Monday, December 14, 2020

Jax (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

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Many of you will remember #2 Son's Chihuahua, Jezzie.  He couldn't take care of her with his work schedule, so she was with us.  We, of course, had the same trouble.  We made an effort to rehome her, and found a couple who'd recently lost their 17-year-old Chihuahua and were grieving.

They renamed her Jax, and that's the photo they sent us a few days ago, along with this text:

Sweet little Jax, we just love her so much.  She is a good little doggie.  She has four beds in the house, she goes to sleep when Ron does, sleeping in her little bed in our room and whining in the morning when she needs to go out.

She doesn't want Ron out of her sight.  She loves to ride in the car, and is very smart and understands most things.

She's a picky eater but we won't give her people food.  She likes a certain soft dog food now.

We could not lover her any more than we do.  I really truly believe God had His way of sending her to us because He knew we were grieving over our previous dog.  Jax filled our empty home and hearts.

Thanks so much for giving her to us, she has been a blessing to us!


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 has posted another update, go take a minute to visit and leave her a supportive word if you have a moment.   Charlotte/Mother Owl participates, too.  This week the theme is Gingerbread Houses.                 

Not being the crafty type

We didn't do gingerbread much,

Our family was more into eating

Than crafting from food as such.

The one time we bought a kit

The house kept falling down.

We finally gave in and just ate it,

Which prevented every frown.

So if you make those lovely

Houses we sometimes see,

Just pass a leftover scrap to eat,

That's good enough for me!


Today is:

Ako Gishi sai -- Ako, Japan (traditional dances and warrior parades honoring the 47 Ronin)

Buy a Tree Day / Deck the Halls Day -- internet generated, and if you are going to decorate, why did you wait this long?

Christmas Bird Count begins -- sponsored by the National Audubon Society (through Jan. 5; since 1900, the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations)

Free Shipping Day -- with hundreds of participating merchants     

Halcyon Days begin -- a time of calm and tranquility (beginning seven days before the winter solstice, lasting until December 28, seven days after the solstice; named for an ancient fabled kingfisher bird [or halcyon], which hatches and raise her young during this time)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Stufur -- Shorty, who is also known as Ponneskefill, the pan-scraper, who will scrape food scraps from the pans left out

Khoiak Ceremony for Ploughing the Earth -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Monkey Day -- unofficial, by animal groups, to draw attention to the plights of simians kept in labs and as pets 

National Bouillabaisse Day

National Energy Conservation Day -- India

National Tree Planting Day -- Malawi

Play An Old Song That You Didn't Like To See If You Still Don't Like It Day -- internet generated, and don't bother, bad songs don't improve with age

Precalentines Day -- an unofficial holiday for math lovers begun by a precalculus class at a Nova Scotia high school

Sarsodaw Pwe -- Myanmar (Writers' Day/Literati Day, especially celebrated by the press, and includes The National Literary Award Presentation Ceremony as well as public lectures, essay contests, and story-telling events)

South Pole Discovery Day -- thank you, Roald Amundsen

St. John of the Cross' Day (Patron of contemplative life, contemplatives, mystical theology, mystics, Spanish poets; Ta' Xbiex, Malta)

St. Spyridon's Day (Patron of Corfu, Greece, and potters)


Anniversaries Today:

Alabama becomes the 22nd US State, 1819

Princess Mary Stuart is crowned Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542

Birthdays Today:

Samantha Peszek, 1991

Vanessa Hudgens, 1988

Paul "Beakman" Zaloom, 1951

Bill Buckner, 1949

Dee Wallace Stone, 1948

Patty Duke, 1946

Jane Birkin, 1946

Ernie Davis, 1939

Leonardo Boff, 1938

Lee Remick, 1935

Charlie Rich, 1932

Don Hewitt, 1922

Shirley Jackson, 1919

Morey Amsterdam, 1914

Spike Jones, 1911

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith, 1897

James Harold Doolittle, 1896

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Saturday Night Fever(Film), 1977

Diamonds are Forever(Film), 1971

"Il Trittico"(Puccini opera), 1918

Today in History:

Osman ibn Affan is appointed the third kalief of Islam, 644

The Zuider Zee seawall collapses, 50,000 lives are lost in the floods that follow, 1287

The first artificial pearls, made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales, are manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris, 1656

The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifts off on its first test flight, 1782

David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a machine that cuts nuts and bolts, 1798

The American Academy of Political and Social Science is organized in Philadelphia, 1889

The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii, 1902

Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first to reach the South Pole, 1911

Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sri Lanka join the United Nations, 1955

The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations. 1961

NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus, 1962

Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations, 1999

The Millau viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened, 2004

China's first lunar rover, the Yutu, lands successfully on the Moon, 2013

The Vatican announces it has rediscovered the lost last paintings of Rafael, painted around 1520, in the Vatican Museum, 2017

The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion, 2017


  1. What a wonderful happy dog.

    God bless, Mimi.

  2. Cute story of dog-rehousing gone well. THank you. And thanks for all these lists ;)

    1. ... and I would like to send you a piece or two from our house re your well doner poem! But I dread the expenses and fear the house-bits would be broken to tiny pieces during the travel.

  3. What a wonderful story for Jazz. It worked out perfect for all involved.

  4. Love the poem. I too love gingerbread house scraps:-)

  5. Aww! what a cute doggie and letter she seems very happy and contented :-)

    Nice poem

    Have a cutetastic safe day 😷😷😷

  6. Oh my such a heart warming story- wonderful photo. Your poem made me laugh and Robert Gould's quote is spot on! Have a wonderful week!

  7. What a lovely story about that precious pup and its new peeps. It's a win win and it made me say Awww.

    Love your Spark and I'm with you on the gingerbread houses. I don't have a crafty bone in my body.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  8. I just love a story with a happy ending, and just look at that photo - such an obvious loving relationship.

  9. That's a nice Spark and a good poem! We're really so very happy for sweet Jax!!!

  10. I am so glad that Jezzie/Jax has found a new and loving home. You must all miss her, but made the very kindest decision. Thank you.
    I am not a gingerbread fan. I can admire the workmanship, but am not tempted to eat it. I love your poem though.

  11. What a lovely happy outcome for both Jax and her owners - a true win-win situation. Like you, I prefer to nibble on bits of gingerbread than create one.

  12. I am glad Jax is doing well in his new home. Great spark and poem. My great nieces made a gingerbread house kit the other day and I told them they need to call a roofer because one side of it is missing ( they ate it). :)

  13. Math holiday??
    Just Say No...

  14. We don't make those fancy gingerbread houses either, it doesn't seem to be a "thing" in Australia although we see a few kits in some of the fancier shops.
    My grand daughter recently lost her 15 year old chihuahua, but still has one of the pups from his last litter.

  15. What a sweet picture of Jezzie/Jax. And what a sweet story! She will bless her new family for years to come!
    Perfect poem! Like you, I am an eater, not a crafter when it comes to gingerbread. I’ll leave the crafting up to my artist. Fortunately there are usually lots of pieces that will never be missed! ;)

  16. You made the best possible decision for Jezzie/Jax, and you made humans happy as well. That's a big win!


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