Monday, February 25, 2019

Pick Me! Pick Me! (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Vanity (Poetry Monday)

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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 kittens just snooze, but some almost beg to come home with you:


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


Delores and her friend Jenny are taking turns providing a theme for Poetry Monday, and i am trying my hand at participating.  This weeks theme is Hair.      


My Sweetie has a headful
Of thick and curly locks.
He keeps each one positioned
Like runners on starting blocks.

He fusses and he fumes
And makes quite a to-do,
Carries brushes with him,
In case the wind hairs blew.

Yes, he’s a musician,
And of his hair quite vain,
It’s quite an imposition if
On his coif it does rain.

He’s now in middle ages
When men’s hairs begin to fall,
And tho’ he’s not lost any yet,
The thought does cast a pall.

He'd never live it down
And he'd do whatever stalled
The loss, and he'd forever mourn
If he were to go bald.


Today is:

Dairokuten-no-Hadaka Matsuri -- Chiba, Japan (around this date; one of Japan's "naked" festivals, as participants wear only a loincloth as they wrestle in the cold, wet mud, bringing luck to the community as they run through the crowds smearing the lucky mud on the onlookers)

Dance of the Secret Places -- Fairy Calendar

Dag van de Revolutie -- Suriname (Day of Liberation and Innovation)

Fairtrade Fortnight begins -- UK (a chance to get involved in making sure farmers in developing countries have fair wages and good working conditions)  

Februaristaking -- Netherlands (commemoration of a strike against the Nazis)

Festival of Ptah -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo -- Houston, TX, US (since 1932, great rodeo action and top-name entertainment; through Mar. 17)

Kitano Baika-sai (Plum Blossom Festival) -- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Let's All Eat Right Day -- in honor of the birth of Adelle Davis in 1904, an early pioneer in good nutrition

National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day -- some sites say any nuts will do, some specify peanuts; take your pick

National Clam Chowder Day -- not to be confused with New England Clam Chowder Day, back in January

National Day -- Kuwait

People's Revolution Day/People Power Day -- Philippines

Pistol Patent Day -- Samuel Colt received US Patent #138 for the first pistol on this day in 1836

Quiet Day -- can't find the history behind this one, but mommy wants one!

St. Walburga's Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, harvests; Antwerp, Belgium; Eichstätt, Germany; Gronigen, Netherlands; Oudenarde, Belgium; Plymouth, England; Zutphen, Netherlands; against coughs, dog bites, famine, hydrophobia/rabies, mad dogs, plague, storms)

Soviet Occupation Day -- Georgia

Birthdays Today:

Josh Wolff, 1977
Chelsea Handler,1975
Sean Astin, 1971
Tea Leoni, 1966
Carrot Top, 1965
Lee Evans, 1964
Neil Jrdan, 1950
Ric Flair, 1949
Karen Grassle, 1944
George Harrison, 1943
Diane Baker, 1938
Tom Courtenay, 1937
Bob Schieffer, 1937
Sally Jessy Raphael, 1935
"Texas Rose" Bascom, 1922
Bobby Riggs, 1918
Anthony Burgess, 1917
Jim Backus, 1913
Millicent Hammond Fenwick, 1910
Adelle Davis, 1904
Zeppo Marx, 1901
Meher Baba, 1894
Enrico Caruso, 1873
Charles Lang Freer, 1856
Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841
Xuande, Emperor of China, 1398

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Little Night Music"(Musical), 1973
"Toys in the Attic"(Play), 1960
"Wonderful Town"(Musical), 1953
"Your Show of Shows"(TV), 1950
"Natoma"(Herbert Opera), 1911
"Riders to the Sea"(Play), 1904
"Hernani"(Victor Hugo Play), 1830

Today in History:

The First Bank of the United States is chartered, 1791
The German Midiatisation is enacted, taking over 1,000 German sovereign states into about 40 larger entities, 1803
Samuel Colt patents the first revolving barrel multishot firearm, 1836
The first US electric printing press is patented by Thomas Davenport, 1837
Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress, 1870
The US Steel Corp. is organized under J P Morgan, 1901
The Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games, 1904
Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, 1912
Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax, 1919
Diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union are established, 1925
Glacier Bay National Monument (now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) is established in Alaska, 1925
Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain, 1926
Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission, 1928
The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier, 1933
In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis, 1941
The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1951
Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston, 1964
The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online, 1971
President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president, 1986
In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more, 1994
In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state, 2011
The World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries, 2012
Hundreds of pro-Russian protesters block the Crimean parliament and demand a referendum on Crimea's independence, 2014
The XXIII Winter Olympic Games close in Pyeongchang, Korea; Norway wins a record 39 medals, 14 gold, 2018


  1. It's a fair bet that Sweetie will keep all his hair as he is already middle aged but hasn't yet lost any. Most male baldness begins earlier, I know a few who were going bald in their twenties.

  2. Uh, how I feel with Sweetie. Let's hope that he keeps his hair for quite a bit longer, at least until later age has taught him the worthlessness of vanity ;)

  3. When they look at you with those faces it's hard to refuse even though you have too awww!

    Have a Mondaytastic day :-)

  4. Mimi,

    The poem is so funny! I hope the hubby doesn't go bald, either. My DH always had a receeding hair line since his teen years. It's pushed back more since that time and he has small bald spot on the very top which I know bothers him sorta but for him to be any other way just wouldn't seem right in my opnion. I like him just the way he is! :) It might be different had he always had lots and lots of locks. :)

  5. Your poem is fantastic! Time for him to start looking for a wig!

  6. Awww on the kitties, especially the second one that wants to come home with you.

    I love your poem. Hubby hair is thinning, but he has a full head of hair. Lucky him.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. Terrific poem. Some men are very vain about their hair for sure but hey...I've seen guys with a bald spot AND a pony tail to, all is not lost...

  8. That second cat seems to be saying, " What do you think that you are looking at? Go away. " I love it. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Such cute kittens, very awww worthy. Excellent spark and poem too.

  10. Great poem -- and if your hubby hasn't started to go bald by now he is probably safe. My dad had a full head of thick hair when he passed away at age 84!

    Love the kittens!

  11. LOL, cute rhyme. I love that Pooh quote. It's one of his best.

  12. I would have to take both of the past I even chose and took home 4!! They all got along and lived long long lives...into 17 and 18 years!

  13. ooops pushed enter too soon-love your poem and Pooh's quote!


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