Thursday, October 28, 2021

Remembering (Six Sentence Story), Halloween Good Fences, Angel Sammy’s Poetry Day, and Brian’s Thankful Thursday


Several years ago, a good neighbor and friend, just before she moved, handed me a coffee cup from her cabinet.

When i looked at her quizzically, she said, “Several years ago, when an elderly neighbor of mine was moving to go live with her children, she handed me a coffee cup from her cabinet and said, ‘It’s a keepsake, when you see it, you will think about me.’  Ever since then, when I move, I give my best neighbor a coffee cup to remember me by.”

Since then, i’ve exchanged coffee cups with neighbors and clients and friends, and i have a nice collection.  They are kept where i can see them and some i drink from, some i use for holding pens or small kitchen items.

When i look at them in the morning while having my morning brew, it’s like having coffee with good friends from my past.

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


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.     

Another seasonal fence:


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

I want to make it big in the fashion world

So I wear what they tell me, with hair strangely curled,

Maybe someday I’ll get my big break,

Meanwhile looking silly is what I have to take.


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 the rain yesterday brought some cooler weather behind it.  We love autumn around here after sweating all summer.


Today is:

Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern to Work Day -- just check the fire code before you light that candle

Celtic Tree Month Negetal (Reed) begins

Dia do Servidor Publico -- Brazil (Civil Servants' Day)

Flying Baby Day -- celebrating the first baby born on an airplane on this day in 1929

Fyribod (or Forebode) -- Ancient Norse Calendar (announces the beginning of winter; date approximate)

Hari Sumpah Pemuda -- Indonesia (Youth Pledge Day)

Independence Day -- Czechoslovakia (from Austria-Hungary in 1918; still celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia)

International Animation Day -- ASIFA (to honor the day Emile Reynaud presented the first animation to the public)

Isia -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (dates approximate; first day of the 6 day Isis festival)

Milvian Bridge Day -- Christain (day to reflect on the interrelationship of religion and government)

National Chocolate Day

Okunchi Matsuri -- Karatsu, Japan (with floats that date back to the 1800s; through the 30th)

Oxi Day / Greek National Day -- Greece (Sometimes "Ochi" or "Ohi", literally "No Day", celebrating resistance to Mussolini.)

Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day -- internet generated, celebrate at your own risk

Plush Animal Lovers' Day -- internet generated; celebrate your love of stuffed animals today

Punkie Night -- Hinton St George, Somerset, England (a celebration for children and adults who carry candle-lit punkies -- the best one wins a prize -- made out of mangel-wurzels, a type of beet, and sing old punkie songs asking for money or treats)

Runic Half-month Hagal (hailstone) begin

St. Jude Thaddeus' Day (Patron of desperate or hopeless cases -- the reason Danny Thomas chose this saint to invoke as patron of the hospital he helped found.)

St. Paraskevi of Iconium's Day (Patron of fairs and traders; in Russia, patron of marriage; associated in Ukrain with Mokosh, the ancient women's divinity, and celebrated on the final Friday of the month)

St. Simon the Zealot's Day (Patron of curriers, sawmen, tanners)

Wild Foods Day -- as in, grown or caught in the wild (please be careful if you like mushrooms and want to gather your own!)

Anniversaries Today:

Statue of Liberty dedicated, 1886

Maimonides College is founded, 1867 (first Jewish college in the US)

R.H. Macy & Co. in NYC opens, 1858

Founding of Harvard University, 1636

Universidad Santo Tomas Aquino is established, 1538 (first university in the New World)

Birthdays Today:

Matt Smith, 1982

Joaquin Phoenix, 1974

Brad Paisley, 1972

Jeremy Davies, 1969

Julia Roberts, 1967

Andy Richter, 1966

Jami Gertz, 1965

Daphne Zuniga, 1962

Lauren Holly, 1963

Bill Gates, 1955

Annie Potts, 1952

Bruce Jenner, 1949

Telma Hopkins, 1948

Dennis Franz, 1944

Jane Alexander, 1939

Charlie Daniels, 1936

Cleo Laine, 1927

Jonas Salk, 1914

Francis Bacon, 1909

Edith Head, 1907

Howard Hanson, 1896

Georges Auguste Escoffier, 1846

Desiderius Erasmus, 1467

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Jack Benny Program"(TV), 1950

"Dead End"(Play), 1935

Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathetique(Tchaikovsky Op. 74), 1893

Today in History:

Constantine the Great defeats Maxentius, 312

Battle of Yaunis Khan in which Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza, 1516

Battle of Amba Sel, in which Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia; the southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad's control, 1531

