Monday, November 15, 2021

Share! (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Get It Gone (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!

Yesterday was Lee’s birthday party.  (Red-headed Alec’s son, so my foster grandson by our reckoning.)  He and a cousin were sharing!


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!

This week the theme is Clean Out Your Refrigerator.               


Some holidays are coming,

And you’re going to need room,

And to be blunt the fridge is often

More like a dead food tomb.

Don't wait so long the bacon

On the brown lettuce is grazing,

Get started early to clear it,

Like a rubble pile that needs razing.

It’s time to dig out what’s in there

And get the nasties gone,

You’ll need room for fresh leftovers

And you’ll be glad when it’s done.

Is that some green bean casserole?

Please don’t say it’s so!

It's from our last get-together,

It really has to go.

When did we buy that sour cream,

No please don't read the date!

Just put it in the bag over there,

It really is too late.

No, the sauce doesn't last forever,

Even if you judge with grace,

It's now a nasty color,

The garbage is its place.

Don't argue over that brown stuff

It's just not worth your time,

How sick you get when you eat it is worse

Than buying new and spending a dime!

Some things are so shriveled

There's no telling what they were,

Others look like they need a shave

Of their covering of green fur.

The garbage will be heavy

When we take it out this week,

But you'll love your fridge all fresh and clean

The inside clear and sleek!


Today is:

American Enterprise Day -- US (a project of Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda Chapter)

America Recycles Day -- US     

Cartagena Independence Day -- Cartagena, Columbia

Changeling Restitution Day -- Fairy Calendar (Goblins)

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day -- this reminder comes from the folks at, where they think you need to get rid of USO's (unidentified shrivelled objects)          

Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium -- German-speaking Community of Belgium

Don't Try To Do Everything At Once Day -- internet generated, and a blow to us multitaskers

Ennead Feast in the House of Ra, Horus, and Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

George Spelvin Day/More Than One Role Day -- date of first use, in 1886, of this name for an actor playing two roles in one play; George and Georgette Spelvin have since acted in over 10,000 roles on Broadway

I Love to Write Day -- encouraging everyone to write something, begun by John Riddle     

King's Feast / Dynasty Day -- Belgium

National Bundt Pan Day -- yes, really, celebrating the pan itself

National Peace Day -- Cote d'Ivoire

National Philanthropy Day® -- Association of Fundraising Professionals 

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

National Spicy Hermit Christmas Cookie Day

Nativity Fast begins a/k/a Winter Lent (through Dec. 24) -- Orthodox Christian

Pack Your Mom's Lunch Day -- in honor of all the times she packed yours; combine it with I Love to Write Day and include a note telling her how special she is

Remembrance Day -- Cayman Islands

Republic Day -- Turkish Republic of North Cyprus

Republic Proclamation Day -- Brazil

Revolution Day -- Mexico (obs.)

Rock Your Mocs Day -- Indigenous Americans (begun by Jessica Jaylyn Atsye, a Laguna Pueblo, to encourage all Native Americans to wear the one item they all have in common, hand-made moccasins, with pride)

Safety Razor Day -- King Gillette was granted the patent for his style of safety razor on this day in 1904, changing how men shaved each day

Shichi-Go-San (Shrine Visiting Day)/Seven-Five-Three Festival -- Japan (picturesque festival in which 3-year-old children of either sex, five-year-old boys, and seven-year-old girls go to shrines dressed in their best; guardian spirits are thanked for the health of the children and prayers said for their future to be equally bright)

Sing in Your Car Day -- they need a day for this?

St. Albertus Magnus' Day (Patron of medical technicians, natural sciences, philosophers, schoolchildren, scientists, students, theology students; Cincinnati, Ohio)

St. Leopold's Day (King Leopold III, Patron of dying children, large families, step-parents; Austria)

     Leopoldstag/Goose Day -- Austria (the start of the heurigen, the new wine season)

Anniversary Today:

William Shatner marries Nerine Kidd, 1997

Birthdays Today:

Jonny Lee Miller,1972

Kevin Eubanks, 1957

Beverly D'Angelo, 1954

Daniel Barenboim, 1942

Sam Waterston, 1940

Yaphet Kotto, 1937

Joanna BArnes, 1934

Petula Clark, 1932

Ed Asner, 1929

Bill "C.W. McCall" Fries, 1928

Joseph Wapner, 1919

Erwin Rommel, 1891

Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887

Forrest Clare "Fogg" Allen, 1885

F. William Herschel, 1738

William Pitt the Elder, 1708

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Few Good Men"(Play), 1989

Love Me Tender(Film), 1956

"Li'l Abner"(Musical), 1956

"The Planets"(Holst Op. 32), 1920

"Masse Mensch/Mass Man"(Toller play), 1920

Today in History:

