Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Ms. PA Deserves a New Dish Towel (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 David M. Gasciogne and posted by Elephant's Child.           

This week's prompts are:

  1. Blurry
  2. Fig
  3. Leading
  4. Oversexed
  5. Intolerable
  6. Glacial




  1. Romantic
  2. Dogmatic
  3. Nebulous
  4. Gum
  5. Fodder
  6. Deprecate

“Why are all movies either ROMANTIC comedies that move at a GLACIAL pace or about OVERSEXED crazy people?” he said, his tone indicating that he DEPRECATEd such things.

She held back a smile, knowing he was just in a fussy mood.  “You certainly sound DOGMATIC about it,” she said.

“I’m looking at all the choices for ‘latest releases,’ and I’d say they are NEBULOUS at best and INTOLERABLE at worst!”  He just wasn’t going to be pleased, she knew, but she had a secret weapon.

“Quit looking at the latest and let’s look again at some movies we haven’t watched in a long while,” she suggested.

“Like what?”   He sounded suspicious, but she ignored it and plowed ahead.

“Like some of the movies we loved to watch when the kids were young.”

“FODDER for the bubble GUM set?” he was incredulous.

“Now, your memory isn’t that BLURRY.  You’ve never given a FIG about who is the LEADING cast of a movie, you just care if the story is entertaining, and we used to find those kid movies very entertaining.  They’re great fun!”

“You speak sense, Madam.  If I recall, we always did enjoy that movie where the king is turned into a llama...”

The Emperor’s New Groove, excellent choice.  I’ll go start the popcorn.”


Today is:

Ashura -- Islam (optional day of fasting that ends at sundown, local observances and national holidays may vary)

Bad Poetry Day -- Wellcat Holidays suggests you get back at your high school English teacher for making you read all that "good" poetry; get together with friends, write some truly awful stuff, and mail it to him/her!

Long Tan Day a/k/a Vietnam Veterans Day -- Australia

Mail Order Catalog Day -- the first one was published by Montgomery Ward this day in 1872, and was only one page (Do yourself a favor and opt out of the doggone things, save a few trees: )

National Ice Cream Pie Day

National Medical Dosimetrist's Day -- American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (medical radiation safety experts) 

National Science Day -- Thailand

National Soft Ice Cream Day

Serendipity Day -- and it's here serendipitously! begun by writer Madeleine Kay, it's the day to step out of routine, do something you've always wanted to do, and see what happens

St. Agapitus' Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)

St. Helena's Day (Mother of Constantine the Great; Patron of archaeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, dyers, empresses, nail smiths, needle makers; Birkirkara, Malta; Helena, MT, US; against fire and thunder)

Toge-Pogling Season begins -- Fairy Calendar (Toges are normally pogled in groups of five or six, depending upon the size and strength of the individual Toge)

Birthdays Today:

Andy Samberg, 1978

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 1970

Christian Slater, 1969

Edward Norton, 1969

Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, 1962

Madeleine Stowe, 1958

Patrick Swayze, 1952

Elayne Boosler, 1952

Martin Mull, 1943

Robert Redford, 1936

Roberto Clemente Walker, 1934

Roman Polanski, 1933

Luc Montagnier, 1932

Rosalynn Carter, 1927

Shelley Winters, 1920

Greta Garbo, 1905

Max Factor, 1904

Meriwether Lewis, 1774

Virginia Dare, 1587 (first English child born in the Americas)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Private Lives"(Play), 1930

"Iphigénie"(Racine's dramatic tragedy), 1674

Today in History:

Founding of the oldest known Roman temple to Venus, BC293

Rome is occupied and plundered by Visigoths under King Alarik I, 410

Death of Genghis Khan (fell from his horse), 1227

A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the Japanese province of Higo, 1541

The Boston, Massachusetts Evening Post begins publishing, 1735

Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1834

Pierre Janssan discovers helium, 1868

German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers, 1903.

Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River, 1909

A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless, 1917

19th US Amendment ratified (gives women the vote), 1920

Premier of The Wizard of Oz, 1939

The first commercially produced oral contraceptives are marketed, 1960

James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi, 1963

Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies, 1977

Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, 2005

Columbia's Chiribiquete National Park expands to 3 million hectares from 1.2 million hectares, becoming one of the Amazon's largest protected zones, 2013

Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes, 2017

Food matter found in the 3,200 year old tomb of Ptahmes, an official of Memphis, Egypt, is confirmed to be cheese, the oldest evidence yet of cheesemaking, 2018


  1. EXCELLENT use of the words! And I'd say there is plenty of wear left in that dish towel, just a stitch here or there and it's good as new. (says my mother)

  2. I love your story - and as usual you severely underrated yourself.

  3. What a great use of the propmts. And I have reluctantly to admit that I agree with the grumpy part in that conversation. I liked the happy ending.
    Bad poetry day! I'm now sorry my 'good poetry' teacher is long dead.
    New dish towel is not a luxury when th old one looks like that. It's the best for polishing windows, though ;)

  4. Great use of the prompts. Have a wonderful day.

  5. What an unusual dish towel very pretty :-)

    Have a dishtoweltastic week 👍

  6. Best wishes mid-week and always.

    God bless.

  7. Great job on that story using the prompts they give you.

  8. Did not have time to read the story, this morning...but that dishtowel makes her more than frugal!!

  9. Wow!!! It's National Ice cream Pie Day and National Soft Ice cream Day. Guess I'll be spending the day at Dairy Queen. Have a blessed day.

  10. Yes she needs a new dish towel. We went trough ours a while back and culled out the ones that look like this one.

    Love your tale. You do these we very well. Pass the popcorn please.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  11. I've got a few tatty towels that I've grown fond of, so they remain. Is that sad?

    Terrific tale.

  12. I like your story and the use of the prompt.
    Lets face it, everything must come to and end, even a much beloved dish towel. It's time for a replacement and give the poor worn out towel a deserved rest. You can always immortalize it in a framed photo.

  13. That was a good story, but movies are not so good these days.

  14. I think that is a fine bit of work there and not a towel. Dad has several that Gramma made

  15. That dish towel does look like it has seen better days!

  16. You turn a handful of words in wonderful sstories. Thanks for sharing. Hoping things are settling down at your house. Ithas been tough lately, I understand. Take care and HUGS to you.

  17. I haven't see The Emperor's New Groove... Good use of the prompts.

    Have a lovely day.

  18. That dishtowel has seen better days. Cute story. Kid movies are the best. :) XO

  19. I love to watch kids movies. We own so many of the old Disney movies. Today I feel they are geared toward adults. Kind of sad. Always my pleasure to srtop by. HUGS

  20. My daughter Rebekah would say Mother, you would keep using that dishtowel heeheehee. You make the best stories with all those words. ALways so fun to visit you here. HUGS


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