Thursday, September 24, 2020

Be Prepared (Six Sentence Story), Wood (Good Fences), Pirate Lament (Sammy's Poetry Day) and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Do you know where they keep the rubber bands?" the new part time animal care specialist at the shelter asked me as she was rummaging around.

No, i told her, but i'll help you look, what size do you need?

"Oh, I forgot to bring an elastic band for my hair, and it's getting in the way, so I was just going to use a rubber band, but I can't find any."

As i poked through drawers, i noted how much i hate using rubber bands for that purpose, and she agreed, but said she really had no choice.

"Well," she finally said with a sigh, "I guess I'll have to wait until someone else comes in," but as she was saying it, i had finally given in and grabbed my own "office supply kit" from my bag and handed her one.

She thanked me and got her hair up, and once again i was reminded that, like the Boy Scouts, the janitor always needs to be prepared.

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


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.    

A couple of wood fences in Ms. RW's neighborhood:


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

Yes, I am a pirate,
But this is getting old.
The weather is just awful,
And rain in my britches is cold!

I've enjoyed getting treasure,
So yes, I'm very rich,
I've run out of places to put it,
I think my new first mate's a snitch!

I've threatened to retire,
It's about time for me to stop,
Enjoy what I've collected,
Drink my rum, every drop!


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 for rain, in small amounts that we can handle, because we needed some and got just enough yesterday.


Today is:

Amilcar Cabral's Birthday/Independence Day/National Day -- Guinea Bissau(1973)

Armed Forces Day -- Peru

Constitution Day/Recoronation of King Norodom Sihanouk -- Cambodia

Do Impressions of Famous People Around the Office Day -- again, i wonder about the intentions of those who start these things

Feast of Our Lady of Mercy -- Catholic Christian
     Lady of Mercedes Day -- Dominican Republic
     La Merce -- Barcelona, Spain

Festival of the Latest Novelties -- an internet generated holiday to celebrate everything from traditional whoopie cushions to some of the more modern and weird novelty gifts out there; a great day for practical jokers

Gallbladder Good Health Day -- seems unsponsored, but there's information about keeping your gallbladder healthy here 

Going Forth of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Haustmánuðr -- Icelandic Calendar (beginning of traditional Autumn Month, during which all the summer chores are finished, including livestock rounded up, before winter begins)

Heritage Day -- South Africa

Mahidol Day -- Thailand (commemorates the passing of Prince Father Mahidol Adulyadej, the "Father of Thai Modern Medicine")

Moose Day -- the day Bullwinkle J. Moose, from Frostbite Falls, MN, US, and his pal Rocky the Flying Squirrel (Rocket J. Squirrel) debuted in 1959

National Bluebird of Happiness Day -- US (and no one knows why, but it's supposed to be a day to go spread some happiness)

National Cherries Jubilee Day

National Punctuation Day® -- US, but good punctuation matters everywhere! to make sure you are using those punctuation marks correctly, Jeff Rubin can help     

New Caledonia Day -- New Caledonia

Republic Day -- Trinidad and Tobago

Santa Cruz Day -- Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving -- Pennsylvania Dutch followers of Silesian Reformation theology

St. Gerard's Day (Patron of Hungary)

St. Rupert's Day (Patron of Salzburg, Austria, where it is an official school and government holiday)

Transatlantic Telephone Day -- the first cable across the Atlantic was completed on this day in 1956

World Maritime Day -- UN and IMO (this year's theme is “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet") 

World School Milk Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Morgan Hamm, 1982
Paul Hamm, 1982
Nia Vardalos, 1962
Kevin Sorbo, 1958
Alan Colmes, 1950
Gordon Clapp, 1948
Phil Hartman, 1948
Linda McCartney, 1941
Jim Henson, 1936
Anthony Newley, 1931
Sheila MacRae, 1924
Jim McKay, 1921
F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1896
John Marshall, 1755
Horace Walpole, 1717

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Nevermind"(Album release), 1991
"No More Lonely Nights"(McCartney single release), 1984
"The Love Boat"(TV), 1977
"60 Minutes"(TV), 1968
"Daniel Boone"(TV), 1964
"The Munsters"(TV), 1964
"Love of Life"(TV), 1951
"Once in a Lifetime"(Play), 1930

Today in History:

Prophet Muhammad completes his hijra from Mecca to Medina, 622
The last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration of the Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Komnenos, dies; the empire slips into terminal decline, 1180
The Dutch Republic surrenders New Amsterdam to England, 1664
The first autopsy and coroner's jury verdict is recorded in the state of Maryland, 1657
John Jay is appointed by George Washington as the first Chief Justice of the then six-person Supreme Court, which was instituted by the Federal Judiciary Act passed that same day, 1789
US Attorney General Office is created, 1789
The Northern Daily Times becomes the first provincial daily newspaper in London, 1853
Alexander Dey patents a dial time recorder, 1889
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounces polygamy, 1890
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument, 1906
Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong, 1946
The Honda Motor Company is founded, 1948
Forest fires black out the sun over portions of Canada and New England, and a Blue moon (in the astronomical sense) is seen as far away as Europe, 1950
Camp Nou, the largest stadium in Europe, is opened in Barcelona, 1957
President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends 101st Airborne Division troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce desegregation, 1957
The United States court of appeals orders the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, 1962
Swaziland joins the United Nations, 1968
Compu-Serve launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service, 1979
Periodic Great White Spot observed on Saturn, 1990
Hurricane Rita devastates Beaumont, Texas, southwest Louisiana, and finishing off some of the parts of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana that Katrina missed, 2005
The G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA, US, marks the first use of LRAD for crowd control in the US, 2009
Nigeria's government opens two swollen dams and displaces about two million people, 2010
Plastic polystyrene rubbish is discovered for first time only 1,000 miles from the north pole by an international team of scientists, 2017


  1. Hooray for being prepared. And smiling at your poem.

  2. Sometimes a small piece of rubber band comes in very useful. Take care and stay safe.

  3. Wonderful pirate poem. I've got to show it to my youngest, who loves pirates.

  4. Rubber band to tie one's hair is stretching it a bit. I use a shoelace. But then my shoes fall off.

    God bless.

  5. I love the poem and the pic that goes with it. :)

    And I love fences that are more than 10 feet high. That's what I would like! And no..I don't mean those surrounding a prison! :)

  6. 'Be Prepared' still remains sound advice and guidance.

  7. I'll never forget the first time I used a rubber band to put my hair was the last! As a woman, "being prepared" often involves carrying a very heavy pocket book, lol
    I never not enjoy your poetry :)
    Glad the rain received was all that was needed.

  8. Being prepared for every eventuality is wise, but difficult! I wonder if there's a retirement home for elderly pirates.

  9. Being prepared is a good thing! Our Dad will never need a rubber band for his hair. That was a cute pirate poem and a really good thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. There is a boating buddy that has a 30 foot boat and if you need anything during a cruise you can bet she has whatever you need. It amazes me. Being prepared is a good thing.

    Love the poem.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥

  11. Yep ~ Boy Scout/Girl Scout ~ Be prepared ~ I would bet you are most of the time ~ you are a treasure ~ neat fence photos too ^_^

    Live with love each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Great poem today !!!!! and story as well :)

    I remember moose and squirrel and boris and natasha !! cartoons sure have changed over the years :) ☺☺♥♥

  13. I like the being prepared story! Lovely poem too.

  14. Cute story and poem. I think being a mom has made you super prepared.

  15. Boy Scout's rule. Be prepared. Office supply accessibility has always been a hot button with me. Leave the door unlocked !! Great poem, even more interesting birthday list. Gordon Clapp, totally u nderrated.

  16. Mimi, I loved the Pirate poem. I didn't know pirates retired liked teachers? LOL Have a great day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  17. Rain is needed here so badly as well! It's supposed to rain the next days, so let's hop it's enough.
    Have a great Thankful Thursday!

  18. Great Poem Mimi and we hope he has a fine retirement

  19. That is great! While going through some papers this week I came across a paper with the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto, the Scout Slogan, and the Outdoor Code. It brought back a lot of memories.

  20. I keep a child-sized pair of scissors in my purse, because you never know when you might need to cut something when you're out. Always be prepared!

  21. I'm thankful for rain too. We are a dry country so any rain is welcome and for the past week or so we have had plenty. I always kept a well stocked supply bag at work too. Love your Pirate poem :)

  22. Janitors, are the magicians of caring for property, always pulling something out of their hat.


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