Monday, May 15, 2023

Chill Pill (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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Lulu is afraid of storms.  She was about 2 years old when Grandma and Grandpa adopted her, so we don't know why, she came to us that way.  When a storm is on the way, once Grandpa gives her the "chill pill" the vet prescribed, all is well.

Totally Chill!


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 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 Chocolate Chips.          


I know I have trust issues,

and I'll pinpoint the cause.

If you want to hear the story,

I'll tell you how it was.

I'd just come in from working,

and I tell you, I was beat.

I really needed some water,

and then something to eat.

The kitchen smelled delightful

and I quickly followed my nose,

to a plate of beautiful cookies

where gladly one I chose.

I couldn't wait to taste it,

chocolate chips are my fave,

in fact on any day chocolate

tops the list of what I crave.

I took a great, big, warm bite,

what horror!  what despair!

The taste was not of chocolate,

instead I found a raisin in there!

My taste buds were most unhappy

and that's why I always say,

deceptive Oatmeal Raisin cookies

are why I have trust issues today!


Today is:

Aoi Matsuri -- Kyoto, Japan (Hollyhock Festival, a pageant reproducing ancient imperial processions)

Cold Sophie's Day (5th Ice Saint; according to Nordic legend, this day may be very cold, but there will be no more frosts after this)

Discovery Day -- Cayman Islands

Flip Your Mattress Day -- because it's a good thing to do

Hyperemisis Gravidarum Awareness Day -- bringing attention to morning sickness that becomes life-threatening    

Ides of May -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances

     Feast of Maia and Vesta

     Mercuralia -- festival for Mercury

     Sacrifice day to the Tiber River

Independence Day -- Paraguay(1811)

International Conscientious Objectors' Day

International Day of Families -- UN

International MPS Awareness Day -- here for details about these inherited diseases   

Kan Phuetchamongkhon -- Thailand (Royal Plowing and Farmers Day) 6th day 4th lunar month

La Corsa del Ceri -- Gubbio, Italy (festival on the eve of the saint day of the city's patron, St. Ubaldo)

Mother's Day -- Paraguay

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Safety Dose Day -- cannot confirm they sponsor a day any more, but the Safety Dose people still want us to remember that more is not necessarily better when it comes to taking medicines, and to dose them correctly for children

Nylon Stockings Day -- they went on sale at stores around the US this date in 1940

Over the Rainbow Day -- birth anniversary of Lyman Frank Baum

Police Officer/Peace Officer Memorial Day -- US (National Association of Chiefs of Police sponsor the main memorial event at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, FL, but there may be services where you are also)

Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day -- no, i can't find out who started this, or why; maybe we should all take a pass at this one

St. Dymphna's Day (Patron of epileptics, family happiness, incest victims, martyrs, mental asylums/hospitals, mental health caregivers and professionals/psychiatrists/therapists, mentally ill people, nervous disorders, neurological disorders, possessed people, princesses, rape victims, runaways, sleepwalkers, those who have lost parents; against sleepwalking, epilepsy, insanity, mental disorders, mental illness)

St. Hallvard's Day (Patron of Oslo; protector of innocence and virtue)

St. Isidore of Madrid's Day (a/k/a Isidore the Farmer; Patron of agricultural workers/farm workers/farmers/field hands/husbandmen/ranchers, day laborers, livestock, rural communities; Angono, Philippines; Asturias, Cebu, Philippines; Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines; Carampa, Peru; Castalla, Spain; Cuz Cuz, Chile; Digos, Philippines; Estepona, Spain; La Celba, Honduras; Leon, Spain; Lima, Peru; Lucban, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; Malaybalay, Philippines, diocese of; Morong, Philippines; Nabas, Philippines; Orotava, Spain; Pulilan, Philippines; Pulupandan, Philippines; Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico; San Isidro, Argentina; Saragossa, Spain; Sariaya, Philippines; Seville, Spain; Tavalera, Philippines; Tayabas, Philippines; United States National Rural Life Conference; against the death of children)

     Carabao Festival -- San Isidro, Pulilan, and Angono, Philippines (second day and main festival; on St. Isidore of Madrid's Day; the farming communities celebrate their beasts of burden and have them blessed)

     Municipal Holiday -- Madrid

     San Isidro Day -- Mexico

St. Sophia of Rome's Day (considered by some to be among the Ice Saints, and invoked for protection against frost)

Straw Hat Day -- just as you don't wear white after Labor Day, you don't wear straw hats before today, the unofficial start of summer and the official start of straw hat season    

Teacher's Day -- Mexico; South Korea

Tuberous Sclerosis Global Awareness Day  

Women's Check-up Day 2023 -- US (always the Monday after Mother's Day, encouraging women to be proactive about their health)  

