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Life is Full of Surprises...

Life is Full of Surprises... | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
...with a little craziness tossed into the mix! Which is your favorite?
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Awesome People and Amazing Animals: What a trip!

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Awesome People and Amazing Animals: What a trip!

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Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!
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Welcome to Catnip of Life

Welcome to Catnip of Life | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety...
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Brothers & Sisters

Brothers & Sisters | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Siblings are often the very best of friends... Check out a personal posting for my brother and the history behind National Sibling Day @ Awakenings!  Wes & Me :-)
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Cool slideshow @ catnipoflife for smiles and laughter! Enjoyment in the catnip!
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♥Make Everyday Valentine's Day♥

♥Make Everyday Valentine's Day♥ | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
TGIF! But not just any TGIF...this is the Friday of Valentine's Day weekend and also the Friday before celebration of Presidents' Day. The weekend will be jam packed with shoppers searching for just the right gift for those special persons in their lives while taking advantage of the last big sales of Winter. Tradition surrounds…
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There is a question that always perplexes me: Why not make everyday a Valentine's Day? 

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The Owl

The Owl | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
What recollections do you have of the owl? As a child, mine are two fold. First the nursery rhyme, The Wise Old Owl, which handed down through tradition merits the art of measuring our words. Basically it is told in an attempt to teach a child the virtue of being quite! Second is the nonsense…
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Oink! Oink! Oink! celebrates National Pig Day (March 1),  It’s Party Time…for the CAT! focuses full attention on our feline friend for National Cat Day (October 29) while Gobble Gobble Gobble sets our sights on a holiday feast at Thanksgiving in November! Question is…When is Owl Day?

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Okay, Monday!

Okay, Monday! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Mondays have repeatedly brought about sad thoughts because the weekend has ended. For some reason, there is dread at the beginning of the new week. Thus, we find ourselves wishing life away every Monday morning in anticipation of an early Friday arrival and the beginning of another weekend. Time to change... What is it about…
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Let the power of marvelous Monday set the tone for smiles, NOT frowns, sending vibes for a terrific Tuesday, wonderful Wednesday, tremendous Thursday, fabulous Friday right on through the wacky weekend ’til marvelous Monday starts the week all over again!

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A Touch of Catnip

A Touch of Catnip | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Doesn't appear our little feline friend is playing Beethoven's Fifth..."bum bum bum buuuuuummmm" by his/her keyboard strokes so let's use a little imagination and pretend the little fellow (or gal) is striking a familiar Christmas tune. Christmas is a special time of year when music fills the air while sweet-smelling aromas tickle the nose of…
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Have a meowy Christmas!

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Touch of Catnip...

Touch of Catnip... | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

he cat chases the mouse

The frog catches the fly

The dice keep rollin’

As tunes rock on by

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Such are happenin's

That daily life brings

Chases and captures

Emotional stings...

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Within ties that bind

Bumps & knots along the way

Thoughts of sights ahead

Bring smiles at close of day

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Perhaps it's ocean waves

Stars twinkling in the night sky

The hugs, the tender kisses

The dance you can't deny

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Maybe it's none of these

Perhaps it's all rolled into one

Within each day that passes

It's life. It's love. It's fun.

 

 

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Check out the Advice from the Cat...

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Eskimo Kisses

Eskimo Kisses | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Teeny tiny little kisses between family, loved ones, too, have been tradition since exposed in film in 1922. These express fondness in lieu of passionate emotional kisses. Children especially enjoy Eskimo kisses since a tickling sensation nose-to-nose warms the heart inciting smiles, giggles, happiness. Such kisses are not limited to human factors alone. What about the velvety touch nose-to-nose with a kitten or the wet, sloppy kiss nose-to-nose with a puppy? By chance you may find some odd couples in nature… a horse rubbing noses with a goat, a baby fox with a doe, a dog nuzzling a rabbit.
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A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

            —Ingrid Bergman (Swedish actress, 1915–1982)

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Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Raw, rare beauty…that’s the diamond in the rough! It exists within the yard clutter of overgrown grass, scrubby shrubs, deciduous trees being housed in the most conspicuous, often non-conspicuous places. Eruptive, wildly beautiful engagements mix with snapshots of ethereal beauty as Mother Nature balances auras of delight with intensity. From the opening gates of dawn until the final curtain of daylight, nature channels its power of enchantment bringing you to your knees or lifting your spirits skyward. At the closing of day through the midnight hour, from dusk ’til dawn, nocturnal creatures add to your world of imagination with fascination.
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Enjoy catnipoflife poetry and awaken to the raw power of nature...

