Thursday, August 27, 2020

Unexpected (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Give a Gnome a Home (Sammy's Poetry Day) and Coda (Brian's Thankful Thursday)


As he sat writing out his list of things to do and which day this week, "setting up the week" he called it, i just shook my head.

He doesn't leave room to bend for the unexpected, i thought to myself.

Sure enough, it happened -- the unexpected, that is, throwing a small curve into the week.

Nothing to totally destroy it, all is well and all will be well and all manner of things shall be well.

Still, as i keep trying to emphasize, all kinds of things can happen, it's best not to set everything in stone and count on everything going exactly as planned.

After all, this is our life, not someone else's, and our biggest rule (after love G-d and love people) is to stay flexible.

Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Bend.      
          (An explanation of the unexpected is today's thankful.) 


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.    

This nice iron fence is on a street i do not often get to travel:


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

We wanted a desert dwelling gnome
To make our small garden his home,
So we planted with care,
And invited him there,
Now he says he will never more roam!


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 we get to puppy-sit Coda, Little Girl's dog, while Little Girl is on orders for the LA National Guard.  Because of my work i do not feel i can give a dog the time and attention it deserves full time, but that doesn't mean we can't have a dog temporarily.  Even though it adds a bit of work and a slight complication to how we do things over the next few days, Coda is always a joy.


Today is:

Banana Lover's Day

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Thoughtful Thursday 

Birthday of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Day Sacred to Consus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of graineries, horses, and mules)

Feast Day of Pan -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of Incandescent Rebellion -- on lots of websites, and supposedly something celebrated in China, but no detail as to what it is really celebrating

Just Because Day -- internet generated, enjoy something ordinary you like to do, just because!

National Pots de Creme Day

Petroleum Day -- on the anniversary of the opening of the first commercial oil well in Titusvilla, PA, US, in 1859, a day set aside to work on figuring out how to do without petroleum

St. Caesarius' Day (Patron against fire)

St. Monica's Day (Mother of St. Augustine; Patron of abuse victims, alcoholics, difficult marriages, disappointing children, homemakers, married women, mothers, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, wives; Bevilacqua, Italy; Mabini, Bohol, Philippines)

"The Duchess" Who Wasn't Day -- birthday of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who wrote under the pseudonym "The Duchess" and first said, "Beaty is in the eye of the beholder" in her novel, Molly Bawn

Threethousandth Thnork of the Year -- Fairy Calendar

Volturnalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of water)

Ziua Republicii -- Moldova (Independence Day, 1991)

Birthdays Today

Sarah Chalke, 1976
Chandra Wilson, 1969
Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, 1952
Barbara Bach, 1947
Tuesday Weld, 1943
Tommy Sands, 1937
Martha Raye, 1916
Mother Teresa, 1910
Lyndon B. Johnson, 1908
C.S. Forester, 1899
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Theodore Dreiser, 1871
Charles Gates Dawes, 1865
Hannibal Hamlin, 1809

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Good Sex! with Dr. Ruth Westheimer"(TV), 1984
Mary Poppins(Disney film), 1964
"Prométhée/Prometheus"(Fauré tragédie lyrique), 1900

Today in History

The Persian invasion of Greece is halted with Greek victories in two separate battles, BC479
Koreans battle and prevent Japanese invasion, 663
The first unmanned hydrogen balloom flight reaching 900 m altitude, 1783
Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well, 1859
The shortest war in world history occurs from 09:00 to 09:45 between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar, 1896
Edgar Rice Burroughs' publishes "Tarzan of the Apes", 1912
First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world's first jet aircraft, 1939
The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA, 1962
Turkish military diplomat Colonel Atilla Altikat is shot and killed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1982
The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed, 1993
Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, 2003
Curiosity, the Mars rover, broadcasts its first audio recording of a human voice from the surface of another planet, 2012
The UN releases a report saying that Myanmar military leaders should face genocide and crimes against humanity charges for violence against Rohingya, 2018


Nancy Chan said...

We can plan but have to be prepared to be flexible in case things just happened. Nice gnome garden. How I wish I could have such a nice gnome garden.

River said...

I love that gnome home in a pot!
I've given up trying to plan my week. I just roll out of bed when my legs are ready and hope for the best each day.

Elephant's Child said...

I try and plan - and frequently fail.
Hooray for thankfulness.

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Oh, I love that Garden Gnome's hoem and hope he'll be staying for a long time. Giving room for the unexpected in lanning is always good and your thankful posts are better!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Do fences keep people in or out? I always shut the gate on my garden fence to keep the mosquitoes out of my garden. It dopes not work. Which proves fences and gates are a waste of time and money.

God bless.

My GBGV Life said...

We have learned to always expect the unexpected. You never know what will happen, no matter how well you plan.

GirlieOnTheEdge said...

Hear, hear on flexibility! I totally get the "planning" but more important is the ability to switch gears when those "unexpecteds" show up.
Hope everyone/all is well.

You are a natural at the poetry, Mimi :) Love the planter!

May Little Girl be safe. Enjoy Coda :D

UP said...

Good six. good fence, and I love the succulents. Also, I miss Dr. Ruth. She was a hoot.

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Flexibility is a hard lesson to learn, that is certain! I love that poem and the little garden, so cute. Enjoy your time with Coda, it sounds wonderful to have a dog every once in a while, I spoil the neighbors dog every chance I get.

Brian said...

We had to be flexible here too, you just never know, especially these days. Coda is lucky to have you as his sitter. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

Sandee said...

Being flexible is key to not getting stressed. It's hard sometimes, but sometimes you need to stop and count to 10. Good for you.

Have fun with Coda. I know you will.

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

carol l mckenna said...

Great story ~ neat fence photo and how wonderful that you are able to take care of Coda ~ ^_^

Live each moment with love,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka ( A Creative Harbor)

pilch92 said...

Excellent story- great reminder too. And very cute poem.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

a great poem today Mimi and we hope little girl remains safe; as well as everyone affected by the hurricane ~~~~~~~~~~~♥♥♥

Gosia said...

your fence looks great

My Tata's Cottage said...

The poem! The fences WOW! I love how you cleverly put all those sentences together. I was here and stopped to text a friend, Monica, that today is the feast of Saint Monica. I get the best info here except I Knew it was banana day hahaha!Thanks for sharing and commenting too HUGS across the miles XO XO

I post everywhere ! HaHaHa!

Jz said...

I have a lovely little pot de creme set I was once given... perhaps one of these years I should actually *make* one or two pots!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

great fence and lovely cacti in pot. Have a great weekend

Pam and Teddy said...

What a sweet poem!! Love it!

Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

D. Avery said...

Yes, if you can't bend you might break. Nice Six!