Monday, January 17, 2022

Who Can Resist? (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

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Who can resist these faces?


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 Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions, and i did both a haiku and a poem.          


I resolve each year

Not to make resolutions

Change is not scheduled


Did you make a resolution?

Grit your teeth and clench your fist?

Did you decide so much needs changing

You just had to make a list?

Did you start the year with vigor

Just determined to win out?

Do you find yourself now flagging

And your heart is full of doubt?

Should you really tough it out

Make those resolutions stick?

Or are you just being stubborn

Running your head against a brick?

If you really want the changes

To happen and to stay,

Throw out the resolutions

Look at your life and say,

“One small change at a time

Not the whole dang thing at once!

I’ll add good habits one at a time

Not tackle it all like a dunce!”

One new, good habit added

And stuck to for a while,

Will build up on the next one,

Soon New You will be in style!


Today is:

2021 Healthy Weight Week -- US 

Apple Wassailing Day -- Carhampton, England (ancient tradition to bless the trees, waking the tree spirits and scaring away bad spirits)

Blessing of the Animals -- Hispanic Christian (in association with St. Anthony's Day)

Blue Monday -- UK (it's gloomy winter, it's after the holidays, it's time to cheer someone up by doing something nice for him/her)

Ditch Your New Years Resolutions Day -- no info on origin, but probably someone who gave up; will you?

Felicitas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of good luck)

Festival of Janus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (main festival for the god of beginnings, endings, and doorways)

Full Wolf Moon -- the wolves howl hungrily during this cold month, sometimes called the Old Moon or the Yule Moon; some of the following celebrations began yesterday evening

     Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka

     Mahayana New Year -- Buddhist

     Pyatho Full Moon -- Myanmar (traditionally the time of equestrian festivals)

     Thorrablot/Thurseblot -- Ancient Norse Calendar (feast honoring Thor, guardian of Midgard, at the first full moon of the new year)

     Thaipusam/Thaipoosam Cavadee -- Tamil People; Malaysia; Mauritius (Tamil Hindu multi-day celebration of the birth of the god Murugan)

Hot Heads Chili Day -- no clue what this one means, but i guess we can have chili for dinner

Kid Inventors' Day -- celebrating how inventive kids are; on the birth anniversary of Ben Franklin, who invented swim fins at age 12

Liberation Day -- Poland (liberation from the Nazis in 1945)

Make Your All-Time Top Ten Favorite TV Characters List -- because nothing says you can't make your own top ten lists

Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- US and Territories (obs.)

National Hot Buttered Rum Day

Patras Carnival -- Patras, Greece (the town crier announces the opening ceremony, with festivities through Clean Monday)

Patrice Lumumba -- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes' Day)

Popeye Day -- The Sailor Man debut in the comics this date in 1929

Professional Boxer's Day -- Ali's birth anniversary

St. Anthony the Great's Day (a/k/a Anthony of Egypt, Anthony the Abbot, Patriarch of the Abbots; Patron of amputees, animals/domestic animals, basket weavers, brush makers, butchers, cemetary workers/grave diggers, epileptics, hermits, monks, relief from pestilence, swine/hogs, swineherds; Hospitaliers; Burgio, Sicily, Italy; Canas, Brazil; Castrofilippo, Agrigento, Italy; Fivizzano, Italy; Fontainemore, Italy; Mook, Netherlands; Sant'Angelo Lodigiano, Italy; against eczema, epilepsy, ergotism, erysipelas, pestilence, Saint Anthony's Fire, skin diseases and rashes) related observance

     Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral -- Church of San Antonio, Mexico City, Mexico (where this saint is San Antonio Abad)

Tu B'Shevat -- Judaism ("New Year of the Trees", began yesterday at sunset, through sunset today)

Zirgu Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (Day of the Horses)

Anniversaries Today:

George Burns marries Gracie Allen, 1926

Octavian marries Livia Drusilla, BC38

Birthdays Today:

