Thursday, January 5, 2023

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


Ms. G had another adventure in store for us yesterday once i'd cleaned the cat boxes, vacuumed the areas where she'd tracked in leaves while feeding squirrels and birds, and gotten trash and recycling out.

"My friend Linda, who works with Blair over at the animal rescue north of here, feeds 200+ feral cats in 30 managed colonies every single night, and she's going through 60 pounds of cat food a day mostly at her own expense and it's becoming unsustainable.  We're bringing her to the animal control across the river that's going to give her as much food as we can cram in the truck, I'm hoping we can get her at least a one month supply and go back for more later."

Linda came, we three drove in the truck across the river, and as Ms. G has a bad back, bad neck, two knees that are getting surgery on them later this month, and two very bad ankles, Linda and i, with the help of one of the animal control people, loaded a whole pallet plus more, then Linda and i unloaded it at her storage unit.

At one point, Ms. G was talking about sending me to the store for the large bags of birdseed and flats of diet soda she needs but can no longer lift, even going so far as to get her Visa card out of her wallet to give me, but she thought better of it, and after Linda was gone she came to the store with me and got more, of course, than her initial list had called for and all of which i unloaded and put away for her.

While moving and fetching and toting, i stepped wrong at one point and almost took a spill, but as i finished the day with only one small cut, two bruises and no broken bones or twisted joints, i called the day a win and went home for a two-hour nap!

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


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!

Ms. G's old, sagging fence has been replaced.


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

We were looking for a house,

the apartment was getting small,

Our family'd grown from two to four

and kids need room, after all.

There was this one very nice place,

at least we thought at first,

but when we went to tour the house

their kitchen was the worst!

It looked a lot like what you see,

and I couldn't get past that scene;

here's some advice, to sell your house,

keep your kitchen clean!

(Based on a true story, after seeing that i could hardly look at the rest of the house.)


Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

Today i'm thankful the small misstep i took when i rolled my ankle yesterday didn't result in any real damage except to my ego.


Today is:

American Historical Association Annual Meeting -- Philadelphia, PA, US (136th annual, with over 300 sessions covering a wide range of scholarly topics; through Sunday)

Apple Howling Day -- Henfield, West Sussex (Held at Gill Orchard, always on Epiphany Eve, horn blowing and howling at the trees is said to wake them up and yield a good crop.)

Armenian Christmas Eve -- Armenia (Old Chrismas Day in the West)

Can Opener Day -- one of the earliest forms of can opener was patented this date in 1858 by Ezra Warner of CT, US (tin cans had been around for over 50 years by then, usually opened with a knife or hammer and chisel)

Epiphany Fair -- Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy (toys, sweets, and presents among the beautiful Bernini Fountains)

Get on the Computer Day -- obviously dates back to a time when people didn't have to check email daily or get innundated

Guru Gobindh Singh Birthday -- Sikh

Joma Shinji Festival -- Kamakura, Japan (ceremony and festival to keep evil spirits away)

Mungday -- Discordianism (festival of St. Hung Mung)

National Bird Day -- US (National Association of Audubon Societies incorporated today in 1905)

National Whipped Cream Day

Nones of January -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also

     Festival of Vica Pota (ancient goddess of victory)

Review Your Wrestling Holds Day -- internet generated, and weird

St. Gerlac of Valkenberg's Day (Patron of domestic animals)

St. Simeon Stylites' Day (The original and most maniacal of the "Pillar Saints")

Take the Cake Day -- a day to do something, anything, over the top, just because

Trettondagsafton -- Sweden (Epiphany Eve)

Turn Up the Heat Day -- all over the internet, but no one explains it

Twelfth Day of Christmas -- and thus, Twelfth Night (Although by some reckonings, this is actually only the 11th day of Christmas, and thus Twelfth Night Eve.  Take your pick.)

Ume Matsuri -- Atami, Japan (celebrating the ume -- plum -- at one of the most famous plum viewing spots in the country; through early to mid-March)

Anniversaries Today:

George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis, 1759

Birthdays Today:

January Jones, 1978

Bradley Cooper, 1975

Warrick Dunn, 1975

Carrie Ann Inaba, 1968

Pamela Sue Martin, 1953

Diane Keaton, 1946

Charlie Rose, 1942

Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, 1938

Umberto Eco, 1932

Alvin Ailey, 1931

Robert Duvall, 1931

Walter Mondale, 1928

George Reeves, 1914

George Dolenz, 1908

Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1895

King Camp Gillette, 1855

Edmund Ruffin, 1794

Constanze Mozart, 1762 (wife of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

Pietro Filippo Scarlotti, 1679

Shah Jahal, 1592 (Mughal emperor of India, built the Taj Mahal)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"All My Children"(TV), 1970

"Bozo the Clown"(TV), 1959

"The Member of the Wedding"(Play), 1950

"Pepe LePew"(cartoon character, in "Odor-able Kitty"), 1945

Today in History:

Edward the Confessor dies with no heir, leading to a succession crisis that ends with the Norman Conquest, 1066

Felix Manz, a leader of the Anabaptist congregation in Zรผrich, is executed by drowning, 1527

