Thursday, June 16, 2022

More Than Luck (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day and Brian's Thankful Thursday


By a stroke that had to be more than just luck, several years ago i met my friend DiDreaming on a chat board, and when several of us got together in person, she and i clicked as if we'd always been friends.

She only lives about an hour drive from where we vacation, so i make sure to go see her every time i come, and we've gotten together at other times as well.

The last year has been very difficult for her; she survived inflammatory breast cancer several years ago, now she has ovarian cancer trying to kick her around, and a few months ago her youngest son died quite suddenly.

Yesterday was my visit, the day after her monthly chemo, and we got all of her laundry done, cleaned the floors, and enjoyed a charcuterie lunch together.

By the time it was time for me to go, she was not feeling well and i helped her get her hospital bag ready just in case.

My prayer is that she won't need it, but i am very concerned -- we need another stroke of that more than luck about now.

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


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!

A few fences from around here, where we vacation.


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

You never know who you will meet

on a New York subway ride.

There might even be a Sasquatch

sitting at your side.

So keep your eyes wide open,

but be polite, don't stare,

and you might be surprised

at what you see out there.


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 to be on vacation!


Today is:

Bloomsday -- commemoration of James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses

Career Nursing Assistants' Day -- and the start of CNA Week

Corpus Christi -- Catholic Christian

Day of Third-Hand Reports and Shaky Evidence -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Ludi Piscatari -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for fishermen; some sites say it was on the 17th)

Fresh Veggies Day -- before you have that fudge later

International Day of the African Child -- Organisation of African Unity

Ladies' Day (Baseball) -- anniversary of the first ever Ladies' Day baseball game, hosted by the New York Giants in 1883

Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev -- Sikh

National Dump the Pump Day -- The American Public Transportation Association originally sponsored this day to encourage you to consider public transportation as a way to cut down on high gasoline prices    

National Fudge Day

National Morticians Day -- honoring the last people to ever let you down

National Vinegar Day

St. Benno's Day (Patron of anglers, fishermen, weavers; Dresden-Meissen, Germany; Munich, Germany)

St. John-Francis Regis' Day (Patron of embroiderers, lace makers, social workers; Sisters of Saint Francis Regis; against plague)

Sussex Day -- West Sussex, England (on St. Richard's Day as celebrated in this area [current feast day is April 3 elsewhere]; he was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 to 1253, and his shrine was an important pilgrimage site)

Youth Day -- South Africa

Birthdays Today:

Abby Elliott, 1987

Diana DeGarmo, 1987

Phil Mickelson, 1970

Laurie Metcalf, 1955

Sonia Braga, 1950

Joan Van Ark, 1943

Joyce Carol Oates, 1938

Erich Segal, 1937

John Howard Griffin, 1920

Stan Laurel, 1890

Geronimo, 1829

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Ghostbusters II(Film), 1989

The Blues Brothers(Film), 1980

Psycho(Film), 1960

Today in History:

The Zoroastrian Religious Calendar begins with the ascension of Yasdegerd III of Persia, the start of the Persian Era, 632

Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses, 1487

British troops take Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada, 1745

The French surrender Fort Beauséjour to the British, leading to the expulsion of the Acadians, 1755

Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois, 1858

The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children, 1883

John Abbott becomes Canada's third prime minister, 1891

The Ford Motor Company is incorporated, 1903

The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948

Rudolf Nureyev defects at Le Bourget airport in Paris, 1961

Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space, 1963

The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador, 1972

Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd and kill 566 children, 1976

Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years of its issuance, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon, 2000

The 9/11 Commission, contradicting White House claims, determines Saddam Hussein had no strong ties to al-Qaeda, 2004

British Petroleum agrees to finanace a $20 billion fund to compensate those whose livelihood was damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, 2010

Prince Harry of Wales is cleared to return to active duty in the Afghan War, 2011

Egypt's voters go to the polls for a second round of voting in their first presidential election, 2012

Amazon announces it is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, 2017


  1. I like your holiday fences, and am praying for 'more than luck' for your friend. That picture and your poem took the prize.

  2. Smiling at your poem.
    I do hope (fervently) that your friend is ok.

  3. Very touching. And such a proper way to relate to someone in such a position... to bring, if only for part of a day, a touch of life before illness.

  4. So sorry to hear about your friend, Mimi.

  5. Prayers for your friend and what a nice thing you did for her. You're such a good soul.

    Love the fences. I always check fences out. Some are fabulous and others need lots of love.

    I'm thankful you're on vacation too.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug. ♥

  6. Thinking of your friend.
    Nothing surprises me when I travel on the London Underground, I've seen it all!

  7. Cute poem. I will add your friend to my prayer list. XO

  8. That's very sad for your friend, prayers from us too. That sure was a cute and furry poem and a most excellent thankful, enjoy! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. Sounds like your friend has a good friend in you!

  10. Oh, Mimi. Your friend has been through so much. I hope she finds some relief through treatment. It was kind of you to give her a hand with her laundry and floors, two tiring but necessary jobs. Wishing her good luck and good progress.

  11. You see the most amazing things on a subway or bus these days! GREAT POEM!!!!!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

  12. People, establishments, doctors etc view the persons as their illness and identify them with it. Just, plain wrong.
    What you did was exactly what needed for someone as your friend.
    Small actions can create big results.

  13. I had a very close friend who did chemo for breast cancer. Offered to take her to the sessions, she accepted.
    Knew she was very sad about the loss of her long hair and she was worried that she would stand out with the wig. I had not much hair anyway but completely shaved them. Everyone was coming and giving support to the poor lad at the clinic - the laughs we had. (kept them shaven ever since)
    So, keep doing what you know best.

  14. Prayers for your dear friend ~ glad you got to visit with her and provide your loving support ~ Xo

    Lovely photos of the fences ~ too and lovely words ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. I have no difficulty believing it was more than luck that drew the two of you together. I'm sorry to hear of your friend's struggle and loss. A bittersweet reunion. Gestures - performed with love and caring, have power.
    Enjoy your vacation for how ever many days are left, Mimi!


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