Monday, April 15, 2019

A to Z: More Waiting (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and 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!

A couple of weeks ago, i posted pictures of how Jack waits outside for his Daddy to come home.  When he's not allowed outside, this is how he waits:


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 Awakening.       

Getting up is hard
Morning after morning time
Someday i'll sleep in


Today is:

Boston Marathon -- Boston, MA, US (122nd running)

Celtic Tree Month Saille (willow) begins

Day of the Sun -- North Korea (Kim Il Sung's Birthday Holiday)

Fast Food Day -- the first franchised McDonald's opened this day in 1955 in Des Plaines, IL, US

Father Damien Day -- Hawaii, US (Patron of lepers)

Festival of Heru; Festival of Bast -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fluff Appreciation Day -- internet generated; i guess as a distraction for Tax Day

Fordicalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (cow sacrifice to the earth mother, Tellus Mater)

Guangzhou (Canton) Spring Trade Fair -- Guangzhou (Canton), China (a month-long spring trade fair held the same dates each year)

Hillsborough Disaster Memorial -- Anfield at Liverpool, England

Income Tax Pay Day -- Philippines; US
    related observances:
    Freak Out Day 
    National Griper's Day (after all, you have to pay your taxes, and the Titanic sank today*)
    Tax Resistors' Day -- good luck!
    That Sucks Day (appropriate, isn't it)

Jackie Robinson Day -- Major League Baseball

Jose de Diego's Birthday -- Puerto Rico (Father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, a/k/a Dia de Reafirmacion del Idioma Espanol)

National Glazed Ham Day

Patriot's Day -- US (in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War)

Rubber Eraser Day -- today in 1770, Joseph Priestly described a vegetable gum which had the ability to rub out pencil marks

Sechselauten -- Zurich, Switzerland (Six Ringing Festival, traditional driving out of winter through the symolic destruction of the Boog - Old Man Winter - in the form of a snowman)

St. Hunna's Day (Patron of laundresses, laundry workers, washerwomen)

Swallow Day -- England (traditional date of the return of chimney swallows)

Take a Wild Guess Day -- sponsored by Jim Barber as a day to honor guesses, hunches, inspirations, speculations and other forms of “intuitive intelligence;” just not on your taxes, please

Tipsa Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the start of plowing)

Titanic Remembrance Day

World Creativity and Innovation Week -- always begins on DaVinci's birth anniversary
   World Art Day -- because he was an artist as well as inventor

*If you want to add others reasons why today should be considered "That Sucks Day", please go share your horror story of the day at

Anniversary Today:

Gallaudet University is founded, 1817 (first US public school for the deaf)

Birthdays Today:

Emma Watson, 1990
Ilya Kovalchuck, 1983
Seth Rogen, 1982
Patrick Carney, 1980
Anna Torv, 1978
Emma Thompson, 1959
Evelyn Ashford, 1957
Heloise Cruse Evans, 1951
Amy Wright, 1950
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, 1947
Claudia Cardinale, 1939
Roy Clark, 1933
Elizabeth Montgomery, 1933
Leon Schotter, 1922
Harold Washington, 1922
Hilda Simms, 1920
Hans Conried, 1917
Bessie Smith, 1894
Thomas Hart Benton, 1889
Sam Rodia, 1875
John Munroe Longyear, 1850
Henry James, 1843
Joseph E. Seagram, 1841
Charles Willson Peale, 1741(O.S. date)
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"In Living Color"(TV), 1990
"Driving Miss Daisy"(Play), 1987

Today in History:

Pope Innocent III refuses to grant permission to the Jews of Cordova, Spain, to build a synagogue, 1250
Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London, 1755
The first school for the deaf in the US opens in Hartford, Connecticut, 1817
The last day US silver coins are allowed to circulate in Canada, 1870
Harley Proctor begins producing Ivory Soap, 1878
General Electric Company is incorporated, 1892
The Titanic sinks, 1912
Insulin becomes available to diabetics, 1923
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, 1924
Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city, 1957
Tokyo Disney Resort (and the Tokyo Disneyland park) opens in Tokyo Bay (Japan), 1983
Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China, 1989
Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization, 1994
Astronomers at San Francisco State University announce the discovery of the first multiplanet solar system besides our own, three planets around Upsilon Andromedaie, 1999
Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe, 2010
In a Schrodinger's cat experiment, researchers in Japan and Australia successfully teleport wave packets of light; this is the first transfer of quantum information from one point to another, 2011
Ceremonies and special events marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic are held around the world, 2012
Google publicly offers Google Glass for the first time in a one-day online sale at $1,500 apiece, 2014
Nokia announces that it will purchase Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, creating the second-largest manufacturer of mobile communication products behind Ericsson, 2015


  1. Poor Jack.
    I do hope you CAN sleep in some day soon.

  2. Aww... Jack sure misses his Daddy! Such a sweet dog!

  3. I'm glad Jack has his special spot. That Spark is totally purrfect!

  4. Where is Jack's daddy? Will this be a long wait or does his daddy come home every evening?

  5. Awww, Jack is adorable. Little Bit did weird things too. They have a reason that we'll never know. It's all good.

    Love your Spark.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. Scritches to Jack. ♥

  6. What a sweet loving Jack! Awwwworth for sure!

  7. Jack is precious ~ sweet doggie and guess he knows if he can't go out this is a good place if needed ~

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

  8. Sweet Jack ... sometimes I'd like to be able to hear dogs think and see why they do the things they do (cats too).

    I hope you get to sleep in soon. Getting up every day gets old!

  9. Poor Jack. We may not know his reasoning, but he knows.

    A haiku to awaken our beginner's mind to a new day.🙂

  10. If that's Fluff as in "Oh, it takes Fluff, Fluff, Fluff to make a Fluffernutter! Marshmallow Fluff and lots of peanut butter!"... then I'm IN!
    If it's Fluff as the stuff on my shirts, then I'm merely an unintentional participant.

  11. Jack is a cutie. Great spark and poem too.

  12. Some mornings it's extremely hard to get up.

  13. I like your Haiku. I confess to a lot more sleeping in than getting up these days. I seem to be so much more tired than when I was working full time.

  14. Mimi,

    That Jack is one silly dog! Can he not find a better place other than in front of the toliet to wait? lol The other pictures looks like he's in time out. I remember putting our kids in the corner for punishment. They hated that, too. Thanks for the smiles this morning while I sip on my coffee. ;)

    A2Z Little Mermaid art sketch MAX