Wednesday, January 29, 2020

It’s Carnival Time! (Wordless Wednesday) and Frugal Fun (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 to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Mark Koopmans, and are being posted by Elephant’s Child.           

This week's prompts are:

  1. Splurge
  2. Bonking
  3. Veterans
  4. Windows
  5. Lasagne
  6. Inconceivable!



  1. Ruling
  2. Extinguished
  3. Ebonics
  4. Dresser
  5. Marley
  6. Yikes

“Which movie do you want to watch tonight?”

“You mean we will SPLURGE on watching a movie while we eat our cheap, frozen LASAGNA!”

“Very funny.  We have plenty of DVDs, so even if we are watching our money this month, it doesn’t mean we can’t have some entertainment.  We’ll cover the WINDOWS to make it darker, like a dinner theater.  Who knows, by the end of this saving money experiment, we’ll know we are RULING our money instead of it ruling us, and we might be VETERANS of enjoying cheap thrills.”

“YIKES, that’s a scary thought.  Okay, so give me a couple of movie choices.”

“How about The Princess Bride?”

“INCONCEIVABLE!  We watched that about two months ago, didn’t we?”

“Okay, MARLEY and Me.”

“I’m not sure I’m emotionally up to that one tonight.”

“Hmmm, here’s The DRESSER.

“It’s perfect if you want to have me BONKING my head against the wall over and over by the end of the evening.  I never liked that one.”

“Then let’s have a laugh tonight, Airplane!”

“Yes!  The scene where they are speaking EBONICS is a scream.”

“Excellent choice.  Dinner is on the table, the main lights are EXTINGUISHED, and it’s showtime!”

“Did I ever tell you that you get some crazy ideas?”

“Frequently.  And you love me anyway.”

“You’re right!”


Today is:

Blue and Pink Day -- Fairy Calendar

Bubblegum Sculpture Day -- commonly listed on ecard sites, and not to be confused with National Bubble Gum Day, coming in February

Carnation Day -- in honor of William McKinley; also on the date of his assassination each year, Sept. 14

Curmudgeons' Day -- W.C. Field's birth anniversary

National Corn Chip Day

National Puzzle Day -- because they are just fun

Sahid Diwash -- Nepal (Martyrs' Day)

St. Constantius of Perugia (Patron of Perugia, Italy)

St. Gildas the Wise's Day (one of the earliest British historians)

Thomas Paine Day/Freethinkers' Day -- birth anniversary of Thomas Paine

Vasant Panchami / Saraswati Puja  -- Hindu (celebrating Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge)

Winterfest & US National Snow Sculpting Competition and Championships -- Lake Geneva, WI, US (through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Establishment of The Seeing Eye, 1929 (first US guide dog school)
Kansas becomes the 34th US state, 1861

Birthdays Today:

Adam Lambert, 1982
Jonny Lang, 1981
Andrew Keegan, 1979
Sara Gilbert, 1975
Heather Graham, 1970
Bobby Phillips, 1968
Nick Turturro, 1962
Greg Louganis, 1960
Oprah Winfrey, 1954
Teresa Teng, 1953
Ann Jillian, 1950
Tom Selleck, 1945
Katharine Ross, 1942
Germaine Greer, 1939
John Forsythe, 1918
Victor Mature, 1913
Huddie William "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, 1885
W.C. Fields, 1880
Anton Chekhov, 1860
William McKinley, 1843
Henry Morton Stanley, 1841
Thomas Paine, 1737
Emanuel Swedenborg, 1688

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Black Panther(Film), 2018
"Sweet Charity"(Musical), 1966
Dr. Strangelove(Film), 1964
Sleeping Beauty(Cartoon movie), 1959
"The Potting Shed"(Play), 1957
"All My Sons"(Play), 1947
"The Raven"(publication date), 1845
"Idomeneo"(Mozart Opera), 1781
"The Beggar's Opera"(Gay Ballad Opera), 1728

Today in History:

The first performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, 1595
John Beckley of Virginia is appointed the first Librarian of Congress, 1802
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" is first published, 1845
The Victoria Cross is established to acknowledge bravery, 1856
Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, 1886
Liliuokalani is proclaimed Queen of Hawaii, its last monarch, 1891
Walt Disney starts his first job as an artist, earning $40/week with the KC Slide Co, 1920
North America's first guide dog school, The Seeing Eye, is incorporated in Nashville, Tennessee, 1929
The first inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame are announced, 1936
The first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced, 1963
Hungary establishes diplomatic relations with South Korea, making it the first Eastern Bloc nation to do so, 1989
President Jacques Chirac announces a "definitive end" to French nuclear weapons testing, 1996
La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire, 1996
The first direct commercial flights from mainland China (from Guangzhou) to Taiwan since 1949 arrived in Taipei. Shortly afterwards, a China Airlines flight lands in Beijing, 2005
Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens, 2010
American snowboarder Shaun White achieves the first ever SuperPipe perfect score (100) in Winter X Games history, 2012
Archaeologists discover the oldest Roman Temple (6th C BC) at Sant’Omobono, 2014
Scientists announce they have discovered how to convert normal cells into stem cells in mice, 2014
Malaysia officially declares the disappearance of missing flight MH370 an accident, 2015
The Norwegian government proposes building a floating road tunnel as part of a new roadway between Kristians and Trondheim, 2019


  1. BRILLIANT use of Mark's very challenging prompts. Loud applause.

  2. Yes, agreeing with EC that this was a fine way of using all those prompts.
    St. Constantius of Perugia's day ... we'll have to eat an Italian dinner today in his honour. I have a love-hate relationship with Peruguia.

  3. Pretty decorations, and a great short story too.

  4. Really like the first photo with the clown. So colourful.

    God bless.

  5. Mom has been in New Orleans for the Carnival big party! Like your wreath that is on the table.

  6. I liked the fun decor and so much better when clicked on :-)

    Have a decortastic week :-)

  7. Nice decorations. Thanks for the reminder, I need to do a photo shoot of my cats with beads. Cute story. I would have gone with Princess Bride. :)

  8. Fun Carnival things are a really good story!

  9. we bet mardi gras is a blast !! good story today :) ☺☺♥♥

  10. How fun and I love your story. I'll be right over to watch Airplane with you. Well done as always.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  11. I love carnival decorations! I have some too! Mask & beads etc. I have necklaces from Vegas too! hehehe~ I love yours. Thanks for sharing.

  12. All of January is Puzzle Day in my house. My friends even invite themselves over to work on one! ;-D

  13. I enjoyed your story, but now I have to go Google The Dresser.

  14. Airplane? I don't think I have that in my library and I've never heard of The Dresser. Great little story from a challenging list of words :)
    I love the colourful carnival decorations.

  15. Wonderful photos of mardi gras treasures ~ have fond memories of New Orleans ~ son went to school there ~ Had a King Cake once which was fun ~ ^_^

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


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