Monday, July 18, 2022

Mr. Cal (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!

Hey, Mr. Cal!

You're on the couch!

Are you supposed to be on the pillow?

I guess that means yes!


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 Ice Cream.  As with scoops of ice cream, i could not stop at just one, and the 3rd poem is a happy memory of when my children were young.                         

ice cream just divine

why do you leave mouth happy

and tummy so fat


Don't give me that thin ice milk,

your sherbet or sorbet,

if I am going to thus indulge

there is only one way,

Because there is no substitute

for the substance of which we dream,

go ahead, get the real deal,

the one and only ice cream!


The best time of the week was

late Sunday afternoon,

as kids would come a running

when they heard that happy tune.

They loved to gather quickly

all around that colorful van,

and get their sweet delights from

Mr. Curt, the Ice Cream Man!


Today is:

Anti-Bigot Day -- doesn't seem to be sponsored by any particular group, which is good on a day to practice tolerance of all

Birthday of Don Luis Muñoz Rivera / Muñoz-Rivera Day -- Puerto Rico (obs.)

Constitution Day -- Uruguay

Eid-e-Ghadir -- Iran

Global Hug Your Kids Day -- the person who started this no longer has a website or Facebook page, but the date is still noted on many holiday listing websites

La Guelaguetza a/k/a Los Lunes del Cerro -- Oaxaca, Mexico (folk dance, music and costumes, an extension of the celebrations of the Lady of Carmel, which used to be the feast of Xilonen, goddess of tender corn; now celebrated on two consecutive Mondays)

Lunch of the Forward Goblins -- Fairy Calendar (not surprisingly, attended by Fairies only)

Mandela Day -- UN

National Caviar Day -- no one knows how it started, but even The Russian Tea Room in New York has celebrated it for years and caviar importers know all about it; pair it with ice cold vodka or a Burgundian pinot or unoaked chardonnay, but never with champagne!

National Get Out of the Doghouse Day -- the day to work out any troubles with people you care about, so that you "get out of the doghouse"

President's Day -- Botswana

St. Theneva's Day (Patron of Glasgow, Scotland)

Umi No Hi -- Japan (Ocean Day / Marine Day)

Vitulatio -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Vitula, goddess of exultation, joy, and life, is given the first fruits of the earth)

Wienermobile Day -- celebrating the creation, in 1936, of the now iconic vehicle by Oscar Mayer's nephew Carl

World Listening Day -- World Listening Project (this year's theme is "Listening Across Boundaries") 

Anniversary Today:

Timothy Verner Taylor marries The Lady Helen Windsor, 1992

Bobby Brown marries Whitney Houston, 1992

Birthdays Today

Chace Crawford, 1985

Priyanka Chopra, 1982

Kristin Bell, 1980

Vin Diesel, 1967

Elizabeth McGovern, 1961

Ricky Skaggs, 1954

Richard Branson, 1950

Steve Forbes, 1947

James Brolin, 1941

Martha Reeves, 1941

Joe Torre, 1940

Dion DiMucci, 1939

Paul Verhoeven, 1938

Hunter S. Thompson, 1937

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 1932

Dick Button, 1929

Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 1929

John Glenn, 1921

Nelson Mandela, 1918

Harriet Nelson, 1914

Richard "Red" Skelton, 1913

Hume Cronyn, 1911

Clifford Odets, 1906

Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, 1906

George "Machine Gun" Kelly, 1895

Charles E. "Chick" Evans, Jr., 1890

Vidkun Quisling, 1887

Margaret "Unsinkable Molly" Brown, 1867

William Makepeace Thackeray, 1811

Gilbert White, 1720

Robert Hooke, 1635

Today in History

A Roman army is defeated by raiding Gauls, leading to the subsequent sacking of Rome, BC390

The Great Fire of Rome begins in the merchant area of the city, 64

King Edward I of England issues the Edict of Expulsion, banishing all Jews (numbering about 16,000) from England; this was Tisha B'Av on the Hebrew calendar, a day that commemorates many Jewish calamities, 1290

Matthew Flinders leaves England to circumnavigate and map Australia; it was he who gave the continent its name, 1801

The First Vatican Council decrees the dogma of papal infallibility, 1870

Britain introduced voting by secret ballot, 1872

Marie and Pierre Curie announce the discovery of a new element and propose to call it polonium, 1898

Adoph Hitler publishes Mein Kampf, 1925

The Intel Corporation is founded in Santa Clara, California, 1968

Nadia Comaneci became the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics  at the 1976 Summer Olympics, 1976

Beverly Lynn Burns becomes first female Boeing 747 airline captain, 1984

On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufriere Hills volcano erupts; over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee, 1995

Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Quebec's costliest natural disasters ever, 1996

Phoenix, AZ, US, is hit by a dust storm of the kind known as a "haboob", 2011

King Jong-un, son of King Jong-il, is announced the official Supreme Leader of North Korea, 2012

The 'immediate and severe' fiscal emergency declared by the U.S. city San Bernardino, California, allows it to declare bankruptcy without negotiating with creditors, 2012

Investigators on the case of the October 2012 Kunsthal gallery theft of paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Monet, discover paint, canvas and nails in the oven of a woman whose son has been charged with the crime, 2013

Detroit, Michigan files the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, 2013

PayPal is spun off from eBay as a separate publicly traded company on the NASDAQ, 2015

Google is fined a record $5.1 billion by the EU for abusing its power in the mobile phone market, 2018

The Hawai'i National Guard confirms that the current eruption of Kilauea volcano has destroyed 700 homes and added 700 acres to the size of the Big Island, 2018 

According to The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, June 2019 was the hottest June on record with average worldwide temperature of 61.6F (16.4C), 2019


  1. Definitely an awww moment. I love your poems but also love sorbet. Probably more than ice cream.

  2. Aww! that is a yes then heheh!

    I like a nice Cornetto ...slurp!

    Have an icecreamtastic day 👍

  3. Mimi,

    I betcha Mr. Carl isn't supposed to be on the sofa, right? lol When I was kid we didn't have an ice cream to scamper off to but I do remember how we'd go to the small grocery store on those hot days for our favorite ice cream treat on a stick. I'm with you on doing it right. I love the full body flavor of high quality ice cream! Mmmm, now I want ice cream!! DH's birthday is this coming weekend so we'll definitely have some with his cake. :)

  4. The pup finds the pillow super comfy I guess! We have a weird ice cream truck around here. It often play Christmas music as it drives around.

  5. Love the poetry theme. I don't think I have met an ice cream flavor that I don't like. Chocolate is my favorite, but sea salt caramel is high on my list as well as butter pecan, cookies and cream, German chocolate cake, and rocky road. Have a blessed week. I gotta go buy some ice cream!

  6. Aw on that cute pup. They go where they go to nap and if we're smart we let them.

    Oh the ice cream. Of all the desserts out there ice cream is my favorite. You made me smile.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

  7. I love butterscotch ice cream but I have to be careful of how much I eat. LOL Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. Mr. Cal is a cutie. Great spark and poem. I love ice cream. :) XO

  9. Oh Cal ~ you are a cutie and look very comfy ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Cal is one sweet pup! That's a nice Spark and a yummy poem too!

  11. Mr Cal is cute. I'm not supposed to eat ice cream, so I slowly work my way through ONE 2 litre tub PER SUMMER, instead of the TWO tubs per WEEK I used to eat.

  12. Mr. Cal...ahem! Great, great poems! Three scoops. The perfect serving!


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