Monday, November 4, 2019

Halloween Recap (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Too Busy (Poetry Monday)


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Halloween was so cold we froze our candy.  These were the best pictures i could get of our setup and of our littles, blankets, coats and all:

Coda likes her wings, Jezzie wouldn't even let us try to get her costume on;

Little Girl's pumpkin -- Gandalf fighting the Balrog.

The highlight of Lee's evening, Gigi (me) gave him his first piece of candy for the night.
Our little princess was not sad, i am not sure why she didn't want to smile.
It's hard to tell but there's a dragon costume under there somewhere.


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 Busy Days.          

Busy days, are there any other kind?
Busy days, there is no time to unwind.
Busy days, it's a treadmill of the mind,
Busy days, i can hide but they will find.

Busy days, there is always one more chore.
Busy days, all the jobs you can't ignore.
Busy days, turning life into a bore.
Busy days, how i long for something more.


Today is:

Chicken Lady Day -- Miami, FL, US (in honor of The Chicken Lady, whose nonprofit organization helps people get over being "chicken" about public speaking)

Citizenship Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Community Service Day -- Dominica

Constitution Day/National Day -- Tonga

Feast of Qudrat (Power) -- Baha'i

Flag Day -- Panama

Giorno dell'Unita Nazionale e Festa delle Forze Armate and Victory Day -- Italy (National Unity and Armed Forces Day; celebration of the 1918 Treaty with Austria)

Guy Fawkes Eve -- sometimes called Mischief Night in some parts of Australia, UK, and New Zealand, although that is more appropriate to April 30/October 30

Honeymoon Day -- reminisce about your own special trip, on the birth anniversary of Art Carney

Job Action Day -- a day for workers and job seekers to put job or career in the forefront, make plans, and take action      

King Tut Day -- his tomb was opened this day in 1922

Ludi Plebeii -- Ancient Roman Calendar (public games, through the 17th)

Marlborough Provinical Anniversary Day -- Marlborough, New Zealand

National Candy Day -- guess they're thinking you still have some left over from Hallowe'en

National Day -- Tonga(obs.)

National Stress Awareness Week -- UK (International Stress Management Association; through Friday)     

Pushkar Camel Fair -- Pushkar, India (for the camels, racing, fancy dress, changing owners, taking tourists on rides, and the chance to liven up this usually quiet town, and for the people, singing, dancing, exotic food, and watching the camels, as well as religious rituals at the time of the full moon; through Nov. 12)

Recreation Day -- Tasmania, Australia

St. Charles Borromeo's Day (Patron of apple orchards, bishops, catechists, seminarians, spiritual directors/leaders, starch makers; Joliette, Quebec; Lombardy, Italy; Monterey, CA; Rocca di Papa, Italy; against abdominal pain, colic, intestinal disorders, stomach diseases, ulcers)
    a Bank Holiday in Andorra

Traffic Director's Day -- Traffic Directors Guild of America (those who are Traffic Managers, Inventory Control Specialists, Revenue Managers, or many other terms in the broadcasting and mobile industries)     

Unity Day -- Russia

Will Roger's Day -- especially in OK, US; related observance
    Use Your Common Sense Day -- because "Common sense ain't all that common."

Waiting for the Barbarians Day -- internet generated, and i thought they came and took over a long time ago!

Anniversaries Today:

Taking of the US Embassy in Teheran, Iran -- 1979
Discovery of King Tut's Tomb -- 1922
Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd, 1842
Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange, 1677 (ruled jointly as William and Mary)

Birthdays Today:

Sean "Diddy" Combs, 1970
Matthew McConaughey, 1969
Andrea McArdle, 1963
Ralph Macchio, 1962
Jeff Probst, 1962
Kathy Griffin, 1960
Markie Post, 1950
Laura W. Bush, 1946
Robert Mapplethorpe, 1946
Loretta Swit, 1937
Doris Roberts, 1930
Martin Balsam, 1919
Art Carney, 1918
Walter Cronkite, 1916
Will Rogers, 1879
Augustus Montague Toplady, 1740 (wrote the hymn "Rock of Ages")

