Monday, March 2, 2020

This Year’s Batch Begins (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Gerome (Poetry Monday)


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Kitten season is around the corner, the first batch of littles ready for adoption are at the shelter:


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 gnome, comb, or foam.                  

It's Dr. Seuss's birth anniversary, and i do not have a cat hat in which my cats can pose, but i can try to put together a fun rhyme on this week's theme.  He, being the master, would have done much better, of course.

Gerome the Gnome
Had lost his comb,
down by the shore
near the sea foam.

Gerome stomped his feet
and ripped a sheet
of his favorite paper,
then took a seat.

Gerome wrote a note
and this is a quote:
I’ve lost my comb,
my hair’s messy as a goat!

If my comb you see
please bring it to me
because I hate for my hair
this messy to be!

I was near the sea foam
when I lost my comb,
if you bring it back
I’ll never let it roam.

The mermaid queen
with her hair of green
came up to sunbathe
and the note was seen.

She had found the comb
floating in the sea foam,
she’d a comb of her own, so
she gave his back to Gerome.

So now Gerome
leaves his comb
in his own bathroom
back at his home.

He won’t ever roam
out and about with his comb,
it stays quite safe,
and he’s a happy gnome!


Today is:

Adwa Victory Day -- Ethiopia

Casimir Pulaski Day -- Illinois, US (celebration of the Polish-American Revolutionary War Hero)

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Monday:  Fun Facts About Names Day, enjoy looking up things like, what is the name of the Monopoly dog, or do Ken and Barbie have last names

Feast of 'Ala (Loftiness) -- Baha'i (first full day of the 19 day fast)

Going Forth of Set, Son of Nut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Great Lent begins-- a/k/a Clean Monday, Ash Monday, Pure Monday, Monday of Lent, Shrove Monday, Collop Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, and (in Cypress) Green Monday -- Orthodox Christian

Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day -- Guam (formerly Discovery Day / Magellan Day)

Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Holiday -- British Virgin Islands (in lieu of Mar. 7)

Highway Numbers Day -- US (a joint board of state and federal highway officials created the first uniform system for numbering interstate highways, as well as standardizing design of road signs, in 1925)

James Ronald Webster's Birthday -- Anguilla

Labour Day -- WA, Australia (a/k/a Eight Hour Day)

March Nymph's Parade -- Fairy Calendar

National Banana Cream Pie Day

NEA's Read Across America Day -- on or near Dr. Seuss' birth anniversary; "Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat"

Old Stuff Day -- if you are doing the same old stuff, think about how you can change that

Peasants' Day -- Myanmar

St. Chad of Mead's Day (Patron of St. Chad's College of the University of Durham in England; Birmingham, England; Lichfield, England)

Texas Independence Day -- Texas, US (anniversary of declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836)

Anniversary Today:

Mt. Rainier National Park is established, 1899

Birthdays Today:

Henrik Lundquist, 1982
Bryce Dallas Howard, 1981
Chris Martin, 1977
Daniel Craig, 1968
Jon Bon Jovi, 1962
Ken Salazar, 1955
Laraine Newman, 1952
Karen Carpenter, 1950
Eddie Money, 1949
Lou Reed, 1944
John Irving, 1942
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931
Tom Wolfe, 1931
John Cullum, 1930
Doc Watson, 1923
Jennifer Jones, 1919
Desi Arnaz, 1917
Martin Ritt, 1914
Mel Ott, 1909
Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), 1904
Bedrich Smetana, 1864
Carl Schurz, 1829
Melissa Burton Coray, 1828
Sam Houston, 1793
Juvenal, 54

Debuting/Premiering Today:
"Bubbling Brown Sugar"(Musical), 1976
The Sound of Music(Film), 1965
"Bus Stop"(Play), 1955
King Kong(Film), 1933
"Morning Chronicle"(London daily newspaper), 1769

Today in History:

The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England, 1717
A semaphore machine that will speed communication is introduced in Paris, 1791
The US Congress outlaws the import of slaves, 1897
The Republic of Texas declares its independence from Mexico, 1836
Aleksandr Romanov becomes the tsar of Russia, 1855
Tsar Aleksandr outlaws serfdom in Russia, 1861
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace, 1888
In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women, 1903
The original film version of King Kong premiers, 1933
Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute, 1949
The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut, 1949
In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted, 1969
Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown, 1970
The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets, 1972
Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28, 1978
CD players and discs are released for sale for the first time outside of Japan, 1983
Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century, 1989
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations, 1992
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice, 1998
In his book 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II', Pope Benedict XVI exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility of the death of Jesus, 2011
New findings from the University of Leicester indicate decreasing sitting time by 90 minutes each day can result in major heath advantages, including reducing the risk of Type II Diabetes, 2013
The longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland, remains in the air for 17 hours, 15 minutes, 2016
The oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, is revealed by British scientists, 2016
Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record, 2016


  1. I am super impressed at your fun take on these challenging words.
    And love the idea of using mistakes as stepping stones (I have so many I could probably make a staircase).

  2. Ahh! The birthday of Dr. Seuss. That explains a lot about the upcoming of bubbling poetry. Yours is elegant and a great tribute to an idol. From now I'll remember, as he shares his birthday with my paternal grandmother - not the witch-one.

  3. I love your poem. I didn't know about Dr Seuss' birthday.

  4. Great inspiring quote today. Thanx Mimi.

    God bless.

  5. An awesome Awww, great poem and I saying I really must remember!

  6. Aww! aren't they cute I hope they find loving homes :-)

    I liked your poem too

    Have a kittentastic week :-)

  7. Something about seeing Sam Houston's name followed immediately by Juvenal has given me the giggles.
    That's a good way to start the week, thank you! :-)

  8. Happy Dr Seuss Day! Great quote about mistakes. We may have to borrow that one!

  9. Awww on the precious kitties. You do so much for our four legged babies. Thank you.

    Love your poem. You're a wonderful wordsmith.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  10. Wonderful quote and the sweet kittens all huddle together exudes such warmth and love ~ adorable and what an excellent quote ~

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

  11. Such adorable kittens. Great poem for Dr. Seuss day and excellent spark. Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

  12. Very aww-worthy kittens!! Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

    The Florida Furkids

  13. Great poems and even better kittens. Purrs they get wonderful homes

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    N total lee awesum poetic verze....we noe dr seuss wood say...984 PAWZ UP !!! :) ♥♥

  15. So glad that Gerome has his comb back.

  16. Love the stepping stone quote! Have a great day and I sure hope the little kitties are home soon!

  17. Boy! The amount of stepping stones I've gathered over the years, I can almost touch the moon when I stand upon them! :)

  18. That was a terrific Seussing poem and those littles sure are cuties!

  19. Kitten season . . . they are so sweet but will we ever get to the point where there is no season and no surplus? I guess we can only try! These are - like all kittens - adorable.

    Love your poem/About Gerome :)

  20. I love your Dr. Seuss poem! That is a beautiful spark today - you've hit the target on it all today!

  21. Mimi,

    Dr. Seuss would be proud of that poem about Gerome. You're quite clever with words, my dear - great job!!

  22. Ha! Gerome, let that be a lesson to you. Toiletries and grooming products should never be considered 'beach paraphernalia'!