Monday, January 18, 2021

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


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

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

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

This is one of the only foster kittens in our shelter system right now until the spring kittens start to make an appearance:


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 on a blog break because of her husband's health.   Charlotte/Mother Owl always participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in some weeks, too.  Spike's Best Mate often leaves a wonderful poem in the comments on one of our blogs.

This week the theme is Winnie-The-Pooh, as today is the anniversary of the birth of his creator, A.A. Milne.                         

Deep in the Hundred Acre Woods

Where Christopher Robin did play,

There is a cast of characters

That charm me to this day.

The poems and stories about them are

Beloved by me still.

Getting to read them to children does

Even now give me a thrill.

Winnie-the-Pooh is special,

And Piglet is just a dear,

Wise Owl's lectures unforgettable,

He makes things very clear.

Kanga's a wonderful mother,

To her very bouncy Roo,

Speaking, of course, of bouncy,

You have to love Tigger, too.

My personal very favorite

Is Eeyore in his Gloomy Place,

That precious little donkey,

Makes me want to kiss his face.

We were very young, and we turned six,

At Pooh Corner we learned how

To get along, and make a friend,

Yes, i'd go back, even now.


Today is:

2021 Healthy Weight Week -- US    

Anniversary of the Founding of Lima  -- Lima, Peru

Blue Monday -- UK (it's gloomy winter, it's after the holidays, it's time to cheer someone up by doing something nice for him/her)    

Confession of St. Peter -- Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican Christian

     Feast of the Chair of St. Peter -- Roman Catholic Church (celebrated as the founding of the papacy)

Feast of Neith -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of war and hunting)

Four an' Twenty Day -- Scotland (24 days after Christmas)

Hair Dryer Appreciation Day -- no history on this, but if you love your hair dryer, more power to you

Jazz Day -- Jazz gets recognized, it plays the Met!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- US and Territories (obs.)

National Lay Awake and Whisper in the Dark Night -- another one i can't fathom or find out why it even exists

National Peking Duck Day

Revolution Day -- Tunisia

Royal Thai Armed Forces Day -- Thailand (former Siam)

Santa Prisca Day -- Taxco, Mexico

Thesaurus Day -- birth anniversary of Peter Roget

UFO Day -- see the history section, 1644

Unsliced Bread Day -- from this day in 1943, until the war ended, US bakers sold only unsliced bread loaves so no steel had to be diverted from the war effort for slicing machine blades

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity -- Christian (from the celebration of the Confession of St. Peter to the celebration of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25)

Winnie the Pooh Day -- birth anniversary of Winnie's author A.A. Milne

Anniversaries Today:

Wesley College, Melbourne is established, 1866

Henry VII of England weds Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, 1486

Birthdays Today:

Jason Segal, 1980

Dave Batista, 1969

Jesse L. Martin, 1969

Jane Horrocks, 1964

Kevin Costner, 1955

Bobby Goldsboro, 1941

Davis Eli "David" Ruffin, 1941

Curtis Charles (Curt) Flood, 1938

Ray Dolby, 1933

Evelyn Lear, 1931

John Boorman, 1930

Constance Moore, 1920

Danny Kaye, 1913

Cary Grant, 1904

Oliver Hardy, 1892

A.A. Milne, 1882

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, 1856 (The African-American doctor who performed the first open heart surgery.)

Thomas A. Watson, 1854 ("Come here, Watson, I need you," said Bell)

Peter Mark Roget, 1779

Daniel Webster, 1782

Daigo, Emperor of Japan, 885

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Jeffersons"(TV), 1975

"Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour"(TV), 1948

"The Nose"(Shostakovich' opera), 1930

Today in History:

Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong, 1126

Francisco Pizarro founds Lima, Peru, 1535

The first documented UFO sighting in America, by some very perplexed pilgrims in Boston, 1644

Pirate Henry Morgan defeats the Spanish defenders and captures Panama, 1670

San Jose, California is founded, 1777

Captain James Cook stumbles upon the Sandwich Islands (Hawai'i), 1778

The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay, 1788

Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, the first US electrical journal, begins publication, 1840

Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, J. C. Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom, 1884

Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England, 1886

The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time, 1896

President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States, 1903

The first shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania, flown by Eugene B. Ely), 1911

English explorer Robert F Scott & his expedition reach South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there before, 1912

Japan issues the "Twenty-One Demands" to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia, 1915

A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri, 1916

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden, 1944

Willie O'Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut, 1958

A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War, 1974

Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires' disease, 1977

Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs), 1981

The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals to his family, 1983

Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided, 1997

The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth, 2000

Sierra Leone Civil War is finally declared over, 2002

A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia, 2003

The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, 2005

Hurricane Kyrill becomes one of Western Europe's deadliest storms, 2007

An amateur astronomer in Peterborough, England, discovers a new, Neptune-sized exoplanet, 2012

For the first time ever, lifeguards in Australia rescue endangered swimmers with a drone, using it to drop a rescue pod flotation device, 2018


  1. I love your poem. I love your lists and the kitten is cute. Thank you for posting faithfully every day.

  2. Poor lonely little foster. I hope he finds a home soon.
    Loved your poem - and yes, Tigger and Eeyore were always my favourites.

  3. Nice foster kitten left all alone. It has big round eyes. I love its colour. I like your poem.

  4. Awwwww! what an absolute cutie I hope a suitable loving home is found soon :-)

    I enjoyed your poem too :-)

    Have a kittentastic safe Monday 😷😷😷

  5. If the Dave Batista listed is Dave Bautista I read an article about him over the week-end where he put up a $20,000 reward for anybody leading to the identity of the deranged individual that scratched the word TRUMP into the skin of a manatee.

    1. I saw that in our newspaper and it said the trump was spray painted on.

  6. The blue eyes on the kitten are adorable! Small changes do create confidence. Mom is in the process of changing her work process in baby steps and it is building confidence. Have a great week!

  7. OK, I'm not a cat fan and even *I* went "Awww!" over that one...
    (And that's a very cool fact about unsliced bread!)

  8. Love the poem. Let us all return to the days of Winnie The Pooh

  9. Adorable and precious little kitty ~ wishing her a forever home soon! Xox

    Moment by moment.....

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. That Inspiring Quote means a lot Mimi. Thanks for the strength.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. That wee kitten is so cute and I'm surprised it's not adopted already. That was a great Spark!

  12. Awww, that kitten is adorable and I'm sure will have a forever home when it's time. So cute.

    Love the poem. I'll go with you.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  13. The kitten is such a little doll! I just love A.A. Milne and who doesn't love Pooh and all his friends!

  14. What a splendid poem- I too love Pooh! and your spark is so appropriate for these dark days! And the kitty reminds me of Lucy when she first came to our home! Have a lovely day!

  15. Such a cute kitten. Great spark and poem. My niece's favorite was Eeyore- I bought her one for every holiday and even a graduation one when she graduated from high school.

  16. Cute poem. Wee kit looks like, "Mom?". I don't think I could work or volunteer there, I would want to adopt all of them!

  17. That tiny kitty reminds me of my "Shadow" that I had as a teenager, same smoky grey all over. I haven't read any of the Pooh stories.

  18. What a tiny baby! And your Spark resonates! Than you! Have a marvellously Happy Day!

    You've kept the exact flavour of those beloved stories.
    And that kitten. Ooooh, my heart!

  20. A beautiful, fluffy little fellow...He won't remain alone for long!

    Take good care, messymimi. :)

  21. They are all lovely characters, aren't they. It is a long time since I read the book but you've prompted me to add it to my next library reservations so that I can re-read it. I regret there's no poem from me this week as I couldn't gather my random thoughts into a logical verse. It's so frustrating when this happens. Better luck next week, I hope.

  22. Sweet photos! Those kittens capture your attention, always. Love visiitng here. Thanks for being here too.


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