Monday, March 12, 2018

Drop Off (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!

Guess who got dropped off at the shelter:

Yes, someone abandoned them on our doorstep.


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


Today is:

Alfred Hitchcock Day -- some internet sources say March 8, and no one knows who picked either day

Arbor Day -- China; Taiwan

Australia Celebrations:
    Adelaide Cup Day -- SA
    Labour Day -- VIC
    Canberra Day -- ACT
    Eight Hours Day -- Tas (a/k/a Labour Day)

Brain Awareness Week begins-- the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research   

Commonwealth Day -- Commonwealth of Nations (the 54 Countries which today celebrate their ties to one another; Her Majesty the Queen will issue a special message to all Commonwealth Nations citizens through their respective Presidents and Prime Ministers)

Donkey Appreciation Day -- formerly celebrated, but the lowly donkey is no longer as indespensible as he was; if you share my fondness for beasts of burden, celebrate it anyway

Girl Scouts Birthday -- US

Huddling of Fairies of the Third Flight -- Fairy Calendar

Kronprinsessans Namnsdag -- Sweden (Name Day of HRH Crown Princess Victoria, the Heir Apparent; an official flag day)

Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three day festival, dates approximate; celebrates the marriage of Kore and Dionysos)

Martyrdom of Hypatia of Alexandria -- in 415, she was murdered for the three crimes of being intelligent, female, and pagan

National Arts Advocacy Day -- US; through tomorrow   

National Baked Scallops Day

National Day -- Mauritius (anniversary of independence in 1968)

National Heroes and Benefactors Day -- Belize

National Wildlife Week -- US (go learn how to safely observe wildlife this week; sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation)   

Plant a Flower Day -- sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation; now's a good time to give wildlife friendly perrenials a head start, starting them indoors if you have to   

St. Gregory the Great's Day (Patron of choir boys, educators, masons, musicians, popes, schoolchildren, singers, stonemasons, stone cutters, students, and teachers; England; Kercem, Malta; Legazpi, Philippines; Montone, Italy; San Gregorio nelle Alpi, Italy; West Indies; against gout and plague)
    note that Pope St. Gregory is also celebrated on Sept. 3, the date he was elected pope
    Graekarismessa (Mass of St. Gregory) -- Torshavn, Faroe Islands (traditional day on which the oystercatcher, their symbolic national bird, returns)
    Gregoru Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (Gregory's Day, similar to groundhog day for weather prediction)

St. Seraphina's Day (Patron of the disabled and handicapped, and of spinners)

Taranaki Provincial Anniversary Day -- Taranaki, New Zealand

Workplace Napping Day -- on this, the Monday after DST begins, show your boss the studies that highlight the benefit of power naps
   some sites call it National Napping Day; either way, lie down and be counted!

World Day Against Cyber Censorship -- sponsored by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International

Youth Day -- Zambia

Anniversaries Today:

Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias, 1971
Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman, 1969

Birthdays Today:

Frank Catalano, 1978
Aaron Eckhart, 1968
David Daniels, 1966
Darryl Strawberry, 1962
Marlon Jackson, 1957
Rob Cohen, 1949
James Taylor, 1948
Liza Minnelli, 1946
Al Jarreau, 1940
Barbara Feldon, 1933
Andrew Young, 1932
Edward Albee, 1928
Wally Schirra, 1923
Jack Kerouac, 1922
Gordon MacRae, 1921
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1881
Simon Newcomb, 1835
Charles Cunningham Boycott, 1832
Clement Studebaker, 1821

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Moses und Aaron"(Opera), 1954
"Fervaal"(Opera; d'Indy Op. 40), 1897
"Simon Boccanegra"(Opera), 1857

Today in History:

Martyrdom of Hypatia of Alexandria, philosopher, 415
Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius, 538
Orvieto, Italy, rules it will behead and burn Jewish-Christian couples, 1350
Jews are expelled from Syria, 1496
New Jersey becomes an English colony, 1664
The first steam engine in America installed, to pump water from a mine, 1755
Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain, 1881
In Vicksburg, Mississippi, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time, 1894
The first main line electric train in UK, from Liverpool to Southport, begins running, 1904
The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts of the USA) are founded in the United States, by Juliette Gordon Lowe, 1912
The foundation stone of the new Australian capital in Canberra is laid, 1913
Mohandas Gandhi begins 200m (300km) march protesting British salt tax, 1930
The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism, 1947
The Church of England ordains its first female priests, 1994
Former Warsaw Pact members the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland join NATO, 1999
Financier Bernard Madoff plead guilty in New York to scamming $18 billion, the largest in Wall Street history, 2009
The U.S. Census Bureau reports the world now has 7 billion people, 2012
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service warns of an increase in taxpayer phone scams threatening victims unless they pay a given amount with a debit or prepaid credit card, 2015


  1. Those kittens are honeys - and how nice they were taken to the shelter and not just dumped.

  2. At least someone got the heart to leave them at the shelter. Now they will be loved and in good hands. Sometimes, a word of encouragement is what a person needs!

  3. Mimi,

    Those kittens are adorable! I hope they find a new home soon. A single word of encouragement is all most people need to turn a bad day into a better one. The IRS scam of years ago reminds me of the newest one going around which Millennials are falling for where the IRS says you own them money and they' can pay with iTunes gift cards. Isn't that sad that they have no judgement or common sense? Thanks for sharing and have a sparkletastic week!

  4. Thanks most sincerely for hosting and for sharing always such interesting posts,sweet friend!

    Wishing you a beautiful Awww Monday and start of your new week

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

  5. Although I am retired, I still celebrate National Napping Day...almost every day.

  6. Aw cute. Though I like dogs, these kittens will melt your heart. Have a great Monday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Awww, so cute. At least they did the right thing and not dump them somewhere where they wouldn't survive. So cute.

    I love your Sparks. So very true.

    Have a purrfect day, my friend. ♥

  8. Awww is right ~ such a sweet and adorable kitty photo!

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

  9. They are so adorable! I hope they find good homes. Baked Scallop Day sounds right up my alley. I do love scallops.

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. Going to bake an Arts Advocacy cake today!

  11. Oh, they are so...cute. Well, at least they chose the right doorstep. And I love your quote, thank you! Have a great day, Messy. :)

  12. I want the little one on the right. So cute.

  13. How sad these cuties were abandoned, at least they were brought to the shelter. Excellent spark!

  14. Cute kitties. Maybe someone is allergic, like me.

  15. Aww! I don't think these cute kittens will have trouble finding a loving home :-)

    Have a kittytastic day ;-)

  16. I love your Spark this week. I like to give a compliment or say an encouraging word to others (even if I don't know them) simply because I know a positive word can change someone's outlook at that moment. Also, I enjoy reading your history list!