Thursday, April 2, 2020

Boys and More for the A to Z Challenge, Four Hop Thursday


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"Boys, boys, keep it down to a dull roar, please!" Mom tried to get her voice to cut through the noise.

"But Mom, we are being howling wolves, so we have to run and howl!" came the protest from the eldest, and the two younger continued to make the sounds that had both wakened and scared the baby, having a nap in the front room where Mom could keep an eye on him.

Scooping the little one up and trying to comfort him, she walked out onto the porch, where the "wolves" had decided they needed a rest and flopped onto the swing, a tangle of arms and legs hanging off in precarious positions as they were now trying to see how high they could get it to go.  The goal, of course, was to swing high enough to touch the ceiling of the porch with their toes, and they'd never managed, but were determined to keep trying.

Baby brother's tears turned to a giggle when he saw one of the other boys jump when the swing slowed enough and that giggle became a full laugh as the brother tickled his tummy.

"Come on in for a glass of lemonade and a cookie," Mom said, leading the way, hoping that filling their mouths would quiet them for a few minutes, but doubting it would be for very long, she knew them too well.

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


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.    

Iron fences sometimes have emblems in them:


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

Look beneath the surface,
It's there that you will see,
I wasn't always like this,
A family once loved me.

I gave them months of shelter,
While they cleared the land,
And as they built the bigger house
They left me here to stand.

The children then did use me
For their years of play,
There were lots of games within
On each rainy or wintry day.

The elders now are saying
It's a shame to let me go,
They talk of my rebuilding,
And I hope that it is so.

For a granddaughter just got married,
They need a place to start,
I'm ready if they work on me,
To gladly play my part!


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 that Ms.GF, who cannot let me come in her house during this time because of her precarious health, has figured out that i am a great weed killer.  She's got a lot of them, so i can still work for her out in the garden until it's safe for me to go back to regular work.


Today is

Feast of Acan -- Ancient Mayan Calendar (god of wine, whose name means either "belch" or "groan", depending on your source -- although both seem apt, one during the celebration, the other after; date approximate)

Gio to Hung Vuong Day -- Vietnam (National Day; celebrating the founding of the nation by Emperor Hung Vuong some three millenia ago)

Great Lovers Day -- you don't have to be a Cassanova to celebrate the great lovers in your life!

International Children's Book Day -- on the birth anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen, sponsored this year by the Slovenia division of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People); this year's theme is "Hunger for Words"     

Malvinas Day -- Argentina (honors veterans of the Falklands War)

National Ferret Day -- US (The American Ferret Association)  

National Love Your Produce Manager Day -- with its own Facebook page    

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Ramnawami / Ramanavami / Chaitay Dashain -- India; Nepal (Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, avatar of Vishnu)
    Swaminarayan Jayanti -- birth of Lord Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition

Reconciliation Day -- as recommended by columnist Ann Landers, use today to reach out and mend a broken relationship

Sizdehbedar -- Iran (Nature Day)

Spring Fever and Medical Aid Appeal -- Fairy Calendar

St. Francis of Paloa's Day (Patron of boatmen, mariners, naval officers, sailors, travellers, watermen; Amato, Italy; Calbria, Italy; Fossato Serraita, Italy; Sant'Agata di Esaro, Italy; against fire, plague, and sterility)

St. Urban of Langres' Day (Patron of barrel makers/coopers, gardeners, vine dressers/vine growers/vintners; Dijon, France; Langres, France; against alcoholism, blight, fainting, frost, storms)

Taily Day, Scotland (engage in pranks related to your tail end, a second day of April fooling)

Thai Heritage Conservation Day -- Thailand

Unity of Peoples of Russia and Belarus Day -- Belarus

World Autism Awareness Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

Napoleon Bonaparte marries the Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria, 1810

Birthdays Today:

Bethany Joy Galeotti, 1981
Christopher Meloni, 1961
Pamela Reed, 1953
Ron "Horshack" Palillo, 1949
Camille Paglia, 1947
Emmylou Harris, 1947
Linda Hunt, 1945
Leon Russell, 1942
Dr. Demento, 1941
Marvin Gaye, 1939
Jack Webb, 1920
Charles White, 1918
Alec Guinness, 1914
Buddy Ebsen, 1908
Max Ernst, 1891
Walter Chrysler, 1875
Emile Zola, 1840
Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, 1834
Hans Christian Anderson, 1805
Giovanni Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, 1725
Charlemagne, 742

