Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Unique Electric "Snow Globe" (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 Elephant's Child.     

This week's prompts are:

  1. Celebration
  2. Birth
  3. Bells
  4. Majesty
  5. Small
  6. Forgotten




  1. Bay
  2. Half
  3. Hope
  4. Sister
  5. Book
  6. Hunt 

And as another (as always optional addition).  

In memory of Jo Wake, I would love it if you could include the word dragon in your stories.

She held the pen over the BOOK and hesitated.  She knew it never helped when she did that, but sometimes she couldn't help it.  She wanted the handwriting to be just right for this special new entry, and she'd only just been promoted to be the calligrapher for the clan very recently.  It was a great honor, and one she took seriously.

After all, there hadn't been a new BIRTH to celebrate in quite a while in the DRAGON Clan.  She looked out over the BAY and reminisced.  The last big CELEBRATION in the clan had been when her father, His MAJESTY, had remarried.  She had not FORGOTTEN how her stepmother had worked so hard to make her feel included and wanted and special, even in the midst of her own happiness in joining the clan.

This SMALL, new HALF SISTER wouldn't remember the party being thrown in her honor, but she would be told, of course.  Someday, she thought, I'll show her the entry with her name, HOPE, and tell her how happy we were when she arrived.

The BELLS rang out that the men of the clan were back from their HUNT.  There would be fresh roasts at the feast, not just the dried meat from last season, as was fitting.


Today is:

Birthday of the Queen Silvia -- Sweden (an official flag day)

Children's Day -- South Sudan; Sudan

Day of Acca Larentia -- Ancient Rome, Republic and Empire (earth goddess and protectress who raised Romulus and Remus)

Festivus -- For the Rest of Us!  (The holiday introduced on the episode of Seinfeld that aired 12/18/97; have some meatloaf, decorate with an unadorned aluminum pole, have a "Feats of Strength" contest and an "Airing of Grievances"!)

Icelandic Traditional Calendar Month Morsugr "Fat Sucker" begins -- Iceland (refering to the daily fare becoming scant in deep winter and body fat is used up)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Ketkrokur -- Meat-hook, who will lower a hook down the chimney and snatch a bit of meat if he can, especially if you are cooking lamb for St. Porlakur(Thorlac)

Learn Metric Day -- US (passage of the Metric Conversion Act of 1875)

Mouse-Marketing Day -- Fairy Calendar

National Pfefferneusse Day -- don't forget the Puderzucker!

Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes) -- Oaxaca, Mexico (part of the lead up to Christmas, bring out your best carved radish!)

Popcorn Popping Day -- so you can string it on the tree, of course

Porlaksmessa, Feast of St. Thorlaker/Thorlac -- Iceland (Patron saint, though never officially recognized by the Holy See)

Roots Day -- as you gather with family during the season, don't forget to sit with elder relatives and learn about your family's past

Secret of the Unhewn Stone -- Celtic Calendar (Only day on their calendar not governed by a tree month)

St. John of Kanti's Day (Patron of Lithuania, Poland)

St. Servulus' Day (Patron of the disabled/physically challenged; against paralysis)

St. Victoria's Day (Patron of Anticoli Corrado, Italy)

Tenno Tanjobi -- Japan (Birthday of Emperor Akihito, national holiday observed as a day of rest.)

Two Days To Go Day

Victory Day -- Egypt (a/k/a Suez Victory Day)

Anniversary Today:

Establishment of the US Federal Reserve System, 1913

Birthdays Today:

Corey Haim, 1971

Carla Bruni, 1967

Eddie Vedder, 1964

Carol Ann Duffy, 1955

Susan Lucci, 1946

Harry Shearer, 1943

Akihito, 1933

Robert Bly, 1926

Gerald O'Loughlin, 1921

Jose Greco, 1918

Madame C.J. Walker, 1867

Connie Mack, 1862

Harriet Monroe, 1860

Joseph Smith, Jr., 1805

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Hoffmeyer's Legacy(Film; 1st with Keystone Kops), 1912

Today in History:

Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist, 962

St Philip of Moscow martyred by Ivan the Terrible, 1569

Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn, 1672

John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered, 1690

The Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France, 1776

Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct, 1779

"A Visit from St Nicholas" by C. Clement Moore is published in the Troy (NY) Sentinel (Now usually titled " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas"), 1823

The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed, 1893

The first all-steel passenger railroad coach completed, in Altoona, Pa, 1907

The first hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel is launched, 1919

Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace, 1919

Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa, 1938

The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories, 1947

Dedication of Tokyo Tower, the world's highest self-supporting iron tower, 1958

The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world, 1970

A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000, 1972

The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism, 1972

Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling, 1986

In a referendum, 88% of Slovenia's population vote for independence from Yugoslavia, 1990

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hits Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean, 2004

Volcanic activity alerts are issued in Chile and Argentina, in areas near the Copahue volcano, after it started to spew ash, 2012


  1. I love your story as I so often do. And welcome a story where the step mother ISN'T wicked. Well done.

  2. I've lost track of the days...have no clue most of the time what day it is! :)

  3. Love the red truck with the tree. Our local garden center has a real truck with the tree in it as a display, and we have it as a cookie cutter :)

  4. That red truck is brilliant I want one haha!

    Have a baubletastic safe Christmas 😷😷😷 🎄🎄🎄

  5. It is nice to read a story where the stepmother tried her very best to make the step daughter feel loved. Nice Christmas decoration with the red truck. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 to you and family.

  6. Love that red truck. We had one like that back in my youth. A work horse.

    Love your story. You use the prompts so very well.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  7. Buon Natale” Mimi. I loved the story. Merry Christmas y'all.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. I think "Roots Day" is a marvelous idea. I missed that opportunity in my younger days, now I am the older relative.
    Learn Metric Day...1875! Really? I don't think we're ever going to get around to doing it.
    Have a blessed Christmas.

  9. Love the red truck and really enjoyed the story! Nice one Mimi.

  10. The Truck is fabulishious! THe story is terrific. We like Pfefferneusse without the the Puderzucker.
    Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

  11. Wow Mimi, you did a fantastic job with the prompts in WfW! Loved the tale that must continue with adventures of Hope the dragon. (They were dragons weren't they?)

  12. What a beautiful display, I just love those old red trucks.

  13. Love the red truck almost as much as I love your short stories.

  14. They had a plain aluminum pole up at work today.
    I should have read you *before* I headed to work!

  15. Good story and I love that Red Truck!

  16. That is a neat snow globe! Don't know that I've seen one like that...
    Your story sounds like the start of a fantasy book, very enjoyable!

  17. That is a nice snow globe and a great story. XO

  18. Cool story and I love the red truck! xoxox

  19. I love your story and am so glad the Dragon Clan continues to grow. Merry Christmas

  20. Inclusion by a stepmother is such a literary novelty. Well done!


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