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The Funeral July 28, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.
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Joe passed away. His Will provided $30,000 for an elaborate funeral.

As the last guests departed the affair, his wife, Betty, turned to her oldest friend.

“Well, I’m sure Joe would be pleased,” she said.

“I’m sure you’re right,” replied Jody, who then lowered her voice and leaned in close to whisper.  “How much did this really cost?”

“All of it,” said Betty. “Thirty thousand.”

“No!” Jody exclaimed. “I mean, it was very nice, but $30,000?”

“The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the church. The wake, food, and drinks were another $500. And the rest went for the memorial stone.”

Jody computed quickly.

“$22,500 for a memorial stone? My God, how big is it?!”

‘”Two and a half carats.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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

A Margarita Bouquet! July 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Life Balance, Nature.
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Last week, I received a unique and colorful bouquet ~ a huge strawberry margarita (complete with two straws which, due to environmental concerns, are now banned in 31.7 states):

Once the profusion of pink blooms faded, I donated the enormous margarita glass (together with its squishy pink “marbles”) to Goodwill for “repurposing.”

Reduce.  Reuse.  Recycle.  Repurpose.  Resale.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Laughing Buddhas July 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.
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“There is nothing left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh.” ~ Zen Master

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Worst Kind Of Souvenir July 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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On summer vacations, picking up a bug is the WORST kind of souvenir to bring home.

My advice?

Stick to postcards!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Celebration at Moonbeam Farm! July 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Fiction, Writing & Writers.
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Another new release!
This time short stories from the Moonbeam Farm gang!

Perfect to curl up with the next time you need a page turner . . .

Nuggets of Gold

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Time passed, and feeling CUCKOO may have happened sometimes while waiting!

And than, just like that …. it happened! It’s REAL! What was once just a dream is now available to be enjoyed by everyone and yes, my eyes may be a little wet!

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https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Odessa+Chronicles

https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000053250745/Carolyn-Shelton-and-Colin-Chappell-The-Odessa-Chronicles

Thank you dear readers for your support and encouragement throughout this wild and crazy adventure!

A special thank you to my amazing co-author, Colin, from https://meandray.com/. Thanks for what I often called your magic touch! Thanks for your patience also that may have been needed sometimes in working with me. How did Moonbeam Farm get its name again? 🙂

Also a big thanks to the very talented artist Jodi McKinney from https://lifeinbetween.me, You been with us from the very beginning of this dream, from the first story that appeared on my blog, and you made our beloved characters look awesome!

Looking for adventure? Take…

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Space July 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness.
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As we navigate through our days, our senses focus on things and our minds on thoughts.

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But we can switch our focus from things to the space between things.

Anywhere there are two or more things, we can begin to note the space between them ~ between sights, between sounds, between clouds, and between passing thoughts.

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Once you find the space, peer into it and see what emerges.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s Release Day! July 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Fiction, Writing & Writers.
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Need a summer beach read?
Check out . . . A Father For Bella by Jill Weatherholt.

It’s hot off the presses!

Jill Weatherholt

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Fortune Telling July 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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“Never make predictions. Especially about the future.” ~ Casey Stengel

Stress is often a product of overactive imaginations overflowing with “what ifs?”

Instead of driving past our headlights, we can choose to rein in our thoughts and BE HERE NOW.

In the moment.

Instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Devil’s Ticket & Mississippi Mud July 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.
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A few months ago, I read a book about a fatal hand of Bridge . . . based on a true story of a wife who shot her husband while playing Bridge one night ~> The Devil’s Ticket: A Vengeful Wife, A Fatal Hand, and a New American Age.

On a related note, I thought some of you might get a kick out of this famous trick hand from the days of cardsharps on the Mississippi riverboats:

North

Spades -10 5 4 3 2
Hearts  –
Diamonds – 5 4 3 2
Clubs – 5 4 3 2

West                                                                            East

Spades –                                                                       Spades J 9 8 7 6
Hearts – 8 7 6 5 4 3 2                                                   Hearts –
Diamonds – A K Q J 10 9                                               Diamonds – 8 7 6
Clubs –                                                                         Clubs – 10 9 8 7 6

South

Spades – A K Q
Hearts – A K Q J 10 9
Diamonds –
Clubs – A K Q 3

A Diamond lead from West to Dummy/ North holds South to six tricks at a 4H contract.

A 4S bid only makes 3 tricks.
While 5C bid mades 4 tricks.

How would South make out in No Trump?

Bridge hands can be as deceiving as Mississippi Mud.
And some are even fatal!

Maybe I should stick with dominoes.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream July 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, People, Word Play.
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“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

~ William C. Dement

That’ll give you something to ponder as you nod off tonight.

Aah . . . that’s better!