Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hooray! (Six Sentence Story), Ivy (Good Fences), Build The Sky (Sammy's Poetry Day), and It Passed! (Brian's Thankful Thursday)


"It's an epic day!" she said jubilantly.

"I'd hardly say that," he responded.

She would not have her enthusiasm quenched, not for anything.

"When a 20-year-old car passes inspection, meaning you can still legally use it, that is epic and you celebrate!" and she actually danced a little jig right there in the parking lot of the mechanic's shop.

Shaking his head, he climbed into said 20-year-old vehicle and simply replied, "I'll see you back at the house."

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!" she yelled to the sky as she turned to get in her own vehicle and head home.

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


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.      

This is a great example of ivy covered brick:


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

No, I'm not afraid.
Why would I be?
This is what I do,
Build the skies.
Working in the clear blue,
For love of the thrill,
For joy at making
A new building come alive,
I dare what others don't.


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

Today i truly am thankful that for just the cost of mid-priced tires, we were able to get a new inspection sticker for Lunceford the Land Yacht, as noted in the above story.  The stickers don't cost much, but lack of a valid one of those little suckers is very, very expensive if you are caught on the road.  It's always a nail biter to know if one of our old vehicles will pass, so when it happens, i celebrate!


Today is:

Balloon Ascension Day / Aviation in America Day -- the first manned free balloon flight in the US was on this date in 1793 at Philadelphia

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival -- Chicago, IL, US (19th annual, celebrating the best in local and national sketch comedy; through the 19th)

Duelo Nacional -- Panama (Martyrs' Day)

Feast of All Fairies -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene -- Quiapo District, Manila, Philippines (culmination of the celebrations; a 400 year old Catholic procession with a black life-sized wooden statue of Jesus)

Festival of the Agonalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (gifts given to Janus)

Hatsu-Ichi -- Maebashi, Japan (a daruma -- good luck doll -- market, to start the year off right)

"I Will Stay" Day -- Brazil (anniversary of the start of the Independence Movement in 1922)

London Boat Show -- London's Docklands, London, England (worth a trip to England for anyone who loves boats; through the 13th)

National Apricot Day

Peace Agreement Day -- South Sudan

Positively Penguins Day -- a day to celebrate all things penguin

Republic Day -- Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sinulog -- Cebu City, Philippines (a very colorful ten day festival about the pagan origin of the people, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism; the Grand Parade, highlight of the festival, is on the 19th)

Static Cling/Static Electricity Day -- on some sites, listed as April 26; i can only ask why it's listed anywhere for any reason

St. Marciana's Day (Patron of those with wounds)

Stepfather's Day -- not official, but it should be, there are some great stepfathers out there

Stuffed Animal Laundry Day -- give that old bear a bath!

Toka Ebisu -- Japan (parades and shrine rituals through Japan, but especially in Kyoto, Osaka, and Fukuoka; through the 11th)

Ultimate Fishing Show -- Detroit, MI, US (through Sunday)

Winterskol -- Aspen, Colorado (Aspen's annual "toast to winter", through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Connecticut becomes the 5th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Sergio Garcia, 1980
Dave Matthews, 1967
Joely Richardson, 1965
Mark Martin, 1959
Imelda Staunton, 1956
J.K. Simmons, 1955
Crystal Gayle, 1951
Jimmy Page, 1944
Joan Baez, 1941
Susannah York, 1941
Byron Barlett "Bart" Starr, 1934
Bob Denver, 1935
Judith Krantz, 1928
Lee Van Cleef, 1925
Les Paul, 1915
Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Hovick), 1914
Richard Nixon, 1913
Simone De Beauvoir, 1908
Chic Young, 1901
Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, 1859
Gracie Fields, 1898

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"It Takes a Thief"(TV), 1968
"Rawhide"(TV), 1959
"Dear Abby"(newspaper column), 1956
"Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze"(Film), 1894

Today in History:

