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Make Yesterday Jealous! December 31, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

Speed doesn’t matter.  Forward is forward.

Go the extra mile . . . it’s never crowded.

Build yourself a life you don’t need a vacation from.

Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous!

 

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

Dr. Fauci’s House Call December 25, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Poetry.
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By Kevin A. Wilson (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)

‘Twas some days before Christmas—how many I’m not sure
(The days ran together; everything was a blur).
All the houses were locked down from COVID-19,
With everyone wishing for the promised vaccine.

The children were nestled and sleeping just fine.
They were all tuckered out from their classes online.
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap
Had just sanitized our hands and hung up our masks

The year had been hard. We were due a vacation
But the thing wanted most? Emergency use authorization
Then out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I assumed it was another 2020 disaster.

I ran to the window and put on my mask,
But what would I see? I was too scared to ask.
The neighbors were quiet and socially distant,
Awaiting the time they’d be COVID resistant.

But despite travel bans, there then did appear
A miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
But this wasn’t Santa. His gut wasn’t paunchy.
It was the trusted presence of Anthony Fauci.

More rapid than eagles, at warp speed they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now Pfizer! Now Sanofi! Now Johnson & Johnson!
“On Moderna! On BioNTech! On Adaptive and Amgen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate all!”

As a virus expelled by a cough or a sneeze
When it meets plexiglass rises up on the breeze;
So up to the house-top the pharma all flew,
With the sleigh full of hope, and Dr. Fauci, too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Fauci came with a bound.

He was dressed in a suit, as was always his way,
And his neatly cut hair was a smart silver-grey.
A chart in one hand, a syringe in the other,
And a medical bag—a gift from his mother.

The wisdom in his eyes and the knowledge in his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
With his reassuring smile covered up with a mask,
His no-nonsense style led him straight to the task.

He sprung to my side as I rolled up my sleeve,
And he stuck in the vaccine as quick as you please.
He flew to the bedroom, gave mamma a shot,
Then vaxxed both our kids without waking them up.

Inoculations complete, he returned to the chimney,
And gave me a pamphlet about what he put in me.
Then raising his finger but not touching his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

“C’mon, team!” he said. “We’ve a great opportunity.
If we vaccinate more we can reach herd immunity!”
Then he yelled back to me, as the sleigh quickly rose,
“I’ll be back in a fortnight for the follow-up dose.”

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

It’s A Wrap! December 23, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Happiness, Life Balance.
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I saw this in the comment section of Joy Rose’s last post and decided to share it here . . . in the Spirit of Christmas:

Ahh . . . that’s clever!

Spreading Christmas Cheer December 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  Will Farrell, ELF

Some ideas:

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”

“Frosty the Snowman”

“Rudolph”

“Silent Night”

“The First Noel”

“We Three Kings”

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”

What’s your favorite Christmas Song?

Sing it ~ loud & proud!

Aah . . . that’s cheery!

Still More Christmas Quotes December 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Magick & Mystery.
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“Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.”  Dr. Seuss

“And we are better throughout the year for having in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.”  Laura Ingalls Wilder

“May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.” Anonymous

“I wish we could put some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.”  Harlan Miller

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”  Burton Hills

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”  Hamilton Wright Mabie

“The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.”  W.C. Jones

Aah . . . that’s better!

Christmas Charades December 15, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, People.
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Looking for ideas for Christmas gatherings this year (including those via ZOOM)?

Consider a cacophonous game of Christmas Charades!

Pass out age-appropriate assignments to all attendees and let holiday hilarity ensue:

* Santa coming down the Chimney in full regalia (see right)

Uh-oh, he’s stuck!
Can you say Claus-trophobia?

* Santa filling the stockings (with COAL)

It’s a dusty job but someone’s got to do it

* Decorating the Christmas tree . . . with cats for companions

Dashing through the house, while looking for a box 
I am ready to pounce, quick as a frisky fox

* Demonstrate the (pre-pandemic) pandemonium of Black Friday Shopping

* Illustrate the after dinner coma  (Snoring = optional)

Santa’s after-season sabbatical!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

More Christmas Quotes December 13, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Magick & Mystery.
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“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” W.T. Ellis

“I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.”  Carrie Fisher

“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” The Polar Express

“Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.” Janice Maeditere

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things give off the greatest glow of happiness.” Bob Hope

“Some Christmas tree ornaments do more than glitter and glow, they represent a gift of love given a long time ago.” Tom Baker

Aah . . . that’s better!

Christmas Trivia December 11, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Joke.
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What is the most popular Christmas dinner in Japan?

A: Kentucky Fried Chicken!  To celebrate Christmas, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to Kentucky Fried Chicken. Some KFC locations feature Colonel Sanders dressed as Santa Claus.

What country celebrates Christmas with the Feast of the Seven Fishes?

A: Italy

What’s for dinner in Norway? 

A: If you don’t know what to expect from a typical Norwegian Christmas dinner, then you might be a bit surprised. One typical food that is a Christmas mainstay is Smalahove, a whole, steamed sheep’s head. 

(Um . . . no.  Just no.)

What country enjoys “shrimp on the barbie” for Christmas? 

A: Australia. It’s summer down under so Australians usually enjoy “shrimp on the barbie,” grilled shrimp made on the barbecue.

What’s on the Christmas menu in Greenland? 

A: Whale meat & Reindeer meat.

(Ho~Ho~Ho . . . No, No, No!)

What country celebrates with a Christmas pickle? 

A: Germany. The night before Christmas an ornament shaped like a pickle is hung in the tree secretly. On Christmas morning, the first to find it gets a special gift or surprise.

(A whole jar of pickles!)

How do Hungarians celebrate Christmas? 

A: Christmas Eve (‘Szent-este’ which means Holy Evening) is very important. People spend the evening with their family and decorate the Christmas Tree.

What’s for Christmas dessert in Denmark? 

A: Ris á la mande, Danish rice pudding, a cold rice pudding with whipped cream, vanilla, almonds, and a hot cherry sauce. Whoever finds the peeled almond hidden in the dessert bowl gets a present.

What’s for dessert in France? 

A: The biggest treat for Noel is the Bûche de Noël, the French version of a Yule Log (a rich cake often decorated with tiny treats made to look like items found in a forrest).

What are other names for Santa Claus?

A: Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Santa, Père Noël, Sinterklaas

How old is Santa Claus? 

A: (I hope you’re sitting down.)

The quick answer is Santa Claus is 1,749 years old (quite young for an elf!)

Can you name the Three Wise Men?

A: Nope, not Larry, Curly, and Moe

Balthasar of Arabia, Melchior of Persia, & Gaspar of India.

Why gold, frankincense and myrrh?

A: Gold was valuable as currency. Frankincense is a valuable perfume. Myrrh is a precious ointment often used for burial rituals.

How do Scots celebrate Hogmanay? 

A: The “first footer” brings a lump of coal to place on the host’s fire, along with shortbread, a black bun and whisky to toast to a Happy New Year.  Shortbread & whisky will suffice. Showing up empty handed is not only very rude but also bad luck!

Scots + Scotch = Perfect Together!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

It’s The, The, The, The . . . GRINCH! December 9, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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Filmed in London, airing tonight on NBC ~ it’s The Grinch!

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Aah . . . that’s GRINCHY!

Christmas Quotes December 9, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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People act like the North Pole and the South Pole are exactly the same, but there’s a whole world of difference between them.

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”  Harlan Miller

“Fresh cut Christmas trees smell of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.”  John Geddes

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”  Peg Bracken

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  Norman Vincent Peale

Aah . . . that’s better!