Monday, August 12, 2019

We Are Family (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Nana (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!

Three boys and two girls in a family make for one precious cageful.


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, i am guessing she will go back to providing all of the themes, but no matter who does it, i want to be in it as i've been bitten by the poetry bug.  This weeks theme is A Childhood Hero.                    

My Nana was my hero
When i was very young.
She sang with me and read to me
And we had lots of fun.

She bought me toys and goodies,
And my pretty jacket,
She let me play and run around
And make a nice loud racket.

When at her house she taught me
How to hand wash dishes,
Cook bacon in the broiler,
And even clean the fishes.

Yes, she and Papa took me fishing
Out on their little pond,
I got to play in the shop, too,
Of that i was very fond.

She sewed my princess costume
For Halloween one year
And i kept it 'til it fell apart
Because i held it dear.

Nana let me play with her makeup,
She even wrote a short play
And taught me and my brothers so
We performed for the family one day.

Yes, my Nana was my hero,
Though i didn't know it then,
How i would love to tell her
And live those days again.


Today is:

Aloha Day -- unofficial celebration of the annexation of Hawai'i by the US

Anniversary of Snick-Snacker's Left Foot -- Fairy Calendar

Anvil Mountain 59 Minute 37 Second Challenge -- Nome, AK, US (starting gun sounds at 7 pm, and the course begins at the base of Anvil Mountain, goes uphill then back down via a gravel road, with the challenge being to do it in less than the time allotted)

Awa Odori Festival -- Tokushima, Japan (through the 15th; one of Japan's largest dance festivals, Awa-dance is said to be a "fool's dance", and the saying is "It's a fool who dances and a fool who watches, so if both are fools, you may as well dance!")

Carnival Monday -- Grenada

Festival for Hercules Invictus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (through tomorrow; based on an even older Greek celebration of Heracles at the same time of year)

Festival for Venus Vitrix -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Victorius Venus)

Grouse Day/Glorious Twelfth -- England; Scotland (opening of grouse hunting season; because the 12th is a Sunday in 2012, it will actually be celebrated tomorrow)

Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday and National Mother's Day -- Thailand

Heroes Day -- Zimbabwe

International Youth Day -- UN

Inter-State Fair and Rodeo -- Coffeyville, KS, US (rodeo, livestock shows, carnival, and more; through Saturday)

Julienne Fries Day

Lychnapsia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (celebration of the Birthday of Isis, instituted after the conquest of Egypt)

Middle Children's Day -- on some sites, listed as Aug. 14; either way, Middle Children deserve a special day!

National Toasted Almond Bar Day

Osirian Mysteries; Feast of the Lights of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, but this is the date the Romans gave it, so who am i to quibble?)

PC Day -- no, not politically correct, personal computer; IBM introduced theirs this day in 1981

Perseid Meteor Showers -- in 2019, peak visibility is tonight and especially tomorrow night; the Celts believed these meteors were due to games being played by Lugh, their sun god

Put Peanuts in Your Coca Cola Day -- and no, i can't figure this one out, but they say don't shake it once you do it; if anyone else wants to experiment with why, let me know the results

Solar Alignment with Teotihuacan, City of the Gods -- ancient when the Aztecs found its ruins, this city's ritual cave aligns with the setting sun today and April 29, also the rising and setting dates of the Pleiades

St. Gracilian's Day (Patron of Bassano Romano, Italy)

St. Murtagh's Day (Patron of Killaria, Ireland)

Vinyl Record Day -- celebrating the tremendous cultural influence of records, on the anniversary of the day in 1877 that Edison invented the phonograph

World Elephant Day -- learn more here    

Zaraday a/k/a Zarathud's Day -- Discordianism

Birthdays Today:

Casey Affleck, 1975
Pete Sampras, 1971
Peter Krause, 1964
Ann M. Martin, 1955
Pat Metheny, 1954
Sam J. Jones, 1954
Skip Caray, 1939
George Hamilton, 1939
William Goldman, 1931
George Soros, 1930
Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens, 1929
John Derek, 1926
Michael Kidd, 1915
Jane Wyatt, 1912
Cantinflas, 1911
Joe Besser, 1907
Alfred Lunt, 1892
Cecil B. DeMille, 1881
Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, 1880
Edith Hamilton, 1867
Katharine Lee Bates, 1859
"Diamond Jim" Brady, 1856
Robert Mills, 1781
Thomas Bewick, 1753

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Wings(Film, only silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture), 1927

Today in History:

The last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic Dynasty, Cleopatra VII Philopater, allegedly commits suicide by asp bite, BC30
A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurs which may have been what the Bible calls the Star of Bethlehem, 3
Crusaders win the Battle of Ascalon, 1099
Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Puerto Rico, 1508
Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip's War, 1676
Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine, the first one to be practical for home use, 1851
Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, 1877
The last quagga, a subspecies of zebra once plentiful in South Africa, dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, 1883
Hawai'i is annexed by the US, 1898
William Somerset Maugham published "Of Human Bondage", 1915
Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge, 1943
The Soviet Union detonates its first thermonuclear weapon, 1953
Echo I, the first communications satellite, is launched, 1960
South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games because of its racist policies, 1964
The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, 1977
The IBM Personal Computer is released, 1981
Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1992
The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, 2000
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches, 2005
Director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, announces plans to release remaining Afghan War Diary documents from War in Afghanistan, 2010
President Obama's health insurance mandate from his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011
The International Olympic Committee announces it will punish athletes who support Russian LGBT rights at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2013
NASA launches the Parker Space Probe, its first mission to the Sun and its outermost atmosphere, the corona, 2018


  1. I am pretty sure your Nana knew that she was your hero. And it sounds as if she deserved the title too.

  2. Beautiful tribute to Nana. Cute kitties.

  3. ROFL at the inspiring quote.
    One wise dog, indeed!

  4. Mimi,

    Oh, that poem is so sweet! Our grandmothers are heroes and we don't even know that until too late. Your spark contribution is good. Patience and wisdom are two of life's greatest qualities. The younger generation try to bypass both altogether. Those kittens are stinkin' cute. I hope they find good homes soon. Thanks for visiting and have a boogietastic week, dearie!

  5. Love that photo of the skunk eating and the dog waiting. Very smart dog!

  6. I liked your poem tribute :-)

    That dogs face just watching heheh!

    I hope the cute kittens get loving homes soon :-)

    Have a tanfastictastic Monday :-)

  7. Awww on the kitties. I would take them all.

    Love your Spark. It's spot on too.

    Your poem made me smile. I had a grandmother like that. So precious.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. ♥

  8. Wouldn't it be a comfort to be able to say thank you to the people, now gone, who were such a huge part of our lives as we grew up? Your Nana sounds like a lovely person.

  9. awww such beauties! Hope they are adopted soon!

  10. Love the Nana poem and that wee family too.

  11. awww iz rite....look at ewe wee onez....N ya noe...thatz one SMART pup !! ☺☺♥♥

  12. lovely kitties love from Europe

  13. What an adorable kitty family photo ~ love them and hope they find forever homes soon! That quite the 'Spark' ~ Wow!

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

  14. Such cute kittens. Your Nana was amazing, nice tribute to her. And I love the spark and photo to go with it.

  15. A beautiful poem and triute to your Nan.


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