Thursday, December 17, 2020

Bell Ringer's Bucket (Six Sentence Story), Holiday Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


It was one of the last places i wanted to be, heading into a store to buy safety pins, of all things.  Large safety pins, i had been told they had to be large.

My sore feet carried me back to the "notions" department, as it used to be called, and the very nice lady helped me find a jar with 100 of the pins in it; with a bright cushion on the top into which to stick the pins, it was perfect.

On a whim, as i got the few other things on her list, i stopped to see if i could find that one specific item, a game for a child that was to be his special gift.  Sure enough, there was one left; snagging it in jubilation, i made my way to the registers and used the card for her purchases and my saved up cash for mine.

As i left, i heard the jingle of the Salvation Army bell and i could not help but grab the bit of change i had left out of my pocket and drop it in the bucket.

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


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.     

More Christmas cheer on fences:


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

This reminds me of something i’ve seen on a plaque many times:

Sometimes i jes’ sits an’ thinks,

An’ sometimes i jes’ sits!

So i wasn’t quite sure how to do this one, seriously or with a funny twist at the end.  What came out was this:

Peace, calm, time to breathe

Out here i can hear my thoughts

And can’t hear the kids


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

We are very thankful to have Coda with us this week.  She's good, and good company.


Today is:

Clean Air Act Day -- US (passed this day 1963; a day to give thanks for the air we breathe)

Cookie Cutter Day

Daniel the Prophet's Day -- Orthodox Catholic Feast Day

December 17 Anniversary -- Tunisia

Feast of Babalu Aye -- Yoruba/Santeria (celebration of the healer of deadly diseases)

Feast of the Fairy Godmothers -- Fairy Calendar

Hagoita Ichi -- Sensoji Temple, Japan (sale of specially decorated paddles, called hagoita; through the 19th)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Askasleikir -- Bowl-licker, who hides under the bed and snatches bowls set on the floor to lick them clean

National Day -- Bhutan

National Maple Syrup Day

Procession of Agnios Dionysios -- Zakynthos, Greece (one of the biggest festivals of the year, when the relics of this island's patron saint is honored)

Saturnalia begins (through Dec. 23) -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Saturn, the planter god)

Sow Day -- Orkney Islands, Scotland (ritual slaughter of a sow for the Yule feast)

St. Lazarus of Bethany's Day

Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking -- Tanyrtss, the annual campaign goes through February; make the decision now to improve your life and health next year 

Wright Brother's Day -- US

Anniversary Today:

Tiny Tim weds Miss Vicky, 1969

Birthdays Today:

Milla Jovovich, 1975

Duff Goldman, 1974

Sean Patrick Thomas, 1970

Mike Mills, 1958

Bill Pullman, 1954

Wes Studi, 1947

Eugene Levy, 1946

Chris Matthews, 1945

Ernie Hudson, 1945

Bernard Hill, 1944

Tommy Steele, 1936

Bob Guccione, 1930

William Safire, 1929

Willard Frank Libby, 1908

Arthur Fiedler, 1894

John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807

W. L. Mackenzie King, 1874

Joseph Henry, 1797

Deborah Sampson, 1760

William Floyd, 1734

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Simpsons"(TV), 1989

Turner Broadcasting System(Cable TV Network), 1976

"El Pessebre"(Casals' Oratorio), 1960

"On The Beach"(Film), 1959

Today in History:

The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison, 546

Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur, 1398

Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII, 1538

Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan, 1586

Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu, 1637

Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY's first synagogue, 1728

France recognizes independence of English colonies in America, 1777

Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City, 1790

NYC traffic regulation creates first 1-way street, 1791

Opening of the first legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city, 1792

The US state of Kentucky abolishes debtors prisons, 1821

General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, 1862

First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert, 1865

Violent riots in Montreal, as workers demand work or bread,1875

France declares Madagascar a protectorate, 1885

George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine, 1895

A first prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrialsbut Martians are excluded - considered too easy, 1900

The Wright Brothers make their first successful flights, 1903

First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane, 1935

Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and dummy Charlie McCarthy first appear on TV, 1936

The SALT I talks begin, 1969

Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years, 1989

SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight, 2003

NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field, 2012

French sailor François Gabart sets the round-the-world record for the fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours, 2017

Astronomers announce they have identified the furtherest object in the solar system, 2018 VG18 (nicknamed Farout); it is 120 times further from the sun than earth, 2018


  1. I like that story, hoping it's a true one. Your Christmas dressed fences are very nice. I wish this was the tradition we had taken over from USA instead of all the garish lights. I might start a fence-decorating committee :)

  2. Nice story with the six sentence. Wishing you peace and calm and time to enjoy your thoughts. I am sure Coda loves spending time with you too. Lovely Christmas fence.

  3. Peace, calm, time to breathe - something we all need to create for ourselves.
    Love your story and your poem.
    Is Gosia ok do you know?

  4. It's a shame we do not decorate fences over here.

    God bless.

  5. I bet Coda loves to visit you and gets some good spoiling. We have several fences around here that are all lit up at night which is really pretty.

  6. Oooh! Hey... I'm cuttin' out cookies today! One good thing about working remotely due to snow - you can multi-task. :-)

  7. great six, good fence, cookie cutter day! who can sayno to cookies? not this guy.

  8. " Peace, calm, time to breathe

    Out here i can hear my thoughts " Many times I;m this way, especially after I'm upset. Today's world needs to show peace. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. We drop the change in as well. There is always someone at our grocery store and we always give for those in need.

    Love your poem. I laughed out loud.

    Coda does look like a very good pup.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. I'm thankful for you. ♥

  10. That was a good shopping day story and a very reflective poem. I know Coda is thankful for you too! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  11. My goodness but you are busy! And yet you still make time for us to hear from you! Cheers for you and hugs too!

  12. Buying Christmas presents for kids and giving to the poor is always such a good combination

  13. Coda is a cutie. Great poem and story I always try to give something to their kettles.

  14. Your six sentence story rang some bells- there's a ring of truth throughout, it feels l real Christmas story.

  15. my Thankful Thursday post is an Attitude of Gratitude

  16. That's a nice poem and a very tranquil picture. I walked my neighbourhood yesterday looking for Christmas decorated yards, all I saw were two trees each with a giant red bow and one with a giant purple bow.

  17. Your Six is uplifting and refreshing as an example of the spirit and generosity we should aspire and not only during the Christmas holiday.
    As to the poem, well, lol, whatever works!
    Coda looks so sweet and no doubt very good company :)

  18. A sweet reminder to give whenever and wherever one can.
    Perhaps it is just in our area, but I think because of COVID-19 there are fewer red buckets this year, and instead are requesting donations online.

  19. The best thing to hear is the jingle of change in the pot of good will. Somebody will eat better because of it.


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