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Unspoken Rules Everyone Should Know

There are those moments when we simply shake our heads, roll our eyes or sometimes even scream! What is it these days with common sense or should I say without common sense? Has it been thrown out with the baby’s bath water, flushed down the toilet or scattered in the wind? Just simple courtesies that everyone should know seem unheard of, unspoken, out of sight, out of mind!

See if you have encountered any of the ‘unspoken rules everyone should know‘ presented in the slideshow below or perhaps leave a comment of one of your own.

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The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.
Thomas A. Edison


When, where and what unspoken rule have you witnessed lately that left common sense biting the dust?



Awakenings: Word of the Day: Chocolate

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Chocolate. Cho-CO-late. Cho-co-o-o-o-o-late.

Just something about saying the word makes you want some. The slower you say it the more your mouth waters! What is your first thought when you hear or say chocolate: bar, bonbon, box, bunny? There is the  chocolate bar with and without nuts, sweet and semi-sweet, even with toffee, chocolate so creamy it melts in your mouth. The succulent bonbon boasts small confections with a center of fondant, fruit, or nuts enrobed in chocolate, each morsel rich in texture and taste. Then, the best gift ever is the BOX of chocolates in which one might find milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, smooth truffles, decadent cremes, caramels and luscious chocolate pralines. Of course, one cannot even think about chocolate without the chocolate bunny coming to mind.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

After reading this, you will definitely run to your nearest chocolate source!

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Basking in the Sunlight of Spirit at Sunset

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Counting my blessings There is no second guessing as sunset burrows inside me. It fills up my senses. Removes all my fences. Letting the wondrous glow in. It cleanses my spirit I can almost hear i…


As the evening closes,

The scent of roses

Caresses the  beams

as they shine.

My life is so full of blessings

As I sit and embrace

Thee divine.

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Awakenings: Journey Across America

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Awakenings is venturing to take a journey across America in search of historical, entertaining, and/or perhaps just personal ties to her blogging community. There is always some tidbit, special nugget of history just waiting to be shared one more time or perhaps for the first time.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

What about you? Do you have something to share about your little town (or city)? Leave a comment and contact information for a feature post on Awakenings!

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Day 91 Update

Thursday, August 8, 2013 was Day 91 of my husband’s hospital/rehab confinement. That day was filled with. . .

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Jim is home!

A visit from our preacher on Thursday guided me toward this being the time to let Jim know about his brother who died on May 17. David’s unexpected passing shocked him immensely and he took it very hard. He looked at me with the saddest tears in his eyes and pleaded, “Please let me be discharged so I can deal with this loss in the solitude of my own home.” It had already been decided for his release from the rehab facility to be on Wednesday of next week so other than not really being prepared there was no reason he could not go home. Many of his medications have been discontinued so that administration will actually be easier than before he went into the hospital.

Visiting Nurses Association will take over now as Jim continues with therapy. We are going to try and schedule two days a week at the hospital and three days at home. VNA will consist of a team of three members: nurse, therapist and aide.

Jim’s recovery is nothing shy of a true miracle! Even the doctors had pretty much given up hope and at one point in time, the family was called in to make a decision as to whether he should be pulled off of life support or continue in hope of his regaining memory and physical stamina.

Many battles have been won but the war is not completely over. He still faces a surgical procedure at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. This procedure will hopefully keep the past pancreatic issues from recurring.

We have been blessed in so many ways throughout Jim’s recovery and there are not enough words of gratitude for all the intercessory prayer! All praise and glory go to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him, we are but a speck of dust blowing in the wind going nowhere.

Hugs and blessings to each of you!


Is this a smile of happiness or what? This picture was taken on our back porch Friday, August 9, 2013.

Day 92 Home

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Inspiration: Life on the Train


Take a Virtual Trip

The evolution of the train is much like life, its journey through time collects treasured memories of people and places as it stops and goes from one station to another. Have you ever thought about comparing life to a train ride or a series of train rides?

While we may say goodbye to an era once vibrant, let us not forget the impact of the railroad as America rapidly became an urban nation. Where would America be today without the expansion of the railroad?

A little extra. . .

The remainder of this post is at catnip’s sister site, Awakenings. It was featured last November just prior to our 2012 Presidential Election. Included in the original post are some nuggets of railroad history and poetry from Awakenings from Then ’til Now – Poetry of Steam.

We’ve come a long way from the days of steam powered locomotives, which demanded back-breaking drudgery, to trains of today having advanced to high-speed technology centered on magnetic levitation. However, from the steam engine to the electric to the diesel to the stream-lined locomotives none compare to the poetry of steam.


“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.” —Henri David Thoreau (1817–1862)


Who walks who?

Within the catnipoflife are animals of all kinds, shapes and sizes. Not all animals are good pets but those that find themselves at the top of the popularity list are dogs and cats. Then, of course, there are dog people and there are cat people, a topic of discussion all iMarilynts own.

Today, I am going to introduce you to a dog person. Her name is Marilyn and you can visit her @ Serendipity. Marilyn will not only enlighten you with her prolific writing but also her great photography. Her topics are very diverse and she will often take you on a journey back in time that makes you feel you were there. Here is a little tidbit about Marilyn in her own words: 

A friend told me she never knows what I’m going to write about, so it’s always a surprise. That makes at least two of us. Until my little lightbulb goes off, I don’t know what I’m going to say either. I have a lot of varied interests: history, photography, philosophy, religion, politics, ecology, technology. I’m a bit of a geek and I do enjoy my toys. Serendipity is appropriate, I guess. Grab bag would work too. Read MORE about Marilyn @The Me Page!

