Thursday, July 25, 2019

Wave (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Anticipation (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday

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As wave after wave of nausea hit, she tried to calm it with sips of icy cold ginger ale and a few nibbles of a soda cracker.

He stood by and watched, worried.  Should he take her to the doctor?

"I'll be fine," she kept saying, "I'm holding down just enough to keep from dehydrating, and that's the most important thing."

"It never occurred to me that morning sickness could get this bad," he said.

"It's only the pot that goes with the plant," she said, and before hurrying back to the restroom again added, "and since we want children, it's a pot I'm willing to suffer through."

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


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.      

Sometimes i get lucky and catch a nice decoration on a fence:


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day!  This week's image and my poem:    

Gee, I can't wait to work here
To be a "soda jerk,"
That's what my dad calls it,
It made my ears to perk

When I heard that he once worked here
And along with his pay
He got to eat as much as he wanted
Ice cream every day!

He says it made him tired
He wearied of it soon,
I want to try that for myself
I think that he's a loon!

I think I won't get tired
Of eating it every day
"You just wait, son, and you'll soon see"
Is all dad has to say.

(Sweetie's dad was a soda jerk back in the day, and the owner of the shop was very smart.  He let his employees have all the ice cream they wanted, and inevitably they ate themselves sick the first week and never touched it again as long as they worked there.  That man was a brilliant student of human nature.)


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful. 

This morning i am thankful that i got to take another art class this week.


Today is:

Act Like A Caveman Day -- internet generated, just to be fun, especially if your neighbors think you are crazy anyway

Annie Oakley Days Festival -- Greenville, OH, US (keeping alive the legacy of "Little Miss Sure Shot" with a shooting contest today as well as a pilgrimage to her grave, then tomorrow starts the Melodrama performances, ugly boot contest, Family Fun Games, and more; through Sunday)

Bayreuther Festspiele -- Bayreuth, Germany (Wagner festival, through Aug. 28)

Be Adamant About Something Day -- it's good practice

Berne Swiss Days Festival -- Berne, IN, US (Swiss food, dancing, yodeling, a stein-toss, and lots more family fun; through Saturday)

Calgary Folk Music Festival -- Calgary, AB, Canada (one of Calgary's biggest and most fun festivals; through Sunday)

Commonwealth Constitution Day -- Puerto Rico

Culinarian's Day -- another one here because of the internet, but a good excuse to let your inner chef go wild, and enjoy the results

Dodge City Days -- Dodge City, KS, US (a celebration of Western heritage, this year's theme is "Strike Up The Band"; through Aug. 4)

Ebernoe Horn Fair -- Sussex, England (ancient horn fairs were pagan fertility rites, now just a fun time for all)

Eve of the Hathor Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of the Knee-Knockers -- Fairy Calendar

Furrinalia -- Ancient Etruscan Calendar (Furrina, goddess of the sacred grove and spring on Janniculum hill)
     also Ancient Roman Calendar (to honor those who searched for underground water sources)

Goettafest -- MainStrasse Village, Covington, KY, US (a celebration of goetta, a favorite regional food, plus entertainment, and arts and crafts; through Sunday, and again next Thursday through Sunday)

Great Texas Mosquito Festival -- Clute, Texas, US (Annual salute to the fact that if you can't beat 'em, and when it's mosquitoes, you can't, you might as well celebrate 'em.  There's something for all ages, including the Skeeter Beaters Baby Crawl, a Mosquito calling contest, and a Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, plus games, rides, carnival food, and more; through Saturday)

Guanacaste Day -- Costa Rica

Guayaquil Day -- Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ilyap'a -- Ancient Inca Calendar (festival of the lightning god; date approximate)

International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo -- Grand Isle, LA, US (hurricanes have tried to derail this celebration, but they come back better than ever each time; through Saturday)

National Chili Dog Day

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Nova Scotia Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Festival -- Bible Hill, NS, Canada (Canada's longest running bluegrass festival and a great event for the whole family; through Sunday)

Quilt Odyssey 2019 -- Hershey, PA, US (national quilt competition, through Sunday)

Republic Day -- Tunisia

Soma-Nomaoi -- Haramachi City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (wild horse chase which recreates a battle from over 1,000 years ago; through Monday)

St. Christopher's Day (Patron of archers, automobile drivers/motorists, bachelors, boatmen, bookbinders, busdrivers, cab drivers,epileptics, fruit dealers, fullers, gardeners, lorry drivers, mariners, market carriers, porters, sailors, taxi drivers, transportation/transporation workers, travellers, truck drivers/truckers, watermen; Baden, Germany; Barga, Italy; Brunswick, Germany; Fubine, Italy; Havana, Cuba; Mecklenburg, Germany; Rab, Croatia, St. Christopher's Island; Saint Kitts; Toses, Girona, Calalonia, Spain ;for a holy death; against bad dreams, epilepsy, floods, hailstorms, lightning, pestilence, storms, sudden death, toothache)

