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The Brolly, The Gamp, The Bumbershoot


At Awakenings, catnip’s sister site, we are celebrating The Brolly, The Gamp, The Bumbershoot! If you are not familiar with either of those terms, perhaps the image above will give you a clue. BUT, do each represent a type of cat or is it the umbrella, which is all too familiar especially on rainy days? OR could it simply be a cat toy?

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The Owl

What recollections do you have of the owl? As a child, mine are two fold. First the nursery rhyme, The Wise Old Owl, which handed down through tradition merits the art of measuring our words. Basically it is told in an attempt to teach a child the virtue of being quiet! Second is the nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. Within the poem’s verses is mention of four animals – an owl, a cat, a pig, and a turkey, each with an important role toward a happy love story ending.

With the month of February being the month of love and Valentine’s Day only a week away, let’s venture forth with this second one foremost in mind.

Of the four animals from the poem, why place emphasis on the owl? Perhaps because it is the least recognized throughout the year. Oink! Oink! Oink! celebrates National Pig Day (March 1),  It’s Party Time…for the CAT! focuses full attention on our feline friend for National Cat Day (October 29) while Gobble Gobble Gobble sets our sights on a holiday feast at Thanksgiving in November! Question is…When is Owl Day?


Who-o-o-o-o is who?

Before setting our sights on a day of celebration for the owl, perhaps a bit of owl knowledge will establish reason and purpose behind why such a celebration might be in order. How much do you know about the owl? It is a bird, it has big eyes, it sits in trees (often screeching, thus the Screech Owl), it is a night predator (thus, the Night Owl which describes many a human), it is shrouded in witches’ tales. Um-m-m-m? Is that all there is to the owl? Not hardly…



A funny little bird
Big eyes, crooked beak
Avid hunter by night
By day hide ‘n’ seek


Mystique in silent flight
Quick and eloquent
Supple velvety down
Soft and elegant


Victory in battle
A gourmet mainstay
Bye bye pesky rodents
Owl’s favorite prey


With a turn of the head
Almost all way ’round
Super-powered senses
Hardly miss a sound


Mysterious hissing
Creepy hooty hoot
Masters of spookiness
Yet oh so darn cute

Though it’s illegal to keep owls as pets in the United States, they’re intelligent and sociable. (Most of the time, anyway—owls can attack humans when feeling threatened.) In Japan, there are even owl cafés, where you can hang out with owls while drinking tea.

What are your thoughts on a designated Owl Day? Would you like to celebrate and what date do you think it should be?




Awakenings: The Ultimate Card

Pure love goes deep with the three little words “I love you” often seeming to not be quite enough. There is more you want to say. For some, even expressing those words does not come easily. More than likely you have been in a situation where it was oh-so difficult to put into words what you truly wished to express. The words lay stuck in your throat, dormant in your heart. It may even have been nervousness fearing the intent might be misunderstood or perhaps as simple as just not knowing what to say or how to say it at the time.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to simply have The Ultimate Card? The card that says it all regardless of occasion or recipient. Does such a card exist?

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Awakenings: Have your cake & eat your veggies!

Do you have difficulty getting your kids to eat their vegetables? What about yourself…not a veggie eater? There are ways around what one might consider the ordinary vegetables. All you need is a good recipe or a great imagination. The veggie for today’s celebration is the carrot paired with spices, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, raisins and nuts. Carrots add natural sweetness to recipes so you’ll be surprised at all the different ways these little beauties can be incorporated.

February 3 is…
National Carrot Cake Day

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Carrot Cake has been made since the Middle Ages, when sugar & other sweeteners were rare & very expensive. So, people used sweet vegetables to flavor puddings. This technique became practically obsolete for several hundred years resurfacing in the 20th century.

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Awakenings: J.Lo feat. Cool

When it comes to Rap, you either love it or hate it yet it is undeniably one of the most popular genres of music to date. The History of Rap finds the term dating as early as the 15th and 16th century in Britain. In the US, it emerged in the black community in the 60s. At that time, rap was used mostly as a slang word meaning to talk with someone, having a conversation.

And the rest is history. What record companies thought was just a fad rapidly grew into the most popular music genre of this decade. Rap music’s beginnings were humble and focused on bringing families together and uplifting each other’s spirits in times of heartache and pain. Since its inception much has changed and evolved but the essence of its heart and soul remains. [Source: History of Rap]

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Today’s spotlight shines on a collaboration between an extremely popular entertainer – American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer and businesswoman – and a hip-hop artist, author, actor and businessman.

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Awakenings: Whether ‘Cold as Ice’ or ‘Hotblooded’…Top of the Charts!

At the height of the 70s transitioning on into the 80s, some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring anthems were released, including Juke Box Hero (1982),  Feels Like The First Time (1977), Urgent (1981), Head Games (1979), Say You Will (1987), Cold as Ice (1977), Hot Blooded (1978), and the worldwide No.1 hit that is in this day’s spotlight. As with the hit spotlighted on February 1, it definitely falls in the right month…the month of love!

Today in Music History: February 2 

Welcome into the Spotlight…

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Foreigner: Whether their singles were ‘Cold as Ice’ or ‘Hotblooded’, the seventies saw rock band Foreigner shoot straight to the top of the charts, where the group achieved platinum status time and again.

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Awakenings: It’s Groundhog Day…What’s Phil’s Verdict?

If you awoke early this morning, then you know…

February 02, 2016 at 7:30 AM, updated February 02, 2016 at 7:34 AM
Did Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow this year? The famous weather-predicting woodchuck came out Tuesday morning at Gobbler’s Knob in Punsxutawney, Pennsylvania, and did NOT see his shadow — which means an EARLY SPRING. READ MORE…

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Spring is definitely coming, just a matter of when! Let’s do hope Phil did not lie and the buds & blossoms will appear soon! 

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Awakenings: Superbowl Commercials

What makes a good commercial? or should the question be What makes a commercial good? Apparently that is a tough question either way you word it since too many commercials are absolutely stupid. What is really sad is in all their stupidity one thing stands out…you remember it! UGH! Maybe that is the point. The stupider the ad the more it is talked about! Hello! 

As far as grading commercials is concerned, some of the best and the worst come from advertisements on Superbowl Sunday. So, in preparation for the upcoming spectacular, let’s begin by revisiting some of the ads from previous Super Bowl years and sneak a peak into those slated for 2016. 

Four steps back in time, one step into the future…

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For 2016, each of the companies paid CBS a minimum of 5 million bucks per 30 seconds of precious air time. Eager to promote their goods before an audience of more than 100 million captivated viewers, most advertisers will tell you that each of those dollars was well spent.

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Awakenings: Early spring perhaps? Meet Br’er Groundhog…

Xtra! Xtra! Read all about it! Tomorrow morning the nation will be told by a groundhog, none the less, if winter is to be extended or if an early spring is in our midst. With brutal weather conditions across certain areas of the country, winter storms promise many more days of white. Yet, no matter where you are there is still hope for winter to cease, spring to arrive early.

February 2 is…

Groundhog Day

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Meet Br’er Groundhog…Are you READY for this quirky holiday, Groundhog Day? Groundhog, you may ask? You say a groundhog forecast the weather? Do you mean woodchuck, whistle-pig, land-beaver? No? What kind of folklore is this? Um-m-m-m-m? Let’s look a little deeper into this weather hound.

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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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