Monday, November 22, 2021

Shy (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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At the shelter in the next parish(county), these kittens had just come in and were still a little shy.


 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 of one of our blogs.

This week the theme is Favorite Record/Record Player/Stereo.                         

When i was a little girl

The record player i had

Was cheerful blue and played 3 speeds

And i was very glad.

There were some favorite records

That taught me my favorite thing,

To "Listen and Learn with Phonics"

Learning to read made my heart sing.

There were also others that were

Just there to amuse,

"Dinah the Dancing Dinosaur"

Never left me singing the blues.

The Three Stooges entertained

With the funny "Mairzy Doats" song,

Mr. Jinx and Pixie and Dixie

Would never get along.

When i got a little older,

My stereo in black

Played the latest albums,

There never was a lack.

From Beatles to Led Zeppelin and others,

Even Elvis and Rolling Stones,

My taste is quite eclectic,

The music gets in your bones.

Big Band music is also a favorite,

Also listening to old radio shows,

We still have lots of those albums,

But you know how it goes...

Today we mostly listen

On the radio or online,

But the days of spinning records,

Nothing was so fine.


Wishing many happy returns of the day to Grandpa!  (My father, my children's grandfather, simply called Grandpa on my blog.)


Today is:

Dispute-Settling Assizes -- Fairy Calendar (no, they won't tell us what kind of disputes)

Dita e Alfabetit -- Albania and Ethnic Albanians (Day of the Albanian Alphabet)

Go for a Ride Day -- internet generated; during the crazy holiday season, go out for a relaxing sleigh ride or something

Icelandic Calendar Month Ylir (Whiner) begins -- named after the whining winter winds

Independence Day -- Lebanon(1943)

Learn When To Start Thawing the Turkey Day -- US (USDA "Let's Talk Turkey" hotline 800-535-4555; Butterball "Turkey Talk-Line" 800-323-4848)

National Cashew Day -- some sites have this on the 23rd, i celebrate both as i love cashews

National Military Families Recognition Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1993, the Monday before Thanksgiving Day) 

National Stop the Violence Day -- a call by US radio and TV stations for a cease fire on American streets, on the anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination; observed with white ribbons and driving with headlights on during the day

Phonograph Day -- Edison publicly demonstrated his new music playing device on this day in 1877

Start Your Own Country Day -- begun at the 1939 World's Fair in New York

St. Cecilia's Day (Patron of composers, luthiers, martyrs, music, musicians, musical instrument makers, poets, singers; Academy of Music, Rome, Italy; Albi, France; Omaha, Nebraska; Valleyfield, Quebec)

Ydalir -- Ancient Norse Calendar (Celebration of the wintertime god of skiing and archery, Ullr; date approximate)

Anniversary Today:

The Humane Society of the United States is founded, 1954

Birthdays Today:

Scarlett Johansson, 1984

Scott Robinson, 1979

Boris Becker, 1967

Mariel Hemingway, 1961

Jamie Lee Curtis, 1958

Richard Kind, 1957

Billie Jean King, 1943

Guion S. Bluford, Jr., 1942

Harry Edwards, 1942

Tom Conti, 1941

Terry Gilliam, 1940

Robert Vaughn, 1932

Rodney Dangerfield, 1921

Benjamin Britten, 1913

Hoagie Carmichael, 1899

Wiley Post, 1898

Charles de Gaulle, 1890

John Nance Garner, 1868

George Eliot (Mary A. Evans), 1819

Abigail Adams, 1744

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Cathy"(Comic strip), 1976

"The Beatles/The White Album"(Beatles album release), 1968

"Man of La Mancha"(Musical), 1965

"The Grand Canyon Suite"(Grofe suite for orchestra), 1931

"Bolero"(Ravel orchestral piece), 1928

"La Forza del Destino/The Power of Fate"(Verdi opera), 1862

On the Origin of Species(Publication date), 1859

Today in History:

The first Duke of all Brittany, Nominoe defeats the Frankish king Charles the Bald at the Battle of Ballon near Redon, 845

Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America, 1542

Dutch colonial forces on Taiwan launch a pacification campaign against native villages, resulting in Dutch control of the middle and south of the island, 1635

Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach (best known as "Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard, 1718

Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen, 1809

Canadian journalist and politician William Lyon Mackenzie called for a rebellion against Great Britain, 1837

In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched – one of the last clippers ever to be built, and the only one still surviving to this day, 1869

Victoria Street Cable Tram route begins in Melbourne, Australia, 1886

The Congress of Manastir establishes the Albanian alphabet, 1908

1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason of Sayner Wisconsin, 1927

The premier performance of Ravel's Boléro takes place in Paris, 1928

Gasoline pump patented that computes quantity & price delivered, 1932

"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" first heard on Eddie Cantor's show, 1934

The Humane Society of the United States is founded, 1954

US President John F. Kennedy is killed and Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963

The United Nations General Assembly grants the Palestine Liberation Organization observer status, 1974

Juan Carlos is declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco, 1975

In Palmdale, California, the first prototype B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is revealed, 1988

Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery, 1995

Angela Merkel becomes the first female Chancellor of Germany, 2005

Germany holds its first piracy trial in 400 years, placing 10 Somalis accused of piracy on trial for alleged attacks on a German ship, 2010

Scientists in New Britain, Papua New Guinea, discover the first orchid known to flower at night, 2011

The Leaning Tower of Pisa's tilt is reduced by 4 cm as part of a 20 year project to stabilise it, 2018

A virtual G20 Summit ends with a commitment to make access to Covid vaccines available and affordable for all, 2020


  1. Great poem. We no longer have record player. These days, we have Youtube. Happy Birthday to your father.

  2. Love your poem. We still do have a turntable, though it doesn't get used often.

  3. Aww! they look adorable :-)

    A big Happy Birthday & best wishes to your Dad

    Have a birthdaytastic day 👍

  4. We love how the kittens are in a little pile :) Mom had a red and white checkered record player she used as a little girl. We wonder where it ended up as it is a fond memory.

  5. Happy Birthday. Best wishes to you all.

    God bless you and yours, Mimi.

  6. I have many spinning records but nothing to play them on. Great poem as always.

  7. Oh, swwet memories, I too loved Mairzy Doats. And "seven brides for seven brothers", and "Green door" oh so many happy memories.

  8. Awww on the kittens. So precious. They will be all over the place in no time.

    Love the Spark. It's spot on.

    Oh the poem made me smile. I've similar memories.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. 'Mairzy Doats'! I LOVED that song as a child and still sing it once in a while when I'm doing housework. Thanks for bringing that memory back!

  10. Awww wishing these new kitties that their furever homes will find them soon!

  11. Happy Birthday to your Dad and sweet kitty photo ~ 'cozy together.' ~ Great spark too !

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Oh those kittens are so sweet!

    Happy Birthday to your father!

  13. Beautiful poem! Beautiful memories! Oh, those songs!!!
    Happy birthday, Grampa!

  14. Such cute kittens. Nice spark and memories. Now I have Maizy Doats stuck in my head. :) XO

  15. Mimi,

    You should've joined the 4M dance floor today. You have music! Speaking of which I do not remember either of these songs. My folks didn't have too many records in the house and I only remember one that I had as a kid, "Puff the Magic Dragon". You have a lot of references to music of some sort in your tidbits I see. Edison demonstrates the Phonograph on this day and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is heard for the first time. I like your Sparks. Thanks for stopping by today. Sending warm wishes to you and yours for a blessed Thanksgiving. We have lots to be thankful for, don't we?

  16. The kittens sure are cute and so was that poem, bravo. Happy Birthday to Grandpa from all of us!

  17. Furst, we are going to sing Grampa the Song!
    ¸¸.•*♫♫♫ Happy Birthday Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Day to you♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Day deeeeeeeeerr Grandpa!!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Day to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸
    The photo of the kittens was totally AWWWsome, And the Spark is going on the affirmation wall. And lastly the poem was terrific (BTW we had never heard Dinah the Dinosaur before!)


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