Monday, August 3, 2020

Li’l Boy Blue (Awww Monday), Thought Provoking Quote of the Week, and Shield Me (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.

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

Ms. G, who has cats and is on the board at the cat shelter, was dog-sitting while her brother and his family were on vacation.  It was nice to have Li'l Boy Blue follow me around:


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.  This week, something Grandma sent:


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 Masks.                   

My doctor said to wear a mask,
And it really made me blue
‘Cause as i walked by you could not
See that i did smile at you.
So i wore a mask as i was told
Now it's traded for a shield,
To keep myself and others safe,
On that i will not yield.

The shield is better than the mask
'Cause it's clear to me and you
Now you can see it when i smile
As i usually seem to do!

What i wear now instead of a mask.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Equatorial Guinea

August Bank Holiday -- NSW, Australia; Ireland; (UK)

August Monday/Culturama -- Saint Kitts and Nevis 

British Columbia Day -- British Columbia, Canada

Carnival Monday -- Anguilla (August Monday); Antigua and Barbuda (J'ouvert); British Virgin Islands (Festival Monday/Parade)

Carnival Monday -- Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba (Saba only)

Civic Holiday -- Canada

Dia de la Bandera -- Venezuela (Flag Day)

Emancipation Day --  Bahamas; Dominica; Granada; Montserrat; Turks and Caicos Islands (Obs.)

Fairy Washing Festival -- Fairy Calendar (do the fairies wash themselves, or is everyone supposed to wash his/her fairy?  They won’t tell us!)

Farmer's Day -- Zambia

Feast of Caligo, the mother of Chaos -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate, and this is as good a day to celebrate chaos as any other)

Fete National de l'Arbre -- Niger (Independence Day, 1960)

Fiesta de San Salvador -- San Salvador, El Salvador

Frídagur verslunarmanna -- Iceland (Commerce Day)

Full Sturgeon Moon a/k/a Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon
     Native Wild Rice Harvest -- Northern Cree, Ojibwa, and Algonkian Native Americans (celebrated during the August full moon; if there are two full moons, it is during the second)
     Nikini Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka (begins at sundown)
     Raksha Bandhan -- CG, GJ, MP, RJ, UK, & UP, India; Nepal (the Hindu festival that celebrates the the love and duty between brothers and sisters)
     Waso Full Moon -- Myanmar 

Golpe de la Libertad -- Equatorial Guinea (Freedom Day)

Grab Some Nuts Day -- almonds and walnuts are especially good for you

International Friendship Day (original date proposed by Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, back in 1935 because it is the center of the largest lull between major holidays; the UN celebrates it on July 30 and many countries celebrate on the second Sunday in August)    

Kadooment Day -- Barbados (huge carnival celebration of the end of the Crop Over festival, celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest)

National Children's Day -- Tuvalu

National Watermelon Day

New Brunswick Day -- New Brunswick, Canada

Picnic Day -- NT, Australia

Pidjiguiti Day -- Guinea-Bissau (Colonization Martyr's Day; Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti)

St. Lydia Purpuraria's Day (Lydia the "seller of purple" who was Paul's first convert in Philippi; Patron of dyers)

St. Nicodemus' Day (member of the Sanhedrin and secret disciple who helped bury Jesus)

Youth and Children's Day -- Kiribati

Birthdays Today:

Evangeline Lilly, 1979
Blaine Wilson, 1974
Isaiah Washington, 1963
John McGinley, 1959
Jay North, 1951
John Landis, 1950
Martha Stewart, 1941
Martin Sheen, 1940
Steve Berkoff, 1937
Tony Bennett, 1926
Leon Uris, 1924
P.D. James, 1920
Margaret "Maggie" Kuhn, 1905
John T. Scopes, 1900
Ernest Taylor "Ernie" Pyle, 1900
Elisha Graves Otis, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Primetime Live"(TV), 1989
"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)"(Single release), 1963
"Chu Chin Chow"(Musical), 1916
"William Tell"(Opera), 1829

Today in History:

Tiberius, Roman Empire general, defeats the Dalmatians at the river Bathinus, 8
Columbus sets Sail for the "Indes",departing from Palos, Spain, 1492
John Rut, at St. John's, Newfoundland, sends the first known letter from North America, 1527
Robert LaSalle builds the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes, 1678
First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps, 1811
Harvard defeats Yale in the first intercollegiate rowing race, 1852*
Second Maori War begins in New Zealand, 1860
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded, 1900
The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus travels beneath the Arctic ice cap, 1958
President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia, 2005
After last months extensive flooding, North Korea finally asks the United Nations for food aid, 2012

*In fact, it was the first American intercollegiate athletic event ever.


  1. Smiles, and being able to see people's mouths, is what I'm missing with all this masking up. Nice poem and nice shield.

  2. Mimi,

    Cute pup! Your poem is cute, too. Wearing a shield allows you to breathe easier, too. Don't you find wearing a mask a bit suffocating? I'm glad I don't have to wear one very often or for long periods. Have an awwwesome Monday, my friend!

  3. It seems that so many people really are slaves to their debt these days. Debt is not a good thing. Glad you like the shield, some do but it doesn't work for everyone.

  4. Love the poem! Someone said something rude to me the other day and I stuck my tongue out at them - but they didn't see it!

  5. as always I so enjoy your posts! Love the poem and the quote....and the photo cracked me many scratching boards on the floor! Have a lovely day!

  6. That's such a cute little pup! We enjoyed your Spark too.

  7. Awww on that cute pup. They do tend to follow is around until it's nap time. Adorable.

    Love the poem. We do what we must.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  8. Loved everything about this post from Lit'l Boy Blue down to Grab Some Nuts Day! Of course your poem too. :) - Do you still have to wear a mask with the shield? - Stay safe Mimi!

  9. Cute pup. Great spark - so true. And I liked the poem too- it is sad that we can't smile at others with masks on.

  10. Aww I love the name too heheh!

    Have a safetastic day 😷😷😷

  11. I don't worry about seeing others smile or others seeing me smile - we smile with our eyes and our voices as well as our mouths! Here we cannot replace a mask with a shield. If you want to wear a shield you have to wear a mask under it too. Great poem, Mimi.

  12. wavez two ewe boy blue frum sum catz in trout towne !! ☺☺♥♥

    the poem is great; I almost didn't recognize a person I know because of their mask !! :)

  13. What a cute doggie. And I feel the same way about masks. I hate not seeing smiles.

  14. Perfect!
    I try to smile at everyone. And my eyes disappear.
    So that is my chief problem with masks. When I smile now, no one can see anything!

  15. I've actually been amazed at how well you can still identify people, even with half their face obscured... and I just assume everyone's smiling anyhow. :-D

  16. Why not invent masks with smiles painted or sewn-in on them! :)

    Li'l Boy Blue...doesn't look too blue...he looks lovely! :)

    Keep taking good wishes. :)

  17. L'il Boy Blue looks like the perfect companion.
    I'm only just now thinking about buying some masks, since the virus seems to be hopping over the border (via some sillies who refuse to stay home), but if it comes to full face shields, I might just buy a whole Hazmat suit instead.

  18. L'il doggie looks so sweet and great company ~ sweet post ^_^

    Live each moment with love,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Amazing post. Especially the puppy I love it. i think we should make some mask for or dogs too.


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