Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gotcha! (Six Sentence Story), Makeshift (Good Fences), Get 'R Done (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday


“We are going to scrub the mission.”

His words were followed by protests and screams, the debris of his verbal bomb.

"You can't do that!" the one who had been assigned as his First said in a very low tone that no one else would hear.

"What choice do I have at this point?" he asked at his normal volume, refusing to be drawn in by what he knew was a petty attempt to make the others think there was more to their relationship than a simple pairing for this mission by the board.

"I've been feeding the board information," the First said, still using his softest voice, "that will get you replaced if you try."

Smiling, he said in an even louder voice, "The board was wondering who the informant was, you are very clever at hiding your trail, but they know the information was doctored, and I am wearing a microphone, and they will want to see your resignation in ten minutes, while the rest of us will continue with our work!"

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


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.      

When it comes to fencing, sometimes you use what you have!  (The picture was taken from the passenger seat of the car, so it's not the best, sorry.)


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

Don't care what the neighbors think
Gonna do this before I have my drink
Of coffee warm and buttered toast
Get done before breakfast so I can boast!

Productive should be my middle name
Getting done early leaves no room for shame
And since I'm retired later on mayhap
I can take time for a mid-morning nap!


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

My big thankful this week is that i had a day off, and i enjoyed it.  Also i got my noted for my blog for December about half done!


Today is:

Ashi Vanguhi -- Ancient Persian Calendar/Zoroastrian (celebration of Ashi Vanguhi, or Holy Blessing; date approximate, but always two days after a full moon around this time of year)

Children's Day -- India

Chinggis Khan's (Genghis Khan) Birthday -- Mongolia 

Day of the Colombian Woman -- Colombia

Equorum Probatio -- Ancient Roman Empire (official cavalry parade of the equites)

International Girls Day -- for info, see

Leftover Trading Day -- internet generated; trade your leftovers for the much more interesting ones in your neighbor's fridge

Loosen up, Lighten Up Day -- to remind us of the benefits of joy and laughter, begun by Stephanie West Allen of Denver, CO, US

National Spicy Guacamole Day -- as opposed to National Guacamole Day back in September     

National Pickle Day/Pickle Appreciation Day

National Teddy Bear Day -- US (anniversary of the day in 1902 that Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a cornered and tied bear, because it was unsportsmanlike)

Operating Room Nurse Day -- US, but feel free to celebrate those dedicated nurses around the world

Readjustment Movement's Day -- Guinea-Bissau

Spirit of NSA Day -- members of the National Speakers Association are encouraged to focus on giving back and mentoring     

St. Dubricus' Day (the saint who crowned King Arthur)

St. Lawrence O'Toole's Day (Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland)

Works Getting Into Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

World Diabetes Day -- UN (learn more about diabetes here)   

Anniversaries Today:

Princess Anne of the UK marries Captain Mark Phillips, 1973

Birthdays Today:

Joseph "Run" Simmons, 1964
Laura San Giacomo, 1962
D.B. Sweeney, 1961
Condoleezza Rice, 1954
Yanni, 1954
Prince Charles, 1948
King Hussein of Jordan, 1935
McLean Stevenson, 1929
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1922
Brian Keith, 1921
Veronica Lake, 1919
Barbara Hutton, 1912
Rosemary DeCamp, 1910
Joseph McCarthy, 1909
Harrison Salisbury, 1908
William Steig, 1907
Louise Brooks, 1906
Dick Powell, 1904
Aaron Copland, 1900
Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, 1896
Jawaharlal Nehru, 1889
Claude Monet, 1840
Robert Fulton, 1765

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Black or White"(Music video), 1991
"Murphy Brown"(TV), 1988
"Good Evening"(Revue), 1973
"Der Tapfere Soldat/The Chocolate Soldier"(Operetta), 1908
"The Girl of the Golden West"(Play), 1905

Today in History:

Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca empire, 1533
Samuel Pepys reports on the first blood transfusion (between dogs), 1666
Loius Timothee is hired in Philadelphia to be the first professional librarian in the US, 1732
Captain George Vancouver is the first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay, 1792
John Mason debuts the first horse-drawn streetcar in NYC, with a route between Prince and 14th on 4th Ave., 1832
Herman Melville publishes "Moby Dick", 1851
The St. Andrews Golf Club, in Yonkers, NY, opens with 6 holes, 1888
New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days; She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours, 1889
Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light, 1908
The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship takes place in Norfolk, Virginia, 1910
The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom, 1922
The first regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express, 1952
NASA launches Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon, 1969
After German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland sign a treaty confirming the Oder-Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland, 1990
The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison, 2007
Scientists discovery the closest known rogue planet to Earth, about 100 light years away, 2012


  1. That fence is in quite a state! Love the guy shoveling, it could be one of our neighbors here in Minnesnowta. We see it all with shoveling!

  2. cool!*

    *engaging but so much potential in the Reader's part of the process which, in a good Six, such as this, is to fill in the blanks, the whats and whys and whos

  3. Oops for once language problem is rearing its ugly head. I do not undersand your story :( It's the first sentence: "Srub the mission" what the [bleep] does this mean - obviously not cleaning a place for conversion of people, but then what?
    You're a good writer, and I loved your poem, but the 6 sentences? I feel terribly lost.

    1. It means something to the effect of "cancel"... as in "cancel the mission." :)

    2. Thanks. Must read the story once again with this new knowledge ;)

  4. Sadly we all know someone like that. Good use of the term. Also, Claude Monet's Birthday! Love that guy's work.

  5. Intriguing little story. A "gotcha" moment indeed!

  6. As I told Sandee, I'm thankful for my cruise to the Caribbean where it will be sunny & hot, not cold & snowy in early November. January come as soon as you can. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. I vote for the "Loosen up, Lighten Up Day."
    Your blog is that way every day. :)

  8. hopefully the snow plow doesn't throw everything from the street, back on the sidewalk ! have had that happen ~~~~~~

  9. HA, I think that fence got scrubbed too! That was a purrfect poem and a really great thankful. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. You do these so very well.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  11. Good post! I love the idea of retiring and doing yard work in my bathrobe - MOL!

  12. You really deserved this day off!
    Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday!

  13. My comment was simply going to be "Gotcha" then I realized that was your well done on the title.

  14. Ditto of what Clark said. Kind of a create your own story. Great SSS, Mimi.

  15. Oh,, how I miss Murphy Brown...

  16. Great story and poem. I am glad you got a much deserved day off.

  17. Didn't he turn the tables!
    I really like this "..the debris of his verbal bomb."
    Hey! Congrats and congrats! A day off should be enjoyable. Glad yours was :)
    The poem? Great. Of course!

  18. There's such a lot of back stabbing in their world

  19. Intriguing 6 sentence story and that is some fence ~

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