now that I ever had when I was working and I'm enjoying life more. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. He would have worked less if he was still working. Just saying. That's a lot of travel. I'll bet he got it done too.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  11. Quite list and good questioning about retiring ~ and neat fence photos ~

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

  12. That was a good story. Our Dad is retired and he always has a long list!

  13. I bet he didn't have a clue all that went on, lol. Or, what he was "getting into" when he retired! Is there really such a thing as retirement? :)
    Fun Six!

  14. Great story. That is a unique fence too :)

  15. If he's anything like me, he'll lose the list before he gets to the car....

  16. That certainly is a very high fence. Have a wonderful weekend.

  17. Retirement: giving up a paying job to one that pays in non monetary that a good hope as I am getting close? Nice story.

  18. Having a list is good to have, just in case. Then of course getting it out to look at it once you are in the store is even better.

  19. Ha! That's what they say, never busier. Enjoyable Six!