Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Some Weekends Are Like That (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday, BeThere2Day, and Sandee at Comedy Plus.    


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.    The prompts are just to spark your creativity, don't feel constrained to use all of them, or even even any of them.

This month, the prompts are being provided by yours truly, right here.

This week's prompts are:














Many of you know that years ago, #2 Son got married.

I haven't mentioned it directly, but they have since divorced.  She is still friends with Little Girl, and there was no real animosity in their parting.  It's my BELIEF Nineteen and Twenty just isn't really ready for marriage, at least not most of the time.

He has dated a bit since and just about a year ago took a shine to a very nice young lady.  She and his ex DIFFER in her level of ambition, she is in college as well as working.  Into the BARGAIN, she brings a sense of humor his first didn't have.

An example would be this year was the second Thanksgiving they've been with us at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  Last year, Grandpa made the mistake of calling her by the ex's name.  She laughed it off.  The ex wouldn't have done so and would have refused to go back.

Their OUTLOOK is apparently bright, they'd discussed rings.  Looking online, he'd asked what styles she liked, and she picked several with a bit of MARGIN for him to personalize it as he chose.

He's decided Christmas is the right time.  He ordered from an online OUTLET, and as he's a district manager for his company and makes a nice income, this ring isn't like the very MODEST one with his first where you almost needed GLASSES to see the diamond.

Delivery was supposed to be this week, and was narrowed down to Tuesday.  When i asked him, he reassured me it wasn't through the Post Office.  (Thank heaven.  They delivered an Internal Revenue Service LETTER to our house that belonged to someone in a different zip code, for crying out loud, and just this past Saturday left a letter in the box that was supposed to have signature delivery with the signature card they're supposed to deliver back to the sender still on it.  I certainly wouldn't trust them with a ring.)

Sweetie had been hanging around the house in case it showed up and when he got a LIFT from Brother-in-Law to go get something he needed while i was out, i drove our currently working WAGON, Lunceford the Land Yacht, pretty hard to get home so as not to miss anything.

It arrived after dark (heaven bless delivery drivers at this time of year, they work long hours) and he plans to surprise her with it on Christmas Day at her parents' house (the parents who live in Louisiana, the rest of the family is in Alaska, and he wants to move there!).

There will be a family SOCIAL occasion in the future, it seems.


Today is:

Bonifacio Day -- Philippines

Cities for Life Day -- commemorates the abolition of the death penalty in many countries

Clear Up The Clutter Day -- internet generated, and what!?! in one day!

Computer Security Day -- International (sponsored by The Association for Computer Security Day; often held by some organizations/companies on another day of the week if it falls on a weekend)

Feast of Hecate, Goddess of the Crossroads -- Ancient Roman Calendar (also revered by the Greeks, Egyptians, and came from the Carians of the Bronze Age)

Ham and Roast Beef Night -- internet generated, but a good idea for a make your own sandwich dinner

Independence Day -- Barbados(1966); Yemen(1967)

National Day -- Benin

National Meth Awareness Day

National Mousse Day 

Perpetual Youth Day -- Dick Clark's birth anniversary

Regina Mundi Day -- South Africa

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting -- NY, NY, US

Saint Andrew the Apostle's Day (Patron of anglers/fishermen, fish dealers/fish mongers, maidens, old maids/spinsters, single lay women, singers, women who wish to become mothers; Spanish armed forces; Achaia; Greece; Russia; Scotland; Amalfi, Italy; Antey-Saint-Andre, Italy; Berchtesgaden, Germany; Burgundy, France; Cartosio, Italy; Confienti, Italy; Constantinople, Turkey; Encinasola, Huelva, Spain; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Grongnardo, Italy; Lampertheim, Germany; Luqa, Malta; Patras, Greece; Plymouth, England; Samolaco, Italy; San Andreas, California; Victoria, British Columbia; against gout, sore throats) related observances:

     Argyle Day

     National Day -- Scotland

     Sfantul Andrei -- Romania

Stay Home Because You're Well Day -- sponsored by the Wellness Permission League -- if you get in trouble with the boss, make sure they will take the fall!

Thanksgiving Day -- Norfolk Island

Whisp and Thread Fair -- Fairy Calendar

Anniversaries Today:

Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz, 1940

Birthdays Today:

Elisha Cuthbert, 1982

Clay Aiken, 1978

Jessalyn Gilsig, 1971

Sandra Oh, 1970

Amy Ryan, 1969

Ben Stiller, 1965

Bo Jackson, 1962

Colin Mochrie, 1957

Billy Idol, 1955

Shuggie Otis, 1953

Mandy Patinkin, 1952

David Mamet, 1947

Noel Paul Stookey, 1937

Ridley Scott, 1937

Abbie Hoffman, 1936

G. Gordon Liddy, 1930

Dick Clark, 1929

Joan Ganz Cooney, 1929

Robert Guillaume, 1927

Richard Crenna, 1926

Shirley Chisholm, 1924

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., 1923

Gordon Parks, 1912

Winston Churchill, 1874

L(ucy) M(aude) Montgomery, 1874 (Anne of Green Gables)

