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Beyond the Box

The expression ‘stepping outside the box’ takes you away from redundant routines into territory filled with intensiveness, often nervousness, but at the same time, opens up new horizons, bold ideas. It is a mindset establishing an entirely new way of thinking ultimately guiding you toward listening to life around you from a totally new perspective. When you wake up in the morning, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind? If they encompass dread or a boring outlook, it is time to cast off the dreary atmosphere that surrounds you. Gaze out the window, listen to life’s songs!

BEYOND THE BOX

 A room bears semblance to a box
Ceiling to floor, wall to wall
Confining that which is inside
Posing not much change at all

Outside a bedroom window
Surfaces life beyond the box
Unfurling naturally
Without the need for alarm clocks

As daylight filters through the window
The new morning rises into view
Not to be seen as melancholy
But one bidding the old adieu

Greetings with the beam of light
Snap attention when your alarm rings
Not much else greets early morn
Except the voice a “good morning” brings

Consider the birds as they awaken
Filling the atmosphere with song
An ambiance of joyful melodies
To carry with you all day long

Ponder how nature greets the morning
Eye to horizon, in between
Unfolding in striking harmony
Monopolizing your first scene

Ease toward the window’s light
Thwarting thoughts of the day before
No reason stuck inside the box
This day, days to come, no more

Thoughts now align with the day ahead
Beyond the box into the light
Listening patiently, intensely
Not to miss a moment in flight

©2015 Sharla Lee Shults

I desperately needed to reevaluate, get outside and beyond the box and my head. Time out again to reinvent. Fight or flight.

            —Marilyn Grad (Self-taught artist, n.d.)

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Awakenings: March is…

Within the month of March comes the first official day of Spring! Celebration after celebration abounds before during and after the famous St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, signs are already in the picture as Mother Nature’s Delights bring forth sunshine inside and out on the last of the cold wintry days. First buds in some regions of the nation have already begun to appear with speck after speck of green peeping out from the cold, cold ground.

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Aren’t you  READY for March? I am…bring it on!

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It’s all about the box!

Cats! What adorable creatures! Whether kittens or full grown, our feline friends bring joy and happiness with their cuddliness and antics. Being easily spoiled, each is susceptible to ‘owning’ a plethora of toys. As cat lovers, we all have meow, meow, meow stories/moments to share. We dote upon THE cat with what the cat deserves…THE best, THE craziest, THE funniest…the search is on for the most unique toy! One of the best cat toys on the planet doesn’t cost anything extra, doesn’t warrant a drive to the store, doesn’t require a lot of thought, doesn’t need batteries, doesn’t require any tools to put together and best of all is probably right now, today, this minute, somewhere in your house waiting to be had!

Cats Love Boxes

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Our Foxie: Click the Image

Cats love boxes
Small, medium, large
Size doesn’t matter
The cat is in charge

Inside, outside
Tipsy turvy
With holes, without
Straight or curvy

Big cat, small box
Large box, small cat
Same size, any size
Slap spat, that’s that

Skinny cat, fat cat
GOOD TIMES roll
In pure attack mode
Goin’ for the goal

Pouncin, stalkin’
Havin’ a ball
Climbin’, slappin’
None too short or tall

Hard work, at play
Time for a rest
Smaller the box
Cozier the nest

Always one
Fits just right
Safe and secure
Nite! Nite!

©2015 Sharla Lee Shults

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Having a bad day? Adopt a kitten or give a lonely cat a home! If you already have one, let some of that friendly feline persuasion make you feel better! Somewhere around your house is a lonely empty box needing company!

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Catnip today came from Kent Gustavson. Visit Kent’s Cutest Kitties on Google +

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Back Online Part Time…

Br’er Groundhog gave us six more weeks of winter so Winter Break isn’t over altogether but with February being a short month, Spring is already in sight! Just the thought of Spring is enough to bring sunshine on a cold wintry day, at least inside if not out…that is, within the heart and mind! So, bring the sunshine that is on the inside outside with some really big smiles and focus on the days ahead. If you are as impatient as I am, you cannot wait for those first buds to appear or specks of green to peek out from beneath the cold, cold ground. Each region of the nation will begin experiencing its own unique signs of Spring dear to the heart with both plants and animals sending forth harbingers that signal the annual demise of Ol’ Man Winter!

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Mother Nature’s Delights

Snowdrops from Winter sleep
Bring life to land that is dreary
  Mother Nature’s paintbrush
Delightful sights for the winter-weary

Glory-of-the-Snow in the snow
Burst forth blue, white, even pink
Mother Nature’s honor guard
Delightful indelible ink

Witch Hazel ‘promise’ shrubs
Bear warm, spicy scent
Mother Nature’s wild catkins
Delightful descent

Not just the blossoms
Harmonize amongst greening trees
Mother Nature’s balance
Delightful birds, butterflies and bees

High-lonesome pitch of spring
Emerge from wet patches of ground
Mother Nature’s evening chorus
Delightful spring peepers’ sound

 

Ladybugs under the leaves
Awaken to a taste of aphids
Mother Nature’s tiny dots
Delightful as hungry little kids

 

Songs of an American Robin
Blend with a Woodpecker’s drumming
Mother Nature’s melodies
Delightful singing and humming

Deeper the Winter cold
Later these signs appear
Mother Nature’s springtime
Delightful visions all clear

©2015 Sharla Lee Shults

 What signs of Spring have you already encountered?

