Thursday, December 1, 2022

Comes a Time (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day and Brian's Thankful Thursday


The man's hollow eyes followed her, his look sad and despairing.

As she drove past, from within the car where only I could hear her she said, "Fred, get out of the road, I'm not giving you anything."

Turning onto the next street, she continued, "Do you remember the story I told you about Fred -- went through his parent's estate and spent up all of his children's part of the inheritance on crack?"

"Yes, I do remember, you used to hire him to work at your place, when he was supposedly trying to get clean."

"Well, he's living in that dump of a house back there, stolen electric meter, stolen water meter, no money, his family won't have anything to do with him, he blew the money from selling a huge house and almost a million in stock on his drugs and that's what's left of him and I'm not helping him any more."

Shaking my head, I said, "Comes a time when you just have to draw that line," and she agreed.

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


(Based on a true story.)


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:    

It's taken years but I can do this now.

If you want, I'll teach you how.

You start out small, just one on top,

someday you'll do it, not one will drop!


Beautiful in

poise, grace, determination

she will get it done


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 bought me lunch yesterday, a nice salad and sautéed Brussels sprouts.


Today is:

A Colonial Christmas -- Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA, US (through Dec. 31; enjoy 17th- and 18th-century Christmas traditions, comparing those of England and the Colonies)

Antarctica Day -- celebrating the Continent of Peace and Science

Barbes Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebrates the fertility of sheep)

Basketball Day -- commonly seen as the day Dr. James Naismith invented the game; while we know it was early in December, 1891, i cannot find any credible source that says it was on this date

Becky Thatcher Day -- birthday of Laura Hawkins, in 1836, who inspired the character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day -- if you can't see, feel free! sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Carnival of Celendonia -- Fairy Calendar (Celendonia is the Fairy City all Fairies want to retire to, by the way.)

Chia Pet Hunting Season begins

Christmas in Old Appalachia -- Clinton, TN, US (an old fashioned country Christmas; through Christmas Eve)

Christmas New Orleans Style -- New Orleans, LA, US (a full month of Christmas celebrations as only NOLA can do it)

Civil Air Patrol Day -- US (date of establishment in 1941; the US Coast Guard rescues you from peril on the water, the CAP on land)

Cookie Cutter Week begins -- sponsored by the Cookie Cutter Collectors Club

Crossing of the Cattle at Diafarabe -- Mali (celebrated through the month)

Damrong Rajanubhab Day -- Thailand (anniversary of the prince's death)

Day of the First President -- Kazakhstan

Eat A Red Apple Day

Freedom and Democracy Day -- Chad

Fullveldisdagurinn Islendinga -- Iceland (Self-governance Day)

     University Students' Celebration Day

International Prisoners for Peace Day -- a day to remember imprisoned conscientious objectors

Kalends of December -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also observed

     Festival for Neptune -- promiscuous god of the sea

     Festival for Pietas -- goddess of devotion, duty, and honor

Mindfulness Day -- Zen Buddhism (a day to mindfully see and act with compassion toward the poor and oppressed)

My Husband's Strung the Christmas Lights and Now I Can't Open the Garage Door Day -- commemorating an alleged real event, be glad this isn't your husband

National Pie Day

National Stress-Free Family Holidays Month -- sponsored by Parenting Without Pressure

National Transit Tribute to Rosa Parks Day -- American Public Transportation Association, on the anniversary of her arrest

Operation Santa Paws -- toy/treat/care drive to help local animal shelters, until the 21st; sponsored by Haute Dogs

Proclamation of the Republic -- Central African Republic

Restoration of Independence -- Portugal(1640)

Rosa Parks Day -- anniversary of her arrest in 1955

St. Eligius' Day (Patron of agricultural workers/farmers, blacksmiths/ horseshoe makers, boilermakers, cab drivers/taxi drivers, carriage makers, cartwrights, clock makers/watch makers, coin collectors/neumismatists, craftsmen, cutlers, farriers, garage workers and gas station workers -- because most of us don't use horses any more, gilders, goldsmiths, harness makers, horses/sick horses, jewelers, jockeys, knife makers, laborers, locksmiths, metal collectors/precious metal collectors, metalsmiths, miners, minters, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, saddle makers, tool makers, veterinarians, wheelwrights)

Surf Life Saving Summer Appeal -- New Zealand (Formerly National Jandal Day, now a three month campaign to raise money to support the Surf Lifeguards who keep you safe) 

Teachers' Day -- Panama

World AIDS Day -- WHO; related observance

     Day With(OUT) Art -- annual remembrance of the impact of AIDS on the visual arts, sponsored by Visual AIDS

Ziua Unirii -- Romania (National Day)

Anniversaries Today:

Yukon Order of Pioneers founded, 1894

US National Weather Service established, 1870

Napoleon marries Josephine, 1804

Birthdays Today:

Nestor Carbonell, 1967

Reggie Sanders, 1967

Carol Alt, 1960

Treat Williams, 1952

Bette Midler, 1945

John Densmore, 1944

Richard Pryor, 1940

Lee Trevino, 1939

Woody Allen, 1935

Lou Rawls, 1933

David Doyle, 1925

Mary Martin, 1913

Charles Finney, 1905

Robert Welch, 1899

Cyril Ritchard, 1897

Rex Stout, 1886

Julia A. Davis Moore, 1847

Anna Maria Grosholtz Tussaud (Madame Tussaud), 1761

Oliver Wolcott, 1726

Louis VI of France, 1081

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Happy XMas(War is Over)"(Single release), 1971

