Monday, February 6, 2023

Snoozin' or Cruisin'? (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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Are these babies snoozin'?  Or are they just cruisin'? (Cruising = not really asleep, not really awake, just kind of door hinging, swinging back and forth in the bed like a door on a hinge, as my Sweetie calls it).

Doesn't matter, they're cute, right?


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 Frozen Yoghurt.                         

to many people

"froyo" is not a real dessert

it's a cry for help!


Gramma Rosie hated yoghurt,

she grew up on a farm,

asked if she'd ever tried it,

"Awful stuff!" she was quick to inform.

When all of us were shopping

and feeling summer's heat

we saw a frozen yoghurt shop

and thought that couldn't be beat.

Gramma Rosie was horrified

and thought it was a ploy

to get her to eat something nasty,

she didn't believe we'd enjoy.

We told her what she'd eaten,

the plain, unflavored type

was a world away from this tasty treat,

she didn't understand the hype.

After getting her in the doors

we gently urged she try

just a tiny sample spoon,

she did, and my, oh, my!

"I like this" she then told us,

and ordered the large cup,

we all had a tasty treat that day

and lapped every little bit up.

If there's something you didn't like

the old way, take a shot.

In a new form or recipe,

it just might hit the spot!

(True story.)


Today is:

Aldus Day -- death anniversary of Aldus Manutius, inventor of italics

Bob Marley Day / Reggae Day -- Jamaica (birth anniversary)

Constitution Day -- Mexico (obs.)

Gamelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate)

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation -- United Nations

Lame Duck Day -- US, on the anniversary of the passage of the 20th Amendment to the US Constitution; a day to recognize those whose tenure is running out

National Chopsticks Day

Oto Matsuri -- Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (fire festival)

Pay-A-Compliment Day

Rubik-Cube Muddling Championships -- Fairy Calendar

Sami National Day -- Finland, Norway, Russian, and Sweden

St. Dorothy of Caesarea's Day (Patron of brewers, brides, florists, gardeners, midwives, newlyweds; Pescia, Italy)

St. Peter Baptist's Day (Patron of Caceres, Philippines; Japan)

Tu B'Shevat -- Judaism ("New Year of the Trees", began yesterday at sunset, through sunset today)

Waitangi Day -- Maori, New Zealand and Niue (treaty with Britain, 1840; also considered National Day)

Anniversaries Today:

Accession of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952 (upon the death of her father, George VI)

Massachusetts becomes the 6th US State, 1788

The College of William and Mary in Virginia is founded by royal charter, 1693

Birthdays Today:

Axl Rose, 1962

Barry Miller, 1958

Kathy Najimy, 1957

Robert Townsend, 1957

Natalie Cole, 1950

Bob Marley, 1945

Michael Tucker, 1944

Fabian, 1943

Gayle Hunnicutt, 1943

Gigi Perreau, 1941

Tom Brokaw, 1940

Mike Farrell, 1939

Francois Truffant, 1932

Rip Torn, 1931

Mamie Van Doren, 1931

Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1919

Mary Leakey, 1913

Ronald Reagan, 1911

Babe Ruth, 1895

Aaron Burr, 1756

Nicolaus II Bernoulli, 1695

Chongzhen, Emperor of China, 1611

Christopher Marlowe, 1564

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Masque of Kings"(Play), 1936

"Rhenisch"(Schumann's 3rd Symphony), 1851

Today in History:

The United States signs its first treaty, in which France recognizes the US and promises aid, 1778

New Jersey issues the first US railroad charter to John Stevens, 1815

Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore, 1819

The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia, 1820

Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony, 1840

Harper's Weekly publishes the first picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers, 1869

The international arbitration court at The Hague is created when the Netherlands' Senate ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree, 1900

The Young Women's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC, 1902

The "Monopoly" board game goes on sale for the first time, 1935

Turkey holds its first election in which women can vote, 1935

K Elizabeth Ohi becomes the first Japanese-US female lawyer, 1937

Elizabeth II becomes the first Queen regnant of the United Kingdom and several other realms since Queen Victoria, upon the death of her father, George VI, 1952

Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit, 1959

Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed, 1987

The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe, 1989

Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile, 2000

A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes significant damage to villages along the coast of the Solomon Islands, 2013

Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha, 2017

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, 2018

According to research from RMIT University in Australia, honeybees are able to add and subtract and understand the concept of zero, the first invertebrates shown to demonstrate this capacity, 2019

US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee (70 years on the throne), 2022


  1. Definite cuties - and I love that Gramma Rosie was prepared to try something new.

  2. The kittens are adorable! I am glad Gramma Rosie enjoyed the frozen yoghurt.

  3. Heheh! Yep they are very cute cruisers :-)
    Loved the quote 👍

    Have a yoghurttastic Monday 👍

  4. Mom can't hear that don't cry over spilled milk thing anymore! It was overused when she was little I guess. Frozen yogurt is so yummy, nothing like regular yogurt.

  5. Cute kitties cruising. Now Gramma Rosie will never say no to frozen yogurt. Lol!

  6. Adorable kittens. I've know grown men who thought frozen yogurt would just kill them to eat! If only they knew how good it was, lol.

  7. Beautiful kittens, do they like spilled milk?

    God bless.

  8. I bet it was fun watching Gramma Rosie discover what she'd been missing all along.

  9. They are very cute swinging. Made me smile.

    Love your Spark.

    You never know if you'll like something until you try it. Excellent.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug. ♥

  10. Awww.. baby gingers- so cute. Great poem and spark. XO

  11. Sweet photos of sweet adorable kittes and Great spark ~

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

  12. Those Kittens are purrfect at their "cruisin". And that Spark really resonates. Thank you!

  13. the kittens are so content. Well loved. Love yogurt, love your Sparks and always love to stop by and say hello.

  14. Always a joyful time here. Feline contentment. That is great to see. Love all your shares always. Have a blessed new week.

  15. Hahahaha! Brilliant! I, too had to be convinced to try frozen yogurt. Now I like it a little toooo much! ;)

  16. Those wee ones are cute cute no matter what they are doing. That was a fun poem too.

  17. Your yogurt poem made me giggle. We love that stuff here, even the plain kind:)
    First time I tried it I was seven, in Europe, and it was plain and yummy with some strawberry jam on it. An Aunt made some and crumbled a rusk into that was totally blech!

    Those kittens are cutie pies, even as they snooze.

  18. Cute kitties. I used to love frozen yoghurt as long as it was apricot flavoured, with REAL apricots, then apricots got too expensive and they switched to mango, which I hate. These days I rarely see any frozen yogurt in the supermarkets.

  19. I've never heard it called Froyo before!

  20. We had a Froyo's in town. It didn't hang around too long. Frozen yogurt is good but nothing compares to the taste of real ice cream. :) Great poem! As for those kitties snoozin' or cruisin', I don't know what they're doin' but I'd sure like to be doin' it. I need a nap!


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