Monday, December 4, 2023

Too Big To Handle (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week and Poetry Monday


Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

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Jock loves him some sticks, and sometimes he just tries to carry around a little more than he can handle.


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 Shoes.          


I keep comfy shoes

no need to destroy my feet

with awful high heels


Those who go into

debt to buy themselves more shoes

need some sole searching


Not meaning to brag

i am still the same shoe size

as when i married


"I want to run away!"

he heard his little son say.

"I'm so mad and you and mom

I just can't bear to stay!"

"Well, I am going to help you,"

the father told his boy.

"I'll make a packing list, help you

pick out your favorite toy.

"And because you'll be on your feet

all day, we'll go and choose,

at the great big outlet,

a pair of brand new shoes.

"After all, you'll be walking miles

each day looking for food,

to not make sure you've good arch support

would of me be quite rude!"

When his dad put it this way,

the boy did change his mind,

"No, thanks, Dad, I think I'll stay

since now you're being so kind!"


Today is:

Day of Shango -- Yoruba/Santería religion (various Carribean islands; ceremony for the Defender against Evil)

Day of the Artisans -- internet generated day to honor all who work

Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day -- created in 2000 by QPC Inc., encouraging recognition of teams that "consistently work extraordinarily well together to produce significant results for their companies or organizations." 

Festival for Minerva -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Grange Day -- US Grange (Order of the Patrons of Husbandry) founded, 1887

King Tupou I Day -- Tonga

National Cookie Day

National Dice Day -- get together with friends and play a game today (instructions are here)

Navy Day -- India; Italy

Provincial Anniversary Day -- Westland, New Zealand

Rake Leaves into the World's Largest Pile Day -- just so you can jump in, of course

Ribbons and Wrap Day -- according to the Elf Forum, which no longer exists; i'd suggest making sure you have enough now, anyway

Santa's List Day -- he completes the lists today, according to some people; which one are you on?

St. Barbara's Day (Patron of ammunition workers/bomb technicians/explosives workers/ordnance workers, architects, armourers, artillerymen, boatmen/mariners/sailors/waterman, brass workers, brewers, builders, carpenters, construction workers, dying people, firefighters/fire prevention, fireworks, fireworks manufacturers, fortifications, foundry workers, geologists, gravediggers, gunners, hatmakers/hatters/milliners, martyrs, masons, mathematicians, military engineers, miners, prisoners, safety from storms, saltpetre workers, smelters, stone masons, tilers, warehouses; Amaroni, Italy; Barbara, Italy; Colleferro, Italy; Montecatini Terme, Italy; Paterno, Sicily; Rieti, Italy; Santa Barbara, CA; Syria; Toa Alto, Puerto Rico; against death by artillery, explosions, fire, impenitence, lightning, mine collapse, storms, sudden death)

     A young woman may place the twig of a cherry tree in a glass of water today. If it blooms by Christmas Eve, the girl is certain to marry in the following year.

     Barborka -- Poland (where Barbara is best known as Patron of Miners, thus "Miners' Day)

     Eid il-Burbara -- Lebanon; Palestine; Syria (where Barbara is celebrated with a holiday similar to Western Halloween)

St. Maruthas' Day (Patron of Iran; Persia)

Thai Environment Day -- Thailand

Wear Brown Shoes Day -- internet generated, by someone tired of wearing black shoes all the time most likely

Wildlife Conservation Day -- US

Anniversary Today:

Mission Santa Barbara is founded as a Franciscan Mission in California, 1786

Birthdays Today:

Tyra Banks, 1973

Fred Armisen, 1966

Marisa Tomei, 1964

Jozef Sabovcik, 1963

Cassandra Wilson, 1955

Patricia Wettig, 1951

Jeff Bridges, 1949

Dennis Wilson, 1944

Chris Hillman, 1942

Max Baer, Jr., 1937

Stewart Rawlings Mott, 1937

Wink Martindale, 1934

Victor French, 1934

Helen M. Chase, 1924

Deanna Durbin, 1921

Francisco Franco, 1892

Lillian Russel, 1861

Crazy Horse, 1840

Samuel Butler, 1835

Thomas Carlyle, 1795

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Broadway Bound"(Simon play), 1986

