Monday, February 17, 2020

Enthusiasm (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Blue (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.

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

It’s hard to get a picture of Jezzie, she is so enthusiastic she doesn’t want to stop moving and pose for the camera.

Even if she’s being still a moment, that tail is not!


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 almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Blue.           

My favorite color is purple
But i am glad, it’s true
That today we are rhyming
With the color blue.

‘Cause nothing rhymes with purple,
And orange and silver, too,
But there are plenty of choices,
When the color you rhyme is blue.

When people have the sads
They sometimes say, “I’m so blue!”
But that gives blue such a bad rap
Let’s give this color its due!

Blue is pretty skies
Fresh as the morning dew,
Blue is the ocean deep
As far as you can view.

My sad days are gray to me
The happy days, skies are blue,
On those days i’m going out
To raise a hullabaloo!


Today is:

Day of Cancelled Expectations -- according to William Least Heat-Moon in his autobiography, Blue Highways

Dita e Pavaresise -- Kosovo (Independence Day)(2008)

Family Day -- AB, BC, NB, ON, SK, Canada

Feast of Shezmu -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (god of the winepress; date approximate)

February 17 Revolution Day -- Libya

Hachinohe Enburi Matsuri -- Hachinohe, Japan (festival with prayers for a good harvest; through Wednesday)

Heritage Day -- NS, Canada (honouring Mona Louise Parsons)

Islander Holiday -- PEI, Canada

Last day of Celtic Tree Month Luis (Rowan)

Louis Riel Day -- MB, Canada

My Way Day -- today, determine your identity all by yourself, apart from what other people say you should be; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Cafe Au Lait Day

National Indian Pudding Day

National PTA Founders Day -- US

Practice Your Free Throws Day -- spread around the internet by someone who really loves basketball

Presidents' Day -- US and Territories

Quirinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a/k/a Feast of Fools)

Random Acts of Kindness Day -- US (unofficial, but a great idea)      

Snow Ice Cream Day -- internet generated; if you want to try it, and are sure your snow is reasonably clean, add sugar, milk, a touch of vanilla, and enjoy

St. Fortchern of Trim's Day (Patron of bell-founders)

Tanis Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar (To honor pigs)

Anniversaries Today:

League of United Latin American Citizens (Lulac) Founded, 1929
Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio, 1809

Birthdays Today:

Vanessa Atler, 1982
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 1981
Paris Hilton, 1981
Jerry O'Connell, 1974
Bryan White, 1974
Billie Joe Armstrong, 1972
Denise Richards, 1972
Michael Forbes, 1967
Ronald "Bell Biv" DeVoe, 1967
Michael Jordan, 1963
Lou Diamond Phillips, 1962
Richard Karn, 1959
Rene Russo, 1954
Brenda Fricker, 1945
Jim Brown, 1936
Alan Bates, 1934
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), 1934
Lee Holby, 1926
Hal Holbrook, 1925
Arthur Kennedy, 1914
Clarence Lindon “Buster” Crabbe, 1908
Red Barber, 1908
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879
William Cadbury, 1867
Samuel Sidney Mcclure, 1857
Friedrich A Krupp, 1854
A. Montgomery Ward, 1844
Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, 1781
Thomas Malthus, 1766
Arcangelo Corelli, 1653

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Prairie Home Companion"(Radio), 1979
"BC"(Comic Strip), 1958
"Madame Butterfly"(Puccini Opera), 1904
"Un Ballo in maschera"(Verdi Opera), 1859
"Siroe, re di Persia"(Handel HWV 24), 1728

Today in History:

Miles Standish is appointed the first commander of the Plymouth colony, 1621
The first volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is
published, 1776
The first ship passes through the Suez Canal, 1867
Women's suffragist Esther Morris is appointed the first female justice of the peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
Sardines are first canned, by Julius Wolff of Eastport, Maine, 1876
Madame Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan, 1904
The first minimum wage law in the US takes effect, in Oregon, 1913
Johnny Weissmuller sets the 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds), 1924
The first telecast of a sporting event in Japan, a baseball game, 1931
The first issue of "Newsweek" magazine is published, 1933
Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution, 1959
Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T, 1972
Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match, 1996
Kosovo declares independence, 2008
In racing, Danica Patrick becomes the first woman at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to win pole position, 2013
Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific is announced in research journal "GSA Today", 2017


  1. Nicely done with the poem. Jezzie looks like a livewire :)

  2. Love that happy blurred tail.
    And yes, calling days where we struggle under a concrete cloud never seems fair to me.

  3. I like your poem, and yes "blue days" as sad never was meaningful to me either. They sure are grey as you say!

  4. Heheh! well you got quite a good snap of Jezzie

    I enjoyed your poem too

    Have an odetastic week :-)

  5. Great poem. Do you compile them into a book?

  6. Dreaming is a great thing, but it will never have a chance to become reality if you don't add the doing part. Great quote.

  7. Nice poem. Blue is one of my favourite colours.

  8. "...where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average"
    Surely that wasn't THAT long ago????
    oh my

  9. What a wonderful poem Mimi. You know blue is OK but pink is my color, or red, or green, or, what the heck, I think that they are all wonderful. maybe that is why I love a rainbow.
    Have a wonderful Monday my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Jezzie has lots to say. She's so cute.

    Love your Spark. It's spot on and it works wonderfully.

    Love your poem and you did blue up very nicely.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  11. Jezzie is such a cutie and I love here happy face! Love the Spark too!!!

  12. Jezzie is a cute puppy! Have a lovely day!

  13. Aw, look at that sweet face of anticipation on Jezzie! I love the tail that won't stop wagging.

    I agree about blue as a word for sadness, too. To me sadness is more of that gray-brown mixture you get when you mix all the colours of paint together hoping to get something good but it turns out a mess :)

  14. Jezzie is a cutie. Great spark and poem. :)

  15. Mimi,

    Great sparks of encouragement and I love your little poem - so cute and cheery!

  16. Jezzie ~ you are adorable and look at those awesome eyes ~ ^_^

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


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