by Janet Blue on September 3, 2018

Sparks…Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September in the U.S. and Canada. It is celebrated as a federal holiday in honor of the American labor movement and the contributions made by workers to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. It is considered the unofficial end of summer in the United States. When I was a youngster it marked the beginning of a new school year as well. I don’t know about other areas, but here some students have been back in school for as much as a month.

Oregon was the first state to celebrate Labor Day in 1887. When it became a federal holiday in 1894, 30 states were already celebrating the day.

I selected a Spark that doesn’t represent a job or even physical activity, but rather something intangible. However, the photo I selected to represent the Spark is that of a hardworking American.



This is another of Dad Tom’s photos and shows the beginning of the removal of the large tree in our backyard.

Unless you work in retail, you probably have the day off from work. Whatever plans you have for celebrating, enjoy yourself, don’t do anything stupid you’ll regret and believe in your dreams.

Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend, Annie (McGuffy’s Reader). Annie is taking a “break” from blogging, so there is no hop. However, many of us continue to post a Spark on Monday, as we believe in Annie’s vision: “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!”

Awww Mondays

In order to be able to participate in the blog hop at Comedy Plus, and due to this being a cat blog, I have included a “cute” cat photo.



The can Sawyer is guarding contains nip and treats.

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Emma and Buster September 3, 2018 at 6:27 pm

Mama likes Labor Day, it’s one of the holidays she doesn’t have to do anything and can sit on the computer and look at all the cat photos she can handle.
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Ellen Pilch September 3, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Sawyer is such a cutie. That is a great spark. XO

A ShutterBug Explores September 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Wonderful post about origin of Labor Day and excellent quote and what an adorable little gray kitty photo!

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores
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Comedy Plus September 3, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Love the quote. So very true.

Sawyer, you’re a handsome mancat. Yes you are.

Have a purrfect Awww Monday. My best to your mom. ♥
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Eastside Cats September 3, 2018 at 11:11 am

Sawyer, you are so adorable! Happy Labor Day!

The Florida Furkids September 3, 2018 at 10:49 am

Great Spark and super photo! We think Sawyer has the best seat in the house.

The Florida Furkids with bazillion smoochies and tons of love to Mau from Allie
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The Island Cats September 3, 2018 at 9:44 am

Sawyer, you’re looking particularly cute today. Happy Labor Day to all of you!
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Linda Arthur Tejera September 3, 2018 at 9:32 am

That is such a dangerous job. But, like you, I’m glad there are people trained to do it!

What an adorable photo of Sawyer. He knows where his goodies are and he’s not letting any get away! 😀 <3
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Teddy September 3, 2018 at 5:24 am

Enjoy your Labor Day Kitties Blue! Sawyer you sure do a great job guarding the treat container…..nobody can get past a determined cat…… We hope all of you have a great Labor Day – I guess there won’t be any yard laborers today since it’s a holiday but I’m sure you all will find something else to keep you occupied today.

Hugs, Teddy
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