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Daily Dose of Laughter

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What is life without laughter? That is one category personally I have no clue other than it would be total boredom! With a husband that is a joke waiting to be told, a smile waiting to happen, and who considers a day wasted if not at sometime during that day making someone else laugh, there is always sunshine even on a rainy day. Sure we have our ups and downs, bad communication and misunderstandings, but who doesn’t? That is LIFE! It’s all in how you handle the moments with even the bad ones somehow allowing a smile to emerge along with flowing teardrops.

I never know at any moment in time what might he might say to knock me off my feet or send me bending double with laughter. Here are two that are totally hilarious. One a couple of years back and another recently.

My middle name is Anita. I have never really liked that name, never use it, never write it, especially since marriage. Out of the blue Jim calls me from across the room, “Anita! Anita!” I turn with a scowl look on my face responding, “Anita? Don’t call me Anita!” His immediate reply, “But, baby, I needa ya!” Get the pun?

For this one, keep in mind we just celebrated our Pearl Anniversary on July 10.

We are having some work done on our sprinkler system since the grass in the backyard is dying from all the heat and lack of sufficient water. The man putting in the irrigation system is named Jackie. Jim approaches Jackie and calls him over to the back porch, “Jackie, do you know why I love my wife so much?” Of course, Jackie responds with all sorts of commonalities and a few funnies of his own but remains somewhat perplexed because he knows Jim is going to come up with a doozie. And a doozie he did indeed. “She is beautiful, works like a hired hand, makes damn good biscuits and she doesn’t snore!”

What can I say? I love this man!

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When it comes to laughter, there is hardly anything funnier than children and animals so let’s not stop here. Watch the video to end your day or perhaps begin a new day with a smile on your face and a laugh in your heart!

 The cats are the best! What do you think? Which is your favorite?

Make someone’s day…smile, then LAUGH!

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Scaredy-cat or Scared Cat

scaredy-catThere 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.

When startled, cats usually jump (often quite high), stumble over their own feet and scamper as fast as their little legs will carry them. Their expressions are indeed priceless! Yes! Cats have expressions…anyone who says cats are expressionless have never truly watched the face of a cat. In the close-ups within the video, focus on the eyes and ears. There are moments that will make you bend double laughing while others will bring on an aw-w-w-w moment.

For your added enjoyment, a step back in the past to the Scaredy Cat in the cartoons…

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Scaredy Cat (1948) from kili on Vimeo.

Do you frighten easily? Share your scariest moment…personal or cat!

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Adopt-A-Cat Month

June is Summertime!  There are a lot of celebrations during the month of June but one most fitting to catnip is Adopt a Cat Month. With summer comes the rising temperatures and efforts being made to cool things down. Have you ever thought about our feline friends who don a fur coat all year long? The sweltering summer heat can indeed be a torment.

adopt-a-cat-month1Adopt a Cat Month is HERE!

blockquote_iconWhy is Adopt A Cat Month in June? During the spring, shelters are brimming with cats and kittens of every age. Unfortunately, there are often more cats in a given shelter than they can handle.

This overpopulation causes millions of perfectly healthy, loveable and adoptable kittens and cats to be euthanized every year.

Even though June is designated as Adopt a Cat Month, it is not just about the cat. June is loaded with Pet Celebrations:

  • Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane Association.AdoptAShelterCatMonth
  • Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. From the ASPCA.
  • National Pet Preparedness Month. This month, timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.
  • June 4, 2013: Hug Your Cat Day.
  • 1st week in June. Pet Appreciation Week.
  • June 10, 2013: World Pet Memorial Day.
  • mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
  • June 21, 2013: Take Your Dog to Work Day.
  • June 21, 2013: National Dog Party Day.

Ready? Set! Adopt a cat!

If you missed any of the links at the beginning of the post, click HERE for MORE CELEBRATIONS in the month of June!

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Peace at the End of the Day

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!

The story goes that a stray cat on a beach in Thailand befriended a group of teachers who were taking advantage of a little rest and relaxation. The cat climbed into the lap of one of the teachers and got the massage of a lifetime. After watching the video you’ll swear this is not this cat’s first massage!

