Observe life at its best, Listen to life’s songs, Embrace life’s bounties, Breathe the breath of life, Savor life to its fullest!

Award, Award, Award!

My, my, my! Three awards! Thank you, Raani, Ute, and Texas!

friends-followers-award The Friends and Followers Award comes by way of Raani York. Raani writes a very unique blog, which you must visit in order to truly appreciate.  While she writes in many categories, my favorite is her letters to celebrities. What a hoot! She carries them for one wild ride! Then, of course, there are Jake’s antics and viewpoints recorded as the Diary of a Cat Prince :-)

According to Raani, this is a relatively new award. It was created by Nerissa at Nerissa’s Life. The Friends and Followers Award was created to celebrate the 75,000th hit at Nerissa’s blog. Congrats, Nerissa!

Here are the rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog. 
  2. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and follow them (by any means necessary ). 
  3. Pass along the award to a few friends who already follow you. 
  4. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated for the award.

The Friends and Followers Award goes to…

Sunni Morris. Sunni is surviving life..just Surviving Life My Cats.

Ute smile. Ute’s smiles will warm you all over! Got the Winter blues? Visit Ute!

Bruce Dodson. Bruce has moved from Seattle to Sweden! Learn, laugh, love the changes.

Carole McKee-Spalino. Click Carole’s name to learn the story behind this author.

Bob Mielke. Interested in seeing phenomenal photography? Visit Bob, Northwest Photographer!

Texas, a cat in…Austin. The Parisian cat who went to live in the state named after him


The second award, The Imagine Award, is accepted graciously from Ute smile Ute’s Happy World. This is a totally new award for catnip and what a colorful award, especially the mystical, magical unicorn. Thank you, Ute. Sending thanks along with a big-g-g-g-g hug! I encourage everyone who has not visited Ute’s blog to absolutely do so. You will not be disappointed. She is always coming up with something new, great quotes to guide you through the day, week, month and wit to keep you laughing!


1-Copy and paste The Imagine Award into your post.
2-Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
3-List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like(Which you think are creative).
4-Nominate 5 other bloggers/ blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
5-Notify your nominees.
6-Display The Imagine Award to your blog’s award page.


1-Ute definitely has heart…lots and lots of heart!:-)
2-She is a very positive person.:-)
3-She is witty! Such a fun person!:-)
4-She enlightens you with her writings! :-)
… and 5-She has a most beautiful smile!:-)

The Imagine Award goes to…

Raani York. Raani must have a storehouse of imagination to be able to write her letters to celebrities. What tops it off, however, is they are true!

Marilyn @Serendipity. Only Marilyn would discover all the colors of the rainbow in her local grocery store (not frozen foods nor canned goods either)! Imagine that!


The third award is the My Favourite Things Award bestowed on catnip by Texas, a Cat in Austin. Texas used to be Texas, a Cat in New York, but a move across country delegated the name change. So, Texas, now that you are in Texas, let’s see if you live up to your true name! Visit Texas where you will marvel at the antics of a furr-r-r-r y friend and writings from the cat’s perspective. There is never a dull moment within the writings and plenty of aw-w-w-w-w moments!

The rules to accepting this award are:

1. Thank the Blogger for Giving you this award and give a link to their blog.
2. Post the award on to your blog.
3. Name 6 of your favorite things.
4. Pass it on to as many Bloggers as you want.

Here are my 6 favorite things:
–  My hubby
–  Foxie
–  Spreading catnip joy
–  Dark chocolate
–  Milk chocolate
–  Truffles

The My Favourite Things Award goes to…

Hot Rod Cowgirl. The incredible ever changing view of life outside my window is truly amazing…

Life in the FoothillsLife…And What I Make of It!

sharing me myself and i. Whatever Flows…

Maxima. Electronic Thoughts – Follow me and enjoy!

