Monday, May 3, 2021

A Little Extra Help (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and The Best Thing (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 little one was in the shelter to get fluids multiple times a day as she just wasn't gaining weight properly.  She needed a good cleaning, so i gave her one, and then she fell asleep with her little friend.  (She has since been reunited with her littermates in the foster home and is doing well.)


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 The Best Thing About Spring.                       

Every year i think i'll write

An ode to the beauties of spring

And every year i realize that it's

Beyond me to do such a thing.

See there's so much that's wonderful

About this special season,

There's just no way to squeeze in

Every single, solitary reason.

Narrow it down to One Best Thing,

That's something i might could do.

The best thing about spring?

We get to bid winter adieu!


Today is:

Bent Wand-Straightening Day -- Fairy Calendar

Bona Dia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a women's festival)

Constitution Day -- Poland

Constitution Memorial Day -- Japan (Part of the Showa Golden Week Festivities)

Dia de la Cruz -- Mexico (Day of the Holy Cross, a festive day for construction workers, with parties and a flower decorated cross placed on every piece of new construction through the country)

Florae -- Ancient Roman Calendar (ceremony at the temple of Flora)

Garden Meditation Day -- let go your concerns and center your attention on your garden 

Lumpy Rug Day -- the tongue-in-cheek day to tease bigots about shoving unwanted facts under the rug, sponsored by Robert L. Birch of Puns corps

Melanoma Monday -- learn how to check yourself for skin cancer, and how to get someone else to check your back, the most common spot for melanoma 

National Meeting Planners Appreciation Day 2021 -- US (you are only obligated to celebrate this if you love meetings, love to plan meetings, or have a meeting planner in your organization to humor)

National Raspberry Popover Day / National Raspberry Tart Day

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day -- celebrate your uniqueness, take a risk, and step outside of your routine today 

Paranormal Day -- i have enough trouble with normal, thank you

Pregnancy Fitness Awareness Day -- can't confirm this is still sponsored by Karen Bridson  

School Bus Driver Appreciation Day -- US

Specially-Abled Pet Day -- to learn more about caring for disabled pets, go here or here       

St. James the Lesser's Day (Patron of apothecaries, druggists, the dying, fullers, hatters and hatmakers, miliners, pharmacists; Frascati, Italy; Monterotondo, Italy; Nemi, Italy; Uruguay; Venegono Inferiore, Italy)

St. Phillip the Apostle's Day (Patron of hatmakers and hatters, milliners, pastry chefs; Luxembourg; Monterotondo, Italy; Nemi, Italy; San Felipe Indian Pueblo; Uruguay; Venegono, Inferiore, Italy)

Wordsmith Day

World Press Freedom Day -- International/UN

Birthdays Today:

Joseph Addai, 1983

Christine Hendricks, 1975

Dule Hill, 1974

Christopher Cross, 1951

Mary Hopkin, 1950

Doug Henning, 1947

Greg Gumbel, 1946

Frankie Valli, 1937

Engelbert Humperdinck, 1936

James Brown, 1933

Sugar Ray Robinson, 1921

Pete Seeger, 1919

Bing Crosby, 1903

Golda Meir, 1898

Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Bent"(Play), 1979

"All Things Considered"(National Public Radio Network first broadcast), 1971

"The Most Happy Fella"(Musical), 1956

"CBS Evening News"(TV), 1948

Today in History:

Christopher Columbus first sights Jamaica (Santiago), 1494

Francis Bacon is charged with bribery, 1621

A royal charter is granted for Connecticut, 1662

The last total solar eclipse to be observed from London for the next 900 years occurs as predicted by Edmund Halley; called Halley's eclipse as he predicted it to within 4 minutes accuracy and described its path to within 30km, 1715

The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1791

Washington, D.C., is incorporated as a city, 1802

The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It is the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel, 1830

The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island, 1867

The Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida, destroys 1,700 buildings, 1901

Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry, 1913

The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1915

Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman to head the United States Mint, 1933

Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 1937

The Kentucky Derby is televised for the first time, 1951

Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole, 1952

The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1960

The first "spam" email is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States, 1978

The strongest tornado ever recorded, one of 66 tornadoes recorded that day, with winds of up to 313mph, strikes Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1999

The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet, 2000

New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses, 2003

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art announces it will return two statues from northern Cambodia's archeological site Koh Ker, 2013

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, 2018

Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas, 2018


  1. I like winter - and spring, but am also awed by your poem. I couldn't narrow my like of the season down to one thing either.
    Glad that the tiny kitteh is doing better.

  2. Awww, she is so tiny. I hope she continues to do well.

  3. Oh. I just love your Spring poem. You nailed the very best thing!

  4. You are right about the shadows of yesterday. I never look back because when I do I walk into a tree or lamp post.

    God bless.

  5. Kitty is so tiny. Hope she will have good appetite and starts to gain weight. Nice poem.

  6. I bet that tiny kitten feels better being back with her siblings. Great quote. We try to always start out the day with hope for the future and positive attitudes.

  7. Aww! how cute your an angel Mimi glad the kitten is now doing well :-)

    Have a happytastic Monday 👍

  8. I don't like cats...except for that little fluff ball!

  9. Awww on that precious kitty. I'm glad she's doing well now.

    Love your spark and love your poem. I feel the said way about saying goodbye to winter.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  10. That's a cute little wee one! I like that Spark and the poem too!

  11. I'm so glad that little kit is doing well - hooray! Adieu to Winter, hello Spring!!

  12. Oh the sweet little kittykins! So glad it's doing better! I remember a little chinchilla baby abandoned by it's mother and how hard we worked to save it. When my son, it's chief caregiver got home from school, it would get so excited.
    Wonderful work on your poem! I'd have to agree bidding winter adieu ranks up with my biggest love for spring!

  13. That tiny baby is a really big awwwwwwww. We sure hope the baby continues to improve.
    And you sure said it about the spring - we agree!
    Midnight & Cocoa
    Mini & Fluff
    Tyler & Marty
    Beeb, Beanie & Bella

  14. I do hope that kitten is now thriving and grows up to be a real stunner. She's lovely.

    Your poem made me smile - we are all so glad to see the back of winter, aren't we. However, I really do like all four seasons and I miss the sharp distinctions between them that we used to have in the past. (Or is that just an over-dose of nostalgia?)

  15. I hope that wee kitten stays healthy. Great spark and poem- although I prefer winter to spring. :)

  16. Your Awww is so very cute! We are glad that the kitten is doing better and your Spark is terrific. I am adding this one to my Affirmations wall! And your Spring poem rocks! Thanks for visiting and I hope you got your Bent Wand Straightened today!

  17. That kitty picture is definitely an Awwww.

  18. Hope the little kitty continues to do well ~ so precious ~ Great poem, spark and photos ~ Xo

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