Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: one of the contributing bloggers picked a number between 12 and 50. The submitted number is a challenge to participating bloggers to write at least one piece using that exact number of words.
This month, the word count number is: 41
It was submitted by: Diana of On the Border
For your entertainment, i will describe my last two Sunday mornings in 41 word sentences. Two Sundays ago was Mother's Day, usually i would be running to the early service and then getting to NOLA to take Grandma out for lunch.
This year, Grandma couldn't go out and she wanted a repeat of the Easter dinner. This meant i could get Becca, take her to the service we usually attend, then leave her with Ms. A so we could go to NOLA.
What they didn't tell me, Ms. A went out of town, i was supposed to leave Becca at Sunday school and someone else would pick her up. Not seeing Ms. A at church, i took Becca back to an empty house.
Several phone calls got it straight and i brought Becca back to the church, turning her her over to Ms. R. Ms. A and her husband felt awful they'd worked out a plan and then forgotten to tell me about it.
Even thought it put us late leaving for NOLA, i am still laughing about the whole thing weeks later, as it is so typical of what happens to me. Each thought the other told me, it's like a slapstick comedy.
Forward one week to this past Sunday. Everyone is in town and supposedly all is well. Then i go crank GusGus to head out and the low tire pressure gauge is on. What...it wasn't low, it was almost a pancake.
Sweetie headed to the nearest convenience store for Fix-a-Flat and i called Ms. A. She would go ahead and get Becca dressed and ready and if i could get the tire to hold and get it aired up, get there ASAP.
When Sweetie got back with the last can of Fix-a-Flat from the nearest store, i emptied it into the tire and drove around to spread the goo from the can inside the tire to seal it, praying it would actually hold.
The Fix-a-Flat worked and the nearest gas station not only had an air machine, it was actually working, so i got the tire aired and headed to another convenience store to buy more Fix-A-Flat, just in case, not taking any chances.
On the way i passed a really bad one car accident at the railroad tracks, someone had hit the electrical works that controls the lights and arms. Responders were already there so i carefully crept along, saying a prayer for all.
The next store had plenty of cans of the stuff, but the nearby accident had knocked out power long enough that their card machine was down. Cash only. The night before, i'd found where i'd tucked a spare $20 i'd forgotten.
Becca was dressed when i got there, so she and i walked Mr. Cal then went to church as usual. After, Sweetie met me at Kevin and Lenny's and we left the key and note. They managed to fix it Monday.
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Since my life is half slapstick comedy and half soap opera (those are always good for a laugh), how about some funnies?
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
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Constitution Day -- Nauru; Norway; Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Dea Dia Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of growth)
Dia de las Letras Gallegas -- GA, Spain (Galician Literature Day in Galacia, an autonomous region of Spain)
Falling Off a Log Night -- Fairy Calendar
Feast of Azamat(Grandeur) -- Baha'i
Grand Spring Festival -- Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan (through tomorrow; includes horseback archery, processions in costume, and more)
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Liberation Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo
Merry-Go-Round Day -- the first merry-go-round, powered by horses, opened this day in 1620
National Cherry Cobbler Day
National Walnut Day -- declared in 1949 by the Walnut Marketing Board
Navy Day -- Argentina (anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Montevideo in 1814)
Pack Rat Day -- come on out and admit it, you are a pack rat, too!
Rubber Band Day -- patented this day in 1845, and aren't we pack rats glad.
Shunki Reitaisai -- Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan (Grand Festival of Spring, through the 18th)
St. Madron of Cornwall's Day (Patron against pain)
Syttende Mai -- Norway (Constitution Day)
Tell An Umpire "I Love Your Outfit" Day -- only if he has a sense of humor or you can duck quickly
Watch a Baby Fall Asleep Day -- because few things in the world are as funny and precious
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day -- UN
Nikki Reed, 1988
Tahj Mowry, 1987
Drew Roy, 1986
Andrea Corr, 1974
Sendhil Ramamurthy, 1974
Mia Hamm, 1972
Jordan Knight, 1970
Trent Reznor, 1965
Craig Ferguson, 1962
Sugar Ray Leonard, 1956
Bob Saget, 1956
Bill Paxton, 1955
Debra Winger, 1955
Christian Lacroix, 1950
Dennis Hopper, 1936
Maureen O'Sullivan, 1911
James "Cool Papa" Bell, 1903
Joseph Norman Lockyer, 1836
Edward Jenner, 1749
"Information Please!"(Radio), 1938
"Shéhérazade"(Ravel song cycle), 1904
Comic Cuts(Comic Paper, first publication), 1890
"Cavalleria rusticana/Rustic Chivalry"(Opera), 1890
Today in History:
Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi becomes the first to see 2 belts on Jupiter's surface, 1630
Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve founds the Ville Marie de Montréal, 1642
Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada), 1672
Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River, 1673
England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions, 1733
The US Continental Congress bans trade with Canada, 1775
The New York Stock Exchange is founded, 1792
John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine, 1803
Napoleon I of France orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire, 1809
Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian, 1814
Antoine Joseph Sax patents the saxophone, 1846
Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language, 1863
Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby, 1875
Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer, 1902
The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the first-ever televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City, 1939
The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954
Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure, 1969
Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean, 1970
Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho, starting the Internal conflict in Peru, 1980
Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, 1983
After 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France, 1995
Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown, 1992
Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1997
Massachussetts becomes the first US State to legalize same-sex marriage, 2004
The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef, 2008
Dalia Grybauskaite is elected the first female President of Lithuania, 2009
The brightest lunar meteor impact ever observed is recorded by NASA, 2013
Gina Haspel is confirmed as the first female director of the CIA by the US Senate, 2018