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Life Improves With Laughter June 15, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Stressed out?

Find something to laugh about.

Yup.  It can even be something silly.

Seriously.

Laughter is the yin to stress’s yang . . . counterbalancing many of the nasty negative effects of stress.

Plus, laughing feels good.

“We do not laugh because we are happy . . . we are happy because we laugh.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  Does Laughing Have Real Health Benefits?

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TIME To Lose Weight June 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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Are you ready to shed a few pounds before donning a swimsuit and heading to the pool?

Need an update on which foods to eat and which to avoid?

Looking for a Diet Decoder?

Wants some tips on keeping the weight off?

Well, TIME has got you covered!

Check out the TIME Guide to Weight Loss.

*12 articles on the Science of Weight Loss

*7 articles on Diets (Gluten Free vs. Vegan vs. Mindfulness vs. Ketogenic)

*15 articles with tips on Foods To Eat

*11 articles on making weight loss last

Bonus Tip:  Step away from the donut and do not put another bite in you mouth until you have digested all 45 articles!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Courtesy Of The Wheel June 6, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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On his first night in Prison, Joe slept fitfully.  Not only was he nervous and agitated, but he was unused to the sounds coming from the adjoining cells.

Just as he was about to drift off, a fellow inmate called out “16.”  In response, the entire cell block erupted into laughter.

Joe puzzled about it for a few minutes until sleep threatened to overtake him once again.

Just then, an inmate cried out, “10.”  As before, Joe heard a chorus of cackles bouncing off the bars.

This number calling continued for a time until, at last, Joe fell asleep.

In the morning, he asked his cell mate, Chuck, about the laughter-inducing numbers.

Chuck chuckled, “Well, we’ve been here for a dog’s age.  And, in that time, we shared just about every joke there is.  Rather than repeating them, we assign them numbers.  When someone calls out a number, we recognize the joke they’re sharing and laugh anew.”

Intrigued, Joe asked if he could give it a go.

“Sure.  Here’s the book of jokes.  Pick a number.”

Joe flipped through the book.

Deciding he liked the sound of Joke 21, he looked forward to “lights out” that night.

Once all the inmates were quieted down, Joe called out “21.”  No response. Not even a ripple of amusement.

He tried again, a bit louder:  “21.”  Nothing.

Perplexed, Joe leaned over his bunk, “Hey, Chuck.  What’s up?  It didn’t work. No one laughed.”

Chuck nodded, “Well, you know what they say . . . some people know how to tell a joke.  Others don’t.”

Aah . . . that’s funny!

Source:  Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune, 6/5/19)

Feed The Birds June 4, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Happiness, Home & Garden.
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Unlike most bird feeders that can be filled with seeds, hummingbird feeders are specially made for a hummingbird’s diet.  They contain a mock nectar solution that can easily be made at home.

Here’s the recipe:

  • Fill a 1-cup measuring cup to 200 milliliters with water.
  • Heat the cup in the microwave for 90 seconds.
  • Add sugar to the heated water until the contents of the measuring cup hit 250 milliliters.
  • Stir the cup’s contents until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Let the solution fully cool.
  • Pour the sugary drink into the hummingbird feeder.

It’s really that simple.

Other recipes may call for honey or red food dye, but Bell, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Microbial Ecology Lab and an avid bird watcher, strongly recommends against these additions, as they could cause health issues for the tiny birds.

Aah . . . that’s simple syrup!

To read more:  Feeders Help Hungry Hummingbirds (Shorelines)

Happy Memorial Day! May 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, People.
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Memorial Day weekend always reminds me of Countryside Swim & Tennis Club because that’s when the pool would be filled with F~R~I~G~I~D ice water and kids with no sense would race to the edge and jump in, bobbing around until they turned blue!

But it also reminds me of the Memorial Day parade to the local Revolutionary War cemetery for a graveside service.

The parade included Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, the elementary school band, the fife and drum corps (dressed in Revolutionary War garb), military veterans, volunteer firefighters, the town’s First Aid Squad, and local dignitaries.

Freedom.  It’s a good thing!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tiggers Bounce! May 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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The truth is, you only get to be a victim once.

After that, you’re a volunteer.

To read more:  Super-Resilient People Are 6 Times More Likely To Do This 1 Thing (Inc.)

Aah . . . that’s better!

Ya, Mon May 18, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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We’ve been watching musical “documentaries” lately ~ Bohemian Rhapsody, Joan Jett, Muscle Shoals, and Marley.  What they have in common is a desire to elevate the musicians to the highest possible pedestal.

We didn’t buy into the hype.

That said, there’s something to be said for Jammin’ on a Saturday morning.

And sometimes it pays to Stir it Up.

Other times we have to accept the “what is.”

Cos every little thing gonna be all right.

Especially if we have One Love.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

. . . And We All Fall Down! May 10, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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Our letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food items tomorrow morning to deliver to local food banks and pantries.

Last night, I started collecting  a few items to include in our donation bag ~ Quaker Rolled Oats, Lipton Tea Bags, Black-Eyed Peas, etc.

Some of the items were out of reach.  Since BFF was still eating dinner, I stepped up on my handy dandy step stool . . . armed with a spatula to extend my reach still further.

No luck.  The Tea Bags were still out of reach.

I swapped out the step stool (10″ high) for a ladder back chair (17″ high) so I could reach the box of tea bags stashed in the tippy top of the pantry.

SUCCESS!

Until I stepped off the chair . . . into thin air!

I had forgotten where I was and “muscle memory” kicked in.  It knows that I always use a 10″ high step stool to reach out-of-reach pantry items.  As soon as my left foot had descended 9″, muscle memory caused my body weight to shift from right leg (still on the chair) to left leg (dangling in air).

Muscle memory made sure that I was ready for a soft landing as soon as my left foot dropped the last inch and reached the floor.

Only the floor didn’t cooperate.  It was still 7″ away and didn’t rise to the occasion.

Down I toppled.

But muscle memory came to the rescue . . . saving me a trip to the ER.

When I was 13, I took a Judo self-defense course that taught us, inter alia, How To Fall.

Instead of tensing up, I relaxed and absorbed the weight of the fall on the balls of my feet, the palms of my hands, and on my well padded butt.  Instead of slamming my head into the cabinet, the counter top, or the floor, I curled into a “ball” by curving my spine and rolling as I made contact with the floor.

All said, I feel a bit bumped and bruised this morning, but that beats being broken and battered hands down!

Just ask Humpty!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Share A Shelfie! May 8, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Food & Drink, Humor, Joke.
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As a follow up to my last post, I thought I would start a new social media trend ~> SHELFIES!

Instead of taking photos of food and/or adult beverages at restaurants, or Selfies of yourself, share a “Shelfie” of your fridge contents on your Blog or Facebook page.

It’s easy!

No staging necessary!

Best of all, you don’t need a $3,000 Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge to participate.  Just open your Frigidaire, Kenmore, Amana, GE, Hotpoint, or Whirlpool Fridge and snap a quick shot of its contents.

And while you’re there, grab yourself a snack!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Forget selfies, we want to see your shelfies (The Guardian)

Refrigerdating May 4, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor.
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What would the contents of your fridge say about you?

Refrigerdating is an app that works with Samsung’s Family Hub Refrigerator, a $3000 (or $4000) appliance with a built-in camera and touchscreen door.

The app allows you to browse ice box contents of potential dates for compatibility.

After all, we are what we eat.  Right?

Aah . . . that’s bizarre!

To read more: Refrigerdating (The Guardian) or Can Your Refrigerator Improve Your Dating Life?  (NYTimes)