Thursday, June 24, 2021

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


It certainly is the season, summer season, hot and muggy with a side of rain, maybe.

Yesterday started out clear and lovely, at least from indoors in the A/C.

Clouds rolled in, as they often do, some puffy and shiny and beautiful, some very dark gray and menacing, but there were still areas with no clouds, bright and sunny and pretty.

The drops began to pelt my car as i drove home between jobs to pick something up, becoming huge and thick and almost obscuring vision even with the wipers on, although i could see blue skies almost right above me.

As i entered my neighborhood, rain was still falling thick and fast; by the time i got three blocks over to my house, not a drop was falling, the ground was dry as a bone, as the house was under one of those areas of clear blue.

When i tell people i have seen rain in my back yard (especially if i am trying to dry clothes on the fence) while there is none in the front yard, it really does happen that way here sometimes.

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


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.     

At the "mature living" apartment complex where Ms. S lives, new residents can do some modifications to their units, and some put up fences so they can have gardens.  This fence went up while i was out of town.


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

Are you asking me to eat this?

Is this some kind of joke?

If i tried to take a bite of that,

My jaw would end up broke!


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 we have Coda here with us again for a few days.


Today is:

Araw ng Maynila -- Philippines (Manila Day)

Bannockburn Day -- Scotland (decisive battle of the first Scottish War of Independence, led by Robert Bruce)

Burning of the Lamps in Egypt at Sais -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar, a celebration of Isis and Neith (date approximate)

Calcio Fiorentino -- Florence, Italy (reviving 16th century style football in period costumes, through the 28th)

Carabobo Day -- Venezuela (battle commemoration)

Celebration of the Senses -- Wellcat Holidays urges you to enjoy all five (six?) of your senses today

Countryman's Day -- Peru (one of Peru's three Fiestas Patrias Peruanas)

Day of the Caboclo -- Amazonas State, Brazil

Feast of Rahmat (Mercy) -- Baha'i

Flying Saucer Day -- anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's 1947 sighting, while flying near Mt. Rainier, of 9 metallic, circular objects he could not identify

Fors Fortuna -- Ancient Roman Calendar (rites and festival for the goddess of good luck and fortune)

Full Strawberry Moon / Rose Moon; related observances

     Ancient Celtic month Equos (horse-time) begins

     Nayon Full Moon -- Mayanmar

     Poson Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka

International Fairy Day/Faerie Day -- day for collectors, believers, and artists to share their love for the little folk

Lost Handkerchief Day -- Fairy Calendar

Museum Comes to Life Day -- another fun and funny day someone came up with

National Bomb Pop Day -- on the Thursday in June right before US Independence Day, to kick off the celebration with the original red, white, and blue bomb pops

National Creamy Pralines Day

St. John the Baptist's Nativity Day and related Midsummer celebrations (Patron of baptism, bird dealers, converts, children with convulsions, epileptics, farriers, French Canadians, lambs, monastic life, motorways, printers, tailors; against convulsions, epilepsy, hail and hailstorms, and spasms; Patron of over 60 cities and countries around the globe)

    Inti Raymi -- Peru (Incan Sun Festival)

    Jaanipaev -- Estonia

    Jani -- Latvia

    Jónsmessa -- Iceland (feast of St. John the Baptist, considered a magical night when cows can speak, seals take on human form, finding magical stones and herbs is propitious, and rolling naked in the dew is healing.)

    Macau Day -- China (celebrating the defeat of Dutch invasion forces in 1622 and paying homage to St. John as the port's Patron Saint)

    Midsummer Day -- England

    National Holiday -- Quebec, Canada (Sant Jean-Baptiste)

    Saint John the Baptist Day -- Andorra

    Saint Jonas Festival or Jonines -- Lithuania

    San Juan -- CT and GA, Spain

    Surinal -- North Korea

    Zuni Buffalo, Corn, and Comanche Dances -- Zuni Native Americans (for fertility of land and people; Vespers is also observed, as San Juan is their Patron Saint)

Swim a Lap Day -- just for fun!

Swing a Kid Day -- if swimming isn't right for you

Thangka Unveiling at Tashihungpo -- Tibet (Buddha Exhibition Festival, in which the large Thangka with the image of Buddha on it is unfolded in public; also celebrated as Amitabha Buddha Day, or the birth anniversary of the Buddha) related observance

    Zamling Chisang -- Universal Prayer Day (to the Tibetan Deities, especially Samye Dolde)

Anniversaries Today:

Eton College is founded by Henry VI, 1441

Birthdays Today:

Sherry Stringfield, 1967

Joe Penny, 1956

Nancy Allen, 1950

Phyllis George, , 1949

Peter Weller, 1947

Mick Fleetwood, 1947

Ellison Shoji Onizuka, 1946

Jeff Beck, 1944

Michele Lee, 1942

Claude Chabrol, 1930

John Anthony Ciardi. 1916

Phil Harris, 1904

Jack Dempsey, 1895

Roy O. Disney, 1893

Ambrose Bierce, 1842

Henry Ward Beecher, 1813

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Catch-22(Film), 1970

"Hopalong Cassidy"(TV), 1949

"American Mercury Presents:  Meet the Press"(Radio), 1945

Today in History:

Battle of Cedynia, the first documented victory of Polish forces, takes place, 972

