Monday, October 28, 2019

Lulu (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Desperation Dinner (Poetry Monday)


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

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Grandma's dog, Lulu, loves having visitors and always looks sad when it's time for us to go:


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 participates, too.  This weeks theme is Tuna.                

There are times when money is rare
And dinner is just the bare
Minimum to keep body and soul together

That's when desperation causes,
Mom, even though with a couple of pauses
To think about the which way and the whether,

Causes mom to pull on out
The meal that causes groans and shouts
The one that starts with plain ol' cans of tuna.

She picks up egg noodles
(It's only pennies for oodles
Of them, and they are very filling)

She buys frozen peas
Two bags if you please,
That's when eyes open and questions start to spilling

Mom, tell us that you have not
Given in to the horrible thought
Of serving us a casserole of tuna!

Yes, my loves, i'm sorry to say
It will have to be that way
The money's tight, and so has come this day

We really have no other choice,
And you need not to raise your voice
I already know what you are going to say

That there's no way you can once more stand
To give in to my demand
That you eat for supper a boatload of this tuna.

One day soon it is my hope
I'll no more be at the end of my rope
With no money for the finer things in life

The things you would prefer i make
Like lobster or a well grilled steak
Maybe one day with these we will be rife

Meanwhile i just have to tell
That at least there is food, oh well,
Even if it's just casserole of tuna.


Today is:

Bring Your Jack-O-Lantern to Work Day -- just check the fire code before you light that candle

Celtic Tree Month Negetal (Reed) begins

Dia do Servidor Publico -- Brazil (Civil Servants' Day)

Flying Baby Day -- celebrating the first baby born on an airplane on this day in 1929

Fyribod (or Forebode) -- Ancient Norse Calendar (announces the beginning of winter; date approximate)

Hari Sumpah Pemuda -- Indonesia (Youth Pledge Day)

Independence Day -- Czechoslovakia (from Austria-Hungary in 1918; still celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia)

International Animation Day -- ASIFA (to honor the day Emile Reynaud presented the first animation to the public)

Isia -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (dates approximate; first day of the 6 day Isis festival)

Labour Day -- New Zealand

Milvian Bridge Day -- Christain (day to reflect on the interrelationship of religion and government)

National Chocolate Day

October Bank Holiday -- Ireland

Okunchi Matsuri -- Karatsu, Japan (with floats that date back to the 1800s; through the 30th)

Oxi Day -- Greece (Sometimes "Ochi" or "Ohi", literally "No Day", celebrating resistance to Mussolini.)

Part Your Hair Crooked Just To See If Anyone Will Say Anything About It Day -- internet generated, celebrate at your own risk

Peniamina Gospel Day -- Niue (celebration of the conversion of the islanders to Christianity)

Plush Animal Lovers' Day -- internet generated; celebrate your love of stuffed animals today

Runic Half-month Hagal (hailstone) begin

St. Jude Thaddeus' Day (Patron of desperate or hopeless cases -- the reason Danny Thomas chose this saint to invoke as patron of the hospital he helped found.)

St. Paraskevi of Iconium's Day (Patron of fairs and traders; in Russia, patron of marriage; associated in Ukrain with Mokosh, the ancient women's divinity, and celebrated on the final Friday of the month)

St. Simon the Zealot's Day (Patron of curriers, sawmen, tanners)

Wild Foods Day -- as in, grown or caught in the wild (please be careful if you like mushrooms and want to gather your own!)

Anniversaries Today:

Statue of Liberty dedicated, 1886
Maimonides College is founded, 1867 (first Jewish college in the US)
R.H. Macy & Co. in NYC opens, 1858
Founding of Harvard University, 1636
Universidad Santo Tomas Aquino is established, 1538 (first university in the New World)

Birthdays Today:

Matt Smith, 1982
Joaquin Phoenix, 1974
Brad Paisley, 1972
Jeremy Davies, 1969
Julia Roberts, 1967
Andy Richter, 1966
Jami Gertz, 1965
Daphne Zuniga, 1962
Lauren Holly, 1963
Bill Gates, 1955
Annie Potts, 1952
Bruce Jenner, 1949
Telma Hopkins, 1948
Dennis Franz, 1944
Jane Alexander, 1939
Charlie Daniels, 1936
Cleo Laine, 1927
Jonas Salk, 1914
Francis Bacon, 1909
Edith Head, 1907
Howard Hanson, 1896
Georges Auguste Escoffier, 1846
Desiderius Erasmus, 1467

