Thursday, September 21, 2023

Unlikeliest Coach of the Year (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy’s Poetry Day and Brian’s Thankful Thursday


The older children were in the homeschool baseball league, and at the practices the three, four and five-year-olds were at loose ends, running around and bored and wanting to play like the big kids.

There was extra equipment, bases, lightweight bats, balls, and etc., even a t-ball stand, which is good because i can't pitch worth anything as no one ever taught me how, and i became the unofficial t-ball coach.

We didn't space the bases anywhere near what they are for the big kids as the little guys aren't going to be up for running that far, and we didn't have enough children to divide into two teams so we had to adapt.

Our main lessons were how to hold the bat, how to stand, how to keep your eye on that ball, don't be afraid to give the ball a good, solid whack, and watch where you drop or throw that bat!

We also worked on which direction to run (very important!) and not to be afraid to reach your gloved hand out and try to catch the ball when you were playing infield or outfield.

The biggest lesson, though, was everyone cheered for everyone at every successful bat or run, the thing i wanted them to learn most was good sportsmanship.

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


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!


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

if you are really

famous for your great wisdom

the world comes to you


I came here for adventure

and for the spectacular view.

It's great, but now I'm so tired,

when I get back down, I'm through!


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 for catsitting, past and future.  Ms. G's first camper adventure was a success and earned me some extra money.  She is planning at least four or five more trips by the end of the year (!) including holiday trips to see family, all of which mean opportunities to earn a bit extra.


Today is:

Arbor Day -- Brazil

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 11, Peace (to coincide with the International celebration; sponsored by We, the World

Independence Day -- Armenia(1991); Belize(1981); Malta(1964)

International Day of Peace -- UN

Kharisteria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; feast of Aremis Agrotera[the huntress] that became a thankgiving for the victory of the battle of Marathon)

Kwama Nkrumah's Birthday/Founder's Day -- Ghana

Miniature Golf Day -- golf the fun way! (separate from National Miniature Golf Day in May)

National Pecan Cookie Day

National Teach Ag Day -- US (streamed live from CHS Inc. headquarters)  \

St. Matthew the Evangelist's Day (Patron of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, customs officers, financial officers, guards, money managers, security forces, security guards, stockbrokers, tax collectors; Salerno, Italy; Trier, Germany; Villa d'Ogna, Italy)

Student's Day and Spring Day -- Argentina

Throw Away Something Day -- you have the internet's permission to get rid of that hideous gift; if you can't bring yourself to throw it out, donate it

World Alzheimer's Day

World Gratitude Day

Birthdays Today:

Nicole Richie, 1981

Luke Wilson, 1971

Ricki Lake, 1968

Faith Hill, 1967

Darva Conger, 1965

Rob Morrow, 1962

Nancy Travis, 1961

David James Elliot, 1960

Dave Coulier, 1959

Ethan Boen, 1957

Bill Murray, 1950

Stephen King, 1947

Kay Ryan, 1945

Fannie Flagg, 1944

Bill Kurtis, 1940

Henry Gibson, 1935

Leonard Cohen, 1934

Larry Hagman, 1931

Chuck Jones, 1912

H.G. Wells, 1866

Maurice Barrymore, 1849 (family patriarch)

Francis Hopkinson, 1737

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"NYPD Blue"(TV), 1993

"Glengarry Glen Ross"(Play), 1983

"Monday Night Football"(TV), 1970*

"Perry Mason"(TV), 1957

"The Texaco Star Theater"(TV), 1948

My Weekly Reader(Magazine, first issue date), 1928

*Browns 31, Jets 21

Today in History:

Richard the Lionheart captured, 1192

Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge, 1451

John and Nicolaas van der Heyden patent a fire extinguisher, 1677

Nathan Hale arrested for spying, 1776

The Pennsylvania Packet & Daily Advertiser becomes the first successful US daily newspaper, 1784

Joseph Smith, Jr. claims that the Angel Moroni gives him the gold plates from which he translates the Book of Mormon, 1827

The Duryea Motor Wagon Company becomes the first auto manufacturer, 1895

"Kit Carson", the first cowboy film, premiers in the US, 1903

Publication of Tolkien's "The Hobbit", 1937

Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations, 1971

Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female US Supreme Court justice, 1981

Brunei joins the United Nations, 1984

Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly, 2001

The Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, 2003

Hurricane Rita becomes the third most intense storm hurricane (dropped to 4th on October 19, just a few weeks later), 2005

al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people, 2013

Caltech scientists publish a study in the journal "Current Biology" showing that the jellyfish Cassiopea is the first animal without a brain that is known to actually sleep, 2017

Scientists announce they’ve found the world’s oldest animal fossil at 558 million years old, a species called Dickinsonia, in the White Sea of Russia, 2018

Because their "Happy Meals" make it one of the largest toy distributors in the world, McDonald's announces plans by 2025 to "drastically" reduce the amount of plastic it distributes, 2021


  1. It sounds as if you were an exceptional coach, and that while having fun, the littlies learned some very important lessons.

  2. How can you not love the cat sitting! And I must say we will never know what that house looks like behind the fence. I bet those children loved playing ball and learning how to do it.

  3. Good sportsmanship is so important. Even if they didn't learn much about how to play, that is more important.

  4. "We also worked on which direction to run (very important!)"

    I did laugh imagining a 3year old running in the opposite direction.

  5. It's more about taking part than winning.

  6. You are a treasure for everyone ~ Xo

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

  7. Everyone should have such a sophisticated view of competition as recreation.

  8. Cat sitting is one of my favorite things to do.

  9. That was a fun story, everything true about what to learn. Good poems and an excellent thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. Nice thankfuls. And cute story. I loke the poems too. XO

  11. I've never played!⚾ (in the wrong country)

  12. Enjoyed your story for remembering passing the fields where the littlest ones were playing t-ball. They're so fun to watch. It is absolutely the time to teach them good sportsmanship.
    Yay for Ms. G's future trips!

  13. Love the poem's an amazing place but I'd have to pass on the climb !!!

    Hugs, Pam


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