Monday, February 22, 2021

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


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Here’s Ranger, about 20 minutes before he went to his forever home.



 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 Favorite Words That Start With the Letter D.                          

D's a delightful letter

It has a certain ring

Without it there'd be something missing

In the fun word "ding-a-ling"!

We wouldn't have "dynamic,"

"Delicious", "doctor," or "dime,"

Couldn't call someone "darling,"

Floor and door would no longer rhyme.

The best word we have with D though

Isn't "donut" or "dance" or "dinner,"

Though i love "dragon," "dog," and "dandy,"

It's "daddy" that's the winner!


Today is:

Abu Simbel Festival -- Egypt (one of the two days a year when the light illuminates the statutes of Rameses, Ra and Amun in the temple complex)

     Festival of the Perpendicular Sun/Illumination of the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II's Abu Simbel Temple -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Be Humble Day -- can't find the origin of this one, s/he wants to humbly remain anonymous

Call Somebody "Boo Boo" Day -- apparently just to see what s/he will call you back; be careful, this one started before anyone heard of Honey Boo Boo and doesn't take that into account

Cat Day -- Japan (an unofficial celebration of felines, because today's date in Japanese sounds almost like "nyan, nyan, nyan" ("meow, meow, meow")

Concordia/Caristia  -- Ancient Roman Calendar, Festival of Goodwill

Fairtrade Fortnight begins -- UK (a chance to get involved in making sure farmers in developing countries have fair wages and good working conditions)   

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch -- Roman Catholic Church

Handing Back of Goblin Orphans Day -- Fairy Calendar (You know, the goblin orphans they adopted 2 days ago!  No fairy can tolerate a goblin longer than that.)

Independence Day -- Santa Lucia(1979)

International World Thinking Day -- a/k/a "B.-P. day" or "Founder's Day" -- World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

     Girl Guides Day -- UK

National Margarita Day (How is that going to help with the thinking?)

St. Margaret of Cortona's Day (Patron of falsely accued people, hoboes, homeless people, mentally ill people, midwives, penitent women, people ridiculed for their piety, reformed prostitutes, single laywomen, teriaries, and tramps; against insanity, loss of parents, mental illness, sexual temptation, and temptation)

Walking the Dog Day -- Can't find the originator of this one, but walk your dog, or do your yoyo tricks, whichever works for you

Washington's Birthday -- US

Anniversaries Today:

Ed McMahon marries Pamela Hurn, 1992

Kurt Corbin marries Courtney Love, 1992

Bill Bixby marries Laura Michael, 1991

Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania, 1855

Washington University in St. Louis is founded, 1853

Birthdays Today:

James Blunt, 1977

Drew Barrymore, 1975

Michael Chang, 1972

Lea Salonga, 1971

Clinton Kelly, 1969

Jeri Ryan, 1968

Vijay Singh, 1963

Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, 1962

Kyle MacLachlan, 1959

Julie Walters, 1950

Julius "Dr. J" Erving, 1950

Miou-Miou, 1950

Dan Millman, 1946

Jonathan Demme, 1944

Sparky Anderson, 1934

Edward M. Kennedy, 1932

Paul Dooley, 1928

Robert Wadlow, 1918

John Mills, 1908

Sheldon Leonard, 1907

Robert Young, 1907

Luis Bunuel, 1900

Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892

"Chico" Marx, 1891

Lady Olave Baden-Powell, 1889

Lord Robert Baden-Powell, 1857

James Russel Lowell, 1819

Frederic Chopin, 1810

Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788

George Washington, 1732

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"It Happened One Night"(Film), 1934

"Lady Windermere's Fan"(Play), 1892

"Symphony No. 4 in F minor"(Tchaikovsky Op. 36), 1878

Today in History:

Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland, 1349

Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published, 1632

The English House of Lords rules that authors do not have perpetual copyright of their material, 1774

Jews are expelled from the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, 1775

The first US ship to trade with China, the "Empress of China," sails from New York, 1784

The Last Invasion of Britain by the French begins near Fishguard, Wales, 1797

Spain signs the Adams-Onis Treaty, renouncing its claim to the Oregon territory and west Florida, 1819

