Monday, November 14, 2022

Dog Day Monday (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.

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The three dogs living at Grandma and Grandpa's house, Jack, Abby, and Lulu.




Yes, the house gets covered in dark fur, why do you think we sweep so often?


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.     

Click here to see the Pickle Pledge


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 Pickles (eating, or being in one).                         

My Sweetie loves pickles

all tangy and sour,

so i hand him mine,

make a pickle-y tower.

Me? i like pickles

bread-and-butter sweet

though i try to cut out sugar,

i'll snitch one as a treat!


that pickle so sour

is there for you to eat but

not to emulate


We've been in quite the pickle

with cars around this place,

to get where we are going,

"car juggling" is our pace.

There's always someone waiting

at home without a ride,

but there's a plan a brewing

we hope will turn the tide.

Our eldest son is working

on a plan to ease this sorrow,

pray his new-used Honda will

arrive on time tomorrow!


Today is:

Cartagena Independence Day -- Cartagena, Columbia

Children's Day -- India

Day of the Colombian Woman -- Colombia

Equorum Probatio -- Ancient Roman Empire (official cavalry parade of the equites)

Global Entrepreneurship Week begins  

Heir to the Throne Day -- Tuvalu (Prince of Wales birth anniversary celebration)

International Girls Day -- sponsored by Kappa Delta Sorority 

Leftover Trading Day -- internet generated; trade your leftovers for the much more interesting ones in your neighbor's fridge

Loosen up, Lighten Up Day -- to remind us of the benefits of joy and laughter, begun by Stephanie West Allen of Denver, CO, US

National Pickle Day/Pickle Appreciation Day

National Spicy Guacamole Day -- as opposed to National Guacamole Day back in September    

National Teddy Bear Day -- US (anniversary of the day in 1902 that Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a cornered and tied bear, because it was unsportsmanlike)

Operating Room Nurse Day -- US, but feel free to celebrate those dedicated nurses around the world

Readjustment Movement's Day -- Guinea-Bissau

Remembrance Day -- Cayman Islands

Spirit of NSA Day -- members of the National Speakers Association are encouraged to focus on giving back and mentoring     

St. Dubricus' Day (the saint who crowned King Arthur)

St. Lawrence O'Toole's Day (Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland)

Works Getting Into Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

World Diabetes Day -- UN (learn more about diabetes here)   

World Orphans Day -- originally an initiative of The Stars Foundation; cannot find a current sponsor, although there is a Facebook page for this day, stating April 20 is the correct date, and here is a site where you can find out more about orphans in the developing world 

Anniversaries Today:

Princess Anne of the UK marries Captain Mark Phillips, 1973

Birthdays Today:

Joseph "Run" Simmons, 1964

Laura San Giacomo, 1962

D.B. Sweeney, 1961

Condoleezza Rice, 1954

Yanni, 1954

Prince Charles, 1948

King Hussein of Jordan, 1935

McLean Stevenson, 1929

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1922

Brian Keith, 1921

Veronica Lake, 1919

Barbara Hutton, 1912

Rosemary DeCamp, 1910

Joseph McCarthy, 1909

Harrison Salisbury, 1908

William Steig, 1907

Louise Brooks, 1906

Dick Powell, 1904

Aaron Copland, 1900

Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, 1896

Jawaharlal Nehru, 1889

Claude Monet, 1840

Robert Fulton, 1765

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Black or White"(Music video), 1991

"Murphy Brown"(TV), 1988

"Good Evening"(Revue), 1973

"Der Tapfere Soldat/The Chocolate Soldier"(Operetta), 1908

"The Girl of the Golden West"(Play), 1905

Today in History:

Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca empire, 1533

Samuel Pepys reports on the first blood transfusion (between dogs), 1666

Loius Timothee is hired in Philadelphia to be the first professional librarian in the US, 1732

Captain George Vancouver is the first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay, 1792

John Mason debuts the first horse-drawn streetcar in NYC, with a route between Prince and 14th on 4th Ave., 1832

Herman Melville publishes "Moby Dick", 1851

The St. Andrews Golf Club, in Yonkers, NY, opens with 6 holes, 1888

New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days; She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours, 1889

Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light, 1908

The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship takes place in Norfolk, Virginia, 1910

The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom, 1922

The first regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express, 1952

NASA launches Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon, 1969

After German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland sign a treaty confirming the Oder-Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland, 1990

The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison, 2007

Scientists discovery the closest known rogue planet to Earth, about 100 light years away, 2012

Archaeologists announce the discovery of the remains of the ancient Greek city of Tenea near Corinth, the city supposedly founded by captives from Trojan War, 2018

An impact crater 31 km wide from an iron meteorite is identified under the Hiawatha Glacier in Greenland, 2018


  1. Thank you for this very positive take on pickles.

  2. I will have a hard time trying to identify which is Jack, Abby or Lulu. I love pickles too but not too sour or my teeth will be on edge.

  3. I like pickles. Pickled cucumbers, cabage, eggs, onions. Branston Pickles. Also Piccalilli.

    God bless.

  4. Mom doesn't like cucumbers or anything made from them, so no pickles here, but sometimes we find ourselves in a pickle! Great pickle advice you have, though.

  5. Great pickly poems! Here pickles are not eaten by all family members. Nuff said.

  6. Aww! aren't they cute :-)

    I do like pickled gherkins with fish and chips yum :-)

    Have a pickledtastic Monday 👍

  7. Labs are great dogs but you're right, twice a year you can fill a vaccuum bag twice a day with their shedding.

  8. Aww on the pups. I love pups and kitties. They bring us such joy.

    I'm working on a how to. Stand-by.

    I love your Spark and your poem. We love them too.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  9. Awww, love these pups! Also, love the pickle promise - excellent idea!! Great poem, too. I'm so blessed to have such a talented friend like you! :)

  10. Oh ~ sweet ~ 3 black doggies ~ wonderful spark and poem ~ Xo

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

  11. Cute pups. I like the pickle challenge- I had not heard of it. I like dills, not sweet. :) XO

  12. Those pups are so cute! Happy Pickle Day, we celebrated by eating quite a few. Dang good poem too!

  13. Great poems. I like pickles and should probably eat more of them since they are good for you.

  14. Fantastic job on the poems! Fantastic! You make it look SO easy!

  15. I like dill pickles and sweet gherkins too. My hubby loves the spicy pickles as does little Shea. She bites them and says " S P I C Y ! Your words are always a joy to read. Life has been so hard, I apologize for missing so many posts. THANK YOU for being here.


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