Monday, March 23, 2020

Little Girl's Dog (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and No Playing Favorites (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!

Coda is here while Little Girl is doing her military work right now.  As a medic, she is wearing full gear and testing people.  We get to help do our part by taking care of her pup, and i've been sending her pictures:


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 Pets.          

Pets have been a part of my life
In my family from the start,
When i married we kept that tradition,
My children have done their part.

In the course of years we've had
Cats and dogs quite a few,
Doves and chickens and ducks as well,
Budgies, gerbils and hamsters, too.

Then there've been rabbits and rats,
And mice and turtles and snakes,
Ferrets and plenty of fish in tanks,
Even a squirrel, for heaven's sakes!

Please don't ask me to pick which one
Would my favorite be,
Because at each moment i love the one
That happens to be sitting on me!


Today is:

Ancient Roman Calendar Celebrations on this date
    Day of Mouring -- leading up to the festival for Hilaria
    Invocation Day of Mars and Saturn
    Tubilustrium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (ceremony to purify the trumpets used in sacred ceremonies)

Cuddly Kitten Day -- because the cats can't let the dogs get all the attention

Dandelion Dance -- Fairy Calendar

Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship -- Hungary and Poland

Day of the Sea -- Bolivia (Dia del Mar)

Labour Day -- Christmas Island

Liberty Day -- today in 1775, Patrick Henry said, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

Lieldienas -- Ancient Latvian Calendar ("Big Days" or "Long Days", four day celebration of spring, each day devoted to a different deity)

National Chip and Dip Day

National Melba Toast Day (some sites just call it Toast Day; a recent article says it takes 6 steps to toast bread "right"; i say if you can't put bread in the toaster and butter it when it comes out and need long sets of instructions, you shouldn't be let loose in society!)

National Puppy Day -- encouraging you to adopt a shelter pup today   

Near Miss Day -- commemorates the mountain sized asteroid that was a near miss on this day in 1989

Otago Provincial Anniversary -- Otago, New Zealand

Rally for Decency Day -- Commemorates the first Rally for Decency, prompted on this day in 1969 by Jim Morrison

Republic Day -- Pakistan

St. Turibius de Mongrovejo's Day (Patron of Latin American bishops, native rights; Peru)

World Meteorological Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

The University of California is founded in Oakland, California, 1868

Birthdays Today:

Michelle Monaghan, 1976
Keri Russell, 1976
Richard Grieco, 1965
Amanda Plummer, 1957
Chaka Khan, 1953
Louie Anderson, 1953
Roger Bannister, 1929
Wernher Von Braun, 1912
Akira Kurosawa, 1910
Joan Crawford, 1905

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bold and the Beautiful"(TV), 1987
"Detective Story"(Play), 1950
"Truth or Consequences"(Radio), 1940

Today in History:

Eighteenth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. 1066
The first dated edition of Maimonides "Mishna Torah" published, 1490
George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London, 1743
Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech – "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" – at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, 1775
After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their "Corps of Discovery" begin their arduous journey home, 1806
Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City, 1857
The Boers and Britain sign a peace accord that ends the First Boer War, 1881
President Benjamin Harrison opens Oklahoma to white settlement starting on April 22, starting a Land Run, 1889
The Wright Brothers apply for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes, 1903
Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world, 1956
NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young), 1965
Archbishop Óscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans, 1980
Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President, 1996
The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji, 2001
In Tokyo, the Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks reports that radioactive iodine in city tap water is two times the recommended level for infants, 2011
GPR investigation of Shakespeare's tomb at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford concludes the Bard's skull probably has been stolen, 2016
A Sahara sandstorm turns snow in Sochi, Russia, orange in one of the largest-ever transfers of desert sand, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of people march on London to demand a new EU referendum, 2019


  1. Coda has me thinking about my Max (Mad Max) the first and the second, both had the same name, best dogs I ever owned.
    Nice poem. I've had pets over the years, but not continuously, there's been years when I had none.

  2. Coda is a beauty. I also really don't have the time or energy to hate.
    We always had pets growing up. And still do.

  3. Little Girl will enjoy thhe photos of Coda. Stay safe.

  4. This whole post was most uplifting! It is just as hard to be away from pets as from children. Thanks to your lovely daughter for her service!

  5. What a lovely dog. Beautiful.

    God bless.

  6. Lovely dog, and a lovely poem on pets. Thank you for faithfully posting.

  7. Coda is lucky to have such a great sitter while the mom is out helping others.

  8. Coda is a lucky pup to have you taking care while mom is serving her country.

    Love the spark.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. What a handsome dog and grateful for your daughter ~ ^_^

    Keep Calm and Be Healthy,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. we bee gettin reddy ta go on lock down sew we iz knot sure when we will bee abe bull ta sneek ta blogland ~~~~ bee happee N healthee ☺☺♥♥

  11. What a busy pup, and a loving one too!

  12. I am completely enchanted by the idea of Tubilustrium!
    Thank you for that. :-)

  13. Coda looks pretty happy to spend some time with you! Purrfect Spark too. Stay safe, healthy and virus-free.

  14. Coda is a cute pup. Great spark and poem.

  15. Absolute truth. Whichever one is sitting on me at the moment! Happy Puppy/kitten day! I raise a chip and tub of dip in salute!

  16. Coda looks quite happy in your care!

    Your poem is so true - I could never pick a favourite, which is why I had to write my poem to "all" my pets, past and present :)