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The Cat vs. The Dog

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

Puppy_FaceEven 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!

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

Living area preferences

  • Dog people are 30 percent more likely to live in a rural area.

  • Cat people are 29 percent move likely to live in an urban area.

Animal rescue leanings

  • Dog people are 67 percent more likely to call animal control if they find stray kittens.

  • Cat people are 21 percent more likely to rescue the stray kittens.

Phones 

  • Dog people are 36 percent more likely to use a popular song as a ringtone.

  • Cat people are 11 percent more likely to have contacts in both their cellphone and a physical address book.

Children

  • Dog people are 24 percent more likely to have kids.

  • Cat people are 33 percent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend’s kids than a friend’s dogs.

Favorite Beatle (NOT Beagle)?

  • Dog people are 18 percent more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.

  • Cat people are 25 percent more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle.

What makes you laugh

  • Dog people are 30 percent more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions.

  • Cat people are 21 percent more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns.

Random facts

  • Dog people are 9 percent more likely to think of zoos as happy place.

  • Cat people are 10 percent more likely to be active on Twitter.

Source: Mother Nature Network

For all the woofer lovers,

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Awakenings: Awkward Moments

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Have you ever found yourself in a totally awkward, meaning AWKWARD!, moment—that moment when ‘you wished you could wish‘ yourself back in time?  Wiggle your nose and vanish to a new location, new place in time? Blink your eyes and the entire event simply disappear in a flash? Such moments happen all the time usually when completely unexpected to some folks, of course, more than others.

Today you get to celebrate all of those moments you once wished at the time the ground would simply open up and swallow them to oblivion. Why? Because…

Today is…National Awkward Moments Day

Sharla Shults‘s insight:
Dare to share? There IS a comment section! What is your most awkward moment?

For me, it has to be when I was still a classroom teacher. It was on a day, of course, when the Assistant Principal entered my room for an unannounced observation. He quietly took a seat and almost fell out of the chair when I calmly instructed the students to take out their ‘workshits!’ OOPS! I meant to say worksheets! AW-w-w-wKWARD! 

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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Don’t forget your GREEN!

Today is…

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Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!
[Scroll down to the recipe of the day!]

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http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-bit-of-irish.html
 
Check out A Bit of the Irish!

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A few words to the wise from Maxine!

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Recipe of the Day: 
St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Lime Cupcakes
http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/03/04/lime-cupcakes/ 
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Awakenings: Remembering Our Soldiers at Christmas

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Remember our soldiers
Whether here or far away
Keep them in your hearts
Throughout the night and day

Remember our soldiers
On land, in the air, or at sea
They sacrifice daily
In the name of liberty

CONTINUED @awakenings

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

While celebrating during the Christmas season
Always remember those away from home
Keep them in your hearts, cherish them in your soul
A day may come when you find yourself alone

See on http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2013/12/remembering-our-soldiers-at-christmas.html

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Christmas Time

christmas-timeChristmas is a time of celebration. The reasons for this celebration differ from person to person, place to place. Everyone in the world is not of the same belief thus Christmas time holds personal meanings varying from culture to culture. A common thread, however, seems to be the festiveness of the season, which permeates the air with cheer, wonder and amazement.

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Whether you are celebrating a secular or a religious Christmas, catnip wishes you a season of happiness, joyful times with family and friends. Sharing precious moments together is more important than any tangible Christmas present. Anything man-made can be destroyed by man. It is tangible. Love and good will from the heart moves with the spirit. It is intangible.

As you move about with the season, spread good cheer but also be mindful of those whose Christmas may not be reminiscent of joy. There are those who are less fortunate, homeless, down-trodden, depressed and suffering.  Be aware that some people can find Christmas a difficult time, especially in cases where a loved one is ill, there are family problems or a loved one has died. Do your best to comfort them while including them in your good wishes for better times in the future.

