Monday, February 10, 2020

Sunpuddling (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and But We're Family (Poetry Monday)


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Abigail, the three-legged cat at a client's home, really enjoys her sunpuddle on the rug:


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 Relatives, and my nonsense follows.  If it makes you laugh, great.  If not, you are excused from telling me so.

If you want to try your hand at joining us for Poetry Monday, please write a poem and let us know, we'd love to have more join in.                

Are you comfortable, my Sweetie will ask,
And i will say, relatively,
At which point he says, 
What do your relatives have to do with it?
My answer is that
Relatives are the people
You cannot live with
But there are just not enough places
To hide all the bodies.
And for those who wonder,
Yes, that counts as a joke around here,
As i have no intention of killing anyone,
Nobody is worth the jail time!

There's no rhyme for uncle,
Except carbuncle,
And of course, Garfunkel,
Who just might be somebody's uncle,
I've not read up on Mr. Art's family!

Upon the birth of my youngest brother,
In my anger i said to my mother,
But i already have one stinky brother,
And i do not need another!


Today is:

Clean out Your Computer Day -- always the second Monday of February

Deep Blue Day -- the IBM computer defeats chess champion Gary Kasparov, the first such victory for a computer, in 1996

Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck -- Malta

Go Green Week begins -- UK (helping people find greener alternatives)   

Gold Record Day -- Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever Gold Record, for "Chattanoga Choo Choo", 1942

National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe -- Italy, especially in Trieste

Oatmeal Monday -- Scotland (traditionally, at universities in Scotland, the day the students were allowed to go home and get more "meal", or oatmeal, and other supplies, as they had to provide their own food and fuel for the fires while in school)

Plimsoll Day -- honoring Samuel Plimsoll, the "Sailor’s Friend," who persuaded Parliament to have a maximum load limit on ships.

Royal Hobart Regatta Day -- Tasmania, Australia

St. Scholastica's Day (Patron of children in convulsions, nuns; LeMans, France; against rain, storms)

Try to Invent a New Jell-O Flavor Day -- it can't hurt to try

Tu B'Shevat -- Judaism ("New Year of the Trees", began yesterday at sunset, through sunset today)

Umbrella Day

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (through tomorrow)

Anniversaries Today:

Poland is symbolically married to the Baltic Sea by Jozef Haller de Hallenburg, celebrating the restitution of Polish access to the water, 1920
Tom Thumb marries Mercy Lavinia Warren, 1863
Queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saxe-Coburg, 1840
Treaty of Paris ends the Seven Years' War (a/k/a French and Indian War), 1763
Academie Francaise forms in Paris (by Cardinal Richelieu), 1635

Birthdays Today:

Lance Berkman, 1976
Laura Dern, 1967
Glen Beck, 1964
Lenny Dykstra, 1963
Cliff Burton, 1962
George Stephanopoulos, 1961
Greg Norman, 1955
Jim Cramer, 1955
Mark Spitz, 1950
Donovan, 1946
Frances Moore Lappe, 1944
Roberta Flack, 1939
Robert Wagner, 1930
Leontyne Price, 1927
Lon Chaney, Jr., 1906
Bertolt Brecht, 1898
Frances Margaret "Dame Judith" Anderson, 1898
Jimmy Durante, 1893
William "Bill" Tilden, 1893
Boris Pasternak, 1890
Samuel Plimsoll, 1824
Charles Lamb, 1775

Debuting/Premiering Today:

“My Friend Flicka”(TV), 1956
"Death of a Salesman"(Play), 1949
"Puss Gets the Boot"(Cartoon, first Tom and Jerry short), 1940
"Icebound"(Pulitzer-winning Davis' Play), 1923
"All the News That's Fit to Print"(Slogan of the New York Times), 1897
"Les Contes d'Hoffman"(Offenbach Opera), 1881  
"The Lily of Killarney"(Opera), 1862

Today in History:

St. Paul is shipwrecked on the island of Malta, 60
Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch, 1098
The St. Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days, 1355
Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all the men in Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1676
Edmund Halley is appointed the second Astronomer Royal of England, 1720
The Treaty of Paris ends the French and Indian War, surrendering Canada to England, 1763
Simon Bolivar is named dictator by the Congress of Peru, 1824
The first US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane of Virginia, 1863
The YWCA is founded in NYC, 1870
Nathaniel Carr Goodwin becomes the first actor to perform in two different cities on the same day, in Boston for a matinee, and then in NYC for and evening performance, 1887
Nearly 11,000,000 acres of land, ceded to the US government by the Sioux Indians, is opened for settlement, 1890
The New York Times begins using the slogan, "All the news that's fit to print," 1897
Japan and Russia declare war after Japan's surprise attack on Russian fleet at Port Arthur disabled 7 Russian warships, 1904
Britain's first modern and largest battleship "HMS Dreadnought" is launched, 1906
Baseball outlaws all pitches that involve tampering with the ball, 1920
New Delhi becomes the capital of India, 1931
The first singing telegram is delivered, by the Postal Telegram Company of NYC, 1933
Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel, 1962
Ron Brown is elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee becoming the first African American to lead a major American political party, 1989
The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time, 1996
The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collide in orbit, destroying both, 2009
The Venezuelan government orders more than 100 malls to close early to save electricity, due to drought caused by El Niño, 2016


  1. Abigail looks happily relaxed in her sun puddle. Good poem.

  2. Abigail looks blissed out - which is wonderful. And I did smile at your poem.

  3. Despite what I might prefer, I'm afraid a cream cheese brownie is going to have to take a back seat to my umbrella today...

  4. One of our dog friends has 3 legs, he lost his one front leg to a bad infection several years ago, but it doesn't bother him a bit. Happy Monday!

  5. Kitties love their sunpuddles. So cute.

    Love your spark. That's what I was trying to say with my fill-ins last week. You said it much better.

    Love the poetry especially about the stinky brother. I laughed out loud.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  6. Love your poems; it sure helps to have a sense of humour with relatives :)

    Kitties do love their sunpuddles, don't they? Abigail is a beautiful girl!

  7. Abigaill sure is pretty! We enjoyed your Spark and the fun poem too!!!

  8. I do not have that cat...but I think I have that rug!

  9. positively awwedorable kitty in the sun!

  10. Love that relaxed kitty, and adore that Willie spark, I had not idea he said that - pawsome.

  11. Abigail is a beauty. Great spark and the poem gave me a chuckle. :) XO

  12. Your sense of humour always shines through, Messymimi. And your kind heart - love the cat enjoying the sunpuddle.

  13. Oh love the sun puddle ~ such a sweet kitty and lovely Willie Nelson quote is so true ^_^

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


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