Monday, August 13, 2018

Healthy Critters (Awww Monday) and the Inspiring Quote of the Week

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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!

Annie, the sweet cat that had an operation to remove a bullet from under her shoulder blade, is fully healed now and ready for a forever home:

Her back is completely healed and the fur hides the scars.  Despite it all, she still loves people.

Meanwhile, we keep chasing mama duck and babies away from the cat food at the shelter, and they keep trying to sneak back.  They are getting big:

Mama and half of the babies.

The rest of the babies.  They know not to get closer.


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


Today is:

Anniversary of Snick-Snacker's Right Foot -- Fairy Calendar

Carnival Monday -- Grenada

Day of Battle between Horus and Set; Aset gains the Horns of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Aventine Diana / Nemoralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemoration of the dedication of her temple; celebrated between now and the 15th, and rededicated as the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin after Christianization)

Festival of Xocotl Huetzi -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (first fruits of harvest festival; date approximate, but two weeks around the end of August)

Heroes Day -- Zimbabwe

Independence Day -- Central African Republic(1960)

International Left-Hander's Day -- sponsored by Lefthanders International     

Lao Issara -- Laos (Day of the Free Laos)

Lesser Festival of Flora -- Ancient Roman Calendar

National Filet Mignon Day

Obon -- Buddhist (celebration to revere the ancestors; celebrated at different times even within Japan, but usually the biggest dates are in mid-August)

Runic Half Month As begins (the gods)

Skinny Dipping Day -- funny t-shirt:  I no longer skinny dip. I chunky dunk!

St. Cassian's Day (Patron of students and teachers; Brixen, Italy; Comacchio, Italy; Imola, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico)

St. Concordia's day (Patron of nursing mothers and wet nurses)

St. Hippolytus' Day (Patron of horses, prison guards/officers/workers; Bibbiena, Italy)

Teej Festival -- HR, India (a woman's festival, celebrating marriage and the uniting of Shiva and Parvati; through tomorrow)

Wall Day -- anniversary of the day in 1961 that the Berlin Wall began going up; observe it by trying to break down a wall or communication barrier somewhere in your own life

Women's Day -- Tunisia

Birthdays Today

Shani Davis, 1982
Midori Ito, 1969
Quinn Cummings, 1967
Danny Bonaduce, 1959
Dan Fogelberg, 1951
Kathleen Battle, 
Philippe Petit, 1949
Kevin Tighe, 1944
Don Ho, 1930
Pat Harrington, Jr., 1929
Fidel Castro, 1926
George Shearing, 1919
Ben Hogan, 1912
Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907
Alfred Hitchcock, 1899
Bert Lahr, 1895
Annie Oakley, 1860
Lucy Stone, 1818

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Zaire/The Tragedy of Zara"(Voltaire's "Tragedy in Verse"), 1732

Today in History

The English army under King Henry V lands at the mouth of the Seine River, 1415
Tenochtitlan of the Aztecs is conquered by the Spanish, 1521
Tenbun Hokke Disturbance, in which Buddhist monks from Kyoto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto, 1536
John Smith submits the story of Jamestown's first days for publication, 1608
Christiaan Huygens discovers the Martian south polar cap, 1642
Founding of Litchfield, CT, 1651
Marie Antoinette and other French royals are imprisoned by Revolutionaries, 1792
Nat Turner sees the solar eclipse which he interprets as a sign from heaven to begin his ill-fated slave rebellion, 1831
Earthquake in Peru and Ecuador kills 25,000, 1868
Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon", 1889
First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, 1913
Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, 1918
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is established as a public company in Germany, 1918
The first barbed wire fence that would become the Berlin Wall is erected, 1961
The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York, 1969
Michael Phelps sets the Olympic record for most the gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history, 2008
Footage of the previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is released; the Kawahiva is an indigenous tribe living in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world, 2013


  1. Maybe they should stop feeding the cats "Duck food".

  2. Aww! that sounded awful for Annie glad she is fully healed now, so in reality those ducks have been driving you quackers (I couldn't resist it)

    Have a ducktastic day :-)

  3. Definitely awwww. One of our cats spent the last eighteen years of her life with a pellet lodged against her heart. The little brat who lived behind us shot her (for practice) and the vet told us it was too risky to remove. She lived a long and happy life (no thanks to him).

  4. Mimi,

    How wonderful Miss Annie is doing much better and those ducks what little sneaky thieves. :) It's good for them to not be depended on an easy source of food. They need to find food in the wild away from humans. That's the problem I see in the mountains. People feeding wildlife and then when a person gets injuried because Mr. Bear can't get his french fries then both suffer the consequences. Smaller animals while not a threat to people, it still doesn't do them any good to rely on human intervention for their vittles. I love your SPARKS quote - excellent! Have a sparkletastic day!

  5. Poor baby Annie! Glad she isn't letting past abuse hold her back (or down).

  6. A Bullet!?!?!? Oh poor annie, how terrible. I am so glad to hear she is recovering well and has found a forever an ever home
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  7. Annie sounds like a sweetie, I hope she gets her forever home soon. Excellent spark!

  8. I'm so happy the kitty is healthy again. I can't imagine shooting a cat.

    You have a whole bunch of Awww. Those ducks are adorable. We were watching a bunch last night.

    Love your Spark. It's spot on.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. ♥

  9. I hope your mistreated Annie recovers and isn't too scarred emotionally by that horrid experience. I recently adopted a young cat who has been abused by adults, so she is very wary of everyone except children. It's a long journey gaining her trust. You do such wonderful work with your animals.

  10. Oh so adorable ~ the kitty ready for a forever home and the sweet Mama and her ducklings ~

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

  11. so good to see how Annie is doing...and those duckies are relentless! Have a lovely day!