Monday, February 15, 2021

Kittens (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Doggie News (Poetry Monday)


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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 we miss her a lot.   Charlotte/Mother Owl always participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in on some topics, too.  Spike's Best Mate often leaves a wonderful poem in the comments on one of our blogs.

This week the theme is From A Pet's Point Of View.                        

Oh, goody, it's time to go out,

I get to go read the doggy news!

Smell what was out here last night,

Get other critters opinions and views.

Right here I smell a 'possum,

I know that he was here,

And the dog next door almost caught him,

The evidence is clear.

The dog next door was roaming,

He must have slipped through the gate,

That boy just loves to get out

And stay out very late.

The poodle from around the block

And her owner passed this morn,

I can tell she's gonna have puppies,

I wonder when they'll be born?

Boy, there's lots of bugs out,

And those squirrels, they really tease,

I smell that they've been through here,

Jumping in and out of the trees.

My Dachshund friend from around the block,

And Taz, the big ol' hound

Both left a sign for me to find,

We'll play when they come back around.

Well, that's all I have time for,

My person's calling me back,

That's okay, more news for later,

I have fun keeping track!


Today is:

Candlemas -- on the Julian Calendar, and in the Orthodox Christian Churches

Decimal Day -- UK (anniversary of the 1971 currency conversion to the decimal system)

Family Day -- AB, BC, NB, ON, SK, Canada

Flag Day -- Canada (Maple Leaf adopted this date 1965)

Heritage Day -- NS, Canada (honouring Mona Louise Parsons)

Islander Holiday -- PEI, Canada

John Frum Day -- Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Kamakura Matsuri -- Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Japan (Snow Cave Festival; through tomorrow)

Kuromori Kabuki -- Kuromori, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (traditional Kabuki, through the 17th)

Liberation Day -- Afghanistan

Louis Riel Day -- MB, Canada

Lundi Gras -- Fat Monday, Carnival, one of the last to days to feast before the Lenten fast begins Wednesday

     Bolludagur -- Iceland (Bun Day, the children wake the parents with a "spanking" while calling for cream buns that will be eaten that day)

     Old Mask Parade -- Oranjestad, Aruba (with the Burning of the Momo tomorrow, marking the end of Carnival)

     Rosenmontag -- German-speaking Countries (Rose Monday, highlight of Karneval)

Lupercalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (remembrance of the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus)

National Gum Drop Day

Nirvana Day -- Jain; Sikh (regional observances may vary)

Presidents' Day -- US and Territories

Remember the Maine Day -- US (remembrance of the Spanish War)

Singles Awareness Day -- although some celebrate on the 14th as an anti-Valentine's Day

Sretenje -- Serbia (National Day)

Stop and Smell Your Compost Pile Day -- snort away the winter blues and think about spring (but i think this one is just plain weird)

St. Sigfrid's Day (Patron of Sweden)

Susan B. Anthony Day -- US (birth anniversary)

Total Defense Day -- Singapore

Birthdays Today:

Amber Riley, 1986

Renee O'Connor, 1971

Jane Child, 1967

Chris Farley, 1964

Matt Groening, 1954

Melissa Manchester, 1951

Jane Seymour, 1951

Marisa Berenson, 1948

Susan Brownmiller, 1935

Adolfo, 1933

Claire Bloom, 1931

Harvey Korman, 1927

Kevin McCarthy, 1914

Irena Sendler,1910

Miep Gees, 1909 

Cesar Romero, 1907

Harold Arlen, 1905

John Barrymore, 1882

Ernest Shackleton, 1874

Alfred North Whitehead, 1861

Elihu Root, 1824

Susan B. Anthony, 1820

Charles Lewis Tiffany, 1812

Cyrus McCormick, 1809

John Augustus Sutter, 1903

Henry Engelhard Steinway, 1797

Abraham Clark, 1726

Galileo Galilei, 1564

Pedro Mememdez de Aviles, 1519

Babur, 1483 (founder of Mughal dynasty in India)