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It's all about the box!

It's all about the box! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Cats! What adorable creatures! Whether kittens or full grown, our feline friends bring joy and happiness with their cuddliness and antics. Being easily spoiled, each is susceptible to ‘owning’ a plethora of toys. As cat lovers, we all have meow, meow, meow stories/moments to share. We dote upon THE cat with what the cat deserves…THE best, THE craziest, THE funniest…the search is on for the most unique toy! One of the best cat toys on the planet doesn’t cost anything extra, doesn’t warrant a drive to the store, doesn’t require a lot of thought, doesn’t need batteries, doesn’t require any tools to put together and best of all is probably right now, today, this minute, somewhere in your house waiting to be had!
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Having a bad day? Adopt a kitten or give a lonely cat a home! If you already have one, let some of that friendly feline persuasion make you feel better! Somewhere around your house is a lonely empty box needing company!

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Scaredy-cat or Scared Cat

Scaredy-cat or Scared Cat | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
There are “scaredy-cats” and then there are scared cats. As humans, some of us are startled or frightened by a slight change or movement, even to the point of being afraid of anything and everything. Others take it with a grain of salt. Cats are among those that frighten very easily.
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Do you frighten easily? Share your scariest moment...personal or cat!

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'Monday Tuesday'

Tuesday, June 17 | Today is Tuesday but it feels like a Monday. If I wish it were Friday (and the good genie granted my wish) then what would become of Wednesday and Thursday? Time goes by too fast as it is and definitely too precious to ever wish any day away. Time lost can never be regained. What a mess!

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Maybe I should just drop everything and go get a manicure! Have you ever experienced a Monday Tuesday?

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States at a Glance

States at a Glance | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
catnipoflife‘s sister site Awakenings began a journey in January across the United States focusing each month on the state(s) that was admitted to the union during that month. Now six months into the year 23 states have been visited. Some of these have been Scooped onto catnip but not all. What is the idea behind this journey you might be wondering?
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How much do you know about our nation’s states or better still, what do you know about the state in which you live? Do you know which state(s) have a State Cat? What about the one with a State Dinosaur along with a State Cat? Which state(s) claims the Spirit of the Ladybug as its state insect? Do you know which state is nicknamed after its Busy Buzzin’ Bees? This next one surely you know…the state famous for The Shag and Shad Roe?

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Desire to Live a Dream

Desire to Live a Dream | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
We should all strive to learn who we are...from whence we came. Each of us holds a place in an ancestral chain with relatives from many different walks of life. Within anyone's ancestry lies experience after experience deemed a success, as well as a considerable amount of failure. Every walk of life provides a step…
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Why try, indeed? Because there is an overwhelming desire, a passion, to live a dream and the unyielding desire, the tenacity, to see it happen. Once the vision is established it takes a combination of passion and tenacity to keep the momentum going.
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If cats had thumbs…

If cats had thumbs… | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought about one fact that sets man apart from many other species on the planet is an opposable thumb? It allows us to do many things that other creatures can't do. If you have ever injured your thumb, you have had a first hand experience as to what an important role that…
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Now imagine what it would be like if your pet had thumbs. Do you get a clear image of your pet with thumbs? Are you seeing your pet doing things with his/her new thumb? If so, your mind is in spirit with celebration today, March 3…Have a HAPPY ‘If Pets Had Thumbs Day’!
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The Brolly, The Gamp, The Bumbershoot

The Brolly, The Gamp, The Bumbershoot | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
At Awakenings, catnip's sister site, we are celebrating The Brolly, The Gamp, The Bumbershoot! If you are not familiar with either of those terms, perhaps the image above will give you a clue. BUT, do each represent a type of cat or is it the umbrella, which is all too familiar especially on rainy days?…
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OR could it simply be a cat toy?

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Awakenings: Lookin' Back to Plan Ahead plus more to come!

Awakenings: Lookin' Back to Plan Ahead plus more to come! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
There is MORE to February than just Valentine's Day...

Welcome to month #2 of 2016! While Valentine's Day is at the top of the list for celebration this month, something is happenin' and being celebrated on a daily basis! Lookin' back, What's Happenin' kept you updated on funny days, weird holidays, foodie fun and celebrations during the month of February in 2014. The date of 'holidays' designated as specific days of the week change each year but the celebrations themselves do not change providing choices on what to celebrate or not.

