Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Lawyers Got Loose in the Laundromat Again (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    

This week's words/prompts are:

1. surprise
2. winked
3. firepit
4. gnomes
5. quilt
6. sunroom


1. lonesome
2. shirt
3. beach
4. volcano
5. train
6. moat

use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.

She knew the weather had changed in the night when she opened her eyes and WINKED them shut again immediately.  When she woke up with the "VOLCANO in her head," as she called the light-hurts-your-eyes headache, it always meant the weather was changing.

Just as she was trying to pry herself out of bed, the family burst in and yelled, "SURPRISE!"

"We made you your favorite breakfast in bed for your birthday!" Sam exclaimed, while Bella and Jody climbed up on the bed with her, sitting on the QUILT so she wasn't going to go anywhere.

"The GNOMES and I did just that," Mark said with a grin, using his favorite term for their crew, then he noticed the look in Sarah's squinting eyes.  "Uh, oh.  Headache?"

The grimace on her face as she tried to answer told him everything he needed to know.  He set the tray with her favorite coffee and "beignets," actually just store biscuits cut into fourths and fried, then sprinkled with powdered sugar, down on the nightstand.

"Okay, troops!" he said brightly, deciding to rally them and change the plans up a bit, "let's go out to the FIREPIT and get it lit so we can start smoking those ribs early."

As the children scrambled out of the room, whooping with excitement, he leaned over and gave her a gentle hug.  "I'm so sorry you have a headache today of all days," he said.

"Thanks," she whispered, then, "could you hand me that SHIRT?"

He handed it over and said, "After you take your meds, why don't you go lie down in the SUNROOM?  The clouds today will keep it from being too bright, and you can watch the kids through the windows, I'll let them know you need to rest until your medication kicks in."

She nodded, and as soon as she was able, went in and laid down on the couch where she could see what everyone was doing in the yard.  Mark was tending to a very smokey fire, assisted by Bella, who adored cooking.  Jody was at the sand box, dubbed "the BEACH" by the family, digging a MOAT around her sandcastle.  Sam was conspicuously absent.

Then she heard a light rap at the door.  Sam came in.  "Mom, I'm sorry you woke up with a headache on your birthday.  I brought you my favorite TRAIN to keep you company so you won't be LONESOME while you rest."

He set the train in her hand and she smiled at him as best she could, then he disappeared.  She saw him emerge into the back yard and run over to watch the fire.

The headache would go within an hour, but the comfort of knowing her family had her back, and she had theirs, that would last.


Today is:

Agricultural Reform Day -- Sao Tome and Principe

Ask A Stupid Question Day -- teachers wanted to get students asking more questions, so they did, even if the questions were stupid; now, it's a holiday on the last school day of September each year! 

Banned Websites Awareness Day -- sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians   

Celtic Tree Month Gort begins (Ivy)

Day of Liberation of the Republic of Abkhazia -- Abkhazia (disputed territory on the Black Sea)

Do Something Wacky With A Grandparent Day -- just not the monkey bars, please; old bones don't knit fast enough; whatever you do, take some pictures!

Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (the Greater Mystery Rites, date approximate; mystery rites of Demeter and Persephone at Eleusis, one of the most sacred times of their year)

Independence Day -- Botswana

International Translation Day -- International Federation of Translators 

Kokkeisetsu -- Chinatown, Yokohama, Japan (Chinese National Founding Day in the largest Chinatown in Japan; through tomorrow)

Medetrinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival fruits offer to the goddess of medicine)

Monkey Bars Day -- a day to go see if you can still do tricks on the monkey bars, because the internet wants to kill us and let the machines that would never do anything so silly take over

National Hot Mulled Cider Day

National Mud Pack Day -- give yourself a facial

St. Gregory the Enlightener (or Illuminator; Patron of Armenia)

St. Jerome's Day (Patron of archaeologists, archivists, Biblical scholars, librarians, libraries, school children, students, translators; Saint-Jerome, Quebec) 
     also an Apache celebration of Geronimo, the Native American who was named after this saint

Anniversary Today:

Haleakala National Park is established in Maui, Hawaii, 1960

Birthdays Today:

Dominique Moceanu, 1981
Marion Cotillard, 1975
Jenna Elfman, 1971
Crystal Bernard, 1964
Eric Stoltz, 1961
Fran Drescher, 1957
Deborah Allen, 1953
Victoria Tennant, 1953
Marilyn McCoo, 1943
Z.Z. Hill, 1935
Johnny Mathis, 1935
Angie Dickinson, 1931
Elie Wiesel, 1928
W. S. Merwin, 1927
Truman Capote, 1924
Deborah Kerr, 1921
Buddy Rich, 1917
William Wrigley, Jr., 1861
Rumi, 1207

