January 4 is…National Spaghetti Day
Reposted from Awakenings with a touch of catnip…
Gobble Gobble Gobble is the tune of the day if the only thing on your mind is the Thanksgiving feast…BUT that is not all Thanksgiving is about. It’s only a start…
gluttons for punishment
partake of the Thanksgiving feast
with abundant choices
one can feel like a gorging beast
try this for something different…
go around the table
fill a plate with all the trimmings
deliver to the disabled
|~Ella Wheeler Wilcox|
Thanksgiving is not just about food…it’s music too!
Thanksgiving is about…
never forgetting those in need
encouraging others indeed
remember blessings said
those that last all year through
solemn thankfulness amid praise
to never bid adieu
Reposted from Awakenings:
But honor and courage
Answer duty’s call Patriots of merit
Put first not one’s self
But concern for others
In and of itself Of those returning home
Wounded, shell-shocked, sick
Calls go out to others
To ease the pain quick
Yet not quickly enough
Does the relief come
Even off battlefields
Seek out a helping hand
No matter how small
Do whatever you can
Bless one, bless them all!
Trick or Treat!
Visit catnip’s sister site, Awakenings, for MORE hauntings…
brief video history of Halloween,
the craziest selfie ever,
comic horror movie classic,
a bit of nostalgia and
scary vintage Halloween costumes!
It is a known fact (um-m-m-m? by whom?) that cats hate vacuum cleaners…
These cats are unaware of that fact…
Now that I have your attention,
Along the many highways and byways, change is imminent: change in season brings about crisp, cool mornings along with the bursting forth of vivid reds, burnt oranges, spun gold 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 time to venture cross country in search of nature’s most glorious landscape.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO AND POETRY @AWAKENINGS…
“I’ve never known anyone yet who doesn’t suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around. . . . We’re all eight years old again and anything is possible.”
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!
Here 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?
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!!!
Posts 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?
Get ready! Get set!
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.
If you ask me about Autumn
—John Burroughs (American Naturalist and Essayist, 1837–1921)
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!