Monday, January 27, 2020

Hammock Time (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Something Needs Changing (Poetry Monday)


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Sometimes it’s nice to just snuggle in the hammock:

especially when another cat is making a ruckus and you want a buddy to watch with you


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 Border She and Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey take turns providing a theme each week.   Charlotte (Mother Owl) and Merry Mae almost always participate, too.  This week the theme is Duty.                      

This week’s free form, unrhymed poem is entitled Something Needs Changing.

When the children were little
And needed diapers
Much of the time i was
The one who did that duty,
But when i was out
Sweetie would step up,
Saying he was a member of D.A.D.D.
Dad’s Against Dirty Diapers,
And their motto was
It’s not just a job,
It’s a doody!


Today is:

Auckland Province Anniversary -- Auckland, New Zealand

Big Snow Day -- remembering the 15 inch snowflakes that fell on in Fort Keough, Montana, on this date in 1887

Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day

Chocolate Cake Day

Clean Out Your Email Inbox Week -- cure your email e-ddiction, get rid of the old stuff clogging up your inbox; see InboxDetox for details 

Day of Remembrance for Victims of Nazism -- Germany (anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz)

Day the Netjers of Heaven Receive Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Elementary School Teacher Day

Family Literacy Day -- Canada

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

Iroquois Mid-Winter Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (for the continuation of all life-sustaining things; a multi-day ceremony and feast that begins around this time of year)

Listen to Classical Music During Lunch Day -- in honor of Mozart

Mozart Day

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering -- Elko, NV, US (the nation's greatest celebration of the American West, with working cowboys, this year including butteri from Italy, attend workshops, jam sessions, performances, and enjoy art and exhibits; through Saturday)

National Heroes' Day -- Cayman Islands

Punch the Clock Day -- internet generated, and no reason for it given; this has to be one of the more baffling ones

St. Angela Merici's Day (Founder of the Sisters of the Order of St. Ursula; Patron of the disabled and ill; against bodily ills and the death of parents)

St. Devota's Day (Patron of Corsica; Monaco)

Thomas Crapper Day -- death date, in 1910, of the perfecter of the flush toilet mechanism

Anniversaries Today:

Founding of the National Geographic Society, 1888
The first sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, is founded at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, 1870
The University of Georgia is chartered, the first state university in the US, 1785

Birthdays Today:

Julie Foudy, 1971
Jennifer LB Leese, 1970
Patton Oswalt, 1969
Alan Cumming, 1965
Bridget Fonda,1964
Cris Collinsworth, 1959
Mimi Rogers, 1956
Mikhail Baryshnikov, 1948
Nick Mason, 1944
Mairead Corrigan, 1944
James Cromwell, 1942
Troy Donahue, 1936
Donna Reed, 1921
David Seville, 1919
Skitch Henderson, 1918
Hyman George Rickover, 1900
Jerome Kern, 1885
Samuel Gompers, 1850
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), 1832
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Laverne and Shirley"(TV), 1976
"Tarzan of the Apes"(Film), 1918

Today in History:

Trajan becomes Roman Emperor, 98
The Rashidun Caliphate ends with the death of Ali, 661
Song Dynasty General Yue Fei is wrongfully executed, 1142
Dante Alighieri becomes a Florentine political exile, 1302
The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators begins, ending with their execution on January 31, 1606
The first American lime kiln begins operation in Providence, Rhode Island, 1662
Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Instanbul, 1695
Czar Peter the Great sets the first Russian state budget, 1710
Abdication of Stanislas, the last king of Poland, 1736
The US Congress approves the opening of Indian Territory for settlement, which led to the forced relocation of Native Americans on the "Trail of Tears," 1825
Manitoba and the Northwest Territories are incorporated, 1870
Thomas Edison is granted a patent for the electric incandescent lamp, 1880
The National Geographic Society is organized, in Washington, D.C., 1888
"Tarzan of the Apes," the first Tarzan movie, premiers, 1918
Apollo 1 – Astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee are killed in a fire during a test of their spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center, 1967
More than sixty nations sign the Outer Space Treaty banning nuclear weapons in space, 1967
Through cooperation between the U.S. and Canadian governments, six American diplomats secretly escape hostilities in Iran in the culmination of the Canadian caper, 1980
The pilot shaft of the Seikan Tunnel, the world's longest sub-aqueous tunnel (53.85 km) between the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido, breaks through, 1983
American-born sumo wrestler Akebono Taro becomes the first foreigner to be promoted to the sport's highest rank of yokozuna, 1993
Germany first observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 1996
Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services, 2006


  1. Love the snugglers.
    I make plenty of mistakes.
    Your poem made me smile. Broadly. Thank you.

  2. Cute kitties! I made uncountable mistakes. I did most of the changing of diapers but when I am not around or busy, hubby will help me with it. Very nicely written poem.

  3. Love the kitties. I love your poem too and the Dad taking his turn with the messy jobs.

  4. You are a wealth of stories and poems and funny jokes. Either your brain is huge or your library is enormous.

  5. Great photo of the cats. Thanx.

    God bless.

  6. Aww! nothing better than being nice and comfy while being nosy heheh!

    Have a tanfabulous day :-)

  7. Dads Against Dirty Diapers is fine, and Dood hat me hitting the "google-button" and then laughing,. Thanks :)

  8. Those cats on hammocks always look so comfy. Mom says she used to have a hammock for her cats when she lived in Germany and they liked it a lot. We have that quote at dog sports events. It is true.

  9. Precious kitties! I just love that spark.

  10. Mimi,

    What a funny poem about Dads Against Dirty Diapers, it's not a job its a doody! Ha-Ha! You're so clever. :) Oh boy, it's Chocolate Cake Day!!! Count me in!

  11. Awww, cat TV. So cute.

    Love the Spark and it's ever so true.

    Love your poem. I've not known a lot of guys that liked changing diapers. Bless their hearts.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug. ♥

  12. That was a cute poem. Excellent spark too. I hope these 2 cuties get adopted together. XO

  13. Those sweet kitties like your Spark too cause some kitty is out there doing something!

  14. As a multiple dad myself I found your poem most amusing! I tried substituting the English version of diaper, ie nappy, and it didn't work nearly as well!

  15. How I love your poem!! Great play on words :)

    The kitten hammocks are such a good idea. And the kitties sure look cute in them.

  16. N joyz hammick day wee onez !!! N happee... like 264th... mizzter Mozart !! :) ♥♥

  17. Shama, my female cat, is like the one on the right of the picture...and years ago I had a beautiful grey cat, "Smocka" the one on the left.

  18. Great hammock with the adorable kitties snuggling ^_^ ~ love the quote too ^_^

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

  19. I do love your Spark; it's very true. And we all need a buddy to cuddle with as we watch life!

  20. Bwahahahaha! “ It’s not just a job, It’s a doody!” Priceless!


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