January 4 is…National Spaghetti Day
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…
Spread the pure joy!
A time for joy, a time of peace
Sharing, caring, preparing
As cascading snowflakes increase
Presents of love beneath
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
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!
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!
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.
Music that calms & heals
Soothing the very soul
With each heart it steals
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.
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!
For those fortunate enough to have a sister, the first Sunday in August is set aside just for you! This year that day falls on August 3rd. As for me, I never had a sister but do have three daughters. They will definitely attest to life with a sister. Good times, happy times, sad times, bad times…all are a part of life but bottom line, they will always be sisters.
Sisters’ Day is your chance (if you have a sister, that is) to show your appreciation for that special family relationship. All siblings have the odd argument here and there, but deep down there’s little way around the natural bond of siblings.
Make this day a special celebration for your sister, by however you feel is best. If you don’t have a sister, you can still celebrate the friendships of sisterhood by having a girl’s night out!
Sisters We’ll Always Be
Sisters, sisters, sisters
Skipping through life happily.
Never a lonesome moment
For sisters we’ll always be.
How scared we were
The day we chased away the honeybee!
Remember the aroma coming from the kitchen?
Homemade cookies ready before eleven.
Mama let us eat them hot from the oven,
Um-m-m, melting in our mouths, tasting from Heaven.
How many chocolate chips were in your cookie?
Mine only had seven!
Fights over clothes seemed to never end.
You must wear this; you can’t wear that.
That one is mine; this one is yours.
You’ll stretch it out; you’re too fat.
Oh, how the words hurt as retaliation resulted in combat!
Younger days, too bad they had to come to a close:
Spouts with friends speaking in each other’s behalf,
Coming home late dreading to face Mom and Dad,
Sibling rivalry seemed to last time and a half.
Isn’t it funny how we look back in time?
All the times we fought and argued weren’t funny then,
But now we laugh and laugh!
Excerpted from Echoes, 2004
“A sister makes the best friend, loving and trustworthy right to the end.” ~SLS
To all sisters, have a purr-fect day!
Mosey on over to Awakenings and check out the quadruple celebration for Sunday, August 3, 2014!
June is Summertime! There are a lot of celebrations during the month of June but one most fitting to catnip is Adopt a Cat Month. With summer comes the rising temperatures and efforts being made to cool things down. Have you ever thought about our feline friends who don a fur coat all year long? The sweltering summer heat can indeed be a torment.
Adopt a Cat Month is HERE!
Why is Adopt A Cat Month in June? During the spring, shelters are brimming with cats and kittens of every age. Unfortunately, there are often more cats in a given shelter than they can handle.
This overpopulation causes millions of perfectly healthy, loveable and adoptable kittens and cats to be euthanized every year.
Even though June is designated as Adopt a Cat Month, it is not just about the cat. June is loaded with Pet Celebrations:
- Adopt-a-Cat Month®. From the American Humane Association.
- Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat Month. From the ASPCA.
- National Pet Preparedness Month. This month, timed for the first month of hurricane season, urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.
- June 4, 2013: Hug Your Cat Day.
- 1st week in June. Pet Appreciation Week.
- June 10, 2013: World Pet Memorial Day.
- mid-June: Animal Rights Awareness Week.
- June 21, 2013: Take Your Dog to Work Day.
- June 21, 2013: National Dog Party Day.
Ready? Set! Adopt a cat!
If you missed any of the links at the beginning of the post, click HERE for MORE CELEBRATIONS in the month of June!
How many times have you found a penny only to check if it is ‘heads up’ before picking it up? If so, that must mean you are superstitious. Superstition has it that you should only pick up a penny that is lying face up. The others…leave them where they lie. I disagree as will be noted later. First, let’s take a look at the day’s celebration.
Lucky Penny Day
Next time you find a penny, heads up or not, remember our nation’s motto! If you feel you do not need the penny, place it in the hand of another, repeat the motto, “In God We Trust” and say “pass it on.”
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