Thursday, April 8, 2021

Good to be Home (Six Sentence Story), Gates/Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday, an A to Z Post


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Pulling into the driveway, she brought the car to a halt and with her mind in autopilot, shifted into park, pulled up the parking break, turned off the radio and A/C and turned the key, all of it done so fast she didn't even really realize she'd done it until the key was in her hand, lanyard dangling.

With a sigh, she tied the lanyard to her bag, knowing that failure to do this immediately would result in trouble in the form of having to put out an APB for the keys just as she was trying to get out the door to work the next morning.  It was easier to juggle the bag to unlock the front door than wait until after she got in the house to tie it off, she knew that from previous experience.

Once inside she was met with a chorus from the felines telling her that they were starving and neglected and there's no water and the litter box is unacceptable and where have you been!  All of which she answered with a steady stream of yes, yes, you've been neglected terribly and yes, the litter will be scooped immediately after the water bowl is filled and well, after all if there's no work for me to go to, there's no food for you anyway!

Then, bags down, cats quiet for the moment, she kicked her shoes off, peeled the socks away, slipped her toes into her favorite sandals and finally sat down with a big glass of water, thinking, it's good to be home.

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


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.     

In keeping with the A to Z letter G, some fences with their gates:


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

We've all the new conveniences

As you can plainly see,

My family loves my cooking,

My kitchen makes it easy!


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 the strawberries and blueberries that Grandma sent home with me this past weekend.  A few at a time they have been my dessert each day.


Today is:

Aerosol Day -- John D. Lynde receives a patent for an early aerosol dispenser on this day in 1862

All is Ours Day -- an internet holiday to remind us of what we do have

Buddah's Birthday -- Mahayana Buddhism in Japan (based on Gregorian Calendar, other Buddhists use a different dating system)

     Hana Matsuri Flower Festival

Counter Stool Memorial Day -- when was the last time you got to sit on the stool at a diner counter and spin?  if you can find such a place, go take a spin today

DAB(Draw a Bird) Day -- a movement begun in Britain in the 1940's, encourages everyone to draw a picture of a bird, and share it with friends

Feast of the Hummingbird -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (date approximate)

Hammerin' Hank Day -- anniversary of his 715th homer in 1974, breaking Ruth's record

International Day of the Roma -- a celebration of Romani culture

Invocation of Lumps and Cysts -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin Celebration)

Milk in Glass Bottles Day -- prior to this day in 1879, milk was sold in the container you brought with you to the seller

National Alcohol Screening Day® 2021 -- US (if you or a loved one need help, find a way to get screened 

National Empanada Day

Sealing the Frost -- Guatemala (Cuchumatan Indians ritual to protect their corn from frost; date approximate, always early in April)

St. Julie Billiart's Day (Patron against bodily ills, disease, and poverty)

Support Teen Literature Day -- US (on the Thursday of National Library Week)

Trading Cards for Grown-Ups Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and i got this out of my system dealing with Pokemon cards when my kids were young

Tutor Appreciation Day -- because some people need that extra boost

Yom HaShoah -- Judaism (Holocaust Remembrance Day; began sunset yesterday, ends at sunset today)

Zoo Lovers' Day -- go support your local zoo

Anniversary Today:

Voyageurs National Park established, Minnesta, US, 1975

Birthdays Today:

Kirsten Storms, 1984

Katee Sackhoff, 1980

Patricia Arquette, 1968

Robin Wright, 1966

Julian Lennon, 1963

John Schneider, 1960

Gary Carter, 1954

James Augustus “Catfish” Hunter, 1946

Stuart Pankin, 1946

Kofi Annan, 1938

Seymour Hersh, 1937

Shecky Greene, 1926

William D. Chase, 1922

Carmen Mcrae, 1920

Betty Ford, 1918

Sonja Henie, 1912

Mary Pickford, 1893

O. Raymond Knight, 1872

William Williams, 1731

Lewis Morris, 1726

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Falsettos"(Musical), 1992

"Twin Peaks"(TV), 1990

"White Horse Inn"(Musical), 1931

"The Bolt"(Shostakovich ballet), 1931 *Note: sometimes translated as "The Arrow"

