Monday, October 14, 2019

Sweet Face (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and My Bucket List (Poetry Monday)


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Who can resist that sweet face?


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


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.  This weeks theme is My Bucket List.                

My bucket list
Is short and sweet
With two compartments
That would be neat
One for the soapy water
One for the clean
Makes mopping easier
It's really keen
Plastic is better
'Cause water adds weight
So metal'd hurt my back
Although for that it's too late
Yes a double compartment bucket
With two handles and a lip
It would help this janitor
And be really hip!

(Yes, i know what kind of bucket list this is supposed to be, but Ms. V has been promising me for quite some time a new bucket to replace the very old and damaged one she has me using at her house, and that got me thinking, and with my warped sense of humor that's never a good thing.)


Today is:

Anti-Columbus Day

Be Bald and Be Free Day -- Wellcat Holidays wants everyone who is "shiny" to be proud of it! 

Boun Suang Heua -- on the Mekong River near Vientiane, Laos (second day of the Ok Phansa festival, the Boat Racing Festival)

Chisinau Day -- Chisinau, Moldova

Columbus Day/Discovery Day/Two Worlds Day/Anti-Columbus Day/Native Americans Day/Pan America Day -- observed, several countries
    American Indian Heritage Day -- AL, US
    Columbus Day (obs.) -- Turks and Caicos Islands; US and Territories
    Dia del Respet a la Diversidad Cultural -- Argentina
    Fraternal Day -- AL, US
    Native Americans' Day -- much of the US formally; almost everywhere informally (a day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression, make peace, and celebrate the empowerment of Native Americans)

Commonwealth Culture Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Dessert Day -- another one?

Doburoku Matsuri -- Shirakawago, Japan (unrefined sake festival and harvest festival; through the 19th)

Festival for the Penates -- Ancient Roman Calendar (gods of the storeroom)

First Fiddle of the Month -- Fairy Calendar

Fitness Day / Health-Sports Day -- Japan

Flag Day/Jour de la Proclamation de la Premiere Republique -- Madagascar (flag adopted this day in 1958)

Liberation Day -- Yemen

Lotu-a-Tamaiti -- Samoa; Tokelau (Day after White Sunday)

Mega Kenka Matsuri -- Hyogo, Japan (Roughhouse Festival, wrestling for a blessing; through tomorrow)

Mother's Day -- Belarus

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Day -- Tanzania (climax of the Uhuru Torch Race)

National Chocolate Covered Insect Day -- i'll pass, sorry

National Education Day -- Poland

National Frump Day -- National FRUMPS of America (to honor the frugal, responsible, unpretentious, and mature people everywhere)

National Kick-Butt Day -- a day to kick yourself in the rump, jump start yourself to doing something you've been wanting to do and making excuses for not doing; begun by Sylvia Henderson    

national lower case day -- someone wants us to not use all caps

Norfolk Island Agricultural Show Day -- Norfolk Island, Australia

Republic Day / October Revolution Day -- Yemen

St. Callistus' Day (Patron of cemetary workers)

St. Donatian of Rheims's Day (Patron of Bruges, Belgium; Rheims, France; West Flanders, Belgium)

St. Petca Paraskeva's Day (Patron of embroiderers, needle workers, spinners, weavers, and all who do needlework of any kind)related observance
    Petkouden -- Bulgaria

Sukkot -- Judaism (began at sunset yesterday, through sunset on Oct. 20)

Svetitskovloba/Living Pillar Cathedral -- Georgia (celebration of the first Christian church in Georgia)

Takata=no-Baba Yabusame -- Toyama Park, Tokyo, Japan (demonstration of the ancient art of horseback archery)

Thanksgiving -- Canada (Interfaith)

Urs Festival of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai -- Sindh, Pakistan (the grand three day festival of Sindh, celebrating this famous Sundhi Sufi scholar, mystic, and saint)

Vinternatsblot, a/k/a Haustbl├│t -- Asatru (to bid Winter welcome; at the approximate date of the start of winter in the Old European Calendar of the Norse

Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico Friendship Day

World Standards Day -- International

Youth Day -- Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Birthdays Today:

