Monday, July 27, 2020

Pebbles and BamBam (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Leaves of the Book (Poetry Monday)


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Pebbles and BamBam are up for adoption as their owner went into hospice and there was no family able to take them:

They are not exactly good at posing.


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 Leaves.         

Time turns the leaves
Of the book of our life,
It's been 35 years 
We've been husband and wife.

The good times, the bad times,
We've taken in stride,
The leaves of this book
Are full of joy and pride.

We pray for more leaves
In this book to be writ
As our hearts very closely
Together are knit.

(Yes, it is our 35th wedding anniversary.  We have joked that we can now officially, when someone asks how long we've been married, look at each other and wink and say, "Forever!")


Today is:

Barbie-in-a-blender Day -- while i get why we do it to Barbie, what did your blender do to deserve this?  originally thought of by, to defend our rights to comment on cultural icons, whether they are trademarked/copyrighted or not 

Bugs Bunny Day -- the "wascally wabbit" made his debut in A Wild Hare, released on this day in 1940

Day of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus -- date on the Julian Calendar, these are the legendary saints who, upon persecution by the Emperor Decius and being walled up in a cave to die as martyrs, instead slept for over 200 (in the Koran, yes, they are mentioned there, it is 300) years; based on an even more ancient legend and the prototypes of Rip Van Winkle; related observances 
     National Sleepy Head Day -- Finland (the last person in the house to wake on this day is awakened with water, either thrown on him/her or the person is thrown into water; in honor of the story of the Saints of Ephesus)
     Seven Sleepers Day -- Ancient Latvian Calendar
     Siebenschlafer -- Germany (a weather prognostication day, if it rains today, there will be rain for seven weeks more)

Hurricane Supplication Day -- US Virgin Islands (churches hold special services to pray against hurricanes hitting the islands this season)

Iglesia Ni Cristo Day -- Philippines

Ipip Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (festival for working on the king's tomb; date approximate)

Jose Celso Barbosa Day -- Puerto Rico

National Blunt Object Day -- this one is just weird, and no one wants to take the blame for starting it, either

National Creme Brulee Day

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day -- US

National Scotch Day

Over-The-Moon Night (Cows and Spoons) -- Fairy Calendar

St. Pantaleon's Day (Patron of bachelors, physicians, torture victims; against tuberculosis)

Take Your Houseplants For a Walk Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which claims doing this will orient them to their position on the earth and make them healthier (some websites mistakenly call it take your pants for a walk day!)

Victory Day -- North Korea

Walk on Stilts Day -- at your own risk always; sponsored by Bill "Stretch" Coleman, the Nine Foot Clown, who encourages everyone to walk on stilts to foster a chance to develop self-confidence, master balance and coordination, enjoy the challenge, and celebrate daring accomplishments at all ages   

War Martyrs' and Invalids' Day -- Vietnam

Birthdays Today

Ashlyn Sanchez, 1996
Cheyenne Kimball, 1990
Courtney Kupets, 1986
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, 1977
Alex Rodriguez, 1975
Maya Rudolph, 1972
Triple H, 1969
Julian McMahon, 1968
Maureen McGovern, 1949
Peggy Fleming, 1948
Betty Thomas, 1947
Bobbie Gentry, 1944
James Victor, 1939
Gary Gygax, 1938
Jerry Van Dyke, 1931
Norman Lear, 1922
Leo Ernest Durocher, 1905
Joseph Bert "Joe" Tinker, 1880
José Celso Barbosa, 1857
Alexandre Dumas, fils, 1824
Queen Hatshepsut, BC1508

