Monday, July 6, 2020

Styles of Hammocking (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

A demonstration, from the kitties at the cat shelter, of the many styles of how to hammock:

The Opposite Direction Position:




The Staying Single:




The Snuggle (sometimes including the sub-style, You Are My Pillow):






The We Are Family Style:





The Hanging Over:



The Ignore the Hammock Entirely:







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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.




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Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border She and Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey take turns providing a theme each week.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Light.          

The day is beautiful,
Bright and clear,
Spending time with
The near and dear,
It’s just a happy
Blissful time
No need to clean
Or deal with grime,
Then the alarm bell
Chipper and bright
Tells me get up and
Turn on the light.


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Today is:

Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama / World Tibet Day -- Tibetan Diaspora, to bring awareness to the cause of restoring freedom to Tibet

Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day -- internet sites that list this suggest you then donate it to a child in need

Caricom Day -- Guyana; Saint Vincent and Grenadines 

Carnival Monday -- Saint Vincent and Grenadines 

Constitution Day -- Cayman Islands

Day of the Capital -- Kazakhstan

Ettelbruck Rememberance Day -- Ettelbruck, Luxembourg (remebrance of Patton's 3rd Army liberating the area from the Nazis)

Feast of Isaiah the Prophet -- Roman Catholic 

Fill an Aquarium Day -- they are fun and entertaining; probably spread around the internet by an afficionado who wants to share the love

Heroes Day -- Zambia

Independence Day / National Day -- Comoros (1975)

Independence Day / Republic Day -- Malawi (1964)

International Kissing Day / World Kissing Day -- noted everywhere, but not sponsored; that doesn't matter, kiss someone you love today!  (and by the way, kissing burns 6 calories a minute)

Iriya no Asagao-ichi -- Kishibo-Jin Shrine, Taito Ward, Tokyo (morning glory flower festival, buy one for good luck, through the 8th)

Ivan Kupala Day -- Belarus; Poland; Russia; Ukraine (through tomorrow; Feast of St. John the Baptist in Orthodox Churches using the Julian Calendar)

Jan Hus Day -- Czech Republic

King Mindaugas Day / Statehood Day -- Lithuania

Ludi Apollinares -- Ancient Roman Calendar (first day of games in honor of Apollo; through the 13th)

Millenial Fairy Olympics -- Fairy Calendar (through the 14th)

National Fried Chicken Day

Old Albums are Frisbees Day -- if you have nothing to play them on, and they are scratched anyway, why not?

Ra o te Ui Ariki -- Cook Islands (House of Ariki[Tribal Chief])

Sempach Battle Commemoration -- Lucerne, Switzerland (remembrance of the battle in 1386 includes a solemn procession to the battlefield and services in the chapel)

St. Godelieve of Ghistelles's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, healthy throats, in-law problems, throat diseases, victims of abuse, victims of verbal spouse abuse)

St. Maria Goretti's Day (Patron of children, teen girls, martyrs, poor people, rape victims, young people; Albano, Italy; against poverty, the death of parents)

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day -- because your online business depends on keeping him/her happy and well fed; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Tynwald Day -- Isle of Man (Manx National Day; assembling of the year's session of the High Court of Tynwald, as their Parliament is called, to read the laws to the citizens; oldest continual parliament in existence)


Anniversary Today:

Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert (King George V) marries Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (Queen Mary), 1893



Birthdays Today

Matthew O'Leary, 1987
Gregory Smith, 1983
Tia and Tamera Mowry, 1978
Jennifer Saunders, 1958
Kenny G, 1956
Allyce Beasley, 1954
Grant Goodeve, 1952
Hilary Mantel, 1952
Geoffrey Rush, 1951
George W. Bush, 1946
Sylvester Stallone, 1946
Burt Ward, 1945
Ned Beatty, 1937
Dalai Lama, 1935
Della Reese, 1932
Janet Leigh, 1927
Pat Paulsen, 1927
Merv Griffin, 1927
Bill Haley, 1925
William Schallert, 1922
Nancy Reagan, 1921
Sebastian Cabot, 1918
Laverne Andrews, 1915
Frida Kahlo, 1907
Beatrix Potter, 1866
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1781
John Paul Jones, 1747


Debuting/Premiering Today:

A Hard Day's Night(Film), 1964
"Name That Tune"(TV), 1953
"Judith"(Play), 1840


Today in History

Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) is crowned King of England, 1189
Papal bull of Pope Clement VI protecting Jews during the Black Death, 1348
Jan Hus is burned at the stake, 1415
Richard III is crowned King of England, 1483
Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River, 1484
Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII, 1535
Córdoba, Argentina, is founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, 1573
The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States, 1785
In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party is held, 1854
Lyman Reed Blake receives the first patent for a machine to sew the sole of a shoe on to the upper, 1958
Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies; the patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog, 1885
David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is forced at gunpoint, at the hands of the Americans, to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving Americans more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights, 1887
Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain, 1892
The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship, 1919
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeats the National League, 4–2, 1933
The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed, 1939
Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the "Secret Annexe" above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse, 1942
The Hartford Circus Fire, one of America's worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut, 1944
Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France, 1986
The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years, 2006
Exiled Tibetans are banned from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday as Nepalese authorities fear they will turn into anti-Chinese demonstrations, 2011
Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released, 2016
France announces it will ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040, 2017

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Theft Most Fowl (Cajun Joke) and Crepe Myrtles (Sunday Selections)

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.