"Falcon Crest"(TV), 1981

"Beatles for Sale"(Album), 1964

"Tobacco Road"(Play), 1933

"Whoopee"(Musical), 1928

"Ten Commandments"(Film), 1923

Today in History:

Upon the death of Carloman, Karel the Great (Charlemagne), his brother, becomes king of all France, 771

The Syrian harbor city of Saida (Sidon) surrenders to the Crusaders, 1110

After 18 years, the Council of Trent holds its final session, 1563

Father Marquette begins to build the first dwelling in what is now Chicago, 1674

Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in world, first published, 1791

Britain abolishes the practice of the "suttee" in India, 1829

The American Anti-Slavery Society is founded in Philadelphia by Arthur Tappen and William Lloyd Garrison, 1833

Oliver Hudson Kelley founds The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, (the Grange), 1867

"Boss" Tweed escapes from jail, 1875

The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published, 1881

Lucille Atcherson becomes the first woman legation secretary in the US Foreign Service, 1922

Cecil B. DeMille's first version of "The Ten Commandments" premiers, 1923

The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, United States, 1954

Suriname joins the United Nations, 1975

The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched, 1998

An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo, 2006

Political pressure and cyber attacks against WikiLeaks are condemned by Reporters Without Borders

In Koblenz, Germany, nearly 45,000 people wait to return home while bomb squads defuse WWII bombs still hidden under the Rhine River, 2011

In Egypt, a hundred thousand people gather to protest President Morsi's proposed constitutional amendments, 2012

A new island is discovered in the Arctic Ocean's Laptev Sea and initially called Yaya, 2013

French couture house Chanel ends its use of fur and exotic skins following bans by other companies, 2018

Mt. Semeru erupts on Java island, Indonesia, 2021

Mt. Semeru erupts again, blanketing villages with volcanic ash, 2022


  1. Jock is a determined boy. When the youngest of my brothers was quite small he announced he was going to run away to the Cotter (a well known camping spot) and steal food from the campers. He changed his mind when no-one would drive him there.

  2. Jock looks to be a strong working dog. Evidently he just needed a chore to do. Your Sparks are very insightful today thank you.

  3. We don't usually carry sticks but we have friends that love to. One needs to be careful because they don't pay attention and they whack other dogs in the head or humans in the knees with them. The shoe sparks today are great!

  4. What a great series of pictures of Jock! Happy Monday!

  5. Jock loved the big sticks. Angel Little Bit never cared about sticks. I love to watch them try to get a big stick through a gate or doors. Tons of laughs.

    Love the graphics and love the poems. He'll stay since dad is being so nice. I didn't see that coming.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Hugs. ♥

  6. Wonderful post ~ especially enjoy Jock with the big stick ~ sweet photos ~ lovely poem and fun post ~ Xo

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

  7. Jock was really having a BIG time! Such a nice Spark and terrific poems too!

  8. That was fun seeing Jock with his big stick and wanting to corner the market on them.

  9. You go, Jack! Set those sights high!
    Hahahaha! Sometimes the reality of leaving mom and dad is a little heavy! Good recovery for the boy!

  10. Very impressive stick Jock. Great sparks and poems. I only wear flats, have never been able to walk in heels and didn't need them as I am 5 ft 10 inches. XO

  11. What a fine fellow Jock is. Lovely dog, one who give much pleasure, I'm sure. :)

  12. That's a great poem and I'm glad the little boy decided to stay. My upstairs neighbour once told me as a teenager and in her early twenties she would often starve herself to be able to buy the latest fashion in shoes, always the highest of heels and the pointiest of toes. Those toes are now so mis-shapen I felt sick when she showed them to me, asking what treatment I could recommend for her inflamed bunions.

  13. I like your shoe poems. Flats for me too, and good that the little boy stayed after all. Do you have any plans for the - hopefully time limited - take over of Poetry Monday?


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