Mark Twain, 1835

Oliver Winchester, 1810

Jonathan Swift, 1667

Philip Sydney, 1554

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Thriller"(Michael Jackson Album), 1982

"The Wall"(Pink Floyd album), 1979

Brian's Song(TV movie), 1971

"Bwana Devil"(Film, first 3-D movie), 1952

The Joy of Cooking(Publication date), 1931

"Le Cid"(Opera), 1885

Today in History:

Amsterdam bans assembly of heretics, 1523

Death count by plague in Venice is officially set at 16,000, 1630

Beijing earthquake causes 100,000+ deaths, 1731

Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence, 1782

Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 is therefore commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day, 1786

Spain cedes her claims to Louisiana Territory to France, 1803

First ground is broken at Allenburg for the building of the original Welland Canal, 1824

First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, 5 years to the day from the ground-breaking, 1829

Work begins on the first US underwater highway tunnel, in Chicago, 1866

The first international soccer football game is held, in Glasgow; Scotland-England 0-0, 1872

The first commercially successful AC electric power plant opens, Buffalo, NY, 1886

A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles, 1900

American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor, 1902

Pike Place Market is dedicated in Seattle, Washington, 1907

The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park London destroyed by fire, 1936

Baseball's Negro National League disbands, two years after major league baseball integrated, 1948

In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space, 1954

Exxon and Mobil sign a $73.7 billion USD agreement to merge, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company, 1998

Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings, 2004

John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York, 2005

The first human face transplant takes place in France, 2005

Enzo di Fabrizio, physics professor at Magna Graecia University in Catanzaro, Italy, successfully takes the first photograph of DNA, 2012

UNESCO adds Belgian beer to its Cultural Heritage List, 2016

Two Chinese scientists make it to the Guinness Book of World Records by recording the world's longest lasting rainbow - 8 hrs 58 min in Taipei's Yangmingshan Mountain range, 2017

Archaeologists announce newly discovered rock art in Serranía La Lindosa, Colombia, dating between 12,600 and 11,800 years ago, depicting many extinct species of animals, 2020

Alphafold's DeepMind AI program announces it has achieved scientific breakthrough by being able to predict how proteins fold into 3D shapes, 2020

Josephine Baker becomes the first black woman to be honored at Paris’ Panthéon, France's highest honor, 2021


  1. That is a lovely and hopeful story. Thank you for sharing it. I wish them every happiness - and a sense of humour certainly helps.
    My take is below.
    Leonie’s outlook was positive. She didn’t hitch her wagon to the stars but always tried to look on the bright side of life. She suffered from depression and had made a bargain with herself after a particularly nasty attack of the glums. It wasn’t that she wore rose coloured glasses. She was far too pragmatic for that. She acknowledged the dark side of life (for herself and for others) but chose not to dwell on it. Instead she focused on things of beauty. It always gave her a lift and that focus was better for her than spending time in the antisocial media outlets. Much better.
    Others saw doom and gloom but she begged to differ. Some days the margin was small but it was her firm belief that her modest life was made much, much better by her approach. She didn’t have too many ‘red letter’ days, but neither did she get suffocated by the weight of things she could not change…

  2. Beautiful story. Can sense the excitement in the air. Proposals are so romantic. What a beautiful Christmas it will be.

  3. I'm late every day hahaha! :-)

    Have a latetastic week 👍

  4. I'll be late Monday too. Time differences all over the world.

    God bless.

  5. What exciting news! We hope this is the right girl for your son and everything goes well. As for being late on Monday, that is the most on time day. Mom gets to her desk later every day and Fridays she may be an hour late but thankfully it doesn't matter.

  6. I say congratulations to your son nd fiancee. I wish we could see the ring! :-) As always I loved every thing you wrote in the blog. The information is fun to read and it provides a topic of conversation as well. XO

  7. I love that sign. I felt that way when I was still working and now I just look forward to Awww Mondays on Monday.

    Love your story. I'm glad you got the ring. Sometimes the first time around isn't the right choice. Looks like this one is a keeper.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Big hug. ♥


  8. Fun sign ~ and wonderful that you got the ring ~ US Post Office having problems ~ sigh ~ Xo

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

  9. Congratulations to son and his future fiancée. We were both just 20 when we got married and celebrated 51 years this year, so some young marriages do work, although we do have a lot of friends who divorced within the first 10 years.

  10. I would say that your son's soon to be fiancée is definitely a keeper- what a happy time!

  11. For some reason I really needed an uplifting post like that today. I hope there is a happy ever after ending to your son's story.

  12. We wish them all the best, they sure sound quite nice together.

  13. Happy Days ahead for #2 son and the girl. What a great way to tell us and use the words at the same time!


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