Monday, September 14, 2020

Playtime! (Awww Monday), Thought-Provoking Quote of the Week, and Books! (Poetry Monday)


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It was another day of fun for Lulu and Coda this past Saturday at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  They dirty it up as fast as we can clean it, but that's okay, it's job security!  They also wore each other out.

Too fast for the camera!


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.  Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey has temporarily bowed out due to her husband's health, please visit and leave her an uplifting message.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Books, and i have a few poems because i couldn't stop myself.  After all, you can't write about books too much, just as you can't read too many.                    

In my reading brain
Heaven is a library
Reading evermore


The teachers ask a question
Each year the first day of school,
This year will be no different,
I'm prepared, I'm nobody's fool.

This year I have an answer
When she asks I'll keep it real,
"How many books did you finish this summer?"
"None! My brother my crayons did steal!"


For my birthday, Mother
As truly as I live,
A very bad, and very cheap
Dictionary did give.

Still I had to thank her for
Her gift, however absurd,
But to thank her I quite simply
Could not find the words!


There's a crisis at the library,
I just went to the reference desk
And asked for books on Houdini,
Not meaning to be a pest.

The librarian, her eyes open wide
Told me it's a fact,
All the books on good ol' Harry
Have pulled a disappearing act!


Books, A Love Song

How I love booksbooksbooksbooksbooks!


I'm ready to read
Always hunting for a book
As long as I breathe


Are you reading again? asked my Mother.
Am I breathing? I asked in reply.
If you didn't want my nose e'er in my books
Why'd you teach me so young? I did sigh.

I taught you quite young, it is true, she did say.
And now I do realize quite late
While I wanted you ready even before school,
I a super book-worm did create!


Such wonderful things are good books!
I keep them on shelves and in crooks,
There's books up and down
Everywhere you look 'round,
In each of my crannies and nooks!


(To be sung to the tune of Frere Jaques)
I'm a book-worm,
I'm a book-worm,
See me read!
See me read!
Morning, noon and evening,
Morning, noon and evening,


No matter how many books I have
For more I always troll,
It's very true that I simply
Have no shelf-control!


Today is:

Battle of San Jacinto Day -- Nicaragua

Cochabamba Day -- Cochabamba, Bolivia (festival of the founding of the city)

Eat a Hoagie Day

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 4, Economic Justice (sponsored by We, the World

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross/Elevation of the Life Giving Cross/Holy Cross Day -- Christian

Festivals and Matsuri of Japan -- several throughout Japan, today and for the next several, most as harvest festivals or traditional horseback archery rituals)
       including the O Sannomiya Autumn Festival, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Festival, Tono Matsuri, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, Tsurugaoka-hachimangu Reitasai, Yachi Donga Festival, and Furusato Hyappei Festival

Jeans for Genes Week -- UK (convince your school or workplace to let you pay for the privilege of wearing jeans one day this week, with the money going toward research of genetic diseases)   

National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

Nutting Day -- British Isles tradition, the hazelnuts are supposed to be perfectly ripe on this day

Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln -- Switzerland

St. Notburga's Day (Patron of agricultural workers, husbandmen, peasants, restaurant servers)

Unclear Ideas Display -- Fairy Calendar (Imps celebration)

Birthdays Today:

Amy Winehouse, 1983
Dan Cortese, 1967
Faith Ford, 1964
Wendy Thomas, 1961 (Namesake of Wendy's Hamburgers)
Mary Crosby, 1959
Sam Neill, 1947
Joey Heatherton, 1944
Nicol Williamson, 1938
Walter Koenig, 1936
Kate Millett, 1934
Harve Presnell, 1933
Zoe Caldwell, 1933
Constance Baker Motley, 1921
Clayton Moore, 1914
Stanley Ketchel, 1886
Margaret Higgins Sanger, 1879
Ivan Pavlov, 1849
James Wilson, 1742

