Thursday, September 9, 2021

Did We Make a Deal? (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Did our part of the state make a deal with the devil to keep major hurricanes from hitting us?"

#1 Son walked into the house after the recent storm and posed that question, and i was at a loss for words, so he continued.

"I mean, that storm was heading right for us, it was a dangerous storm and I was telling everybody to get ready, the weather guys were saying 100mph winds which we've never had here and I was really expecting it to be a direct hit, and then at the last minute it turns east and we get nothing but tropical storm stuff, how does that happen?"

No, he doesn't write run-on sentences, but he does talk in them; my response was a much shorter, i don't know why it happened that way, but we were certainly blessed.

"I'll say, 'cause this one really should have hit us and taken this whole place out."

While i can't say why that hurricane turned and mostly spared our area, i can say that beyond prayer i doubt dealings with spirits of any kind had much to do with it.

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


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.     

This fence was hard to photograph, i had to dodge traffic but i finally got what i could of a unique picket fence.


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

I love to play and I'm really good,

The best player in the neighborhood.

Come on over and I'll show you how,

I have a special secret, the way I hold my brow!


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 Grandma and Grandpa have electricity again.


Today is:

Blessed Father Jacques Leval Day -- Mauritius (physician turned priest who lived among and ministered to the poorest of the poor in Mauritius; people of all faiths make a pilgrimage to his tomb today)

Bonza Bottler Day

Chrysanthemum Day or Kiku no Sekku -- Japan

Day of the Victims of Holocaust and of Racial Violence -- Slovakia

Festivity of Our Lady of Aranzazu -- OƱati, Basque

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day -- spreading the word about the very preventable problem of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony -- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US (each winner has done improbable research, something that makes people laugh, then think)

     in 2021, the whole ceremony will take place online

Independence Day -- Tajikistan(1991)

Jeune Genevois -- Geneva, Switzerland (Genevan fast, dates back to the 16th century; now a flower and garden show also)

Karasu-zumo -- Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (a distinctive local festival where the Shinto priests imitate crows)

Liberation Ceremony -- Petange, Luxembourg

Milk-Bathing Festival -- Fairy Calendar

National Day -- North Korea(1948)

National Day of the Working Parent -- US (can't find a sponsor, but it's listed on several sites as the 2nd Thursday of September)

National Sports Day -- Indonesia

National Steak Au Poivre Day

St. Peter Claver's Day (Patron of African missions, inter-racial justice, race relations; Colombia; Lake Charles, LA; Shreveport, LA; Witbank, South Africa; against slavery)

Synaxis of Ss. Joachim and Anna -- Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches

Teddy Bear Day -- internet generated, but since it's so much fun to have one, celebrate your old friend

Tzom Gedaliah -- Judaism (Fast of Gedalia, a dawn to dusk day of fasting to lament the assassination of Gedalia the righteous governor of Judea)

Wienerschnitzel Day

Wonderful Weirdos Day -- we all have a few in our lives, they remind us to be true to ourselves, so thank them today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Anniversaries Today:

California becomes the 31th US State, 1850

Birthdays Today:

Michelle Williams, 1980

Michael Buble, 1975

Goran Visnjic, 1972

Rachel Hunter, 1969

Adam Sandler, 1966

Hugh Grant, 1960

Mario Batall, 1960

Angela Cartwright, 1952

Michael Keaton, 1951

Tom Wopat, 1951

Joe Theisman, 1949

Billy Preston, 1946

Otis Redding, 1941

Sylvia Miles, 1934

Cliff Robertson, 1925

James Hilton, 1900

Colonel Harland Sanders, 1890

Alf Landon, 1887

Leo Tolstoy, 1828

William Bligh, 1754

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Welcome Back, Kotter"(TV), 1975

"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids"(TV), 1972

Imagine(Lennon album release), 1971

Today in History:

William I, The Conqueror, dies in a horseriding accident, 1087

The New England colonies declare war on the Wampanoag Tribe, 1675

The first steam engine arrives in the US colonies, 1753

The first recorded black to graduate from a US college, Alexander Lucius Twilight, receives a BA from Middlebury College, 1817

Charles Durant, the first US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ, 1830

The first plate glass photograph is taken by John Herschel, 1839

California becomes the 31st state and the territories of New Mexico and Utah are created, 1850

The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is finalized, 1886

Orville Wright makes the first one hour plane flight, 1908

J. Verdrines becomes the first person to fly at over 100mph, 1912

First actual case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University, 1947

Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, becoming the first hurricane to do over $1billion in actual unadjusted damages, 1965

The four-day Attica Prison riot begins, 1971

The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state, 1993

At exactly 01:46:40 UTC, the Unix billenium is reached, marking the beginning of the use of 10-digit Unix timestamps, 2001

The "Ophel Treasure", about 1,400 years old, is discovered near the foot of Temple Mount in Jerusalem, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, 2015

Egyptian archaeologists announce the discovery of the 3,500-year-old tomb of a goldsmith and his family in Draa Abul-Naga, Egypt, 2017

In what could be world's most important modern literary discovery, Jason Scott-Warren finds poet John Milton's own copy of Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623 complete with Milton's own notes and annotations in a Philadelphia library, 2019

Scientist reveal evidence of the earliest milk consumption from cows by humans, 6,000 years ago from the dental plaque of teeth of prehistoric farmers from Britain, 2020


  1. Regardless of the reason, I am very glad that your area was mostly spared.

  2. I love that old picket fence, and that you were spared the visit of a hurricane.

  3. Whatever the cause, thankfully you escaped the worst, Mimi!

  4. So glad to hear you are well. Praise the Lord.

    God bless.

  5. Thank goodness you escaped the worst of it.

    Lovely poem - I'd have happily taken him on when I was his age!

  6. That's some story and I'm so glad the storm kept you out of the danger zone. Cute poem too, our Dad lost his marbles years ago. We're glad Grandma and Grandpa have electricity again. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. glad you got thgough it. loved the poem and the marble playing picture. I was never any good at that. some say i don't have all my marbles anyway.

  8. very fortunate!
    (And enjoyable Six)

  9. When I was a child, I had a bag full of marbles to play with my friends. Amazing, I lost them all. I wasn't that good. Oh well.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Glad to hear you were safe and sound during that storm. Cute poem!

  11. Your good fortune the winds changed direction. The stress leading up to that change no doubt was intense.
    To skip to the end of your post - I'm glad your grandparents have electricity again! That was a long time to wait.
    Marbles. I still have mine! The literal ones, lol

  12. tornado's will do that as nature rules over literally; everything and everyone~~~ glad G & G got the electric back on ~~~ ♥♥♥☺☺☺

  13. Glad the wind changed direction ~ you have had enough ~ Glad electricity is back for your family ~ Neat fence photos ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. I don't think God would answer a prayer by sending havoc to someone else, I don't think he controls these things (though he could if he wanted). Anyway glad you were spared.

  15. I'm glad the storm headed east and missed you. Those folks east of you aren't all that happy though.

    Love the poem. I loved playing marbles when I was young.

    A great thankful. Excellent.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday, my friend. Big hug. ♥

  16. Glad you were spared from the hurricane. Cute poem. XO

  17. I'm happy to learn you weren't in Ida's destructive path, messymimi...she sure caused a lot of havoc, destruction and distress. Hurricanes, like our cyclones down this way are very frightening.

    Keep taking good care. :)

  18. It seems a matter of luck- good for some and bad for others, as these storms wend their way and choose their path. I’m glad you’re okay.

  19. That's a wonderful fence and the yard looks interesting too. a month before the hurricane, somewhere far away, a butterfly flapped its wings and the resultant current of air arrived near you just in time to turn the hurricane.

  20. Hey can I just say? This is a great sentence:
    "No, he doesn't write run-on sentences, but he does talk in them"