Thursday, December 2, 2021

Running on Empty (Six Sentence Story), Holiday Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Where are you going now?"

Cat-sitting duty, it's before and after work each day.

"How many cat-sitting jobs do you have?"

One this week, one next, and another the week after that.

"All that and work and the Christmas activities -- you'd better hold some energy in reserve, you also have to cook another big dinner for the big day."

Yeah, that's the part it would be nice to forget.

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


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!

Even the fences are beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


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

If you look at me from far enough away,

It clearly dispels the notion

That I should be called the Earth,

My name really should be Ocean!


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 for something that didn't happen.  Yesterday at Ms. G's place, we were working in the yard when she asked me to grab something that was on the ground.  She's forgotten there was a very sharp, very rusted garden stake near there, and i didn't see it until i ran into it.  By the grace of The Good Lord it didn't hit 1/4 inch the other direction, or i'd be called "dead-eye" now.  As it is, i just have a bad scrape and bruise.


Today is:

Chichibu Yomatsuri -- Chichibu shrine, Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan (one of Japan's most impressive night parties; through tomorrow) 

Festival of the Finger Stalls -- Fairy Calendar

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery -- UN

National Day -- Laos; United Arab Emirates (trad.)

National Fritters Day

National Mutt Day -- US (because mixed breeds need an extra chance) 

Oshiroi Matsuri -- Fukuoka, Japan (Face Paint Festival, to ask for good harvest next year)

Safety Razor Day -- the first disposable razor blades were patented by King Gillette this day in 1901

Special Education Day -- US (anniversary of the first US special education law in 1975)

St. Bibiana's Day (Patron of epileptics, mentally ill people, single laywomen, torture victims; against epilepsy, hangovers, headaches, insanity, mental illness; and, appropriately considering the aforementioned list, Los Angeles, CA)

Walter Plinge Day -- UK (the British equivalent to George Spelvin, a name used to disguise the fact that an actor is playing more than one part in a production, but Walter was based on a real pub owner who was generous to actors)

Birthdays Today:

Britney Spears, 1981

Nelly Furtado, 1978

Monica Seles, 1973

Lucy Liu, 1968

Randy Gardner, 1958

Dennis Christopher, 1955

Dan Butler, 1954

Stone Phillips, 1954

Cathy Lee Crosby, 1948

T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1948

Gianni Versace, 1946

William Wegman, 1943

Julie Harris, 1925

Maria Callas, 1923

Randolph Hearst, 1915

Charles Ringling, 1863

Georges Seurat, 1859

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Naked Gun(Film), 1988

"Mystery of Edwin Drood"(Musical), 1985

"Imus in the Morning"(Radio), 1961

Dancing Lady(Film), 1933 (first appearance of Fred Astaire)

"The Adventures of Charlie Chan"(Radio), 1932

Model A Ford, 1927 (first sold on this date, for $385)

"Sie Versunkene Glocke/The Sunken Bell"(Hauptmann play), 1896

"Samson et Dalila/Samson and Delilah"(Saint-Saens opera, Op. 47), 1877

"La Favorite/The Favorite"(Donizetti opera), 1840

Today in History:

The University of Leipzig opens, 1409

Dedication of the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, the first synagogue in what became the United States, 1763

Napoleon defeats the Russians and Austrians at Austerlitz, 1805

The first Savings bank in the US opens, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society, 1816

US President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine", 1823

US President James K. Polk declares it is the "Manifest Destiny" of the US to expand into the West, 1845

Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the US, in NYC, 1867

King Camp Gillette patents the safety razor, 1901

Pu Yi (Hsuan-T'ung) became China's Last Emperor at age 2, 1908

Following 19 years of Ford Model T production, the Ford Motor Company unveils the Ford Model A, 1927

A team led by Enrico Fermi initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, 1942

Riots break out in Jerusalem in response to the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan, 1947

The Granma yacht reaches the shores of Cuba's Oriente province and Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembark to initiate the Cuban Revolution, 1956

Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai, and Umm Al Quwain form the United Arab Emirates, 1971

Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state, 1988

A coalition led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins the first free all-German elections since 1932, 1990

The United Kingdom devolves political power in Northern Ireland to the Northern Ireland Executive, 1999

NASA announces finding an arsenic based life form on Earth, 2010

Taxi service company Uber expands its presence in Latin America by partnering with Carlos Slim's cell phone company America Movil to place the Uber app on mobile phones throughout Mexico, 2014

A trade war truce is agreed upon between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G-20 meeting in Argentina, 2018

The UK authorizes the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the first Western country to approve a Covid vaccine, 2020


  1. Wow, thanks for all these interesting and amazing information!

  2. I hope Gosia is ok.
    And am not surprised that you are running on empty. You achieve more in a day than I do in a month.

  3. Wowsa, thakns for that non-happening indeed.
    I love your poem, Ocean it is!
    And yes, we need to save upo loads of energy for later rigth now.
    All the best!

  4. You will need all the energy for all the activities. Beautiful fences. A great relief that you are not seriously injured. Thank the Good Lord for His protection.

  5. Love the big bows on the fence. Cat sitting seems easy, but it is time consuming. We know because sometimes Mom watches a friends cat and it interferes with our daily routine even when it is not during the holidays.

  6. That was a good story and a really great poem and a good point too. Oh my, we're thankful you didn't damage your eye. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  7. In terms of energy expenditures (and reserves) we must cite the philosphers Wayne&Garth
    'We are not worthy! We are not worthy!'


  8. Love your six. I always do.

    You're wonderful with poems too.

    Yikes on that accident that could have been far worse. Your angel was watching over you.

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

  9. very clever take on the poem Mimi and very true !!!

    the fence photo is very festive, I'm guessing it's some place
    where the word... winter.... is "not allowed" !! ;) ♥♥

  10. We cat sit often, sometimes while listening to Maria Callas.

  11. There's always so much on everyone's plate this time of year! Time she recruited help with the dinner preparations.

  12. Ouch! I am sorry you got injured. I hope you got a tetanus shot. XO

  13. So glad and grateful too that you were not seriously injured ~ pretty fence photo and fun story ~ Xo

    Happy Days to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. when is vacation? lol
    Poetry, yours always a delight.
    Talk about close calls?! That is a huge thankful. Hope the scrapes and bruises heal and fade quickly.

  15. That rusted garden stake needs a tennis ball topper for easy visibility. The fence is very pretty with the bows and the flowers.
    Perhaps the Christmas dinner cook could get some help from the one who is reminding her about it?

  16. Cooking Christmas lunch is the part I'd like to avoid as well, Mimi. Close call with that rake; ouch! Great poem, too - long may our oceans bloom blue.

  17. Mimi that's absolutely right - Planet Ocean....I like it. It's also hard to imagine that once many eons ago all those blobs of land were connected! Thanks for joining our poetic fun every week.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

  18. Cooking Christmas lunch is the BEST bit! You make a very good point in your poem. Delighted you survived relatively unscathed!

  19. I think I need to lie down after reading about all that your narrator has to do! She's one heroic woman, so well described. I'm sure the cats cuddle up to her though.

  20. Love this! The cats love you for this.


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