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Sweetest Day 2013


Let Sweetest Day serve as a reminder:

a thoughtful deed makes life a whole lot sweeter!

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

~ Leo Buscaglia










A hug, a cuddle
Soothing sensations from within
Smiles of the heart

Sweet Dreams!


The best Recipe!

Hugs across the miles sent with joy and smiles!

Ute smile

That is me……  but don’t eat me……just hug me….


I love teddies and soft toys here are my favourites.


This is Petzie and Retzi. Petzie is a German Steiff Teddy which is actually my sister’s and is over 50 years old dressed in our baby clothes. Retzie lives in London but was allowed to visit Germany, he does have his own passport.

TeddyMc Fluff (2)

This is Teddy Mac Fluff, our cool teddy.

Another collection:

Teddies are patient, loving, cuddly, soft, fluffy, cute and always happy.

I hope Manny from Marsha’s blog  likes all his friends here.


Wishing you a day full of Sunshine, if not in the sky then in your heart!

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Unusual Friendships


Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring all right out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping and, with a breath of comfort, blow the rest away.” ~Dianh Mulock Craik (1826-1887)


affection, affinity, alliance, amity, attachment, benevolence, closeness, concord, familiarity, fondness, friendliness, good-fellowship, goodwill, harmony, intimacy, love, rapport, regard

To me, there is a very strong word reflected in the quote that does not appear in the list of synonyms for friendship:


abundance, alleviation, amenity, assuagement, bed of roses, cheer, cheerfulness, complacency, contentment, convenience, coziness, creature comforts, enjoyment, exhilaration, facility, gratification, happiness, luxury, opulence, peacefulness, pleasure, plenty, poise, quiet, relaxation, relief, repose, rest, restfulness, satisfaction, snugness, succor, sufficiency, warmth, well-being

Do you see any synonym of comfort that does not lie within the boundaries of friendship? Where would we be without friends? The need to reach out to someone is ever present whether in times of happiness or despair. These are definitely the times and places where hugs are universal!

Within friendship, there indeed abides comfort!”

If these pictures are true representations (never can tell with the capabilities of technology today), why is it humans have such difficulty coexisting?



With all the posts catnip has been featuring lately about hugs, she was not aware of the National Hug Day. Well, there is one and it is today, January 21. Visit Awakenings for information about this national day. Don’t leave without watching the two videos.

Awakenings: National Hug Day

Click the picture!

Also here are the links to the prior “HUGS” posts from catnipoflife in case you missed them:

Hugs Sent Your Way. . . 


HUGS: The Universal Language

Hugs, Hugs, & More Hugs: Are you a hugger?

Of course, I have to leave you with a new video. In this one, be sure to look closely at the expressions on the animals’ faces. Don’t tell me they do not have feelings!


Hugs, Hugs, & More Hugs: Are you a hugger?

One cannot give nor receive enough hugs! Not too long ago catnip featured Hugs: The Universal Language. Being universal means you can hug in Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Malaysian, Russian, etc., etc., etc.

Regardless of the language, a hug is still a hug. It takes on different forms as variances in the hug project different meanings being dependent, of course, on the mood of the moment. For instance, a warm, passionate hug could be followed by a French kiss. A feeling of excitement could result in a strong, German hug where the feeling of broken ribs might enter into play.

Because of the hug’s universality I am sending you a passel, a bushel and a peck, a plethora of hugs your way! Grab hold to at least one and pass it on. . .

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There are those who wish hugs to be banned
What a sad day when one cannot extend a hand

For you see it is that extended part
From which the hug initially starts

Relinquishing all doubt whether needed or loved
All that matters is bound in just one simple hug

Are you a hugger?

Before leaving, you must visit Ute Smile and  Hug – ology. While there, browse around her wonderful site. . .


Hugs Sent Your Way. . .

From catnipoflife


“Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural.

There are no batteries to replace, it’s inflation-proof and

non-fattening with no monthly payments.

It’s non-taxable, non-polluting, and

is, of course, fully refundable.”

~Author Unknown


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