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Changing Our Mind May 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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Our “mindset” is a constant filter through which we perceive each and every experience.

Over time, we can shift our perspective by being “open minded” (or “maybe” minded) when exposed to opposing views and viewpoints.

In short, we can literally “change our mind” about religion, politics, fashion, food, TV shows, etc.

It’s like mixing water and wine:

I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas. They’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

~ Emily Bronte, English Novelist

Aah . . . that’s better!

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It’s Love Bug Season! May 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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It was the BEST of times ~> tomato picking season!

It was the WORST of times ~> love bug season!

Ugh!

These bugs are nasty.

And sticky.

And plentiful.

And corrosive.

Wash them off in double quick time or they will strip your paint job.

At least we didn’t make the mistake of driving out to Hunsader Farms to pick tomatoes in a convertible!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Man Cannot Live By Tomatoes Alone May 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Vegetarian Recipes.
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In case you’re wondering, we didn’t just get tomatoes, we also bought zucchini, cabbage, and super hot jalapeños . . . just cutting them up set my finger tips on fire!

Has that ever happened to you?

How did you douse the flames?

Once cut in half and de-seeded, I freeze them in a single layer and then toss them into a bag and back into the freezer to have on hand to spice up recipes.

We also bought a big box of beautiful butternut squash.

Once cut in half and de-seeded, the squash get roasted and mashed with a bit of salt, pepper, and . . . butter!

What?

Isn’t that why they’re called butternut?

Aah butter . . . that’ s better!

Wait Just A Tomato Picking Minute! May 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor.
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This is a favorite time of year for us . . . tomato picking time at Hunsader Farms.

The first thing we pick is a good day to head out to the fields to fill our buckets with fresh tomato goodness.

Appearances not withstanding, we do NOT get carried away ~> tomato picking time is NOT the time to intone “less is more.”

We pick enough for us to enjoy with plenty more to give away.

Here are the bowls of tomatoes we kept to eat.

And here are the bowls of tomatoes we gave away to friends and neighbors.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Prize for Prom May 12, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Less IS More.
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Emily O’Gara won $10,000 for her creative design of a prom dress and coordinating tux.

The sticker price for supplies ~ $58.

The kicker?

She made it out of Duct Tape!

Aah . . . that’s better!

An Affordable Mansion in Maine May 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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If any of you are in the market for an affordable mansion in Maine, check out this beauty:

127 E Main St

It’s on the market for $875,000, which equates to only $85 a square foot for quality construction.  With 12 bedrooms and 13 baths, it’s perfect for a Bed & Breakfast.

Oh, did I mention that it overlooks Penobscot Bay?

And that it features a lookout tower?

For all the details:  127 E. Main St., Searsport, Maine

Aah . . . that’s better!

C’mon . . . Get Happy! May 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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TIME has put together a collection of articles focused on Happiness . . .

TIME Guide to Happiness

Dive in!

Aah . . . that’s better!

“It’s Too Loud In Here!” May 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Travel & Leisure.
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Have you ever been in a restaurant, hoping to converse with your table companions, but found yourself unable to do so without SCREAMING TO BE HEARD?!!!  Because it is . . . SO LOUD IN THE RESTAURANT?!!!

Well, now there’s an app for that . . . or there will be one soon.

Meet the man declaring war on restaurant noise.


Aah . . . that’s better!

Burning Man @ The Smithsonian May 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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Some of this exhibit is amazing . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

That’s It! May 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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Another nugget from Nuggets of Gold:

That’s how I felt the other day as I read the Christmas Wish I wrote at age 9:

That’s it!

I am here to enhance happiness!

How awesome is that?

Aah . . . that’s better!