Christopher Columbus notes the first recorded reference to tobacco, 1492

The NY General Assembly permits Jews to omit the phrase "Upon the faith of a Christian" from adjuration oaths, 1727

Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1763

The Articles of Confederation are adopted by the Continental Congress, 1777

Georgetown University, the first Catholic college in the US, opens, 1791

Zebulon Pike gets his first sight of Pike's Peak, Colorado, 1806

Isaac Pitman introduces his steno/shorthand system of writing, 1832

Union Major General Sherman burns Atlanta, Georgia, 1864

King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade, 1904

The first telecast of an unscheduled event, a fire, takes place on W2XBT, in NY, 1938

In Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy's restaurant, 1969

Intel releases world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, 1971

René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois take power to become the first Quebec government of the 20th century clearly in favour of independence, 1976

The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, 1985

An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council, 1988

The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands, 1988

Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans, 2007

Sony introduces the Playstation 4, selling a million units the first day, 2013 

World leaders gather in Brisbane for the G20 Summit, which will focus on economic growth, 2014

France launches air strikes on Isis stronghold Raqqa in Syria in the wake of terror attack on Paris, 2015

Pakistan unveils the remains of 1,700 year-old sleeping Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 2017

Art experts in England authenticate two bronzes of men riding panthers as Michelangelo’s only surviving bronze works, 2018

The SpaceX Falcon 9 is launched on its first regular flight to the International Space Station with four astronauts aboard, 2020


  1. My fridge gets cleaned out every week, things don't get much chance to go bad in there. the freezer section is a different story, there is bacon in there and I don't even remember buying any, so it must be old.

  2. It's amazing just what you can find in your fridge. And I'm with you, don't eat that old sauce! It's not worth the stomach ache.

    And pop up comments are fine for a reason, but Capthcas are not, could you please deactivate them, todayI had to find bridges, bikes and taxas. sigh.

  3. My fridge doesn't get cleaned out often enough - but it isn't that bad.
    Thank you for the pop up comments - and a big sigh at blogger for making them necessary.

  4. Dearest Mimi,
    I'm always in awe for everything you share, thank you for amazing me!
    And thank you for hosting, as well!
    Wishing you a wonderful AWWW MONDAY and new week
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~

  5. Aww! cute photo Happy Birthday to Lee

    That quote is so true heheh1

    Have an awwtastic Monday 👍

  6. That quote is super wise and should be followed. As for the fridge, ours is pretty well cleaned and sorted all the time. Gramma who can't really see much anymore, is a different story. Mom is in there sorting out every time we visit which can be weekly. If she could see how bad some of the things look in there she would be shocked. Mom just quietly disposes of them and moves on. Great advice, though, as a fridge is a place people rarely sort out.

  7. Aww ~ sweet little red heads photo and great spark ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. I love the poem Mimi. I guess I'd better get to my fridge. Have a great day.

    Cruisin aul

  9. Love your Spark and love the birthday shot. Love that red hair. Hubby used to have red hair. It's white now, but he still has a head full of hair.

    Love the poem. Made me smile. You're a wonderful wordsmith.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  10. Those two cuties look like they are having some fun! How did you know exactly what I had in my fridge?! MOL!

  11. Such cute kids. I love this spark- so true. And great poem. I definitely need to clean out the fridge to make room for the turkey.

  12. Those two wee ones are sure cute together. That was a terrific Spark and such a good poem, we can relate to that one!

  13. We rec'd an elec. skillet for our wedding decades ago. Nearly wore it out.

    those babies are too darn cute!!

  14. We LOVE the poem, and the Spark, I'm printing it an putting it on my affirmation wall! I gotta say Kids sure know how to have fun!

  15. Awwww, those little cuties!
    Brilliant poem! absolutely loved it!

  16. Mimi,

    Perfect poem for the season at hand. I'm working on cleaning out my refrigerator and reorganizing my freezer to make room for all my holiday dishes. I like cooking enough of some dishes to cover both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It helps to reduce the work load allowing me more time to simply savor the moment in every way.


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