Thursday, August 25, 2022

How to Make a Cat Happy (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Ugh!" she said, walking in the door to find a huge hairball right in the entryway.

She set her "doggie bag" with a part of a leftover steak and some buttered asparagus down on the low entry table that always held keys and change and plenty of this and that.  It was important to get that spot up as quickly as she could, before her somewhat clumsy roommate came in; as much as she liked and loved her friend, the young woman never failed to miss stepping on a spot that should not be stepped on.

While getting a towel and a wet rag, she heard the door open and she yelled, "Beth, don't move until I get in there and get that mess cleaned!"

Running back to the entryway, she saw Beth, frozen on the doorstep with an odd look on her face, and at first heard rather than saw the cat, which was purring loud enough to beat the band.

Shaking her head as she now had two messes to clean, she watched as the very happy hairball hurler tore into steak and buttered asparagus.

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

(Loosely based on a true story.)


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!

Some of the iron fences/gates here are painted white, instead of being left the traditional black.


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

Someday I am gonna be

a big tri - atha - lete,

but just for now I'm still 

learning to use my feet.

My balance isn't perfect

as I head out on my strider*,

but someday I'll be famous,

a really awesome rider.

Until then I'll be racing

with other kids like me,

but the big races are calling,

and someday there I'll be!

*These small bicycles with no pedals are called striders.


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 i got to have a nice chat with my next-door neighbor yesterday evening at sunset.


Today is

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Thoughtful Thursday 

Birthday of Horus -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Day of Songun -- North Korea

Discovery of the Runes/Odin's Ordeal ends -- Ancient Norse Calendar (date approximate)

Independence Day -- Uruguay(1825)

Kiss and Make Up Day -- a day begun by Jacqueline V. Milgate to encourage people to make amends and repair relationships if they need to

National Banana Split Day -- some sites have it as Aug. 10

National Park Service Day -- US (legislation creating the National Park Service was signed this day in 1916 by President Wilson)

National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day -- pull out the hand-me-downs or thrift store purchases and wear them with pride!

Opiconsivia -- Ancient Roman Calendar, Vestal Virgin Festival in honor of Ops

Rumpleskunkskin's Bride Escapes to Heewigoland Anniversary -- Fairy Calendar (Fairy celebration, Goblins get grumpy)

Soldier's Day -- Brazil

St. Genesius of Arles' Day (Patron of notaries, secretaries; against chilblains, scurf)

St. Genesius of Rome's Day (Patron of actors, attorneys, barristers, clowns, comedians, comediennes, comics, converts, dancers, epileptics, lawyers, musicians, printers, stenographers and torture victims)

St. Louis, King of France's Day (King Louis IX; Patron of barbers, bridegrooms, builders, button makers, construction workers, Crusaders, difficult marriages, distillers, embroiderers, French monarchs, grooms, haberdashers, hairdressers, hair stylists, kings, masons, needle workers, parenthood, parents of large families, passementiers, prisoners, sculptors, sick people, soldiers, stone masons, stonecutters, tertiaries, trimming makers; Québec, Québec; Saint Louis, Missouri; Blois, France; Carthage, Tunisia; La Rochelle, France; New Orleans, Louisiana; Oran, Algeria; Saint-Louis, Haut-Rhin, France; Saint Louis, Missouri;`Versailles, France; Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Louis; against the death of children)

Whiskey Sour Day

Birthdays Today

Blake Lively, 1987

Rachel Bilson, 1981

Alexander Skarsgard, 1976

Claudia Schiffer, 1970

Rachael Ray, 1968

Albert Belle, 1966

Cornelius O’Landa Bennett, 1966

Blair Underwood, 1964

Joanne Whalley, 1964

Ally Walker, 1961

Billy Ray Cyrus, 1961

Tim Burton, 1958

Elvis Costello, 1954

Gene Simmons, 1949

John Savage, 1949

Martin Amis, 1949

Anne Archer, 1947

Anthony Heald, 1944

Frederick Forsyth, 1938

Regis Philbin, 1933

Tom Skerritt, 1933

Wayne Shorter, 1933

Sean Connery, 1930

Althea Gibson, 1927

Monty Hall, 1923

Leonard Bernstein, 1918

Walt Kelly, 1913

Ruby Keeler, 1909

Clara Bow, 1905

Hans Adolf Krebs, 1900

Ludwig II, "Mad King" of Bavaria, 1845

Francis Bret Harte, 1836

Allan Pinkerton, 1819

Ivan the Terrible, 1530

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"42nd Street"(Musical), 1980

