Monday, June 28, 2021

Buster (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Bubbles (Poetry Monday)


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We’ve been cat-sitting Buster.  When i first went over there, he hid, including behind the dresser.

Now he lets me pet him and comes out to get attention and catnip and treats.

Rolling in catnip.


 Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.     

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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 Bubbles.          


When you are a little kid

And it's time for fun in school,

The teacher brought out bubbles,

And it was really cool!

At night you would protest,

And bathtime you would shun,

Then mom pulled out bath bubbles,

Now suddenly, it's fun!

Then the years went flying by,

And you got a little older,

You thought you were too grown up

You gave bubbles the cold shoulder.

Your own children came along,

Bubbles came back into fashion,

Grandkids love them too,

So they are your secret passion.

When the day has been so long,

You are drowning in your troubles,

You draw yourself a bath,

Soaking problems away in bubbles.

We never are too old

To engage in childlike fun,

Make sure you keep some bubbles

For your inner little one!


Today is:

Constitution day -- Ukraine

Festival of Terrible Poetry -- according to The Daily Bleed, and since there is some hilarious, if terrible, poetry out there, go find some, and bust a gut

Insurance Awareness Day -- now who do you think invented that!?!

International Body Piercing Day -- on the birthday of James Mark "Jim" Ward, "the granddaddy of the modern body piercing movement"

International CAPS LOCK DAY -- a parody holiday created by Derek Arnold, a user on Metafilter, in 2000

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival -- Kirkpinar, Edirne, Turkey (since 1362, the oldest wrestling festival in the world as well as the oldest continually running, sanctioned sporting event in the world, in which men clad in leather britches and covered in olive oil wrestle; through Sunday)

Mnarja / L-Imnarja Festival begins -- Buskett Gardens, Malta (folk festival for Sts. Peter and Paul, begins this evening and continues through the 29th)

National Ceviche Day

National Tapioca Day

Paul Bunyan Day -- the tall tale hero of the lumberjacks; celebrated at different times in some parts of the country, but most sites cite this date

Please Take My Children To Work Day -- originally sponsored by; a tongue-in-cheek way to request that you give a full- or part-time stay-at-home mom a break today!

Ra goes forth to propitiate the Nun -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Stonewall Rebellion Day -- now seen as the start of the gay liberation movement in 1969

St. Irenaeus' Day (Patron of Mobile, Alabama)

St. Paul's Feast -- Kato Paphos, Cyprus (religious festivities with the archbishop officiating and a procession of the icon of St. Paul through the streets, through tomorrow)

St. Peter's Eve -- English Christian tradition, night of bonfires and continuation of midsummer celebrations

Thanksgiving for Useful Fairies -- Fairy Calendar

Vidovdan (Festival for St. Vitus) -- Eastern Orthodox Christian, based on the traditional Julian Calendar date

     a recognized holiday in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Anniversaries Today:

Harry S. Truman marries Bess Wallace, 1919

Birthdays Today:

Kellie Pickler, 1986

Steve Burton, 1970

Danielle Brisebois, 1969

John Cusack, 1966

Mary Stuart Masterson, 1966

Mark Grace, 1964

John Elway, 1960

Thomas Hampson, 1955

Alice Krige, 1954

Kathy Bates, 1948

Gilda Radner, 1946

Bruce Davison, 1946

Turkan Soray, 1945

Pat Morita, 1932

Mel Brooks, 1926

Maria Goeppert Mayer, 1906

Richard Rodgers, 1902

Clara Louise Maass, 1876

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712

John Wesley, 1703

Peter Paul Rubens, 1577

Henry VIII, King of England, 1491

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Nutty Professor(Film), 1996

"Amos 'n' Andy"(TV), 1951

"Quiz Kids"(Radio), 1940

Today in History:

Fighters of the First Crusade defeat Kerbogha of Mosul, 1098

Ottomans defeat Serbian army in the bloody Battle of Kosovo, opening the way for the Ottoman conquest of Southeastern Europe, 1389

Guadeloupe becomes a French colony, 1635

The coronation of Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1838

The Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premieres the ballet Giselle, 1841

The first conformation dog show is held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1859

Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria and his wife Sophie are assassinated in Sarajevo by young Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip, the casus belli of World War I, 1914

The Treaty of Versailles is signed in Paris, formally ending World War I, 1919

The Irish Civil War begins with the shelling of the Four Courts in Dublin by Free State forces, 1922

Israel annexes East Jerusalem, 1967

COMECON, as part of the last vestige of the Soviet Bloc, is formally disbanded, followed by the Warsaw pact 3 days later, 1991

Slobodan Milosevic is deported to ICTY to stand trial, 2001

The Republic of Montenegro is admitted as the 192nd Member of the United Nations, 2006

The U.N. reports 10 million people are effected by the worst drought in 60 years, 2011

Christine Lagarde becomes the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund, 2011

A power company uncovers a Neolithic wooden trackway 2,300 years old in Suffolk, England; it will become one of the largest archaeological digs in Europe at 16,000 square meters, 2018

For the first time since the position was created in 1343, Amsterdam elects a woman mayor, Femke Halsema, 2018

Due to lack of rainfall dropping the water level in the Mosul Dam reservoir, a 3,400 year old Bronze Age palace from the Mittani Empire uncovered on the banks of the Tigris River, 2019


  1. No one is ever too old for bubbles.

  2. Bath bubbles are fun, loved your poem and I just might have to go shopping for bath bubbles later today.
    Thank you for telling about the Festival of Terrible Poetry. Now I can publish my post in an easier state of mind.

  3. The inspiring quote is spot on. As for bubble baths, I LOVE them!

  4. You have gained busters trust.
    And how I love bubbles.

  5. Cats are funny that way. Dogs are like yay, someone came to see us, cats are like no go away, I will survive alone and then as the days pass they start to realize they need the sitter.

  6. What a lovely little cat. So happy.

    God bless.

  7. Aww! what a cutie he now likes you heheh!

    Have a bustertastic week 👍

  8. Of course I love your poem and I love bubbles. You have awakened my "inner little one".

  9. Awww on the kitty. They have to get to know you before they let you love on them. Then watch out.

    Love your Spark. Exactly.

    The poem is adorable. It reminds me of some of the boats in our yacht club having bubble machines and when we would come in to dock we'd turn on the bubble machines. It was fun.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug. ♥

  10. I loved the poem about bubbles. Believe it or not, it make sense. Today, I love blowing bubbles.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. When there are kids around us, we want to play bubbles too. Our hearts are forever young.

  12. Buster is a cutie. Great spark and poem. I have catnip bubbles that I blow for the cats. :)

  13. cats are a lot of fun. I ran a cross a ghood one today "Cats make me Happy Humans Hurt my head"

  14. So glad Buster came out from 'behind his dresser'!
    You've captured the very essence of bubbles perfectly! My inner child thanks you. ;) Well done!

  15. I'm sure happy that Buster decided you're okay after all. That was a darn good poem too.

  16. Great spark and awesome kitty photos of sweet Buster ~ glad he came around eventually ~ xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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