Today in History

Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland to support Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth of Scotland, who usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm's father, King Duncan; Macbeth is defeated at Dunsinane, 1054
Jesuit priest Francis Xavier's ship reaches Japan, 1549
The English Parliament passes the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies have to be sent in English ships from English ports, 1663
A Royal Charter is granted to the Bank of England, 1694
The Russian Navy defeats the Swedes atthe Battle of Grengam, 1720
The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established (later renamed Department of State), 1789
Robespierre is finally arrested, 1794
The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time, 1866
Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting announce the discovery of the hormone insulin, 1921
The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny, 1940
RMS Titanic, Inc. begins the first expedited salvaging of wreckage of the RMS Titanic, 1987
A pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, US, during the Summer Olympics, 1996
Photograph negatives purchased at a garage sale prove to be early works by photographer Ansel Adams, 2010
The first Przewalski’s horse (whose wild populations were believed extinct in 1969) to be conceived via artificial insemination is born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as part of a worldwide effort to rebuild the wild herds, 2013
Fiat Chrysler is fined a record $105 million by US regulators over their number of car recalls, 2015


  1. Happy Anniversary :) may there be just as many more.

  2. Happy anniversary! I love your poem, because yes, 35 years is forever I wholeheartedly agree :) as we met this very same milestone this year too.

  3. A very, very Happy Anniversary to you both - and many more to come.
    I hope that Pebbles and BamBam find a home soon too.

  4. Aww! I hope they find a loving home soon :-)

    Happy Anniversay to you both keep those winks coming :-)

    That was a nice poem too :-)

    Have an anniversarytastic safe week 😷😷😷

  5. We feel sorry for those kitties. How very sad for them. The quote is great, and also very true.

  6. Mimi,

    Happy Anniversary! 35 years of marriage is quite the accomplishment. It's funny how fast the years go by, isn't it? Your poem is beautiful. It deserves to be in greeting card. :) I love the names of the kitties up for adoption!! Have a awwwesome Monday, my friend!

  7. Happy Anniversary. Wishing you many more years of happiness, good health, and ... cats.

    God bless you and your family.

  8. The sign reminded me of a couple of life encounters. Back in the stone age, when I was a single young man, someone asked me if I was married and my replay was that I couldn't afford to get married. His response was, "If you wait until you can afford it, you'll never get married." Another friend of mine always said, "I stay ready so that I don't have to get ready." Have a blessed week.

  9. Awww, they may not pose well together, but I hope they can be together in their new forever home. They don't need any more loss.

    ♪♫Happy Anniversary to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Anniversary to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Anniversary Dear J. and Mr. Sweetie,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Anniversary to you.♪♫

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  10. Happy anniversary to you and your Sweetie. Pebbles and BamBam are going to miss their owner, hope they will not be separated but both will be adopted by the same new owner.

  11. Great poem. Happy Anniversary! How heartbreaking about Pebbles and Bam Bam.I will be praying they get a new forever home together.

  12. Lovely poem. It was my 49th anniversary last Friday - trying to hold out until 50! National Creme Brulee Day just has to be up there in my top ten!

  13. I just love the poem for today about the couple. If you change the 35 to 46, you have Mary Lou % me. I hope to also reach our 50th.

    Cruisin Paul

  14. Happy Anniversary, and may you have many more! That is a great poem to celebrate with.

    I hope Pebbles and BamBam find a home together. They are beautiful cats and I'm sure they miss their home.

  15. Happy Anniversary from all of us! That's a great Spark. I sure hope Pebbles and BamBam get a new home soon, the sure deserve it.

  16. fishez two ewe pebbles N bam bam; we R sorree ta lurn bout yur pursson ♥♥♥♥ heerz hopin yur in yur foreverz yet thiz week ♥♥♥♥♥

    congrats to you both mimi; here's to the next 35
    and a year ahead filled with happiness and health
    ☺☺☺♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that's a cute poem ;)

  17. Where can one sign up to become one of seven Sleepers, I wonder? Cuz I'm up for that!

  18. A huge Happy Anniversary to you and your Sweetie! I, too am hoping for a few more pages in that book!
    And as a life-long member of the Bugs Bunny fan club, Happy anniversary, Bugs. You Wascally Wabbit!

  19. Love the Sparks. I love everything over here. HUGS xo