Monday, June 4, 2018

Petsitter (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Last week, it was house-sitting, cat-sitting, and plant watering for a family that was out of town.

This week, at our place, we are caring for Daughter-in-Law Becky's quail, two ducks, and four chickens.  Plus grand-dog Pepe, of course.

The back yard was too sunny and hot, they are on the side porch and quite content.


Sparks! is on hiatus, so here's an inspiring quote for the week:

(That's Peggy, who comes to rEcess, out of her wheelchair and even if it's not easy, getting where she wants to go.)


Today is:

Audacity to Hope Day -- to encourage all to have the audacity to keep hope

Emancipation Day and Independence Day -- Tonga (end of serfdom in 1862, independence in 1970)

Festival for Hercules Custos -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Hercules the Custodian)

Flag Day -- Estonia

Flag Day -- Finland (Armed Forces observe the birth anniversary of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim)

Hug Your Cat Day -- yet another date for this noted on many sites; if you celebrate all of them, your cat will be well hugged!    

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression -- UN

Jarila's Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Festival of Jarila, god of the sun and fertility)

Lassie Day -- the first dog to play the role of Lassie, in the movie Lassie, Come Home, was born this day in 1940

National Cheese Day -- not to be confused with Cheese Lover's Day earlier in the year

National Cognac Day

National Frozen Yogurt Day -- not to be confused with the Frozen Yogurt Day celebrated on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles, where the temperatures make such a thing possible

National Unity Day -- Hungary

Old Maid's Day -- supposedly established after WWII, when there were so many eligible ladies who weren't getting any younger

Plynteria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival in Athens in honor of Athena; date approximate)

Queen's Birthday -- New Zealand; Niue

Sovereign's Birthday -- Cook Islands

St. Petroc's Day (Patron of Cornwall and Wales, as well as many locations in Cornwall, Wales, and England, and Saint-Meen, France)

Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 Memorial Day  — International

Western Australia Day -- Western Australia (formerly called Foundation Day)

Birthdays Today:

Evan Lysacek, 1985
Russell Brand, 1975
Angelina Jolie, 1975
Noah Wyle, 1971
James Callis, 1971
Scott Wolf, 1968
Cecilia Bartoli, 1966
Sam Harris, 1961
Eldra DeBarge, 1961
Keith David, 1956
Parker Stevenson, 1953
George Noory, 1950
Bettina Gregory, 1946
Michelle Phillips, 1944
Joyce Meyer, 1943
Freddy Fender, 1937
Bruce Dern, 1936
John Drew Barrymore, 1932
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 1928
Dennis Weaver, 1924
Robert Merrill, 1919
Rosalind Russell, 1907
George III, 1738
Aesop, BCE620 (not certain, but close enough)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Born in the USA"(Album release), 1984
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan(Film), 1982
"Cavalcade of Stars"(TV), 1949

Today in History:

Chinese astronomers make the first recording of a solar eclipse, BC781
Sir Walter Raleigh establishes the first English colony on Roanoke Island, old Virginia (now North Carolina), 1584
Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan, 1615
New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians, 1760
A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history, 1769
The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their montgolfière (hot air balloon), 1783
Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for the Kingdom of Great Britain, 1792
The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title, 1878
Henry Ford test drives his first prototype automobile, the Ford Quadricycle, 1896
Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage, 1912
A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain, 1973
The Tiananmen Square protests are violently ended in Beijing by the People's Liberation Army, 1989
Solidarity's victory in the first (somewhat) free parliamentary elections in post-war Poland sparks off a succession of peaceful anti-communist revolutions in Eastern Europe, 1989
Falcon 9 Flight 1 was the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket,2010


  1. Love that you are chicken (and quail and duck) sitting.

  2. That's a nice photo especially when clicked on

    I hope the ducks don't drive you quackers :-)

    Have a swuarktastic day mimi :-)

  3. Good job taking care of all the birds. That quote or spark is wonderful. Have a great day.

  4. I can't believe Born in the USA came out so long ago. I feel old :-)

  5. Awww, you're the local pet rescue aren't you. It's a good thing.

    Love the quote. So very true.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. ♥

  6. that is quite the menagerie! and your Sparks is spot on! Hugs to you and all the family!

  7. Looks like you are starting a farm :) Great spark and good for her to not let the wheelchair hold her back.

  8. I don't blame Becky's animals. I'd be searching for shade too.

    And I love the quote you shared! How true!

  9. Mimi,

    Great quote! If it weren't hard then everyone would be doing it is so very true. I always told my kids "Doing nothing is easy. Change requires effort." Have a sparkletastic week! ;)