Monday, December 26, 2022

Sweetness (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!

Sweet littles at the shelter.


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 Candy Canes.                


Christmas sees plenty of sweetness,

All sorts of desserts entertain,

Our tastebuds delight but there's nothing

Quite matching a good Candy Cane.

The minis tucked in purse or pocket

Are enjoyed while on the go,

Bigger ones decorate the tree,

Just hang up, no need for a bow.

They come in many flavors,

From fruit to bubble gum,

I have to admit my favorites are

Butterscotch and Butter Rum.

Now Christmas Day is finished

So saunter to a place of retail

And grab a last few to savor

'Cause today they go on sale!


Today is:

Awful Tie Day -- internet generated, go to the office and compare who got the worst tie as a gift

Blessing of the Wine -- Greiveldange, Luxembourg (winemakers parade to the church to have a barrel of wine blessed)

Boxing Day -- day on which boxes of goodies are given to the less fortunate or public servants, and sometimes servants and masters traded places for the day

Coffee Percolator Day -- patented by James Mason on this day in 1865

Day of Goodwill -- Namibia; South Africa

Day of Our Theotokos /  Synaxis of the Most Holy Mother of God -- Byzantine/Eastern Orthodox Christian

Family Day -- Namibia; Vanuatu

Independence and Unity Day -- Slovenia(1990)

J'Ouvert -- Saint Kitts and Nevis (carneval-style street party for Boxing Day)

Junkanoo (Junkanoo Jonkanoo, Jankunu, John Canoe or Johnkankus) -- Carribean Islands, also on New Year's Day (A special music and dance, mime and symbol that is an early traditional dance form of African descent.)

Kwanzaa, Day 1, Umoja (Unity)

Mauro Hamza Day -- Houston, TX, US (United States Fencing Association Foil Director)

Mummer's Day -- Padstow, Cornwall

National Candy Cane Day

National Thank-you Note Day

National Whiner's Day™ -- a day to encourage people to be happy with what they have; the previous year's worst whiners are announced (you don't want to be one!)

Proclamation Day -- South Australia (day South Australia was established as a Province in 1836 by royal Proclamation)

Recyclable Packaging Day -- started by someone who wants to remind us to gather up the reusable bags, boxes, etc., left from the holiday, and recycle the rest

Second Day of Christmas

Sports Days -- Falkland Islands (through the 28th, with the Boxing Day race at Stanley being the most famous part of the celebration)

St. James the Just's Day -- Orthodox Christian

St. Stephen's Day (Patron of casket makers, deacons, horses, masons, stone masons; Patron of over 80 cities throughout Italy; Kessel, Germany; Metz, France; Owensboro, KY; Toulouse, France; against headaches)

     Public Holiday in Alsace, France; Andorra; Austria; Catalonia; Croatia; Czech Republic; Germany; Holy See; Hong Kong; Ireland; Italy; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Poland; San Marino; Slovakia; Spain (regional); Switzerland (regional)

     Celebrated as Father's Day -- Bulgaria

     Day of the Wren -- Ireland; Isle of Mann (costumed mayhem)

Tehuantepec Festivities -- Oaxaca, Mexico

Thanksgiving Day -- Solomon Islands

Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian

Anniversary Today:

Rodney Dangerfield weds Joan Child, 1993

Establishment of Shenandoah National Park, VA, US, 1935

Birthdays Today:

Chris Daughtry, 1979

Jared Leto, 1971

Lars Ulrich, 1963

David Sedaris, 1956

Ozzie Smith, 1954

Carlton Fisk, 1947

John Walsh, 1945

Phil Spector, 1940

Alan King, 1927

Steve Allen, 1921

Richard Widmark, 1914

Mao Tse-tung, 1893

Henry Miller, 1891

Charles Babbage, 1791

Laurent Clerc, 1785

Juan Lovera, 1778

Thomas Nelson, 1738

Thomas Gray, 1716

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Do re mi"(Musical), 1960

"The Glass Menagerie"(Play), 1944

"Of Thee I Sing"(Musical), 1931

Judy Garland, as Baby Frances, makes her stage debut at age 2 1/2, singing Jingle Bells on the vaudeville stage, 1924

"Tragic Overture"(Brahms' Op. 81), 1880

Today in History:

Columbus founds the first Spanish settlement in the New World by leaving behind 36 men in what is now Haiti, 1492

The final trial of Louis XVI of France begins, 1792

A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable, 1811

The Erie Canal opens, 1825

Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate for the first time, on their lost opera, Thespis. It does modestly well, but the two would not collaborate again for four years, 1871

King Mwanga of Uganda signs a contract with the East Africa Company, 1890

Marie and Pierre Curie announce the isolation of radium, 1898

FM radio is patented, 1933

Time Magazine's Man of the Year is for the first time a non-human, the personal computer, 1982

The Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the USSR, 1991

A 9.3 magnitude earthquake creates a tsunami causing devastation in Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and many other areas around the rim of the Indian Ocean, killing over 250,000 people, 2004

Brazil overtakes the United Kingdom as the world's sixth largest economy, 2011

China opens the world’s longest high-speed rail route, from Beijing to Guangzhou, 2012

After a journey of 54 days, American Colin O'Brady is the first person to cross Antarctica solo and unassisted, 2018
An annular solar eclipse is visible from South and Southeast Asia, 2019


  1. Love the kittens. I have never warmed to candy canes. Which is probably just as well given my already very sweet tooth.

  2. Cute kittens. I find candy canes too sweet for my liking. Great candy cane poem.

  3. Kittens are always so precious. Love the candy cane sparks too.

  4. I do hope all the kittens find homes this holiday season.

  5. Nice poem. I only meet candy cane in thje peppermint variety, and love them. I really am impressed by your poeming skills and tenacity in blogging!

  6. Awww on the precious kitties. I hope they all find a forever home.

    Love the poem. I've not had any candy canes this year. I don't do sweets very often anymore.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Love and hugs, my friend. ♥

  7. Aww ~ sweet kitties and soon they will have forever homes ~ fun Spark ~ Xo

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

  8. I so love your wonderful kittens, dearest Mimi!
    With sincere thankfulness for hosting,
    I hope you had a blessed Christmas
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  9. I hope those wee ones get to go home soon. That was a good Spark and a cute poem too.

  10. Adorable kittens. Great candy cane sparks and poem. I never had a butterscotch one, but now I want one. :) XO

  11. The Kittens are too cute and I want to be a candy cane! Our human Bro says that inside of that T-rex suit was really hot! He delivered Candy Canes to all the neighbors before he shovelled the side walk! Purrs Marv

  12. The kittens are adorable and I hope they are all adopted soon.
    Here in Australia, some despicable person left seven kittens in a closed suitcase by a dumpster. They were rescued and found to be three, only three weeks old and four, about ten weeks old. The tiny ones are being dripper fed by an RSPCA person at her own home for round the clock monitoring, and the older ones are at the shelter doing well. Given our soaring temperatures, they were lucky to be found in time.

  13. I hope those kitties find a new home soon. That would be a great way to start 2023 off! I got tickled with your candy cane meme. :D Here's to another year of fun filled friendship!

  14. Awesome kitties- I love all of them! Your poem had me laughing out loud at the last line- reason being is yesterday the day after Christmas I went to the store thinking everyone else would be home, BUT no! They were all at the store filing shopping carts of Christmas stuff for next year! The aisles were filled to capacity! And all I wanted was to get more bird food and squirrel food!
    Happy New Year!


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