Claudius Drusus Germanicus Caesar Nero, 37 

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Come Back, Little Sheba"(Play), 1950

"Cinderella"(Disney cartoon), 1950

"The Little Foxes"(Play), 1939

"An der schönen blauen Donau"(The Blue Danube)(Strauss Waltz), 1867

Today in History:

Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death, BC399

Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia, 590

Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher, disputes the founder of Northern Ch'an line, 732

The city of St. Louis, Missouri, is founded by Pierre Laclade Ligue as a French trading post, 1764

The first US printed ballots are authorized, in Philadelphia, 1799

Sarah Roberts is barred from attending a white school in Boston, 1848

Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient, 1852

A fire in Rotterdam, Netherlands, damages the Museum Boymans, 1864

American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1879

Nine inches (23cm) of snow falls on New Orleans, Louisiana, 1898

The USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die, 1898

The first Teddy Bear is introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom, 1903

Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls, 1949

The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty, 1950

Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska, 1954

A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner, 1965

The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day, 1971

The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by the national referendum, 1976

The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers, 1982

The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan, 1989

At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing an unannounced number of people, 1996

First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature, 2001

YouTube, the Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States, 2005

A near-Earth asteroid, 2012 DA14, comes within 17,200 miles of the Earth's surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters, or 160 ft in in diameter, 2013

The Indian space rocket PSLV-C37 successfully launches 104 satellites in a single flight, 2017 

IBU Female Rookie of the Year Hanna Öberg of Sweden wins the individual biathlon gold medal with 4 clean shootings at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the first victory and podium of her career, 2018

Beijing orders people returning after a Lunar New Year holiday to self-quarantine in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19, 2020


  1. Love your poem. Peemail keeps the dogs as occupied as email does me.

  2. Cute kitties playing in the cages. Great doggie poem.
    Enjoy your new week.

  3. Fun poem and peemail is a fun word. Tahnks both of you. I'm still pulling out my hairs over this theme.

  4. Every day is a blank slate with which you can create it as you like. Positive thinking is the first step. Have a great week.

  5. Awww on the adorable kitties. So cute. I hope they all find wonderful forever homes.

    Love the Spark and love the poem. That's o spot on.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  6. Love that poem so much. Had to read it to Frankie and Slim and they agreed with all of it.

  7. My compost heap is pretty much frozen solid, so even were I to sniff (which is unlikely,) it wouldn't lead to thoughts of much.
    I'll just inhale the aroma of coffee and think about being cozy inside, instead. #acceptablealternatives

  8. A great poem, Mimi - I just love the idea of 'peemail' for dogs. And you managed to include so many smells/scenarios!

    I laughed when I saw Smell Your Compost Day! I really like the smell of properly decomposed manure and compost, so count me in with the weirdos. Was it you that set the themes for our Msrch poems? I'm going to struggle with Peanut Butter Day and Favourite Cereal Day, so it's great to have plenty of thinking time.

  9. Aww! cute kittens :-)

    I loved your poem too

    Have a versetastic safe week 😷😷😷

  10. Mimi! AWWW-SOME post! The kittens are wonderful! The Spark is spectacular, the poem, excellent! You ROCK! Have a marvellously Happy Day!

  11. Aww ~ adorable kitties ~ hope they find a forever home soon ~ great post ~

    Moment by Moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. I bet those kittens will get adopted right away. Great spark and cute poem.

  13. This is priceless! Out reading the 'Doggie' news. Perfect!

  14. Awww hope the kittens find their furrever homes soon! The quote was purrfect for me! I wake every day ready to enjoy whatever comes and the poem made me laugh- our Lucy goes out every once in a while on a leash and is totally sniffing everything and once in a while growling as she detects someone who should not be on her territory! Cheers- have a lovely day!

  15. Those kittens are so cute! That's a great Spark and such a fun peeMail poem!

  16. Doggie News: what a great poem.

  17. Kittens are so cute and very playful. You are such a kind heart. I am so happy to know you here. Take care and be warm and safe. HUGS


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