A Mixed Bag. A poem … A story … A Photo … Something Else

cookiecrumbstoliveby. Life through the eyes of “cookie”

Chief Writing Wolf. News, Opinions and Personal Writings from an Independent Mind

The Sanctuary of my Heart. WORDS FROM MY HEART TO YOURS

IMPORTANT NOTE: I understand some of you are award-free blogs. Nonetheless, the award is extended with an invitation to all who visit this post to visit your blogs!


THREE Stars: Blog of the Year 2013

boty-banner6starClick HERE for the rules!


What a day this has been!

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catnipoflife received 3 stars today!


Heartfelt thanks go to Taylor Fulks, Lori Foroozandeh and Raani York! It is through the inspiration of such wonderful bloggers that keeps the catnip in catnipoflife! My cup runneth over with gratitude!


This brings catnip’s star count to 5!

Blog of the Year Award 5 star jpeg

A star for you…


…to the following, here is your first star (may be your second, could even be your third) but it is the first from me!  Each of you carries your own special talents and words of wisdom. Thank you for your inspiration, which always seems to arrive when needed. And do not pay any attention to the order the names are presented, God bless you all!

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

Lesley Fletcher @Inspiration Import

Mary Helen @greatpoetrymhf 

Diane @The One Thing I Know for Sure

Rosemary Adkins @ Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler

Deirde Tolhurst @Thoughts and Prayers

Granny @angelswhisper2011

Laurie @laurie27wsmith

Julie @cookiecrumbstoliveby

Don’t forget to Click HERE for the rules!


Gift of Awards

GiftofAwardsThe enjoyment of receiving an award is like someone handing you one of the finest chocolates ever made. You savor the thoughts behind the giver knowing that someone special has gathered inspiration from your humble words. Then, to your surprise comes along a gift of awardS … That, folks, is more like getting the whole box of chocolates!

The time was back in August not long after my husband finally returned home after six months of grave illness. Needless to say, life took a different turn (for the better I must add). Time online in my virtual world took a backseat to reality.

Without further ado, I want to thank Joseyphina of Joseyphina’s World for the whole box – the Awesome Blog Award, the Versatile Blogger Award, the Sunshine Award and the Most Influential Blogger Award! That is like having Gianduja, Couverture, Truffles, AND Special Dark chocolates all at the same time! How swe-e-e-e-e-e-e-eT! Joseyphina, you have touched my heart in a very special way!

Now, it is time for me to thank my followers for motivating me and commenting on my posts. You are the reason why I keep on keeping on even though on some days I can count on one hand those who stopped by for a dose of catnip. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I am NOT complaining. If I just touch one, only one, on any given day then I have accomplished what I set out to do. Inspire. Motivate. Make someone smile.

The envelop…Envelope

There were no ‘rules’ accompanying these awards so take the money and run! Pay the awards forward with no strings attached…ain’t that nice!


Blog of the Year 2013



Blog of the Year 2013

It is hard to believe we are already nearing the end of 2013. Time has passed oh-so quickly with reflections of happiness, sorrow, hardships and miracles but not a single one without many, many blessings in their midst. A few days ago my day was made even more joyous when Joseyphina’s World nominated catnipoflife for Blog of the Year Award 2013. While visiting Joseyphina, I learned that catnip was also nominated by Wendell Brown @Forever Poetic. Both Joseyphina and Wendell have been avid supporters of catnip since her inception. Visit their blogs, be inspired and follow each for you will never be disappointed! God bless you both and thank you for your many, many visits and most of all, for recognizing catnipoflife for the Blog of the Year 2013 award.

Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpegcatnipoflife‘s 2 stars from Joseyphina and Wendell

Now, on to the best part…paying the award forward.

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award.

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars! You can either ‘swap’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!


CONGRATULATIONS to the following, here is your first star (may be your second, could even be your third) but it is the first from me!  Each of you carries your own special talents and words of wisdom. Thank you for your inspiration, which always seems to arrive when needed. And do not pay any attention to the order the names are presented, God bless you all!

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

You are all dear to my heart!



