Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Money Laundering, Carl Style (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


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 River at Drifting Through Life.    

This week's words are














Somehow, they made their friendship work.

They'd met on the job, being assigned to share the same cubicle, and had as many DIFFERENCES as you could imagine two people having who had both chosen the same line of work.

Some people thought it was the only thing they had in common, that they enjoyed their jobs.

Dee had a figure she called BOXY and often ERUPTED into laughter when things went wrong at work, saying, "This is the fun part!"

Kaylie was twig-like and would DRIFT into profanity when things went wrong, starting with a "darn it" and working her way up until the problems were solved. 

Dee was country music, Kaylie leaned toward hard rock and heavy metal.  Dee was happy with her small, practical sedan, while Kaylie dreamed of a convertible.

"Is that a GOBLIN on your desk?" Kaylie had asked when Dee had set out a friendly looking garden gnome next to her phone soon after they both started their jobs.

"HONEY, that's just a gnome," she'd said.  "Can't you tell?"

That's what actually sparked their friendship.  Dee loved her garden, and Kaylie had always wanted to grow things the way her grandfather had. "I YEARN to taste good tomatoes again!" she'd said.

They started spending time together in Dee's garden, and eventually, when she felt she'd learned enough, in Kaylie's newly planted small patch.  The CLOCK had no meaning as they weeded or transplanted, the deadlines of work fading into the background.

After a stretch of yard work, as Dee always called it, they would RELAX on the PORCH with iced tea or go out for ice cream.  Kaylie learned the delight of watching the SHIMMER of RAINWATER on flowers, and eventually grew tomatoes that were the delight of both of them and of the neighbors she would bless with the bounty.

They both had a similar sense of humor, and they complemented each other in problem solving at work, but they forged their lasting friendship over the green of the garden.


Today is:

Aizen Matsuri -- Shoman-in Temple, Osaka, Japan (celebration of Aizen Myo-oh, greatest of the 8 Buddhist guardian gods, and is also called the Yakuta Festival; through July 2)

Armed Forces Day -- Guatemala

Crab Races -- Fairy Calendar (Pixies, Elves, and some Fairies)

Day of Aestas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (culmination of the festival that begins the summer)

Feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome -- remembrance of the first Christians killed in Rome by order of Nero as scapegoats for the fire in Rome

General Prayer Day -- Central African Republic

Independence Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)(1960)

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day -- if one is needed

Meteor Day -- because of the Tuskunga Event

National Corvette Day -- US (vehicle introduced this day in 1953)

National Ice Cream Soda Day

Pridie Kalendas July (Day Before the Kalends of July) -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a day when dies comitiales -- citizen committees -- voted on political and criminal matters)

Revolution Day -- Sudan(1989)

St. Theobald of Provins' day (Patron of bachelors)

Tech Support Appreciation Day -- if you can get a hold of them, they can be great to have around

Anniversary Today:

Greg Allman marries Cher, 1975

Birthdays Today:

Michael Phelps, 1985

Fantasia Barrino, 1984

Ralf Schumacher, 1975

Michael Gerard (Mike) Tyson, 1966

Rupert Graves, 1963

Vincent D’Onofrio, 1959

David Alan Grier, 56, 1955

Leonard Whiting, 1950

Patricia Schroeder, 1940

Nancy Dussault, 1936

Harry Blackstone, Jr., 1934

Susan Hayward, 1919

Lena Horne, 1917

Czeslaw Milosz, 1911

William Almon Wheeler, 1819

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Johnny Carson Show"(TV), 1955

"Guiding Light"(TV), 1947

"Brenda Starr, Reporter"(Comic strip), 1940

Today in History:

Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland, 1294

The Spaniards are expelled from Tenochtitlan, 1520

Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery, Ohio, 1794

French  acrobat  Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope, 1859

The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place, 1860

The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal; it arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4, 1886

Albert Einstein publishes the article "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies", in which he introduces special relativity, 1905

The Tunguska event, probably caused by a meteor or comet fragment, occurs in remote Siberia, 1908

The Regina Cyclone hits Regina, Saskatchewan, killing 28; it remains Canada's deadliest tornado event, 1912

Congo gains independence from Belgium, 1960

The first leap second is added to the UTC  time system, 1972

The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie, 1987

East Germany and West Germany merge their economies, 1990

The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China, 1997

After nearly 7 years in space, the Cassini spacecraft becomes the first to orbit the planet Saturn, 2004

The Molecule of the Year 2011 is announced, BMP7 (Bone Morphogenetic Protein 7), a potential therapeutic utility for recurrent metastatic disease, 2012

Misty Copeland becomes the first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, 2015

Donald Trump becomes the first sitting US President to set foot in North Korea during the Korean Demilitarized Zone meeting with Kim Jong Un, 2019


  1. I love your story, it has a lot of peace and happiness, just what usually happens when a garden or two is involved.

  2. I also love your celebration of friendship. And gardens.

  3. I enjoyed your story.
    I didn't know about the Jews being expelled from Switzerland. They have always seemed welcoming of all religions and races, probably why they were a neutral country. I know that they have a large Jewish community throughout the country now. Of course that was over 800 years ago and attitudes change, though not everywhere.

  4. Beautiful story of a wonderful friendship. You write very good stories. Have a great day.

  5. Haha love the photo and title :-)

    I agree nice story too

    Have a laundertastic week 👍

  6. We are not surprised Carl is laundering money, what a hoot!

  7. Hoping you're keeping well, Mimi.

    God bless always.

  8. That's some photo and a really good story!

  9. Loved your story and the use of River's prompts.

  10. Always love how you weave a story out of the prompts.

    Carl is ever so interesting. Never a dull moment. Thanks for sharing him with us.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  11. Nice story, good friends balance one another. xO

  12. Money laundering - HA-HA! That's good. I remember one time DH forgot to get his wallet out of his pants and it got washed. Somethings got messed up pretty bad like some left over Traveler's Cheks. Thankfully, he was able to redeem them at our Credit Union for cash value which I was happy about because they were hard to read. Paper money holds up pretty well.

  13. What a blessing that money is made from launder-able paper ;)
    I loved your story. Gardening can really bring people together ... and now you have me yearning for a home-grown tomato.

  14. today's story is GREAT !!!! cracked up too at the money laundering ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺♥♥♥♥

  15. great six, cute dog, and Dianna, Princess of Wales would be 60!!!!!

  16. Great photo, I've left paper money in pockets when doing the laundry a few times!

    The story? Love it!


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