Peruvian cities of Lima & Callao are demolished by an earthquake, 18,000 die, 1746

Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin, 1793

The first railroad in Spain, between Barcelona and Mataro, is opened, 1848

The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, and celebrated by the first ticker tape/confetti parade in NYC, 1886

An earthquake strikes Mino-Owari, Japan, kills 7,300, 1891

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its première performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer's death, 1893

The St. Louis police try a new investigation method -- fingerprints, 1904

Czechoslovakia gains its independence in the break up of Austria-Hungary, 1918

The Volstead Act, passed by Congress over Wilson's veto, starts Prohibition, 1919

The first coast to coast radio broadcast of a football game, 1922

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary, 1936

The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska, 1942

Swiss chemist Paul Müller is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT, 1948

The modern Kingdom of the Netherlands is re-founded as a federal monarchy, 1954

Nikita Khrushchev announces that he had ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, 1962

Nostra Aetate, the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, is promulgated by Pope Paul VI; it absolves the Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, 1965*

Britain launches its first satellite, Prospero, into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, 1971

The centenary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty is celebrated in New York Harbor, 1986

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first woman elected President of Argentina, 2007

The US celebrates the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, 2011

The World Health Organization ranks tuberculosis alongside HIV as 2014's two deadliest infectious diseases, 2015

The EU agrees to another Brexit extension to January 31 2020, 2019

The fifteenth-century medieval manuscript "The Book of Lismore", returns to Ireland after being donated by Chatsworth Settlement to University College Cork, 2020


  1. Excellent Six, Mimi, the idea of a gift exchange as a memory keepsake for those who move away. And practical too, as you say. I have two coffee cups next to me right now on the desk... one with coffee in, the other for my pens, scissors and a ruler :)

  2. What a lovely gesture.
    I like your poem too. So much fashion strikes me as silly - and uncomfortable.

  3. I just Love your story, and I hope it's a true one. And now, Coffee's on.

  4. What a great idea with the coffee cups. Something new we have learned and will perhaps start using.

  5. What a lovely idea to exchange coffee cups, I'd love to that. As for the photo and poem - wow!

  6. Your 6-sentence story is beautiful.

  7. National chocolate day…I’m in! Great six

  8. I really like this cup idea. I might get some for my wonderful neighbors. Thanks Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Very nice tradition. Very enjoyable Six

  10. The gift of a cup is a lovely idea- and that poem is spot on with the image- good grief those shoes! I'd break a leg if I wore them! have a great day!

  11. I love the coffee cup idea, Mimi! Like Ford, I have 2 cups on my desk - one has dregs of cold coffee in it, the other has pens, scissors, a ruler... and a porcupine quill!

  12. Love the coffee cup idea. What a wonderful tradition.

    Oh the poem is perfect.

    Love your thankful. We had some rain here too and it sure cleaned the air. This morning there is fog and hubby is out walking. He loves walking in the fog. I'll walk later after it warms ups.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥

  13. I really enjoyed that beautiful story! That was a funny poem and a good thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thrusday Blog Hop!

  14. Great story and such a wonderful idea. Nice poem too. XO

  15. What a nice tradition, Mimi, and fits perfectly with the blog hop prompt this week. You may started a new tradition for some.

  16. Coffee cup exchange...wonderful idea.

  17. I LOVE the coffee cup story! What a terrific thing to do! Your Halloween fence is terrific as is your poem for Thursday! WOW! Thanks so much for being you! We LOVE coming to visit and reading your blog!

  18. I truly love that coffee cup tradition, and I'm gonna adopt that. Makes me so happy!

  19. I worry about the model in the photo. Unless those shoes are air filled foam, I don't see how those skinny legs could possibly support the weight. I love your six sentence coffee mug story. That's a nice tradition.
    We had rain here too last night, with gale force winds and a power blackout which thankfully only lasted a couple of hours.

  20. What a cool tradition. One that is a gift that keeps giving and in a very practical way. Sweet.
    Aiyee! A person must really want to model to suffer the likes of what is in that picture, lol Good poem, Mimi :)
    Enjoy the cooler temps!

  21. Lovely story and wonderful thankful ~ Great fence photo too ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  22. Thanks for participating in our Poetry Day - that poor model certainly has her hands full - made to wear weird wigs (I hope that's a wig!) and strange clothing and's not surprising that the audience behind her in the photo is NOT looking at her!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom

  23. What a lovely tradition, Mimi. Thank you for sharing it. All the mugs I have were given to me by friends and each one is special, so I really appreciate the power of your story. I'm sorry not to have answered your kind comment on my last post. I was busy moving house and I ended up with no brain space for anything else.


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