Yesterday, while cleaning at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, Grandpa decided we needed to order lunch.  Several of the places he likes were closed, so we chose an open restaurant and placed the order.  He had to go fetch it from the restaurant, they do not deliver, but they have the distance thing where you pay by phone and they come put the food at the front of your car when you get there and call.

He came back, and they had not included Grandma’s order, so he had to call them and go back.  It’s never fun when you are missing food like that.

Clothile done know de fam’ly be hungry, so she done put two hen in de stew pot, not jes’ one.

In a few hour, she done come back to finish up, an’ she commence to holler.  Boudreaux, Aline an’ Tee done run in de kitchen an’ Boudreaux ax, “What be wrong?  Did you done burn you?”

An’ o’ course Tee, bein’ de wag, done say, “Worse, did you done burn de supper?”

An’ Clothile say, “One you t’ree done stole a whole hen out dis pot!”

An’ Boudreaux ax, “What you mean?”

An’ Clothile say, “I done put two hen in dis here pot, an’ mais! one you done stole a hen or one dem hens done et de othe’ one!”


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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by Elephant's Child.    https://myjustsostory.blogspot.com/ 

The crepe myrtles are in bloom.


















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Today is:

Alice in Wonderland Day -- on July 5, 1862, Dodgson began writing the adventure story he had told Alice Liddel and her sisters the day before

Asalha Puja Day -- Buddhism (Buddhist "Lent" begins)

Bikini Day -- the skimpy suit made its debut on this day in Paris in 1946

Constitution Day -- Armenia

Feast of Anubis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Full Buck Moon a/k/a Full Thunder Moon or Full Hay Moon; related observances
     Adhi-Esala Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
     Waso Full Moon / Dhamma Cakka Day -- Myanmar

Graham Cracker Day -- birth anniversary of inventor of graham flour, the Reverend Sylvester Graham, in 1794

Independence Day -- Algeria(1962); Cape Verde(1965); Venezuela(1811)

National Apple Turnover Day

National Work-a-holics Day -- we will know it's you if you are all "back to business" after a holiday, especially this year on a Sunday and all.

Poplifulgia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a ceremony to commemorate the "Flight of the People" when they had to flee enemies)

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Day -- Roman Catholics in the Czech Republic and Slovakia (Apostles to the Slavs, created the Glagolithic alphabet and translated the Bible into the Slavonic language)

Sts. Grace and Probus' Day (married co-Patrons of Probus, Cornwall, England)

Thangka Unveiling at Tashihungpo -- Tibet (Buddha Exhibition Festival, in which the large Thangka with the image of Buddha on it is unfolded in public; also celebrated as Amitabha Buddha Day, or the birth anniversary of the Buddha) related observance
    Zamling Chisang -- Universal Prayer Day (to the Tibetan Deities, especially Samye Dolde)


Birthdays Today

Dolly the Sheep, 1996 (first cloned mammal)
Edie Falco, 1963
Huey Lewis, 1951
Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage, 1951
Jackie Robertson, 1944
Eliot Feld, 1942
Shirley Knight, 1936
Katherine Helmond, 1934
Warren Oates, 1928
Janos Starker, 1924
Georges Pompidou, 1911
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., 1902
Jean Cocteau, 1889
Clara Zetkin, 1857
Cecil Rhodes, 1853
P.T. Barnum, 1810
David Glasgow Farragut, 1801


Debuting/Premiering Today:

Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica(Publication date), 1687


Today in History

Scotland and France form the beginnings of the Auld Alliance, against England, 1295
John Guy sets sail from Bristol with 39 other colonists for Newfoundland, 1610
Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1687
The Salvation Army is founded in the East End of London, England, 1865
Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco, on Bloody Thursday, 1934
Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation, 1937
Highest recorded temperature in Canada, at Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan: 45°C (113°F), 1937
Larry Doby signs a contract with the Cleveland Indians baseball team, becoming the first black player in the American League, 1947
National Health Service Acts created the national public health systems in the United Kingdom, 1948
The Knesset passes the Law of Return which grants all Jews the right to immigrate to Israel, 1950
William Shockley invents the junction transistor, 1951
The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin, 1954
Arthur Ashe becomes the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title, 1975
Japan launches a probe to Mars, and thus joins the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation, 1998
The SARS virus is declared to be contained by the WHO, 2003
Indonesia holds its first presidential election, 2004
Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam title in tennis, winning a five set match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon, 2009
The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered, consisting of more than 1,500 items, is found near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England, 2009
Europe's tallest, habitable, free-standing structure, The Shard, which stands at 1,016 feet (309.6 metres) officially opens in London, England, 2012
In Rome, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII are canonized by the Vatican, 2013
Volvo Cars announces that all new models by 2019 will be either hybrids or battery powered, the first automaker to do so, 2017
The ancient city of Babylon is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, 2019