Catnip’s Bouquet Keeps on Blossoming

Suzanne Detrick

Summer bouquets bring on the sunny smiles! Who would not be tickled pick or blushing red upon receiving wondrous wishes of happiness nestled in the velvety petals of a flower. Each blossom flaunts its uniqueness in color and design. So the same sentiments are felt with blogging awards.

Some are Super Sweet but none are sour
Others Very Inspiring any hour
Many Shine On within the sunbeams
All Part of the Family it seems
When you are Tagged, You’re It!
Quite an honor to admit

Best Moments doth each impart
Hugs for all to warm the heart

The awards that follow are not in any particular order and some were received months ago so please accept my apology for the lateness in responding. It is such a wonderful feeling for the writings of catnipoflife to be recognized for inspiration, joy and often laughter.

Best Moment Award

I would like to thank  Shaun @ Looking for reasoning in a complicated world for the double award. I encourage you to visit his terrific blog, I mean AWESOME blog! Shaun is a Veteran Best Moment recipient!

For the Best Moment Award, I am going to follow Shaun and bend the rules a bit. Often it is the time it takes to prepare the blog posting that prevents or delays bloggers from accepting and paying forward an award. So, here is the rule bender thanks to Shaun:


If you follow me, visit me, like me, enjoy the catnip, then THIS AWARD IS FOR YOU. PLEASE, Take it and live in the moment. If you accept this award which I hope you will do, all I ask is for you to pay it forward to 10 people. Ask them to live in the moment!

Along with the Best Moment Award comes a rule for an acceptance speech. Read mine HERE!

Tag! You’re it!

Tagging is a game and here are its rules:

    1. Post these rules.

    2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random facts about you (I’ll go with the pic here! Some random facts are below with another award.)

    3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post. (Pass if you must! I am.)

    4. Create 11 new questions (I’ll save time and play off of Shaun’s.) and tag new people to answer them.

    5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged.

My pic selection is a peek into the past! The hairdos are a definite giveaway or should I say “sign of the times!”

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You have been tagged…

TaggedJulie @cookiecrumbstoliveby

TaggedGrace @GraceUnveiled

TaggedTerry @terry1954

TaggedSandra @Boomers and Books

TaggedRoSy @sharing me myself and i


Your Questions

    1. Where were you born?

    2. What do you consider the American Classics?

    3. If you could go back in time, which year would you visit?

    4. What is your favorite book?

    5. Where do you get most of your inspiration?

    6. If you could go to any concert of your choice, who would you like to hear?

    7. What is the longest trip you ever made?

    8. What do you see in a sunrise or a sunset?

    9. What is your fondest childhood memory?

    10. Do you like sports, if so, who is your favorite athlete?

    11. If you could live anywhere in the world you desired, where would that be?


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Double time on The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Thank you Shaun @ and Joseyphina @

The Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.

  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

  3. State 7 things about yourself.

  4. Nominate other bloggers (Some rules say 15 but that is flexible.) and link to them.

  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

 Seven things about myself…

    1. Favorite cup:

      A Micky/Minnie Mouse given to me by a dear friend

    2. Pet:

      Dilute calico cat named Foxie – Calendar Cat of 2010

    3. Game challengers:

      Shooting pool and playing chess

    4. Family:

      4 children (1 son, 3 daughters), 6 grandchildren (2 grandsons, 4 granddaughters)

    5. Favorite sport:


    6. Yummy dessert:

      Click Dirt Cake!

    7. Dream vacation:



The Kat and the Falling Leaves Kat inspires through her writing and delectable recipes!

Looking for reasoning in a complicated world Shaun inspires through his writing, pictures and music videos!

Thoughts and Prayers Deidre’s inspiration speaks of trust through a mighty testament of faith.

Northwest Photographer Bob Mielke does not accept awards but he inspires through the most phenomenal photography EVER!

sharing me myself and i RoSy share Whatever Flows and that whatever is always eye-catching and intriguing!

Yves Johnson Ministries Yves Johnson’s Christian fellowship is definitely one to follow – enlightening and uplifting!

Simple Pleasures Cynthia Baker definitely nails the adage “a picture is word a thousand words” with her blog of photography & more!

