Monday, November 9, 2020

Mr. Cal (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Crash, Bang, Boom (Poetry Monday)


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On Sunday, i had a bit of an adventure -- you know how my life can turn on a dime -- but anyway, i ended up over at Becca's house and snapped a couple of photos of Mr. Cal, the dog:


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 blog break because of her husband's health, and we hope she can come back soon.   Charlotte/Mother Owl always participates, too.  This week the theme is A Domestic Incident.                    

Crash, bang, boom!

You'd often hear the sound,

Bing, ouch, oops!

When my house you'd hang around.

Pop, stop, wait!

Another item broken.

Clang, ooof, Honey!

By the sound i was awoken.

Eek, no, mom!

China, crystal, even a table.

Oh, so sorry, sister-in-law!

To break it they are able.

Slam, whump, whop!

Domestic incidents galore.

Bump, thump, thud!

We keep fragile things no more.

(While i'm not sure this poem counts, almost every domestic incident i can think of at my house has involved someone breaking something.  Brother-in-Law is especially clumsy, and is one reason we no longer have any actual glass drinking glasses around the house, just plastic.)


Today is:

Allama Iqbal Day -- Pakistan

Chaos Never Dies Day -- internet generated, and just look in my closets if you want proof that we need this one

Couch Beachcombing Day -- internet generated; also called sofa diving, you will be amazed what you will find!

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dia de los Natitas -- La Paz, Bolivia (Day of the Skulls, when skulls are decorated and then offered cigarettes, coca leaves, and other items)

Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena -- Madrid, Spain (Feast of the Virgin of the Almudena, Patroness of the City)

Flag Day -- Azerbaijan

Go to an Art Museum Today Day -- it's a good idea, whoever started this one

Heir to the Throne Day -- Tuvalu (Prince of Wales birth anniversary celebration)

Independence Day -- Cambodia (1953)

Lord Mayor's Day / Lord Mayor's Show -- London, England (traditional date, celebrated on the nearest Saturday; a traditional Show since 1215, when King John granted the people of London the right to elect their own mayor)

National Fried Chicken Sandwich Day

National Nibble Day -- as promoted by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

National Scrapple Day

Neon Sign Day -- Georges Claude received a patent for the neon sign on this day in 1911

Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), Daughter of Frenzy, Banshee -- Scots Pagan (date approximate)

Paul is Dead Day -- Beatle's Conspiracy Theorists, who claim Paul died this day in 1966 and was replaced by Billy Campbell

Remembrance Day -- Cayman Islands

Schicksalstag -- Germany (Destiny Day or Fateful Day) anniversary of

     the execution of Robert Blum in 1848

     dethroning of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918

     The Beer Hall Putsch in 1923

     Kristallnacht (Crystal Night, marks the beginning of the Holocaust), 1938

     the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

St.Theodore the General's Day (Patron of soldiers; Brindisi, Italy; invoked for the recovery of lost objects)

Tag der Erfinder -- Austria; Germany; Switzerland (Inventor's Day; birth anniversary of Hedy Lamarr, who was an inventor as well as an actress)

Wish-Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Sprites)

World Freedom Day -- US

World Orphans Day -- originally an initiative of The Stars Foundation; cannot find a current sponsor, although there is a Facebook page for this day, stating April 20 is the correct date

Birthdays Today:

Nikki Blonsky, 1988

Nick Lachey, 1973

Chris Hericho, 1970

Thomas Quasthoff, 1959

Lou Ferrigno, 1951

Tom Weiskopf, 1942

Tom Fogerty, 1941

Mary Travers, 1936

Bob Gibson, 1935

Carl Sagan, 1934

Dorothy Dandridge, 1923 

Spiro Agnew, 1918

Hedy Lamarr, 1913

James William Fullbright, 1905

Ed Wynn, 1886

Stanford White, 1853

Elijah P. Lovejoy, 1802

Benjamin Banneker, 1731 (first freeborn child of free African American parents)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Wizard of Id"(Comic strip), 1964

"Omnibus"(TV), 1952

Today in History:

Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery, 694

The Family de' Medici were expelled from Florence, 1494

Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1620

Hungarian parliament promises Protestants freedom of religion, 1681

The Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue in Jerusalem is set afire by Arabs, 1720

Napoleon becomes dictator of France, 1799

The first US pharmacy college begins classes in Philadelphia, 1821

The NY Symphony Orchestra holds its first public performance, 1858

The first documented Canadian football game is held, at the University of Toronto, 1861

Ulyses Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him, 1862

The Great Boston Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings, 1872

Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US president to visit other countries during his tenure, visiting Puerto Rico and Panama, 1906

The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, destroys 19 ships and kills more than 250 people, 1913

Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect, 1921

Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965

First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published, 1967

Garry Kasparov 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion, 1985

The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered, 1994

The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 2005

The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause, 2007

The USS Gerald R. Ford is christened by the U.S. Navy; the aircraft carrier cost $15.5 billion and is technically the most advanced ship ever built, 2013

"Reclining Nude" by Italian artist Modigliani fetches the second highest auction price ever at $170.4m, 2015

The Kartarpur Corridor opens, allowing Sikh worshippers from India to access the holy site of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan without a visa, 2019


  1. Mr Cal is definitely awww worthy.
    Fortunately breakages in our house are rare. I feel for you - I hate the noise nearly as much as the destruction. Breaking china sets my teeth on edge.

  2. Life is all about making something good out of the cards/bricks you are dealt. Nice quote. Bummer things get broken in those disputes at your place. We are thankful that doesn't happen here.

  3. Hehe, so true that poem, I like all your different onomatopoetica. It sounds like in our house, my first question is always: Was anybody hurt? Next one: What did you break? We still have real glass drinking glasses - cheap ones ;)

  4. I don't keep expensive breakable things in the house. Sometimes I can be very clumsy.

  5. What a sweet little pup! I love your spark today and I just love David Brinkley. We had some breakage just last night and decided no more glassware - MOL!

  6. Mr. Cal is a handsome man pup. King of his castle too.

    A wonderful Spark.

    I love the poem. We have glassware here, but not on our boat and for the same reason.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  7. That is such a sweet looking pup and we love that Spark!!!

  8. National Scrapple Day,man I gott get me some for the weekend.

  9. Mr Cal is quite the fancy pup! and I have "stolen" your David Brinkley sparks- excellent! Finally there was a reason we only had "tippee cups" for some of our relatives! Cheers! xoxo

  10. Heehee! This totally counts!
    Yeah, when the kids were growing up, we never bought ANYTHING that wasn't plastic or cast iron...
    Happy National Nibble Day!

    1. Can't resist a National Nibble Day, especially when there is cake around. Well spotted.

      Mimi, my poem is on Diane's blog this week. Loved yours.

  11. Aww! MrCal is so cute heheh! :-)

    I liked the poem too :-)

    Have a sparktastic safe day 😷😷😷

  12. Cute pup. Great spark and poem too.

  13. What a beautiful little pup! I hope your "adventure" turned out well. Loved the poem, so true of many homes with young people around, I'd say!

  14. Hmmm... I may have to change my clock so I can celebrate fried chicken sandwich day tomorrow...!

  15. I love the quote, and I think if I lived in your house I'd bubble wrap anything breakable.

  16. Love your poem, Growing up, one of my best friends was similarly afflicted and was never allowed to do the washing up after dinner, nor even the drying of anything breakable.
    Mr Cal is a cutie and I LOVE the table frame he is sleeping under.

  17. Cal is adorable ~ sweet photos ~ lovely poetry

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. Happiness is....catch it and hold onto it if you can! :)

  19. I sold Princess House for many years and we still have lots of it. My kids learned early to use all the hand blown pieces. Although our oldest son and his friends did break a few pieces. As long as no blood was involved and everyone was ok I was ok too. :-) BUt we did manage to break many glasses, usually accidents washing or dropping them. LOve the sweet photos and great poetry! HUGS to you across the miles XO XO


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