Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lame-Brain (Six Sentence Story), From the Inside (Good Fences), Guessing Game (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"They were trying to run how much on that one small circuit?" she asked, incredulous.

"The brilliant previous owner had the lights, garage door opener, washer, a room unit air conditioner, and that huge freezer on it."

"It's a wonder the house didn't burn down!"

"That's not the best of it, either -- that freezer was not plugged directly into an outlet, it was plugged into a cheap extension cord, and he had drilled a hole in the wall and shoved the cord through the wall, no conduit or anything, to plug it on the other side, and it gets worse."

"How could it possibly get worse that that?" she asked.

"The guy who did it, who owned the house before and set up that mess, was an electrician!"

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Circuit.  (And yes, this is based on a real life horror story from a friend whose husband is a building inspector.)           


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.    

A couple of fences from the inside of the property:


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

Sun dried laundry has that fresh, clean smell,
And it makes this place more colorful as you can tell.
It's fun to see the neighbors different styles and sizes, too,
Let's play a game and try to guess what clothes belong to who!


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 i got a ride home from my boss yesterday.  It was my long day, and i was going to have to be out several more hours if she hadn't been able to take me home.


Today is:

AFL-CIO Day (date of merger in 1955)

Bathtub Party Day -- celebrate how much fun it is to take a nice, long, hot bath in these days when showers prevail; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Bizarre Bazaar -- Richmond, VA, US (Christmas shop until you drop; through Sunday)

Boycott Day -- commemoration of the city bus boycott begun this day in 1959 in Birmingham, AL, US in response to the arrest of Rosa Parks

Christmas Festival at St. Olaf -- St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, US (600 student musicians perform sacred and folk songs from around the world; through Sunday)

Constitution Day -- Sudan

Day of the Ninja -- sponsored by Ninja Burger! with its own website     

Dingle-Fritter, Gooseberry Humple, Tiger-Get-By, LoneFolding, and Zimbor-Quattor's (Multiple Squishing of) Celebration -- Fairy Calendar

Discovery Day -- Haiti

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development -- UN

King's Birthday -- Thailand, also National Day and Father's Day (for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth anniversary, the founder and "father" of the nation)

National Christmas Tree Lighting -- Washington, D.C., US

National Sacher Torte Day

Nones of December -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also observed
    Faunalia -- rural festival of Faunus

Repeal Day -- US (celebrating the repeal of Prohibition)

St. Bassus of Nice's Day (Patron of Nice, France)

St. Nicholas' Eve  -- Belgium; Czech Republic; Hungary; Netherlands; Romania; Slovakia; parts of the UK; special observances include
     Avond -- Leewvarden, West Friesland (St. Nicholas visits and, if you are good, promises to return with trinkets and candies, which are left in waiting shoes)
     Bonhomme Noel -- France (Celebration of "Goodman Christmas")
     Klausjagen -- Arth and Kussnacht, Switzerland (with a procession of mitre-wearing figures by the Lake of Four Cantons)
     Krampuslauf -- Austria (St. Nicholas celebration, which begins the evening before the Saint's day, involving chasing and throwing snowballs at the Krampus, the imp who travels with St. Nick to punish the bad children)
     Zwarte Piet -- "Black Peter", the companion of St. Nicholas who keeps track of the good and bad children, arrives in many areas tonight

Swap a Christmas Cookie Recipe Day -- because it's fun to try new ones

World Soil Day -- International Union of Soil Sciences     

Birthdays Today:

Frankie Muniz, 1985
Margaret Cho, 1968
Gary Allan, 1967
John Rzeznik, 1965
Art Monk, 1957
Morgan Brittany, 1950
Jim Messina, 1947
Jose Carreras, 1946
Jeroen Krabbe, 1944
J.J. Cale, 1938
Chad Mitchell, 1936
Calvin Trillin, 1935
Joan Didion, 1934
Little Richard, 1932
Otto Preminger, 1906
Strom Thurmond, 1902
Walt Disney, 1901
Bill Picket, 1870
George Armstrong Custer, 1839
Christina Rossetti, 1830
Martin Van Buren, 1782