Kurt Rees Poetry Kurt’s poetry goes beyond inspiration to nestle right in the center of the soul!

The Sanctuary of My Heart Skye’s inspiring words, music and photo blog provide an amazing journey through life!

prodigal daughter The Prodigal Daughter inspires us with knowledge that God alone is sufficient.

Thank You to each of you for bringing sunshine into my life! Now, be sure to click HERE! and also grab the Shine On Award from catnip!

Super Sweet Award

Sincerest heartfelt thanks goes to Gys @ for sprinkling such sweetness upon catnipoflife. Catnip actually received this award just recently from another blogger so the same rules as the earlier nomination apply here:


    1. Cookies or Cake?

      At one point in time, I would have automatically said ‘cookies’. Now, I will take either one at any time of the day!

    2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

      Um-m-m? Does vanilla topped with Hershey’s syrup count?

    3. Favourite Sweet Treat?

      Cheesecake, definitely Cheesecake!

    4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

      Night time when I should NOT have it!

    5. Sweet nickname?


ALL of YOU, my blogging family, are Super Sweet! How can I possibly award some and not others? NO WAY! You are all deserving of this award. Grab it, display it on your site and pay it forward!


A Summer Bouquet Blossoming with Awards

This one took a lot of time so don’t stop until the very end! HUGS to all my blogger friends!

Flowering Bouquet by Nikki Dalton

Catnipoflife has truly been blessed in the past few months with many awards from her visitors and followers. With every award comes obligations that take thought, time and effort in expressing gratitude and paying each forward. For catnip, delays have resulted in postings because of personal reasons and limited time online.

It is especially important for everyone to know how much I am truly grateful for all visits, Likes and comments but most importantly for so many intercessory prayers during what is now Day 55 of my husband’s hospital confinement. When I first entered the blogging world November 18, 2011, Awakenings became my first venue. A seed was planted and out of that experience came the birth of Awakenings’ sister site, catnipoflife. From the moment of inception, the blogging community became a family!

So, without further adieu, catnip shares her joys with her family!

Best Moment Award, web awards, blogging awards, winners, nominations

Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered –
Savoring the experience of quality time.

catnipoflife has been honored not once, but twice with the Best Moment Award. Thank you, Marilyn @Serendipity and Ute @Ute Smile, for this wonderful award! Here is a little information about both wonderful ladies. I encourage you to visit their blogs where you will definitely be enlightened!

Marilyn Armstrong @Serendipity

Marilyn is an extremely brave woman who has overcome many battles in her lifetime. She is unique. She is funny. She is a GREAT photographer. She calls herself a geek and that may be true for she is Grand, Enjoyable, Energizing, Kind all rolled into one!

Ute @Ute Smile

Ute is all about smiles…making people happy, offering inspiration and sharing her passion for music and dance. She is a very positive, upbeat person and don’t just take my word for it…visit her blog!


Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. This could be written or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next awardees! The re-post should include a NEW set of people/blogs worthy of the award; and winners notify them of the great news.

My Acceptance Speech:

I am not much into speeches but do feel strongly about showing gratitude. It is indeed an honor for catnipoflife to be recognized as one about the moment…that which is captured or perhaps even lost in the blink of an eye. It is the smell of the rain, the soft tender kiss of nature, the rhapsody of the wind; it is openness of the mind, gentleness of the heart. May each of you, her readers, go forth and follow the motto of catnipoflife: 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! Don’t miss a moment! Thank you heartfully and soulfully for your visits, Likes, comments, shares and of course, the awards!

My Awardees:

Arlen Shahverdyan @Arlen Shahverdyan. Author’s Blog

Arlen is Armenian. His personal author’s blog is a unique combination of website and blog, which has been active since April, 2011. Since June 2012 he has translated his articles into English, thereby featuring both the Armenian and English translations. Here you will find published books, works in prose and poetry, research papers, paintings and photographic preferences.

