Thursday, April 18, 2024

Present Reality (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy’s Poetry Day and Brian’s Thankful Thursday, an A to Z Post


Ms. G wants to stay home and organize her own house and do her own projects; Ms. G spends almost all her time doing everything but that.

Ms. G is the kind of realtor who walks into some pretty tatty places, homes that have been treated horribly by renters, homes that have had the same couple in them for 50 years and at the end they couldn't keep up and let the place go somewhat to ruin, places that haven't seen a lot of love or care in a long time, mostly belonging to friends or family of friends, neighbors, people she grew up with, etc.

She hires workers (the good ones she's worked with for years), gets initial cleanouts done, gets walls repaired and painted, flooring replaced, doors rehung, whatever it takes (all paid by the owner) and gets them sold, that's what buys her groceries and makes the payments on "Patience," her camper.

As a favor to the painter, she hired his daughter to do a cleaning on the house he was working in, but when she went in to inspect the work, the young lady had fallen way short of the mark, as her father agreed.

Yesterday, instead of the two of us being able to tackle those long deferred projects at her house, we went to the place she's readying for sale and armed with Ring King, 409, steel wool, rubber gloves and an attitude, i attacked the bathtubs with a vengeance, as well as scrubbing toilets, vanities, and getting paint and crud off mirrors.

It's not how she wants to be spending her time when she has me on Wednesdays, but for the present, it's the reality of her life.

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


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:    

I love to come to the park each week

with the whole family.

The kids are now in the big kid swings

so mamma can push me!


Angel Brian's Family of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  

This week i am thankful not every week turns out to be quite so topsy-turvy as this one seems to be going.  It's not bad, it's just busy and the scheduling of everything is uncertain.


Today is:

Adult Autism Awareness Day  

Army Day -- Iran (Rouz-e-Artesh)

Get to Know Your Customers Day (celebrated the 3rd Thursday quarterly)

Gio to Hung Vuong Day -- Vietnam (National Day; celebrating the founding of the nation by Emperor Hung Vuong some three millennia ago)

Goddess Month of Maia begins

Independence Day -- Zimbabwe(1980)

International Amateur Radio Day/World Amateur Radio Day -- celebrating "ham radio" around the world with the AARL

International Day for Monuments and Sites -- UNESCO

Invention Day -- Japan

Laundromat Day -- the first self-service "washateria" opened on this date in 1934 in Fort Worth, TX, US

Look-Alike Day -- internet generated, a day to try to look like someone you admire; some sites list it on the 20th

National Animal Cracker Day

National D.A.R.E Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation)

Newspaper Columnists' Day -- The National Society of Newspaper Columnists in honor of the anniversary of the death of Ernie Pyle

Pet Owners Independence Day -- the day to let your pet do the work and chores while you lie around and enjoy having only the responsibilities of your pet; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Poem in Your Pocket Day -- carry your favorite with you to share with friends and family to celebrate National Poetry Month     

Sleep Apnea Awareness Day 

Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day -- if some site gave the reason for this, it would defeat the purpose

St. Agapitus Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)

St. Agia's Day (Patron against lawsuits)

"Third World" Day -- the phrase was first used on this date in 1955

Ushibuka Haiya Matsuri -- Furukawa, Japan (one of the liveliest dance festivals, with elements of dance styles from around the country; through the 20th)

Zhabdrung Kuchhoe -- Bhutan (death anniversary of Zhabdrung)

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alabama is founded, 1831

Birthdays Today:

America Ferrara, 1984

Cheryl Ann Haworth, 1983

Melissa Joan Hart, 1976

Eli Roth, 1972

David Tennant, 1971

Maria Bello, 1967

Conan O'Brien, 1963

Eric McCormack, 1963

Jane Leeves, 1961

Eric Roberts, 1956

John James, 1956

John Pankow, 1954

Rick Moranis, 1954

Dorothy Lyman, 1947

James Woods, 1947

Hayley Mills, 1946

Robert Hooks, 1937

Barbara Hale, 1921

Leopold Stokowski, 1882

Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, 1880

Clarence Darrow, 1857

Lucrezia Borgia, 1480

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beauty and the Beast"(Musical), 1994