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Awakenings: Taking a Break…

There is plenty to peruse by just browsing Awakenings. For the February events, remember the festivities are posted on Pinterest for you to begin looking back to plan ahead.

If you enjoy trips down music memory lane, take your pick at Music Memories. Perhaps you will find your favorite recording artist in the Spotlight!

Looking for a special recipe? Visit yum, yum, yum … yummy! Hundreds of recipes to choose from, after all yummy recipes are good for the heart, mind, body and soul! 

OR just simply check out all the boards!

Source: www.awakenings2012.blogspot.com

Well, Br-er Groundhog has predicted six more weeks of winter! Time for a little hibernation of my own so leaving for a winter break. ‘See’ you later!

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Ol’ Man Winter

[Image Credits: Photos for this post are credited to Garry & Marilyn Armstrong. You are invited to visit both at Serendipity. You will definitely enjoy the visit and be sure to tell them catnip sent you…purr-r-r-r-r-r-r]

Stories of ancient gods of winter have transformed into the personifications of the season, Ol’ Man Winter and Jack Frost. The beginning of January finds most areas of the country experiencing visits from both…Ol’ Man Winter knock, knock, knocking at their doors, along with Jack Frost spreading his blanket of white over ground after ground covering sight after sight.

Rows of barren trees
 Stretch along the shoreline
Casting shadowy figures
Amid bold Winter blue

Astronomically winter officially began on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. However, some portions of the U.S. have been gripped by an icy chill and snow since November. The br-r-r-r-r cold atmosphere, snow covered driveways and vehicles have made it difficult to look past the bleakness of Winter. Yet, sometimes it takes no more than just a little imagination to turn the colors of grey into something of beauty.

Clumps of snow and ice
Cling to bare branches
Like popcorn balls
Waiting to be salted

There is actually beauty under the Winter sun that can only be encountered in the coldest season of the year. Relish in the Winter spirit…the sights and the sounds. Take in a deep breath. Let the cold, crisp air refresh the lungs during a quiet walk where the only sounds are the crunching of ice crystals underfoot. Listen to the wind-chimes as the North Wind sends a swift brush of cold through the air. Examine every tree, shrub, plant and field as it displays its own uniqueness having been gently touched by nature’s paintbrush of downy white.

Through the mystic woods
Filter rays of Winter sun
Spring scenes lie dormant
Beneath a driftness of white

Jack Frost invites you to experience the pristine side of Winter. . .

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What’s next? Enjoy the warmth of a cozy fireplace with a
steaming hot cup of white chocolate cocoa spiked with a
stick of cinnamon or your favorite brew!

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Hello, 2015!

Happy New Year from all us cats @catnipoflife!

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Awakenings: Toast the New Year!

December 31 is…

National Champagne Day

 

With the celebration of New Year’s Eve comes the ever popular toast of the evening as flutes are raised containing the quintessential wine of celebration and good cheer…festive, bright, sparkling CHAMPAGNE! There are many sparkling wines on the market but there is only one champagne and it is produced exclusively within the Champagne region of France, from which it takes its name.

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

There is a bit of controversy over this day’s celebration. It is thought the reason everyone celebrates December 31st as National Champagne Day is because of the New Year’s Eve saying – "It’s Champagne Day!" It is champagne day as far as the New Year’s celebration goes but as far as the National Holiday, it is more likely August 4.

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Awakenings: Texas: Authentic Western Snapshots (amid Colors of Splendor)

This Day in History: December 29, 1845

Texas, The Lone Star State, The Beef State, The Banner State, The Blizzard State, The Jumbo State

Texas State Motto: Friendship

To capture Texas, you need to go big, and this aerial exploration spans thousands of square miles to reveal the great sites of the Lone Star State. Witness its lush forests, forbidding deserts, and shimmering modern cities. High-altitude views of landmarks reveal a rich, complex past where bloody battles for independence began and where the era of American idealism ended one dark November day. From humble beginnings to boastful proclamations, see why “everything’s bigger in Texas.”

Source: awakenings2012.blogspot.com

A hardy winter annual native to Texas, the Bluebonnet was adopted as the "State Flower of Texas". This is the most commonly seen variety along roadsides and in uncultivated pastures throughout the state. Flowers are densely arranged on a spike with a characteristic ice white terminal.

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Awakenings: Iowa: Epic Lands

This Day in History: December 28, 1846

Iowa, The Hawkeye State, The Corn State, Land of the Rolling Prairie

Iowa State Motto: Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain 

 

A serious dispute over how large the state would be delayed Iowa’s admission into the Union as the 29th state until December 28, 1846, but by the delay the people of Iowa got what they wanted—all the land between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. The state capital is Des Moines.

Source: www.awakenings2012.blogspot.com

The passing seasons and moods as seen in Northeast Iowa.
An epic photo-essay over Iowa that will warm you to its charms. 
And when was the last time the words "warm" and "Iowa"
 were used in the same sentence?

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