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Dare to Make Mistakes . . . March 31, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
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IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER ~ attributed to Nadine Stair (at age 85)

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.

I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

 

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.

 

Oh, I’ve had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.

Just moments, one after another,
instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

 

I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer,

a hot water bottle,

a raincoat,

and a parachute.

If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

 

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.

I would go to more dances.

I would ride more merry-go-rounds.

I would pick more daisies.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  If I Had My Life To Live Over

Related resources:  An Earlier Version of the poem, by Don Herald (from 1953 Reader’s Digest)

Enough! March 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Life is a buffet . . . a banquet of immense proportions.  We cannot taste everything.  We must pick and choose.  And be discerning.

When our plates are spilling over, it’s time to re-prioritize.  Weed our gardens. Prune the excess.

*What do I want my life to look like?

*How do I want to spend my time?

*What (& who) adds joy to my life?

*Do I have room for this on my plate?

*Will this add to my happiness?

When our “To Do” lists are ever expanding, it’s up to us to reign “life” in.

How?

Just Say “No.”

Don’t “Just Do It” . . . Just Stop It!

Learn to recognize “Enough.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

To Read More:  Why There’s Too Much On Your Plate (Raptitude)

Black Beans & Rice ~> That’s Nice! March 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Want to bust through a few dozen food myths to get to the nub of nutrition?

This article is a great place to start:

In fact, the basic theme of optimal eating — a diet made up mostly of whole, wholesome plant foods — has been clear to nutrition experts for generations. What does change all the time is the fads, fashions, marketing gimmicks, and hucksterism.

How do you avoid the pitfalls of all that?

Focus on foods, not nutrients. A diet may be higher or lower in total fat, or total carbohydrate, or total protein, and still be optimal. But a diet cannot be optimal if it is not made up mostly of some balanced combination of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water.

If you get the foods right, the nutrients sort themselves out. But if you focus on nutrients rather than foods, you quickly learn that there is more than one way to eat badly, and we Americans seem all too eager to try them all.

To read more:  The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

Aah . . . that’s better!

Brilliant Text Message March 24, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke.
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“Mary, I’m just having one more pint with the lads . . .

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“. . . if I’m not home in 20 minutes read this message again.” ​

Aah . . . that’s perfect!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

101 Ways To Make $1,000 in 2018 March 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor.
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So I’ve been off doing my taxes, tidying up my cyber footprint, playing bridge, clearing out the cobwebs, exercising, and . . . generally neglecting my blog.

My bad.

I’ll be back soon, I think.

(That’s the plan, anyway.)

Until then, here’s a link . . .

To help you manage your bottom line and get your accounts in the pink . . .

101 Ways To Make $1000 in 2018

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Nun And Some Warm Milk March 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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In a convent in Ireland, the 98-year-old Mother Superior lay  dying.

The Nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable.

They tried giving her warm milk to drink but she refused it.

One of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Then, remembering a bottle of Irish Whiskey that had been received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.

Back at Mother Superior’s bed, they held the glass to her lips.

The frail Nun drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had finished the whole glass down to the last drop.

As her eyes brightened, the nuns thought it would be a good opportunity to have one last talk with their spiritual leader.

“Mother,” the nuns asked earnestly, “Please give us some of your wisdom before you leave us.”

She raised herself up in bed on one elbow, looked at them and said:

“DON’T SELL THAT COW.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

The Golf Genie March 10, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Magick & Mystery.
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When Steve took his wife Betty to play her first game of golf, she whacked her first shot through the window of the biggest house adjacent to the course.

Betty gasped.  “Oh, Steve!  What do we do?”

Steve cringed.  “We’ve got to go up there, find the owner, apologize, and see how much that drive is going to cost us.”

They walked up to the house and knocked on the patio door.  A warm voice said, “Come on in.”

When Steve opened the door, they saw broken glass all over the place and a broken antique bottle lying on its side near the broken window.

A man reclining on the couch asked, “Are you the people that broke the window?”

Betty said, “Uh, yes, sir.  I’m really sorry about that.  It was my first time out and . . . ”

“No apology necessary.  I’ve been trapped in that bottle for over a thousand years.  Now that you’ve released me, I’m allowed to grant three wishes.  I’ll give you each one wish if you let me keep the last one for myself.  Deal?”

