Thursday, July 21, 2022

Another Cup, Please (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Hi, this is Steve, at XYZ Ford, and we have some news on your car."

Hi, Steve, thank you, what's up?

"Well, it's the transmission control module, and it's covered by the warranty, so it won't cost you anything to fix it, but the bad news is, the part is on backorder, there are over 52,000 of these parts on backorder around the US, Ford is not telling us when they might be releasing the part, and I have two other vehicles here in the shop, once since last November, one since last October, and they need the part, too, so we really have no idea when we can fix your car."

You're saying my car is dead until you can get that part, and it might be weeks or months or even a year or more before it becomes available.

"That's right."

That's it, i need another cup of coffee.

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

(Yes, that really is the latest on my poor, broken down car!)


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:    

Day by day and step by step,

Don't let yourself get too far ahead.

Day by day and step by step,

make a plan to beat back dread.

Moment by moment and tie by tie,

These tracks have a place to lead.

Moment by moment and tie by tie,

You will find you have what you need.


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 that i have transportation, just for today, and probably through Saturday.  Grandma has loaned us her car through Saturday.  When i go down there, i will return it to her.  After that, Sweetie and i will be sharing Lunceford the Land Yacht and i will either borrow or rent a car each Saturday to drive to NOLA until Ford sees fit to release the part so my car can get fixed.

Today, i am thankful that i have transportation i need, just for today.  Tomorrow i expect to be able to say the same thing, and the day after that, too, on into the future.


Today is:

Coldest Day Ever -- the lowest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth was -89.2 *C (-128.6 *F; 184.0 *K) at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica on this day in 1983

Feast of Damo -- Ancient Greek Calendar (keeper of secrets of philosophy; daughter of Greek sages, Pythagoras and Theano, date approximate)

Get To Know Your Customers Day -- third Thursday of each quarter

Hemingway Birthday Celebration -- Hemingway Museum, Oak Park, IL, US

Independence Day / National Day -- Belgium(1830)

Kazanskaya -- Russia (Feast of Our Lady of Kazan)

Lakota Sun Dance -- Lakota Native Americans (festival of the sun god Wi, with offerings to Maka (mother earth) and Haokah (father sky), both aspects of Creator Tukaskanskan; dating approximate, as outsiders are usually no longer allowed at these multi-day ceremonies)

Liberation Day -- Guam (1944; from Japan)

Lucaria -- Ancient Roman Calendar ("Feast of Clearings", with prayers said as land was cleared for planting)

National Junk Food Day

No Pet Store Puppies Day -- ASPCA sponsored this day in previous years, and while i can't find a confirmation of another campaign, you can still Take The Pledge to not shop at any pet store that sells puppies, because they are almost certainly from puppy mills 

Racial Harmony Day -- Singapore

Sapporo Summer Festival -- Odori Park, Sapporo, Japan (through Aug. 20, the park becomes a beer garden)

Schoelcher Day -- French West Indies; Martinique (Schoelcher worked for abolition)

St. Lawrence of Brindisi's Day (Patron of Brindisi, Italy)

St. Praxedes' Day (Patron of single laywomen)

Touch Hammer's Birthday Bargain Day -- Fairy Calendar

Tug-Of-War Tournament Day -- if you have a problem with someone today, solve it with an old-fashioned tug-of-war!

Birthdays Today

Hatty Jones, 1988

Josh Hartnett, 1978

Justin Bartha, 1978

Lance Guest, 1960

Matt Mulhern, 1960

Jon Lovitz, 1957

Michael Connelly, 1956

Robin Williams, 1951

Garry Trudeau, 1949

Cat Stevens, 1948

Kenneth Starr, 1946

Tony Scott, 1944

Edward Herrmann, 1943

Janet Reno, 1938

Norman Jewison, 1926

Don Knotts, 1924

Kay Starr, 1922

Isaac Stern, 1920

Marshall McLuhan, 1911

Ernest Hemingway, 1899

John Joseph "Johnny" Evers, 1881

Today in History

Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, BCE 356

A tsunami devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt, 365

The first landing of French troops on the coast during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight, 1545

