Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Peek-a-Boo! (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     






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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 Cindi and posted on her page Of Dandelions and Sunshine     


 The Challenge:  They say a picture is worth 1,000 words.  Write at least 100 words about the image below.





Someday, she thought, I’m not going to be driving a desperation car with a cracked windshield.  Someday.


Meanwhile, she did what she had to, although she hated to commute over the bridge in “Old Unreliable” as she’d taken to calling the clunker.  A breakdown up there would be a nightmare.  She didn’t know firsthand, but she’d been stuck in enough traffic jams because of the misfortune of others that she sure didn’t want it to happen to her.


Offhandedly she noted the storm clouds building, and mentally searched for where she’d last seen her umbrella.  While it was tempting to reach back and root around to see if she could find it, she resisted.  It was either on the back seat floor or not, she’d find out soon enough, and she didn’t need an accident, either.


Just a few more months, she thought, and the credit card will be paid, and we’ll start saving for a better car.  Eyes on the road, don’t lose sight of the goals.  Just a few more months.



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Today is:


Battle of Britain Day -- UK


Dia de Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida -- Santander, Spain


Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 5, Health (sponsored by We, the World


Engineer's Day -- India


Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) related observance

     Grito de Dolores -- Mexico (Cry of Dolores,a/k/a Father Hidalgo's Cry for Freedom Day, the evening before Independence Day)

     Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows Day -- Slovakia


Felt Hat Day (Traditional day upon which men started to wear their winter felt hats, similar to women beginning to wear white shoes on Memorial Day)


Independence Day -- Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua (all in 1821)


International Day of Democracy -- UN


Make a Hat Day -- just for fun (and if you are a guy, make a felt hat)


National Creme de Menthe Day


National Hispanic Heritage Month -- US, through Oct. 15 


National Linguine Day


National School Backpack Awareness Day 2021 -- US (or anywhere else that you want to weigh your child's backpack on the 3rd Wednesday of September, to make sure it's not heavy enough to hurt them)   


Really Bad Ideas Exhibition -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins celebration)


Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day -- Slovenia


Silpa Bhirasri Day -- Thailand


St. Catherine of Genoa's Day (Patron of brides, childless people, people in difficult marriages, people ridiculed for their piety, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, widows; against adultery and temptation)


World Lymphoma Day 


Yom Kippur -- Judaism (begins at sundown)



Anniversaries Today:


Greenpeace is founded, 1971



Birthdays Today:


Heidi Montag, 1986

Prince Harry, 1984

Dave Annable, 1979

Josh Charles, 1971

Dan Marino, Jr., 1961

Tommy Lee Jones, 1946

Oliver Stone, 1946

Carmen Maura, 1945

Jessye Norman, 1945

Merlin Olsen, 1940

Gaylord Jackson Perry, 1938

Norm Crosby, 1927

Jackie Cooper, 1922

Fay Wray, 1907

Roy Acuff, 1903

Agatha Christie, 1890

Robert Benchley, 1889

William H. Taft, 1857

James Fenimore Cooper, 1789

François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613

Marco Polo, 1254



Debuting/Premiering Today:


USA Today(Newspaper first issue), 1982

"CHIPs"(TV), 1977

"Columbo"(TV), 1971

"I Spy"(TV), 1965

"Lost in Space"(TV), 1965

"Bachelor Father"(TV), 1957

"The Lone Ranger"(TV), 1949



Today in History:



The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy, 1616

The French army under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow, 1812

The first Negro National Convention begins in Philadelphia, 1830

The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, 1831

HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands, 1835

Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell becomes the first woman in the US to be ordained a minister (Congregationalist), 1853

Timothy Alder patents the typesetting machine, 1857

RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube, 1947

United Nations gives Eritrea to Ethiopia, 1952

The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962

*The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C., 1981

Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations, 1981

Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, 2008

In Australia, "Indeterminate" can now be listed on a passport as a gender, 2011

A previously unknown species of bottlenose dolphin is found by Australian researchers, and named Tursiops australis, 2011

Japan switches off its last working nuclear reactor, 2013

Archaeologists document their find of the oldest-known brewery and the remains of 13,000-year-old beer in a cave in Haifa Israel, belonging to the nomadic Natufian people, 2018

Norman Lear becomes the oldest person to win an Emmy at age 97, in the variety special category for ABC’s “Live in Front of a Studio Audience," 2019

20 comments:

  1. Love the peek-a-boo cat.
    I am really impressed at your take on Cindi's image. I failed.

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  2. Peekaboo back so cute heheh!

    Have a peekabootastic week 👍

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  3. We see that little kitty in her special spot!

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  4. I like your take on the prompt very much. Eyes on the road and mind on the goal, yes indeed.
    Thank you for the lists of things happening today, they never cease to amaze me.

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  5. I can see the peekaboo cat! Great story using the prompts.

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  6. Aw on the kitty way up there. They do love to be up high. Rulers of the world they are.

    Your story was me many moons ago. I didn't have the cracked windshield, but everything else was spot on. I've lived that and it's not fun.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

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  7. Oh my goodness, a cracked windshield. What else has to happen to you?

    Cruisin Paul

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  8. That is some peek-a-boo! That was really a good story too.

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  9. ah yes reminds me of the old cars I drove for years and years- no cracked windshield tho thank goodness and I too resisted looking for something in the back seat while driving! Love your Peek a Boo kitty! xoxo

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  10. Very well done on that bridge image, and your first paragraph were my thoughts exactly as I crossed the bridge!

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  11. thatz a vizshuz squirrelz if we ever saw one !! ;) ☺☺♥♥

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  12. Oh the peek a boo cat is so sweet! Love the words you chose. I dream of getting a better car. But today we picked it up and the damage ws not as bad as we thought it could be. Gratefu; for that. I am always so happy to see you here and hope things are looking well with you and yours. HUGS and LOVE

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  13. I don't drive so I have no idea whether driving through a bridge is nice or not but certainly a good car would make the experience better. Good take on the WFW prompt.

    Have a lovely day.

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  14. What a cutie pie! We love the wordless and the words! You Rock Mimi!

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  15. I didn't even notice the cracked windshield when I looked (stared at for hours) at the image. I finally wrote 'something', but your story is better.
    I hope that kitty managed to get down again.

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  16. I can see you Kitty! A cracking tale Mimi, well done.

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  17. Delightful 'peek a boo' photo of the sweet kitty ~ Xo

    Living in the Moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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