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More Joy, Less Stuff October 21, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Less IS More, Mindfulness.

Clutter often stems from fear.  We keep things “just in case,” but at a cost.

When our homes are uncluttered, we feel calm, relaxed, and centered.


Instead of feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, frazzled, and on edge.

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We save time and money when we shop less and enjoy what we already have.

Eliminating the extraneous makes room for the essential.

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Getting rid of what we don’t need, use, or want gives us more space to be who we want to be and do what we want to do.


Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  Until you are happy with who you are . . . you will never be happy with what you have.

Related:  Life is Easier When You Take the Stairs (Raptitude)

Yoga October 13, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.

Yoga increases flexibility, decreases pain, improves circulation and balance, elevates mood, stretches and strengthens muscles, boosts energy, and improves our over-all health and well-being.

If you’re interested in incorporating Yoga into your life, aim to learn at least ONE new pose a week.

To increase your motivation, start with something really relaxing.

Like Tree Pose.

Or Mountain Pose.

Or, better still, Dead Man’s Pose.

So simple . . . even a starfish can do it!


Aah . . . that’s better!

Watch What You Eat! October 10, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Joke.

snow_white_appleA Doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa.

“The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago.”

“Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining.  Chinese food is loaded with MSG.”

“High fat diets can be disastrous, and most of us don’t realize the long-term harm caused by pollutants in our drinking water.  However, there is one thing we all have eaten or will eat that is the most dangerous of all. Can anyone here tell me what food causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?”

Groom-&-Bride-catsAfter several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand and softly said, “Wedding Cake.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Sustainable Eating September 21, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living.

3D-CowThe best and fastest way to break out of a rut is to try something new.

Sometimes the something new we choose moo-ves us to greater simplicity and sustainability, saving us time and money.

With a few easy tweaks we can benefit ourselves AND the planet by changing our diet, our buying habits, and even how we vacation.

By way of example:

Donald-Duck-DrivingEating vegetarian meals is better for the planet.

In fact, what we eat has more impact on the environment than what we drive.

PLUS going “meatless” is better for our health, our wallets, and for the animals we would otherwise be consuming.


When we moved from “meat” to “meatless” (circa 1997), we started small by swapping out the meat in our favorite recipes.

  • Instead of chicken curry, we made broccoli curry.
  • Instead of beef tacos, we made veggie tacos.
  • Instead of lasagna with meat sauce, we made veggie lasagna with broccoli, spinach, and grated carrot.

We found that the food tasted better and we felt better.

AND we saved money by shopping for fresh produce instead of meat.
AND cooking was less messy (without worry about cross contamination).
AND less time consuming ~ I’ve cooked Thanksgiving Dinner in an hour.

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“Every time we sit down to eat, each of us can make the world a better place simply by leaving animals off our plates.” ~TryVeg.com

To request a FREE Vegetarian Starter Guide, visit  TryVeg.com

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more menu ideas:  A Month of Meatless Meals

Make Mine Kool-Aid August 17, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor.

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3After a partial hysterectomy, my doctors recommended a colonoscopy.

I agreed and did all the nasty messy prep work.


Drinking the Drano (a/k/a Colon-Aid) made me throw up.  Several times.  It got me coming . . . and going.

In the morning, they put me under.  Part way.  Despite the anesthesia, I moaned and writhed in pain.


All for naught!

They couldn’t finish because their periscope wouldn’t go past the sigmoid.

Sad-TigerWhen the anesthesia wore off, I had a headache the size of Montana. I could barely breathe.

But they weren’t done with me.

They sent me for a barium enema (which stopped up everything I had just cleaned out).


It wasn’t fun. I will NEVER do it again.

And . . . I’m not alone:

Only one in six Americans over age 50 get the American Cancer Society’s recommended screening for colon cancer: a colonoscopy every 10 years, or a flexible sigmoidoscopy, virtual colonoscopy, or barium enema imaging every five years.

Surveys suggest that patients find the preparation – required for both colonoscopy and traditional virtual colonoscopy – to be the worst part of screening.

“A number of folks, who currently aren’t being screened because they fear the prep or aren’t willing to go through it again, may be willing to have screening if they’re told they don’t need to take laxatives and can still get a potent test,’’ said Dr. Durado Brooks, director of prostate and colon cancer for the American Cancer Society.

Good news!

There’s a new technique on the medical horizon which does not involve the dreaded laxative preparation to clear the colon:

The new technique works by using a contrast agent – a tiny amount of dye is ingested two days before the test – to highlight fecal matter in the colon, which can then be digitally erased from the scan using a software program, making it easier to see polyps.

In the study of 605 patients, published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the virtual colonoscopy was able to identify more than 90 percent of suspicious polyps that were 10 millimeters or larger, compared with 95 percent identified when the same patients later had a standard colonoscopy.

To read more:  New Kind of Virtual Colonoscopy (Boston Globe)

Tigger-BouncingIf larger studies confirm the findings, the technique could serve as a first-line screening tool for colon cancer for people who avoid screening.

Like me!

And now for a laugh out loud moment . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Danger! Danger! July 27, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor.

Mountain-BikingA few months ago, the Sierra Club sent me a link to 6 of America’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trails.