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush(Publication date), 1990
"Murder, She Wrote"(TV), 1984
"Cheers"(TV), 1982
"Love Child"(Single release), 1968
"The Flintstones"(TV), 1960
"Tea and Sympathy"(Play), 1953
"The Red Skelton show"(TV), 1951
"Porgy and Bess"(Opera), 1935
Little Women(Publication date), 1868
"Les pecheurs de perles/The Pearl Fishers"(Bizet opera), 1863
"Die Zauberflote/The Magic Flute"(Mozart opera, K. 620), 1791
The Gutenberg Bible(first section, publication date), 1452

Today in History:

Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate the Guide of the Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew, 1199
Anesthetic ether is used for the first time by Dr. William Morton, who extracted a tooth, 1846
German scientist Hermann von Meyer announces the discovery of the first fossil of an archaeopteryx, 1861
The first Portuguese immigrants arrive in Hawai'i, 1878
The world's first commercial hydroelectric power plant begins operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States, 1882
Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner, 1901
The first manned rocket plane flight, made by auto maker Fritz von Opel, 1929
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Yemen join the United Nations, 1947
The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time, 1947
The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus is commissioned as the world's first nuclear reactor powered vessel, 1954
James Dean is killed in a road accident, 1955
Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the United Farm Workers, 1962
James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation, 1962
General Suharto rises to power in Indonesia after an alleged coup by communists, and massacres over a million Indonesian people suspected of belonging to the Communist Party, 1965
BBC Radio 1 is launched and Tony Blackburn presents its first show, 1967
Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation, 1980 
The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, 1990
The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo, 2004
The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, 2005
A case of Ebola virus is diagnosed in Dallas, Texas, US, 2014


  1. Aww, your story is so sweet, filled with love and caring. and smoked ribs! yum. Very nicely done.

  2. That is a nice caring story. Would anyone really try shoving someone in a washer? The mind boggles!!

  3. LMAO talk about stating the obvious in the laundromat heheh!

    Have an obviouslytastic safe week 😷😷😷

  4. We are so thankful for that warning on the washer. Washers are so complicated and hard to figure out for humans! NOT!!! It's sad they have to even put something like that on a washer.

  5. There are some who had never thought of stuffing little brother into the washer, until they saw the sign.

  6. You would think that warning wasn't necessary, but I've seen some really dumb people do some really dumb things.

    Love your story and love a happy ending. Made me smile. You do these so very well.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  7. A beautiful, caring and close knitted family. Have a wonderful week.

  8. That warning sign just makes me roll my eyes. It's a shame when the things you know are potential dangers and you see these words of caution. There are a lot of stupid people in the world is all I can say or perhaps it's just a lot of evil people looking to hit someone with a law suit because there wasn't warning and they did the very thing common sense tells you to not do.

    Your story is very sweet and tender. I've gotten up more than once with those kind of headaches. OTC meds help a little but it usually requires me riding out the pain. Thankfully these incidents aren't too many. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  9. great story today Mimi !! and for probably 98 % of the cats who ever lived... they say

    deer misturr booth, why dinna ya inn vent sum thin elze !! ;) ♥♥

  10. The really sad thing is that a great many of those warning stickers exist because some fool tried it, then sued, saying, "Nothing said I shouldn't!"
    I'm just gonna sigh and go chase some kids off my lawn now...

  11. It's a shame humans need to have signs to remind them to use common sense. It's a shame that common sense seems to be lacking in many these days.

    I love your use of the words, messymimi. :)

  12. Girlfriend, your Post is phenomenal! I know many of the people you know! Woo Hoo! I’m finally getting in with the “in”crowd! woo hoo! So my grandson eldest grandson came over with my eldest daughter to take me for a ride to get out a bit & for lunch AND to see his Nonny (WOOHOO THAT'S ME!) HeHe! We went to Portillos for a delicious beef sandwich with peppers (I like green peppers sometimes & today was the day)! Woo Hoo! So until next time my friend! Be safe, Be healthy and most of all “BE”! Wear that mask and be healthy and safe!

  13. Sweet story ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Lovely story. Well done.


Thanks for meandering by and letting me know you were here!
Comments on posts more than a week old are moderated.
If Blogger puts your comment in "spam jail," i'll try to get it hauled out by day's end.