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Crimes of the Heart"(Henley play), 1981
"One Man's Family"(TV), 1949
"Prince Igor"(Borodin opera), 1890
Symphony No. 1 in C minor(Brahms Op. 68), 1876

Today in History:

The Flood of the Arno River causes massive damage in Florence, Italy, 1333
Joan of Arc liberates Saint-Pierre-le-Moūtier, 1429
Thomas Wolsey, English cardinal, arrested, 1529
Mozart's Symphony No. 36 is performed for the first time in Linz, Austria, 1783
The Erie Canal is completed with Governor DeWitt Clinton performing the Wedding of The Waters ceremony in New York Harbour, 1825
Benjamin Palmer patents an artificial leg, 1846
Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents the gold crown, 1873
Tonga adopts a constitution, 1875
James Ritty patents the cash register, to combat the pilfering of the till by the bartenders in his Ohio saloon, 1879
London's first deep-level tube railway opens between King William Street and Stockwell, 1890
The Italian unknown soldier is buried in the Altare della Patria (Fatherland Altar) in Rome, 1921
Nellie Tayloe Ross is elected the first female US State governor, in Wyoming, 1924
The rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopens with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, 1955
Two-thirds of Florence, Italy is submerged as the River Arno floods; together with the contemporaneous flood of the Po River in northern Italy, this leads to 113 deaths, 30,000 made homeless, and the destruction of numerous Renaissance artworks and books, 1966
Genie, a 13-year-old feral child is found in Los Angeles, California having been locked in her bedroom for most of her life, 1970
The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the oil crisis, as the highways are deserted and are used only by cyclists and roller skaters, 1973
First conference that focuses exclusively on the subject of the commercial potential of the World Wide Web, in San Francisco, 1994
Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated by an extremist Orthodox Israeli, 1995
Chinese authorities arrest cyber-dissident He Depu for signing a pro-democracy letter to the 16th Communist Party Congress, 2002
Barak Obama is elected President of the United States, 2008
In Australia's Northern Territory in the lands of the Jawoyn people, archaeologists discover what is believed to be the world's oldest example of a stone ax, estimated at 35,500 years old, 2010
The body of the last missing victim is found on board the wrecked Costa Concordia, during its dismantling in Genoa, 2014
Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, becomes the first African-American Senator from the south since the Reconstruction, 2014
Justin Trudeau is sworn in as Canadian Prime Minister with a cabinet split equally between men and women, 2015
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigns in a shock TV broadcast from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, amid concerns he is being forcibly detained, 2017


  1. Little Princess: "forget the camera, I want to go and get candy!"
    Love the pumpkin tablecloth.

  2. Wow you Had a great halloween

  3. Nice pumpkins and princess an dragon - I could see it.
    Your poem is good writing, but in it's way as depressing as mine.

  4. I think far too many of us are familiar with your poem.
    And loved the photos.

  5. I kindna miss those busy days with kids etc.
    (not really) Over 25 years without them is easy to get used to. lol

  6. I like the concept of a Car Free Sunday...

  7. It was freezing here on Halloween too, so the kids all had winter coata on.

  8. I see that you all have a great time. The children had a bad time, rain, cold and wind. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Fun Halloween with those dear, sweet and cute children ^_^

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

  10. Awww, on the little ones and the pup. Love that costume Coda is donning.

    The poem is fabulous. So you.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  11. What nice fun photos nice post

    It wasn't too bad in London this Halloween for a change :-)

    Have a afterhalloweentastic week :-)

  12. Love those photos, sorry it was so cold for you. Welcome to Winter, what happened to Fall?

  13. Great photos. Baby Lee is such a cutie. Nice poem too.

  14. Those were fun photos and a terrific Spark!

  15. I love all your photos! I also find so many interesting things in your post of National Candy Day, Honeymoon Day etc. SO much fun, thank you HUGS and have a happy week.

  16. Look at your little Halloweenites! Sooooo cute! Here we always plan costumes that will fit over a snowsuit! ;)
    And your poem is PERFECT!


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