Monday, November 11, 2019

Tired Friends (Awww Monday). Thought Provoking Quote of the Week, and Loser (Poetry Monday)


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On Saturday when i was there, Lulu had a visitor, Abbie.  They played so hard, they fell asleep!

Lulu snoozing on the couch.

Abbie napping on the bed.


Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's a Thought Provoking Quote of the Week in her honor.

We had our elections back in October, since all of ours were for local and state positions, and the run-off is this coming Saturday for the few races that need a run-off.  To me, this quote on the Civic Association announcement board is quite profound:

An excellent way to thank veterans, exercise your right to vote!


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 Glasses, so this is all about my Sweetie.           
They were just right over here, I swear,
Now I can't find them anywhere,
No, I don't have another pair,
Honey, I can't find my glasses!

There's no way for me to see,
I can't drive and I've places to be,
Please get over here and help me,
Help me find my glasses!

Yes, I know that it's a chore,
Yes, it really is a bore,
It seems to happen even more,
That I lose my glasses!

All my life I have misplaced,
To look for them around I've raced,
Your weariness of looking is well based,
But I'm always losing my glasses!

The keys are also always lost,
Watches, coats, umbrellas tossed,
My losing stuff has a heavy cost,
Still, please help me find my glasses!

No, I can't promise it won't happen again,
I'll lose them by tomorrow and then
The next day as well, until the end of when,
In heaven, I finally won't need glasses!


Today is:

Armistice Day/Poppy Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Bonza Bottler Day

Cartagena Independence Day -- Cartagena, Columbia

Constitution Day and King's Birthday -- Bhutan

Day of Remembrance of the Volhvs/Einherjar Feast -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Norse "Feast of the Fallen")

Death/Duty Day

Fasching/Karneval -- Germany; Netherlands (official beginning of next year's pre-lent celebration starts on 11/11 at 11:11, when the Council of Eleven, in colorful fools caps, meet to plan the upcoming festivities)

Four Ones Day -- it is 11/11, after all

Guru Nanak Jayanti -- India; Nepal (celebration of the birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak)

Heir to the Throne Day -- Tuvalu (Prince of Wales birth anniversary celebration)

Hollantide Day a/k/a Hallow-tide -- Isle of Mann (season of All Saints, first day of Winter, celebrated in conjunction with Martintide, the Feast of St. Martin of Tours)

Independence Day -- Angola(1975); Poland(1918)

Independence of Cartagena City -- Colombia

Lacplesis -- Latvia (Remembrance Day)

Lunantishees Day -- Ireland (Fairies who guard the blackthorn trees, cutting a branch today, the old calendar's November 1, means bad luck.)

National Sundae Day

Old November Eve -- In the old calendar, this was actually All Hallow's Eve

Origami Day -- Japan

Pepero Day -- South Korea (similar to a Valentine's Day, when couples exchange Pepero brand cookie sticks)

Pocky and Pretz Day -- Japan (see Pepero day, but substitute the Japanese brand cookie sticks)

Republic Day -- Maldives

Singles Day -- China (Guang Gun Jie, literally "bare sticks day", celebrating the single life on the calendar date that has the most 1's)

St. Martin's Day a/k/a St. Martin of Tours's Day (Western), Martinmas (Old England) (Patron of beggars, cavalry, equestrians, geese, horses, innkeepers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, quartermasters, reformed alcoholics, riders, soldiers, tailors, vintners/wine growers and makers; against alcoholism, impoverishment; highly celebrated through Sweden, Switzerland, and the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten and Patron of over 25 diocese, cities, and countries around the world)
    Beggar's Day -- Netherlands (children act as beggars on St. Martin's Day, similar to trick-or-treat in English speaking countries)
    Martinigians -- Sursee, Switzerland (a celebration of the day in front of Town Hall)
    St. Maarten Day -- Sint Maarten

St. Menas of Egypt's Day (Patron of falsely accused people, peddlers, traveling merchants)

Triple Crown of Surfing -- Oahu, HI, US (3 separate events, through Dec. 20)

