Monday, August 5, 2019

The Long and Short of Napping (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Please, Mother Nature (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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These kittens are demonstrating the long and short of 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 Jenny are taking turns providing a theme for Poetry Monday, and i am trying my hand at participating.  This weeks theme is Thunder and Lightning and Rain.         

How i wish Mother Nature would make up her mind
And let the clouds tell us exactly what kind
Of day it will be, how much rain it might bring,
But really and truly, here is the thing:
We get days that appear to have have light cloud cover
You would think it would just blow over,
Instead you get a whole two inches of rain
In about an hour, and boy what a pain.
If you are out in it you feel almost that
You somehow fell into the rain vat!
Then there are days more somber and gray
The clouds are so dark that you just have to say
It's going to be stormy, how the lightning does crack,
And the loud, loud thunder sounds like an attack.
It rumbles and grumbles, will it blow you away?
No, you just get a sprinkle the whole of the day!
So please, Mother Nature, do make up your mind,
Since we can't fool you, return the favor in kind!


Today is:

August Bank Holiday -- NSW, Australia; Ireland; (UK)

August Monday/Culturama -- Saint Kitts and Nevis 

Barsi Bhagat Puran Singh -- Sikhism

Bogota Carnival -- Bogota, Colombia (celebrating the city's Hispanic founding; through tomorrow)

British Columbia Day -- British Columbia, Canada

Carnival Monday -- Anguilla (August Monday); Antigua and Barbuda (J'ouvert); British Virgin Islands (Festival Monday/Parade)

Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) commences

Civic Holiday -- Canada

Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead Day -- uttered this day by Admiral Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864

Emancipation Day --  Bahamas; Dominica; Granada; Montserrat; Turks and Caicos Islands (Obs.)

Farmer's Day -- Zambia

Frídagur verslunarmanna -- Iceland (Commerce Day)

Hanakasa Matsuri -- Yamagata City, Japan (10,000 costumed dancers perform; through the 7th)

Independence Day / Republic Day -- Burkina Faso (former Upper Volta)(1960)

Kadooment Day -- Barbados (huge carnival celebration of the end of the Crop Over festival, celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest)

National Blackmail Day -- according to mostly ecard sites, with suggestions to send a card to the friend who has told you his/her secrets, with the notice that you plan on celebrating this date!

National Children's Day -- Tuvalu

National Underwear Day -- sponsored by, which encourages people to rethink their underwear style and make sure they have the right fit

National Waffle Day

New Brunswick Day -- New Brunswick, Canada

Nuestra Senora de Africa -- CE, Spain (Day of Our Lady of Africa, also called Fiestas Patronales)

Old Fiddler's Convention -- Galax, VA, US (fun and fiddles, dulcimers, banjos, autoharps, and more; through Saturday)

Oyster Day

Pixie of the Year Competition -- Fairy Calendar

Picnic Day -- NT, Australia

Sacrifice to Salus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of health, associated with Greek Hygeia)

St. Afra of Augsburg's Day (Patron of converts, martyrs, penitent women; Augsburg, Germany)

St. Oswald of Northumbria's Day (Patron of Zug, Switzerland)

Tampere Theatre Festival -- Tampere, Finland (largest such festival in the Nordic countries; through Sunday)

Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders -- Croatia

Work Like a Dog Day -- different from work-a-holics, people who work like a dog work hard while they are at it, and rest when they aren't

Youth and Children's Day -- Kiribati

Birthdays Today:

Jonathan Silverman, 1966
Patrick Aloysius Ewing, 1962
Maureen McCormick, 1956
Erika Slezak, 1946
Loni Anderson, 1946
Ja’net DuBois, 1938
John Saxon, 1936
Neil Armstrong, 1930
Sydney Omarr, 1926
Raoul Wallenberg, 1912
John Huston, 1906
Conrad Potter Aiken, 1889
Joseph Merrick, 1862
Guy de Maupassant, 1850
Thomas Lynch, Jr., 1749
John Eliot, 1604
Joseph Justus Scaliger, 1540

