Thursday, December 26, 2019

Seeing Double (Six Sentence Story), Just One More (Good Fences), A Merry Day (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"It's been quite a Christmas," she said, smiling as she sat on the couch.

"Yes, it has," he noted, taking a seat next to her.

"That was quite a compromise we came up with for the tree," he added, looking at the corner she had called Christmas Cheer Central, and she laughed.

"Well, when you first get married you have to compromise to come up with your own traditions.  After all, you are blending two different backgrounds into one new family." 

"I'm still thrilled with the idea of two small trees instead of one big one," he said, "a Douglas fir for your side of the family, and a Scotch pine for mine!"

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


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.

Just one more Christmas fence, since it is still the 12 Days of Christmas:      


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

Have all the good rhymes been taken
About winter wonderlands?
No, there's room for plenty of them
For anyone who understands
That there is something magical
About a horse-drawn sleigh,
And driving through the forest winter
On such a merry day!


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

We had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas together yesterday, and i am very thankful!


Today is:

Awful Tie Day -- internet generated, go to the office and compare who got the worst tie as a gift

Blessing of the Wine -- Greiveldange, Luxembourg (winemakers parade to the church to have a barrel of wine blessed)

Boxing Day -- day on which boxes of goodies are given to the less fortunate or public servants

Coffee Percolator Day -- patented by James Mason on this day in 1865

Day of Goodwill -- Namibia; South Africa

Day of Our Theotokos /  Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God -- Byzantine/Eastern Orthodox Christian

Family Day -- Namibia; Vanuatu

Holiday Magic Days -- Mystic Seaport, CT, US (reduced admission to fun, entertainment, crafts, and the lore of the sea; through Jan. 1)

Independence and Unity Day -- Slovenia(1990)

J'Ouvert -- Saint Kitts and Nevis (carneval-style street party for Boxing Day)

Junkanoo (Junkanoo Jonkanoo, Jankunu, John Canoe or Johnkankus) -- Carribean Islands, also on New Years Day (A special music and dance, mime and symbol that is an early traditional dance form of African descent.)

Kayin New Year -- Myanmar (The Kayin, or Karen, are the second largest ethnic minority in the country, and their New Year is an extra holiday with traditional costume and lots of celebrating)

Kwanzaa, Day 1, Umoja (Unity)

Mauro Hamza Day -- Houston, TX, US (United States Fencing Association Foil Director)

Mummer's Day -- Padstow, Cornwall

National Candy Cane Day

National Thank-you Note Day

National Whiner's Day™ -- a day to encourage people to be happy with what they have; the previous year's worst whiners are announced (you don't want to be one!)   

Proclamation Day -- South Australia (day South Australia was established as a Province in 1836 by royal Proclamation

Recyclable Packaging Day -- started by someone who wants to remind us to gather up the reusable bags, boxes, etc., left from the holiday, and recycle the rest

Second Day of Christmas

Sports Days -- Falkland Islands (through the 28th, with the Boxing Day race at Stanley being the most famous part of the celebration)

St. James the Just's Day -- Orthodox Christian

St. Stephen's Day (Patron of casket makers, deacons, horses, masons, stone masons; Patron of over 80 cities throughout Italy; Kessel, Germany; Metz, France; Owensboro, KY; Toulouse, France; against headaches)
    Public Holiday in Alsace, France; Andorra; Austria; Catalonia; Croatia; Czech Republic; Germany; Holy See; Hong Kong; Ireland; Italy; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Poland; San Marino; Slovakia; Spain (regional); Switzerland (regional)
    Celebrated as Father's Day -- Bulgaria
    Day of the Wren -- Ireland; Isle of Mann (costumed mayhem)

Tehuantepec Festivities -- Oaxaca, Mexico

Thanksgiving Day -- Solomon Islands

Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian

Anniversary Today:

Rodney Dangerfield weds Joan Child, 1993
Establishment of Shenandoah National Park, VA, US, 1935

Birthdays Today:

Chris Daughtry, 1979
Jared Leto, 1971
Lars Ulrich, 1963
David Sedaris, 1956
Ozzie Smith, 1954
Carlton Fisk, 1947
John Walsh, 1945
Phil Spector, 1940
Alan King, 1927
Steve Allen, 1921
Richard Widmark, 1914
Mao Tse-tung, 1893
Henry Miller, 1891
Charles Babbage, 1791
Laurent Clerc, 1785
Juan Lovera, 1778
Thomas Nelson, 1738
Thomas Gray, 1716

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Do re mi"(Musical), 1960
"The Glass Menagerie"(Play), 1944
"Of Thee I Sing"(Musical), 1931
Judy Garland, as Baby Frances, makes her stage debut at age 2 1/2, singing Jingle Bells on the vaudeville stage, 1924
"Tragic Overture"(Brahms' Op. 81), 1880

Today in History:

Columbus founds the first Spanish settlement in the New World by leaving behind 36 men in what is now Haiti, 1492
The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins, 1792
A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable, 1811
The Erie Canal opens, 1825
Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years, 1871
King Mwanga of Uganda signs a contract with the East Africa Company, 1890
Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium, 1898
FM radio is patented, 1933
Time Magazine's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer, 1982
The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the USSR, 1991
A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 250,000 people, 2004
Brazil overtakes the United Kingdom as the world's sixth largest economy, 2011
China opens the world’s longest high speed rail route, from Beijing to Guangzhou, 2012
After a journey of 54 days, American Colin O'Brady is the first person to cross Antarctica solo and unassisted, 2018


  1. Love your story, your poem and the Christmas fence. I am also very grateful you have so much to be thankful about.

  2. Two smaller trees, what a great idea. As long as there is room for them.
    The Christmas fence is quietly festive, rather than flashy and overdone. Nice.

  3. I'd say they are off to a good start!
    Magical indeed :) Beautiful, peaceful picture. Would love to be in that sleigh for a ride through the woods...

  4. The thought of "Are there any rhymes/poems left to write?" goes through my mind all the time. lol
    I mean I literally lay awake at night composing. And I used to jump out of bed to quickly write something down.

    I'm no longer jumpin'
    But as long as heart's pumpin'
    Rhymes I won't be dumpin'
    Pa rum pum pum pum

  5. Such a pretty picture! I've done hayrides but never a sleigh ride in the snow. I'll have to work on that... :-)

  6. Blending Christmas family traditions can be tricky, but it is fun too as everyone sees something new. Hope your Christmas was Merry.

  7. That was a great story with a cool new tradition and I'm glad you had a nice Christmas. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. This pair made the tree seller's day! It's always fun to see how people adapt and adopt their own traditions.

  9. What a lovely, pine scented compromise! I love the idea of two small trees! Your poem is just lovely as is the Christmas fence. Have a wonderful day.

  10. It sounded like a movie I saw about two familys called the Pines and Spruces that sold Christmas trees and they fought for years but at the end of the story they eventually got together. I loved the story. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. hoping you had a lovely Christmas!!! Loved your poem!

  12. I love festive fences. Love from Poland.

  13. I'm glad you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. We did too. We have so many things to be thankful for.

    Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday, my friend. Big hug. ♥

  14. Funny, but that's a difference I would not compromise, I would just give in to her tree.

  15. The willingness of both partners to compromise is such a blessing to a marriage. I love the idea of a corner called Christmas Cheer Central with two small Christmas trees.

  16. That was a nice story. Great poem too :)

  17. Oh, I didn't know it was Shenandoah National Park's birthday!

  18. Now, that's a lovely way to celebrate! Nice six!


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