Barbara Beacham @Life in the Foothills

Can you imagine Life in the Foothills? I can! after visiting Barb’s blog and her exceptional photography. With just one look, you will be hooked! She will draw you into the lowest valley one minute only to take you to the highest mountaintop the next. She will enlighten you with the wild side of the countryside!

Penny Coho @The Why About This

OK, this is a tough one…the award is The Best Moment Award and Penny’s site is full of best moments! Of course, upon reading what this award is all about it is obvious why The Why About This fits it to a ‘T’! Thank you, Penny, for your creative thoughts and insights in life and its why!

Raani York @raaniyork

Raani York? What can one say about Raani other than remarkable! Her wit is surpassed by none, especially when it comes to jabbing celebrities. Then, of course, for the purr-fect fur-iend, there is Jake, the Cat Prince, whose diaries will make the least cat lover into an avid follower!

Taylor Fulks @Taylor-Made Thoughts and Doodles

Taylor is a writer/author but more that than she is a survivor. Here are Taylor’s own words, “I have had numerous blessings throughout my life. Some were planned, like the conception and births of my wonderful daughters, and some have come at a high price to me personally…overcoming fear, shame, and darkness.” Check out her award-winning novel My Prison Without Bars.



Super Sweet Award received from The Call of the Pen

Just a few questions/answers to share and ask you, my recipients, to pass along to your nominees:


  1. Cookies or Cake?
    At one point in time, I would have automatically said ‘cookies’. Now, I will take either one at any time of the day!
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla? 
    Um-m-m? Does vanilla topped with Hershey’s syrup count?
  3. Favourite Sweet Treat?
    Cheesecake, definitely Cheesecake!
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most?
    Night time when I should NOT have it!
  5. Sweet Nick Name?


You, my visitors and followers, are all Super Sweet! How can I possibly award some and not others? NO WAY! You are all deserving of this award. Grab it, display it on your site and pay it forward!


A Twofer for Moi! Word Press Family Member Plus The Sunshine Award from Serendipity!

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The Sunshine Award also received from Ute!

The RULES that apply here are the usual question/answer typical questions. So, I am going to follow Serendipity and provide/answer with pictures. Photography says it all without the necessity of a plethora of words!

Favourite colour?

Favourite animal?




Boots, aka Bootsie…RIP (May 30, 2009 – June 21, 2013)

Favourite number?


Favourite non-alcoholic drink?

My passion?


Prefer getting or giving presents?


Favourite days of the week?


Favourite flower?


There is no way for me to know at a moment’s point in time which of my followers are WordPress or not. If you are a WordPress site and have not been ‘invited’ into the family, then by all means grab the badge I Am Part of the WordPress Family, post it to your site and pay it forward. Why do you need an invitation anyway? You ARE part of the WordPress family!

As for the Sunshine Award, see the Shine On Award. I am combining the two…make a choice or grab them both!



The Shine On Award from Raani York @


1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. State 7 things about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 (more or less) other bloggers for this award and link to them.

5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award requirements.

7 Things About Me
1. I have an uninvited guest in my bedroom: a snake! Any suggestions on how to find and get rid of it?
2. I enjoy cooking! Right now I have a Succulent Southern Pecan Pie cooking in the slow cooker…that’s right…Crock Pot Pecan Pie!
3. Painting is one of my hobbies.
4. My shoe size is 7.
5. Favorite time of day: Sitting on the back porch in the morning.
6. Least favorite food: Beets but I do like rutabagas!
7. My favorite sport is playing golf. Before I ever got a birdie I got an eagle on a Par 4…go figure!

Blogs I Am Nominating (Two awards means double the recipients! So, for those who gave me one, you grab the other!) Some of you I know have opted out of the awards participation but I wanted to thank you anyway!

Thank you for bringing sunshine into my life. . .

