Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Game (Six Sentence Story), Fence and Tree (Good Fences), Together (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Extra (Brian's Thankful Thursday)


"I'm going to get you!" he growled, narrowing his eyes and taking up his position.

Squealing, they ran in two directions, and he chased first one and then the other.  Finally he grabbed the boy, and as the child tried to twist and writhe to get away, yelling, his sister ran back.

Sneaking up, she poked and prodded until he was distracted and turned to her, at which point her brother ran.

"You can't get away forever, I'll get you yet!" he growled, taking up the chase again.

"Daddy, you'll never get me!" each of them yelled and laughed, and ran off to keep the game going until Mom called them in for dinner.

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


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 white picket with the big, old oak growing so close, as taken from the car because it was way too hot to get out and take a picture:


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

Together we’ve been,
Together we’ll stay,
Each morning asking
For just one more day.

One more day to enjoy
The blessings days bring,
The love and the care
With which our hearts ring.

Then when each day’s over
We know we’ve been blessed,
As together we lie down
To take each night’s rest.

When the day comes that
One’s journey is done,
Each promises alone
To walk in the sun,

And still to give thanks
For each day that went past,
Looking forward to Heav’n
Together at last.


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

Just over a week ago, i mentioned that i might have extra work, cat-sitting.  Now i can say that i am cat-sitting, and i am very grateful for the extra income to help make up some of what was lost over the hurricane days.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Taiwan

Cromwell's Day -- The Cromwell Association holds a service at his statue on his death date

Day to Mourn All Manifestations of Sexism -- in honor of passage of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Day of Universal Alarm -- Fairy Calendar (no one remembers what to be alarmed about, which is what is so alarming, at least to the Fairies)

Feast of San Marino and the Republic -- San Marino (A/K/A National Day)

Flag Day -- Australia

Macchina di Santa Rosa -- Viterbo, Italy (St. Rose, patron of the city, celebration begins this evening at 9pm sharp)

Merchant Navy Remembrance Day -- Canada

Monkey King Festival -- China (a celebration of this popular character in East Asian stories, with the best place to see the rituals being the Monkey God Temple at Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping, Kowloon)

National Welsh Rarebit Day

National Wilderness Day -- US (commemorates passage of The Wilderness Act in 1964)

Skyscraper Day -- birth anniversary of Louis H. Sullivan in 1856, architect credited with some of the first skyscrapers

St. Gregory the Great's Day (Inventor of Gregorian Chant; Patron of choir boys, educators, masons, musicians, papacy, Popes, schoolchildren, singers, stone masons, stonecutters, students, teachers; England; Kercem, Malta; Legazpi, Philippines; Montone, Italy; San Gregorio nelle Alpi, Italy; West Indes; against gout and plague)

St. Marinus' Day (Patron and founder of San Marino; also Patron of bachelors, deacons, and falsely accused people)

Tokehega Day -- Tokalau (remembrance of the Treaty of Tokehega)

Birthdays Today:

Shaun White, 1986
Kiran Desai, 1971
Charlie Sheen, 1965
Valerie Perrine, 1943
Pauline Collins, 1940
Eileen Brennan, 1937
Alison Lurie, 1926
Anne Jackson, 1926
Mort Walker, 1923
Kitty Carlisle Hart, 1914
Alan Ladd, 1913
Edward Albert Filene, 1860
Louis Henry Sullivan, 1856
John Humphrey Noyes, 1811
Prudence Crandall, 1803
Anna, Duchess of Bedford, 1783 (in 1840, she began the tradition of afternoon tea)
Nicolo Amati, 1596

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Search for Tomorrow"(TV), 1951
"Poppy"(Musical), 1923
"Funf Orchestrerstucke/Five Pieces for Orchestra"(Schoenberg Op. 16), 1913
"What Every Woman Knows"(Play), 1908
The New York Sun(Newspaper, first of what was to become the Penny Press newspapers), 1833
"Uncle Sam"(Image first used), 1813

