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Two Heads Are Better Than One November 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

A few weeks ago, we took advantage of FREE admission to the St. Pete Museum of History.

Our favorite exhibit ~> Signs of the Times.

We enjoyed wandering around the colorful memorabilia . . .

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs . . .

We watched a funny video which included surprising (and silly) signs from around the world including this sign (in English) from Russia . . .

No drugs or nuclear weapons allowed inside the restrooms.

The exhibit also included toy wagons and fire trucks . . .

In an adjacent room, we saw a 2-headed calf born in 1925.  Two heads.  Two tails.  Six legs.  The stuffed calf, which lived for 6 weeks, has resided at museum for 90 years.

The calf finally got a name this year ~> Half ‘n’ Half.  Other names considered – Topsy Turvy, Moo Two Gai Pan, and Double Stuffed.

A more recent acquisition, a 2-headed chicken born in 1930 near Tampa, lived for 8 months before heading to the taxidermist for stuffing . . .

After touring the museum, we enjoyed lunch at Moon Under Water, a British Pub, opting against any chicken or beef items on the menu . . .

I got Chana Masala (spicy chickpeas) with Naan bread and sampled 2 curries with basmati rice.  Delicious!

BFF opted for Fish & Chips . . .

His lunch cost more than the advertised lunch special at the museum . . .

After lunch, we walked around the waterfront and then took the Trolley back to the car . . .

It felt good to sit down . . .

Another option along the waterfront is to have a Lunch Date with a borrowed bike . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!


Hard Hatted House Hunting November 18, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance.

After evacuating for Hurricane Irma, we agreed that we would prefer to not repeat the experience.  So, after restoring order to our villa, we decided to explore the options of moving out of Evacuation Zone A.

Thus far, we haven’t found any place we like better than our villa.  Either the location is wrong (too far from the beach . . . or too close to the beach).  Or the amenities and neighborhood aesthetics are lacking.  Or the purchase price and/or HOA fees are too high.

Some of the neighborhoods we’ve visited offer pluses:  higher elevations with no concern about flooding from storm surge or swollen rivers, increased energy efficiency, updated construction with better protection against hurricane force winds, etc.

But, as is often the case, upsides tend to be accompanied by downsides: too many houses crammed into the community, garages that aren’t wide enough for cars and cans (so owners must park one car in the driveway), postage-stamp size community pools, high tension wires running overhead, no privacy fences around the perimeter, etc.

For one such neighborhood, I summed up the down sides in Rhyme Time:

The neighborhood feel . . . does not appeal
The high tension wire . . . does not inspire
The lack of a fence . . . makes our teeth clench
The backyard “pods” . . . make us feel like canned cods
The diminutive pool . . . just isn’t cool
The dent in our purse . . . would make us curse

I try not to be hard-headed while touring construction sites . . . but sometimes I am hard-hatted.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Leftover Halloween Eye Candy November 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor.

During a pre-Halloween visit to the mall, we enjoyed Halloween treats . . .

Holiday Eye Candy in assorted wrappers . . .

Great gaping ghoulish grins . . .

And anemic models . . .

Sporting toothy smiles that only a dentist would love . . .

At Cauldron & Brooms, we made our big (albeit little) purchase for the day ~> the perfect candy cauldron for my witch . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

I realize we are a full 2 weeks post-Halloween . . . but if we have to listen to political ads in August and maneuver around Christmas store decor in October, why not enjoy leftover Halloween Eye Candy mid-November?

Sandblast Sand Sculptures November 13, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature, Sustainable Living.

In Florida at this time of year, the weather is gorgeous.

And so are the mermaids on the beach . . .

Last week, we enjoyed sunset at the beach while admiring the Sandblast Sand Sculptures . . .

Here’s the Big Bad Wolf trying to huff and puff and blow down the Three Little Pigs brick house, to no avail . . .

The sculptures included a salute to Veteran’s Day . . .

And friendly lizards . . .

And environmentally conscious dogs . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you ever build castles in the sand?

Golf: Foul Language Alert November 11, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Humor, Joke.

