Thursday, September 29, 2022

Spitting a Spark (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


It was early, and the coffee hadn't been set up the night before.

The coffee maker, a cheap drip style, had been showing signs of wearing out, sputtering and not wanting to work properly.

Plans had been made to replace it, meanwhile, i was turning it on with the end of a wooden spoon pressed against where the "on" button had fallen out.

This morning, placing the dowel shaped end of the spoon into that area, it spit out a spark at me and refused to do anything else.

Sweetie was sent to procure coffee at the nearest fast food place that proffered liquid life post haste.

Once i had a belt in me, it was going to be off to the Mall-Mart -- we cannot and will not live without a coffee maker around here.

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

(Yes, this really happened!)


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!

These are some of the fences at the cemetery.


It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day This week's image and my poem (i did two poems, i couldn't resist the haiku):    

I can't imagine

having to brush all these teeth

must take all day long


Open your imagination,

creation's full of surprises,

of plants and beasts in varying

shapes and kinds and sizes.

Some we get to see each day

and some are from times long past,

some creatures we get to pet,

and some make us run fast!

Don't close your mind to the possible,

there's so much to learn, you see;

let the past spring you into the future,

work toward what you want it to be.


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 was able to speak calming words into a situation that came up for a family member recently.


Today is:

Battle of Boqueron Day -- Paraguay

Constitution Day -- Brunei

Festival of Tezcatzonctl -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (chief god of intoxication; date approximate)

Gwynn ap Nudd's Fest -- Celtic Calendar (god of the underworld; date approximate)

International Coffee Day -- and i thought this was every day!  

Inventors Day -- Argentina

Make a List of the Top Ten Happiest Days in Your Life Day -- must have been started by an optimist

Mutation Day -- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

National Attend Your Grandchild's Birth Day --; a day to remind grandparents to be active in their grandchildren's lives (and if you need a reminder, i wonder about you; if you aren't allowed by bitter parents, i feel badly for you)

National Mocha Day

Quick Draw Day -- debut of Quick Draw McGraw and his side kick, Baba Looey, in 1959

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and All Angels' Day (Michaelmas)

     Archangel Gabriel, Patron of broadcasters, clergy, communication workers, diplomats, messengers, philatelists/stamp collectors, post offices and postal workers, radio and radio workers, secular clergy, telecommunication workers, telegraphers, telephones, television and television workers; Argentinian ambassadors; Seattle, Washington

     Archangel Michael, Patron of artists, bakers, bankers and banking, barrel makers/coopers, battle, boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, dying people, emergency medical technicians/paramedics/ambulance drivers, fencers and fencing, grocers and greengrocers, haberdashers and hatmakers, knights, milleners, paratroopers, police officers, radiologists and radiotherapists, security guards, sick people, soldiers, swordsmiths; for a holy death and safety at sea; England, Germany, and over 25 cities around the world; against danger at sea and temptation.     

     Archangel Raphael, Patron of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, blind people, doctors/physicians, guardian angels, happy meetings, love and lovers, mentally ill people, nurses, shepherdesses/shepherds, sick people, travelers, young people; Dubuque, Iowa; MacKenzie-Fort Smith, Northwest Territories; Seattle, Washington; against bodily ills, eye diseases/eye problems, insanity/mental illness, nightmares, sickness

     related observances:

     National Day of Remembrance for Policemen Killed -- Australia (St. Michael, Patron of police officers)

     Payment of Quit Rent by London Royal Courts of Justice -- Michaelmas is a traditional English "Quarter Day", when rents come due

VFW Day -- US (The Veterans of Foreign Wars was established on this day in 1899)

World Heart Day -- International (to raise awareness of the signs and dangers of cardiovascular disease) 

World Maritime Day -- UN and IMO (this year's theme is “New Technologies for Greener Shipping")

Birthdays Today:

Emily Lloyd, 1970

John Paxton, 1960

Bryant Gumbel, 1948

Patricia Hodge, 1946

Lech Walesa, 1943

Dave Wilcox, 1942

Ian McShane, 1942

Madeline Kahn, 1942

Jerry Lee Lewis, 1935

Anita Ekberg, 1931

Lizabeth Scott, 1922

Trevor Howard, 1916

Stanley Kramer, 1913

Michelangelo Antonioni, 1912

Greer Garson, 1908

Gene Autry, 1907

Enrico Fermi, 1901

Horatio Nelson, 1758

Miguel de Cervantes, 1547

Pompey the Great, BC106

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Grace Under Fire"(TV), 1993

"Thirtysomething"(TV), 1987

"Designing Women"(TV), 1986

"MacGyver"(TV), 1985

"Houdini, A Circus Opera"(Opera), 1977

"The Judy Garland Show"(TV), 1963

"My Favorite Martian"(TV), 1963

"The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show"(TV), 1962

"My Three Sons"(TV), 1960

"Outlaws"(TV), 1960

"The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis"(TV), 1959

"Sergeant Preston of the Yukon"(TV), 1955

"A View from the Bridge"(Play), 1955

The Barefoot Contessa(Film), 1954

A Star is Born(Film), 1954

"Make Room for Daddy"(TV), 1953

Today in History:

