Monday, April 11, 2022

Inga and Irene (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and It's a Good Life (Poetry Monday), an A to Z Post


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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!

Two new tortoiseshell kitties came to the shelter last Friday.


Sparks is the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, who wanted us to post something positive and uplifting at the start of the week.  While she no longer blogs, i like to post an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.    


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Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border.  Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey is on a blog semi-break and her poetry 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 Pets.                       

It's A Good Life

It's a good life,

being your pet.

You feed me well,

and the treats I get!

It's a good life,

you clean my mess,

and comfort me if

I'm in distress.

It's a good life,

I can molt or shed

and you still don't

banish me from your bed.

It's a good life,

everything I need

is always provided

with all due speed.

It's a good life,

we walk or play,

you love to include me

in your every day.

It's a good life,

when I get sick,

I may not like the vet

but you get me there quick.

It's a good life,

don't ever forget,

I love you Mom, Dad!

Signed, Your Pet


Today is:

Barbershop Quartet Day -- founding day of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America

Buchenwald Liberation Day -- 3:15pm local time, by the Third Army

Eight Track Tape Day -- do you remember those; someone who fondly does has a day to honor them

Festival of Unmediated Play -- just go out there and have fun, like kids do

International "Louie Louie" Day -- a song that caused such a stir it deserves a day; on the birth anniversary of its composer, Richard Berry

Juan Santamaria Day -- Costa Rica (commemoration of the hero of the Battle of Rivas)

Liberation Day -- Uganda (fall of Idi Amin)

M&M Crisis in Space Day -- on this day in 1996, American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from Space Station Mir that she was out of M&Ms; it was the only thing she regularly requested for resupply in her 188 days there!

National Cheese Fondue Day

National Pet Day / Pet Day USA -- US (it's about the love, so adopt, don't shop!)

St. Antipas' Day (spiritual student of St. John, mentioned in the Book of the Revelation of St. John)

St. Stanislaus' Day (Patron of soldiers in battle; Cracow, Poland; Plock, Poland; Poland, where he is celebrated on May 8)

World Parkinson's Disease Day

Anniversary Today:

Spelman College is founded, 1881

Birthdays Today:

Joss Stone, 1987

Tricia Helfer, 1974

Vincent Gallo, 1961

Bill Irwin, 1950

Ellen Goodman, 1948

Meshach Taylor, 1947

Peter Riegert, 1947

Louise Lasser, 1939

Richard Berry, 1935

Tony Brown, 1933

Joel Grey, 1932

Ethel Kennedy, 1928

Oleg Cassini, 1913

Jane Matilda Bolin, 1908

Dalia "Dale" Messick, 1906

Percy Julian, 1899

Lizzie “Lillie” Bliss, 1864

Charles Evans Hughes, 1862

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Your Toes"(Musical), 1936

"Matthäus-Passion/St. Matthew's Passion"(Bach BWV 244), 1727

Today in History:

William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain, 1689

The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place, 1775

President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech, urging a spirit of concilliation during reconstruction, 1865

The Shogunate is abolished in Japan, 1868

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized, 1876

Ellis Island is designated as an immigration station, 1890

Spain cedes Puerto Rico to the United States in the treaty ending the Spanish American War, 1899

The US Navy aquires its first submarine, designed by John P. Holland, 1900

Albert Einstein announces his Special Theory of Relativity, 1905

The International Labour Organization is founded, 1919

The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found in Arbroath Abbey where Scottish nationalist students had taken it from Westminster Abbey, 1951

Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule, 1957

Apollo 13 is launched, 1970

The Apple I is created, 1976

Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed, 1979

The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan, 1987

Australia beats American Samoa in a 31-0 win, the biggest ever in an international match of football, 2001

The French ban of Islamic women's face coverings goes into effect, 2011

Fossilized dinosaur eggs complete with embryos are found in China, 2013

European Union leaders agree to allow a six month extension for Brexit after UK leaders fail to reach a consensus, 2019


  1. It's been a long time since I've seen tortoiseshell kittens, they're very huggable.
    I like your Pets poem.

  2. Definitely awww.
    And our pets have made our lives much,much richer. Like River I like your poem.

  3. More lovely kittens. Thank you so much.

    God bless.

  4. If Mom ever gets another cat, a tortoiseshell is the kind she would like to have. Right now she isn't sure she will ever get another. The two cats we have were adopted as adults and for sure she will never do that again as they have been trouble since day one.

  5. AS soon as I saw the theme for today's Poetry Monday, I knew I'd be here reading a really sweet pet poem. And, of course, you didn't disappoint.

  6. Awww on the cute kittens. They won't last long. So cute.

    Love your quote and I love your poem. Made me smile.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. Nice spark and sweet poem. Such cute torties, they look like mini versions of my Penny. XO

  8. Aww! They are sooooo cute :-)

    Have a kittentastic day 👍

  9. The kittens are so very sweet. I hope they find good homes. My friend recently adopted a rescue dog. It was a huger litter, 10 puppies in all. Large bred. One was left. My heart broke f=or that one left behind. when we adopted Thor and Loki I told my middle girl, do not leave one behind. Those brothers belong together. SO now this is how we have too many pets. But we love them and they rule so I think they have a nice life. I love the poem too! HUGS to you for all your talents. Enjoy the new week.

  10. best fishez two ewe wee onez; we hope yur IN yur foreverz bye monthz end ~~~~ ♥♥

    awesome poem today Mimi !! ☺☺♥♥

  11. Aww such sweet kitties and great photos ~ Xo

    Wishing you laughter and love in all your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Such cute torties, a purrfect Spark and poem too!

  13. Lovely poem on pets. Reading tortoiseshell kitties I thought of cats with shells and wonderes if they were cloned or what :D Oh the joy of learning a new word. Thank you.

  14. I think Tortoiseshell is my favourite kitten colour!
    Perfect poem from a precious pet!


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