Monday, December 21, 2020

Miracle (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Solstice Is Here (Poetry Monday)


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This week’s Awww is a story, then pictures.

Last Wednesday, i arrived at the shelter for the morning cleaning as i try to do each week, very, very early.  We’d had rain, and it was cold, drippy, drizzly and at least an hour and a half before sunrise when i walked up to the door and noticed a red crate by the exit door.

There is an open intake shelter in town, associated with our city-parish animal control, that will let you drop off any animal you cannot care for there for any reason.  They vet them, try to get them adopted out, and send many of their cats to us for us to adopt them out.  There’s no reason to drop a cat off in the cold and wet at our door.  People do it anyway.

We have a protocol, so i went into the shelter, got a large carrier out, put in a bowl of food, water, and cat litter, donned gloves, and went to see about that crate.

What i found was rather heartbreaking.  A milk crate, no top, a cat bed stuffed down into it, a baby blanket on top of that, and huddled on the blanket was a kitten of about 3 months, shivering and scared and with eyes so crusted over with infection that i was sure she could not see at all.  Why she hadn’t gotten scared in the night and run away and been lost or run over, well, only The A-mighty knows.

As i worked through the morning, i checked on her and she ate and used the litter box, always a good sign.

When Ms. Elly got there later, she took one look and called the vet down the street that is our go-to for most general veterinary work, and took the kitten in.

Two days later, on Friday, the kitten came back from the vet while i was there doing the Friday evening shift.  It turns out she has malformed eyelids and might have limited vision or no vision, it’s too soon to tell.  The infection in her eyes is clearing up, and she’s otherwise healthy.

Because of her malformed eyelids, she will always need special care to keep her eyes from being infected, and two of the vet technicians at the vet’s office fell in love with her already and are talking about fighting over which gets to adopt her.

We’ve named her Miracle.


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 due to her husband's health.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Winter Solstice.                    

(This topic rather left me, shall we say, flat and confused, as sometimes happens, and i wasn't sure whether to take it as a serious, scientific topic of the tilt of the Earth, or discuss Roman solstice celebrations, or what.  This is my meager effort, laugh if you want, i did, as it's kind of a dud to me.)

It's the solstice, everyone,

And just what does that mean?

It means your day length now will change,

Depending on how the Earth does lean.

If you are up here in the now cold north,

Where winter does hold sway,

The tilt of the Earth means that 'til June,

Each one will be a longer day.

If you are down where summer now rules,

Far below the equator line,

Your daylight time will shorter grow

'Til your next winter time.

For those who sit in the middle,

On the equator of the earth,

There's little change in daylight hours,

Of day hours there is no dearth.

And if you are looking for causes

Of things to celebrate,

Well a solstice is a good reason,

For a party, small or great.


Today is:

Divalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (part of Saturnalia; feast of Angerona, goddess of secret sorrows)

Flashlight Day -- what better day, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, when dark is with us longest, to make sure you have one in good working order

Forefathers' Day -- Plymouth, MA, US (celebrates the landing of the Pilgrims)

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day -- US

Humbug Day -- those frustrated with their holiday preparations are allowed up to 12 humbugs today, just to help vent their frustrations; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Gluggagaegir -- Peeper, who peeps through the windows and will come steal toys he likes the look of

Kiwi Fruit Day -- California, US (celebrate with them, these are good!)

Look At the Bright Side Day -- Northern Hemisphere, and why not; after all, each day after this will have more sun!

National Hamburger Day

National Heroes and Heroines Day -- Anguilla

Pancha Ganapati -- India (through the 25th, a modern Hindu festival honoring of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Culture)

Phileas Fogg Wins A Wager Day (1872)

Poseidea -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor Poseidon; date approximate)

Solstice -- Northern Hemisphere Winter begins/Southern Hemisphere Summer begins at 10:02UCT

     Anne and Samantha Day -- celebrating the lives of Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, a day to work and pray for world peace

     Alban Arthuan -- Druid Festival, 4th Station; through the solstice

     Bruma -- Ancient Roman Calendar

     Dongzhi Festival -- East Asia (literal meaning, "Extreme of Winter")

     Festival of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the seeking of Osiris by Isis and her resurrection of him)

     National Haiku Poetry Day -- US (because haiku is traditionally about the seasons, it's celebrated on the first day of winter)

     Wild Hunt reaches its peak -- various Norse traditions

     Soyala New Year Festival -- Hopi and Zuni Native Americans (a festival of purification as well as celebration, with homes cleaned, fires doused, and personal restraint observed)

     Yalda -- Iran (Persian/Zoroastrian winter solstice festival; to celebrate the longest night of the year, many stay up for the fight against dark and evil.)

     Yule/Jul/Jol Festivals begin -- various calendars, religions, countries and observances, both ancient and modern

          Yule -- Wicca/Pagan, northern hemisphere

          Litha -- Wicca/Pagan, southern hemisphere

          from the Old Norse Hjol, meaning "wheel" to signify the year is at its lowest point and ready to rise again

     Ziemassvetki -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (birth of Dievs, highest of the gods; modern Latvians celebrate this on Christmas Eve/Christmas, but it was originally a three day solstice festival)

St. Peter Canisius' Day (Patron of Catholic press, Germany, writers of catechisms)

St. Thomas' Day, the Doubting Thomas (old date, now celebrated on July 3, but many of the superstitions related to it are still observed at this time)

     Mumping Day a/k/a Gooding Day -- UK (traditional day on which beggars beg for, or "mump", good things for Christmas, always on old St. Thomas' Day)

