Monday, May 27, 2019

Oh, Those Curls! (Awwww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Tool Shed Lament (Poetry Monday)

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Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

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What does a Mini-Me for Red Headed Alec look like?

Toddler Lee.

Oh, those curls!  Just like his daddy.


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 The Tool Shed.       

A tool shed is a great idea
Or so it seems to me,
A place to put all of the things
Perched precariously
On top of the freezer
Or on the pantry shelves
The screwdriver i can never see
The moment that i need it
Making me reach for a kitchen knife
Because it so near me does sit
The hammer and the pliers
That threaten my big toe
Every time i reach for something else
And they from the shelf themselves throw
The ladder that gets wedged
Against the closet back
The putty and tape and doodads
And every nail and thumbtack
It could all go in the tool shed
But the thing that comes to mind
Is once out there, when i need them
None of them would i ever again find!


It is Memorial Day in the US, please stop for a moment and remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom.  If you know of a family that lost someone, please let them know their loved one and the price s/he paid is not forgotten.


Today is:

Abolition Day -- Guadeloupe; Saint Martin

Bolder Boulder 10k -- Boulder, CO, UK (a fun way to spend Memorial Day)

Buttercup Day -- an internet holiday that just sounds fun

Cellophane Tape Day -- patented this date in 1930

Children's Day -- Nigeria (a school holiday)

FindleFritter's Stoat-Wheedling Event -- Fairy Calendar

Memorial Day -- US and Territories (obs.)
    Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day -- US (on observed Memorial Day, an interfaith encouragement to pray and work for permanent peace in the world)

Mother's Day -- Bolivia

National Grape Popsicle Day

National Heroes' Day -- Turks and Caicos Islands

Pop-up Toaster Day -- Charles Strite applied for his patent on the first pop-up toaster on this day in 1919

Sovereign's Day Holiday / Commonwealth Day -- Belize 

Spring Bank Holiday -- UK
    Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling and Wake -- Cooper’s Hill, England (ancient tradition -- pre-Roman -- of rolling a large wheel of Double Gloucester cheese down the hill; winner of the races to catch it wins the cheese, and the rolling is now always held on the Monday Spring Bank Holiday)
    Tetbury Woolsack Races -- Gumstool Hill, Tetbury, England (this formerly important wool producing town still holds races up and down the hill, from the Royal Oak Pub up to the Crown Pub and back; part of traditional Whitsuntide folklore customs, which is now always held on the Monday Spring Bank Holiday)

St. Augustine of Canterbury's Day (Roman Catholic Church observance; Patron of England)

St. Melangell's Day (Patron of hares)

Sun Screen Protection Day -- an annual, and unsponsored, reminder to use that SPF protection, every day!

Throw the B*st@rds Out Day -- originally directed at politicians, (and if you want to do that, too, great!), and celebrated on various days on various sites, but whomever is making your life miserable, toss them out!  or at least, toss them out of your thoughts for today.

Tour of Somerville -- Somerville, NJ, US (the oldest continuously run major bicycle race in America, always on observed Memorial Day)

Birthdays Today:

Chris Colfer, 1990
André Benjamin, 1975
Jamie Oliver, 1975
Jack McBrayer, 1973
Joseph Fiennes, 1970
Jeremy Mayfield, 1969
Todd Bridges, 1965
Pat Cash, 1965
Adam Carolla, 1964
Peri Gilpin, 1961
Richard Schiff, 1955
Bruce Weitz, 1943
Louis Gossett, Jr., 1936
Ramsey Lewis, 1935
Lee Meriwether, 1935
John Barth, 1930
Henry Kissinger, 1923
Christopher Lee, 1922
Herman Wouk, 1915
Sam Snead, 1912
Hubert H. Humphrey, 1911
Vincent Price, 1911
Dolores Hope, 1909
Rachel Louise Carson, 1907
Dashiell Hammett, 1894
Isadora Duncan, 1878
Arnold Bennett, 1867
Wild Bill Hickock, 1837
Julia Ward Howe, 1819
Amelia Bloomer, 1818
Cornelius Vanderbilt, 1794

Debuting/Premiering Today

From Russia With Love(Film). 1964
"The Three Little Pigs"(Disney animated short), 1933

Today in History:

Habeaus Corpus Act, codifying how the writ of habeaus corpus is to be used, passes in UK, 1679
Peter the Great founds St. Petersburg, 1703
In Bolivia, the Battle of La Coronilla, in which the women from Cochabamba  fight against the Spanish army, 1812
In Canada, American forces capture Fort George, 1813
Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco, California, 1907
The NC-4 aircraft arrives in Lisbon after completing the first transatlantic flight, 1919
The 1,046 feet (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public, 1930
Richard Gurley Drew receives a patent for his adhesive tape, later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape, 1930
The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon  The Three Little Pigs, with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", 1933
In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, , 1937
Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format, 1957
Australians vote in favor of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census, 1967
In Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition, 1995
Russian President Boris Yeltsin meets with Chechnyan rebels for the first time and negotiates a cease-fire, 1996
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milosevic and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity, 1999
The May 2006 Java earthquake strikes at 5:53:58 AM local time (22:53:58 UTC May 26) devastating Bantul and the city of Yogyakarta killing over 6,600, 2006
Scientists in Canada bring 400 year-old bryophyte specimens left behind by retreating glaciers during the Ice Age back to life, 2013
The director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde calls for "tougher regulation and tighter supervision" of the banking sector, 2014
Commercial space company SpaceX is approved as a contractor to the U.S. military for satellite launches, 2015


  1. The toddler is very cute and has a sweet smile. Yes, I like the curls.

  2. Lee is a cutie.
    And what is it about those safe places for all your tools - they do become black holes don't they?

  3. What a wonderful redhead :)
    Tool sheds? Why don't things just stay in place?

  4. Love those glorious curls :)
    I've known many tool sheds that are just as you describe. Anything that goes in is never found again.
    what is needed is extreme organisation, a place for everything and everything in its place.

  5. What a cutie he is heheh I like his lovely red curls :-)

    Nice quote too :-)

    Have a quotetastic day ;-)

  6. Wow, what a cutie he is. Flaming red hair with a cute smile. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Excellent spark, Zig Ziglar was a wise man. Lee is so adorable, love those red curls. And your poem was great too. Have a wonderful day!

  8. What a darling little one! Prayers to all who serve today and everyday.

  9. Awww, on that cutie pie. Love the red hair and love those curls.

    The Spark is spot on.

    Love your poem too. I can so relate.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. ♥

  10. What a cutie pie! I love those curls and that red hair :)

  11. Sweet little girl!! Having curly red hair and a beguiling smile!

    Today is a special day for those who have memories of those who gave their lives. Enjoy family time!

  12. what a gorgeous little boy! Have a wonderful day.

  13. Happy Memorial Day! Those red curls remind me of some of the grands in our family and I gotta say, the Joke yesterday made us laugh!
    Marv and Mom

  14. Mimi,

    I'd take my chances with the tool shed because as it is right now with us we can't find anything without much digging. :) Great job on the poem! Thanks for remembering our fallen heroes and for your visit. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!

  15. Wonderful post ~ spark, poem, honoring our veterans. Those curls and red hair are awesome ! What a cutie!

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

  16. What a cute little red-headed munchkin!

    Great poem with a just-right ending - so true!


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