Thursday, December 10, 2020

Light (Six Sentence Story), Holiday Good Fences, Getting Ready (Sammy's Poetry Day) and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"It just occurred to me," she said, looking up at her husband sitting across the table from her, "that I have finally come to understand why my mother hated dimly lit restaurants."

"Did she just like being able to see what she was eating?" he asked.

"Well, that was part of it," she said.

Whipping out her phone, she turned on the flashlight function and trained it on the words she'd been straining her eyes to read.  He laughed, and pulled out his own.

"Mostly it was not being able to read the menu!"

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


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 holiday fences:


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

Gracious, all, time's running out

Though there's no reason to run and shout.

Be clear minded and stay on track,

We'll get it all done, no child will lack.

I've got the lists, and it's quite clear

The toys are made, the wrapping's in gear,

And though we still have lots to do

There is no reason we can't get through.

This Christmas is going to be really great,

The whole wide world can hardly wait,

So all you elves and my reindeer

Let's get ready to spread our cheer!


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 for my warm winter gloves.  We've been having some cold mornings, and the gloves help a lot.


Today is:

Anniversary of the Victory over Daesh/ISIS -- Iraq

Chief Red Cloud Day -- marking the Sioux leader's death in 1909; defender of Native rights, son of Lone Man and Walks As She Thinks

Constitution Day -- Thailand

Dewey Decimal System Day -- anniversary of Melvil Dewey's birth

Do Something Wild and Crazy with Velveeta Day -- guess they mean besides turn it into Hillbilly Hor d'oeuvres (melted with Rotel and served with chips)

Hanukkah -- Judaism (Festival of Lights; begins at sundown, through sundown Dec. 18)

Human Rights and Peace Day -- Kiribati

International Animal Rights Day

International Human Rights Day -- anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948

Jane Addams Day -- Hull House Museum, Chicago, IL, US (sponsored by the American Association of University Women-Illinois

Lux Mundi -- Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring Libertas as the bringer of light into the world)

Namibian Women's Day -- Namibia

National Lager Day

Nobeldagen -- Sweden (Alfred Nobel Day, presentations of the Nobel Prizes at the Stockholm Concert Hall)

     Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony -- Oslo City Hall, Oslo, Norway

Sister-Friend Day -- internet generated, but if you have a sister who is a good friend to you, it's worth celebrating

St. Eulalia of Merida's Day (Patron of runaways, torture victims, widows; Merida, Spain; Oviedo, Spain)

Whirling Dervishes Festival -- Konya, Turkey (through the 17th)

Anniversaries Today:

Mississippi becomes the 20th US State, 1817

Birthdays Today:

Raven-Symone, 1985

Bobby Flay, 1964

Kenneth Branagh, 1960

Susan Dey, 1952

Gloria Loring, 1946

Dan Blocker, 1928

Harold Gould, 1923

Dorothy Lamour, 1914

Chet Huntley, 1911

Hermes "Pan" Panagiotopolous, 1909

Mary Norton, 1903

Melvil Dewey, 1851

Emily Dickinson, 1830

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, 1787

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Wings Over America"(Album release), 1976

Lawrence of Arabia(Film), 1962

"The Mighty Mouse Playhouse" (TV), 1955

Grand Ole Opry (first radio broadcast), 1927

Today in History:

Martin Luther publicly burns the papal edict demanding that he recant, 1520

Isaac Newton's paper De Motu Corporum in Gyrum, containing the derivation of Kepler's laws from his theory of gravity, is read to the Royal Society by Edmund Halley, 1684

The Massachusetts Bay Colony becomes the first American Colonial government to borrow money, 1690

The metric system is formally established in France, 1799

The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London, 1868

Women's suffrage is granted in Wyoming Territory, the first in the US, 1869

Women are granted suffrage in Tasmania, 1902

The 10,000,000th Model T Ford is assembled, 1915

The Grand Ole Opry makes its radio debut, in Nashville, Tn, 1927

UN General Assembly adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

Ralph J Bunche becomes the first black to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, 1950

The United Nations General Assembly approves Pakistan's proposal for establishing nuclear free-zone in South Asia, 1981

The last shift leaves Wearmouth Colliery in Sunderland; the closure of the 156-year-old pit marks the end of the old County Durham coalfield, which had been in operation since the Middle Ages, 1993

An archive documenting the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda is revealed in the capital city of Kigali, 2010

Mary Barra of General Motors becomes the first female CEO of a major automotive company, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown tours Southern Californian wildfires and declares them "the new normal", 2017

The first fully electric commercial plane, a retrofitted seaplane, completes its test flight in Vancouver, 2019


  1. Your six-sentence story makes me smile. -- I am not very big fan of dimly-lit restaurants, either.

  2. Smiling. I lost my glasses today (left them at a book fair) and it was panic stations until we went back and luckily found them. Even luckier, we arrived just after the fair closed and they let me in to hunt for them.

  3. Oh yes, Gramma always complains about the lighting in restaurants and the print on the menus. The bummer of getting older.

  4. lol
    (Don't tell anyone, but I totally use my phone's camera's zoom feature as a magnifying glass)

  5. I too do not like dimly lit restaurant. Can't read the menu and can't see what I am eating. Lol!

  6. Love your poem and have to add:
    As you rush
    to complete each task
    Don't forget
    To wear a mask.

  7. That story is so true! Our Dad used to get very frustrated at a favorite food place with dim lighting and the menus were tan with brown letters. Good poem and a hand warming thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Dim lighting, or mood lighting is fine as long as I already know what I want on the menu - MOL! Love the poem!

  9. I hear you about being able to read the menu. I smile at that. Well done.

    Warm clothes and gloves are a huge thankful.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

  10. Great Six. Mood lighting + large text menu with plain font is ideal (but I still need my readers usually) :)

  11. I'm ready to spread some holiday cheer, because my parents' Christmas present was in the mail today.
    Same here, warm gloves are a blessing!

  12. Velveeta makes some pretty good cheese grits (she mentions casually, in passing...) :-D

  13. fence two is fun !!!! and great poem today

    { it's getting to the point where cooking instructions etc. on packaging, requires a flash light and a high tech microscope !! } ♥♥☺☺

  14. I love your poem and tale, messymimi. :)

    Keep taking good care...

  15. Great poem and story. Nice fences too. XO

  16. The next step is pulling out your dollar store reading glasses to go with the flashlight!

  17. I love the fence with all the baubles!
    I don't go to restaurants so can't comment on the menus, but maybe if enough people make a big show of flashlights and magnifying glasses, the restaurants will take notice and change them.

  18. A 6 for the "older" gen for sure, lol. The idea of dimly lit dining is...nice (kind of) however, I prefer to be able to see what I'm doing.
    Ghostwriter for Santa, are ya? :)
    Excellent thankful!

  19. Sweet story ~ so true ~ good we can laugh at ourselves ~ Lovely xmas fence. photos too

    Live with love each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. Ha! Perfect. I wrote against phones (even though I have one and have been "that person" at times. Your Six shows a real instance when the darn thing is handy! I have definitely used my phone to read a menu.

  21. LAte getting here. So sorry, I've been what the heck, still am under the weather! Good post Human Rights day in a country I've never heard of! Wowl

  22. Haha! Reminds me of a time my ex and I went out to eat at a restaurant so dark we didn't know what was what until we tasted it.


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