Thursday, November 11, 2021

You Had To Ask (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"What's Dad putting on the grill tonight?" always hungry boy asks as he comes tromping in.

"Why don't you go ask him?" little sister says.

"No," Mom says, a bit sharply, "you don't want to do that!"

"What can it hurt to ask?" son wants to know, as Mom answers, "You'll find out the hard way if you do."

Son heads out anyway, curiosity getting the better of him, and from out on the back porch, "Hey, Dad, what's on the grill tonight?"

From the barbecue, strains of what only the kindest of people would call singing, "Hot dogs, Armour hot dogs!"

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

Note:  If you don't see the embedded video (and i'm having trouble with some people seeing it), click on the key word.


While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!


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

Trees of frost and roof of snow

Bundle up, there's no place to go

Build a fire to warm and cheer,

'Cause you're going to stay right here!


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 they've started bringing kittens back to the shelter, as they've gotten the ringworm outbreak more under control.

As a bonus thankful, i want to express my gratitude on this Veterans' Day to all who have served.  You are heroes!


Today is:

Armistice Day/Poppy Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Bonza Bottler Day

Constitution Day and King's Birthday -- Bhutan

Day of Remembrance of the Volhvs/Einherjar Feast -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Norse "Feast of the Fallen")

Death/Duty Day

Fasching/Karneval -- Germany; Netherlands (official beginning of next year's pre-lent celebration starts on 11/11 at 11:11, when the Council of Eleven, in colorful fools caps, meet to plan the upcoming festivities)

Four Ones Day -- it is 11/11, after all

Hollantide Day a/k/a Hallow-tide -- Isle of Mann (season of All Saints, first day of Winter, celebrated in conjunction with Martintide, the Feast of St. Martin of Tours)

Independence Day -- Angola(1975); Poland(1918)

Independence of Cartagena City -- Colombia

Lacplesis -- Latvia (Remembrance Day)

Lunantishees Day -- Ireland (Fairies who guard the blackthorn trees, cutting a branch today, the old calendar's November 1, means bad luck.)

National Sundae Day

Old November Eve -- In the old calendar, this was actually All Hallow's Eve

Origami Day -- Japan

Pepero Day -- South Korea (similar to a Valentine's Day, when couples exchange Pepero brand cookie sticks)

Pocky and Pretz Day -- Japan (see Pepero day, but substitute the Japanese brand cookie sticks)

Pushkar Camel Fair -- Pushkar, India (for the camels, racing, fancy dress, changing owners, taking tourists on rides, and the chance to liven up this usually quiet town, and for the people, singing, dancing, exotic food, and watching the camels, as well as religious rituals at the time of the full moon; through Nov. 19)

Republic Day -- Maldives

Singles Day -- China (Guang Gun Jie, literally "bare sticks day", celebrating the single life on the calendar date that has the most 1's)

St. Martin's Day a/k/a St. Martin of Tours's Day (Western), Martinmas (Old England) (Patron of beggars, cavalry, equestrians, geese, horses, innkeepers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, quartermasters, reformed alcoholics, riders, soldiers, tailors, vintners/wine growers and makers; against alcoholism, impoverishment; highly celebrated through Sweden, Switzerland, and the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten and Patron of over 25 diocese, cities, and countries around the world)

     Beggar's Day -- Netherlands (children act as beggars on St. Martin's Day, similar to trick-or-treat in English speaking countries)

     Martinigians -- Sursee, Switzerland (a celebration of the day in front of Town Hall)

     St. Maarten Day -- Sint Maarten

St. Menas of Egypt's Day (Patron of falsely accused people, peddlers, traveling merchants)

Veterans of Foreign Wars Day -- Federated States of Micronesia

Anniversaries Today:

Vietnam Women's Memorial is dedicated, 1993

Route 66 is established by the US Highway System, 1926

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary is dedicated, 1921

Washington becomes the 42nd US State, 1889

Birthdays Today:

Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974

Peta Wilson, 1970

Calista Flockhart, 1964

Demi Moore, 1962

Marc Summers, 1951

Bibi Andersson, 1935

Jonathan Winters, 1925

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1922

Alger Hiss, 1904

Pat O'Brien, 1899

George Patton, 1885

Victor Emmanuel III, 1869

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, 1821

Abigail Smith Adams,1744

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Shadowlands"(Play), 1990

An Early Frost(TV movie), 1985

"Prisoner of Second Avenue"(Play), 1971

"La Plume de Ma Tante"(Revue), 1958

"God Bless America(Song, first public performance)", 1938

"The Tinker's Wedding"(Synge play), 1909

"Society"(Thompson play), 1865

Today in History:

The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul, 308

41 pilgrims land in Massachusetts, sign Mayflower Compact, 1620

Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law, 1647

Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x), 1675

The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia, as the first college society in the US, 1750

Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China, 1790

British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign, 1813

Mary Edward Walker, the 1st Army female surgeon, is awarded the Medal of Honor, 1865

The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people's wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations, 1869

The 11/11/11 cold wave: Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolled through, 1911

The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery, 1921

Prime Minister Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaims the first recognized Greek Republic, 1924

U.S. Route 66 is established, 1926

Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator, 1930

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia is opened, 1934

Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait, 1962

NASA launches Gemini 12, 1966

Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations, 1981

The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests, 1992

New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington, 2004

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveils the New Zealand War Memorial in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army, 2006

The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai, 2008

A strike intended to shut down Nepal's general elections November 19th, is orchestrated by an alliance of 33 opposition parties, 2013

The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April is found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison, 2014

An Italian appeals court overturns a manslaughter conviction against 6 scientists for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake, 2014

The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute, 2014

Mercury makes its closest transit across the Sun that will occur this century, 2019


  1. Nice 6 sentence story. I like the short story too and the frosty picture.

  2. :-) I had to google "Armour hot dogs!" and even watched a YouTube video. LOL.

  3. "... what kind of kids love..."
    Thanks a lot!
    (for the jingle worm in my head all day)

  4. That's a nice gate and fences. Thanx Mimi.

    God bless.

  5. Nice little poem, although I think I would need a huge fire to keep me warm with that much snow around. Brrr.
    I tried grilled hot dogs once and don't like them. We boil them here in Australia, then drain them off and put them in buns with sauce or mustard or both.

  6. Oh dear! Now we have an ear worm for the day with that hot dog song! Too funny :)

  7. Oh my, I remember Armour Hot Dogs and that commercial too! Wonderful thankfuls, we love our heroes too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. I enjoyed the commercial, Mimi. We don't have Armour hot dogs over here, but I just know the earworm of that tune is going to stay with me all day. I think it must be a rule - never disturb Dad when he's barbecuing! ;)

  9. Sounds like a fun dad. I used to sing to my littles, make UP songs and all. it was fun. Good six. brought a memory or two to mind.

  10. Armour hot dogs are not brought over to Canada. Any way, I've lost the taste for hot dogs. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Your Six made me smile. "Always hungry boy" was daring indeed!
    Your poem, the picture, cause me to shiver in my boots, lol
    Hurray, the kittens are back! Except I hope not for long. Loving families need to come in and adopt them!

  12. Now I have that hot dog song in my head! I just love that poem, purrfect for that photo.

  13. Great post and photos and glad to hear the kittens are healing and coming back to shelter ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. I remember that hotdog commercial. Of course I do, I'm old. Made me smile. Now I want a hotdog with the works.

    Love the poem. Yes they are staying in.

    Glad the ringworm issue is under control.

    I salute all veterans, past, present and future.

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

  15. Thank you for honoring my Brothers and Sisters who have served,I was Proud to Raise My Hand ahd Take My Oath Of Enlistment Aufust 8,1971 and even prouder to walk in my Dad's footsteps!

  16. That is a commercial I "think" I remember!

  17. Funny story about the hotdogs Great poem too. XO

  18. It looks like we both had some fun with products this week. Some jingles stay planted in our minds for every, Mimi. That came immediately to mind before even watching you video clip. HaHa

  19. Great Six, Mimi - I'd never come across Armour hot dogs either... makes me kinda peckish... and now, across the continents we're all humming that tune!

  20. A delightful story and a fun video! Your poem and pic are great too!

  21. Never heard of those hot dogs!
    I just hope they're better than the song!

  22. Love the poem....I wouldn't dare walk out that door - with my luck the snow would fall off those trees!!!

    Hugs, Pam


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