My Six

for Six Sentence Stories where the given word is Shelter.



I’ve just opened my curtain, just a little because it’s grey out there, very grey and it’s raining, not proper rain, just dreary drizzle. 

I turned off the news channel because it’s all bad news about fuel prices going up, interest rates going up, infections going up; it goes on and on. 

The last thing I heard didn’t surprise me, as apparently today, the third Monday of January is officially the most depressing day of the year, it’s called Blue Monday.

I’m off to work now and pacing around under a shelter about to take a boring bus trip on a rain-soaked road to get there and when I do everyone will be miserable, customers and staff alike. 

But let’s look on the bright side, in about fifteen hours the most depressing day of the year will be behind us for another twelve months! 

Having said that I’ve just heard tomorrow’s weather forecast and it’s much the same as today’s but at least it won’t be the third Monday of January! 



Thanks to Denise at GirlieOnTheEdge for hosting.


39 thoughts on “My Six

  1. Frank Hubeny Jan 20, 2022 / 16:48

    It is the first time I heard of Blue Monday, but after searching it looks like a real thing (at least for northern climates). I’m glad the label is good for only 24 hours.

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  2. Anita Jan 20, 2022 / 17:06

    Didn’t know about ‘Blue Monday’.
    Nice that it ends on an optimistic note

    Every day is a new day & we should be happy & enjoy everyday :).

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  3. Susan St.Pierre Jan 20, 2022 / 21:56

    I never heard about Blue Monday. Glad it never existed in my assessment of life. A wonderfully written Six.

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  4. Christine Goodnough Jan 20, 2022 / 23:42

    A dismal tale. I shall feel blue now for the rest of the… Wait. It’s not Monday today. By now you must all be feeling mauve. 😉

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  5. Sadje Jan 21, 2022 / 02:18

    I like this idea of blue Monday! Very interesting story idea Keith.

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      • Sadje Jan 22, 2022 / 16:31

        I never knew it was a real thing. Perhaps the western would feels more blue on the third Monday of January. 😂


  6. The Atomic Mage Jan 21, 2022 / 08:18

    Lol, good one Keith. Blue Monday sucks if you buy into it. I think calendar-makers are trying to annoy us with this and Friday the 13ths.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 22, 2022 / 16:29

      It’s been around for years, I’m surprised greetings card makers haven’t cashed in on it – yet!

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  7. Chris Hall Jan 21, 2022 / 09:32

    On a lighter note, Keith, the moment I saw the title of your post the New Order song, ‘Blue Monday’ started playing in my head. Unsurprisingly, since one of my housemates played the record loudly every morning for an entire term when we were at Uni. Coincidentally, it’s his birthday today. Weird.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 22, 2022 / 16:35

      Much as I like it, hearing it loudly every day would drive me bonkers! As you say, quite a coincidence!

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      • Chris Hall Jan 23, 2022 / 13:06

        It was a long time ago, and I was much younger then (higher tolerance level then).

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  8. hilarymb Jan 21, 2022 / 10:07

    Hi Keith – well you stirred a few grey cells in some of your readers … and now today we have some sun … longer days too – all good things ahead – one hopes! Cheers enjoy the walks etc … Hilary


    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 22, 2022 / 16:43

      Every day a little longer than the last, things can only get better! Thanks, Hilary.


  9. Ollie Jan 22, 2022 / 07:44

    Blue Monday is finally a thing of the past. We move into Blue Tuesday, and so the week passes from one blue day to the next until Blue Friday rises and falls, transitioning the Blue Week into the Blue Weekend. The Blue Saturday and Blue Sunday blend into a single day that both lasts too long, and flies by too quickly, but then the Blue is gone and we move on.
    Alas, Gray Monday has come.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 22, 2022 / 16:47

      I thought you were sending us in the Blue Beyond, what a relief when you didn’t! A little bit of grey’s okay.

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  10. GirlieOnTheEdge Jan 22, 2022 / 14:20

    Your reading leaves me with a smile as your character’s voice is uplifted by story’s end. Here’s to always looking on the bright side!
    btw, Keith, I too had no idea about “Blue Monday” but I’m with TAM. Enough already with the “official day for…”, lol

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  11. Astrid Jan 22, 2022 / 19:23

    That last line made me laugh. I’d heard of blue Monday but I don’t really buy into it. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  12. Zelda Winter Jan 23, 2022 / 05:51

    I was blissfully unaware of Blue Monday…and now hopefully I’ll forget it 🙂 I so loved your “six” because you captured the mood many of us have been treading water in for 2 years. Take good care of YOU–Blessings!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Jan 23, 2022 / 17:27

      As you say, it’s best forgotten. I’m pleased you read the message beneath the words and thank you so much for dropping by.

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      • Zelda Winter Jan 23, 2022 / 21:36

        You’re most welcome, Sir 🙂


      • jenne49 Jan 23, 2022 / 17:59

        I did wonder if it would be new to you. It’s one of these untranslatable Scots words. Maybe you have a local equivalent?

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      • Keith's Ramblings Jan 24, 2022 / 13:48

        I really can’t think of one! My 3-year-old granddaughter was born and lives in Scotland and is beginning to pick up Scottish lingo despite her parents being very English. I wonder if she’s using it yet!

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      • jenne49 Jan 24, 2022 / 22:03

        You can try it out on her, Keith. I’ll bet you granddaughter is a wee stoater! (But she’ll only understand that if they’re in Glasgow!)


  13. Natasha Jan 25, 2022 / 12:27

    Howlarious. Thanks for the laughs my wonderful friend and I just learned about Blue Monday, Holly molly!! ;-))


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