Monday, March 13, 2023

Another 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!

Mr. Cal and his puppy friends have taken to meeting up like this almost regularly!


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.  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 Butterflies.                

Who thought it would be a good idea

to name it a butterfly?

Could it be it was a play on the name

it first had, the flutter-by?

It sounds a silly question,

but I'm curious, you see,

if the pretty wings make it a butterfly,

the curiosity makes me, me!


I wanted to take a picture

of the butterfly in the yard,

but like it's name it was fluttery

and to focus was very hard.

I got my camera ready

and stood by a bush in flower,

and laughing said a rhyme

that I thought would have no power.

Butterfly, so wild and free,

won't you stop and pose for me?

After I said the silly rhyme,

much to my surprise,

the butterfly landed on that bush

and right before my eyes!

I took some pretty pictures

as it seemed to pose, and then

the butterfly took of and

was headed sky-ward again!

(True story, i said that rhyme, the butterfly plopped in front of me, and i snapped photos, then it left!)


Today is:

Africa Scout Day -- Africa (celebration of all Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Africa)

Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

Australia Celebrations:

     Adelaide Cup Day -- SA

     Labour Day -- VIC

     Canberra Day -- ACT

     Eight Hours Day -- Tas (a/k/a Labour Day)

Brain Awareness Week begins-- the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research    

Commonwealth Day -- Commonwealth of Nations (the 54 Countries which today celebrate their ties to one another; Her Majesty the Queen will issue a special message to all Commonwealth Nations citizens through their respective Presidents and Prime Ministers)

Ear Muff Day -- invented by Chester Greenwood in 1873, when he was only 15; if you need them today, keep a good thought for Chester

Good Samaritan Involvement Day -- emphasizing the importance of unselfish aid to others

Kasuga Matsuri -- Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan (Monkey Festival)

K-9 Veterans Day -- US (on the day in 1942 the US Army K-9 Corps was established)

National Coconut Tort Day

National Jewel Day -- for no other reason than that someone who liked jewels wanted a holiday for them

National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day -- an experiment in whether or not bad luck ensues

St. Ansovinus of Camerino (Patron protector of crops)

Sticking Very Close Together for Fairies of the Fourth and Fifth Flights -- Fairy Calendar

Taranaki Provincial Anniversary Day -- Taranaki, New Zealand

Uranus Day -- the planet was discovered this day in 1781

Workplace Napping Day -- on this, the Monday after DST begins, show your boss the studies that highlight the benefit of power naps

    some sites call it National Napping Day; either way, lie down and be counted!

Birthdays Today:

Emile Hirsch, 1985

Rachael Bella, 1984

Will Clark, 1964

Adam Clayton, 1960

Glenne Headly, 1957

Dana Delany, 1956

Deborah Raffin, 1953

Charo, 1951

William H. Macy, 1950

Neil Sedaka, 1939

Helen "Callaghan" Candaele Saint Aubin, 1929

William Casey, 1913

L. Ron Hubbard. 1911

Sammy Kaye, 1910

Walter Annenberg, 1908

Percival Lowell, 1855

Lorenzo Delmonico, 1813

Joseph Priestly, 1733

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Larry King Show"(TV), 1983

"Same Time, Next Year"(Play), 1975

"Brigadoon"(Musical), 1947

"Three Musketeers"(Musical), 1928

"The Pink Lady"(Musical), 1911

"Marie Magdalena"(Opera), 1846

"Médée"(Opera), 1797

Today in History:

Twelfth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 607

Spanish explorer Cortez lands in Mexico, 1519

The Spanish fleet occupies Djerba, at Tripoli, 1560

Cambridge College is renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard, 1639

Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam, 1656

Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000, 1677

The twenty-seventh recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 1759

William Herschel discovers Uranus, 1781

The Uncle Sam cartoon figure makes its debut in the NY Lantern weekly, 1852

The US Senate begins Pres Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial, 1868

Oxford defeats Cambridge in their first golf match, 1878

The Siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins, Madhist Sudanese against the Egyptian, British, and loyalist Sudanese forces, 1884

In France the length of the workday for women and children is limited to 11 hours by law, 1900

Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia) declares independence from China, 1921

A law is passed in the US state of Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of evolution, 1925

Clyde Tombaugh announces the discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory, 1930

Rotaract begins as a youth program of Rotary International, 1968

Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module, 1969

The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan, 1988

India's Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader, 1997

Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time, 2008

A Harvard Medical School study claims that red meat increases the risk of death and has additional negative health implications, 2012

In Greenland, the Siumut party wins the parliamentary election, setting up Aleqa Hammond to become the country's first female Prime Minister, 2013

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected the new pope, taking the papal name Pope Francis, 2013

Scientists announce they have concluded that a large ocean exists beneath the icy surface of Ganymede, the largest moon of Jupiter; the discovery was made by using the Hubble Space Telescope to observe aurora movements at the moon's poles, 2014

The home of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers is established as a national monument in Jackson, Mississippi, by a land bill signed President Trump, 2019

Covic19 is declared a national emergency in the US, 2020


  1. Your pictures remind me of this lady who is no longer with us and her little terrier, Dolly. Despite Dolly's size, she wasn't afraid of bigger dogs and often would pull on her leash like an Alaskan Husky pulling a sled to investigate the other dogs. Sometimes, she's yep at them in passing who just looked at her. They had no interest really except every now and then one big dog seemed slightly amused with the little doggie's fearless personality. :) She was a funny thing and quite sweet. I miss both her and her owner. Oh yeah your poem is sweet and I'm glad the butterfly cooperated long enough to take a few pictures. :)

  2. We sometimes have a puppy party on a walk if the timing is right. Olivia isn't a fan of them, but the rest of us love to see our friends.

  3. Dogs like humans love to meet up too. You did managed to capture some great shots of the butterfly.

  4. There is some kind of puppy party on our block almost daily. Very nice images of the butterflies. Have a blessed week. DrillerAA

  5. I love when butterflies stop on my flowers, I've got a picture of one today on my blog too. But it doesn't happen enough, I may need to try your magic rhyme.

  6. They do love to get together and catch up with each other. So adorable.

    Aw on the butterflies. You do these so very well.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Love and hugs. ♥

  7. The dog gathering is so sweet! I also had your butterfly experience some years back! I think there was a bit of show off with that flutterby! Cheers and as always thanks for the poems!

  8. Pure magic! I always think that butterfly is a strange name for those flyttery creatures. In Danish they are Sommerfugl - Summerbird, not much better, actually.

  9. Fun puppy photos and fantastic butterfly photos. Thanks for the Spark and the pick me up on this dark and dreary north snowy day. Yuck up here!

  10. That is a lot of dogs. Great spark and I love the poem and photos.

  11. Wow! fun 'puppy party' ~ your spark is awesome and so too are your photos ~

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

  12. That looks like a fun pup pawty! That was a good Spark and a good poem too. Love those butterflies, they are such beautiful creatures.

  13. Read every single word and enjoyed everything here. Always do.

  14. I'll have to remember that rhyme next time I'm looking for butterflies. Love the puppy party :)

  15. Love butterflies so this post just made me smile. Love your stories, poems, photos. So happy to always be here. Have a terrific week.


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