Monday, October 31, 2022

Yin and Yang Kitties (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!

Dansig the Round and Link Linker the Stinker are brothers from another mother.


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 Halloween or Knock-Knock Jokes.                         

The ghosties and ghoulies are out in force,

accompanied by long legged beasties, of course.

Mamas push strollers and Daddies pull wagons

or the littles climb out to walk 'til they're draggin'.

Whole families in costumes that match come by,

the young ones searching for the sugar high.

Some parents stay home to hand candy out

sending teens to bring the younger about.

Those teens look on so longingly

i have to share with them, you see!

We see superheroes or monsters so scary,

this night is never just ordinary.

Answer the door and join all the fun,

May Halloween have another great run!


I'ma tell a knock-knock joke,

get us in a flutter,

knock-knock / who's there? / peas / peas who?

Peas pass the butter!

I'ma tell a knock-knock joke,

keep us outta our ruts,

knock-knock / who's there? / cash / cash who?

No cashews, I like peanuts!

I'ma tell a knock-knock joke,

a funny one for you,

knock-knock / who's there? / cows go / cows go who?

No they don't, silly, cows go moo!

I'ma tell a knock/knock joke,

you'll get this one all right,

knock-knock / who's there? / Watson / Watson who?

Watson the TV tonight?

I'ma tell a knock-knock joke,

'cause i got plenty more,

knock-knock / who's there? / aisle / aisle who?

Aisle give a candy if you open the door!

I'ma tell a knock-knock joke,

only this season to be seen,

knock-knock / who's there? / Gladys / Gladys who?

So Gladys Halloween!

I'ma tell a knock-knock joke,

and you will be in clover,

knock-knock / who's there? / Lettuce / Lettuce who?

Lettuce say knock-knock time is over!


Today is:

Admission Day -- Nevada, US

Allantide -- Cornwall, England

All Hallows Eve -- Christian

Apple and Candle Night -- Wales

Books for Treats Day -- San Jose, CA, US (give gently used books to kids, not candy -- feed their brains, not their cavities!)

Chiang Kai-Shek Day -- Taiwan

Day of the Seven Billion -- day in 2011 the UN declared the world population to have reached 7,000,000,000

Dia de las Iglesias Evangelicas y Protestantes -- Chile (Day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches/Reformation Day)

Dias de los Muertos -- Mexico, esp. Michoacan and Oaxaca (through Nov. 2; ceremonies, sand sculptures, decorated altars, and parties through the nights in the cemeteries)

Dookie Apple Night -- Newcastle, England

Duck Apple Night -- Liverpool, England

Feast of Sekhmet Bast Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Inner Worlds -- Pagan (fight between the old and new year)

Founder's Day -- Girl Scouts of the USA (Juliette Gordon Low's birth anniversary)

Ghostwriter's Day

Hallowe'en or Beggar's Night

Increase Your Psychic Powers Day -- originated in England in the 19th century, some celebrated on the 30th

Marlborough Provincial Anniversary Day -- Marlborough, New Zealand

     (goes back to Nov. next year?)

Martyr's Day -- Burkina Faso

National Candy/Caramel Apple Day

National Knock-Knock Joke Day

     Knock, Knock

     Who's There?


     Police who?

     Police stop telling knock-knock jokes!

National Magic Day -- Society of American Magicians (in honor of Harry Houdini, who died on this day in 1926, and who was president of the SoAM)

National UNICEF Day

Nut-Crack Night -- England; Scotland

October Bank Holiday -- Ireland

Old Celtic New Year's Eve

Out of the Broom Closet Day -- Pagan, Heathen, and all earth-based and ethnic religions

Pushkar Camel Fair -- Pushkar, India (for the camels, racing, fancy dress, changing owners, taking tourists on rides, and the chance to liven up this usually quiet town, and for the people, singing, dancing, exotic food, and watching the camels, as well as religious rituals at the time of the full moon; through Nov. 8)

Reformation Day -- Protestant Christian (trad.)

