Monday, May 10, 2021

Good Mama (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and In Memoriam (Poetry Monday)


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Kitten season is picking up:

Solid black mama cat, only about 6 months old and desperately affectionate, has four solid black kittens and one solid white!


 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 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 Lost Sock Memorial Day.          


You see them all the time

At the bottom of the hamper,

And ask yourself one question,

To where did the other one scamper?

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Oh, those lonely single ones!

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Wondering about their mate's locations!

We put them up with clothespins

On hangers on the wall,

Try to find one that matches,

We want to find them all.

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Oh, those lonely single ones!

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Wondering about their mate's locations!

Too often does it happen,

We mourn and shed a tear,

Lost one went to the hozone layer

Never to reappear.

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Oh, those lonely single ones!

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Wondering about their mate's locations!

Remember all those poor lost socks

All the service they did render

Before they went to the great beyond

How they covered your toes with splendor.

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Oh, those lonely single ones!

Oh, those poor lost socks!

Wondering about their mate's locations!


Today is:

Aso ote Tala Lei -- Tuvalu (Gospel Day)

Clean up Your Room Day -- one of those holidays that no one knows how it got started, but it's a good idea, especially if your house is decorated by teens in "Recently Ransacked" style!

Constitution Day -- Federated States of Micronesia

Golden Spike Day -- finishing the first US Trancontinental Railroad in 1869

Mother's Day -- Belize; El Salvador; Guatemala; Mexico (always May 9 in these countries)

National Shrimp Day

Pastele Blajinilor -- Moldova (Memory/Parent's Day)

St. Cathal's Day (Patron of blind people, drought relief, epileptics, paralyzed people; Taranto, Italy; against blindness, drought, epilepsy, hernias, paralysis, plagues, storms)

St. Father Damien of Moloka'i's Day (Patron of lepers, outcasts, those with HIV/AIDS; Hawaii)

St. Job the Patriarch's Day (Patron against depression and ulcers)

Trust Your Intuition Day -- practice, and you'll get better at it

Women's Check-up Day 2021 -- US (always the Monday after Mother's Day, encouraging women to be proactive about their health   

World Lupus Day   

Yom Yerushalayim -- Israel (Jerusalem Day; began sunset yesterday, ends sunset today)

Birthdays Today:

Kenan Thompson, 1978

Amanda Borden, 1977

Jason Brooks, 1966

Paul "Bono" Hewson, 1960

Phil and Steve Mahre, 1957

Donovan, 1946

Dave Mason, 1946

Marie-France Pisier, 1944

Judith Jamison, 1943

Gary Owens, 1936

Barbara Taylor Bradford, 1933

Pat Summerall, 1930

Ara Raoul Parseghian, 1923

Nancy Walker, 1922

T. Berry Brazelton, 1918

"Mother" Maybelle Carter, 1909

David O. Selznick, 1902

Fred Astaire, 1899

Max Steiner, 1888

Karl Barth, 1868

George Ross, 1730

Emperor Fushimi of Japan, 1265

Emperor Claudius, 213

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Twister(Film), 1996

"The Rest of the Story"(Radio), 1976

Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major(Shostakovich Op. 102), 1957

Today in History:

The Roman armies under Titus open a full scale assault on Jerusalem, 70

Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb, 1267

Scottish nobles recognize authority of English king Edward I, 1291

Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves on a voyage to the New World, 1497

Christopher Columbus "discovers" the Cayman Islands, 1503

Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland, 1534

Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen-mother Mary, 1559

England forcefully annexes Jamaice from Spain, 1655

Benjamin Franklin first tests the lightning rod, 1752

Louis XVI becomes King of France, 1774

The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America, 1801

New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels, 1837

In India, the first war of Independence begins, 1857

The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah (not Promontory Point, Utah) with the golden spike, 1869

Romania  declares itself independent from Turkey, 1877

The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883, 1893

The first Mother's Day is observed, 1908

J. Edgar Hoover is appointed Director of the FBI, 1924

First successful launch of a V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground, 1946

Bill Haley & His Comets release "Rock Around the Clock", the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts, 1954

The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes Operation Sandblast, the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth, 1960

The Federated States of Micronesia  becomes self-governing, 1979

François Mitterrand becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French 5th republic, 1981

Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president, 1994

Deadliest day on the mountain: a rogue storm on Everest claims 8 lives, including experienced climbers, 1996

The Maeslantkering, a storm surge barrier in the Netherlands that is one of the world's largest moving structures, is opened by Queen Beatrix, 1997

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is the youngest Justice and third woman nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States, 2010

Microsoft announces plans to purchase Skype, 2011

An Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy, 2016

The United States Geological Survey releases a report saying that some glaciers in Montana have receded by 85% in the last 50 years, 2017

Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world's oldest leader at 92, 2018

Taxi service Uber becomes a publicly traded company, 2019


  1. Lovely kittens. New life new hope.

    God bless.

  2. While I do love new kittens, I find it sad that cats are able to have them when they're barely past kitten age themselves. AND they can have more than one litter a year. Thank heavens for places like yours, where cats and kittens are desexed before being adopted out.

    1. My thoughts exactly, River. No time to enjoy their own kittenhood, poor souls.

  3. That poor mother cat. At least she and her babies are in the right place, and can look forward to a better life.
    Love your poem but have never lost a sock. Not once. Which might have jinxed me.

  4. Glad that the mama cat and kittens are now in the home. They will be well taken care of. We all have to deal with lost socks.

  5. Aww! how very cute it's good they are all being cared for too

    I liked your poem I have lost socks especially when washing them I find the eventually heheh!

    Have a lostsocktastic day :-)

  6. That poor young momma kitty. It is sad this time of year all the stray cats and dogs having little ones. Love the quote, it is very true!

  7. OMG YOU POSTED: "An Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy, 2016". I can't image trying now to keep up with a 5 year old as I turn 75.

  8. I love your poem but I definitely think it needs a tune, that poem is a song!

  9. Darling little kittens, I never thought to feel sorry for lost socks until now - MOL!

  10. Awww on the kittens and that tired mom. So cute. Love it that there is one pure white one in the mix.

    Love the Spark and it's ever so true and that poem made me smile. Yes the lost socks. So many over the years.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  11. Aww the mama is so young ~ sweet photos of her and her sweet kittens ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Love your poem, but it had me wondering. Do you have a tune to it?

  13. I maintain there is nothing sweeter than a kitten. A pile of kittens? Just that much more cuteness!
    And I'm with Charlotte! I'd love to sing along to your Lost Sock Memorial Day song! ;) AWESOME!
    And happy 'Clean Up Your Room Day'!

  14. Such a good mama. That white one reminds me of my angel Millie when he was a baby. Great poem, we all have lost socks. XO

  15. How cute! Yep, it's kitten season, we know first paw x 5! Great Spark and poem too!

  16. Poor lonely socks! A six month old mommy kitty- poor thing. I hope she gets spayed and the babies get adopted too!

  17. I have a sock saga in old posts. The poor things.

  18. It's kitten season here too! And there has been some "Big City" dumping at the local barns. |Love your Spark! Thanks Mimi!

  19. I often wonder how I put matching socks into the wash but come out matchless defying logic and physics but not necessarily in that order. :) Great poem!


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