Usher, 1978
Natalie Maines, 1974
Greg Evigan, 1958
Harry Anderson, 1952
Sir Cliff Richard, 1940
Ralph Lauren, 1939
John Dean, 1938
Gary Graffman, 1928
Roger Moore, 1927
Charles Everett Koop, 1916
John Wooden, 1910
Eugene FRodor, 1905
e.e. cummings, 1894
Lillian Gish, 1893
Dwight Eisenhower, 1890
Eamon De Valera, 1882
Francis Lightfoot Lee, 1734
William Penn, 1644

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Rescue from Gilligan's Island(TV film), 1978 (the first TV film follow up of a TV series)
Winnie-The-Pooh(publication date), 1926

Today in History:

William the Conqueror wins England in the Battle of Hastings, 1066
Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence, 1322
Mary, Queen of Scots, goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England, 1586
Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), 1656
Rabbi Judah Hasid & Chayim Molocho arrive in Jerusalem, 1700
Henry Blair receives a patent for a corn planter, becoming the first black to obtain a US patent, 1834
The 15th and the last military Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate resigns in Japan, returning his power to the Emperor of Japan and thence to the re-established civil government of Japan, 1867
George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film, 1884
Theodore Roosevelt is shot while campaigning in Milwaukee on the "Bull Moose" ticket, 1912
The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, is first published, 1926
Ethel Merman makes her Broadway debut in "Girl Crazy", 1930
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable caste leader, converts to Buddhism along with 385,000 of his followers, 1956
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian Monarch to open up an annual session of the Canadian Parliament, presenting her Speech from the Throne in Ottawa, Canada, 1957
The Cuban Missile Crisis begins when a U.S. Air Force U2 Reconnaissance pilot takes pictures of Soviet missiles being installed in Cuba, 1962
The city of Montreal, Quebec, begins the operation of its underground Montreal Metro rapid-transit system, 1966
The first live telecast from any manned spacecraft, the Apollo 7, 1968
The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords , 1994 
Indonesian rights groups applaud the end of a Suharto-era law that bans books deemed 'offensive' or a 'threat to public order,' 2010
A colony of stromatolites is discovered at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, 2011
The Spanish government says it will impose direct rule on Catalonia after the region voted for independence in a referendum, 2017


  1. That is a very sweet furry face - and I hope your bucket list comes through. Soon.

  2. Sweet kitty face. I like your poem, very entertaining.

  3. Aww! very cute heheh irresistible :-)

    I liked the quote too :-)

    Have a tanfastic day :-)

  4. I like the sound of a double bucket! By the way, I ate chocolate covered ants when I was in China and the were delicious!

  5. Bucket list :) I also thought about real, black water-containing buckets first time I heard this. I hope you reach the bottom of your bucket list soon.

  6. Seeing a cute kitten like that gives my mom the kitten bug! Thankfully, I know we don't have time for a kitten right now.

  7. Interesting that national lower case day falls on e.e. cummings birthday...

  8. That is a sweet little kitten! I loved your very literal take on 'bucket list'!

  9. Yes that kitten's face is cute but my face is so much better. LOL Have a great Monday Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Awww on those sweet kitties. So precious. I love your poem. It's a bucket list for you.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week, my friend. ♥

  11. That is such a sweet kitten and your bucket list sure is special!

  12. wavez two ewe wee kittehz frum all oh uz in de land oh frozen fish stix !! :) ☺☺♥♥

    the "bucket list" is great; it would be nice to have a two sided bucket ...I haven't seen a metal bucket in years !! ☺☺♥♥

  13. LOL. A bucket list indeed. I grew up on a farm and we used metal buckets. They are heavy.

  14. In my opinion, Thinking + Warped Sense of Humour = Interesting Poetry! lol

    Water IS heavy. That's one thing I don't like about washing floors :)

  15. Totally agree with Jenny. A warped sense of humour is a must with our poetry! Perfect!
    And I love the kitten and the ‘Oh, so positive’ meme!

  16. That is a sweet face. Great spark and I love the poem.

  17. What a beautiful little difficult to resist! :)

  18. If that kitten were a person, I would say it could use a cup of coffee! ;)


  19. A real cutie photo and great 'spark' too.

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
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