Monday, February 2, 2015

Awww Monday: Hope

Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.  Just post a picture that will make people smile, because it's a great way to start the week.

Some of my pictures this week might make you say, Oh! but i hope the last of them will be Awwws.

Yesterday was the first Sunday of the month, thus our church's turn to provide the food and help at the outdoor church service for the homeless.  It was raining, so we couldn't use the regular lot.  That doesn't stop us, though.

Ms. Jo and i do the Sunday School.

What does homeless look like?

Sometimes it's taking shelter on the porch of an abandoned building.

A lot of times it's sleeping here, under the bridge.  Yes, people live here.

What does hope look like?

People putting out nice clothes for anyone who  needs them to take.

A church service where anyone and everyone is welcome, no matter what.

Graffiti that shows some people never give up.

Children hearing a Sunday school lesson.
 Ms. Jo's lesson had a Valentine's Day theme.  She was discussion how we can show love, and one of the ways in the book she read was, "Grandpa shows love by fixing a broken toy."  The little girl in this photo piped up with, "I never break my toys!" at which her mother, standing behind us, laughed!

The biggest Awww, i believe, will be when we can get to a point in this world where we can all say we are "Worred Bout Nuttin."

Today is:

Anniversary of Treaty of Tartu -- Estonia

Bonza Bottler Day™

Bramley Apple Week begins -- UK (celebrating these wonderfully delicious fruits)

Candlemas -- Christian -- or Presentation of Our Lord (f/k/a the Purification of the Virgin Mary) - commemorates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple and purification of Mary on the 40th day after the birth of Jesus. Candles have been blessed on this day since the 11th century, and this was the original forecaster, “If Candlemas is fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.”
     Bank Holiday -- Liechtenstein
     Candelaria Festival -- Puno, Peru (Virgen de la Candelaria, through the 16th)
     Dia de la Candelaria/Virgin of Candelaria -- Mexico; Spain
     La Fete de la Chandeleur -- Canada; France
     Matka Boska Gromniczna (Mother of God of the Blessed Thunder Candle) -- Poland

Constitution Day -- Mexico

Cordova Ice Worm Festival -- Cordova, AK, US (one of Alaska's zaniest winter festivals; through Sunday)

Festival of Juno Februa -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno as goddess of motherly and matrimonial love)

Groundhog Day/Hedgehog Day/Badger Day -- what animal you looked to in order to predict the weather depended on where you lived
     Hromnice -- Czech Republic (hrom = thunder, a weather forecasting day)

Imbolc/Sughnassad -- Pagan/Wiccan (Northern Hemisphere/Southern Hemisphere)
     Brigmid -- Druid Calendar, also called Feast of Imbolc, celebrated later as St. Bridget's Day, but originally a festival for Brigid, (also known as Brighid, Bríde, Brigit, Brìd) goddess of poetry, healing, and smithcraft.  It is always halfway between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, so some years it is on Feb. 1 with St. Brigid's Day
     Disting/Charming of the Plough -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (a feast of new beginnings and spring)
     Serpent Day -- Celtic (The tradition was that on this day, the Brigmid, snakes or badgers would come out of their winter dens and predict the weather; perhaps a precursor to North America's Groundhog Day.)
     Wives' Feast Day -- Northern England (ancient celebration in association with Imbolc)

Inventors' Day -- Thailand

Just Say No to Powerpoint® Week begins -- please, use something else, like communicating with your audience! begun by Nancy Stern

Le Jour des Crepes -- France (Crepes Day, as crepes are traditionally served on Candlemas; if you can flip the crepe pan and catch the crepe in it with your right hand, while holding a gold coin in your left, you will become rich this year!)

National Heavenly Hash Day

Nelson Provincial Anniversary Day -- Nelson, New Zealand

Presentation of Christ in the Temple -- Anglican Catholic Christian

Sled Dog Day -- anniversary of the arrival, in 1925, of diphtheria antitoxin in Nome, Alaska; in memory of the sled dogs, especially lead dogs Togo and Balto, who made it possible

St. Cornelius the Centurion's Day (the Cornelius converted by St. Paul in the Book of Acts)

Veja Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day of wind, with rituals performed to assure no wind damage next summer)

Wand Dedication Day -- Fairy Calendar

World Wetlands Day -- UN (this year's theme is "Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth")

Anniversaries Today:

Marina Ogilvy (daughter of Princess Alexandra) weds Paull Mowatt, 1990
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) marries Olivia Langdon in Elmira, NY, 1870

Birthdays Today:

Shakira, 1977
Michael T. Weiss, 1962
Christie Brinkley, 1954
Ina Garten, 1948
Farah Fawcett, 1947
Graham Nash, 1942
David Jason, 1940
Tom Smothers, 1937
Les Dawson, 1934
Stan Getz, 1927
Elaine Stritch, 1925
James Dickey, 1923
Liz Smith, 1923
Ayn Rand, 1905
George “Papa Bear” Halas, 1895
William Rose Benét, 1886
James Joyce, 1882
Solomon R. Guggenheim,1861
Toyotomi Hideyoshi,1536 (Japan's second "great unifier")

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Rich Little Show"(TV), 1975
"The Midnight Special"(TV), 1973
"And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little"(Play), 1971
"What's My Line?"(TV), 1950
"Le Dame aux Camelias"(Play, Dumas, fils), 1848
"Artaxerxes"(Opera, Thomas Arnes), 1762

Today in History:

Alaric II, eighth king of the Visigoths promulgates The Breviary of Alaric (Breviarium Alaricianum or Lex Romana Visigothorum) a collection of Roman law, 506
Pedro de Mendoza founds Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1536
New Amsterdam (later New York) is incorporated as a city, 1653
The first leopard is exhibited in the US, in Boston (admission 25 cents), 1802
Russian settlers establish the Ft. Ross trading post north of San Francisco, 1811
Jonathan Martin sets York Cathedral afire, does £60,000 damage, 1829
The first Chinese workers arrive in San Francisco, 1848
The first public men's toilet in Britain opens, on Fleet Street in London, 1852
Samuel Clemens uses the pen name Mark Twain for the first time, 1863
James Oliver invents the removable tempered steel plow blade, 1869
The SS Strathleven arrives in London with the first frozen mutton imported from Australia, 1880
The Knights of Columbus forms in New Haven, Connecticut, 1882
The first official Groundhog Day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 1887
The bottle cap with cork seal is patented by William Painter of Baltimore, 1892
The longest boxing match under modern rules takes place in Nameoki, Illinois; 77 rounds between Harry Sharpe and Frank Crosby, 1892
The first movie close-up, of a man sneezing, is made at the Edison Studio in West Orange, NJ, 1893
The Australian Premiers' Conference held in Melbourne decides to locate Australia's capital, Canberra, between Sydney and Melbourne, 1899
Queen Victoria's funeral takes place, 1901
Musher Gunner Kaasan and his sled team, led by Balto, finish the serum run from Nenana to Nome, Alaska, delivering the much needed diphtheria medication (inspiration for the Iditarod), 1925
Leonarde Keeler tests the first polygraph machine, 1935
The Groundhog Day gale hits the north-eastern United States and south-eastern Canada, 1976
F.W. de Klerk allows the African National Congress to function legally and promises to release Nelson Mandela, 1990
Iran launches its first domestically made satellite, Omid, into orbit, 2009


  1. ((oh my heart heart heart <3 <3 ))

  2. Having just come from my grandchldren's home where I worry so much about their growing up with such abundance I just want to take these little ones in my arms and fix all their broken things, which of course, I cannot. Just yesterday my daughter was complaining about leaving out boxes of children's books on her porch for a charity that never came to get them after several days, so she had to take the boxes to the Goodwill which she feared would not use them.

  3. Yes, it would be great to worry 'bout "Nuttin."

  4. Those sweet darlings. This is a fine post, MM. It's too easy to forget how difficult life can be for so many. Thank you for making their world a little bit better.

  5. This is a big Awww. This is a difficult thing to do for many. I've dealt with these very people my entire career. There are way too many and many are vets. Bless you.

    Have a terrific Awww Monday and thank you for all the things you do for others. ☺

  6. Perfect for Aww Monday a big aww from me :-)

    Have a good week and don't do anything I would :-)

  7. Oh yes. I especially love this post today. Love it to pieces. I think mostly because it shows Love in action.

  8. Awwww :) that's pure love.

    So happy to be visiting here, found your blog through betheretoday :)

  9. awww Mimi- thank you for these poignant photos- and a lot of thanks to you and your family for caring enough and setting a great example. BIG HUGS!

  10. So rough, especially in colder climes during these months.

    Every summer night when I have a softball game, I drive over the bridge from South Boston to the Mass Turnpike. At the lights at the end of the bridge, I can always see at least a couple of homeless folks huddled under the overpass to the highway. I can't imagine it being anything but pure hell this month for those sorts of poor folks.

    Congratulations on your POTW from Hilary. Well deserved.

  11. It is nice you extend yourselves for these people. I have worked a bit taking meals around to them, and leave my cans near a young mans "home". Sad when our lives fall apart and we are unable to put them back together.


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