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Jack Benny Program"(TV), 1950
"Dead End"(Play), 1935
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Pathetique(Tchaikovsky Op. 74), 1893

Today in History:

Constantine the Great defeats Maxentius, 312
Battle of Yaunis Khan in which Turkish forces under the Grand Vizier Sinan Pasha defeat the Mameluks near Gaza, 1516
Battle of Amba Sel, in which Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi again defeats the army of Lebna Dengel, Emperor of Ethiopia; the southern part of Ethiopia falls under Imam Ahmad's control, 1531
Peruvian cities of Lima & Callao are demolished by an earthquake, 18,000 die, 1746
Eli Whitney applies for a patent on the cotton gin, 1793
The first railroad in Spain, between Barcelona and Mataro, is opened, 1848
The Statue of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, and celebrated by the first ticker tape/confetti parade in NYC, 1886
An earthquake strikes Mino-Owari, Japan, kills 7,300, 1891
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Pathétique, receives its première performance in St. Petersburg, only nine days before the composer's death, 1893
The St. Louis police try a new investigation method -- fingerprints, 1904
Czechoslovakia gains its independence in the break up of Austria-Hungary, 1918
The Volstead Act, passed by Congress over Wilson's veto, starts Prohibition, 1919
The first coast to coast radio broadcast of a football game, 1922
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary, 1936
The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) is completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska, 1942
Swiss chemist Paul Müller is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the insecticidal properties of DDT, 1948
The modern Kingdom of the Netherlands is re-founded as a federal monarchy, 1954
Nikita Khrushchev announces that he had ordered the removal of Soviet missile bases in Cuba, 1962
Nostra Aetate, the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of the Second Vatican Council, is promulgated by Pope Paul VI; it absolves the Jews of responsibility for the death of Jesus, 1965*
Britain launches its first satellite, Prospero, into low Earth orbit atop a Black Arrow carrier rocket, 1971
The centenary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty is celebrated in New York Harbor, 1986
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner becomes the first woman elected President of Argentina, 2007
The US celebrates the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, 2011
The World Health Organization ranks tuberculosis alongside HIV as 2014's two deadliest infectious diseases, 2015


  1. I jump for joy when visitors leave! lol (Just kidding...sometimes!)

    I hope the coming week treats you kindly, mm. :)

  2. When I was young, I remember feeling so lonely and sad when guests leave our house. Those were the days. When money is rare and the stomach hungry, we look forward to anything just to fill up the stomach. We kids do not complain.

  3. Rabbit was the food that was served in our house when money was tight. Rabbit is now considered a luxury by some, but even if I still ate meat I couldn't face it.

  4. We never had tuna noodle casserole, but we did have tuna mornay at least once a week. This is made by stirring drained tuna and cooked peas into a cheese sauce, in a casserole dish, topping it with mashed potatoes, then baking until potatoes brown a bit. We had rabbit a few times when I was very young, but I've never liked it. During some really tough weeks, Dad would buy meaty ribs usually sold as dog bones and make soup from them. The butcher knew this and always gave dad the meatiest dog bones.

  5. Aww! How cute is Lulu :-)

    LOL @ Lee's comment

  6. I will take a PB&J sandwich over tuna any day.

  7. That's a rather aspirational inspirational quote.
    Makes me want to pencil in, "But no pressure!" at the bottom...

  8. A lot of people these days live to work which is so sad. We work to live, and no more than that. Life is a live show, a one time thing, so do it right.

  9. Lulu is a pretty girl. Yes pups can be ever so expressive. They talk to us if we just listen.

    Love your Spark.

    You poem is spot on. I so remember all the years of lean eating. I can say there have been many times in my younger years that I have gone to bed hungry.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  10. Aww Lulu ~ you are a sweetie ~ don't be sad ~ you are loved.

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

  11. Today is National Chocolate Day?!! WooHoo!! Sounds much better than tuna casserole. :-) Lulu is a huge Awww! xoxo

  12. Lulu is a cutie. Great spark too. And I like the poem. I would prefer tuna casserole to lobster or steak.

  13. Awww, sweet LuLu! That spark is spot on! What else are we here for if not to make the world a better place by our existence?

  14. Howdy sweet Lulu! Great Spark, we enjoyed it!

  15. You have a Lulu on your post today (lovely girl) and so do I! Your poem has left me wanting some tuna noodle casserole. My mother never made it and the first time I had it away from home I thought I was in heaven :)


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