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A Satisfying Sound April 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
26 comments

I finished up our taxes this week.

Yay!  It’s always a good feeling to be done with them.

Better still . . . I spent a few minutes culling unnecessary documentation (old medical bills, outdated credit card slips and statements, insurance claims, charitable receipts, etc.) from our financial files.

Once culled, that weighty stack of paper disappeared into the jaws of our shredder.

A sound most “satisfying.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Why NOT To Be Gluten Free April 8, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Humor.
38 comments

Being a vegetarian = easy peasy.
Being gluten free = a constant challenge and a sometimes sacrifice.

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I am re-thinking my options.

Instead of “slim and trim,” maybe I should aim for “fat and sassy”? 😛

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Life is short . . . seize the day (and the pizza!).

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Aah . . . that’s better!

To read an appetizing comment thread and insight filled post:  Odds & Ends on Observations (Kate)

Travel April 6, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure.
36 comments

Travel gets us outside our comfort zones and gives us an opportunity to interact with strangers.

There’s a certain freedom and anonymity to interactions with people we will (likely) never see again.

They don’t know us.

We don’t know them.

We are not limited by pre-conceived notions of how we should act, what we should eat, how we should dress, etc.

We are free to just be.

And, still, there’s no place like home!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Tippy Gnu ~> #4 Is 4 You! April 3, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
37 comments

To Read More: Foods Linked To Better Brainpower (Harvard Health)

Don’t Get Smart With Me, Alexa! April 2, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
22 comments

For a quick look at the future of Smart Homes and how Alexa could soon be telling you what to do, where to go, and what to eat:

Amazon Could Make You Go On A Diet

This futuristic vision makes me want to move in with Thoreau on Walden Pond.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Juggling An Overbooked Schedule March 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance.
26 comments

My schedule is overbooked this week
I’m walking down both sides of the street
I’m multi-tasking as fast as I can
And juggling three things with only one hand

I’ve looked high and I’ve looked low
No more time in sight . . . something has to go
So if my comments are few and far between
It’s because my “free time” has become quite lean

Aah . . . that’s better!

Hairy Heirs ~ Pet Bequests March 17, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Life Balance, People.
17 comments

Want to set up a kitty for kitty?

This article on the ins and outs of setting up a pet trust may be of interest to the animal lover in you:

What’s In The Kitty?  Pet Bequests Aren’t Only For The Rich And Famous

Special considerations apply if your pet has a l-o-n-g life expectancy, like a tortoise or a parrot.

Knowing your beloved pet(s) will be cared for however long they live may provide you with the peace of mind you need to breathe easy right here and now!

Aah . . . that’s better!

No iPod Required March 13, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Life Balance, Nature.
35 comments

Have you ever noticed that bikers, walkers and runners wearing headsets look decidedly less relaxed and happy than those without cords sticking out of their ears?

On more than one occasion, I’ve noticed that those sprouting ear buds feature frowns on their faces as they move through their paces.

In contrast, those without a techno-gadget clipped to their belt, or held in their hand, seem more inclined to radiate happiness as they commune with sky, trees, water, birds, flowers, and the occasional splash of flying fish.

Connecting with nature connects us with the moment.  As we tune in to the here and now, our inner bliss surfaces suffusing us with joy.

No iPod required.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

A Quick Quiz March 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
31 comments

What iconic landmark springs to mind when someone says:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

C’mon.  Give it a go!

What world famous building or structure is worthy to be referred to as “Miami’s Eiffel Tower”?

It’s famous.
World famous.

It’s iconic.
It’s a landmark.

It’s located in Miami.

C’mon.
This should be the easiest quiz ever!

Then again, maybe, just maybe, the description threw you off.

Maybe the structure in question is NONE of those things.

Here it is . . .

aerial view of Miami Marine Stadium

Do you recognize it?

Would you describe it by saying:

“Architecturally and culturally speaking, it’s Miami’s Eiffel Tower.”

No?
Neither would I.

Maybe the inflated description used by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to describe Miami’s Marine Stadium is just ridiculous hyperbole used in an attempt to elevate the mundane to the magical.

Why do people use such ridiculous hyperbole?

To gain airspace?
To get people to tune in and listen?

To raise money for “good causes”?
To assuage low self-esteem?

More to the point ~> how can we make them stop?

I know!  Maybe we need to get better at tuning them out.

Mais oui!
Exactement!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  Miami Marine Stadium’s History and Planned Restoration

A Wink March 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Magick & Mystery.
32 comments

I seldom recommend novels to neighbors and friends.

Even if I’ve read something worthy of a recommendation, tastes in reading material tend to be somewhat personal.

That said, I saw 3 tennis players at the clubhouse last week.  Ellie F. was in the middle.

“Ellie, do you enjoy reading murder mysteries?”

“Not really.”

“I’m reading one about a murder at the U.S. Open.  It’s not too gruesome.”

Ellie perked up at the description. “What’s the title?”

“Drop Shot by Harlan Coben.”

“That’s amazing.  My brother used to play tennis professionally.  He’s mentioned in that book.  I’ve been meaning to read it.”

“What’s his name?”

“Tim Mayotte.”

I agreed to toss the book her way on completion.

I finished the book yesterday.  Tim is mentioned on page 26.

Aah . . . that’s synchronicity!