Twenty-four-year-old Scottish physician and explorer Mungo Park became the first European to see the Niger River, the third longest river in Africa, 1796

In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown, 1865

At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West, 1873

Louis Rigolly, a Frenchman, becomes the first man to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land, driving a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium, 1904

In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100, 1925

Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission, 1969

After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed, 1970

The world's lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -82.9*C (-129*F), 1983

The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years, 1997

NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135, 2011

India scraps a proposed tax on feminine sanitary products after a campaign by activists, 2018

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed announces the completion of Stage 1 of the controversial filling of the Blue Nile River dam, 2020

In the largest decline since WWII, life expectancy in the US falls by 1.5 years overall (3 years for Hispanic Americans. 2.9 for Black Americans), 2021


  1. I am so sorry to hear the news about your car. So very sorry.
    And love your powerful poem.

  2. Our car is due for a service tomorrow.

    God bless.

  3. Yes, somehow things will work out fine. Take one step at a time in faith.

  4. Now we can see how fragile our world balance is. A ship blocking a channel, a pandemic, a war ... and here we are, waithing for this and that. Good luck!

  5. Oh my dog, that is just dreadful! Can they offer a loaner or anything since it sounds like it may be years before they get a part?

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your car. I've never experienced such shortages in my lifetime.

  7. Thank goodness the farmers in South American (or wherever) are not succumbing to the supply chain conundrum.

  8. I'd want a bit more than a cup of coffee! I wish I could lend you my car, I hardly use it.

  9. Coffee, the remedy to make all ills more bearable - I hope.

  10. Now that I've had my coffee, I'm ready to go today Mimi. I liked the poem because I love trains and their tracks. I look down the tracks and I try to think what's at the end of the track.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. "Today, i am thankful that i have transportation i need, just for today. Tomorrow i expect to be able to say the same thing, and the day after that, too, on into the future."

    That is a good way to look at it!

  12. That's awful about your car, really awful but we're thankful you do have some transportation too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. I had my car serviced in May and it's going to need a new battery at some point. They don't have any batteries for my car and I'm on the list. My car is still operational, but when the battery goes I'll be in the same boat as you.

    Love your poem and I pray that you have the transportation you need to get the things done that need doing.

    Have a blessed Thankful Thursday, my friend. Big hug. ♥

  14. It sucks...and imagine that apart from everything else, lack of containers is a big issue after the pandemic years and the mess created.
    Had a similar situation with my motorcycle a year ago...I would get the part sooner and cheaper if i started walking to Japan to get it.
    But then, another man's misfortune solved my predicament...and my mechanic being as honest as one can be, brought the part from the wrecked bike and fitted it to mine - mint condition it was, paid a third of its price.
    Works in mysterious ways...

  15. Great poem. That is ridiculous about the part- Ford needs to get moving. That is going to cost you and others a lot of money for alternate transportation. XO

  16. Oh, my! Let me put another pot on. I think you'll need a few more cups after that news, Mimi.
    Words of wisdom should be so poetic.
    Each day. And they build upon each other.

  17. I am so sorry about your car - I understand completely, but for a different reason. I love how you managed to fit the update into the story - brilliant!

    The poem spoke to me. I'm going through a bit of it all right now, and I appreciate the words of encouragement, I needed them.

    Also, your "today in history" section entertained me beyond belief! I was so excited about some of them that I ended up calling my father and reading the whole section to him because he loves that kind of thing too - and three of them are personal interests of his, and one he remembers personally.

    So thank you!

  18. Oh ~ do hope you have your car back soon ~ World is in a mess ~ Lovely poem and fence photos ~

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. What a nightmare we are living. It's going to take a lot of very strong coffee to soothe the long wait.

  20. Yep, waiting, waiting and more waiting. We pray that your part comes soon. Great story, great poem and National Junk Food Day! I wish I'd read that BEFORE I did the grocery shopping today...some donuts might have crept into the cart! Have a marvellously Happy Weekend!

  21. Love the poem Mimi.....and it's true - if we look we will find what we need!

    Hugs, Pam


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