Thursday, January 26, 2023

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


"Mom, everything's okay, but I wanted to let you know what happened to me today," began #1 Son, which means there's been a mishap of some sort, never welcome news.

"I'd just gotten back from kickboxing class and was taking a right-hand turn into my own driveway when someone sideswiped me trying to go around me, it was this kid, maybe seventeen, and he got out of his car yelling, 'Oh, no, this is the third wreck I've had in a year and my mom's gonna kill me!' and then he started trying to punch me!"

By this time, i'd started breathing once more, and #1 Son went on as he does in these situations, "I didn't want to lay a finger on him because he looked underage and I had boxing gloves in my car and I didn't want the police to get a wrong idea, so I ran away from him and kept him at a distance and called the police, and when they showed up one officer looked at the kid and said, 'You again!' and then the kid tried to fight the police!"

It sounds like he needs his keys taken away, i noted drily when i could get a word in, and #1 Son answered, "Yeah, I know, this kid first said it was my fault, that I pulled into the wrong lane, but it was obvious what happened and then he kept saying, 'But he was going so slow!' and of course I was driving slowly, I had my signal on and was taking a right turn into my own driveway!"

Well, at least no one was hurt, i noted, and he continued, "Yeah, and my car is fine, there's only cosmetic damage and I can still drive it to work, but it's my new used car and it was pristine and had no damage or anything and now it has a dent and a cracked mirror and I already called the insurance -- he has insurance, by the way, a lot of them don't -- and it's just that it's going to be a mess to get it all taken care of, but I'm okay."

After all that, all this mama can say is, it's a mess, all right, but as messes go, it's manageable.

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


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!

Mardi Gras fences are back.


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

I've got a great collection

and I want it to be seen,

so I mounted them all to make

this really cool machine.

I park in a garage at night,

drive only if weather's good,

my mechanic knows, be careful

when you look under the hood!


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 had us stay at the house yesterday.  It was an attic adventure day which turned out well, i got down what she needed with no drips, runs or errors.


Today is:

Australia Day -- Australia (National Day); Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Norfolk Island; (Commemorates Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival at Sydney Cove with the First Fleet, on January 26, 1778.)

     Australia Day Cockroach Races -- Brisbane, Queensland (the greatest gathering of thoroughbred cockroaches anywhere, with competition proceeds going to charity)

Clashing Clothes Day -- "officially" (although i'm not sure who declared it) on the 4th Thursday of January, but some people seem to celebrate it every day

Dental Drill Day -- George F. Green, of Kalamazoo, MI, US, patents the electric dental drill, 1875

Duarte Day -- Dominican Republic

End of the Fifth Quarter of the Ninth Dozen of the Thirteenth Set -- Fairy Calendar

Get to Know Your Customers Day -- on the 4th Thursday of each quarter

Liberation Day -- Uganda

Lotus 1-2-3 Day -- released this day in 1983

National Peanut Brittle Day

National Pistachio Day

Republic Day -- Delhi, India (pompous and splendid celebrations through the 29th)

Sailing of Anubis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the god of the dead; date approximate)

Spouse's Day -- an internet generated reason to tell your SO how much he/she means to you

St. Paula's Day (Patron of widows)

St. Timothy's Day (Patron against stomach and intestinal disorders)

St. Titus' Day (Patron of Crete)

Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement -- begun at Toad Hollow School in Kalamazoo, Michigan in the 1800s, a day to encourage your friends

Anniversaries Today:

Establishment of Rocky Mountain National Park, 1915

Michigan becomes the 26th US state, 1837

Birthdays Today:

Kherington Payne, 1990

Kirk Franklin, 1970

Andrew Ridgeley, 1963

Wayne Gretzky, 1961

Anita Baker, 1958

Ellen DeGeneres, 1958

Eddie Van Halen, 1955

Lucinda Williams, 1953

David Strathairn, 1950

Gene Siskel, 1946

Angela Davis, 1944

Scott Glenn, 1942

Bob Uecker, 1935

Father George Harold Clements

Jules Feiffer, 1929

Paul Newman, 1925

Anne Jeffreys, 1923

Jimmy Van Heusen, 1913

Maria Augusta von Trapp, 1905

Bessie Coleman, 1893

Douglas MacArthur, 1880

Mary Mapes Dodge, 1831

Julia Dent Grant, 1826

Emperor Go-Nara of Japan, 1497

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Phantom of the Opera"(Musical), 1988

"The Dukes of Hazzard"(TV), 1979

"Duchess of Padua"(Oscar Wilde play), 1891

"Cosi Fan Tutte"(Mozart Opera), 1790

"Esther"(Racine play), 1689

Today in History:

The fifth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 66

Vicente Yáñez Pinzón becomes the first European to set foot on Brazil, 1500

The Council of Trent issues its conclusions in the Tridentinum, establishing a distinction between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, 1564

