Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Beach Fairies Build Beach Bum Houses (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 Margaret Adamson and her friend Sue Fulcher, with some pictures by her friend Bill Dodds, and are posted by Elephant's Child.              

The prompts this week are:














"My brother, while I am most obliged to you for your indulging me in spending a night in your beautiful abode, could I possibly request that you lower the timbre of your voice just a smidge, as I seem to have a touch of VEISALGIA from my outing last night."

Mort sat at the TABLE while Frank bustled about his kitchen BREWING coffee.  He gave Mort a stern look that was ignored, and said, "Mort, there's nothing STOIC about you, is there?"

"Well, I will admit that last evening with the lovely young lady I was trying to court did not turn out as I had planned..."

"You don't say," Frank's voice was drier than a martini.

"And I have always worn my heart on my sleeve in such matters," Mort ended his sentence, and Frank finally gave in and laughed.

"Well, here's a brotherly hint or two for the next time you are wanting to court a young lady, as you put it.  First, don't drink so much that you end up playing a prank on her friend and THROWING the woman's purse into the ILEX bush.  Second, don't eat all of her GELATO.  And finally, remember that it's illegal to go wading in the WATERFALL pool in the atrium at the hotel."

"Especially," Mort added morosely, "when you are wearing colored socks that fade so easily.  My feet are dyed INDIGO this morning."

"That would have been the least of your troubles if I hadn't been following a murder suspect and ended up at the same place as you.  The 'young lady' you were 'courting' was ready to call the police and they wouldn't have hesitated to clap you in IRONS, even if you are my brother.  In fact, thinking about it, I'm still tempted to go get a bamboo pole with a metal FERRULE at the end of it and give you one of those spankings our dad seemed to have forgotten!"

Mort looked at Frank, and his eyes glistened.  "Thank you.  Really, thank you.  I shouldn't have gone out last night, and you are right.  Is there anything I can do to show you I appreciate what you've done, keeping me out of worse trouble last night?"

"Actually," Frank hesitated.  "There's a crime I'm trying to solve.  Well, I am starting to think it's more than one.  After you shower and eat some breakfast and start feeling better, I'll tell you some of what I am thinking.  There may be a way you can use your comedic wit and charm to get some answers out of a suspect who isn't going to let me get near her."


Today is:

Chicken Lady Day -- Miami, FL, US (in honor of The Chicken Lady, whose nonprofit organization helps people get over being "chicken" about public speaking)

Citizenship Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Community Service Day -- Dominica

Constitution Day/National Day -- Tonga

Feast of Qudrat (Power) -- Baha'i

Flag Day -- Panama

Giorno dell'Unita Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate and Victory Day -- Italy (National Unity and Armed Forces Day; celebration of the 1918 Treaty with Austria)

Guy Fawkes Eve -- sometimes called Mischief Night in some parts of Australia, UK, and New Zealand, although that is more appropriate to April 30/October 30

Honeymoon Day -- reminisce about your own special trip, on the birth anniversary of Art Carney

King Tut Day -- his tomb was opened this day in 1922

Ludi Plebeii -- Ancient Roman Calendar (public games, through the 17th)

National Candy Day -- guess they're thinking you still have some left over from Hallowe'en

St. Charles Borromeo's Day (Patron of apple orchards, bishops, catechists, seminarians, spiritual directors/leaders, starch makers; Joliette, Quebec; Lombardy, Italy; Monterey, CA; Rocca di Papa, Italy; against abdominal pain, colic, intestinal disorders, stomach diseases, ulcers)

     a Bank Holiday in Andorra

Unity Day -- Russia

Will Roger's Day -- especially in OK, US; related observance

     Use Your Common Sense Day -- because "Common sense ain't all that common."

Waiting for the Barbarians Day -- internet generated, and i thought they came and took over a long time ago!