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Christmas is indeed a time of giving. Unfortunately, commercialism has taken away some of the true joy of Christmas. We hustle and bustle, fight the crowds, stake out the best sales, still overspend and all for what reason? More presents? More, more, more…. Instead, do something generous in the spirit of spreading joy and kindness, beauty and love. Give to someone who has, better yet, expects nothing. Cook for those who barely have enough food for the family, visit someone in a nursing home, volunteer at a homeless shelter, help with a toy or food drive. The possibilities are endless. Give of your time from the heart!

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For many, Christmas is filled with traditionChristmas caroling, watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas, reflecting on Christmases past, creating homemade gifts, baking Christmas cookies, decorating the tree, hanging Christmas stockings, wrapping presents, enjoying Dad’s special Egg Nog (or not!), waiting impatiently for Santa, and so much more.

Whatever your traditions may be, Embrace the Past…

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When it came to holidays
Mama had everything under control
Baking cookies, wrapping presents
Even decorating the hall

Christmas Eve kept everyone busy
The house full of holiday cheer
Papa and Jimmy left at daybreak
On the hunt for the perfect deer

We’d wake up Christmas morning
Feeling the keen sense of surprise
Excitement in our hearts
The minute we opened our eyes

Still in our pajamas, hair all a muss
We stretched, yawned, still half asleep
Out of bed before Mama and Papa
We managed a sneaky little peek

Catching sunbeams through the open window
Were the branches of a scrawny little tree
Underneath were handmade toys ‘n’ things
The most thankful sight we ever did see

©2010 Remembering Sharla Lee Shults

©2010 Remembering
Sharla Lee Shults

“Christmas is for giving, being thankful and giving from the heart.” ~SLS

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Happy National Grandparents’ Day!

Is there ever any question as to why grandparents begin with the word GRAND?

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MORE @Awakenings!

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Awakenings: Labor Day

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What are your plans for Labor Day…to slave away doing laundry, cleaning house, cooking, sewing, mowing the grass, working, working, working? Well, why not? The day IS all about LABOR!

Of course, that is totally the wrong perspective! Labor day is a celebration…a holiday…a day of festivities and it is today!

More than a day of rest, a backyard barbeque, a three-day weekend or the unofficial end of summer today has a larger meaning. A step back into the past provides footprints of history leading to the freedom of celebration honoring honest toil and the rights of labor.

Embrace the Past. . .(Continued @Awakenings)

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Sharla Shults‘s insight:

On this Labor Day, take a moment to remember and reflect upon those who came before you toiling and laboring in harsh environments with little wages as compensation and without benefits enjoyed today. Inspire and support younger generations in their quest for justice in future employment and ultimately retirement.

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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Awakenings: 1 – Happy 4th of July

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Awakenings: Happy 4th of July   

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. Small flags are displayed on holidays, i.e., Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Presidents’ Day, Flag Day, and of course, on today’s special day, Independence Day. American flags also proudly displayed beside war memorials and next to the graves of U.S. war veterans. They are flown at public buildings and it is not uncommon to find full-size flags flying in the yards of private homes. 

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

We live in America, we rejoice in America’s freedoms, and today we celebrate America’s independence!

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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Awakenings: 3 – Countdown to 4th of July

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I pledge allegiance

Countdown: 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 to Happy 4th of July!

Day after tomorrow we will be celebrating the 4th of July. Whew! Seems like just yesterday and we were celebrating Christmas…well, maybe not that far back but time does seem to fly by all too quickly!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Go to Awakenings. As you watch the video and listen to the words of Red Skelton, keep in mind this was produced in the year 1969!

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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Awakenings: 4 – Countdown to 4th of July

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Countdown: 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 to Happy 4th of July!

 Here we are four days away from the 4th of July. Topic for today: Music. Got to have music at a Fourth of July celebration! Of course, a plethora of songs can be found most befitting to this holiday.

But, one stands out over all the rest. . .

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Awakenings features two renditions that will knock your socks off: 7 yr-old Rhema Marvanne and Star Spangled Banner- Music video from AmericaTheBeautiful.com!

See on awakenings2012.blogspot.com

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