Monday, June 5, 2023

Mr. Cal's Summer 'Do (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

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Mr. Cal went for a grooming and he'd fussed so much about being brushed lately, he had some knots that wouldn't come out any other way, so he got a summer buzz cut.

They left his tail poof!


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 Hot Air Balloons.                    


The Balloon Festival was coming to town

once more for the summer,

and while i enjoy seeing them,

the big crowds are a bummer.

We live across from a huge school yard

and if we keep our eyes peeled,

especially in the mornings we see

balloons landing or taking off from the field!

It's not the same as the big festival,

but i think that's okay,

we get to see a few of the balloons

and very close up this way!


Today is:

15th Khordad National Uprising -- Iran (1963)

Apple II Day -- the Apple II first went on sale today in 1977

     note that some historians say it went on sale June 10, others say the first models were shipped out that day


Arbor Day -- New Zealand

Birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong -- Malaysia (in this elective monarchy, the current king's birthday is celebrated on the first Monday in June, regardless of his actual birth date, although it is moved if it will intersect with Ramadan)

Emanicipation Day -- Tonga (obs.)

Festival of Popular Delusions Day -- begun as this was the last day before D-Day that the Germans could delude themselves that they could win; thus a day to question your own assumptions and try to align your beliefs with facts and reality

Grundlovsdag -- Denmark and the Faroe Island (Constitution Day)

Indian Arrival Day -- Suriname (marking the arrival of indentured laborers from the Indian subcontinent)

Judgement Day -- Fairy Calendar (Nosegays)

June Bank Holiday -- Ireland

King's Birthday -- Cayman Islands; New Zealand; Niue

Liberation Day -- Seychelles

Natalicio de Oblang Nguema Mbasogo -- Equatorial Guinea (President's Day)

National Attitude Day -- if this is really a day to celebrate, try to have a positive one

National Gingerbread Day

National Moonshine Day -- with its own sponsor     

Nones of June -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observance

     Festival of Semo Sancus -- god of loyalty, honesty and oaths (one of the oldest Roman cults, probably Etruscan or Oscan originally)

St. Boniface's Day (Patron of brewers, file cutters, tailors; Fulda, Germany; Germany; Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, Canada)

Western Australia Day -- Western Australia (formerly called Foundation Day)

Whit Monday -- Orthodox Churches

World Environment Day -- UN (this year's theme, "Connecting People to Nature") 

Birthdays Today:

Chad Allen, 1974

Mark Wahlberg, 1971

Brian McKnight, 1969

Kenny G, 1956

Jill Biden, 1951

Suze Orman, 1951

Ken Follett, 1949

Spalding Gray, 1941

Margaret Drabble, 1939

Bill Moyers, 1934

Tony Richardson, 1928

Richard Mcclure Scarry, 1919

William "Hopalong Cassidy" Boyd, 1895

Panco Villa, 1878

Adam Smith, 1723 (O.S. Date)

Thomas Chippendale, 1718

Pu Songling, 1640

Today in History:

Traditional date for the sinking of Atlantis, 8498BC

Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem  in the Siege of Jerusalem, 70

Kraków, Poland  receives city  rights, 1257

The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched, 1817

Houston, Texas is incorporated by the Republic of Texas, 1837

Denmark  becomes a constitutional monarchy, 1849

Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper, 1851

Denmark  amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage, 1915

Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements, 1956

The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in, 1959

The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale, 1977

Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion, 1984

A severe heat wave across Pakistan  and India  reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region, 2003

The planet Venus makes its last transit of the 21st century beginning at 22:09 UTC June 5, and ending 4:49 UTC June 6, 2012

The Swiss vote to reject the referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month, 2015

Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus outbreak to be over, 2017

Montenegro joins NATO, becoming its 29th member, 2017

The science journal Environmental Science and Technology publishes a study which estimates that the average person ingests 50,000 pieces of microplastic each year, and breathes in a similar amount, 2019

At least 50  worshippers are killed by gunman armed with explosives at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, south-western Nigeria, 2022


  1. I remember the year Angel got shaved for the summer, he'd been running through some grasses and got plenty of seeds caught in his fur and had so many knots I couldn't brush them out.
    Nice poem about the balloons.

  2. Seeing balloons always lifts my spirits.

  3. I like your balloon poem, and I hope one day to be able to ride one, I have never seen more than one balloon at a time in the skies, so even two or three - and up close! would be a treat.

  4. I bet he is happy about having less fur for the summer. Love the quote as it is great advice.

  5. My grandfather invented the cold air balloon; but it did not take off.

    God bless.

  6. We were just talking on Friday about how hot a big shaggy dog must have been at an overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway. I always feel so bad for critters in the summer. I know how horrible it feels to have something to heavy on and can imagine how these poor creature feel. At least Mr. Cal feels cooler for awhile until it grows back out. In the late summer we used to see hot air balloons float across the sky. I haven't seen this in many years and would love to see this again. You won't catch me in one but it sure a pretty sight. :) Have an awwwesome week, my dear!

  7. Mr Cal ~ you are one handsome doggie ~ great summer groom ~ Wonderful spark ~ inspiring ~ Xo

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

  8. What a cutie pie. You got to leave that tail.

    Love the Spark. Spot on.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Love and hugs, my friend. ♥

  9. Mr. Cal looks good. Nice spark and poem.

  10. Looking good Mr. Cal! That was a good poem and nice Spark!

  11. Handsome boy!
    Great poem! There is just something majestic about those great balloons!


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