Monday, December 23, 2019

Kittens (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and This Time Of The Year (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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There have been lots of adoptions this month, and we have plenty of kittens ready:


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 week’s theme is This Time of the Year.                  

The best thing about
This time of the year
Is that we get
Again to hear
Angel choirs
Children singing
All the music
Laughter ringing.

The best thing about
This time of year
We once again
Are full of cheer
We give our time
Our gifts, our love
To remember the gift,
Child from above.


Today is:

Birthday of the Queen Silvia -- Sweden (an official flag day)

Children's Day -- South Sudan; Sudan

Day of Acca Larentia -- Ancient Rome, Republic and Empire (earth goddess and protectress who raised Romulus and Remus)

Festivus -- For the Rest of Us!  (The holiday introduced on the episode of Seinfeld that aired 12/18/97; have some meatloaf, decorate with an unadorned aluminum pole, have a "Feats of Strength" contest and an "Airing of Grievances"!)

Hanukkah -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday; through sundown Dec. 30)

Humanlight Celebration -- celebration of tolerance, compassion, empathy, honesty, free inquiry, reason, and rationality

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Ketkrokur -- Meat-hook, who will lower a hook down the chimney and snatch a bit of meat if he can, especially if you are cooking lamb for St. Porlakur(Thorlac)

Igler Bergweihnacht -- Igls, Austria (charming nativity parade starring the children of this small town near Innsbruck)

Learn Metric Day -- US (passage of the Metric Conversion Act of 1875)

Mouse-Marketing Day -- Fairy Calendar

National Pfefferneusse Day -- don't forget the Puderzucker!

Noche de Rabanos (Night of the Radishes) -- Oaxaca, Mexico (part of the lead up to Christmas, bring out your best carved radish!)

Popcorn Popping Day -- so you can string it on the tree, of course

Porlaksmessa, Feast of St. Thorlaker/Thorlac -- Iceland (Patron saint, though never officially recognized by the Holy See)

Roots Day -- as you gather with family during the season, don't forget to sit with elder relatives and learn about your family's past

Secret of the Unhewn Stone -- Celtic Calendar (Only day on their calendar not governed by a tree month)

St. John of Kanti's Day (Patron of Lithuania, Poland)

St. Servulus' Day (Patron of the disabled/physically challenged; against paralysis)

St. Victoria's Day (Patron of Anticoli Corrado, Italy)

Tenno Tanjobi -- Japan (Birthday of Emperor Akihito, national holiday observed as a day of rest.)

Two Days To Go Day

Victory Day -- Egypt (a/k/a Suez Victory Day)

Anniversary Today:

Establishment of the US Federal Reserve System, 1913

Birthdays Today:

Corey Haim, 1971
Carla Bruni, 1967
Eddie Vedder, 1964
Carol Ann Duffy, 1955
Susan Lucci, 1946
Harry Shearer, 1943
Akihito, 1933
Robert Bly, 1926
Gerald O'Loughlin, 1921
Jose Greco, 1918
Madame C.J. Walker, 1867
Connie Mack, 1862
Harriet Monroe, 1860
Joseph Smith, Jr., 1805

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Hoffmeyer's Legacy(Film; 1st with Keystone Kops), 1912

Today in History:

Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist, 962
St Philip of Moscow martyred by Ivan the Terrible, 1569
Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn, 1672
John Flamsteed observes Uranus without realizing it's undiscovered, 1690
The Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France, 1776
Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct, 1779
"A Visit from St Nicholas" by C. Clement Moore is published in the Troy (NY) Sentinel (Now usually titled " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas"), 1823
The opera Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck is first performed, 1893
The first all-steel passenger railroad coach completed, in Altoona, Pa, 1907
The first hospital ship built to move wounded naval personnel is launched, 1919
Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace, 1919
Discovery of the first modern coelacanth in South Africa, 1938
The transistor is first demonstrated at Bell Laboratories, 1947
Dedication of Tokyo Tower, the world's highest self-supporting iron tower, 1958
The North Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world, 1970
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes the Nicaraguan capital of Managua killing more than 10,000, 1972
The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism, 1972
Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California becoming the first aircraft to fly non-stop around the world without aerial or ground refueling, 1986
In a referendum, 88% of Slovenia's population vote for independence from Yugoslavia, 1990
An 8.1 magnitude earthquake hits Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean, 2004
Volcanic activity alerts are issued in Chile and Argentina, in areas near the Copahue volcano, after it started to spew ash, 2012


  1. Love the kittehs, the sign AND your poem.

  2. Ahh, I love your poem! How sweet!! I'm glad a lot of kitties have found new homes this Christmas season. That's good mews to read. :) Y'all have a blessed and joyful Christmas, my friend!

  3. And the best thing is knowing the season will come again next year and will be as wonderful as the ones before.

    Learn Metric Day -- US (passage of the Metric Conversion Act of 1875)

    TOO LATE for me to learn anything new. lol

  4. Glad the kittens are getting adopted. Hope people are also realizing pets are for life, not quick gifts you can just return after the holidays. Looks like they love that hammock thing.

  5. About as 'awww' as it gets, and as for the poem - simply perfect. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  6. Love the kitties. So cute.

    Love your poem. Spot on.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. The kittens seem to really like their hammocks!

    I think part of the magic of Christmas for me is simply the repetition of those things that we do, sing, and share year after year, just as your poem says.

  8. What a lovely post today! Those sweet little ones, we're sending purrs and prayers for a purrfect home for the holidays for all.

  9. those kitties look so comfy!! 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
    * Joy to all! ♫•*¨* Peace on Earth ♪♫•*¨*

  10. Love that sign and all of those sweet kittens.

  11. Did you find homes for all those kitties? WOW, good for you. Every animal should have a home. Merry Christmas.

  12. Lovely poem, short and to the point.
    Today I have a load of corrections to your wonderful lists: Tenno Tanjobi: Japan (Birthday of Emperor Akihito, national holiday observed as a day of rest) is no longer celebrated today since the abdication of emperor Akihito. Naruhito's birthday - the new Tenno tanjobi is 23 February.
    National Pfefferneusse Day -- don't forget the Puderzucker! Pfeffernüsse or Pfeffernuesse is the correct spelling.
    And poor bishop Thorlac of Iceland is written Þorlákur and was officially canonized in 1984 by John Paul II, so we can celebrate Þorláksmessa with ease of mind today.
    Sorry to be such a nitpicker - it is only because I actually read and enjoy your lists.
    Have a very merry Christmas!

  13. Aww! at the kitties was it hammock day heheh!

    I liked the sign

    Have a kittytastic day

  14. Oh sweet kitties ~ lots of hugs ~ Lovely poem and fun sign ~ LOL
    Merry Christmas to you ^_^

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

  15. So many best things about this time of year! Thank you for this beautiful reminder! And Happy Two Days to Go Day!

  16. Ahhhhh! You had me at "kittens"! :)

    Beautiful little darlings.

  17. I hope all these cuties get forever home for Christmas. Great spark and poem.

  18. Look at all those cats! Mommy wants them all!
    We love your postss. Thank you for being you.
    May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  19. I loved your poem! Happy New Year, Mimi!!! Also, if I weren't so allergic I would adopt all of those kitties!

  20. Aw....the cute feline fur babies. Love them! Oh I like the poem too. Enjoy visiting you and miss seeing you so forgive me for always catching up with everyone. Be safe and stay healthy. HUGS


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