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The Falling Leaves of Autumn

Thank-You4Posts are prepared daily for catnip’s sister site Awakenings since that site is tuned into what’s happenin’ on a daily basis, foodie fun and sounds of music, facts and trivia, of the past. Such has not been the case for catnipoflife, which is more inspirational. It is most important before going any further with today’s post to express thoughts of gratitude to those of you who have faithfully followed catnipoflife since its inception in 2011. Of course, that also applies to new followers and visitors. Because of YOU, I am still here! Thank you! Thank you! Thank You!

Often posts from Awakenings are scooped onto catnip. Today’s post, however, needs to be showcased on both sites equally. Are you ready? More clearly – are you ready for Autumn?

AUTUMN! WHAT A FANTASTIC TIME OF THE YEAR!

Get ready! Get set!

Tuesday, September 23
The First Day of Autumn (Autumnal Equinox) 2014

 

The hours and days of summer relaxation have come to an end. But, the ending of summer signifies changes in seasons and anticipation of crisp, cool mornings, the bursting forth of bright oranges, reds and yellows as leaves intensify in brilliance during their own change. Within this anticipation is yet another eager time of awakening.  The change in color announces the coming of falling leaves.
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There is music set to the theme of falling leaves…
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There is poetry where the falling leaves represent soldiers on the battlefield…
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There are childhood memories surrounding the falling leaves…
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With the falling leaves comes the time for the yard rake. While no one probably LIKES to rake leaves, there is the envelopment of a very special atmosphere. As the rake moves back and forth in rhythmic motion, leaves cling to its ‘fingers’ before being deposited in a pile. The pile keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. All the while children laugh and giggle in anticipation of what’s coming next.

It only takes is a few seconds to say, “Get ready, get set, go!” for each child to jump right smack dab in the middle! As your child becomes acclimated to the change in season, plant the seed of anticipation. If yours is an area of few or no trees, look around for your ‘pile of leaves’ – whatever brings on the smiles, laughter and giggles that will be long remembered and treasured.

 

Catch the Falling Leaves

If you ask me about Autumn
It is leaves dancing across the ground—
The essence of a former life
Wherever nature’s spirit abounds
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It is one last fling before Winter’s sleep
Flitting and flaunting vivid hues of gold—
Dramatic, enchanting, ah-h-h breathtaking
Awe-inspiring colors to behold
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It is a season of predestined change
In a distinctive way nature acknowledges—
Random yellows, rusty oranges, bold reds
Exciting the soul through emblazon images
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It is nature in action
Intensely, magically changing—
Summer’s palette transforming
As leaves gently fall or left dangling
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It is muticolored leaves blowing in the wind
Like the strumming of a fiddle
The crux of fun for someone to rack in a pile
Then jump right smack dab in the middle
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Run, jump, catch the falling leaves
As they flutter round and round
Stuff them in your pockets
For the child in you is found

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catnipoflife

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

—John Burroughs (American Naturalist and Essayist, 1837–1921)

  

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Ready to relax?

What is your favorite form of relaxation? Walking barefoot in the park wiggling your toes in dew-dappled grass? Watching a sunset while enjoying a glass of wine, alone or perhaps with a loved one? Getting a manicure or pedicure, maybe both? A day at the beach? What about a massage while listening to soothing music set against a backdrop of a waterfall? Any of the above, none of the above. Endless possibilities. Get yourself in serious thought mode. Write it down. Maybe even make a list since a whole day for relaxation has been set aside.

August 15 is…

National Relaxation Day

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Happy National Relaxation Day, y’all! Just chill!

We all live in such a fast-paced world that it is easy for life to become very stressful and overwhelming at times. Pressure, anxiety, tension are constant companions so get away from all the stress! That’s right. Leave it behind. Take a step back and slow down the pace. If not for the day, go for an hour. Kick back, breathe deeply, take the next few moments (as many as you can), grab a lounge chair and RELAX!
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Sisters

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!

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In a Slump

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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, Scoop.it, 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!

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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!

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

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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!

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“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!

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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.

Remain on-beat thwarting those off-beat moments that attempt to set you off balance. Keep upbeat with a pep in your step as you reach out for the sun or walk in the rain. It’s all in the music…the music called life!

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Enjoy the Chords of Emotion @Awakenings or make new ones…

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Give Up Giving Up!

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Click the image to visit Awakenings. June 19 is… GARFIELD THE CAT DAY

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!

Choices must be made, mistakes will happen. That’s inevitable. With wrong choices that leave us with the feeling of giving up comes the need for change. Life demands change yet with one thing definitely for certain: You just don’t give up…remember, it’s life! There are no guarantees and Life IS a Bed of Roses

“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

Give up giving up! It may take once, twice, three times a charm but pick up that towel, give it a quick snap stepping forward into life’s next day. Remember, Life = Risk! that often leads to failure and the felling of giving up. So, when a stone is thrown in the midst, that stone just may be the ‘stepping stone’ to the success that lies ahead!

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Wonders of Nature

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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From dewdrops clinging to soft petals of a flower
to a spider spinning its web within the hour
nature’s wondrous beauty whether stormy or calm 
emanates poetry in motion like a psalm
A Web in the Morning Dew @ Life in the Foothills

A Web in the Morning Dew @ Life in the Foothills

There is nothing more breathtaking than a sunrise
unless it’s the splendor of a sunset’s surprise
 the wonders of nature beyond imagination
capture priceless moments in anticipation

Thankful for the Morning @ Oh, The Things We Shall See!

The roaring sounds a waterfall creates
draws attention for a magical place awaits
Mother Nature always alluring, never boring
invites you into her world, forever soaring

The Waterfall – Up Close & Personal @ Serendipity

Wildlife, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees
creatures of all kinds bring you to your knees
nature’s habitats from forest floor to the skies
woo, amaze and ablaze before your eyes
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The Lace of a Wing @ Life in the Foothills

Birds of all feathers flock together
withstanding ice, snow, stormy weather
Nature! Nature! at its worst or best
Shouts raw imagery…a camera’s test
Fluffy Ducklings @ A Mixed Bag

Fluffy Ducklings @ A Mixed Bag

What are you waiting for? Nature is calling…calling for you!

Don’t forget your camera!

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What do you say?

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Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981)

 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!

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

Heart-of-Love

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Motherhood, The Oldest Profession by Micki Peluso

To all Mothers near and far, hope you day is filled with joyous blessings!

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“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” —Gail Tsukiyama

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“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes

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“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning

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Lennon Reese Walding – Born May 1, 2014

“Because I feel that, in the Heavens above / The angels, whispering to one another, / Can find, among their burning terms of love / None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’” —Edgar Allen Poe

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“[Motherhood is] ‘heart-exploding, blissful hysteria.’” —Olivia Wilde

100 Inspiring Quotes About Moms for 100 Years of Mother’s Day

 If you were asked to write a quote about your mother, what would you say?

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