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Hello, September!

Join me at Awakenings, Catnip’s sister site, for a sneak peak into September’s celebrations and What’s Happening, today September 1. It’s never too late to celebrate!

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With September being Classical Music Month, what better enjoyment than listening to the music of André Rieu, Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra!

Touch of Catnip…

Of course, I cannot leave without the cat doin’ cat stuff!

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Touch of Catnip

Smiles and laughter at the close of day…

Would you ever guess “I ♥ CATS !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😍❤️❤️❤️” ?

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Bone or Debone?

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Shrimp are shelled, but deveined. You peel a banana, pit an olive, fillet a fish, yet deseed a tomato. BUT, what do you do when you want to remove the bones from a chicken?

Let’s Talk Chicken! We are now in a world where the chicken, domestic chicken that is, rules the roost. There are more chickens than any other domesticated bird on Earth, which makes it so far down the list of endangered species there is no need to worry. There are a plethora of chicken recipes some of which call for boneless pieces unlike Southern Fried Chicken whose lovers would never throw away the bone without gnawing it first!! Oddly enough chicken ‘fingers’ do not have bones.

Let’s get back to the question at hand: bone or debone? Other than by vegetarians, a LOT of chicken is devoured on a daily basis. That leads us to believe a goodly amount of those chickens are boned…or deboned!

Quick Stats:

As of 2014, in the United States, 8 billion chickens are consumed per year, which translates to 21,917,808 chickens per day. Americans eat 25 billion chicken wings per year, with 1.25 billion, or 100 million pounds, eaten during the Super Bowl weekend alone. (Source: Ask.com)

For some, the ‘feel’ of raw chicken does not set too well so it is left to the butcher for the boning…or deboning. All I know is when I make a purchase, the raw chicken is either whole, halved, packaged as breasts, wings, legs & thighs or boneless! No way of knowing whether the little clucker was boned or deboned. Um-m-m-m? Wonder what the butcher will say if I ask him if he bones or debones?

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Simply put if the bones are removed, the chicken is boneless. What difference does it make whether it is a boning or deboning process?

What are your thoughts on the matter…do you bone or debone a chicken?

BTW Some of you may think there’s no such word as ‘debone.’ Sorry. It exists with a definitive meaning reflective of removing the bones from (meat, poultry, or fish), especially before cooking.

Bone-BrothWhether you bone or debone, a question remains…

What do you DO with the bones?

Can’t close without a touch of catnip…

Of course, some owners declaw their cat(s) but not normally as part of a recipe!

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Click the link for a short article on Boning up on deBoning! Quite humorously written!

“Boning is a pain, but it makes such a majestic chicken.” — Daniel Boulud

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Eskimo Kisses

Teeny tiny little kisses between family, loved ones, too, have been tradition since exposed in film in 1922. These express fondness in lieu of passionate emotional kisses. Children especially enjoy Eskimo kisses since a tickling sensation nose-to-nose warms the heart inciting smiles, giggles, happiness. Such kisses are not limited to human factors alone. What about the velvety touch nose-to-nose with a kitten or the wet, sloppy kiss nose-to-nose with a puppy? By chance you may find some odd couples in nature… a horse rubbing noses with a goat, a baby fox with a doe, a dog nuzzling a rabbit.

Eskimo Kisses

Gentle little kisses
A brush of the nose
Soft, tender caresses
Everybody knows

Language without words
Bids hello or adieu
Sweet, childlike kisses
Emanate “I love you”

Sensuous simplicity
Merely a breath apart
Wisps like butterfly wings
Tickling right to the heart

From eye to eye
To nose to nose
Joyful feelings
Smiles do expose

Both giver, receiver
Sigh with a grin
Nuzzles on a cold day
Glow from within

Sweet, tender kisses
Forever lifelong
Whisper sweet nothings
As part of life’s song

From the tiniest baby
To your most beloved pet
Little Eskimo kisses
You don’t easily forget

catniplogosm1©2015 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

            —Ingrid Bergman (Swedish actress, 1915–1982)

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For the funny bone…

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Bath Time

Cats are adorable and loveable offering the best cuddles ever but most of all, they are very independent. Their likes and dislikes are solely dependent on the nature of each individual feline. This is especially true at bath time. Take a peek at two extremes but get ready to LOL, then, enjoy the AW-W-W-W-W moment!

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Some Things You May or May Not Know About Cats

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Are you a cat lover? What inspiring cat moments do you have to share?

 “With their qualities of cleanliness, discretion, affection, patience, dignity, and courage, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?” – Fernand Mery Her Majesty the Cat

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Summer Relaxation

catnip_cat_grass_and_greens_for_your_cat_s1What is your favorite summer relaxation? What about observing a sunset within the sea, shells and smells at the beach? Living in the fast-paced world of e-this & e-that makes it easy for life to become so stressful that the need to get away is at the top of the list. Ready to relax? Kick back, breathe deeply the salty air, take a few moments for a quiet walk…simply get away welcoming peace at the end of the day.