Veterans of Foreign Wars Day -- Federated States of Micronesia

World Orphans Day -- originally an initiative of The Stars Foundation; while i cannot find a current sponsor, there is a Facebook page for this day, stating April 20 is the correct date, and here is a site where you can find out more about orphans in the developing world      

Anniversaries Today:

Vietnam Women's Memorial is dedicated, 1993
Route 66 is established by the US Highway System, 1926
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary is dedicated, 1921
Washington becomes the 42nd US State, 1889

Birthdays Today:

Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974
Peta Wilson, 1970
Calista Flockhart, 1964
Demi Moore, 1962
Marc Summers, 1951
Bibi Andersson, 1935
Jonathan Winters, 1925
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1922
Alger Hiss, 1904
Pat O'Brien, 1899
George Patton, 1885
Victor Emmanuel III, 1869
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, 1821
Abigail Smith Adams,1744

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Shadowlands"(Play), 1990
An Early Frost(TV movie), 1985
"Prisoner of Second Avenue"(Play), 1971
"La Plume de Ma Tante"(Revue), 1958
"God Bless America(Song, first public performance)", 1938
"The Tinker's Wedding"(Synge play), 1909
"Society"(Thompson play), 1865

Today in History:

The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul, 308
41 pilgrims land in Massachusetts, sign Mayflower Compact, 1620
Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law, 1647
Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x), 1675
The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia, as the first college society in the US, 1750
Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China, 1790
British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign, 1813
Mary Edward Walker, the 1st Army female surgeon, is awarded the Medal of Honor, 1865
The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people's wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations, 1869
The 11/11/11 cold wave: Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolled through, 1911
The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery, 1921
Prime Minister Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaims the first recognized Greek Republic, 1924
U.S. Route 66 is established, 1926
Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilįrd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator, 1930
The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia is opened, 1934
Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait, 1962
NASA launches Gemini 12, 1966
Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations, 1981
The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests, 1992
New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington, 2004
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveils the New Zealand War Memorial in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army, 2006
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai, 2008
A strike intended to shut down Nepal's general elections November 19th, is orchestrated by an alliance of 33 opposition parties, 2013
The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April is found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison, 2014
An Italian appeals court overturns a manslaughter conviction against 6 scientists for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake, 2014
The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute, 2014


  1. Funny poem. I remember the one time I thought I'd lost my glasses and picked up my daughter's glasses thinking they were mine only to find I was still wearing mine when I tried to put hers on.

  2. Funny and well written poem. Lost glasses are truly a pita. I have only very seldom lost mine, as I wear them all day. But uh, the frustration. Now keys etc. they get lost all the time :)

  3. I admire how much time and effort you spend on your Blog. Thanx.

    God bless.

  4. I like your poem. Reminds me of the time I was searching high and low and everywhere for my glasses and finally realized that I was wearing it all the time!

  5. Aww! aren't they cute the nappers heheh!

    That quote is very powerful :-)

    Nice poem too

    Have a naptastic Monday :-)

  6. Awww on the pups. They do play hard and then they are asleep. It's how they roll.

    Love your Spark and your poem on glasses is spot on for many.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. Great spark and poem. My mom always loses her glasses. Many times she has them hanging off the front of her shirt :)

  8. Lovely poetry about your sweetie and fun for the fur persons ~ glad they wore themselves out ~

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

  9. My Husby always threatened to put my glasses on an 'idiot string' hanging, like mittens from my sleeves. Sigh.
    Perfect poem!
    And I love your pictures!

  10. I can't say I feel the need to celebrate the birth of integral calculus... but that is, of course, just one woman's opinion. YMMV.

  11. Hey messymimi! That might be a way to convince me about heaven .... if I will never again need my glasses!!

  12. Adorable, must have kicked up quite the ruckus. It's nice when you find that perfect pal to play with.

  13. Those woofies sure wore themselves out! Thanks to our Veterans, heroes one and all, we appreciate you!

  14. Your poem made me smile, Mimi. I never lost my glasses when I was growing up because they were always on my face :) Since my cataract surgery and better vision, I've misplaced them a few times when I've been switching between reading glasses and my regular ones.

  15. Your picture did make me say "awww". And I loved your poem, you should join our monthly poetry challenge!