Thursday, February 18, 2021

That's An Extra Mile (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Natural Remedy (Sammy's Poetry Day) and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Guess what we did at school today, Mommy!" four-year-old called out as Mommy claimed her in the hallway outside the classroom.

"What wonderful things did you do today at school, sweetheart?"

"We made a of these things!"

"A kaleidoscope, what fun."

"Yeah, the teacher showed us how, and we putted beads and glitter in it, and my friend Jamie sneezed and glitter goed everywhere, and we had a great time."

Looking at another mom from that class, "Any teacher who could get 12 four-year-olds to make kaleidoscopes with glitter and not lose her mind has earned an extra gift come teacher appreciation day."

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


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.     

This week has been so crazy, i didn't really look for a new fence to photograph, so here's one from the past:


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

When in the 

Hustle and bustle

My mind wanders

And cannot latch onto

Any one thing

Get to the woods

Dank and serene

Full of quiet

Calm the heart

Still the mind

Hush the noise

All will be well


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

This week i am thankful for our generator.  It's been frozen here and many people have no electricity.  We can run the fridge, three space heaters, some lights, the wi-fi and my heating pads.  We are especially thankful we can cook in the microwave, even if we have to turn off the heater in the kitchen to do it.  Being able to run those two things one at a time is better than not at all!


Today is:

Celtic Tree Month Nuin (Ash) begins

Clean Out Your Cubby Holes Day -- internet generated, but if you have any cubby holes, give them a look today, make sure nothing is in there you don't want to see

Cold Day in Hell -- snow fell in the Sahara today in 1979

Day of Spenta Armaiti -- Zoroastrian (goddess of earth and fertility, especially celebrated by women; originally on Esfand 5th, which corresponds to 24 February, but is now celebrated on the 18th for reasons i can't figure out)

Festival of Women -- Persian (traditional, it has been kept even among those who are no longer Zoroastrian)

Fly-By for Fairies and Elves -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Gambia(1965)

National Battery Day -- probably created by the battery manufacturers, but they won't claim it

National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day

Pluto Day/Solar System Day -- the planet/planetoid was discovered on this day in 1930, and then considered to "complete" the solar system

Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas -- Nepal (Democracy Day)

Rites of Tacita -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of silence, rites to keep people from speaking out in anger)

St. Bernadette of Lourdes' Day (in France; the remainder of the church celebrates her on 16 April)

St. Fra Angelico's Day (Patron of artists)

Tanigumi Odori -- Tanigumi-mura, Gifu Prefecture, Japan (dance festival)

Thumb Appreciation Day -- your first digit does more than just get mashed when you use a hammer and hit the space bar on your keyboard; take time to appreciate the complexity that is your thumb.

Anniversaries Today:

Tommy Lee marries Pamela Andersn, 1995

Ohio State University is chartered as the first US land-grant college, 1804

Birthdays Today:

Jillian Michaels, 1974

Molly Ringwald, 1968

Dr. Dre, 1965

Matt Dillon, 1964

Vanna White, 1957

John Travolta, 1954

Juice Newton, 1952

John Hughes, 1950

Cybill Shedherd, 1950

Andrea Dromm, 1941

Aldo Ceccato, 1934

Yoko Ono, 1933

Milos Forman, 1932

Toni Morrison, 1931

Gahan Wilson, 1930

George Kennedy, 1925

Helen Gurley Brown, 1922

Bill Cullen, 1920

Jack Palance, 1920

Hans Asperger, 1906

Enzo Ferrari, 1898

George "The Gipper" Gipp, 1895

Wendell Lewis Willkie, 1892

Boris Pasternak, 1890

Nikos Kazantzakis, 1883

Sholem Aleichem, 1859

Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848

Ernst Mach, 1838

George Peabody, 1795

Count Alessandro Volta, 1745

Uesugi Kenshin, 1530 (Japanese samurai and warlord)

Mary I Tudor, 1516

Saint Jadwiga of Poland, 1374

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Roots: Next Generations"(TV Miniseries), 1979

"Any Wednesday"(Play), 1964

"The Telephone, or L'Amour à trois"(Comic Opera), 1947

"Trouw"(Publication, Dutch Resistance newspaper), 1943

"Simple Simon"(Musical), 1930

"Cities Service Concerts"(Radio), 1925

"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"(Publication date), 1885

"The Pilgrim's Progress"(Publication date), 1678

Today in History:

Origin of the Kali Yuga Epoch ("age of vice" or Dark Age) of the Hindu/Buddhist calendars, BC3102

Jerusalem is taken by Emperor Frederik II, 1229

Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia, begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim regions, 1332

Henry Tudor (Henry VIII) created Prince of Wales, 1503

Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels, 1574

John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published, 1678

Fort Saint Lewis, Texas, is founded by Frenchmen under LaSalle at Matagorda Bay, the basis for France's claim to Texas, 1685

Quakers conduct their first formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1688

The premiere of George Frideric Handel's oratorio, "Samson" takes place in London, 1743

Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, 1797

The Detroit Boat Club (still in existence) forms, 1839

The first continuous filibuster in the US Senate begins, lasts until March 11, 1841

