Monday, December 16, 2019

Did His Job Well (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Time (Poetry Monday)


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Bear, a/k/a Mr. Manners, is tired from snoopervising the Christmas decorating at his house:


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 Time.            

There's the same amount each day,
It just never seems like enough,
More to do than can ever get done,
Egad! will you just look at the time!

Realize it won't all get done,
Each time you add more stuff, that
Simply makes life harder,
Take a moment to rest.


Today is:

Barbie and Barney Backlash Day -- if you need an explanation, you don't have kids; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Beethoven Day -- celebrate the anniversary of his birth by listening to one of his fine works

Bijoy Dibosh -- Bangladesh (Victory Day)

Day of Reconciliation -- South Africa

Day of the Republic -- Kazakhstan (Independence from the USSR in 1991)

Festival of Sapientia -- Ancient Roman Empire (personification of wisdom and knowledge)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Pottasleiker -- Pot-licker, who tries to snatch unwashed pots and lick them clean

Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society Annual Meeting

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

National Day/Independence Day -- Bahrain(1971)
Posadas Navidenas (Fiesta of the Virgin of the Lonely) -- Mexico (celebrated through the 24th, "pilgrims" go house to house seeking shelter to commemorate the search of Mary and Joseph for shelter in Bethlehem)

Simbang Gabi -- Philippines (Christmas festivals that last until Three Kings Day)

St. Adelaide's Day (Patron of abuse victims, brides, empresses, exiles, in-law problems, parenthood, parents of large families, princesses, prisoners, second marriages, step-parents, and widows)

Stupid Toy Day -- make sure you aren't giving any of those to any kids you buy for

Tea Party Day -- Boston, MA, US (anniversary of the 1773 Party)

Vijay Diwas --  India (Victory Day)

Wan Kila Haeng Chat -- Thailand (National Sports Day)

Birthdays Today:

Michael McCary, 1971
Benjamin Bratt, 1963
William "Refrigerator" Perry, 1962
Jon Tenney, 1961
Alison La Placa, 1959
Billy Gibbons, 1949
Benny Andersson, 1946
Steven Bochco, 1943
Lesley Stahl, 1941
Liv Ullmann, 1939
Bruce N Ames, 1928
Arthur C. Clarke, 1917
Margaret Mead, 1901
Noel Coward, 1899
Wassily Kandinsky, 1866
George Santayana, 1863
Jane Austen, 1775
Ludwig von Beethoven, 1770
Catherine of Aragon, 1536

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"One Day At a Time"(TV), 1975
"Dragnet"(TV), 1951
"Me and My Girl"(Musical), 1937
Variety(Magazine, first issue), 1905
"From the New World"(Dvorak Symphony), 1893 (often called "New World Symphony")

Today in History:

An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion during the Tang Dynasty of China, 755
Mount Vesuvious, Italy erupts, destroys 6 villages & kills 4,000, 1631
Oliver Cromwell sworn in as English Lord Protector, 1653
The last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan, 1707
A big tea party in Boston harbor -- Indians welcome -- is "celebrated" (Boston Tea Party), 1773
Fire burns over 600 buildings in NYC, 1835
In New Zealand, the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, 1850
The Kingdom of Nepal accepts its constitution, 1862
Antonín Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From The New World is given its world première performance at Carnegie Hall, 1893
The first submarine with an internal combustion engine is demonstrated, 1897
The "Great White Fleet" sails from Hampton Downs on its round the world tour, 1907
The first credit union in the US is formed, in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1908
The first US postage stamp picturing an airplane, a 20 cent parcel post, is issued, 1912
Albert Einstein publishes his "General Theory of Relativity", 1915
The Haiyuan earthquake, magnitude 8.5, rocks the Gansu province in China, killing an estimated 200,000, 1920
Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempt to escape from the American federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay; neither is ever seen again, 1937
Thailand joins the United Nations, 1945
William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain build the first practical point-contact transistor, 1947
Cleveland, Ohio becomes the first post-Depression era US city to default on its loans, owing $14,000,000 to local banks, 1978
An episode of Pokemon, "Denno Senshi Porygon", aired in Japan induces seizures in 685 Japanese children, 1997
George W. Bush signs the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 into law, 2003
The US National Institutes of Health places a moratorium on new studies using chimpanzees as research models when a report comes out showing that most of such research is scientifically unjustified, 2010
After years of receding, the Arctic sea ice is shown to have rebounded in extent and volume, 2013
A five day pollution red alert is declared in Beijing and 21 other Chinese cities is classified by officials as a “meteorological disaster”, 2016 


  1. Taking time to rest sounds like excellent advice. Do you ever follow it? Just reading about your week is exhausting.

  2. Mr Manners looks really tired. Reading your poem makes me tired and I really need a rest. Have a great week!

  3. Mr Manners looks like he's getting a well earned rest. Snoopervising is exhausting.

  4. I like your quote today. Thanx.

    God bless.

  5. Beethovens birthday - thank you - and it's the birthday of my piano-plying son. Coincidence or is your birthday your destiny?

  6. The lead up to Christmas is a very hectic, tiring time for Mr. Manners it appears! :)

  7. Between Beethoven, Jane Austen, Kandinsky, and Noel Coward, it's hard to know which to celebrate first. (Except that Jane Austen always wins, in my book. :-D)

  8. No rest for the weary!

    Antonín Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, From The New World is given its world première performance at Carnegie Hall, 1893

    Hmmm I wonder how much time it took for him to compose this little ditty.

  9. Bear must have worked like a dog to get that tired! Love the quote too.

  10. Mimi,

    Poor Bear! Decorating is tiring work. :) Ooo, now National Chocolate Covered Anything Day is something you can count me in for!!

  11. Awww, snoopervising is hard work and you need a nap after you're done. Cute.

    Time is spot on. We all try to do to much. It's not a good thing either.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  12. Love your quote! and Bear certainly deserves a snooze after all that snoopervising!

  13. "Snoopervising" is a great word! lol

    I agree with your poem sentiment, too - these days I've lowered my standards for Christmas "doings" and enjoy it so much more.

  14. I have one that likes to snoopervise as well. He's laying at my feet now just waiting for another job. :-) Sometimes it does seem like minutes/jhours are removed from the day! Hope your Christmas season has been filled with warm wishes and hot cocoa. xoxo

  15. Yep. I'm totally into the 'resting' part! My Snoopervisor nearly got herself pitched out with the boxes...

  16. Poor Bear looks totally zonked! That was a great Spark and very true too!

  17. Bear is a cutie. Great Spark and poem.

  18. That sure is a good Spark. The poem was really good too. Have a good evening.

  19. Mr Manners looking nice and comfy all that snoopervising must had worn him out heheh! :-)

    Have a tanfasticated week :-)

  20. 'Snoopervising' can be exhausting ~ sweet photo of you resting
    and great 'spark.'

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


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