All I know is she is a terrific asset to the blogosphere and has become a wonderful friend!

Walking My Dog

Strolling in the sunshine
Or even in the rain
Time to walk together
Grows to be life’s champagne

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Early morning strolls
Through dew-dappled grass
Surpass therapy
Any doctor suggests

Breaths of clean, crisp air
Refreshed by a mild breeze
Energize critters
Scampering through the trees

Sight of a cat
Perhaps a squirrel or two
With lightning speed
He’s off into the blue

Stopping to sniff flowers
Scratching in Mother Earth
Running, barking, howling
Signal moments of mirth

Walking at his own speed
Happy as can be
I’m not walking him
He’s walking me!

©2013 catnipoflife©2013 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

“I took my dog for a walk… all the way from New York to Florida… I said to him “There now you’re done.”
—Steven Wright (American comedian, actor and writer, b. 1955)


Free Write Friday #27: Word Bank

Welcome to Free Write Friday. New here? Read the intro. Everyone else…let’s go!

free-write-friday-kellie-elmoreThis week’s FWF prompt is a word bank:

blanket – falsetto – cumbersome – cinema – coins

You may use one or all of the words. Don’t force it. If only one speaks to you, that is your muse. If you can use all of them with little effort (no overthinking it) then let it flow. Look forward to reading you.

Come Play With Me!

Narrow prisms of light
Beaming through window panes
Beckon come play with me
Outside in nature’s games

Song birds of the city
Above the noisy streets
Croon soulful falsetto
In half and quarter beats

Five o’clock rolls around
The cinema draws a crowd
Ten dollars plus a few coins
The cost to be allowed

Cushioned rocking chairs
Face an indoor screen
Cola, candy and popcorn
Monopolize the scene

Do I leave the office
Moving from indoor to indoor?
Don’t go from inside to inside
My heart and mind implore

Leave behind, forget
Cumbersome daily chores
Grab a blanket and basket
Enjoy me, the great outdoors

Narrow prisms of light
Beaming through the trees
Beckon come play with me
Come on outside…Geez!

©2013 catnipoflife©2013 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

Other Contributions:

Author’s Thought says:

Hi everyone, new to this and have posted my first prompt. My link is

seanbidd says:

A small experiment with prompts, something to challenge the time writing loans me in the realm of the free.

purple says:

Thanks for the prompt idea.

Christy Birmingham says:

I wrote this poem, containing ‘blanket’ and ‘coin’ today. Great prompt, Kellie and happy weekend!

Lorraine says:

Thanks for the prompt Kellie, here’s mine:

Heidi says:

Love word banks! Tried to be a little more fun. Not sure I succeed. :P

buildingalifeofhope says:

Loved this one today!

gotmeghan says:

Hey Kellie, hope you are enjoying your day and enjoy your weekend too! :)

Annie’s Muse says:

OOPS—here is the link:

Joseph Hesch says:

Nostalgia seemed the only way to go, Kellie. Once again, I tell a story maybe only an old guy could. (Pssst. second piece of the day, too.)
August Nights

K. Smith Matthews says:

Thanks for the free write prompt! I need to get in the habit of doing this more often.

whimsygizmo says:

Talicha J. says:

I finally did one on time, the world must be about to end!

Terry says:

Hi Kellie

Rishal says:

Hey fellow FWFians, here’s my take on this week’s prompt. What a random choice of words Kellie. Quite delightful! Luckily I managed to fit all the words in my poem.

dorothychiotti says:

Kellie … I love these word banks! … Please enjoy this ever-so-brief “Night at the Opera” … Cheerz!

arbiterkitty says:

What an interesting choice of words in the bank! I was only able to use two of them, but I had fun writing this :) Thanks for the prompt! I look forward to next week’s.

Suzanne says:

Unwinding after a busy week I offer you this little snippet
Thanks for the prompt Kellie. I enjoyed the challenge.


More Than “Just Photographs”

A step back. . . recall, reflect, remember:

In March, Megan @ Make Something Mondays blessed her visitors and followers with some photographs that are more than “just photographs.” Megan always enlightens her readers with posts representing the most unusual to the most inspiring! She features a blog about art and design, tutorials and creativity. I encourage you to pay her a visit and enjoy her uniqueness!

Below is a slideshow of the photographs from Megan. Each is special in its own way carrying its own unique message:

A message of love.
A message of hope.
A message of challenge.
A message of surprise.
A message of remembering.
A message of loneliness.
A message of laughter.
A message of comfort.
A message of joy.
A message of awesomeness

and the list goes on.

These are photographs that you do not simply glance and move on to the next. Ponder each one with thoughts of what it represents and how lives are touched within each snapshot! If you must, pause the slideshow and continue at will. Capture the feeling behind each photograph: smile, laugh, shed a tear for the emotion is there within each and every one…

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Life is filled with messages
Cued with the rising of the sun
Veiled in the shadows of twilight
Waiting for just the right moment
To be captured and remembered
Rather than lost within the blink of an eye

©2013 catnipoflife© 2013 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults


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