"Real People"(TV), 1979

"Call Me Mister"(Musical), 1946

Today in History:

Boleslaw Chrobry is crowned the first king of Poland, 1025

The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid, 1506

The Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) is founded in Madrid, 1738

The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and William Dawes, upon seeing two lanterns in the church steeple, set out to warn that "The British are coming!" 1775

Fighting ceases in the American Revolutionary War, eight years to the day after it began, 1783

Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico, 1881

The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, 1899

Denmark becomes the first country to formally adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals, 1902

Quetzaltenango, second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1902

The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906

The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement, 1906

The RMS Carpathia brings the Titanic survivors to NYC, 1912

"The House that Ruth Built," Yankee Stadium, opens, 1923

Simon and Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book, 1924

The first "washateria" (laundromat) opens, in Ft. Worth, Texas, 1934

The League of Nations is formally dissolved, 1949

29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference., 1955

A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum, 1958

The Republic of Zimbabwe is officially established with the swearing in of Canaan Banana as its first President, 1980

The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, from the Triple-A International League, begin the longest game in professional baseball history, 33 innings, 1981

The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision, 2007

Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, two planets resembling planet Earth are discovered revolving around the star Kepler-62 in the habitable zone, an area around the stars whose atmospheric pressure can suport liquid water at the surface, 2013

Black Panther is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened, 2018

South Africa declares a state of disaster in the Durban area after serious floods and mudslides resulting in numerous deaths and much destruction, 2022


  1. I think maybe Mrs G should have had the girl come back to help and see how a good job is properly done! I'm glad she had you to help though.
    I never thought a dog would enjoy swinging. Nice photo and poem.

  2. Without doubt you are one of the workers Ms G trusts - with good reason.
    Smiling at your poem and the pooch on the swing.

  3. We have to tell Granny that we have the wrong fences, as these are so much better for us to..errrr...stay in😹Lovely poem. Double Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

  4. As usual the fences are fun, thanks. It certainly sounds like you two women had your hands full of cleaning.

  5. hey! I've seen that done (up here)
    transformation can be fun

  6. Mom is a Realtor, but she has a transaction coordinator business, so she works at home with us and handles all the paperwork for listings and sales. She also deals with homes like theses. It is often very sad, but her clients have people that will do the work that needs to be done to get the house spiffed up and sold.

  7. I like your fences today. God bless, Mimi.

  8. We are in awe of you and your skills in scheduling and organizing to get all that cleaning up of houses done. It's an amazing skill to have. Not everyone can do a proper cleaning either. Kudos to you! xo

  9. Oh dear, all that cleaning.... not for me!

  10. Great post, photos and some weeks are like that ~ like the fence photos too ~ hugs,

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

  11. Sounds like it was a bit of crazy, but glad you could get it all taken care of. I had a bit of a busy week, mostly because things seemed to not be able to show up when I needed them to... Sigh. Oh, well.

  12. That was an interesting story, hey, it works for her and for you too. Good thankful too and a fun poem. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  13. You always go above and beyond. I would have said that wasn't in my job description. :) Nice poem. XO

  14. thecontemplativecat here. Adult Autism has such need. My nephew was diagnosed, and through his mother's dedication, he graduated from college with a degree in forestry.

  15. You were definitely busy. Cute poem.

  16. "...armed with an attitude, i attacked with a vengeance,..." Thank goodness not your typical Wednesday, lol
    Who doesn't love swings 😁
    May the topsy-turvy come to an end tomorrow!

  17. I wish you lived closer to me, my place could do with a deep clean! Love the picture and poem.

  18. Lulu: "Ms. G. would have plenty to do if she came to our house!"
    Java Bean: "Ayyy, those are pretty fences, but they seem more like suggestions than rules. I would still sign my name on them of course!"

  19. Cute poem.....I love the Corgi's expression - I think he just loves being in that swing......Sweet.

    Hugs, Pam


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