Monday, October 5, 2020

Bianca and Splenda (Awww Monday), Thought-Provoking Quote of the Week, and My Favorite (Poetry Monday)


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These two are Bianca and Splenda.  Their owner moved into hospice, so they need a new home.  Splenda is still shy, but Bianca has taken to escaping her cage for hugs every chance she can.


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 might or might not feel up to participating, depending on how her husband is doing.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates.  This week the theme is Pictures/Art.                     

To round out my education,
In Europe i once did tour,
Saw palaces and cathedrals,
The Louvre was dandy for sure,

So i've visited lots of museums,
Seen lots of famous art
In US and other countries,
And much of it has my heart,

But the art that i hold dearest,
What i most loved to see,
Pictures my kids put on my fridge,
They were most special to me.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Indonesia (Hari Tentara Nasional)

Blue Shirt Day / World Day of Bullying Prevention    

California Rideshare Week -- California, US (designed to encourage commuters to take personal responsibility for reducing traffic and smog by pledging to rideshare); it all started with     
     Ride-Share Week 2020-- Ventura County, CA, US (encouraging car dependent Californians to drive less, save money, keep the air cleaner, and carpool)

Child Health Day -- US (as established by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928)

Constitution Day -- Vanuatu

Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day

Do Something Nice Day -- internet generated; make someone's day brighter, it will brighten your own

Festival of the Five Toes -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Mania -- Ancient Roman Calendar (held to placate the Manes, on dates when it was believed the doors to the underworld were open and the dead were free to roam)

International Day of No Prostitution -- information here    

Labour Day -- ACT, NSW, & SA, Australia

Long Walk Day -- David Kunst finished his walk around the world on this day in 1974; go for a long walk in his honor

Magal de Touba -- Touba, Senegal (Muslim pilgrimage to honor the memory of Sheikh Amadou Bamba; began sunset yesterday, through sunset today)

Most Common Birthday -- US (yes, according to, on average, more people are born in the US on this day than any other; wonder if it has anything to do with today being 9 months after New Year's Eve?)

National Apple Betty Day

National Education Day -- Kiribati

National Metric Week -- US (yes, it's no fun to switch; get over it and learn, it's good for your brain!)  

Nobel Conference 56 -- Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, US (annual two-day symposium, this year it is online only, and the focus is Cancer in the Age of BIotechnology)

Noisy Munching Day -- a fun day for kids, or your own inner child; munch chips, celery, pickles, anything loud, to annoy others

Nubaigai -- Pagan Lithuanian Calendar (harvest festival; can't get independent confirmation that it's always on this day)

Peat-Cutting Day -- Falkland Islands (Spring Holiday)

Queen's Birthday -- QLD, Australia

Republic Day -- Portugal

St. Placid's Day

Territory Day -- Christmas Island

Thanksgiving Day -- Saint Lucia

Thesmophoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (start of a 3 day women's festival of Demeter; date approximate)

Unicorn Questing Season begins -- as established by the late W. T. "Bill" Rabe, get your official license here   

World Architecture Day -- International Union of Architects     

World Habitat Day -- UN (Habitat for Humanity

World Teachers Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Jesse Eisenberg, 1983
Kate Winslet, 1975
Parminder K. Nagra, 1975
Josie Bissett, 1970
Mario Lemieux, 1965
Laura Davies, 1963
Michael Andretti, 1962
Maya Ying Lin, 1959
Bernie Mac, 1957
Bob Geldof, 1954
Clive Barker, 1952
Bob Geldof, 1951
Karen Allen, 1951
Jeff Conaway, 1950
Steve Miller, 1943
Vaclav Havel, 1936
Bill Dana, 1924
Glynis Johns, 1923
Bil Keane, 1922
Donald Pleasence, 1919
Allen Ludden, 1917
Larry Fine, 1902
Robert Hutchings Goddard, 1882
Louis Lumiere, 1864
Chester A. Arthur, 1829
Denis Diderot, 1713
Jonathan Edwards, 1703

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Monty Python's Flying Circus"(TV), 1969
"Love Me Do"(Single release), 1962
"Zane Grey Theater"(TV), 1956
"The Diary of Anne Frank"(Play), 1955
"You Bet Your Life"(TV), 1950
"Secret Service"(Play), 1896
"Orfeo ed Euridice/Orpheus and Euridice"(Opera), 1762

Today in History:

