Thursday, March 12, 2020

Some People! (Six Sentence Story), St. Patrick's Day Decor (Good Fences), Behind My Door (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Promotion (Brian's Thankful Thursday)


"Anything can become a routine and lose its luster," said with conviction.

"So what to do about it?" asked with concern.

"Shake it up, do things differently!  Break free from constraint and forge a new path," stated with vigor.

"And if you do that routinely, do you get tired of that as well?" asked with tongue-in-cheek and a grin.

With a heavy sigh, "Sometimes I don't like you very much!"

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


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 like at Mardi Gras, the fences here wear their festive St. Patrick's Day colors:


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

Behind my ivy covered door
Do I sit and think and read.
Since I'm not going anywhere,
The world past me does speed.

I'm here to offer quiet,
A time from the bustle away,
You are welcome to come visit,
An hour, or all the day.

You'll find you get refreshment
From sitting quiet with me,
We'll talk or not, as we decide,
And I will offer tea.

Everyone is welcome,
My door I never lock,
I'll show my books and treasures,
So please just simply knock!


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

We are thankful that #2 Son, after moving to a new job at a different restaurant a couple of months ago, has already earned a promotion and is going to be helping open and manage their new location!


Today is:

Alfred Hitchcock Day -- some internet sources say March 8, and no one knows who picked either day, but he is worth celebrating

Arbor Day -- China; Taiwan

Donkey Appreciation Day -- formerly celebrated, but the lowly donkey is no longer as indespensible as he was; if you share my fondness for beasts of burden, celebrate it anyway

Girl Scouts Birthday -- US

Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa -- Buddhism (birthday of Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy)

Huddling of Fairies of the Third Flight -- Fairy Calendar

Kronprinsessans Namnsdag -- Sweden (Name Day of HRH Crown Princess Victoria, the Heir Apparent; an official flag day)

Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three day festival, dates approximate; celebrates the marriage of Kore and Dionysos)

Louisiana Sportsman Show and Festival -- Gonzales, LA, US (boat show for NOLA, BR, and the Gulf Coast, and includes a jambalaya cook off; through Sunday)

Martyrdom of Hypatia of Alexandria -- in 415, she was murdered for the three crimes of being intelligent, female, and pagan

National Baked Scallops Day

National Day -- Mauritius (anniversary of independence in 1968)

Plant a Flower Day -- US (sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation; now's a good time to give wildlife friendly perrenials a head start, starting them indoors if you have to)

Quebec City Hunting, Fishing, and Boat Show -- Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (through Sunday)

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo -- Mercedes, TX, US (through the 22nd)

Rockhound Roundup Gem and Mineral Show -- Deming, NM, US (through Sunday)

St. Gregory the Great's Day (Patron of choir boys, educators, masons, musicians, popes, schoolchildren, singers, stonemasons, stone cutters, students, and teachers; England; Kercem, Malta; Legazpi, Philippines; Montone, Italy; San Gregorio nelle Alpi, Italy; West Indies; against gout and plague)
    note that Pope St. Gregory is also celebrated on Sept. 3, the date he was elected pope
    Graekarismessa (Mass of St. Gregory) -- Torshavn, Faroe Islands (traditional day on which the oystercatcher, their symbolic national bird, returns)
    Gregoru Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (Gregory's Day, similar to groundhog day for weather prediction)

St. Seraphina's Day (Patron of the disabled and handicapped, and of spinners)

World Day Against Cyber Censorship -- sponsored by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International

Youth Day -- Zambia

Anniversaries Today:

Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias, 1971
Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman, 1969

Birthdays Today:

Frank Catalano, 1978
Aaron Eckhart, 1968
David Daniels, 1966
Darryl Strawberry, 1962
Marlon Jackson, 1957
Rob Cohen, 1949
James Taylor, 1948
Liza Minnelli, 1946
Al Jarreau, 1940
Barbara Feldon, 1933
Andrew Young, 1932
Edward Albee, 1928
Wally Schirra, 1923
Jack Kerouac, 1922
Gordon MacRae, 1921
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1881
Simon Newcomb, 1835
Charles Cunningham Boycott, 1832
Clement Studebaker, 1821

