Thursday, August 15, 2019

It's A Code (Six Sentence Story), Brand New (Good Fences), Haiku (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday

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"As a Dr. Seuss character once said, I have to go the euphemism," she said with an expression somewhere between a grin and a grimace.

Suppressing a sigh, he said, "Okay, I'll get off at the next exit."

"Thank you," she replied, as a small voice piped up from the back seat, "What's 'euphemism' mean?"

"It's a code that means mommy needs to powder her nose," she said, winking at her husband.

"It's really a code for let's get off the highway again!" he said, laughing at the confused expressions on the faces in the back seat and trying not to mind that this would make the trip take that much longer.

He got cheers out of them when he added, "Who wants a snack?"

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


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.    

Somebody got a brand new back fence by the banana trees at a client's house:


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

The ebb and flow of
continuously moving
soul crushing sameness

Day by day by day
always moving toward a
goal never quite reached

Do you see me or
do you see another one
simply in your way


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

Today i am very thankful that i found something i thought for certain i had lost.  It turns out i had gotten distracted on the way to the item's rightful location (someone needed me right away!), so i tucked it in my bureau drawer.  Even when being distracted, i put things in safe places, which is good.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Poland

Asuncion Foundation Day -- Paraguay

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary -- Catholic Christian Holy Day of Obligation
    Related Observances
         Coeur d'Alene Indian Pilgrimage -- Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park, Cataldo, ID, US
         Dormition of the Theotokos -- Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Christian
         Ferragosto -- Italy (During the Roman Empire, a festival to Diana and a fertility and ripening celebration)
         Mother's Day -- Antwerp; Costa Rica
         National Acadians Day -- Acadians
         Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands -- Tenrife, Spain
         Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte Fiesta -- Bahia, Brazil (Festival of the Order of Our Lady of the Good Death)
         Festival of the Outremeuse -- Liege, Belgium
         Public Holiday or Publicly Observed -- Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Benin; Bosnia; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chile; Colombia; Côte d'Ivoire; Croatia; Cyprus; East Timor; France; French Guiana; French Polynesia; Gabon; Gambia; Germany; Greece; Guadelupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Holy See; Hungary; Italy; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malta; Martinique; Mauritius; Mayotte; Monaco; New Caledonia; Paraguay; Poland; Portugal; Reunion; Romania; Rwanda; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Martin; Saint Pierre et Miquelon; San Marino; Senegal; Seychelles; Slovenia; Spain; Switzerland; Togo; Vanuatu; Wallis and Fortuna     

Best Friend's Day -- sponsored by Thema Martin

Bon/Obon Festival -- Japan (biggest day of the festival in most parts of Japan)

Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival -- Bucyrus, OH, US (food and fun celebration of German heritage, with this year's theme, "Brattie Salutes Our Veterans!"; through Saturday)

Chauvin Day -- observed on Napoleon's birthday because his is unknown, the day is named for Nicholas Chauvin, whose blind devotion to Napoleon was immortalized in his name's use for absurdly intense attachments to any cause

Check the Chip Day -- the American Veterinary Medical Association reminds you to check your pet's microchip and make sure it is still working correctly and that the registration information is up to date    

Chung Yuan (Zhongyuan) Festival -- China (Festival of Hungry Ghosts; according to legend, during this 7th lunar month the souls of the dead are released from Purgatory to wander the Earth, and so today is the day to appease those spirits with joss stick burning, prayers and food, "ghost money", and other offerings; dates of this vary in other countries)

Dia de la Ley Fundamental -- Equatorial Guinea (Constitution Day)

Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (through the 18th, dates approximate)

Esala Perahera (Festival of Buddha's Tooth) -- Sri Lanka (two week festival honoring a relic held in one temple that is supposed to have a tooth of Buddha brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century; one of Sri Lanka's most elaborate festivals)

Festival of Vesta -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of the hearth)

Fete Nationale -- Republic of the Congo (National Day/Independence Day)

Fool's Dance -- Japan (part of the Awa Dance Festival)

Full Sturgeon Moon a/k/a Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon
    Native Wild Rice Harvest -- Northern Cree, Ojibwa, and Algonkian Native Americans (celebrated during the August full moon; if there are two full moons, it is during the second)
    Nikini Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka (begins at sundown)
    Raksha Bandhan -- CG, GJ, MP, RJ, UK, & UP, India; Nepal (the Hindu festival that celebrates the the love and duty between brothers and sisters)
    Wahgaung Full Moon -- Myanmar 

Helsinki Festival -- Helsinki, Finland (Finland's largest arts festival; through Sept. 1)

Independence Day -- India(1947)

Liberation Day -- both Koreas
    Gwangbokjeol -- South Korea
    Jogukhaebangui nal -- North Korea

Little League Baseball® 2019 World Series -- South Williamsport, PA, US (through the 25th)

Maras Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the goddess Mara, cognate of Mary)

Milwaukee Irish Fest -- Milwaukee, WI, US (the world's largest Irish music and cultural event outside of the Emerald Isle; through Sunday)

National Day -- Lichtenstein (a/k/a Liberation Day [1945])

National Failures Day -- some websites say the 16th, and may i suggest a book called "Fail Better", a small quotations book about how failure is just the beginning.

