Monday, July 19, 2021

Ruth(less) Help (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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Ruth(less) was my helper on Friday.  She inspected inside the cabinet where the garbage can is stored (and almost got herself stuck in there!) and helped with the mopping.

She gets in the craziest places.


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

Cakes With Faces


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 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 Raspberry Cake Day.          


Oh, my heavens

And goodness sake!

It's just a meeting, not a party

If you don't have cake!

That was first said by

Julia Child,

So let's get fruity

And a little wild.

We'll stir some flour

With sugar and stuff

Don't over mix it,

You'll make it tough.

As for what flavor

Some people say

July 19 is

Raspberry Cake Day!

So let's go with raspberries,

Bake a cake or three,

And if you plant a berry bush,

Next year, they'll be free!


Today is:

Arafat Day -- Afghanistan; Bahrain; Djibouti; Kuwait; Libya; Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates

Back-to-Front Yad -- Fairy Calendar

Birthday of Don Luis Muñoz Rivera / Muñoz-Rivera Day -- Puerto Rico (obs.)

Bloomer Day -- anniversary of the opening day of the first US women's rights convention in 1848*

Eid al-Adha -- Islam (Festival of Sacrifice, a three-day commemoration of Abraham's obedience and willingness to sacrifice his son; begins at sunset, local customs of date and official government days off in many places will vary)

Festival of Honos -- Ancient Roman Calendar (personification of morality and honor)

Global Hug Your Kids Day -- the person who started this no longer has a website or Facebook page, but the date is still noted on many holiday listing websites

Kokura Gion Taiko -- Yasaka Shrine, Fukuoka City, Japan (shrine festival that incorporates a taiko drumming competition with up to 100 teams; through the 21st)

La Guelaguetza a/k/a Los Lunes del Cerro -- Oaxaca, Mexico (folk dance, music and costumes, an extension of the celebrations of the Lady of Carmel, which used to be the feast of Xilonen, goddess of tender corn; now celebrated on two consecutive Mondays)

Liberation Day -- Nicaragua

Martyr's Day -- Myanmar

National Daiquiri Day

National Get Out of the Doghouse Day -- the day to work out any troubles with people you care about, so that you "get out of the doghouse"

President's Day -- Botswana

Stick Out Your Tongue Day -- internet generated, do it just because it's fun

St. Justa's Day (Patron of potters; Seville, Spain)

Triple Play Day -- the first Major League unassisted triple play was made by Neal Ball on this day in 1909

Umi No Hi -- Japan (Ocean Day / Marine Day)

*Amelia Bloomer's birth anniversary on May 27 is also called "Bloomer Day"

Anniversaries Today:

Frank Sinatra marries Mia Farrow, 1966

Isis marries Osiris (year unknown, ask the ancient Egyptians!)

Adonis marries Aphrodite (year unknown, ask the ancient Greeks!)

Birthdays Today:

Stephen Anthony Lawrence, 1990

Jared Padalecki, 1982

Topher Grace, 1978

Angela Griffin, 1976

Clea Lewis, 1965

Anthony Edwards, 1962

Campbell Scott, 1962

Brian May, 1947

Ilie Nastase, 1946

Vikki Carr, 1941

Arthur Rankin, Jr., 1924

George McGovern, 1922

Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, 1921

Eve Merriam, 1916

Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, 1904 (last direct descendent of Abraham Lincoln)

Max Fleischer, 1883

Charles Horace Mayo, 1865

Lizzie Borden, 1860

Edgar Degas, 1834

Samuel Colt, 1814

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"That's All Right"(Elvis' first single release), 1954

Today in History

A dragon more than 100 metres long was found dead on Yehwang Mountain in Henan province and was seen as a bad omen for Emperor Huan, who ignored it and died at age 35 (three years later); Xiang Kai, who had warned him of the omen, was released from the prison the emperor had placed him in, and lionised as a hero, BCE164