"Promises, Promises"(Musical), 1969

"Flower Drum Song"(Musical), 1958

"Candide"(Operetta), 1956

The Great Train Robbery(First Western film), 1903

Sherlock Holmes, in "A Study in Scarlet"(Published in Beeton's Christmas Annual), 1887

Dr. Pepper, 1885 (recognition by US Patent Office of first day of sale)

Today in History:

Henry V of England enters Paris, 1420

Pasha Muhammad ibn Farukh, governor, driven out of Jerusalem, 1626

Portugal regains independence from Spain, 1640

Massachusetts becomes first colony to give Statutory recognition to slavery, 1641

The first American school to offer manual training courses opens in Maryland, 1750

Charles and M.N. Roberts ascend 2,000' in a hydrogen balloon, 1783

Erie Canal closes for a month due to cold weather, 1831

Hans Christian Andersen publishes his first book of fairy tales, 1835

The first chartered mutual life insurance company opens, 1843

The first certified public accountants receive their certificates in New York, 1896

The first Israeli kibbutz is founded, Deganya Alef, 1909

Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line, 1913

The first drive-up gasoline station opens in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, 1913

Lady Nancy Astor is sworn in as the first female member of the British Parliament, 1919

The New York Daily News reports the news of Christine Jorgenson, the first notable case of sexual reassignment surgery, 1952

Opening date for signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, 1959

Malawi, Malta and Zambia join the United Nations, 1964

Lambda Theta Phi is established as the first Latino fraternity, in New Jersey, 1975

Angola joins the United Nations, 1976

The AIDS virus is officially recognized, 1981

At the University of Utah, Barney Clark becomes the first person to receive a permanent artificial heart, 1982

Channel Tunnel sections started from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the seabed, 1990

Representatives from more than 150 countries gather at a global warming summit in Kyoto, Japan, and over the course of the next ten days forge an agreement to control the emission of greenhouse gases, 1997

The Treaty of Lisbon comes into effect,  which amends the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community, which together comprise the constitutional basis of European Union, 2009

In ceremonies held at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the USS Enterprise, the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is officially inactivated after a 51-year career, 2012

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is declared King of Thailand, succeeding his father King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 2016

Japanese broadcaster NHK launches the world's first super-high definition 8K television channel, 2018

Syrian shadow puppetry is added to the UN's list of cultural activities in urgent need of saving, 2019

The Chinese robotic spacecraft Chang’e-5 lands on the Moon as part of two-day mission to retrieve rock samples, 2020

Tel Aviv is named the world's most expensive city for the first time, ahead of Singapore and Paris, with Damascus being the cheapest, 2021


  1. A true story with sad ending. If only Fred had turned around. I really marvel at the woman carrying all the pots on her head. I think I will end up breaking every one of the pots. Lol!

  2. Is that a fence or a railing? I want a second opinion.

    God bless.

  3. That is a very sad true story, but it happens probably a lot more than most of us would think. Addiction is a very powerful thing and not everyone can win the battle.

  4. That is a very sad (and sadly common) story.
    Practise all I might, I doubt that I could carry that load. Love your words on the photo.

  5. That story resonates with me. Same thing happened to me. So sad and even more sad it's my son.

    Love the poem. Very well done.

    What a lovely thankful. Having someone think of you by bringing you lunch is a most wonderful thing.

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

  6. We can only do what we can do, Mimi. I read this recently: Addicts are addicted to their drug and their families are addicted to hope.

  7. Fab photo and good poems. Your six sentence story is sad and sadly true for so many of us.

  8. So amazing to see someone balance all those pots on her head!

  9. super job, tue sss is one of your best..

  10. Sadly, all to common a pit to fall into for some

  11. Mimi- what a great post! First of all the 6 sentences, then your poems and mama mia thanks for taking over Feline Friday! Wow! You have unbelievable energy!

  12. Poor Fred. Hope it wasn't Right Said Fred--he wouldn;t be too sexy anymore. :-p

  13. An all too familiar story for family members. To give hope though, thankfully, some of them wake up and get better. We liked reading that it's a month long Christmas celebration for NOLA. Mom figures that's why she bought some creole spice yesterday.

  14. That was a sad but too often true story and the poem was good too. Your thankful was sure a happy and yummy one! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  15. Story was well done- some people can't be saved. Great poem. How sweet of Ms. G to buy lunch. I love Brussel's sprouts. XO

  16. Definitely time to draw the line on Fred. I hope that woman's path is even with no sudden lifts or drops.

  17. Sadly, some are beyond help. As for the pot lady, I have trouble keeping a hat on my head!

  18. You write so well ~ great photos and wonderful thank you ~ Xo

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

  19. Mimi that's a perfect poem for the photo.....I have to wonder how long it takes to get that good at balancing those pots. They probably do that starting when they're little and by the time they get this big they can manage SIX with no problem! Love it.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

  20. Sad and tragic for all involved.
    That balancing act borders on magic, lol
    Nothing like a good salad!

  21. I agree. You do what you can, but there comes a time when continued kindness of the same type can be a cruelty.
    Doing the same thing over & over, and expecting different results is one definition of insanity...

  22. You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.

  23. A well-turned story, Mimi. A difficult decision to make but there's a time to help and then there's a time to let fall the consequences.


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