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Nickelodeon(TV Cable Channel), 1979
"Dallas"(TV), 1978
"2001: A Space Odyssey"(Film), 1968
"As the World Turns"(TV), 1956
"The Edge of Night"(TV), 1956
Symphony No. 1 in C major(Beethoven Op. 21), 1800

Today in History:

Mehmed II begins his siege of Istanbul/Constantinople, 1453
Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European to set foot in Florida, 1513
"American Farmer," the first successful agricultural journal, begins publication, 1819
Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for president of the US, 1870
The first Easter egg roll is held on the White House lawn, 1877
Puerto Rico is given limited self rule by the US Congress, 1900
The first full time movie theater, the "Electric Theater," opens in Los Angeles, 1902
The Titanic undergoes sea trials under her own power, 1912
President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany, 1917
Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia, 1930
Charles Lindbergh turns over the $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son, 1932
The first official Panda crossing is opened outside Waterloo station, London, 1962
Argentine forces sieze the Falkland Islands, beginning the Falklands War, 1982
Rita Johnston becomes the first female Premier of a Canadian province (British Columbia), 1991
Israeli forces surround and besiege the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated, 2002
Three widows and two daughters of Osama bin Laden were charged with illegally living in Pakistan; they were sentenced with 45 days in jail and fined $114 each, 2012
The Arms Trade Treaty, the first-ever bill to regulate the global trade in conventional weapons, is passed by the U.N. General Assembly, 2013
Eurozone unemployment reaches a high of 12%, 2013
NASA states goals to go back to the Moon by 2024, and by 2033 to be sending astronauts to Mars, 2019


  1. Love your story - and that poem. I too hope the house can be rebuilt - and become a home.
    And yay for Mrs GF and continuing work.

  2. That poem was extremely touching. Reminded me of the book about the rabbit that was loved too much and all worn.

  3. Lowely poem of an old, well loved house.

  4. Ah, the joys of parenthood! I had to block my ears just to read it!

  5. Iron fences we are not sure about. They look nice, but they also look easy to escape from and the emblems, should only be on huge fancy homes in our opinion.

  6. That really was a sweet story and we liked your house poem too, poor house. That's a terrific thankful, we're glad you get to keep working there. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. Love your 'B for Boys' story and the poem is just delightful. So many of these little 'first houses' falling into ruin. I hope the little house gets saved.

  8. good six, good poem, good fences. And alas Poor Duchess Maria Louisa, Nappy never loved her; he referred to her as "the womb" and he eventually went back to Josephine.

    good six.

  9. 'B' is a good one! Love that poem and the fences.

  10. Love the story about the boys. I so remember the thunder. I'm good not hearing it anymore though.

    Love the poem. It made me smile.

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

  11. Delightful Six! I love coming here for an instant smile.
    Wonderful poem! We all can use the "feel goods" these days :D Thanks, Mimi.
    Cheers to creative flexibility! Hopefully, the weather is pleasing and not yet too hot for weeding and garden work.

  12. Such a nice six! Your poem is so good! Loved it along with the photo of the original home. Looks like it has so much character.

  13. Mimi,

    I like both your short story and poem. You're such a talented writer. :) Have a blessed, beautiful day, my friend. Be safe and well, too. ;)

    Cathy's Pinup Girl #AtoZChallenge Art Sketch Series (B)

  14. That was a cute story. And I love the poem.

  15. Fun story and lovely poetry and neat fence photos ~

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. It's national peanut butter and jelly day? Well then, I'd say it's "peanut butter jelly time!" Enjoyed your story. Stay safe out there! :)

  17. We all have to be a little creative now, and I am glad you and Ms. GF found a way to work around the virus.
    Take care!

  18. Man! Talk about an illustration of the the expression, 'patience as a virtue'
    Enjoyable Six.

  19. Your post is terrific! Love the poem about the little cabin and your six sentence story is fun to visualize while reading! Boys will be boys! Cheers and see you tomorrow!

  20. I love the image of the boys on the swing!!! Nice writing Mimi!

  21. Happy story about the boys and nice poem. Stay safe.

  22. Those are sure good fences. Stay Safe adn have a lovely weekend.

  23. I really REALLY love your poem - it's perfect for that photo and I felt that same "love" and "hope" for the cabin when I saw the photo. Thank you so much for being part of our poetic fun every week - you really knocked it out of the park this time around!!!

    Hugs, Pam

  24. Loved this SSS! Great wordscape! I could totally picture this and hear the clamor.
    What a sweet poem about the house. Every house has a history and stories that need to be told.

  25. Kids! Hee hee... The old house is something that sure could tell some stories.

  26. Ha! Your Six tired me out. It was delightfully cacophonous.


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