Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: one of the contributing bloggers picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted number is a challenge to participating bloggers to write at least one piece using that exact number of words.
This month, the word count number is: 33
It was submitted by: Karen at Baking In A Tornado
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Bigger Girl is on her way home from California for Christmas. She and her friend Frieda are catching a ride with Tasha. Tasha has driven across the country, camping at parks, several times.
She has been sending me texts, and the occasional email. "Hey, mom, in a few days Tasha and Frieda and I will be driving home for Christmas. It's safer than flying, Covid-wise."
"Also, we'll get tested before we go, and then mostly stop at campgrounds along the way. We're stopping at the Grand Canyon. I'll send pictures! Don't tell Grandpa, though, he'll be worried sick."
A few days later, "About to leave for Nevada. Gonna be staying in Creepy Clown Motel, next to an abandoned cemetery. Will take pictures!" My response was, "Why does this not surprise me?"
The latest was this email, "Hey mom, didn't know if you got my text. My phone screen is broken and won't come on, so I sent you a text from a friend's phone."
No, i had not received the text. She continued, "Please let Grandpa know that I am currently out of contact but alright." This means another phone bites the dust; it lasted 4 months.
And now for some of the stuff Grandma sends me:
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Alcyone -- Ancient Greek Calendar (kingfisher goddess; date approximate, but during the Halcyon Days)
Bill of Rights Day -- US
Cat Herders Day -- for those whose job or life is like trying to herd cats; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Centipede Boot-Making and Shoe-Repair Season begins -- Fairy Calendar
Consualia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival for Consus, god of graineries, with games and races in the Circus Maximus in his honor)
Coonskin Cap Day -- debut of "Davy Crocket" on TV's "Disneyland" in 1954 (and the original Davy Crockett hated the things, by the way)
Homecoming Day -- Alderney, UK
Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Pvorusleikier -- Spoon-licker, who tries to steal all the wooden spoons he can find
Kasuga Wakamiya on-Matsuri -- Nara Prefecture, Japan (dates to the 12th century, to pray against plague and for a good harvest; through the 18th)
Koninkrijksdag -- Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba; Sint Maarten (Kingdom Day)
National Lemon Cupcake Day
National Regifting Day -- be careful here!
Navidades begin -- Puerto Rico (traditional Christmas celebrations that last through Three Kings Day)
Setagaya no Bori Ichi -- Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (a two day flea market that dates back to 1578)
St. Nino's Day (Patron of Georgia)
Trivial Pursuit Day -- honoring Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who created the game on this date in 1979
Zamenhof Day -- International Esperanto Community
Sylvester Stallone marries Brigitte Nielson, 1985
Adam Brody, 1979
Garrett Wang, 1968
Helen Slater, 1963
Nick Beggs, 1961
Don Johnson, 1949
Dave Clark, 1942
Tim Conway, 1933
Edna O'Brien, 1931
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, 1928
Uziel "Uzi" Gal, 1923
Jeff Chandler, 1918
Stan Kenton, 1911
J. Paul Getty, 1892
Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, 1859
Alexandre Gustave Eiffel,1832
Gone With the Wind(Film), 1939 (Atlanta only, general release Jan. 1, 1940)
"Song of the Forests"(Shostakovich Op. 81), 1949
"Charlie Girl"(Musical), 1965
Today in History:
Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron, 533
Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia, 1265
Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after sailing round Cape of Good Hope, 1488
The State of Holland grants patent on a windmill with crankshaft, 1593
The first US law school is established at University of Pennsylvania, 1791
The first Irish magazine in US, Shamrock, is published, 1810
The first street-cleaning machine in US is used in Philadelphia, 1854
The King of Hawaii becomes the first reigning king to visit the Us, and is received by President Grant, 1874
The London Underground's Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens, 1906
Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, is lost over English Channel, 1944
Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida; four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7, 1965
Samoa becomes a member of the United Nations, 1976
U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan, 1978
The 3rd reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down, 2000
The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean, 2001
Boeing's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington, 2009
The Mayor of Flint, Michigan declares state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a criminal investigation, 2015
Egyptian Archaeologists announce the discovery of a 4,400 year old tomb of Fifth Dynasty priest in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, 2018