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!

Awakenings: Drupelets ‘n’ Cream

Apples ‘n’ cinnamon, strawberries ‘n’ chocolate, cherries ‘n’ almonds, grapes ‘n’ cheddar cheese, are combinations that satisfy our cravings. The best are those served with cream – ice cream or whipped cream – strawberries ‘n’ cream, peaches ‘n’ cream, and today’s guest of honor drupelets ‘n’ cream, that is, raspberries! The raspberry consists of a cluster of small, juicy, reddish-pink drupelets that makes your mouth water just thinking about them. With that being stated, let’s celebrate!

August 7 is…

National Raspberries ‘n’ Cream Day


Great recipes today: Raspberries and Cream, Contest-Winning Raspberry Cream Pie, Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake! YUM!

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For those fortunate enough to have a sister, the first Sunday in August is set aside just for you! This year that day falls on August 3rd. As for me, I never had a sister but do have three daughters. They will definitely attest to life with a sister. Good times, happy times, sad times, bad times…all are a part of life but bottom line, they will always be sisters.

Bedraggled! Photo taken during Jim's 3-mth hospital stay.

Bedraggled! Photo taken during Jim’s 3-mth hospital stay.

Sisters’ Day is your chance (if you have a sister, that is) to show your appreciation for that special family relationship. All siblings have the odd argument here and there, but deep down there’s little way around the natural bond of siblings.

Make this day a special celebration for your sister, by however you feel is best. If you don’t have a sister, you can still celebrate the friendships of sisterhood by having a girl’s night out!

Sisters We’ll Always Be

Sisters, sisters, sisters
Skipping through life happily.
Never a lonesome moment
For sisters we’ll always be.

How scared we were
The day we chased away the honeybee!

Remember the aroma coming from the kitchen?
Homemade cookies ready before eleven.
Mama let us eat them hot from the oven,
Um-m-m, melting in our mouths, tasting from Heaven.

How many chocolate chips were in your cookie?
Mine only had seven!

Fights over clothes seemed to never end.
You must wear this; you can’t wear that.
That one is mine; this one is yours.
You’ll stretch it out; you’re too fat.

Oh, how the words hurt as retaliation resulted in combat!

Younger days, too bad they had to come to a close:
Spouts with friends speaking in each other’s behalf,
Coming home late dreading to face Mom and Dad,
Sibling rivalry seemed to last time and a half.

Isn’t it funny how we look back in time?
All the times we fought and argued weren’t funny then,
But now we laugh and laugh!

 Excerpted from Echoes, 2004

 A sister makes the best friend, loving and trustworthy right to the end.” ~SLS

Multiple-CatsTo all sisters, have a purr-fect day!

Mosey on over to Awakenings and check out the quadruple celebration for Sunday, August 3, 2014!


Awakenings: Ready for a COLD sandwich?

There are many clever ways to serve ice cream! There are also the basics: cup of scoops, in cones, loaded with goodies as a sundae, in floats, over fruit, even as a sandwich. It is the latter that is the ice cream choice of this day.
August 2 is…National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!


Want to try a different kind of ice cream sandwich? Check out the varieties featured @Awakenings!

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Awakenings: Colorado: Land That Captivates the Imagination

This Day in History: August 1, 1876

Colorado, the Centennial State, Colorful Colorado

“Passing through your wonderful mountains and canyons I realize that this state is going to be more and more the playground for the whole republic… You will see this the real Switzerland of America.”
~Theodore Roosevelt

On August 1, 1876 (28 days after the Centennial of the United States), U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signed a proclamation admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state and earning it the moniker “Centennial State”.


Colorado acquired the official nickname ‘The Centennial State’ because it entered the union in 1876, 100 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Awakenings: Milk Chocolate Day

How could we live without chocolate? Fortunately, for all chocolate lovers, we don’t have to. Chocolate variations make choices often difficult but the end result is always the same…sheer delight!

July 28 is…Milk Chocolate Day 


Milk Chocolate Day (not to be confused with Chocolate Day) celebrates everything that’s good about classic milk chocolate – one of the most common forms of chocolate…liquid and solid! Candy bars, truffles, cakes, pies, mousse, cookies, sauces, snacks, even drinks are delectable when infused with smooth, velvety milk chocolate! Ever tried chocolate milk in your coffee?


Save Earth. It is the only planet that has chocolate! Great recipes: Milk Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Icing, Milk Chocolate-Espresso Truffles, Tim Tam Cake! Check out the poetic nitty, Chocolate Rain!

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Awakenings: New York: Diversity & Contrast

This Day in History: July 26, 1788

New York, the Empire State, the Excelsior State, the Knickerbocker State


New York is called “The Empire State” because of its wealth and variety of resources. This nickname appeared on New York license plates from 1951 through the mid-1960s. In 2001, “The Empire State” legend returned to New York license plates. It’s nickname the Excelsior State comes from the motto of New York, “Excelsior.” New York’s motto means “ever upward.” The nickname, the Knickerbocker State, comes from the pants worn by early Dutch settlers in New York. “Knickerbocker” is a German term made up of two words. “Knicker” means box and “bock” is a male goat. This term was promoted in Washington Irving’s character, Diedrich Knickerbocker in “Knickerbocker History of New York.”




