Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.
This month, the prompts are being provided by yours truly, right here.
This week's prompts are:
and/or this photo
Shoemaker's wives go barefoot and contractor's wives have to put up with a not-quite-latching-correctly gate, Ana thought to herself ruefully as she gave it an extra PUSH with her shoulder.
She stopped for a moment to notice and enjoy the colors of the autumn leaves, and to think with a sigh that it was probably going to be another year where the raking didn't get done before the first snow. She was going to TALK to Rob again about getting some HELP, but she knew he hated spending the money.
"Why pay for what we can do ourselves?" he would say, when he knew good and well neither of them ever had time to do it.
Ah, there are worse things, her train of thought continued, and at least the leaves protect the grass from the snow. She knew that was just an excuse, but it did make her feel a bit better.
Rob had already gotten the MAIL and set it on the SHELF, so she flipped through it quickly just to make sure there was nothing unexpected in it. Satisfied that it didn't hold anything needing immediate attention, she looked up to see Bruno, a picture of canine patience, sitting under the hook from which his LEASH hung.
"Just a minute, Bruno, I need to change into walking clothes," she said, and he laid down. He had a doggie door to use through the day, so he could wait, and would, knowing his time was coming.
Ana stuck her head into the kitchen where Rob was clattering away. "You've got dinner?" she asked.
"Skillet gnocchi," he said.
"I'll change and take Bruno."
"It'll be done when you get back."
"Not if Bruno gets his way," she said with a laugh. "You know how he loves to prolong the walks when it's cool outdoors."
"Tell him I'll save him a bite."
They grinned, and Ana headed to the bedroom to change.
Can You Find Your Old Rubik's Cube and Still Work It Day -- internet generated, and why would you bother?
Color Photos Day -- anniversary of the Kodak introduction of modern color film in 1935
DrinksGiving -- if you've come home for Thanksgiving and are meeting up with old friends for a night on the town, don't forget to call for a ride
Eat A Cranberry Day -- just to see why you add sugar, i guess
Feast of Qawl(Speech) -- Baha'i
Fibonacci Day -- celebrating the mathematical Fibonacci Series, which begins as 1,1,2,3
Giorgoba -- Georgia (St. George's Day; they celebrate their patron saint twice a year, today and May 6, his feast day on the OS calendar)
Hadakambo Festival -- Hofu, Japan (men dressed only in loincloths brave the cold carrying floats to the shrine)
International Image Consultant Day -- Association of Image Consultants International
Jukebox Day -- many days compete for this title, but the first known nickel-in-the-slot record machine went into service on this day in 1889 in San Francisco, CA, US
Kinro Kansha no Hi -- Japan (Labour Day Thanksgiving, when people express gratitude to each other for their work through the year)
National Cashew Day -- some sites list it on the 22nd, i'm celebrating both as i love cashews
National Espresso Day
Pencil Sharpener Day -- John Love of Massachusetts patented the first one this day in 1897
Repudiation Day -- Maryland, US (anniversary of the Franklin County Court refusal to cooperate with Britain's Stamp Tax Act)
Rudolf Maister Day -- Slovenia
St. Clement's Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, marble workers/stonecutters, sick children; Dundee, Scotland; Velletri, Italy)
St. Columbanus's Day (Patron of motorcyclists; Bobbio, Italy; against floods)
St. Felicity's Day (Patron of martyrs, widows; against the death of children, sterility)
Tie One On Day -- an apron! on US Thanksgiving eve, write a note of encouragement or prayer, tuck it in the pocket of an apron, and wrap the apron around a good home or bakery made loaf of bread, then deliver it to someone who needs a kind gesture
Miley Cyrus, 1992
Lucas Grabeel, 1984
Salli Richardson, 1967
Steve Harvey, 1956
Bruce Hornsby, 1954
Susan Anspach, 1945
Krzysztof Penderecki, 1933
Jerry Bock, 1928
Johnny Mandel, 1925
Emmett Littleton Ashford, 1914
Harpo Marx, 1888
Boris Karloff, 1887
Billy the Kidd (William H. Bonney), 1859
Franklin Pierce, 1804
Edward Rutledge, 1749
"I Feel Fine"(Beatles single release), 1964
"Dr. Who"(TV), 1963
"Of Mice and Men"(Play), 1937
Life Magazine(First issue), 1936
First play-by-play American style football game radio broadcast, 1919 (Texas A&M beat University of Texas, 7-0)
Today in History:
Thespis of Icaria becomes the first actor to portray a character onstage, BC534
Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III, 800
Conquest of Seville by the Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile. 1248
Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship, and written by John Milton is published, 1644
People of Frederick County Md refuse to pay England's Stamp tax, 1765
Henry Burden patents Horseshoe manufacturing machine, 1835
Patent granted for a process of making color photographs, 1863
The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, 1889
King William III of the Netherlands dies without a male heir and a special law is passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to become his heir, 1890
Andrew J Beard invents "jerry coupler," to connect railroad cars, 1897
Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love, 1897
Enrico Caruso makes his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY in "Rigoletto", 1903
Wright Brothers forms million-dollar corporation to manufacture airplanes, 1909
Life Magazine publishes its first issue, 1936
The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia, 1955
The BBC broadcasts the first ever episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell) which is the world's longest running science fiction drama, 1963
Representatives of the People's Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time, 1971
A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 4,800 people, 1980
The first all-woman expedition to the south pole (3 Americans, 1 Japanese and 12 Russians), sets off from Antarctica on the 1st leg of a 70-day, 1287 kilometre ski trek, 1990
Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary, 2001
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country, 2005
A message is found on the leg of a mummified pigeon from WWII in Surrey, England, in a code that is unrecognized, 2012
A special 50th anniversary episode of Dr. Who is aired, simulcast to 94 countries and earning a Guiness World Record for the largest simulcast of a TV drama, 2013
The Sumatran rhino is officially declared extinct in Malaysia after the last known specimen, 25-year-old Iman, dies of cancer in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, 2019
China launches the Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon to collect lunar rock and soil samples, 2020
Egypt reopens its 3000-year-old Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor, 2021
One of Albert Einstein's early manuscripts on the working of the theory of relativity sells at auction for USD13million, 2021
NASA launches its DART Mission, to test the technology to prevent a future impact on earth by a hazardous asteroid, by deliberately crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid (in a real-life echo of the movie Armageddon), 2021