Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Vacation Version of Random and Happy Tuesday with Word Counters and Wednesday’s Words


It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.   

Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge called Word Counters. This is how it works: contributing bloggers each picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted numbers were then assigned to other bloggers challenged with writing at least one piece using that exact number of words. 
I was assigned the word count number: 53
It was submitted by:  Spatulas On Parade  

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what numbers they got and how they used them.   This week, i wrote three paragraphs about vacation.

Vacation is such a lovely time of year.  Even the word itself is beautiful.  Every morning has a walk at sunrise, every evening a sunset worth staying out to see.  Afternoon has time to do the inspections of the insides of the eyelids for cracks.  None so far, but it’s worth making sure.

Our trip included stopping to drop GusGus at the dealer to get a few things looked at while it’s still under warranty.  Then we drove to Gulfport to stop for lunch at our favorite place, but it was closed.  The front doors of the building were gone, stolen as we were told later.

Disappointed, we drove up the highway to see if there was anything nearby that looked inviting.  Then Sweetie got the bright idea to try to call their number and see if maybe they’d just moved.  Bingo, right across the highway from the previous location was the new building, much better than the original.

Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Baking In A Tornado                    
Spatulas on Parade                    
On the Border                                 

How about finishing up with vacation photos:


This month, i am providing the prompts for Words for Wednesday.  As is my custom, i post the prompts on what is Tuesday for me to accommodate those in other time zones.  

You can write your story on your blog and leave a link here, or write your story in the comments, your choice.

This week's prompts are:


This week, let's add a picture:


Today is:

Bloomsday -- commemoration of James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses

Day of Third-Hand Reports and Shaky Evidence -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Ludi Piscatari -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for fishermen; some sites say it was on the 17th)

Fresh Veggies Day -- before you have that fudge later

International Day of the African Child -- Organisation of African Unity 

Ladies' Day (Baseball) -- anniversary of the first ever Ladies' Day baseball game, hosted by the New York Giants in 1883

Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev -- Sikh

National Fudge Day

National Morticians Day -- honoring the last people to ever let you down

National Vinegar Day

St. Benno's Day (Patron of anglers, fishermen, weavers; Dresden-Meissen, Germany; Munich, Germany)

St. John-Francis Regis' Day (Patron of embroiderers, lace makers, social workers; Sisters of Saint Francis Regis; against plague)

Sussex Day -- West Sussex, England (on St. Richard's Day as celebrated in this area [current feast day is April 3 elsewhere]; he was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 to 1253, and his shrine was an important pilgrimage site)

Youth Day -- South Africa

Birthdays Today:

Abby Elliott, 1987
Diana DeGarmo, 1987
Phil Mickelson, 1970
Laurie Metcalf, 1955
Sonia Braga, 1950
Joan Van Ark, 1943
Joyce Carol Oates, 1938
Erich Segal, 1937
John Howard Griffin, 1920
Stan Laurel, 1890
Geronimo, 1829

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Ghostbusters II(Film), 1989
The Blues Brothers(Film), 1980
Psycho(Film), 1960

Today in History:

The Zoroastrian Religious Calendar begins with the ascension of Yasdegerd III of Persia, the start of the Persian Era, 632
Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses, 1487
British troops take Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada, 1745
The French surrender Fort Beauséjour to the British, leading to the expulsion of the Acadians, 1755
Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois, 1858
The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children, 1883
John Abbott becomes Canada's third prime minister, 1891
The Ford Motor Company is incorporated, 1903
The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948
Rudolf Nureyev defects at Le Bourget airport in Paris, 1961
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space, 1963
The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador, 1972
Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd and kill 566 children, 1976
Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years of its issuance, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon, 2000
The 9/11 Commission, contradicting White House claims, determines Saddam Hussein had no strong ties to al-Qaeda, 2004
British Petroleum agrees to finanace a $20 billion fund to compensate those whose livelihood was damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, 2010
Prince Harry of Wales is cleared to return to active duty in the Afghan War, 2011
Egypt's voters go to the polls for a second round of voting in their first presidential election, 2012
Amazon announces it is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, 2017


  1. How lovely to find that your favourite restaurant had moved - and to be still able to enjoy it.
    Your vacation looks totally blissful.
    Thank you, as always, for this weeks prompts.