Aditya @Being Chirpy

Alastair @Alastair’s Blog

Alejandro @Chief Writing Wolf

Amber @Lady Lovely Blogger

Angela @angchronicles

Arlen @Arlen’s Author Blog

Autumn @Autumn Sunshine

Bob @Northwest Photographer

Bruce @brucelouisdodson

Barb @Life in the Foothills

Carine @Texas, a Cat in New York

Charles @Marbles in my Pocket

Chris @A Hairdresser’s Diary

Claire @ClaireCappetta

Cynthia @Simple Pleasures

Diane (Coastalmom) @The One Thing I Know For Sure

Dicy @Dicy McCullough’s Blog

DJ @Stutley’s Tales

Don @Don in Massachusetts

Gys @Love Poems French & English by Gys

Janice @Jana’s Dreams

Julie (aka Cookie) @cookiecrumbstoliveby

Kellie @Magic in the Backyard

Len @My Own

Lesley @Inspiration Import

Lori @Lori’s Song

Lyn @The Call of the Pen

Marilyn @Serendipity

Mary Helen @Greatpoetrymhf’s Weblog

Megan @Make Something Mondays

Mark @Maleko’s Art

Micki @A Writers Journey

Penny @The Why About This

Poets @Poetree Creations

Resa @Art Gowns

Rosemary @Extraordinary Ireland

Sandie @Sandie’s Snippets

Sandra @quirkybooks

Susan @Women Making Strides

Susie @Country Side Poet

Taylor @Taylor-Made Thoughts & Doodles

Terry @terry1954

Ute @Ute Smile

Valerie @Valerie Davies

Wendell @ Forever Poetic



The Envelop, Please…

Catnip apologizes in being behind in accepting and paying forward many awards. My sincerest apologies to those who bestowed so much honor on catnipoflife.

lovely-blog-award2The first to be recognized is Gys @ Love Poems French & English by Gys. Please visit Gys where you will not only fall in love with her poetry but also her photography. Thank you, Gys, for this honor! Gys has also honored catnip with the Gargie Award which will come later.

The ‘rules’ for One Lovely Blog Award are simple: Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post, state 7 random facts about yourself, nominate those you feel deserving of the award. For this last part, I have seen the number of nominations vary from 5 to 15. We will leave this open as a matter of choice.

7 Random Facts About Me

1) I waited until my 50s to experience my first broken bone. Tripped and fell in front of a swarm of students changing classes. I was their teacher.

2) My two favorite foods: onion and chocolate. Not necessarily together 🙂

3) My very first pet was a dog. Go figure!

4) I love puzzles! Wonder if love of geometry has anything to do with it!

5) My husband calls me ‘octopus’ arms!

6) I adore Greek mythology.

7) The country I would most like to visit is Ireland.


Seeta @

Kurt @

Prodigal Daughter @

Joseyphina’s World @

Christy @


The second to be recognized is Alastair @ Alastair’s Blog. You are encouraged to visit Alastair where you will be enlightened with photography, music, poetry and some of the funniest videos you will ever see. He not only bestowed the Reader Appreciation Award but also Tagged catnipoflife. For more information on Alastair, visit Awakenings, catnip’s sister site. Awakenings just received the Reality Blog Award from none other than Alastair. Thank you triple time, my dear sir!

The Reader Appreciation Award carries with it similar ‘rules’ as most other awards. Here are the requirements for accepting this award:

1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and share a link to that blog. DONE!

2) Attach the award icon to your site. DONE!

3) Answer some specific questions. Unlike many awards which just ask for some random things about you, this asks specific questions as follows:

  • Your favorite color? – Sky blue
  • Your favorite animal? – The cat
  • Your favorite non-alcoholic drink? – Cappuccino
  • Facebook or Twitter? – I have both, but I’m more Twitter oriented
  • Your favorite pattern? – Checkered
  • Do  you prefer getting or giving presents? – Giving, but never turn one down :-D
  • Your favorite number? – 5
  • Your favorite day of the week? – Each new day that arises
  • Your favorite flower? – Yellow Daisy
  • What is your passion? – Writing, mostly poetry

4) And finally, offer “pay it forward” nominations, advising those bloggers that they have been nominated and how to accept. I’ve listed a few nominees for the award below. This is the best reason to accept blogging awards — to spread the word about other inspiring blogs!




