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Going To The Chapel May 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People.
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Groom-&-Bride-catsTimes sure have changed . . .

Back when marriages lasted a lifetime (you know, “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health . . . til death us do part”), wedding  ceremonies tended to be simple affairs ~ a few close friends and family members invited to witness the couple’s exchange of vows before priest, rabbi, minister, judge, or justice of the peace.

Now that the wedding ceremony and reception often last longer than the marriage itself, people are “mixing it up” a bit.

If you’re planning to tie-the-knot, here are two novel ideas to consider:

* Have a 4 foot tall i-Fairy officiate: Robot Conducts Wedding Ceremony 

* Have a wedding on the water.  No, not by the water . . . on the water.

Now available for Weddings, Commitment Ceremonies, Vow Renewals, Anniversaries, Celebrations, Baptisms, Christenings, and Memorials . . . America’s only Floating Chapel on the Bay!

It’s actually a gorgeous little chapel, complete with stained glass windows looking out on Sarasota Bay.

What I want to know . . .

Does the bridal party have to wear life jackets over their wedding finery when wind whips up the waves? Or does the US Coast Guard make an exception for floating chapels?

For more information, check out Weddings on Water! 

Those Alluring Lures . . . May 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Mindfulness.
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It’s no wonder we succumb to the constant bombardment:


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Bonus Buys!!! 


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It’s like getting PAID to SHOP! 


Bonus Bucks!!!



Those alluring lures . . .

How often do you take the bait?

Wonderful, Wondrous Memories May 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, People.
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Medieval_kitchenCindy has done it again . . . Remembering More Gracious Times.

Her post took me back to Sunday dinners with my grandparents ~ dressed in our Sunday best to gather around their dining table and eat simple Scottish fare prepared by my grandmother and her sister, my great aunt Edie.

Our Sunday dinners commenced with a short Scottish prayer penned by Robbie Burns:

Some ha’e meat and cannae eat
And some wad eat, but want it
But we ha’e meat and we can eat
Sae let the Lord be thank it.

During dinner, our lessons in table etiquette included a fairly standard admonishment to my younger brother:

Douglas Bruce, strong and able, keep your elbows off the table!

For dessert, vanilla ice cream topped with fruit or chocolate syrup . . . accompanied by melt-in-your-mouth Scottish shortbread.

Memories . . . a delicious and delectable treat for a Sunday afternoon.

Don’t Postpone Happiness May 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance.
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Whatever you decide to do with your time and talents, either on the job, as a hobby, or as a volunteer, don’t postpone your happiness until tomorrow.

Tomorrow may never arrive.  

Too many people work hard for 40 years at a job they dislike intensely, expecting to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor when they retire.  Instead, they drop dead on the golf course the first month, probably from the accumulated stress of making a living, without having a life. 

Don’t slave away at a thankless job for years hoping that your sacrifice will pay off “someday.” 

When you trade happiness today in order to find happiness “down the road,” you may be disappointed when you run into a roadblock, a detour, or get derailed completely. 

Instead, learn to enjoy today for what it offers. 

If you do, you should arrive in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, and will find that your “future” is a perfect fit for who you have become.    

Quote:  The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. ~ Anna Quindlen

Related Post:  Quickly Quotable #8 ~ My Literary Quest

The Choice Is Ours May 16, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.
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Frog-CircusEgo wants to be right.  Spirit wants to be happy.

Ego want to be admired.  Spirit wants peace of mind.

Ego wants to be in control.  Spirit is willing to let go and go with the flow.

Ego’s desire for control causes negative thoughts to spiral out of control, destroying our happiness and peace of mind in its wake.

Spirit’s willingness to accept the “what is” allows us to remain calm and serene in the midst of conflict and strife.

The choice is ours.

Related posts:   The Serenity Principle