Wednesday, February 28, 2024

How Much Rice Can They Eat!?! (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 Lissa 

Thank you, Lissa, for providing the prompts for February.  Next month the prompts will be provided by River on her blog.     

This week's prompts are:

1. tomorrow

2. coffee

3. direction

4. echo

5. sunshine

Charlotte/Mother Owl has chosen Graphite Black as the color of the month.

"What's on the work agenda today?" Blake asked, sitting down at the break room table.

Alyssa sighed and said, "Same old stuff, every day is an ECHO of the day before."

"Sounds like somebody needs a vacation," Blake said, taking a sip of the COFFEE he'd poured in his cup and making a face.  It had been left on the burner so long it was almost Graphite Black.  "Smooth!" he said in a gasping voice, making them both laugh.

"It would have to be someplace with SUNSHINE," Alyssa noted.

"Take a cruise.  You get plenty of sunshine on those Caribbean island cruises."

Alyssa shook her head.  "Being on a ship with thousands of other people isn't my idea of a good time, but that sounds like it's the right DIRECTION.  Maybe Cozumel, or someplace similar."

"Now you're talking.  See?  Just thinking about it has you more chipper.  You have vacation time saved up, don't let it go to waste."

Smiling, Alyssa said, "You sound like my husband, I think he's itching to get away, too.  I guess we should start making plans, and TOMORROW I can talk to HR about what vacation slots are left.  I can't plan to be gone at the same time as my team members."

"That's the spirit!" Blake said, then took another sip of coffee and made a face.  "Ugh!  It will be time to get back to it for today, as soon as I brew another pot."


Today is:

Dia de Andalucia -- Andalucia, Spain

DNA Day -- day in 1953 when Watson and Crick determined the double helix structure of DNA

Februalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (purification of Rome performed by citizens making sacrifices to the dead)

Floral Design Day -- a day to acknowledge this art form, sponsored by Rittners Floral School     

Inconvenience Yourself™ Day -- enrich your life by looking for ways to make a positive impact on the world, even if it inconveniences you 

Kalevala Day -- Finland (Finnish Culture Day)

National Chocolate Souffle' Day

National Science Day -- India

National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22, depending on whom you ask

Nylon Day -- the first aliphatic polyamides were produced on this day in 1935

Peace Memorial Day -- Taiwan

Public Sleeping Day -- this one even has a wikiHow page 

St. Hedwig of Poland's Day (Patron of queens)

St. Romanus' Day (Patron of the mentally ill; against drowning, insanity)

Teacher's Day -- Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Jordan; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen

Teal Ribbon Day -- Australia (wear a teal ribbon, raise awareness of ovarian cancer

Anniversaries Today:

University of Pittsburgh is chartered, 1787

Birthdays Today:

Ali Larter, 1976

Robert Sean Leonard, 1969

John Tuturro, 1957

Gilbert Gottfried, 1955

Bernadette, Peters, 1948

Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, 1945

Brian Jones, 1942

Mario Andretti, 1940

Tommy Tune, 1939

Gavin MacLeod, 1930

Frank Gehry, 1929

Svetiana Allilueva, 1926

Charles Durning, 1923

Zero Mostel, 1915

Earl Scheib, 1907

Milton Caniff, 1907

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, 1906

Vincente Minnelli, 1903

Linus Pauling, 1901

Ben Heckt, 1894

Charles Blondin, 1824

John Tenniel, 1820

Mary Lyon, 1797

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Golden Pond"(Play), 1979

"La Reine de Saba"(Opera), 1862

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling(Publication date), 1749

Today in History:

Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China, BC202

The first edition of Henry Fieldings' "Tom Jones" is published, 1749

John Wesley charters the Methodist Church, 1784

The first commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) is chartered, 1827

Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec), 1838

Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor, 1849

The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, 1870

The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone, 1885

The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched, 1893

Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force, 1897

Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain, 1922

DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon, 1935

Basketball is televised for the first time, 1940

In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives, 1947

James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2), 1953

The first-ever color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public, 1954

The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué, 1972

Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum, 1980

GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way, 1997

First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace, 1998

Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947, 2004

Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft, 2007

Egypt annunces the discovery of a granite head from a statue of King Tut's grandfather, Amenhotep III, 2010

Scientists announce they've been able to connect the brains of two rats so that they share information, 2013

The Caravaggio painting "Judith and Holofernes" (1607), lost for many years and rediscovered in an attic in Toulouse in 2014, is finally brought to auction, selling for to $171 million, 2019

A United Nations climate report states climate change is outpacing human efforts to adapt and could result in a real threat of extinction of up to 14% of the world's species of plants and animals, 2022


  1. Enjoyed the story. We all need a vacation at some time.

  2. Vacations are good. Europeans are very smart about it. Most jobs start with four weeks of vacation and it goes up from there.

  3. Rice is always all gone here. It's the way of things.

    Love your use of the prompts. I so remember doing just that. Fond memories.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. Hugs, my friend. ♥

  4. Java Bean: "Ayyy, how much rice have you got?"

  5. We could eat our weight in brown rice we love it.
    Hugs Cecilia

  6. I do lobe rice send me some lol
    Have an UncleBentastic week 👍

  7. Fun story. Coffee too long on the burner is awful. Apparently, they can eat a lot of rice. :)

  8. great story ~ you are so good with words ~ rice? ~ lol ~ not one of my favorites ~

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

  9. A holiday sounds like just the thing. Well written.

  10. That was a really good story. Hey, we do eat a good bit of rice here.

  11. Great use of those prompts, Mimi. And we eat a whole lot of rice here. :)

  12. Love your story, sounds like a vacation is definitely needed. Now I have to look up Cozumel, I have a vague idea where it is, but not exactly.

  13. Looks like they could eat a bit more rice, there's some left! ;)
    The coffee in your story sounds like some that was at a place where they did auto maintenance, they often said it was fresh from the crankcase... Eeep.

  14. Great post! Hope you had a great day!

  15. I think we all need a vacation. Good use of the wfw prompts.

    Have a lovely day.

  16. In a couple of days, I'm leaving the winter behind and heading off to the sundrenched UAE for some family time!


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