Monday, June 8, 2020

Awwww-some Good Fun (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Rule of Cat (Poetry Monday)


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Saturday, i took Coda to Grandma’s house and while there, we met up with Jack and Abadon as well as Lulu.  A good time was had by all.


Let the chasing and wrasslin' begin!


Sleep on the way home.


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 the Antics of Pets.                   

My free verse poem, Rule of Cat:

If the cat did not see you
Put fresh water in the bowl
Then you did not do it.
Rule of Cat.

If the cat wants to eat
And the bowl bottom is showing
Then it’s not enough food.
Rule of Cat.

If you just cleaned the box
The cat has to get in it
Right this moment.
Rule of Cat. 

If the cat wants outside just a minute
After the cat wanted to come in,
You have to let the cat out.
Rule of Cat. 

Brush the cat where it does not 
Want to be brushed, risk
Your skin and your life.
Rule of Cat.

The cat will never stop trying
To get to the treat box
Or open forbidden cabinets.
Rule of Cat.

No matter who pays the bills
Or buys the food,
The cat is in charge here.
Rule of Cat.


Today is:

Best Friends Day -- as declared by the ecard people

Birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong -- Malaysia (in this elective monarchy, the current king's birthday is celebrated on the first Saturday in June, regardless of his actual birth date)

Bounty Anniversary Day -- Norfolk Island (celebrates the arrival of the Bounty descendents from Pitcairn Island)

Emancipation Day -- Tonga (obs.)

Feast of Bona Mens -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of right thinking, the personification of the mind)

Judgement Day -- Fairy Calendar (The Good and Evil are given their just rewards)

Lindisfarne Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (commemorating the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793)

Name Your Poison Day -- just another wacky holiday with no explanations

National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

Primoz Trubar Day -- Slovenia (birth anniversary of the author of the first Slovene language books who consolidated the Slovene language)

Queen's Birthday -- Australia (except QLD, WA); Papua New Guinea: Turks and Caicos Islands

St. Medard's Day (Patron of brewers, captives, imprisoned people, mentally ill people, peasants, prisoners, vineyards; for good harvests, good weather, and rain; against bad weather, imprisonment, sterility, and toothache) related event:
    Festival of the Rose -- Salency, France (on St. Medard's Day, and supposedly begun by that saint before the year 545)

Upsy Daisy Day -- the day to remind people to get up joyfully and gratefully each morning (tell that to my sleep-til-noon family!)

Vacuum Cleaner Day -- Ives W. McGaffee obtained a patent on this day in 1869 for the first carpet cleaner that worked on a vacuum priciple

Watch Day -- the sign that you are over 35, you still wear a watch!

World Brain Tumor Day -- International

Anniversary Today:

Christopher O'Neill marries Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 2013

Birthdays Today:

Kim Clijsters, 1983
Kayne West, 1977
Julianna Margulies, 1966
Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1958
Scott Adams, 1957
Tim Berners-Lee, 1955
Griffin Dunne, 1955
Kathy Baker, 1950
Sara Paretsky, 1947
Boz Scaggs, 1944
Don Grady, 1944
Andrew Weil, MD, 1942
Nancy Sinatra, 1940
Bernie Casie, 1939
James Darren, 1936
Joan Rivers, 1933
Jerry Stiller, 1927
Barbara Bush, 1925
Robert Preston, 1918
Byron Raymond White, 1917
Francis Crick, 1916
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Trading Places(Film), 1983
Malaeska; The Indian Wife of the White Hunter(First "dime novel", Publication date), 1860

Today in History:

Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England, 793
Richard the Lionheart's Crusade begins with his arrival at Acre, 1191
American attackers are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec, 1776
The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine, 1783
Mr. Hall of NYC advertises the first commercially made ice cream, 1786
Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents the first vacuum cleaner, 1869
Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punched card calculator, 1887
Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value, 1906
Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures, 1912
Milton Berle hosts the debut of Texaco Star Theater, 1948
The United States Supreme Court rules that Washington, D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons, 1953
The first World Ocean Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992
The first Transit of Venus since 1882 takes place, 2004
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years, 2007
Australia bans live cattle exports to Indonesia for up to six months in response to reports of cruel treatment at Indonesian slaughterhouse, 2011
The world's most powerful supercomputer, Summit, which can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second, is launched at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, by IBM and NVidia, 2018


  1. Rule of Cat definitely applies here.
    And I will add another. If you buy some food (which I liked yesterday) I will refuse it as poison. Rule of Cat.

  2. I love the photos where the dogs are sleeping. Rule of cat only applies to the dry food bowl here. Everything else, Lola couldn't care about.

  3. Rule of Cat is a funny, but I think true poem. Our cat was stupider than a door, so it never minded anything og those.

  4. Beautiful dogs, especially the Alsatian. Great photo when they're asleep.

    God bless, Mimi.

  5. Bless you, Ives W. McGaffee!

  6. Meeting up with friends is always such a good time. Glad the pups enjoyed themselves.

  7. Having our pets around us is good company and fun.

  8. Awww. Love the play, play, play and then the collapse. Just how it happens.

    Your Spark is awesome and so the Rule of Cat. Made me smile.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  9. It looks like the doggie get together went wonderfully!

  10. Awwww a doggies dream of a day! Cheers!

  11. Aww! they seem to get on well nice photos :-)

    Have a safetastic week 😷😷😷

  12. So lovely that you can visit with family!!

  13. Handsome doggies and great to visit with famiy ~ great quote ~ dream on ~

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

  14. Your poem, Rule of Cat is brilliant - you absolutely nailed it. There's no doubt about it - Cats Are Far Smarter Than Dogs - Rule of Cat. (Though dogs really know how to enjoy themselves, don't they.)

  15. I LOVE your poem, Mimi - so true. You've captured what's in a cat's head so well :)

  16. hay ewe dawgs, de best kinda day can bee eggs plained, de way up two nap time !! ☺☺♥♥

  17. I would say those puppies had a grand time, with collapsing on colder tile.

    Okay, Fairy Judgment day! Jelly filled donut day! Those damn Vikings! Good stuff.

    Love your poem! Cats have a way of letting us know just who is in charge.

  18. I'm glad the PupFest was a fun time!

  19. Great spark and poem. So true about cats :) Looks like the pups had a full day.

  20. Your pictures tell a great story of canine friendship, and you cat poem was great!

  21. I Love the photos of the canine friends! I was visiting the feline friends earlier. Hee Hee Hee! May I ask where you compile all this great info? I know so many who could use a good dose of history! So much good info here. Thanks always for sharing it. Have a great week. HUGS xo

  22. Nothing cuter than canine play-dates!
    And nothing more in charge than the Cat! Brilliant poem!


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