Monday, July 20, 2020

Jake Still Waits (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Crazy Dance (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.

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Jake the dog loves to be near his human, Ms. R's husband (that's my every-other-Tuesday person).  He will stay outside even in the hottest weather if his person is out there, and if Jake is made to come in and cool off, he will not leave the door.


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 Ants.          

Down here in the hot Deep South 
We have a special dance
We only do when by mistake we
Walk near the fire ants.
We hop and then we wiggle 
Then we holler, yell and shout,
While slapping at the buggers
And flailing all about.
So if you come on down here
And you see it, don’t make fun,
While we people will be friendly,
Our ants will make you run!


Today is:

Birthday of Don Luis Muñoz Rivera / Muñoz-Rivera Day -- Puerto Rico (obs.)

Cleat Dancing Day -- don't ask me who started this, i don't want to know what kind of mind came up with trying to tap dance in cleats

Dia del Amigo -- Argentina; Uruguay

Fortune Cookie Day

Global Hug Your Kids Day -- the person who started this no longer has a website or Facebook page, but the date is still noted on many holiday listing websites

Independence Day -- Colombia(1810)

International Chess Day -- "Of Chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not Chess" ~ William Ewart Napier

Moon Day/Space Exploration Day -- one small step...was taken 48 years ago today

National Get Out of the Doghouse Day -- the day to work out any troubles with people you care about, so that you "get out of the doghouse"

National Hot Dog Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Lollipop Day

Peace and Freedom Day -- North Cyprus

Perun's Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (celebration of Perun, great god of thunder)

President's Day -- Botswana

Special Oympics Day -- anniversary of the first Special Olympics in 1968

St. Elijah the Prophet's Day (Patron of Carmelites; Romanian Air Force; against drought, earthquakes) related observance;
     Festival at the Monastery of Profitis Ilias -- Santorini, Greece (Prophet Elijas' festival)

Saint Margaret of Antioch's Day (Patron of childbirth, dying peple, escape from devils, exiles, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, martyrs, nurses, peasants, people in exile, women, women in labor; for safe childbirth; against kidney disease, loss of mother's milk by nursing mothers, sterility; Lowestoft, Suffolk, England; Montefiascone, Italy; Queens College Cambridge; Rixtel, Netherlands; Sannat, Gozo, Malta)

St. Uncumber's Day (Patron of difficult marriages; against men's lust; Las Tablas, Panama)

Synoikia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; a celebration of the unification of all Attica, held in Athens)

Thgir-yaw-Dnuor Day -- Fairy Calendar

Ugly Truck Day -- must be a guy thing, they know where every scratch and dent came from, after all!

Umi No Hi -- Japan (Ocean Day / Marine Day)

Vigil for Peace, Justice, and Respect for the Human Rights of all in Columbia -- a movement begun among Native Americans of many tribes, now open to all who seek peace

Birthdays Today

John Daley, 1985
Gisele Bundchen, 1980
Josh Holloway, 1969
Chris Cornell, 1964
Billy Mays, 1958
Donna Dixon, 1957
Carlos Santana, 1947
Kim Carnes, 1946
Judy Chicago, 1939
Diana Rigg, 1938
Natalie Wood, 1938
Chuck Daly, 1933
Cormac McCarthy, 1033
Sally Ann Howes, 1930
Michael Ilitch, 1929
Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919
Alberto Santos-Dumont, 1873
Gregor Mendel, 1822
Francesco Petrarch, 1304
Alexander the Great, BCE 356

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Like a Rolling Stone"(Single release), 1965
"Stop the World I Want to Get Off"(Musical), 1961
"The Arthur Murray Party"(TV), 1950
"Gang Busters"(Radio drama), 1935

