Monday, April 24, 2023

Tree Rats/Squirrels (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!

"Tree Rats" is what Ms. G calls squirrels.  Sometimes i see one getting very bold and close to me or to us when we are walking Mr. Cal.  One day, Mr. Cal knew he was smelling something, but he wouldn't go around behind the bush where the squirrel actually was.


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 Pigs in Blankets.                         

(For those who might not know, "pigs in a blanket" is the name for links of pork breakfast sausage wrapped in slightly sweet breakfast pancakes.)

A lady looked out of her window

and much to her surprise

she saw three little piggies

and could not believe her eyes.

They were sitting in her back yard

looking quite forlorn and sad,

she went right out and asked them

what had made them feel so bad.

"We are three little piggies,"

one answered right away,

"we ran from the farm because

this was to be our last day!

The farmer talked of bacon

and it gave us quite a fright,

you look so kind, we'd like to stay

in your yard, if it's all right."

"You're lucky" said the lady

as she smiled at them and then,

she added, "you've come to me,

and I'm a vegetarian!

I'll keep you here in my back yard

and you won't have to roam,

there's plenty of room and you can make

my big old shed your home."

They cleared a space and the piggies

when bedtime rolled around,

they came to her and asked her

a question that was quite sound.

"It's cold out here, you have no hay

for us to make a bed,

do you have a way to keep us warm

in this very nice old shed?"

She had a good solution,

I told you she was nice,

she brought out blankets and she said,

"Now take my wise advice,

wrap up all together

and quite warm you will be."

They did just that, all in a mound,

was quite a sight to see.

She smiled to herself to see them,

she was glad she'd made them room

to stay with her and keep them

safe from pigs usual doom.

Going back into her house

her steps had a bit of zing,

and as she went into her house,

she started in to sing.

"Three Little Pigs in Blankets

wrapped up tight against the cold.

Three Little Pigs in Blankets,

thought their tales had all been told.

Three Little Pigs in Blankets,

in my back yard they will stay,

Three Little Pigs in Blankets 'cause

I haven't any hay!"


Today is:

Ambivalence Day -- a holiday to tell your friends about, or not

Concord Day -- Niger

Feast of Eros -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Genocide Remembrance Day / Martyrs' Day-- Armenia

Happenstance and Coincidence Evening -- Fairy Calendar

Kapyong Day -- Australia (Battle of Kapyong, 1951)

Loktantra Diwas -- Nepal (Democracy Day, celebrating the restoration of the Nepali Congress on this date in 2006)

Pastele Blajinilor -- Moldova (Memory/Parent's Day)

Pigs in a Blanket Day

Spring Cat Cleaning Day -- because someone, somewhere, thinks you need to bathe your cat; ask the cat, he will refuse, and if you become insistent, be careful

St. George's Day -- NL, Canada (obs.)

St. Ives' Day (Patron of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)

St. Mark's Eve*

World Day for Animals in Laboratories   

World Meningitis Day 

Yom HaZiKaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; begins at sunset)

*A young lady may eat a boiled dove's egg sprinkled with salt and place

a tulip, sacred to St. Mark, in a vase next to her bed, and so she will 

dream of the man she will marry.

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots marries Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris, 1558

Birthdays Today:

Courtnee Draper, 1985

Kelly Clarkson, 1982

Eric Balfour, 1977

Chipper Jones, 1972

Cedric the Entertainer, 1964

Djimon Hounsou, 1964

Michael O’Keefe, 1955

Eric Bogosian, 1953

Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952

Doug Clifford, 1945

Barbra Streisand, 1942

Richard M. Daley, 1942

Sue Grafton, 1940

Jill Ireland, 1936

Shirley MacLaine, 1934

Stanley J. Kauffmann, 1916

Robert Penn Warren, 1905

Michael J. Dady, 1850

George N. Bascom, 1836

Anthony Trollope, 1815

Robert Bailey Thomas, 1766

Edmund Cartwright, 1743

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Dancing at Lughnasa"(Play), 1990

"Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons"(Oratorio, Haydn H 21/3), 1801

The Boston News-Letter(Newspaper), 1704 (first successful newspaper in the British colonies)

Today in History:

Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut, BC1479

Traditional date for the Greeks entering Troy using the Trojan Horse, BC1184

The appearance of Halley's Comet causes monks in England to predict evil happenings, 1066

"La Marseillaise" is composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792

The Boston "News-Letter" becomes the first successful newspaper in the colonies, 1704

The Library of Congress is established, 1800

A patent is granted for the first soda fountain, 1833

William Price of the Washington Star becomes the first reporter to be specifically assigned to the White House, 1897

The fathometer, which measures underwater depth, is patented, 1928

Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, 1953

Cosmonaut  Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, the first person to die during a space mission, 1967

Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations, 1968

The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched, 1970

Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine, 1990

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, 2005

Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog is born in South Korea, 2005

Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime, 2007

Scientists in Kamchatka, Russia, report sighting the first adult white orca to be seen in the wild, 2012

Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England, 2018

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time, 2018


  1. Smiling at your poem. The three little pigs went to exactly the right house.

  2. I so love your Mr.Cal and thank you for sharing such a funny poem!
    Wishing you a beautiful Monday
    X Daniela @ ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  3. What a great poem! I could not find anything about pigs in blankets in my poor brain. I really like the imagery of three snug piglets rolled up in a blanket in her shed.

  4. What nice photos squirrels can drive anyone nuts sometimes :-) the poem made me smile too :-)

    Have a squealtastic Monday 👍

  5. We call squirrels tree rats too. Mom hates to see them on walks because we lose our minds, do our hunting calls and generally go nuts!

  6. Our Lucy sits on the back of the couch, looking into the yard for squirrels. When one makes and appearance, Lucy bolts for the door to be let out so she can chase the varmint out of her territory.

  7. I call them tree rats too, but they are ever so cute. Our Angel Little Bit was fascinated by them. They played with her too. Ran her crazy that is.

    Now I want pigs in a blanket. Delicious back in the day.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  8. The Tree rats are crazy making for my little dog ~ sigh ~ love the 'spark' ~

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

  9. Oh no the poor squirrels just living their little squirrel life. So many do not like them when they are so cute esp when they hold up their little paws like they are begging for a peanut :-). They do provide hours of entertainment for Tommy and Teaghan though lol.

  10. I can't help but love the squirrels that live in our backyard!

  11. Squirrels seem to annoy dogs. :) Nice spark and cute poem.

  12. Those tree rats are fun to watch, right Mr. Cal? That was an excellent Spark and a fun poem!

  13. I always thought pigs in blankets was sausage links wrapped in bacon strips.

  14. Squirrels are cute. Rats aren't so much cute. Tree Rats doesn't work for me. lol

    The school cafeteria served pigs in blankets in elementary school and I loved those days! I thought for sure your poem would turn into a Grimms Fairy Tale ending but it didn't. Those piggies indeed were made safe and sound. Now, I want pigs in blankets. :)


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