Monday, March 4, 2019

Link Thinks...(Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Distance (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!

Link likes to think he is awww-worthy when he is napping.


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 Distance.         

The shortest distance
Between here and the hospital
Is down the highway
Take a right turn and
It's on the right

The shortest distance
Between the parking lot
And son's room was
Park near entrance 3
Go in by the cafeteria

The shortest distance
To a cup of coffee
From just about anywhere
Is to give up and go
To the surgery waiting area

It's amazing how fast
You can learn
The shortest distances
When you visit the hospital
Every day for a week.


Today is:

Casimir Pulaski Day -- Illinois, US (celebration of the Polish-American Revolutionary War Hero)

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Monday:  Fun Facts About Names Day, enjoy looking up things like, what is the name of the Monopoly dog, or do Ken and Barbie have last names

Charter Day -- St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (1881)

Courageous Follower Day -- because leaders have to have someone to lead, and it can take as much courage to follow a great leader as to be the leader

Feast of Ra in His Barge at Heliopolis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day -- Guam (formerly Discovery Day / Magellan Day)

Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Holiday -- British Virgin Islands (in lieu of Mar. 7)

Holy Experiment Day -- try something religious today

Hug a GI Day -- just don't get in trouble sneaking on base to do it

International Scrapbooking Industry Day -- can't find proof the industry actually set this day, but if you love scrapbooking, celebrate

Labour Day -- WA, Australia (a/k/a Eight Hour Day)

Lundi Gras -- Fat Monday, Carnival, one of the last to days to feast before the Lenten fast begins Wednesday
    Bolludagur -- Iceland (Bun Day, the children wake the parents with a "spanking" while calling for cream buns that will be eaten that day)
    Old Mask Parade -- Oranjestad, Aruba (with the Burning of the Momo tomorrow, marking the end of Carnival)
    Rosenmontag -- German-speaking Countries (Rose Monday, highlight of Karneval)

March Dryads' Festival -- Fairy Calendar

Maha Shivaratri -- Hindu (festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marraige to Goddess Parvati; local observances and government official days off will vary)

March Forth - Do Something Day

National Grammar Day -- sponsored by The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar on March 4th, which is both a date and an imperative

National Heroes' Day -- Paraguay

National Poundcake Day

St. Casimir's Day (Patron of bachelors, kings, princes, single layment; Lithuania; Poland; against plague)

Tavern Day -- US (the first tavern in the US, a Puritan public house in Boston, MA, opened this date in 1634)

Toy Soldier Day -- Dr. Steel's Army, building a utopian playland and embarking on a worldwide mission of fun

Waltz Day -- some say National Waltz Day, and some Dance the Waltz Day, but no one says why this day; i say, waltz if you want to

Anniversaries Today:

Hot Springs National Park is established, 1921
Vermont becomes the 14th US state, 1791

Birthdays Today:

Patsy Kensit, 1968
Jason Curtis Newsted, 1963
Stephen Weber, 1961
Patricia Heaton, 1958
Catherine O'Hara, 1954
Emilio Estefan, 1953
Kay Lenz, 1953
Chris Squire, 1948
Mary Wilson, 1944
Paula Prentiss, 1938
Miriam Makeba, 1932
Joan Greenwood, 1921
Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., 1906
Knute Rockne, 1888
Garrett Morgan, 1877
Casimir Pulaski, 1747
Antonio Vivaldi, 1678
Prince Henry the Navigator, 1394

Debuting/Premiering Today:

People Magazine(Publication), 1974
"The Dick Cavett Show"(TV), 1968
Nosferatu(Horror Film), 1922
"Pénélope"(Fauré Opera), 1913
"Swan Lake"(Tchaikovsky Op. 20), 1876

Today in History:

