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That’s A Full Day! February 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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At Epcot, we stopped to admire this elephant.

After snapping a shot, I paused to read the contiguous quote by coach Jim Valvano:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day.  We should do this every day of our lives.  Number one is laugh.  You should laugh every day.  Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.  And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.  But think about it.  If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.  That’s a heck of a day.  You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Here’s what I Think ~> when I Laugh until I Cry, that’s a heck of a day.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

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An A1 Road Trip . . . Up A1A January 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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After craning our necks to see the Art Deco hotels of South Beach and the skyscrapers of Miami Beach, we headed north under Sunny Skies with sunny dispositions.

Memories of cutting school in high school to “cruise the beach” filtered into my thoughts.

We lowered the windows and cranked the tunes as we headed up the coast through storied locales overflowing with moneyed locals.

We drove north from South Beach to Miami Beach to Surfside to Bal Harbour to Sunny Isles to Golden Beach.

In Hallandale Beach, I spotted a decorative mural.

A well-timed stoplight let me get the full picture.

In Hollywood, we parked and headed out to the beach.

Gorgeous, eh?

Satisfied, we put more money in the meter, so that we could check out the 2.2 mile boardwalk.

Watching out for bikes and bikers, we wandered down the smooth surface.

I loved this house located along the boardwalk.

In Dania Beach, we stopped for lunch in a small bayside park.

Populated with more palms than people.

We enjoyed the breeze off the intercoastal.

Though simple, lunch was delicious.  Everything tastes better under sunny skies.

In Fort Lauderdale, we drove through two “tunnels” . . . which doubled as runways for the airport.  Now that’s urban planning!

Skirting the edge of the city, we turned east toward Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Crossing over the intercostal, we could see a number of city-sized cruise ships readying to head out to sea.

Like Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale Beach had a simple uncluttered look to its promenade.

But it did engage in some unique beach marketing.

First, this inviting Adirondack Chair.

And then a sunny snowman wearing sunshades and a Panama Hat on a stand-up paddle board ~ let’s hope he remembered to put on some sunscreen!

Palms shaded the sidewalk.

And the tree-lined streets.

A few miles north, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea got our vote for funnest and funkiest beach town!

What an inviting and colorful place to hang out!

In Pompano Beach, we saw the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse standing guard over the busy inlet ~ a helpful navigation aid for sailors even on sunny days.

We continued north through Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Beach (which was surprisingly hilly), and Deerfield Beach.  The coastal views continued to be framed by blue skies and palm trees.


In Boca Raton, we stopped at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and enjoyed a stroll through the hardwood hammock on an elevated boardwalk.

Before leaving, we stopped to admire the turtles in the children’s play area.

We also walked around the Butterfly Garden & Trail to the Chickhee Hut at water’s edge.

And admired its interior architecture.

It was an enjoyable last stop.  In Highland Beach, just south of Delray Beach, we set our sights toward home . . . after a couple of quick pit stops to fuel up ~ both the car and our bellies.

Heading home across the sawgrass prairies, we admired countless cows grazing in the fields until it was too dark to see anything but the night lights.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Christmas Traditions January 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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Since my sister’s daughters were both in England over Christmas, my sister and her husband headed to Mississippi to spend Christmas with his family.

Instead of spending Christmas “Home Alone” . . . BFF and I packed our bags and headed to the “other coast” of Florida for a few days.

Staying in a high-rise on the beach didn’t feel like a “traditional Christmas,” but we did enjoy a few “Ho-Ho-Ho” moments . . . like riding the hotel elevator on Christmas Eve with a white-bearded guy carrying a Santa costume (who was probably headed to Cocoa Beach for the Surfing Santas event, but who wished to remain incognito):

“Hey, you look like Santa!”

“Shhhh . . .”

Note to readers:  NEVER argue with Santa on Christmas Eve!

The day before, after a happy (and delicious) Happy Hour at the Chart House, I snapped a shot of Santa’s eight tiny (champagne cork) reindeer . . . who did NOT insist on remaining incognito.

On Christmas Eve, our dinner plans evaporated when we arrived at Coasters for dinner in the Biergarten and found it had closed 2 hours too soon to suit us.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. 

Plan B ~> take out from “No. 1 Chinese Restaurant” . . . because nothing says Christmas like Lo Mein, Egg Rolls, Crispy Noodles, and Fortune Cookies served up on paper plates.

Ah . . . so!  Laughing

On Christmas Day, before checking out of the hotel, we enjoyed coffee on the balcony while checking out the waves.

On our way home, via Orlando, we stopped at Disney Springs for lunch ~ take out from Bongos Cuban Cafe to enjoy lakeside.

Black Beans and Rice . . . that’s nice!

Look!  Up in the sky . . . it’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  It’s a balloon full of hot air!

After lunch, we wandered the shops . . .

Admiring a-moose-ing decorations . . .

We also toured the Christmas Tree Trail, full of all things Disney . . .

