Monday, October 24, 2022

Playtime! (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!

Last week i mentioned these two Trick and Treat.  They were playing like crazy things in their cage, then one got adopted and the other was looking dejected, wondering what happened.  He was adopted about an hour later.


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 Bathtubs.                         

Bathtub with bubbles

Take time for nurturing you

Bring rubber ducky


Shower are easy

So fast and quick,

Hop in and get clean,

You're done in a lick.

Bathtubs are for

Taking your time,

Enjoying some soaking,

Warmth so sublime.

Make room for the bubbles

It's a refuge to seek,

Revive those sore muscles,

At least once a week.


When my kids were little

the best time of day

was when in the bathtub

getting clean while they play.

We'd make up silly stories

and sing silly songs,

it's one part of their childhood

for which my heart longs!


Today is:

Accounting Day -- promoting the profession of accounting and finance   

Deepawali/Deepavali/Diwali/Divali(Festival of Lights) -- Hindu; Jain; Sikh (for the next five days; local dating customs and government holidays for this Lunar New Year/Festival of Lights can vary)

     Kag Tihar/Kag Puja -- Day of the Crows (day one of the festival)

Feast of Good & Plenty (the candies)

Food Day -- US (inspiring people to change their diets and our food policies)   

Independence Day -- Zambia(1964)

International School Library Day   

Labour Day -- New Zealand

Lilith's Day -- Ancient Mesopotamian Calendar (Lilith, legendary first wife of Adam, mother of the giants; date approximate)

Maladay -- Discordianism

National Bologna Day

Peniamina Gospel Day -- Niue (celebration of the conversion of the islanders to Christianity)

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan -- Beginning of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, Hebrew Year 5783, at sundown today

Share a Pop Tart With Someone You Love Day -- internet generated, and how much do you want to bet the Kellog company may have had a hand in it?

St. Anthony Claret's Day (Patron of weavers; Catholic press; Claretians; Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

St. Crispin's Eve Celebration -- Tenby, Wales

St. Raphael the Archangel's Day (traditional date; Patron of health inspectors, druggists, happy meetings, leaving home, travelers; against blindness)

Suez Victory Day -- Egypt

Take Back Your Time Day -- Canada; U.S. (anniversary of the day in the US that the Fair Labor Standards Act went into effect, specifying a 40-hour work week as the standard, in 1938)

United Nations Day

     Disarmament Week begins

     World Development Information Day

World Origami Days -- held each year from today, the birth anniversary of Lillian Oppenheimer, founder of the first origami societies in Britain and the US, until Nov. 11, which is Origami Day in Japan

Birthdays Today:

Monica, 1980

Kevin Kline, 1947

F. Murray Abraham, 1939

Bill Wyman, 1936

David Nelson, 1936

J. P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, 1930

Y. A. Tittle, 1926

Moss Hart, 1904

Melvin Purvis, 1903

Alexandra David-Neel, 1868 (first female foreigner to explore Tibet)

Belva A. Bennett Lockwood, 1838

Sarah Joseph Hale, 1788 (author of "Mary had a little lamb")

Antony van Leeuwenhoek, 1632

Domitian, Roman Emperor, 51

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Dancing at Lughnasa"(Play), 1991

"Voices for Today"(Britten Op. 75), 1965

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"(Single release), 1908

"Zibeunerbaron/The Gypsy Baron"(Strauss Opera), 1885

The first Transcontinental Telegram is sent, 1861

Today in History:

Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated, 1260

The Treaty of Westphalia ends the 30 Years War, recognized the independence of Switzerland, and marks the end of the Holy Roman Empire, 1648

Felix Mendelssohn, age 9, performs his first public concert in Berlin, 1818

The match is patented, by A. Phillips, 1836

The first US transcontinental telegram is sent, from San Francisco to Washington, DC, ending the need for the Pony Express after only 2 years, 1861

Levi P. Morton, US ambassador to France, drives the first rivet for the Statue of Liberty, 1881

Dr. Robert Koch discovers the germ that causes tuberculosis, 1882

Anna Taylor becomes the first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901

The first NYC subway opens, 1904

Harry Houdini's last performance, 1926

The Hershey Company is incorporated, 1927

"Black Thursday", the start of the stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%, 1929

Al Capone is sentenced for tax evasion, 1931

The George Washington Bridge, connecting NY to NJ, opens, 1931

US forbids child labor in factories, 1938

The United Nations Charter is signed by the first member nations, 1945

Eisenhower pledges US support to South Vietnam, 1954

Government of Poland legalizes Solidarity trade union, 1980

Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission, 1998

The Concorde makes its last commercial flight, 2003

Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the "motive clause", an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act, 2006

"Bloody Friday" saw many of the world's stock exchanges experience the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices, 2008

The Northern Lights become visible over much of North America due to a coronal mass ejection, 2011

The E.U. plans to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent compared to 1990 levels and increase renewables to 27 percent of all energy sources, 2014

Iditarod officials confirm that some dogs in the race have been doped after they tested positive for banned substances, 2017

The remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco are removed from the mausoleum in Valley of the Fallen and reburied in private family vault in Madrid, 2019

The US West Coast experiences its strongest storm ever, with a recorded barometric pressure of 945.2mb and San Francisco's wettest ever day in October, 2021

Tom Brady becomes first quarterback in NFL history to record 600 touchdown passes, 2021


  1. I am so glad that both kittens were adopted - and love your bathtime poems.

  2. Glad the kittens are both adopted within a short time. Great bathtub poem. Happy new week.

  3. An apartment block for kittens.

    God bless.

  4. How pawsome that both kittens were adopted, but kind of sad they are no longer together.

  5. As always, I ready every word and fact. The transcontinental telegraph surprised me that t apparently ended the Pony Express. But, I can certainly see why. Just surprised me when I read it. So glad both kittens were adopted. That would have been so sad otherwise.

  6. Awww on the kitties and I'm glad they both found forever homes. Excellent news.

    Love your Spark. It's spot on.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  7. Good news that the kitties got adopted 👍 can I have that hammock lol

    I liked your poems too, have a poemtastic week 👍

  8. Awww glad they both were adopted! If it had been me I probably would have adopted both! Great bathtub poem! Cheers and have a great week!

  9. Great photos of the adorable kitties and so happy they found forever homes ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. I'm glad both of those two sweeties found their forever homes. That's a nice Spark and terrific bubbly poems.

  11. I am glad they both found homes. I wish they could have stayed together though. Excellent poem and spark. XO

  12. I'm glad the second kitty got adopted quickly. I miss having a bathtub.

  13. I haven't actually soaked in the bathtub in forever. That sounds really nice. I miss my parents' old foot & claw bathtub. I would soak in that thing after long hours spent outdoors playing as a kid and frequently falling asleep. It's a wonder I didn't drown myself. God had His angels watching over me.


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