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Headache Relief August 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Headaches are HORRID. I can’t seem to accomplish anything when my head is pounding.  If you need help ridding your head of unwanted tenants, consider meditation.

At worst, it will be an inexpensive experiment.

The more “antsy” your mind . . . the greater the benefit you may receive from calming it with breathing & meditation practice.

The next time you feel a headache coming on, take 10 minutes out to practice this short meditation to head off the pain:

Find a Relaxing Posture. …
Breathe Deeply. …
Mentally Scan Your Skull for Points of Tension. …
Scan Downward Through the Rest of Your Body. …
Calm Your Mind by Focusing on the Sound of Your Breath.

From: Meditation for Headache Relief  | HuffPost

Too complicated?   Just close your eyes and B~R~E~A~T~H~E!

Or give a listen to a moving piece of music and go with the flow:

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

That’s Quirky! August 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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After lunch, we headed down Richmond Road through Sorority Row, pausing long enough to snap a shot of Tri Delt (Delta Delta Delta) . . .

On our way to the Peanut Shop for “provisions,” we turned onto Prince George Street where we ran into a zebra-striped unicorn outside Quirks . . .

The unicorn sported a stellar horn and espoused a sound philosophy . . .

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? ~ Dr. Seuss

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Campus Tour August 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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While in Williamsburg, we took advantage of gorgeous summer weather to tour the campus of William & Mary, my alma mater.

We stopped in at the Alumni House . . .

Checked out the Stadium . . .

Toured the Sadler Center . . .

Inside . . .

And out . .  .

We stopped to admire its stacked stone walls . . .

Then crossed the street to The Daily Grind, a coffee house housed in Lodge 2 (former campus housing) . . .

From there, we hiked through the woods around Crim Dell . . .

Enjoying the meandering path and dappled shade . . .

Until we spied the Crim Dell Bridge through a break in the trees . . .

We walked further to get a closer look before crossing its curved planks . . .

On the far side, we stopped to read the dedication plaque . . .

“. . . that one may walk in beauty, discover the serenity of the quiet moment, and dispel the shadows.”

After dispelling the shadows, we trekked across campus to Lake Matoaka to check out the new amphitheater . . .

And its inviting stage . . .

At this point, we were hot, tired, and famished . . .

So we hoofed back across campus to the College Delly to split a 3-Way Cheese Sub & a basket of fries . . .

Washed down with a Ray Ray’s Extra Pale Ale from COTU (Center of the Universe) Brewing Company . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

FREE Ice Cream, Glimpse The Eclipse, Movies August 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Food & Drink, Humor, Nature.
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These 3 stories might interest you:

#1  Uber is giving away FREE Ice Cream on Fridays

#2 How the Solar Eclipse will appear in your Zip Code

#3  Hollywood misses seeing us at the Movies

Maybe if movie theaters gave away FREE ice cream with each ticket they’d get a bigger crowd!

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Tree With A Split Personality August 12, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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We bumped into this tree near the Governor’s Palace in Colonial Williamsburg.

It’s got a split person-ality to it.

I wonder whether its caricaturish carvings inspired Disney to create the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom?

I see definite similarities . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Colonial Architecture August 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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BFF and I enjoy walking around CW (Colonial Williamsburg) . . .

Admiring the colonial architecture . . .

Pausing to rest and take in the sights from a shady vantage point when our dogs get tired  . . .

Speaking of dogs . . .

DOG Street (the Duke of Gloucester Street) runs one mile from the Wren Building at W&M (the College of William & Mary) to the Capital at the far end.

Up and down the street are well-tended gardens . . .

Bursting with color . . .

And beribboned with inviting pathways  . . .

On the street proper, horse drawn carriages clip clop . . .

Atop the paved and car-free thoroughfare . . .

Their echoes interspersed with the sound of musket fire from the Powder Magazine . . .

Weary travelers may stop for a quick quaff at Chownings Tavern . . .

To quench their thirst with a pint (or three) of ale . . .

As long as you mind your P’s & Q’s, local residents never sit in judgment . . .

Mid-way between the College and the Capital is the Palace Green framing the opulent Governor’s Palace . . .

Within the Palace walls, you’ll find sculptured gardens . . .

And vine-covered trellises promising a respite from the heat . . .

You might be amazed by the shaggy maze . . .

Or intrigued with the rather barren grape arbor . . .

But even if you view the garden as a real hole in the wall . . .

It can still be the perfect place for a mindful moment . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Kennedy Space Center August 7, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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In June, we visited Kennedy Space Center in Titusville FL for the first time in decades.

We had a blast checking out stuff that blasted off into space . . .

The scale of the exhibits is mind boggling . . .

They just keep going and going and going . . .

Everything is so high tech . . .

And other worldly . . .

And tall . . .

And taller . . .

With lots of hands-on exhibits . . .

And glow in the dark installations . . .

With a touch of whimsy here and there . . .

Just for grins and giggles . . .

But the biggest grin of the day for me was this extremely high-tech schedule of upcoming launches:

You’d never know we visited in the digital age!

Aah . . . that’s funny!

Rye Bread August 5, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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Two old guys, one 80 and one 87, were sitting on a park bench one morning.

The 87-year-old had just finished his morning jog and wasn’t even short of breath.

Amazed at the guy’s stamina, the 80-year-old asked him what he did to have so much energy.

The 87-year-old said, “Well, I eat Jewish rye bread every day.  It keeps your energy level high and you’ll have great stamina with the ladies. You’ll feel like you’re 40 again!”

On the way home the 80-year-old stopped at the bakery.

As he was looking around, the saleslady asked if he needed any help.  He nodded, “Do you have any Jewish rye bread?”

“Yes, there’s a whole shelf of it. Would you like a loaf?”

“Yes . . . I want five loaves.”

“My goodness, five loaves! By the time you get to the third loaf, it’ll be hard.”

“Man, I can’t believe it.  Everybody knows about this trick but me.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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

Broom’s Bloom Dairy August 3, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness.
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While visiting BFF’s sister in Maryland, we went out for a perennial summer treat ~ ice cream!

Broom’s Bloom Dairy makes homemade ice cream and serves it up in LARGE portions.

Everyone here is eating the EXTRA SMALL cones and cups.

The EXTRA LARGE portions must be the size of that silo.

Ice cream served up with a side of sunset.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Breakfast of Champions August 1, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Travel & Leisure.
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We just got back from our second road trip of the summer.

We drove to Maryland and New Jersey to visit family, with a stop “just for us” in Williamsburg on the way home.

While in New Jersey, we were well fed by my brother’s wife, Laura.

Here’s the breakfast of champions we enjoyed on Sunday morning, the day before we left.

Are you hungry yet?

How about now?

Laura’s breakfasts are one reason why “they” say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

In case you’re wondering, mom agreed with “them” ~> “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”

Aah . . . that’s yummy!