Thursday, October 26, 2023

Another One Hits the Line (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy’s Poetry Day and Brian’s Thankful Thursday


I'd just pulled up to Ms. G's house and was exiting the car when the neighbor pulled alongside and motioned he wanted to talk to me.

Through the rolled down window he asked, "Do you have power?"

I haven't been in the house yet, i told him, so i can't say for sure but probably not, as we can hear the generator is running.

He nodded, rolled up his window and drove off just as i saw Ms. G across the road, feeding the (already fixed) feral cats.

She was on her phone, as she very often is, telling someone, "Yeah, another tree rat suicided and I've called in the outage, it shouldn't be long."

This means another squirrel missed its jump and accidentally killed itself and blew out a transformer fuse, leaving a section with no power until the company can send a lineman, just another day in our tree dense, squirrel friendly neck of the woods.

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


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, but Angel Sammy's parents are out of town.  This week i am reprinting a photo prompt from Jan. 20, 2022, as it was one of my favorite prompts ever: 


May I Still Have This Dance?

I remember the first time I asked you, “May I have this dance?”

From the moment you were in my arms no other girl got a glance.

We twirled and spun the night away without another care,

Any guy who tried to cut in I warded off with a glare.

I remember the first time you asked me, “May I have this dance?”

At that moment you swept me off my feet, no other guy had a chance.

We danced and laughed and chatted the entire evening away,

And when I got home I told my mom, “I’ll marry him someday!”

I remember dancing at our wedding, you were the most beautiful bride!

I was nervous and humbled and a little scared and about to bust with pride.

The prettiest girl in the world, after all, had chosen to marry me,

I wanted to give the world to you and be the best that I could be.

When we danced that first dance at our wedding, I could hardly believe!

I was floating on air the whole day through, and when it was time to leave,

It was so exciting to start our new life in our own little two room flat.

We didn't need a fancy honeymoon, we had each other, that was that.

We've danced through job changes and kids and moves and more,

Good times and hard times have both come through our door.

With my girl at my side, dancing with me, I knew I could face anything,

We've weathered the storms together, all of what life can bring.

I've always felt like I could face anything, as long as I'm dancing with you,

When you ask for a dance and smile at me, I never can stay blue.

The good and the bad have happened, we've certainly had our share,

I knew we'd get through it together, as long as I know you care.

Now as we're getting older, I want to take every chance

To ask my beautiful bride, "May I still have this dance?"

Our future may hold surprises, we don't know how long it will be,

But every day is a beautiful one if you will dance with me.

We may not be spring chickens, but I think you are just grand!

There's no one I'd rather dance with, in this or any land.

Every day we have together, I want to make it the best,

Yes you may still have this dance, this day and all the rest!


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 Ms. G now has a generator.  An outage by squirrel used to mean no electricity in the house and no work.


Today is:

Angam Day -- Nauru ("Day of Fulfillment"; a celebration of overcoming hardships)

Armed Forces Day -- Benin

Day of the Ancients -- Asatru/Pagan Slavic Calendar

Day of Mourning -- Libya

Exaltation of the Shellfish -- Pontevedra, Spain (can confirm they celebrate this each year, cannot find confirmation on this specific date)

Ludi Victoriae Sullanae -- Roman Empire (celebration of the victories of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, through Nov. 1)

Mule Day -- anniversary of the first importation of donkeys to the US, which George Washington used to breed the first mules in the Americas

National Chicken Fried Steak Day

National Day -- Austria

National Gospel Day -- Cook Islands

National Mincemeat Pie Day

Pretzel Day

Pumpkin Day -- time to get one for the 31st, if you haven't already

Punkie Night -- Hinton St George, Somerset, England (a celebration for children and adults who carry candle-lit punkies -- the best one wins a prize -- made out of mangel-wurzels, a type of beet, and sing old punkie songs asking for money or treats)

St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki's Day (Patron of soldiers; Thessaloniki, Greece)

     Greek day to broach the wine barrels and taste the new season's wine in honor of this saint

Sts. Lucian and Marcian's Day (Patrons of converts, possessed people)

Workaholic Stop and Smell Something Day -- internet generated day to encourage workaholics to stop and consider what they might be missing

Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night -- some organizers even have howling parties

Anniversary Today:

Grand opening of the Erie Canal, 1825

Birthdays Today:

