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The Reason for the Season: Spread the pure Joy!

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…

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


There is magic in Christmas
A time for joy, a time of peace
Sharing, caring, preparing
As cascading snowflakes increase
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A star tops the Christmas tree
Presents of love beneath
All in the joy of giving
Encircling like a wreath
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People come, people go
All in the name of good cheer
Wishing Merry Christmas
And the happiest New Year
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Coziness of a fireplace
A warm hug, tender kiss
Christmas Eve closes in prayer
No one dares not miss
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While saying Merry Christmas
With wishes for a Happy New Year 
How many celebrate birth
The real reason behind all the cheer?
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Wining, dining, feeling fine
Feasting on the best
When asked why YOU celebrate
What do you attest?
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Hope in Christmastime
The message of the season
Birth of our Savior
Truly the blessed reason
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Lollipop, Lollipop…Oh lolli lolli lolli! Lollipop!

July 20 is…National Lollipop Day

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I could not resist alerting everyone to this celebration since childhood is such an intricate part of the catnipoflife. Mosey on over to catnip’s sister site, Awakenings, for the celebration. You just might find some lollipops that turn you on or perhaps turn you off!

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Plus how on earth could I pass posting the cat eating the lollipop?!

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Happy Fourth of July

Are you truly READY to celebrate the true meaning of this day? Click each image or link!

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In God We Trust

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Star-Spangled Banner

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Pledge of Allegiance

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 Remember Our Troops

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Happy Independence Day!

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To all Fathers…

Today Sunday, June 19, 2016 is Father’s Day…a day of honor and celebration for our dads and fathers. Not all fathers are dads nor are all dads fathers. Each holds a special place in a child’s, teen’s or adult’s heart. Regardless of the roledad, father or bothnot any one of us could be here without having been fathered. With fatherhood comes a tremendous responsibility encompassing tasks of sharing, caring and preparing for life’s journey.

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May this Father’s Day be filled with wondrous blessings that continue through each day of the year! To each of you…A Father’s Day Salute!

 A father’s day is every day
Not just one day of the year
Holding a wee little hand
(day time and nighttime)
Wiping away a tear

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It’s faith, hope, love
All rolled into one
Encouragement, patience
(never giving up)
‘Til a task is done

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It’s being thankful
Gratitude of heart
Knowing what you need
(when you need it)
Right from the start

  
It’s together time
The thrill of hearty laughter
 Seeing what you’re going through
(even if it doesn’t show)
The morning of the day after

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It’s helping with decisions
Staying taut through outs or ins
Teaching life’s not easy
(taking the right road)
Supporting losses and wins

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It’s hurting and being hurt
Holding discipline’s place
Leaving behind a legacy

(not of material ‘things’)
Rewards of saving grace
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It’s compassion and comfort
When a hug is all that’s needed
Priceless moments in time

(Teddy Bear hugs)
Quickly and tenderly heeded

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It’s shaping, molding
Each life that has begun
Making an investment
(often without return)
‘Til the full course is run

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It’s when having to leave
Looking back with pride
Releasing all the tears
(happiness and heartache)
Bottled up inside

©Sharla Lee Shults

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Brothers & Sisters

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Siblings are often the very best of friends…

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Check out a personal posting for my brother and the history behind National Sibling Day @ Awakenings!

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 Wes & Me 🙂

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If cats had thumbs…

Cats-and-Dogs-Had-Opposable-Thumbs-Day1Have you ever thought about one fact that sets man apart from many other species on the planet is an opposable thumb? It allows us to do many things that other creatures can’t do. If you have ever injured your thumb, you have had a first hand experience as to what an important role that digit plays on the human hand.

Now imagine what it would be like if your pet had thumbs. Do you get a clear image of your pet with thumbs? Are you seeing your pet doing things with his/her new thumb? If so, your mind is in spirit with celebration today, March 3

Have a HAPPY ‘If Pets Had Thumbs Day’!

Note: If you have a pet monkey, you already know what it would be like for your pet to have thumbs. Hee-hee…

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Here is a Thumbs Up for all pets today!

There is more going on today as always. Visit Awakenings for National Anthem Day celebrated on March 3!

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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!
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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

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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!

 

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BOO!

Trick or Treat!

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Visit catnip’s sister site, Awakenings, for MORE hauntings…

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brief video history of Halloween,

the craziest selfie ever,

comic horror movie classic,

a bit of nostalgia and

scary vintage Halloween costumes!

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Trick or Treat!

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