Monday, February 4, 2019

Cattitude (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and "Souper" Poetry

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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!

Some kitties just have it and know it!


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 is being hosted this week, in the absence of its founder, by Delores of Mumblings.  This week's theme is Soup.    

If you have the croup,
There's nothing like soup.

Got a nasty cold?
Go get soup bowled.

If it's the flu,
You know what to do.

Soup will always help,
No need to yelp.

And the best soup is our gumbo,
It's absolutely yumbo!


Today is:

Biezputras Diena (Porrige Day) -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (date unconfirmed, some sites suggest it's always on a Sunday before Feb. 23 instead)

Constitution Day -- Mexico (obs.)

Create-A-Vacuum Day -- an internet generated celebration of the nothingness of vacuums

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Day -- Poland (birth anniversary)

Homemade Soup Day

Hurling the Silver Ball -- St. Ives, Cornwall, England (keeping up the over 1,000 year old tradition of an early form of rugby, the person who returns the silver ball to the Mayor on the steps of St. Ives Guildhall at midday gets a silver coin; pennies are thrown to the children in the afternoon)

Independence Day -- Sri Lanka

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

King Frost Day -- London (Celebrated yearly until WWI, in remembrance of the frozen River Thames on this day in 1814.)

Liberation Day -- Angola

Love a Mensch Week begins -- because mensches are decent and responsible men and women, and we should appreciate how they enhance our lives; info from Robin Gorman Newman 

Lunar New Year's Eve
    Seol-nal -- South Korea (Lunar New Year Holiday begins)
    Spring Festival -- China; Taiwan (Chinese New Year's Eve, start of the festival)
    Tet Eve -- Vietnam

National Stuffed Mushroom Day

Nelson Provincial Anniversary Day -- Nelson, New Zealand

Quacker Day -- for those who love Quacker Factory clothes

Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) -- Sapporo City, Japan (fun in the cold, ice sculpting competitions, and hot springs with hot sake to take the edge off; through the 11th)

Spoiled Cats' Day -- internet generated, and isn't this every day?

St. Andrew Corsini's Day (Patron of Carmelites; against civil disorder and riots)

St. John de Brito's Day (Patron of Portugal; Sivagangai, India)

Thank A Mailperson/Postal Worker Day -- because someone decided it would be a good day to do that, and put it on the internet

USO Day -- US (founded this date in 1941)

World Cancer Day -- International   

Anniversaries Today:

United Service Organizations (USO) founded, 1941
The University of Wisconsin is established, with one classroom and 20 students, 1849

Birthdays Today:

Natalie Imbruglia, 1975
Oscar De La Hoya, 1973
Gabrielle Anwar, 1971
Michael Goorjian, 1971
Rod corddry, 1971
Clint Black, 1962
Lawrence Taylor, 1959
Lisa Eichhorn, 1952
Alice Cooper, 1948
Dan Quayle, 1947
George A. Romero, 1940
Jhn Schuck, 1940
David Brenner, 1936
Gary Conway, 1936
Betty Friedan, 1921
Ida Lupino, 1918
Rosa Parks, 1913
Clyde W. Tombaugh, 1906
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906
Charles Lindbergh, 1902
Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 1746

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"(Album), 1977

Today in History:

The Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta, 211
The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries, 960
Maximilian I assumes the title Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned, 1508
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague 1600
In Edo (now Tokyo), The 47 Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) after avenging the death of their master, 1703
The worst earthquake in 8 years in Calabria, Italy, leaves 50,000 dead, 1783
The first Anglican bishops of New York and Pennsylvania are consecrated in London, 1787
George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College, 1789
The French National Convention proclaims the abolishment of slavery, 1794
An earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, kills 41,000, 1797
J.W. Goodrich introduces his rubber galoshes to the public, 1824
The Mormons of Nauvoo, Missouri, leave to go west, eventually settling in Utah, 1846
The Codex Sinaiticus is found at the Greek Monastery of Mount Sinai, 1859
The first rolling lift bridge opens, in Chicago, 1895
The first Winter Olympics games close at Chamonix, France, 1924
The first tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks open, in New Orleans, 1930
Radium E is the first radioactive substance to be produced synthetically, 1936
The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops, 1941
Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft, 1967
After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections, 1997
Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg, 2004
The Federal Court of Australia's ruling in Roadshow Films v iiNet sets a precedent that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for what their users do with the services the ISPs provide them, 2010
The remains found the previous year in a dig at Leicester are confirmed to be those of King Richard III of England, 2013


  1. That is one beautiful cat.
    Love the collect moments and memories rather than things philosophy, and I thoroughly enjoyed your poem.

  2. Mimi,

    Excellent poem! It ties in with my 4M theme this week, too. That kitty looks quite comfy in its little home. Spoiled Cats Day, eh? Yeah, you're right that's an everyday thing not just one day a year. lol Have a good week, my friend!

  3. Such a cute kitty and she knows it too. The poem was terrific. Have a wonderful day.

  4. Our neighborhood has a cat that is large and in charge. "Peanut" can be seen almost anywhere in the neighborhood. He will even slip into your garage to spend a cold winter night and then amble on his way the next morning. Everyone looks out for him and he seems to think that he richly deserves communal pampering.

  5. Aw, that kitty does know it. We all do.

    Love your Spark. Spot on.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  6. that is one sweet kitty...looks very very sleepy!

  7. Beautiful cat - amazing picture and good advice - you have it all covered today!

  8. Yumbo. that's a word I have never heard before - made up on the spot I expect and all the better for it!

  9. Excellent spark and such a cute kitten.

  10. It looks to me that the beautiful kitty is being lulled to sleep on that hammock. Your advice is sage. Soup is yumbo, and I hope the poem doesn't directly apply to any sniffles on your end.

  11. Yumbo is only a word when rhymed with gumbo...well done.

  12. Aww! the kitty that definitely got the cream heheh!

  13. That cat certainly made me say "awww" :)

    Terrific poem - I enjoyed it!

  14. Delightful kitty!

    No yumbo here, but there will be some beef stew soon.

  15. That is one fun poem. Join us next week when the theme provided by Jenny is DRIVING.

  16. Precious, sweet kitty and great photo!

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

  17. Love the cat who appears to be thinking "touch just one finger to this bed, I dare you!"
    Soup is great when you are feeling unwell, as long as there is someone else to make it for you.
    Good poem.

  18. Endless car troubles and a messy person in your home...those are reasons for feeling a little blue, I think.


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