Monday, May 18, 2020

Climbers (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Home (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!

The kittens at the shelter just beg to be photographed, especially when they are climbing the walls of the cages:


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 Home.                 

Two poems, a rhyme and a haiku:

When i was but a wee one,
It always seemed to me
That home was just wherever
My family happened to be.

Once i had my children,
A different measuring tool,
Whatever place had Sweetie and our kids
Became my golden rule.

Now that i am older,
The children all flew the nest,
Thus home is wherever we gather,
No one place is best.

The best home of all
Someday i pray to see it
Pearly Gates ope’ wide


Today is:

Apollon Day -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of music, poetry, sunlight)

Battle of Las Piedras Day -- Uruguay

Discovery Day -- Cayman Islands

Flag and University Day --  Haiti

I Love Reeses Day -- as voted in by lovers of the candy a few years ago   

International Museum Day -- International Council of Museums (ICOM)   

Moonbeam Hopping Gala -- Fairy Calendar

National Cheese Souffle Day

National Pike Festival -- Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US (through the 20th)

No Dirty Dishes Day -- spread around the internet by a mom who needed the break, possibly; go ahead, break out the paper plates just on this day

Restoration of Somaliland Sovereignty Day -- Somaliland Region, Somalia

Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day -- Turkmenistan

St. Eric's Day (Patron of Sweden)

St. Theodotus' Day (Patron of hotel keepers and innkeepers)

Victoria Day -- Canada

Visit Your Relatives Day -- this year, i suggest a virtual meeting to remind yourself either of why you love your relatives, or why you moved so far away!  

World Goodwill Day -- commemorates the opening meeting of 26 nations in the First Hague Peace Conference, 1899

Anniversaries Today:

Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1152

Birthdays Today:

Tina Fey, 1970
Jari Kurri, 1960
Chow Yun-Fat, 1955
Rick Wakeman, 1954
George Strait, 1952
James Stephens, 1951
Tom Udall, 1948
Reggie Jackson, 1946
Brooks Robinson, 1937
Dwayne Hickman, 1934
Robert Morse, 1931
Pernell Robers, 1930
Pope John Paul II, 1920
Margot Fonteyn, 1919
Perry Como, 1912
Big Joe Turner, 1911
Meredith Willson, 1902
Frank Capra, 1897
Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836
Omar Khayyam, 1048

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Le roi malgré lui / King in Spite of Himself"(Opera), 1887

Today in History:

The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch, 1268
Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India, 1498
Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy (under torture) lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe, 1593
John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts, 1631
Rhode Island passes North America's first anti-slavery law, 1652
Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec, 1763
The first United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States, 1783
Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate, 1804
The destruction of Saturdays forever after:  Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower, 1830
The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland, 1843
The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal is constitutional, 1896
A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation  of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people, 1896
Bram Stoker's Dracula is published, 1897
The Earth  passes through the tail of Comet Halley, 1910
Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier, 1953
Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1974
Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage, 1980
In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3km/h (357.2 mph), 1990
Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the existence of two additional moons, Nix and Hydra, around Pluto, 2005
A landmark bill passes in Nepal curbing the power of the monarchy and making it a secular country, 2009
Italian officials announce that many of the country's public assets will be sold in an effort to reduce the country's debt; plans to sell part of the nation's air traffic control and postal services have already been approved, 2014


  1. The kittens are definitely awwww.
    And I love all of your poems.

  2. Lovely poems. Home is a concept, not really a place.

  3. The gorgeous kitties remind me of my Angel who used to climb all over and through the clothes airer rack in my bedroom.

  4. Aww! they look so cute heheh!

    What a nice poem too

    Have a safetastic week 😷😷😷

  5. I plan to make a plan but I cannot decide what plan to plan. I always thought that making a plan would be plan sailing but it is not. To plan a plan will stay mainly as a plan.

    God bless.

  6. Those kittens are so adorable, but we would probably chase them if they landed at our house. Great quote about plans. Happy Monday.

  7. 6:53 in the morning and I've already blown No Dirty Dishes Day... dagnabbit. Should have used a paper cup!

  8. National Museum Day would be a great celebration here since we have a world class art museum in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, but COVID-19 is keeping it closed for now. Maybe next year. Have a blessed week.

  9. Awww on the kittens. They are trying to get out probably. So adorable.

    Love the Spark. Spot on.

    Love your poem. I agree with you.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  10. The cute kitties are so full of energy. I love the poem.

  11. Those kittens are so very cute and that was a nice Spark! Your poems were terrific.

  12. Nothing better than climbing kittens! That is a beautiful spark today, thanks.

  13. Darling kittens ~ love the white one looking eager to get out ~
    Great quote too ~

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

  14. de wee onez bee price lezz; de poem total lee rox N de haiku iz awesum :) ♥♥♥

  15. Aw... the sweet kitties! They look like they want to go home with someone. Love your Sparks share and the poem too. Happy Monday to you and enjoy your week. HUGS across the miles.

  16. awwww look at those cuties! I hope they are in their furrever homes soon! Great poem and Spark!

  17. Oh, I do hope all those cute kittens find loving homes. Love your sweet poem. Stay safe.

  18. I love your poem. Those kittens are adorable. I feel bad for the white one all alone. Great spark too.

  19. Aww, look at the belly on that little white kitten! I love them at that age.

    True words about "home" - a home is wherever the people you love are gathered.

  20. Baby kittehs. Is there anything sweeter?
    And you are so right! My home is definitely wherever my family gathers!

  21. I'd be as soft as marshmallow, and never want to leave if I entered the shelter! Those cats have captured my heart...and that's just by looking at the pics of them!!!

  22. Mimi,

    Those kittens are so adorable! They are ready to go home with someone, aren't they? I love your poem! Home is where the heart is so if it's here or there, if you're sharing it in the company of those you love then home is where you make it. Like you, my eternal home destination lies just beyond those pearly gates. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and stay well, my dear! xx


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