Monday, January 20, 2020

Lulu (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Loose Wiring (Poetry Monday)


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Lulu was not happy as Grandma and i prepared to run errands, she wouldn’t come out to say good-bye:

Later, she enjoyed a play session with Miss Eva:

Finally, she was just worn out:


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/Charlotte and Merry Mae almost always participate, too.  This weeks theme is Connections.                   

The loose connections
In my brain,
They keep me running,
What a pain!

Go out the door
Without my list
Get to the shop,
And clench my fist!

It’s fate that makes
Me leave behind
Whatever i need
Can’t bring it to mind.

To remember only after
All my energy does drain,
This loose connection
In my brain.


Today is:

2020 Healthy Weight Week -- US   

Armed Forces Day -- Mali

Australian Open -- Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia (part of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments; through Feb. 2)

Blue Monday -- UK (it's gloomy winter, it's after the holidays, it's time to cheer someone up by doing something nice for him/her)   

Camcorder Day -- five companies agreed, this day in 1982, to cooperate and construct a camera with a built in VCR

Celtic Tree Month Beth (Birch) ends

Coffee Break Day

Day of National Mourning -- Azerbaijan (a/k/a Martyrs' Day)

Festival of Jubilation for Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, in Busiris)

Heroes Day -- Cape Verde; Guinea-Bissau (death anniversary of Amilcar Cabral)

International Snow Sculpture Festival -- Breckenridge, CO, US (teams from around the country and around the world compete, through the 29th)

La Tamborrada de San Sebastian -- San Sebastian, Spain (24 hours of drumming, begun last evening)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- US and Territories (obs.)

National Buttercrunch Day

National Cheese Lover's Day

National Granola Bar Day

National Disc Jockey Day -- listed lots of places, but no particular reason given for the choice of date

Penguin Awareness Day -- lots of celebrating, but no history of who started it

Sacrifices to Athena -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Stay Young Forever Day -- celebrate the child in all of us, do something fun

St. Sebastian's Day (Patron of archers, armorers, arrowsmiths/fletchers, athletes, bookbinders, diseased cattle, dying people, gardeners, gunsmiths, hardware stores, ironmongers, lace makers/lace workers, lead workers, masons, plague victims, police officers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, raquet makers, soldiers, stone masons/stone cutters; several cities, but especially of Rio de Janiero, Brazil and San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, where today is marked with celebrations; against cattle disease, enemies of religion, plague)

Take a Walk Outdoors Day -- unless it's storming, a good way to get some exercise

Tenmangu Kowakamai -- Setaka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (festival of old style Japanese dances)

Wellington Provincial Anniversary Day -- Wellington, New Zealand (obs.; trad. date 22nd)

Birthdays Today:

Skeet Ulrich, 1969
Rainn Wilson, 1966
James Denton, 1963
Lorenzo Lamas, 1958
Bill Maher, 1956
David Lynch, 1946
Dorothy Provine, 1937
Arte Johnson, 1934
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, 1930
Patricia Neal, 1926
Otis Dewey "Slim" whitman, 1924
Federico Fellini, 1920
DeForest Kelley, 1920
Joy Adamson, 1910
George Burns, 1896
Harold Lincoln Gray, 1894
Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, 1889
Carolus Linnaeus, 1778
André-Marie Ampère, 1775
Richard Henry Lee, 1732

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Meet the Beatles"(Album, US release), 1964

Today in History:

The first elected English Parliament called into session by the 6th Earl of Leicester, and meets in the Palace of Westminster (a/k/a Houses of Parliament), 1265
The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored, 1502
The Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) is founded in Spain to deal with American affairs, 1503
The cornerstone of Amsterdam town hall laid, 1648
The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson, 1788
China cedes Hong Kong to British, 1841
L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster, 1885
The first full length talking motion picture filmed outdoors is released, "In Old Arizona", 1929
Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews, 1942
The first atomic submarine, USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Connecticut, 1955
Witnesses report sightings of a Bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the River Thames since records began in 1913, 2006
A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance, 2007
Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum, 2013


  1. Love your poem, and unfortunately relate to it only too well.

  2. That's a great poem, I have similar loose connections myself, most recently waiting at the bus stop and only when the bus was in sight did I remember my bus pass was still on the table at home :(

  3. I've been worn out all day...from the heat and humidity, so I've been very lazy, feeling no guilt whatsoever...watching the first day of the Australian Open (tennis).

    I just leave my brain on the bedside table...that way I know where it is at all times! :)

  4. I could have written that poem, at least regarding the contents, the form is better than mine. Well done.

  5. A tired out pup is a good and happy pup! Great quote. Lots of folks lack vision, and it is important to have.

  6. Mimi,

    I have a lot of those loose connection inside my brain, too. Cute poem!

  7. Athletes, bookbinders, and diseased cattle?!?!
    This one is gonna be hard to top! ;-D

  8. Awww, Lulu you are such a sweetie! I love the Helen Keller quote, what an amazing visionary.

  9. Do wish we could have a dog! Maybe someday.

  10. Awww on Lulu. They do what they do when they want. It's the way of pups.

    Love your Spark. I know some of those folks that can see but have no vision.

    That loose connection is in my brain too.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  11. Sweet fur persons and smart doggie ~ Great 'spark.' ~

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

  12. Rest up for more play time Lulu! That Spark is so true!!!

  13. So THAT's what's wrong with my brain - it has loose connections - now it all makes sense! lol

    Well done, Mimi :)

  14. I'm glad we all got connected up with poetry.

  15. Heehee! I think I have the same loose connection! Although I did go into a room the other day and remembered why I was there! Of course, it was the bathroom . . .


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