Monday, January 30, 2023

Puppy Party! (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!

Walking Mr. Cal can be an adventure if we meet up with some of his doggy pals from the neighborhood, out walking when we are.  There was a "party in the street" as these 4 met up and had a bit of fun.


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 Time.          


No matter how you slice and dice,

you never get the same time twice!


#2 Son and fiancée,

when walking their dog, Jock,

would stay out quite a while,

and she'd want to take stock.

She'd want to know the time

but not have to pull a phone out,

and #2 Son had a watch,

quite rare now, without doubt.

She'd ask him what the time was,

he's answer without remorse,

"Time for you to get a watch!"

then grinningly he'd tell her, of course.

These youngsters do love phones,

and like to keep up with the new,

with a family plan it's complex,

here's what we have to do.

The child in question and i meet

over at the phone store,

since they pay and we get a visit,

it never is a chore.

#2 Son has a job which

pays him very well,

he wanted the latest and greatest

and was excited, i could tell.

The gentleman who waited

upon us for that day,

was good at his "upsell"

and took the time to say,

"If you're looking for a bargain,

and I see a watch on you,

for only a tiny bit extra,

you can get the Apple Watch, too!"

I saw Son's eyes light with pleasure,

for what child of the tech generations

doesn't want all the gizmos and bling

and can resist such fun temptations?

He got the best new phone

which payment he could afford,

he also got the watch,

and because there's no need to hoard,

He promptly handed his old watch

to his sweetheart who next to him sat.

She put it on with alacrity

and grinned like a Cheshire Cat!

Then with eyes of mischief,

he said to her with glee,

"What time is it?" and she grinned,

"Time for you to get a watch like me!"

(Yes, true story.)


Today is:

Auckland Province Anniversary -- Auckland, New Zealand

Cash Register Day -- James Ritty and John Birch were granted a patent on this day in 1883 for an early mechanical cash register

Congressional Brawl Day -- marking the first ever all out brawl in the US Congress in 1798

Draw A Dinosaur Day -- and post it to the website   

Feast of King Charles the Martyr -- Anglican

Fred Korematsu Day -- US (honoring the civil rights activist who protested the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII) 

Inane Answering Message Day -- the day to change those annoying messages, sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

King's Birthday -- Jordan

Martyrs' Day -- India (assassination anniversary of Gandhi)

National Croissant Day

Nelson Provincial Anniversary Day -- Nelson, New Zealand

Pax -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival of Peace)

Puce and Ochre Day -- Fairy Calendar

School Day of Nonviolence and Peace -- sponsored by DENIP

St. Aldegund's Day (Patron of cancer patients; against cancer, childhood diseases, sudden death, wounds)

St. Bathilde's Day (Patron of children, sick people, widows; against bodily ills and sickness)

St. Martina of Rome's Day (Patron of nursing mothers; Rome, Italy)

Three Archbishops' Day -- Eastern Orthodox (a/k/a Holy Hierarchs' Day)

Yodel For Your Neighbors Day -- Why?  Do you hate your neighbors?

Birthdays Today:

Johnathan Lee Iverson, 1976

Christian Bale, 1974

Brett Butler, 1958

Phil Collins, 1951

Charles Dutton, 1951

Steve Marriott, 1947

Marty Balin, 1942

Dick Cheney, 1941

Vanessa Redgrave, 1937

Boris spassky, 1937

Tammy Grimes, 1934

Louis Ruckeyser, 1933

Gene Hackman, 1930

Dorothy Malone, 1925

Dick Martin, 1922

Barbara W. Tuchman, 1912

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882

Isaiah Thomas, 1749

Thomas Rolfe, 1615 (Only child of John Rolfe and Pocahontas.)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Yogi Bear Show"(TV), 1958

"Robert Montgomery Presents"(TV), 1950

"City Lights"(Chaplin Movie), 1931

Today in History:

The Jews of Freilburg, Germany, are massacred, 1349

King Charles I of England is beheaded, 1649

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed after having been dead for two years, 1661

The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master, 1703

Henry Greathead tests the first boat intended to be specialized as a lifeboat for rescue purposes, which he invented, on the River Tyne in England, 1790

The burned Library of Congress is reestablished, with Thomas Jefferson contributing, 1815

Edward Bransfield sights the Trinity Peninsula and claims the discovery of Antarctica, 1820

