Monday, March 27, 2023

Persnickety (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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Lulu, for reasons no one can fathom, wants someone to stand with her while she eats.  She also wants to push her plate way into the corner by the back door, in a box, of all places.  Persnickety little thing, she doesn't eat until someone goes with her and her plate is in the right place, then she keeps stopping and checking to make sure you haven't left.

This is the only way to get Lulu to actually pose.


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 Celebrating Earth Day.                       

My "poem" today is freestyle and not very hopeful or happy.

What can I say that has not

been said before

by wiser heads than this one,

about how we do not care for

our beautiful garden of a planet

the way

we really should

and will my adding any words

to the discussion

change a mind?

My fear is

we have begun too late

to see the command to

Tend The Garden

as not being


and too many of us

are just trying

to survive




to be able to give the Earth

the concern that is her due.

I pray I'm wrong.


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Myanmar

Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing and Celebrations begin -- Japan (the festivities get started around now, and vary by region depending on when the trees bloom in that area over the next 6 weeks)

Commemoration of Sen no Rikyu -- Omotesenke School of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Japan (remembering the influential master in The Way of Tea)

Corkscrew Day -- M.L. Byrn of New York patented "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" on this date in 1860

National "Joe" Day -- no, it isn't official, but today you can make everyone call you "Joe" if you want, and call them the same; probably started by someone who had no memory for names

National Spanish Paella Day


Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day -- after all, they do need their own day; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays 

Seward's Day -- Alaska, US

St. John Damascene's Day (Patron of pharmacists, icon paiting, theology students)

St. Rupert of Salzburg's Day (Patron of Salzburg; celebrated on the 24th in the rest of the Church)

World Theatre Day

Anniversaries Today:

Mary Pickford marries Douglas Fairbanks, 1920

Birthdays Today:

Brenda Song, 1988

Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, 1975

Nathan Fillion, 1971

Mariah Carey, 1970

Quentin Tarantino, 1963

Xuxa, 1963

Maria Schneider, 1952

Austin Pendleton, 1940

Michael York, 1942

David Janssen, 1931

Anthony Lewis, 1927

Mstislav Rostropovich, 1927

Sarah Vaughan, 1924

Harold Nicholas, 1921

Carl Barks, 1901

Gloria Swanson, 1899

Thorne Smith, 1892

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, 1886

Edward Steichen, 1879

Patty Smith Hill, 1868

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, 1845

Nathaniel Currier, 1813

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Starlight Express"(Rock musical), 1984

"Funky Winkerbean"(Comic strip), 1972

"Singin' in the Rain"(Film), 1952

"La Rondine/The Swallow"(Puccini Opera), 1917

"The Colleen Bawn"(Play), 1860

Today in History:

Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt, BC196

Pope Clement V excommunicates the entire population of Venice, 1309

Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida, 1513

The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy, 1613

The dike at Hardinxveld breaks, causing the Alblasserwaard flood, 1709

Spain losses Menorca & Gibraltar, 1713

John Parker Paynard originates medicated adhesive plaster, precursor to the band-aid, 1848

First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans, 1851

M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew), 1860

The first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, is played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place, 1871

Famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars, 1886

The first Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C., 1912

The first successful blood transfusion takes place in Brussels, 1914

Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine, 1916

Charlie Chaplin receives France's distinguished Legion of Honor, 1931

Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union, 1958

The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage, 1964

The Concorde makes its first supersonic flight. 1970

Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins, 1975

The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212, 1980

The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours, 1981

The US FDA approves Viagra, 1998

HMS Scylla (F71), a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe, 2004

The UN General Assembly condemns Russia's annexation of Crimea, 2014 

Russia's Soyuz TMA-16M launches to deliver three crew members to the international space station to research the long-term effects of micro gravity, 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi announces the country is now a "space power" after successfully shooting down a satellite from space in a ballistic missile test, 2019


  1. That is weird behaviour for Lulu. Does anyone know why she does this? Has she had food stolen by other dogs in the past?

  2. Like your Lulu, my pets too don't eat when they are alone, they always want someone by their side!
    Far grateful for another inspiring post of yours, and for hosting, as well, I'm wishing you a wonderful Monday and new week, dearie!
    Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  3. Lulu made me smile but you got there in the end with that perfect pose from her heheh!

    Have a posetastic Monday 👍

  4. I hope your poem is wrong too, but fear it isn't. And yes, we have had furry friends who insist on us staying with them while they eat.

  5. Precious is weird about wanting us to be with her when she eats. She's quite demanding for her food, and she'll eat it very quickly, but she does seem to want someone to be right beside of her patting her on the head.

  6. Lulu, what are you thinking? That is a rather odd behavior. Love that first spark about the round earth.

  7. Lulu wants someone to accompany her when she eats.

  8. Sometimes, you just gotta go with the flow and snap whatever photo presents itself when pets aren't interested in the camera.
    Quirky Country music titles. Here's a couple of real ones, "Prop Me Up Against The Jukebox When I Die" and Dropkick Me Jesus Through the Goalposts of Life."
    Have a blessed week.

  9. Ah Lulu ~ sweet doggie ~ you want someone guarding your food? ~
    Great Sparks and yes Mother Earth needs caring for NOW ~

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

  10. Lulu doesn't like to eat alone. They all have their ways. Great poser too.

    Love the quotes and the poem. You're so talented.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  11. Two great quotes and isn't Lulu a character! Cheers!

  12. thecontemplativecat here. Poor Lulu. Something traumatic must have happened sometime before you got her.

  13. Our Macy likes someone to stand with her when she eats too. That's a terrific Spark, love it. Oh, and a darn good poem too!

  14. Poor LuLu, someone must have stolen her food in the past. I pray you are wrong too. XO

  15. Our pets do have their own, personal quirks, some of which may have been caused by previous ownership etc.

    In the case of my Shama (and her now late brother, Remy) both of whom came into my life and I, into theirs, when they were just short of six weeks old, they both had and have their own, individual little ways. Our animals are not far removed from us in having personal quirks and ways. :)

    (I've had so much trouble trying to post this post! Grrrr! What is going on with Blogger/Google these days?)

  16. Lulu is really like all of us. I mean, honestly, who wants to dine alone?! lol

  17. Lulu is a pretty dog. I think in the process of trying to take care of the earth there are things now being down that are actually more harmful. What will we do with all of the batteries for these electric vehicles someday?

  18. Hahaha! I should bring Pandy to stand beside Lulu during mealtime. Provided Lulu would than accompany Pandy outside because the goofy doggins refuses to pee alone!
    Your poem is perfect and, sadly, probably true!


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