Thursday, September 22, 2022

Tie a Knot and Hang On (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Have you enjoyed our fishing trip, son?"

"Yeah, Dad, and I'm sorry I snuck all the cigars out of your tackle box."

"Next time, just tell me so I can buy more when we're getting bait, okay?  I was really looking forward to being away from the house and enjoying one."

"Yes, sir, I will, and how much further do we have to go, I gotta go pee."

"Tie a knot in it and hang on, son, we're almost there."

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

(Based on actual conversations between Sweetie, who snuck cigars when he could, and his father, who enjoyed an occasional cigar when his wife wasn't watching and hid them in his tackle box.  He also really did tell his boys to "tie a knot in it" if he didn't want to stop the car because they were almost back home.)


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:    

Daddy, I want to be just like you,

I'll do whatever I need to do.

I'll train very hard and you'll show me the way

So I can be a big sumo wrestler someday!


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 for our kitties, all of which have been either off the street rescues or adopted from a shelter.  Grandma's dogs have also all been shelter pets.  Also, i am very thankful for our shelters, including the one where i volunteer.


Today is:

Aizu Byakko Matsuri -- Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, Japan (ceremonial recreation of a march to war in 1868; through the 24th)

American Business Women's Day -- US (anniversary of the founding of the American Business Women's Association)

Boidromia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; honor Apollon as god of rescue during war)

Breakfast, Snack, Elevenses, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Tea, Snack, Dinner, Snack, More Snacks, Supper, Snack, and Bilgewack Celebration Day -- Fairy Calendar (Borms; they are little known relatives of Goblins, given to being overweight and sedentary and lying around feeling ill; bilgewack is their term for having eaten too much and having to lie down.)

Coya Raymi -- Inca Native Americans (festival to honor Moon Goddess Quilla, with a focus on purging sickness and evil; through tomorrow, dates approximate)

Dear Diary Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; get it down on paper! 

Elephant Appreciation Day -- sponsored by "Elefunteria" 

Feast of Mikeli -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (harvest celebration; through the 24th)

Haustmánuðr -- Icelandic Calendar (beginning of traditional Autumn Month, during which all the summer chores are finished, including livestock rounded up, before winter begins)

Hobbit Day -- Bilbo's and Frodo's Birth anniversary

Ice Cream Cone Day -- Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cone mold on this day in 1903

Independence Day -- Bulgaria(1908); Mali(1960)

International Day of Radiant Peace  

National Centenarians Day -- US

National White Chocolate Day


Princess Martha Louise's Birthday -- Norway (an official flag day)

Ritual of the Netjers of the Two Lands (Upper and Lower Egypt) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

September Equinox -- 9:03pmEDT, equivalent to Sept. 23, 01:03UTC; related observances

     Mabon -- Wicca/Pagan Northern Hemisphere

     Ostara -- Wicca/Pagan Southern Hemisphere

     Alban Elfed -- Celtic Winter Finding

     Chuseok -- Korean harvest festival (high point of the festival)

     Feast of Carpo -- Greek Horae, goddess of autumn

     Kukulcan Snake God Celebration -- Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (the snake appears at the equinox, a time to honor this Mayan god)

     Festival of the Sea Goddess -- Eskimo

     Higan -- Japan

     Mabon/Fallfest -- Asatru/Norse Pagan (harvest festival, time to make wine and mead for the next winter)

     Oenach Carman -- Ancient Celtic Calendar

     Sendai Great Tug-of-War -- Sendai, Japan (festival on the equinox that dates back over 400 years)     

     Svarog's Holiday -- Slavic Pagan Calendar/Asatru (day to drink mead in honor of Svarog, god of fire and the sky)

St. Maurice's Day (Patron of armies, cloth dyers, cloth makers, infantrymen, soldiers, swordsmiths, weavers; Austria; Manresa, Spain; Pianello Val Tidone, Italy; Piedmont, Italy; Sardinia; Stadtsulza, Germany; Pontifical Swiss Guards; against cramps and gout)

World Car Free Day -- UN (encouraging all of us to go car free for a day, and see the world from a different perspective) began as:

     Car-Free Day -- this has spread to much of the world; try it for yourself! 