Today in History

Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount; the Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots during the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain, 1712
French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan, 1738
Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada declare independence from Spain, 1810
British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada, 1871
Sioux Chief Sitting Bull leads the last of his fugitive people in surrender to United States troops at Fort Buford, North Dakota, 1881
Ford Motor Company ships its first car, 1903
Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives, 1921
In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism, while in Nuremburg, Germany, 200 Jewish merchants are arrested and paraded through the streets, 1933
The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admits Spain, 1959
Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government, 1960
The Special Olympics is founded, 1968
Apollo 11 successfully lands on the Moon 3:39 a.m. GMT 21st July, 1969
India expels three reporters from The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Newsweek because they refused to sign a pledge to abide by government censorship, 1975
The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars, 1976
Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career, 1976
In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade, 2000
Canada becomes the 4th country to permit same-sex marriage, 2005
The Olympic Torch arrives in London, beginning the final countdown to the Summer Olympics, 2012


  1. That's a good poem. I'm glad we don't have fire ants here, there are some in Queensland, but they haven't made their way south and I hope they never do.
    Jake is a very loyal dog.

  2. Jake is a truly loving dog.
    My partner has been bitten by a fire ant (in South America). He tells me the pain is truly nasty. I blow up in spectacular fashion if one of our tiny sugar ants bite so I hope I never experience the fury of a fire ant.

  3. That's a great quote of the week. Love that dog.

    God bless.

  4. Jake is a very good doggy awww!

    I liked that quote and your poem the last line made me smile :-)

    Have a safetastic day 😷😷😷

  5. Those ants sound awful, but your poem was good.

  6. Olivia is like that with Mom, a real Velcro dog. Love that quote. Finding the gift is the tough part, giving it away makes one feel good.

  7. Jake is such a faithful and loyal fur friend. I have been bitten by fire ants and automatically I did that special dance. Lol!

  8. A saint against men's lust?
    Who knew?!?

  9. Jake sure is a loyal pal. That was a nice Spark and a true poem. Our Mom ended up in the ICU once from fire ant bites!

  10. Pups are like that. Our Little Bit would follow hubby around just like this. We miss her so.

    Love the red ants poem. I've met a few of them and they hurt. Horrible.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  11. First time visitor to your blog...Hi!
    First, I adore your dog. Mine does exactly the same thing and I completely understand fire ants because I too live in the South. I just had my yard treated. Supposedly, the treatment is good for a year...we'll see!

  12. What a sweet loving pup Jake is! That is a lovely spark and too funny on the fire ants dance, I did that dance the other day, it wasn't funny at the time though!

  13. Excellent and fun poem! Love the photos of the faithful dog and your quote is perfect!

  14. Mimi,

    I'll be sure to watch for those fire ants. Sharing one's gift with others is a double reward for the giver and the receiver. Great quote. Have a fantastic week and hopefully you won't be doing that funky dance. ;)

  15. Very awwwww inspiring, that pup! And while the poem is good, it again makes me very sure I don't want to meet up with fire ants!!!

  16. the poem is too cute; I've heard fire ants are vicious !!!! YEOWEERZ !!!! ☺☺♥♥

  17. We had fire ants arrive in our county about 20 years ago. Luckily they are not yet on our property, but in talking to those who now have them, they are nasty things. I don't ever want to do the fire-ants-dance! I like your poem and your sense of humour, Mimi :)

    Awww, for Jake, for sure. What a good boy.

  18. Great spark and poem. Jake sounds sweet.

  19. We have creepy water bugs that we call pincher bugs. Found one in my dishwasher and tried to get him out. He went into hiding and when the dishes were done he was no where to be found. FIre ants sound menacing too like wasps. You always share good things and you are such a dedicated worker. My friend Debbie in TN was telling me home health care workers like her are quitting like crazy and she is pulling close to 60 hours a week!She is the kindest lady. I admire those who do so much for others. Thank you for your kind heart. HUGS and Happy new week.

  20. Jake is a sweetheart. Reminds me of Chester. He does not like cats and my oldest daughter is babysitting him til the company at her son's house leaves. The grandma was gifted a kitten and Chester is naughty around felines.

  21. Our pets are so special. I love my two furry rascals...and they love me. :)

  22. Those fire ants sound like a whole lot of trouble, but on the upside you must all be real good dancers down in the South. I love the spark this week.

  23. Great quote and your sweet doggie photos are my favorite and they are so faithful ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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