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TGIF

TGIF & The Weekend

 

While TGIF is a most familiar acronym, has this day always represented the "end" of the work week?  In today’s society, “weekends” are taken for granted. However, that luxury has not always been recognized. The work week was once Monday through Saturday with work, especially on farms, starting before the sun came up and not ending until sundown. Jobs ‘back in the day’ consisted of positions, such as …

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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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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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Memorial Day Weekend

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In remembrance of one of the most celebrated weekends in America...Memorial Day Weekend! This weekend commemorates a beginning as well as an end. It is anything and everything red, white and blue.

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Remain mindful each and every day of the year of the sacrifices made for America's freedom!

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7 Sunsets Captured at the Perfect Moment | DashBurst

7 Sunsets Captured at the Perfect Moment | DashBurst | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

The moment when the sun begins to set is one of the most magnificent sights in nature as the sky gradually transitions from a cool, calm blue to a burning orange. Israeli artist and photographer Hermin Abramovitch uses the beautiful, fiery sunset as a backdrop to some of his photos. 


Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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The sun, moon and stars all add inspiration to our daily lives. If you have seen the moon imagery interwoven with the human element and found yourself inspired, check out these images for fiery inspiration indeed!

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These photos are pure poetry.

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Hands in my life

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What a wonderful prelude to Mother’s Day! As with all her writings, Mary Helen Ferris strikes our heartstrings releasing innermost melodious chords!

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Resilience

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Do you sometimes feel like a rubber band...stretched to the limit ready to snap at any given moment? Have you been burned scorching with doubt as to whether you can gather yourself up from the ashe...
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“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” ~Bernard Williams

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Because we all need something to DO...

Because we all need something to DO... | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Let’s have some fun because we all need something to DO that is normally not found on a daily to-do list. Some of the ideas below are cr-r-r-razy but #1 really sounds terrific! Of course #7 would work on Get a Different Name Day. Are you game?

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Let’s have some fun because we all need something to DO that is normally not found on a daily to-do list. Some of the ideas below are cr-r-r-razy but #1 really sounds terrific! Of course #7 would work on Get a Different Name Day. Are you game?

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The Lily

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Happy Easter to all and may your day be filled with blessings beyond words! Sometimes we ponder and ponder in hopes of eventually mustering the right words to tender an emotion, offer inspiration or purpose newfound knowledge.

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Easter is a time for special blessings...thoughts and emotions to carry us all through the year!

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Something to Smile About

Something to Smile About | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Do you always NEED something to smile about or does a smile come naturally, just happen without a great deal of thought or reason behind it? Perhaps you wake up in the morning and smile even before your feet hit the floor. Ever ask yourself "Why?"

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Simple Moments Ignite Life’s Emotions

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Spring is HERE!

Spring is HERE! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
To all my family, friends, followers and visitors, wishing you a glorious SPRING! Here is a bouquet of Spring flowers for everyone to enjoy and share if you like! Visit catnip's sister site, Awaken...
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What were your first signs of spring?

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Free Write Friday #40: Image Prompt

Free Write Friday #40: Image Prompt | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

I am one of Kellie Elmore's writing bandits at freewrite Friday. Kellie invites all who would like to participate to please join her. Rules are simple. Follow her prompt and write whatever comes to mind. Sometimes she will provide a word prompt, a phrase prompt or like today an image prompt. There is no time limit so even if you miss the Friday, the writing window is always open.

 

Here is Kellie’s latest FWF prompt:

This house has a story…what is it?

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Voices echo from the kitchen window calling me inside for the last time. Hope you enjoy the poem Echoes...

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The Pulse of Life

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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

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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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What do you say?

What do you say? | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

  Dance in the rain,  savor the raindrops & rainbows, cherish the hours from dusk ’til dawn observing sunrise to sunset, capture the spirit of messages in the wind, enjoy the beauty in the world through the eyes of love!

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Don’t be afraid when someone says, “I love you.” Simply return the love!

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Hug Your Cat Day

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Awakenings, catnip’s sister site, posts What’s Happenin’ on a fairly regular basis. Included are funny days, weird celebrations, wacky holidays and lots of food & chocolate. Often some appear that are actually ordinary and serve as a reminder. Since catnip is such a lover of our feline, fur-r-ry friend the cat it is only fitting to recognize here that today is…
Hug Your Cat Day

 

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If you don’t own a cat, Hug Someone Else’s Cat!

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Miracle of Birth

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Catnip's motto boasts to 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! This cannot be epitomized in any better...
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Grandbaby #7: It's a girl!

Lennon Reese Walding

7 lbs 13 oz 19 1/2 ins long

Born 8:30 AM CST May 1 Daphne, AL

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It's Caturday

Thank you for stopping by catnipoflife where any day is a 'caturday', especially on a Saturday!
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Simplicity

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There IS power in simplicity. It allows the flow of creative juices to become less complex leaving out all the fussiness that often muddies the water. It allows us to examine the ideas that are truly important, those that really matter. We then toss aside the rocks within the river bed that break the flow making the way fluent, not choppy, thereby being creative within simplicity!.
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Enjoy the simplicity in photography by Alastair!

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Embrace the Silence

Embrace the Silence | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Within the hustle and bustle of daily life, we cherish the quiet moments. We embrace the silence. We seek places of solitude to ponder the events that govern our very being. We long for the silent moments in life…moments during which time we can turn off, unplug, power down and need not pay attention to social media nor other noise confusing our minds. We long to…


Embrace the Silence

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How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.

— Virginia Woolf, “The Waves"

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The Cat vs. The Dog

The Cat vs. The Dog | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

At Awakenings today we are celebrating Li’l Woofer Day, aka National Puppy Day!

 

Even though catnip leans toward the cat, of course, whether a cat lover or dog lover, who could not love that face! Dogs have been labeled ‘man’s best friend’ but that is a matter of opinion. Whether teeny, tiny or great big overgrown sweeties, they do know when they are loved. We hug, they slobber!

 

 

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So, on ‘Woofer Day’ check out the bit of trivia, Dog vs. Cat [Dog is first only because today is his/her day!]

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Awkward Cat Moments

Awkward Cat Moments | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
No way catnip can celebrate National Awkward Moments Day without mention of Cat Moments! ENJOY! National Awkward Moments Day is a day, that was created to find the ability to laugh at ourselves AND...
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National Awkward Moments Day is a day that was created to find the ability to laugh at ourselves AND our pets, see the humor in the moment and have fun within the awkwardness!

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The Power of Appreciation

The Power of Appreciation | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Often when I am working on Awakenings, inspiration guides me to share a day's events on her sister site catnipoflife. Today is one of those days since March 7th is ...

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Isn’t it better to expect nothing so when all the surprises come along the gifts are truly appreciated? The gifts, of course, being expressions of gratitude through love, time, energy, and ourselves, not to get anything in return. When we say ‘thank you’, we are giving praise and receiving the real joy in the act of giving. There is indeed power in appreciation.

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