Monday, February 1, 2021

Aw, Shucks (Awwww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Spunky (Poetry Monday)


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The shelter got a few of the triangle shaped hammocks, and i wanted to show you these three sleeping in it and how cute they were.  Aw, shucks, i missed it.  As soon as i got the camera poised, Sia and Shea jumped up and dove to the bottom of the cage to wrestle, and Owen, crazy dude that he is, tried to climb the bars of the cage.  That's kittens for you!


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 and is sorely missed.   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 Spunky Old Broads.                        

i want to be a Spunky Old Broad,

a Spunky Old Broad someday

to do the fun things that i want to do

no matter what others will say

i want to swing on the swingset

stay out until two or three

instead of me worry about the kids

make them worry ‘bout me

i don’t want to get into trouble

it’s Spunky, not hell-bent i seek

willing to have adventures

never into the pokey to peek

maybe i’ll travel the country

visiting friends near and far

pulling a trailer to live in

with a big ol’ truck, not a car

whatever i end up doing

i want to enjoy the time

to define for myself what is Spunky

and live my life in rhyme


Today is:

Air Force Day -- Nicaragua

Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery -- Mauritius

Auckland Province Anniversary -- Auckland, New Zealand

Be An Encourager Day/Inspire Your Employees to Excellence Day -- begun by ecard companies; send someone an encouraging word today

Candlemas Eve

Constitution Day -- Mexico (obs.)

Cross-Quarter Day of Imbolc/Sughnassad -- various celebrations through the 2nd 

Dignity Action Day -- UK (aiming to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control, and a sense of purpose in their daily lives)     

Federal Territory Day -- Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya, Malaysia

Festival of the North -- Ketchikan, AK (month long celebration of the arts in Alaska, including a wearable art show, ballet performances, and more)

Freedom Day -- US (anniversary of the approval of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery)

G.I. Joe Day -- the action hero first went on sale this day in 1964

Heroes' Day -- Rwanda

Hula in The Coola Day -- sponsored by; a day to laugh at winter doldrums and escape the cold for a bit -- warm up the house, put on your shorts and have a luau!

Igbi -- Shaitli and Kituri among the Avar ethnic group, Dagestan, Russia (midwinter celebration, through the 5th, which is the first day the sun is expected to return to shine on the towns here)

Independence Day -- Nauru

Kalends of February -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also

     Festival of Helernus (god of vegetables and the underworld)

National Baked Alaska Day

Nelson Provincial Anniversary Day -- Nelson, New Zealand

Robinson Crusoe Day -- anniversary of the 1709 rescue of Alexander Selkirk, whose story inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe; a day to be adventurous and self-reliant

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Day -- the Dominion Police and the North-West Mounted Police officially merged on this day in 1920 to form the "Mounties"

Solo Diners' Eat Out Week -- sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of eating out alone, so go enjoy doing so, celebrating this lifestyle skill; sponsored by      

Spunky Old Broads' Day (also the start of Spunky Old Broads' Month) -- a day for women over 50 to resolve to live a regret free life

St. Brigid's Day (aka St. Bridget or Saint Brighid of Kildare; Patron of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen/mariners/sailors, cattle, chicken farmers, children of unwed parents, dairy workers, fugitives, midwives, nuns, poets, printing presses, scholars, travellers; Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Ivrea, Turin, Italy; Kildare, Ireland; Leinster, Ireland)

     formerly celebrated on Feb. 2 as the Imbolc quarter day of the Irish pagan calendar

Tuppence's Birthday -- Fairy Calendar

Tupperware Sculpting Day -- internet generated; take an old, worn piece of Tupperware, melt it, and sculpt something

Working Naked Day -- dedicated to those who work from home without the support system an outside work environment provides     

Birthdays Today:

Lauren Conrad, 1986

Michael C. Hall, 1971

Pauly Shore, 1970

Lisa Marie Presley, 1968

Pauly Shore, 1968

Sherilyn Fenn, 1965

Brandon Lee, 1965

Princess Stephanie of Monaco, 1965

Bill Mumy, 1954

Rick James, 1948

Bob Jamieson, 1943

Terry Jones, 1942

Sherman Helmsley, 1938

Don Everly, 1937

Garrett Morris, 1937

Boris Yeltsin, 1931

Stuart Whitman, 1929

S.J. Perelman, 1904

Langston Hughes, 1902

Clark Gable, 1901

John Ford, 1894

Louis Stephen St. Laurent, 1882

Hatty Wyatt Caraway, 1878

Victor Herbert, 1859

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Late Night with David Letterman"(TV), 1982

"Rich Man, Poor Man"(TV Miniseries), 1976

"The Secret Storm" (TV), 1954 (first TV soap opera)

"General Electric Theater"(TV), 1953

"You Are There"(TV), 1953

"La Boheme"(Puccini Opera), 1896

"The Corsair"(publication date), 1814

Today in History:

Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Isabella of France and her lover Roger Mortimer, 1327

The Colony of Roanoke Island is established by the landing of Sir Walter Raleigh, 1587

Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, is rescued from the uninhabited archipelago of Juan Fernandez, 1709

The Ottoman sultan orders the capture of his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII, resulting in the Kalabalik i Bender (Tumult in Bender), 1713

The first US steamboat patent is issued, by Georgia, to Briggs & Longstreet, 1788

The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York, 1796

The American Insurance Company of Philadelphia opens, the first such company managed by blacks, 1810

Volcano Mayon on Luzon, Philippines erupts killing 1,200, 1814

Slavery is abolished in Mauritius, 1835

The first US dental school, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, is incorporated, 1840

Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College, 1856

Morris Raphall of NYC becomes the first rabbi to open the House of Representatives, 1860

Julia Howe publishes the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," 1862

Jefferson Long of Georgia is the first black to make an official speech in the House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates), 1871

The first volume of A New English Dictionary, A to Ant,later called the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, is published, 1888

Thomas Edison completes the world's first movie studio, in West Orange, N.J., 1893

The first auto insurance policy is issued, by The Travelers Insurace Co., 1898

China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet, 1902

The first US federal penitentiary is completed, at Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906

Russia adopts the Gregorian Calendar, 1918

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police, 1920 

The United States Army launches Explorer 1, 1958

Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1960

The Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada is renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill, 1965

Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces, 1968

Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl, 1978

The Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile, 1979

Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral, 1998

Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard, 2003

Johanna Siguroardottir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, 2009

Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw, 2016

Archaeologists announce that the discovery of thousands of previously undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation in Guatemala, using Lidar technology, which suggests there was a population of about 10 million, 2018

January 2019 was Australia's hottest month on record according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology, 2019

Locusts swarm across East Africa, leading Somalia to declare their largest national emergency in 25 years, 2020


River said...

That's a great poem :)

Charlotte (MotherOwl) said...

Very good poem, it says it all. But working naked day - it must be invented by someone living in the southern hemisphere, I'd freeze my behind off working naked today.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

I really like the little hammocks for the cats.

God bless.

Elephant's Child said...

I think that many of us long for the day that we can become spunky old broads.

Nancy Chan said...

Nice triangle hammocks for the cute, playful kitties. I too want to be a spunky old broad. Lol! Have a wonderful new week.

Jz said...

Were I to sculpt with melted tupperware, the end result would look as bad as the process would smell - AND, because it's me, I will have burned the beejeepers out of my hands in the process.
I think I'll just relegate the old stuff to planters, tyvm..

Jz said...

Were I to sculpt with melted tupperware, the end result would look as bad as the process would smell - AND, because it's me, I will have burned the beejeepers out of my hands in the process.
I think I'll just relegate the old stuff to planters, tyvm..

My GBGV Life said...

Good quote. Never give up take a break maybe, but never give up. For those who do a lot of video meetings we are concerned about the working naked day thing, LOL!

stevebethere said...

Haha they thought quick she has the camera pointed at us again were off LOL

I liked your poem too :-)

Have a safetastic safe day 😷😷😷

Brian said...

Yep, that's kittens for ya! Cute poem today too.

Cathy Kennedy said...


Kittens are so darn cute and that spunky poem is equally cute. I hope we both can live that spunky life someday making the kids worry for a change. lol

Cruisin Paul said...

I love the poem about the Spunky Old Broad. That's my type of woman.
I can't go to Sandee's. She froze me out. Oh well.

Cruisin Paul

Sandee said...

Awww, kittens always do what they want. So cute. I hope they find a wonderful forever home.

Love the Spark and the poem. I'm already that spunky old broad. I like it too.

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pilch92 said...

Kittens are so much fun. Great spark and poem. I hope you get to live tht life. :) XO

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Contrary little kittens! That's a nice hammock though. I think spunky is a good goal - go for it.

carol l mckenna said...

Aww sweet photos of the kitties doing what kitties do and the hammocks are awesome ~ lovely poem too ~

Moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

SpikesBestMate said...

You just can't trust kittens to stay put when you have a camera in your hand, can you. A great poem, Mimi, for a wannabe SOB. Maybe you can join the ladies in my poem - I'll be ready to raise a toast and a round of applause.

Lee said...

An interesting lot of information here...thanks, messymimi. Take good care. :)

Marv, Jo Jo, Komo, Cinnamon & Angel Nellie said...

Hee! Hee! We had to laugh about the kittens! That happens here-a lot! And your spark ROCKS! It was what I needed to here! Have a marvellously Happy Day!

Kathe W. said...

Awwww all those sweet babies- darling little ones- and love your Sparks! Cheers and Hugs!

Diane Stringam Tolley said...

Kittens are cute, no matter what they are doing!
I'd definitely say you were spunky. AND living your life in rhyme!
(I have to apologize for being so late commenting. Playing catch-up today!)