Monday, December 9, 2019

A Shelter Full (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and That Ringing In My Ears (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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If you need a Christmas kitten, we’ve got ‘em!


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.   Mother Owl and Merry Mae almost always participate, too.  This weeks theme is Phones.            

That ringing in my ears,
It has to be the phone,
Sometimes i really wish
They’d just leave me alone.

Not all the time, of course,
Just once in a blue moon,
It would be really nice,
For silence instead of the tune

Of ringing in my ears,
It never really ends
And often it’s for me,
It’s relatives or friends.

Way too often, however,
It’s just a scammer call,
And of those i am tired,
They drive me up the wall.

So if you call and ring my phone,
And your number i don’t know,
This i promise, every time,
To voicemail you will go.

If you leave a message
And your called i truly missed,
Then i will call you back,
Also, put you on my list.

If your message is silly,
And you pretend to be
The IRS or FBI,
You’ll have to come catch me!


Today is:

Anna's Day -- Sweden and Finland (commemorates the conception of the Virgin Mary by St. Anne, celebration for all females named Anne or Anna, and the day to start the processing of the Christmas Eve lutefisk.)

Christmas Card Day -- the first commercial card went on sale on this day in 1843

Christmas Gift Memory Day -- the day to reminisce about your all time favorite Christmas gift

End of Days of Reckoning -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of the Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos by St. Anne -- Orthodox Church

International Anti-Corruption Day -- UN

National Heroes Day -- Antigua and Barbuda

National Pastry Day

National Tree Planting Day -- Malawi

Remembrance for Egill Skallagrimsson -- Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (Viking Age poet, warrior, and rune magician)

Republic Day -- Tanzania

Search High and Low For Your Gingerbread Recipe Day -- or just give up and go to the internet for a new one, that's where i found this "holiday"

St. Leocadia's Day (Patron of Toledo, Spain)

Weary Willie Day -- birth anniversary of Emmet Kelley, Sr.

Yuri's Day in the Autumn -- Russian Orthodox Church (a celebration of St. George, as following the Gregorian Calendar)

Anniversaries Today:

Petrified Forest National Park, AZ, US, established, 1962
Christmas Seals first sold, in Wilmington, DE, US, 1907
"Charge of the Light Brigade" published, 1854
YMCA opens in Montreal, QC, CA (first in North America), 1851

Birthdays Today:

Jesse Metcalfe, 1978
Reiko Aylesworth, 1972
David Kersh, 1970
Kara DioGuardi, 1970
Jakob Dylan, 1969
Kurt Angle, 1968
Felicity Huffman, 1962
David Anthony Higgins, 1961
Joe Lando, 1961
Donny Osmond, 1957
John Malkovich, 1953
Joan Armatrading, 1950
Michael Nouri, 1945
Dick Butkus, 1942
Beau Bridges, 1941
Judy Dench, 1934
Buck Henry, 1930
Dick Van Patten, 1928
Dina Merrill, 1925
Redd Foxx, 1922
Kirk Douglas, 1916
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1909
Grace Hopper, 1906
Margaret Hamilton, 1902
Emmet Kelley, Sr., 1898
Clarence Birdseye, 1886
Joel Chandler Harris, 1848
John Milton, 1608
Edwin Sandys, 1561

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"(TV special), 1965
"Coronation Street"(TV), 1960
"Salome"(Opera), 1905
"Charge of the Light Brigade"(Publication date, in The Examiner), 1854

Today in History:

The Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire, 536
New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster, 1793
The Republic of Texas captures San Antonio, Texas, 1835
The first Young Men's Christian Association in the Americas is founded, in Montreal, 1851
Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback becomes governor of Louisiana for 35 days, becoming the first black US governor, 1872
Levant Richardson patents the ball-bearing skate, 1884
Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department, 1888
The Norwegian parliament vote unanimously for female suffrage, 1903
The first broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV, 1960
Barbados joins the United Nations, 1966
NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco, 1968
The United Arab Emirates join the United Nations, 1971
The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, 1979
Phoenix, Arizona, US, gets 3 inches of snow, 1985
Lech Walesa wins the presidental election in Poland, 1990
In Australia, thieves broke into a home and stole two 300-year-old etchings by Rembrandt. The 4-by-4-inch etchings, a self-portait and a depiction of the artist's mother, were valued around $518,000, 2003
Pakistan's media publish fake WikiLeaks cables attacking India, 2010
China creates a new "Confucius Peace Prize" to honor its former Taiwanese Vice President, Lien Chan, who refused to collect it, 2010
The NASA Mars rover Curiosity has returned images from the red planet's Gale Crater showing evidence of sediment deposits, suggesting that lakes and rivers potentially existed across the planet millions of years ago, 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, for her handling of debt and refugee crises, 2015


  1. Love your poem.
    And wish people would remember that kittens are not just for Christmas but for life.

  2. That little tabby is saying "there you are! please come and get me"
    I get annoyed by scammer calls too, most of them use an area code that doesn't match with anyone I know, so I just don't answer.

  3. Sweet kittens and a nice poem. Scammer calls: I don't mind them on my old phone where I can slam the receiver hard with a loud sound in their ears, and hate them on my cell phone, where I just can say no.

  4. Aww! I hope they get loving homes in time for Christmas

    I liked your poem I get great pleasure in blocking the scammer calls heheh!

    Have a kittentastic week :-)

  5. Too many cookies around to celebrate Pastry Day... I think I'll celebrate the Christmas card instead. By, you know, actually addressing some tonight... (Good golly, am I behind...)

  6. Those kittens would match me and Olivia perfectly, but we don't need anymore felines at our house. Love that quote too!

  7. Cute kitties! 'Start before you're ready', that's a hard one to follow but I'll courage up this week and give it a try!

  8. Awww, would love to have a Christmas kitty, but hubby says no more. I have to abide by his wishes.

    Love that poem and I'm with you.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥♥♥

  9. I'm sick an tired of the many phone cakks that we get from these scammers. Can't they do something about them? They are a pain in the butt.
    I loved the poem Mimi. Thanks.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Aww ~ do hope the kitties who are so adorable get adopted by Xmas to a forever home ~ Love your poem ~ fun!

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

  11. It amazes me that with all the technology there is in the world today we still cannot prevent scammer calls . . . great poem for which I think most people share your feelings.

  12. Beautiful kittens. The purrfect Christmas gift.

    God bless.

  13. Such a nice poem and a great Spark. Oh my, love, love, love those wee kittens!

  14. I would love to have furbabies runing around the house again,but than again my breathing would suffer greatly.Celestine and i wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!🎄🎄🎄 🎁🎁🎁🎅🎅🎅
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    •。★ Christmas 。* 。
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    ˚ ˛ •˛• ˚| 田田 |門| ˚And a Happy New Year
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  15. Cute poem. And those kitties are so adorable. XO

  16. Beautiful hard to resist. :)

    I lost my key to success years ago...still searching for it!!

  17. That poem is AWESOME! And you're right. It's not the phone I want to's the spammers!

  18. Well, I'm pretty sure that building is a PhotoShop job. Structurally, it would be impossible to cantilever that far past the base. Just sayin'. Love the garage themed lavatory. Have a blessed week.


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