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, 1567

Airmail service begins between NYC, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, 1918 

Birthdays Today:

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 1981

David Krumholtz, 1978

David Charvet, 1972

Sam Trammell, 1971

Emmit Smith, 1969

Giselle Fernandez, 1961

Dan Patrick, 1956

Lee Horsley, 1955

George Brett, 1953

Chazz Palminteri, 1951

Brian Eno, 1948

David Cronenberg, 1943

Lainie Kazan, 1942

Madeleine Albright, 1937

Trini Lopez, 1937

Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936

Jasper Johns, 1930

Richard Avedon, 1923

Eddy Arnold, 1918

Max Frisch, 1911

James Mason, 1909

Joseph Cotten, 1905

Abraham Zapruder, 1905

Katherine Anne Porter, 1890

Arthur Schnitzler, 1862

Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1860

Pierre Curie, 1859

L. Frank Baum, 1856

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Esclarmonde"(Opera), 1889

Today in History:

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is sentenced to death, 1536

Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod, 1602

Johannes Kepler confirms his discovery of the third law of planetary motion, 1618

James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun, 1718

The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France, 1756

Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights, 1793

George III survives two assassination attempts in one day, 1800

Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1817

Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse, 1836

Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand (The King and I), 1851

Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, 1858

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman's Suffrage Association, 1869

Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded, 1905

The United States Supreme Court  declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up, 1911

The Winnipeg General Strike begins; by 11:00 a.m., almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job, 1919

In an attempted Coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed, 1932

The Moscow Metro is opened to public, 1935

The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3, 1958

Mercury-Atlas 9 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, 1963

President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals, 1970

Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time, 1990

Edith Cresson becomes France's first female prime minister, 1991

California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage, 2008

Jessica Watson, age 17, becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo, 2010

U.S. scientists develop a device that can generate electricity from genetically-engineered viruses; these piezoelectric materials are a step toward the development of personal power generators, 2012

The UN Security Council condemns North Korea's missile tests, 2017

The US birth rate hits a 32 year low, including a record low level of teens giving birth, 2019

The journal Nature publishes the results of a study from China’s Chang’e-4 Moon rover that suggests the asteroid impact that created the giant crater on the Moon’s far side was so great as to crack the crust and reach the mantle below, 2019

China lands its Zhurong rover on Utopia Planitia, Mars, as part of the Tianwen-1 mission, 2021

Finland's government says it intends to apply to join NATO, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, ending decades of neutrality, 2022


  1. One of our German Shepherds hated storms. She would fling herself into the nearest lap at the first crack of thunder. Not comfortable.
    I love your poem - and am still smiling.

  2. Poor Lulu!
    You have to know that on Mondays I always learn something new from you. I'm Italian but this is the first time I hear about the Corsa dei ceri di Gubbio in Umbria, one of the regions of ours I love most and know better, I heartily thank you!
    Have a blessed week
    X Daniela @ ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  3. Aww! Lulu LQQKING so cute chilling storms can be quite alarming

    Have a chilltastic Monday 👍

  4. It is always alarming how scared our pets get it loud noise.

  5. A relaxed dog. Let sleeping dogs lie; or tell the truth if they want.

    God bless.

  6. That cookie quote is spot on! I'm off to the shop now, guess what I'm buying?!!

  7. Our Angel Little Bit hated thunder storms. We had her from a puppy, so we don't know why either.

    Love the Spark. So very true and I love your poem. I would have trust issues.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  8. Aww ~ Lulu is adorable ~ some dogs just don't like storms ~ great spark and poem ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  9. Poor Lulu, being scared is not fun. That was a fun poem and so very true!

  10. Glad Lulu has a chill pill to help. Nice spark and fun poem. I dislike the oatmeal raisin too. :)

  11. I can relate to the disappointment of discovering a raisin when expecting a chocolate chip.

  12. Sure is a lot of info! Hey, that's a black lab isn't it? Awwwwww I have one too! His name is Charlie & he sprawls all over too when he lays down his favorite place is right in the middle of the floor, but wrong or right he's our baby (he's 9) God bless them!!!! HUGS

  13. Mimi,
    I don't like really bad storms so I can relate somewhat to Lulu but I don't have any chill pills to take.I just have to ride them out. Your poem is cleverly written. I certainly would be disappointed if I bit into a chocolate chip cookie to find raisins. That's almost boarder line of healthy food, if you exclude all of the sugar it took to make the cookies. :) Have an awwwesom week, my dear!

  14. Oh, a chill doggins. The best!
    Great poem! And I'd have trust issues as well. I remember the times I was fooled into eating a raisin cookie that I thought was chocolate chip. Bleagh. (I have trust issues about my brother and the same subject, but that is another story...)


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