Thursday, March 25, 2021

Filling a Vacuum (Six Sentence Story), Flowery Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday



"Is something wrong?"

"Yes, the vacuum cleaner, this filter keeps popping out, I'm telling you, you need to get someone who knows how to service it to fix it properly or you will burn out the motor and lose it."

"Who could fix that old thing?"

"I know someone, he's reasonable in what he charges, and these old Kenmore vacuums are worth taking care of."

"Well, I'll think about it."

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

(The conversation i keep having with Ms. G about her old vacuum; yes, she has been thinking about it for a couple of years now, it's a tribute to Kenmore vacuums that it is still running!)


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.     

A couple of fences with azalea blooms:


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

If you don't think it's cold up here,

Well, let me tell you this,

I've turned into a frozen lump,

Not my idea of bliss.

I'm going to go where I can thaw

And get a lot of sun,

As far south as hitching can get,

To Florida, for fun!


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 Sweetie had a hankering for cheese pizza and went to the restaurant where #1 Son works.  They gave him the employee discount on the order!


Today is:

Anniversary of the Arengo and the Feast of the Militants -- San Marino

Annunciation of the Virgin Mary -- Roman Catholic Christian

     Lady Day/Quarter Day -- England; Ireland; Wales (traditional New Year's Day)

     Varfrudagen -- Sweden (waffle day)

Day of the Shining Ones of Heaven move Upstream -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of King Amenhotep I -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (rituals depicting his death and burial, performed for the Deir-el-Medina workforce; date approximate)

Hilaria -- Ancient Roman Empire ("Day of Joy", honoring Attis)

Independence Day -- Cyprus; Greece(1821)

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade -- UN

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members -- UN

International Waffle Day -- based on Sweden's tradition of having waffles on Annunciation Day

Medal of Honor Day -- US (first one awarded this date in 1963)

Mother's Day -- Slovenia

National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy -- Greece; US

National Letting Go of Stuff Day -- see for details

National Lobster Newburg Day

National Pecan Day -- anniversary of George Washington's planting of Pecan trees at Mt. Vernon in 1775

National Waffle Day -- possibly also International Waffle Day, depends on the site you search

Numbskulls and Clodhoppers' Dance -- Fairy Calendar (i know a couple of people who qualify on both counts; i need to find out how to buy tickets!)

Old New Year's Day -- until 1751, British Empire

Revolution Day -- Greece (anniversary of the revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1821)

Sacrifice to Kronos -- Ancient Greek Calendar (private sacrifices to Kronos; date approximate)

St. Dismas' Day ("Dismas" is the name given to the unnamed "Thief on the Cross", crucified next to Jesus according to Biblical accounts, and who repented; Patron of condemned/death row prisoners, funeral directors/undertakers, penitent criminals, prisoners, reformed thieves; Merizo, Guam)

Struggle for Human Rights Day -- Slovakia

The Tichborne Dole - in Alresford, Hampshire, UK; since 1150, a gallon of flour is given to every resident by the Tichborne family head on this day, to avoid a curse

Tolkien Reading Day -- sponsored by The Tolkien Society on the anniversary of the fall of Sauron

Birthdays Today:

Danica Patrick, 1982

Lee Pace, 1979

Sheryl Swoopes, 1971

Sarah Jessica Parker, 1965

Marcia Cross, 1962

John Stockwell, 1961

Mary Gross, 1953

Paul Miles, 1952

Bonnie Bedelia, 1948

Elton John, 1947

Bonnie Bedelia, 1946

Paul Michael Glaser, 1943

Aretha Franklin, 1942

Anita Bryant, 1940

Gloria Steinem, 1934

James Lovell, 1928

Eileen Ford, 1922

Simone Signoret, 1921

Howard Cosell, 1920

Norman Borlaug, 1940

David Lean, 1908

Bela Bartok, 1881

Arturo Toscanini, 1867

Gutzon Borglum, 1867

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Barrymore"(Play), 1997

"Cagney & Lacey"(TV), 1982

Today in History:

The first Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus, 31

According to legend, Venice, Italy is born today at noon, 421

Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6, 1199

Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland, 1306

Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America, 1584

Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co., 1609

Lord Baltimore founds Catholic colony of Maryland, 1634

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christian Huygens, 1655

Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, destroying Nicolosi, killing 20,000, 1669

The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire, 1807

The Swansea and Mumbles Railway in England, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, becomes the first passenger carrying railway in the world, 1807

Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism, 1811

Greeks revolt against the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence, 1821

In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers, leading to factory reform laws, 1911

The Georgian Orthodox Church restores its autocephaly abolished by Imperial Russia in 1811, 1917

The first successful tornado forecast predicts that a tornado will strike Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, 1948

The European Economic Community is established (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), 1957

Canada's Avro Arrow makes its first flight, 1958

Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, 1965

The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch, 1979

The world's first wiki, a part of the Portland Pattern Repository, is made public by Ward Cunningham, 1995

The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease, 1996

Protesters demanding a new election in Belarus, following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, clash with riot police, 2006

In southwest China, environmental and health concerns among residents are raised when 1,000 dead ducks pulled from the Sichuan River, 2013

The world's largest banana split ever, at 8,040 metres long, is made in Innisfail, Australia, 2017

Doctors perform the first ever organ transplant from a live HIV+ patient to an HIV+ recipient, a kidney transplant in Boston, MA, US, 2019


  1. I hope she does get it serviced - before it is too late.

  2. My heavy duty vacuum refused to work after many years of good service. I overheated a cheap vacuum and blew the motor. Recently, I got a new vacuum and it is working nicely. Beautiful azalea blooms. Instead of going to Florida, maybe the snowman can pay a visit to my place. Lol! Have an enjoyable day.

  3. Nice verse, it made me think of the snowman from Frozen.
    I love your fences too, what a pity that Gosia is still missing.

  4. Fascinating post! Cagney & Lacey were big favourites of mine.

  5. The hitching snowman is so great! Love that idea! Sears had great appliances and tools for so many years. It is a shame those things are no more. Hope the vacuum can get fixed before it dies.

  6. Amazing, our old vacuum still works too, they don't make much of anything like they used to. Great poem and a yummy thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. Ha,ha,ha, Florida. It would become of the ocean and beach. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. Sometimes people don't want to let go of an old favorite ~ but 2 years to think about it? LOL ~ Gorgeous floral and fence photos ~ ^_^ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Yesterday I got to visit my sister for the first time in 6 months. She is only an hour away but we have put off seeing each other until now. We both have our COVID vaccines. YAY!

  10. That is impressive it keeps working. I have never had a vacuum last longer than a year so now I use a shop vac. as I only have 2 braided rugs. Cute poem.

  11. Oh yes- get that vacuum some help Mrs G! The snowman photo and your poem to go with it made me smile- if he ever gets a ride to Florida he'd better travel in a bucket! Cheers!

  12. I used to go to Sears for Kenmore appliances for years. Good stuff back in the day.

    Love the poem and pizza is always good. We don't go to pizza parlors anymore, we just make our own. Covid sure has changed how we eat. It's a good thing.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hugs. ♥

  13. Cute 6, Mimi. And yes! Those old Kenmore's will last forever. As long as you've got someone who knows their vacuums to work on them, of course :)
    Poem is so... on point for anyone who lives in the northern climes. That picture brought a smile.
    Pizza! Always say yes to pizza :D

  14. glad you got that tasty thankful discount and nice poem

  15. dagnabbit! Great six, great fence and Aretha!!

  16. THose old vacuums run forever. Good luck finding someone to fix the new ones, and they need fixin a lot.

  17. love it when Sixes involve reality and fiction*

    *I'm thinking of a TToT that mentioned a vacuum cleaner**
    ** thank you for not adjusting my reality... even if you didn't actually write anything about a vacuum... lol

  18. You know it is really cold when even the snowman wants to head to Florida!
    Can you help Mrs G arrange to get that vacuum fixed?

  19. Malfunctioning vaccuum cleaners, a hitch-hiking snowman and pizza! It's all happening here today!

  20. The sort of conversation that happens all over the world every day!

  21. And the old Electroluxes. Great machines and there used to be people who would service them so they'd last and work great forever. Can't stand the newer ones with the faulty filters. My new favorite and a true contender for top vacuum is the Shark.

  22. I love your frozen lump the vacuum you made me think of my old dog skips who loved to ride around on the cannister of the vacuum@

  23. I just love your poem for Sammy's Poetry's adorable and fun to read out loud! Thanks for being poetic with us every week.

    Hugs, Pam

  24. "Dagnabbit!" is such a great word. Love the Six. I can remember old model Hoover vacuum cleaners in the family which ran for years.


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