A double ‘whammy’ from Len The Beautiful Blogger Award and The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Len is a beautiful person with a heart of gold and inspiring thoughts whether standing in the sun or walking in the rain. She writes from the heart, short stories and poetry, and has a second blog God’s Glory.

Here are the rules of the award:

1 . Display the award logo on your blog. DONE!
2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. DONE!
3. State 7 things about yourself. DONE earlier in this post!
4. Nominate 7-15 bloggers for this award.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and link to their blog.


The London Flower Lover @

Life in the Foothills @

Marbles in my Pocket @

Hot Rod Cow Girl @

Kick Back Moments @

Thanks again to Alastair, this time for tagging catnip. Blog tag is a little more encompassTagged8ing than the other awards. I will forgo the ‘random facts’ since that has just been addressed in another award. I do opt to include the questions since there none have been posed earlier in this post.

The rules are:

  1. Post these rules. DONE!
  2. Post a photo of yourself (if you want to) and/or eleven random facts about yourself. Already posted facts, below is a photo.
  3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post. See below.
  4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them. See below.
  5. Go to their blog/twitter and let them know they have been tagged. As soon as this is posted.

Induction into FHA (Future Homemakers of America), 1961-62

Questions for me to answer:

  1. What is your favourite TV program? NCIS
  2. What is your favourite film? Step Back in Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour
  3. Do you like cake? Yes, but prefer pie
  4. Do you believe in Angels? Yes, I have a guardian angel.
  5. Do you believe in fate? Yes. We live, we die, that is our destiny.
  6. What kind of vehicle do you drive? (If you drive) Ford Taurus
  7. Who is your favourite superhero? Wonder Woman
  8. Do you know the Star Trek “odds and evens” rule? No
  9. What is your favourite memory? Making mud pies! (Yep, I ate them!)
  10. If you had the chance to help colonise another planet, would you? You bet!
  11. What was your first job? Teaching high school math and science. I was barely 21 years old and some of my students were 18!

Questions for my recipients:

1. Who was the greatest influencer in your life?
2. What do you think is the best book you have ever read?
3. If money were no option, what new car would you buy?
4. Which do you prefer as a pet, dog or cat?
5. What has been your greatest challenge?
6. What is the greatest gift you ever received?
7. Which do you prefer, sweet or salty?
8. Would you like Daylight Savings Time to last all year long…NO clock changes?
9. What are your hobbies (outside the Internet)?
10. Which do you do the most: cook at home or eat out?
11. What is your favorite sport?


Marilyn @Serendipity

Claire @ClaireCappetta

Autumn @Autumn Sunshine

Terry1954 @

Taylor @

Raani @


A Year of Thankfulness


Today is a day of celebration and catnip is all dolled up for the occasion:

catnipoflife‘s 1st anniversary!

This past year has been incredible in the blogosphere! So much joy is received each time a Like or comment is posted with recognition that one of YOU has truly enjoyed my inspirational poetry, novice pictures, impromptu writings and humorous catnip. The purpose for this blog has always been to inspire:

echoes of the heart, remembrances from the past and catnip of life.

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Thankfulness from my heart to yours!

Without you,
This blog would no longer be
Without you,
My words no one would see

Without you,
The cat would cease to purr
Without you,
Catnip would no longer spur

Because of you
The cat seldom whines
Because of you
The sun always shines

Because of you
Catnip whirs and whirs
Because of you
Vision never blurs

You’re the inspiration
Soft fur and sharp claws
Spurring me onward
To write just because

You’re the inspiration
Through which I write
You’re the reason
I’m up late at night

©2013 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

Blessed Day and Sweet Dreams



7 Writers Get To Strut Their Stuff (The Seven-Line Challenge)

Wow! Today has been a busy day! I have uncovered several awards from some of my followers and a tagging. Because of the time involved in the award acceptance process I am going to tackle the tagging first.