A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion, 1374

John Cabot lands in North America at Newfoundland; the first European 

exploration of the region since the Vikings, 1497

Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founds Manila, the capital of the Republic of the Philippines, 1571

Samuel de Champlain discovers the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 1604

The colony of New Jersey is founded, 1664

Kingston, Jamaica is founded, 1692

The Premier Grand Lodge of England, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England), is founded in London, England, 1717

The first republican constitution in France is adopted, 1793

The decisive battle in the war of independence of Venezuela from Spain, the Battle of Carabobo takes place, 1821

First performance of O Canada, the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français, 1880

The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens, 1901

Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract, 1916

The first airmail service in Canada from Montreal to Toronto begins, 1918

Siam is renamed Thailand by Plaek Pibulsonggram, the third prime minister, 1939

The Soviet Union makes overland travel between the West with West Berlin impossible, 1948

The United Kingdom grants Zanzibar internal self-government, 1963

Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud completes his first mission, becoming the first Arab and first Muslim in space, as a Payload Specialist, 1985

John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history, 2010

The last known Pinta Island Tortoise, Lonesome George, is found dead in the Galapagos Islands, 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron resigns after the UK votes to leave the EU, 2016

Saudi Arabia lifts its ban on women driving, 2018


  1. We have rain like that sometimes too. It is pouring - until we turn into our street where it is dry as a bone.
    And yes, that burger is certainly a jaw (and wallet) breaker.

  2. Oh, you live on one of the "rain borders" as I call them. Like EC we have one on the way home from the bigger town. We are shopping in the rain and return home to a parched garden.
    Nice poem for a monstrous burger.

  3. At certain times of the year I feel like I have my own personal little rain cloud!

  4. Rain has to have a beginning and end point but I don't think we have ever had half our yard get wet. We have had like a house or two down not get the rain but it always seems to cover our house if it rains.

  5. Good Six, Mimi. It happens here too sometimes, a dramatic sky full of clouds but patches of untouched blue. I can cycle home from work in the rain and when I get home not a drop anywhere.

  6. Quick growing fences! I wonder what they feed them.

    God bless.

  7. Rain can be very localised. I'm sure it follows me around! As for the burger, I'd risk it and tuck in!

  8. Rain has been predicted for the next couple or so days. We had a light shower early this morning...but the rest is supposed to arrive tomorrow.

    Don't fence me in!!!!

    Take good care. :)

  9. Love the six, love the sandwich. It often rains in the front yard and not the back

  10. That was a fun story, it rains that way here sometimes too. Have fun with sweet Coda. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  11. I've seen weather like that when I was growing up in Tillamook, Oregon. It's weird, but it happens.

    Love the poem. I'm with you. Not appetizing to me one bit.

    I'm glad you have Coda for a few days.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥

  12. I've seen it rain in patches. Rare but strange, I know.

  13. I believe you because I have experience seeing rain in front of my house and when I opened the back door, there is not even a drop of rain. Very strange but true. That is one giant of a burger.

  14. It's definitely not uncommon for parts of town to get rain and others none. We've seen that plenty of times. It'll be raining cats and dogs on the west side then when we return to east to our home it's bone dry. Patches of blue sky with clouds looming over head is par for the course this time of year. That's one grand sandwich. I don't get the appeal of these super stacked sandwiches or burgers. Only jaws could eat one. :)

  15. That would be something to see rain in the backyard but not in the front! I love the poem.

  16. Great poem and story. That is funny about the rain. :)

  17. Lovely poem and story ~ great fence photo and hugs to Coda ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. I wonder if that's a recent development. I've had that experience, the hyper-localized weather events but can't seem to recall if they were there back ten of thirty years ago.
    thought-provoking Six

  19. Sometimes I feel as if the rain cloud is following me, while I can see a blue sky just ahead of me.

  20. We had the rain on one side of the house but not the other today! Love the fence and my jaw would break too! That was quite the burger!

  21. a skyscraper burger!
    I would love to be allowed to fence off my little patch of garden.

  22. What a GREAT poem for that gigantic sandwich - it would take a week to eat that thing wouldn't it....LOL

    Hugs, Pam

  23. In my most humble opinion it should be Arbor Day everywhere everyday!

  24. That is wild - raining in the backyard, not in front! First time I'd seen that kind of localized weather was my 1st trip to Florida. Heading to the beach along Rt 1 in a rain shower and up ahead - dry blacktop and sunshine.
    Poetry picture is making me hungry!
    Yay! Coda is back :)

  25. You really show how wonderful weather is! Magical and powerful. Here in Scotland we say that we often have 4 seasons in the one day. Joke: What do you call a Scotsman that carries an umbrella? A realist!

  26. I have seen that, the dry line. Just the other day, raining so hard some drivers pulled over to wait it out. I kept going and came right through to dry road and blue skies.

  27. I remember seeing that same kind of thing happen on our property years ago when it rained in front of our house but not in the back. Perhaps it has happened other times, but I just didn't notice. I had forgotten all about that experience until I read your SSS. Love your poem. It makes me wonder how many people have had to go to the ER because they have displaced their jaws while trying to get their mouths around those huge sandwiches.

  28. I know what you mean when you say that it rains in the backyard but not at the front. That happens here at times too.


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