Monday, July 23, 2018

Baby Won't Go (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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The cat shelter has a few outdoor feral cats, Buddy and his two girlfriends being the main ones.  (We say "girlfriends" in very loose terms, they are all fixed, of course.)

Because they are fed outdoors, a mama duck has figured out that it's much easier to walk her babies over from the pond around the block and give them cat food, and we are spending a lot of time chasing the poor ducks away.  They are cute, but we can't let them get dependent on us for food, and one of Buddy's girls has already tried to catch a duckling supper (mama duck nipped her on the bottom!)

Here mama has shooed all of her babies under the hedges to hide until the coast is clear, but one just won't shoo:


Sparks! is on hiatus for a while (please keep Annie of McGuffy's Reader in your thoughts and prayers), so here is an Inspiring Quote of the Week:


Today is:

Birthday of Emperor Haili Selassi I -- Rastafari

Experimental Aircraft Association Airventure -- Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, WI, US (world's largest sport aviation event, through Sunday)

Flag Day -- Abkhazia

Gorgeous Grandma Day -- a day to celebrate those who age, date, and mate in style!     

Hot Enough For Ya Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays as the only day on which you may utter these words; any other day, and you will get high fived on the back of the head! ;)

Hurricane Supplication Day -- US Virgin Islands (churches hold special services to pray against hurricanes hitting the islands this season)

La Guelaguetza a/k/a Los Lunes del Cerro -- Oaxaca, Mexico (folk dance, music and costumes, an extension of the celebrations of the Lady of Carmel, which used to be the feast of Xilonen, goddess of tender corn; now celebrated on two consecutive Mondays)

Mayan Sun Festival -- honoring Ahau Kin, the sun god, date approximate

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

Neptunalia and Salcia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god and goddess of the ocean and wide seas, celebrates Neptune in his role as god of irrigation)

Private Eye Day -- internet generated

Remembrance Day -- Papua New Guinea

Renaissance Day -- Oman (celebrates the accession of Qaboos bin Said Al Said, 14th Sultan of Oman)

Revolution Day -- Egypt

St. Apollinaris' Day (Patron against epilepsy, gout; of Aachen, Germany; Burtscheid, Germany; Düsseldorf, Germany; Ravenna, Italy; Remagen, Germany)

St. Bridget of Sweden's Day (Patron of widows; Europe; Sweden)

St. Phocas the Gardener's Day (Patron of agricultural workers, boatmen, farm workers, farmers, field hands, gardeners, husbandmen, mariners, market-gardeners,sailors, watermen)

Warei Shrine Summer Festival -- Warei Shrine, Uwajima City, Japan (through tomorrow, includes "bull-sumo", a non fatal type of bull fighting, where the bulls try to push each other out of the ring)

Anniversaries Today

Prince Andrew, Duke of York marries Sarah Ferguson, 1986
Coronation of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, 1999

Birthdays Today

Daniel Radcliffe, 1989
Michelle Williams, 1980
Omar Epps, 1975
Nomar Garciapara, 1973
Marlon Wayans, 1972
Charisma Carpenter, 1970
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 1967
Eriq La Salle, 1962
Woody Harrelson, 1961
Lamont "ShowBoat" Robinson, 1961
Edie McClurg, 1951
Belinda Montgomery, 1950
Don Imus, 1940
Nicholas Gage, 1939
Ronny Cox, 1938
Anthony M. Kennedy, 1936
Don Drysdale, 1936
Bert Convy, 1933
Arata Isozaki, 1931
Gloria DeHaven, 1925
Amalia Rodrigues, 1920
Harold "Pee Wee" Reese, 1918
Arthur Treacher, 1894
Haile Selassie I, 1892
Raymond Chandler, 1888
Samuel Augustus Maverick, 1803

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha! Ha!"(Single release), 1966
"The Gene Autry Show"(TV), 1950

Today in History

William Austin Burt patents the Typographer, a precursor to the typewriter, 1829
The Province of Canada is created by the Act of Union, 1840
The Federation Internationale de Gymnastique, the world's oldest international sport federation, is founded, 1881
The Ford Motor Company sells its first car, 1903
Fox Film buys the patents of the Movietone sound system for recording sound onto film, 1926
Telstar  relays the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program, featuring Walter Cronkite, 1962
The International Whaling Commission decides to end commercial whaling within 4 years, 1982 *
Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba, 1983
Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered, 1995
Cape Verde becomes the 153rd member of the World Trade Organization, 2008
Patent law disputes between Samsung and Apple deadlock as the dispute addresses valuation of each other's patents, 2012

*Don't I wish that had worked!


  1. Poor Mama Duck. Her job is already difficult enough without a duckling who knows better then she does...

  2. Oh, that is one stubborn duckling which can be tough for poor mama duck!

  3. Thanks for *that* earworm on a Monday morning.
    ♫ Hee hee, ha ha, to the funny farm... ♫

  4. Such a stubborn duckling! Can you blame Mama duck for going after the easy food? ;-)

  5. Very cute. Have a great Monday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Awww, the ducks are cute, but feeding this isn't a good thing. They need to fend for themselves.

    Love the quote. It's just that simple.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. ♥

  7. Wonderful Spark and cute photo of Mama and Baby duck ~ always seems to a problem child in any group ~ ^_^

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

  8. Cool, I have the same birthday as Harry Potter,, different year though. Cute ducks and excellent spark.

  9. Mimi,

    How funny about Mama Duck and her ducklings but you're so right it's not good for wild animals to grow dependent on humans. It really bothers me to see or hear about folks in the Smoky's feeding the wildlife, especially bears because they not only come to expect it they lose their fear of people so when a bear injuries someone then everyone suffers. They have been plenty of bear attacks in the mountains and sometimes they do not survive.

    I definitely try to do every small thing to the best of my ability and hope it will be a great thing in the end. Excellent quote! How cool yesterday was National Vanilla Ice Cream Day. I didn't even know and we had Vanilla Bean ice cream. :)

  10. great duck photo and story! and I love your quote!