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 Elephant's Child.
This week's prompts are:
The biggest loom, the one she called "RUGMAKER" because she used it to weave floor rugs, sat in what she called the COLD corner, over furthest from the fire.
The old FARM house could get chilly, even though they'd done what they could to update. Modern LIGHTS were easy, ductwork for modern air and heat systems were beyond them, so fireplaces and radiator furnaces had to do for heat, and scattered window unit air conditioners sufficed for cooling on the hottest days of midsummer.
She went and sat at that loom now, and got busy GUIDING the shuttle. When she'd taken the preorder for a large rug, the delivery date had seemed FOREVER AWAY. She'd not sat on her hands, yet here the END date was coming up this THURSDAY, and she still had a bit more to finish.
Then she'd need to get ready for the next meeting of the weaving CLUB that evening. When the topic was announced at the previous meeting, how to prevent MOTH infestations without poisoning yourself and your home, she'd been unsure whether to laugh or roll her eyes, as BOTH reactions seemed equally appropriate. Her best friend had agreed, but they were going together anyway. If it was a great presentation, they'd learn something, and if it wasn't, they save up their favorite bad parts to giggle over together later.
Either way, they'd enjoy each other's company.
Banana Split Day
Chemistry Set Volcano Day -- beat summer boredom, make a chemistry set volcano!
Crayfish Premiere -- Sweden (although they are now available year 'round, it used to be that crayfish could only be sold and served in restaurants the day after the season opens; the actual premiere date is often still celebrated with crayfish parties and lots of schnapps)
Day of Wandering -- Fairy Calendar
Dejada de Santo Domingo de Guzeman -- Managua, Nicaragua
Feast of San Lorenzo -- San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Horse Racing Festival -- Nagchu, Tibet (through the 16th)
Independence Day / National Day -- Ecuador(1822)
Lazy Day -- internet generated, since it's so hot, though, make it a lazy day!
National Duran Duran Appreciation Day -- anniversary of the 1985 near fatal accident of lead singer Simon Le Bon, when his yacht capsized during a race; the band acknowledges the declaration of this day on their website, and many years offer a free download of a song from one of their albums
National S'mores Day
Opalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar, festival of Ops (date approximate, there were several celebrations of Ops through August and September)
Puck Fair -- Killorglin, Ireland (one of Ireland's 3 oldest fairs, with a wild goat caught and crowned the Puck, and let go on the 3rd day, Aug. 12)
Prisoner's Justice Day -- Canada (prisoners fast and refuse to work in memory of those who have died in prison of murder, suicide, or neglect)
Skyscraper Appreciation Day -- birth anniversary of architect William Can Alen, the genius behind the Chrysler Building
St. Lawrence of Rome's Day (Martyr roasted on a gridiron; Patron of archives and archivists, armories and armourers, brewers, butchers, chefs, comedians, confectioners, cooks, cutlers, deacons, glaziers, laundry workers, librarians and libraries, paupers and the poor, restauranteurs, schoolchildren, seminarians, stained glass workers, students, tanners, vine growers and vintners; of over 25 cities around the world; against fire and lumbago)
World Lion Day -- established in 2013 by Dereck and Beverly Joubert of National Geographic's "Big Cat Initiative"
The Smithsonian Institution is chartered, 1846
Missouri becomes the 24th US state, 1821
Angie Harmon, 1972
Antonio Banderas, 1960
Rosanna Arquette, 1959
Schim Schimmel, 1954
Ian Anderson, 1947
Betsey Johnson, 1942
Bobby Hatfield, 1940
Rocky Colavito, 1933
Jimmy Dean, 1928
Eddie Fisher, 1928
Rhonda Fleming, 1923
Leo Fender, 1909
George Crockett, 1909
Norma Shearer, 1902
Henri Nestle', 1890
Herbert Hoover, 1874
"Candid Camera"(TV), 1948
Today in History:
Nineveh is destroyed and Sinsharishkun, King of the Assyrian Empire is killed, BC 612
Temple at Jerusalem is burned, 70
Ferdinand Magellan sets out with 5 ships to circumnavigate the globe, 1519
The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London is laid, 1675
Word of the US Declaration of Independence reaches London, 1776
Mozart completes "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", 1787
First ascent of Finsteraarhorn, the highest summit of the Bernese Alps, 1829
Candid Camera makes its television debut after being on radio for a year as Candid Microphone, 1948
The Magellan space probe reaches Venus, 1990
The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK – 38.5*C (101.3*F) in Kent; it is the first time the UK has recorded a temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, 2003
New Zealand's highest mountain, the south ridge of Aoraki/Mount Cook, is renamed Hillary Ridge after Sir Edmund Hillary, first to conquer Mt. Everest, 2011
Google announces it is restructuring as Alphabet, a holding company with Google, YouTube, Android and Chrome as subsidiaries, 2015
Scientists exploring Captain Scott's hut in Antarctica discover a 100-year-old Huntley & Palmers fruitcake that is perfectly preserved and deemed to look and smell almost edible, 2018
A rare wind storm called a “derecho” slices through the US Midwest, flattening crops, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity and killing two people, 2020