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Thank You . . . I Am Inconsistent! December 17, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Lessons, Mindfulness.
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Tree-Frog-PerchedConsistency is consistently over-rated.

* Consistency makes us predictable. That can be a great help to others in anticipating our acts and reactions.  But it may be a hindrance to us.

We are, all of us, in the process of becoming.

To become more fully who we were always meant to be, we need to embrace change.

* Consistency gives us a sense of control because we know that we didn’t care for green eggs and ham yesterday and probably won’t like them any better today.

Of course, nothing in nature is stagnant ~ neither should we be.

We are not who we once were.

* Consistency makes us feel “right.” As if we’ve figured out the answers and need not ponder the questions any longer.

Because of our routines, we forget that life is an ongoing adventure. ~ Maya Angelou

Boredom arises from routine.  Joy, wonder, rapture, arise from surprise. ~ Leo Buscaglia

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Re-considering self-imposed boundaries and our consistent consistency is a good thing.

That’s why, when someone accuses me of being inconsistent, I give them my best Mona Lisa S~M~I~L~E.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Candy Cane Crawl December 15, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Special Events, Travel & Leisure.
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On the night of the crawl, the merchants gave to me:

12 sips of cider

11 salty pretzels

10 bites of cheesecake

9 steel drum carols

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8 massage minutes

7 festive ribbons

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6 Hershey’s kisses

5 brownie bites

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4 cheese and crackers

3 candy canes

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 2 violinists playing

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And a slighty disheveled Santa

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Aah . . . that’s better!

My Top 5 Tips For Holiday Sanity December 13, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Special Events.
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Janna wrote a post, Holiday Survival Discovery:  They Don’t Call Me Bonnie (And I Don’t Know Clyde).  After sharing her Survival Discovery, Janna asked us to share our secrets to Holiday Sanity:

Do you have any secrets (legal or not) for making it through the holidays?  I love this time of year, so I don’t usually get too stressed… but it doesn’t hurt to keep ideas on hand!

Here’s my Top 5 Tips for Holiday Sanity:

1. Live where it’s WARM so you don’t have to maneuver over or around snow banks or worry about icicles lurking overhead.

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2. Steer clear of the mall from Thanksgiving to Christmas . . . unless you just want to wander around and admire the decorations.

3. Buy most/all gifts at the Grocery Store . . . everyone needs to eat.  Focus on the 4 main food groups ~> Salty, Crunchy, Sweet, and C~H~O~C~O~L~A~T~E!

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4. Get plenty of exercise to alleviate stress and maintain balance.

5. Laugh at any insanity that slips into the mix.  It will.  That’s a given.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens December 12, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure, Fun & Games, Special Events.
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Last weekend, we went to Busch Gardens in Tampa to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas Town.

First stop, Stanleyville Station to ride the Christmas Express.  After boarding, it started to rain. At the conductor’s request, we debarked and huddled together in the station to watch rain drops plopping in puddles for 15 minutes until the conductor asked us to retrace our steps:

“A~L~L    A~B~O~A~R~D!”

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The rain slowed long enough for us to pull out of the station, seated on soggy rainswept seats.

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We took the tracks less traveled . . . and saw behind the scenes hardware.

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As we passed Nairobi, the rains came . . . offering passengers a soggy safari.

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Can you hear My Fair Lady?   “The rain on the plain stays mainly on the train.”

Giraffes craned long necks in our direction.

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They stood high, but not dry, under tall palms.

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I heard them chuckling at prisoners huddled in puddles on the Candy Cane Express.

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After de-boarding, we decided to dry off inside.  We opted to see a show ~ Opening Night Critters ~ featuring rescue dogs, cats, birds, plus a plucky pony, a shy skunk, and a prickly porcupine.

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After the show, we saw other animals ~ elephants, Cape Buffalo, orangutans, and tigers.

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And a kangaroo stationed outside of Walkabout Way.

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Flocks of flamingos paraded around the grounds.

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All decked out in their Christmas finery.

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Amid beautiful floral arrangements.

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We saw fields of poinsettias blanketing a zebra-drawn sleigh.

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Inside the market place, we spied zebras, elephants, and giraffes for sale.

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Ready to be adopted by collectors of all ages.

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Before leaving, we walked through Christmas Village to watch wee ones enjoying a pint sized train.

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As it circled round and round model trains completing smaller loops.

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The trains defied all attempts to capture an unblurred image.  The trees stood silent and still, awash in bright lights while displaying a spirit of cooperation.

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Throughout the park, Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes offered scents of the season.

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This one stood in a pool of white poinsettia.

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And presiding over it all . . . the Big Man himself.

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Urging visitors to “Bring Home The Coke.”  HO~HO~HO!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Tigger’s Tiggerific Tall Tail Tales December 11, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Fun & Games, Humor.
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Every year when I unpack Christmas decorations, Tigger appears.

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He likes to take time to smell the roses . . . and poinsettias.

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Before pondering the best placement for Santa and Lulu.

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But he’s never too busy to play hide-and-seek-wrestle with BFF.

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Once BFF finds him, the gloves are off . . .

