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On Mulberry Street December 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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Seuss Landing is a whimsical place.

Every animal we saw had a funny face.

As they traveled around while staying in place.

Even the fish got into the act.

Smiling and grinning with grace and with tact.

But my favorite was this guy . . . whose hair hadn’t been hacked!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Hello L. Marie! December 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Blogging, Humor, Joke.
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Just a quick shout out to L. Marie . . .

I’ve made it!  I’ve made it!  It’s all about ME!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Merry Grinchmas! December 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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Seuss Landing is a bright and colorful spot.

Festooned with wreaths, garlands, bows, and what not.

Everyone, including Horton, helps to add to the “Merry.”

While the Lorax reminds us all to be wary.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 have energy to spare.

They’re running on Moose Juice with nary a care.

They’re on a perpetual sugar high.

Until it’s time to snooze . . . by and by.

The Cat in the Hat keeps everything humming.

While the Grinch tries to keep Christmas from coming.

Now the Whos are a snooze, but they’ve had a ball.

Making sure this will be the best Christmas of all!

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Experiential Gift of . . . FOOD! December 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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With rare exceptions, BFF and I do not exchange gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, our Anniversary, or Valentine’s Day.

Instead, we try to do something together ~ experiential gifts, if you will.

If we’re lucky, those experiences include FOOD!

This year, we decided to buy Annual Passes to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

Like the Disney passes we bought two years ago, these park passes will give us plenty of exercise as we hoof it around the parks and City Walk.

Eating our way from one taco stand to the next.

While doing our best not to be eaten by aliens!

Earthlings . . . do not be afraid.  Everything tastes better with butter!  Even Skinny Minnies!  Come back!  Do not be afraid!  

Now I won’t keep you in the dark . . . you must work hard to stay hungry in the park!

Food is here and food is there . . .


Food is nearly everywhere!

You can eat it in a box.  You can eat it with a fox.  You can eat it here or there.  You can eat it anywhere.

It’s up high.  It’s down low.  Food is everywhere you go.

But the buyer must beware . . .

It is NOT the most nutritious fare!

And it’s as ubiquitous as the crowds, which almost never thin out.

But every once in a while . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Clear, Calm, and Focused December 8, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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The Why:

The How:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  The Headspace Guide to Mindfulness & Meditation

Find Peace December 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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We carry around so many memories, intentions, and concepts in the pockets of the mind.  Keep emptying your pockets.  ~ Mooji, Writing on Water

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal and organize your life around it.” ~ Brian Tracy

When we put peace of mind ahead of all else, we discover the power that lies within. ~ Joseph V. Bailey

Inner peace is the ultimate source of happiness and joyfulness. ~ Dalai Lama

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post (first image):  Tuesday’s Thoughts (Nuggets of Gold)

Smile & Say C-O-O-K-I-E! December 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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I don’t do much baking . . . not even Christmas Cookies.

But if I did:

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

Don’t Drink and Drone! December 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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Don’t drink and drone . . .

Or you might think you’re hallucinating!

Each year in June, Superman fans gather in Metropolis for the annual Superman Celebration which features . . . a costume contest.

Aah . . . that’s better!

My Christmas Wish List November 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke, Magick & Mystery.
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Dear Santa:

I haven’t written to you in a number of years, but I think of you often and fondly.

I hope that you and Mrs. Claus are doing well and staying warm.  If you want a warm weather Winter Break after the 25th of December, let me know.  We have a spare bedroom and the red tide should be gone by then.

Anyway, I know you’re busy so let me get to the point of this missive.  When you make out your list (and check it twice) to find out who’s been naughty or nice, I’d be ever so appreciative if you would include the following gifts for me:

1. A bottle of magic pills that will let me sleep for 8 straight hours . . . every night . . . with no side effects (other than a perpetually cheery disposition).

2. A personal chef who has mastered the art of Gluten Free Vegetarian cuisine (including delicious GF bagels, pizza, and bread) and who eschews cooking with fungi.

3. A magical scale that will let me weigh whatever I want to weigh . . . every day.

That’s not too much to ask, is it? 😀

Ho ~ Ho ~ Ho!

Merry Christmas!

nancy

P.S. I know you can’t give me a personal chef.  But a few gift certificates to same would make great stocking stuffers!

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

Related post: Sunday’s Question! (Nuggets of Gold)

Columbia Restaurant November 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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On our last visit to St. Armand’s Circle, we made a pit stop at the Columbia Restaurant ~ an iconic venue which dates back to 1905 in Ybor City:

Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant℠, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.

We ate at a mini version of the Columbia, the Columbia Cafe, at the Tampa History Center.  The restaurant on St. Armands Circle is much bigger.

I ordered a Sparkling Sangria ~ it looked more refreshing than it tasted.  Next time, I’ll opt for Red Sangria.

As on our previous visit, we ordered Black Beans and Rice.  (You know those jokes about beans and “gas”?  Yup.)

All meals (and snacks) are accompanied by fresh baked Cuban Bread, which tested my resolve to be gluten free.  (Yup.  My resolve faltered.)

Since remaining gluten free was no longer an option, we ended our “snack” with a basket of hot Churros served with 3 dipping sauces ~ chocolate, caramel, and guava.

(The chocolate and caramel each got one vote.  The guava demanded a recount.)

Aah . . . that’s better!