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Madira Bickel Archeological Site November 30, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature, People.
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After admiring the Love Ladder at the Arts & Crafts Show, we continued exploring Terra Ceia Island with a stop at the Madira Bickel Archeological Site.

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Indigenous occupation of the site dates back 2,000 years.

The picnic table is of more recent vintage.

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The site is not named for the Native Americans who lived there.

It’s named for Madira Bickel who purchased the land and donated it to the state in 1948.

Money talks.

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Signs do provide some history about Native American Life for visitors.

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The park added shell stairways for easy access to the top of the mound.

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Crowning the mound, trees stand tall, decked in garlands of Spanish Moss.

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The moss, an epiphyte or “air plant,” absorbs water and nutrients (especially calcium) from ambient air and rainfall.

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Since we are not able to absorb nutrients from air, we decided our next stop should be LUNCH.

Aah . . . that’s better!

How We Plan To Spend The Holidays November 29, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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Aah . . . that’s better!

Happy Holidaze! November 28, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Poetry.
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santa on the beach

How Santa spends Black Friday

The call of the mall
lures us to traffic jams.  Cheer
fades as tempers flare.

Red ribbons flying.
Sales set records.  Merchants grin
at crowded check-outs.

Street corner Santas
ring bells & flash Grinchy smiles.
Shoppers hurry home.

Boxes stacked, bags stashed.
“Bargain loot” labeled and tagged.
Happy Holidaze!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Xmas-CatMark Downs . . . and Mark Ups:

A few days ago, I looked at an on-line product selling for $6.29.  To get free shipping, I needed to place a $50 order.

I opted to wait.

The next day, the store advertised 30% off EVERYTHING and free shipping with a $30 order.  I went back to the item that had been selling for $6.29.

It’s new price?  $8.99 . . . or $6.29 after the 30% discount!

I opted to unsubscribe from that store’s marketing manipulation.

Thanksgiving Grace November 27, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, People.
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200px-March-hareLord, as you know
We’ve been trying of late
To stick to our diets
To lose some weight

On this day of Thanksgiving
Please turn a blind eye
As we inhale stuffing
And two slices of pie

We promise if you
Will look the other way
We’ll resume our diets
On Black Friday!

Aah . . . men!

For those of you in the States, may your Thanksgiving be full of grace.
Eat, drink, and be merry . . . for tomorrow we die-t!

Gobble.  Gobble.

Related post:  But I Don’t WANNA Be An Onion!

We Love This LOVE Ladder November 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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On Saturday, we went to a Vintage Fair and Arts & Crafts Show at Seabreeze Park on Terra Ceia Island.

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Once there, we wandered the boardwalk to check out Terra Ceia Bay.

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The bay strained at its shoreline as it chopped and rolled under a stiff sea breeze.

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We turned to retrace our steps and spied something ahead to our right.

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Natives!  Hanging out in the mangroves.

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Our favorite arts & crafts item ~>  this LOVE ladder we saw at Two Little Sheep.

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Teri started her crafting business this past summer ~ this was only her 2nd craft fair.

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Contact info:  twolittlesheep@gmail.com or find Two Little Sheep on Facebook.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tagged . . . I’m It! November 25, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Mindfulness.
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Tiggers-R-UsKate tagged me (and 6 other bloggers) on her Q&A Time post last week.

Here are her questions and my answers:

1. Why did you start blogging?

While writing on WEbook, I realized I wanted to house my unique perspective on life in one searchable data base.  I decided a blog would be perfect.

What followed has been tons of FUN (with more than a few FUN followers) ~> cyber sharing is far more entertaining than writing in a journal.

2. If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and who would it be for?

Assuming cost was no object and time didn’t act as a barrier to attendance, I’d rent a cruise ship for a week’s cruise with gatherings for different groups ~ e.g., a pool party for grade school buddies, a pizza party for high school friends, a keg party for college classmates, a debating game for law school students and professors, cocktail parties for co-workers, buffet dinners with neighbors (from NJ, SC, NC, VA, MD, FL) . . . and a casino night with FREE drinks and chips for all my Blogging Buddies.

We’d enjoy non-stop on-board entertainment (with fabulous gifts and exciting prizes), water sports (windsurfing, parasailing, paddleboarding, sunbathing, wave running), and a stop at my private island.

What?  It’s my fantasy.  Nowhere in the question did it say I couldn’t have a private island.

Calvin-gots-an-Idea3. When you have 30 minutes of free time, how do you pass that time?

I visualize how to (a) solve world hunger or (b) win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Or both.

Both would be good.

4. At what age did you become an adult?

Age 26-27 ~> I graduated from law school, got married, started practicing law, bought a house, adopted two kittens, bought a car, etc.

A mortgage + real estate taxes screams “adult.”

5. What story does your family always tell about you?

They don’t talk about me, they’re too busy . . .

Wait!

What have you heard?

6.  Is a picture worth a thousand words? Explain.

In Words and Pictures, an artist and a writer spar to decide whether words trump pictures or vice versa.

They conclude, and I agree, that it depends on the subject matter being depicted.

Some abstract subjects require the subtle nuance of words.

When discussing more concrete subject matter, like FOOD, a picture is worth way more than a thousand words.

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Especially since it’s rude to talk with your mouth full.

7.  Whasssssuuuupppppp?

What a subtle and insidious way to put pressure on the addressee (in this case, ME!) to come up with an interesting topic for conversation rather than assuming responsibility for getting the conversation started by sharing some interesting insight into life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

What’s up with that, Kate? :mrgreen:

Aah . . . that’s better!

