Monday, March 16, 2020

Clean Around Me (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Money (Poetry Monday)


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Abigail, Mr. BA and Ms. GA's cat, snuggled while we clean around her: 


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.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Money.          

Why do we work so hard?
Why mow my own yard?
How to buy the food we need?
For what do your children plead?
How to pay bills as agreed?

Of what is there ne'er enough?
If we have to pay for stuff --
Pinching pennies, hold on tight!
To charity give, as is right!
Yet what keeps us up at night?

What tries to run the show?
Tries to enslave and keep us low?
It tries so hard to cause you strife,
Tear apart a husband, wife,
But don't give it your whole life!


Today is:

Act Happy Week begins -- acting happy releases the body chemicals that aid health, mental and physical

Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog -- can't confirm the exact date, but Sparky became an official fire prevention mascot in Mar. 1951

Brain Awareness Week begins-- the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research    

Curlew Day -- Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, OR, US (traditional date the long-billed curlew arrives, with up to 500 reported during their nesting season)

Day of the Book Smugglers -- Lithuania (recognizing the brave people who smuggled Lithuanian language books in the Latin alphabet into the country from 1866-1904, when the Russian Empire had banned such books)

Day After Dumbstruck Day -- Fairy Calendar

Dia de Benito Juarez -- Mexico (a Fiestas Patrias)

Elaphebolia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Artemis; date approximate)

Everything You Do is Right Day -- another internet generated holiday designed to get you into trouble if you aren't careful

Feast of Heru and His Companions -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Bacchus / Bacchanalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (through tomorrow)

Freedom of Information Day -- on the birthday of James Madison, Father of the US Constitution and an advocate for openness in government

Latvian Legion Day -- Latvia (no longer a formal national holiday, still celebrated by many in the region)

Lips Appreciation Day -- after all, where would you be without them, and how would you give kisses?  sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Artichoke Hearts Day

St. Heribert of Cologne's Day (Patron against drought)

St. Urho's Day -- Finnish communities in Canada and the US (a made up saint, the Finns answer to St. Patrick, who supposedly drove the grasshoppers out of Finland)

Wellderly Day -- and the start of Wellderly Week, focusing on the health of the elderly

Anniversary Today:

The United States Military Academy at West Point is established, 1802

Birthdays Today:

Judah Friedlander, 1969
Lauren Graham, 1969
Kevin Tod Smith, 1963
Isabel Huppert, 1955
Alice Hoffman, 1952
Kate Nelligan, 1951
Erik Estrada, 1949
Victor Garber, 1949
Chuck Woolery, 1942
Bernardo Bertolucci, 1940
Jerry Lewis, 1926
Mercedes McCambridge, 1916
Patricia Nixon, 1912
Henny Youngman, 1906
Rosa Bonheur, 1822
Georg Simon Ohm, 1787
James Madison, 1751
George Clymer, 1739

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Gumby Show"(TV), 1957
"1776"(Musical), 1969
"Der Unbestechliche"(Comedy), 1923
"In the South / Alassio"(Elgar, Op. 50), 1904
"Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen"(Mahler Song cycle), 1896
"Thaïs"(Opera), 1894
"Freedom's Journal"(first African American newspaper in the US, in New York), 1827

Today in History:

The Babylonians capture Jerusalem and replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king, BC597
Caligula becomes Roman Emperor after the death of his great uncle, Tiberius, 37
The Jews of York England commit mass suicide rather than submit to baptism, 1190
Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Philippines, 1521
Samoset, a Mohegan, visits the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, "Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset," 1621
The US Army Corps of Engineers is established to found and operate the United States Military Academy at West Point, 1802
Prince Willem of the House of Orange-Nassau proclaims himself King of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, the first constitutional monarch in The Netherlands, 1815
New York Stock Exchange slowest day ever (31 shares traded), 1830
Susan Hayhurst becomes the first woman to graduate from a pharmacollogy college, 1830
Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy, 1861
Joseph Lister's article outlining the discovery of antiseptic surgery is published in The Lancet, 1867
Hiram R Revels makes the first official speech by an African American in the US Senate, 1869
The Barnum and Bailey Circus debuts, 1881
Sir Arthur Evans discovers the ancient city of Knossus, 1900
Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket, at Auburn, Massachusetts, 1926
The Ford Motor Company produces its 50 millionth automobile, the Thunderbird, averaging almost a million cars a year since the company's founding, 1958
Gemini 8 is launched, the 12th manned American space flight and first space docking with the Agena Target Vehicle, 1968
General Motors produces its 100 millionth automobile, the Oldsmobile Toronado, 1968
Demolition of the radio tower Ismaning, the last wooden radio tower in Germany, 1983
Associated Press newsman Terry Anderson is taken hostage in Beirut; he will be held for 6 1/2 years, 1985
Pope John Paul II asks God for forgiveness for the inactivity and silence of some Roman Catholics during the Holocaust, 1998
Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control, 2005
Voters in Crimea vote overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia amid international condemnation of its design, 2014
Apple announces it will begin a web TV service in September, carrying 25 channels and including networks like CBS, Fox, and ABC, and costing less than most cable TV packages, 2014
A beached, dead whale in Mabini, Philippines, is found to have 88 pounds of plastic inside it, including 40 pounds of plastic bags, 2019


  1. Abigail looks very comfy on the bed, too comfy to move out of the way. I like your money poem.

  2. Abigail is a very comfortable honey.
    And yes, making money the be all and end all is a short trip to disaster.

    1. The news about that poor dead whale is heartbreaking. And a damning indictment of us.

  3. Mimi,

    Cute kitties! Excellent Sparks quote! In the madness I'm reading about but have yet to see first hand, mostly because I haven't been out lately, once the crisis is over people will push this all to the back of their minds. It's not easy for most folks to stock pile anything due to space and financial resources but it pays to keep a decent amount of everything on hand if you can to make life easier for oneself regardless of what's going on in the world. Your poem is spot on! Money is essential to us all but it's the source of much of our woes, too. Have a blessed day, my friend!

  4. Suddenly I have an Abba song playing in my mind -

    Money, money, money
    Must be funny
    In the rich man's world!

  5. A perfect and very true quote on worry and excellent use of money!

  6. Aww! Abigail looking very contented there :-)

    I agree that quote is spot on

    Have a quotetastic week :-)

  7. Your poem is so true. Let's not be slaves to money.

  8. Money is the root of all evil, but a necessary thing. Thanks for the reminder that it is the thing that makes us all crazy.

  9. Abigail is beautiful. Great poem and spark.

  10. Ha! Money. Where would we be without it?
    Oh, wait. I AM without it! ;)
    And, in honour of Lips Appreciation Day:

  11. I'm thinking we may all need to lean heavily into Act Happy Week...

  12. Oh, that's such a great poem, Mimi! Money affects us in so many ways.

    Love the multi-coloured kitty - we have one that looks very similar so I feel like I almost know your girl :)

  13. Awww, what a cutie pie. Cats are awesome.

    I love the Spark and it's so very true.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  14. wavez two ewe abigail frum all oh uz in TT :) N joyz yur snooze; hope yur dreemin oh perch pizza piez N donutz :) ☺☺♥♥

  15. The quote of the week is quite timely! And the tabby cat is so snug as a bug in the bed! Cheers and take care!

  16. Remy and Shama give me dirty looks when I attempt to join them on THEIR bed!!! How dare I disturb them. Of course, once I do settle in...they settle in up close and personal to me!!!! :)

  17. Great Spark and a fun poem but Abigail wins the comfy cozy!

  18. Great Spark ~ but that kitty steals the show ~ so precious ~

    Be Well.
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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