Thursday, March 30, 2023

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


I know her beyond the screen.

Oh, that's how i first met her, several of us got acquainted online and we decided to meet in person.

Until Covid, we tried to meet up every year, every one of them is a delightful person and i'm glad to have them as friends, both online and in real life.

My friend "Di Dreaming" has had a rough couple of years, loss of family, loss of a beloved pet, illness, having to move suddenly.

It can be difficult getting entangled in the real life beyond what's tapped out on the keyboard, but it's worth it for the friendship, the love.

If you have a prayer to spare, please remember my friend, she could use it.

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


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!

This little fence almost looks to me like it's trying to hide.


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

When Grandpa was eleven,

he needed money to earn,

he became a paper boy,

hard work he did not spurn.

He bought food for the family,

gave little sister her spending cash,

and paid for her piano lessons,

his spending was not rash.

When he started earning more

from his bigger jobs in summer,

he decided not having a TV set

was getting to be a bummer.

He scrimped and saved and plotted,

and was walking on a cloud

when the day finally came,

he'd work hard and his family was proud.

It was a black and white tube set

about like you see here,

it sat in a place of honor and

the family held it dear.

Now Grandpa is almost 86,

he and Grandma have 3 big screens,

but I know the first meant more,

than those or all between.

(Yes, Grandpa's dad left, and even as a boy he felt he needed to be the man of the house and go earn money as soon as he could.  He really did pay for many things, including the family's first TV.  Please note, though i call him "Grandpa" on my blog, he's my father, my children's grandfather.)


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 Charismatic Enigma SissyCat did not run away when she managed to slip out of the door the other day, she just went to the lawn to nibble grass and i was able to watch her as she ate, then bring her back in.


Today is:

Check for Change in Every Coin Return You Pass Day -- because someone has a sense of humor and put it on the internet

Culture and Traditions Day -- Micronesia

Doctors Day -- US (begun by Eudora Almond in 1933 because she thought her husband, Dr. Charles B. Almond deserved recognition for his hard work; for ideas on how to thank your doctor)

Fairies of the First Wand Reunion Dinner -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of Janus and Concordia -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Festival of Bast -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (cat goddess; date approximate)

Festival of Reality Fabrication -- internet holiday to celebrate your imagination

Festival of Salus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of health)

Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side Of The Fence Day -- remember how good you have it; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

I am in Control Day -- remember Alexander Haig's words on this date in 1981? well today, if you find the phones won't stop ringing, the kids got into the glue again, the coffee maker is on the fritz, and somebody dyed the poodle purple, stand up and declare that you are in control!

Land Day Commemoration -- West Bank/Palestinian remembrance

Limited Liability Day -- because no one can be responsible for everything

Pencil Day -- the pencil with an eraser top was patented this day in 1858 by Hyman Lipman

Ramnawami / Ramanavami / Chaitay Dashain -- India; Nepal (Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, avatar of Vishnu)

     Swaminarayan Jayanti -- birth of Lord Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition

Runic Half-Month Ewhas (Horse) begins

Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day -- Trinidad and Tobago

St. Leonard Murialdo's Day (Patron of apprentices)

Take a Walk in the Park Day -- begun by someone who wanted to get out of the office

Turkey Neck Soup Day

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day -- US (information here 

Birthdays Today:

Scott Moffatt, 1983

Jason Dohring, 1982

Norah Jones, 1979

Matt Doran, 1976

Mark Consuelos, 1971

Celine Dion, 1968

Ian Ziering, 1964

Tracy Chapman, 1964

M.C. Hammer, 1962

Paul Reiser, 1957

Robbie Cotrane, 1950

Eric Clapton, 1945

Astrud Gilberto, 1940

Warren Beatty, 1937

John Astin, 1930

Rolf Harris, 1930

Peter Marshall, 1930

Richard Dysart, 1929

Peter Marshall, 1927

Frankie Laine, 1913

Sean O'casey, 1880

Anna Sewell, 1820

Vincent Van Gogh, 1853

Francisco Jose De Goya, 1749

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Agnes of God"(Play), 1982

"Applause"(Musical), 1970

"Jeopardy"(TV), 1964

"Verkaufte Braut/The Bartered Bride"(Comic opera), 1866

Today in History:

