Monday, October 19, 2020

Kiki Missed Her Mama (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Diet (Poetry Monday)


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Ms. S was out of town for a few days, and Kiki had to stay inside the apartment.  She was lonely, i think, and slept on Ms. S's bed, right on the pillow where she knew her "mama" should be.

i didn't dare get closer, she might have jumped down


Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.



Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey is taking a break right now due to her husband's health.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Dieting Crazes, and i wrote a couple of things.                

Diets come and diets go,

But they don't take my fat with them,

That's all i want for them to do,

It'd be nice to alter clothes only at the hem!

Believe me i have tried them all,

In one form or another as they came out,

And every one of them made me want

To simply scream, holler and shout.

Every one works if you stick to it

Is what the researchers will say,

And maybe that is technically true,

But i fought the bulge until the day

That i finally packed it in and said,

Enough is enough already!

Cleaned out my diet, i eat mostly healthy now,

And my weight is finally steady.

If you, like me, have tried them all,

And you're tired of the up and down,

Just find a healthy eating plan,

At the scale you will no longer frown.

Children's Lament, a Haiku

When mom is on diet,

There is no food in the house

Just ingredients

Mom's on a diet again, said son.

How do you know? said daughter.

The fridge is full of celery now,

All all there is to drink is water!


Today is:

Armilustrium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Mars)

Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day -- actually a good idea

Constitution Day -- Niue

Dita e Lumturimit te Nene Terezes -- Albania (Mother Teresa Day)

Evaluate Your Life Day -- a day to make sure your life is heading where you want, and course correct if it isn't; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Greasy Spoon Day -- internet generated, a day to go revel in the love of your favorite greasy spoon diner

Hurricane Thanksgiving Day -- US Virgin Islands (only celebrated if no major storms have come through that year)

International Adjust Your Chair Day -- because you need to check at least once a year to make sure your chair has you in an ergonomically correct position    

National Heroes Day -- Jamaica

National Seafood Bisque Day

Samora Machel Day -- Mozambique

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

St. Frideswide's Day (Patron of Oxford and the University of Oxford)

St. Rene Goupil's Day (Patron of anesthetists, anesthesiologists)

Yabusame Festival -- Koyama, Japan (horseback archery, samurai costumes and dragons, oh, my!)

Birthdays Today:

Jason Reitman, 1977

Ty Pennington, 1965

Evander Holyfield, 1962

Jeannie C. Riley, 1945

John Lithgow, 1945

Patricia Ireland, 1945

Simon Ward, 1941

Michael Gambon, 1940

Peter Max, 1937

Robert Reed, 1932

John Le Carre, 1931

Jack Anderson, 1922

Auguste Lumiere, 1862

Annie S. Peck, 1850

Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, 1748

Thomas Browne, 1605 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Rothschilds"(Musical), 1970

"The Miracle Worker"(Play), 1959

"I Remember Mama"(Play), 1944

"Pomp and Circumstance Marches"(Elgar Op. 39), 1901

"Tannhauser und der Sangerkrieg auf Wartburg/Tannhauser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg"(Wagner opera), 1845

Today in History:

Battle of Zama, Scipio Africanus and his Roman legions defeat Hannibal Barca and the invading Carthagian army, BC202

King Gauseric and his Vandals take the city of Carthage, 439

The Thirteen Years' War ends with the Treaty of Thorn, 1466

Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology, 1512

The first general court is held in Boston, 1630

Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2PM, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1781

Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow, 1812

Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree, 1849

The first 4 blacks are elected to the US House of Representatives, 1870

The USPS first used an automobile to collect and deliver mail, 1914

Streptomycin, the first antibiotic which could treat tuberculosis, is isolated at Rutgers University, 1943

Black Monday - the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22%, 508 points, 1987

Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II, 2003

Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity, 2005

Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb, 2005

Naheed Nenshi becomes the first Muslim in Canada to be elected mayor, in Calgary, 2010

Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, who was known for changes in the Catholic Church that came out of Vatican II, 2014 

The New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Adern (37), the youngest NZ leader in 161 years, 2017


  1. Kiki reminds me of my Angel who always slept on or behind my pillow when I was out, or sometimes on whatever piece of clothing I had recently worn and left on a chair.
    I'm supposed to be dieting....

  2. Poor Kiki.
    Once when himself was in hospital the only way I could stop his cat from crying was by giving the cat a dirty t-shirt to sleep on.
    I don't do diets. Or weigh myself.

  3. Glad to see you blogging again.

    God bless.

  4. Aww! how cute heheh!
    The duvet set and pillow cases I am using at the moment are the exact same and colour as those pillowcases ha!

    Have a cutetastic safe day 😷😷😷

  5. Dieting to loose weight I've never done, but seen many do. I love your poem anyway, but I have a question - hesitantly, as I'm not a native speaker - but is the first line in 2nd stanza: "So simply scream, holler and shout" maybe supposed to read: "To simply scream, holler and shout"?

  6. Awww, I'm sure the kitty is lonely being home alone for a few days. Mom is an optimist and even when she is totally down, her strong mind can bring her up again, so we don't quit...we just keep trying. Great quote you have.

  7. Kitty is just like a little child. The smell of the pillow will comfort the little one. I gave up on dieting plan and just eat moderately. I do wish for the bulge to disappear.

  8. Awww, Kiki is lonely. Mrs. S will come home soon and all will be right with the world.

    Love the poem. I can relate.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. We hope Kiki will be happy with a homecoming soon. That was a really nice poem too.

  10. Sweet Kiki, what a love! I just love that Harriet Beecher Stowe quote. I gave up on diets too and do like the French do; eat what I want but in smaller portions, add some sort of exercise that I enjoy and that seemed to work better than any formal diet I ever went on.

  11. Yes, I have one of those slowly sinking desk chairs, so it's good to have a reminder to check the height... before it's my back reminding me!

  12. Aw sweet kitty ~ glad she is cozy on Mum's dress ~ hard for pets being alone ~ Great quote

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Sweet kitty. Nice spark and fun poem and haiku. I gave up on diets years ago, actually I never even made it through one day following a diet- I have no self control.

  14. awwww what a sweetheart! Great quote and so true! Cheers!

  15. we hope yur mom purrson iz home bye now kiki ♥♥

    great poem thiz week....and crckin up at the haiku !!! ☺☺☺☺

  16. Ha,ha,ha,ha. I loved the poem about diets. I gave up a long time dealing with diets. I enjoy life much more now Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  17. Wonderful poem!
    Ugh. Dieting. It works so well. Until I get to my goal weight. Then go out to celebrate...
    That children's lament is priceless!


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