Birthdays Today:

Billie Piper, 1982

Ronaldo, 1976

Bonnie Hunt, 1964

Catherine Oxenberg, 1961

Scott Baio, 1961

Joan Jett, 1960

Andrea Bocelli, 1958

Debby Boone, 1956

Shari Belafonte, 1954

Arthur O. Sulzberger, 1951

Paul Le Mat, 1945

Junko Tabel, 1939 (first woman to summit Everest)

Tommy Lasorda, 1927

John Houseman, 1902

Michael Faraday, 1791

Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1694(O.S. Date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Friends"(TV), 1994

"Family Ties"(TV), 1982

"Charlie's Angels"(TV), 1976

"A Delicate Balance"(Play), 1966

"Fiddler on the Roof"(Musical), 1964

"The Man from U.N.C.L.E."(TV), 1964

"Maverick"(TV), 1957

Today in History:

Legion I Italica is created by Emperor Nero, 66

Switzerland becomes an independent state, 1499

The General Provincial Court at Patuxent, MD, US, empanels the first all female jury in the colonies to try the case of a woman accused of murdering her child, 1656

A final 8 people are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Mass., 1692

Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution, 1776

Russia establishes a colony at Kodiak, Alaska, 1784

City of Des Moines, Iowa, is incorporated as Fort Des Moines, 1851

Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation, declares that the slaves in the rebelling states shall become free on Jan. 1 of the upcoming year, 1862

Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich, 1869

The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published, 1888

Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather, King George III, as the longest reigning monarch in British history, 1895

Italo Marchiony granted a patent for an ice cream cone, 1903

The Duke of York's Picture House opens in Brighton, now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain, 1910

Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first black winner of the Nobel Peace Price, 1950

The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library, 1991

David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon, 2003

CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light, 2011

NASA's MAVEN space probe successfully arrives in orbit over Mars, 2014

The WHO warns that urgent action is needed against air pollution as it is on par with smoking and poor diet in causing premature deaths, 2021


  1. Love your story and your poem. That wait for facilities can be agonising. My father didn't like to stop either.

  2. I remember the boys being told to tie a knot in it, while we girls had no such option. We learned not to drink anything before leaving if it was going to be a long drive.

  3. Cigars, fishing trip, bonding...what's not to like?
    Well...apart from the agony of I'm not gonna make it, I'm not gonna make it 😬

  4. Oh, the agony of trying to hold on the pee. Get bonding time for dad and their sons.

  5. Our friend has a fence like that. It does not keep the mosquitoes out - too low.

    God bless.

  6. A loving relationship shown in these few words. Well done. I love the term, "tie a knot in it," I vaguely remember hearing it before. A good six, Mimi.

  7. Boys are different from girls for sure. It is nice he wasn't mad at his son for taking all the cigars.

  8. Great father - son story, their complicity and bonding.
    I remember sitting in an overcrowded train trapped outside the station, trying to count backwards from a hundred in French to take my mind off what I couldn't tie a knot in! ;)

  9. The story's brilliant Mimi! As for the poem and picture, perfect!

  10. Love your six and love the tie a knot in it. I laughed out loud.

    Your poem is perfect. You're a very good wordsmith.

    I'm thankful I found you so many years ago.

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

  11. That was a fun story, sounds familiar to me too! I enjoyed your poem and that is a wonderful thankful. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  12. Tying a knot in it is less simple as the years slip by...

  13. happy fall. good six, and your poems always delight me.

  14. That sounds like a great father/son outing. It's not how I thought you'd use "knot" though!

  15. On behalf of all of us hailing from Y Chromia, 'aiiyee!'
    lol fun Six

  16. I always love seeing the fences you post. My dad, 95, says that he could always tell how rich someone was by looking at their fence.

  17. Funny poem and story. :) Thank you for spreading the word about pet adoption. XO

  18. Mimi, I took my husband's cigars out of his tackle box when we went fishing one weekend...he was a tad miffed! Thanks for the laugh! Love your poem, your thankfuls and we totally forgot about Remember Me Thursday! Barb and Marv

  19. Fun and creative story ~ and neat fence photo ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  20. Just popping over from Brian's Thankful Thursday to say hi

    A great story and poem, I must check out the six sentance stories as I used to love Writing Challanges so much before our long break from blogging

    Have a great weekend xxx

  21. Love this cute story! Memories to be made!

  22. Oh the stories we tell our kids...but I think it helps them learn to hang on, use imagination to achieve Sumo status!

  23. Sweet poem! That little guy is probably impressing his mountain of a man Dad with his efforts! Kind of reminds me of that song about the little old ant and the rubber tree plant! HIGH HOPES!

    Hugs, Pam

  24. Heehee! Daddy used to say the same thing to my brothers when we were almost home!
    And I'm thankful for people like you, who adopt those precious pets!


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