The first recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, BC240

Ketsugan, Zen teacher, performs exorcisms to free aizoji temple, 1422

Henry VIII divorces Catherine of Aragon, 1533

British and coalition forces march into Paris after the defeat of Napoleon, 1814

Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia, US, performs the first operation with anesthesia (ether), 1842

A pencil with attached eraser is patented by Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia, 1858

Alaska is purchased from Russia by US Secretary of State William Seward, for $7,200,000 (about 2 cents per acre), 1867

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, 1932

Einstein announces his revised unified field theory, 1953

The Yonge Street Line, the first subway in Canada, opens in Toronto, 1954

President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr., 1981

The oldest copy of Codex Holmiensis, dating from 1280, is returned to Denmark from Sweden after 300 years, and 45,000 Inca artifacts are returned to Peru's Machu Picchu after spending 100 years at Yale University, 2011

North Carolina repeals its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use, 2017

Pope Francis arrives in Rabat, Morocco, on his first-ever visit to the Magreb region of Northern Africa, 2019

Zuzana Caputova is elected President of Slovakia, becoming the country's first female head of state, 2019

The computer world's Turing Award is given to American programmer Jack Dongarra, whose work paved the way for the current generation of supercomputers, 2022


  1. I am sending my very best wishes and hopes to your friend.
    Hooray for people who step up and go beyond the call of duty. All praise to Grandpa.
    And hooray for cats who don't escape and can be brought back inside.

  2. So many have had tough times, but there's always room for one more prayer.

  3. I have a prayer to spare and will send it for your friend. I like the image and poem.

  4. I always say that Where intention goes, energy flows.
    So, it will be done towards Di.
    But towards you Mimi, also...because being a real friend to someone is an undertaking not to be taken for granted.

  5. You are right...that little fence is trying to hide.

    I do like the idea of a Thankful Thursday.

  6. For all the "evils" extolled about online relationships there are stories such as yours. When virtual blends with irl. Like friendships in general, they take time to grow no matter how or where they began. Prayer offered. I wish your friend well.

    "Grandpa" has witnessed much since he bought that TV! He's from a generation that knew what to do, even at his young age. Loved the poem.

    Go SissyCat! How excellent she didn't go awol.

  7. Life can be so full of ups and downs. Never take the ups for granted and things can all go awry in no time flat. Hope things get better for your friend soon.

  8. Hope your friend Di Dreaming is able to overcome whatever she is struggling with. Your father is a great and special man.

  9. I've made some amazing friends but virtual and in real life through blogging, loved the poem about Grandpa, it gets confusing here too as j often refer to my dad as grandad these days too xxx

  10. Lovely poem about Grandpa ~ great fence photo ~ hope things improve soon ~ 'this too shall pass.' ~ never ending story ~ life ~

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

  11. I like the internet (the aspect of social interaction as available in the blogosphere). Not counting since-childhood-friends, most of those I number as friends are online.

  12. My Grampa bought a television in 1953 so we could watch the Coronation of our recently departed Queen!
    I still refer to my late Mum as Nanna!
    My thoughts are with your friend.

  13. We send prayers to your friends and hope she gets through her turbulant times without too much stress. That was a terrific poem about Grandpa and hooray for the very good SissyCat. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  14. I will pray for your friend. I am glad Sissycat didn't go far. Great poem- your dad sounds like an amazing person. XO

  15. I loved the poem about Grandpa and his TV. I can sorta relate to the first of new thing being the most special. I still have my first cell phone - an LG Rumour 2 slide out keyboard phone which I got in highschool. All of my phones after that were smart phones, but that old phone from the pre-smartphone-era is a special reminder to me of a different time in my life when I had a different relationship with technology.

  16. Mimi I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your poem for the photo this's special - it's part of your memory and life and that makes it all the more special. You always have such wonderful poems for our photo challenges and the best part is that they are always from your heart!

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy

  17. Wonderful story about your Dad! Wonderful poem!


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