Monday, September 9, 2019

Challenge (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and The Quiz (Poetry Monday)

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This photo is of one of our foster kittens from years ago, having a great time attacking a paper bag.


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 and Jenny take turns providing a theme each week.  This weeks theme is Bodies of Water.              

(This is a freeform poem and based on what really happened.)

The Quiz

Grandma was once enamored with giving everyone a quiz
It was supposed to tell your personality, or some such
It had four questions
You were supposed to name your favorite color
And give three words to describe it
Then name your favorite animal
Giving three words to describe the animal
After that you were to imagine yourself in a 
Totally white room, nothing in it, just white, and describe
How you feel in that room
And finally, name your favorite Body of Water
With three words to describe it.

Grandma would give this quiz,
Then take great delight in telling you
What you think of your favorite color
Is really how you view yourself
What you think of your favorite animal
Is really how you view other people
How you feel in that room
Is how you feel about death
And how you describe your favorite Body of Water
Is how you feel about your love life.

She enjoyed giving that quiz
Until she gave it to Grandpa
And his three words for the Body of Water
Were "warm, playful, and polluted."

She quit giving people that quiz.


Today is:

Birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong -- Malaysia (in this elective monarchy, the current king's birthday is usually celebrated on the first Saturday in June, regardless of his actual birth date; moved to September this year so as not to intersect with Ramadan)

Blessed Father Jacques Leval Day -- Mauritius (physician turned priest who lived among and ministered to the poorest of the poor in Mauritius; people of all faiths make a pilgrimage to his tomb today)

Bonza Bottler Day

Chrysanthemum Day or Kiku no Sekku -- Japan

Community Day -- EX, O, Spain

Day of the Victims of Holocaust and of Racial Violence -- Slovakia

Festivity of Our Lady of Aranzazu -- Oñati, Basque

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day -- spreading the word about the very preventable problem of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders 

Independence Day -- Tajikistan(1991)

Karasu-zumo -- Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (a distinctive local festival where the Shinto priests imitate crows)

Liberation Ceremony -- Petange, Luxembourg

Milk-Bathing Festival -- Fairy Calendar

National Day -- North Korea(1948)

National Sports Day -- Indonesia

National Steak Au Poivre Day

St. Peter Claver's Day (Patron of African missions, inter-racial justice, race relations; Colombia; Lake Charles, LA; Shreveport, LA; Witbank, South Africa; against slavery)

Synaxis of Ss. Joachim and Anna -- Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches

Teddy Bear Day -- internet generated, but since it's so much fun to have one, celebrate your old friend

Wakes Monday -- Abbots Bromley, England; related festival
   Abbots Bromley Horn Dance -- Abbots Bromley, UK (a/k/a Antler Dance or Ceremony of the Deermen; uses deer horns from the 11th Century, and a traditional dance, tune, and circuit around the neighboring farms, and includes a fair)

Wienerschnitzel Day

Wonderful Weirdos Day -- we all have a few in our lives, they remind us to be true to ourselves, so thank them today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Anniversaries Today:

California becomes the 31th US State, 1850

Birthdays Today:

Michelle Williams, 1980
Michael Buble, 1975
Goran Visnjic, 1972
Rachel Hunter, 1969
Adam Sandler, 1966
Hugh Grant, 1960
Mario Batall, 1960
Angela Cartwright, 1952
Michael Keaton, 1951
Tom Wopat, 1951
Joe Theisman, 1949
Billy Preston, 1946
Otis Redding, 1941
Sylvia Miles, 1934
Cliff Robertson, 1925
James Hilton, 1900
Colonel Harland Sanders, 1890
Alf Landon, 1887
Leo Tolstoy, 1828
William Bligh, 1754

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Welcome Back, Kotter"(TV), 1975
"Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids"(TV), 1972
Imagine(Lennon album release), 1971

Today in History:

William I, The Conqueror, dies in a horseriding accident, 1087
The New England colonies declare war on the Wampanoag Tribe, 1675
The first steam engine arrives in the US colonies, 1753
The first recorded black to graduate from a US college, Alexander Lucius Twilight, receives a BA from Middlebury College, 1817
Charles Durant, the first US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ, 1830
The first plate glass photograph is taken by John Herschel, 1839
California becomes the 31st state and the territories of New Mexico and Utah are created, 1850
The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is finalized, 1886
Orville Wright makes the first one hour plane flight, 1908
J. Verdrines becomes the first person to fly at over 100mph, 1912
First actual case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University, 1947
Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, becoming the first hurricane to do over $1billion in actual unadjusted damages, 1965
The four-day Attica Prison riot begins, 1971
The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state, 1993
At exactly 01:46:40 UTC, the Unix billenium is reached, marking the beginning of the use of 10-digit Unix timestamps, 2001
The "Ophel Treasure", about 1,400 years old, is discovered near the foot of Temple Mount in Jerusalem, 2013
Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, 2015


Elephant's Child said...

The kitten is a cutie.
The quote thought provoking.
I love your take on a body of water - and am not at all surprised that quiz was discontinued.

Nancy Chan said...

This cute kittie is having lots of fun with the paper bag. I hope it is happy and well in its foster home.

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Yes, that kind of quizzes made their rounds once upon a time. I never were into them, but I met some, who like your granny loved to ask all those kind of strange questions with more or less stupid interpretations. I see why your granny discontinued that notion.
We children had anothe one. Ask people about their favourite number, colour and animal. Me: 19, blue and owl; then asking: Have you ever seen a blue owl with 19 legs - making everybody laugh.

River said...

Interesting quiz and I can see why she discontinued it after Grandpa's answer.

Tabor said...

That quiz could be fun! Maybe I will try that on a few close family members!

My GBGV Life said...

What a sweet little kitten! Love that quote about having a plan. How true!

Brian said...

That wee kitten is so darn cute!

Chris Blackwood said...

The kitten is such a cutie and the quote is so so true.

stevebethere said...

LOL they love a bag or box don't they heheh!

I liked the quote

Have a quotetastic day :-)

Sandee said...

Awww, what a wonderful memory of a foster kitty. You've had so many. Thank you for that.

Love the Spark. It's spot on and there are many that have no plan at all.

Love the quiz. I laughed out loud.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week, my friend. ♥

Kathe W. said...

Kitties and paper bags....a fun combination for sure!

jenny_o said...

Kittens are just such an automatic "awwwww" with nearly everyone - they are such sweet creatures!

Love your poem and the punch line - Grandpa had a great solution to the Grandma problem! lol

Catscue Cat Mom said...

What a darling kitten! It's good to have a plan, but best laid plans ...

Victor S E Moubarak said...

National Steak Au Poivre Day. Tasty.

God bless.

Diane Stringam Tolley said...

Bwahahaha! Grampa was brilliant!

carol l mckenna said...

Great kitty shot with the colorful bag and so adorable ^_^

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Jenny Woolf said...

Poor Grandma! I had to laugh at that story about the quiz. :D