A Nap is More Important (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Pile-Up (Poetry Monday)

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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!
This little cutie-pie was so busy napping she just did not want to turn and look at the camera:



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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
Delores and her friend Jenny are taking turns providing a theme for Poetry Monday, and i am trying my hand at participating.  This weeks theme is Mail.         
We had a great vacation,
We played without a care.
We laughed at moderation,
As fun things we did share.
Then home we came and waiting
To be tended with travail
Was a great big heaped up piling
Of all of last week’s mail.
Today is:
Bake Your Own Bread Day — it’s really not that hard, especially if you break out the bread machine.
Bunker Hill Day — Suffolk County, MA, US (actual date)
Dia del Padre — El Salvador; Guatemala (Father’s Day)
Eat All of Your Vegetables Day / Fresh Veggies Day — yes, i have this listed yesterday, too; internet sites disagree about the actual date, and you need your veggies today, also!     
Full Strawberry Moon / Rose Moon; related observances
    Ancient Celtic month Equos (horse-time) begins
    Nayon Full Moon — Mayanmar
    Poson Full Moon Poya Day — Sri Lanka
Independence Day/National Day — Iceland
International Violin Day — Stravinsky’s birth anniversary
Lord Buddha’s Parinirvana — Bhutan
National Apple Struedel Day
National Heroes’ Day — Bermuda
National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival — Weiser, ID, US (through Saturday)
Okinawa Day — Japan/US (remembrance of signing the treaty, in 1971, to return Okinawa to Japan)
Organic Act Day — US Virgin Islands (commemorates the organization of how the islands are governed)
Pirate Radio Day — no actual pirate (i.e., unlicensed) radio stations will admit to declaring this a holiday, but what do you expect?
Ride to Work Day — ride your motorcycle or scooter!  if you don’t have one, watch out for those who do   
Soviet Occupation Day — Latvia
St. Botulph of Ikanhoe’s Day (Patron of agricultural and farm workers, sailors, travellers; Bossal, England; Boston, England; Boston, MA, US; Botesdale, England; Botolph Bridge, Huntingdonshire, Englad; Botolph’s Bridge, Kent, Englad; Botolph, Sussex, England)
St. Herve’s Day (Patron of the blind; against eye diseases and problems)
The Queen’s Birthday Celebration — Anguilla; Gibraltar; Norfolk Island
Toadstool-Squatting begins — Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)
Vice President’s Remembrance Day — not officially, just a day to see how many vice presidents you remember
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought — UN
Anniversaries Today
Orpheus marries the nymph Eurydice, Ancient Greek traditional date
Birthdays Today:
Mark Walker, 1999
Lee Ryan, 1983
Venus Williams, 1980
Will Forte, 1970
Dan Jansen, 1965
Greg Kinnear, 1963
Thomas Haden Church, 1960
Mark Linn-Baker, 1953
Joe Piscopo, 1951
Barry Manilow, 1946
Art Bell, 1945
Newt Gingrich, 1943
Gene De Paul, 1919
John Richard Hersey, 1914
Ralph Bellamy, 1904
Sammy Fain, 1902
M.C. Escher, 1898
Igor Stravinsky, 1882
William Hooper, 1742
John Wesley, 1703
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Oh! Calcutta!”(Revue), 1969
“Barney Google and Snuffy Smith”(Comic strip), 1919
Today in History:
Vlad III the Impaler (a/k/a Vlad Dracul or Count Dracula) attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, 1462
Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 1565
Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England, 1579
Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth; her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal, 1631
The Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands, 1839
1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook’s forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory, 1876
The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor, 1885
The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT, 1901
“Barney Google” cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres, 1919
Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic, 1944
The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opens; it is still open today, 1958
The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress, 1961
Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel, 1972
With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct, 1987
The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth, 1991
Australian scientists report that they have “teleported” a laser beam, breaking it up and reconstructing it in another location, 2002
The first condemnation of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people is issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council, 2011
The Incredibles 2 sets a box office record for an animated release, earning $180 million its opening weekend, 2018

