Monday, April 25, 2022

Unexpected (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Then There Were Two (Poetry Monday), an A to Z Post


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A pregnant cat wandered up to a family home and they took her in, figuring they'd keep her and bring her babies to the shelter so they could find homes.  Then the 3-year-old daughter ended up in the ER, turns out she's highly allergic to cats.  They kept mama in a separate area of the house as long as they could, and that's how we ended up with some unexpected babies in the intake room.  (Mama is there, too, but not pictured, she was getting her medical work-up.)

It's not easy to get pictures of kittens when they're all trying to scoot out of the cage or get to the food bowl!


 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.    



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 Brothers.          


It was getting so exciting,

Even Nana came to stay,

As she was going to watch us

While Mama was away.

Dad was always at the hospital

With the patients in his care,

But now even our Mama

Would spend a few days there.

We knew that a new baby

Would join the family soon,

The thought of a little sister

Had me about over the moon.

There was a little problem,

This was many years ago,

Was it a boy or girl?

There was no way to know.

Still holding out for sister,

'Cause a stinky little brother,

Well there was already one here,

No need to have another.

Then the call did come

That we'd all been waiting for,

Mama wanted to tell us herself,

No one else could do that chore.

The phone was held up to my year,

Excited from head to boot,

"It's a boy!" did Mama say,

And my reply, "Oh, shoot!"

Then with the receiver,

Still clenched in my little fist,

Tried to slam it down,

Nana grabbed it so it missed.

That is the true story

Which left me the only girl,

Two stinky little brothers

Left my childhood in a whirl.

(As i've noted before, the people i call Grandma and Grandpa on my blog are my parents, my children's grandparents.  Those became their nicknames early on in the blog and i've just left it that way.  The above really happened when i was five, to my chagrin i never got the sister i wanted, and yes, i really did almost hang up the phone on Grandma when she called to tell me i had another brother because i was so upset!)


Today is:

Adonia -- Greece (women's festival mourning the death of Adonis; date approximate)

ANZAC Day -- Australia; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Tonga

Army Day -- North Korea

DNA Day -- structure of DNA first published this day in 1953; human genome project ended today in 2003; related observance

     National DNA Day -- a day for teachers, students, and everyone to learn more about genetics and genomics,  sponsored by and the Smithsonian

Duck Appreciation Society Day -- The Duck Appreciation Society (some sites say May 10; either way, go feed the ducks if you like them, but not stale white bread, it's no better for them than it is for us)

East Meets West Day -- Allies from the East and West finally met up this day in 1945 about 75 miles from Berlin

Festival of Robigalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to protect against corn blight; festival of Robiga and Rogibus, the brother and sister fertility gods)

Flag Day -- Faroe Islands; Swaziland

Hairstylist Appreciation Day -- if you have a good one, let him/her know (some sites put this on the 30th)

Hug A Plumber Day -- because when you are knee deep in it, you really need them around

Liberation Day -- Italy; Portugal

National Crayola Day -- no one claims starting this holiday, observe it with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews/kids down the street, and remember how fun it is to color pictures

National Zucchini Bread Day -- they hold this at a time when you are not yet sick of all that zucchini you grew in the garden

Parental Alienation Awareness Day -- raising awareness of Parental Alienation or Hostile Aggressive Parenting

Red Hat Society Day -- first Red Hat Tea Party held this day in 1998

Sinai Liberation Day -- Egypt

St. George's Day -- NL, Canada (obs.)

St. Mark the Evangelist's Day (Patron of attorneys/barristers/lawyers/notaries, captives, glaziers, imprisoned people/prisoners, lions, stained glass workers, struma patients; Egypt; Boretto, Italy; Creazzo, Italy; Infanta, Philippines; Ionian Islands; Pordenone, Italy; Sonnino, Italy; Venice, Italy; against impenitence, insect bites, scrofulous diseases, struma)

Tag des Baumes -- Germany (Tree Day/Arbor Day)

World Malaria Day / Malaria Awareness Day -- WHO and the International Community

World Penguin Day -- because they begin migrating on or around this day  

20-Something Service Day -- can't find who started this one, but it's a good idea, whomever it was, whether you are 20 or older to do some community service or volunteer work regularly