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“My what big paws you have . . . “

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“Enough of this!  I need a nap.”

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“What?  I didn’t run away.”

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“Do I LOOK like a quitter?”

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“I’m just getting my second wind.”

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“I’ll wrestle again later.  Tuesday at the latest.”

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Aah . . . that’s better!

All I Want For Christmas . . . December 10, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Simplify Your Life.
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When we go to someone’s home for dinner or a party, we often bring a small hostess gift ~ flowers, wine, chocolate, or a bakery item.

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This Thanksgiving, we went to my niece’s apartment in Tampa.

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Earlier this year, we helped her furnish the apartment by giving her our sofa.

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Pick up, not delivery.

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As a hostess gift this Thanksgiving, we brought the matching love seat.

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We tossed it in the back of the van with the coolers of food.

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At the other end, we set it up before proceeding with the feast.

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Perfect!  A made-to-order spot for it under the windows.

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Giving away the love seat left a “small hole” in our living room.

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“All I want for Christmas is . . . a new sofa.  A new sofa.  A new sofa.”

Until Santa stops by on December 25th, we filled it with . . . lawn furniture.

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Homemade Cards and FOXY Gifts December 9, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Amazing Animals, Humor, Special Events, Word Play.
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I’m a frugal Scot at heart.

The idea of paying Hallmark $4 (or more) for a piece of card stock with a few uninspired impersonal words printed on it seems the opposite of frugal.

So, time permitting, I flex my creativity chakra and make cards from scratch ~ like this 30th Anniversary Booklet that BFF is holding:

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Decisions . . . Decisions . . .

The booklet goes on for pages and pages about ways to celebrate our 30th ~ including going on a safari to watch a Zebra chasing a Lion:

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“I  K~E~E~E~L~L  You!”

This year, one of our nieces turned 18.  She wants a pet fox “one day.”  We decided to get her something FOXY for her birthday.

Here’s the card I created to go with the present:

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I had no problem finding illustrations for the card.

Who knew that you could find so many FOXY items for sale?  From hats to scarves to mittens to socks!

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From t-shirts to earrings to stuffed animals to night lights.

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That FOXY Night Light gave me a Bright Idea!

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I’m sure you’re wondering what we got her for her birthday.  Here’s a hint:

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And here’s the FOXY reveal:

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Yes . . . it’s a horse.

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But I think it’s FOXY!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Gentlemen . . . Rev Yer Engines! December 6, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Fun & Games, Humor, Joke.
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Woodstock-&-SnoopyA car mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of a car when he spotted a well-known cardiologist waiting for the service manager.

The mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?”

The cardiologist walked over to where the mechanic was working.

The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag, and said, “So, Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired or replaced anything damaged, and then put everything back in.  When I finished, it worked just like new. So how is it that I make $30,000 a year and you make $800,000 when you and I are doing basically the same work?”

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3The cardiologist smiled at the mechanic before saying, “Try doing it with the engine running.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

E-mail from unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

Performance Art Open To Interpretation December 5, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Life Balance, Special Events.
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The Ringling Museum invited us to watch Li Wei in action:

Bring your own camera and prepare to be shocked by Li Wei’s unexpected stunning performance! Li Wei is coming to The Ringling Museum to offer a fresh take on his conceptual photography in front of Ca’ d’Zan and behind the Museum of Art Courtyard. Li’s work often features gravity-defying activities mixing performance and installation, with photography. 

We went, expecting to see something like this:

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Instead, we arrived to see this:

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Suspended from steel cables, Chinese Artist Li Wei hung in the air.

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Dragon head in front and kite tail streaming behind.

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The audience watched, wondering why Wei needed an audience.

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The cables and cranes were doing all the heavy lifting. Li Wei was just hanging around, setting off an occasional flare to emit pink dragon smoke into the air.

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Bored, the audience wandered off, in search of acrobatic fare and flair.

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We went with them.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Giving Thanks To Promote Giving December 4, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
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devious-hobbesMy e-mail box has been FLOODED with four types of messages this past week:

* Black Friday Sales Flyers
* Cyber Monday Sales Flyers
* Thanks Giving Thanksgiving Missives from Non-Profits
* “Giving Tuesday” pleas . . . please!

Black Friday Sales have overflowed the banks of traditional brick and mortar storefronts to infiltrate automobile advertisements, performing arts centers, and even the Smithsonian Museum.  Most are dispatched without whetting my appetite to Buy More.

The same goes for most of the Cyber Monday Sales Flyers.

That’s the great thing about cyber trash . . . No Residue.

Most Thanks Giving Missives received on Thanksgiving seem designed with manipulation in mind.

The-Pink-PantherAlma maters, non-profits, restaurants, charities, and businesses give thanks for past giving (encouraging us to bask in the glow of their “sincere” appreciation for past support) before asking us (in almost the same cyber breath) to reach into our piggy banks, wallets, and IRA’s to provide them with continued support.

Maybe it’s just me being cynical, but I tend to question the sincerity of Thanks given with a plea for me to Give More.

Especially when it’s followed up with “Giving Tuesday” pleas to “please give!”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  I Hate This Time of Year Rant (Crowing Crone Joss)

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