Thursday, May 30, 2024

Nick of Time (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy’s Poetry Day and Brian’s Thankful Thursday


I like to say my main job at Ms. G's house on Wednesday is to tote that barge and lift that bale, as she used to be superwoman and played golf, fished, hiked, did most of the work herself on houses she and her partner were flipping, and pretty well trashed her knees, her ankles and her back and lifting heavy stuff the way she used to causes much pain.

We'd gone to "Cramco," (one of those big bulk club stores where you buy so much you can hardly cram it into the car to get it home), where i'd wrestled two huge bags of bird seed, a case of Diet Coke, and various other sundry items into a cart, then into the car, and then into their respective places in and around the house, and it was time for me to vacuum.

All was going well until i got to the floor mat in the kitchen, right in front of the sink, where there was standing water on the mat; at first i thought it was a small amount, and went to get a small towel, then realized it was much more, and searched the cabinet, and felt all around under various items and found more standing water, and had to bear the bad news to Ms. G she had a probable leak under the sink.

I grabbed the small white stool for her to sit on, and while Ms. G made a first perusal of the situation, i went to the hall closet for cleaning rags and towels, and we offloaded the under the sink area one item at a time, drying, sorting, throwing away, and finding the leak had only gone a very short way into the next cabinet from the sink, but most of that area was dry, sparing us going any further.

"I know what happened," she said as we worked, "last night I turned on the garbage disposal and it shook, and I thought 'what in the world?' and I turned it off and turned it on again, and it did it again, so I turned it off and when I turned it on the third time, it seemed okay, but that's when this started and the disposal has a leak and now I'm going to have to get a plumber to come install a new one and darn, I wish I could still do all this stuff myself!"

As we finished boxing all of the keeper items like cleaners and such and tucking the boxes into corners to keep them out of the way, (why put all the stuff back in the cabinet when a plumber will just need it taken out again, after all), and put the spare flower vases back in the next cabinet and threw away anything which got so wet it was ruined, she noted, "I'm just glad you found it now before it got so bad it was rotting the cabinet and causing trouble," and i can tell you, i'm glad, too.

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


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:    

C'mon, now, this can't be right,

meetings last into the night.

And water, really? Here's what's up,

bring me a great big coffee cup!


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.  

Today i am thankful i found Ms. G's leak before it got any worse.  This makes the second time, first was A/C, this time sink.


Today is:

Anguilla Day -- Anguilla

Corpus Christi -- Catholic Christian

Dia de Canarias -- CN, Spain (Canary Island Day)

Dia de las Madres -- Nicaragua(Mother's Day)

Einherjar -- Asatru (Modern Norse Pagan) Calendar (a memorial for the war dead in Valhalla)

Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc (Patron of captives, martyrs, opposition of Church authorities, people ridiculed for their piety, prisoners, rape victims, soldiers, WACs, WAVES; France

Heirloom Seed Day -- While i can't find the history of this one, it's a good one to celebrate, we need to raise awareness of and preserve heirloom seeds

Indian Arrival Day -- Trinidad and Tobago (anniversary of the 1845 arrival of the first Indian laborers to Trinidad)

Lod Massacre Remembrance Day -- Puerto Rico

Loomis Day -- because if we are going to honor Marconi, we should also honor the Washington, D.C., dentist Mahlon Loomis, who patented a wireless telegraphy system before Marconi was even born

My Bucket's Got a Hole In It Day -- this one may be listed on another day as well, since no two sites agree; mercy, just go get a new one already! or go get out your Hank Williams records

National Mint Julep Day

St. Walstan of Bawburgh's Day (Patron of agricultural workers, farmers and farm workers, field hands, husbandmen)

Water a Flower Day -- no sponsor or reason given for this day, except that the spring rains are slowing and you don't want your garden to wilt

World MS Day  

Anniversaries Today:

Henry VIII marries Jane Seymore, 1536

Birthdays Today:

Blake Bashoff, 1981

Trey Parker, 1972

Wynonna Judd, 1964

Tom Morello, 1964

Ted McGinley, 1958

Colm Meaney, 1953

Stephen Tobolowsky, 1951

Meredith MacRae, 1945

Gale Eugene Sayers, 1943

Michael J. Pollard, 1939

Keir Dullea, 1936

Clint Walker, 1927

Benny Goodman, 1909

Mel Blanc, 1908

Countee Cullen, 1903

Peter Carl Fabergé, 1846

Czar Peter the Great, 1672

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Paperback Writer"(Single release), 1966

