Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Whatever That Means (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 Susan Kane and posted by River      

This week's words/prompts are: 

1. field 

2. frog 

3. smell 

4. check 

5. visit 

6. gate 


1. abandon 

2. immune 

3. temple 

4. hand 

5. minister 

6. habit

use either list or both, or mix and match, just have fun.

If you wish to include Charlotte'scolour of the month it is salmon pink for March.

It all started when I followed the FROG.

I like frogs.  Some people think that's weird for a girl, but I don't care.  I keep asking for either a pet snake or a pet tarantula, or both, but dad's afraid of snakes and mom says she doesn't know what we would feed a spider and the cat might try to catch it if we let it out to find its own food, so instead I just play in the FIELD on the other side of the creek.  There are a lot of bugs and spiders and snakes and everything else over there.

Or I used to play there, before I made the mistake of stumbling into a hole that wasn't just a hole.

it was really odd, I was following the frog up from the creek bed into the field and it jumped and kind of disappeared.  While I was looking to see where it could have disappeared to, I found a hole, and I used my hands to make the hole bigger to see if the frog went in there, and it had a really weird SMELL, like the air was stale.

That's when I decided I didn't care if I caught that frog, since there are lots of them around in the spring, but instead I went home and got a shovel and went back across the creek.  It wasn't easy getting across the creek carrying the big shovel, but I did it.

I started digging, and there were lots of rocks, in fact it looked like a rock wall, and I climbed down in there when I found steps, but I didn't go too far because it was dark.  Instead I ran home and told my mom what I'd found.  That was kind of a mistake, at least as far as the field went for being a good place to go play.

See, when mom was in college to be a doctor, she says she took two ar-kee-something classes, to rest her mind from having to learn so much biology, whatever that means.  Anyway, they were classes about old places, and it turned out in the field was an old place that some of the ar-kee-something people like to dig up to find out how people lived a long time ago.

So she listened when I told her about the wall, and the steps, and she made me take her over and show her, and promise not to climb down there any more by myself.  She said there were people who used to live here a long time ago, and some of the people whose great-great-grandparents were around way back then said there was a TEMPLE over in the field, and they had to ABANDON it when new people came, something about them not being IMMUNE to new diseases and most of them died and they didn't have their priest any more, and no one was sure if it was true, but it was and I found it.

I asked what a temple is, and a priest, and mom says it's something like church, with a priest instead of the MINISTER, and lots of stuff happened there.  Now almost the whole field is behind a big fence, and even if I want to VISIT I have to go to the special GATE that's painted a weird color mom calls SALMON, even though it doesn't look like a salmon to me and I've caught some in the creek and they aren't that color, but anyway on the gate it says 

Archaeological Site

Do Not Enter Without 

Checking In

and i have to CHECK in.  Everybody has to who wants to go over there, and put on gloves and booties so we don't mess anything up.

The only reason I'm allowed to still go over there sometimes is 'cause I'm sorta locally famous 'cause they say I had a HAND in finding the place, but I don't know why 'cause it's not like I'm in the HABIT of finding important places like that.

Besides, it's fun to see what they dig up, but it's not as much fun as the field used to be, so I don't go often.  Instead I follow the creek up about a quarter mile and go to another field, and if'n I ever stumble on something there, I'm not gonna to tell anyone!


Today is:

1848 Revolution Day -- Hungary

Ag Day, Celebrating Our Bountiful Food Supply -- according to a foodie website

Brutus Day -- for obvious reasons; watch for backstabbers today, because they are as numerous now as they were in ancient Rome

Constitution Day -- Belarus

Dieticians Day -- Canada   

Dumbstruck Day -- Fairy Calendar

Everything You Think is Wrong Day -- begun by someone who wants you to keep an open mind, apparently

Fallas de Valencia -- Valencia, Spain (a five day carnival/fiesta of partying that ends with turning off all the city lights and setting fire to hundreds of massive papier-mache statues stuffed with fireworks to celebrate St. Joseph's Day; sometimes called Fallas de San Jose)

Honen Matsuri -- Tagata-jinja Shrine, Inuyama, Japan (festival for a good harvest and fertility)

Ides of March -- Ancient Roman Calendar; other observances

     Day Sacred to Anna Parenna and River Nymphs -- goddess of the returning year

     Day You Don't Want to Go Out if Your Name is Julius Caesar

     Festival of Attis and Cybele

     Guild Festival -- for guilds practicing the arts of Minerva, with weapons purified at her temple on this day

International Day Against Police Brutality

Joseph Jenkins Roberts' Birthday -- Liberia

Kashiram Jayanti -- UP, India (birth anniversary of politician Kashi Ram)

