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Awakenings: Leap for Surf ‘n’ Turf

February 29 comes only every four years and 2016 is the year when you get to celebrate a bonus 24 hours! Tomorrow you are about to regain precious minutes missed over the past four years. Don’t regard this as just another day but examine ways in which you can make it memorable.

Funny, serious, entertaining…it’s your choice. Do something you have been wanting to do for a long time or complete an unfinished task. Spend extra time with your loved ones, make this a special day for your kids. You know you can even make it educational and let them know exactly what makes a year leap with an extra day once every four years. Hey, how much do you know about leap year?

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Did you know February 29 is…National Surf ‘n’ Turf Day! While the mention of surf ‘n’ turf immediately salivates mouth-watering visions of the classic filet Mignon and lobster, you don’t have to be constrained to simply that combination. You can create your own from a variety of seafood and varied choices of meat. Check out the great, delicious, some absolutely cra-a-a-azy recipes!

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Awakenings: Last Week of February

Because of my husband’s illness and sudden surgery, it is necessary for me to take (hopefully) a short break.

 
For the last week of February through the 28th, let me to guide you to my Pinterest Board What’s Happenin’ in February. With this being a leap year, the 29th will just have to wait! Also, check out Music Memories… there are nearly 300 memorable recording artists and songs to revisit. 

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Life without music is life without a soul. Songs are epitomized in the first yawn of the morning to the last kiss goodnight, from the bewitching midnight hour to the breaking light of dawn. My husband is my music. May he get well soon and come home!

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Just Being a Cat

February 19 is…Temporary Insanity Day! No kidding! Make this day fun with crazy antics that just simply make others smile and laugh!

There are many degrees of insanity…

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♥Happy Valentine’s Day♥

This Valentine greeting’s from me to you
Wishing your day filled with love through and through
 

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The day does not have to be glamorous
Nor it be altogether clamorous

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Rather a day filled with love, without feud
With time for solitude as interlude

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Jovial smiles within lots of laughter
During the morning, noon and thereafter

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Time to exclaim joy, relinquish the tears
 Remembering Valentine’s former years

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May you be blessed each and every way
As you truly enjoy Valentine’s Day

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♥Make Everyday Valentine’s Day♥

TGIF! But not just any TGIF…this is the Friday of Valentine’s Day weekend and also the Friday before celebration of Presidents’ Day. The weekend will be jam packed with shoppers searching for just the right gift for those special persons in their lives while taking advantage of the last big sales of Winter.

Tradition surrounds the celebration of Valentine’s Day with emphasis placed on love encompassing this one special day. The history of Valentine’s Day is really quite interesting. Click HERE


BUT, there is a question that to this day still perplexes me: Why not make any day Valentine’s Day? Is it just the cards, flowers and gifts on this one day that make the heart truly sing? I don’t think so!

Think about it. Every day dawnings and twilights flaunt spectacular colors equal to the challenge of any prism. From delicate to blazing, butterscotch to psychedelic hues, watercolor palettes to brilliant pearlesent views. These are perfect times as nature’s paintbrush wisps through the clouds, over the horizon and across the seas. Can you see it?

Um-m-m-m? But what about the between hours? Are they not equally as poignant emoting feelings of glory where you actually feel the scent of fresh flowers? From the low, warm light of mornings and late afternoons to the mystics of the night time, all around you nature awakens, ever emerging, ever changing. Do you feel it?

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Lights, sound, action! What a magnificent, anything but silent, motion picture right before your eyes—rumbles of distant thunder announcing a Springtime shower, the roaring of the ocean along the beach in Summer, the rustle of leaves in Autumn, the crunching of footfalls in the dry snow of Winter! Can you hear it? 

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Breathe deeply! Inhale. Exhale. Slowly. Smell the rain along a dusty road, salty sea spray to raw ocean smells, smell of bayberry and cinnamon, the burning smell of a cozy open fire, sweet-smelling aroma of freshly baked bread or apple pie and so much more invite all to lift their heads and take a deep breath. What about the rose!  Do you smell it?

Enjoy the moment! Delight comes with candlelit dinners for two, double straws in a single vanilla float, cuisines of festivals with every crumb taste tested, gripping taste of hot cocoa around a blazing campfire, bittersweetness of the finest chocolates, the sweet taste of love in every kiss. Each moment. Every moment. Can you taste it?

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Love is sharing whether by sight, feel, sound, smell or taste. Share with the one you love that in love, We Share the Same Dreams. . .

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♥Love is Riding the Airwaves♥

Chocolate, Flowers or Sexy Lingerie

Pattie or Patty?

♥Just around the corner!♥

America’s ‘Little Darling’ Sweetheart

♥Memories are Made of This♥

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The Brolly, The Gamp, The Bumbershoot

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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?

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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…

THE OWL

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

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

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

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

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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?

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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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