Sasha Cohen, 1984

Keith Urban, 1969

Tom Cavanagh, 1968

Natalie Merchant, 1963

Cary Elwes, 1962

Dylon McDermott, 1962

Jeff Probst, 1962

James Pickens, Jr., 1954

Lauren Tewes, 1954

Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1947

Pat Sajak, 1947

Jaclyn Smith, 1947

Ivan Reitman, 1946

Pat Conroy, 1945

Bob Hoskins, 1942

Jackie Coogan, 1914

Mahalia Jackson, 1911

Abby Greene Aldrich Rockefeller, 1874

Joseph Hansom, 1803

Georges Danton, 1759

Domenico Scarlatti, 1685

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"St. Elsewhere"(TV), 1982

Doonesbury(Comic strip), 1970

The Village Voice(newspaper, first issue), 1955

"Mourning Becomes Electra"(Play), 1931

Today in History:

Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth (2.1 million miles and 3.4 million kilometers)--marking the third closest approach of any comet to our planet in recorded history, 1366

First use of lead pencils, 1492

William Penn accepts the area around the Delaware River from the Duke of York, 1682

The first Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia, and the Minute Men begin to organize in the colonies, 1774

King George III goes before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the American Revolution, 1775

Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution, 1776

The first of the "Federalist Papers" are published, calling for ratification of the US Constitution, 1787

The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created, 1795

Hamilton Smith patents a rotary washing machine, 1858

Soccer football rules are standardized and rugby starts as a separate game, 1863

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona, 1881

First use of a "getaway car" after a robbery in Paris, 1901

The first Soviet (worker's council) formed, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1905

Margaret Sanger arrested for the obscenity of advocating birth control, 1916

The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India, 1947

Mother Teresa founds her Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, 1950

Pan American Airways makes the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France, 1958

The world sees the far side of the Moon for the first time, in pictures taken earlier in the month by the Soviet Luna 3, 1959

The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in Merca district, Somalia, 1977

"Baby Fae," born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, receives a controversial heart transplant from a baboon, dies of kidney infection 21 days later, 1984

The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum, 1992

Jordan and Israel sign a peace treaty, 1994

Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament, 1999

The water level at Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest water control and utilization project, reaches full capacity, 2010

China blocks the New York Times from searches and social media in response to an investigation into Premier Wen Jiabao, 2012

The World Health Organization classifies processed meat as carcinogenic, 2015

Jacinda Adern is sworn in as Prime Minister of New Zealand, becoming the world’s youngest female head of government, 2017

NASA announces tests show there is more water on the Moon than was previously thought, in both sunlit and shadowed regions, 2020

The Varso Tower, a supertall skyscraper in Warsaw, Poland, is completed and becomes the tallest building in the European Union, at 310 meters, 2022


  1. Your poem is a fine tribute to enduring love.

  2. Funny calling a squirrel a tree rat. I'll be sure to share that with my husband and he'll get a laugh out of that because they certainly are an aggravation sometimes. What a fun Halloween fence with dancing witches.

  3. Now THAT is a wonderful fence. Thanx.

    God bless, Mimi.

  4. That was a good story and a most wonderful poem. I enjoyed your thankful too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  5. we gotta bee sooooper fazt two day with R HIGH everee one ….sew Hi πŸ’™πŸŸπŸ€‼️😺

  6. surely a dramatic, if not short-lived memorial to the tree dweller, no?

  7. Rats with furry tails, naughty little devils. Love the poem.

  8. I really enjoyed the picture of the two lovebirds dancing, and your poem went with it perfectly. Also, sorry to hear about the squirrel's demise. I hope it was quick and painless.

  9. Our power goes out for that reason sometimes too. Nice poem. XO

  10. The image and poem are perfect :)

  11. Tree rat! Fitting at times. Ms G can call the shots. I lived in a place that had too many sea gulls, they were referred to as sky rats.

  12. An amazing story with the photo prompt, my dad loves to get my mum to dance but these days she's not really up for it anymore, so it made me feel a little sad, but in a good way xxx

  13. Great poetry ~ you are so creative and great fence photo ~ Wonderful post ~ thanks,

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

  14. Yikes! What I a way to go! Who hasn't marveled at a squirrel's high wire abilities. A unique cause for a power outage, lol (poor squirrel)
    I remember this poem. Heartwarming still.


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