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Catskills on Broadway"(Revue), 1991
"I Do! I Do!"(Musical), 1966
"Band on the Run"(Album), 1973 (US release date)
"The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"(Inge play), 1957
"The Abbot and Costello Show"(TV), 1952
"Dragnet"(TV), 1951
"Kejser og Gililaer/Emperor and Galilean"(Ibsen play), 1896
"Symphonie Fantastique"(Berlioz symphony), 1830

Today in History:

Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations, BC63
An earthquake in Naples leave about 35,000 dead, 1465
All Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I, 1496
London auctioneers Christie's hold their first sale, 1766
Henry Knox begins the transport of Fort Ticonderoga artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts, a key to later forcing the British Fleet out of Boston Harbor, 1775
C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive, 1846
President Polk confirms that gold has been discovered in California, triggering the next year's "Gold Rush", 1848
Daniel Stillson of Massachusetts patents the first practical pipe wrench, 1876
The first automated telephone switching system is patented, 1879
The first electric car makes its debut; it could go 15 miles between charges, 1893
University of Pittsburg makes the first use of numbers on football jerseys, 1908
The American League for Physical Culture is founded in NYC, the first US nudist organization, 1929
The 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, is ratified, 1933
Sister Elizabeth Kenny's new treatment for infantile paralysis receives approval, 1941
A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow, 1952
The United Nations General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution on security of non-Nuclear States, 1976
Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite. 1988
The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there, 2005
Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II, 2008
Malta becomes the first country in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy, 2015
Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping, 2017
The letter by Albert Einstein from 1954 on the concept of religion sells for $2.9 million at Christie's in New York, 2018


  1. Sadly I suspect that story about the electrician is true. And that similar stories could be told about plumbers, mechanics, doctors...
    I am glad you got a lift home. Very glad.

  2. Oh, wow! That is a little scary. Makes for a great SSS.

  3. I'll be leaving my shoes out tonight, Just In Case...

  4. Hahahaha. I was an OSHA inspector and a project coordinator in commercial construction and the electricians were the worst and letting their extension cords lay thru a mud puddle. My job was to unplug their extension cord and snip it in half. Didn't make me very popular but nobody got electrocuted!

  5. true dat... the scariest house I ever show to a buyer is one that its clear the seller decided they could do any type of repair on! Especially when its electrical or plumbing.
    good Six

  6. Good heavens! I'm glad everything worked out. Have a wonderful day all.

  7. Dang, that was some scary electrician! We enjoyed your poem and hooray for a timely ride home, that helped a lot. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Yikes! I look at my plugs and power strips and wonder if I should maybe do better! Also, share a cookie recipe day! I was a day early!

  9. Good morning Mimi. My goodness it's so wonderful that I have bright sunshine this morning. First time in 5 days. Hooray.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. That's a lovely gate and fence. Must take ages to paint.

    God bless.

  11. Love the poem and love, love, love the six sentence story. Yikes and he was an electrician.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  12. Cute poem and funny story- I love the last line :)

  13. I love the smell of sun dried laundry as well!
    Electricians can do strange things when it comes to home improvement, I am married to one :-)
    Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday!

  14. Scare-ee! And yet there are people who do just as you so aptly describe! Electrical stuff (wiring, circuits, etc) scares me silly.
    Fun poem and I agree - no more wonderful smell than crisp summer air dried sheets from the clothesline. I remember that as a kid.
    Nice boss :)

  15. Those are certainly good fences. Have a lovely weekend.

  16. Scary six! Makes one want to evaluate their cords.

  17. Ha! I'm thinking this might be a true story, because you just can't make that up and I believe it happens.

  18. Great fence photos, fun story and no surprise about him being an electrician ~ 'craftsmanship and pride in work' is hard to find ~ great post ~ filled with positive energy ^_^

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


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