Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The One That Lived (Wordless Wednesday) and Gerry the Geranium (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 lissa at The Memory Tourist

This week's prompts are: 

1. secret

2. garden

3. walk

4. world

5. abandon

6. magic

7. life

8. forever

9. key

10. spring

(Prompts are inspired by The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

When i was a child, i did enjoy the book The Secret Garden, and i wanted a GARDEN of my own, SECRET or not.

Alas, i had to FOREVER ABANDON hope for such a thing, as i do not have the MAGIC touch to raise plants.

In fact, in my WORLD, i am known as a plant killer.  Some clients use me to do weeding as i have a scorched earth policy when i'm done.

Plants give up on LIFE and commit suicide when they know i will own them.  If they could WALK, they'd run away, i am certain.

If i had some herbs growing in pots above my window sill like some people do, you'd have to call it "death row".

The only exception was the plant in the Wordless Wednesday photo above.  It was a decoration at Sweetie's work that was going to be thrown out after the event where it graced the head table, so he brought it home and put in on the porch, despite my protest that it wouldn't last through the SPRING.

We called it Gerry the Geranium, and i figured out the KEY to keeping it alive.  By telling it it belonged to Sweetie, it lasted several years!


Today is:

Buffalo Soldiers Day -- US (as designated by Congress)     

Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval a/k/a Expulsion of the Acadians Day -- Canada

Festival of Hedjihotep -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of weaving; date approximate)

Imp-Handling Conference -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Peru(1821)

Liberation Day / Anniversary of the Fall of Fascism -- San Marino

Nagasaki Peiron Senshuken -- Nagasaki, Japan (two day dragon boat racing festival begun in the 17th century)

National Lasagna Day 

National Milk Chocolate Day

Olavsokuaftan (Olavsoka Eve) and the Olai Festival -- Faroe Islands (St. Olav's Eve, the night before the opening of Parliament and the festival of St. Olav; through tomorrow)

Soma-Nomaoi -- Haramachi City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (three day wild horse chase which recreates a battle from over 1,000 years ago)

St. Arduinus of Trepino's Day (Patron of Trepino, Italy)

Terry Fox Day -- born in Winnipeg on this date in 1958, he raised $24 million for cancer research by running over 3,000 miles on an artificial leg before his death in 1981 at age 23

World Hepatitis Day -- International 

Anniversaries Today

The first Singing Telegram is delivered, 1933

Henry VIII marries Catherine Howard, 1540

Birthdays Today

Lori Loughlin, 1964

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox, 1958

Hugo Chavez, 1954

Sally Struthers, 1948

Linda Kelsey, 1946

Jim Davis, 1945

Rick Wright, 1945

Bill Bradley, 1943

Phil Proctor, 1040

Darryl Hickman, 1931

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 1929

Jacques Piccard, 1922

Earl Tupper, 1907

Rudy Vallee, 1901

Joe E. Brown, 1892

Beatrix Potter, 1866 

Thomas Heyward, Jr., 1746

Today in History

Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason, 1540

Bermuda is first settled by Europeans, survivors of the English ship Sea Venture en route to Virginia, 1609

Maximilien Robespierre is executed by guillotine in Paris during the French Revolution, 1794

Welsh settlers arrive at Chubut in Argentina, 1865

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, guaranteeing due process and establishing citizenship for African Americans is certified, 1868

First flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 1935

The Metropolitan Police Flying Squad foils a bullion robbery in the "Battle of London Airport", 1948

The Tangshan earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 moment magnitude flattens Tangshan, the People's Republic of China, killing 242,769 and injuring 164,851, 1976

Andorra joins the United Nations, 1993

Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win six gold medals at a single World Championships, 2001

The Provisional Irish Republican Army calls an end to its thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland, 2005

The U-550, a sunken German U-Boat, is discovered off the cost of Massachusetts, 2012

Findings of the earliest evidence of cancer, found in 1.7 million-year-old fossil from Swartkrans Cave, South Africa, are published in "South African Journal of Science", 2015


  1. Smiling at your story. Much as I love my garden there are some plants I simply cannot grow.

  2. Keeping plants alive can be a fight. I'm happy you found the trick. My trick is telling them that they are edible - no idea why.

  3. I once managed to kill 4 orchids in the space of an hour.
    Plants are just not as easy as some people make them look!

  4. Gerry looking very pretty heheh!

    I can't keep plants alive it's quite depresing heheh!

    Have a bloomingtastic week 👍

  5. We have three pots in the back patio one big pot of Geraniums. We love the red colors. Oh so beautiful.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Gerry looks just like mine! They could be twins!

  7. That was a cute story and the geranium sure is pretty!

  8. So you have a black thumb. You made me laugh out loud.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  9. Mimi,

    I don't do well with plants, either. I always say I have a black thumb. The first Today in History you mentioned about Thomas Cromwell being executed for Treason by orders of King Henry the VIII reminded me of the ShowTime TV series based on his life, The Tudors. It's fictional but they do use historical names and perhaps a portion of events but I can't say how accurate. We enjoyed watching it, though.

  10. we bet garfield noez it bee nationalz lasagna day !! :) ♥♥☺☺

  11. Beautiful geranium ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Beautiful geranium and cute story. :)

  13. Geraniums are very hard to kill and will grow practically anywhere. My mum used to plant them in every yard we ever had, because they were guaranteed to grow. We even had a few in pots, but most were a hedge behind whatever front fence we had at the time. Whenever we moved pieces were taken from each plant to ensure we had enough to start over.

  14. I think I'm the same - I can't keep plants alive, it's the reason I don't have them. I quite like how you use the prompts.

    Have a lovely day.

  15. I am good with plants my daughter who lives here is a plant killer. SHe killed two money plants before the poor things could get a drink of water. I think she forgets to water them. I have a a few that are full a nd pretty and a few scrawny ones. heeheehee My sweet mint is trying to take over my small garden. I may have to use drastic measures. It is an earth hog.


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