Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Someone Always Ruins the Family Photos! (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 WiseWebWoman.  

This week’s prompts are:

Gas Pump



She stepped out of the car and up to the GAS PUMP, ready to get her show on the road.  

Finally, for a little while at least, she would be away from work.  Away from the incessant “ding-dong” DOORBELL kind of sound  made by the texts coming in to the worker in the cube next to her.  Away from the BLACKBOARD that held assignments she usually loved, but on some occasions dreaded, and which sometimes held the ominous words from the boss, “See Me!”  Away from the huge room that was so dank and so lacking in outdoor light of any kind that the workers had nicknamed it the CELLAR.  It was time to get a break.

She had a couple of museums on her list of places to see, each of which held at least one exhibit or PAINTING she had always wanted to see.  After filling the tank, she sat at the small diner, pushing the ICEBERG lettuce, grated CARROT and Cheddar CHEESE salad around her plate, savoring the time if not necessarily the food.

It was finally vacation, and she was going to enjoy every moment.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Mauritania

Clerihew Day -- in honor of the poetic form Edmund Clerihew Bentley invented, the clerihew:
    Edmund's middle name was Clerihew
    A name possessed by very few
    But verses by Mr. Bentley
    Succeeded eminently!

Don't Step On A Bee Day -- Wellcat Holidays wants to remind you, when going barefoot this time of year, watch out!

Feast Day of Knut the Reaper, Hela, Holda, and Skadi -- Norse deities whose celebration this day is due to their later association with Danish King Canute the Great

Gospel Day -- Kiribati

Independence Day -- Bahamas(1973)

Lady Godiva Day -- tradition says she took her famous ride on this day in 1040

National Pina Colada Day

Pick Blueberries Day -- variously set on different days in July depending on the website; with blueberries being so good for you, find a day to go gather or buy some soon

Silence Day -- followers of Meher Baba

St. Amalburga's Day (Patron of people with fever; Ghent, Belgium; against arm pain, bruises, and fevers)

Teddy Bear Picnic Day -- no idea why today, especially when the author of the song, Jimmy Kennedy, was born on July 20

Worshipful Company of Vintners (Winemakers) of the City of London Annual Procession -- after electing their new guild master, the company processes from Vintners Hall to the Church of St. James Garlickhythe for a church service

Wyandotte Street Art Fair -- Downtown Wyandotte, MI, US (over 250 seasoned and emerging artists display and sell their wares, with music and entertainment; through Saturday)

Anniversaries Today

Wyoming becomes the 44th US State, 1890

Birthdays Today

Jessica Simpson, 1980
Andre Nolan Dawson, 1954
Arlo Guthrie, 1947
Sue Lyon, 1946
Ron Glass, 1945
Virginia Wade,1945
Arthur Ashe, 1943
Lawrence Pressman, 1939
Jerry Herman, 1933
David Norman Dinkins, 1927
Fred Gwynne, 1926
Jean Kerr, 1923
Jake LaMotta, 1921
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921
David Brinkley, 1920
Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert, 1917
John Gilbert, 1897
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, 1875
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, 1875
Marcel Proust, 1871
Nikola Tesla, 1856
Adolphus Busch, 1839
James Whistler, 1834
George Mifflin Dallas, 1792
William Blackstone, 1723
John Calvin, 1509

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Fox And The Hound(Animated film), 1981
"Your Hit Parade"(TV), 1950

Today in History

Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia at the Battle of Dyrrhachium, BC48
The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground, 1212
Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England, 1553
Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Mackenzie River delta, 1789
The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company, 1806
The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain, 1821
Big Ben, the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, rings for the first time, 1859
The eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys the famous pink and white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces of North Island, New Zealand, 1886
Meher Baba, self declared Avatar of the Age, begins his silence of 44 years; his followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration, 1925
In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act, 1925
Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world, 1938
Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit, 1962
Boris Yeltsin begins his 5-year term as the first elected President of Russia, 1991
In London scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution, 1997
Spain opens its first mosque since the Moors were expelled in 1492, in Granada, 2003
France O'Grady is appointed the first female General Secretary by Britain's Trade Union Congress, 2012
NASA's Juno spacecraft makes the closest ever pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot at 9,000 kilometers overhead, 2017
An original sketch of Winnie-the-Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood by E.H. Shepard sells for £430,000 in London, a record price for a book illustration, 2018


  1. Love the kittens. I found wisewebwoman's prompts very, very challenging this week. Good luck with them.

  2. Super cute kittens...almost as cute as puppies :)

  3. I love how that little one is yawning. Or is he meowing? Either way, completely adorable :)

  4. Aw on the kitties. I hope they find a forever home soon and they can stay together. So cute.

    Love your story, but I didn't see the happy with the start of vacation. Okay, I've not had any coffee yet this morning. Let me fix that.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  5. Such adorable kittens. Good story, everyone needs a vacation.

  6. I didn't know Big Ben was that old !!! and the photo is too funny...and accurate :) ☺☺♥♥

  7. Today is Big Ben day. We are eponymous toffee ;) I like the way you used the words in your story. The word Iceberg has been giving me problems, your solution is elegant.

  8. LOVE your story. And it sounds like she totally deserved that vacation.

  9. Your story nailed the words well! It was a vacation well earned.

    I'd love to pick blueberries.

  10. Love your story and glad she gets a vacation away from what sounds like a terrible place to work.

  11. Oh good for her and her vacay. Her workplace sounds so awful and others have shared with me their experiences in such hellholes. Usually call centres.
    Excellent take on the words.



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