Monday, April 27, 2020

Way to Go, Mama Bird for the A to Z Challenge, Awww Monday, Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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My every other Friday clients keep a basket hanging on the wall by the back door in the carport.  They have had a mama bird build a nest in it — she’d done it before they noticed, and they feel it is a privilege to sneak in and out of the door and try not to disturb her so she can raise the babies in peace.

Naked baby birdies.

So ugly they are cute.


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 Birds, which works perfectly, as i wrote a poem about the mama bird whose nest and babies are pictured above.                  

mama birdie
very clever
found a place where
rain could never
get into her nest

mama birdie
very smart
found a couple who
have a heart
to let her securely rest

mama birdie
very busy
with hungry babies
she’s in a tizzy
not sure what to do

mama birdie
go get food
to keep up with
the hungry brood
the people won’t hurt you!


Today is:

Abolition Day -- Mayotte

Babe Ruth Day -- anniversary of the day dedicated to him in 1947 by every ball field in the US and Japan

Freedom Day -- South Africa

Furze-Hopping Event -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Sierra Leone(1961); Togo(1960) 

King's Birthday / Koningsdag -- Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curacao, Netherlands, and Sint Maartin); Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba

Matanzas Mule Day -- remembering the only casualty of one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, a mule in the village of Matanzas, Cuba

Morse Code Day -- birth anniversary of Samuel Morse

National Prime Rib Day

National War Veterans Day -- Finland

Pastele Blajinilor -- Moldova (Memory/Parent's Day)

Resistance Day/Day of the Uprising Against the Occupying Forces -- Slovenia

St. Zita of Lucca's Day (Patron of butlers, domestic servants, homemakers, housemaids, lost keys, maids, manservants, people ridiculed for their piety, rape victims, servants, servers, single laywomen, waiters/waitpersons/waitresses; against losing keys)

Tell a Story Day -- US (no history of origin, although celebrated in many libraries)

The Ennead Sail Through the Land -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Victory Day -- Afghanistan

World Graphic Design Day

Write An Old Friend Today Day -- a real letter, in the mail, remember how exciting it is to get those?

Yom HaZiKaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; begins at sunset)

Anniversaries Today:

Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach, 1981
Cornell University is established as New York's land grant institution, 1865

Birthdays Today:

Patrick Stump, 1984
William-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, 1967
Sheena Easton, 1959
Ace Frehley, 1951
Cuba Gooding, Sr., 1944
Earl Anthony, 1938
Sandy Dennis, 1937
Anouk Aimee, 1932
Casey Kasem, 1932
Coretta Scott King, 1927
Jack Klugman, 1922
Walter Lantz, 1900
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
Jessie Redmon Fauset, 1882
Ulysses S. Grant, 1822
Samuel Morse, 1791
Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759
Edward Gibbon, 1737
Suleiman the Magnificent, 1495

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Chips with Everything"(Play), 1962
"Le roi de Lahore/The king of Lahore"(Opera), 1877
"Roméo et Juliette"(Opera), 1867
"L'africaine/The African Woman"(Meyerbeer Opera), 1865

Today in History:

Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu, 1521
Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar, 1539
Cebu is established as the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, 1565
The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10, 1667
The British Parliament passes the Tea Act, 1773
Beethoven composes Für Elise, 1810
US troops capture the capital of Upper Canada, York  (present day Toronto, Canada), 1813
The Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid, 1840
The establishment of Jewish congregations in Lower Austria is prohibited, 1857
The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons, 1865
In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races, 1950
Togo gains independence from French-administered UN trusteeship, 1960
Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, 1961
Expo 67  officially opens in Montreal, Canada, 1967
Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse, 1981
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed, 1992
Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history, 1992
Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, 1992
The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote is held, 1994
The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10 is received, 2002
The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France, 2005
Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City, 2006
Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia, 2007
The wives and children of former Osama bin Laden are deported from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, 2012
North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agree to officially end the Korean war and rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, 2018


  1. That's a fabulous place for a nest, so sheltered and safe.

  2. How wonderful to be so close to a nest. Definitely a privilege.
    I like your poem about her too.

  3. How nice with matching photos and poem. I liked both. And yes baby birds are ugly-cute.

  4. We had a basket hanging by the back door. The cat used to jump and sleep in it.

    God bless.

  5. That is a very interesting place for a nest. It would never work out at our house, but hope the bird can raise her family on the door without too much trouble.

  6. Aww! how very cute

    Nice poem too :-)

    Have a safetastic day 😷😷😷

  7. I hope £10 went further in 1667 than I feel like it did...

  8. Awww, what a beautiful feathery family! I just love that spark, you picked a good one today as always.

  9. I like your poem and the basket for the mama bird and her birdies.

  10. I love the bird theme today. I would let those precious birds share my home too. That made me smile.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  11. Another great post, thank you :)

  12. Aww precious babies and wonderful quote ~ sweet photos ~ thanks ^_^

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

  13. Every day should be abolition day!

  14. I like your bird theme. Great poem, spark and photos.

  15. Such a wonderful birdie post all around and how cool of a place for that nest!

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  17. Oops! I made a I shall try again!

    Fun poem...I love it...and it brought a smile to my thank you, messymimi. :)

    I love the birds basket/nest, too!

    I love the Victor Hugo quote, too..appropriate for today's climate...(and I'm not referring to the weather)!

    Take care. :)

  18. The birds have a lovely shelter. I love hearing them first thing in the morning. Love all the shares here and thanks for stopping by. Why my post was removed. Who knows!? But it is back up. Thanks for the visit. HUGS

  19. How lucky for your clients - and for the mama and baby birds, too.

    Two lovely poems, Victor's and yours :)

  20. I love birds! What a priceless opportunity to watch the babies grow!