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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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Touch of Catnip

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"Meet Shiva. His unusual name was bestowed upon him by our daughter, Nicole, when she was studying marketing and design at the University of Florida (GO GATORS!). It was during the summer in which she was completing an internship with the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, FL. We helped Niki move into her new apartment: One bedroom with a sectioned off kitchen area and a tiny, tiny bathroom. Jim and I were visiting over the 4th of July helping her with the move. It was hot, ohso HOT! Anyway, back to Shiva…."

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While on vacation, we believe Shiva was stolen from us at an RV park. Events that led up to his missing definitely pointed in that direction. We just hope he has a good home and is being treated well. He was captivating in handsomeness and demeanor. A wonderful companion!

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Horror-Horreur-الرعب

Horror-Horreur-الرعب | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

The Cat: "Sometimes the horror is so great that one's hair stands on end!"

 

Video: Le Vet

 

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A little dose of catnip for your watching and listening pleasure. . .Enjoy!

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Weekend Thoughts

Weekend Thoughts | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

I have been sitting here for a while trying to think of something that would go with Saturday so that I could have a title that looked catchy. Unfortunately, it didn't work. My brain must be out for a stroll somewhere and managed to lose itself.

 

Read MORE from Alastair @http://kattermonran.com/2013/07/20/weekend-thoughts/

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Pleasant thoughts for the mind and food for the soul, good any day of the week! Have a GREAT weekend!

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12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2013 Dirty Dozen)

12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2013 Dirty Dozen) | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

"The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is out with their annual "Shoppers Guide to Pesticides" report. This includes The Dirty Dozen, a list of the fruits and vegetables likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue. It features the Clean 15, a list of fruits and vegetables least likely to contain pesticides."

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Oh, my! I live in Georgia...peaches are among the Dirty Dozen for 2013! No more peach cobbler? Um-m-m-m? That's a tough call considering I just had a cupfull before reading this article!

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Infographic: 19 Emotions For Which English Has No Words

Infographic: 19 Emotions For Which English Has No Words | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard that the Inuit people have countless words for snow.

Via Stuart Carruthers
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One might be fluent in only one language but how interesting to ‘grow’ with other languages, especially within the senses of emotion. Love and sadness are far more nuanced than the English language permits.

 

How about the word “Gezelligheid,” which is Dutch for “comfort and coziness of being at home, with friends, with loved ones or general togetherness”?

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Knowing Future Picture Quote

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Knowing Our Future Quote

We are not meant to know the future; we could not conceptualize it and it would overwhelm our present reality. Life twists and turns in ways that subtly and gradually bring us to wherever we need to be. What will be will be and we will be ready for it not a moment before it happens. ~Randi G Fine~


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Randi G Fine's curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:17 PM

Knowing Our Future Quote

We are not meant to know the future; we could not conceptualize it and it would overwhelm our present reality. Life twists and turns in ways that subtly and gradually bring us to wherever we need to be. What will be will be and we will be ready for it not a moment before it happens. ~Randi G Fine~

 

Website: http://randigfine.com/knowing-future-picture-quote/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/randigfineloveyourlife?sk=page_insights#!/photo.php?fbid=637813472896578&set=a.169263259751604.39006.169253139752616&type=1&theater

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You have but one life: LIVE IT!

You have but one life: LIVE IT! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Today, inspiration steers me toward sharing with you some of my catnipoflife poetry along with featuring awesome photography so graciously provided by Barbara Beacham @Life in the Foothills. If you have not visited Barbara’s blog, I encourage you to mosey on over right now! You will not be disappointed. In fact, you will probably leave as a new follower. As just a little insight into the awe of Life in the Foothills, the Best Moment Award was bestowed upon Barbara by catnipoflife just recently. Here is what I had (and still have) to say about Barbara Beacham:

 

http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/you-have-but-one-life-live-it/

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You have but one life: LIVE IT! catnipoflife poetry Follow LIfe's Echo with featured photography by Barbara Beacham @ Life in the Foothills

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Just for Laughs

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Little Casanova

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Laughter: rhythmic beats of the heart that invigorate the soul ~catnipoflife

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Encouragement Picture Quote

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Quote of Encouragement

May the love and the light of the heavens shine down on you and light the path of your life. ~Randi G Fine~


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Randi G Fine's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:18 PM

Quote of Encouragement

May the love and the light of the heavens shine down on you and light the path of your life. ~Randi G Fine~

 

Website: http://randigfine.com/encouragement-picture-quote/

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Beauty and Love Picture Quote

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Inspirational Quote

Open your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you. Open your heart to the love that's all around you. ~Randi G Fine~


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Randi G Fine's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:09 AM
Inspirational Quote

Open your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you. Open your heart to the love that's all around you. ~Randi G Fine~

 

Website: http://randigfine.com/beauty-and-love-picture-quote/

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Farewell to Bootsie

Farewell to Bootsie | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Today I had to say farewell to my precious companion, Bootsie. She was missing for 14 hrs a couple of days ago and when she returned home she was very loving. Normally she would go right to her foo...
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We didn't choose Bootie, she chose us!!! Thank you, precious Bootsie, for choosing to stay and bringing such joyinto our lives! You will be deeply missed!  Visit catnip, read the poetry and leave comments :-)

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A Quote...

A Quote... | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Melodies all around us Exclaim where life belongs Open up your heart— Listen to life’s songs!
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Philosophy of Life

Philosophy of Life | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
We never get what we want, We never want what we get, We never have what we like, We never like what we have. And still we live & love. That's life... The best kind of friends are the kind you ...
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Don't miss out on the opportunity
to brighten someone’s life with this message…

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For All Writers Out There …Rethink the haibun and haiku!

