Thursday, May 6, 2021

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


"Do you have time to talk about it now?"

"Yeah, I'm sorry, when you first called the boss was in here and I couldn't get away, go for it."

"Is this connection secure?"

"What do you mean?"

"Are we sure no one is eavesdropping on our conversation -- is the connection secure?"

"Oh, for Pete's sake, no one wants to listen in on our conversation about your so-called super secret new recipe!"

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


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.     

Fences with doors always make me smile.


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

It's hard to believe I'm here,

Amazed I even got in,

But here I am and ready for the

World's fastest typist contest to begin!

(In 1917, when Grandpa's mom was 16, she came in second in the world's fastest typist contest.  Using one of these kinds of old machines, she typed over 120 words-per-minute!)


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 that yesterday Ms. G gave me some nuts as a snack to eat on my way to my second job.  It was a long day, and i really needed the pick-me-up.


Today is:

Adhesive Postage Stamp Day -- the first adhesive postage stamps went on sale on this date in 1840 in Great Britain

Army Day/St. George's Day -- Bulgaria

Beverage Day -- an internet holiday that encourages you to try a beverage you've never had before

Festival of Min -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (a four day festival celebrating male fertility; date approximate)

International No Diet Day -- for reasons not to diet, but focus n health instead, click here     

Joseph Brackett Day -- birth anniversary of Shaker author of the song "Simple Gifts"

Martyrs' Day -- Syria

Mounikhia / Munichia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Artemis, date approximate)

National Crepe Suzette Day

National Day of Prayer -- US / Interfaith

National Day of Reason -- US Humanist alternative to the National Day of Prayer

National Nurses Day -- US, start of National Nurses Week

National Tourist Appreciation Day -- during US National Travel and Tourism Week

No Homework Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays (celebrated on Monday if it falls on a weekend)

Remembrance for Eyvind Kelve -- Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (pagan martyr)

St. George's Day -- Eastern Orthodox Churches (the day to visit graves and decorate, leave special food, and provide entertainment for the dearly departed) related observance:

     Shepherd's and Herdsman's Day -- Bulgaria

St. Gerard of Lunel's Day (Patron of epileptics and Montesanto, Italy; against epilepsy and headaches)

Yale Lock Day -- the Yale lock was patented this day in 1861

Anniversaries Today:

David Duchovny marries Tia Leone, 1997

Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey (the first televised royal wedding), 1960

Birthdays Today:

Gabourey Sidibe, 1983

Leslie Hope, 1965

Roma Downey, 1964

George Clooney, 1961

Tom Bergeron, 1955

Tony Blair, 1953

Lynn Whitfield, 1953

Alan Dale, 1947

Ben Masters, 1947

Bob Seger, 1945

Willie Mays, 1931

Orson Welles, 1915

Stewart Granger, 1913

Rudolph Valentino, 1895

Gaston Leroux, 1868

Rabindranath Tagore, 1861

Sigmund Freud, 1856

Robert E. Peary, 1856

Maximilian Robespierre, 1758

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Entertaining Mr. Sloan"(Play), 1964 

Today in History:

Spanish and German Imperial troops sack Rome, which many consider the end of the Renaissance, 1527

Mongol emperor Babur defeats the Afghans and Bengals, 1529

Henry VIII orders that English Bibles be placed in every church, 1536

Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles, 1682

The first African-American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston, 1787

John Deere produces the first steel plow, 1833

James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald, 1835

The Glaciarium, the world's first mechanically frozen ice rink, opens, 1844

Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine", 1851

Linus Yale patents the Yale lock, 1851

Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska, 1877

The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris, 1889

George V becomes King of the United Kingdom upon the death of his father, Edward VII, 1910

George Herman "Babe" Ruth, of the Boston Red Sox, slams his first home run, against the New York Yankees, 1915

The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed, 1937

John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Grapes of Wrath, 1940

Bob Hope performs his first USO show, 1941

Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, 1954

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel, 1994

Chaiten Volcano erupts in Chile, forcing the evacuation of more than 4,500 people, 2008

The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs, 2010

Wal-Mart becomes the largest company by revenue on the Fortune 500 list, 2013

84 abducted schoolgirls released in exchange for Boko Haram suspects in Nigeria, 2017

France bans too thin fashion models and makes labeling of digitally enhanced photos mandatory, 2017

One million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction according to a major new UN report, 2019


  1. I love that fence and gate.

    God bless.

  2. 120 words a minute is very impressive - not matter what the machine.
    Love your six sentence story too.

  3. I'm lucky if I type 12 words a minute without making 11 mistakes!

  4. lol
    well, you can never be too careful (especially nowadays!)
    fun Six

  5. We don't understand that fence with the doors as it is like a fortress, but on either side it is the iron fence one can see right through. It is pretty, though.

  6. That was a good story, quite the poem and a most excellent thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. Love your six and that ending was a surprise. I know it was intended to be a surprise.

    Wow, typing over 120 words a minute on a manual typewriter is amazing.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. ♥

  8. There are those who take their recipes very seriously😉
    What a cool (and intimidating) picture. 2nd?! Wow. Can't even imagine typing 120 wpm on one of those, lol. That is quite an accomplishment.
    Nuts! They're an awesome snack. Drink a bunch of water with them; they'll keep you full for hours :D

  9. Fun story, Mimi.
    Some folk think it's all about them!

  10. Great story and poem. That is cool about your great grandmother's typing skills.

  11. I like how it was all written in dialog.

  12. Ha! You can never be too careful with new recipes!

  13. What a wonderful typing achievement. One about which to be proud.

  14. I love your 6 sentence story! ��

  15. I'd be a total flop at any typing competition, even after have a computer of one kind or another since 1998, I'm still a hunter and pecker, with two fingers and an occasional thumb.

  16. Great post ~ fun story and quite the fence ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. I'm still smiling at your six. And wondering what the recipe is for? ;)

  18. Yes! Recipes can be secrets! Great blog as always!

  19. Goodness! I remember those top secret recipes...I always wondered if those old church cookbooks had EVERY ingredient or if only certain people knew the secrets.


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