Darius I of Persia kills the Magian usurper Gaumata, securing his hold as king of the Persian Empire, BC522

Battle of Salamis, at which the Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I, BC480

Pompey the Great Celebrates ending the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday, BC61

Saladin's army marches into Jerusalem, 1187

The First Congress of the US adjourns, 1789

"Scotland Yard", London's Metropolitan Police Force, goes on duty, 1829

The first practical public electric tramway ever opens in Blackpool, England, 1885

John D. Rockefeller becomes the first billionaire, 1916

The convention establishing CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is signed, 1954

Alouette 1, the first Canadian satellite, is launched, 1962

WGPR in Detroit, Michigan, becomes the world's first black-owned-and-operated television station, 1975

Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland, 1979

The asteroid 4179 Toutatis passes within four lunar distances of Earth, 2004

The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history, 2008

An 8.0 magnitude earthquake near the Samoan Islands causes a tsunami, 2009

The Koreas agree, for the first time in two years, to hold working-level military talks, 2010

Researchers discover a biofluorescent hawksbill sea turtle in waters off of the Solomon Islands; though biofluorescence has been observed in captive reptiles, this is the first occurrence seen in a wild reptile, 2015

Scientists confirm that Mars does have underground lakes, 2020

Tunisian President Kais Saied appoints Najla Bouden Romdhan as Tunisia's and the Arab world's first female prime minister, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declares 23 species of bird, fish and other wildlife extinct, including the ivory-billed woodpecker, 2021


  1. Himself needs coffee for survival too.

  2. All who can't live with our favorite coffee, raise your hands! (*raising both)

  3. Although personally indifferent to coffee, I have known otherwise delightful ladies who were death-dealing savages before the first cup of the morning.

  4. I love coffee. Was once addicted to coffee drinking 2 cups per day. Now I can go without coffee and not feel terrible.

  5. I have a steaming cup of coffee before me righr now! The picture and poem are brilliant!

  6. Oh, I know what that's like: except I'm on diet coke, not coffee (hate it!). There have been many emergency runs for it if people drank my stash!

  7. " to the Mall-Mart. Tell me there is a place with such a name. 'a course, your ability to come up with such a low-key cool name would be less surprising.
    Good Six

  8. The coffeemaker story reminded us of the weekend. Someone plugged in the coffeemaker at the trial early Saturday morning and within seconds smoke was coming out of it. They quick unplugged it and put it outside. The hospitality person drove to Walmart and bought a new one.

  9. The poems are so great. Thanks Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. I applaud you for speaking calm words. That's often a difficult thing to do. Have a blessed day, my friend!

  11. Love your six and yes there must be coffee. I smiled right along.

    Love your poem.

    Being the calm one is most important. I can see you as the calming force.

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

  12. My coffeemaker, too, is of great significance in my home. If my children see it is starting to show signs of wear and tear they are ready to replace it for me immediately.

  13. Sparks are not good! At my place it was the iron spitting sparks at me - I have a new one now ;)
    Our coffee is made by pouring not-quite boiling water over the ground beans, very low-tech, old fashioned, and tasty.

  14. Great poem. I am such a caffeine addict that I always have a spare coffee pot XO

  15. i have a back UP coffee maker in the panatry, in the box in case mr. coffee goes home to be with the Lord. also, Madeline Khan, how Imiss her humor

  16. Mimi, your coffee maker story reminds me that I need a backup coffeemaker! The closest coffee place is a 20 minute drive! Love your post today, paurrticularly the thankfuls and the poem and Haiku! Purrs Marv and Mom

  17. I can just see the end of the wooden spoon being poked in where the button should have been! I think you're someone who will always find a way through a problem, Mimi.

  18. Great variety in your post today ~ sweet story ~ great fence photos and poetry ~ I don't drink coffee ~ never did ~ but appreciate the idea of an extra coffee maker ~ Got to have one's coffee ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. I gave up coffee when I retired, sure helped my blood pressure numbers LOL! Terrific story and good poem too!

  20. Oops, I forgot to say thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  21. My first thought was that dinosaur had been eating a lot of chocolate to turn his teeth brown like that.
    I'm wondering why you didn't buy a replacement coffee maker much sooner, then it would be right there, ready to go when the old one died.

  22. Loved your up-beat poem! Now, was that written before, or after coffee? 😊

  23. 'Liquid life'! Perfect! I'm rather glad it only spit a spark at you and didn't go any further!
    Yeah, I struggle with brushing the 30 teeth I have now!
    Perfect poem--"...let the past spring you into the future..." LOVE IT!

  24. Oh I love both of your poems for the dino/little boy photo Miss Mimi! Thanks for joining us every week.....!

    Hugs, Teddy


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