Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Garden Decor (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 Hilary Melton-Butcher and are posted by Elephant's Child.            

This week's prompts are:











“What I'd like to know," he said as he tried to HEFT a large piece of wood up onto the waiting sawhorses, "is how those building shows on TV make it all look so much easier than it is."

She smiled, looking up from the plans for the PERGOLA that would soon grace their walkway in the back.  She'd spent months trying to VISUALIZE how best to use that space.

"It's just the magic of TV, which makes a MYTH look real," she noted.  "There's no PAUCITY of people willing to believe they can make over their home in just a few easy steps."

Then, "Here, let me help.  Where are those workers we hired?  They should have been here by now."

"They're another myth," he said, grinning.  "Bigfoot and construction workers who are on time, the stuff legends are made of, and I know you can think of more."

"The GREED for gold that turns to MADNESS when someone has struck a vein," she said.

"The TRAVELLER whose planes are always on time," he added, and she groaned.  

"That's beyond myth and legend, that's just not possible," she laughed.

"What, are you saying I'm making that up?" he pretended to pout.  "Maybe I won't direct the building of your pergola."

""Maybe I'll change my mind and ask you to build me a new fireplace in the family room with a huge INGLENOOK on each side instead of the pergola.  Or worse, make you try to grow a YEW tree in this climate!"

Their laughter was interrupted by two pickup trucks swinging into the drive, each packed with several men, all dressed for working outdoors.

"There's our crew," he said.  "Looks like we might get this show on the road after all, even if it's not going to get done in a one hour TV segment."


Today is:

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Wednesday:  Learn What Your Name Means Day, go look it up, it's probably very interesting

Doctor's Day -- Venezuela

Dream Day -- supposedly begun by an instructor at Columbia University as a day to concentrate on how to make your dreams come true

Farvardigan -- Ancient Persia, Zoroastrians (10 day festival for the dead before Nowruz, the New Year)

Festival of Life in the Cracks Day -- internet holiday declared because this is where most of us are, and we deserve to be celebrated!

Harriet Tubman Day -- anniversary of her death in 1913

International Day of Awesomeness -- Celebrate what is awesome about you - always on Chuck Norris' birth anniversary, because no one is more awesome than Chuck

Lailat al Miraj -- Islam (observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem; begins at sundown, local customs and dates may vary)

Mario Day -- for gamers, based on the date Mar 10

Mi-Careme -- Guadeloupe; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Martin (Mid-Lent)

National Blueberry Popover Day

National Decoration Day -- Liberia

National Pack Your Lunch Day -- because it's cheaper and healthier

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day -- US

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day -- US   

Shiogama Jinja Hote Festival -- Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan (mikoshi parades and Shinto music)

St. Kessog's Day (Patron of Lennox, Scotland; Scotland)

Telephone Day -- Bell sent the first message by phone, to Watson in the next room, this day in 1876

Tibetan Uprising Day -- Tibetan Independence Supporters commemoration of the 1959 uprising

Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign -- Canisteo, NY (San Juan Capistrano has swallows, and Canisteo has living trees planted to spell out the name of the valley where the turkey vultures/buzzards return each year, traditionally on St. Patrick's Day; through the 17th)

Whoopsical Day -- Fairy Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Emily Osment, 1992

Carrie Underwood, 1983

Shannon Miller, 1977

John Hamm, 1971

Edie Brickell, 1966

Prince Edward, 1964

Jasmine Guy, 1964

Rick Rubin, 1963

Pam Oliver, 1961

Sharon Stone, 1958

Shannon Tweed, 1957

Kim Campbell, 1947

Bob Greene, 1947

Tom Scholz, 1947

Chuck Norris, 1940

Dave Rabe, 1940

James Earl Ray, 1928

Pamela Mason, 1918

Bix Beiderbecke, 1903

Clare Boothe Luce, 1903

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"(TV), 1997

"The Incredible Hulk"(TV), 1978

"Sweet Bird of Youth"(Play), 1959

Today in History:

The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end, BC241

Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire, 418

King Charles I dissolves Parliament; he calls it back 11 years later, 1629

English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania, 1681

French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform, 1762

John Stone, of Concord, Massachusetts, patents a pile driver, 1791

England begins its first modern census, 1801

In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States, 1804

The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria, 1831

Abraham Lincoln patents a device to help free ships in rivers from shallow water; he built a small scale model, but no full-size device was ever built, and makes him the only US president to hold a patent, 1849

Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you," 1876

Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women officers landed at New York to officially begin the work of the Salvation Army in the US, 1880

Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching, 1891

The Courrières mine disaster, Europe's worst ever, kills 1099 miners in Northern France, 1906

After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall," 1896

China ends slavery, 1910

Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation, 1922

In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr.; he later retracts his guilty plea, 1969

Astronomers discover rings around Uranus, 1977

In Haiti, Prosper Avril is ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup, 1990

The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom, 2000

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars, 2006

Carlos Slim becomes the first Mexican and person from an emerging economy to top Forbes Richest Person list, with net worth of US$53.5 billion, 2010

South Korean judges uphold their parliaments' decision to impeach President Park Geun-hye, 2017


  1. I like the garden decor statue. Who is it?

    God bless.

  2. Hi Missymimi - that was lovely and so so true ... the myth of an easy makeover ... mind you she was getting help. well done - excellent use of words!! Cheers Hilary

  3. I always enjoy the stories you make from the words.

  4. TV makes everyone think they can spiff up their home in a few easy steps, but it isn't usually the case and those handyman types are almost always quite unreliable.

  5. Fun statue :-)

    I liked the story as always :-)

    Have a safetastic week 👍 😷😷😷

  6. Terrific photo and a really true story, TV is not real!

  7. Given my affection for sweets and junk food, I'm not sure packing my own lunch would be cheaper or healthier. Just sayin'.

  8. That's a different kind of garden decor. Whatever floats your boat.

    Love your use of the prompts. Made me chuckle more than once.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  9. Yew used those words perfectly! and is that Shakespeare?

  10. Great photo for theme 'Keep it Simple.'

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. I struggled to use those words in my story but it looks like it fell to you with ease in creating your great tale. Bravo.

  12. Great story. They do make it all look so easy on HGTV.

  13. I love your story with all the myths. Maybe with two truckloads of workers, the pergola will get built in a one hour time frame.

  14. You are good with the use of the words. I will be lost and will end up with a big headache. That was a good conversation and a start to the pergola project.


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