Monday, August 2, 2021

Newbies (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Ice Cream Sandwich (Poetry Monday)


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

Before i got the word last Wednesday that i needed to isolate, i was, as usual, the first person at the cat shelter that morning.  That meant i was the first person to see that MamaBlue had her kittens.  

(Please excuse the way i cropped off part of her face in the photo, she was right next to some of the placenta and i was trying to spare the more squeamish among us.)


 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 participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too.  

This week the theme is Ice Cream Sandwich Day.                


You gotta love a cookie sweet.

We all know ice cream is a treat.

What combines the best of these?

I'll take an ice cream sandwich, please!

Give me one when the day is hot,

Or even when the day is not,

And what to do when there's no cool breeze?

I'll take an ice cream sandwich, please!

You can make a sandwich of peanut butter

But it won't make my heart go flutter,

If you want, have your sandwich of cheese,

I'll take an ice cream sandwich, please!

Yes, that sorbet has its place,

Yet to grab that, I won't race.

While a parfait won't cause unease,

I'll take an ice cream sandwich, please!

You may be sophisticated with caviar,

Maybe shun common foods as simply sub-par,

In my state of non-expertise,

I'll take an ice cream sandwich, please!


Today is:

August Bank Holiday -- ACT, NSW, Australia; Ireland; UK

August Monday/Culturama -- Saint Kitts and Nevis 

British Columbia Day -- British Columbia, Canada

Carnival Monday -- Anguilla (August Monday); Antigua and Barbuda (J'ouvert); Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba; British Virgin Islands (Festival Monday/Parade)

Civic Holiday -- Canada

Day of the Airborne Forces -- Russia; Ukraine

Day of Azerbaijani Cinema -- Azerbaijan (anniversary of the 1898 showing of the first motion pictures taken in Azerbaijan)

Distribution of Charity Monies -- Fairy Calendar (Imps only)

Emancipation Day --  Bahamas; Dominica; Granada; Montserrat; Turks and Caicos Islands (Obs.)

Farmer's Day -- Zambia

Festival of Amen and Hapi -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (offerings to the god of transcendent powers and the god of the Nile to assure the flooding of the Nile; date approximate)

Frídagur verslunarmanna -- Iceland (Commerce Day)

Kadooment Day -- Barbados (huge carnival celebration of the end of the Crop Over festival, celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest)

Lincoln Penny Day -- US (the Lincoln Cent entered circulation on this day in 1909, and is one of the longest running coins in continual production in history)

    Take a Penny/Leave a Penny Day -- if the US is really determined to keep the littlest coins, the least we can do is pool them together in the trays so conveniently found in stores and restaurants

Make Some Old Fashioned Lemonade Day

National Children's Day -- Tuvalu

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

New Brunswick Day -- New Brunswick, Canada

Nuestra Senora de los Angeles -- Costa Rica (Feast of Our Lady of the Angels)

Picnic Day -- NT, Australia

Shimizu Minato Matsuri -- Shimizu City, Japan (through the 4th, commemorates the reopening of Shimizu Port to international trade)

St. Elias' Day (Elijah the Prophet)  related observance

     Iliden -- Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ukraine; other Slavic countries where he is titled St. Ilia 

     Republic Day -- Macedonia

St. Eusebius of Vercelli's Day (Patron of Vercelli, Italy)

Anniversary Today:

The first US Census is recorded, 1790

Birthdays Today:

Edward Furlong, 1977

Michael Weiss, 1976

Sam Worthington, 1976

Mary-Louise Parker, 1964

Victoria Jackson, 1959

Butch Patrick, 1953

Kathryn Harrold, 1950

James Fallows, 1949

Joanna Cassidy, 1944

Wes Craven, 1939

Lamar Hunt, 1932

Peter O'Toole, 1932

James Baldwin, 1924

Carroll O'Connor, 1924

Myrna Loy, 1905

Jack L. Warner, 1892

Elisha Gray, 1835

Pierre "Peter" Charles L'Enfant, 1754

Today in History:

Philip II of Macedon leads his army to defeat the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, which secured Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean, BC338