St. James' Day (The Apostle, brother of St. John and son of Zebedee, the first Apostle martyred; Patron of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, arthritis sufferers, blacksmiths, equestrians and horsemen, furriers, knights, laborers, pilgrims, soldiers, tanners, veterinarians; Altopascio, Lucca, Italy; Antigua, Guatemala; Bangued, Philippines; Brentino Belluno, Italy; Caltagirone, Italy; Cassine, Italy; Chile; Cicala, Catanzaro, Italy; Comitini, Italy; Compostela, Spain; Galicia, Spain; Gavi, Italy; Guatemala; Hettstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; Jemez Indian Pueblo; Loiza, Puerto Rico; Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Montreal, Canada; Nicaragua; Pistoia, Italy; Rivarolo Canavese, Italy; Sahuayo, Mexico; Seattle, Washington; Spain; Tesuque Indian Pueblo; against arthritis and rheumatism; sometimes called Jacob, the Latinized version of his name, also Iago and Jaques in Romance languages) related observances
    Dia Nacional de Galicia -- Galicia, Spain (National Day of Galicia, a/k/a Apostole Santiago, St. James the Apostle's Day)
    The Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela -- Galicia, Spain (one of the world's largest pilgrimages still, to the church that has the supposed relics of St. James, culminates on the Saint's feast day)
    Loiza Aldea Fiesta -- Puerto Rico

Video Games Day -- yet another one, this on the date of thefounding of the "U.S. National Video Game Team"  

Birthdays Today

James Lafferty, 1985
Brad Renfro, 1982
Louise Brown, 1978
Matt LeBlanc, 1967
Illeana Douglas, 1965
Iman, 1965
Walter Payton, 1954
Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond, 1941
Barbara Harris, 1935
Midge Decter, 1927
Estelle Getty, 1923
Jack Gilford, 1907
Walter Brennan, 1894
Maxfield Parrish, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Chorus Line"(Musical), 1975
"You Can't Hurry Love"(Single release), 1966

Today in History

Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler, 285
Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops, 306
The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings, 864
Sebastián de Belalcázar, on his search for El Dorado, founds the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 1536
Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, 1567
Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, 1593
James VI of Scotland is crowned James I of England, bringing the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into personal union; political union would occur later, 1603
Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México, 1693
British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians; thousands of Acadians are sent to the British Colonies in America, France and England, and some later move to Louisiana, while others resettle in New Brunswick, 1755
Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain), 1797
Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua, 1824
The first commercial use of an electric telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone between Euston and Camden Town in London, 1837
The Japanese daimyo begin returning their land holdings to the emperor as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms, 1869
Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it, 1908
Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure, 1917
The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place, 1920
Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) is established, 1925
At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team, 1946
Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51, 1956
The Republic of Tunisia is proclaimed, 1957
Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born, 1978
Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration, which formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948, 1994
K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called "untouchable"— to hold this office, 1997
Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground, 2000
Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president, 2007
Wikileaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history, 2010
Scientists in Britain identify the mechanism causing human allergy to cats; they believe a general cure for the condition could be available in the next five years, 2013
News of a liquid lake found on Mars under its South Pole by the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter is reported in "Science", 2018


  1. Struggling with nausea here - and not pregnant your six sentence story resonated.

  2. Aww so true of the process for many.Sweet six!

  3. I understand about work food burn out. I worked in a sub shop and I couldn't eat subs or sandwiches for years afterwards. The only thing good that came out of that job was my husband of 37 years. We met on that job.

  4. You know you got me with Saints Christopher and James - more marvelous juxtapositions!

  5. oh! 'pot' as in contrainer!
    (no, seriously for a second there I was trying to figure...)

  6. I loved the " Soda Jerk " section. LOved it Mimi. Have a great day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Happy act like a caveman day! My family will be so please to know they finally have their own holiday!! Also, good six. I took the same lunch to work every day for about 10 years. Salad, dressing, cheese, turkey. Worked for a while. haven't touched it since I retired!

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  9. So true that when we have too much of something, we get bored and sick of it. Have a great day!

  10. a great post today; sentence, butterfly and poem; I enjoyed them all !! :) ☺☺♥♥ was surprised to see the birthday of Walter Brennan !!

  11. Loved your poem today, Mimi - and that was a smart employer :)

    I remember pregnancy nausea. It wasn't just in the morning! Some women have it very badly; mine wasn't in that category but, as it's Be Adamant About Something Day, let me just say I hate nausea of any kind! lol

  12. Oh yes, the morning sickness. I had it but thankfully not for too long.

  13. You did a fun day, fun story, fun poem and fun art too! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  14. Morning sickness leaves one with memories never to be forgotten. Good use of the prompt.
    I really like your poem and your artwork too, Mimi.

  15. I love your art! Great story and poem too. That was a smart business owner. I worked at Friendly's in high school and I hated scooping ice cream, it was so hard to do.

  16. Touching Six. A mother's first sacrifice, non? :)
    Cute picture and poem!

  17. Funny story about ice cream! :-)

  18. Sweet 6 sentence story and lovey fence photo with the beautiful butterfly!

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

  19. Ha. Hadn't heard that idiom before. She weathered those waves but probably none of the parenting is exactly smooth sailing. Great take.


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