     Official Holiday -- Germany; Slovenia

Samhain (northern hemisphere) / Beltane (southern hemisphere) -- Druids, Gaels, Welsh peoples, Neopagans, Wiccans (begins at sunset)

Scare a Friend Day -- just not so much that s/he isn't a friend any more

Senior Absurdity Day -- Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY, US (a day the kids look forward to each year)

Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day

St. Quentin's Day (Patron against coughs)

St. Wolfgang of Ratisbon's Day (Patron of apoplexics, carpenters, paralysed people, stroke victims; Regensburg, Germany; against apoplexy, paralysis, stomach diseases, strokes)

Thump-the-Door Night -- Isle of Mann

Trick or Treat Night

Vetmaetr -- Norse Calendar (Winter Nights; beginning of winter, the New Year, and the start of Odin leading the Wild Hunt)

Youth Honor Day -- Iowa, US

Anniversaries Today:

Mt. Rushmore is completed, 1941

Nevada becomes the 36th US State, 1864

Birthdays Today:

Robert "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle, 1967

Adam Horovitz, 1966

Dermot Mulroney, 1963

Rob Schneider, 1963

Peter Jackson, 1961

Larry Mullen, Jr., 1961

John Candy, 1950

Jane Pauley, 1950

Deidre Hall, 1947

Stephen Rea, 1943

David Ogden Stiers, 1942

Ron Rifkin, 1939

Michael Landon, 1936

Dan Rather, 1931

Michael Collins, 1930

Barbara Bel Geddes, 1922

Dale Evans, 1912

Ethel Waters, 1896

Chaing Kai-shek, 1887

Juliette Gordon Low, 1860

John Keats, 1795

William Paca, 1740

Jan Vermeer, 1632

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Car Talk"(Radio), 1987 (national debut, ten years after their start as a local show in Boston)

"Jamaica"(Musical), 1957

"Capricio Espagnol"(Rimsky-Korsakov Op. 34), 1887

"Tamerlano"(Handel opera, HWV 18), 1724

Today in History:

Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites after their return to Jerusalem from exile, BC445

First All Hallows Eve observed to honor all the saints, 834

Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door, marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, 1517

Georg Ludwig van Hannover is crowned as the English King George I, 1714

Execution of Girondins at Paris during the Reign of Terror, 1793

Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents the miner's safety lamp, 1815

A standard uniform is approved for US Postal workers, 1868

A tropical cyclone hits Bengal, about 200,000 die, 1876

John Boyd Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tire, 1888

Arthur Conan Doyle publishes "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", 1892

Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States, 1913

The Battle of Beersheba of WWI marks the last successful cavalry charge in history, 1917

The first of 160 consecutive days of 100°F + temps at Marble Bar, Australia, 1923

World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress, 1924

Mt. Rushmore sculptures are completed, 1941

The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal, 1956

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards, 1984

EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board, 1999

Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted, 1999

Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station, which has been continually crewed since, 2000

Surfer Bethany Hamilton loses her left arm and 3 liters of blood in a tiger shark attack; within a month she would be back on her board, and competing again within the year, 2003

The NYSE reopens after its first weather related shut down since the late 19th century; the two-day closure was due to Hurricane Sandy, 2012

In a landmark verdict, the Pakistani Supreme Court acquits a Christian woman of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed after she has spent eight years on death row, 2018

A fire destroys most of the historic Shuri Castle, once seat of the Ryukyu Kingdom, on the island of Okinawa, Japan, 2019


  1. Your Halloween reminder is spot on. Thanks for all the smiles (and a couple of groans).

  2. Their photo made me smile heheh!

    I agree with that Halloween reminder too 👍

    Have a Halloweentastic day 🎃🎃🎃🎃

  3. Knock Knock ... Who's there? Have you forgotten me already, Mimi?

    God bless.

  4. Love your poem,it is really good. Happy Howloween!

  5. A great post from bginning to end!

    Knock knock / who's there?/ thank / thank who?
    My pleasure.

  6. Sweet kitties ~ so cozy ~ and fun poem and great 'spark' ~ Xo

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

  7. A huge awww all the way around.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  8. Hi! Finally! I feel like I'm coming up for air. Your kitties? Awesome! So cute and cuddly looking. My kids love knock knocks. Thank you. They thank you for them. I will unthank you soon when they tell them to me twenty times! ;-)

  9. The kitties are so cute an that is a wonderful Spark. Good story and knock-knock jokes! Happy Halloween from the ghosts and goblins at Brian's Home!

  10. Cute poem and jokes. I agree about teens going trick or treating. Dansig and Link are adorable. Happy Halloween! XO

  11. Love the knock-knock jokes. I only know one.


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