For All Writers Out There …Rethink the haibun and haiku! | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

"Penny @TheWhyAboutThis threw out a line this evening complete with bait and hook. I bit! She talks about A writer’s gift – yours! Then presents a challenge surrounding an image prompt."

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Thank you, Penny, for offering an opportunity to stretch even further wielding the might sword of the pen.

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Inspirational Poem

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Inspirational Poem

The gifts we find have always been there.

We have opened our eyes, we have become aware.

And if we all learn to love, selfless hearts we avail,

If we're truthful and kind, maybe peace will prevail.

~Randi G Fine~


Via Randi G Fine
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Another great inspirational find from Randi G. Fine!

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Randi G Fine's curator insight, July 19, 2013 1:27 PM

Inspirational Poem

The gifts we find have always been there.

We have opened our eyes, we have become aware.

And if we all learn to love, selfless hearts we avail,

If we're truthful and kind, maybe peace will prevail.

~Randi G Fine~

 

Website: http://randigfine.com/inspirational-poem-2/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/randigfineloveyourlife?sk=page_insights#!/photo.php?fbid=639256036085655&set=a.169263259751604.39006.169253139752616&type=1&theater

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Free Write Friday #25: Time and Place Scanario

Free Write Friday #25: Time and Place Scanario | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Here is is nearly 4 AM and still unable to sleep. Itching, itching, itching from the severe case of poison oak is a nightmare! So, what do I do? I write. Brain will not shut down anyway. Thank you, Kellie, for this week’s Free Write Friday prompt.


Let’s leap into the future with a time & place scenario.


The year: 2063


The place: An underground bunker


What’s going on?

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Join in on Kellie Elmore's Free Write Friday. GREAT way to get the creative juices flowing. Today's prompt got me out of my poetry box.

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Awakenings: July: National ICE CREAM Month

Awakenings: July: National ICE CREAM Month | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Can't believe I just learned recently July is National Ice Cream Month! It actually started back in 1984 when President Ronald Reagan recognized the impact eating ice cream has on 90% of the nation's population. Now, how in the world do you think I missed that reason for celebration? One will surely never know!


With it being summertime, what better treat to cool the summer heat than ice cream! More than likely you can reflect back on your childhood days and remember the scream for ice cream! I know I surely can. Even with our own kids the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street brought on giggles, laughter and scampering to see who could get there first!


Continued @Awakenings...

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So, what are you waiting for - an engraved invitation? Go grab that bowl, cup or cone of ice cream! What is your favorite flavor?
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Acceptance Picture Quote

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Accept and Surrender Quote

There are things we may never understand. Sometimes we just have to accept and surrender. ~Randi G Fine~


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Accept and Surrender Quote

There are things we may never understand. Sometimes we just have to accept and surrender. ~Randi G Fine~

 

Website: http://randigfine.com/acceptance-picture-quote/

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Empty Nest

Empty Nest | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
Each of us at some point in time has hoped for that perfect (well, almost perfect) Kodak moment: the moment when the extraordinary appears right before our eyes. To have that happen to the novice of novice photographers is indeed PRICELESS! .
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“Empty is a negative word. Replace it with peaceful, calm or relaxed.” —Joi Sigers (Author, b. 1978)

 

 

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Catnip's Bouquet Keeps on Blossoming

Catnip's Bouquet Keeps on Blossoming | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

"Summer bouquets bring on the sunny smiles! Who would not be tickled pick or blushing red upon receiving wondrous wishes of happiness nestled in the velvety petals of a flower. Each blossom flaunts its uniqueness in color and design. So the same sentiments are felt with blogging awards.

 

The awards that follow are not in any particular order and some were received months ago so please accept my apology for the lateness in responding. It is such a wonderful feeling for the writings of catnipoflife to be recognized for inspiration, joy, and often laughter."

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Some are Super Sweet but none are sour
Others Very Inspiring any hour
Many Shine On within the sunbeams
All Part of the Family it seems
When you are Tagged, You’re It!
Quite an Honor to admit
Best Moments doth each impart
Hugs for all to warm theheart

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❤Happy 29th Anniversary!❤

❤Happy 29th Anniversary!❤ | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

That’s wedding, of course, not blogoversary! Even with my husband’s 63rd day of hospital confinement in a critical care facility, we can still celebrate 29 years together. July 10, 1984 marked the beginning of our marriage that has definitely had its share of ups and downs but weathered the storms always welcoming the rainbows of better days.


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To my Jim. . .Happy 29th Anniversary!

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Happiness is not something which is ready made. It comes from your own actions.Guruji

Happiness is not something which is ready made. It comes from your own actions.Guruji | catnipoflife | Scoop.it
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Catnaps

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Do you have a favorite? Cast your vote! A little drowsing cat is the image of perfect bliss! Cat Wisdom 101 by Layla Morgan Wilde
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Cats can nap in the funniest, craziest positions!

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A Quote...

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Gentle whispers of the wind Echo of days gone by Unveiling nostalgic thoughts Within a windswept sigh
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’Til the Last Time

’Til the Last Time | catnipoflife | Scoop.it

Today marks Day 32 of my husband's hospital confinement. He has been transferred to a long-term facility and is in the CCU ward. My heart aches and there is no way to hold back the tears. To my wonderful husband of soon to be 29 years...

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“Don’t go through life never knowing what it is like to hold anothers hand.”

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