Moslem forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeated the Visigoths led by their king Roderic, 711

A hailstorm brings down the ceilings of the Papal Palace, Rome, 1500

Lady Jane Grey is replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after having that title for just nine days, 1553

Five women are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692

Representatives of the Iroquois Confederacy sign the Nanfan Treaty, ceding a large territory north of the Ohio River to England, 1701

Australia's first recorded use of gaslight was commenced in a Sydney shop, 1826

The British Medical Association was founded as the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association by Sir Charles Hastings at a meeting in the Board Room of the Worcester Infirmary, 1832

The two day Women's Rights Convention opens in Seneca Falls, New York; "bloomers," named after developer Amelia Bloomer, are worn at this very early feminist convention, 1848

A meteorite with an estimated mass of 190 kg explodes over the town of Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona causing approximately 16,000 pieces of debris to rain down on the town, 1912

Joe Walker flies a North American X-15 to a record altitude of 106,010 metres (347,800 feet) on X-15 Flight 90. Exceeding an altitude of 100 km, this flight qualifies as a human spaceflight under international convention, 1963

The Sandinista rebels overthrow the government of the Somoza family in Nicaragua, 1979

The first three-dimensional reconstruction of a human head in a CT is published, 1983

President Clinton announces his idea for a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in regards to gays in the US military, 1993

A Tel Aviv judges orders safe deposit boxes that contain manuscripts of Franz Kafka to be opened, 2010

A Pontifical Commission is established by Pope Francis to investigate current accounting practices and implement new strategies for greater fiscal transparency and fiscal responsibility among all Vatican offices, 2013

Scientists in the US calculate that the total amount of plastic ever produced is 8.3 billion tons, the equivalent of about 1 billion elephants in weight, 2017

The Russian ship Dmitri Donskoii, which sank in 1905 and was believed to have a cargo of gold coins, is discovered in the waters between South Korea and Japan, 2018

The largest wind farm in Africa opens at Lake Turkana, Kenya, capable of generating 310 megawatts, 2019

The first interplanetary mission of the United Arab Emirates, the Mars "Hope" orbiter, launches on board Japanese H-2A rocket from Tanegashima Space Center, 2020


  1. I adore raspberries - and like your poem.

  2. Curious Ruth. Nice poem. I feel like eating a cake now.

  3. One always has to keep an eye on cats because they do get themselves into things they shouldn't!

  4. LOL @ Ruthless aww!

    Nice poem and I will be LQQKING forward to my slice :-)

    Have a fruitytastic Monday 👍

  5. I love the poem Mimi but I would change it to blueberries. Raspberries has though little seeds that always get stuck in my teeth. LOL

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Oh love your poem. Our garden is filled with raspberry plants gone wild, and I do not have the heart to cut down any but the most standing in the way-ones, so yes free raspberries for cakes and breakfast :D
    Thanks for the inspiring quote. I feel like biter batter at the moment. Now I feel a bit more muffiney.

  7. Love the kitty. What a little cutie pie helper.

    Love the Spark and the poem. Now I want cake.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  8. That's a cutie ruthless helper an a purrfect Spark too. Of course your poem was yummy!

  9. Brilliant! Free raspberries! My dream! We're currently on our way to Vancouver to visit with our son. Our main goal in coming is to get him a cat at the nearby shelter. Sooo excited!

  10. I would think a dead dragon would be a tough thing to ignore...
    That is only one woman's opinion, of course. :-D

  11. Ruth is cute. Great poem. I have never had raspberry cake, it sounds good.

  12. Nice poem. I have never before heard of a cat that 'helps'.

  13. I loved your poem! Now, I want cake. :)

  14. Love the kitty ~ great helper ~ lovely spark and poetry too ~ Xo

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  15. Aw.....the kitty love the SParks and always your poetry too. I am on a raspberry kick. I may have to make a cake. Hmmmmm.......