Thursday, January 20, 2022

CatCat (Six Sentence Story), Mardi Gras Good Fences, May I Still Have This Dance (Sammy's Poetry Day), and Weird Noise Solved (Brian's Thankful Thursday


Note, yes that is a cabbage in the little winter garden in front of Ms. RW's house in yesterday's Wordless Wednesday picture.  She grows veggies and flowers together.


He first appeared in Ms. G's back yard wary, skinny, dirty and looking like he'd not had a very good start in life; he was one of those skittish cats that hug the shadows and eat furtively from the bowl of every cat in the neighborhood that's fed outdoors.

Ms. G was worried as he didn't seem very healthy at first, and he was a very long time being convinced to stay mostly in her back yard and eat what she gave him, as well as accept a bit of careful petting.

Eventually she trapped him and had him neutered and thoroughly vetted, and thanked her by disappearing for 36 hours as punishment, but by this time he knew what side his bread was buttered on (or where his food bowl was always full).

He now has his own heated kitty house for shelter, as well as a chair with a cat bed covered by a blue tarp to offer protection as well, his food bowl in the plastic dog house on the chaise lounge where it can stay dry, and treats and toys and even catnip once in a while.

Ms. G is using a baby gate at the back door to let him and Buddy get used to each other, although it's slow going as Buddy is used to being the big man cat in charge.

It's okay, though, CatCat has everything he needs for now, and eventually, whether he knows it or not, he's going to be an indoor beloved spoiled pet kitty.

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



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!

Mardi Gras/Carnival fences are starting to appear.


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

May I Still Have This Dance?

I remember the first time I asked you, “May I have this dance?”

From the moment you were in my arms no other girl got a glance.

We twirled and spun the night away without another care,

Any guy who tried to cut in I warded off with a glare.

I remember the first time you asked me, “May I have this dance?”

At that moment you swept me off my feet, no other guy had a chance.

We danced and laughed and chatted the entire evening away,

And when I got home I told my mom, “I’ll marry him someday!”

I remember dancing at our wedding, you were the most beautiful bride!

I was nervous and humbled and a little scared and about to bust with pride.

The prettiest girl in the world, after all, had chosen to marry me,

I wanted to give the world to you and be the best that I could be.

When we danced that first dance at our wedding, I could hardly believe!

I was floating on air the whole day through, and when it was time to leave,

It was so exciting to start our new life in our own little two room flat.

We didn't need a fancy honeymoon, we had each other, that was that.

We've danced through job changes and kids and moves and more,

Good times and hard times have both taken turns coming through our door.

With my girl at my side, dancing with me, I knew I could face anything,

We've weathered the storms together, all of what life can bring.

I've always felt like I could face anything, as long as I'm dancing with you,

When you ask for a dance and smile at me, I never can stay blue.

The good and the bad have happened, we've certainly had our share,

I knew we'd get through it together, as long as I know you care.

Now as we're getting older, I want to take every chance

To ask my beautiful bride, "May I still have this dance?"

Our future may hold surprises, we don't know how long it will be,

But every day is a beautiful one if you will dance with me.

We may not be spring chickens, but I think you are just grand!

There's no one I'd rather dance with, in this or any land.

Every day we have together, I want to make it the best,

Yes, you may still have this dance, this day and all the rest!


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

This week my thankful is a funny one.  Yesterday i was driving with my window down, enjoying the nice weather (it's supposed to get wet and then cold soon, so i wanted to enjoy it while i could) and i heard a funny noise.  Since i was in a neighborhood and only doing the speed limit of 25mph, i kept hearing a click-click-click noise that sounded like it was coming from the front of my car, specifically from the tire.  Pulling over, i got out and looked, and sure enough, i had a big pebble wedged in the tread of my driver's side tire and i could hear that thing hit the pavement with every turn of the tire!  With a laugh, i pried it out and got back in the car, glad i'd solved that annoying click sound and no mechanic needed!


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Mali

Camcorder Day -- five companies agreed, this day in 1982, to cooperate and construct a camera with a built in VCR

Celtic Tree Month Beth (Birch) ends

Coffee Break Day

Day of National Mourning -- Azerbaijan (a/k/a Martyrs' Day)

Festival of Jubilation for Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, in Busiris)

Heroes Day -- Cape Verde; Guinea-Bissau (death anniversary of Amilcar Cabral)

La Tamborrada de San Sebastian -- San Sebastian, Spain (24 hours of drumming, begun last evening)

National Buttercrunch Day

National Cheese Lover's Day

National Granola Bar Day

National Disc Jockey Day -- listed lots of places, but no particular reason given for the choice of date

Nosso Senhor de Bonfim Festival -- Salvador, Brazil (Our Lord of the Happy Ending Festival, at the church by that name, the celebrations begin with washing the steps of the church today and celebrations run through this Sunday and to the next)

Penguin Awareness Day -- lots of celebrating, but no history of who started it

Sacrifices to Athena -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Stay Young Forever Day -- celebrate the child in all of us, do something fun

St. Sebastian's Day (Patron of archers, armorers, arrowsmiths/fletchers, athletes, bookbinders, diseased cattle, dying people, gardeners, gunsmiths, hardware stores, ironmongers, lace makers/lace workers, lead workers, masons, plague victims, police officers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, raquet makers, soldiers, stone masons/stone cutters; several cities, but especially of Rio de Janiero, Brazil and San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, where today is marked with celebrations; against cattle disease, enemies of religion, plague)

Take a Walk Outdoors Day -- unless it's storming, a good way to get some exercise