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Golden Girls"(TV), 1985
"The Waltons"(TV Series), 1972
"Ironside"(TV), 1967
"Have Gun Will Travel"(TV), 1957
"The Turn of the Screw"(Opera), 1954

Today in History:

Domitian becomes emperor of Rome upon the death of his brother Titus, 81
Harun al-Rashid beomes Abbasid Caliph upon the death of his brother, al-Hadi, 786
The first lighthouse in the US, in Boston, is lit, 1716
George Frederick Handel finishes "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days, 1741
Napoleon occupies Moscow; fires begin that will not be fully extinguished for 5 days, 1812
Francis Scott Key witnesses the battle which inspires him to write "The Defense of Fort McHenry", later retitled "The Star Spangled Banner", 1814
George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon, 1886
President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt, 1901
Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 1948
The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it, 1959
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded, 1960
The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI, 1975
President-elect of Lebanon, Bachir Gemayel, is assassinated, 1982
Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean, 1984
The Toronto Blue Jays set a record for the most home runs in a single game, belting 10 of them, 1987
Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations, 1999
Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks; a similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital, 2001
In a referendum, Estonia approves joining the European Union, 2003
NASA reveals the Space Launch Program to replace the Space Shuttle program, 2011
The Bodleian Library confirms that the earliest evidence of the zero symbol found to date is a Bakhshali (Pakistani) manuscript that carbon dating puts as coming from the 3rd or 4th century, 2017


  1. That is definitely a thought provoking quote. I suspect that our politicians would not like it if the world could see their allegiances.
    Love your awww moments.
    And, as another unashamed book worm, your poems spoke to me.

  2. Such wonderful book-poems. I agree with every one of them. And now that I have read your poems - stupid me - my brain has stopped, no poems coming from me today.

    1. And "I'm a bookworm ..." runnig through my brain every time I think of books, I'm so not going to get anything written on books now or ever!

  3. Really wonderful dogs. Thanx Mimi.

    God bless.

  4. Politicians should disappear and we should have some real, genuine people run for office who have ideas and want to work for them, not this stupid game stuff! Looks like the pups had a great time. I bet they slept well after all their romping.

  5. Those dogs look like they are having so much fun!

  6. Lulu and Coda are having so much together. Its their holiday.

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  8. Oh those pups are having a great time. So fun to watch them run and run and play.

    Love your Spark and the poems on reading. I laughed and smiled. Reading is a wonderful thing indeed.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  9. Delightful and fun photos of the fur babies ~ What a great 'Spark' ~ Robin Williams was 'right on.' ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor))

  10. Darling pups having fun! And the quote is so true! We know they sure are not working for us! xoxoxo

  11. Those pups sure were having some fun! Dang, Robin Williams sure was right.

  12. What a fun time they had with you, they are so happy! I love your book poems, each and every one.

  13. I loved Robin Williams and I LOVE that quote. You make good of everything you do. I Love your photos and stories and poems. Have a great day and wonderful week. Take care.

  14. Looks like those two had a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy a dip in that nice pool every week. Great quote and I loved the poem. I have no shelf control with books either :)

  15. I cracked up reading that quote by Robin Williams; so true !!

    N hay ewe dawgz, ewe knead sum fish in that pool !!

  16. I need to bring your doggins to play with my doggins. Much fun will be had!
    Brilliant book poems. Just brilliant. In every style and colour! Well done indeed.
    And happy cream-filled doughnut day!

  17. Great poems - I love to see/hear other people's views on books and reading, and you captured a lot of good reading moments. The doggies look as if they are great Fun Buddies. And I love that quote from Robbie Williams - spot on!

  18. I love the photo of Coda and Lulu's antics...and the pic of Coda in your previous post. Unbridled joy! :)

  19. I also learned to read early and haven't stopped yet!
    I notice the swimming pool isn't fenced off. Here in Australia now it is illegal to have a pool that isn't fenced to prevent children and toddlers getting in and drowning.


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