Monday, March 4, 2024

Thorough (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!

We're not sure what Abby is looking for when she goes out in the yard, but we know she's thorough.


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.     


Our dear friend Diane is taking a break

accommodations we must make

we miss her poetry and wit

so carry on as Poetry Monday's a hit!

Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border Charlotte/Mother Owl and i are keeping it going while she takes a blog break, we hope temporarily.  Anyone else is welcome to join in the fun, just let us know!

This week the theme is Swan Lake.                       

The ballet company put on

a special version of Swan Lake,

wanting children to enjoy it,

not an hour it would take.

One little girl in the audience

watched the whole with huge eyes,

and at the very final scene she gave

them all a sweet surprise.

At the end the child cried out,

but her sweet voice made no one mad,

"Oh, mommy, the pretty bird is dying

and it makes me so very sad!"

The prima ballerina heard it

and with dignity and grace

danced the dying scene

beatific smile upon her face.

(True story.)

Future themes are:

Mar. 4 Swan Lake (or one of the words)(today!)

Mar. 11 distancing

Mar. 18 meaning

Mar. 25 happy news

Apr. 1 shelf

Apr. 8 order

Apr. 15 tape

Apr. 22 running

Apr. 29 quiet


Today is:

Casimir Pulaski Day -- Illinois, US (celebration of the Polish-American Revolutionary War Hero)

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Monday:  Fun Facts About Names Day, enjoy looking up things like, what is the name of the Monopoly dog, or do Ken and Barbie have last names

Charter Day -- St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (1881)

Courageous Follower Day -- because leaders have to have someone to lead, and it can take as much courage to follow a great leader as to be the leader

Feast of Ra in His Barge at Heliopolis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Guam History and Chamorro Heritage Day -- Guam (formerly Discovery Day / Magellan Day)

Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Holiday -- British Virgin Islands (in lieu of Mar. 7)

Holy Experiment Day -- try something religious today

Hug a GI Day -- just don't get in trouble sneaking on base to do it

International Scrapbooking Industry Day -- can't find proof the industry actually set this day, but if you love scrapbooking, celebrate

Labour Day -- WA, Australia (a/k/a Eight Hour Day)

March Forth - Do Something Day

National Grammar Day -- sponsored by The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar on March 4th, which is both a date and an imperative

National Poundcake Day

St. Casimir's Day (Patron of bachelors, kings, princes, single laymen; Lithuania; Poland; against plague)

Tavern Day -- US (the first tavern in the US, a Puritan public house in Boston, MA, opened this date in 1634)

Toy Soldier Day -- Dr. Steel's Army, building a utopian playland and embarking on a worldwide mission of fun

Waltz Day -- some say National Waltz Day, and some Dance the Waltz Day, but no one says why this day; i say, waltz if you want to

Anniversaries Today:

Hot Springs National Park is established, 1921

Vermont becomes the 14th US state, 1791

Birthdays Today:

Patsy Kensit, 1968

Jason Curtis Newsted, 1963

Stephen Weber, 1961

Patricia Heaton, 1958

Catherine O'Hara, 1954

Emilio Estefan, 1953

Kay Lenz, 1953

Chris Squire, 1948

Mary Wilson, 1944

Paula Prentiss, 1938

Miriam Makeba, 1932

Joan Greenwood, 1921

Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., 1906

Knute Rockne, 1888

Garrett Morgan, 1877

Casimir Pulaski, 1747

Antonio Vivaldi, 1678

Prince Henry the Navigator, 1394

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"People Magazine"(Publication), 1974

"The Dick Cavett Show"(TV), 1968

"Nosferatu"(Horror Film), 1922

"Pénélope"(Fauré Opera), 1913

"Swan Lake"(Tchaikovsky Op. 20), 1876

Today in History:

Croatian Duke Trpimir I issued a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources, 852

Ramathibodi becomes King of Siam, 1351

Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, from his first voyage, 1493

Hernan Cortez arrives in Mexico in search of Aztec gold, 1519

The Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a royal charter, 1629

John Flamsteed is appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England, 1675

France is divided into 83 départements, which cut across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on noble ownership of land, 1790

The first Jewish member of the US Congress, Israel Jacobs of Pennsylvania, takes office, 1791

A Constitutional Act is introduced by the British House of Commons in London which envisages the separation of Canada into Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario), 1791

In the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington, 1797

In the Castle Hills Rebellion, in New South Wales, Australia, Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland’s Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) lead the colony’s only significant convict uprising, 1804

Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d'Italia, 1848

The day without a US president -- Zachary Taylor refuses to be sworn in on the Sabbath (Sunday), so there is, technically, no president on this day, 1849

The longest bridge in the Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened, 1890

The great fire of Shanghai damages over 1,000 buildings, 1894

Victor Berger of Wisconsin becomes the first socialist congressman in the U.S., 1911

Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives, 1917

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia's renunciation of the throne is made public, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia publicly issues his abdication manifesto, 1917

Frances Perkins becomes the United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet, 1933

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant, 1954

The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90, 1957

The United States Atomic Energy Commission announces that the first atomic power plant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is in operation, 1962

The first Cray-1 supercomputer is shipped to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, 1976

Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe's first black prime minister, 1980

Bertha Wilson is appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada, 1983

The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Comet Halley and the first images ever of its nucleus, 1986

The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex, 1998

No response is received in the final attempt to contact Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network, 2006

Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world's first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet, 2007

The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI, 2013

The Italian government sets aside 2 million euros for repairs to the ancient city of Pompeii after damage caused by heavy rains highlights the general decay of this World Heritage site, 2014

Four tons of rocket debris crashes into the far side of the Moon, possibly the booster from China's Chang'e 5-T1 mission, in the first unintentional collision with the Moon, 2022

Most United Nations member countries agree to a new High Seas Treaty, aiming to place 30% of the seas into protected areas, 2023


  1. I would say that Abby was being extremely thorough. Who knows what might be under a leaf or a rock.

  2. We think Abby is looking for critters. There are probably critters that live there when she isn't outside.

  3. Awww, what a sweet poem! Abby is a pretty doggie!!

  4. I love the true story. How precious.

    Abby is patrolling her property. Good for her.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

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

  5. Abby is awesome and protecting her domain ~ great photos of your sweet doggie ~ hugs, and great Sparks too ~ thanks,

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

  6. Abby was checking out the peeMail. Good Sparks and a good poem!

  7. Abby is a cutie. Nice sparks and poems. XO

  8. Abby is just checking no intruders have been there. I have never seen Swan lake, just bits of it in movies.

  9. Java Bean: "Good going, Abby! Leave no stone unsniffed, that's my motto too!"


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