Monday, June 10, 2019

Little Swimmers (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Mosquitoes (Poetry Monday)

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at 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!

My favorite awww at the beach is families and children.  It reminds me of us back in the day.  (These photos are not the best, i try not to get faces of people i don’t know.)


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 Mosquitoes.       

Mosquitoes buzz and mosquitoes bite
And i think that it’s just plain right
The happy fact is they don’t reach
And bite us down here on the beach!

(It’s true, i’ve never been bitten by a mosquito while down at the beach on vacation!)


Today is:

Abolition Day -- French Guiana

Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day

Army Day -- Jordan

Ball Point Pen Day -- date, in 1943, Biro patented one of the early models of a ball point pen (it was as awful as the other early ones, though!)

Celtic Tree Month Duir (Oak) commences

Dia de Portugal e de Camoes -- Portugal (National Day)

Herbs & Spices Day

Holiday of the Wan Thing -- Fairy Calendar (the Wan Thing arrived in Fairyland this day and has sat there looking wan ever after, so the Fairies decided to give it its own holiday)

National Black Cow Day

National Iced Tea Day

Queen's Birthday -- Australia (except QLD, WA); Cayman Islands; Montserrat; Papua New Guinea: Turks and Caicos Islands

Rape of Lidice/Lidice Memorial Day -- Czech Republic and Slovakia/New Jersey, US (in one of the most-remembered atrocities of WWII, the small town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, was invaded by Nazi troops who murdered every man, burned every house, and sent all the women and children for "reeducation.")

Reconciliation Day -- Republic of the Congo

Shavuot -- Judaism (Feast of Weeks, through sundown today)

St. Brigid of Ireland's Day (Patron babies/infants/newborns, blacksmiths, boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, cattle, children whose parents are not married, dairymaids/dairy workers, fugitives, midwives, nuns, poets, poultry farmers, printing presses, scholars, travellers; Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Ireland; Ivrea, Turin, Italy; Kildare, Ireland; Leinster, Ireland)

Where the Wild Things Are Day -- birth anniversary of Maurice Sendak

Whit Monday/Pentecost Monday
    Dicing for Bibles -- All Saints Church, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England (a ceremny dating back to a bequest in 1675 that provides Bibles for poor children of the parish; they play a dice game, in which they try to win one of the 6 Bibles provided)

Anniversary Tday:

Alcoholics Anonymous is founded, 1925

Birthdays Today:

Joey Zimmerman, 1986
Tara Lipinski, 1982
Leelee Sobieski, 1982
Hoku Ho, 1981
Shane West, 1978
Doug McKeon, 1966
Elizabeth Hurley, 1965
Linda Evangelista, 1965
Jeanne Tripplehorn, 1963
Michael Burger, 1957
John Edwards, 1953
Jeff Greenfield, 1943
F. Lee Bailey, 1933
Maurice Sendak, 1928
Nat Hentoff, 1925
Judy Garland, 1922
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921
Saul Bellow, 1915
Frederick Loewe, 1904
Hattie McDaniel, 1889

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Tales from the Crypt"(TV), 1989
"Paperback Writer"(UK song release), 1966
"Tristan und Isolde"(Opera), 1865

Today in History:

Frederick Barbarossa drowns leading his troops across the Saleph River to attack Jerusalem in the Crusades, 1190
The first American log cabin is built, at Fort Christina in Wilmington, Delaware, 1639
Bridget Bishop becomes the first person hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef, 1770
A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China, 1786
The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris; a year later, it becomes the first public zoo, 1793
The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place, 1829
Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered, 1838
The first class of the United States Naval Academy students graduate, 1854
Mount Tarawera in New Zealand erupts, killing 153 people and destroying the famous Pink and White Terraces, 1886
Americus Callahan of Chicago patents the window envelope, 1902
The inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches, is held in Toronto Arena, 1925
Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by him and Bill Wilson, 1925
Six-Day War ends: Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire, 1967
Apple ships its first Apple II personal computer, 1977
The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, 2003
Twenty inches of rainfall in Escambia County, Florida damages roadways and bridges, and leaving parts of the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama under water, 2012
German authorities are forced to evacuate 10 villages as heavy rains swell the Elbe River, breaching its banks, 2013
Heavy monsoon rains cause the collapse of a partially-finished building on a residential block in Mumbai, India, 2013
Juan Felipe Herrera, age 66, is named by U.S. Congress as this year's national poet laureate, the first Latino to be given the title, 2015


  1. You have never been bitten by a squito on the beach?
    Camped on the beach one night I was savaged. Eyelids and lips were the worst.
    I hope that your vacation is blissful.

  2. Mosquitos are rife on the beach at Port Pirie as soon as the sun goes down, the only way to stay unbitten is go home or stay in the water.
    I love seeing babies and toddlers learning about water.

  3. Mosquitoes are fewer on the beach, but as I'm their dinner of choice I don't much get to enjoy this fact. I like your poem anyway.

  4. Mimi,

    Many of my aww moments are from my days gone past of my kiddies. How I miss those times, too! We've only been on the beach a few times over the years but I don't remember one way or the other about mosquitoes biting but that's interesting that they don't bite as much near the water. I thought it would be the opposite. Have an awwwesome week!

  5. Nice photos enjoy yourself and have a mosquitolesstastic time :-)

  6. Awww, I so remember these days with the kids and then the grandkids. Fond memories.

    Love the Spark.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. ♥

  7. We love to see the wee swimmers having big fun!

  8. We love to see dogs on the beaches, but in this country, that isn't allowed very often.

  9. We even have mosquitoes on our beaches, so you are lucky! :) Thanks for taking part in poetry-making, Mimi.

  10. I love the beach scenes! The spark is wonderful too, Winston Churchill is awesome.

  11. Nice photos and excellent spark. I like the poem too. Glad you are safe from the mosquitoes. :)

  12. "fugitives, midwives, nuns, poets, poultry farmers, printing presses, scholars"????
    I suspect very few would win the jackpot if asked what those things had in common...
    *walks away still shaking head...*

  13. I love reading this info, there are more than a few surprises, where do you find it?.


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