Monday, September 23, 2019

Take Us Home! (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Ode to Coffee (Poetry Monday)


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.

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Two more ready to go to forever homes:


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 at Procrastinating Donkey take turns providing a theme each week.  This weeks theme is Your Favorite Drink.                  

Ode to Coffee

Black like the swamp mud,
Hot like the bayou,
And make sure there is
Plenty of it, too.

Don't skimp on those grounds
If you know what i mean,
Otherwise we won't have
Enough caffeine.

There is nothing to replace
That morning cup,
Here's mud in your eye,
Bottoms up!


Today is:

Al-Yaom Al-Watany -- Saudi Arabia (National Day/Founding of the Kingdom)

Augustalia -- Roman Empire (birthday of Caesar Augustus, still the traditional New Year's Day in Constantinople and in the Eastern Orthodox Church)

Autumnal Equinox -- 07:50 UTC, 03:50am EDT, related observances (some began today, some will start tomorrow depending on when the equinox occurred in your area)
    Mabon -- Wicca/Pagan Northern Hemisphere
    Ostara -- wicca/Pagan Southern Hemisphere
    Alban Elfed -- Celtic Winter Finding
    Chuseok -- Korean harvest festival (high point of the festival)
    Feast of Carpo -- Greek Horae, goddess of autumn
    Kukulcan Snake God Celebration -- Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (the snake appears at the equinox, a time to honor this Mayan god)
    Festival of the Sea Goddess -- Eskimo
    Higan -- Japan
    Mabon/Fallfest -- Asatru/Norse Pagan (harvest festival, time to make wine and mead for the next winter)
    Oenach Carman -- Ancient Celtic Calendar
    Sendai Great Tug-of-War -- Sendai, Japan (festival on the equinox that dates back over 400 years)     
    Svarog's Holiday -- Slavic Pagan Calendar/Asatru (day to drink mead in honor of Svarog, god of fire and the sky)

Bunster Winding -- Fairy Calendar

Canterbury South Provincial Anniversary Day -- Canterbury South, New Zealand

Checkers Day/Dogs in Politics Day -- thanks to Mr. Nixon; and i'm tempted to further comment, but this one is too easy

Citua -- Ancient Inca Empire (feast to the Moon, and to banish disease, in the month of Coyaraimi, date approximate)

Dominion Day -- New Zealand (Obs.)

El Grito de Lares -- Lares, Puerto Rico (anniversary of the first uprising against Spanish rule in 1868)

Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children(TM) -- US (sponsored by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, encouraging everyone to have a meal with the family, because all the studies show it's good for you!) 

Innergize Day -- the day to take time for yourself! always on the day after the equinox, so either the 23rd or 24th, depending on where you live

International Restless Legs Syndrome Awareness Day -- on the birth anniversary of Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn, the neurologist who first described it

Metropolitan Opera in NYC Opening Night

National Great American Pot Pie Day

Neptune Day -- planet discovered this day in 1846 by Johann Galle of Germany

St. Adamnan's Day (Patron of Donegal, Ireland; Raphoe, Ireland)

St. Padre Pio's Day

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded, 1908

Birthdays Today:

Anthony Mackie, 1979
Ani DiFranco, 1970
Elizabeth Pena, 1961
Jason Alexander, 1959
Bruce Springsteen, 1949
Mary Kay Place, 1947
Paul Petersen, 1945
Julio Iglesias, 1943
Tom Lester, 1938
Ray Charles, 1930
John Coltrane, 1926
Mickey Rooney, 1920
Walter Pidgeon, 1897
Friedrich Paulus, 1890
Walter Lippman, 1889
Victoria Woodhull, 1838
William H. McGuffey, 1800
Kublai Khan, 1215
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus, BC63
Euripides, BC480

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Marcus Welby, M.D."(TV), 1969
"The Jetsons"(TV), 1962
"Threni: id est Lamentatines Jeremiae Prophetae"(Stravinsky dodecaphonic work), 1958

Today in History:

Concord of Worms, 1122
The first major battle of the Wars of the Roses, at Blore Heath in Staffordshire, 1459
First commencement exercises of Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., 1642
Liechtenstein declares its independence from the German Empire, 1719
John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats the HMS Serepis, 1779
Lewis and Clark arrive back in St. Louis from their explorations, 1806
The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York, 1845
Neptune is discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams, 1846
Nintendo Koppai, later known as Nintendo Company, Limited, is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi; it produces and markets the playing card game Hanafuda, 1889
The Phantom of the Opera (original title: Le Fantome de l'Opera), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published, 1909
The MS Princess of Tasmania, Australia’s first passenger roll-on/roll-off diesel ferry, makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait, 1959
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law, 1972
Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina, 1973
Saint Kitts and Nevis joins the United Nations, 1983
Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm; some passengers only receive minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history, 1991
The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released, 2002
Hurricane Jeanne strikes Haiti and leaves at least 1,070 dead, 2004
The identification of four genetically different types of breast cancer by researchers is announced, 2012
Japan's space agency becomes the first to place two robotic explorers on an asteroid, Ryugu, from its Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, 2018


  1. I hope those beauties find a furrever home soon.
    I had to give up coffee many years ago. Still love the smell though.

  2. Nice poem on coffee. I love my coffee too, not inthe morning though. And nothing beats the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. Coffee will taste like that in Heaven!

  3. Love those ginger tabbies. Most of the time I love the smell of coffee wafting from the "Hole in the Wall" cafes while I'm waiting for my bus, but sometimes the coffee smells burnt and bitter.

  4. I can't get enough coffee, in fact I think i'll have another now! Happy 70th Bruce Springsteen!

  5. Knocking back my first of the day, even as I type.
    *This comment brought to you by COFFEE...*

  6. My mom doesn't like coffee, and when she drinks it, she gets tired. Warm beverages of any kind are not her thing. She is the queen of ice water in the morning to get going.

  7. Purrs and prayers and POTP for a furrever home for those two! Coffee is such a beautiful thing in the morning.

  8. Awww, they are both so cute. I hope they find a forever home and soon.

    Love the Spark. An obstacle is almost always a stepping stone.

    I agree on the coffee.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. Sweet kitties ~ do hope they find forever homes soon ^_^

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

  10. Hope the kitties will find good and permanent homes. I love my cup of coffee but trying not to drink too many cups per day.

  11. GREAT JOB with the prompt! I've never been a coffee drinker, but I'm sure a coffee sniffer. I LOVE the fragrance. It just says happiness and contentment and good things in store!

  12. Such adorable gingers. I hope they can get adopted together. Great spark and poem. I love coffee!

  13. no kitty should have to wait for a forever home. I love the obstacle quote! Have a great week!

  14. We just love those wee orange goodness sweeties!

  15. de veree best two ewe wee onez....with de best oh fishez ta go with ewe for yeerz ta come....


  16. Sweet kittens!

    I love your poem and laughed out loud at the meme! When I had to give up coffee, it was rough. I had been using it as a way to deal with being tired, and had to learn a "new way" :)

  17. Mimi,

    I like your Ode to Coffee poem and the meme that followed. It sounds reasonable to me. :) lol I can't imagine not having my coffee but I can skip it one day and survive okay. After that there's no guarantees. lol I remember watching Marcus Welby as a kid. That was a good show. I hope the new kitties are placed in a good home soon. Have a good week, my friend.


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