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Many of the past celebrations will remain relatively the same while others will change according to the times, i.e., Superbowl Sunday, which this year falls on February 7. So, even though you have a chance to look back to plan ahead, be sure to stop by daily for the accurate and possible new celebrations.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Make the leap from 2015 to 2016 with New Year's resolutions that are doable! We all have the tendency to declare that which is most improbable...NOT impossible but simply not likely. In other words, be reasonable so goals can be accomplished! It is always possible to go beyond any expectations. Start the New Year afresh…
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May 2016 be filled with catnip…days & nights where you Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest! After all, you have but one life…LIVE IT! Make the next 365 days count. That’s right…you still have 365 days to go since 2016 is a leap year.

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Gone, yet ne'er forgotten!

Gone, yet ne'er forgotten! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Amid all the festiveness of the holiday season come times of remembrance... Christmas past, family and friends gone but not forgotten. There is an overwhelming sense of sadness that at the same time brings on smiles of the heart. The joy, the laughter, the silliness within the seriousness of the time. With Christmas, there is…
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Loving memories of those who have passed on are rekindled everyday in music that lives on and on and on…
 
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Bone or Debone?

Bone or Debone? | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Shrimp are shelled, but deveined. You peel a banana, pit an olive, fillet a fish, yet deseed a tomato. BUT, what do you do when you want to remove the bones from a chicken?
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Simply put if the bones are removed, the chicken is boneless. What difference does it make whether it is a boning or deboning process?

What are your thoughts on the matter…do you bone or debone a chicken?
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Bath Time

WATCH THE VIDEO @ CATNIPOFLIFE! Cats are adorable and loveable offering the best cuddles ever but most of all, they are very independent. Their likes and dislikes are solely dependent on the nature of each individual feline. This is especially true at BATH TIME. Take a peek at two extremes but get ready to LOL, then, enjoy the AW-W-W-W-W moment!

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Are you a cat lover? What inspiring cat moments do you have to share?
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Beyond the Box

Beyond the Box | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
The expression ‘stepping outside the box’ takes you away from redundant routines into territory filled with intensiveness, often nervousness, but at the same time, opens up new horizons, bold ideas. It is a mindset establishing an entirely new way of thinking ultimately guiding you toward listening to life around you from a totally new perspective. When you wake up in the morning, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind? If they encompass dread or a boring outlook, it is time to cast off the dreary atmosphere that surrounds you. Gaze out the window, listen to life’s songs!
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What echoes align you with the day ahead? Are you ready to venture beyond the box into the light? Listen patiently, intensely so as to not miss a single moment in flight!

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The Pulse of Life

The Pulse of Life | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

From the first heartbeat to the last, there is a rhythm to life known to us all in the form of music…slow beats, rapid beats, beats out of sync, skipped beats, irregular beats, beats that make the heart flutter. The pulse of life changes as moods swing and bodies sway in accordance with the sequence of stressed and unstressed beats until the final beat falls silent.

 

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Enjoy the Chords of Emotion @Awakenings or make new ones… http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/06/chords-of-emotion.html

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Give Up Giving Up!

Give Up Giving Up! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Has life thrown you a curve ball to the point you just felt like giving up? Throwing in the towel? Flushing it all down the drain? Pulling your hair out? The answer is probably “Yes!” because it can all be summed up in one all-powerful four-letter word…LIFE!
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“With the beauty of the rose comes its thorny stem.
Life captures the essence of the rose for it too is beautiful
but filled with many thorns. ~catnipoflife

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Wonders of Nature

Wonders of Nature | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
What’s Happenin’ over @ Awakenings is Nature Photography Day! Sometimes repetition is the best practice so here it is @ her sister site catnipoflife! Be sure to visit all of the sites whose photography is featured…you won’t be disappointed! To all whose photographs appear, links have been provided and full credit to each owner! MORE @Awakenings!
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What are you waiting for? Nature is calling…calling for you!

Don’t forget your camera!

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Peace at the End of the Day

Peace at the End of the Day | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

After a hard day’s work, whether stressed out from an office position, working at a construction site or laboring in the back yard, there is no better method of relaxation than a massage. It can be as simple as a hand or foot massage to as elaborate as a full body massage. The result is the same…peace at the end of the day!

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Since today is a cat day - Garfield the Cat Day to be exact - let's revisit the Master Masseur!

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