Let’s Be Practical, Not Sentimental (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.
It has become our vacation tradition (once is a nice occurrence, twice is planned, three times it’s now a tradition set in stone) to not go straight home from vacation.  Instead, we go to a wonderful little BBQ joint and get a huge feast, then go to NOLA and give it to Grandpa as his Father’s Day gift.  We bring enough so that we eat with him, then he has leftovers for Sunday, and even leftovers for the freezer so he can enjoy some later.
Las’ year, Tee done tole Boudreaux, “Père, I wants to spen’ time wit’ you, jes’ us two.  How ’bout I use my ‘llowance an’ we go to de zoo?”
Well, Boudreaux t’ink dat be de fine idea, so dey goes to de zoo.
Dey be passin’ dem a good time, wit’ Boudreaux tellin’ Tee ever t’ing he know ’bout all de animal.  When dey come to de tigers, Boudreaux be tellin’ Tee how dey is ferocious, an’ some o’ dem eats people.
So Tee ax, “Père, if’n de tiger done get out, an’ he eat you…”
An’ Boudreaux in’errupt to say, “Tee, son, you don’ need to worry, dat not goin’ happen.  You don’ gots to worry, even if sumpin’ happen to me, you goin’ get tooked care of, an’…”
“Mais,” say Tee, “I jes need t’ know, if dat happen, what bus I takes home?”
Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by Elephant’s Child.    
A few more vacation shots, because that’s about all i have right now.














Today is:
Bali Arts Festival — Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (a full month of daily performances, handicraft exhibitions, and cultural activities showcasing all Bali has to offer in dance, music, art, food, and more; through July 14)
Bloomsday — commemoration of James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses
Bunker Hill Day — Suffolk County, MA, US (parade date)
Day of Third-Hand Reports and Shaky Evidence — Fairy Calendar
Father’s Day — Afghanistan; Albania; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Cambodia; Chile; People’s Republic of China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Dominica; Ecuador; Ethiopia; France; Ghana; Greece; Guyana; Hong Kong; Hungary; India; Ireland; Jamaica; Japan; Kenya; Kosovo; Kuwait; Laos; Macau; Madagascar; Malaysia; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Netherlands; Nigeria; Oman; Pakistan; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Puerto Rico; Qatar; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Singapore; Slovakia; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe
    Family Awareness Day — US (a day to reflect on the importance of fathers)
Festival of Ludi Piscatari — Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for fishermen; some sites say it was on the 17th)
Fresh Veggies Day — before you have that fudge later
International Day of the African Child — Organisation of African Unity   
Ladies’ Day (Baseball) — anniversary of the first ever Ladies’ Day baseball game, hosted by the New York Giants in 1883
Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev — Sikh
National Fudge Day
National Morticians Day — honoring the last people to ever let you down
National Vinegar Day
Procession of the Golden Chariot and the Battle of Lumecon — Mons, Belgium (a horse-drawn coach carrying the relics of St. Waudry circles the town to commemorate the delivery of Mons from plague in 1349, and in the afternoon, the Fraternity of St. George reenact the Battle, with St. George defeating the dragon)
St. Benno’s Day (Patron of anglers, fishermen, weavers; Dresden-Meissen, Germany; Munich, Germany)
St. John-Francis Regis’ Day (Patron of embroiderers, lace makers, social workers; Sisters of Saint Francis Regis; against plague)
Sussex Day — West Sussex, England (on St. Richard’s Day as celebrated in this area [current feast day is April 3 elsewhere]; he was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 to 1253, and his shrine was an important pilgrimage site)
Trinity Sunday — Christian
Youth Day — South Africa
Birthdays Today:
Abby Elliott, 1987
Diana DeGarmo, 1987
Phil Mickelson, 1970
Laurie Metcalf, 1955
Sonia Braga, 1950
Joan Van Ark, 1943
Joyce Carol Oates, 1938
Erich Segal, 1937
John Howard Griffin, 1920
Stan Laurel, 1890
Geronimo, 1829
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Ghostbusters II(Film), 1989
The Blues Brothers(Film), 1980
Psycho(Film), 1960
Today in History:
The Zoroastrian Religious Calendar begins with the ascension of Yasdegerd III of Persia, the start of the Persian Era, 632
Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses, 1487
British troops take Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada, 1745
The French surrender Fort Beauséjour to the British, leading to the expulsion of the Acadians, 1755
Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois, 1858
The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children, 1883
John Abbott becomes Canada’s third prime minister, 1891
The Ford Motor Company is incorporated, 1903
The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948
Rudolf Nureyev defects at Le Bourget airport in Paris, 1961
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space, 1963
The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador, 1972
Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd and kill 566 children, 1976
Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years of its issuance, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon, 2000
The 9/11 Commission, contradicting White House claims, determines Saddam Hussein had no strong ties to al-Qaeda, 2004
British Petroleum agrees to finanace a $20 billion fund to compensate those whose livelihood was damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, 2010
Prince Harry of Wales is cleared to return to active duty in the Afghan War, 2011
Egypt’s voters go to the polls for a second round of voting in their first presidential election, 2012
Amazon announces it is buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, 2017


The Pictures Tell The Story (Ten Things of Thankful)

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This has been a great week.  On our last full day, we are busy relaxing and packing, so my thankful post will be pictures.  They help tell the story of a wonderful vacation:















There’s almost always a wedding planned.