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Moses und Aaron"(Opera), 1954
"Fervaal"(Opera; d'Indy Op. 40), 1897
"Simon Boccanegra"(Opera), 1857

Today in History:

Martyrdom of Hypatia of Alexandria, philosopher, 415
Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius, 538
Orvieto, Italy, rules it will behead and burn Jewish-Christian couples, 1350
Jews are expelled from Syria, 1496
New Jersey becomes an English colony, 1664
The first steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine, 1755
Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain, 1881
In Vicksburg, Mississippi, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time, 1894
The first main line electric train in UK, from Liverpool to Southport, begins running, 1904
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States, by Juliette Gordon Lowe, 1912
The foundation stone of the new Australian capital in Canberra is laid, 1913
Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m (300km) march protesting British salt tax, 1930
The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism, 1947
The Church of England ordains its first female priests, 1994
Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO, 1999
Financier Bernard Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history, 2009
The U.S. Census Bureau reports the world now has 7 billion people, 2012
JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from seabed deposits, 2013
Research shows Chinese cites have decreased pollution by 32 percent on average in just four years, 2018
Tens of thousands of farmers from Indian state Maharashtra end protests over loan waivers, prices and land rights after promises from state officials and walking 167km to Mumbai, 2018


Elephant's Child said...

Smiling at your six sentence story - and I love your poem.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Wow ... you have excelled yourself with the fences today. I like iron fences. Did you know in London most garden fences in parks are painted green not yellow?

God bless.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Sorry ... I meant to say "painted green not black".

My computer can't spell.

God bless.

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Love the six sentence - MOL! Those fences are lovely. Purrfect poem today!

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Your fences are amazing, and your poem so nice; I want to come over for books, talks, silence, and tea.

Brian said...

That was a really good story and a fun poem. Hooray for #2 Son and congrats from all of us. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

UP said...

love the six, love the poem (really good) love Liza Minelli and this was one of your best.

There's always someone who has to be a realist. Darn!

Sandee said...

Routine can get boring. Love the poem and really love the thankful. Way to go.

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

Lisa Tomey said...

Haha in the 6! Go figure ;) Liked your poem so much! And woohoo on those doors!

Lisa Tomey said...

I meant fences :P

pilch92 said...

Great story and poem. Congrats to son #2!

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful story and neat fence photos ~ congrats to #2 son too ^_^

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

da tabbies o trout towne said...

fence one is the fave; the poem is AWESOME ~~~~ and congra rats to your son...

984 pawz UP ta Hitchcock & R donkey palz smoke & joe ♥♥♥☺☺☺

violaetcetera said...

Like the poem, if I would be brave enough I'd like to knock and go in.
Well done, Son #2, you must be so proud!

Susan Zutautas said...

I love how you wrote this six, very creative :)

Gosia said...

fences look so interesting

Pam and Teddy said...

Love the poem......thanks for being part of our poetry fun on Thursdays!

Hugs, Pam

DeniseinVA said...

A fun post, poem and story and everything else.

Karen BakingInATornado said...

You packed so much into this post. Your six sentence story had me laughing, I love the fence pictures, especially the tree in the second one, and I see you wrote a poem like our Monthly Poetry Group did!

GirlieOnTheEdge said...

Excellent Six, Mimi. Love the format/setup.
Great fences! Your poem is, as usual, wonderful :)
Fantastic news about #2 son! Congratulations to him!

River said...

I love the image that inspired your pretty poem.

Linda said...

I did not know that Chinese cites have decreased pollution by 32 percent on average! Great looking fences, by the way.

Ford said...

#SSS. Bravo for the fun six! A wonderful structure and relatable characters, said with sincerity.

D. Avery said...

Ha! Yes, routine can have different connotations in different contexts. I enjoyed your take on the prompt.