Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Even Grown Men (Carl!) Do This (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by WiseWebWoman and Elephant's Child is posting them on her blog.       

This week's prompts are:

  • Jewel
  • Jigsaw
  • Jerboa
  • Jasmine
  • Jerrican
  • Jump
  • Jumbo
  • Jellyfish

WiseWebWoman added, use some or all and add another J word of your own if you like.

Have fun. 

"What's on tap for this week?"

"This week we have the JOY of unJUMBLING the JIGSAW puzzle that is our attic."

"Are you sure that's all we have left on the list?"

"Of course, I'm sure."

"That's the last thing I want to do!"

"I know, that's why it's the last thing on the list."

Glaring look, followed by, "You did this on purpose."

"Naturally, because there is no good time for it, and I knew if we left anything else undone, it would be put off again.  Besides, maybe we'll find great-aunt's JEWEL box."

"Right, sure we will.  I'd rather wrestle a JUMBO JELLYFISH."

"Perhaps gramps left a JERRICAN or two up there, you've been wanting more for your camping trips."

"Maybe I'll JUMP out of the attic window and break my leg and not have to help you."

"I've seen you jump, you were the best jumper on the track team.  You jump like a JERBOA, you'd probably land in the JASMINE and it would break your fall."

"That would be my luck."

"Well, no time like the present to get started."

"You're really going to make us do this?"

"Yep, and remember, I'm going to suffer through it as much as you are."

"Okay, but when we are done, I want the reward of a whole JELLY roll to myself!"



PS, i keep forgetting that i'm supposed to write a reflections post on the A to Z Challenge.  Having to match up my posts to a letter for the day is a fun way to add an extra dimension to the enjoyment i already get out of doing this.  That about sums up my reflections.

Congratulations to everyone who did the A to Z!


Today is:

Anxiety Disorders Screening Day -- if you have symptoms, get checked, there is help

Bird Day -- anniversary of the first Bird Day declared in 1894 by the Superintendent of Schools in Oil City, PA, Charles Babcock

Cassinga Day -- Namibia

Compliment Someone's Smile Day

Declaration of Independence Day -- Latvia

Dodenherdenking -- Netherlands (Remembrance of those in the armed forces who have died in war or peacekeeping missions.)

Fairy Ring Day (Giving) -- Fairy Calendar

Frustrating the Fairies Day -- Ireland (a day to confuse the fairies so they may not cause any mischief, although i can't find any details about how to frustrate them)

Great American Grump Out Day -- encouraging everyone to avoid grumpiness and rudeness for 24 hours; who knows, you might enjoy it so much it will stick!

International Firefighters' Day 

May Fourth Movement

     Literary Day -- Republic of China

     Youth Day -- People's Republic of China

Memorial Day -- Curacao (military ceremonies to honor victims of WWII, not a government holiday)

Midori no hi -- Japan (Greenery Day/Arbor Day)

National Bike to School Day -- US (encouraging kids to have fun, get their exercise, and get to school under their own steam; this year, let them ride around the block a few times before settling in to homeschool) 

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Day to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy -- US   

National Kids Fitness Day -- this one doesn't seem to have any particular sponsor or organization behind it, but please get those kids outdoors to do something fun, any time you can!

National Orange Juice Day

National Weather Observers Day -- another fun day that doesn't seem to be sponsored by anyone, but Family Crafts has suggestions for how to celebrate

Occupational Safety and Health Professionals Day -- US (info here)   

Petite and Proud Day -- i've never heard of this one until now, but it's the one for me!

Relationship Renewal Day -- because someone, somewhere, wants you to stop taking the ones you love for granted

Remembrance Day for Martyrs and the Disabled -- Afghanistan

Respect for Chickens Day -- International (United Poultry Concerns

Sagami Giant Kite Festival -- Sagami, Japan (through tomorrow; giant kite that requires a team of 100 people is flown on the banks of the Sagami River)

St. Florian's Day (Patron of brewers, chimney sweeps, coopers, drowning victims, fire prevention, firefighters, harvests, soap-boilers; Austria; Chur, Switzerland; Linz, Austria; Poland; against battle, drowning, fire, and flood)

     a recognized holiday in Austria

St. Venerius of Milan's Day (Patron of lighthouse keepers)

Star Wars Day -- greet others with "May the 4th be with you!"