"War Requiem"(Britten Op. 66), 1962

"Odisséia de uma raça / Odyssey of a Race"(Villa-Lobos Symphonic poem), 1954

"Prodana nevesta / The Bartered Bride"(Opera), 1866

Today in History:

Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem; the Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall, 70

19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal, 1431

In Florida, Hernando de Soto  lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold, 1539

Publication of La Gazette, the first French newspaper, 1631

The Pennsylvania Evening Post become the first daily paper in the US, 1783&

John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria, 1842

Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London, 1859

Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") is observed in the United States for the first time, 1868

New York City's Gilmores Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and is opened to the public, 1879

The Treaty of London, 1913, ends the First Balkan War and Albania becomes an independent nation, 1913

In China protests erupt against the Great Powers infringing on Chinese sovereignty, 1925

A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes, 1948

The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand, is officially opened, 1959

launch of Surveyor 1 the first US spacecraft to achieve landing on an extraterrestrial body, 1966

At the Ascot Park in Gardena, California, daredevil Evel Knievel jumps his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row, 1967

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high "Goddess of Democracy" statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators, 1989

272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies are held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City. The last remaining steel beam is removed and transported to the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, 2002

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel pledges to end all nuclear power within 12 years, 2011

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, reveals the latest Dragon space capsule; the craft is reusable and will allow astronauts to control re-entry and landing; the development suggests that full commercialization of the space industry will soon be a reality, 2014

The British Medical Journal publishes two new studies which show eating processed foods leads to an early death and ill health, 2019

The Falcon 9 rocket launches carrying the Dragon capsule from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first private company to launch astronauts into space, 2020

 Four hundred of the leading AI industry experts sign a letter warning “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” 2023


  1. Ms. G knows she has a treasure in you.

  2. I'm glad you found that leak and hope it doesn't take too long for a plumber to arrive and fix it.
    That meeting looks terribly boring.

  3. At last, two nice fences.

    God bless, Mimi.

  4. Poor Mrs. G, a bad leak and hope it gets fixed real easily. Love the fence with the rose growing on it. And look how long the metal one is! Happy Thursday

  5. You rescue everyone ~ what an angel ~ lovely fence photos ~ thanks, hugs,

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

  6. Mom needs a plumber to fix some dripping faucets that she can't get to stop dripping, but the plumbers are so expensive it is something she keeps putting off.

  7. the garbage disposal can cause a lot of problems. Ours managed to disengage the pipes under the sink at one of the elbows. It flowed enough water out to damage the ceiling below. The elbow was probably never tightened when the new disposal was installed. Now Mom knows to check that area regularly. You are so good to help with the cleanup.

    Woos - Misty and Timber

  8. That's quite the story and it does make a good thiankful too. Glad you caught it when you did. Perfect poem too. Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  9. Leaks are such a pain. Nice poem- I would need coffee too. :) XO

  10. Terribly boring photo with a good poem. And that fence looks so inviting with all that greenery. And it's always interesting to read of day to day happenings, garbage disposal ... new to me item, so I had to look it up and found that it is installed in more than 50 % of all American homes. It's only allowed in one municipality in Denmark.

  11. Great ending to your poem - I think everyone around that table wishes the water was COFFEE to keep them awake!

    Hugs, Pam

  12. Excellent poem, coffee is one thing they need for sure😸😸Double Pawkisses for a Happy Day🐾😽💞

  13. Well done, Ms G - she's such a busy bee!
    And now for me, a nice cup of coffee☕

  14. Lulu: "Ha ha ha ha ha 'Cramco'! We have a couple of those here and Dada refuses to go to them, the lines are so long, and who needs 300 pounds of cheese, and ... Hey wait a minute, I would like 300 pounds of cheese, Dada!"

  15. "Cramco" What an excellent name, lol. As to Ms. G, she is lucky to have you to assist in all ways, now add in the way of utilities. Often how fortuitous (had my own under sink leak several weeks ago), to discover the small leaks by accident.
    Yes, please. I'll take a coffee.

  16. Water damage is such bother. You often don't discover it until things are beyond fixing. Loved your 6.

  17. and... and! take the lesson from the first part of your engaging Six.
    Less is more when it comes to the struggle between age and ambition... smaller bags, less twisting while under strain...
    'Your Honor? Submitted as Evidence: "...and pretty well trashed her knees, her ankles and her back and lifting heavy stuff the way she used to..."

  18. Another interesting six! That photo reminded me of my time as a sales trainer, always dreading people yawning or worse!

  19. Uffda, what a mess! So lucky your gal can still contribute and still problem-solve for solutions.
    Also loved your little office ditty: COFFEE!!


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