Hats off to my favorite Alice-in-Wonderland themed tree . . .

A few days after Christmas, we headed back to Orlando for a belated Christmas celebration with my sister’s family.

Instead of scones on arrival, we ate granola bars en route.  Instead of a traditional Christmas dinner (with Yorkshire pudding), we had pizza.  Instead of a garlanded Christmas tree guarding piles of presents, we piled our beribboned packages on an end table in front of the fire.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . . 

So, even though our Christmas traditions got tossed asunder this year to accommodate life’s changes . . . we found, just like the Grinch, that “somehow it came, it came just the same.”

Plus, we loved Plan B so much that ordering Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve might become our NEW Christmas Eve tradition!

Aah . . . that’s better!

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?  Did you start any NEW ones this year?

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!

Hollywood Studios December 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Magick & Mystery, Travel & Leisure.
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Hoping to enjoy a bit of Mickey Magic before the holidays, we headed to Hollywood Studios.

We ran into Woody outside Toy Story Mania . . .

We enjoyed the holiday greenery . . .

And the holiday tree . . .

We checked out an active construction zone . . .

Saw 3-foot-tall dominoes standing at attention . . .

And watched the natives having more fun than a barrel of monkeys . . .

As the sun started to set, we enjoyed more holly daze decor . . .

And ended the evening with a Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Spending Money November 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, People.
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In high school, I babysat and did odd jobs around the house to earn money.

My older brother’s best friend encouraged me to get a “real job” . . .

With a “real supervisor” . . .

To prepare me for “real life” . . .

I declined to follow his advice (until after starting college) since I preferred the flexibility of being an “independent contractor” (a/k/a my own boss).

I still like being my own boss.

You can call me bossy!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Has this post sparked any memories for you?  How did you “earn” spending money in your youth?

 

Practice Makes Perfect October 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Gratitude, Happiness, Humor.
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It’s amazing the impact that some people have on our lives.

In the fifth grade, in the winter when it was too cold to go outside during gym, we did tumbling and rope climbing.

Lacking proficiency in both, I often “forgot” my gym clothes so I would not have to participate.

When I got my report card, with an “Unsatisfactory” in gym, my teacher, Mr. Miller, encouraged me to try harder.  Since I had a crush on him (until he broke my heart by moving to some far off island in the American Samoas), I decided to try harder.

I began practicing at home in the basement using cushions off the love seats as tumbling mats.

After mastering the forward roll, I progressed to forward diving somersaults over 4-5 people lying side by side on the tumbling mats!

Talk about a sense of accomplishment.

Aah . . . that’s better!

In a few minutes, we can turn someone’s life around.

We can be a positive or negative influence on those around us.

We can help or hinder.

Thanks, Mr. Miller!

Less Stress . . . More Joy October 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.
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Want to have a more positive outlook and get your life back into balance?

✔Do more of what really matters to you
✔Get essential things done
✔Eat when hungry, sleep when tired
✔Find time to exercise daily
✔Practice mindfulness to stay in the moment

✔Let go of excess baggage
✔Use relaxation strategies to de-stress
✔Live, love, laugh, learn

Be Here Now

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Sense of Humor is Key to Recovery! September 16, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, Life Balance.
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When life is lobbing lemons your way and you don’t have the time to stop what you’re doing to make lemonade . . . LAUGH!  Finding something to smile or laugh about alleviates anxiety.

We just watched a segment on Bay News 9 which featured a psychologist who took her own advice during the approach, arrival, and retreat of Hurricane Irma.

“We have no control over the path of a hurricane as just seen with Irma who dodged east, then west, then east, then west.  We do have control over our attitude.”

She also urged folks who are wrestling with the emotional strain of the past few days to seek out and talk to friends, relatives, or therapists to regain perspective.

During the storm, I made an effort to maintain my sense of humor because going through life without a sense humor is like driving over potholes and boulders without shock absorbers.

It’s jolting!

Instead of being jolted around, joke around.

Crack silly jokes.  Even if the humor is childish.  Or not entirely PC.

A few examples . . .

BS was reading a book about Spencer Tracy’s love interests and love affairs with stars and starlets.  BS said he didn’t divorce his wife to marry Katharine Hepburn “because he was a good Catholic.”  I burst out loud laughing at her sum up of his character and offered a counter-point to her point:

Spencer Tracy was NOT a good Catholic.  Had he been a good Catholic, he wouldn’t have engaged in affairs.  Like other hypocrites, he just wanted to be perceived by others as being a good Catholic.

During the height of the storm, one of the reporters was talking about how they retire storm names.  I noted:

With global warming increasing, we may run out of all the easy names (e.g., Harvey, Irma, Jose).  

If we do, we’ll have to become increasingly creative with storm names (e.g., Yawanda, Chavonda, Chewbacca, etc.) 

I always feel better after a good hearty laugh.  How about you???

Aah . . . that’s better!