Tenmangu Kowakamai -- Setaka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (festival of old style Japanese dances)

Women's Healthy Weight Day -- on the Thursday of Healthy Weight Week, encouraging women to strive for a healthy weight and lifestyle     

Birthdays Today:

Skeet Ulrich, 1969

Rainn Wilson, 1966

James Denton, 1963

Lorenzo Lamas, 1958

Bill Maher, 1956

David Lynch, 1946

Dorothy Provine, 1937

Arte Johnson, 1934

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, 1930

Patricia Neal, 1926

Otis Dewey "Slim" Whitman, 1924

Federico Fellini, 1920

DeForest Kelley, 1920

Joy Adamson, 1910

George Burns, 1896

Harold Lincoln Gray, 1894

Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, 1889

Carolus Linnaeus, 1778

André-Marie Ampère, 1775

Richard Henry Lee, 1732

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Meet the Beatles"(Album, US release), 1964

Today in History:

The first elected English Parliament is called into session by the 6th Earl of Leicester, and meets in the Palace of Westminster (a/k/a Houses of Parliament), 1265

The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored, 1502

The Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) is founded in Spain to deal with American affairs, 1503

The cornerstone of Amsterdam town hall laid, 1648

The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson, 1788

China cedes Hong Kong to British, 1841

L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster, 1885

The first full length talking motion picture filmed outdoors is released, "In Old Arizona", 1929

Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews, 1942

The first atomic submarine, USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Connecticut, 1955

Witnesses report sightings of a Bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the River Thames since records began in 1913, 2006

A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance, 2007

Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum, 2013


  1. Hooray for Ms G. Lucky CatCat - who obviously knows what side his bread is generously buttered.
    And hooray for solving a problem without needing a mechanic. Well done you.

  2. Did I love that poem,? So much!!! Thank you. And great thankfull too.

  3. Lots to enjoy from you today Mimi, well done!

  4. That kitty is very lucky and we sure hope it can be in the house real soon. Mom is the same way with the car or our house when she hears a tiny noise it will drive her mad until she finds and fixes it. Glad it was just a rock!

  5. Catcat went to the right place and found its home with kind Ms. G. He looks so well fed and taken care of. Love the beautiful poem. That is indeed something to be thankful for, that it is only a pebble. Have a great day.

  6. love the dance lines, lovely work, and Richard Henry Lee, one of my colonial heroes.

  7. That's one lucky kitty. Bless her for taking care of him.

    Love the poem. You and I have that very partner. We are most blessed.

    I had to laugh at your thankful, but thankful nonetheless. Not having to replace a tire is always a good thing.

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

  8. Wow, this poem was me. I met Mary Lou at Octoberfest, Kitchener, Ontario. We danced and talked throughout the day & night. . I asked her that when we got back to Windsor could I ask her out. She said OK. Later that night I went for a walk with my friend Lorenzo and I told him that I was going to marry Mary Lou. I dated Mary Lou for few months and asked her to marry me and we have been married for 47 years. As the poem says " Good times and hard times have both taken turns coming through our door." After 3 years of marriage, one child and one on it's way, I had my stroke. It's been tough but with the strength of my wife I've been able to enjoy living. I can't dance anymore but just looking at my wife is the most important thing I can do. That's been my poem.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Hooray for CatCat finding a good place to be! That was a good poem too and a nice cost savings thankful! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. Wow! congrats to you on resolving your tire problem ~ Cat Cat is looking very healthy ~ glad he is staying close ~ Great fence photos ~ Mardi Gras time ~ have fond memories ~ sweet poem ~ Xo

    Wishing you lots of loving moments,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. catcat we iz BUZZED happee ewe haz sum one lookin out for ewe and we hope that ewe and buddy bee come de BEST OH FRIENDZ ~~~~~~~ ewe ree mind uz oh tuna ♥♥ heerz hopin ewe dee side livin inn side iz like de BEST ♥♥♥

  12. I am so happy for this sweet kitty. Your poem was great too. I still have Christmas stuff up including the tree. I guess it is time to move on to Mardi Gras. XO

  13. Cat Cat has a wonderful person in Ms G! We love the fences! And your poem is wonderful! And your Thankful made me laugh! Have a marvellously happy day!

  14. That's a beautiful photo of the old couple dancing in the kitchen. Your poem is good too.

  15. CatCat is such a cool name. Where I once lived we had a number of cats that came to visit the gardens, and not knowing their real names we called them: BigCat, BiggerCat, TriangleCat, WhiteCat and OtherCat.

    I like this part, and so true! "(he) thanked her by disappearing for 36 hours as punishment, but by this time he knew what side his bread was buttered on (or where his food bowl was always full)."

  16. Hurrah for your happy Catcat story, Mimi, and that lovely poem brought a little tear to my eye, followed by a warm smile :)

  17. Catcat's life is rebuilt. Heart warning 💚

  18. I love Ms. G for sentence 4! CatCat probably knows he's got it made. Don't think he'll be roaming too far now, lol
    Love your poem, Mimi.
    Good for you. Always satisfying when we can fix things ourselves.

  19. What a delightful story. And I love the name CatCat. A parish priest near where I used to live had a cat called Cat. He said the children all wanted to name the cat and not to show any preference, he decided it should simply be called Cat.

  20. Such a precious and poignant is exactly the "flavor" we hoped the poetry we'd see would be when we chose that photo for Sammy's Poetry Day. Love is forever and that's not just human love but ALL love. Thanks for beautifully illustrating that with your words!

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy (and Angel Sammy too)


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