Thursday, May 27, 2021

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


It was going to be a regular eye exam, but something went sideways.

While my primary doctor disagrees, i think it was the dilation eye drops used to examine my eyes thoroughly.

The optometrist used those drops and pronounced my eyes in good shape, except for my growing cataracts, which we already knew about and which are not bad enough to require surgery yet.

As the day went on, i started to itch, and eventually my whole forehead swelled up, my eyelids were swelling shut, i had hives.

Something triggered a powerful allergic reaction, that's certain, and whether it was those dilation drops or an unidentified something else, i ended up on prednisone to get it under control.

It better have been the eye drops, because if it was something else, this might turn out to be an ongoing battle, and i hate to be the battle field.

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


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 this photo of Coda in the back yard, you can see what the storms this spring have done to our fence.


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

I came down here to meet him,

He's supposed to be on the way,

We're supposed to have a picnic

On this lovely springtime day.

I had to drop the basket,

Could not believe my eyes,

I hadn't called to be sure he docked,

So it's a shocking surprise.

That looks like his boat foundering,

After he should have been already in,

Picnic nothing, now I just hope

That he'll live to come home again.


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 prednisone and Benadryl, because they are bringing the allergic reaction under control.


Today is:

Abolition Day -- Guadeloupe; Saint Martin

Buttercup Day -- an internet holiday that just sounds fun

Cellophane Tape Day -- patented this date in 1930

Children's Day -- Nigeria (a school holiday)

FindleFritter's Stoat-Wheedling Event -- Fairy Calendar

Mother's Day -- Bolivia

National Grape Popsicle Day

Pop-up Toaster Day -- Charles Strite applied for his patent on the first pop-up toaster on this day in 1919

St. Augustine of Canterbury's Day (Roman Catholic Church observance; Patron of England)

St. Melangell's Day (Patron of hares)

Sun Screen Protection Day -- an annual, and unsponsored, reminder to use that SPF protection, every day!

Throw the B*st@rds Out Day -- originally directed at politicians, (and if you want to do that, too, great!), and celebrated on various days on various sites, but whomever is making your life miserable, toss them out!  or at least, toss them out of your thoughts for today.

Birthdays Today:

Chris Colfer, 1990

André Benjamin, 1975

Jamie Oliver, 1975

Jack McBrayer, 1973

Joseph Fiennes, 1970

Jeremy Mayfield, 1969

Todd Bridges, 1965

Pat Cash, 1965

Adam Carolla, 1964

Peri Gilpin, 1961

Richard Schiff, 1955

Bruce Weitz, 1943

Louis Gossett, Jr., 1936

Ramsey Lewis, 1935

Lee Meriwether, 1935

John Barth, 1930

Henry Kissinger, 1923

Christopher Lee, 1922

Herman Wouk, 1915

Sam Snead, 1912

Hubert H. Humphrey, 1911

Vincent Price, 1911

Dolores Hope, 1909

Rachel Louise Carson, 1907

Dashiell Hammett, 1894

Isadora Duncan, 1878

Arnold Bennett, 1867

Wild Bill Hickock, 1837

Julia Ward Howe, 1819

Amelia Bloomer, 1818

Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1794

Debuting/Premiering Today

From Russia With Love(Film). 1964

The Three Little Pigs(Disney animated short), 1933

Today in History:

Habeaus Corpus Act, codifying how the writ of habeaus corpus is to be used, passes in UK, 1679

Peter the Great founds St. Petersburg, 1703

In Bolivia, the Battle of La Coronilla, in which the women from Cochabamba  fight against the Spanish army, 1812

In Canada, American forces capture Fort George, 1813

Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco, California, 1907

The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight, 1919

The 1,046 feet (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public, 1930

Richard Gurley Drew receives a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape, 1930

The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon  The Three Little Pigs, with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", 1933

In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, , 1937

Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format, 1957

Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census, 1967

In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition, 1995

Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire, 1996

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milosevic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity, 1999

The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600, 2006

Scientists in Canada bring 400 year-old bryophyte specimens left behind by retreating glaciers during the Ice Age back to life, 2013

The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of the banking sector, 2014

Commercial space company SpaceX is approved as a contractor to the U.S. military for satellite launches, 2015

A research team from University of York publish a study based on 711 samples from 72 countries that shows the world's rivers are widely contaminated with antibiotics, especially in Africa and Asia, 2019


  1. I do hope your eyes are okay by now. That poem is quite sad.

  2. I hope you are recovering from the allergy. I need to get my eyes check and get a pair of new glasses but we are now under lockdown. Prefer to wait till the lockdown is lifted. I hope the poem has a happy ending.