National Lemon Meringue Pie Day

National Mourning Day -- Bangladesh

National Relaxation Day -- sponsored by Sean Moeller of Clio, Michigan; if you call in sick to stay home and relax, blame him

Panama La Vieja Day -- Panama (Founding of Panama City)

Shoro Nagashi Nagasaki -- Nagasaki, Japan (floating lanterns are released into the harbor in honor of the ancestors)

Soldiers' Reunion Celebration -- Newton, NC, US (the oldest patriotic event of its kind in the US, honoring all veterans; annually since 1889)

Sour Herring Premiere -- Sweden (by ordinance, the year's supply of sour herring may begin to be sold on the third Thursday in August)

Sproshinki -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (end of the hay harvest festival)

St. Tarcisius' Day (Patron of altar servers, first communicants)

Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival -- Sun Prairie, WI, US (family fun with a carnival, midget auto races, parade, food, entertainment, and lots of hot, buttered sweet corn; through Sunday)

Tuva Republic Day -- Tos-Bulak fields south of Kyzuk, Tuva, Russia (celebration of the Tuva Republic, a Naadam festival of Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery; held by the Tuva people, the closest genetic relatives to the North and South American Native Peoples)

Wafaa El-Nil -- Egypt and Coptic Church ("Fidelity of the Nile", celebration of the annual of Flooding of the Nile)

Anniversaries Today:

Woodstock, 1969
Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago, 1958
Panama Canal opens, 1914
Transcontinental US railway is completed at Promontory Point, UT, US, 1870

Birthdays Today:

Joe Jonas, 1989
Kerri Walsh, 1978
Ben Affleck, 1972
Debra Messing, 1968
Melinda Gates, 1964
Zeljko Ivanek, 1957
Princess Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, 1950
Jimmy Webb, 1946
Kathryn Whitmire, 1946
Linda Ellerbee, 1944
Stephen G. Breyer, 1938
Vernon Jordan, Jr, 1935
Phyllis Stewart Schlafly, 1924
Mike Connors, 1925
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, 1925
Rose Marie, 1925
Huntz Hall, 1919
Oscar Romero, 1917
Julia Child, 1912
Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian, 1890 (d. 2006)
Edna Ferber, 1885
Ethel Barrymore, 1879
Charles Albert "The Old Roman" Comiskey, 1859
E. Nesbit, 1858
Sir Walter Scott, 1771
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Mainz Psalter(Publication date; first book with the publication date printed on the colophon), 1457

Today in History:

Battle of Roncevaux Pass, the Basques defeat Charles the Great (Charlemagne) and Roland is killed, 778
Macbeth defeats his cousin and rival King Duncan I, who is killed in the battle, and becomes king of Scotland, 1040
Battle of Lumphanan, in which King Macbeth is killed by the forces of Mael Coluim MacDonnchada, 1057
The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia, 1185
The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of 
the Three Wise Men, is laid, 1248*
The "Mainz Psalter" is completed, the earliest dated book, 1457
Founding of Panama City, 1519
Jesuit priest St. Francis Xaverius land in Kagoshima, Japan, 1549
Joseph Haydn departs England, never to return, 1795
Country of Liberia is founded by freed American former slaves, 1824
Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1842
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawai'i, is dedicated; it is the oldest continuously used Roman Catholic Cathedral in the US, 1843
San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed, 1891
A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, 1914
The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon, 1914
Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed in a plane crash, 1935
The birth of stadium rock:  The Beatles play Shae Stadium, 1965
President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard, 1971
The "Wow! signal":  The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space, 1977
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090, 2007
The olinguito becomes the first mammal to be discovered in the past 35 years, 2013

*Yes, we just noted the other day the date of completion in 1880!


Elephant's Child said...

Love your six sentences, and your poem. I am also glad you found your missing object.

Lisa Tomey said...

Makes me check for change for the machines!

Keith's Ramblings said...

So often I've put things in safe places then forgotten where they are! Then they turn up unexpectedly! Great six, great poem.

Clark Farley said...

As the bible says (or should), 'Be understanding, lest ye be misunderstood' . or something like that!
fun Six

My GBGV Life said...

Fences are interesting. We watch them on our walks, how the are put up, taken down, break down, etc.

Brian said...

Cool story and a terrific poem too. I'm glad to hear that you found your lost thingy. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely post of fence, story and thankfuls ~ Sometimes I put things in a place that it is sooo safe even I can't find it!

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

FAith A. Colburn said...

WE used codes with kids too. Often spelled words--until the day I spelled a word I didn't want a co-worker to hear.

Sandee said...

Oh the back seat conversations. I so remember. I remember when I was in the backseat and my questions about everything.

Oh my on that mass of humanity. I would hate being in that every day.

I'm glad you found what you thought you had lost. That's a wonderful thankful.

Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

UP said...

You've inspired me. I have to work on a blog post of my Mother's euphemisms.
Good six and thanks!

Gosia said...

great fence and an interesting one

Nancy Chan said...

I feel like snacking now. A nice fence.

GirlieOnTheEdge said...

What an excellent word, "euphemism". Would have made a wonderful prompt word :D

Your poem is really hitting home today.

That is the absolute best feeling! Finding something you thought was lost but not really. Glad you found it :)

D. Avery said...

Ah, yes, the coded speak of grownups. Great take!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

nice take on todays photo by sammy !! and no pun intended, but we hope Mr Wright fired that employee ~~~

Pat B said...

Your Six made me smile. I could just picture that scene.

pilch92 said...

That was a fun story. Great poem too. I could never live in a place with crowds like that.

Linda said...

Nice fence. I can't tell you how many times I lost something by putting it in a safe place!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Good sturdy fence

DeniseinVA said...

Very nice, I enjoyed reading this and the Good Fences which I have also joined in this week.

Violet Lentz said...

You always succeed in taking me to the homiest little places in life I only ever get to visit via someone else's world. Thank you for that.