Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Xenial(Friendly and Hospitable), Mr. Cal Style (Wordless Wednesday), and Words for Wednesday


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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 WiseWebWoman.    

This week, the words are:










and/or the following image


She'd just come in from the MARKET, rushed as always.  There was always so much to do, she thought, life here was not much better than back "home" in that regard.

Listening to the men in the public room, she was worried as usual.  There was a SURGING IMPULSE toward rebellion among many of them which got worse when the WINE and ale were flowing.  She understood, more than many would have guessed, she and her husband having discussed this many times.  Still, she almost wished they didn't have to CONGREGATE in the tavern she and her husband had worked so hard to make into a successful enterprise.

She had no desire to return to the life of the PEASANT she had once known.

In setting down her purchases and trying to LIGHT the lantern, she knocked a platter to the floor.  The clang caused the conversation in the public room to stop abruptly, and her husband threw the door open and peered in.  Seeing her, he smiled and nodded, knowing how hurried she was to try to get the stew on for supper.  He went back out and explained it was an accident, there was nothing to worry about.

She realized if the men in the next room were that concerned about being overheard, they must be plotting in earnest.  As riled up as all of them were over the taxation issue, she knew they were now willing to HAZARD a war.

Heaven help us, she thought, we are going to need it.


Today is:

Administrative Professionals Day -- US

Biological Clock Day -- the "biological clock gene" that governs the`circadian rhythm in mice was isolated on this day in 1994

Chicken-Tickling Day -- Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)

Cubicle Day -- the only way to celebrate this is to go read Dilbert

Feast of Jamal(Beauty) -- Baha'i

Festival of Floralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (three day festival to Flora, goddess of flowers and vegetation)

Great Poetry Reading Day -- make sure you read some great poetry today

Hidaka Hibuse Matsuri -- Mizusawa, Iwate Prefecture, Japan (through the 29th; floats, child musicians, traditional costumes, and fun)

International Guide Dog Day

James Monroe Birthday Celebration -- Charlottesville, VA, US (at his home, Ash Lawn-Highland)

Kiss Your Mate Day -- guys, do not forget this one, in case she reads it somewhere on the internet; kiss her, then read her a great poem

National Blueberry Pie Day

National Day of Mourning -- Canada (In conjunction with Workers' Memorial Day and World Day for Safety and Health at Work, honoring those injured or killed on the job)

National Heroes Day -- Barbados

Pay It Forward Day -- International (begun in the US as National Pay It Forward Day, it is now observed in over 80 countries)    

Rip Cord Day -- the first successful jump with a parachute that used a rip cord was this day in 1919 by Leslie Erwin of the U.S. Army Air Corps

Sa die de sa Sardinia -- Sardinia, Italy (Sardinia Day, celebrating the uprising of 1794)

St. Peter Chanel's Day (Patron of Oceania)

     Saint Pierre-Chanel Day -- Wallis and Fortuna

Sts. Vitalis and Valeria's Day (Patrons of Thibodaux, Louisiana)

Victory Day -- Afghanistan

Walk @ Lunch Day -- founded and encouraged by Blue Cross / Blue Shield

Workers Memorial Day / World Day for Safety and Health at Work -- International (remembering all who have lost their lives or been injured on the job)

Anniversaries Today:

Maryland becomes the 7th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Jenna Ushkowitz, 1986

Jessica Alba, 1981

Penelope Cruz, 1974

Jorge Garcia, 1973

Nicklas Lidstrom, 1970

John Daly, 1966

Elena Kagan, 1960

Ian Rankin, 1960

Nancy Lee Grahn, 1958

Mary McDonnell, 1952

Jay Leno, 1950

Marcia Strassman, 1948

Ann-Margaret, 1941

Harper Lee, 1926

Oscar Schindler, 1908

Erich Salomon, 1886

Lionel Barrymore, 1878

Mifflin Wister Gibbs, 1828

James Monroe, 1758

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"One Man's Family"(Radio), 1932

Today in History:

Nichiren Buddhism is founded, 1253

Captain William Bligh and 18 crewmen from the HMS Bounty are set adrift, 1789

Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad working on the First Transcontinental Railroad lay 10 miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched, 1869

Azerbaijan  is added to the Soviet Union., 1920

The first night game in organized baseball  history takes place in Independence, Kansas, 1930

A vaccine  for yellow fever is announced for use on humans, 1932

Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki, 1947

The Sino-Japanese Peace Treaty (Treaty of Taipei) is signed in Taipei, Taiwan between Japan and the Republic of China to officially end the Second Sino-Japanese War, 1952

Charles de Gaulle resigns as President of France, 1969

The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed, 1977

Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world's first space tourist, 2001

According to the WHO, leading causes of death in the world include chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, 2011

In recognition of democratic reforms, the European Union opens an office in Burma, 2012

The government of India announces that electricity has now reached every Indian village, 2018 

American diver Victor Vescovo makes the deepest dive ever to the bottom of the Mariana trench at 10,927m (35,849ft), discovering three new marine species and finding plastic waste, 2019


  1. Aww! what a cutie heheh!

    Have a cutetastic week Mimi 👍

  2. Smiles - and looking forward to seeing your creation from WWW's prompts.

  3. That must be a really interesting spot to sniff!

  4. That looks like a pretty nice pup!

  5. Checking peemail. That's what this cutie pie is doing.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  6. Xcellent X post and Xcellent dog photo! And Being an X IT Person, today is the day one genuflects to the Dilbet cartoons on the C wall! We hope you have a marvellously happy and Xciting day!

  7. That is a cute dog. He has found something interesting to sniff.

  8. I love your story, but hope that the war can be averted. Something I wish about virtually every war.

  9. Cute pup. And great job on the story. I don't know how you come up with them so quickly. XO

  10. I love your story, but like EC, also hope the war can be averted.

  11. Xcellent story! I felt the urgency of woman moving around in the kitchen and the tension of the situation as if I were there witnessing the scene first hand. Nicely done! Thanks for stopping by my place frequently this month. I am planning to catch up with folks a little every day until I make all of my rounds properly.

    X-ray Looney Tunes A-Z Art Sketch

  12. Cute little doggie 'reading the newspaper' photo ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

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  13. Your story drew me right into the time period of your piece. I'm glad her dropped platter didn't end in a disaster. Sadly, startling and scaring such a volatile group in today's world might get her shot. Great use of the Words for Wednesday!

  14. Well done Mimi, I was taken right in to that place and the platter breaking the tension for a minute.

  15. Love the picture. Great writing. I like the list of holidays.

    I love letter X posts! Always such variety.
    It's hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over for 2021. Then the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
    Plus, I'm taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author