Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Japanese Magnolia/Tulip Tree (Wordless Wednesday) and No Coincidence (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. Constipation
  2. Rivalry
  3. Occupation
  4. Sneeze
  5. Wishy-washy
  6. Diatribe


  1. Snot
  2. Beluga
  3. Emergency
  4. Qualify
  5. Coffee
  6. Butt

It really is true that i am not one for big adventures and crazy things happening.  Yet, they happen.  Yesterday was no exception.

Also note that i do not believe in coincidence; i agree with Albert Einstein that it is simply G-d's way of remaining anonymous.

Due to the RIVALRY of college sports, and football in particular, there was a mix-up with a client yesterday.  Some of my clients are very good about telling me ahead of time when they are going to be out of town, thus allowing me to look for other work or make other plans, and some are very WISHY-WASHY about informing me of such things.

Yesterday's client does QUALIFY for latter category, and i will not go into a DIATRIBE about it, although part of me wants to.  After all, when i am suddenly out of work, i have no paid time off, it means i am out of the money, too.  

Her husband's OCCUPATION makes it possible for them to do fun things like run to NOLA to watch football, so they chose to do so.  They also chose to spend the night down there.  Thus Sweetie and i showed up to clean their house Tuesday morning, and no one was home.

A quick call to her confirmed that we would not be working that morning, although we agreed that if they got back in town soon enough, i would come in the afternoon.

Then we simply went home to wait.  While Sweetie warmed himself another cup of COFFEE, i heard a loud noise, looked out the kitchen window and faster than a SNEEZE can sling SNOT the tree behind our next door neighbor's house, and the electric wire next to it, spewed out a fireball!

My instinct was to call the EMERGENCY number as i ran out the door to see if the neighbor was home.  The 911 operator put me in touch with the fire department, and i reported what was going on.  By this time, the tree limb was just smoldering, there were no more actual flames, but i did not let that fool me into any complacency.  The fire fighters were dispatched and i then turned my attention to calling the power company to let them know of the situation.

By this time, our neighbor had answered her door -- her husband and daughter were at work, and she was still in her nightdress, which made her look as white as a BELUGA whale.  (Had to work in that word somewhere, without making someone sound like the BUTT of a joke!)  She was quite frightened and hadn't known what to do, so us being there to see it and call it all in was quite providential.

The fire department showed up and made sure the limb was brought down and put totally out, while we settled in to wait and see if our client would get back in town early enough for us to clean her home.  Since traffic from NOLA was moving like a 'gator with CONSTIPATION, we gave up on that eventually.

It took the electric company quite a while to get out there (several hours, to be exact).  Once they did, all was restored rather quickly.  It turned out the one limb was the only one close enough to cause trouble, the wire itself has suffered no damage.  How that happened i do not know, but i am thankful they didn't have to get back there and run new wires.

We were home to see it and deal with it because of ciercumstances beyond our control, the generator worked, the fire department responded, the area has had quite a bit of rainy drizzle lately so the whole tree didn't go up in flames, just the one dangling branch, and all is well.  As much as i regret the loss of expected income, we have a great deal for which to be grateful.


Today is:

Arbor Day -- Jordan

Armed Forces Day / Remembrance Day -- Nigeria

Army Day -- India

Basketball Day -- rules for the game were first published this day in 1892(day debated, year is certain)

Chosun-gul -- North Korea (Korean Alphabet Day)

Dia del Maestro -- Venezuela (Teacher's Day)

Feast of the Ass -- Ancient Roman Calendar (celebrates Vesta being saved by a donkey)

Feast of Entering Heaven and the Two Lands -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of All Fairies -- Fairy Calendar

Fiesta Del Senor de Esquipulas/Pilgrimage of Cristo Negro de Esquipulas -- Esquipulas, Guatemala (Festival of the Black Christ)

John Chilembwe Day -- Malawi

Lenaea -- Ancient Greek Calendar (a Festival of Comedy; date approximate)

Moliere Day -- France

National Hat Day -- begun by a hat loving individual who has chosen to remain anonymous

National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

Procrastinator's New Year -- declared by someone who had a really great sense of humor

Sailing of Wadjyt -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (the icon of the cobra goddess, Wadjyt, is carried on the Nile to visit many cities; date approximate)

St. Ita's Day (Patron of Limerick, Ireland)

St. Paul the Hermit's Day (the first of the Egyptian hermits; Patron of clothing industry, weavers)

Thiruvalluvar Day -- PY, TN, India (remembrance of the celebrated Tamil poet)

Tree Planting Day -- Egypt

Tsunahiki Matsuri -- Japan (various shrines hold tug-of-war festivals in which the team for god Ebisu vie with the team for god Daikoku; if Ebisu wins, the next year will have good catches at sea, if Daikoku, it will bring good harvests)

