Monday, September 13, 2021

"Wrasslin'" (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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Coda and Lulu got to visit (along with Jack and Abby) three days in a row last week.  Those two girls especially love to "wrassle".


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 we hope she will join us again soon, she 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 Defy Superstition Day.          


'Tis Monday Thirteenth

Don't be like Garfield the Cat

And go back to bed


It's Monday the Thirteenth!

The superstitious cried,

Time to be extra careful

And maybe even hide!

But Thirteenth of September

Is Defy Superstition Day;

Lets throw off that notion

And get out there and play!

Time to walk under a ladder,

Open your umbrella indoors,

Go seek out a black cat,

Spill salt upon the floors!

Don't bother to find your rabbit foot

Or your lucky underwear,

Just treat superstitions

As if they aren't there.

So get out there and know that

You need to live with grit,

Remember that your luck is

Mostly what you make it.


Today is:

Defy Superstition Day -- go walk under that ladder!

Dia de los Ninos Heroes -- Mexico 

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 3, Environment (sponsored by We, the World

Epulum Iovis and Lectisternia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva)

Festival of Lighting the Fires of Neith -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fortune Cookie Day -- you might need one after that ladder stunt

Independence Day -- Venda (recognized within South Africa only)

International Chocolate Day -- as declared by the National Confectioners Association

Jeans for Genes Week -- UK (convince your school or workplace to let you pay for the privilege of wearing jeans one day this week, with the money going toward research of genetic diseases)   

National Celiac Awareness Day -- US

National Peanut Day

Positive Thinking Day -- think positively that nothing bad will happen because of that ladder!

Roald Dahl Day -- it's his birth anniversary    

Runic Half Month Ken begins (illumination)

Snack-A-Pickle Time

St. John Chrysostom's Day (Patron of education, epileptics, lecturers, orators, preachers; Constantinople)

Birthdays Today:

Ben Savage, 1980

Fiona Apple, 1977

Stella McCartney, 1977

Tavis Smiley, 1964

Jean Smart, 1959

Nell Carter, 1948

Jacqueline Bisset, 1944

Peter Cetera, 1944

Bela Karolyi, 1942

David Clayton-Thomas, 1941

Fred Silverman, 1937

Richard Kiel, 1939

Judith "Miss Manners" Martin, 1938

Robert Indiana, 1928

Mel Torme, 1925

Yma Sumac, 1922

Roald Dahl, 1916

Bill Monroe, 1911

Claudette Colbert, 1903

Sherwood Anderson, 1876

John J. Pershing, 1860

Milton Hershey, 1857

Walter Reed, 1851

Clara Schumann, 1819

Cesare Borgia, 1475

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Law & Order"(TV), 1990

Divine Madness(Documentary/Comedy), 1980

"Soap"(TV), 1977

"The Muppet Show"(TV)1976

"The Rockford Files"(TV)1974

"Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?"(TV)1969

"Yesterday"(Beatles' single release), 1965

"Canticum Sacrum ad Honorem Sancti Marci Nominis/Canticle to Honor the Name of Saint Mark"(Stravinsky orchestral piece), 1956

Today in History:

The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September, BC509

Building begins on Hadrian's Wall, 122

St. Francis of Assisi receives stigmata, 1224

Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David, 1503

Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him, 1609

NYC becomes the first capital of the US, 1788

US Government takes out its first loan from NYC banks, 1789

Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec, 1847

Vermont railroad worker Phineas Gage incredibly survives a 3-foot-plus iron rod being driven through his head; the reported effects on his behavior and personality stimulate thinking about the nature of the brain and its functions, 1848

Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1898

Lusitania completes her maiden voyage, arriving in NYC, 1907

The temperature (in the shade) at Al 'Aziziyah, Libya reaches a world record 57.8*C (136.04*F), 1922

Elizabeth McCombs is the first woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament, 1933

Chiang Kai-shek elected president of the Republic of China, 1943

IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305, 1956

Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane, based on barometric pressure, in the Western Hemisphere, 1988*

Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu, 1989

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted, 2007

Hurricane Ike makes landfall, damaging Galveston Island, Houston, and surrounding area, 2007

Jan van Eyck is credited as the painter of 'The three mary's at the tomb' a painting from the 1430's held in a Rotterdam museum, 2012

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the Rohingya refugee crisis is now "catastrophic" as 370,000 are confirmed to have fled Myanmar, 2018

*Replaced by Hurricane Wilma in 2005


  1. Definitely an awww moment, and I love your poem.
    Superstition has very little part in my life (though I would hate to break a mirror).

  2. I feel always so blessed to start my week with your post, Dearest Friend!
    Sending my dearest love to you
    Xx Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  3. The dogs were enjoying themselves to the max. I have met some very superstitious people.

  4. I love seeing dogs or cats enjoying themselves can be so comical :-)

    Have a wrassletastic day 👍

  5. We too love to wrestle on the bed! Mom gets upset as we do it at bedtime and then she has to re make the bed.

  6. Great poem! I didn't even know there was sorta superstition related to Monday the 13th. Oh wait, I see the prompt is defying superstition week. Gotcha now. What can I say, it's still early and my coffee isn't doing its job yet. :) Those doggies are having fun it seems. Have a pawwsome week, my dear!

  7. Love the playing pups. I love watching them.

    Love the Spark. So very true.

    Your poem is perfect. I'm not superstitious. Live live to its fullest.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  8. Great poem! The last 4 lines say it all- and wasn't Helen Keller amazing! The pups tearing around the bed was hysterically funny- I bet you made the bed later! Cheers!

  9. Glad the pups had fun. Nice spark and poem. I am superstitious except about black cats. XO

  10. So fun when friends come over to play!
    Brilliant take on superstitions (or the defying thereof!)

  11. Pup fun is the best! That was a good Spark and a darn good poem too!

  12. Playful puppies ~ sweet photos ~ Great Spark! Lovely poetry ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. I ignore superstitions, even the Friday 13th doesn't bother me. Good poem.


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