If you’re interested in playing along, answer these 7 questions on your own blog or in the comment thread below:

1.  What’s been the “best day” of your life . . . so far?

2.  When calories and cost are no object, what’s your favorite thing to eat?

3.  What’s been your “greatest” accomplishment to date?

4.  If you could have someone “on staff” for a week, at no cost to you, would you choose a personal chef, chauffeur, masseuse, hairdresser, pool boy or concubine?

5.  What’s your favorite season?  Where do you enjoy spending it?

6.  If you could travel anywhere right now with a simple snap of your fingers, where would you go?

7.  If you won a million $’s, what would you change in your day-to-day life?

Tag!  You’re It!

Related post:  Yippee! . . . Yuppie! . . . YOU?

Marvelous Benches & Whimsical Chairs November 24, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Humor, Mindfulness.
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While at Mixon Fruit Farms, we stumbled across some marvelous benches.

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Natural.

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Unadorned.

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They brought to mind other marvelous benches and whimsical chairs.

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Not natural.

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Or unadorned.

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But fun.

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Each designed to encourage us to press the pause button and relax.

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C’mon . . . pull up a dolphin and set a spell.

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Aah . . . that’s better.

 

A Real Straight Shooter November 23, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Nature, People.
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Lumpus-MooseMy grandfather was a straight shooter (unless his sights needed adjusting).  And he always learned from past mistakes (unless he didn’t).

* 11/24/57 ~ “Deer Hunting is over ~ so this is a report on the season:

On Nov. 17, I discovered the rear sight was loose ~ I should have felt of it before but I just thought I was off on my shooting ~ it could have thrown the bullet off several feet.  This explained why the first two buck did not run.  It wasn’t even close enough to scare them.  I went to Spencer’s and got the sights adjusted. Since then I have seen several deer but no buck. Now the season is over.  I might say in passing, I hope someone kicks me if I ever start out hunting again without trying out the gun.  I have said this before.

It was nice being in the great open places and looking at what was over the next ridge. I enjoyed it. I didn’t cough at all, all the season. Couldn’t. It might scare the game.  I got 7 parcels mailed out to service men overseas. Well I must stop. Sorry to have been so slow in writing.  Deer business!

During hunting season, deer became priority #1:

* 10/24/57 ~ “In case you are tied up next week end, we might be able to try it the next after that altho deer hunting starts Nov. 9, on Saturday.  Probably I would hate to leave that.”

* 11/6/58 ~ “I just tried out my rifle and found it shoots all right this year.  The sights are tight.  I plan to go on my hill Saturday early.  I will defer coming down [to see you] till after I get a deer!” 

* 11/28/59 ~  “Leon and I went up on my hill.  There was snow and we were able to chase 5 deer around.  I saw them twice but was unable to see horns.  In all I have seen 21 deer this season but nothing to shoot at.”

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Of course, as soon as deer season ended:

* 12/15/59 ~ “Last week Friday as I came home, I hit a deer.  I have seen the insurance company in Montpelier and have their OK on getting it fixed.  It will cost $348.  I believe I have to pay $50 of it.

However, I won’t kick too bad. It gives me a new radiator, grill, hood, right fender, horn, etc. ”

Years later, he continued to chase deer around, sense of humor intact:

* 11/24/66 ~ “About Deer! It’s still running. The nearest I have come was Tuesday. I went up to the site of the Densmore School and saw something that looked like a deer. It was quite a distance away. I convinced myself it was a sumac stub. Just then a white tail flopped up and disappeared. Oh Dear!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

The New Alphabet November 22, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Joke.
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Donald-DuckaA is for apple and B is for boat, that used to be right, but now it won’t float! Age before beauty is what we once said, but let’s be a bit more realistic instead.

The New Alphabet

A’s for arthritis. B’s the bad back. C’s the chest pains, perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline. E is for eyesight, can’t read that top line! F is for farting and fluid retention. G is for gut droop, which I’d rather not mention.

grumpy_thinkingH is high blood pressure – I’d rather it low. I for incisions with scars you can show. J is for joints, out of socket, won’t mend. K is for knees that crack when they bend.

L ‘s for libido, what happened to sex? M is for memory, I forget what comes next.

N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low. O is for osteo, bones that don’t grow!

Grumpy gusP for prescriptions, I have quite a few. Just give me a pill, I’ll be good as new! Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu? R is for reflux, one meal turns to two.

S: sleepless nights, counting my fears. T is for Tinnitus, bells in my ears! U is for urinary, troubles with flow. V for vertigo, that’s ‘dizzy,’ you know.

W for worry, now what’s going ’round? X is for X-ray, and what might be found.

Y’s for another year I’ve left behind. Z is for zest I still have . . . in my mind!

I’ve survived all the symptoms, my body’s deployed.  I’m keeping twenty-six doctors fully employed!

 Aah . . . that’s better!

E-mail from unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

A Taste Of Mixon November 21, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Nature.
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A few days ago, we went to Mixon Fruit Farms and Groveside Market for “A Taste of Mixon.”  Guests traveled from station to station sampling Pizza, Fudge, Honey, Oranges, Orange Juice, Cheese, Key Lime Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Peach Chardonnay (and other wine varietals).

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After eating our fill, and turning in our passports, we went outside for a wander through the Citrus Groves.

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The lush landscaping looked great under blue blue skies.

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Benches invited wanderers to meander awhile.

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But the fish whispered . . . “Feed Me!”

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We complied.

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A mural (commissioned by koi) encourages visitors to feed the fish.

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How could anyone resist those friendly fins?

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Back on track, we continued our trek.

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And stumbled across a turquoise maze.

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Which invited us in.

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And in and in and in . . . the way mazes do.

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We got out.

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Aah . . . that’s better!