Thursday, May 20, 2021

Kinship, Twinship (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


Sweetie and Brother-in-Law are identical twins, best friends, worst frenemies, and their sibling rivalry can be summed up in one insult which they often trade freely.

When they've been too much together and are getting on each other's nerves, listen in, it's time.

One will look at the other sideways and say, "Yeah, well, you're ugly!"

The response comes quickly, "You're mother's ugly!" followed by raucous laughter on the part of both of them.

One friend once asked Sweetie, "Don't you realize you are insulting yourself when you say that?"

To which he replied, "Of course, but I don't care, as long as my brother gets his licks in, too!"

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


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.

This back yard fence and gate caught my fancy.


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

I've been around the world, dear friends,

I've had adventures grand.

But I can tell you back home

Is the best place you'll ever land.

For when the storms are raging,

And hatches caving in,

You think of all your loved ones,

And want to see them again.

The love of home doesn't stop you

From wanting to wander far,

It just makes you appreciate

When at home you are.


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

We are thankful to have Coda with us for a while as Little Girl is on orders.  It's always a joy to have a well-behaved dog for a week or so.


Today is:

Be a Millionaire Day - now we all can go for that

Blue Jeans Day -- Levi Strauss and David Jacobs received the patent for their denim pants with riveted pockets on this day in 1873

Dainty-Four Remembrance Day  -- Fairy Calendar

Eliza Doolittle Day* -- in honor of Shaw and his famous fictional character, to encourage proper use of one's native language

Emancipation Day -- Florida, US

Festival of Mjollnir -- Ancient Norse Calendar (feast of Thor's Hammer, date approximate)

Flying Solo Day -- Lindberg began his historic flight on this day in 1927

Frigga Blot -- Slavic Pagan/Asatru (honoring Frigga) 

Grudie Rosnoe -- Slavic Pagan/Asatru (ten days of sacrifices to Rod for rain and good harvests)

Independence Day -- East Timor(2002)

Hari Kebangkitan Nasional Indonesia -- Indonesia (Indonesian National Awakening Day)

Mecklenburg Day -- North Carolina, US (commemoration of the signing of a declaration of independence from England by the citizens of Mecklenburg County on this day in 1775)

National Day -- Cameroon

National Quiche Lorraine Day

Norman Rockwell Day -- his first Saturday Evening Post cover appeared this day in 1916

Pick Strawberries Day

St. Bernadine of Siena's Day (Patron of advertising and advertisers, communications personnel, compulsive gamblers/gambling addicts, public relations work and personnel; Italy; Aquila, Italy; Capri, Italy; Castelspina, Italy; Trevignano, Italy; the diocese of San Bernardino, California; against compulsive gambling, chest, lung, and respiratory problems and hoarseness of the throat)

St. Ives' Day (an honest lawyer; in the Anglican tradition, Patron of abandoned children and orphans, advocates, canon lawyers, judges, lawyers, and notaries; in the Roman Catholic tradition, Patron of Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)

T'veer Chong Kamhaeng -- Cambodia (Day of Remembrance, anniversary of Khmer Rouge regime takeover in 1975, a day to remember all who died at their hands and work for peace)

Weights and Measures Day / World Metrology Day -- anniversary of the treaty in 1875 which established the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, France

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day -- The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis     

*"One evening the King will say, "Oh, Liza, old thing,

I want all of England your praises to sing,

Next week on the twentieth of May,

I proclaim Liza Doolittle Day."

Birthdays Today:

Tahmoh Penikett, 1975

Tony Stewart, 1971

Tony Goldwyn, 1960

Bronson Pinchot, 1959

Ronald Prescott Reagan, 1958

David Paterson, 1954

Cher, 1946

Joe Cocker, 1944

Stan Mikita, 1940

Anthony Zerbe, 1936

George Gobel, 1919

Jimmy Stewart, 1908

Henri Julien Felix Rousseau, 1844

William Fargo, 1818

John Stuart Mill, 1806

Honore de Balzac, 1799

Dolly Madison, 1768

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Elegie für junge Liebende / Elegy for Young Lovers(Opera), 1961

Norman Rockwell's First Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1916

Today in History:

The first Ecumenical Council in the Christian Church, the Council of Nicea, opens, 325

An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia, 526

John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship  Matthew looking for a route to the west, 1497

Cartographer  Abraham Ortelius issues the first modern atlas, 1570

Shakespeare's Sonnets  are first published in London, 1609

Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution, 1802

Otto is named the first modern king of Greece, 1835

HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage in which all hands are lost, 1845

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, 1862

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets, 1873

The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed, 1882

Krakatoa begins to erupt (the volcano's final and most notable explosion will occur on August 26), 1883

The first public display of Thomas Edison's prototype kinetoscope, 1891

Cuba gains independence from the United States, 1902

The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting ("Boy with Baby Carriage"), 1916

Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America, 1920

By the Treaty of Jedda, the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1927

At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927

Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, 1932

In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada, 1980

First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo individually, 1983

The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre, 1989

In a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada, 1995

The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976), 2002

Scientists at the Craig J. Venter Institute announce they have successfully created the world's first artificial lifeform by transplanting a synthesized genome into an existing cell, 2010

Some of the largest fines ever levied, totaling US$5.7bn, are handed out to the major world banks JPMorgan, Barclays, Citigroup, RBS, and USB, for manipulation of currency markets, 2015


  1. Great Six, Mimi. Made me smile :)

  2. Sweetie and his brother sound much like my brothers. Very much like them.

  3. Great Six. Obviously theirs is a rivalry based in love. Thanks for the smile :)
    That fence does catch your eye!
    Love your poem's sentiment. True for me. No matter the lure of "somewhere else", there's nowhere quite like home.
    Well behaved is definitely a plus 😁

  4. Mom thinks being a twin would be so much fun, but she is not a twin and doesn't even have a sister.

  5. Love this. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  6. lol
    (being twins surely must be one of the most common exceptionally strange things in life)

  7. Twins ... they are fun, and apt to pull your leg. Thank you for mysterious fences and good poetry.

  8. Be a millionaire say! I’m in!! Great six

  9. That is a funny story! We liked your poem and I know Coda is having fun too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. " But I can tell you back home

    Is the best place you'll ever land. "

    When my cruise was coming up, I just couldn't wait for it but you know, at the end of it, but the best thing was getting home. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Siblings fight and make up. Yes, home is the best place on earth.

  12. Great poem and nice thankfuls. Purrs for a fun week with Coda

  13. How fun your hubby and is twin have so much fun. As it should be.

    Love the poem and the thankful. Coda is such a good pup. Enjoy your visit.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. ♥

  14. What a fun twin story! I love that poem, home is what we all end up appreciating eventually.

  15. Happy Millionaire Blue Jean Day (I wonder if Levi Strauss ever became a millionaire?) Love the story about hubbie and twin, the fence and gate and your poem ROCKS! Thanks Mimi!

  16. Such a jovial friendship between these twins. I'm guessing their Mom had her hands full with them.

  17. Great poem and fun story about your hubby and his twin.XO

  18. That's a nice fence and gate. Love the photo and poem.

  19. Fun story ~ you write well ~ and lovely poem great fence photo ~ hugs to Coda and you ~ Xo

    Happy Weekend to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. I love how the sibling rivalry ends in laughter for these two.

  21. Good one, Mimi :) My late mom and aunt were identical twins and had 'rivalries' over who was the eldest and wisest or youngest and smartest.


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