Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Happy Spring (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:












She poured her TEA and sat in SILENT contemplation of the SUMMER sunset, a TAPESTRY of color that rivaled anything she'd ever seen when she toured castles in Europe.

Leaning back in the chair and stretching, she was so glad not to have to SCRUNCH up at a desk.  A week off at a HOUSE in the mountains was just what the doctor ordered.  There was a PATH down to the creek she'd already explored, and tomorrow she wanted to go further.

As she scanned the edge of the wooded area behind the house, she noticed a HARE holding totally still.  It was obvious he wanted to blend in and not be seen, but he was as CLEAR-CUT to her as if he'd been painted purple.  He looked like he could have been a rabbit statue from a CATALOGUE, and she smiled in amusement, but stayed quiet and didn't move.  Eventually, his nose twitched, and his ear, and he dropped down and hopped quickly out of sight.

Yes, this was going to be a good week.


Today is:

Commonwealth Covenant Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice -- Argentina

Dies Sanguines -- Ancient Roman Calendar (sacrifices to the war goddess Bellona)

Houdini Day -- see if you can pull a disappearing act in his honor

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims -- UN

Kazimiras Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (return of the larks)

Komoeditsi -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calandar (honors the great Bear God, Meveshii Bog and includes sacrifices to the Great God of Honey)

Left-of-Field Fanciers' Fortnight begins -- Fairy Calendar

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

National Equal Pay Day -- US (the date of how far into 2020 a US woman had to work to earn what a US man did in 2019)  

National Revolution Day -- Kyrgyzstan

Pandia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus that immediately followed the Greater Dionysia; date approximate)

St. Catherine of Sweden's Day (Patron against miscarriages)

St. Gabriel the Archangel's Day (traditional date, now usually celebrated in September; Patron of childbirth, diplomats, messengers, postal workers, stamp collectors, telephone workers)

St. MacCairthinn of Clogher (St. Patrick's "Strong Man" and fellow worker; Patron of Clogher, Ireland)

World Tuberculosis Day -- UN & WHO

Birthdays Today:

Peyton Manning, 1976

Alyson Hannigan, 1974

Lara Flynn Boyle, 1970

Sharon Corr, 1970

Mase, 1970

Mark "The Undertaker" Calaway, 1965

Annabella Sciorra, 1964

Star Jones, 1962

Donna Pescow, 1954

Louie Anderson, 1953

Alan Sugar, 1947

R. Lee Ermey, 1944

Bob Mackie, 1940

Steve McQueen, 1930

Byron Janis, 1928

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919

Dorothy Height, 1912

Joseph Barbera, 1911

Clyde Barrow, 1909

Ub Iwerks, 1901

Dorothy Constance Stratton, 1899

Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, 1887

Edward Weston, 1886

Harry Houdini, 1874

Andrew W. Mellon, 1855

William Morris, 1834

John Wesley Powell, 1834

Fanny Crosby, 1820

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Nightline"(TV News), 1980

"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"(Play), 1955

"Native Son"(Play), 1941

"Letter from America"(Radio), 1946

Today in History:

Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus, 1401

James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England, 1603

The first game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia, 1629

Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island, 1664

Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers, 1765

Benjamin West of the US becomes president of Royal Academy of London, 1792

In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr., 1832

Canada gives African men the right to vote, 1837

Robert Koch of Germany announces the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (mycobacterium tuberculosis), 1882

Oscar Straus is appointed the first Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey), 1887

A. A. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history, 1896

"Census of the British Empire" shows England rules 1/5 of the world, 1906

Greece becomes a republic, 1923

U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth, 1934

The longest game in NHL history is played between Detroit and Montreal; Detroit scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime and won the game 1-0, 1936

In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III, 1944

The British Cabinet Mission arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership, 1946

Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761), 1958

NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brings images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing, 1965

The United Kingdom imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland, 1972

In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón, 1976

Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador, 1980

In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (42,000 m³) of petroleum after running aground, 1989

Discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, 1993

Apple Inc. releases the first version of the Mac OS X operating system, 2001

Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election, 2008

A series of emergency meetings is undertaken in Brussels to resolve Cyprus’ financial situation, 2013

Ukraine withdraws its forces from the Crimea, 2014

The Opportunity rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon, 2015

The US Military conducts it first ever drone strike against al Qaeda militants in southern Libya, 2018

The Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games are postponed until 2021 because of Covid19, 2020


  1. That sounds like a truly lovely (and totally deserved) week. I hope something similar comes your hard-working way.

  2. Lovely, peaceful story. A sure antidote to hustle and bustle, Well written.

  3. Why are azaleas called azaleas? Why not have an easier name like rose, or tulip, or broccoli?

    God bless.

  4. Hi Messymimi - many thanks for this delightful entry - lovely thought of time in the country during a break from the ravages of work. Thank you - Hilary

  5. It would be lovely to stay in a cottage in the mountains away from all this madness.
    One of our azaleas got confused and flowered through the winter. It has a lot of lichen growing on it and doesn't look so healthy so maybe that was it's swan song. The others are loaded with buds so I hope we don't get any more hard frosts.

  6. I can smell them from here heheh!

    Have a scentedtastic safe week 👍😷😷😷

  7. We agree, if you see a rabbit like that, it is going to be a good day for sure, maybe even a good week! Cute story.

  8. Pass the chocolate covered raisins please. Let the celebration begin.

  9. Nice write up with the week's prompts.

  10. Happy Spring Mimi. The azaleas are so beautiful. I wonderful if I would be able to grow them in Amherstburg. Have a great day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Spring is not official until they play the MASTERS.

  12. I always stop to smell whatever flowers I can.

    Love your Words on Wednesday. Well done as always.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  13. You took me right into those woods, awwww.

  14. We have some azaleas here too, we like! We liked your story too.

  15. I loved your WoW story! and would love to visit Europe again...

  16. Playing catch-up again today! Love the wordless Wednesday pic. Something I need to be reminded of in this hurley-burley world!
    And wonderful job with the words! Feel as though I was there with your character, enjoying Nature!

  17. I adore azaleas, the look, the smell. Sounds like a pretty good week to me!

  18. Great story Mimi! Reminded me of something that happened yesterday- I was outside with Lucy while she took me on a walk about on her leash- we both spotted the two cottontail bunnies building a burrow nest! They looked at us and we looked back without moving an inch. Yes- they proceeded to go back to work! Cute little wabbits!!

  19. Great story. A week in the woods is peaceful. XO

  20. Great story and sweet sign ~ Xo

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  21. I hopped over (sorry - pun intended) from Elephant's Child to read this creative Words for Wednesday story. I love how you tied it in with the lists of days at the end of your post.


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