Pope Clemens VII forbids English king Henry VIII to re-marry, 1531

A petition in Recife, Brazil leads to closing of their 2 synagogues, 1638

Anne Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted the first divorce in the colonies, from her absent and adulterous husband, Denis Clarke, by the Quarter Court of Boston, Massachusetts, 1643

The first Swedenborgian temple in the US holds its first service, in Baltimore, 1800

The Ohio legislature passes the first laws restricting the movement of free blacks, 1804

Davy Crockett arrives in Texas, just in time for the Alamo, 1836

The US House of Representatives votes to stop sharing the Oregon Territory with the UK, 1846

The first US school of librarianship opens at Columbia University, 1887

An Austrian newspaper makes the first public report on Wilhelm Roentgen's discovery of xrays, 1896

The National Association of Audubon Society incorporates, 1905

Colombia recognizes Panama's independence, 1909

The Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and a minimum wage of $5 for a day's labor, 1914

British premier Lloyd George issues a demand for a unified peace, 1918

Nellie Taylor Ross is sworn in as governor of Wyoming, the first woman governor of a US state, 1925

Mao Tse-tung writes "A Single Spark Can Start A Prairie Fire," 1930

FM radio is demonstrated to the Federal Communications Commission for the first time, 1940

The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper, 1944

Warmest reliably measured temperature in Antarctica of +59°F (+15°C) recorded at Vanda Station, 1974

Eris, the largest known dwarf planet in the solar system, is discovered, 2005

The tomb of an Egyptian queen, Khentakawess III, is discovered by a team of Czech archaeologists; the queen lived during the Fifth Dynasty and was likely the wife of Pharaoh Neferefre, 2015

The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is granted independence from the Russian Orthodox Church by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 2019

Chinese professor Zhang Yongzhen publishes the first SARS-CoV-2 genome map online, allowing health professionals worldwide to identify COVID-19, 2020

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards pardons Homer Plessy for buying whites-only train ticket in 1892 (resulted in U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson 1896), 2022


  1. Even sick/physically challenged Ms G is a powerhouse.
    Kitchens/bathrooms are hugely important. If you are showing a house, keep them clean people.

  2. No broken bones or twisted joints is always a welcomed win.

  3. Thank God no broken bones or seriously injured. How can anyone let their kitchen get in such a mess. It looks like it was after a great feast.

  4. I only read stories about people who take care of so many feral cats at one time. It is amazing hard work and extremely expensive. But the cats that received the food and attention, I can only imagine their relief. And yes it certainly sounds like thankful Thursday that you didn't break any bones.

  5. Indeed is a win when you did a hard day of work.

  6. A well deserved two hour nap! As for that kitchen......

  7. Glad you didn't get seriously hurt! 60 lbs of food a day is huge, especially for cats. That is just amazing and she should get some help as those costs would be crazy, but she definitely has a huge heart!

  8. A two hour nap... you must be slacking!
    enjoyed your Six
    Can I get a 'Aiyyee' from the other Readers?

  9. A win for all the kitties too. (and nice job on the fence!)

  10. Your series on Mrs. G gets better and better, Mimi, always delivering a smile. The narrator and her subject keep coming into focus as dynamos of action and compassion. ๐Ÿ’ž

  11. Your title for the Six is accurate - that was definitely a workout!

  12. We're glad you didn't get hurt!! We cats are pros at napping.

  13. Awww Mrs G! And Awww to you and Linda- wow! Love love your poem and holy cow- who would ever have their kitchen looking like that when having an Open House for Sale! I could understand ( maybe ) if was only 30 minutes after Thanksgiving! Looking forward to your hosting Feline Friday! Hugs! xoxo

  14. That is a very nice story and hooray for Linda getting some food, we only have 14 ferals in our group and it is expensive but they are worth every penny. Fun poem and a good thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  15. God bless the lady caring for all those ferals,Glad you got to take a much deserved nap.

  16. Oooh, I hate that misstep moment. I've had a few. 200+ cats?? every night? There's no way I could handle that. I have enough trouble feeding 16 birds a couple of times a week, I'm cutting down on the food until I put out so little the birds will move on and find food the way nature intended.
    I've seen kitchens like that and done the cleaning up, without a dishwasher too. But now and again on real estate sites I still see laundries and kitchens with benches so cluttered I wonder if the house has enough storage, so I click away from that one.

  17. Ay, such a kitchen would be off-puting. But ... then again I suppose the dirty dishes were not meant to go with the house ... did you buy it?

  18. Wonderful Thankful and glad you are okay ~ Xo
    fun poem and neat fence photo too

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

  19. Cat and dog rescuers are angels.

  20. So glad there were no broken bones, it doesn't bare thinking where these amazing animals be without such wonderful people that work in rescue xxx

  21. Wait! Only a 2 hr nap?!
    Ms. G's new fence looks great.
    Yes, an excellent thankful, indeed.

  22. Uffda! Beyond all the transport and, I'd say you had a full day! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  23. This Mrs. G is hard to keep up with! I might nap just reading about all that you all have accomplished.

  24. I just love stories of people who help. Animals. Other people. It's so inspiring!
    Gahhh! That kitchen! I'm a little obsessive about kitchens. I remember when we had listed our small home for sale and had people traipsing through. Everything neat as a pin, ESPECIALLY the kitchen, and bread baking in the oven. Needless to say, it didn't take long to sell!


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