Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest!

Awakenings: Lookin’ Back to Plan Ahead plus more to come!

There is MORE to February than just Valentine’s Day…

Welcome to month #2 of 2016! While Valentine’s Day is at the top of the list for celebration this month, something is happenin’ and being celebrated on a daily basis! Lookin’ back, What’s Happenin’ kept you updated on funny days, weird holidays, foodie fun and celebrations during the month of February in 2014. The date of ‘holidays’ designated as specific days of the week change each year but the celebrations themselves do not change providing choices on what to celebrate or not.

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Many of the past celebrations will remain relatively the same while others will change according to the times, i.e., Superbowl Sunday, which this year falls on February 7. So, even though you have a chance to look back to plan ahead, be sure to stop by daily for the accurate and possible new celebrations.

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Okay, Monday!

Mondays have repeatedly brought about sad thoughts because the weekend has ended. For some reason, there is dread at the beginning of the new week. Thus, we find ourselves wishing life away every Monday morning in anticipation of an early Friday arrival and the beginning of another weekend. Time to change…


What is it about Monday
That plants the seed of dread
Brings about wrinkles and frowns
Where smiles should be instead

What happens in morning time
To incite Monday blues
After all the night before
Beget such cheerful views

When daylight shifts to Tuesday
Happier thoughts consume
Even Wednesday and Thursday
Don’t portray Monday’s gloom

With each subsequent Friday
Excitement’s in the air
Thoughts of the coming weekend
Share no Monday despair

All too soon we find ourselves
Facing Monday again
We start rush-rushing the week
For Friday to begin

Food for thought…

In trying to rush the week
To reach the next Friday
That only so pushes us
Closer to NEXT Monday

Time goes by too fast as is
Why wish away the days
Time lost is never regained
Get out of Monday’s maze

Okay, Monday, let’s do this
Think smiles, think fabulous
Let the power of Monday
Make the week marvelous

©2016 catnipoflife

Let the power of marvelous Monday set the tone for smiles, NOT frowns, sending vibes for a terrific Tuesday, wonderful Wednesday, tremendous Thursday, fabulous Friday right on through the wacky weekend ’til marvelous Monday starts the week all over again!

Get rid of this…


Let’s hear you shout this…


Have a GREAT week!



When Messiness is Part of the Picture

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January 4 is…National Spaghetti Day

You know I just had to add cats to this special day! Head on over to Awakenings for the celebration! Here is how it starts…

When you were a kid, did you absolutely LOVE spaghetti? Perhaps those ‘kid’ days still prevail where messiness will always be part of the picture. Spaghetti is a universal food when it comes to age, race or gender and can be made just the way YOU like it! Get ready to step back in time to your days as a kid or keep enjoying those ‘kid’ days as if you never grew up! Just one important detail to remember…get your kids in the picture!

Happy New Year!


Make the leap from 2015 to 2016 with New Year’s resolutions that are doable! We all have the tendency to declare that which is most improbable…NOT impossible but simply not likely. In other words, be reasonable so goals can be accomplished! It is always possible to go beyond any expectations. Start the New Year afresh not allowing those forgotten resolutions of the past go against you. Let them remain right where they need to be…in the past, kaput, gone!


May 2016 be filled with catnip…days & nights where you Observe life at its best, listen to life’s songs, embrace life’s bounties, breathe the breath of life and savor life to its fullest! After all, you have but one life…LIVE IT! Make the next 365 days count. That’s right…you still have 365 days to go since 2016 is a leap year.





The Reason for this Season

The Christmas season is filled with times of joyful gathering…family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, acquaintances from many different backgrounds. The main question is…why do you join others in celebration at this time of year? Is it simply feasting and partying, dressing in fancy attire, for camaraderie, perhaps time to catch up on happenin’s throughout the year? What makes it different from any other gathering? There is only one reason for this season which should remain at the top of the list, the star of the Christmas tree, the most wondrous gift of them all…

May we never be so focused on getting gifts & PRESENTS 
that we forget to receive…
…the gift of HIS PRESENCE!

 Spread the pure joy!

There is magic in Christmas
A time for joy, a time of peace
Sharing, caring, preparing
As cascading snowflakes increase

A star tops the Christmas tree
Presents of love beneath
All in the joy of giving
Encircling like a wreath

People come, people go
All in the name of good cheer
Wishing Merry Christmas
And the happiest New Year

 Coziness of a fireplace
A warm hug, tender kiss

Christmas Eve closes in prayers
No one dares not miss

 While saying Merry Christmas
With wishes for a Happy New Year
How many celebrate birth
The real reason behind all the cheer?

