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Birthdays Are Good For You! July 14, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Humor, Joke.
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* About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.

* Looking fifty is great . . . if you’re sixty. ~ Joan Rivers

* Despite medical advances, there is still no cure for the common birthday.

* Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened. ~ Cora Harvey Armstrong

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* Birthdays are good for you ~ the more you have, the longer you live.

* A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday, but never her age. ~ Robert Frost

* Old age isn’t so bad when you consider the alternative. ~ Maurice Chevalier

* If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. ~ Ubie Blake

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* Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

* A man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. ~ Muhammad Ali

* No wise man ever wished to be younger. ~ Jonathan Swift

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Prana Flows & Flows July 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Taking time to breathe
Balancing effort and ease
Prana flows and flows

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Man of Few Words May 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Happiness, People.
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My grandfather in Vermont was a man of few words.

Tacked on to a newsy birthday card from my grandmother was a note from my grandfather:

“A Happy Birthday.  Of course.  Grandpa.”

Margaret & Walter at my parents' wedding, 1955

Despite the lack of verbal acknowledgment, I never doubted my grandfather’s love for me.

Among other things, at cocktail hour, while the adults enjoyed adult beverages, grandpa would fix me a “kiddy cocktail” (fizzy ginger ale that tickled my nose, complete with cherry).

Some things require no words!

C'est Moi!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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!

Two New-To-Me Heirlooms January 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Home & Garden, Humor.
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I acquired two additional family heirlooms for safe-keeping this year.

The first is this handsome dictionary stand built by my maternal grandfather who had a way with wood . . . and words!  I enjoyed dressing it up for the holidays.

The second is this rustic 2-drawer pine table built by my Great Uncle Lee ~ my paternal grandmother’s brother.  When I open the drawer and inhale, pleasant scents associated with visits to Vermont permeate the air.

I also enjoyed decking it out for the holidays with Santas from around the world, Frosty’s hat (which I have for safe-keeping), and some humorous reptiles created by my niece Sarah.

Aah . . . that’s better!

All The Best In 2018! January 1, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye’ll ivver see.
May the moose ne’er lea’ yer girnal wi a tear-drap in its ee.
May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye’r auld eneuch tae dee.
May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wuss ye aye tae be.

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The above, in translation, reads:

May the best you have ever seen be the worst you will ever see.
May the mouse never leave your grain store with a tear drop in its eye.
May you always stay hale and hearty until you are old enough to die.
May you still be as happy as I always wish you to be.

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All the best in 2018!

Season’s Greetings! December 25, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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May your holidays be Merry & Bright . . . filled with Love Laughter & Light.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Sage Scarecrow December 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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While wandering around Hollywood Studios, we stopped to enjoy a Fried Green Tomato sandwich and fries at Rosie’s Cafe.

Rosie’s scary (and sage) scarecrow got my attention!

It reminded me that we are all on a one way journey!

So we might as well take chances!

So we did ~> riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror two times!

We didn’t let the hotel’s sloppy housekeeping keep us away . . .

Here’s how we looked mid-flight!

Emboldened and bolstered by our bravery, we rode the Rock ‘n Roll Coaster before calling it a night!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Persistance Pays Off December 11, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Gratitude, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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Last week, during our last visit to the Magic Kingdom, we finally (after 3 failed attempts) had lunch at Be My Guest (from Beauty & the Beast fame) . . . without a reservation!

We had tried before with little success ~> the restaurant is booked six months in advance, so not many people get to enjoy lunch in the Beast’s castle . . . especially as “walk ins.”

We checked at the check-in kiosk at 1:30.  No cancellations.

And no getting past the armed guard.

The friendly hostess suggested we check back at 2:20.

We wandered around a bit, enjoying the holiday sites and sounds.

Including a quick visit to Gaston’s Tavern.

We returned to Be My Guest at 2:00.  No cancellations.

And still no way in.

The hostess suggested we check back in 15 minutes.  I said, “What if we just sit over there?  Will you call us over if you get a cancellation?”  She said sure.

The park was crowded, so we didn’t mind just sitting while watching throngs of people wander past.

Watching people is much better than being jostled by them.

After a few changes of the guard, BFF went up to make sure the folks on duty knew to call us over and he received a coveted rose ~> our admission ticket to lunch in the castle!

Without it, visitors never make it past the gargoyles and other guardians of the gate.

Huzzah!

Our persistence paid off and lunch was good!  BFF had a delicious bowl of Onion Soup . . . with Pomme Frites for dipping.

I enjoyed an equally delicious Potato Leek Soup.

Before leaving the castle, we snapped more of the holiday decor . . .

Enjoyed the wall art . . .

Watched Beast take Belle for a spin around the ball room . . .

And I got special permission to sit in the master’s chair which, as it turned out, was Much Too Big for me!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Fill ‘Er Up December 5, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Travel & Leisure.
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On a recent visit to Hollywood Studios (Disney), we enjoyed a walk (or perhaps a Sunday Drive) down memory lane.

Do you remember when gas station attendants (in pristine uniforms) pumped the gas for you?

With Nevr Nox fuel?

Or when gas stations decorated the pumps for the holidays?

Aah . . . it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!