Monday, September 2, 2019

Curiosity (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Summer Fun (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!

This little one was curious enough to want to sniff at her sister, but not quite curious enough to move out of her hammock:


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 Summer  Fun.  

The sun was hot but the pool was cool,
We stayed in it from dawn until dark.
We only hopped out when nature called,
Or for meals, it was all such a lark.

Our skin would get shriveled and raisin-like,
And what didn't shrivel up would get tan,
Unless you were one of our really fair friends,
Then you'd look like a lobster -- oh man!

We had a neat slide and a diving board,
We invented new games each day,
There were always at least a dozen of us,
Everyone wanted to play.

"Those were the days, my friend, We thought they'd never end," 
Says a song, and it really is true.
Each summer day was so much fun,
I'd go back in a heartbeat -- would you?


Today is:

Bison-Ten-Yell Day -- celebrating the imaginary Bison-Ten-Yell, inventor of 10 battle yells now used as American football signals

Celtic Tree Month Muin (Vine) begins

Coughing and Spluttering Convention -- Fairy Calendar

Dia de Santiago Iglesias Pantin -- Puerto Rico

Feast of Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Hari Taika/Teej -- Nepal (special holiday for Female Employees Only, to celebrate a special, traditional women's festival)

Independence Day -- Transdniestria

Labor Day/Labour Day -- Bermuda; Canada; Palau; U.S. and Territories

Luxembourg City Kermesse -- Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (the capital city gets a day off to enjoy the country's biggest fun festival)

National Blueberry Popsicle Day

National Day -- Vietnam

National Stearman Fly-In Days -- Galesburg, IL, US (the largest gathering of Stearman bi-planes in the world, with flying, seminars, and exhibits; through Saturday)

Organ Donation Week begins -- UK (join the organ donor registry, when you don't need your parts any more, someone else will!) 

Pierce Your Ears Day -- does a kitten screaming in my ear count?  oh, since the person who decided we should celebrate this today didn't leave a trace, i guess it's okay to interpret any way we want

Sacrifice to Hekate and Artemis -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Sedantag -- Germany

St. Agricola of Avignon's Day (Patron of rain -- for or against, whichever you need! -- of good weather and storks; Avignon, France; against misfortune and plague epidemics)

St. Giles Fair -- Oxford, England (dates back to 17th century; through tomorrow)

Umhlanga -- Swaziland (Reed Dance Public Holiday and final day, culmination of the Reed Dance Celebration begun last week and sponsored by the Royal Family)

VJ Day -- Surrender Ceremony took place on this date aboard the USS Missouri

Anniversary Today:

Beginning of the Marathon Runs during the Persian War, Sept. 2-9, 490BC

Birthdays Today:

Cynthia Watros, 1968
Salma Hayek, 1966
Lennox Lewis, 1965
Keanu Reeves, 1964
Linda Purl, 1955
Jimmy Connors, 1952
Mark Harmon, 1951
Eric Dickerson, 1950
Christa McAuliffe, 1948
Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald, 1948
Terry Bradshaw, 1948
Peter Victor Ueberroth, 1937
Marge Champion, 1923
Cleveland Amory, 1917
Lili'uokalani, 1838
James Forten, 1766

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Rose-Marie"(Operetta), 1924
"East of Suez"(Play), 1922
Ordinance on the Danish Church(Publication Date), 1637

Today in History:

Cicero's first Philippic (oratorical attack) on Marc Antony, BC44
Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion, BC44
Octavian's troops win the Battle of Actium which ends the Final war of the Roman Republic, BC31
The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days; it ends with 8 dead and 13,000 houses destroyed, 1666
Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe, 1752
US Treasury Dept. is established by Congress, 1789
The solar super storm continues to affect electrical telegraph service, 1859
Theodore Roosevelt adivses the US to "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." 1901
President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam becomes the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia, 1957
The Principality of Sealand is established, ruled by Prince Paddy Roy Bates, 1967
Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia; all 229 people on board are killed, 1998
Pope Benedict hosts an eco-festival, "Save Creation Day," in Loreto, Italy, to encourage Catholics to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, 2007
Ending a 50-year ban on veiled female news presenters, Egypt's state television gives its female presenters a choice of wearing, or not wearing, a veil, 2012
Swimmer Diana Nyad makes history, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, 2013
The public learns about AT&T's The Hemisphere Project, which gives telephone call data to law enforcement agencies, including the DEA, 2013
Earth's trees number just over 3 trillion according to study published in "Nature" by Thomas Crowther of Yale University, 2015


  1. Oh, what a poem. For me it was the beach, but go back? Oh yes I would. I don't see my children having so much fun as we had, and I pity them.

  2. Love your poem. I'd go back in a heartbeat, if I knew I could remember and change my future.

  3. Cute kitty finds the hammock too comfortable. I would love to dip in a pool because it is hot here.

  4. That is one cute and smart little kitten! Happy Labor Day!

  5. VJ Day - unless you're from RI, in which case you commemorated it 2 weeks ago. Kinda like Independence Day, which is May 4th, not July 4th.
    We're just trend-setters.

  6. Such a sweet little girl kitty! That was a terrific and true Spark!

  7. What a good example of enjoying Labor Day kitty! I love that spark. Happy Labor Day!

  8. Awww on that cutie pie kitty. You get to see all the precious little ones. I hope they all find forever homes too.

    I don't want to go back to my childhood. It wasn't pleasant.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, and Labor Day. ♥

  9. I love this, Mimi! I totally would go back! In a heartbeat. We spent our summers in the river by our house. I can still smell the water. And the mud...

  10. Sweet kitty photo ~ love the curiosity ~ Great Spark post ^_^

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

  11. I'd go back to my childhood for a visit! I think that's why I like pictures from my childhood so much; I feel I can almost re-enter it for a brief time. I can remember when most of the pictures were taken (people didn't take so many photos then, of course) and I can "feel" I'm back there.

    Love the kitten pictures that you post. They are always good for a big "awwww" :)

  12. I remember those days too. Precious memories. I don't think I would return to them though, the memories are enough.

  13. LOL she isn't silly is she the hammock is too comfy heheh!

    Happy Labour day from London :-)

  14. We thought they'd never end. Would I go back? I don't know.

    Celtic Tree Day, yes!

  15. Such a cute kitten. Nice poem and spark too.

  16. Lovely cat. Thank you for visiting my Blog.

    God bless.

  17. I am sure that hammick is very comfy. Good place to be. Have a good evening.

  18. I wouldn't want to get out of the hammock, either. I probably wouldn't be able to get out of it...if I could get into it in the first place! :)

  19. Mimi,

    I hope y'all are doing okay despite Dorain's rage. I love your poem and there are days that I'd love to go back in time to simplier times once again if only for a few minutes. Great sparks of inspiration. We all need to hold this one close. Thanks for sharing a dance with me and I hope y'all had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Have a boogietastic week, my dear!


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