The Menai Suspension Bridge, considered the world's first modern suspension bridge, connecting the Isle of Anglesey to the north West coast of Wales is opened, 1826

A fire destroys two-thirds of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1841

The city of Yerba Buena is renamed San Francisco, for the nearby mission of the same name, 1847

William Wells Brown publishes the first Black drama, "Leap to Freedom," 1858

The US Navy's first ironclad warship, the Monitor, is launched, 1862

The pneumatic hammer is patented by Charles King of Detroit, 1894

The Canadian Naval Service becomes the Royal Canadian Navy, 1911

The House of Lords rejects the Irish Home Rule Bill, 1913

"The Lone Ranger" begins a 21 year run on ABC radio, 1933

Indian pacifist and leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is assassinated by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist, 1948

American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.'s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1956

The Beatles' last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police, 1969

Carole King's Tapestry album is released, it would become the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sell 24 million copies worldwide, 1971

Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations, 1972

The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary was established as the first United States National Marine Sanctuary, 1975

Richard Skrenta writes the first PC virus code, which is 400 lines long and disguised as an Apple boot program called "Elk Cloner", 1982

Peter Leko of Hungary becomes the world's youngest chess grand master at age 14, 1994

Workers from the National Institutes of Health announce the success of clinical trials testing the first preventive treatment for sickle-cell disease, 1995

Over half a million people participate in the world's largest wildlife survey after extreme cold drives exotic birds into Britain's back gardens, 2011

Peter Paul Rubens’s 1608 drawing, "Nude Study of Young Man with Raised Arms," sells for $8.2 million at auction in New York, 2019

The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern at a meeting in Geneva, 2020


  1. Dogs also look forward to meet their friends on their walks. Nice and entertaining story about your son's new phone and watch. He and his girl make a good match.

  2. Puppy party! I have three watches, all with flat batteries and the cost of batteries now makes it not worth replacing them, so I have three useless watches. I'm going to search for an old style wind up watch instead.

  3. Love your story. Sadly my watches band has broken and I cannot find anywhere that is able to replace it (metal band).

  4. A Puppy Party, that's truly wonderful when it happens!
    Thanking you for another stunning post of yours, I'm wishing you a most lovely Monday and new week
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  5. I like those extendible dog leads. Ours stretches to the next town.

    I have several watches with dead batteries. They have all stopped. I carry them all with me and wear them one at a time at the appropriate time they have stopped.

    God bless.

  6. We love running into friends on our walks too, but on leash makes it complicated especially when there are more than two dogs. Tangle is the name of that game, LOL! Great spark, very true.

  7. Aww! they are cute love seeing dogs friendly with each other when out :-)

    Have a wooftastic Monday 👍

  8. It's so much fun to watch dogs meet and interact.

  9. Has it been raining there? Be care to not step in poodle now.😂 Technology is super cool! DH got me an Apple watch in 2020 and I really like it. After he got mine, I knew I had to get him one, too. It's just nice to do things like that together. I wear mine practically 24/7. I like that it keeps up with my steps, reminds me when I need to stand, dings when I get a text message or other alerts, and I never miss a call. Great Sparks. You have to make time for everything always. Have an awwwesom Monday, my friend!

  10. Awww on the pups catching up. Adorable.

    Love the Spark and it's ever so true and your take on time made me smile. Even better that it's a true story.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  11. Some days I think I would prefer all out brawls in Congress instead of the constant nagging, bickering, and name calling that our leaders(?) have embraced.

  12. Funny poem. Watches have mostly become obsolete now. I also have a few not working ones lying around. My old, trusty wind-up watch was worn out; yup, the cogwheels inside had their teeth worn down. I had worn it daily for over 40 years. Now I'm looking for a new one, as I do not like to use my phone, often forget where I placed it, or plain forgot recharging it.

    It sounds as if your son and her girlfriend are a good match.

  13. Awww ~ sweet puppy party ~ so cute and great spark ~ so true ~ Xo

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

  14. Those pups sure were having a fun meet n' greet! That was a good Spark and a fun poem too.

  15. Cute pups. Great spark and story. :)

  16. It's a dog party! A big dog party! (Sorry, favourite kids' book that I have memorized, after six kids and numerous grands!)
    Your poems made me laugh! I'm going to use that on 'watchless' Husby who keeps asking me for the time!


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