Mi-Careme -- Guadeloupe; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Martin (Mid-Lent)

National Pears Helene with Chocolate Sauce and Brandy Day

Offerings to Ra, Osiris, Horus, Ptah, Sokar, and Atum -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

St. Clement Mary Hofbauer's Day (Patron of Vienna, Austria)

St. Louise de Marillac's Day (Patron of disappointing children, loss of parents, people rejected by religious orders, sick people, social workers, widows; Vincentian Service Corps)

Tagata Honen-Sai/Honen Matsuri -- Inuyama, Japan (fertility festival)

True Confessions Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, because confession is good for the soul; if you are afraid to confess to the world, there's always your mirror

Turkey Buzzards Day -- Hinckley, OH, US (Two theories about why the turkey buzzards return on this date each year have to do with either witchcraft of a hunting story; festival in honor of them will be held this coming Sunday)

World Consumer Rights Day -- International   

Youth Day -- Palau

Anniversaries Today:

Richard Burton marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1964

The University of Toronto is chartered, 1827

Maine becomes the 23rd US state, 1820

Birthdays Today:

Kellan Lutz, 1985

Sean Biggerstaff, 1983

Eva Longoria, 1975

Kim Raver, 1969

Mark McGrath, 1968

Bret Michaels, 1963

Fabio, 1961

Mary Carillo, 1957

Park Overall, 1957

Dee Snyder, 1955

Craig Wilson, 1954

Sly Stone, 1944

Mike Love, 1941

Phil Lesh, 1940

Judd Hirsch, 1935

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933

Alan Bean, 1932

Norm Van Brocklin, 1926

Harry James, 1916

Joe E. Ross, 1914

Macdonald Carey, 1913

Samuel "Lightnin" Hopkins, 1912

Andrew Jackson, 1767

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Wonder Years"(TV), 1988

"Eight is Enough"(TV), 1977

"Three's Company"(TV), 1977

"The Godfather"(Film), 1972

"Purlie"(Musical), 1970

"Lady Madonna"(Music single), 1968

"My Fair Lady"(Musical), 1956

"Rapsodie Espagnole"(Ravel's Orchestral Rapsody), 1908

"Caesar and Cleopatra,"(Play), 1899

"She Stoops to Conquer"(Comedy), 1773

Today in History:

Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March, BC44

Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty, 221

A Jew hating Monk in Seville, Spain stirs up people in that city to attack Jews, 1391

Christopher Columbus arrives back in Spain after his first trip to the New World, 1493

The first meeting of the Council of Trent, 1545

South Carolina becomes the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government, 1776

In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy; the plea is successful and the threatened coup d'état never takes place, 1783

A revolution breaks out in Hungary, and the Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party, 1848

Jesse W. Reno patents an "inclined elevator" (escalator), 1892*

Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated, 1906

Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne and his brother the Grand Duke becomes Tsar, 1917 registers the very first Internet domain name, 1985

Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union, 1990

French President Jacques Chirac signs the law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, commonly known as the "headscarf ban", 2004

Lazarus Project scientists reveal that they successfully recovered frozen tissue from the 1970's and rejuvenated the cells of Rheobatrachus silus, a species of frog that has been extinct since 1983, 2013

French fashion house Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Englishwoman Clare Waight Keller, 2017

Toys ‘R Us announces it will close all of its stores, 2018

More European countries impose restrictions on travel and borders to try to combat Covid19, while the US Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero in an attempt to support the economy, 2020

Deb Haaland becomes the first Native American to lead a cabinet agency after being confirmed by the Senate as the new US Secretary of the Interior, 2021

*The first actual working model, at Coney Island, was built four years later.


  1. Great story :) I do like archaeology.

  2. That was a great story. I always look forward to your stories on Wednesdays.

  3. We have no idea what a VP of Synergy is either.

  4. Great story. Sounds like that little girl learned a lesson about keeping fun discoveries to herself. :)

  5. Love that desk nameplate. Way cool.

    Love your use of the prompts. You're such a wonderful wordsmith.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Love and hugs. ♥

  6. Fun desk plate ~ great writing as always ~

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

  7. I have no idea what it means heheh! :-)

    Have a gobbidygooktastic week 👍

  8. Oh my what a wonderful use of the words! Totally enjoyed reading it !! Cheers

  9. I'M BACKKKKKK! WOO HOO! Hmmmm I'm afraid I'm with Stevebethere..... I have no clue either! Have a great day!

  10. That was a really good story, we could see it all as it was happening.

  11. We really enjoyed that story, Mimi. You sure know how to weave a terrific tale!

  12. Terrific story, I like where the prompt words took you!


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