Founding of the city of Concepcion, Chile, 1550
The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Italy and other Catholic countries, 1582
March on Versailles by the women of Paris, 1789
Shawnee Chief Tecumseh killed in the battle of the Thames, 1813
Founding of the City of Anaheim, 1857
Destruction of most of Calcutta by cyclone, approximately 60,000 die, 1864
A strong hurricane devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada, 1869
The surrender of Chief Joseph, after the 1,700 mile retreat, marks the end of the Nez Pierce War, 1877
The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London, 1895
Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices, 1903
First appearance of the Little Orphan Annie comic strip in the NYC Daily News, 1924
Suffrage is extended to women in France, 1944
The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 110,000, 1948
The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held, 
1953Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released, 1962
The first episode of the famous comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus aired on BBC, 1969
Signature of the European Patent Convention, 1973
Raoul Wallenberg is made an honorary US citizen, 1981
Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, 1984
The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released, 1991
The Bulldozer Revolution begins in Belgrade, eventually leading to the resignation of Slobodan Milosevic, 2000
A new, though threatened, language known as Koro, is discovered by a team of linguists on an expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, in northeastern India, 2010
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser and John O'Keefe, neuroscientists who discovered the brain cells responsible for positioning and navigation memory, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown of California signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the "right to die," 2015
The constitutional court of Spain suspends the Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence, 2017


  1. I hope that Bianca and Splenda find their home soon.
    Love your poem - and wish that my mama had valued my art as a child.

  2. Beautiful snow white cats. Hope both Bianca and Splenda get adopted by loving owner. Nice poem. I still keep my kids' art with me.

  3. It's always sad when pets lose their good home and neither party wanted it to be that way. Hopefully they will find a nice new home.

  4. Love the poem. I love photography. I have seen some great photographs and I have taken a few very nice images myself. I have won awards at the state fair for my photos, but the images I cherish the most are those of the grand kids just being themselves. Have a blessed week.

  5. Awww on those two sweetie pies. So adorable and it's so sad when they lose their home. I hope they find a forever home and remain together.

    Love your poem. It's so you.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  6. Awww, that poem is too sweet! Your fact about Monty Python premiering today in 1969 got us discussing the first time we saw them, they are treasures!

  7. We sure hope those sweeties get their new home soon, together. It has to be so confusing for them. Terrific Spark and poem!

  8. Aww! how sad, they are very cute

    Have an awwtastic safe Monday 😷😷😷

  9. What lovely names for those cute white cats. My first cat was all white and we called him Snowy. I am a firm champion of Do Something Nice Day. Lovely poem and, yes, it's the simplest art that is sometimes the nicest. Here's my poem (on Pictures, rather than Art):


    I made myself a picture frame
    A4 it was in size
    A simple frame of cardboard
    But to my childish eyes
    It was a magic camera
    And it seemed to me
    That all I had to do was frame
    The views that I could see.

    I found by making pictures
    In this way there were surprises
    As cutting out the wider view
    Revealed some tiny prizes:
    A blackbird’s abandoned nest
    Hidden in ivy deep
    The strands of fleece on a wire fence
    Left by a scratching sheep
    The patterns found on tree bark
    With cracks where insects hide
    A slippery seaweed ribbon
    Thrown up by the tide.

    I also found such treasures
    Much closer to my house:
    A magpie on a chimney pot
    A tiny field mouse
    An apple pie left cooling
    On the bench beside the shed
    A clump of pearly mushrooms
    Hiding in the flower bed.

    I marshalled all my pictures
    In my mind and kept them brewing
    ‘Til I could pin them on a page
    And display them in a poem.


    Now whenever I feel flat
    And need to recharge my brain
    I take myself off walking
    With my cardboard picture frame.

    1. What a way to see the world! Cropping away all the 'extra' and focusing on the beautiful!
      Wonderful poem SBM!

  10. Bianca and Splenda; we iz veree sorree ta lurn a bout yur purrson; we hope yur new foreverz home iz just round de korner; we understand how tuff thiz iz ♥♥♥

  11. AWesome duo kitty cats...may they find their new home soon. DH Lawrence's word's are so true- look at what is happening right now to our country. So sad and so avoidable. Have a great day and keep up with your poetry- I so enjoy your words! xoxo

  12. I love the poetry! You make up great poems! I am going to be at both blogs today but trying to catch up all commenting too. Thanks for always being so great and stopping by. I like your Sparks today! Truth! Have a blessed and beautiful week XO XO

  13. D.H. Lawrence had an innate ability to see into the future...

    I hope Bianca and Splenda are not split up and find a loving home very soon...the dear little pets. :)

  14. Such adorable kitties, I hope they get to stay together. If I lived near you, I would snatch them up. Great quote and poem. XO

  15. Oh yes! those drawings were the very best. I still have a bulging folder hidden in my book case. Thank you for the reminder.

  16. Bianca and Splenda are beautiful ~ wishing a forever home for them soon ~ Xox

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  17. Oh, those two kitties just stole my heart! I just imagine how confused they must be!
    And your poem brought on the waterworks. I LOVE my picture-decorated fridge!


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