Thursday, February 11, 2021

More Than Filling a Hole (Six Sentence Story), Mardi Gras Good Fences, Too Famous (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Brian's Thankful Thursday


Home from work at last, she was tempted to sit and take a load off her feet.  She knew, though, that would mean she wouldn't get up for quite a while, and her tummy was rumbling.

Pulling out salad fixings and a few odds and ends to warm up in the toaster oven, she resisted the urge to start nibbling before the meal was assembled.  A nibble here, a bite there, and soon she'd be tempted to stand at the sink and plow through the whole meal like Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender.

Instead she assembled everything, got it on a plate or in a bowl, and sat down at the table with utensils, stopping to give thanks for it all.

Eating this way did more than fill her stomach, it filled her spirit.

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


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 Mardi Gras fences:


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

This big thing has to be for show,

There are few roads where it can go.

It would be fun for a short ride,

Or at least to see what it's like inside.

Being famous enough to have this car,

For me that's just a bridge too far.


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 lidocaine pain patches for my back.  They do help.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Liberia

Be Electrific Day -- Edison's birth anniversary

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day -- no history on the origin, but remember we all mess up once in a while, don't take small mess ups too seriously

Evelio Javier Memorial Day -- Panay Island, Philippines

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick -- Roman Catholic Church (anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette)

Feast of the Incappucciati -- Gradoli, Italy (members of the Confraternity of Purgatory make the rounds of the town gathering food for the souls in Purgatory, which is served at a banquet next week on Ash Wednesday)

Fettiger Donnerstag  -- Swabia, Germany ("greasy Thursday", so called because of the greasy Kuchli cakes and pastries made today to use during carnival before the Lent fast)

Grandmother Achievement Day -- internet generated; call your grandmother, or someone's grandmother you admire, and tell her what she is doing right

Independence Day -- Vatican City (Holy See) (a/k/a Lateranensi Pact Day, for the pact that established it as an independent state)

Kenkoku Kenen-no-hi -- Japan (also called National Foundation Day or Empire Day)

Lunar New Year's Eve (year of the Ox)

     Seol-nal -- South Korea (Lunar New Year Holiday begins)

     Spring Festival -- China; Taiwan (Chinese New Year's Eve, start of the festival)

     Tet Eve -- Vietnam

Meringue Memorial Day -- don't know who came up with it, but it's the day to see if you remember how to make meringue

National Inventors' Day -- US (Edison's birth anniversary)

National Peppermint Patty Day

National Shut-In Visitation Day -- some sites have it here, some in October; either way, with Covid isolating us more and more, give a call to someone who can't get out of the house today, or make plans to safely see them this weekend

Nelson Mandela Day -- South Africa (celebrates his release from prison)

Pro Sports Wives Day -- the annual recognition of those who truly are sports widows, wives of professional athletes, coaches, and support personnel   

Satisfied Staying Single Day -- for those who aren't desperate to have someone by the 14th; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

St. Caedmon's Day (Oldest English poet known by name.)

Weiberfastnach -- Cologne, Germany (Women's Carnival, the day the women run the pre-Lent celebration)

White Shirt Day -- a recognition of the dignity of the working class

Youth Day -- Cameroon

Anniversaries Today:

Napoleon weds Marie-Louise of Austria, 1810

The founding of London University, 1826

Birthdays Today:

Taylor Lautner, 1992

Natalie Dormer, 1982

Kelly Rowland, 1981

Matt Lawrence, 1980

Brandy, 1979

Mike Shinoda, 1977

Jennifer Aniston, 1969

Sarah Palin, 1964

Sheryl Crow, 1963

Carey Lowell, 1961

Sergio Mendes, 1941

Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 1938

Burt Reynolds, 1936

Tina Louise, 1934

Leslie Nielsen, 1926

Paul Bocuse, 1926

Eva Gabor, 1921

Sidney Sheldon, 1917

Max Baer, 1909

Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1909

Philip Dunne, 1908

Thomas Alva Edison, 1847

Lydia Marie Child, 1802

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The French Chef"(TV, with Julia Child), 1963

