Monday, August 24, 2020

Kitten Colors (Awww Monday), Thought-Provoking Quote of the Week, and Tomato Love (Poetry Monday)


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Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

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These kittens (which have been adopted since i caught the pictures) have such a soft, beautiful coloring, but they would not pose and let me catch it well.  Then one fell asleep:


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 Tomatoes, and i wrote a haiku and another poem.          

Tomatoes are a
Fruit, but be wise, do not put
Them in fruit salad

Oh, how we love tomatoes!
We'd eat them every day
If they were from a garden,
Superior in every way.

But we're not much for store-bought
That's mostly what we get,
'Cause i don't have a green thumb,
As a gardener, i'm all wet.

If you want to share your bounty
With someone, it would be great,
Your extra garden produce,
We would appreciate.

We'd eat tomato salads,
Tomato sandwiches, too.
And every time we took a bite,
We would be thanking you!


Today is:

Birthday of Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival for Luna -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Festival of Mania -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to placate the Manes, a day when the Mundus, the portal to the afterlife, is open and the dead are free to roam)

Flag Day -- Liberia

Flitting Appreciation Day -- another "holiday" with no particular reason except that someone who enjoys flitting around wanted to celebrate it

Gangara Fire Festival -- Atago Shrine, Ikeda City, Japan

Independence Day -- Ukraine(1991)

International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preference, Lifestyle, and Dress Code -- sponsored by the Romanian Humanist Association and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation

International Strange Music Day -- as declared by strange musician and composer Patrick Grant

Knife Day -- internet generated, but how would we cook without them?  today remember how much you do each day with a good kitchen knife

National Flag Day -- Liberia

National Peach Pie Day

National Waffle Day -- Cornelius Swarthout patented the first waffle iron in the US on this day in 1869, so it is sometimes noted as National Waffle Iron Day     

Pluto Demotion Day 

St. Bartholomew's Day (Patron of bookbinders, butchers, cobblers, Florentine cheese merchants, Florentine salt merchants, leather workers,plasterers, shoemakers, tanners, trappers, whiteners; Armenia; Borgo Tossignano, Italy; Boves, Italy; Carpineto dell Nora, Italy; Civitella in Val di Chiana, Italy; Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Gambatesa, Italy; Gharghur, Malta; Lipari, Sicily, Italy; Maastricht, Netherlands; Magalang, Philippines; Plzen, Czech Republic; Potosí, Bolivia; Salzano, Italy; Trino, Italy; against nervous diseases, neurological diseases, and twitching) related observance
     Schaferlauf -- Markgroeningen, Germany (Festival to honor St. Bartholomew, Patron of Herdsmen, on this day or the weekend after; includes traditional barefoot race by children of active shepherds and water carrying contests; also now has a music festival)
     Wayzgoose -- a traditional day for master printers to throw an end-of-summer party for his workmen

St. Owen of Rouen's Day (Patron of the deaf; against deafness)

Vesuvius Day -- anniversary of 79CE eruption which destroyed Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum

Waratambar -- New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea (a native thanksgiving)

William Wilberforce Day -- Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH, US (birth anniversary of founder, in 1759)

Birthday's Today:

Rupert Grint, 1988
Chad Michael Murray, 1981
Marlee Matlin, 1965
Reggie Miller, 1965
Cal Ripken, Jr., 1962
Craig Kilborn, 1962
Steve Guttenberg, 1958
Stephen Fry, 1957
Oscar Hijuelos, 1951
Michael Richards, 1950
Gregory Bruce Jarvis, 1944
Mason Williams, 1938
Yasser Arafat, 1929
Hal Smith, 1916
Jorge Luis Borges, 1899
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, 1890
Daniel Gooch, 1816
William Wilberforce, 1759

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Facts of Life"(TV), 1979

Today in History:

