Monday, December 30, 2019

Sleepy (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Resolved Not To Make Resolutions (Poetry Monday)


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A sleepy little one from the shelter:


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 New Year’s Resolutions.                    

If you want to know
What i think of this week’s theme,
Ask if i make them.

The answer is no,
Not any longer.   They just 
don’t work out for me.

If you want to change
And resolutions help you,
By all means, use them.

Let me, however
Meander in my own way
And changes will come.


Today is:

Araw ni Rizal -- Philippines (commemoration of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal in 1896, as well as all victims of the Spanish government during their rule of the Philippines)

Bacon Day -- for those tired of the same old winter holidays, see

Day of the Declaration of Slovakia as an Independent Eccliesiatic Province -- Slovakia

Fairy Frequent Fliers' Awards

Falling Needles Family Fest Day -- gather the family, watch the needles fall from the tree, and have a party; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Feast of the Holy Family -- Catholic Christian

Festival of Enormous Changes At the Last Minute -- internet generated, and i'm not sure i'm up to it

Kwanzaa, Day 5, Nia(Purpose)

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day -- shouldn't this be on Jan. 1, to help us get over the indigestion from the night before?

No Interruptions Day -- let people finish up what needs to get done before the New Year at work, and silence the devices at home that keep us from spending uninterrupted time with family 

Sixth Day of Christmas

St. Ruggero of Canne's Day (Barletta, Italy)

Anniversary Today:

The Arroyo Seco Parkway, California's first freeway, opens, 1940
Rutherford B. Hayes (19th US President) marries Lucy Ware Webb, 1852

Birthdays Today:

LeBron James, 1984
Kristin Kreuk, 1982
Eliza Dushku, 1980
Laila Ali, 1977
Tiger Woods, 1975
Sean Hannity, 1961
Tracey Ullman, 1959
Matt Lauer, 1957
Meredith Vieira, 1953
Patti Smith, 1946
Davy Jones, 1945
Concetta Tomei, 1945
Michael Nesmith, 1942
James Burrows, 1940
Del Shannon, 1939
Joseph Bologna, 1938
Noel Paul Stookey, 1937
Sandy Koufax, 1935
Russ Tamblyn, 1935
Bo Diddley, 1928
Jack Lord, 1920
Bert Parks, 1914
Stephen Leacock, 1869
Simon Guggenheim, 1867
Rudyard Kipling, 1865

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Let's Make a Deal"(TV), 1963
"The Roy Rogers Show"(TV), 1951
"Kiss Me, Kate"(Musical), 1948

Today in History:

Hugh Capet, King of the Franks, crowns his son Robert the Pious king and co-ruler, 987
A Muslim mob storms the royal palace in Granada, crucifies Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacres most of the Jewish population of the city, 1066
Tokyo is hit by an earthquake, about 37,000 die, 1703
The first coffee is planted in Hawaii (Kona), 1817
Gyula, Count Andrássy, of Hungary, issues the Andrassy Note, calling for Christian-Muslim religious freedoms, 1875
Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance," premieres, 1879
The American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans, 1903
Iran becomes a constitutional monarchy, 1906
The All India Muslim League is founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India Empire, which later laid down the foundations of Pakistan, 1906
Lincoln's Inn in London admits its first female bar student, 1919
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed, 1922
Japan dedicates the first subway in the Orient (route under 2 miles long), 1927
The Cole Porter Broadway musical, Kiss Me, Kate (1,077 performances), opens at the New Century Theatre and becomes the first show to win the Best Musical Tony Award, 1948
In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record , 1981
Israel and the Vatican establish diplomatic relations, 1993
Tropical Storm Zeta forms in the open Atlantic Ocean, tying the record for the latest tropical cyclone ever to form in the North Atlantic basin, 2005
The last roll of Kodachrome film is developed by Dwayne's Photo, the only remaining Kodachrome processor at the time, concluding the film's 74-year run as a photography icon, 2009
The opening of Line 6 of the Beijing subway makes it the longest metro network in the world at 442km, 2012


  1. The sleeping kitteh is a cutie, and that quote a beauty.
    I really like (and agree wholeheartedly) with your poem too.

  2. Yes to the poem. I always found 'meandering' to be such an unwieldy word, edgy and hard to think of ... like my tries at drawing its grafical counterpart as a young child. But you and your blog has taught me to associate meandering with ambling, rambling, strolling, enjoying and suchlike.
    So now I can wish for all of us a meandering, happy new year.

  3. Aww! how very cute sleeping there in the cat hammock heheh!

    I liked the quote and enjoyed the poem even more :-)

  4. Why does or why should a New Year force us to do things differently than the day before? It really won't. Nothing inspires me less than telling me I have to do something OR ELSE.
    So MM will meander with MM and all will be well. :)

  5. The poem is great. And that little kitten is just way too cute. You all have a great day

  6. That kitten is adorable but looks like it needs a home to snuggle into. No resolutions for us, why bother. We have our goals all the time and they work for us.

  7. I like the cat in a hammock.

    Happy Meeeow Year.

    God bless.

  8. Mimi,

    I'd like to take a cat nap about now. I'm beat! This weekend was too busy for me. I like your little poem. I'd rather meander around with change eventually catching up to me. :) Unfortunately, I find that I have to force myself to do something different if I want to see the results I want. Meander often brings more problems in my life that needs fixing. :D

    ★ ⋰⋱★⋰⋱★⋰⋱ ★
    ★ Happy New Year ★
    ★ ⋱⋰★⋱⋰★⋱⋰ ★

  9. To tell the truth, I haven't made resolutions for years. Meandering gets me through as well! :)

  10. Looking at the cute kitty napping makes me sleepy now. Wishing you and love ones Happy New Year!

  11. Awww on that sleeping kitty. So precious. I hope it finds a wonderful forever home soon.

    Love your Spark and I really love your take on Resolutions. I'm with you. Why set myself up to fail.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  12. BACON DAY!!!!!
    I am a happy woman.
    A happy, participating woman...

  13. Precious little kitty photo ~ adorable ~ ^_^

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

  14. No offense, but I do NOT want Heaven to accept me in 2020! I plan to stay right here on earth.

  15. Such a cute kitten. I hope he gets his forever home by the end of 2019. Great spark and poem. XO

  16. That wee one is so darn precious! Love the Spark.

  17. Aww, that kitten! There is nothing sweeter than a kitten, unless maybe it's a puppy . . . or any other baby animal :)

    I like the idea of meandering to find change, and I agree fully!


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