That’s at least ten things, i am sure.
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Today is:
24 Hours of Le Mans — Le Mans, France (the biggest sporting challenge for car manufacturers, as they have to be the best over a 24 hour period; through tomorrow)
A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed Day — simply a good day to remember this, and thank a friend
Billy the Kid Tombstone Race — Fort Sumner, New Mexico (racers carry an 80 pound tombstone through an obstacle course! a tribute to the number of times the tombstone has been stolen over the years; there is also a triathlon)
Birthday of Cheng Huang — Taiwan (the gods that are city guardians are celebrated with a procession of actors on stilts doing dragon and lion dances on this 13th day of the fifth moon)
Dia del Arbol — Costa Rica (Tree Day/Arbor Day)
Dollars Against Diabetes Days — always on Father’s Day weekend, with information here   
Fly A Kite Day (on the anniversary of Ben Franklin’s kite experiment)
Global Wind Day — to celebrate wind energy    
Guan Sheng Di Jun Dan — Taoism (Heavenly Sage Guan Di’s Birthday [god of war])
Husband Caregiver Day — to honor husbands who give health care to family members (wives, children, or extended family)
Longest Dam Race — Fort Peck, MT, US (a run that crosses 1.8 miles of the Fort Peck Dam, as well as a fun run, a bike race, and more)
Madam Lou Bunch Day — Central City, CO, US (Old Flop House Celebration of the Madam who ran the city’s most famous house of ill repute during the gold rush, complete with period costumes and a brass bed race!)
Magna Carta Day — UK (King John set his seal on the document this day in 1215)
Mangaia Gospel Day — Mangaia, Cook Islands
Native American Citizenship Day — US (passage, in 1924, of the legislation recognizing citizenship of Native Americans in the US)
National Lobster Day
Nature Photography Day — sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association    
Salvation Day/National Day of Salvation — Azerbaijan
Separation Day — Delaware, US (date of declaration of separation from England and Pennsylvania)
Smile Power Day — test out smile power today, it’s free!
Sneak a Kiss Day — the usual litany of cautions with this internet generated holiday
Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival — Brethren, MI, US (a family friendly good time in the park)
St. Vitus’ Day (Patron of actors, comedians, dancers, dogs, epilepsy sufferers; against animal attacks, dog bites, epilepsy, lightning, oversleeping, rheumatic chorea, Saint Vitus’ Dance, snake bites, storms, wild beasts; Badia Calavena, Italy; Czech Republic; Forio, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Recanati, Italy; Vacha, Germany; Wetsens, Netherlands; Zeven, Germany)
Valdemar’s Day and Reunion Day — Denmark (an official Flag Day)
Vestalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (main and final celebration, in which the Temple of Vesta was swept clean)
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day — because our elders deserve to be protected and cared for properly     
World Juggling Day  
Anniversaries Today:
King Hussein of Jordan marries Lisa Halaby (Queen Noor), 1978
Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden marries Princess Margaret of Connaught, 1905
Arkansas becomes the 25th US State, 1836
Birthdays Today:
William Dean Martin, 1981
Neil Patrick Harris, 1973
Leah Remini, 1970
Ice Cube, 1969
Lisa McCall, 1969
Dina Meyer, 1969
Courtneney Cox Arquette, 1964
Helen Hunt, 1963
Julie Hagerty, 1955
Jim Belushi, 1954
Simon Callow, 1949
Nicola Pagett, 1945
Waylon Jennings, 1937
Mario Cuomo, 1932
Erroll Garner, 1921
Muzaffer Tema, 1919
Bob Wian, 1914
Edvard Grieg, 1843
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, 1767
Henry FitzRoy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII, 1519
Edward the Black Prince, 1330
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Lion King(Animated film), 1994
Dick Tracy(Film), 1990
“Hee Haw”(TV), 1969
“My Little Margie”(TV), 1952
Today in History:
The Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history, BC763
King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta, 1215
The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, 1667
Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity, 1752
Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania, 1776
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel, 1785
Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber, 1844
The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1846
Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II and is the last emperor of the German Empire, 1888
The most destructive tsunami in Japan’s history kills more than 22,000 people, 1896
A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City’s East River kills 1000, 1904
Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated, 1911
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter, 1916
A German expedition led by Karl Wien lost sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat (9th highest mountain), the largest single day loss of life on an 8,000m peak, 1937
In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government of North America, 1944
Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations, 1994
Near earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, 2002
In Bulgaria, remains that some believe to be the bones of John the Baptist, are scientifically proven to be from a Middle Eastern man and dated to be from the first century AD, 2012
Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire, 2017


