Monday, February 12, 2018

Hopeful (Awww Monday) and Sparks!

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of 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! 

Lulu sits by the table, ever hopeful:

She never gives up.




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McGuffy's Reader

The wonderful Annie of McGuffy's Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris

My "Spark" for the day




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Today is:

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday -- US (with a wreath laying ceremony at the rebuilt cabin near where he was born)

Borrowed Days (through the 14th) -- Scottish Highlands (Gaelic Faoilteach, days supposedly borrowed from January, and if the weather is bad, the rest of the year will be good.)

Clean out Your Computer Day -- always the second Monday of February

Darwin Day -- International (birth anniversary)

Day Holy to Diana -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Family Day -- BC, Canada

Go Green Week begins -- UK (helping people find greener alternatives)   

Lost Penny Day -- in honor of pennies, the first US coin to commemorate a person; collect all those pennies you have hanging around and donate them to a good cause

Lundi Gras -- Fat Monday, Carnival, one of the last to days to feast before the Lenten fast begins Wednesday
    Bolludagur -- Iceland (Bun Day, the children wake the parents with a "spanking" while calling for cream buns that will be eaten that day)
    Old Mask Parade -- Oranjestad, Aruba (with the Burning of the Momo tomorrow, marking the end of Carnival)
    Rosenmontag -- German-speaking Countries (Rose Monday, highlight of Karneval)

Oatmeal Monday -- Scotland (traditionally, at universities in Scotland, the day the students were allowed to go home and get more "meal", or oatmeal, and other supplies, as they had to provide their own food and fuel for the fires while in school)

Oglethorpe Day/Georgia Day -- Georgia, US (landing of General Oglethorpe at what is now Savannah in 1733)

Pick A New Love Song Day -- internet generated, and why?  Only bother if your old one has worn thin.

Plum Pudding Day -- shouldn't this be at Christmas? Ah, well, i don't set them, i just report them.

Powamu Festival -- Pueblo/Hopi Native Americans (8 day sacred Bean Dance and purification ceremonies; date approximate)

Red Hand Day -- UN (Drawing attention to the plight of child soldiers.)

Royal Hobart Regatta Day -- Tasmania, Australia

Runic Half Month of Sigel (Sun) begins

Sacrifice to Dionysos -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Julian the Hospitaler (Patron of boatmen, carnival/circus workers, childless people, clowns, ferrymen, fiddlers, hospitality, hotel keepers/innkeepers, jugglers, knights, pilgrims, repentant murderers, shepherds, travellers, wandering musicians; to obtain lodging while travelling; San Giljan, Malta)

Union Day -- Myanmar

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (through tomorrow)

Youth Day -- Venezuela


Anniversaries Today:

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded, 1909
Michigan State University is founded, 1855
Maria Therese Habsburg marries Emperor Francios I, 1736


Birthdays Today:

Jennifer Stone, 1993
Christina Ricci, 1980
Jesse Spencer, 1979
Naseem Hamed, 1974
Josh Brolin, 1968
Chyna Phillips, 1968
Arsenio Hall, 1955
Joanna Kerns, 1953
Michael McDonald, 1952
Simon MacCorkindale, 1952
Steve Hackett, 1950
Cliff De Young, 1947
Maud Adams, 1945
Ray Manzarek, 1939
Judy Blume, 1938
Joe Don Baker, 1936
Bill Russell, 1934
Arlen Specter, 1930
Joe Garagiola, 1926
Franco Zeffirelli, 1923
Dom DiMaggio, 1917
Lorne Greene, 1915
Ted Mack, 1904
Roy Harris, 1898
Omar Bradley, 1893
Anna Pavlova, 1881
John Llewellyn Lewis, 1880
John Graham Chambers, 1843
Charles Darwin, 1809
Abraham Lincoln, 1809
Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, 1775
Cotton Mather, 1663
John Winthrop the Younger, 1606
John Winthrop the Elder, 1588
Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shogun, 1218


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Child's Play"(Play), 1970
Dracula(Film), 1931
"Rhapsody In Blue", 1924
"Beggar on Horseback"(Play), 1924
"Fruen Fra Havet(The Lady from the Sea)"(Ibsen Play), 1889



Today in History:

Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India, 1502
Santiago, Chile, is founded by Pedro de Valdivia, 1541
A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason, 1554
The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded, 1719
Englishman James Oglethorpe founds Georgia, the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, and its first city at Savannah, 1733
The first US fugitive slave law, requiring the return of runaway slaves, is passed, 1793
The Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest working opera house in Europe, is destroyed by fire, 1816
The Creek Indian treaty is signed, requiring the tribes to turn over all of their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept. 1 the following year, 1825
Ecuador annexes the Galapagos Islands, 1832
Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada, 1870
The US Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins, 1873
King David Kalakaua of the Sandwich Islands/Hawaii becomes the first king to visit the US, 1874
The first news dispatch by telephone takes place, between Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, 1877
News of the Battle of Isandlwana, the single greatest defeat for the British Army at the hands of a native army, reaches London, 1879
The New York to Paris auto race, via Alaska and Siberia, begins; George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel, 1908
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms, 1909
The last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates, 1912
A meteor creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union, 1947
U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus, 1961
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union, 1974
Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female Premier in Australian history when she becomes Premier of Western Australia, 1990
NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid, 2001
The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom, 2004
The 21st Winter Olympic Games open at Vancouver, Canada, 2010
North Korea allegedly conducts its third nuclear test, saying it was a nuclear device that could be weaponized, 2013
Intel entrepreneur and co-founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation, Peter Diamandis, claims that 50% of US jobs are under threat of being mechanized within 10 years, 2014
Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill, the first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years, 2016

13 comments:

  1. Good Morning sweet friend and happy Awww Mondays to you!

    Thanking you most sincerely,
    I'm sending you and Lulu my dearest hug

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

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  2. What a good dog that is for sure. Love your Spark. That is a good one. You all have a wonderful Monday.

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  3. Thanks for the reminder about the Westminster Dog Show. Our Lucy, like Lulu hangs in the kitchen during food prep, hoping something will hit the floor. We don't feed her from the table, but her dog food is nearby and she often eats at the same time as we are having our meal.

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  4. That is an excellent Spark. I hope Lulu got a treat :)

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  5. Always a great post and kitty photos so precious ~

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  6. Lulu reminds me of our precious Little Bit. She loved to beg for food too. A wonderful memory.

    I love the spark. You can have so much but you have nothing without the grateful heart.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  7. Amen and amen, to that Spark, Mimi! If only we are thankful, then we realize the many ways in which we are blessed. I know you do, your TToT post each week shows me that! <3

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  8. what a sweet dog. Ever hopeful for sure! Have a lovely day!

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  9. My dog was always ever hopeful too. I do have a grateful heart for having a great family and living a comfortable life.

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  10. Somehow I think Lulu is rarely disappointed. Spark is the truth.

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  11. Mimi,

    Unfortunately there are many who do not have a grateful heart for all they've been given. These individuals always want more and never seem to be satisfied which is sad.

    Yesterday was National Oatmeal Day? LOL I had a bowl of oats with walnuts, raisins, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Yum, Yum!

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  12. What a sweet and patient looking dog. - Trying to be "grateful" today but sometimes it's hard. Thanks for the reminder.

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