Thursday, October 27, 2022

Branched Out (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Who are all these people in the pictures, mommy?"

"These are our relatives, parents, grandparents, cousins, and so on, we have a section of an album dedicated to each branch of the family.

"Here we have my mother's side of the family, the Penderwartons, who trace ancestors back to the Mayflower, and on these pages are the relatives on my father's side, the Orgilvys, who were related to one of the early kings, I can't remember which right now.

"This album has most of your father's relatives, his mother's family were the Abernathys and his father was a Sticklebee, just like you are."

"Who's over here?"

"Oh, those are your father's second cousins twice removed, the Smiths, you'll know them easily because they'll be the ones dancing the Time Warp at family weddings and we don't talk about them much."

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


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!

The tombstone reads, "James and Lily Potter, Always"


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

Me and my best friend are going away,

please don't worry, though, it's just for the day.

I'll skip stones, he'll find acorns, we'll eat my picnic lunch,

spending the day just wandering is fun, a whole bunch!


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 we are having a bit of cooler weather, and i found my jackets.


Today is:

American Beer Day

Big Bang Day -- London, England

Boxer Shorts Day

Cernova Tragedy Day -- Slovakia

Cranky Co-Worker's Day -- because we all have occasional bad days; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays 

Deepavali/Diwali(Festival of Lights) -- Hindu; Jain; Sikh (fourth day of the festival)

     Goru Tihar/Goru Puja -- Day of Oxen (among most people)

     Gobardhan Puja -- Day of Cowdung (among followers of Krishna)

     Mha Puja -- Day of Self (among the Newar community)

Feast of Osiris in Abydos -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Good Bear Day -- on Theodore Roosevelt's birthday, celebrating the stuffed toy created in his honor

Independence Day -- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines(1979); Turkmenistan(1991)

National American Beer Day

National Potato Day

National Tell A Story Day -- Scotland; UK (preserving the heritage of traditional stories)

Navy Day -- US (on T.R.'s birth anniversary)

Punkie Night -- Hinton St George, Somerset, England (a celebration for children and adults who carry candle-lit punkies -- the best one wins a prize -- made out of mangel-wurzels, a type of beet, and sing old punkie songs asking for money or treats)

Radio Day -- US (US Commerce Dept. issued the first broadcasting license this date in 1920)

St. Frumentius' Day (Patron of Abyssinia; Ethiopia)

Sylvia Plath Day

Tunch Puddling -- Fairy Calendar (a contest of throwing twigs in a pond -- awards are for artistically thrown twigs and throwing style, among other things)

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage -- International     

World Occupational Therapy Day    

Anniversary Today:

The NYC Subway begins operation, 1904

Birthdays Today:

Zadie Smith, 1975

Marla Maples, 1963

Simon LeBon, 1958

Roberto Benigni,1952

Jayne Kennedy, 1951

Fran Lebowitz, 1950

Carrie Snodgrass, 1946

John Cleese, 1939

Ruby Dee, 1924

Roy Lichtenstein, 1923

Bette Babray, 1920

Nanette Fabray, 1920

Dylan Thomas, 1914

Emily Post, 1872

Theodore Roosevelt, 1858

Niccolo Paganini, 1782

Captain James Cook, 1728

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Lettice and Lovage"(Play), 1987

"Beyond the Fringe"(Revue), 1962

"Walt Disney/Wonderful World of Color/Wonderful World of Disney"(TV), 1954 (the show had several different names over the years, but even when it switched stations, it was still the same show)

"You Bet Your Life"(Radio), 1947

"Nocturnes"(Debussy orchestral composition), 1901(first performance of all three parts together)

Today in History:

Constantine the Great is said to have received his Vision of the Cross, 312

Founding of the city of Amsterdam, 1275

Founding of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1682

US Navy forms, 1775

Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated, 1838

R.H. Macy & Co. opens its first store, on 6th Ave. in NYC, 1858

Boss Tweed is arrested, 1871

The first underground New York City Subway line opens, 1904

The first published reference to "jazz" appears, in Variety, 1916

Chuhei Numbu of Japan sets the long jump record at 26' 2 1/2", 1931

"You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premiers on ABC radio, 1947*

Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force, 1954

Mauritania and Mongolia join the United Nations, 1961

The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang, 1986

The U.S. prison population tops 1 million for the first time in American history, 1994

Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified, 1994

Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown, 1997

The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years, 2004

The SSETI Express micro-satellite is successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, 2005

The Royal Australian Navy announces that they discovered the wreck of a World War II submarine in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE, 2011

The first operation to separate conjoined twins joined at the head in India completed in New Delhi, 2017


  1. Love your poem. It sounds like a truly wonderful day.

  2. Lovely fences. I like metal ones.

    Got bless.

  3. Love your story and the fences! I hadn't thought of that before, I've taken quite a few photos of fences over the years, I ought to put them together!
    Really love your poem from the photo prompt. Reminds me of my kids, which is apt, because one of them is named after Dylan Thomas!

  4. I guess we all have Smiths in our families, Mimi!

  5. I like the picture of the boy and his pig, and your poem fits perfectly!

  6. Lots of little Halloween fences are popping up this season. We love photos and Mom is always asking Gramma about who is in all the photos so she knows.

  7. Love your six and the ending made me laugh out loud. We all have those family members.

    Aw on the poem and I'm with you on the cooler weather. The heater is on this morning.

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

  8. I love the poem, " just for the day. Have a wonderful day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. I had to look up the Time Warp dance and then wished I hadn't lol. Great story of passing down to the younger generation a knowledge of their roots, so important. Ran my eye over the birthday list: Dylan Thomas today! One of my very favorites. ❤️

  10. Five brilliant sentences followed by a cracker of a sixth! I remember as a child just wandering off for the day. It's not something kids can do today.

  11. love, love, love the poem and picture of the boy w the pig

  12. what a lovely photo for your poem! And your fence photos are fun! Cheers!

  13. It's just a jump to the left.
    hey, not the worst earworm to have, right?

  14. Always great writings here ~ fun last poem ~ and photo is so sweet of boy and the pig ~ great fence photos too ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. That was a fun story and a good poem too and we're thankful for cooler temps too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  16. I love the cooler weather too. Great poem and story. My niece has Mayflower relatives on her dad's side of the family. XO

  17. A whole separate album for each branch of the family? I don't even have photos, much less albums to put them in and I barely know anyone outside my own nucleus. Ancestors and families in other countries are completely lost to me. it's a lovely idea though.

  18. Your 6 sentance story ROCKS! Love the fences, and the poem (it really went with the picture) and your thankfuls. Keep being awesome.

  19. There's always one branch of the family that's a little twisted. Though the Rock Horror Picture Show is supposed to be a classic, I just don't get it.

  20. I enjoyed your take on "Branch", having recently read up on my ancestry. Well done. I appreciated the humor at the end.

  21. Everyone has 'Smiths' on their family tree, i think. Good story, Mimi.

  22. An adorable poem.....I just love this photo!!

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too


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