Feline Friday and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
This place where we have our vacation is mostly devoid of felines.  Feral cats that end up on the island have to be trapped, fixed, and relocated to other feral colonies, and people are required to keep pet cats indoors to protect some endangered species.
That means no cat pictures from vacation, just one from back home at the shelter:
Yes, we had a pure Abyssinian at the shelter.

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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!       
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
1. I hope _________________________ never goes out of business.
2. So far, the highlight of my year has been__________________.
3. _________ takes up too much time.
4. If I didn’t have to sleep, I would spend that extra time _________.
1. I hope my favorite vegan restaurant never goes out of business, even though i don’t get to go often.
2. So far, the highlight of my year has been this vacation.
3. Working takes up too much time, unless it’s work you love.
4. If I didn’t have to sleep, I would spend that extra time reading.
Today is:
Bachfest Leipzig — Leipzig, Germany (celebrating the great composer in the city where he composed some of his best-known works; through the 23rd)
Blues on the Fox — Aurora, IL, US (celebration of the historical blues recordings made in Aurora, with blues musicians from around the country performing; through tomorrow)
Dulcimer Days — Coshocton, Ohio, US (enjoy the restored 19th Century Roscoe Village and the charming music of dulcimers; through Sunday)
Family History Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, urging people to brush up on family history during summer family reunions
Feast Day of Elisha the Prophet — Christian
Fes Musiques Sacrees du Monde — Fez, Morocco (Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, with all types of sacred music featured, from Spanish gypsy laments to Sufi chanting and everything between; through the 22nd)
Flag Day — United States
Freedom Day — Malawi
Fulton County Historical Power Show — Rochester, IN (featuring tractors, engines, antique power equipment, and food, music, and fun; through Sunday)
Leinapaev — Estonia (Mourning and Commemoration Day; remembering those deported under Soviet rule)
Liberation Day — Falkland Islands
Missing Mutts Awareness Day — to help families whose beloved pets have gone missing, the Missing Mutts Awareness Society was formed; it no longer seems to sponsor a particular day, though its Facebook Page is active    
Mourning and Hope Day — Lithuania (remembering those exiled to Siberia under the Soviets)
National Bourbon Day — celebrating America’s “Native Spirit”   
National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers — on the second Friday of June, sponsored the last couple of years by Wives Behind the Badge 
National Strawberry Shortcake Day
Old Fort Days and Billy the Kid Tombstone Race — Fort Sumner, NM, US (fun for all, including a rodeo, dance, demonstrations by Native Americans, and a race through an obstacle course carrying an 80lb tombstone! through tomorrow)
Pause for the Pledge Day — US, in conjunction with Flag Day, all citizens are asked to pause at 7pm EDT to recite the Pledge
Pig Callers’ Day — no clue where this came from, or why; any pig callers out there want to weigh in?
Pop Goes the Weasel Day — and just as no one knows for sure the origins of the song or it’s meaning, no one knows why it is celebrated on this day
Queen’s Birthday — Solomon Islands
Rice Planting Festivals — Sumiyoshi Shrine, Osaka and Izawanomiya Shrine, Mie Prefecture, Japan (rice planting at sacred fields, some rites date back over 1,700 years)
Rumor Sunday — Fairy Calendar (usually held on a weekday)
Runic Half-month Dag (day) commences