Yom HaZikaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; ends at sunset)

Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; beings at sunset, through tomorrow sunset)

Youth Day -- China

Birthdays Today:

Erin Andrews, 1978

Dawn Stanley, 1970

Randy Travis, 1959

Pia Zadora, 1956

David Guttersn, 1956

Jackie Jackson, 1951

Richard Jenkins, 1947

Nicholas Ashford, 1942

George F. Will, 1941

Roberta Peters, 1930

Audrey Hepburn, 1929

Heloise Bowles Cruse, 1919

Horace Mann, 1796

Bartolomeo Cristofori, 1655

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beatles at Hollywood Bowl"(Album), 1977

"Another World"(TV), 1964

"New Girl in Town"(Musical), 1957

Today in History:

Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance, 1415

Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands, 1626

A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella, 1715

Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III, 1776

Mary Dixon Kies becomes the first woman in the US to obtain a patent, for a method of weaving hats with straw, silk, and thread, 1809

Napoleon arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile, 1814

The Haymarket Square Riot takes place in Chicago, 1886

The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal, 1904

The Royal Canadian Navy is created, 1910

May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, 1919

Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion, 1932

Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea, 1953

The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South, 1961

The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation", 1972

An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak, 1974

Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1979

Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation, 1990

The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever, 2007

The last nuclear reactor in Japan is shut down, leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970, 2012

California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy, 2018

Halima Cisse of Mali gives birth to nonuplets (nine babies) in Morocco, in only the third known case worldwide, 2021


  1. I love your story! I'd be putting off clearing the attic too, as long as possible, but once started I'd have to finish and that would be a great feeling. Especially with a whole jelly roll to myself.

  2. Those syrup varieties will make great choices for our pancakes too! And yes, I also think clearing up the attic is a chore.. yet it's a must-do if you've got to look for something so important :) Happy Wordless Wednesday!

  3. Jolly well done is what I say to your W4W post. Thank you.

  4. Maple syrup is tasty. Honey too.

    God bless.

  5. Thanks for the story It made me laugh. Jumbling jigsaws is very low on my list of things I want to do as well. GRaz on finishing the A-Z Challenge it was fiun and/or interesting to see what you made of it.

  6. Mimi,

    Mmm, now I want pancakes! You did a fab job with the writing prompt with so many 'J' words. I appreciated your visits last month. I did awful keeping up with others, though. April was wild as you know. Just get to your 'Reflections' post when you can. I'm happy to have the A2Z challenge behind me. Have a wonderful day, darlin'!

  7. We don't have an attic. I can't clear my store room because hubby has too many things in it. I don't like too many things in the house especially those things that we don't really need.

  8. Mom will only eat the real maple syrup, but it seems most people are fine with the imitation brands. Carl probably uses a lot of syrup which would be expense with the real stuff.

  9. I can't seem to add my link to your hop.

  10. I had maple syrup pancakes while we were on the cruise. I never have them at home but they were delicious.

  11. That's it, pancakes and maple syrup for melow a bit low on the butter one! Well done with the story, it was a jolly jaunt!

    1. Meant to point out you're getting low on the butter one but something odd happened mid sentence!

  12. Nothing like having more than one open at a time and don't they belong in the fridge after they are opened? Don't know, but I love all things that Carl does.

    Great use of the prompts as always.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥

  13. And now that the attic has been tidied up nicely, I hope that you foundGreat-aunt's jewelry box. You just got enough Butter Syrup for those pancakes. Better put it on the grocery list.


  14. LOL! I had to look twice at your syrup photo! Great job on the story. We don't frustrate the fairies here....we expand the fairy garden every year just to make them happy! 💜

  15. Carl ~ keeps one entertained for sure ~ wonderful use of prompts ~ Xo

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days ~

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Great story and the syrup photo is funny. XO

  17. Thank goodness we do not have an attic! It's bad enough having a double garage! Cheers for your story!

  18. nice use of the letter J today mimi.....and YEOW as da tabbies say...NINE babies !!!

  19. Gotta be Carl with the syrup. Good story too!


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