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buries Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die, 79
The Visigoths under Aleric begin to pillage Rome, 410
King John of England, a/k/a Humpty Dumpty for having to issue the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angoileme, 1200
Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague, 1349
The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed, 1456
The first English convoy lands at Surat, India, 1608
Calcutta, India is founded, 1690
British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings, 1814
Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle, 1831
The Panic of 1857 begins, touching off one of the most severe economic crises in US history (Which just goes to show you, the more things change, the more they stay the same), 1857
Cornelius Swarthout patents the waffle iron, 1869
The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River 
Rebellion, 1870
Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim English Channel, 1875
Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera, 1891
Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal, 1909
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly non-stop across the North American continent, 1932
The treaty creating NATO goes into effect, 1949
France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power, 1968
Voyager 2 (launched 1977) reaches Neptune, 1989
Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1991
The first RFID human implantation is tested in the UK, 1998
Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki, 2000
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet, 2006
The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech is commemorated in the U.S., 2013
Astronomers announce the discovery of an earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri, 2016
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro orders the army to help contain fires in the Amazon after widespread environmental destruction, wildlife loss and international criticism, 2019
US adventurer Victor Vescovo is the first person to visit the deepest point of every ocean when he reaches Molloy Hole, in the Arctic, 2019


  1. I am so with you about tomatoes. Fresh, garden tomatoes are delicious, and I am happy to eat them like fruit. Store bought? A pale shadow.

  2. I agree about the tomatoes. I have saved seeds from heritage tomatoes found in a local supermarket last summer, they smelled and tasted like home grown. I've given seeds so far to three family members and plan on giving seedlings to neighbours if they grow well.
    The kittens are very beautifully coloured.

  3. Nice poems. If I lived nearby, I'd happily bring you my surplus of tomatoes (and cucmbers too).

  4. Aww! and LOL @ then one fell asleep good to hear they all got homes since

    I liked the poem it was very fruitful have a tomatotastic safe day 🍅🍅🍅 😷😷😷

  5. We love the fur colors on those cute kittens and the quote is a great one!

  6. Awww on the kitties. They are beautiful and I'm glad they have forever homes. So precious.

    Love your Spark. Spot on.

    I hear you about tomatoes. Store bought aren't as good as home grown.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. Heaven knows, I love a good waffle but I had breakfast before I realized I could have celebrated a special food day. do you celebrate day against intolerance without being intolerant? Just asking for a friend.
    I love the Einstein quote. I think he is also credited with, "If you can't explain a subject to a six year old, then you don't understand it yourself."
    Stay safe, stay healthy and have a blessed day.

  8. What a beautiful poem about tomatoes, I love homegrown but can't grow them myself, I think I should print your poem and distribute to my neighbors, just in case someone has extra - MOL!

  9. That's a great Spark! Those sweet kittens are so, so pretty!

  10. happee gotcha day two ewe wee kittehz !!! YAY & HOORAY, we iz buzzed happee for ewe N send best fishez

    the poem about tomato's is great; I like soup, and ketchup, but will NOT eat a tomato.....go figure !!! ☺☺♥♥

  11. I love tomatoes. The hubby planted a black cherry tomato plant. Those tiny tomatoes are plum colored and taste heavenly. I am hungry for National Waffle Day, National Peach Pie Day and the patent of the waffle iron. Thank you Corneilius ! Love your tomato poem and always everything you share here. HUGS across the miles XO XO Wish we were close, I would share tomatoes with you. :-) I am here and here Whewwwwwww........

  12. I wanna swing on the hammock like the kitty. But not in the 97 degree heat we have today. HaHa Love your photo.

  13. Great spark and poem. Such cute kitties too. XO

  14. Sweet kitties with the beautiful colors ~ sweet photos too and so glad they have forever homes ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. Mimi,

    I like fresh garden grown tomatoes best, too! I haven't had any in years. My late in-laws grew the best. We have gotten some tasty ones grown locally in a near by county but this year I haven't gotten any with everything going on. Maybe next year thing will be better and we'll be able to do our own shopping again. Fun poem! Also great Sparks!!


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