Anniversaries Today:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is established, ND, US, 1947

The United Negro College Fund is founded, 1944

Birthdays Today:

Jacob Underwood, 1980

Emily Bergl, 1975

Jason Lee, 1970

Renee Zellweger, 1969

Hank Azaria, 1964

Jeffrey DeMunn, 1947

Talia Shire, 1946

Stu Cook, 1945

Bjorn Ulvaeus, 1945

Al Pacino, 1940

"Meadowlark" Lemon, 1932

Paul Mazursky, 1930

Albert King, 1923

Ella Fitzgerald, 1918

Edward R. Murrow, 1908

William Joseph Brennan, Jr., 1906

John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, 1884

Guglielmo Marconi, 1874

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Little Murders"(Play), 1967

"Romulus the Great"(Play), 1949

"Another Language"(Play), 1932

"Turandot"(Opera), 1926

Robinson Crusoe(Publication date), 1719

Today in History:

Lysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the Peloponnesian War ends, BC404

German geographer and mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller publishes his Cosmographiae Introductio map in which he gives the American continents their name, 1507

Highwayman Nicholas Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine, 1792

Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom, 1829

The last survivors of the Donner Party arrive back in civilization, 1847

The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots, 1849

British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal, 1859

New York State becomes the first US state to require automobiles to be licensed, 1901

First DC Comic with Batman is published, 1939

Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations, 1945

Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid describing the double helix structure of DNA, 1953

The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping, 1959

Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit, 1961

Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per the Camp David Accords, 1982

American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war, 1983

Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit, 1983

The Hubble Telescope is deployed, 1990

The Human Genome Project comes to an end 2.5 years before first anticipated, 2003

The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia  after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937, 2005

Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union, 2005

The U.S. government 'condemns' international media outlets, including 'The New York Times' for publishing confidential files, 2011

 The United Kingdom reopens its embassy in Somalia after 22 years, 2013

A fossil unearthed in China has been identified as a new pterosaur species; named Kryptodrakon progenitor, the fossil is the first of its kind to show traits of pterodactyls, giant flying reptiles, 2014

Microsoft becomes the third US firm to be listed with a market worth of 1 trillion, after Apple and Amazon, 2019


  1. The kittens are super cute.
    I always wanted a sister. I am the youngest in the family and it didn't happen. Sigh.

  2. Aww! those kittens are adorable
    I liked your poem too

    Have a poetrytastic day 👍

  3. The kittens are so precious, and such a shame the girl has a cat allergy. The quote about brothers is really a good one to get you thinking.

  4. I always wanted a brother, preferably an older brother. Whe I did not get this i began asking for puppies or cats. No æluck Finally a baby was announced - a sister! Me angry!

  5. Good morning Mimi. Sorry about getting a brother. I hope he treated you well. Have a great day.

    Cruisin Pau

  6. Oh those kittens are so precious and cute ~ love the Mom's cute face ~ And what a great story about your childhood ~ Xo

    Wishing you laughter and love in your day,

    A SutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Aw on the kittens. So cute. Sorry about the little girl that is allergic. That had to be frightful for her and her parents.

    Love your take on the prompt. I was mad that I had a sister five years after I was born. I wanted to be the only child I guess. I threw a hissyfit too.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  8. Those wee ones are really cute and we wish them and their Mama all the best. Terrific Spark and a fun story!

  9. Awww great post- love the kittens- hope they all including their mom get adopted, love todays Spark and your story is poignant- I remember my mother having one boy after another...and finally when I was 16 I got my sister Nina! Two years later I went away to college, but she and I are close sisters! Have a lovely day!

  10. Glad the mama and babies were rescued. That was a cute poem. My niece is expecting her third and when I asked the 6 yr old if she wants a brother or another sister she said she hasn't decided yet. :) XO

  11. Those kitties are adorable. And so is the poem! I can just see that little girl slamming down the phone!

  12. Awww, they are so cute! 😻

    Visiting from


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