Okay, all you kittie moms and dads, where is the training video for Cat Massage 101? If a dog can be taught to fetch, why not teach a cat massage therapy! After all, it is in their nature to knead, knead, knead. Once naptime is over, it is time to stre-e-e-tch and limber up those limbs and paws. “Foxie! Come to Mama.”

Of course, if no one is available to give the massage, there are a plethora of tools or massage equipment that can be put to good use. Take for example the Shiatsu kneading fingers portable massager that kitty seems to be enjoying immensely in the video! Okay, time’s up feline friend…Mama’s turn!

Cat-MassageThe Master Masseur
10-min Massage: 2 cans tuna + extra cat treats

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Hug Your Cat Day

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

 

If you don’t own a cat, Hug Someone Else’s Cat! (Some celebrate Hug Your Cat Day on June 4th. Feel free to celebrate both.)

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Sam-SuperkittyIn honor of Hug Your Cat Day, I would like to introduce you to Marion Lovato and her first published book, Sam, the Superkitty. Sam, aka Sammy, is the ‘superhero’ in the tale of a brave cat who is able to overcome obstacles and secure confidence in himself, and in others, by crusading as his alter ego, Sam, The Superkitty.

In the face of the many perils that go bump in the night, Sam, The Superkitty, proves himself a courageous force to be reckoned with. But, he must never let his family know that he is truly a superhero…

Meet the author…Marion-Lovato

After retiring from the fifth largest school district in the country, Marion Lovato decided to try her hand at writing children’s books. Sam, The Superkitty is the first in a series based on her youngest cat, Sammy. Combining some of his antics with her imagination, Marion has produced a book for all ages.  (Reading level is third grade.) She hopes to have the next book in the series out next year. You can visit Marion at her blog, Cats Rule.

You can also connect with Marion @ the following sites:

Google +     Pinterest     Facebook     LinkedIn     Twitter

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Snuggle with your favorite feline and read a kitty based story or visit your favorite kitty blogs.
Of course, keep you little kitty in your lap so he/she can enjoy the other fur-r-ry friends.

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jakeMy name is Jake. I am the Cat Prince. Visit me @RaaniYork

I Needz a HUG!

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See What’s Happenin’ today @Awakenings!

 

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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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Awakenings: Are you ready for this?

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

Are you ready for this? Today is…

NATIONAL HAIRBALL AWARENESS DAY!

In February, at the beginning of the What’s Happenin’ posts, a comment was made about not being surprised at the crazy things being celebrated. Today is one of them! Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night to a wet mushy feeling as something oozy squishes between your toes? If yes, then you have already been initiated, so GO TO catnip’s sister site AWAKENINGS!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

OK, all you cat lovers! Bring on the soft, bristled brush and the grooming mitt…purr-r-r-r-r!

See on www.awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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Awkward Cat Moments

No way catnip can celebrate National Awkward Moments Day without mention of Cat Moments! ENJOY!

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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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Cattitude Tip #5

There is never a wasted moment when you are a cat. I know because…

I am smart, not lazy. . .
just simply devoted to relaxation.

Cat_RelaxingpawPrintsI love to hunt. That’s when I am the cutest.
A cat must do what a cat must do.

Cat-on-HuntpawPrintsI love hide ‘n’ seek.
I must hide, you must seek!

Cat-in-LeavespawPrintsWhen I am hungry, I am HUNGRY!
There are certain foods I DON’T like.

Cat-YuckpawPrintsWHAT?
What do you mean you are out of cat caviar?

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pawPrintsYou love music. I love music.
Keep it down, will ya’.

Cat-QuietpawPrintsSee, there are no moments wasted.
I relax, hunt, hide, eat, get excited and do my best to keep peace.
Whew! Am I a busy cat!

Isn’t it time for my brushing?

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It’s therapeutic!

Water: Vital to life. Drink it in: Thirst quenching. Play in it: Fun.

 And, it’s therapeutic!

Do you enjoy water this much?

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