Spain sells east Florida to the US, 1821

Edward Payson Weston, "The Father of Modern Pedestrianism," who gave lectures on the health benefits of walking, first comes into the public eye by leaving on this date to walk to Lincoln's inauguration, a distance of 478 miles, 1861*

Frank W. Woolworth opens the first US chain store, his  "Woolworth's" 5 and 10 cent store, in Utica, NY, 1879

John Reid of Scotland establishes a 3 hole golf course near Yonkers, New York, thus introducing the game to the US, 1888

Hawaii becomes a US territory, 1900

Due to drought, the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water, 1903

The Great White Fleet, the first US fleet to circumnavigate the globe, returns to Virginia, 1909

Calvin Coolidge gives the first US presidential radio address, 1924

Bert Hinkler successfully completes the first solo flight from England to Australia, 1928

Australian swimmer John Konrads sets 6 world records in two days, 1958

Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500, 1959

Following United States President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices, 1973

In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, 1980

In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, 1997

An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people, 2011

At age 34, Mario Matt of Austria becomes the oldest champion in Olympic alpine skiing history with the slalom gold medal at Sochi, 2014

10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal, 2016

The discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 is announced in the Journal "Nature", 2017

The Journal “Science” publishes the evidence that Neanderthals were the first artists, creating cave paintings in Spain over 65,000 years ago, 2018

*Yes, he got there in 10 days, in time for the inaugural ball!


  1. Ranger is a total cutie.
    Love your poem too.

  2. What a great D poem. Dragons was the obvious word, the rest were a surprise. THank you!

  3. Ranger is a cute kitty. I like your "D" poem. Yes, the best is "Daddy"!

  4. Ranger looks absolutely adorable. We are happy for him that he went to a forever home.

  5. Mimi, I loved your poem this week about " D ". I do like donut but being a " Daddy " is the best one. THanks my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. I think the weather is going to be nice enough to actually walk the dog for the first time in three weeks. Lucy is going to be thrilled.

  7. Hooray for the furever home! I just love, love, love that spark, thanks.

  8. Awww, Ranger is a lucky little guy to get to go to his forever home.

    Love the poem and I agree that daddy is the best D word of all.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Hugs. ♥

  9. Hooray for Ranger and that was a great DPoem!

  10. Aww! Ranger hope you enjoy your new home :-)

    Have a happytastic safe Monday 😷😷😷

  11. Ranger is a cutie. Great spark and cute poem. XO

  12. What a handsome little guy Ranger is! And the Spark is wonderful! You are quite a poet! Have a marvellously happy day!

  13. I hope Ranger is really happy in his forever home. No surprises "daddy" is your favourite D word! Good poem.

  14. "reformed prostitutes, [and] single laywomen", eh?

  15. What a grrrrreat poem! And the photo of Ranger is so cute- you can tell he is ready to go! Thanks for the Sparks! Purrfect!

  16. Ranger is so precious, wishing him the very best in his forever home. :-) I love your poem, you have such a knack for creating such fun. THanks for sharing everything you do here. HUGS

  17. Hello and Goodbye Ranger :) I hope your new home is wonderful.

  18. so glad Ranger has a forever home ~ may he be well taken care of ~ and have it be wonderful!

    Living moment to moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. I'm sorry I'm a day late with this week's poem: I've been having trouble accessing Diane's Comments facility, so I hope you don't mind my posting it here, Mimi. Here it is (hopefully!):

    Dawn Chorus and Daybreaks
    That herald new morns
    Dandelions and daisies
    Embroidering lawns
    Drumming and Dancing
    Make my feet start to twitch
    Dearest and Darling
    Bring a smile to my lips
    Dewdrops like Diamonds
    See how they shine!
    Doughnuts and Dumplings
    Food favourites of mine
    Daft Dogs and dogs’ names beginning with D -
    Dexter! Diesel! Delilah! Dundee!

    Of course I have saved the best until last -
    The man who made and helped shape who I’d be
    He watched me grow up, for him far too fast -
    My dear old Dad with a capital D!

    1. Beautifully done, SBM! Interesting, isn't it that all of us went to the topic of 'Dad"!
      LOVE IT!!! ;)

  20. I keep commenting and only one blog of mine will apear with comments. I need a tech check. Ha Ha Ha - I sure enjoy my visits here. Thanks for all you do.


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