Monday, July 6, 2020

Styles of Hammocking (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

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A demonstration, from the kitties at the cat shelter, of the many styles of how to hammock:

The Opposite Direction Position:

The Staying Single:

The Snuggle (sometimes including the sub-style, You Are My Pillow):

The We Are Family Style:

The Hanging Over:

The Ignore the Hammock Entirely:


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 Light.          

The day is beautiful,
Bright and clear,
Spending time with
The near and dear,
It’s just a happy
Blissful time
No need to clean
Or deal with grime,
Then the alarm bell
Chipper and bright
Tells me get up and
Turn on the light.


Today is:

Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama / World Tibet Day -- Tibetan Diaspora, to bring awareness to the cause of restoring freedom to Tibet

Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day -- internet sites that list this suggest you then donate it to a child in need

Caricom Day -- Guyana; Saint Vincent and Grenadines 

Carnival Monday -- Saint Vincent and Grenadines 

Constitution Day -- Cayman Islands

Day of the Capital -- Kazakhstan

Ettelbruck Rememberance Day -- Ettelbruck, Luxembourg (remebrance of Patton's 3rd Army liberating the area from the Nazis)

Feast of Isaiah the Prophet -- Roman Catholic 

Fill an Aquarium Day -- they are fun and entertaining; probably spread around the internet by an afficionado who wants to share the love

Heroes Day -- Zambia

Independence Day / National Day -- Comoros (1975)

Independence Day / Republic Day -- Malawi (1964)

International Kissing Day / World Kissing Day -- noted everywhere, but not sponsored; that doesn't matter, kiss someone you love today!  (and by the way, kissing burns 6 calories a minute)

Iriya no Asagao-ichi -- Kishibo-Jin Shrine, Taito Ward, Tokyo (morning glory flower festival, buy one for good luck, through the 8th)

Ivan Kupala Day -- Belarus; Poland; Russia; Ukraine (through tomorrow; Feast of St. John the Baptist in Orthodox Churches using the Julian Calendar)

Jan Hus Day -- Czech Republic

King Mindaugas Day / Statehood Day -- Lithuania

Ludi Apollinares -- Ancient Roman Calendar (first day of games in honor of Apollo; through the 13th)

Millenial Fairy Olympics -- Fairy Calendar (through the 14th)

National Fried Chicken Day

Old Albums are Frisbees Day -- if you have nothing to play them on, and they are scratched anyway, why not?

Ra o te Ui Ariki -- Cook Islands (House of Ariki[Tribal Chief])

Sempach Battle Commemoration -- Lucerne, Switzerland (remembrance of the battle in 1386 includes a solemn procession to the battlefield and services in the chapel)

St. Godelieve of Ghistelles's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, healthy throats, in-law problems, throat diseases, victims of abuse, victims of verbal spouse abuse)

St. Maria Goretti's Day (Patron of children, teen girls, martyrs, poor people, rape victims, young people; Albano, Italy; against poverty, the death of parents)

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day -- because your online business depends on keeping him/her happy and well fed; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Tynwald Day -- Isle of Man (Manx National Day; assembling of the year's session of the High Court of Tynwald, as their Parliament is called, to read the laws to the citizens; oldest continual parliament in existence)

Anniversary Today:

Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert (King George V) marries Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (Queen Mary), 1893

Birthdays Today

Matthew O'Leary, 1987
Gregory Smith, 1983
Tia and Tamera Mowry, 1978
Jennifer Saunders, 1958
Kenny G, 1956
Allyce Beasley, 1954
Grant Goodeve, 1952
Hilary Mantel, 1952
Geoffrey Rush, 1951
George W. Bush, 1946
Sylvester Stallone, 1946
Burt Ward, 1945
Ned Beatty, 1937
Dalai Lama, 1935
Della Reese, 1932
Janet Leigh, 1927
Pat Paulsen, 1927
Merv Griffin, 1927
Bill Haley, 1925
William Schallert, 1922
Nancy Reagan, 1921
Sebastian Cabot, 1918
Laverne Andrews, 1915
Frida Kahlo, 1907
Beatrix Potter, 1866
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1781
John Paul Jones, 1747

Debuting/Premiering Today:

A Hard Day's Night(Film), 1964
"Name That Tune"(TV), 1953
"Judith"(Play), 1840

Today in History

Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) is crowned King of England, 1189
Papal bull of Pope Clement VI protecting Jews during the Black Death, 1348
Jan Hus is burned at the stake, 1415
Richard III is crowned King of England, 1483
Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River, 1484
Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII, 1535
Córdoba, Argentina, is founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, 1573
The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States, 1785
In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party is held, 1854
Lyman Reed Blake receives the first patent for a machine to sew the sole of a shoe on to the upper, 1958
Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies; the patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog, 1885
David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is forced at gunpoint, at the hands of the Americans, to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving Americans more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights, 1887
Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain, 1892
The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship, 1919
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeats the National League, 4–2, 1933
The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed, 1939
Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the "Secret Annexe" above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse, 1942
The Hartford Circus Fire, one of America's worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut, 1944
Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France, 1986
The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years, 2006
Exiled Tibetans are banned from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday as Nepalese authorities fear they will turn into anti-Chinese demonstrations, 2011
Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released, 2016
France announces it will ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040, 2017


  1. Kitties in hammocks, is there anything more adorable?

  2. The world needs changing for the better. Let us pray.

    God bless.

  3. A lot of awww there.
    And I love your poem, despite being invariably up well before first light.

  4. Aww your poem began so nicely. And then alarm bells. I co not like alarm bells. Least o all during summer holidays. But It is well written ;)

  5. It sure looks like most of the kitties love the hammock. Mom had one for her cats years ago, and they enjoyed it too.

  6. Hmm...buying a toy that I wanted as a child day...let me think. I always wanted a motorcycle as a kid but I think I'm past the appropriate age and physical condition for that now. I did have a bass boat and that's pretty close. Have a blessed week.

  7. Awww on all the kittens. They are cute to see how they end up on whatever they want to be one. So cute.

    Love your poem.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week, my friend. ♥

  8. Those wee sweeties sure do look comfy. That's a terrific Spark!

  9. A nice unexpected twist to the poem. I love the kitty pictures. Cats seem to have the perfect balance required for a hammock; me - I'd just fall out!

  10. Cat hammocks. Only in America.

  11. What adorable photos a big aww! from me :-)

    I liked that quote :-)

    Have a hammocktastic safe day :-) 😷😷😷

  12. Mimi,

    It must be nice cat nap in a hammock. I'd like to have one someday, maybe we can put one up in our screened-in porch. That sounds really nice. :) Stay safe and be well, dear friend!

  13. Look at those cuddly sweethearts! I just love that spark, thanks.

  14. I can't handle all that cuteness- so many adorable kitties. Great spark and poem. XO

  15. Love your little kitty pictures. They're all just SO CUTE!
    And, like you, my days are so beautiful and wonderful...just before I wake up!
    Happy kissing day! I think I'll kiss my Husby over a bucket of chicken!

  16. wavez two everee one in...sorta in...ore knot in...a hammick !!!

    N how kewl iz that bout toy day !! :) ☺☺♥♥

  17. I love the hammock pictures and titles, Mimi!
    Your poem is apt :)

  18. Sweet babies.

    I wonder how those dates are celebrated in different countries?

  19. The photos are great! All the different uses for the hammock. Interesting, very interesting! Always a pleasure to be here. Thank you and HUGS

  20. sweet! Melts my heart seeing those kitties in their different styles of hammocking.