Monday, May 4, 2020

AC/After Catnip (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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Every Sunday morning, there is a catnip fest among the downstairs cats, and after, there is a snooze fest so they can sleep it off:


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 Friends.                  

Thank you, friends
For all the cheer
For not mentioning when
I’m looking bigger in the rear
For laughing when
I tell a lame joke
For enjoying cheap fun
When we all are broke
For not letting me leave the house
Looking like a clown
For sticking together
Not letting each other down
For being there during
Times of sorrow
For reminding me that
There’s always tomorrow 
Thank you, friends
For all you do,
And thank you most
For being you.


Today is:

Bird Day -- anniversary of the first Bird Day declared in 1894 by the Superintendant of Schools in Oil City, PA, Charles Babcock

Cassinga Day -- Namibia

Compliment Someone's Smile Day

Declaration of Independence Day -- Latvia

Dodenherdenking -- Netherlands (Remembrance of those in the armed forces who have died in war or peacekeeping missions.)

Fairy Ring Day (Giving) -- Fairy Calendar

Frustrating the Fairies Day -- Ireland (a day to confuse the fairies so they may not cause any mischief, although i can't find any details about how to frustrate them)

May Fourth Movement
    Literary Day -- Republic of China
    Youth Day -- People's Republic of China

Melanoma Monday -- learn how to check yourself for skin cancer, and how to get someone else to check your back, the most common spot for melanoma   

Memorial Day -- Curacao (military ceremonies to honor victims of WWII, not a government holiday)

Midori no hi -- Japan (Greenery Day/Arbor Day)

National Candied Orange Peel Day

National Kids Fitness Day -- this one doesn't seem to have any particular sponsor or organization behind it, but please get those kids outdoors to do something fun, any time you can!

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2020 -- US (you are only obligated to celebrate this if you love meetings, love to plan meetings, or have a meeting planner in your organization to humor)

National Orange Juice Day

National Weather Observers Day -- another fun day that doesn't seem to be sponsored by anyone, but Family Crafts has suggestions for how to celebrate     

Petite and Proud Day -- i've never heard of this one until now, but it's the one for me!

Relationship Renewal Day -- because someone, somewhere, wants you to stop taking the ones you love for granted

Remembrance Day for Martyrs and the Disabled -- Afghanistan

Respect for Chickens Day -- International (United Poultry Concerns)

Sagami Giant Kite Festival -- Sagami, Japan (through tomorrow; giant kite that requires a team of 100 people is flown on the banks of the Sagami River)

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day -- US

St. Florian's Day (Patron of brewers, chimney sweeps, coopers, drowning victims, fire prevention, firefighters, harvests, soap-boilers; Austria; Chur, Switzerland; Linz, Austria; Poland; against battle, drowning, fire, and flood)
    a recognized holiday in Austria

St. Venerius of Milan's Day (Patron of lighthouse keepers)

Star Wars Day -- greet others with “May the 4th be with you!"

Youth Day -- China

Birthdays Today:

Erin Andrews, 1978
Dawn Stanley, 1970
Randy Travis, 1959
Pia Zadora, 1956
David Guttersn, 1956
Jackie Jackson, 1951
Richard Jenkins, 1947
Nicholas Ashford, 1942
George F. Will, 1941
Roberta Peters, 1930
Audrey Hepburn, 1929
Heloise Bowles Cruse, 1919
Horace Mann, 1796
Bartolomeo Cristofori, 1655

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beatles at Hollywood Bowl"(Album), 1977
"Another World"(TV), 1964
"New Girl in Town"(Musical), 1957

Today in History:

Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance, 1415
Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands, 1626
A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella, 1715
Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III, 1776
Mary Dixon Kies becomes the first woman in the US to obtain a patent, for a method of weaving hats with straw, silk, and thread, 1809
Napoleon arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile, 1814
The Haymarket Square Riot takes place in Chicago, 1886
The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal, 1904
The Royal Canadian Navy is created, 1910
May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, 1919
Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion, 1932
Ernest Hemingway is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea, 1953
The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South, 1961
The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation", 1972
An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak, 1974
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1979
Latvia proclaims the renewal of its independence after the Soviet occupation, 1990
The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever, 2007
The last nuclear reactor in Japan is shut down, leaving the country without nuclear power for the first time since 1970, 2012
California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy, 2018


  1. None of our cats have ever shown the remotest interest in catnip.
    Love your poem. Friends are an essential, including those we will never meet.

  2. I think people should change every day; otherwise they and their clothes begin to smell.

    God bless.

  3. Nice cool weather for cat naps. Good friends are few but they are there for us. Happy new week.

  4. Tank you for your poetry and your never failing presence.

  5. Our cat bro Bert is a nip head. He gets some almost daily and then wanders around meowing for a while.

  6. Aww! I wanna join their fests heheh! :-)

    I liked the quote too a nice gesture to her :-)

    Have a safetastic day 😷😷😷

  7. Mimi,

    I'd like to laze around like these kitties! Oh, I like your poem - nice job!! I have two doctor appointments. I found out this morning that my GYN decided last Friday to retire. He was out for the pandemic, so my appointment kept getting canceled and now this! I hate losing him but I sure do understand wanting to step away to enjoy his retirement years. I now have a new doctor and luckily I got an appointment this week. Judging by his picture I don't think he'll practice for too many more years. We'll see how it goes. Have a good week. Stay well, my friend!

  8. Awww, they have their Sunday fun and then a long nap. Adorable.

    Love the Spark. So very true.

    Love the poem. Thank you for being you too, J.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. Nip coma's, too cute! I love that poem and the spark. Have a great Monday.

  10. Those are very sweet snoozy kitties and your Spark sure is true!

  11. guyz....wavez frum de land oh trout !!! a cat nip fest soundz awesum; that... & grazz two :) hope everee onez happee N healthee ☺☺☺♥♥♥

  12. Such cuties. Glad they got to enjoy some nip. Great spark- so true. And nice poem too.

  13. I grow catnip for Lucy and she LOVES it...rolls in it runs around and snoozes! Cheers! Darling photos and a great quote!

  14. A lovely poem showing the sharing and caring sides of friendship. And I just love the facts that orange juice and candied orange peel have their own National Day - what a hoot! We have cat mint (catnip) in our herb garden but sadly no cat. My sister. used to have a giant rabbit who regularly ODd on cat mint - spark out and snored like a train!

  15. Sometimes, I think I could easily go on alone, without my friends. Then I wake up and laugh and laugh and laugh. Thank you, Mimi, for being one of them!

  16. Another fun one, thanks Mimi :)

  17. There sure a lot of types of days. May the fourth be with you!

  18. That is a great poem - so true, Mimi. Good friends do all those things.

    Love the quote and the kitties. They look like they are sleeping so soundly.

  19. Oh your kitties are so precious ~ sweet photos ~ love 'em.

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


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