Thursday, August 5, 2021

Get The Net! (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


“Something needs to change around here, and soon!”

 “Oh, c’mon, it’s not that bad.”

“Easy for you to say, you aren’t cooped up with this crew."

"Is the cat going out of her way to harass the dog again?"

"Yes, and sometimes even the other cats.  Let me tell you, if this doesn't end soon, they're going to be coming after me with the butterfly net!"

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


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.     

Because i've gone nowhere, i'm dipping into the archives and posting fences from the past.


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

Back in these beautiful days,

We played without a care,

No one ever wondered

If it was safe up there.

You didn't brave the big slide,

Until you were quite sure

That you could handle doing it,

First time was bliss so pure!

Now, of course, we realize

The chances we were taking.

You no longer find such things,

Such risks we are forsaking.

Does this mean our children can't

Have adventures grand?

Are they doomed to live a life

Protected, dull, and bland?

A wise parent will say no,

And teach them risk and reward,

Letting them have adventures,

Not live a life that's bored!


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 Sweetie's car is still running, and i pray it stays so, even if the A/C is iffy and only 2 windows roll down.


Today is:

Barsi Bhagat Puran Singh -- Sikhism

Bogota Carnival -- Bogota, Colombia (celebrating the city's Hispanic founding; through tomorrow)

Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) commences

Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead Day -- uttered this day by Admiral Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864

Hanakasa Matsuri -- Yamagata City, Japan (10,000 costumed dancers perform; through the 7th)

Independence Day / Republic Day -- Burkina Faso (former Upper Volta)(1960)

National Blackmail Day -- according to mostly ecard sites, with suggestions to send a card to the friend who has told you his/her secrets, with the notice that you plan on celebrating this date!

National Underwear Day -- originally sponsored by, which encourages people to rethink their underwear style and make sure they have the right fit 

National Waffle Day

Nuestra Senora de Africa -- CE, Spain (Day of Our Lady of Africa, also called Fiestas Patronales)

Oyster Day

Pixie of the Year Competition -- Fairy Calendar

Sacrifice to Salus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of health, associated with Greek Hygeia)

St. Afra of Augsburg's Day (Patron of converts, martyrs, penitent women; Augsburg, Germany)

St. Oswald of Northumbria's Day (Patron of Zug, Switzerland)

Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders -- Croatia

Work Like a Dog Day -- different from work-a-holics, people who work like a dog work hard while they are at it, and rest when they aren't

Birthdays Today:

Jonathan Silverman, 1966

Patrick Aloysius Ewing, 1962

Maureen McCormick, 1956

Erika Slezak, 1946

Loni Anderson, 1946

Ja’net DuBois, 1938

John Saxon, 1936

Neil Armstrong, 1930

Sydney Omarr, 1926

Raoul Wallenberg, 1912

John Huston, 1906

Conrad Potter Aiken, 1889

Joseph Merrick, 1862

Guy de Maupassant, 1850

Thomas Lynch, Jr., 1749

John Eliot, 1604

Joseph Justus Scaliger, 1540

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Revolver"(Beatles Album, release date), 1966

"Eleanor Rigby" & "Yellow Submarine"(Beatles singles, A & B side respectively, release date), 1966

"American Bandstand"(TV, national premiere), 1957

"Andy Capp"(Comic strip), 1957

"Little Orphan Annie"(Comic strip), 1924

Today in History

The last outpost of Bar Kockba, Betar, falls to Rome, 135

Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria at the Battle of Maserfield, 642

King Edward and Earl Aetherlred, leading the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, defeat the last major Viking army to raid England at the Battle of Tettenhall, 910

Anti-Jewish riots in Arnstadt, Germany, 1264

Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes first English colony in North America, at what is now St John's, Newfoundland, 1583

The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America, 1620

New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true, 1735

US Army abolishes flogging, 1861

Standard Oil of New Jersey is established, 1882

The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, 1884

Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip made in her husbands invention, the first patented automobile; her journey was to publicize the invention, and she garnered attention and sales, 1888

The first electric traffic light is installed, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1914

Debut of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie", by Harold Gray, 1924

Debut of the comic strip "Andy Capp", by Smythe, 1957

Nelson Mandela is jailed, 1962*

The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty, 1963

The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm, 1995

The Copiapo mining accident traps 33 Chilean miners about 2,300ft below the ground, 2010

NASA launches the Juno Space Probe to study Jupiter, 2011

The world's first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London, 2013

The UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program, 2017

*Released in 1990


  1. Feeling cooped up does make one feel like they are ready for some fresh air to say the least.
    Love your poem and the photo of the slide. The very first school I attended had a big slide like that, but only the upper grades were allowed on it. The school(s) I attended after that, didn't have a larger slide like that.