Byzantine Emperor Zeno is forced to flee his capital at Constantinople, 475
Seven hundred Jews, believed to be causing the Black Death, are burned in their homes in Basel, Switzerland, 1349
The first sighting of manatees by a European (Columbus), 1493
Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London, 1768
The first hot-air balloon flight in the US lifts off in Philadelphia, 1793
Income Tax is introduced in the UK (to fund the war against Napoleon), 1799
Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson receives a state funeral and is interred in St Paul's Cathedral, 1806
Sir Humphry Davy tests the Davy lamp for miners at Hebburn Colliery, 1816
The Daguerrotype photo process is announced at French Academy of Science, 1839
Thomas Henderson makes the first measure of stellar parallax, of Alpha Centauri, 1839
The Astor Library opens in NYC, 1854
The first hostilities of the Civil War, at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, 1861
The Great Gale of 1880 devastates parts of Oregon and Washington with high wind and heavy snow, 1880
New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts, 1894
Alfred Tennyson's son, Hallam, the Second Baron Tennyson, becomes the second Governor General of Australia, 1903
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the first historically black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity to be officially recognized at Howard University is founded, 1914
The Ottoman Empire prevails in the Battle of Çanakkale, as the last British troops are evacuated, 1916
Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogiro (helicopter) flight, Spain, 1923
A fire at the Laurier Palace movie theatre in Quebec, Montreal, kills 78 children, 1927
Several Panamanian youths try to raise the Panamanian flag on the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, leading to fighting between U.S. military and Panamanian civilians, 1964
Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh, 2005
Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement rebel group sign a peace agreement in Naivasha, Kenya, 2005
Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice determines they can defer the latest inauguration of President Hugo Chavez while his cancer operation recovery continues, 2013
Car manufacturer Hyundai unveils a model of a proposed walking car for first responders, 2019  


  1. Hooray for the truth behind your six sentence story. Love the ivy covered wall too - and your poem.

  2. Another beautiful metal gate.

    God bless.

  3. I'm going to proceed on the assumption that static electricity is being recognized as a fascinating natural phenomenon rather than celebrated as the thing that makes one's hair a mess and my clothes fit badly.
    Because otherwise, I'll have to rethink a whole lot of my world view...

  4. Excellent!*
    Fun Six, gives hope to the rest of us (the getting a needed thing can be universal).

    *Six Sentence Story and getting the inspection sticker!

  5. Terrific story, even better since it's true and really something to be thankful for indeed. We don't have vehicle inspections here. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. The fence looks beautiful covered in ivy, but why waste all that brick to cover it up is what we wonder. Glad you got your "yacht" sticker.

  7. When a car you love keeps on running and passing inspection, it is indeed an epic day! Also, Judith Krantz would have 92 today. She made it to 91 and left behind some of the best trashy novels ever written! Mistral's Daughter was a favorite!

  8. So, it wasn't her car! Brilliant bit of misdirection.

  9. It is so trying to have those old irons go to the check up place and such a happy time when they come back again without Fort Knox being tapped

  10. I had to read your poem of the picture with my eyes closed. It made me dizzy.

  11. Congrats for getting a new inspection sticker for Lunceford! It's always such a relief.
    Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday!

  12. Way to go on the vehicle passing inspection. My last car was 15 years old and I was always happy when it passes inspection too.

    Love your poem. I couldn't do that kind of work at all. Frightening.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

  13. I know the feeling from my 20+ year old VW years ago!

  14. Climbing onto a chair is my limit! No climbing mountains or high-rise buildings for me! :)

  15. It's a wonderful feeling when that sticker gets affixed to the windshield :)
    O. M. G. There is no amount of money that could convince me to be that high up in the air with virtually no safety net. NO Sirree! Poem fits perfectly :D

  16. I do remember those days in Florida when we had to pass our vehicles. One of the things I don't relish about my college days.

  17. I'm not sure we have car inspections here in Australia, not mandatory ones anyway. When we had cars none of them lasted more than two or three years anyway. Don't know what hubby did to them, but the gear boxes got stripped and motors burned out, thank goodness our brakes were always good.

  18. Well, no wonder you're six sentence story focused on car inspections! :-) You always do such a good job with the prose and poetry prompts. xoxo

  19. Great poem and great story. My mom's Explorer was a 1998 and had about 217,000 miles on it so I can relate. She finally upgraded a few months ago.

  20. I am afraid of heights. I find them thrilling but my knees lock up and won't let me move!

  21. Great story, neat gate fence and lovely post ~ glad you got your inspection sticker ~ ^_^ always a relief !

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


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