Thursday, March 2, 2023

A Beyond Belief Five Hop Thursday!


I'm going to change a few minor details, but this is a true story and if you ever think your life is spinning out of control, remember you aren't alone, because this is what Ms. G and I did yesterday (and be warned, it's a very sad, hard story).

While one of her best friends was with the doctor, finding out the results of her genetic tests to see if she has the breast cancer genes her daughters have already been shown to have and deciding with that doctor whether she'd have a full hysterectomy with her double mastectomy for the cancer she already knows she has to fight, Ms. G and i took care of business for her extended family (son-in-law) with another matter.

It seems one of the daughters mentioned above, who because of those positive genes might not be able to have more children, already has a one-year-old who has been in the hospital for several days with a serious viral illness and dehydration, and a few days ago, when her husband/father of the child finally got home after a very long day of working and then sitting at the hospital with the baby, it was to find the sheriff's deputy waiting to tell him his drug addict estranged mother had been found dead in her home with a note, she'd OD'd on purpose.

His mother, a hermit who shunned everyone, including her only child, was found when across the street neighbor noticed a package hadn't been brought in the house; this woman was shot multiple times 18 years years ago by her husband who, thinking she was dead, then killed himself, and this has brought back her trauma and she's in full PTSD flashback mode.

The whole thing has the neighborhood in quite a state and someone, meaning Ms. G, is having to arrange the cremation and deal with getting the biohazard people to go in today to properly and fully clean the place, so yesterday was spent trying to get access through the garage with the garage door opener that only works sometimes because no one has been able to find the woman's keys to her house, and yes, it finally opened and Ms. G has changed the front door bolt lock so now they do have a key to one door.

Please, hold your loved ones close, don't close those doors, get help if you need it, remember there's no substance or thing worth taking you away from your family, and live your life to the fullest with zest and be thankful for every blessing because when it comes to things like this, soap operas have nothing on what turns life can take and you can't make stuff like this up.

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


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!

Azaleas make the best fence decorations.


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

My human, you need to listen,

I will make this very clear.

I am a cat, Felis catus,

there is no baby here.

I like canned food and catnip,

I'll purr, and nap, and play,

and continue to amuse and love you,

but this high chair goes away!


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

The conclusion to the above story, i am thankful that Ms. G found the deceased woman's cat, alive but weak, hiding in the house.  She's at the vet and will recover.


Brian's Home

It's time to cut loose,

Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

So grab your hat

and read with the cat!

It has again happened that my work has kept me from being able to get to everything, and instead of writing a Dr. Seuss tribute, i am simply saying i hope you have a wonderful Dr. Seuss day.  Go read and have fun!


Today is:

Adwa Victory Day -- Ethiopia

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting -- Washington, D.C., US (a meeting of top scientists; who knows what these people will come up with next, because science is amazing! through Sunday)

Feast of 'Ala (Loftiness) -- Baha'i (first full day of the 19 day fast)

Going Forth of Set, Son of Nut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Highway Numbers Day -- US (a joint board of state and federal highway officials created the first uniform system for numbering interstate highways, as well as standardizing design of road signs, in 1925)

James Ronald Webster's Birthday -- Anguilla

March Nymph's Parade -- Fairy Calendar

National Banana Cream Pie Day

NEA's Read Across America Day -- on or near Dr. Seuss' birth anniversary; "Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat"

Old Stuff Day -- if you are doing the same old stuff, think about how you can change that

Peasants' Day -- Myanmar

St. Chad of Mead's Day (Patron of St. Chad's College of the University of Durham in England; Birmingham, England; Lichfield, England)

Texas Independence Day -- Texas, US (anniversary of declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836)

University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day -- UK (to focus on ensuring the positive wellbeing of people with mental health difficulties)        

World Book Day -- UK and Ireland (most other countries celebrate this on April 23; more information is here)   

Anniversary Today:

Mt. Rainier National Park is established, 1899

Birthdays Today:

Henrik Lundquist, 1982

Bryce Dallas Howard, 1981

Chris Martin, 1977

Daniel Craig, 1968

Jon Bon Jovi, 1962

Ken Salazar, 1955

Laraine Newman, 1952

Karen Carpenter, 1950

Eddie Money, 1949

Lou Reed, 1944

John Irving, 1942

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931

Tom Wolfe, 1931

John Cullum, 1930

Doc Watson, 1923

Jennifer Jones, 1919

Desi Arnaz, 1917

Martin Ritt, 1914

Mel Ott, 1909

Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), 1904

Bedrich Smetana, 1864

Carl Schurz, 1829

Melissa Burton Coray, 1828

Sam Houston, 1793

Juvenal, 54

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Bubbling Brown Sugar"(Musical), 1976

"The Sound of Music"(Film), 1965

"Bus Stop"(Play), 1955

"King Kong"(Film), 1933

"Morning Chronicle"(London daily newspaper), 1769

Today in History:

The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England, 1717

A semaphore machine that will speed communication is introduced in Paris, 1791

The US Congress outlaws the import of slaves, 1897

The Republic of Texas declares its independence from Mexico, 1836

Aleksandr Romanov becomes the tsar of Russia, 1855

Tsar Aleksandr outlaws serfdom in Russia, 1861

The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace, 1888

In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women, 1903

The original film version of King Kong premiers, 1933

Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute, 1949

The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut, 1949

In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted, 1969

Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown, 1970

The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets, 1972

Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28, 1978

CD players and discs are released for sale for the first time outside of Japan, 1983

Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century, 1989

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations, 1992

Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice, 1998

In his book 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II', Pope Benedict XVI exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility of the death of Jesus, 2011

New findings from the University of Leicester indicate decreasing sitting time by 90 minutes each day can result in major heath advantages, including reducing the risk of Type II Diabetes, 2013

The longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland, remains in the air for 17 hours, 15 minutes, 2016

The oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, is revealed by British scientists, 2016

Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record, 2016

Australian wonder horse Winx sets the world record for Group 1 wins in the Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney, stretching her unbeaten run to 31 races, with this being her 23rd in the highest class of thoroughbred racing, 2019

Dr. Seuss Enterprises announces that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they are now considered racially insensitive, 2021

Dolly Parton receives her first Moderna Covid-19 vaccine that she donated $1million to help develop, 2021


  1. Your story is so sad, too many people suicide because they simply can't see any other way out of their pain. Too many don't realise there is help available.
    I like the cat and the poem.

  2. "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."

  3. Oh good gracious, that's a horribly upsetting story to shared! So much awful stuff for anyone person to deal with but a whole family? That's quite unreal, almost like you'd find on a soap opera. Seriously! I will keep these poor folks in my prayers. Robin Williams quote is a purrfect tie in and so very true. We shouldn't ever judge someone when you don't know the story. Lots and lots of spring life is visible in our neck of the woods, too. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures to show. The azaleas are beautiful!

  4. Those Azaleas are just beautiful. Wow! We also love that quote about everyone has a battle you don't know about. It is so very true. Some of the happiest people have so many struggles they never share and then they take their lives. So sad. Happy Dr Seuss Day!

  5. A sorrowful story but one I'm grateful to you for sharing.

    Cats can be very bossy!

  6. That is a sad story. Mom sees a lot of similar ones with her Guardian ad Litem families.
    Love your poem and Happy Seuss Day!

  7. That really is a sad story, you just never know what others are dealing with, that's so true. That was a cute poem though and a good thankful. Thanks for joining our Dr. Seuss Day Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  8. Somber Six, but something we need to hear. There IS an awful lot of this that sadly, is normal for more folks than you'd guess.

  9. Cute poem and such a sad story.

  10. I story with a such a sad ending although there won't be a quick ending of the family's torment. Thanks for the reminder to hold our loved ones close.
    The fence and flowers are lovely.

  11. Sweet poem. Such a sad story but such a sad truth also. Love the azaleas in bloom. You know I googled a young boy on an episode of Murder She Wrote. It was sad because he took his own life, hung himself at age 27.He had been a child actor and once the jobs dried up because he was no longer cute and precocious . It hurt my heart. Even though this happened sometime ago. I read Ron and Clint Howard's story. Although they had unconventional parents they were never raised with privilege like they were more special and had to earn everything . They also had so many people around them on the shows they acted in. Clint did have a drug problem but he had good people around him to get him through. I am so sorry your friend had to deal with this. Prayers for all involved with the lady who passed away. I am very sorry, I can not imagine that pain of the only child of the lady.

  12. Mimi! You are a ROCK for your friend. Sometimes dealing with what life throws at us seem insurmountable, I have to remember that my present situation is not my final destination. The best is yet to come. It is always difficult, but God is always with me, I'm not alone. I'm so glad the cat is OK. Keep being awesome! Hugs, Barb

  13. The path we take through life, no matter the character (tragic, unrelenting happiness), is a path with a view. This view, if we afford our selfs of it (and that in and of itself is no easy thing) affords us all of the paths of those around us (to a small or a great degree).
    These views (for some, insights for others) are opportunities, according to our natures. (And, by nature, that is not in the predetermined sense, it is by the effort to grow, sense).
    One view is, that is tragic, how sad. Another is, but for the grace of god.
    Both are 'true'.
    The true gift in life is the ability/potential to appreciate and alter how we relate ourselves to the world around us.
    'cellent Six and insight.

  14. Sad story and great quote ~ so true ~ sweet poem ~ lovely fence ~

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

  15. The azaleas are blooming there! So beautiful.
    I don't believe there is anyone untouched by a "battle", whether their own or that of someone they're close to. Your poetry, as always, a pleasure.

  16. What a great poem......somehow though I think that cat kind of likes his "lofty perch" in the high chair.....!!!!

    Hugs, Teddy

  17. Sometimes troubles just seem to swarm, don't they? I'm so sorry for your friend's SIL's troubles. His poor mother. The pain she must have been carting around for the past 18 years!
    I love that quote with Robin William's picture. It is SO TRUE! Actually, that kitty looks as though he belongs in that chair! Totally entitled! ;)


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