Monday, August 31, 2020

House Panthers (Awww Monday), Thought-Provoking Quote of the Week, and The Camping Saga (Poetry Monday)


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Sweetie and i both have a soft spot for black cats.  Right now, we have a dozen or so house panthers up for adoption at the cat shelter:


Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's a Thought Provoking 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 Nature.               

I want to go out!
That was his cry,
And every day,
She would sigh,
Not enamored was she with Nature.

We'll go camping!
He would say,
From draining work
We'll get away,
You'll fall in love with Nature!

He talked her in
To going on out,
And as they left,
He gave a shout,
I'll introduce you to Nature.

They pitched a tent,
He laughed with glee,
As her tenting skills
Were a comedy,
She said, 'Tis not in my Nature!

Campfire cooking,
He danced around,
With joy when hearing
That crackling sound,
It all tastes better in Nature!

She got sunburnt,
Mosquito bit, too,
After falling in the river,
Gave a big kerchoo,
She was not loving Nature.

When cooking he forgot
Her allergies,
She found poison ivy,
Got stung by bees,
She'd had enough of Nature!

Now he takes the kids camping,
And she stays home,
He lets her stay,
She lets them roam,
A compromise with Nature!


Today is:

Araw ng mga Bayahi -- Philippines (National Heroes' Day)

August / Summer Bank Holiday -- UK

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Motorist Consideration Monday 

Day of Solidarity and Freedom -- Poland (Anniversary of the 1980 August Agreement)

Eat Outside Day -- as long as you won't pass out from the heat

Eleusinia Games -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; 3 days of games with grain as prizes)

Festal Day -- Order of the Eastern Star

Independence Day -- Kyrgyzstan(1991); Malaysia (Hari Kebangsaan/Freedom Day, 1957); Trinidad & Tobago(1962)

International Overdose Awareness Day -- prevention and remembrance     

Invent A New Sandwich Day -- spread around the internet like good mayo; go ahead, have fun with this

Liberation Day -- Hong Kong (from Japan in 1945; no longer an official holiday, but still acknowledged by many)

Limba Noastra -- Moldova (Day of Our Language)

Love Litigating Lawyers Day -- yes, G-d tells us to love everybody, even litigation attorneys but He never said doing it would be easy; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Trail Mix Day

St. Raymond Nonnatus' Day (Patron of babies, childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, infants, midwives, newborn babies, obstetricians, and pregnant women; Baltoa, Dominican Republic; against fever)

Birthdays Today:

Jeff Hardy, 1977
Chris Tucker, 1972
Debbie Gibson, 1970
Glenn Tilbrook, 1957
Edwin Corley Moses, 1955
Richard Gere, 1949
Itzhak Perlman, 1945
Van Morrison, 1945
Jack Thompson, 1940
Marva Collins, 1936
Frank Robinson, 1935
James Coburn, 1928
Buddy Hackett, 1924
G.D. Spradlin, 1920
Alan Jay Lerner, 1918
William Saroyan, 1908
William Shawn, 1907
Arthur Godfrey, 1903
Maria Montessori, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Alice"(TV), 1976
"The Great Gildersleeve"(Radio), 1941
"The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper"(Play), 1928

Today in History:

Traditional date upon which Ayonwentah (Haiwatha) and Deganawidah (The Great Peacemaker) assist the Iroquois tribes in establishing the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy, or League of Five Nations), 1142
Lewis and Clark begin their expedition, 1803
A nuts and bolts machine is patented by Micah Rugg, 1842
The first professional football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1895
Edison patents the Kinetograph, 1897
Mrs. Adolph Landenburg, a horse rider, debuts the split skirt, 1902
Debut of Foghorn Leghorn, 1946
Solidarity Labor Union forms in Poland, 1980
Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris, 1997
Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police, 2006
In Sudan, the People's Liberation Army announces it will demobilize its child soldiers by the end of the year, 2010
A 19-year-old Indonesian man is rescued after 49 days at sea on his floating fishing trap, 2018


  1. Although I love camping with my family your poem is very good.

  2. I am a huge fan of black moggies. Camping is not my friend so your poem made me smile. A lot.

  3. Aww! how cute I hope they find loving homes very soon :-)

    Nice poem too :-)

    Have a poetrytastic safe day 😷😷😷

  4. The black kittens are so adorable! Great quote too, and thought provoking.

  5. Mimi,

    LOL house panthers! Yep, that's what they are alright!! It used to crack me up when ours spied something. She would hunker down with a deadly stare before pouncing wildly on whatever caught her eye. I usually referred to her as a panther or mountain lion. I'm not sure what or if there's a difference but inside of every domestic kitty lies the heart of a fierce lion! Sure their cry comes out as a cute little mew but to them it's like I am lion hear me roar! :D Ha-Ha, great poem! I'm not much for camping as an adult but loved it as a kid. We went on an over-night camping hike for our first anniversary. It was fun to do once is all I can say. Talk about being exhausted after that weekend. Whew, I barely had the energy the following week to go out for dinner on our anniversary. Excellent Sparks quote!! Oh, were y'all hit badly by Hurricane Laura? Stay safe and be well, my dear!

  6. The black cats do look like little black panthers. Nice poem. I would opt to stay home because camping is not for me.

  7. I love black kitties too. My favorite with both kitties and pups. They bring us good luck.

    Love your Spark. Amen. We are on the same page here.

    I had to laugh out loud with your nature piece. I'm so with you. I went tent camping once and it was not fun. Never went again.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  8. Look at those beautiful kitties. Love seeing them!

  9. We sure love those we house panthers too and your Spark was purrfect!

  10. Mimi, like EC I love black moggies but not camping, so I found your poem right up my street!

  11. wavez two ewe pantherz; we hope each oh ewe findz yur for everz for ever home soooper quik :) de best oh fizhez two ewe ♥♥♥♥♥☺☺☺☺☺

  12. As you know, I LOVE black cats. I hope these all get forever homes soon. Great spark and poem. I can relate to the nature one- I am an indoor type.

  13. House panthers! What a great name for them. I love your poem.

  14. Beautiful kitties. :)

    These days too many believe it is their due for more than their fair share of the rewards from the hard work, toil, blood, sweat and tears of another or others.

    My Remy is black and white...mainly black. :)
    Best wishes. :)

  15. Awww sweet kitties ~ little black panthers ~ hope they find a forever home soon ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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