Wednesday, November 13, 2019

If the Wall Won't Hold Toilet Paper, Wordless Wednesday and Words for Wednesday


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 Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulcher, with some pictures by her friend Danny McCaughan, and are posted by Elephant's Child.                  

This week's prompts are phrases.

...Add insult to injury


Nothing ventured...

Over at the cat shelter, back when it was having a major rebuild, everything was gutted and renovated, even the restrooms.

In one restroom, they tried to attach the toilet paper holder to the wall.  After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained, it was worth trying.

And trying and trying.  It never held.  Stud finders were used to try to attach it to a more secure place, to no avail.  Eventually, at some point, the whole holder would fall off of the wall.

To add insult to injury, when it would fall, the toilet paper roll would do just that, roll to the furthest corner of said restroom.  The place you just could not reach, of course, when you were in your most vulnerable moment.

Finally, after about two years, someone remembered that they make such gizmos as you see in the Wordless Wednesday picture above.

It's so nice to have that problem solved.  Now if only we could convince everyone to have their pets neutered.


Today is:

Ides of November -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
     Epulum Iovis -- Festival of Feronia, Juno, Minerva, and Jupiter
     Fortuna Primigenia -- Fortune of the Firstborn

National Indian Pudding Day

National Reread Old Letters and Magazines Day -- internet generated sentimentality

Runic Half Month Nyd begins (necessity)

St. Brice of Tours' Day (Patron against stomach diseases)

St. Homobonus' Day (Patron of business people, cloth workers/garment workers/tailors, cobblers/shoemakers, merchants)

St. Stanislaus Kostka's Day (Patron of aspirants to the Oblates of Saint Joseph, last sacraments; against broken bones)

Tooth Collection Days begin -- Fairy Calendar

World Kindness Day -- promoting a more compassionate world, on the anniversary of the first  World Kindness Movement® conference   
     Kindness Day UK 

Anniversaries Today:

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated, 1982
The Holland Tunnel opens, 1927

Birthdays Today:

Monique Coleman, 1980
Gerard Butler, 1969
Steve Zahn, 1968
Tracy Scoggins, 1959
Jimmy Kimmel, 1967
Vinny Testaverde, 1963
Chris Nth, 1957
Whoopi Goldberg, 1955
Chris Noth, 1954
Shella E. Frazier, 1948
Joe Mantegna, 1947
Jean Seberg, 1938
Gary Marshall, 1934
Madeleine Sherwood, 1922
Oskar Werner, 1922
Nathaniel Benchley, 1915
Louis Brandeis, 1856
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850
Edwin Thomas Booth, 1833
James Clerk Maxwell, 1831
Edward John Trelawney, 1792

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Lion King"(Play), 1997
"As the Girls Go"(Musical), 1948
Fantasia(Disney animated film), 1940
"Grand Hotel"(Drake play), 1930

Today in History:

English king Ęthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice's Day massacre, 1002
Lady Jane Grey and Bishop Cranmer are accused of high treason, 1553
Patriot revolutionary forces under Col. Ethan Allen attack Montreal, Quebec, defended by British General Guy Carleton, 1775
Benjamin Franklin says, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 1789
The first US anti-slavery party, the Liberty Party, convenes in New York, 1839
James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads him to study the subject and come up with what he later calls hypnosis, 1841
The Denny Party arrives at Alki Point, becoming the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington, 1851
The first shipment of canned pineapple leaves Hawai'i, 1895
French cyclist Paul Cornu flies the first helicopter, 1907
Russia completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles, 1947
A 150-mph tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. This is regarded as the 20th century's worst natural disaster, 1970
The Double Eagle V becomes the first hot air balloon to make it across the Pacific Ocean, 1981
Xavier Suarez is sworn in as Miami, Florida's first Cuban-born mayor, 1985
The High Court of Australia rules in Dietrich v The Queen that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented, 1992
In a referendum voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union, 1994
NASA announces that water has been discoved on the moon, 2009
Medical textbooks require rewriting after 39-year-old Canadian Scott Routley becomes the first person believed to be in a vegetative state to tell scientists he isn't in any pain, 2012
A total solar eclipse occurs over parts of Australia and the South Pacific, 2012
The Vatican announces that restrooms being remodeled in St. Peter's Square will include showers for the homeless, and encourages other churches to do the same, 2014
Evidence of the world's earliest wine-making is uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC, 2017


  1. That is a great toilet paper holder if it stays upright. I am for pets to be neutered because it is so sad to see some irresponsible owners throwing their pet's babies away to be strays.

  2. An elegant solution to an embarassing problem.

  3. That was a good solution to to the toilet paper problem.

  4. LOL it looks like it works well that idea :-)

    Have a loorolltastic week :-)

  5. Toilet rolls should be super-glued. That way, when they roll off they do not unwind all over the place.

    God bless.

  6. Mimi,

    A place you don't want to be stranded without a roll which always makes me think of the song parody as a kid that went sorta like this (sung to the tune 'Branded')...'Stranded. Stranded. Stranded it on a toliet bowl. What do you do when you're stranded without a roll? To prove you're a man, you must wipe with your hand. Stranded. Stranded. Stranded on toliet bowl.' LOL Anywho, so glad the bathroom TP problem is now solved. :)

  7. We like the toilet paper to be on the wall. The people that have it like your photo think it is fancier or something, but it is toilet paper, just hang it on the wall and forget it!

  8. Just another TP story. And I thought I'd heard them all!

    My husband is in charge of changing the roll because the fittings are a bit loose. He accused me loosening the screws when I tried to change the roll. So I said "OK, do it yourself."
    He forgot 1 time!!! And he never never ever ever forgot again!

  9. That works. I've seen that done before. At least it will stay where you put it. Great take on the prompt too.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  10. Glad the problem was resolved ~ ^_^

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

  11. Often times the toilet paper is place in the most awkward places.
    I think we might want to focus a little more on being kind to one another. We can learn to disagree without being hateful toward one each other.
    I have been to the Vietnam Memorial and it is a powerful symbol, honoring those who gave their last full measure of devotion to this great nation.

  12. And now I want Indian Pudding...
    (They make an Indian Pudding ice cream, too, ya know!)

  13. A wall too weak to hold a paper holder?? That's pretty shonky construction and the builder should be ashamed. And made to rebuild in my opinion. I wouldn't like a stand-alone holder, I'd be the unlucky person who reached and knocked it over.
    Good story though.

  14. Clever you! I like how you combine the photo with the prompt. Your imagination always impresses me.

  15. Well, you ventured and gained much! :)