Monday, June 6, 2022

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


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!

We had #2 Son's dog, Jock, over the weekend.

under Grandma's bed


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 Yo-yos.                         

Life can get a little crazy

life can get a little wild,

run along just fine on one day

next day act like a spoiled child

Life can go up like a rocket

and then come down like a stick

everything is great for now

and then so bad it makes you sick

Life can be just like a yo-yo

in going up and coming down

you laugh and smile on one day

and the next will make you frown

Just remember there are people

going up and down with you

they stick around through good and bad

and everything you do

Hang on to those people

in the good and in the strife

and always try to savor

all the yo-yos in your life!


Today is:

Birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong -- Malaysia (in this elective monarchy, the current king's birthday is celebrated on the first Monday in June, regardless of his actual birth date, although it is moved if it will intersect with Ramadan)

Bonza Bottler Day™

Children's Day -- North Korea

D-Day -- 78th Anniversary

Drive-In Movie Day*

Emancipation Day -- Tonga (obs.)

Helicopter Day -- the first one was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936

Hyun Choong Il -- South Korea (Memorial Day)

Judgement Day -- Fairy Calendar (Petal Hats)

June Bank Holiday -- Ireland

National Applesauce Cake Day

Nationaldagen -- Sweden (National Day)

National Gardening Exercise Day -- because gardening is good for the body and soul

National Huntington's Disease Awareness Day -- US

National Yo-Yo Day -- Donald F. Duncan, Sr.'s, birth anniversary; go get out your old Duncan and see if you still remember how to go around the world (but not near Great Aunt Mabel's antique lamp she left you, please)

Queen's Birthday -- Cayman Islands; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; New Zealand; Niue

Russian Language Day -- UN

Shavuot -- Judaism (Feast of Weeks, through sundown)

Sovereign's Birthday -- Cook Islands

St. Norbert of Xanten's Day (Patron of peace; Bohemia; Madgeburg, Germany; against birth complications)

Teachers' Day -- Bolivia

Western Australia Day -- Western Australia (formerly called Foundation Day)

Whit Monday/Pentecost Monday

     Dicing for Bibles -- All Saints Church, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England (a ceremony dating back to a bequest in 1675 that provides Bibles for poor children of the parish; they play a dice game, in which they try to win one of the 6 Bibles provided)

Birthdays Today:

Staci Keanan, 1975

Max Casella, 1967

Paul Giamatti, 1967

Ena, 1966

Amanda Pays, 1959

Bjorn Borg, 1956

Kenny G, 1956

Sandra Bernhard, 1955

Harvey Fierstein, 1954

Harvey Fierstein, 1952

Robert Englund, 1947

Gary U.S. Bonds, 1939

Marian Wright Edelman, 1939

Billy Whitelaw, 1932

Thomas Mann, 1875

Robert Falcon Scott, 1868

Alexander Pushkin, 1799

Nathan Hale, 1755

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"20/20"(TV), 1978

"Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust"(Album release), 1972

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"(Song release), 1965

Today in History:

Twenty-four wagonloads of Talmudic books are burned in Paris, 1242

The Qing Dynasty Manchu forces led by the Shunzhi Emperor capture Beijing during the collapse of the Ming Dynasty; the Manchus would rule China until 1912 when the Republic of China is established, 1644

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world's first university  museum, 1683

A devastating fire destroys one-third of Moscow, including 18,000 homes, 1752

Napoleon's brother, Joseph Bonaparte is crowned King of Spain, 1808

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) is founded in London, 1844

More than 100,000 inhabitants of Bombay are killed as a cyclone in the Arabian Sea pushes huge waves into the harbour, 1882

The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins, the second largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, 1912

The Chrysler Corporation  is founded by Walter Percy Chrysler, 1925

*The first drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States, 1933

A new Instrument of Government is promulgated making Sweden a parliamentary monarchy, 1974

Mongolia  holds its first direct presidential elections, 1993

A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 meters diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya with an estimated force slightly greater than the Nagasaki nuclear bomb, 2002

Tamil is established as a Classical Language in India, 2004

In east London, archeologists find remains of the Curtain Theatre, which opened in 1577 and was where some of Shakespeare's plays were performed, 2012

A solar plane, called The Solar Impulse, lands in Morocco after completing the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the Sun, 2012

LeBron James eclipses Michael Jordan's record (109) for most 30-point games in NBA playoff history in Cleveland's Game 3 Finals loss to Golden State, 2018

A Frenchman is announced to have won France's €1 million My Lottery for the second time in 2 years, with odds of 1 in 16 trillion, 2018

New York City’s police commissioner James O’Neill apologizes for his department's actions during the 1969 raid on the Stonewall Inn, on this 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, 2019


  1. I really, really like your yo-yo poem.
    Jock is a sweetie too.

  2. Jock is a cutie. I think my yo-yo days are behind me, I'm pretty much even-keeling now.

  3. What a cutie Jock is heheh!

    Good quote too

    Have a yoyotastic Monday 👍

  4. Jock looks adorable and we think you had a great time with him. Life is all about riding the waves, sometimes they are high, sometimes they are low, but you have to handle them all.

  5. Beautiful poem. I'm still on the yo-yo team, sometimes even from hour to hour. Thanks for this description.

  6. Thank you for the reminder. Several years ago I lost a good friend to Hunnington's disease. Similar to ALS it takes a terrible tole on the victim and the family. Have a blessed week.

  7. Your poem is thoughtful, true, and relatable. It's truly the people who take the up and down ride with me, who are all that keeps me going sometimes.

  8. Mimi, your poem is so true. My neighbors ( good friends ) have helped me so much since I moved over here. Life is a yo yo. I know that.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. Jock is most handsome. I know how much joy they bring.

    Love your Spark, but your poem is the best. I'm glad you're one of my yo-yos.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  10. Oh Jock you are so adorable ~ sweet photos of you ~ Xo and great spark too ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Jock is a cute pup. Nice spark and poem. XO

  12. What a cute little pup! Ohmyword, life IS like a yo-yo, isn't it! Great poem!!!

  13. Awww, Jock is a sweetie! That was a great Spark and a purrfect poem too!


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