I prefer to keep Spirit Lights The Way free of words like those used in the following You Tube clip.  I am making an exception for Robin Williams since the clip: (1) makes me laugh out loud; (2) focuses on Scots, golf, and elitism; and (3) includes a reference to Buddhist concentration.

Just remember . . . Robin’s language is the exception, not the rule.

Quote:  Golf . . . a good walk spoiled. ~ Mark Twain


Spending Money November 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People.

In high school, I babysat and did odd jobs around the house to earn money.

My older brother’s best friend encouraged me to get a “real job” . . .

With a “real supervisor” . . .

To prepare me for “real life” . . .

I declined to follow his advice (until after starting college) since I preferred the flexibility of being an “independent contractor” (a/k/a my own boss).

I still like being my own boss.

You can call me bossy!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Has this post sparked any memories for you?  How did you “earn” spending money in your youth?


Give My Regards To Broadway November 7, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Food & Drink, Writing & Writers.

A few weeks before high school graduation, our English teacher, Ms. Thomas, took us to New York City on May 21st to see The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play by William Luce:

Based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830 to 1886, and set in her Amherst, Massachusetts home, the 1976 play makes use of her work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life – family, close friends, and acquaintances. It balances the agony of her seclusion with the brief bright moments when she was able to experience some joy.

After one preview, the original Broadway production, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly and starring Julie Harris, opened on April 28, 1976 at the Longacre Theatre, where it ran for 116 performances. The Wall Street Journal reviewer wrote “With her technical ability and her emotional range, Miss Harris can convey profound inner turmoil at the same time that she displays irrepressible gaiety of spirit.” (Wikipedia)

I don’t remember much about the play, but here it is in its entirety . . . the original performance from 1976 with Julie Harris as lead:

What I do remember is eating dinner at Mama Leone’s before the show.

I remember sitting at the table awed at the size of the servings.  As wide as it was tall, the lasagna was enough to satisfy 4 diners . . . especially if, like me, they’d been happily inhaling slices of crusty Italian bread accompanied by fresh mozzarella and cured olives as an antipasto.


Aah . . . that’s better!

Observations On Aging November 4, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.

When I was a child, I thought nap time was a punishment.  Now it feels like a mini vacation.

In fact, some days I have no idea what I’m doing out of bed.

I don’t know about you, but when I was younger, I thought growing old would take longer.

On that note, have you ever noticed that people “our age” seem so much older than us?

Have you ever said, “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it”?

How’s that working out for you?

Do you have days when “getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering why you’re there?

Other definitions are changing too.  For example, I consider “on trend” to be clothes that still fit and “on time” to be when I get there.

That’s OK.  Aging may have slowed me down, but it hasn’t shut me up.

Some days I even talk to myself, especially if I need expert advice.

One last thought:

Have you ever wanted to hop in the dryer for ten minutes and come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Bon Appetit! November 1, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

During my senior year in High School, our French teacher had a brilliant idea . . .

To maintain our interest and keep attendance high in the months leading up to graduation, she had us take turns cooking for the class on Fridays.

Over the course of the semester, we enjoyed:

Croque Monsieurs et Mesdames
Potatoes Dauphinese
Quiche Lorraine & Salad Nicoise

And . . . Cheese Fondue

We sampled soups, casseroles, and coquilles:

Onion Soup . . . but, of course!
Potato Soup
Potato & Cheese Casserole

Poule au Pot
Macaroni au gratin
Les Fruit de la Mer au gratin
Coquilles St. Jacques

A cheese tasting . . . mais oui!

We also enjoyed delicious desserts:

Walnut Cake and Cafe au Lait
Apple Tartine
Cream Puffs

Chocolate fondue
Chocolate Eclairs
Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Crepes . . . c’est magnifique!

Cheese, butter, and chocolate ~> Brilliant!

Bon Appetit!


Yay for Boo-ritos! October 30, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More.

On Halloween, customers in costume can stop by Chipotle Mexican Grill to get $3 burritos — or “Booritos” — and more.

From 3 p.m. to close on Oct. 31, Chipotle will charge people in costume $3 for “Boorito” burritos, bowls, salads and tacos.

Consumers can also get a chance to win FREE burritos for a year by texting “BOORITO” to the designated line from now through Halloween.

Aah . . . that’s better!