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Revolver"(Beatles Album, release date), 1966
"Eleanor Rigby" & "Yellow Submarine"(Beatles singles, A & B side respectively, release date), 1966
"American Bandstand"(TV, national premiere), 1957
"Andy Capp"(Comic strip), 1957
"Little Orphan Annie"(Comic strip), 1924

Today in History

The last outpost of Bar Kockba, Betar, falls to Rome, 135
Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria at the Battle of Maserfield, 642
King Edward and Earl Aetherlred, leading the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, defeat the last major Viking army to raid England at the Battle of Tettenhall, 910
Anti-Jewish riots in Arnstadt, Germany, 1264
Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes first English colony in North America, at what is now St John's, Newfoundland, 1583
The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America, 1620
New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true, 1735
US Army abolishes flogging, 1861
Standard Oil of New Jersey is established, 1882
The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor, 1884
Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip made in her husbands invention, the first patented automobile; her journey was to publicize the invention, and she garnered attention and sales, 1888
The first electric traffic light is installed, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1914
Debut of the comic strip "Little Orphan Annie", by Harold Gray, 1924
Debut of the comic strip "Andy Capp", by Smythe, 1957
Nelson Mandela is jailed, 1962*
The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty, 1963
The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm, 1995
The Copiapo mining accident traps 33 Chilean miners about 2,300ft below the ground, 2010
NASA launches the Juno Space Probe to study Jupiter, 2011
The world's first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London, 2013
The UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program, 2017

*Released in 1990


  1. The kitties are really enjoying their nap. They seem so sound asleep!

  2. The kittehs are gorgeous.
    And yes, mother nature certainly IS a trickster.

  3. Mimi,

    Your poem is purrfect for this time of the year. Yesterday, we were going to go to Walmart for our weekly run but before we did, we checked the weather. Radar revealed some pops up and a low chance of rain so we hung around to give it another check before venturing out. That's when the heavens opened with a good down pour. The radar soon revealed a large percentage of rain. Then our electricity went out. We were prepared to still go out but by the time the rain cleared it was later than we wanted so we stayed home. The power was off for three hours. I didn't think it would take that long but it did. Oh well...that's that let's hope we don't have any more problems with the electricity going out. :) Have a boogietastic week!

  4. I'll eat my waffles before I go get measured for new underwear...

  5. Napping is a great activity, and it is good not only for us dogs, but for humans too.

  6. I kept thinking of the phrase "Damn the torpedoes" on the way to work. I thought, "that can't be what it really is ... what does that mean?" I still don't know.

  7. Adorable kitties and they sure know how to nap ^_^ ~ Great Arthur Clarke quote too.

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

  8. My Dad always said:
    It ain't no use to grumble and complain.
    It's every bit as easy to rejoice.
    When Ma Nature sorts the weather and sends rain.
    Rain's my choice.

    Yeah. It's all her. Sigh.

  9. Awww on the kitties. They are so precious. I hope they find a forever home and soon.

    Love the Spark.

    Mother Nature does what she does and we'll never figure her out.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. ♥

  10. The long and short of it - MOL! Arthur C. Clarke knew what he was talking about for sure.

  11. Love the long and short of the hammock kittens :)

    Your poem makes an excellent point -- more predictability would be much appreciated! lol

  12. Mother Nature has been kind of 'iffy' around here as well. She threatens to rain then bakes us with heat. My friend in Alberta things Mother N. is going through menopause.

  13. de long N short oh nappin iz AWESUM ~~~~~~ wavez two ewe wee onez ~ ☺☺♥♥

  14. Today is Youth and children's Day! Everyday should be Youth and Children's Day.

  15. Those little sweeties are so adorable!

  16. Such cute kittens. Great spark and I like the poem too.

  17. Looks like quite the comfy place for a nap.


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