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“Here . . . Have a Teddy!” August 31, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Travel & Leisure.
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We saw a short segment on the news a few weeks ago showing an airline passenger who needed 28 stitches after being bitten in the face by a dog.

On a plane!

The 50-pound dog was allowed on the flight as an “emotional support animal.”

Other animals that have been allowed to fly for free as emotional support animals ~> a turkey, a pig, and a duck!

QUACK!!!

What next?  An emotional support alligator?  Tarantula? Cobra?

Perhaps it’s time to rein in political correctness in favor of common sense by telling passengers that their right to fly with “emotional support animals” is limited by the rights of other passengers to fly the friendly skies.

Then hand them a teddy to hug for the duration of the flight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

As part of her investigation, the reporter applied for and received an “emotional support animal” certificate for HER dog by filling out an on-line form and paying $149.  That’s all it took so that she could bring her dog on her next flight for “emotional support.”

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Re-Mindfulness August 29, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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I sat down at my desk and realized that my engagement ring was NOT on my finger.

BFF and I scoured the place ~ looking in the lettuce I’d just washed and spun dry, sorting through the kitchen garbage (EWW!!!), checking the sink drains, walking around with flashlight to check the carpet, pulling apart the bed, checking around my desk, in the files I was working on, in my shoes.

Nothing.

We came up empty handed.

I went out on the deck for a break from the search.  A steady drizzle of rain re-minded me that I’d taken my poncho and an umbrella when we went for a walk.

When I put the poncho away, I used my left hand to shove the poncho back into my travel bag.  Hmm . . .

I went inside, grabbed the travel bag, took out the poncho, the umbrella, and . . . there!

Sitting on the bottom of the bag was my engagement ring ready to be reunited with my wedding band.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Bryson & The Beach August 26, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, People.
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Bryson’s mom scurried down the beach, scanning the sands for her 3-year-old son, Bryson, who had run off.

A woman heading in the opposite direction asked, “Are you looking for a young boy?”

The mom nodded.

“I saw one near the lifeguard stand.”

BFF and I offered to help the mom search.  She accepted.

As we approached the lifeguard stand, a female lifeguard peered over the railing at us, “Looking for Bryson?”

The mom nodded, “Yes.”

“He’s up here.  He came up to say “hey” to us.”

At that point, Bryson’s father caught up to us.  Already huffing and puffing, he climbed the stairs to retrieve his wayward child and answer a few questions for the lifeguards.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do You Agree with Max De Pree? August 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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“You cannot become what you want to be by remaining what you are.” ~ Max De Pree

He’s got a point.

Unless . . . who you already are is who you want to be.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more thoughts on Happiness:  TIME Guide to Happiness

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!