Wining, dining, feeling fine
Feasting on the best
When asked why you celebrate
What do you attest?

Hope in Christmastime
The message of the season
Birth of our Savior
Truly the blessed reason

 Spread the word far and wide
In full convoy
 Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Spread the pure joy!


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A Touch of Catnip


Doesn’t appear our little feline friend is playing Beethoven’s Fifth…”bum bum bum buuuuuummmm” by his/her keyboard strokes so let’s use a little imagination and pretend the little fellow (or gal) is striking a familiar Christmas tune.

Christmas is a special time of year when music fills the air while sweet-smelling aromas tickle the nose of each passerby, whether within the home kitchen, along city sidewalks and streets or weaving along country roads. While this is a time of caring and giving, let us not forget those darling little ‘angels’ that bring so much joy and love into the home. Let’s make theirs a purr-fectly wonderful Christmas as they make ours a melodically meowy Christmas!




The Time When Giving Rules

As Christmas day draws nearer and nearer, very little time remains for shopping, especially for the little gifts that may have been forgotten. The last minute push always has people rushing around almost in a daze…in a craze anyway! So, ever thought of doing something different? Staying away from the malls, putting your imagination to work? What about inviting family and friends over and being creative! Make some small gifts together or simply let the time of enjoyment be the gift itself…give the gift of smiles and laughter.

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The Time When Giving Rules


a time for giving
Loving, laughing & living
Forgetting & forgiving
Remembering, reliving
Christmas brings time for laughter
Today, tomorrow, thereafter
Gifts of love, you’re the crafter 
Those ne’er bought before or after

Something to use, something to share
The idea is showing you care
Make it something unique with flair
 Or totally risque if you dare
Should you decide food’s the thing
 Add to it just the right zing
Small goodies smiles surely bring
When the mason jar is king
If the gift is a gift of money
Be sure to make it funny
Any dollar bill, sweet as honey
Leaves the day bright and sunny

 Less demanding are simple tools
Maybe rhinestone studded jewels
Some little wooden sewing spools
All in the time when giving rules

©2014 Sharla Lee Shults

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Awakenings: Christmas & Santa

Before ol’ St. Nick rose up the chimney he had to have come down the same way. But, why the chimney at all…why not through the door or a window? Could it be all doors and windows are suppose to be locked, especially at midnight and wee hours of the morning? When/where does the chimney really enter the picture? There are various stories why Santa comes down the chimney. The one most commonly known appears in the famous Christmas poem “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” even though Santa’s connection with chimneys dates back several centuries before the poem.

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With Christmas Eve drawing nigh, let’s take a peek at Santa Claus, whose presence is already abundant during this time of the year but with only one evening where he ‘climbs down the chimney’!

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Gone, yet ne’er forgotten!


Amid all the festiveness of the holiday season come times of remembrance… Christmas past, family and friends gone but not forgotten. There is an overwhelming sense of sadness that at the same time brings on smiles of the heart. The joy, the laughter, the silliness within the seriousness of the time. With Christmas, there is always music, special music. Some of the melodies have been passed down from generation to generation while new ones hit the scene with the changing times.


Loving memories of those who have passed on are rekindled everyday in music that lives on and on and on…

Gone, yet ne’er forgotten
Music that calms & heals
Soothing the very soul
With each heart it steals
  Yesterday, today, tomorrow
Music starts the morning
Your songs live within us
Keeping our hearts yearning
  With the Christmas season
You’re missed more ’n’ more
With melodies of the holidays
Drifting in and out the door

 Gone, yet ne’er forgotten
Music to relive the days
Happiness within sorrow
Til the last memory fades

Sharla Lee Shults


To all who have loved ones in Heaven this Christmas, may you find joyful peace with family and friends.



Awakenings: Bake ’em & Eat em’

With cookies having already been celebrated throughout the year, why another ‘cookie’ day? There was even an entire month devoted to the cookie, the month of October. Since we are in the midst of the Christmas holiday season perhaps understanding why another ‘cookie’ day is not so difficult at all. With Christmas comes baking, with all the baking going on, at the top of the list is holiday cookies.

December 18 is…

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Cookie days celebrated up to this point generally focused on any cookies with the easy way out being bought, not homemade. Bake Cookies Day is set aside for people, young and old, to stir up some cookie dough spreading holiday aromatic scents around not just the kitchen but permeating throughout the house.

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