"Dynamo"(O'Neill play), 1929

"Salome"(Wilde Play), 1896

"La Fille du Regiment"(Donizetti Opera Comique), 1840

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of the Japanese empire under Emperor Jimmu, BC660

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome, which clears the way for Nero to become Emperor, 55

Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England, 1531

The Pennsylvania Hospital opens, the first in the US, 1752

Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery, 1790

Anthracite coal is burned experimentally as fuel for heating a home for the first time, by Jesse Fell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1808

Robert Fulton files a patent for improvements to steamboat navigation, 1809

Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill that leads to the first use of the term "gerrymander," 1812

The first public toilet facilities for women opens in London, on Bedford Street, 1852

The Meiji constitution of Japan is adopted, 1889

Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control, 1916

BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term "robot", 1938

Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever gold disc for selling one million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," 1941

Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters, 1971

The People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens, 1978

Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa, 1990

The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415, 2013

Francesco Schettino, Captain of the Costa Concordia that ran aground 2012, is convicted of manslaughter in Grosseto and sentenced to 16 years in jail, 2015

The discovery of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) is announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo), 2016

The journal Nature Medicine publishes the results of an artificial intelligence system created to help doctors diagnose patients when it was tested against actual physician diagnoses; the AI system barely won, 2019

Brazilian Maya Ganeira, riding a 73.5ft (22.4m) wave at Nazaré, Portugal, sets the record for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman, 2020


Pat B said...

The perfect way to begin every meal!
Loved your description "like Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender."

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

I loved yor 6 sentence story. Food should fill the soul too, not just the stomach.

Elephant's Child said...

Love the discipline - and yes, food should feed the soul.
And no, that mammoth car doesn't tempt me at all.

GirlieOnTheEdge said...

2nd sentence - like minds, lol. I can relate to that!
"Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender." Most excellent.
A good reminder at the end. Loved this.
Great poem. Of course. And I ask...what is the point of the vehicle? 😆
Here's hoping those patches do the trick. Feel better soon.

My GBGV Life said...

We can't imagine that car being able to make any turns on a road! The fences are looking good. I guess is is about Mardi Gras time.

clark said...

"...plow through the whole meal like Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender.
This Best Use of Prompt word for this week's Six Sentence Story, hands down.

Pam and Teddy said...

A most fabulous poem for a most ridiculous limo! Thanks for playing poetry with us.

Hugs, Teddy and Pam

Nancy Chan said...

Cool car but not practical.

carol l mckenna said...

Great story and sending lots of healing energy for your back pain ~

Moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender!!!! Bwa! Haa!! Haaa!!! Our mom read that and laughed so hard, that her coffee came out her nose! Purrfect! We like the metal fences, we don't see those around here (except for barbed wire) and the poem was epic! Thanks for visiting us and You are AWESOME!

Sandee said...

The patches to help. I've not had issues for some time now. I'm thankful for that.

Love the poem. I've been in many a limo, and they are hard to get in and out of especially as you age. Low to the ground. I don't find them all that comfortable either.

Love the story. Doing meals right is a good thing.

Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. Big hug. ♥

da tabbies o trout towne said...

nice story and poem today Mimi !!! I have to admit I "stand to chow" all too often.... :) ♥♥

Brian said...

That was a good foodie story and I sure hope your back feels better soon. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

pilch92 said...

Great poem and story. I should start eating that way instead of in front of the tv.

Timmy Tomcat said...

That was a great poem and Dad says lots of his old patients said the same about those patches. Have a great day

Feline Opines said...

So sorry about your back pain but happy that you have something that helps. And don't forget purr therapy!

River said...

That over-stretched Limo is just too much! I like the Mardi Gras fences and the house decoration.

Kathe W. said...

Great story and the sentence Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender is a keeper! Hope your back feels better soon! Take care!
ps that car is far too big for me to park!

Catch My Words said...

Great six! I can totally relate.

UP said...

great job. And Sidney Sheldon's birthday to boot!

Ford, TVTA said...

Tasty Six! Sometimes the enjoyment of eating is in the time to prepare it and appreciate all it means. Though I do love the line:"Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender." ... which is also sometimes true ��

Lisa Tomey said...

Nicely done! Yes, sitting for a meal does have special effects.