Monday, August 26, 2019

Brothers (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Grandpa's Marbles (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!

Link loves his brother Dansig:


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


Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border.  She was unable to post for a while, so participants Delores and Jenny took turns providing a theme each week.  Now that Diane is back, they are all taking turns.  This week's theme is Marbles.               

Grandpa has all his marbles,
He keeps them in a jar,
Right there on his doctor desk
So he always knows where they are!

He's kept them there for as long as
Anybody knows,
I always wanted to learn how
The game of marbles goes.

He never let us touch them, 
Though i thought it would be fun,
He said he didn't want them going,
Wanted to keep every one.

So Grandpa still has his marbles
Right there in the jar,
And his brain at his age still works just great,
He knows where his marbles are!


Today is:

Araw ng mga Bayahi -- Philippines (National Heroes' Day)

August / Summer Bank Holiday -- UK

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Motorist Consideration Monday    

Birthday of Set -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

First Thnork of the Year -- Fairy Calendar

Heroes Day -- Namibia

Ilmatar Day -- Finland (Water Mother, goddess of the heavens)

Liberation Day -- Hong Kong (from Japan in 1945; no longer an official holiday, but still acknowledged by many)

Make Your Own Luck Day -- for those who refuse to sit around and wait for it

National Cherry Popsicle Day

National Day of Repentance -- Papua New Guinea

National Dog Day -- sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation     

Ould Lammas Fair -- Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Ireland (claims to be Ireland's oldest festival; through tomorrow)

Pony Express Festival -- Hollenberg Pony Express Station, Hanover, KS, US (reenacting life in the 1860's, including a real Pony Express ride)

St. Adrian of Nicodemia's Day (Patron of butchers, prison guards, soldiers; against plague)

Women's Equality Day -- US (commemorates Women's Suffrage)

Yoshida no Hi Matsuri -- Yoshida, Japan (fest to mark the end of Mt. Fuji climbing season; through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today:

Chris Pine, 1980
Macaulay Culkin, 1980
Christopher Burke, 1965
Branford Marsalis, 1960
Ben Bradlee, 1921
Mother Teresa, 1910
Albert Bruce Sabin, 1906
Christopher Isherwood, 1904
Peggy Guggenheim, 1898
Lee de Forest, 1873
Albert "Bertie" von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, husband of queen Victoria, 1819
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, 1743
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, 1740

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Doubleheader(first MLB games televised), 1939
"Lightnin'"(Play), 1918
"Elijah"(Mendelssohn Op. 70 MWV A25), 1846

Today in History:

Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta, 1498
The Pennsylvania Ministerium, the first Lutheran denomination in North America, is founded in Philidelphia, 1748
John Fitch is granted a US patent for his working steamboat, 1791
Charles Thurber patents a typewriter, 1843
The first news dispatch by telegraph is made, 1858
Major eruption of Krakatoa, 36,000 dead, 1883
19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the vote, takes effect, 1920
The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, 1939
The USSR announces the first successful test of an ICBM, 1957
The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec, 1977
John Paul I is elected Pope, 1978
The agreement on how to divide the Czech Republic and Slovakia is signed, 1992
Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia, 2008
Israel requests that Germany arrest Klaas Carel Faber, a Nazi war criminal who killed 20 Jews at Westerbork concentration camp, 2010
Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion, 2014


  1. So the key to aging successfully, not losing your marbles, is to keep your marbles in a jar? I should be okay then, I have several dozen in a crystal decanter. Somewhere.....

  2. Definitely an aww moment. Love your poem. My marbles have escaped. I am pretty certain that they have been knocked under a piece of furniture by the cat.

  3. After the past few days, I could use a "Motorist Consideration Monday"
    Hopefully, I don't have to rename it, "Get Your Manhood Off The Road Day" (I used Little Girl's term instead of my own, just for you!)

  4. Cute kittens. Years ago, Mom says she had some kitties that were super close and would always hang out together. Our two now don't do anything together.

  5. Mimi,

    Too late, I lost my marbles a long time ago. I wish I had gotten the memo to keep my marbles in a jar. :) It's hard to imagine little Macaulay Culkin is now 39. I loved those 'Home Alone' movies! It won't be long before Christmas is here again. Have a good week, my friend.

  6. If I only knew where all of my marbles were. I chose to celebrate National Dog Day on my blog, but I think it would be a wonderful idea to celebrate National Be Kind to Humankind day by purchasing a stranger a Banana Split! Have a blessed week.

  7. Cute kitties. I used to play marbles when I was a kid. End of this month is our National Day.

  8. Sweet kitties and lovely photo ^_^

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

  9. Aww! they LQQK so cute heheh!

    I liked the quote :-)

  10. Such cuties. Great poem too. I have all my marbles in a gumball machine :) XO

  11. Thanks for sharing the beautiful poem. You two are just cute together. Hope you two had a great time with the marbles. Have a great day.
    World of Animals

  12. Love your poem, Mimi! I wish I had all my marbles in a jar so I'd know where there are - lol

    Those two kittens are sweet - and so different in colouration!

  13. we iz thinkin we will never seez brother lee lovez heer !!! ☺☺☺♥♥♥

    N WHOA.....thatz a chunk oh change for de donut !!

  14. You two kitties are so cute! Hey, the Dad used to have some marbles too!

  15. What sweet, loving kitties! I lost my marbles LONG ago!

  16. Awww, on loving your siblings. That's a good thing.

    Love your spark. Spot on.

    Love your poem. You do these so very well.

    Sorry I’m so late today. We boated from Rio Vista back to our slip and then drove home.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  17. Link and Dansig remind me of Frodo and Zulu!!

  18. I love stopping by. You have such a delightful selection of goodness here. Always learning something new and enjoyed your shares. Thank you. HUGS


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