Thursday, March 31, 2022

Mr. Fix-It (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Lifestyle (Sammy's Poetry Day) and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Whatcha lookin' for, Gramps?" granddaughter asked as he came in from the shop and began poking in the cabinets.

"A wooden kitchen match, need it to fix the car," he said.

"Here you go," she handed him the box, whereupon he fished one out, said, "thankee!", and he marched back out as she turned to her mother and said, "How's he going to fix that old car with a match?  Burn it?"

"No," mama said with a laugh, "this is the same man who sealed a coil into a car with chewing gum and got where he needed to go, if he says a stick match will fix the car, it will."

Mama's prediction came true as they heard the engine of the old clunker in the yard roar to life.

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

(Based on a true story, the mechanic in question really could fix things this way.)


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!  (Note, Gosia has started blogging again, we might hope for a revival.)


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

I'll show you beginners

how to do it,

It's all in the wrist,

there's not much to it.

Pannin' is fun

for tourists and traders,

for me it's a living,

I'm like a crusader.

Most people expect

to hit gold right quick,

they're not happy to learn

that's a very rare trick.

I've spent most my life,

and I've done pretty well,

but I won't retire rich

like some Hollywood swell.

There's joy in the living,

I do as I please,

and that's why I stay

each day I do seize.


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 a good nap yesterday.  Ms. G had to be somewhere in the afternoon, so i didn’t work late and snuck a nap in.  Also, we’re thankful the rain came and went, mostly went.


Today is:

Bunsen Burner Day -- on the birth anniversary of its inventor, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, in 1811

Buy Some New Socks Day -- because all the websites that list it agree you are worth it

Cesar Chavez Day -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, & Wyoming, US

Culture and Traditions Day -- Micronesia

Day Everyone Says "31" a Lot -- Fairy Calendar

Eiffel Tower Day -- inaugurated this day in 1889

Festival for Luna -- Ancient Roman Calendar (moon festival)

Hot Guitar Day -- the day Jimi Hendrix first set fire to his guitar in 1967

Jum il-Helsien (Freedom Day) -- Malta

King Nangklao Memorial Day -- Thailand

National Clams on the Half Shell Day

Oranges and Lemons Day -- St. Clement Danes Church, London, Enlgand (traditional children's service based on the rhyme that begins "Oranges and lemons/say the bells of St. Clement's)

"She's Funny That Way" Day -- pay tribute to the women in your life, and how they keep you laughing; sponsored by Brenda Meredith of Dahomey Publishing, Inc.

St. Balbina's Day (Patron of those with scrofulous diseases or stroma)

Thomas Mundy Peterson Day -- New Jersey, US (the first African-American to legally cast a vote in the US, this date in 1870)

Transfer Day -- US Virgin Islands

Vigil to Mourn China's Annexation of Tibet -- anniversary of the day in 1959 when the Dalai Lama fled to India

Birthdays Today:

Pavel Bure, 1971

Ewan McGregor, 1971

Marc McClure, 1957

Angus Young, 1955

Edward Francis "Ed" Marinaro, 1950

Al Gore, 1948

Rhea Perlman, 1948

Gabe Kaplan, 1945

Christopher Walken, 1943

James Earl "Jimmy" Johnson, 1938

Herb Alpert, 1935

Richard Chamberlain, 1935

Shirley Jones, 1934

John Jakes, 1932

Gordie Howe, 1928

Cesar Chavez, 1927

William Daniels, 1927

Leo Buscaglia, 1925

Henry Morgan, 1915

John "Jack" Johnson, 1878

Andrew Lang, 1844

Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, 1823

Edward Fitzgerald, 1809

Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, 1809

Joseph Haydn, 1732

Andrew Marvell, 1621

Rene Descartes, 1596

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"'night, Mother"(Play), 1983

"The Shadow Box"(Play), 1977

"The Best Man"(Play), 1960

"The Glass Menagerie"(Play), 1945

"Oklahoma!"(Musical), 1943

"Le Chasseur Maudit/The Accursed Huntsman"(Symphonic poem), 1883

Today in History:

Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade; Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade, 1146

