Thursday, December 24, 2020

Found Horizon (Six Sentence Story), Christmas Good Fences, Santa's Magic (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday


His girlfriend at the time picked the cat up off the street and brought it home, where her grandmother told her to find another home for it, they already had too many.

It was skittish, afraid of its own shadow, and already about 3 months old -- not a good fit for the shelter to try to find him a home, as he was already considered feral.

She came up with what she knew was a foolproof plan because his parents were soft hearted (and soft-headed, but that's another story).  She gave the cat to him as his fifteenth birthday gift, knowing his parents wouldn't say no if the animal was a gift.

We didn't say no, of course, when #1 Son's first girlfriend gave him a cat for his birthday; that was 14 1/2 years ago.

That's how Horizon, who is still scared of his own shadow, became a member of the family.

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


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 fences:


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


Ho, ho, ho, and well, well,

What have we here?

Two children waiting

For Christmas cheer!

They snuck out of bed,

As I knew they would,

Trying to see me,

As if they could!

Santa always knows

When you fall asleep,

And just how do I do it?

That's a secret I keep.


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 i bought all of the Christmas groceries i need for baking and cooking today a couple of days after Thanksgiving.  This afternoon i can bake and cook and watch the Christmas Eve services online.


Today is:

Adam the Patriarch & Eve the Matriarch's Day -- Catholic Christian (Adam, Patron of gardeners and tailors; Eve, Patron of tailors)

Aofangadagskvold -- Iceland (arrival of the 13th and final Yule Lad)

     Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Kertasnikir -- Candle-beggar, who, as children did before light bulbs, wants the treat of a precious candle, and will steal one if he can

Bonfires on the Levee -- Louisiana, US (began among the Cajuns, now a big celebration for everyone, lighting the way for Papa Noel)

Calendas -- Oaxaca, Mexico

Celtic Tree Month Beth (Birch) commences

Christmas Eve

Constitution Day -- Transdniestra

Declaration of Christmas Peace -- Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City

Feast of the Seven Fishes (La Vigilia) -- Italy (traditional serving of seven kinds of seafood at dinner)

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols -- King's College Chapel, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (special Christmas Eve performance by the Choir of King's College held since 1918)

Independence Day -- Libya(1951)

Kolada -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (various celebrations of the gods until Dec. 31)

Last Minute Shoppers Day

Mistletoe Time -- traditional day on which to hang the mistletoe

Modresnach -- Germanic/Scandinavian/Anglo-Saxon Odinist festival celebrating midwinter and motherhood (date approximate)

National Egg Nog Day

Noche Buena -- Spain and Spanish speaking countries

Remember to Read the Instructions First Night -- when assembling the kids' toys, of course

Silent Night, Holy Night Celebrations -- Austria (in honor of the hymn's composition in 1818)

St. Trasilla's Day (Patron of single laywomen)

Tolling the Devil's Knell -- All Saints Parish Church, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England (the church bell tolls once for each year since the birth of Christ, signaling when the Devil's demise was heralded)

T'owd 'oss -- Richmond, North Yorkshire, England (A tradition of dressing in hunting clothes and blowing the hunting horns on Christmas Eve.)

Utter Day -- Fairy Calendar (Every word uttered by the fairy folk becomes a physical object he/she must wear for the rest of the day.)

Yap Constitution Day -- Micronesia (regional)

Zerowork Season begins -- seriously, unless you work in retail, how much work really gets done between now and New Year's Eve at your office?

Birthdays Today:

Ryan Seacrest, 1974

Stephanie Meyer, 1973

Ricky Martin, 1971

Diedrich Bader, 45, 1966

Anil Kapoor, 1959

Mary Higgins Clark, 1929

Ava Gardner, 1922

Howard Hughes, 1905

Johnny Gruelle, 1880

Matthew Arnold, 1822

James Prescott Joule, 1818

Kit Carson, 1809

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Aristocats(Disney animated film), 1970

"Amahl and the Night Visitors"(Opera, first performance and the first opera ever televised), 1951

"The Perry Como Show"(TV), 1948

"Aida"(Opera), 1871

Today in History:

The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes, 563

Thomas Wolsey is appointed English Lord Chancellor, 1515

Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is "discovered" by James Cook, 1777

"Silent Night" is composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; it is first sung the next day, 1818

The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning, 1826

Fire devastates the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroys 35,000 volumes, 1851

Henry Ford completes his first useful gas motor, 1893

Irving Fisher patents an archiving system with index cards, 1912

The first radio transmission of NCRV in Netherlands, 1924

NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition, 1955

Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for the Star Trek series, 1964

The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so, 1968

Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia, 1974

The first European Ariane rocket is launched, 1979

For the first time since the death f Lenin, the bells of St. Basil's Cathedral, on Red Square in Moscow, ring to celebrate Christmas, 1990

The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station, 2003

A video of SpaceX's latest test (on December 17) of the company's Grasshopper rocket with vertical takeoff and vertical landing, is released; the rocket rose 131 feet, hovered and landed safely on the landing pad, 2012


  1. Thank you for giving Horizon a good a loving home.

  2. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

    Lovely fences. God bless.

  3. Love the cute little poem and so glad Horizon found a safe and loving home.

  4. It's hard to say no to a pet who needs a home. Merry Christmas Eve!

  5. Thank you for sharing Horizon's story, I'm so happy he found a loving forever home.
    Merry Christmas to all of you!

  6. Wonderful Six!
    Your poetry always bring a smile to my face :D
    Merry Christmas, Mimi!

  7. That was a pretty sweet Gotcha story for sweet Horizon. We enjoyed your poem and that was a yummy thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. You and Sweetie are the soft hearted parents. You have received the cute gift and taken good care of Horizon. Nice Santa poem. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 to you and family.

  9. Ho.Ho,Ho Mimi. Wishing you and your family a blessed Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I pray that 2021 will make us all healthy and thoughtful for one another.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. What a beautiful story Horizon has, and you are Superheroes, not soft-headed! I just love that poem, purrfect! Happy Holidays!

  11. I didn't know the story about Horizon. Very clever and he's a happy camper I'm sure.

    I love your thankful. I know this will be a blessed day for you. Enjoy.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. Love and hugs. ♥

  12. Thanks for telling us Horizon's story! And we loved your poem! We are Thankful for you! Our family wishes you love, joy, and peace … today, tomorrow, and always -- merry Christmas!
    marv, jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

  13. Horizon is a very lucky cat as are the lovely people who adopted him. Enjoy your Christmas Eve baking and calmness.

  14. Eggnog for the win!
    (But one of these years, I'm gonna go for the Bonfires on the Levee - that sounds like fun.)

  15. What an uplifting and magical Six. Horizon is such a purrfect name for that lucky cool cat.

  16. I love your story. I am so glad you adopted this handsome boy. Great poem too. XO

  17. Never a doubt as to the soft-hearted nature of his parents. What a content kittty.

  18. Oooh, I like this!! And my best friend who has 2 cats will totally enjoy it as well :)

  19. Such a fun story, and an interesting name for a cat!

  20. What a fun story you have. I Love your sweet cat and his name and of course the black and white he wears so nicely. You write so beautifully. HUGS from me to you XO XO XO XO


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