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Sleep, Rinse, Repeat . . . March 22, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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Getting plenty of deep, restful sleep is essential for our physical and mental health. Now comes word of yet another way that sleep is good for us: it triggers rhythmic waves of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that appear to function much like a washing machine’s rinse cycle, which may help to clear the brain of toxic waste on a regular basis.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  Discovering the Brain’s Nightly “Rinse Cycle”

I’m Late . . . For An Important Date! March 14, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness, Nature.
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Amid all the Alerts and Assurances I received yesterday about CoVid-19, I received a reminder about one of my favorite dates of the year ~ Friday the 13th!  The e-mail came from Speak’s Clam Bar and said, inter alia:

Looking back to the origin of legends about Friday the 13th, we can find that these days were first regarded as special, not unlucky. The day itself, Friday, was associated with good fortune and is the day that the Sabbath starts. And the number 13 represents the essence and power of a Goddess, because it corresponds perfectly with the number of lunar cycles in a year and therefore the number of fertility cycles for a woman.

Friday the 13th was meant to be a celebration of our lives and the Goddesses bringing their luck to us. When the chance comes that these lucky numbers show up, we are meant to count our blessings.

Today let’s count our blessings ~ a good meal, someone in our life to laugh with, beautiful beaches, trees, mountains, flowers, etc.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Yes, I Am Postive! December 5, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Want to be a more positive person . . . along with all the perky perks that entails?

Here are 6 tips:

Reframe or Divert ~ Accept what you cannot change. You can shake your fist at the sky all you want, but it won’t stop the rain from falling.  Look for opportunities among the obstacles.  Find the silver lining.

Savor the Good ~ Focus on the positives.  Enjoy the luxury of a sunny day. Relish your meal.  Enjoy the tastes, sights, and sounds around you.  Be Mindful of the present of the present.

Set Reminders ~ Flexing your positivity muscle is a habit-in-the-making. Posting post-its around to remind yourself to see the good is a good way to shift your focus from “what’s wrong” to “what’s right.”

Do Something Nice for Someone Else ~ Sometimes the best way to improve our day is to improve someone else’s day.  So be kind to others and enjoy the boomerang effect of those positive feelings.

Phone A Friend ~ Knowing that someone has your back can be an automatic mood booster.  When you’re down in the dumps, don’t dump a pile on negativity of your friend’s shoulder.  Instead, boost your view by piggy-backing on his or her positivity for a while until your own resilience returns.

Say Thanks ~ An attitude of gratitude improves our aptitude and altitude in life.  When we shift our perspective from “what’s wrong” to “what’s right,” we feel an immediate shift from negative to positive.  It’s not what happens that determines our mood, it’s how we CHOOSE to view what’s happened.  Developing an attitude of gratitude pays BIG dividends.

Aah . . . that’s better!

To read more:  How To Be A More Positive Person (TIME)

Happy Thanksgiving! November 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Humor, Joke.
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As a kid, I loved playing with an Etch-A-Sketch.

As an adult, I still do.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Another Birthday Bites The Dust! November 25, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Life Balance, People.
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Each year for his birthday, BFF receives a Gift Certificate from the Landry Select Club.  This year, as soon as the temps tempered a bit, we headed to the Chart House on Longboat Key to enjoy Happy Hour on the deck.

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Perfect temps.

Delicious food.

Cold drinks.

Aah . . . that’s Birthday Bliss!

Thanks, L.Marie! November 19, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Food & Drink, Gratitude.
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One of the most generous bloggers I follow bestowed us with a box:

And inside the box was a cooler:

With a warning:

Since we didn’t have gloves, we used a spoon to dig around in the dry ice:

To unearth a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Caramel Almond Brittle:

Thanks, L. Marie!

And, yes, we used slightly smaller spoons to shovel the B&J’s into our mouths.

Aah . . . that’s yummy!

The Broken Wheel August 17, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Once upon a time, a broken wheel set out to explore the world.

Due to a missing chunk of wood, the broken wheel rolled slowly, but noticed everything.

It observed the flowers in the fields, the sun in the sky, and heard the sounds of songbirds and laughter of small children at play as it rolled happily, albeit slowly, through life.

One day, the broken wheel ran into a talented wheelwright who offered to fix the wheel by replacing the missing chunk with a spare part.

Delighted, the wheel accepted the generous offer.

With the spare part fastened securely in place, the wheel resumed its journey through life.

As it raced down the road, the wheel noticed nothing.  The trees, the flowers, the birds became an indistinct, blurry mass of shapes and colors.  Sounds faded into the background, and the rush of wind drowned out the peals of laughter ringing forth from children at play.

Unhappy, the wheel stopped beside a small pond to meditate.

In the silent stillness, all the wheel had missed sprung back into being ~ the birds took to the air, filling the silence with song; the flowers bloomed in the field, painting the landscape with color; and the sun lit up the sky once again, warming the world with its golden rays.

Rested and refreshed, the wheel resumed rolling slowly ~ leaving the spare part behind.

Aah . . . that’s better!  ♥ ♥ ♥

Source:  Unknown

Happy Memorial Day! May 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, People.
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Memorial Day weekend always reminds me of Countryside Swim & Tennis Club because that’s when the pool would be filled with F~R~I~G~I~D ice water and kids with no sense would race to the edge and jump in, bobbing around until they turned blue!

But it also reminds me of the Memorial Day parade to the local Revolutionary War cemetery for a graveside service.

The parade included Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, the elementary school band, the fife and drum corps (dressed in Revolutionary War garb), military veterans, volunteer firefighters, the town’s First Aid Squad, and local dignitaries.

Freedom.  It’s a good thing!

Aah . . . that’s better!

. . . And We All Fall Down! May 10, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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Our letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food items tomorrow morning to deliver to local food banks and pantries.

Last night, I started collecting  a few items to include in our donation bag ~ Quaker Rolled Oats, Lipton Tea Bags, Black-Eyed Peas, etc.

Some of the items were out of reach.  Since BFF was still eating dinner, I stepped up on my handy dandy step stool . . . armed with a spatula to extend my reach still further.

No luck.  The Tea Bags were still out of reach.

I swapped out the step stool (10″ high) for a ladder back chair (17″ high) so I could reach the box of tea bags stashed in the tippy top of the pantry.

SUCCESS!

Until I stepped off the chair . . . into thin air!

I had forgotten where I was and “muscle memory” kicked in.  It knows that I always use a 10″ high step stool to reach out-of-reach pantry items.  As soon as my left foot had descended 9″, muscle memory caused my body weight to shift from right leg (still on the chair) to left leg (dangling in air).

Muscle memory made sure that I was ready for a soft landing as soon as my left foot dropped the last inch and reached the floor.

Only the floor didn’t cooperate.  It was still 7″ away and didn’t rise to the occasion.

Down I toppled.

But muscle memory came to the rescue . . . saving me a trip to the ER.

When I was 13, I took a Judo self-defense course that taught us, inter alia, How To Fall.

Instead of tensing up, I relaxed and absorbed the weight of the fall on the balls of my feet, the palms of my hands, and on my well padded butt.  Instead of slamming my head into the cabinet, the counter top, or the floor, I curled into a “ball” by curving my spine and rolling as I made contact with the floor.

All said, I feel a bit bumped and bruised this morning, but that beats being broken and battered hands down!

Just ask Humpty!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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!