Monday, August 22, 2022

Snuggle Buddies (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!

Doing a head count in a room at the shelter, i had to look for these two.


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 Be an Angel Day.                         

You don't have to give away millions,

or go too far out of your way,

to be someone's special angel,

on any plain, ordinary day.

Maybe you're sitting in traffic,

you see someone needs to get in,

you pause just a moment and let them,

waving them in with a grin.

Perhaps someone's looking pensive,

like they've carried a burden for miles,

do them a bit of kindness,

and give them a great big smile.

You know someone's facing a challenge,

with a path that's not really clear,

you can help at least a little

by lending a listening ear.

Handing a stranger a quarter

when they're short at the corner store,

bring a meal to a sick neighbor,

you can probably think of lots more.

It's often the things that are little,

when you think you have little to give,

that makes this life more pleasant,

or makes a life easier to live.


Today is:

America's Cup Day -- the first America's Cup was won this date in 1851 by the yacht America

Be an Angel Day -- Sponsored by Angel Heights Healing Center, encouraging people to be a blessing and perform an act of service for someone

Eat a Peach Day

Feast of the Queenship of Mary & Immaculate Heart of Mary -- Catholic Christians

Flag Day -- Russia

Hoodie Hoo Day, Southern Hemisphere -- Wellcat Holidays says to go outside at noon and call "Hoodie Hoo" to chase away winter and call spring

National Spumoni Day (I don't think I've had really great spumoni since I went to Italy all those years ago -- nothing like getting things at the source.)

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day -- US (started by a vet who declared today a cat's only day for his practice, so his feline patients wouldn't be upset by any dogs in the place; now many vets will only schedule cats on a particular day)

Rumpleskunkskin's Wedding Anniversary -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin celebration)

St. Symphorian's Day (Patron of children, students; Autun, France; against eye problems, syphilis)

Anniversary Today:

Henry Leland founds the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Wiig, 1973

Giada De Laurentiis, 1970

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 1967

Tori Amos, 1963

Cindy Williams, 1947

Steve Kroft, 1945

Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells, 1941

Valerie Harper, 1940

Carl Yastrzemski, 1939

E. Annie Proulx, 1935

Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934

Gerald Paul Carr, 1932

Ray Bradbury, 1920

John Lee Hooker, 1917

Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908

Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl, 1902

George Herriman, 1880

Dorothy Parker, 1893

Claude Debussy, 1862

Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1836

Samuel Pierpont Langley, 1834

Virginia Clemm Poe, 1822

St. Anthony of Padua, 1195

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Later with Bob Costas"(TV), 1988

Today in History:

St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, 565

The Battle of Bosworth Field, in which King Richard III is killed and his forces defeated by Henry VII, 1485

Madras, India (now called Chennai) is founded by the British East India company on land purchased from the local Nayak rulers, 1639

Jacob Barsimon, the first Jewish immigrant to what would become US territory, arrives in New Amsterdam/Manhattan, 1654

The Newport, RI newspaper, Mercury, becomes the first in the US to hire a female editor, Ann Franklin, 1762

Austria laundches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice, thus staging the first air raid in history, 1849

Gold discovered in Australia, 1851

12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention and the Red Cross is formed, 1864

William Shepphard patents the first liquid soap, 1885

Founding of the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902

President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile, 1902

The first Victor Victrola is manufactured, 1906

The Mona Lisa is stolen, 1911 (recovered 2 years later)

Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis, 1950

Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, Colombia, becoming the first pope to visit Latin America, 1968

Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies, 1972

The first ring of Neptune is discovered, 1989

A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway, 2004

The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day, 2007

Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization, 2012

India's highest court outlaws instant divorce for Muslim men (talaq, talaq, talaq), 2017

Russia launches Fedor, a life-sized humanoid robot, into space to the International Space Station, 2019

According to the French government, Josephine Baker will be the first black woman to be interred in the Panthéon in Paris, 2021


  1. Those cats look happy enough. Thank you for all your hard work.

    God bless.

  2. Both kitties are feeling comfortable and snug close to each other. Lovely nice suggestions. These little things doesn't costs much in making this world a better and nicer place for the other person.

  3. How sweet those kittens have each other to be with. Happy Monday!

  4. Aww! what a good capture heheh!

    Have a snuggletastic day 👍

  5. Those two kitties could carry less about the head count. They just want to be left a long to cat nap. :D I like your poem and it's so true, it's the little things that you do for another that makes a huge difference in a person's day. Have a boogietastic week, my dear!

  6. I love the poem Mimi. Life is so important though small at time with our help. Thanks my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Awww, they look so cozy hidden away like that. And yes, an inspiring quotation. Thank you.

  8. Aw on the kitties. They can hide very well. I so remember.

    Love your Spark. So true and your poem rocks. I've done all these things and some have done them for me. It makes ones day.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. awww love your poem- it is so true- and your Spark reminds me of you- always helping others! xoxox

  10. Oh so adorable kitties ~ great hiding and sweet position ~ Yin and Yang ~ Great spark! Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Such cuties. Great poem and spark. I like to give coupons to people in stores. Most of the time they are thankful. once in a while they look scared. :)

  12. Those two cuties are sure snugged in there. That was a good Spark and a wonderful poem.

  13. The kitties are so well snuggled you might have missed the black one if he didn't lift his head.

  14. The ying and yang of cathood! LOVE the poem! Perfect!


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