Steve grinned, “Wow!  I’d like a million dollars a year for the rest of my life.”

“You’ve got it.  And I’ll also guarantee you a long, healthy life!  And now you, young lady, what do you want?”

“I’d like to own a gorgeous home with servants . . . in every country in the world.”

“Consider it done.  And your homes will always be safe from fire, burglary, and natural disasters!”

“Thanks!  By the way, I’m Betty.  And now, what’s your wish, genie?”

“Well, since I’ve been trapped in that bottle and haven’t been with a woman in more than a thousand years, my wish is to have sex with you.”

Betty gasped, “What if I say no?”

The genie shrugged and said, “Well, I guess your wishes won’t come true either.”

Betty mulled it over for a few moments and said, “You know, considering our good fortune, I guess I wouldn’t mind having sex with a thousand-year-old genie.  What do you think, Steve?”

“OK by me, sweetheart.  If the roles were reversed, I’d do the same for you!”

So the genie and Betty went upstairs and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying each other’s company.

After three hours of non-stop sex, the genie rolled over and looked directly into Betty’s eyes and asked, “How old are you and your husband?”

“We’re both 35.”

“Wow!  Thirty-five and you still believe in genies?”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

NEST Education Center March 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Robinson Preserve is expanding . . .

Two weeks ago, we had a chance to enjoy a sneak peak of its new NEST (Nature, Exploration, Science, Technology) Education Center . . .

NEST is an elevated treehouse with a rooftop cupola . . .

Complete with slide (for emergency egress) . . .

And rope ladder (for ingress and egress) . . .

The facility has a wrap around deck . . .

Overlooking the native vegetation . . .

Including this nifty specimen . . .

Even the restrooms have a bird’s eye view of the preserve . . .

The NEST is surrounded by 150 acres of the Robinson Preserve expansion, which, when completed, will include canoe and kayak launches, mangrove islands, a 5k track, a jogging and walking trail, freshwater ponds for a sport fish nursery, restored wetlands and a connection to the existing preserve.

While there, we wandered the new trails . . .

Admired the views . . .

Took in the new bridges which will connect the walking/jogging trail to the bicycle path . . .

In due course, our lengthening shadows told us it was time to leave . . .

Can’t wait to head back . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Charity Begins At Home March 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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The largest Charitable Organization in the city realized it had never received a donation from the city’s most successful lawyer.

So a volunteer paid the lawyer a visit in his lavish office.  “Our research shows that, even though your annual income is over two million dollars, you don’t give a penny to charity.”

When the attorney nods in acknowledgement, the volunteer asks, “Wouldn’t you like to give something back to your community?”

The lawyer answers the question with a question,  “First, did your research also reveal that my mother is dying after a long painful illness, and she has huge medical bills that are far beyond her ability to pay?”

Embarrassed, the rep mumbles, “Uh . . . no, I didn’t know that.”

“Second, did your research show that my brother, a disabled Veteran, is blind, confined to a wheelchair, and unable to support his wife and six children?”

The stricken rep begins to stammer an apology, but is cut off again.

“Third, did your research show you that my sister’s husband died in a dreadful car accident, leaving her penniless with a mortgage and three children, one of whom is disabled and another who has learning disabilities requiring an array of private tutors?”

The humiliated rep, completely beaten, says, “I’m so sorry. I had no idea.”

“So,” the lawyer says, “if I didn’t give any money to them, what makes you think I’d give any to you?”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

 

Happy Hour at Level 11 March 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Travel & Leisure.
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After visiting Gulfport, we enjoyed Happy Hour in St. Pete Beach at Level 11, a rooftop deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico . . .

The views were great . . .

The sky was picture perfect . . .

I ordered a 3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale (brewed in St. Pete!) . . .

We split a “flight” of hummus (lemon, beet, pesto, and lime), served with crackers, pita, and raw veggies for dipping . . .

After polishing off our colorful appetizer, we ordered the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert to end Happy Hour on a sweet note . . .

Back at ground level, we stopped at Bongo Bongo’s Beach Cafe to listen to the guitar player . . .

And end our date on a high note . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!