Wednesday, February 8, 2023

A Lovely Thought (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.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by Lissa 

This week's prompts are numbers:

1 - seventeen (17)

2 - seven (7)

3 - six (6)

4 - ten (10)

5 - nine (9)

6 - thirteen (13)

7 - twenty-five (25)

Charlotte/Mother Owl has chosen a color of the month and i am trying to also incorporate it into my WfW posts.  This month's color is signal white.

"What are we going to do with nine ten-year-old girls in the house for thirteen hours?" he asked, staring at her with a deer-in-the-headlights look.

"Mostly that will be my problem," she reassured him calmly.

"The girls will be arriving for the sleepover at around six, we'll have the pizza and snacks ready to serve when they arrive.  By between 7-7:30, we'll all sing 'Happy Birthday' and she can open her presents.  Once that part is over, you men in the family may retire to your workshop or your den, whatever you want, taking as many snacks and drinks with you as you like."

"What about sleep?" he asked, then added a bit sarcastically, "the whole twenty-five minutes of it we'll probably get."

"There are two beds in our son's bedroom, so you can sleep in our room, and possibly be waked up if the girls need me for something, or you can bunk with him."

"I hate sleeping on those beds, they're a little short."

She looked at him rather sharply and he added, "But that sounds like a good plan.  If we behave, can we not have to do this again until she's 17?"

"No promises on that front, but if you both behave, for his birthday in a couple of months we'll get you those tickets to the game you want to go see, you can even book a hotel and make a weekend of it."

"Okay, okay, I'm waving my white flag!" he laughed, pretending to wave a flag over his head.

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Today is:

Boy Scout Day -- celebrates the birthday of Scouting in the US

Cowtown's Last Old West Gunfight -- White Elephant Saloon, Fort Worth, TX, US (annual reenactment of the last gunfight in what was then Cowtown, between White Elephant Saloon owner Luke Short and former marshal T.I. “Longhaired Jim” Courtright on this date in 1887)

Death of Kelp-Koli -- Fairy Calendar

Hari Kuyo -- Sensouji Temple, Japan (Festival of Broken Needles, in which all of the worn or broken sewing needles from the previous year are put in a sacred resting place.)

Hold Onto Your Head Day -- invented by someone for people like me, because heaven knows i'm losing mine!

Laugh and Get Rich Day -- a day to recognize the power of laughter

Love May Make the World Go 'round, But Laughter Keeps Us from Getting Dizzy Week -- annually, the week before and including Valentine's Day; dedicated to Victor Borge’s notion that “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” and Joel Goodman’s notion that “Seven days without laughter makes one weak.”

National Molasses Bar Day

Preseren's Day -- Slovenia (Honors their national poet, France Preseren, often called Day of Slovenian Culture)

Rebel Day -- birth anniversary of James Dean

St. Jerome Emilani's Day (Patron of orphans; Taos Indian Pueblo)

Tako-ichi -- Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan (kite fair dating back to the Edo period)

Anniversary Today:

Founding of Universiteit Leiden, with the motto Praesidium Libertatis, 1575

Birthdays Today:

Josh Keaton, 1979

David "Phoenix" Farrell, 1977

Seth Green, 1974

Alonzo Mourning, 1970

Gary Coleman, 1968

Claudette Pace, 1968

Vince Neil, 1961

John Grisham, 1955

Mary Steenburgen, 1953

Brooke Adams, 1949

Robert Klein, 1942

Nick Nolte, 1941

Ted Koppel, 1940

John Williams, 1932

James Dean, 1931

Jack Lemmon, 1925

Audrey Meadows, 1924

Freddie Blassie, 1921

Lana Turner, 1921

Elizabeth Bishop, 1911

Lyle Talbot, 1902

William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820

Jules Verne, 1828

Samuel Butler, 1612

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Good Times"(TV), 1974

"RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day"(TV), 1952

"Danses Concertantes"(Stravinsky Ballet), 1942

"Two for the Show"(Musical), 1940 

"The Plough and the Stars"(Play), 1926

"The Stars and Stripes"(US Armed Forces Newspaper), 1918

"The Birth of a Nation"(Film), 1915

"Boris Godunov"(Mussorgsky Opera), 1874

"Flora; or the Hob in the Well"(Cibber's Opera, first opera performed in the Colonies), 1735

Today in History:

Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, 1587

Isaac Newton reads his first optics paper before the Royal Society in London, 1672

French and Indian troops set Schenectady, NY, afire, 1690

A doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony suggests that two girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment, leading to the Salem witch trials, 1692

The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia, 1726

The first opera in the US, "Flora," opens in South Carolina, 1735

A minor earthquake shakes London, 1750

The strange phenomenon called the "Devil's Footprints" mysteriously appear in Devon, England, 1855

Martin Robinson Delany becomes the first black major in the US Army, 1865

The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce, 1910

D.W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles, 1915

The Stars and Stripes newspaper is published for the first time, 1918

Swiss men vote against women's suffrage, 1920

Radio arrives at the White House, 1922

Allende meteorite falls near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1969

The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time, 1971

After 84 days in space, the crew of the first American space station Skylab returns to Earth, 1974

The Melbourne dust storm hits Australia's second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 320 metres (1,050 ft) deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night, 1983

The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place, 1996

A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, 2010

Noriaki Kasai of Japan becomes first athlete in history to participate in 8 Winter Olympics, 2018

King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand issues a royal decree calling Princess Ubolratana's candidacy for Prime Minister for the Thai Raksa Chart political party “improper and highly inappropriate”, 2019

After 3 years with no rainy season, the Horn of Africa is declared to be in drought and on the brink of a humanitarian crisis by the UN, 2022


  1. That's quite true acctually heheh!

    Have a valentinetastic week 👍

  2. It's my hope that I can try to live a life where I give more and more love away!

  3. Would we have Valentine's Day if they had not invented chocolate? Give broccoli instead!

    God bless.

  4. We love that first quote on the sign, just perfect!

  5. Who won the last gunfight and what was it all about. Inquiring minds want to know.

  6. Love the quote and love your use of the prompts. Oh the sleepovers. A night of little sleep.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Love and hugs. ♥

  7. Wonderful quote in that sign ~ great post ~

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

  8. Great quote and a very clever story! Cheers!

  9. That's a good sign! The story was a fun and sleepless on indeed!

  10. I guess with a bunch of ten-year-olds, there would be a lot of noises. Nice parents they are. Good use of the wfw prompts.

    Have a lovely day

  11. I LOVE the post! The story about sleep overs is so true! Mimi, Keep being awesome!

  12. Nine ten year olds over night? I'd be climbing the walls!
    Great story :)

  13. That quote about love is wonderful. As for a sleepover with a bunch of 10 year-olds ... yes, sleep will be in short supply we'd imagine. :)

  14. I like that quote! Enjoyed your story too, Mimi.

  15. I love your use of the prompts and forgot to use white in mine!

  16. Lovely. Like herding a sack of fleas. But an exciting experience for the girls, too. ;-)


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