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Yes, I Am Postive! December 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Want to be a more positive person . . . along with all the perky perks that entails?

Here are 6 tips:

Reframe or Divert ~ Accept what you cannot change. You can shake your fist at the sky all you want, but it won’t stop the rain from falling.  Look for opportunities among the obstacles.  Find the silver lining.

Savor the Good ~ Focus on the positives.  Enjoy the luxury of a sunny day. Relish your meal.  Enjoy the tastes, sights, and sounds around you.  Be Mindful of the present of the present.

Set Reminders ~ Flexing your positivity muscle is a habit-in-the-making. Posting post-its around to remind yourself to see the good is a good way to shift your focus from “what’s wrong” to “what’s right.”

Do Something Nice for Someone Else ~ Sometimes the best way to improve our day is to improve someone else’s day.  So be kind to others and enjoy the boomerang effect of those positive feelings.

Phone A Friend ~ Knowing that someone has your back can be an automatic mood booster.  When you’re down in the dumps, don’t dump a pile on negativity of your friend’s shoulder.  Instead, boost your view by piggy-backing on his or her positivity for a while until your own resilience returns.

Say Thanks ~ An attitude of gratitude improves our aptitude and altitude in life.  When we shift our perspective from “what’s wrong” to “what’s right,” we feel an immediate shift from negative to positive.  It’s not what happens that determines our mood, it’s how we CHOOSE to view what’s happened.  Developing an attitude of gratitude pays BIG dividends.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  How To Be A More Positive Person (TIME)

Tired Of Turkey? November 29, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Carrot Dogs

For the carrot dogs:

6 medium-large carrots (hot dog bun length), peeled
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For serving:

6 hot dog buns
Pushcart Onions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the carrots and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until just fork tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar, maple syrup, olive oil, garlic and smoked paprika. Transfer mixture & carrots to a sealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Mix to coat, then marinate in the refrigerator overnight (or up to 24 hours), keeping the carrots in a single layer.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat for several minutes. Place the carrots on the hot grill, after shaking off excess marinade.  Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, rotating the carrots once or twice. Remove to a plate.  Garnish & Serve.

Read more at Oh My Veggies

Aah . . . that’s simple!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! November 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Humor, Joke.
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As a kid, I loved playing with an Etch-A-Sketch.

As an adult, I still do.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Another Birthday Bites The Dust! November 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Life Balance, People.
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Each year for his birthday, BFF receives a Gift Certificate from the Landry Select Club.  This year, as soon as the temps tempered a bit, we headed to the Chart House on Longboat Key to enjoy Happy Hour on the deck.

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Perfect temps.

Delicious food.

Cold drinks.

Aah . . . that’s Birthday Bliss!

A Tall Order November 23, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Humor, People.
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We recently helped our niece celebrate her 23rd birthday.

We got her the perfect “sleep” shirt . . . for when she is NOT asleep.

Her dad ordered her a delicious four-tiered chocolate cake.

Aah . . . that’s a TALL order!

Strolling On Pine Avenue November 21, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Life Balance, Nature.
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Last week, when we went to the Farmer’s Market on Pine Avenue, we parked at the far end of the street and strolled the length.

We enjoyed the signage outside the Pineapple Junktion Co-op.

We had to STOP to check out the Waffle Bar (with made to order waffles ~ a/k/a “sugar delivery devices”).

After visiting the market, we checked out AMI’s pier which is being rebuilt after being damaged during Hurricane Irma two years ago.  It’s getting there but it’ll be a few more months before we can walk the planks.

Since it was a gorgeous day, we continued our walk up Bay Boulevard to enjoy the views.

On the return trip, we stopped in the Olive Oil Outpost to get some fresh-from-the-oven baked bread.

Just outside, this rusty truck with a cargo of “empties” caught my eye.

Aah . . . what a trusty rusty recycling bin!

Thanks, L.Marie! November 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Food & Drink, Gratitude.
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One of the most generous bloggers I follow bestowed us with a box:

And inside the box was a cooler:

With a warning:

Since we didn’t have gloves, we used a spoon to dig around in the dry ice:

To unearth a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Almond Brittle:

Thanks, L. Marie!

And, yes, we used slightly smaller spoons to shovel the B&J’s into our mouths.

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

Walk On The Ocean November 17, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Exercise & Fitness, Nature.
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Walk on the ocean . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

So Says The Duke . . . Or Not November 15, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, People, Word Play.
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At the Farmer’s Market at Phillippi Estates, we parked next to a car that made us laugh out loud.

Well, not the car exactly, but a quote appliquéd to the window.

Now, I’ll be honest, it didn’t sound like something the Duke would have said, so I checked it out on Snopes.com . . . because Snopes knows!

And, nope, not the Duke:

Well, whoever said it first, it’s got a ring of truth to it.

Aah . . . that’s more like it!

Jack Davis November 13, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, People.
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Do you remember Jack Davis?

We didn’t recognize his name, but as we walked around the exhibit at Ringling College, his work rang a bell.

His cartoons and caricatures have appeared on the covers of TIME and TV Guide, and in Playboy and MAD Magazines.

Go team!

Aah . . . that’s talent!