The first regular steamboat service to California begins, 1849

A direct telegraph link between Britain and New Zealand is established, 1876

Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is published, 1885

The Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for the first time in 50 years, 1896

Winston Churchill makes his first speech in the British House of Commons, 1901

H. Cecil Booth patents a dust removing suction cleaner, 1901

The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet delivers 6,500 letters to Naini (a distance of about 10K), 1911

The US and Canada begin formal diplomatic relations, with the appointment of Vincent Massey as the first Canadian ambassador to the US, 1927

The first Academy Awards are announced, 1929

While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto, 1930

The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California, 1954

The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747, 1977

Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history, 1979

Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43), 1994

Pope Benedict XVI announces seven new saints - including American saint Kateri Tekakwitha - and appoints 22 new cardinals, 2012

The Ukrainian Revolution begins, 2014

A twenty-five year old cold case murder is solved when police in Minnesota run DNA though a genealogy site and find the suspect, 2019


River said...

I remember the kaleidoscopes of my childhood, what wonderful magical things they were. I bought one online a few years ago and was quite disappointed by it. The beads and shapes in it are too large and "clunky", they do make nice patterns though. It's made of sturdy cardboard and I remember my childhood one was metal.

Ford said...

Wonderful Six. I remember the cheap cardboard kaleidoscopes, then the more expensive (and enthralling to look into) metal and plastic ones.

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Yes that teacher deserves something special. Kaleidoscopes are pure mathemagic to me. I have an old one made of cardboard and thick mirrors gone green with age on my desk.
Your week must indeed have been even more crazy than ususal for you to not snap a fence-photo on the fly. Take care of yourself!

Chris (sa) said...

Ha ha, glitter everywhere. I love the way you captured the daughter's voice!
I feel for you with the blackouts. Stay warm, stay safe.

Elephant's Child said...

I adore kaleidoscopes. I have one which still gives me joy. I cannot imagine making them though - definitely kudos (and a present) to the teacher.
I am glad that you still have power and hope you can find (and hang onto the serenity of your poem.

My GBGV Life said...

Glitter is such a mess, great stuff, but usually more trouble than it is worth. Those sticky lint rollers are great for picking it up.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Another wonderful post, Mimi. A kaleidoscope of topics covered.

God bless.

Cruisin Paul said...

It must be a shock in New Orleans to get to get snow, ice and cold. Stay warm my friend. I loved your poem.

Cruisin Paul

clark said...

yeah... and, (the scene above) brought to mind finger painting on improbably large sheets of equally unlikely brown paper.

Brian said...

Good teachers are incredible! That's a wonderful thankful and generators are really a blessing. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

UP said...

good six, good fence, good memories. and Ohio State University is chartered as the first US land-grant college, 1804 Hail to my alma mater!

Catch My Words said...

As a retired school teacher, I can totally agree with the gift idea; however, I never taught them that young! Great six sentence story!

GirlieOnTheEdge said...

Cute Six, Mimi. Seem to remember just such a project as a kid. Love any fence near dunes which is near...ocean :)
Your poem speaks volumes.
Take care in this harsh weather.

carol l mckenna said...

Sweet story ~ great fence photo and grateful that you have your generator too ~ wishing you serenity in your day ~

Moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

pilch92 said...

Cute story and excellent poem.

Catscue Cat Mom said...

That is one amazing teacher! Your poem is so lovely, you are such a wonderful writer. Good for you and your generator, I still have not purchased one, but with all that is going on in Texas I'm going to get one ASAP! BTW, we have not lost power or water, so thank goodness for that!

Sandee said...

That's one patient teacher. The good ones are such blessings.

Love the poem and really love the thankful things. I'm glad you have that generator. Makes your life far easier and much more comfortable.

Have a fabulous and warm Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥♥♥

Kathe W. said...

Oh my yes! When we lived in the middle of nowhere we were so thankful for our generator! Your fence photo is great- had not seen it before and your 6 sentence story was very cute! teachers are saints! Take care and have a fun day!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

nice take on today's poem mimi; and agreed the teacher needs a little something extra !!!

do hope you and your family stay safe and full power resumes yet today :) ♥♥

Timmy Tomcat said...

We liked your poem Mimi. Have a great day

Jz said...

It's funny that today is Thumb Appreciation Day because I honestly did just this morning, trim off the final bit of damaged nail remaining from when I smashed the beejeepers out of my thumb in July...
Hoping for a speedy return of power to you and yours!
(Oh, and a return of warmer weather for your southern bones.)

Lee said...

All day Thursday I thought it was Wednesday...only waking up to my error around 4pm!!!! :)

D. Avery said...

Ha! I can too easily see and hear that story, having just taken on a job in a preschool. They are a spinning kaleidoscope of energy.

Romi said...

Your story is lovely. :-)

Pam and Teddy said...

Love your take on the photo this week....something calming about a quiet woods....some thought it was scary - others found it intriguing! Thanks for being a poetry partner with us.

Hugs, Pam

Lisa Tomey said...

Awww adorable six!