King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella sign decree ordering Jews to convert or be expelled from Spain, 1492

Jews are expelled from Prague, 1745

Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade, 1854

Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy, NJ, becomes the first African American to cast a vote, 1870

The Eiffel Tower, commemorating the French Revolution, opens, 1889

Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft, 1903

Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1909

Construction begins on the RMS Titanic, 1909

Construction of the RMS Titanic is completed, 1912

The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands, 1917

Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time, 1918

The Royal Australian Air Force is formed, 1921

The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada, 1949

Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau, 1951

In the Canadian federal election, 1958, the Progressive Conservatives, led by John Diefenbaker, win the largest percentage of seats in Canadian history, with 208 seats of 265, 1958

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum, 1959

The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon, 1966

Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit, 1970

The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California, 1992

Netscape releases the code base of its browser under an open-source license agreement; the project is given the code name Mozilla and is eventually spun off into the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, 1998

Amid unrest in the Mideast, activists claim China has launched the largest crackdown on dissenters in recent years, 2011

The International Court of Justice at the U.N. agrees that Japanese whaling is conducted for commercial purposes, not scientific research; Japan accepts the order to cease all whaling activities in the Antarctic, 2014

Robert Weighton of Great Britain becomes the world's oldest man at 112 years, 2020


  1. Love your six sentence story. My father was just such a fix-it man. I have gone gold panning too. It isn't an instant route to riches - which is fine by me.

  2. The man in the story sounds like MacGyver (TV series). Great to have such man around the house. Here in the old days, we have women panning for tin ore and sometimes they found gold nuggets.

  3. I long for the days when I could fix a car with chewing gum, strings and the silvery paper from inside a packet of cigarettes (Yes - been there, done that!) Your story brings so many good - and some not so good - memories back.
    I love your poem. He sounds like a real good type.

  4. I take no offence to you posting fences. Fences with no posts soon fall down. Fences are good. They keep mosquitoes out of the garden.

    God bless.

  5. Some of us have a special talent for seeing solutions the rest of us don't...

    wish I was one

    Fun Six

  6. Old home remedies not only work for health, but on other things too. Why spend a fortune for a fancy fix when you can do it with a match? Where does one even find a match these days?

  7. Yep, no doubt about the match doing the trick! That was a good poem too and hooray for naps. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. My father could keep our vehicles running. That's what your story reminded me of.

    Love the poem and love that you got a nap in yesterday. Naps are good.

    Have a blessed Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥

  9. I do love your poems Mimi. One day I'll give you my poem. Have a wonderful day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. A delightfully different Six, well done Mimi. Really like your poem too.

  11. Interesting fence and nice poem. I am glad you got a much-deserved nap. XO

  12. If only fixing fancy modern cars was so simple!
    Here's to napping, Mimi :)

  13. very fun poem today !!! ☺☺☺ didn't know daylight savings time had been around that long; personally hoping it goes AWAY ~~~ ;) ☺☺

  14. Your poems and stories are so entertaining- you have such a clever mind to create! Glad you got a nap in! Have a lovely day!

  15. I want to know what was wrong and how in the world.... :D
    There's a fine lesson can be learned from the old man's words. Good poem.
    Ah. The "Nap". Glad you had a good one!

  16. I am all in with Hot Guitar Day.

    Love the 6 sentence writing. Is this one for me? Sounds like it!

  17. That's an interesting fence.
    My daughter's Landlord was just such a "fix-it" man. The screws holding the door hinges became loose so a match was inserted to "fill" the gap on each screw, until the day came when each screw was surrounded by matches, yet still worked loose because the wood of the door jamb was rotting. His solution was larger screws. My solution was to remove the door, bog up the too large holes with "knead-it" then replace the door with the original screws and let the filler set hard around them.
    I love your image and poem, though panning for gold isn't something I could do for a living.

  18. Mr Fix-it sounds delightful ~ wonderful poem and so glad you got a nap in ! XoX

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Handy men are true gems to have around. Hope he shares some of his shine teaching others!

  20. I am going to try to post some fences too. Lotsof different ones everywhere we go. Good stuff always from you to us. THANK YOU!


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