  2. I like how you used the 'butterfly net' for the Six prompt along with that cool butterfly on the fence gate. Like too the poem about childhood adventures in the playground.

  3. Hooray for being able to have adventures.
    I hope your Sweetie is feeling MUCH better.

  4. You've got a wild cat on your hands there, Mimi! As for the poem and pic of the slide, that really brings back memories (health and safety? what??).

  5. Mom said being stuck in the hospital for three days was torture! We can't imagine being quarantined at home for days and days. That would be hard not to just get back to normal.

  6. Total 'blast-from-the-childhood-past'.... that expression, or, more specifically the reference to butterfly nets and men-in-white.

  7. Beautiful metal gate. Wishing you well, Mimi.

    God bless.

  8. I like the conversation concerning the cat and the poem. If I were to go up on that slide and mom came to know about it, I will get a good caning from her.

  9. Kitty must be really bored! The Dad had a great big slide like that at his Grade School. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. Love the six. You do them so very well.

    Your poem made me smile. We were tough kids back then and we had fun.

    Fingers crossed that Sweeties car runs for years and years.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Healing prayers to you both. ♥

  11. This line is my childhood...Back in these beautiful days,

    We played without a care,

    No one ever wondered

    If it was safe up there.

    and happy birthday Loni Anderson. hubba hubba.

    great six. great poem.

  12. The poem was true and it explained what our life was like. Yes, we got hurt but we learned from it and it was wonderful for enjoying the life we had. Our children learned from it and we hope that our grandchildren will learn from it also.

    Cruisin Paul

  13. Love the poem, 'butterfly net', I've never heard that description before - MOL!

  14. When they say fight like cats and dogs they are not speaking of a fair fight...unless the cat has been declawed.

  15. A very nice poem and thankful. How things have changed and not all for the better

  16. Great poem and story. SOunds like a fun cat. And the slide looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen. :) XO

  17. bravo on this poem mimi and soooooooo true. hope you and sweetie both are faring well ☺☺♥♥

  18. I used to play all when a child throughout the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Always felt safe, but look back on it today and realize it was a miracle I did not have an accident.

  19. Sweet story and poetry and great fence photos ` glad car is still running ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative harbor)

  20. Whenever I'm sick, the cats all lie with me like they are taking care of me. They ignore my husband when he's sick. Yours seem to be somewhere in the middle!

  21. I like that first fence and I LOVE that high slide. We never had 'waves' in our slides, just a straight slip down, but it was fun climbing so high to swoop down so fast. They were dangerous in summer though, the metal would get so hot sliding wasn't allowed. Most slides these days aren't much taller than me, the slide just isn't worth the trouble for anyone over the age of three.

  22. Love the poem! I often wonder just how I got out of childhood alive! I’m probably overprotective of my kids. Eep.

  23. Oh what a GREAT poem....and so true....I think kids' slides are mostly plastic these days vs. that metal that gets hot enough to fry an egg on (or a bottom!). Thanks for playing poetry with us every week!!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom

  24. Oh my goodness- we hope your sweeties car keeps on going! That is the last thing you need. Take care !

  25. Cats can be downright fiendish when they're in the mood, lol
    Always enjoy your poetry, Mimi and what a phenomenal looking slide!
    A running vehicle indeed a big thankful.

  26. A great six Mimi. Your poem reminded me what wonderful childhoods we had, like climbing high up into trees and doing daring things in playgrounds that wouldn't be allowed today. We'd go out in the morning and not come back until tea time. Our parents didn't worry. We'd even hitch-hike by the road side. Happy days!

  27. I can picture this! My niece's cat has an evening ritual of playing with the dog's tail and the dog lets it.

  28. Great poem! LOve all your shares here. Keep praying for you all and hoping everyone gets healthier day by day. You take care, too, TLC TLC TLC


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