  3. I sure hope the eye drops are the gyilty agent. Finding allergenes is a battle. Could you ask the optometrist to copy the contents lable of the drops he used? Then yo'd know what to aviod.
    Sad fence and sad poetry. I hope you'll get better fast. Fervent prayers from a co-allergic person in Denmark.

  4. That is truly scary. I do hope that the cause can be found and you can avoid whatever it is in the future. Being a medical mystery is no fun at all.
    And yes, that is a very sad poem indeed.

  5. Praying for your good health.

    God bless.

  6. A worrying tale and a sad poem. Wishing you well Mimi.

  7. What a bummer with your fence. We too hope it was a reaction to the eye drops and not something you will have to figure out and deal with going forward. It sounds scary having such a reaction out of the blue.

  8. Always great.I especially like the girl in the red dress

  9. Painful Six. Hope you can find out if it was an allergic reaction by tracing the product.

  10. Hope you're eyes a better soon, Mimi. Lovely but sad poem too. I always look forward to your 'on this day' section. Take care!

  11. That is so scary, I'm glad you were able to get the meds to get it under control!

  12. Eye itching is no fun and we hope all gets better really soon. That was a good poem and a purrfect thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. Wow Mimi. This poem took another way and it upset me. I hope that the poet gives another ending.

    Cruisin Paul

  14. I'm sorry about your eyes, but glad you're on the mend. Allergies are awful.

    Love the poem. A bittersweet take on that photograph.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥

  15. That must have been frightening, Mimi. Anything wrong with my eyes sends me into a panic; I use them so much for work and for independence and for enjoyment, as so many folks do. I hope you find out the source of the allergen and can avoid it in future.

  16. We are sending all our purrs and prayers that your allergic reaction goes away soon. We are thankful that is will and so are many others. Great poem too.

  17. N joy sum outside time for uz with pleez and thanx coda !!! ☺☺♥♥

    mimi; hope it WAS the drops that caused that and you don't have spring/summer allergies, knock wood I "outgrew" mine

    check into an "eyewash"

    Bausch& Lomb Eye Wash; I swear by the stuff ... especially after working in the garden when anything; can and does "fly" ☺☺♥♥

  18. Nice poem, could see it all happening.

    National Grape Popsicle Day?

  19. Sorry you had an allergic reaction. Also sorry about your poor fence. Great poem. XO

  20. I'm so sorry about the allergic reaction you suffered. Hope it was the eye drops indeed. I am glad prednisone and benadryl are helping.

  21. Sending you lots of distant healing reiki energy to heal your eyes ~ Xo ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. Visiting from Two Spoiled Cats! My first thought for the poem was a bit sad,too, so I worked hard to make it upbeat. I hope he came home to his love, too!

  23. Grape Popsicle day! Darn, I only have orange! I do hope it was the drops! I had a bad allergic reaction last week - I too am trying to figure out the trigger. Glad your eyes are OK and- Wow, your fence does need some repairs. The poem rocks!

  24. Wonderful poem even though it's is after all what we see and feel when we see a picture that gives us our inspiration - this is a sad photo....but a great poem!

    Hugs, Pam

  25. Bad news about the eyes, Mimi.
    I suffer from hay fever, but the painful itches do not cause that terrible reaction.
    Good luck

  26. My money's on the drops. I hope the hives are well under control. Luckily I've had a case of hives only once in my life! Tough way to learn about allergies.
    I feel for you. Storms in FL took out our fencing a couple of times. The wind is a powerful force of nature.
    Coda must love your yard :)
    Excellent poem.
    2 excellent thankfuls.
    Feel better, Mimi.

  27. I hope that you're right and it was the eye drops that caused the reaction. You'll know to avoid them in future. Not fun to be a battlefield for such things.


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