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Lollipop, Lollipop…Oh lolli lolli lolli! Lollipop!

July 20 is…National Lollipop Day

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I could not resist alerting everyone to this celebration since childhood is such an intricate part of the catnipoflife. Mosey on over to catnip’s sister site, Awakenings, for the celebration. You just might find some lollipops that turn you on or perhaps turn you off!

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Plus how on earth could I pass posting the cat eating the lollipop?!

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Happy Fourth of July

Are you truly READY to celebrate the true meaning of this day? Click each image or link!

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In God We Trust

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 Remember Our Troops

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Happy Independence Day!

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To all Fathers…

Today Sunday, June 19, 2016 is Father’s Day…a day of honor and celebration for our dads and fathers. Not all fathers are dads nor are all dads fathers. Each holds a special place in a child’s, teen’s or adult’s heart. Regardless of the roledad, father or bothnot any one of us could be here without having been fathered. With fatherhood comes a tremendous responsibility encompassing tasks of sharing, caring and preparing for life’s journey.

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May this Father’s Day be filled with wondrous blessings that continue through each day of the year! To each of you…A Father’s Day Salute!

 A father’s day is every day
Not just one day of the year
Holding a wee little hand
(day time and nighttime)
Wiping away a tear

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It’s faith, hope, love
All rolled into one
Encouragement, patience
(never giving up)
‘Til a task is done

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It’s being thankful
Gratitude of heart
Knowing what you need
(when you need it)
Right from the start

  
It’s together time
The thrill of hearty laughter
 Seeing what you’re going through
(even if it doesn’t show)
The morning of the day after

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It’s helping with decisions
Staying taut through outs or ins
Teaching life’s not easy
(taking the right road)
Supporting losses and wins

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It’s hurting and being hurt
Holding discipline’s place
Leaving behind a legacy

(not of material ‘things’)
Rewards of saving grace
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It’s compassion and comfort
When a hug is all that’s needed
Priceless moments in time

(Teddy Bear hugs)
Quickly and tenderly heeded

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It’s shaping, molding
Each life that has begun
Making an investment
(often without return)
‘Til the full course is run

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It’s when having to leave
Looking back with pride
Releasing all the tears
(happiness and heartache)
Bottled up inside

©Sharla Lee Shults

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I just want to be loved!

I just want to be loved!

I just want to be loved!

Summertime is on the horizon!  There are a lot of celebrations during the month of June but one is most fitting to catnip: 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 and often life threatening.

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: National Dog Party Day.
  • June 24, 2013: Take Your Dog to Work 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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Awakenings: Happy Mother’s Day

It is not just about flowers, candy, gifts and such but about honor and remembrance of Mothers. For those whose Mothers are still living, pick up the phone. The sound of a voice can have a much greater impact that any monetary gift.

To all Mothers, near and far…

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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Brothers & Sisters

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Siblings are often the very best of friends…

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Check out a personal posting for my brother and the history behind National Sibling Day @ Awakenings!

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 Wes & Me:-)

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Awakenings: Hey! What’s wrong with weeds?

To the average person, weeds are a nuisance. See a weed. Pull a weed. Of course, that all depends on the kind of weeds and where they are located. Farmers detest them. Children love them. Didn’t you ever play with a “dande-fluff”? Then, there are those that take over the lawn providing just the right amount of green where nothing else will grow. These you never pull but mow right over instead! And, believe it or not, some are actually edible.

March 28 is…
National Weed Appreciation Day

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Weed Appreciation Day? You’ve got to be kidding, right? I try my darnedest to keep those pesky little fellows OUT of my flower garden! Why on earth would I want to celebrate an appreciation for something so annoying?

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Awakenings: Blessings at Easter

Easter is so much, much more
Than what any Easter bunny brings
Chocolate or decorated eggs
Marshmallows or candy rings
A day of Christian celebration
Flowing with the spirit of love
Comfort in the fulfilled promise
All by the hands of Heaven above

In all her colorfulness
Mother Nature doth intervene
Adding splendor to the day
Dawn ’til dusk, all hours in between
Awaken with the sunrise
On this blessed resurrection day
With refreshed, renewed spirit
Each hour, minute, ready to replay

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Wishing everyone a very blessed Easter!

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If cats had thumbs…

Cats-and-Dogs-Had-Opposable-Thumbs-Day1Have you ever thought about one fact that sets man apart from many other species on the planet is an opposable thumb? It allows us to do many things that other creatures can’t do. If you have ever injured your thumb, you have had a first hand experience as to what an important role that digit plays on the human hand.

Now imagine what it would be like if your pet had thumbs. Do you get a clear image of your pet with thumbs? Are you seeing your pet doing things with his/her new thumb? If so, your mind is in spirit with celebration today, March 3

Have a HAPPY ‘If Pets Had Thumbs Day’!

Note: If you have a pet monkey, you already know what it would be like for your pet to have thumbs. Hee-hee…

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Here is a Thumbs Up for all pets today!

There is more going on today as always. Visit Awakenings for National Anthem Day celebrated on March 3!

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Awakenings: Leap for Surf ‘n’ Turf

February 29 comes only every four years and 2016 is the year when you get to celebrate a bonus 24 hours! Tomorrow you are about to regain precious minutes missed over the past four years. Don’t regard this as just another day but examine ways in which you can make it memorable.

Funny, serious, entertaining…it’s your choice. Do something you have been wanting to do for a long time or complete an unfinished task. Spend extra time with your loved ones, make this a special day for your kids. You know you can even make it educational and let them know exactly what makes a year leap with an extra day once every four years. Hey, how much do you know about leap year?

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Did you know February 29 is…National Surf ‘n’ Turf Day! While the mention of surf ‘n’ turf immediately salivates mouth-watering visions of the classic filet Mignon and lobster, you don’t have to be constrained to simply that combination. You can create your own from a variety of seafood and varied choices of meat. Check out the great, delicious, some absolutely cra-a-a-azy recipes!

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