Monday, June 14, 2021

Crabby Awww (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Monkeying Around (Poetry Monday)


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The ghost crabs are usually very small and hard to see.  Every once in a while, you find a crafty old one that has survived and grown much bigger.

Typical size, tiny and almost invisible.

I hope I'm awww-worthy, otherwise I posed for nothing! 


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

Your Positive Oasis


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 Monkey Around Day.              


We’re down here at Perdido,

Vacation time is now,

We’re going to enjoy it,

Monkey around, and how!

Go to church at the local bar

Take early morning beach walks,

Shopping and eating and visiting,

Meeting friends for coffee and talks.

We’ll monkey around at the beach,

And monkey around at the pool,

Monkey around through the town,

Monkey around staying cool.

Time will be spent in a lounge chair,

Inspecting in my eyelids for cracks,

Lots of resting and relaxing,

Until for home we head backs.

Yes, vacation’s a great time for monkeying,

Take things slow and let things be,

Each and every day is savored,

It’s  a joy for us all, you see.


Today is:

Family History Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, urging people to brush up on family history during summer family reunions

Feast Day of Elisha the Prophet -- Christian

Flag Day -- United States

Freedom Day -- Malawi

Leinapaev -- Estonia (Mourning and Commemoration Day; remembering those deported under Soviet rule)

Liberation Day -- Falkland Islands

Missing Mutts Awareness Day -- to help families whose beloved pets have gone missing, the Missing Mutts Awareness Society was formed; it no longer seems to sponsor a particular day, though its Facebook Page is active   

Mourning and Hope Day -- Lithuania (remembering those exiled to Siberia under the Soviets)

National Bourbon Day -- celebrating America's "Native Spirit"   

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Pause for the Pledge Day -- US, in conjunction with Flag Day, all citizens are asked to pause at 7pm EDT to recite the Pledge

Pig Callers' Day -- no clue where this came from, or why; any pig callers out there want to weigh in?

Pop Goes the Weasel Day -- and just as no one knows for sure the origins of the song or it's meaning, no one knows why it is celebrated on this day

Queen's Birthday -- Anguilla; Australia (except QLD, WA); Cayman Islands; Gibraltar; Montserrat; Norfolk Island; St. Helena; Turks and Caicos Islands

Rice Planting Festivals -- Sumiyoshi Shrine, Osaka and Izawanomiya Shrine, Mie Prefecture, Japan (rice planting at sacred fields, some rites date back over 1,700 years)

Rumor Sunday -- Fairy Calendar (usually held on a weekday)

Runic Half-month Dag (day) commences

Sagrado Corazon -- Colombia (Sacred Heart Holiday)

Sandpaper Day -- Isaac Fisher, Jr., of Vermont, was issued the first US patent for sandpaper on this day in 1834

St. Basil the Great's Day (traditional date in Roman Catholic Church, current date in Episcopal Church; Patron of education, exorcisms, hospital administrators, monks, liturgists, reformers; Cappadocia; Russia)

St. Castora Gabrielli's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, widows)

World Blood Donor Day -- International   

     Blood Type Awareness Day -- while donating, make sure you know your type, and that of your loved ones; in an emergency, it's good to know

Anniversaries Today:

The United States Army is founded, 1775

Munich, Germany is founded, 1158

Birthdays Today:

Daryl Sabara, 1992

Lucy Hale, 1989

Kevin McHale, 1988

Diablo Cody, 1978

Steffi Graf, 1969

Yasmine Bleeth, 1968

Traylor Howard, 1966

Boy George, 1961

Eric Arthur Heiden, 1958

Will Patton, 1954

Eddie Mekka, 1952

Donald Trump, 1946

John F. MacArthur, 1939

Jerzy Kosinski, 1933

Joe Arpaio, 1932

Marla Gibbs, 1931

Che Guevara, 1928

Pierre Salinger, 1925

Gene Barry, 1919

Burl Ives, 1909

Alois Alzheimer, 1864

John Bartlett, 1820

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Cable Guy(Film), 1996

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves(Film), 1991

"The Gong Show"(TV), 1976

Today in History:

Kublai Khan defeated the force of Nayan and other traditionalist Borjigin  princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria, 1287

Richard II in England meets leaders of Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath and the Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance, 1381

Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony, 1648

The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States, 1777

Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 7,400 km (4,000-mile) journey in an open boat, 1789

Whiskey distilled from maize is first produced by American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig, who named it Bourbon because he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1789

Badi VII, king of Sennar, surrenders his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, ending the existence of that Sudanese kingdom, 1821

The village of Henley, on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, stages its first Royal Regatta, 1839

Trade unions are legalised in Canada, 1872

Norway adopts female suffrage, 1907

John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown depart St. John's, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic  flight, 1919

Action Comics issue one is released, introducing Superman, 1938

The Canadian Library Association is established, 1946

UNIVAC I, the world's first commercial computer, is dedicated by the U.S. Census Bureau, 1951

The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris – later becoming the European Space Agency, 1962

The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, 1966

The 1994 Stanley Cup Riots occur after the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup from Vancouver, 1994

The Wallow Fire becomes the largest wildfire in the history of the US State of Arizona, 2011

Australia announces its plan to create the largest marine reserve in the world, 2012

The women of Switzerland hold a strike to protest the slow change of pace toward equality in their country, 2019


  1. The crab is gorgeous - and definitely awww worthy.
    I enjoyed your poem and hope your vacation is wonderful.

  2. I've seen ghost crabs, but never one as grown as that and so easily seen.
    Love your monkeying around poem.

  3. Ghost crabs are wonderful. Thanks for teaching me something new.

  4. Good shot of the awww worthy crab. Have a wonderful vacation, you deserve it. Great monkeying poem.

  5. Thank you so much for blogging whilst on holiday.

    God bless.

  6. Flag Day just might be the most overlooked and under celebrated day in the U.S. Have a blessed week.

  7. Loving life, being thankful for every day, and seeking out the good in the world all so make for a happier life. Nice crab too :)

  8. I have never seen a ghost crab before amazing I liked the quote with it ha!

    Your quote of the week is so true too :-)

    Have a crabtastic Monday 👍

  9. I didn't post for nothing and I'm glad you're on vacation. I've never seen a crab like that before.

    Love the Spark and love the poem. Enjoy every minute. I know you will.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Love and hugs. ♥

  10. Have a wonderful and fun time- you have earned it! Great poem!

  11. Great spark and poem. And I love the crab. I used to have hermit crabs. :)

  12. ENJOY the monkeying around Mimi; safe travels, happy vacation !!!


  13. We sure enjoyed that fellow but hope he cant reach any further

  14. Maybe not a full-blown "awww!" but that's definitely a cute crab!

  15. That crab is very, very cute! That was a terrrific Spark and I hope you have lots of fun with those round monkeys!

  16. The ghost crab is definitely awww worthy. WOW, I barely spotted the little guy in the first picture! Excellent sparks quote!

  17. We LOVED the Monkey around poem! We DID Monkey around yesterday! Mom had to go to the big city and we got to do that instead of help her blog on painting breaks...That ghost crab is fascinating and the Spark is purrfect! You ROCK!!

  18. Great poem and spark ~ Enjoy every moment of your vacation ~ Xo

    Live in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. "Inspecting in my eyelids for cracks" My favourite part of vacation-ing!
    Super poem, Mimi!
    That not-so-little crab is fascinating! Walking the beach with our eldest granddaughter, she found one. The tiny, dime-sized variety. But when she touched it, those little claws came up and he looked so fierce. It was totally cute!


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