Monday, December 13, 2021

Awe-some Hawk (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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A few days ago, i pulled into my driveway just in time to see this hawk in the driveway.  It only held still for the photos until i opened the car door, so this is the best i could get.


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 Ice Cream, and i had to do two poems to get all my thoughts out about this topic.          


Ice cream, ice cream, a special treat!

Always tasty, always sweet!

As a dessert it can’t be beat,

But not in winter, wait for summer’s heat!


When we were very little,

As many young children might,

We often couldn’t say our words

In ways exactly right.

Such mispronunciations

Go down in family history,

And keep getting used for years,

To outsiders, a mystery.

So if you come by to visit,

And ice cream is your thing,

Don’t be surprised if we tell you

We’re going to be having “ging-ging”!


Today is:

Acadian Remembrance Day -- Acadians of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

Count the La's in "Deck the Halls" Day -- just so you can say you know

Feast of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of joy, feminine love, and motherhood; date approximate)

Fiesta de Santo Tomas -- Chichicastenango, Guatemala (week long festival celebrating the town's Patron Saint that includes the Palo Volador dance, where men hang by ropes from 30 meter poles, spinning and swinging)

Ice Cream and Violins Day -- another of those silly made up holidays that no one can trace, but would be fun to celebrate.  Get yourself a bowl of buttered pecan or rum raisin -- if you are going to celebrate, do it in style -- and put in a Mozart or Bach CD, and enjoy!

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Giljagaur -- Gully Oaf, who tries to sneak in the cowshed and skim the cream from the pails of milk

Ides of December -- Ancient Roman Calendar; other observance

     Festival for Tellus -- a/k/a Tellura or Tellus Mater, the personification of the earth's productive powers

Jum ir-Repubblika -- Malta (Republic Day)

National Day -- Santa Lucia (on St. Lucy's Day)

National Tree Planting Day -- Malawi

New Calendar Day -- time to get the 2022 model, unless you contribute to so many charities you are already flooded with them

 Peace Day -- Korea (the fighting stopped in 1953, but the Koreas didn't sign a formal nonaggression pact until this day in 1991)

Pick a Pathologist Pal Day -- Wellcat Holidays reminds us that pathologists and coroners are an especially jovial lt, and befriending them is a good way to remind yourself that tomorrow is never guaranteed

Runic Half-month Jara commences (fruition)

St. Herman of Alaska (Orthodox Church Patron of the Americas)

St. Jodocus' Day (Patron of boatmen, harvests, mariners, sailors, watermen; against fever, fire, storms, and shipwrecks)

Saint Lucy's Day (Patron of authors, blind people, cutlers, glaziers, laborers, martyrs, peasants, saddlers, salesmen, sore eyes/eye problems, sore throats, stained glass workers; Begijnendijk, Flemish Brabant, Belgium; Conzano, Italy; Mtarfa, Malta; Perugia, Italy; Santa Lucia di Piave, Italy; Syracuse, Sicily, Italy; Villa Santa Lucia, Latium, Italy; against blindness, dysentery, epidemics, eye diseases, hemorraghes)

     Feast of the Light-bringer -- honoring Juno Lucina (Roman goddess of light) and Lucia (Old Swedish goddess of light), all now merged with St. Lucy

     Little Yule a/k/a Luciadagen or Santa Lucia (Festival of Lights in many parts of Scandinavia, honoring St. Lucia.)

Unreturned Library Book Sale -- Fairy Calendar (Imps)

Birthdays Today:

Taylor Swift, 1989

Amy Lee, 1981

Tom DeLonge, 1975

Christie Clark, 1973

Jamie Foxx, 1967

Steve Buscemi, 1958

Wendie Malick, 1950

Ted Nugent, 1949

John Davidson, 1941

Aga Khan IV, 1936

Christopher Plummer, 1929

Dick Van Dyke, 1925

Archie Moore, 1913

Kenneth Patchen, 1911

Mary Todd Lincoln, 1818

Heinrich Heine, 1797

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Susan B. Anthony Dollar(USD coin), 1978

"Alice's Restaurant"(Song and Album), 1969

"An American In Paris"(Gershwin Symphony), 1928

Today in History:

The Council of Trent opens, 1545

Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England to circumnavigate the globe, 1577

Emperor Ferdinanad II delegates the first Anti-Reformation decree, 1621

The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes 3 militias which are today seen as the founding of the United States National Guard, 1636

Dutch navigator Abel Tasman becomes the first European to land in New Zealand, 1642

Dartmouth College in New Hampshire is chartered, 1769

Italo Marcioni patents an ice cream cone, 1903

The Relay 1 communication satellite is launched, 1962

Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or "Moonwalk" of Apollo 17, 1972

The European Union announces that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia will become members from May 1, 2004, 2002

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured, 2003

The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, is announced as extinct, 2006

Scientists in northeast Madagascar confirm a new species of lemur has been found, 2010

An unpublished early work by Hans Christian Anderson is found at the bottom of a filing box at the National Archives of Funen, 2012

The bones of a prehistoric penguin that was as tall as a human (1.77m) have been found on Otago beach, New Zealand, as reported in "Nature Communications", 2017


  1. Love your hawk photo.
    Smiling at your poems.
    My father called every sauce gravy. Visitors to the house were always surprised when he offered them gravy to go on their icecream.

  2. Wonderful photo of the hawk. Whilst admiring it for a while my ice cream has melted.

    God bless.

  3. Dearest Mimi,
    I always feel so amazed and charmed by all the informations you share with your Monday's post, you're truly unique, my friend!
    And how about the shots of the hawk?!?
    They're special gifts since it's not easy at all to catch him in a photograph.
    Wishing you a wonderful new week
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  4. That ice cream quote is so sweet! Your poem is also really nice. Have a great day!

  5. Good captures you managed to get I see he turned his back on you lol :-)

    Have a hawktatic Monday 👍

  6. I love the many different types of ice cream that we have today. Now there are so many different types of cone. Many, many , many.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Nice photos of the hawk. I like ice creams or "ging-ging" when the day is hot. Have a great week.

  8. Awesome photo of the hawk and wonderful quote ~ Xo

    Happy Week to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (Creative Harbor)

  9. We have a sparrow hawk that visits from time to time and all the sparrows disappear. He's handsome like your hawk is.

    Love the poem. Ice cream I can eat year around. I don't, but I'd like to.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  10. That hawk must by shy or it's in the witness protection program and doesn't want to be identified. :) I can ice cream any time of the year especially if it's from the comfort of my home. I don't want to go to an ice cream stand in the dead of winter but if I'm indoors, I say bring it on! :)

  11. Wow, a hawk in your driveway, what a gift!

  12. Those photos are great - even if the hawk is turning his back.
    I love your ice cream poems too, and like that you split them in two instead of trying to cram everything into one poem. Nice touch, I might learn from this, hopefully!

  13. Cute poem and excellent spark. XO

  14. Those hawk feathers are amazing! I totally love that Spark!

  15. Love that beautiful hawk and your ice cream poem. When my oldest child was one, almost two, she couldn't say ice cream, she would say i-seem.


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