Sandpaper Day — Isaac Fisher, Jr., of Vermont, was issued the first US patent for sandpaper on this day in 1834
St. Basil the Great’s Day (traditional date in Roman Catholic Church, current date in Episcopal Church; Patron of education, exorcisms, hospital administrators, monks, liturgists, reformers; Cappadocia; Russia)
St. Castora Gabrielli’s Day (Patron of difficult marriages, widows)
Texas Folklife Festival — San Antonio, TX, US (the signature event of the Institute of Texan Cultures; through Sunday)
The Strawberry Festival — Crawfordsville, IN, US (historic Lane Place hosts three days of fun, and all the city museums are open; through Sunday)
Versailles Poultry Days — Versailles, OH, US (fun for the whole family, with parades, 5K, and even a Miss Chick contest; through Sunday)
Windsurfing Regatta/Unvarnished Music Festival — Worthington, MN, US (windsurfing, swap meet, and music on the beach; through Sunday)
Work @ Home Fathers’ Day — special kudos to the dads who work from home by telecommuting, or care for house and kids while the wife works outside the home Jeff Zbar     
World Blood Donor Day — International 
    Blood Type Awareness Day — while donating, make sure you know your type, and that of your loved ones; in an emergency, it’s good to know
Anniversaries Today:
The United States Army is founded, 1775
Munich, Germany is founded, 1158
Birthdays Today:
Daryl Sabara, 1992
Lucy Hale, 1989
Kevin McHale, 1988
Diablo Cody, 1978
Steffi Graf, 1969
Yasmine Bleeth, 1968
Traylor Howard, 1966
Boy George, 1961
Eric Arthur Heiden, 1958
Will Patton, 1954
Eddie Mekka, 1952
Donald Trump, 1946
John F. MacArthur, 1939
Jerzy Kosinski, 1933
Joe Arpaio, 1932
Marla Gibbs, 1931
Che Guevara, 1928
Pierre Salinger, 1925
Gene Barry, 1919
Burl Ives, 1909
Alois Alzheimer, 1864
John Bartlett, 1820
Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Cable Guy(Film), 1996
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves(Film), 1991
“The Gong Show”(TV), 1976
Today in History:
Kublai Khan defeated the force of Nayan and other traditionalist Borjigin  princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria, 1287
Richard II in England meets leaders of Peasants’ Revolt on Blackheath and the Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance, 1381
Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony, 1648
The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States, 1777
Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 7,400 km (4,000-mile) journey in an open boat, 1789
Whiskey distilled from maize is first produced by American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig, who named it Bourbon because he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1789
Badi VII, king of Sennar, surrenders his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, ending the existence of that Sudanese kingdom, 1821
The village of Henley, on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, stages its first Royal Regatta, 1839
Trade unions are legalised in Canada, 1872
Norway adopts female suffrage, 1907
John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown depart St. John’s, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic  flight, 1919
Action Comics issue one is released, introducing Superman, 1938
The Canadian Library Association is established, 1946
UNIVAC I, the world’s first commercial computer, is dedicated by the U.S. Census Bureau, 1951
The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris – later becoming the European Space Agency, 1962
The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, 1966
The 1994 Stanley Cup Riots occur after the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup from Vancouver, 1994
The Wallow Fire becomes the largest wildfire in the history of the US State of Arizona, 2011
Australia announces its plan to create the largest marine reserve in the world, 2012