Isaac Newton receives Jean Bernoulli's 6 month time-limit problem, and solves the problem before going to bed that same night, 1697

The magnitude 9 Cascadia Earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records, 1700

The British First Fleet, led by Arthur Phillip, sails into Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) to establish Sydney, the first permanent European settlement on the continent of Australia, 1788

The Rum Rebellion, the only successful (albeit short-lived) armed takeover of the government in Australia, 1808

Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States, 1838

Hong Kong is proclaimed a sovereign territory of Britain, 1841

The first US income tax, passed to raise funds for the Civil War, is repealed, 1871

Muhammad Ahmed ("Mahdi") rebels conquer Khartoum, Sudan, 1885

The World's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, is found, 1905

The Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III is officially introduced into British Military Service, and remains the oldest military rifle still in official use, 1907

Glenn H. Curtiss flies the first successful American seaplane, 1911

Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier receives its debut performance at the Dresden State Opera, 1911

Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer, 1920

Rioters burn Cairo's central business district, targeting British and upper-class Egyptian businesses, 1952

Danny Heater sets a worldwide high school basketball scoring record when he records 135 points for Burnsville High School (West Virginia), 1960

Ranger 3 is launched to study the moon, but misses its target by 22,000 miles (35,400 km), 1962

Hindi becomes the official language of India, 1965

The Great Blizzard of 1978, a rare severe blizzard with the lowest non-tropical atmospheric pressure ever recorded in the US, strikes the Ohio – Great Lakes region with heavy snow and winds up to 100 mph (161 km/h), 1978

Israel and Egypt establish diplomatic relations, 1980

An earthquake hits Gujarat, India, causing more than 20,000 deaths, 2001

President Hamid Karzai signs the new constitution of Afghanistan. 2004

The 41st World Economic Forum convenes in Davos, Switzerland, 2011

Libby Lane is ordained as the first female bishop of the Church of England, 2015

LA Lakers basketball legend Kobe Bryant dies in a helicopter crash, 2020


  1. Good thing your #1 son is alright and his car is only slightly dented. He did great by getting out of the teenage way and calling the police to the scene.

  2. Ugh, the hassle of it all with such an accident. It is time consuming and your property is damaged. The kid could care less. Hopefully it can all be taken care of quickly and forgotten.

  3. Oh my goodness, that car is amazing. Wouldn't the things on the car come off when the person drives down the road?
    Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. Great story and so nice to see Mardi Gras reminder photos ~ good thankful too ~ Xo

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

  5. If only all messes were manageable! As for that car, WOW!

  6. What a shame about your son's car. He kept his cool, though, which can be hard when confronted with a difficult person. He is to be commended for that. I hope the insurance pays up without any issues.

  7. Sorry your son has to go thru the issues of car repair when none of it was his doing. I hit a car a few years ago and still feel guilty that she would have to arrange ways to work while getting hers fixed. Light damage but I know work shops take time to get into and out of.

  8. MessyMimi sure knows how to handle a mess.
    The teddybear car though...brings another dimension in vehicular sefery!

  9. Cute poem. Your son sounds very sweet to not fight back and just run away from the kid. That kid sounds like he definitely should not be driving for a long time. XO

  10. Glad the damage is only cosmetic, but that is bad enough. As my husband says, cars can be replaced or repaired, people can't.

  11. Gold star. Hoping the story is not true?

  12. I'm glad your son wasn't hurt and that it wasn't anything really serious. He should have slapped that brat silly though. Cute poem and a good thankful too! Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. That first dent, always such a let down.*
    Nice use of reality in a prescribed format story-telling.
    We all have those days when we think, maybe I shoulda stayed in bed.

    *not including ambulance-level accidents

  14. Not sure "all's well that ends well" is quite appropriate in this instance but...maybe a little? lol It's a huge disappointment when someone else damages your new car whether "used new" or brand new.

    Teddy Bear car? Thought I'd seen everything, lol but enjoyed your poem inspired by it.

    Attic adventures sound less stressful than "road" adventures 😉

  15. quality bred cockroaches? A big race? That is one thing I could avoid.

  16. The plushie car is a real headturner! Glad N°1 son is okay. I was wondering what 'Messy'Mimi would make of this week's Six prompt seeing as it was 'mess'. 😁

  17. A manageable mess is the best kind of mess.

  18. Love the car! And any potentially messy auto accidents would just bounce off it!

  19. HA! Your poem for that stuffy-covered car is PERFECT.....imagine all the grease the garage would get on those stuffies too!

    Hugs, Pam

  20. Ohmyword, someone definitely has issues! Your son is smart to stay right out of reach! It's always sad when a pristine car gets its first damage. :(
    Great poem. Yow! Can't imagine driving that car!


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