Today in History:

Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, is defeated in the Battle of Naulochus by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, which ends the resistance to the Second Triumvirate, BC36
Saint Marinus founds San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence, 301
Consecration of Pope Gregory the Great, 590
King Richard I (the Lionheart) crowned, and 30 Jews are massacred as part of the celebration, 1189
Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England, 1658
The first large group of Swiss and German colonists reach the shores of North and South Carolina areas, 1709
The Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time, 1777
Signing of the Treaty of Paris, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1783
John Dalton, English scientist begins using symbols to represent different atomic elements, 1803
The first daily newspaper, a "penny paper", that actually succeeded, The Sun (New York), begins publication, as well as employing the first paper boys, 1833
Outbreak of the Greek revolution against the autocratic rule of King Otto, 1843
William, Prince of Albania, leaves the country after six months because of opposition to his rule, 1914
Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph, 1935
68th and final transport of Dutch Jews, including Anne Frank and her family/friends, leaves for Auschwitz, 1944
Wally Gator premiers, 1962
Dagen H in Sweden: traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight, 1967
The Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars, 1976
Russia and the People's Republic of China agree not to target each other with nuclear weapons, 1994
An 87-automobile pile-up happens on Highway 401 freeway just East of Windsor, Ontario, Canada after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair, 1999
Iran's Parliament approves the first woman minister in 30 years, confirming the appointment of Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi as Minister of Health, 2009
The mobile division of Nokia is purchased by Microsoft for $7.2billion, 2013
Chris the sheep breaks the world record for biggest shorn fleece (40kg / 88lb) near Canberra, Australia, 2015
A 1.4 ton WWII bomb is defused in Frankfurt, Germany with 60,000 people evacuated beforehand as a precaution, 2017
Curators at St. John's College, Annapolis, announce the discovery of a previously unknown text by John Locke, "Reasons for tolerating Papists equally with others," an argument for religious tolerance, 2019


  1. That is a gorgeous oak. Oh the stories it could tell.
    And your poem epitimises your attitude to life.

  2. To read your blog today was a treat. A scary-licious 6 sentences, a beautiful fence and oak constellation, a tear bringnig poem and good news. Thank you.

  3. Must take ages to paint that fence ... you missed two posts unpainted.

    God bless.

  4. Mimi,

    Your short story is so cute. I loved it! Oh, my your poem is so tender!! You captured the words that I feel in my heart for DH, as he feels the same about me. This poem deserves to be published. Have you attempted to put your poems together for publication? Nicely done. Thanks for sharing, my dear!

  5. That is just the sweetest story. Oh my kitty, someone is lucky to have you as their sitter. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Sweet story and classic 'white picket fence' ~ neat photo ^_^ ~ Glad you have extra income ^_^ taking care of kitties ~ ^_^ They are blessed.

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Loved the play, but the poem takes first place. I feel the same way, my friend.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥

  8. I just love that poem, my eyes are all wet. I love that you are cat sitting, what a rewarding side business!

  9. the poem is wonderful. great six, scary licious like they said UP there!

  10. what an awesome take on the photo for today's poetry prompt !!!

    and HAPPY cat sitting !! :) ☺☺☺☺♥♥♥♥♥♥

  11. Marvelous all! Totally fun Six :D
    While the fence is nice...I love the tree (got a thing for trees, lol)
    Your poem is beautiful, Mimi. I don't think there's a one you've written I've not enjoyed.
    Yay to cat sitting!

  12. Hi Mimi! I loved your Six story, it brought back all the sweet memories of childhoods filled with innocence and simple joys. I loved the huge old oak trees we saw when we visited your state a couple years ago, I wished I could take one home to my barren yard, though it would not be happy here. Your closing poem is beautiful and very meaningful to me as a senior who also contemplates what the final years of life will hold. I am happy to be reading your words again!

  13. Beautiful poem. Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog for the loss of Polar Bear. XO


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