"I'm retaining fluid like the Hoover Dam!" she waddled in, scratching her expanding belly and trying to look over it at her ankles, which were distinctly puffy.
"Anything I can do for you?" he asked, preparing to either get up and run to the store for something, or listen to a litany of pregnancy complaints.
"Only if you can convince this child to get off my bladder," she said with a sigh as she flopped on the couch, kicked off her hated "pregnancy support shoes" and put her swollen feet up on the ottoman.
"Would you like some of that mango sorbet, I saved you the last serving," he said, knowing it was her favorite.
As she started to shake her head and remind him about the doctor's warning on her blood sugar levels, he interrupted with, "Wait, I know, how about you swing those beautiful feet over here and I'll rub them, see if we can get them feeling better."
"That's the best idea I've heard all day," she said, settling in and putting her feet in his lap with a smile.
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:
Don't grow up so fast, my baby,
the day will come soon enough
when the good and the bad of being grown
will teach you life can be tough.
Stay little a little longer, my baby,
among board books and baby toys,
let's try to catch before it's gone
all of life's daily joys.
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 the Laundromat Library is back up, after being set aside during Covid quarantines.
Ascension Day -- Christian; related observances
Procession of the Holy Blood -- Belgium (religious historical procession recalling the adventurous crusaders, especially Count Thierry of Alsace, who was supposed to have carried back relics of the Holy Blood)
Bob Day -- an internet holiday i couldn't confirm, but if your name is Bob, you deserve a special day just for having that name!
Crown Prince's Birthday -- Denmark
Dracula Day -- Bram Stoker's Dracula went on sale this day in 1897
Dzien Matki -- Poland (Mother's Day)
Festival of the Valley -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the movement of Amun from the East Bank of Thebes to the West Bank; it involved giving flowers and sharing food with the dead)
Goblin Races -- Fairy Calendar
Holiday of the Receiving of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Independence Day -- Georgia(1918); Guyana(1966)
National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
National Cherry Dessert Day
National Day of Healing -- Australia (formerly called National Sorry Day; to express regret for the ill treatment of Aboriginal Peoples of Australia)
National Paper Airplane Day -- not an official holiday, but go make one, and have a blast; some people even organize contests
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day -- Hawai'i
Sally Ride Day -- US (birth anniversary of America's first woman in space)
St. Augustine of Canterbury's Day (First Archbishop of Canterbury and Patron of England; feast day in the Anglican Communion and most Eastern Churches)
St. Philip Neri's Day (Patron of Gravina, Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, and Rome, Italy; the United States Army Special Forces)
Thargelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (birthday festival of Apollo and Artemis; through tomorrow, date approximate)
World Lindy Hop Day -- Frankie Manning's birth anniversary
Boston University is founded by the Massachusetts legislature, 1869
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, 1968
Helena Bonham Carter, 1966
Lenny Kravitz, 1964
Genie Francis, 1962
Sally Ride, 1951
Pam Grier, 1949
Philip Michael Thomas, 1949
Hank Williams, Jr., 1949
Stevie Nicks, 1948
Brent Musburger, 1939
Miles Davis, 1926
James Arness, 1923
Peggy Lee, 1920
Jay Silverheels, 1919
Frankie Manning, 1914
Peter Cushing, 1913
Robert Morley, 1908
John Wayne, 1907
Dorothea Lange, 1895
Al Jolson, 1886
Today in History:
Armenian rebels battle the Sassanid empire and win the right to openly practice Christianity, 451
An earthquake strikes Kamakura, Japan, killing about 30,000, 1293
Geneva expels John Calvin and his followers from the city, 1538
Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, 1647
Lewis and Clark first see the Rocky Mountains, 1805
The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress, 1830
Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners, 1857
The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote, 1868
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia, 1894
Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1896
The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, 1908
The world's longest-lasting tornado, lasting for over 7 hours and traveling 293 miles, strikes Mattoon, Illinois, 1917
British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana, 1966
Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing, 1969
The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2, 1970
Willandra National Park is established in Australia, 1972
George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center, 1977
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people, injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed, 1983
The European Community adopts the European flag, 1986
Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era, 1991
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York, 1998
Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes, 2003
The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the build-up to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, 2004
The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 6,600 people, leaves 200,000 homeless, 2006*
The World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone, 2014
Hackers steal personal data for about 100,000 taxpayers after breaking into a U.S. Internal Revenue Service system that allows taxpayers to retrieve previous tax returns; the data can be used to file tax refund claims and commit identity theft, 2015
Ken Wyatt becomes Australia's first Aboriginal minister in government as the minister for indigenous Australians, 2019
Amazon says it will buy 97-year-old film and television studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $8.45 billion, 2021
*Occurred 22:54 GMT May 26, 05:54 Local Time May 27, so some sources date it today, some tomorrow