Kid Rock, 1971

Naveen Andrews, 1969

Michelle Obama, 1964

Jim Carrey, 1962

Susanna Hoffs, 1959

Anthony Glise, 1956

Andy Kaufman, 1949

Muhammad Ali, 1942

Maury Povich, 1939

Shari Lewis, 1934

James Earl Jones, 1931

Don Zimmer, 1931

Vidal Sassoon, 1928

Eartha Kitt, 1927

Betty White, 1922

Al Capone, 1899

Nevil Shute, 1899

Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899

Mack Sennett, 1884

David Lloyd George, 1863

Anton Chekhov, 1860

Anne Bronte, 1820

Benjamin Franklin, 1706

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Frontline"(TV), 1983

"The Goldbergs"(TV), 1949

"Popeye the Sailor Man"(Comic character created by Elzie Segar, in the Thimble Theatre comic strip), 1929

"The Cherry Orchard"(Chekhov Play), 1904

"The Rivals"(Sheridan Play), 1775

Today in History:

Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon, 1377

Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna, 1501

Giovanni da Verrazzano begins his voyage to find a passage to China, 1524

The Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France, 1562

England's Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War, 1648

An avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland, kills 53, 1718

Capt James Cook becomes the first to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S), 1773

The first cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873), 1871

Queen Liliuokalani is deposed, the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic, 1893

Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen, 1912

The first fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented, 1928

Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, is arrested by secret police in Hungary, 1945

The United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting, 1946

The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs, 1949

The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company's offices in Boston, Massachusetts, 1950

The world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, makes its maiden voyage, 1955

A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident, 1966

Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V, 1991

The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union, 1996

Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people, 2002

Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, which resulting in at least 200 deaths, 2010

Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 2013

Academics report that a pelvis bone discovered in 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder, 2014


  1. Love the thought for the day - and your poem is right on the money too.

  2. Good poem. I couldn't possibly resist giving those kitties a cuddle each.

  3. Cats in a hammock. Looking happy and contented.

    God bless.

  4. Love your Haiku and your poem. :) Happy Monday! - Love the kitties but I'm sooo allergic.

  5. Awww! no one could resist these cute kitties heheh!

    Have a hammocktastic Monday 👍

  6. We will take the kitten in the middle :) That quote is great, hopefully it will be that way!

  7. Normally I would be all about celebrating "Hot Heads Chili Day", but spicy foods don't agree with me the way they once did. Still, a good bowl of chili is hard to pass up.

  8. Such cute kitty faces. Nice resolution poem. No resolution, just cultivating one good habit after another will do.

  9. Haha! May your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.

  10. Mimi, I've never did a resolution. My life was to get up in the morning, do the best I can and when I get in my bed, I thank God that I was able to enjoy my day. Some days have been difficult but I was able to tough it out but with God's help, I continued and enjoyed whatever He gave me.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. I'd take all three of those cutie pies. I love a house full of kitties.

    Love the Spark. I can do that.

    Love the poem. I'm with you. My word for this year is kindness and it starts with me.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  12. Great stuff. How do you find the time and wit to do that?

  13. I heartily thank you for hosting together with Sandee, dear Mimi, and for sharing always such special posts!
    Wishing you a most lovely new week
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~

  14. Such sweet little faces. Great poem and spark. I gave up on resolutions years ago. I do a focus word now, but I don't get anything accomplished with that either.

  15. Brilliant poem! and equally brilliant solution! Change one little thing at a time! Perfect!

  16. Such sweet faces! That is a really good Spark and I enjoyed the poem too!

  17. the kittens are AWWWW-some. I love your spark. I'm putting it on my affirmation wall and I love your poem. We hope you have had a marvellously Happy Day!

  18. Great post and photos but the sweet kitties 'steal the show' ~ love em!

    Wishing you lots of happy moments,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. Aw...sweet faces! I LOVE everything here. The poem is very good. Thanks for sharing HUGS

  20. The swinging trio! :)

    Your poem on new year's resolution is cute and is point on by the end on the best way to tackle one's goals. ;)


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