"La Gioconda"(Ponchielli opera), 1876

Today in History:

Sultan Baybars conquers the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria, 1271

The first Jewish congregation in the US forms the Shearith Israel synagogue in NYC, 1730

The first fire escape, a wicker basket on a rope and pulley system, is patented, 1766

The statue Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo) is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos, 1820

John D. Lynde patents the aerosol dispenser, 1862

William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons, 1886

The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 1893

Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times, 1904

Auguste Deter, the first person officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, dies, 1906

The last meeting of the League of Nations is held, 1946

Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, beating Babe Ruth's record, 1974

Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries, 1992

The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations, 1993

The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice admits that it has probed WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts, defending the practice and dismissing privacy and freedom of speech concerns, 2011

Wikileaks released 1.7 million U.S diplomatic and intelligence documents from 1973-1976 when Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State, 2013

The world's oldest living person, Gertrude Weaver of the U.S., dies at age 116, just five days after the death of the previous record holder, Misao Okawa of Japan, who died at age 117, 2015

A record 17ft (5.2M) invasive Burmese python pregnant with 73 eggs is captured in Florida's Big Cypress National Preserve, 2019


  1. I like that brick fence very much.

  2. Love your story - some of which is very, very familiar.

  3. Short and good poem. It looks a bit like a dolls' house kitcen to me.

  4. Love your Six, Mimi! Very resonant :)

  5. Great six sentences and a nice little poem!

  6. I like the "great to be home" story and nice short poem.

  7. Excellent Six. You could feel the relief as she changed her shoes. Love how the cats gave her grief the moment she came back home, so true 😂

  8. great six, great fence (really great fence) and aerosol day...won't see Greenpeace out there today! Good job.

  9. Coming home to kitties is always a dramatic scene - MOL!

  10. Your words painted a picture.

  11. Mimi! Everything was terrific! |There is so much FUN in your post today! Thanks for the giggles and the guffaws and the belly laughs! Thanks for visiting us! We hope you have a marvellously happy day!

  12. I remember coming home from work and doing much the same as you did. Well done.

    Love the poem and love the thankful. Fresh fruit is always a wonderful dessert.

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

  13. That was a good story, it sounds familiar. That was a good little poem too and hooray for fresh berries, yum. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  14. That is a fine poem and great thankful too. Sounds delicious

  15. The kitties must always come first. I can remember my nan's kitchen looking a lot like that and also similarities in my mum's. But that stove! However did they cook a roast dinner?
    I am thankful that 21 years ago today Eric and Flynn came into the world and gave us many years of love.

  16. Whew! At last a moments relaxation and rest! You did a great job of drawing us into that sense of wanting to get there quickly.

  17. I love that retro kitchen and I love strawberries but I have to buy mine. Putting my feet up is a perfect ending to a story of my day.

  18. Very nicely done Six... there's something about reading a simple-but-detailed story that comes to a happy ending...
    good Six

  19. Great story-based on you I assume. :)

  20. Ahh, I sighed at the end of your story. It's a lovely feeling, at the end of a trying day, to at last be home.

  21. Oh, my. Sounds like a hectic day! What she needs is a good meal cooked in that kitchen with the new conveniences :) And for desert?! A bowl of strawberries and blueberries with just a dollop of whipped cream on top.

  22. Great story ~ always good to get home ~ Great fence photos ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  23. 1. I don’t like to call repairmen, but I have to.

    2. I sleep like a one-month-old.

    3. I secretly hate getting old.

    4. Computer problems wear me out.

    Not too cheerful...sorry.

  24. Wonderful little poem............!

    Hugs, Pam

  25. Oooh a retro kitchen, I like that! Fresh fruit, yum yum. Brody is on a raspberry kick. They usually come over on Satirday and two stores and no raspberries. I was sad. I like to mix three fruits together for exitement and color. This is how I spend my life. heeheehee.... I Love the story. One cat yelping for food, water and attention is my daily dealings. But I love him anyway. HUGS to you

  26. Both the fatigue and then the feet up were palpable. A well wrought Six!