Anniversaries Today:

Opening of the British Museum, 1759
Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England, 1559

Birthdays Today:

Drew Brees, 1979
Chad Lowe, 1968
Mario Van Peebles, 1957
Charo, 1951
Andrea Martin, 1947
Margaret O'Brien, 1937
Ernest J. Gaines, 1933
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929
John Cardinal O'Connor, 1920
Lloyd Bridges, 1913
Gene Krupa, 1909
Elie Siegmeister, 1909
Edward Teller, 1908
Aristotle Onassis, 1906
Goodman Ace, 1899
Pierre S. du Pont, 1870
Philip Livingston, 1766
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a/k/a Moliere, 1622 (baptismal date, actual birth date unknown)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Hill Street Blues"(TV), 1981
"Happy Days"(TV), 1974
The Democratic Donkey(symbol in newspaper comic), 1870
"Stella"(Goethe Play), 1816

Today in History:

Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah's reign, in a siege lasting until July 23, BC588
Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World, 1493
Third sitting of the Council of Trent opens, 1562
The British Museum opens in Montague House in London, 1759
John Etherington of London steps out sporting the first top hat, 1797
The first US built locomotive to pull a passenger train begins its first run, with Mr. and Mrs. Pierson on board for the first US railroad honeymoon trip, 1831
The donkey is first used as a symbol for the Democratic Party, in Harper's Weekly, 1870
The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, 1889
James Naismith publishes the rules of Basketball, 1892
Tchaikovsky's ballet "Swan Lake" premieres in St Petersburg, 1895
Dr. Lee DeForest patents a 3-element vacuum tube (one of the inventions that later made radio possible), 1907
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women, 1908
The Boston Molasses Disaster, 2 million gallons of molasses spill, 21 killed, over 150 injured, 1919
The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio, 1936
The world's largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia, 1943
The US Supreme Court rules that "clear and present danger" of incitement to riot is not protected speech and can be a cause for arrest, 1951
The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles; the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10, 1967
The USSR launches Soyuz 5, 1969
The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm, 1991
Wikipedia goes online, 2001
An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system, 2005
ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon, 2005
The Stardust space mission returns dust from a comet to Earth, 2006
Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the "Miracle on the Hudson", 2009
The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils its newest exhibit, a replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found in 2010 in Argentina), the largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m, 2016
Chinese scientists confirm that they have germinated a cotton seed on the moon on board the Chang’e 4 lander, 2019


  1. WHAT a day. And a day which fortuitously leant itself to Mark's challenging prompts. I am sorry about your reduced income, but very glad you were home (and that the damage was no worse).

  2. I echo EC; What a day. And a happy ending! When you write out these day to day dramas I always quietly wonder how much is true, how much is fantasy. But I enjoy them too much to really worry. Do every American household have their own generator? We don't. Only hospitals and such have, the rest of us just outwaits current outages.

  3. Sorry to hear about your recent difficulties. Praying for you.

    God bless.

  4. Please bring a box of Kleenex when you visit my blog and start slinging the nasty around.

  5. Nice photo mimi I like the colour

    Have a magnoliatastic week :-)

  6. Mom says everything, good and bad, happens for a reason and is part of a master plan. Bummer with you client. Mom has lots of clients who are also inconsiderate and seem unable to let her know of important details as well. Frustrating!

  7. Mimi,

    I'm with you, a coincidence has God written all over it and I'm usually all the happier when such coincidences happen. I'm glad things worked out but sorry for the loss wages. Not to worry, God will provide!

  8. Love that beautiful tree and you weren't supposed to work because you were needed at home to tend with the emergency. Things do work out as they should sometimes.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  9. What a very beautiful tree. My friend has a rose tree. I've never saw one before and they are true roses but they don't stay on the tree for a long time. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Sorry about the lost of income because your client was not home but glad that you were home to attend to the emergency to avoid a disaster if no one was home to know what happened.

  11. You were definitely meant to be home. I do think you should start charging a fee to cover your time and gas when someone isn't home.

  12. I'm thinking a $25 fee for no-show, no-notice clients.
    Either that or leave you a key, dang it.
    Yes, glad you were home blah blah blah but still... get a clue, people! (Um, that would be the welchers, not you - to be clear.)

  13. Well, that was quite the story...humans aren't known for always being considerate. Love the tree, we have one too, her name is Maggie.

  14. Given that whole situation was really bad luck, it's good luck you were home to get all the right people there and working on a remedy immediately.

  15. That tree creating a fireball just so you can work the words into a story! That's serendipity. Or something. I am glad you were there and called the necessary people to deal with it though.

  16. I love the "Festival of all Fairies" and your account of an eventful day. Happy Tjursday to you all!!!

  17. Gorgeous tree and gad you were able to 'take care of things at home.'

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


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