Thursday, May 14, 2020

Mama, Don’t Look Now (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy’s Poetry Day, and Brian’s Thankful Thursday


“What in the world is that boy doing now?” she asked, hearing the suspicious sounds of hammering from near the shop.

“Oh, he’s just building a bike ramp, and we’re gonna use it to jump the creek!” little sister answered.

“After the last time he tricked you into trying a daredevil stunt and you ended up in a cast — child, what part of ‘watch out, he’s going to get one of you killed’ don’t you understand?”

“Don’t worry, mom, I have it all planned out!  He won’t trick me again, ‘cause this time I’m making him go first!”

“How did I end up living in a circus?”

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

(Loosely based on my kids, as #2 Son did, indeed, build the bike ramp, and went first, and Little Girl was still the one who ended up with a broken arm.  Sometimes it felt like living in a circus, or a zoo!) 


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 fences, as good as i could get them (and the light was awful):


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

I love to ride the carousel
As the horses dip and dive,
I like to think about what if
The horses came alive.

The horse I ride the most
My favorite one of all,
I know would take me along
He wouldn’t let me fall.

We’d gallop along the river
Enjoy the run and then,
He’d turn himself around and
Take us back again.

It’s such fun to imagine
It would be a big deal,
As then I won’t have to wait to grow up
To have a horse that’s real!


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 i got to go back to the shelter again yesterday.  It feels so nice to be able to do that again.  Our state is supposed to enter Phase 1 of reopening, and while i am concerned (since so many people are going to take that as a green light to just pretend it is all over), i am thankful Sweetie will be able to do what he was wanted for a while, which is get on a list for a haircut appointment.


Today is:

Dance Like a Chicken Day -- no idea why today, but i'm waiting for wedding season

Drunk Driving Memorial Day -- not sponsored by MADD, or anyone else i can find, but let's all work and pray for the day drunk driving by anyone is just a bad memory     

French Fairy Awareness Day -- Fairy Calendar

Gesta de Independencia -- Paraguay

Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival -- Izumo-taisha, Japan (through tomorrow) 

Marshmallow Fluff Day -- Mr. Durkee and Mr. Mower announced, on this day in 1920, that they were in business producing this sweet confection 

Mars Invictus Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Midnight Sun at North Cape -- Norway (the sun will not set until July 30)

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

National Unification Day -- Liberia

President Kamuzu Banda's Birthday -- Malawi

Runic Half-Month Ing (expansive energy) commences

"Stars and Stripes Forever" Day -- first public performance of the composition was this day in 1897

St. Bonifatius' Day (4th Ice Saint)

St. Matthias the Apostle's Day (Patron of carpenters, reformed alcoholics, tailors; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; against alcoholism and smallpox)

Underground America Day -- Malcolm Wells wants us to imagine what our landscapes would look like if more of our buildings were under ground  

Anniversaries Today:

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark marries Mary Donaldson, 2004
Carlsbad Caverns National Park established, NM, US, 1930

Birthdays Today:

Miranda Cosgrove, 1993
Amber Tamblyn, 1983
Dan Auerbach, 1979
Martine McCutdcheon, 1976
Cate Blanchett, 1969
Danny Wood, 1969
Jose Da Silveira, 1965
Suzy Kolber, 1964
Tim Roth, 1961
Valerie Still, 1961
Ronan Tynan, 1960
David Byrne, 1952
Robert Zemechis, 1951
Meg Foster, 1948
George Lucas, 1944
Jack Bruce, 1943
Atanasio "Tony" Perez, 1942
Bobby Darin, 1936
Laszlo Kovacs, 1933
Patrice Munsel, 1925
Otto Klemperer, 1885
Robert Owen, 1771
Thomas Gainsborough, 1727
Gabrile Daniel Fahrenheit, 1686

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Kids Are Alright"(Documentary), 1979
“It’s Time for Ernie"(Ernie Kovacs' TV premier), 1951
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd: A Requiem for those we love"(Hindemith composition), 1946
"Die Hebriden/The Hebrides"(Mendelssohn Op. 26), 1832

Today in History:

Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony, 1607
Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox  vaccination, 1796
The Lewis and Clark expedition sets out, 1804
Paraguay  gains independence from Spain, 1811
The first edition of the London Illustrated Times is published, 1842
Gail Borden patents her process for condensed milk, 1853
Vaseline, the first petroleum jelly, is marketed, 1878
Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five, 1939
Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established; immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, 1948
Kuwait joins the United Nations, 1963
Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched, 1973
The Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary, 1986
The last episode of Seinfeld airs, with commercials going for $2M per 30 seconds, 1998
Scientists at Stanford University invent a working bionic eye the is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa, 2012
Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move called a "Backflip" in competition, 2016
The successful transfer of memory in snails as achieved by scientists from University of California is published in the journal "eNeuro", 2018
Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest, 2018


  1. Love your six sentence story AND your poem. I am very glad that you can get back to the shelter and hope that slow and steady wins the day.

  2. Nice story and lovely poem. Pretty fence.

  3. I really like your fences photos.

    God bless.

  4. Now that is a real fence. And I just loved your poem, so dreamy and yet somehow so real.

  5. def a family-generated smile at this week's Six.

  6. My mom's brother always was building bike ramps with his friends and jumping things. Amazingly, no one ever got hurt. Mom never tried it, but if she had, she would probably ended up with the broken arm too.

  7. What a fabulous poem! I just love it and it has the magic in its' lines just like the photo itself has. It's that kind of freedom I loved when I first chose this photo for Poetry Challenge this week. Thanks so much for being one of our favorite poets on Thursdays.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy (and Angel Sammy)

  8. That was a daredevil story fur sure and a fun poem. Our Dad is sort of thankful he doesn't have to worry about haircuts any more MOL! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. We never wore helmets, or did our kids. Never had a head injury, but a few broken arms. Why don't they make helmets for the arms? Actually there was one concussion.

  10. great six. easy to visualize. Super fences, and the poem was great. Dance like a chicken...I did a blog on the chicken dance once...i'll have to look at that. and Bobby Darin...what a crooner! Good job.

  11. the fences photos turned it great; as is today's poem !!!! YAY !!! :)

    N uz catz wanna say we wood knot danz like a bass terd chckn if ya gived uz a yeerz supply oh trout !! ☺☺♥♥

  12. Lovely story and a fun poem - from the circus to the fun fair!

  13. That is a question that is asked a lot at my house, 'how did I end up living in a circus' - MOL! Love that poem, very creative.

  14. I spend more time in the ER when my son was growing up. All the time, for hours and hours. I lived in a zoo too.

    I'm thankful that you're going to start getting to do what you want to do. We're careful here too. We've had a total of 23 deaths in our county and they all were in rest homes.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

  15. Story sounds familiar ~ well done ~ great fence photos too !

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

  16. Great post as always Mimi! I like your fence photos and I think maybe I should play along with fences too! First I need the rain to stop! Have a lovely Thankful Thursday!

  17. I'm also concerned that too many people will think this is all over and start crowding the shops again. What will happen if there is a second wave? We need to be careful for a long time yet.
    I think different lighting sometimes makes fences look more interesting. I never worry about lighting, just aim and shoot. The camera that is.

  18. I love these poems that you find. Reading this last one brought back memories about riding the carousel on Bob Lo Island. Thanks Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

    PS Stay safe my friend.

  19. Great poem and story. I am glad you are back at the shelter.

  20. Dance like a chicken day.....does that have some connection with respect for chickens day?

  21. Oh fences! I Need to pay attention and get some photos so I can join. Dance like a chicken, what fun that is at weddings! National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, I saw it on an ad from Red Lobster. The bionic eye from Stanford U, my grandmother was blind went I turned 8 years old. I always wished times had been better for medical breakthroughs and she could've seen again. Glad you can go back to the shelter. I think we just need to be careful. Pray and be caution. Your poem was great! I hope all is well. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend. HUGS

  22. I love that last line in your SSS! I am certain there are many mothers who have that thought somewhere along the way.

  23. Love your story and what a fun poem! 🐎

  24. Great post Mimi, a lovely read all the way through. Thank you :)


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