A Little Longer (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“How much longer do we get?”
It’s Thursday, so we have today, tomorrow, and we go back Saturday.
“Are we picking up Father’s Day barbecue for Grandpa on the way through?”
As usual.
“I wish we could get an extension.”
Me, too.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Extension.      
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    
Decorative fence, in our vacation area:
Today is:
Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival — Avon, OH, US (everything wacky and wonderful about duct tape is celebrated in the Duct Tape Capital of the World, home of the Duck brand of duct tape; through Sunday)
Czech Days — Tabor, SD, US (celebrating foods and traditions of the Czech people who settled this area; through Sunday)
Day of the Living Children of Nut — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Feast of Epona — Ancient Celtic Calendar (Rhiannon in Wales, Macha in Ireland, guardian goddess of horses, stables, horse owners, agriculture, and transportation; date approximate, and disputed, she was the only Celtic goddess worshipped by the Romans, and they celebrated her on December 18)
First-in-Line and Queue-Jumping Tournament — Fairy Calendar
Fort Union Trading Post Rendezvous — Williston, ND, US (re-creation of the fur trade era; through Sunday)
Ides of June — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
    Festival of Jupiter Invictus (Jupiter the Unconquered)
    Lesser Quinquartrus/Quinquatrus Minusculae (festival for those who played flutes at religious ceremonies; through the 15th)
Kiamichi Owa-Chito Festival of the Forest — Beaver’s Bend State Park, Broken Bow, OK, US (celebration of Native American culture; through Saturday)
Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
Prairie Villa Rendezvous — Prairie du Chien, WI, US (learn about the fur trader lifestyle of days gone by, make Indian fry bread, learn how hard it was to load a rifle with gunpowder back in the day, learn about plants and medicines, and more; through Sunday)
Roller Coaster Day — the world’s first “Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway”, patented by LaMarcus Thompson, opened on this day in 1884 on Coney Island, at a cost of five cents per ride
Sam Steele Days — Cranbrook, BC, Canada (fun for all, celebrating the life and legend of Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police in the 1880’s; through Sunday)
Sewing Machine Day — why this day is anyone’s guess, but we must admit it’s a useful invention
St. Anthony of Padua’s Day, the “Hammer of Heretics” (Patron of amputees, animals, asses, boatmen, domestic animals, elderly people, expectant mothers, faith, fishermen, harvests, horses, mail, mariners, Native Americans, oppressed people, paupers, poor people, sailors, seeksers of lost objects, starving people, swineherds, Tigua Indians, travel hostesses, travellers, watermen; Amantea, Italy; Anzio, Italy; Brazil; Cianciana, Italy; Dorado, Puerto Rico; Favara, Italy; Ferrazzano, Italy; Giano Vetusto, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Nocolosi, Italy; Padua, Italy; Portugal; San Antonio Tiayacapan, Mexico; San Fulgencio, Spain; Sandia Indian Pueblo; against barrenness, shipwreck, starvation, and sterility)
    a municipal holiday in Lisbon, Portugal and parts of Spain
Tecumseh! the Epic Outdoor Drama — Chillicothe, OH, US (Mon-Sat, until Sept. 1; spectacular reenactment of the life and death of the great Shawnee leader)
Weed Your Garden Day — a reminder to get out there and do a little each day, so the little buggers don’t get out of hand
Anniversaries Today:
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is founded, 1798
Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, 1525
Birthdays Today:
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 1986
Raz-B, 1985
Rivers Cuomo, 1970
Jamie Walters, 1969
Ally Sheedy, 1962
Tim Allen, 1953
Richard Thomas, 1951
Ban Ki-Moon, 1944
Malcolm McDowell, 1943
Siegfried Fischbacher, 1939
Christo, 1935
Paul Lynde, 1926
Ralph Edwards, 1913
Red Grange, 1903
Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893
Basil Rathbone, 1892
William Butler Yeats, 1865
Winfield Scott, 1786
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Closer”(TV), 2005
Roadie(Film), 1980
“Les vêpres siciliennes”(Verdi opera) 1855
Today in History:
Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots, 1249
Ibn Battuta, who was to become the foremost world traveler of his day, seeing most of the known world in his time, begins his first hadj, 1325
Rhode Island becomes the first of Britain’s North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves, 1774
Mission San Luis Rey de Francia  is founded, 1798
Meriwether Lewis and four companions sight the Great Falls of the Missouri River, 1803
A fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia, 1886
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich at 11:30 PM, 1886
Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital, 1898
The University of the Philippines College of Engineering is established, the largest degree granting unit in the Philippines, 1910
Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, is discovered, 1955
The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them, 1966
Thurgood Marshall is nominated to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
Fahd becomes King of Saudi Arabia upon the death of his brother, Khalid, 1982
Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system, 1983
President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, 2000
The US withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, 2002
The Al Askari Mosque is bombed for a second time, 2007
A capsule of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa returns to Earth with particles of asteroid 25143 Itokawa, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court invalides gene patents held by Myriad Genetics when it rules that isolated human genes are not patentable, 2013
Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet in the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, re-awakes after 7 months, 2015
Volkswagen is fined €1 billion (£880m) by German prosecutors over diesel emissions scandal, 2018


