Monday, May 17, 2021

Doggie Tug-of-War (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and In Honor of The Rubber Band (Poetry Monday)


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Coda and Lulu got to play on Saturday, and they have finally figured out how to tug-of-war with each other.  That's a good thing, since the people tire out too quickly when playing with either of them, but they can entertain each other for quite a while.


 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 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 Anniversary of the Patent of the Rubber Band.  One poem wouldn't suffice for this, so i did a couple of poems and a haiku.  The latter was in honor of the weekly rubber band war at the office a long time ago.          


Let's all give a hand

To the lowly rubber band.

If i had to do without,

It would make me scream and shout!

'Twould leave my very long hair

To fly about everywhere.

My desk rubber band holder

Would simply sit and molder.

There could be no rubber band fight

To enliven a Tuesday night.

So many uses a list

Would certainly leave several missed.

Let's just be glad we have them,

Their invention was a gem.


Makes grown men act like

Children during the office

Big rubber band wars


Much thanks to Stephen Perry

Who patented the now very

Ubiquitous rubber band,

Give him an ovation grand!


Today is:

Birthday of the Raja -- Perlis, Malaysia

Constitution Day -- Nauru; Norway; Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Dea Dia Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of growth)

Dia de las Letras Gallegas -- GA, Spain (Galician Literature Day in Galacia, an autonomous region of Spain)

Discovery Day -- Cayman Islands

Falling Off a Log Night -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of Azamat(Grandeur) -- Baha'i

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Liberation Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo

Merry-Go-Round Day -- the first merry-go-round, powered by horses, opened this day in 1620

National Cherry Cobbler Day

National Walnut Day -- declared in 1949 by the Walnut Marketing Board

Navy Day -- Argentina (anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Montevideo in 1814)

Pack Rat Day -- come on out and admit it, you are a pack rat, too!

Rubber Band Day -- patented this day in 1845, and aren't we pack rats glad.

Shunki Reitaisai -- Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan (Grand Festival of Spring, through the 18th)

St. Madron of Cornwall's Day (Patron against pain)

Syttende Mai -- Norway (Constitution Day)

Tell An Umpire "I Love Your Outfit" Day -- only if he has a sense of humor or you can duck quickly

Watch a Baby Fall Asleep Day -- because few things in the world are as funny and precious

World Hypertension Day    

World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day --  for information about neurofibromatosis click here or here     

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Nikki Reed, 1988

Tahj Mowry, 1987

Drew Roy, 1986

Andrea Corr, 1974

Sendhil Ramamurthy, 1974

Mia Hamm, 1972

Jordan Knight, 1970

Trent Reznor, 1965

Craig Ferguson, 1962

Enya, 1961

Sugar Ray Leonard, 1956

Bob Saget, 1956

Bill Paxton, 1955

Debra Winger, 1955

Christian Lacroix, 1950

Dennis Hopper, 1936

Maureen O'Sullivan, 1911

James "Cool Papa" Bell, 1903

Joseph Norman Lockyer, 1836

Edward Jenner, 1749

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Information Please!"(Radio), 1938

"Shéhérazade"(Ravel song cycle), 1904

Comic Cuts(Comic Paper, first publication), 1890

"Cavalleria rusticana/Rustic Chivalry"(Opera), 1890

Today in History:

Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi becomes the first to see 2 belts on Jupiter's surface, 1630

Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve founds the Ville Marie de Montréal, 1642

Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada), 1672

Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River, 1673

England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions, 1733

The US Continental Congress bans trade with Canada, 1775

The New York Stock Exchange is founded, 1792

John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine, 1803

Napoleon I of France  orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire, 1809

Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian, 1814

Antoine Joseph Sax patents the saxophone, 1846

Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language, 1863

Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby, 1875

Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer, 1902

The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the first-ever televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City, 1939

The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954

Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere  of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure, 1969

Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean, 1970

Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho, starting the Internal conflict in Peru, 1980

Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, 1983

After 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France, 1995

Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown, 1992

Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1997

Massachussetts becomes the first US State to legalize same-sex marriage, 2004

The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef, 2008

Dalia Grybauskaite is elected the first female President of Lithuania, 2009

The brightest lunar meteor impact ever observed is recorded by NASA, 2013

Gina Haspel is confirmed as the first female director of the CIA by the US Senate, 2018


  1. Playful dogs; so good they get on with each other.

    God bless.

  2. Haha I bet they are funny to watch :-)

    Great quote too :-)

    Have a talenttastic Monday 👍

  3. Wonderful poems on rubber bands. I fondly remember the rubber band wars from school. We were always out of erasers because we used them for ammo in our improvised slingshots - in small pieces, hitting, not hurting, was the idea.

  4. None of us play much tug, but Mom used to have a tug dog who could never get enough! Great quote about work and talent. Have a great week!

  5. Good rubber band poems, Mimi - I especially like the haiku.

  6. Yes pups can play tug of war for a very long time. Adorable.

    Love your Spark and your poem. I love rubber bands too.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. How cute that the pups had a playdate. Nice poem and great spark. XO

  8. Cute puppies entertaining themselves and you!

  9. That looks like a fun time pups! Lovely spark and so very true.

  10. We've been trying and trying to get our Pandy to play tug-o-war with one of her many cousins. Not happening. She insists on only pulling OUR arms off! :(
    Great poems! Isn't it amazing how such a simple invention has SOOO many uses? (The best of which has got to be rubber band wars!!!)

  11. super great poem today Mimi !!!! we hope the applause for Mr Perry "stretches" to jupiter and back a gazillion times !!! :) ☺☺♥♥

  12. That looks like a fun tug of war! We liked your Spark and your fun poem too!

  13. I almost never need a rubber band, but when I do I have a large jar of assorted sizes somewhere in my desk. I keep carting it with me from house to house.

  14. Oh love the doggie photos ~ smart dogs ~ Xo

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