Croatian Duke Trpimir I issued a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources, 852
Ramathibodi becomes King of Siam, 1351
Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, from his first voyage, 1493
Hernan Cortez arrives in Mexico in search of Aztec gold, 1519
The Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a royal charter, 1629
John Flamsteed is appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England, 1675
France is divided into 83 départements, which cut across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on noble ownership of land, 1790
The first Jewish member of the US Congress, Israel Jacobs of Pennsylvania, takes office, 1791
A Constitutional Act is introduced by the British House of Commons in London which envisages the separation of Canada into Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario), 1791
In the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington, 1797
In the Castle Hills Rebellion, in New South Wales, Australia, Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland’s Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) lead the colony’s only significant convict uprising, 1804
Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d'Italia, 1848
The day without a US president -- Zachary Taylor refuses to be sworn in on the Sabbath (Sunday), so there is, technically, no president on this day, 1849
The longest bridge in the Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened, 1890
The great fire of Shanghai damages over 1,000 buildings, 1894
Victor Berger of Wisconsin becomes the first socialist congressman in the U.S., 1911
Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives, 1917
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia's renunciation of the throne is made public, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia publicly issues his abdication manifesto, 1917
Frances Perkins becomes the United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet, 1933
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant, 1954
The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90, 1957
The United States Atomic Energy Commission announces that the first atomic power plant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is in operation, 1962
The first Cray-1 supercomputer is shipped to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, 1976
Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister, 1980
Bertha Wilson is appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada, 1983
The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Comet Halley and the first images ever of its nucleus, 1986
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex, 1998
No response is received in the final attempt to contact Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network, 2006
Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet, 2007
The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI, 2013
The Italian government sets aside 2 million euros for repairs to the ancient city of Pompeii after damage caused by heavy rains highlights the general decay of this World Heritage site, 2014


  1. I just love knowing that National Grammar Day exists...

  2. Having a nice cat nap. Speedy recovery for your son.

  3. Nice and cute kitty for Awww Monday!

  4. Sometimes the shortest disance can seem to take forever to traverse...especially when you know someone is waiting for you. A lovely little slice of real life there. Jenny has provided us with 'music' as next Mondays theme. Hope to see you there.

  5. I agree with link he is definitely aww worthy heheh!

    Have a cutetastic day :-)

  6. Mimi,

    Oh to be able to curl up and take a nap anytime!

    The poem inspired by the word 'distance' was a bit sad but rather accurate when you think about it.

    It's Celebrate Your Name Week? That's cool! I looked mine up and it means 'Pure'. That might be just a stretch to imagine but I like it anyhow. :)

    Have a pAwesome week!

  7. A sweet and serene kitty photo ~ and wonderful 'Spark' too!

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

  8. Link is most awww worthy. Asleep or awake. Kitties rock.

    Love your Spark and your poem. I hope your son is doing better. I'm sure he is.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. I love seeing Link, he and my Brody could be twins. Excellent spark and poem. Sadly, I know all too well about hospitals over the years. XO

  10. It sometimes seems that hospitals are a little world of their own - not one I care to inhabit, but I am so glad that your son is having effective care. It must help so much having your faith and community behind you.

  11. Delores said it well: ...esp. when someone is waiting for you. You are surrounded by prayer, now including mine. I will pray, I promise.

    My name, Susan Elaine, means lily and bright ray. Cool

  12. I love that photo of the aurora borealis! and like thinking of stars when it's dark! Have a great week!

  13. Link is absolutely right because we went awwww!

  14. Link is beautiful! Asleep or awake he is wonderful!

  15. Link is a handsome fellow!

    Your poem struck a chord with me. I've seen the inside of a couple of hospitals too many times, mostly with my father in the last years of his life. You really do learn quickly how to get around and where to find things. Thanks for taking part in the poetry challenge, Mimi.

  16. So much goodness here! Thank you for going above and beyond to put your posts together. Such detail and such smiles. I love smiling and love seeing all the different shares. The poem really touched my heart. Grateful to be here and always filled with joy and smiles when you see your Aw....Mondays share. THank you HUGS

  17. I like your poem, although having to visit a son in hospital is a worrying time, you made the best of it and got a poem. Have you noticed the more often you travel that short distance the shorter it becomes?


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