Raani York: htAwakeningsHR1tp:// has tagged me in the 7-line challenge. Well, Miss Raani (that’s Southern addressment you understand), you really presented a challenge for me. My genre is poetry so 7 lines are virtually impossible since most of my poems are comprised of quatrains in iambic pentameter. That means a specific rhythm is maintained within every four lines of verse. Ah-h-h! Lightbulb! You only get to read 7 lines…the 8th is left to the imagination. Brilliant!

Here are 7 lines from page 77 of Awakenings. Keep in mind that Awakenings is America’s story, your story. It spans five centuries from the 17th century to present day 21st century. It allows you to uncover how your past experiences, as well as your ancestry, connect to the present, and ultimately define your future. The except below is found within Whisperings of the Past at the end of the 17th century (1600-1699). The pureness of heart, the intellect of the mind, and the spirit of the soul were Puritan beliefs instrumental in forming the foundation for America. Basic principles focused on family, loyalty, and honor to the highest degree.


What poetic justice
Do your words impart?
Those self-inflicted
War of mind and heart


Are the ways of the world
Really much different today?
Mere diversions of thought…


It is now my turn to tag 7 other writers, whose works are varied both in product and stage, to keep the challenge going. Today I have selected avid followers from Google+.

Yves Johnson –

Louise Malbon-Reddix –

Trish Jackson

Jeanette Andersen –

Seeta Rajesh Nawagekar –

Roxana Jones –


Carole McKee-Spalino –

This is your mission:  Go to lhine 7 on either page 7 or page 77 of your manuscript and do a post with the next 7 lines, then tag 7 people to keep the challenge going! This a short and savvy way to see what others out there in the blogosphere are writing.


AULD LANG SYNE: The Good Old Times

NOTE: Don’t leave without watching the video below! In the meantime, let’s start with a slideshow!

Click the little caboose…


As we soon will say goodbye to 2012, it is very important for me to thank all of catnip’s visitors and followers for some good old times throughout the year! You made (and continue to make) my day with your visits and especially when you left comments. By entering my world, you let a part of me inspire a part of you which in turn inspires others. Writing is a gift but only worthwhile if it tugs at the heart of its readers. One can write, write, write but if that written word is not read, nor acted upon, then its message is lost and becomes mere dust on a shelf, ashes in the wind.

Catnip is definitely graced with many wonderful followers. My goal in the new year is to visit each of you with the same gratitude you have shared with me. I’ve got a lot of visiting to do so I had better get started! I will not give up until each one has been visited, Liked and catnip added as your latest follower!

catnipoflife has been honored by Len with being one of her Most Influential Blogs of 2012. Thank you, Len, but it is YOU who truly inspires me!

The Most Influential Blogs of 2012 Received from Len

The Most Influential Blogs of 2012 Received from Len

I never know on any given day who might be the most influential. Today it is Arlen Shahverdyan  from whom I would like to share a video he featured on his site today. In addition, catnipoflife would like to recognize Arlen as one of her Most Influential Blogs of 2012. Arlen is Armenian, fond of writing and is an eloquent speaker. He has already published 3 books (from 2008 to 2012).

Read more about Arlen, his writing, his poetry, his blog, his goals HERE! While visiting be sure to leave him a comment to let him know you stopped by and of course, he would love for you to become a Follower.

As with any award, the next step is to examine the rules.


The Rules…SURPRISE! There are NO RULES except you MUST pay it forward, and that means, sometime in the next six (6) months you “should” choose the blogs you deem worthy of your label of The Most Influential Blogs of 2012. Those that have influenced you the most!

That’s it, no exception, no ands, ors, ifs or buts! There is ONE added notation:

EVERY blog I follow inspires me in some way so this award is quite difficult in choosing those that have had the most impact on my life this year. So, understand Arlen is just the beginning. He is the first to be followed with recognition of others within the six (6) month time frame. That means stay tuned, visit often for your name may be the next Most Influential Blog of 2012!


All aboard! If you missed the ride in the beginning, Take the Train Along with Me now! Click on the caboose and enjoy the scenery! It may take a minute to load but well worth the wait!

Do you remember Floyd Cramer? Click HERE for more @Awakenings. . .




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