Monday, April 26, 2021

Very Happy Pups (Awww Monday), Value (Inspiring Quote of the Week), and Vacation (Poetry Monday), an A to Z Post


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Coda came with me to NOLA this weekend, which made her and Lulu very happy pups.  They loved to "wrassle" up and down the hallway, often ending with sliding into doors or walls, then they get up and do it again.


 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.   Charlotte/Mother Owl always participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too.  Spike's Best Mate often leaves a wonderful poem in the comments on one of our blogs.

This week the theme is Beach or Ocean.          


There is a place i like to go

Like a home away from home,

It's a beach out on the ocean,

A place i love to roam.

In June we get to go there

Enjoy the sand and surf,

Explore this whole beach area,

Every bit of turf.

The sunrise there so pretty

It's worth the waking up,

The sunsets' evening glory

Does overflow my cup.

There are naps and fun excursions

To places all around,

Then come back, sit and listen,

Hear that ocean sound.

It's fun to watch the antics

Of bird and fish and crustacean,

We really love our oceanside beach

When we are on vacation!


Today is:

Audubon Day -- birth anniversary of John James Audubon

Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy -- Belarus

Delphinia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Apollo; date approximate)

Fairy Laughter Convention -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Individual Sovereignty -- an internet holiday that i think is a good idea!

Festival of Renenutet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (as Lady of the Robes, who invented the bandages in which to wrap mummies; date approximate)

Hug an Australian Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Mayan Rain Festival -- to honor the rain gods and welcome the fruitfulness of the earth; date approximate

National Pretzel Day

Remember Your First Kiss Day

Richter Scale Day -- birth anniversary of Charles Francis Richter

Sacrifice to Zeus Epacrios -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Shuffleboard Day -- on the adopted birthday of the game (no exact date of origination can be pinned down, and fans want a day to celebrate, so here it is)

St. George's Day -- NL, Canada (obs.)

St. Rafael Arnaiz' Day (Patron of diabetics and against diabetes)

St. Stephen of Perm's Day / Old Permic Alphabet Day -- Russian Orthodox Church (inventor of the alphabet used for Russian before the Cyrillic was developed)

Union Day -- Tanzania

Visakh Bochea Day -- Cambodia (Buddha Day)

World Intellectual Property Day -- UN 

Anniversaries Today:

Prince Albert (future George VI) marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923

The Independent Order of Oddfellows, American branch, is established in Baltimore, MD, US, 1819

Moscow State University opens, 1755

Birthdays Today:

Jon Lee, 1982

Jason Earles, 1977

Tom Welling, 1977

Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, 1970

Kane, 1967

Kevin James, 1965

Jet Li, 1963

Joan Chen, 1961

Michael Damian, 1962

Giancarlo Esposito, 1958

Boyd Matson, 1947

Gary Wright, 1943

Bobby Rydell, 1942

Duane Eddy, 1938

Carol Burnett, 1933

I.M. Pei, 1917

Hans Detlef "Douglas" Sierck, 1897

Anita Loos, 1889

Gertrude Bridget "Ma" Rainey, 1886 (Some say April 3)

Frederick Law Olmsted, 1822

John James Audobon, 1785

Marcus Aurelius, 121

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Jelly's Last Jam"(Musical), 1992

"Dinosaurs"(TV), 1991

"China Beach"(TV), 1988

"Company"(Musical), 1970

"Grand Polonaise Brillante"(Chopin Op. 20), 1835

Today in History:

Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn, 1514

William Shakespeare is baptized, 1564

English  colonists of the Jamestown settlement  make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia, 1607

Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, 1802

Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election  to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic, 1925

In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections, 1963

Tanganyika  and Zanzibar  merge to form Tanzania, 1964

A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting, 1965

The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force, 1970

A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster, 1986

Physicists  announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle, 1994

Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country, 2005

During the second day of evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, Rupert Murdock reveals there was a 'cover-up' at 'News of the World' but that he had no knowledge of it, 2012

The CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, announces that he will be giving his employees 10% of the shares in the company, 2016

The Waorani people of Pastaza win a landmark environmental case against the Ecuadorian government to protect half a million acres of their territory in the Amazon rainforest, 2019


  1. Funny and good rhyme. Rhyming vacation with crustaceans is a really good touch.

  2. Haha! I always love seeing dogs or cats playing can be so comical :-)

    I liked your poem I am useles at anything like that heheh!

    Have a rhymingtastic Monday 👍

  3. The dogs are happy and excited to see each other again. I like your wonderful poem. Stay safe.

  4. I hope that you enjoy your vacation as much as I did your poem.

  5. Looks like they are good buddies who had a lot of fun! Everyone needs a good friend.

  6. Looks like they're having all kinds of fun.

  7. A poem of a vacation on the beach...such joy!

  8. Wrasslin' seems to be the favorite pass-time of most dogs when they get together. Looks like I need to find one of those large salted pretzels today. Have a blessed week.

  9. Great photos of the doggies playing and lovely poetry ~ XX

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Awww, pups are fun to watch when they are playing. I would have enjoyed seeing them romp about.

    Love your Spark. So very true.

    I know you love your beach getaway each year and I'm always happy to go along.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  11. Glad to see you are still regularly posting. Such energy those pups have!!

  12. I have this imagining of those two sounding like grr, swish, bam, repeat! Looks like they were having fun, tho. Your poem was very good!


  13. So true about the Value decreasing.

  14. Those pups sure were having some fun! That's a good Spark and a poem with something to look forward to!

  15. Glad the pups had a play date. Great spark and poem.

  16. I love your Sparks quote this week. So true.
    I think your poem captures really well the fondness for a special place you already know. Some folks like to go somewhere new all the while, but I think there is something lovely about being so familiar with a place that you can settle into it really quickly, and just concentrate on the things you already know will make you happy.

  17. Happy happy dogs are so fun to watch! Love your sparks and your poem makes me remember great vacations as a child on the beach! I hope you can go on a vacation soon! Cheers!

  18. Those are very happy pups indeed! Their tails are going so fast they're a blur!
    Midnight & Cocoa
    Mini & Fluff
    Tyler & Marty
    Beeb, Beanie & Bella

  19. Purrfect start to the week! Puppies and a spark! Mimi you RocK! We hope you have a marvellously happy day!

  20. Coda and Lulu look like they're having lots of fun. I love beaches.