The Beach is for Everyone (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     

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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Elephant’s Child.     
Here are this week’s prompts. 
  1. Sleeping 
  2. Burnt
  3. Broken 
  4. Undercover
  5. Swallows
  6. Universe
  1. Voyage
  2. Heart
  3. Diary
  4. Falling
  5. Star
  6. Samurai
This vacation is going great.  There has been plenty of time spent checking the insides of my eyelids for cracks/SLEEPING.  We haven’t BURNT any of the meals we’ve microwaved, nor BROKEN anything.
There are no SWALLOWS here, but plenty of herons and egrets and pelicans and seagulls.  The UNIVERSE has not showed me a FALLING STAR, but plenty of loveliness at sunrise and sunset.
While i won’t be going UNDERCOVER, tomorrow i will be going to my friend DiDreaming’s house to help her pack for her upcoming move.  My HEART goes out to her, she really needs the assistance and i’m glad to be able to give it.  We will also leave the house and go do something fun.  One time, we took a VOYAGE around the bay in a vehicle that goes from land to sea and back again called a duck boat, i don’t know what we will find this time.
No DIARY keeping here, just jotting stuff online, so this is my place of memories, and i have no idea how to work the word SAMURAI into this and make it sensible.
Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!
Today is:
Crowded Nest Awareness Day — for those whose problem is the opposite of the Empty Nest, a day to remind you to keep your sense of humor and get support when you need it
Festival of Mut — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Ghost in the Machine Day — the internet holiday that explains everything!
Helsinki Day — Finland
Ice Cream Days — LeMars, IA, US (the home of Wells’s Blue Bunny Ice Cream calls itself the Ice Cream Capital of the World and has a parade, basketball tournament, children’s activities, fishing derby, and more along with tons of ice cream; through Saturday)
Independence Day — Philippines
International Cachaca Day — the once illegal cocktail now has its own day of celebration 
Kuopio Dance Festival — Kuopio, Finland (exotic dance art by familiar and new artists from around the world on the sunlit summer nights; through next Tuesday)
Loving Day — US (commemoration of Loving vs. Virginia decision by the Supreme Court which struct down all anti-miscegenation laws) 
Midnight Sun Film Festival — Sodankyla, Lapland, Finland (one of the world’s most unique film festivals; through Sunday)
National Jerky Day — begun a couple of years ago, possibly by one of the jerky manufacturers (no one can track it down, sounds suspicious to me)
National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
National Time Out Day — US, sponsored by The Association of Operating Room Nurses, which want everyone involved in surgeries to take time out before the procedure to verify the surgery site, type, and patient and decrease OR errors  
Peace of Chaco Day / Chaco Armistice Day — Paraguay and Bolivia (commemorates the end of a war between the two)
Red Rose Day — found all over the internet, with June 12 as the most common date cited; may have begun with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Australia, which has Rose Days as fundraisers
Russia Day — Russia
St. Anthony’s Eve — Brazil; Portugal
    Dia dos Namorados — Brazil (Lover’s Day, celebrated on St. Anthony’s Eve)
St. Onuphrius’ Day (Patron of weavers; Centrache, Catanzaro, Italy)
World Day Against Child Labour — The UN, Education International and the International Labour Organization
Birthdays Today:
Frances O’Connor, 1969
Timothy Busfield, 1957
Marv Albert, 1941
Chick Corea, 1941
Jim Nabors, 1932
Anne Frank, 1929
Vic Damone, 1928
George H.W. Bush, 1924
David Rockefeller, 1915
Alexandre Tansman, 1897
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Doctor Doctor”(TV), 1989
Raiders of the Lost Ark(Film), 1981
You Only Live Twice(Film), 1967
Cleopatra(Film), 1963
Today in History:
Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau, 1429
The French begin their colonization of Algeria with the landing of 34,000 troops, 1830
The world’s first Fingerprint Bureau opens in Calcutta, India, after the Council of the Governor General approves a committee report that fingerprints should be used for classification of criminal records, 1897
Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures’ Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor, 1939
Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present, 1942
The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional, 1967
The first man powered flight across the English Channel is performed by Bryan Allen in the Gossamer Albatross designed by Paul MacCready, 1979
At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, 1987
Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declares its sovereignty, 1990
Queen Elizabeth II reopens the Globe Theatre in London, 1997
A disputed presidential election in Iran leads to widespread protests, 2009
Ending an extensive study on the wooly mammoth, scientists conclude that they were wiped out by multiple things, including climate change, human hunters, and shifting habitats, 2012
AT&T’s $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner can go ahead according to US district court judge, 2018


Random and Happy Vacation Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
First a note about mosquitoes and the beach as an explanation of the poem yesterday.  This beach, for some reason, doesn’t have any.  Never have figured out how that happens anywhere on the Gulf Coast, but there we are.  It’s a blessing here.
Why do all of my vacations start like this:


Even though i always mean to get all of the laundry done before we go, Mt. Washmore is never quite conquered.


The beach walks in the mornings and evenings have been wonderful.  Ever time, i promise myself i am not going to spend time taking pictures, just enjoying the moments.  Why yes, i often lie to myself like that!