The Wizard of Oz(Film), 1939

Today in History

The Council of Nicaea ends with the adoption of the Nicene Creed, 325

The Children's Crusaders under Nicholas reach Genoa, 1212

The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed, 1537

Galileo demonstrates his first telescope to Venetian lawmakers, 1609

Hundreds of French settlers arrive in New Orleans, which had been founded only a few months before, marking its true beginnings as a city, not just an outpost, 1718

James Cook begins his first voyage, 1768

Alice Meynell becomes the first female jockey, in England, 1804

British forces destroy the Library of Congress, which then contained about 3,000 books, 1814

The New York Times perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax, 1835

Captain Matthew Webb becomes the first person to swim the English Channel unassisted, 1875

Kitasato Shibasaburo discovers the infectious agent of the bubonic plague and publishes his findings in The Lancet, 1894

The United States National Park Service is created, 1916

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly nonstop across the US, 1932

US Army officer and missionary John Birch is killed by the armed supporters of the Communist Party of China, considered by some as the first victim of the Cold War, 1945

Zimbabwe joins the United Nations, 1980

Voyager 2 spacecraft makes its closest approach to Saturn, 1981

Tadeusz Mazowiecki is chosen as the first non-communist Prime Minister in Central and Eastern Europe, 1989

Mayumi Moriyama becomes Japan's first female cabinet secretary, 1989

The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko), 2003

Acting as a private citizen, former President Jimmy Carter travels to North Korea to negotiate the release of Aijalon Gomes, a U.S. citizen, 2010

Voyager 1, launched in 1977, is assumed to have reached interstellar space, 2012

Double Dave, a rare two-headed timber rattlesnake, is found in Pine Barrens, New Jersey, 2019

Astronaut Anne McClain is investigated for what is possibly the first crime committed in space; she is accused of illegally using the ISS computer to access her soon-to-be-ex spouse's bank account, 2019


  1. Smiling (which I probably shouldn't) at both the very happy cat and your poem. But oh, that clean up.

  2. If you put a lot of metal gates side by side are they still gates or do they become a fence?

    God bless.

  3. An amusing tale and a delightful poem!

  4. Beautifully told, Mimi. You made me smile!

  5. I know that roommate. I roomed with her long ago. You made me laugh out loud. Loved the poem. Made me smile. You've got to have goals.

    Love your thankful. It's good to see and chat with those you care about.

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

  6. always tons to learn from you! greaet six!

  7. I have missed visiting. I am attempting to catch up. We were locked out but inside on our backdoor. It seems like there is always something to fix. We were planning on the kids cooking some yummy smash burgers and the back door would not open. We have a new lock set so that will be tonight's project. Love the photos and poetry and story too. You are amazing for all you have to do! Enjoy the weekend.

  8. I can't believe that happened to the steak 😭
    BTW loved the poem. It's so cute!

  9. I should never be surprised on how quickly a kitty can get into a doggy bag, but nevertheless I'm always surprised, go figure!

  10. We had a feeling that steak was going to end up as somekitty's dinner!!! We love your poem!!!

  11. That was a good story, I could see that happening. Fun poem too and a purrfect thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  12. I really enjoyed that small story. And even though I knew what would happen . . . I didn't know! Thank you.

  13. Clever kitty and cute poem. :)

  14. Not being a cat person, I've only heard about the mythical hairballs that seem to be the exclusive purview of the feline set
    (not that dogs don't hurl things on the ground that were not meant to be on the floor, but dogs always manage to look embarrassed after an episode of de-digestion.
    fun Six

  15. Cats. (I know, I work for one too)
    A highly believable Six!

  16. Sweet story and wonderful thankfuls ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores ~
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. I love your poem Mimi......the kids on the striders look SO HAPPY and I'm sure more than one of them will grow up to be bikers (of one kind or another!). Thanks for playing poetry with us every week!

    Hugs, Teddy and Pam

  18. What a wonderful story, our first visit here and such a pleasure xxx

  19. 🤣 Hairballs...wait until the next one ala steak and asparagus, lol. I've cleaned up my fair share of messes in the way back time. No. Fun.
    Hey! Future motorcross stars!

  20. The cost of living with a cat: hairballs and thievery. The rewards? Endless!
    Gorgeous poem! Little sweethearts!


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