Thursday, February 24, 2022

Our Turn (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Angel Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


We had costumes!

Even more special, we had throws -- items to throw from the float along the parade route, beads, doubloons, stuffed animals and other trinkets.

We'd helped decorate the float, what magic it was to see it come together.

Even though it was going to be both an early day and a long day, we were all looking forward to it.

For the first time, our family would be riding in a Mardi Gras parade instead of just watching, be the throwers of those trinkets, not just the catchers.

There would be nothing mundane about this parade, it was our time to have people calling to us to "throw me something!"

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


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:    

Step right up my friend,

Tell me what you need,

I have it or I'll get it,

A guarantee, indeed.

You'll never need to enter

Any other store,

A surprise around each corner,

This place is never a bore!


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

On this last Thankful Thursday of Love Month, i am thankful for my Sweetie.  Yesterday i posted my Words for Wednesday about our wedding, and it reminded me to take a moment and be thankful for him.     


Today is:

Amun in the Festival of Raising Heaven -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Dragobete -- Romania (lover's day, and the day birds choose a mate, also considered by locals as the first day of spring)

Feast of the Incappucciati -- Gradoli, Italy (members of the Confraternity of Purgatory make the rounds of the town gathering food for the souls in Purgatory, which is served at a banquet next week on Ash Wednesday)

Fettiger Donnerstag  -- Swabia, Germany ("greasy Thursday", so called because of the greasy Kuchli cakes and pastries made today to use during carnival before the Lent fast)

Flag Day -- Mexico

Giving of Shoes -- Fairy Calendar

Gregorian Calendar Day -- Gregory XIII issued the Papal Bull requiring Roman Catholics to adopt his calendar reform on this day; the effective date of adoption was to be Oct. 4, 1582

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day -- some student programs at universities are set for this weekend, as encouraged during National Engineers Week 

Iseseisvuspaev/Independence Day -- Estonia(1918)

National Artist Day -- Thailand

National Chili Day  

National Tortilla Chip Day

N'cwala -- Zambia (Thanksgiving festival, celebrated with traditional dance, music, and specially brewed beer)

Nylon Toothbrush Day -- the first ones went on sale this date in 1938

Obnoxious Day -- probably started as a joke, the only ones who benefit from this day are the ecard companies

Regifugium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (flight of the king)

St. Æthelberht of Kent's Day (first Christian King of the Anglo-Saxons; some have his day listed tomorrow instead)

Weiberfastnach -- Cologne, Germany (Women's Carnival, the day the women run the pre-Lent celebration)

Anniversaries Today:

Hadassah is founded, 1912

Western Washington University is established, 1899

The American University is chartered by an act of the Congress of the United States of America, 1893

Birthdays Today:

Billy Zane, 1966

Kristin Davis, 1965

Eddie Murray, 1956

Paula Zahn, 1956

Steven Jobs, 1955

Alain Prost, 1955

Helen Shaver, 1951

George Thorogood, 1950

Edward James Olmos, 1947

Rupert Holmes, 1947

Barry Bostwick, 1945

Joe Lieberman, 1942

James Farentino, 1938

Renata Scotto, 1937

Michel Legrand, 1932

Mark Lane, 1927

Stephen Hill, 1922

Abe Vigoda, 1921

Chester W. Nimitz, 1885

Honus Wagner, 1874

Winslow Homer, 1836

Wilhelm Karl Grimm, 1786

Ibn Battutah, 1304

Emperor Toba of Japan, 1103

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Peer Gynt"(Play), 1876

"Rinaldo"(HWV 7), 1711

"L'Orfeo"(SV318), 1607

Today in History:

St. Francis of Assisi, age 26, receives his vocation in Portiuncula, Italy, 1208

In the first imperial coronation by a pope,Charles V is crowned by Clement V, 1530

Pope Gregory XIII, by decree, institutes what is now known as the Gregorian Calendar, correcting the older Julian Calendar, 1582

L'Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognized as an opera, receives its première performance, 1607

The London première of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, 1711

The US Supreme Court first declares a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison), 1803

London's Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute, 1804

The Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, the first removal treaty in accordance with the Indian Removal Act, is proclaimed. The Choctaws in Mississippi cede land east of the river in exchange for payment and land in the West, 1831

William Otis of Pennsylvania patents the steam shovel, 1839

The first parade to have floats is staged at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, 1868

Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached, 1868

The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries, 1875

China and Russia sign the Sino-Russian Ili Treaty, 1881

Chicago is selected to host the Columbian Exposition, 1890

Rudolf Diesel receives a patent for the diesel engine, 1893

Hudson Motor Car Company is founded, 1909

National Public Radio is founded in the United States, 1970

The United States Olympic Hockey team completes their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal, 1980

Buckingham Palace announces the engagement of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, 1981

A special commission of the U.S. Congress releases a report that condemns the practice of Japanese internment during World War II, 1983

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini offers a USD $3 million bounty for the death of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie, 1989

The last occurrence of February 24 as a leap day in the European Union and for the Roman Catholic Church, 1996*

Japan launches its fourth spy satellite, stepping up its ability to monitor potential threats such as North Korea, 2007

Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, 2008

Final launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, 2011

Pope Francis creates a second Secretariat within the Vatican and gives it the power to audit any Vatican agency at any time, 2014

The Journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencespublishes a study of the first animal that doesn't need oxygen to breathe, a tiny parasite living in salmon tissue, 2020

*The Romans counted Feb. 24 twice in leap years, instead of adding Feb. 29; that continued in many places until 1996


  1. I did not read your WfW yesterday, but after reading it I wholeheartedly agree. We were lucky to have escaped today's crazyness and made our own memories with mistakes, mishaps and pure fun and love. I went chasing the mailman for our rings, which came as a package for us on Friday (weddings are always Saturday in Denmark). And then - as now - postmen don't care too muhc about climbing stairs to ring the dorrbell. Luckily I knew his route, found him, gave him the slip of paper and had our rings :D
    For me too it'll soon be 37 years - where did they go? 1985 was a good year for weddings ;)

  2. Mom went to those parades a couple times and it was a wild time for sure with all the stuff being tossed, collecting beads, etc. She is glad she experienced it.

  3. love the poem. also viva mexico

  4. You make the excitement of Mardi Gras so well. And the joy of being the thrower rather than the catcher. You make me want to be there.

  5. That certainly sounds like a fun toss-toss parade and that was a really wonderful thankful today. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Wow! How exciting to be on one of the Mardi Gras floats ~ fun!

    Lovely poetry and great fence photos ~ Xo

    Wishing you lots of love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    (aka A Creative Harbor)

  7. I'd love to join you on that Mardi Gras float, Mimi! Like Jenne says, it sounds like such fun. I like your poem too, what an adventure to enter that store.

  8. Are you really going to ride a float? Will there be photos?

  9. This year you're riding the float? Not sure, but either way what an honor.

    Love that you got it right almost 37 years ago. Excellent. It took me more than one try, but I got it right this time. It will be 22 years in April.

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

  10. I would love to watch you in that parade. What wonderful news! I always think of you when I see cool fences. I really to dust off my big camera and starting snapping. Love visiting you here. Have a blessed week my friend. I am amazed February will be gone in a few days! The days go by quickly. :-)

  11. nice take on today's poem... and I"m trying to think of what
    toothbrushes would have been made of PRIOR to 1938 !! ☺☺♥♥

  12. Great story and poem. Are you really going to be on a float? That sounds like fun.

  13. Cotumes and in the parade----woo hoo! What fun! Love your poem to go with the photo! Spot on with that image! I could post a THANKFUL for my sweetie every week- and you can too- he sounds like a wonderful man! Take care! xoxo

  14. Mardi gras surely one of the first things to come to mind after New Orleans... have never been.
    I like their idea of the proper funereal... music and celebration rather than dirges and depression
    good Six!

  15. I love the look of that old fashioned store and the poem is perfect for it.
    How exciting the be the one throwing things at the parade :)

  16. I've heard of "Mardi gras", but we don't celebrate it where we live (as far as I know). From your story, the parade sounds exciting.

  17. I enjoyed your Six. That is a great place to see a parade from- a float!

  18. Participating is far more fun than just looking on!

    What an intriguing shop!

  19. Congratulations! It sounds like great fun Mimi. I've never been to Mardi Gras. In fact, I know little about it's origins. I have to rectify that before next Tuesday.
    Poetry was once again most enjoyable. I'd love to browse a store such as that in the photo image!
    Thank you for sharing your wedding day. Certainly made extra special by all the "extra special" happenings. I especially liked the part about the organist, lol.

  20. So much fun to be part of a parade!
    (And then be able to dip int the treat bag as you ride along, sharing)


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