My friend DiDreaming has a cat and a dog.  The dog is a terrier, bred to catch rats.  The cat is, well, a cat.  It turns out that neither of them are useful, as they both stood back and watched one day as a mouse helped itself to the pet food.  They just politely waiting until the mouse was done.



Church on Sunday was fabulous as it always is at the Flora-Bama Bar.  (Yes, the owner of the bar has a church meeting there on Sunday mornings and Celebrate Recovery meetings in one of the buildings.)  For many years, they would set out hymnals for the service and pick up the hymnals after.  Once i asked if i could buy one, but they only had the copyright for the songs in there for use in the church, not for sales.
This year, there were no hymnals waiting in the seats, and it turns out they got rid of them and just print the hymns in the bulletin.  One lady overheard me saying how i would miss them and said, “Oh, I have an extra in my car, I will let you have it!”
That’s how i got my very own copy of The Honky Tonk Hymnal:


We’re having a great time, wish you were here, and hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday!

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Today is:
Arrephoria — Ancient Greek Calendar (ceremony for the two girls chosen to weave the new robe for Athena’s Statue and care for her sacred olive tree during the next year; date approximate)
Birthday of Prince Henrik — Denmark
Corn on the Cob Day
Fandens Fodselsdag(The Devil’s Birthday) — Denmark (traditional date when contracts between masters and servants expired, making them free to renew or renegotiate or sever ties; it was also considered The Devil’s Birthday because taxes and rents came due!)
Holiday of the Happy Gnomes — Fairy Calendar (grumpy Gnomes are not allowed to attend this holiday!)
Hug Holiday — some internet sites have this one, and since hugs are good for mental health, indulge!
King Kamehameha Day — Hawaii, US
Magic Circles Day and Magic History Gathering — marking the founding of The Magic Circle, a society of amateur and professional magicians    
National German Chocolate Cake Day
Petit Jean Antique Auto Show and Swap Meet — Morrilton, AR, US (sponsored by the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, and the place to be if you love old cars; through Saturday)
Rites of Matralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring of Mater Matua, goddess of dawn and childbirth, by women who had been married once) related observance:
    Day Sacred to Fortuna Virgo (Fortune the Virgin, the day marriage robes of girls were dedicated to this goddess)
St. Barnabas the Apostle’s Day (Patron of Antioch; Cyprus; Marbelia, Costa del Sol, Spain; Marino, Italy; invoked as a peacemaker; against hailstorms) a/k/a Barnaby Bright Day or Long Barnaby*
World Pet Memorial Day — some sites say this is always on June 10, others that it’s always on the second Tuesday in June, but none can tell us where it came from or who started it that i can find
*Under the Julian calendar, June 11, St. Barnabas’ Day, was the longest day of the year —
Barnaby Bright, Barnaby Bright,
The longest day
And the shortest night
Anniversaries Today:
Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon, 1509
Birthdays Today:
Shia LeBeouf, 1986
Joshua Jackson, 1978
Caroline Quentin, 1961
Dr. Mehmet Oz, 1960
Hugh Laurie, 1959
Joe Montana, 1956
Peter Bergman, 1953
Adrienne Barbeau, 1945
Jackie Stewart, 1939
Chad Everett, 1936
Gene Wilder, 1933
William Clark Styron, Jr., 1925
Vince Lombardi, 1913
Jacques Cousteau, 1910
Jeannette Pickering Rankin, 1880
Richard Georg Strauss, 1864
John Constable, 1776
Ben Jonson, 1572
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“American Idol”(TV), 2002
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(Film), 1982
“Main Street Electrical Parade”(Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida), 1977
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Music”(Beatles’ UK album release), 1976
A Day at the Races(Marx Brothers film), 1937
Today in History:
Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes, BC1184
Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía, 1594
The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence, 1776
Russian  explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska, 1788
The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick, 1793
The Limelight Department, one of the world’s first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia, 1892
New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands, 1901
Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown, 1919
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island, 1962
Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington become the first women to receive the rank of general in the U.S. Army, 1970
Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe, 200
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an official apology to Canada’s First Nations for residential school abuse that isolated native children from their homes, families, and cultures for a century, 2008
Ancient Korean royal books looted by French troops in 1866 are returned to South Korea; 1,000 officials and locals celebrate the return of the 297-volume ‘Oegyujanggak’ books, 2011
Winds in southwestern Western Australia of up to 140km/h batter the area and leave more than 170,000 homes without power, 2012
Japan passes a law that will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, 2017