Reading the list did NOT make me want to strap on my hiking boots.  Heat, cold, thin air, ice, bears, and snakes knocked all 6 hikes out of contention for a coveted spot on my Bucket List.

At least until I’m ready to kick the bucket.

I prefer to avoid falling rocks, unexpected blizzards, and encounters with wild and savage beasts while hiking.

At the Arch

Despite my survival instincts, I enjoy hiking to waterfalls and mountain tops.

As the path unfolds before me, I embrace movement, air, light, sound, and glorious vistas.

These days, most of our “hiking” (if you’re being charitable) takes place on the beach.  Air, sunlight, splashing waves, turquoise seas ~> BLISS!


And nary a snake in sight!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Tigger Goes To The Dentist January 17, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Health & Wellness.

Lion-RaaarYesterday, Tigger went to the vet for a much needed dental cleaning and probable tooth extraction.

We couldn’t feed him due to the pending surgery.

He is used to eating breakfast as soon as he gets up.

By 7 am, he was HOWLING HUNGRY.

Once he got to the vet’s office, he got very, very quiet . . . in a “if I don’t make any noise, maybe they won’t notice me” sort of way.

Since Tigger is diabetic, the vet needed blood work done before the surgery to make sure that Tigger would survive the anesthesia.

“If his blood work looks good, we’ll do the surgery and you can pick him up at 3 pm.”

Holding our collective breath, we were sent home to wait by the phone.

For the next 7 hours, watching the clock occupied my attention.  Abandoning all attempts to be Zen, I filled the dragging minutes with unfounded fears, tears, and dreaded “what ifs?”

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3At 3, we called.  All of Tigger’s blood work had looked great except for glucose (still high).  The vet had extracted four teeth and cleaned the remainder.

We paid the bill with a happy exhale and returned home with our little guy.

“Just keep him on wet food for a few days and bring him back in 2 weeks for a re-check of the gums.”

If you had stopped by yesterday afternoon, you would never have guessed that Tigger had been in for dental surgery that morning (except for the shaved area on his right foreleg from the IV).

Lion-Side-ProfileI guess Tigger didn’t get the memo that he was supposed to be groggy.

He came home, ate his l-o-n-g overdue breakfast, drank some water, and then, instead of curling up for a cat nap, headed to the door for a walk.

He marched out the door on his leash . . . with a happy tail flying high.

I love a tail with a happy ending.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Too Soon To Mourn January 3, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, People, Poetry.

170px-Maes_Old_Woman_DozingThey’re already gone
In so many ways that matter

It’s too soon to mourn
They’re still on life’s stage

We sit in the audience
Watching the curtain fall

How much will be left
When nothing is left at all

Of the way they were?

 * * *

A hint:

Aah . . . that’s better!

The New Alphabet November 22, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Joke.

Donald-DuckaA is for apple and B is for boat, that used to be right, but now it won’t float! Age before beauty is what we once said, but let’s be a bit more realistic instead.

The New Alphabet

A’s for arthritis. B’s the bad back. C’s the chest pains, perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline. E is for eyesight, can’t read that top line! F is for farting and fluid retention. G is for gut droop, which I’d rather not mention.

grumpy_thinkingH is high blood pressure – I’d rather it low. I for incisions with scars you can show. J is for joints, out of socket, won’t mend. K is for knees that crack when they bend.

L ‘s for libido, what happened to sex? M is for memory, I forget what comes next.

N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low. O is for osteo, bones that don’t grow!

Grumpy gusP for prescriptions, I have quite a few. Just give me a pill, I’ll be good as new! Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu? R is for reflux, one meal turns to two.

S: sleepless nights, counting my fears. T is for Tinnitus, bells in my ears! U is for urinary, troubles with flow. V for vertigo, that’s ‘dizzy,’ you know.

W for worry, now what’s going ’round? X is for X-ray, and what might be found.

Y’s for another year I’ve left behind. Z is for zest I still have . . . in my mind!

I’ve survived all the symptoms, my body’s deployed.  I’m keeping twenty-six doctors fully employed!

 Aah . . . that’s better!

E-mail from unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

The Danger of Handshakes October 29, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, People.

Woodstock-&-Snoopy3A few years ago, at the Suncoast Lifestyle Expo, we met Dr. Z who invited us to his office for a FREE consultation, chiropractic exam, and massage.

We accepted the invitation, went to his office, listened to his dog and pony show, and agreed to return in two days with the completed new patient paperwork for our FREE adjustment.

After considerable debate and two days sitting on the fence, we completed the paperwork and returned for the rest of the FREE consultation.

We spoke with Dr. Z and the woman responsible for billing about the cost of future adjustments and treatments and decided not to schedule further visits.

At check out, we paid for a reusable ice pack.

Two months later, out of the blue, we received a $257 bill for BFF’s FREE consultation and exam.

I called the office and Maria agreed that there had been a mix up.  She promised to clear BFF’s account.  I had her check my account too . . . sure enough, a bill was on its way.

A few days later, I called Maria back to make sure that the accounts had been cleared.  She said, “we’re “working on it.”

The-Pink-PantherIn due course, the accounts were cleared.

It’s good to trust others, but handshake agreements can be problematic.  Memories fade.  Mistakes are made.

Next time . . . I’ll get in IN WRITING!

Aah . . . that’s better!


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