Thursday, July 2, 2020

Line of Work (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Life Is More (Sammy’s Poetry Day) and More Cat Food Wars (Brian’s Thankful Thursday)


“Are you watching reruns of that game show again, what’s it called, ‘What’s My Line?’” he asked.

“Close, this one is ‘I’ve Got A Secret,’ same idea, the panelists try to guess what people did or who they were,” she responded.

“Well, who was that guy?”

“‘That guy’ was Philo T. Farnsworth, the man who invented television,” at his raised eyebrows, she continued, “yes, really, his life was kind of fascinating in many ways, he even got raided by the Feds during Prohibition when they thought his lab was a cover for a bootlegger operation.”

“So did the panel guess who he was?”

“No, and he won $80 and a carton of the show sponsor’s cigarettes for stumping them — poor guy, his name should be on everyone’s lips as much TV as we all watch, and instead he’s mostly reduced to an answer in trivia contests.”

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


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 on vacation, i got some photos of a lovely fence, at a cemetery.


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

And can it be
That life clings
Stays stubborn rooted
Fragile yet strong
When light and water get 
Through the cracks
It will spring up
Always with the beauty 
That reminds us all
Life is more than
Mere survival


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 i finally thought of using the mini food processor to grind up the canned cat food that comes in chunks.  We have our very skinny elderly cats on canned food once a day to keep their weight up, and it seems to work.  They don’t have a preference for one kind of food, so when we are given free cans of any major brand we use it.

The problem is that if it is anything but pâté food, all Tripod SissyCat does is lick off the gravy and it rather defeats the purpose, she’s not getting enough calories from it that way.  Thus the food processor, which grinds it all up and more of it gets consumed.


Today is:

Adonia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (date approximate, but always in July, a ritual to honor Adonis)

Distressed Elves' Creditors' Day -- Fairy Calendar

Flag & Anthem Day -- Curacao

Freedom From Fear of Public Speaking Day -- as proposed by Beverly Beuermann-King, because you don't want to blow it when your big opportunity comes by being afraid to speak out!

I Forgot Day (the day to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or other special days that you forgot during the first half of the year)

National Anisette Day

Remember to Feed the Hummingbirds Day -- internet reminder to be nice to these beautiful creatures

Second Half of the Year Day -- because 2020 is a Leap Year, the second half of the year started at midnight 

St. Swithin's Day (Patron against drought; of Stavenger, England; Winchester, England)

Try to Find Your Slinky Day -- the weird holiday of the day!

Violin Lovers' Day

World UFO Day -- unfortunately, a real day observed by many around the world (on the "anniversary" of the UFO crash in Roswell, if such a thing even happened, which i doubt*) 

*i believe that if there's life elsewhere, it shows its intelligence by staying away from us!

Anniversary Today:

Prince Albert of Belgium marries Paola Ruffo di Calabria, 1959

Birthdays Today:

Lindsay Lohan, 1986
Ashley Tisdale, 1985
Johnny Weir, 1984
Jose, Jr., and Ozzie Canseco, 1964
Jimmy McNichol, 1961
Ron Silver, 1946
Vicente Fox Quesada, 1942
Richard Petty, 1937
Polly Holiday, 1937
Dave Thomas, 1932
Medgar Evers, 1925
Dan Rowan, 1922
Ken Curtis, 1916
Thurgood Marshall, 1908
Jean René Lacoste, 1904
Hermann Hesse, 1877
Thomas Cranmer, 1489

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Andy Williams Show"(TV), 1957
"The Lawrence Welk Show"(TV), 1955
"Finlandia"(Sibelius' Op. 26), 1900

Today in History:

Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine, 1698
Vermont  becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery, 1777
Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from an infection on September 19, 1881
Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinque take over the slave ship Amistad, 1893
Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains patent for radio in London, 1897
The first zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany, 1900
Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight 1937
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas, 1962
North and South Vietnam, divided since 1954, reunite to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 1976
The AbioCor  self contained artificial heart is first implanted, 2001
Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon, 2002
Planetoid Pluto's fourth and fifth moons officially receive the names Kerberos and Styx from the International Astronomical Union, 2013
British Petroleum agrees to compensate the US government and states bordering the Gulf of Mexico $18.7 billion for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, 2015
British divers discover 12 boys and their coach alive in Tham Luang Nang Non cave, Thailand, after being trapped for 9 days by monsoon flooding, 2018


  1. Love the fence and your poem.
    I can't see a carton of cigarettes being given as a prize now. I am not even certain it would be legal here.
    And yes, we have problems with Jazz licking off the gravy/juices and refusing the food too.

  2. Allen Luden was the host, yes?
    Kitty Carlisls... the names come back like ghosts of inconsequential days past

  3. That is a good point! We never have thought about who invented the TV. That guy should be super celebrated!

  4. TV inventor - never heard of him, bad for me. I love your poem. More then mere survival, indeed is what we all should aspire to.
    The chopping of cat food is real smart, tricking those smart ones :)

  5. The Dad remembers that TV program but not the TV inventor. That was a nice poem too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Missed you list week. Great six. Our cat's name is Kitty Carlisle. YOu always bring it all.

  7. Love your story as always.

    The fence is very unique. Love the gate.

    You poem is spot on.

    What a wonderful thankful. You do take good care of your babies.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

  8. That is a good trivia fact for sure! I just love that poem, so beautiful.

  9. I remember watching those shows way back in the way back days !!! great poem today; as da tabbies would say 984 PAWZ UP...oh, & heerz two a noize free... safe.... N happee week oh end :) ♥♥

  10. I love this kind of trivia :D I did not know about Mr. Farnsworth (reminds me of the movie Heaven Can Wait) Your poem is beautiful. Life surely should be more than "mere survival".

  11. Interesting story and great poem. Beautiful fence too. And thank you for the cat food idea, mine all just lick the gravy too.

  12. I enjoyed your fence at the cemetery and always enjoy a wonderful read of all the interesting dates. Thanks so much and enjoy the day and weekend :)

  13. Watch out for Ninja Cat! I agree on #2 & #3. Nice fences. Have a great day.

  14. Lots of wonderful things here today but I especially love your poem.....the message is clear!

    Hugs, Pam

  15. Good SSS. Funny I never stopped to consider who invented TV... now I wonder who invented TV dinners? :)

  16. Once again I've learned something new :) Thanks. Geeat idea for the cat food.
    Happy 4th and I love the poem too!