Monday, October 21, 2019

Four Boys (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Thoughts on Soap (Poetry Monday)


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These four are up for adoption, and it's hard to get all of them in one picture, if i open the cage they rush the door!


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, and Mother Owl almost always has a contribution.  The theme for this week is Soap.          

Thoughts On Soap

No dad has ever had the hope
That his gift would be Soap on a Rope
The person who came up with that
May have been himself on dope.

My #2 Son used to think
It was fun to give off "man stink"
Then he discovered girls and uses soap
And enough cologne to make you blink.

Cleansers and soaps are my stock-in-trade
At one time i've used almost each one made
But when there's something gooey stuck and won't budge
Then i pull out my trusty razor blade.


Today is:

Apple Day -- U.K. (to inspire local orchard revival and celebrate local varieties)   

Antillean Day -- Bonaire; Curacao; Saba; St. Eustatius 

Armed Forces Day -- Honduras (Dia de las Fuerzas Armadas)

Babbling Day -- an internet generated day for Blatherskites

Caramel Apple Day -- US (leave it to the US to add sugar to a delicious, nutritious snack!)

Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day -- actually a good idea

Count Your Buttons Day -- whoever came up with this one needs to count his marbles maybe?

Egyptian Naval Day -- Egypt

Garbanzo Bean Day

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day

Humble Yourself By Having Your Picture Made Wearing A Bicycle Helmet Day -- no comment

Hurricane Bebe Day -- Funafuti, Tuvalu (commemoration of the destruction by this hurricane in 1972)

Hurricane Thanksgiving Day -- US Virgin Islands (only celebrated if no major storms have come through that year)

Independence Day -- Marshall Islands(1986)

International Adjust Your Chair Day -- because you need to check at least once a year to make sure your chair has you in an ergonomically correct position     

International Day of the Nacho -- Mexico; U.S.

Jailhouse Rock Day -- Elvis' song hit #1 today in 1957

National Heroes Day -- Jamaica

National Nurses Day -- Thailand

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Overseas Chinese Day -- Taiwan (Republic of China)

President Ndadaye Day -- Burundi

Reptile Awareness Day -- hooray for snakes and turtles!  and lizards, don't forget lizards, and gators, and...

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

Simchat Torah -- Judaism (day to celebrate the reading of the Law; begins at sunset, through sunset tomorrow)

St. John of Bridlington's Day (Patron against complications in childbirth)

St. Ursula's Day (Patron of educators/teachers, holy death, schoolchildren, students; British Virgin Islands; Catholic education, especially of girls; Cologne, Germany; University of Paris)

Trafalgar Day -- British Empire (noted, but no longer an officially holiday)

Anniversaries Today:

Juan Peron marries actress Evita (María Eva Duarte), 1945

Birthdays Today:

Jeremy Miller, 1976
Ken Watanabe, 1959
Carrie Fisher, 1956
Benjamin Netanyahu, 1949
Elvin Bishop, 1942
Judge Judy Sheindlin, 1942
Frances Fitzgerald, 1940
Ursula K. LeGuin, 1929
Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford, 1928 
Celia Cruz, 1925
Joyce Randolph, 1925
Dizzy Gillespie, 1917
Georg Solti, 1912
Edwin Myers "Ted" Shawn, 1891
Will Carleton, 1845
Alfred Nobel, 1833
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Butterflies are Free"(Play), 1969
"Orphee aux enfer/Orpheus in the Underworld"(Offenbach operetta), 1858

Today in History:

Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeats 1st Crusaders, 1096
Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg., 1512
Ferdinand Magellen arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean), 1520
Sea battle at Dunes, Lt Admiral Maarten Tromp defeats Spanish Armada under De Oquendo, 1639
First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America, 1774
US Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston, 1797
Battle of Trafalgar, Adm Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet & dies, 1805
The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia, 1816
Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire England), 1824
Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb, 1879
First transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris, 1915
Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time, 1945
Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun, 1965
The European Patent Institute is founded, 1977
The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second, 1983
Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz, 2003
The European Parliament awards Cuban Dissident Guillermo Farinas the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, 2010
Kateri Tekakwitha is canonized as the first Native American saint by Pope Benedict XVI, 2012
The Parliament of Canada confers Honorary Canadian citizenship on women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai, 2013
Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 2014
The Spanish government suspends Catalonia's autonomy in the face of a deepening political crisis over the region's push for independence, 2017


  1. Definitely awww.
    Love your poem, but am not a fan of excessive cologne - or man-stink (or woman-stink either).

  2. I remember soap on a rope, very popular in the 70s and 80s. My sons used to swing theirs by the rope trying to hit the other one and see which one split first. The winner was the one which didn't split of course.

  3. Soap on a Rope reminded me of all the little decorative soaps I have been given. (makes a good teacher gift) Been retired 25 years and still have some in a cupboard. I used to set them out when we had guests, but found nobody used them. lol People don't want to be the first to mess them up.

  4. Sorry, but I'm going to focus on the apples or the cheesecake and completely ignore the lizards. (Yes, it's people like me who forced the day in the first place!)

  5. Hope those kitties find homes real soon. Teenagers are just like aliens! They don't care, then suddenly care too much and you can smell their cologne and perfume from miles away!

  6. Very soapy poem :) and funny too. I prefer people-stink over cologne, but I know it's mostly just me.

  7. Today in History: You forgot to mention that the ice age ended today 11,700 years ago.

    God bless.

  8. Ah...the saga of soap...from resistance, to acceptance and finally to dependence.

  9. Love the spark! An ode to soap?! MOL! Cutest poem ever!

  10. " Chasing your dreams. " Fantastic Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Awww on the kitties. They are most cute. I hope they find a forever home and soon.

    Love the Spark. I did just that.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug. ♥

  12. Mimi,

    As long as a guy or gal uses soap and take regular baths then that's enough. There's a new craze we read about where some people think there's a problem with being too clean and that's think having bacteria on the skin is a good thing. I can't remember what this is called but it's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. Neat poem, though! ;)

  13. That was a great Spark and a fun poem too. Those little sweet kitties are adorable!!!

  14. Aww! I hope get loving homes very soon :-)

    I liked the quote today :-)

    Have a tanfastical Monday :-)

  15. I love the truths in your poem, Mimi, especially the soap-on-a-rope for dad truth - lol

    Those kittens are adorable. They look like they're pretty active little guys!

  16. Cute poem. Those kittens are so darn adorable. I want them all! If I lived near you, I would be so tempted- they look like mini versions of my Sammy.

  17. Four adorable sweet boy fur persons ^_^

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


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