Hannibal leads his Corinthian army to defeat the superior forces of Rome, BC216

Henry Hudson sails into what it is now known as Hudson Bay, thinking he had made it through the Northwest Passage and reached the Pacific Ocean, 1610

First United States Census, 1790

First parachute jump in the US, 1819

Japan's samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system is abolished as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms, 1869

Tower Subway, the world's first underground tube railway, opens in London, 1870

Andrew Hallidie tests the first cable car system in San Francisco, 1873

Wild Bill Hickok meets his death; shot in the back while playing poker, his hand, a pair of Aces and a pair of eights, is now called "Dead Man's Hand", 1876

Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary) dies, 1903

Typhoon in China kills about 60,000, 1922

The positron (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson, 1932

Pakistan is re-admitted back into the Commonwealth of Nations, 1989

Iraq invades Kuwait, setting the stage for the Gulf War, 1990

Two previously unknown works by Mozart - a concerto movement and a prelude, are performed in Salzburg, Austria, 2009

The U.S. Government estimates the Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, 2010

The first footage of white giraffes (giraffes with leucism) is posted by the Hirola Conservation Program in north eastern Kenya, 2017

Great Britain’s Prince Philip, age 96, makes his final solo public appearance before retiring from public engagements, 2017

Apple becomes the first American publicly listed company to reach $1 trillion in value, 2018

Archaeologists confirm they have found the oldest library in Germany, in Cologne, dating back to 2AD and possibly holding as many as 20,000 scrolls, 2018

Saudi Arabia announces it is enacting news rules for women including allowing them to travel independently abroad without a male guardian's permission, 2019

SpaceX safely completes its first crewed mission when NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken splash down in the Gulf of Mexico in their Dragon capsule, 2020  


  1. Four teeny tiny heads! I'm in love :)
    I'll take an ice cream sandwich too please.

  2. In my teenage years, I have seen baby kittens being delivered. So wonderful to see the mama kitten welcoming her tiny babies. Oh yes, please, I want an ice cream, just any ice cream will do.

  3. Aw, kittens. And a well written poem. I hope you're soon back to normal!

  4. Precious little kittens. How fun to see! Love that ice cream quote! Hope you don't have to isolate much longer. What a bummer.

  5. Mimi,

    Those kittens are adorable. I loved your ice cream sandwich poem! Too bad we don't have some in the freezer to celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Have an awwwesome Monday!

  6. Aww! what a good capture :-)

    Stay safe Mimi have a kittentastic Monday 👍

  7. I have NEVER been accused of letting my ice cream melt. Looks like I'll be buying ice cream sandwiches to celebrate today. Have a blessed week.

  8. I've always loved an ice cream sandwich and now this poem is fantastic. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Awww on the mom and her new babies. So precious.

    I hope all is well at your house. You're all in my prayers.

    Love the poem and I'll have an ice cream sandwich too. Yummy.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  10. Darling photo of Mom and babies! I sure hope your sweetie is doing ok. Take care and have an ice cream sandwich every day!

  11. What a beautiful Mama and darling kits. I love ice cream sandiches too, yum!

  12. happee momz day two ewe momma blue !!!! heerz two yeerz a head filled with happeez and healtheez for ewe and de wee onez.....happee birthday two ewe wee kittenz :) ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    great ice cream sandwich poem !!! :) ☺☺♥♥

  13. Thanks for the cropping of Mama Blue! Ice Cream, I gotta go get some beore the store closes! Thanks for reminding me! Great post Mimi! I LIVE to visit!

  14. Such a sweet Mama and her wee ones. That's a wonderful Spark and a good poem. We're thinking about you both.

  15. Very sweet photo of mama and babies. Great spark and poem. I made ice cream sandwiches with my great-niece today. :)

  16. Oh, the sweet little kittens!
    I love your poem! And I totally agree with you. I, too will take an Ice Cream sandwich, please!

  17. Oh the adorable teeny kittens ~ love them ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. Aw....MamaBlue, what a sweetheart. Hope everyone is doing well. Poor mama, she needs some TLC and rest.


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