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Perhaps yours is . . .

 

A Walk along the Beach

Radiance on the horizon
Broadcasts day is about to begin
Sending sunbeams of golden warmth
To soothe, visibly gilding the skin

Sunlight reflects on the water
Mirroring synthetic jewels
With prismatic colors arching
Inside raindrops like cultured pearls

Noonday scorching, sweltering heat
Offers the darkest, most perfect tan
Ebbing the tide to erase footprints
Where sand pipers once swiftly ran

Breathtaking views of glistening sand
Stretch outward miles upon miles
Beach sandcastles’ unique creations
Generate smiles upon smiles

Summer evenings, moonlit nights
Flaunt stars for strollers to abide
Lovers walk lonely beaches
Staying close, in step side-by-side

Tears in the pale moonlight
Unleash desires to cry no more
For loving thoughts triumph
Hand-in-hand along the seashore

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Sharla Lee Shults

Today, walking the beach, I was reminded of the bounty of the earth in the form of wild blackberries – a free feast, with no one else bothering to partake.

—Jonathan Lockwood Huie (Author, n.d.)

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Awakenings: Dog Days

Dog-Days-animatedHere we are well into the month of July with the ‘dog days of summer’ upon us – HOT and humid! Of course, we are not literally going to the dogs nor are dogs the actual limelight. Our pooches are locked in fur coats 24/7/365, however, and  must be well taken care of, which will be later addressed.

What are the ‘dog days of summer’ and their connection to dogs?

 

Answers on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

The best place to be during these hot and sultry days is anywhere there is a cool breeze, whether man-made or provided by Mother Nature. In our dreams we stay cool but one step outside brings us immediately in tune with stark reality as sweat beads do not hesitate leaving their marks on make-up or freshly starched shirts! Sweat shows no mercy!!!

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Awakenings: Honoring Memorial Day!

‘Happy’ routinely appears preceding the words Memorial Day. There is absolutely no way around it. BUT…is that the proper precedent to Memorial Day? We are happy to live in America. We happily enjoy all the freedoms America has to offer. Joyous are we getting prepared for time with family and friends: walking the beach, swimming, picnicking, bar-be-queuing, etc. In the midst of all the food, fun, fellowship associated with Memorial Day, let’s not forget who are the true honorees!

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Be in the know for this day’s special celebration! It goes way beyond the food, fun, fellowship. The happiness associated with Memorial Day has come at an immense sacrifice. Tomorrow is Memorial Day but first, it is important to understand Memorial Day vs. Veterans’ Day and the true meaning behind Memorial Day!

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

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Awakenings: King of the Blues…Remembered

“We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about, but try to be yourself while you’re doing it.”
~B. B. King

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Around the end of the 19th century, a musical form known as the ‘Blues’ originated in the African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States. At the heart of documenting the essence of the blues is a recording artist who has been at the top for decades. Even the mention of R&B brings his name immediately to mind…the legendary B. B. King!

See on Scoop.itAwakenings: America & Beyond

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Diamond in the Rough

Raw, rare beauty…that’s the diamond in the rough! It exists within the yard clutter of overgrown grass, scrubby shrubs, deciduous trees being housed in the most conspicuous, often non-conspicuous places. Eruptive, wildly beautiful engagements mix with snapshots of ethereal beauty as Mother Nature balances auras of delight with intensity. From the opening gates of dawn until the final curtain of daylight, nature channels its power of enchantment bringing you to your knees or lifting your spirits skyward. At the closing of day through the midnight hour, from dusk ’til dawn, nocturnal creatures add to your world of imagination with fascination.

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 Awaken to the raw power of nature
When crashing waves, lightning cavort
Embark on a journey of pure imagery
Where the mind’s eye is the transport

Blend the defiant power of nature
With wonderment amid fascination
Draw on the earth’s primordial spirit
Charisma amongst imagination

Succumb to nature’s wilder places
Mysticism within self-awareness
Become lost in nature’s miracles
Of healing, transforming consciousness

Perceive rapid-flowing rivers
Cascading through rocky terrain
Imagine deafening sounds
Waterfalls, hammering rain

Evoke visions of pure impulses
Those of unbridled natural power
Peaceful before quite overwhelming
Surpassing any meditative hour

Observe nature untouched, unpolished
Like finding a diamond in the rough
Leave with a better understanding
Of yourself interestingly enough

Proclaim the exhilaration
A freedom deep within your soul
It’s observing life at its best
Totally under mind’s control

©2015 CatnipofLife
Sharla Lee Shults

The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
—Daniel Defoe (Journalist, 1660–1731)

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