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A Key West State of Mind January 31, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Happiness.
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I am partial to warm weather.

And palm trees.

And bright colors.

And sunny skies.

This painting by Joanne Sloan arrived in my in-box this morning.  Seeing it put me in a Key West state of mind.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Photo Ops December 31, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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The parks are filled with Photo Ops ~ from mythical creatures standing guard.

To the wrecks and ruins of ancient civilizations.

To mighty tridents backlit by blue cloudless skies.

To giants of men with the weight of the world on their shoulders.

To super-heroes and villains.

To Marvel characters who are marvelous to marvel at.

And then there’s Marmaduke!  Always ready to take an unsuspecting toddler for a ride.

Hope your New Year gets off to a running start!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Smile! November 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Happiness, Humor.
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Sometimes silly smile-inducing sights . . .

Rattle my bones . . .

And tickle me pink . . .

You never know what’s around the next fork in the road . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Tampa Bay History Center October 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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For Smithsonian Museum Day, we paid a visit to Tampa Bay History Center, located on the Riverwalk in Tampa:

We enjoyed some Cuban Fare at the Columbia Restaurant:

Black Beans & Rice, Cuban Bread, Churros (with 3 dipping sauces):

After lunch, we checked out the exhibits, which focused on Cigars:

Seminole Dolls (I had one of these as a kid and gave it to one of my nieces ~ I learned it’s worth hundreds of dollars):

Audubon Artwork:

Maritime History:

Local Wildlife ~ then:

And now:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Art Ovation Hotel October 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Poetry.
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We attended an art reception at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota.

First, we got a signature lemon lavender cocktail:

Then we got some nibbles:

While we imbibed, we listened to music:

And perused the art:

Before checking out Dragonfly Cafe:

Where middle schoolers (wearing lavender and raspberry berets) were using ancient typewriters to craft impromptu poems for passers-by:

But the biggest delight

Of our visit to Dragonfly Cafe that night?

Not a single smart phone in sight.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Landscape of Guitar Tour 2018 September 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Music & Dance.
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Our friends, Julie & Bruce, went on tour in China this summer, using Bruce’s artwork as a backdrop on stage.

While there, they filmed bits and pieces of their fascinating adventure:

Speaking of adventure, they were a tad more adventurous about trying the local food than BFF & I would have been.  Cow, Duck, Chicken, and Bullfrog are not a part of our vegetarian vocabulary or dining preferences.

But, judging from the video of several meals, we wouldn’t have starved to death ~> we would have enjoyed cabbage, corn, curried cauliflower, and tofu bags (16:37).  We also like the looks of the rice cakes, the rainbow cake (30:00), and (just for Kate!) the Starbucks logo.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Ideal Bookshelf September 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Writing & Writers.
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Got books?

If your goal is to add to your TBR pile, check out Ideal Bookshelf . . . it’s like getting lost in a library full of fascinating titles and magical adventures.

Jane Mount is a talented illustrator, designer, and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, a company that makes things for people who love books. She’s also published a recent book, Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany.  She lives on Maui, in Hawaii.

At Ideal Bookshelf, you can custom order a bookshelf “portrait” or buy framed and unframed prints, postcards, stationery, pins, mugs, etc.

It’s a cozy internet cafe to browse on a rainy day.

And for book lovers, it’s the cat’s meow!

Aah . . . that’s better!

No Smoking! June 30, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden.
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While looking through some old files, I came across a sketch from high school.

I decided to send it to one of our artsy nieces . . . until BFF saw it and said, “I like that Seussian sculpture.”

So, instead of mailing it out to Colorado, I gave it to BFF.

Aah . . . that’s better!

My Favorite Photo From Tarpon Springs June 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.
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Aah . . . that’s better!

A Prize for Prom May 12, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Less IS More.
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Emily O’Gara won $10,000 for her creative design of a prom dress and coordinating tux.

The sticker price for supplies ~ $58.

The kicker?

She made it out of Duct Tape!

Aah . . . that’s better!