Anniversaries Today:

Taking of the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran -- 1979

Discovery of King Tut's Tomb -- 1922

Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd, 1842

Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange, 1677 (ruled jointly as William and Mary)

Birthdays Today:

Sean "Diddy" Combs, 1970

Matthew McConaughey, 1969

Andrea McArdle, 1963

Ralph Macchio, 1962

Jeff Probst, 1962

Kathy Griffin, 1960

Markie Post, 1950

Laura W. Bush, 1946

Robert Mapplethorpe, 1946

Loretta Swit, 1937

Doris Roberts, 1930

Martin Balsam, 1919

Art Carney, 1918

Walter Cronkite, 1916

Will Rogers, 1879

Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740 (wrote the hymn "Rock of Ages")

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Crimes of the Heart"(Henley play), 1981

"One Man's Family"(TV), 1949

"Prince Igor"(Borodin opera), 1890

Symphony No. 1 in C minor(Brahms Op. 68), 1876

Today in History:

The Flood of the Arno River causes massive damage in Florence, Italy, 1333

Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier, 1429

Thomas Wolsey, English cardinal, arrested, 1529

Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria, 1783

The Erie Canal is completed with Governor DeWitt Clinton performing the Wedding of The Waters ceremony in New York Harbour, 1825

Benjamin Palmer patents an artificial leg, 1846

Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown, 1873

Tonga adopts a constitution, 1875

James Ritty patents the cash register, to combat the pilfering of the till by the bartenders in his Ohio saloon, 1879

London's first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell, 1890

The Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome, 1921

Nellie Tayloe Ross is elected the first female US State governor, in Wyoming, 1924

The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, 1955

Two-thirds of Florence, Italy is submerged as the River Arno floods; together with the contemporaneous flood of the Po River in northern Italy, this leads to 113 deaths, 30,000 made homeless, and the destruction of numerous Renaissance artworks and books, 1966

Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life, 1970

The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the oil crisis, as the highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters, 1973

First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web, in San Francisco, 1994

Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli, 1995

Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress, 2002

Barak Obama is elected President of the United States, 2008

In Australia's Northern Territory in the lands of the Jawoyn people, archaeologists discover what is believed to be the world's oldest example of a stone ax, estimated at 35,500 years old, 2010

The body of the last missing victim is found on board the wrecked Costa Concordia, during its dismantling in Genoa, 2014

Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, becomes the first African-American Senator from the south since the Reconstruction, 2014

Justin Trudeau is sworn in as Canadian Prime Minister with a cabinet split equally between men and women, 2015

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns in a shock TV broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid concerns he is being forcibly detained, 2017


Nancy Chan said...

I hope Mort is able to help Frank solve his case. Nice story. Have a wonderful week and stay safe.

XmasDolly said...

Happy Wordless Wednesday my friend. Cool story! I enjoyed it very much! It's pretty late, so I wish you ado, sweet dreams and have a wonderful day! hugs

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I hope Mort is able to help Frank out. It sounds like he owes him a few favours.

Elephant's Child said...

BRILLIANT use of those challenging words to continue your story. Bravo.

stevebethere said...

Aww! I quite like them heheh!

I enjoyed your story as always that made me laugh (Frank's voice was drier than a martini.) :-)

Have a slurptastic safe week 😷😷😷

Victor S E Moubarak said...

God bless always.

My GBGV Life said...

We wish more folks would use their common sense as it seems to be a dying thing.

Granny Annie said...

I will read your story after I try my own. It has been a long time for me to do this but who knows.

Sandee said...

I always enjoy your take on the prompts. You're a wonderful word-master.

Love what the fairies built. Made me chuckle.

Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

Kathe W. said...

Great story- when is the next chapter coming out? xoxo

da tabbies o trout towne said...

mort ......we thinkz yur gonna bee payin a vizit ta a sir tin widow fair lee soon ;) hay frank !!! ☺☺♥♥

Brian said...

Love those hard working beach fairies and your story too!

pilch92 said...

Great story, I look forward to more.

River said...

Oooh! A Mystery Thriller, well done.

Pauline said...

You sure do know how to tell a good story! I'd love to have your imagination!

My Tata's Cottage said...

Very intriguing story! Thanks for having a wonderful imagination and always making the best of each day with your words and poetry and stories. HUGS across the miles XO XO