     Sao Tome Day -- Sao Tome e Principe (Dia de Sao Tome e Principe)

Birthdays Today:

Jackson Rathbone, 1984

Jack Noseworthy, 1969

Kiefer Sutherland, 1966

Andy Dick, 1965

Florence Griffith Joyner, 1959

Ray Romano, 1957

Jane Kaczmarek, 1955

Chris Evert, 1954

Tina Brown, 1953

Samuel L. Jackson, 1948

Michael Tilson Thomas, 1944

Frank Zappa, 1940

Jane Fonda, 1937

Phil Donahue, 1935

Joe Paterno, 1926

Paul Winchell, 1922

Heinrich BΓΆll, 1917

Josh Gibson, 1911

Joseph Stalin, 1879

Henrietta Szold, 1860

Benjamin Disraeli, 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Billion Dollar Baby"(Musical), 1945

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(Disney animated film), 1937

Tillie's Punctured Romance(Silent Film, first full length comedy), 1914

The Crossword Puzzle(First one ever published, 1913

Basketball, 1891 (first game under the direction of James Naismith, by the rules he had published)

Today in History:

A hurricane hits Holland/Friesland, destroying villages with widespread flooding, 1163

The Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche Native Americans, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania", 1598

William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620

Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam, 1788

The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement, 1844

The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883

The first Word-Cross puzzle, which the printer mislabeled as a Cross-Word (the name that stuck), is published in the New York World, 1913

The first feature length color and sound cartoon, Disney's Snow White, premiers, 1937

Rondane National Park is established as Norway's first national park, 1962

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity, 1968

The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1969

Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash, 1994

The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control, 1995

Scientists studying the Sutter's Mill Meteorite announce it contains the oldest material in the Solar System, 2012

The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reaches the date, 2012


  1. Beautiful kitten. Thank you for your good works, Mimi.

    God bless.

  2. That is most definitely an awww moment. I am so very glad that she was dumped in the perfect spot.
    Love your poem too. It will stay (too) hot here for a while but I always find hope at the solstices.

  3. That kitten is adorable and it is so awesome she already has people who want to adopt her. What is wrong with humans that can set a kitten like that out in the elements just because they are not perfect. So cruel. You are amazing for helping that poor little one.

  4. So sad to know that the kitty has malformed eyelids but good to know that people are looking forward to adopt the kitty. The Chinese in this country are celebrating the winter solstice on the 21st Dec (today) even though we here do not have winter.

  5. What a heartwarming story and love the good work you all do for the animals I am glad she is recovering and will have a home to go to.

    Have a cutetastic safe week 😷😷😷

  6. Love the poem and the idea of having a Solstice party as an annual event.

  7. Miracle sounds great for that poor kitten. Stay safe Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. A cute kitten perfectly named. The work you do is admirable. Looking out of my window at the solstice, all I see is a grey sea, a grey sky and grey faced people wandering by. Things can ony get better - can't they?

  9. Oh Miracle you are a little treasure ~ a vet to adopt you would be just the thing for a Xmas present for you ~ lots of healing hugs to you ~

    Happy Holidays to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Awww, Miracle is adorable and now she's safe. What a horrible night that little one had to endure. Bless those that are caring for her and you're at the top of that list.

    Love the poem and the Spark.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  11. Dear sweet Miracle, God was looking out for you. Several years ago I assisted in the rescue and adoption of 2 kitties with those eyelid problems. A surgery fixed them up so they both are mostly sighted. Thanks for helping that sweet kitten. Terrific Spark and poem too.

  12. What a precious little Miracle, you are a Superhero and so is everyone else who helped that tiny sweetheart.

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  14. Hey a scientific, funny poem. Yes at equator solstices and equinoxes are all meaningless. The sun sets as 6 and rises again at 6, and almost with no twilight. It's quite unsettling at first.

  15. Miracle is such a sweetie. So glad she's being taken care of.

  16. Ha! You did a marvellous job! Here in the north, we welcome the returning of the light!
    That little Miracle just melted my heart! So, so glad there are care-ers in this world! (I've just put my name into a dog-adoption organization. Time for another fur baby in our house!)

  17. Thanks so much for telling us about your Christmas Miracle! You have totally brightened my day! Love your solstice poem and the Mark Twain quote is purrfect!

  18. OH poor little kitty- thank you and all the others who help small and helpless animals survive. Little Miracle will have a wonderful life with whoever she lives with. The quote by Mark Twain is great! I have to laugh about the solstice: On the 22nd of December I say to my sweetie " Hey it is sooo much lighter today!" and the day after the Summer Solstice my sweetie says to me " Look how much darker it is!"....a silly family joke! Cheers!

  19. What a lovely name for the poor kitty that found its way to your door, so appropriate. Winter solstice is not really celebrated over here. The current rise in the new Covid strain has meant a lot of reorganizing of Christmas plans due to various lockdown procedures and I'm afraid I have not been able to give thought to a poem this week - my apologies. I would just like to thank you for all your lovely poems that I have enjoyed so much this year. My best wishes to you and your family for a happy and peaceful Christmas.

  20. That is heartbreaking. I am glad there is a happy ending though and Miracle will have a loving forever home. XO

  21. Miracle is a beautiful colour and she appears to be playing with the toys, so perhaps she has enough vision to get by.

  22. Mimi,

    Ahh, poor little Miracle! I hope she finds a good home. You're right the Almighty had His hands upon this creature so small and helpless. Great poem! I can't believe it's now winter. My how the days zoom by! Y'all have a very Merry Christmas, dearie! {{hugs}}


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