  2. Good idea to phone and find the restaurant.
    The prompt picture is nice, it could be a lovely place to sit and think.

  3. Yes vacation is a lovely word. And your photos totally suits the word. We still have to wait 11 days for our children to sing "the Vacation Song" So called because thr refrain is the word vacation repeated 3 times. And they'll sing out it loud enough to raise the roof, and as every year I'll stand outside, listening and waiting for them, and them we go into town and have the first ice cream of the year. Count down is going on!
    Thank you for the prompts. That beach ... you've been to Unicorn Isle, I'm sure.

  4. Wonderful holiday photos, especially the second one.

    God bless.

  5. Good thing you both got to eat in your favourite place even though they have shifted to a new location. Great photos from your vacation. Have a wonderful day.

  6. Glad you had a great vacation. Mom has trouble getting away from work because it is her own business and there is no one to do the work if she isn't doing it. She says she needs a good week or two off, but can't do it. Your photos sure make things look relaxing.

  7. Vacations are a most wonderful thing indeed. We're finally going on a cruise this coming weekend. Meeting up with friends too. Even better since we've not seen them since the first of March.

    I love it when you go on vacation. I love coming along. I'm happy you found your favorite place to eat. That was wonderful.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  8. I really wish I could go on a vacation. I need the break. My head is blowing up. Cruise time I want.
    Stay safe Mimi.

    Lockdown Paul ( That is what Steve calls me )

  9. What a wonderful vacation. It's sad that the doors were stolen, but I'm glad they were able to open up anyway.

  10. 'Idle moments are only good when stolen.' ~ Guess that is why vacations are so wonderful! Great photos ~ so inviting ~ ^_^

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

  11. I love the idea of vacation! Living just for oneself, even for a short length of time is so renewing! Your pictures are awesome! I especially love your sunrises and/or sunsets! Gorgeous!
    Raise your glass of vinegar and let's have a toast to fresh veggies and fudge. Especially fudge.

  12. Beautiful photos. I am glad your place had just moved :)

  13. The beach has all the best of everything!

  14. That one white flower is fascinating, I wonder what it has the long white leaves? Excellent pics and story, too!

  15. the beach photos are awesome !!!! thanx for sharing, N joy, and travel safe ☺☺♥3

  16. I am all for Nat'l Fudge Day. In the signs of the times, Fudge should be declared a health food.

    Like Cat, what is the white flower? Awesome. Great vacation. Where?

  17. I'm relaxing just looking at those pictures! And YAY for the relocated restaurant!

  18. Beautiful photos...they are inspirational....and on that note...below is my tale using this week's prompts...

    "Staring at the blank canvas before him, he reached for a paint brush.

    Before the elegant, mysterious stranger had seemingly glided into his studio, inspiration to begin painting again, had been impossible to achieve.

    Not only had he not approached his easels for more than two years, during that time he’d hardly ventured outdoors.

    He couldn’t remember the last time he’d strolled along his favourite deserted beach, with only sea gulls for company.

    Allowance, of course, had to be made for his lack of creative energy.

    After the unexpected, sudden loss of his beloved wife he’d fallen into a dark, deep crevice. A hole he'd found impossible to climb out of; he had no desire to do so. He could see no light at the end of the long, lonely, black tunnel.

    However, he was in debt, and his debts were mounting at a rapid rate. Bills had to be paid; obligations met.

    There was very little money left in his bank account to distribute among the out-reached hands demanding their share.

    Seeing the unique beauty of the stranger had made his heart soar. His creativity key locked into place. He opened the door, and was ready to start painting again."

    1. Lee: I really like your sad take on the prompts - but do hope that the out-reached hands are slapped down. I hope that he paints for himself and for his new beginnings instead.

  19. Looks like a great vacation spot to me. I absolutely love being on the water.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade


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