Thursday, February 13, 2020

Weeding (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Not Lonely (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"I swear, this plant is going to be the death of me!" she growled under her breath, yanking up yet another weed by the roots. 

"It's not enough that I have them in my yard, but every time I pull all of them up, the seeds from the ones the neighbors are neglecting blow over here and I end up with even more of them," she continued to mutter, then, "ouch!" she yelled, as she tried to get up and twisted her ankle.

The new neighbor heard her yell and actually took the time to come over and ask, "Are you okay?"

"Yeah, just trying to get ahead of these weeds," she said, as she knew she hadn't really hurt anything, she was just upset with the situation.

"I've noticed I have them, too, and I need to do something about it; how about let me get in and change my clothes, and you can come over and show me how to deal with them."

"I'd be glad to," she smiled, as those words were music to her ears. 

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


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.      

While these fence photos were taken back around Christmas, the pink flamingo is the symbol of Mardi Gras here, and so:

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
Albert Einstein


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

All the way out here in Lost Springs,
People say it's lonely, but my heart sings!
I come to visit here, to be all alone,
So I can get away from the blasted telephone!


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 thankful for having my bank on my side in an ongoing dispute with Avis, the rental car people.  They have overcharged us, the first time double what we owed, the second time triple, resulting in an overdraft.  The bank, upon us producing the receipt of what we actually owed, gave us back the overdraft fee, and i am thankful.  We’ll be even more thankful when Avis refunds what they took from us so we can pay the bills, and the bank has promised to dispute it on our behalf if they don’t do it soon.


Today is:

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting -- Seattle, WA, US (a meeting of top scientists; who knows what these people will come up with next, because science is amazing! through the 17th)

Break-Up Day -- if you are over him/her, don't go through tomorrow pledging love falsely, get out today

Dream of Your Sweetheart Day -- a reminder that if you aren't ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow, you'd better get cracking

Employee Legal Awareness Day -- Australia

Get a Different Name Day -- for those who hate their name; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Ides of February -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Parentalia begins -- through the 21st (honoring divi parentes -- the deified ancestors)
    Lupercalia begins -- through the 15th (to rid the city of evil spirits)
    Orgiastic festival of Juno Februa begins -- through tomorrow

I Value Your Friendship Day -- because you don't want to neglect your friends while we are remembering love this week

Madly in Love With Me Day -- because you have to love "me" before you can love "we"

Miami International Boat Show -- Miami, FL, US (biggest boat show in the US, and the main event for product introductions; through Monday)

National Conference on Education -- San Diego, CA, US (three day conference sponsored by the American Assn. of School Administrators 

National Tortellini Day

Simplot Games -- Holt Arena, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, US (Indoor track and field for the top high school athletes from the US and Canada; through Saturday) 

St. Catherine dei Ricci's Day (Patron of the ill)

Ta-asobi -- Akatsuka Suwa Shrine, Itabashi-ku, Japan (ceremony to pray for a good harvest)

Trndez or Tearnandarach -- Armenian Christian Church (fire celebration, begins in the evening and goes through tomorrow; originally a pagan sun worship celebration, it is now a Candlemas celebration by the OS Calendar)

Birthdays Today:

Mena Suvari, 1979
Robbie Williams, 1974
Kelly Hu, 1968
David Naughton, 1951
Peter Gabriel, 1950
Stockard Channing, 1944
Jerry Springer, 1944
Carol Lynley, 1942
Peter Tork, 1942
Bo Svenson, 1941
George Segal, 1934
Kim Novak, 1933
Chuck Yeager, 1923
Eileen Farrell, 1920
Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1919
Eddie Robinson, 1919
Grant Wood, 1892
Alvin York, 1887
Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace Truman, 1885
Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, 1849
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, 1754
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, 1682

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Merlin"(Musical), 1983
"Prince Valiant"(Comic strip), 1937

Today in History:

Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed, 1258
Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland, 1349
The Disfida di Barletta (Challenge of Barletta); Frenchman Charles de la Motte accused Italians of cowardice, and thirteen Italians proceeded to rout 13 Frenchmen in a chivalrous horseback tourney, 1503
St. Augustine, Florida, is founded, becoming the oldest continuously occupied European established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States, 1566
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing belief that the Earth revolves around the sun, 1633
Treaty of Lisbon:  Spain recognizes Portugal, 1668
The Massacre of Glencoe: 78 members of the clan Macdonald are murdered for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange (William III), 1692
Cholera appears in London, 1832
Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards, 1867
The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert, 1881
Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class, 1886
Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector, 1894
English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested, 1907
The Negro National League is formed, 1920
A jury in Flemington, New Jersey finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, 1935
France tests its first atomic bomb, 1960
Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released, 1970
A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, 1981
An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany, 1990
The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies, 2000
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star "Lucy" after The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", 2004
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations, 2008
At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds, 2009
For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855, 2011
NASA confirms Mars Opportunity rover's mission, originally set to be 90 days, has ended after 15 years due to a sandstorm damaging communications, 2019


  1. How WONDERFUL to have your bank on your side.
    Loved your story too.

  2. Love your poem! Prince Valiant day, hmm where did I put those old comics? Thanks for your lists.

  3. I hope you don't take offences but I like your fences.

    God bless.

  4. What a nice (in a postive-affirming sorta way) Six this week.
    (For our part, we try to imagine that we like the look of weeds, doesn't always

  5. We never know the pink flamingo had anything to do with Mardi Gras. Now we learned something at 6 am!

  6. Weeds, yuck! I just love those flamingos - best of luck with Avis.

  7. We often have too many weeds here too. That was a cute poem! Oh Avis is awful I hear but it really is great to have your bank on your side. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Tennesee Ernie Ford day! What wonderful memories from my childhood listening to him with mom and dad. Also, great six. I hate gardening. The getting UP and down is for the younger birds!

  9. Yikes on Avis. That's not nice at all. I hope it gets resolved and soon.

    Love your poem. I laughed out loud.

    Your story was adorable. Helping get rid of those weeks is a group effort. Finally.

    I love flamingos. I have many pink flamingos here and didn't know they were a symbol of Mardi Gras. Fun.

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

  10. We have that problem with dandylions. Always someone that just lets the grow and seed the neighborhood. Of course it turns out the bees love dandylions so maybe they are best left alone. I'd rather have the bees than a perfect lawn.

  11. That story was a nice fairy tale. LOL

  12. I'm thankful for everyone. It means a great deal when my blogger friends write a comment in my blog. RIP Jan Williams.

    Cruisin Paul

  13. Checked again today and your link worked :)
    Fantastic six!

  14. Hope AVIS gets back to you soon, this is unacceptable. It's good the bank is willing to help.
    Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday!

  15. some kindly words with the better business bureau will help move things along too ;) ♥♥

    nice poem today as well !! ☺☺

  16. Fun story and neat photos of fences ~ love the Pink Flamingos!

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

  17. Great story and funny poem. I would like to escape the telephone too. :)

  18. While the idea behind BreakUp Day may be morally sound, that is some seriously cold timing!

  19. Love the Albert Einstein quote. Lost Springs looks like a peaceful hideaway, but I don't think I could live there.

  20. LOL Not so sure how well that will work as a preventative for her weeds but hey, can't hurt! Weeds are the most irksome, pesky things.

    I remember once reading about the smallest towns in America and while the population was more than 1, I couldn't believe there are still towns with under a 1,000 people living in them. Cut poem :)

    That's a good bank! Note to self...don't rent from Avis :D

  21. One thing I dislike is weeding, especially those deep rooted ones. I like the quote of Albert Einstein. Pretty fence.

  22. Cute poem. Sometimes we need to get away from the phone... and the internet.

  23. Weeds can be a menace, for sure. This is probably why I never took up gardening. Nice six.

  24. Many hands make light work! Weeds n all! Lovely!


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