New York became the 11th state to ratify the United States Constitution, on July 26, 1788. Aerial America features New York’s Adirondack Park: Covering 20 percent of New York’s total territory
Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States and New York: Niagara Falls: Carved by the epic force of melting glacial ice, Niagara Falls instills awe through its natural majesty and its raw power.

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In a Slump

Cat WriterNow what do I say?

Have you ever found yourself in a slump? Slumps happen. The deeper you try to think the lower you go into a seemingly bottomless pit. Somewhere there is a struggle. Maybe it is with time, perhaps it is the right words aren’t there, then, it just may be nothing more than summer heat!

Whatever the reason, you get behind…on everything, especially writing and blogging. Email is put on the back burner with Scarlet O’Hara’s words ringing in the background: Tomorrow is another day! The problem with that is the fact it becomes a daily thought to the point you simply want to delete the email account rather than struggle through now possibly thousands of messages.

blogger-catBlogging isn’t just writing and hitting publish. It is promoting others, visiting blogs for camaraderie with hopes of collecting insightful nuggets – personal gems of inspiration, commenting and replying to comments from new and faithful followers and so much more. On the outskirts peeping in the whole time is building/maintaining a presence on social media that eats away at the time often consuming so much that other things are left along the wayside.

I’m tired. There are days when I don’t feel like doing it all…Blogging (keeping up two blogs), Pinterest,, Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Hootsuite and so on and so on and so on. There are days when I simply can’t do it all.

But…I won’t give up!


THANK YOU to all my wonderful virtual friends who pick me up even when you don’t know it! THANK YOU for your visits, comments, following even though I have been neglectful in reciprocating the past couple of weeks. This too shall pass for tomorrow IS another day!


For what’s happenin’, new vibes & music memories, foodie fun of the day, this day in history, etc., join me @Awakenings


Happy 30th Anniversary

30th-AnniversaryJuly 10, 1984 – July 10, 2014

So many places yet to see, so much yet too be done

One thing for sure…time is ours, never alone!


“Love’s Theme”

by Barry White

Play our love’s theme tonight
My love’s here, it’s no dream tonight
It”s been so long
Since we’ve danced to our love song
I know the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love’s theme)

Play our love’s theme once more
Make him feel, like he felt before
While the lights are low
Please, let the music flow
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me (love’s theme)

Play our love’s theme again
Touch his heart, touch his soul and then
Once we sip the wine
His lips will come to mine
I know that the melody that made him mine
Will be the melody that keeps him close to me
Love’s theme…

Love’s theme…forever mine, forever yours, forever ours!

To my husband, I love you…yesterday, today and all the tomorrows to come!

Happy Pearl Anniversary!


Awakenings: Wyoming: Home to Many Firsts

This Day in History: July 10, 1890

Wyoming, the Equality State, the Cowboy State, Big Wyoming

Land of geysers & hot springs, cowboys, bucking broncos, bison, free-roaming wild horses & some of the most spectacular scenery in the world…Wyoming, part of Awesome America!


Wyoming was the first state to grant women the right to vote in 1869. This action lead to the nickname “The Suffrage State” and later to “The Equality State.” “Equality” is also the state motto. Wyoming has officially adopted a cowboy on a bucking horse as a symbol of the state. This has lead to the reference of Wyoming as “The Cowboy State.” With Wyoming being the 10th largest state in total area in the nation, it has also earned the nickname “Big Wyoming.” This connotation pays homage to the rugged natural beauty of Wyoming, a state where the Great Plains meets the Rocky Mountains.



When you hear someone mention Wyoming, what are your first thoughts? I doubt very seriously they focus on the Triceratops. [Yep! Wyoming claims a state dinosaur.] What about buffalo or bronco riding? Now, that’s more like it…symbols of the wild, wild West and native to Wyoming.


Awakenings: Countdown: 1 Happy 4th of July

Fourth of July is here! 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 

We have counted down and the celebration is on! Adrenaline is pumping as you seek out the best fireworks to display or watch. Imagination is running wild trying to outdo last year’s celebration. Creative juices are flowing as you are knee deep in preparing the best mouth-watering recipes ever. Hot dogs, Star-Spangled Burgers, BBQ, chips & dip, nuts, salads, fruit, desserts, etc. are ready to serve. Right? WHEW! The guest list is complete thus vanquishing all possibilities of chaos and stress. 

BUT, one question remains: Are you truly READY? Have you forgotten anything?

5 – In God We Trust  
4  – Star-Spangled Banner
3 – Pledge of Allegiance2 – Remember Our Troops1 – Happy Independence Day!


The American Flag: Wave it proudly!

An icon of American freedom, a symbol of liberty, a motif referring to the United States, a banner for independence––all symbolize America and the principles upon which she stands.



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