Monday, November 29, 2021

Awww-Some Pups (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia (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!

We had four awww-some pups with us over the Thanksgiving week, Lulu, Coda, Abby and Jack.


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, we hope she comes back soon.   Charlotte/Mother Owl participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too.  Anyone else is welcome to join in the fun, just let Diane know or leave a poem in the comments on one of our posts.

This week the theme is Chia Pets.          


It's a great time of the year,

A time for lots of fun,

For keeping on the lookout,

Chia Pet Hunting season has begun!

Time to see how many

Different Chias you can spot,

It's a most amusing pastime,

Because there are quite a lot.

You can find a unicorn chia,

A hedgehog or a pig,

Baby Yoda, Shrek and Bob Ross,

Pets both small and big.

Turn it into a contest,

A scavenger hunt of sorts,

Compete against your friends,

But remember to be good sports.

Then go buy a chia yourself,

Your favorite, bring it home,

This week i am hunting mine,

Trying to find a chia gnome!


Today is:

Cider Monday -- celebrating the drink of the season, hot, spiced apple cider

Cyber Monday -- another excuse to buy stuff, the traditional beginning of the online shopping season

Dia de la Abolicion del Ejercito -- Costa Rica (Miliary Abolition Day; yes, really, they abolished the military after the 1948 revolution, are one of Central America's oldest democracies, and has only the Police Guard forces)

Dita e Clirimit -- Albania (Liberation Day)

Electronic Greetings Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Fairy Flute Fantasy -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Saturnia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (for the Sons of Saturn; Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto)

Hanukkah -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday; through sundown Dec. 6)

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People -- UN

National Chocolates Day -- yes, another one

National Lemon Creme Pie Day

National Unity Day -- Vanuatu

Provincial Anniversary Day -- Chatham Islands, New Zealand; Westland, New Zealand

St. Andrew's Eve -- in many traditions, a night to fortell the future, especially whom you will marry

St. Saturnius of Toulouse's Day (Patron of Toulouse, France)

Square Dance Day -- internet generated, and fun to do, here's some information about square dancing     

Throw Out Your Leftovers Day -- if you've had it since Thanksgiving, and haven't frozen it or eaten it yet, get rid of it

William Tubman's Birthday -- Liberia (it's longest serving President)

Anniversaries Today:

Erwin Rommel marries Lucie "Lu" Mollin, 1916

Birthdays Today:

Jon Knight, 1968

Don Cheadle, 1964

Andrew McCarthy, 1962

Kim Delaney, 1961

Cathy Moriarty, 1960

Jeff Fahey, 1956

Howie Mandel, 1955

Joel Coen, 1954

Garry Shandling, 1949

Petra Kelly, 1947

Chuck Mangione, 1940

Peter Bergman, 1939

John Mayall, 1933

Jacques Rene Chirac, 1932

Diane Ladd, 1932

Vin Scully, 1927

Madeline L'Engle, 1918

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., 1908

C.S. Lewis, 1898

Busby Berkeley, 1895

Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1876

Louisa May Alcott, 1832

Wendell Phillips, 1811

Christian Doppler, 1803

Charles Thomson, 1729

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Tatort"(TV), 1970

"I Want to Hold Your Hand"(Beatles single release), 1963

"Bells Are Ringing"(Musical), 1956

"Kukla, Fran, and Ollie"(TV), 1948

"Gay Divorce"(Musical), 1932

Today in History:

Jews of Augsburg, Germany, are massacred, 1349 (Sometimes, it seems, the more things change...)

King Philip II devalues Spanish currency, 1596 (See above...)

Sir James Jay invents invisible ink, 1775

San Jose, California, is founded as el Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, 1777

Dessalines & Christophe declare St Domingue (Haiti) independent, 1803

First Italian opera in US, "Barber of Seville" premieres (NYC), 1825

Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph, 1877

The first motorcycle race ever is held in Surrey, England; the distance was one mile and the winner was Charles Jarrot in a time of 2 minutes, 8 seconds, 1897

The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine. 1910

Fire destroys most of the buildings on Santa Catalina Island, California, 1915

Howard Carter opens the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun to the public, 1922

Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole, 1929

The first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome is performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, 1944

The United Nations General Assembly votes to partition Palestine, 1947

Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission – Enos, a chimpanzee, is launched into space, orbits earth twice, and is successfully recovered after splashdown, 1961

Canadian Space Agency launches the satellite Alouette 2, 1965

Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) releases Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California, 1972

The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution stating that Soviet Union forces should withdraw from Afghanistan, 1983

The Czechoslovakian Parliament votes to end Communist rule, 1989

The United Nations Security Council passes two resolutions to restore international peace and security if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by the following January 15, 1990

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake occurs off the northern coast of Martinique, 2007

Pablo Picasso's electrician reveals 271 previously unknown works he claims were gifts from the artist, 2010

NASA announces its space probe MESSENGER has almost certainly found water ice buried beneath the surface of the north pole of Mercury, 2012

Tens of thousands Indian farmers protest the agrarian crisis at parliament in Delhi, 2018


  1. I don't know chia pets. I wonder if they have made it over here.

  2. Awesome poem on chia pets. I had to look them up. What a variety, you should have no trouble finding a chia gnome :D

  3. Nice poem. Hmmmm I have to google for chia pets. Interesting. I don't know if I can get one here.

  4. Awww! They look well behaved heheh I like their names :-)

    Good quote too

    Have a wooftastic day 👍

  5. Thank you for hosting, dear Mimi, and for sharing such a wonderful post!
    Your lovely poem has let me know 'chia pets', that's the first time I hear about them!
    Sending blessings on your new week
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  6. Great quote, and lovely dog photos. Thanx Mimi.

    God bless.

  7. How fun to have the dogs together on the holiday as well. Now that you mention it, we have not seen a ChiaPet commercial yet this year. Normally they are playing all the time. Enjoy your hunt.

  8. Mimi,

    I remember the Chia pet commercials from the 70s and 80s. I don't think about those much anymore but your poem put a smile on my face. Also, loved your spark. Great advice to live like someone left the gate open. lol

  9. You had a houseful of pups. So precious.

    Love your Spark. It's perfect.

    I always enjoy your poems. You're such a wonderful wordsmith.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  10. You would not believe how many Chia Pets there have outside today. I'll get one when they have the one that is Cruisin Paul. LOL

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Oh your spark and photo are wonderful ~ love the yorkie photo ~ lovely poetry as always and fun too ~ great doggie photos ~ Xo

    Happy Holidays,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Love your 4 visiting pups! Chia's are a hoot! They used to be one of our families joke gifts! Hugs to you!

  13. Cute pups. Great spark and I love the poem. I am going to do that with my mom next time we go shopping. :)

  14. Those sweet pups look most content! Love that Spark, really. I enjoyed your poem too, I had no idea it was Chia Season!

  15. Ahhh, Chias! THe ONLY one I ever bought was Bob Ross (for my son)! Yep! It looked just like it did on TV! Great shots of the dogs and loved the poems. Hope you had a magnificent Monday!

  16. Sweet pups, all!
    Great poem! Aren’t Chia pets fun?!
    Look forward to seeing how your hunt goes! ;)

  17. So now I know what a chia pet is. Thank you for sparking my interest. I know a little one who would love one of those so will keep my eyes open when gift shopping. Love your poem.


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