Thursday, November 3, 2022

Energy-Saver Mode (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day, and Brian's Thankful Thursday


"Turn that light off for me, would you please?" Ms. G asked from her seat in the living room as i moved from the kitchen into the cat area to clean the litter boxes.

"I've got to save energy any way I can.  I don't know about you, but my electric bill has gotten stupid expensive," she continued.

She's always been one to keep lights off and ever since my client Ms. B (who is in heaven now) taught me to clean practically in the dark, it's easy to honor her request.

Ms. G is right about the need to cut use where you can.  Now i only wish i came with an energy-saver mode, too, especially by the end of the day!

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


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:    

Some people scoff because we don't do tradition

Following the beaten path is not our ambition

We each do what's needed to run this show

By stepping in each others shoes, we can grow!


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 Ms. G is getting close to being finished with the shed project.  She's worn out from it and it's giving me plenty of extra work, too, so we'll both be glad when it's done.


Today is:

Apaturia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (a three-day meeting of the clans and welcoming newcomers and children into the community; date approximate)

Betcha Festival -- Onomichi, Japan (men in costume "beat" children with bamboo whisks to prevent them getting ill in the coming year)

Bunka no hi -- Japan (Culture Day)

Cliche Day -- get them all out of your system today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays    

Cuenca Day -- Cuenca, Ecuador

Housewives' Day -- birth anniversary of Roseanne Barr

Independence Day -- Dominica(1978); Federated States of Micronesia(1986); Panama (also called Separation Day, separating from Colombia in 1903)

International Stout Day     

Let Someone Have the Last Word Day -- internet generated, probably so you will quit with the cliches

Men Make Dinner Day -- BBQ is not allowed, but you can go to for ideas

Parsley Scattering Season ends -- Fairy Calendar

Sandwich Day -- birth anniversary of John Montague, Fourth Earl of Sandwich and reputed inventor of the food item which bears his name; make yourself a really good one in his memory

SOS Day -- on this date in 1906 the Second International Radio Telegraphic Conference at Berlin, Germany, proposed it as the new wireless distress signal to replace CQD (Come Quick, Danger)

St. Hubert's Day (Patron of archers, dogs, forest workers, furriers, hunters and hunting, machinists, mathematicians, metal workers, opticians, precision instrument makers, smelters, trappers; Liege, Belgium; Saint-Hubert, Belgium; against dog bites, hydrophobia/rabies)

St. Martin de Porres' Day (Patron of African-Americans, barbers/hair stylists, inter-racial justice, hotel-keepers/innkeepers, paupers, persons of mixed race, poor people, public education, public health, public schools, race relations/racial harmony, social justice, state schools, television; Biloxi, MI, US; Peru)

St. Pirminius' Day (Patron of Monsheim, Germany; against poisoning, snake bite)

St. Winifred's Day (Patron of incest victims, martyrs; Gwytherin, Wales; Holywell, Wales; Shrewsbury, England)

Thanksgiving Day -- Liberia

Tunnel Day -- NY, NY, US (anniversary of the start of the first subway tunnel in 1900)

Victory Day -- Maldives

Birthdays Today:

Gemma Ward, 1987

Evgeny Plushenko, 1982

Dolph Lundgren, 1959

Phil Simms, 1956

Adam Ant, 1954

Kathy Kinney, 1954

Kate Capshaw, 1953

Dennis Miller, 1953

Roseanne, 1952

Steve Landesberg, 1945

Ken Berry, 1933

Michael Dukakis, 1933

Monica Vitti, 1933

Charles Bronson, 1921

Bob Feller, 1918

Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, 1908

Edward Douglass White, 1845

William Cullen Bryant, 1794

Stephen Fuller Austin, 1793

Thomas Kyd, 1558

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Diff'rent Strokes"(TV), 1978

"Good Morning America"(TV), 1973

Play Misty for Me(Film, NYC release date), 1971

"The Unsinkable Molly Brown"(Musical), 1960

"A Connecticut Yankee"(Musical), 1927

Today in History:

Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina, 644

Christopher Columbus first sights the island of Dominica in the Caribbean Sea, 1493

The English parliament accepts the Act of Supremacy, declaring Henry VIII to be the leader of the Church of England, 1534

Great Patent is granted to Plymouth Colony, 1620

A great panic occurs in Europe over the close approach of a comet, 1679

Spain acquires Louisiana, 1762

The Bank of Montreal, Canada's oldest chartered bank, opens in Montreal, Quebec, 1817

The Times of India, the world's most widely circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper, is founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce, 1838

John W. Menard, of Louisiana, becomes the first African-American elected to Congress, 1868

"Black Bart the Poet", stagecoach robber, commits his last robbery, leaving behind a clue that leads to his capture, 1883

J.H. Hunter patents a portable weighing scale, 1896

Chevrolet officially enters the automobile market, 1911

The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 2. On board is the first animal to enter orbit, a dog named Laika, 1957

NASA launches Mariner 10 toward Mercury; it would later become the first probe to reach that planet, 1973

Dutch and British astronomers find spiral nebula Dwingeloo 1, 1994

Pervez Musharraf declares emergency rule across Pakistan, suspending the Constitution, 2007

US Border Patrol discovers a sophisticated tunnel used by drug smugglers from Tijuana, Mexico to Otay Mesa, California, 2010

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for global action on climate change after warning from scientists, 2014

New York's 104-storey One World Trade Center officially opens 13 years after the September 11 attacks, 2014

Air pollution levels in Delhi, India reach such high levels that authorities declare a public health emergency, 2019

South African writer Damon Galgut wins literature's Booker Prize for his novel "The Promise", 2021


  1. I like your six-sentence story - cleaning in the dark? what an amazing thing to be able to do!

  2. We sure can dim the lights down at the Bistro!

  3. Since both hubby and I have retired and now that the bills are going up, it is good to go on energy saving mode too. Saving a bit from here and there does help. I don't know whether I will be able to clean in the dark, maybe possible in semi dark. Lol!

  4. Love both your six sentence story (colour me impressed) and your poem.

  5. Everything costs too much these days, but for us heating will be super expensive compared to any other utilities.

  6. Is that a fence on the balcony?

    God bless.

  7. Just lately I've started walking around my flat after dark carrying a torch rather than turning the lights on! As for the poem, scoff not. I'm all for it - or I would be if I didn't live alone!

  8. Excellent Six (and good advice, if not ambition)
    Recliners! (in the photos section)... I distinctly remember how exotic the first recliner in my childhood seemed at the time.
    Fun Six

  9. That was a good story and poem. We enjoyed your thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. terrific, and i vaccuumed until the back surgery... now I do very little of anything.

  11. Love the Six Sentence Story. I loved the poem. Hubby vacuums often and on the boat I lift my feet. Made me smile.

    I'm thankful that I found you.

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

  12. here at Golch Central we have fences on our back patios. they are privacy fences but I have 2 next door neighbors that are amazing people one set looks after my kitty cat when I am out and about and also has is called when I activate my life alert pendants the others take my garbage cans to the end of the driveway and puts them back in from of my garage door when they are empty.

  13. There is nothing...there never is, that I didn't enjoy here as I read it all...throughy.

  14. Love the idea of humans coming with an energy saver mode, Mimi.

  15. Growing up, we were always taught to conserve gas and electricity. My father would throw a fit if the lights were left on needlessly. We had gas meters then, and only used energy if we could afford it. If we didn't have a shilling we couldn't have a hot bath.

  16. I'm left wondering what happened to Ms B, Mimi. Did she have an 'accident'?

  17. Great story and fence photo ~ wonderful post ~ Xo

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

  18. If every single person conserved just a little...
    That's what we all could use - a built in energy saver mode!
    Good poem.
    To the finish line, Ms. G!

  19. We LOVE LOVE LOVE your poem - housework is done twice as quickly when TWO "do" !!

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy


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