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C’mon . . . Get Happy! May 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness.
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TIME has put together a collection of articles focused on Happiness . . .

TIME Guide to Happiness

Dive in!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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“It’s Too Loud In Here!” May 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Travel & Leisure.
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Have you ever been in a restaurant, hoping to converse with your table companions, but found yourself unable to do so without SCREAMING TO BE HEARD?!!!  Because it is . . . SO LOUD IN THE RESTAURANT?!!!

Well, now there’s an app for that . . . or there will be one soon.

Meet the man declaring war on restaurant noise.


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Make “Bottoms Up” Your Mantra April 17, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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GymnasticsWe all know that we should keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Here are 13 reasons why:

1. Flushes toxins from the body through the kidneys and colon.

2. Aids in digestion, including saliva production.

3.  Keeps the intestines moving smoothly to prevent constipation.

4. Keeps brain (75% water) functioning at “maximum” capacity.

5. Assists body absorb nutrients and convert food into energy.

Cats-eyes6. Moisturizes eyes to keep vision sharp through tear production.

7. Helps regulate body temperature.

8.  Cushions and lubricates joints.

9. Keeps muscles (75% water) pumped up . . . including the heart.

10. Lubricates nasal passages to assist immune system fight alien invaders.

11. Protects and cushions vital organs.

Tree-Frog-Percheda12. Keeps blood (83% water) thinned to protect against heart attacks and strokes

13. Helps regulate blood pressure and carry oxygen and nutrients to cells.

Bottoms Up!

Or should I say . . . down the hatch!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Black Beans & Rice ~> That’s Nice! March 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Vegetarian Recipes.
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Want to bust through a few dozen food myths to get to the nub of nutrition?

This article is a great place to start:

In fact, the basic theme of optimal eating — a diet made up mostly of whole, wholesome plant foods — has been clear to nutrition experts for generations. What does change all the time is the fads, fashions, marketing gimmicks, and hucksterism.

How do you avoid the pitfalls of all that?

Focus on foods, not nutrients. A diet may be higher or lower in total fat, or total carbohydrate, or total protein, and still be optimal. But a diet cannot be optimal if it is not made up mostly of some balanced combination of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water.

If you get the foods right, the nutrients sort themselves out. But if you focus on nutrients rather than foods, you quickly learn that there is more than one way to eat badly, and we Americans seem all too eager to try them all.

To read more:  The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

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I Quit! January 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Mindfulness.
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I quit smoking!

And it’s been a breeze . . . due to the chilly winds blowing down from Canada.

Before my last cigarette (on New Year’s Eve), I smoked a few cigarettes a day and always outside.

This cold weather has helped me “curb the urge” to head out and light up.

Now I’m ready for the temps to rebound!

Aah . . . that’s better!

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

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!

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!

Hurricanes: Before The Storm September 6, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Nature, People.
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BFF & I are busy preparing for Irma . . . back soon!

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Goofy-SurprisedUnlike tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes (which often wreak havoc with little or no advance warning), hurricanes generally don’t sneak up on us.

Weather experts monitor each storm’s approach, predicting the expected track and gauging the level of wrath, giving residents time to prepare and, if necessary, evacuate to remove themselves from the path of destruction.

What to do before Hurricane Season arrives:

(1) Decide where you will go if you are ordered to evacuate ~ you may go to a hotel or motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location, or move to a Red Cross shelter.

(2) Make a list of what to take with you, and pack a survival kit.

Pluto-Happy(3) Plan for your pets. Pets are not allowed in most public shelters and should not be left behind to fend for themselves. The book, Pets On The Go, lists thousands of pet-friendly hotels, motels, and inns from state to state. If you can’t find a copy of the book, visit PetsOnTheGo.com for information on pet-friendly places to stay in the event of evacuation, or vacation.

(4) Register with your local emergency management agency if you will need assistance during evacuation and there is no one else to help you.

When a storm approaches:

Timon(1) Listen for weather updates ~ remain informed. Make sure you understand the terminology.

Tropical Storm: named cyclone with 39-73 mph winds
Hurricane: tropical cyclone with 74 mph winds and up
Hurricane Warning: hurricane expected w/in 24 hours
Hurricane Watch: hurricane possible within 36 hours.

Storm Surge: a large dome of water (often 50-100 miles wide) that sweeps across the coastline near where a hurricane makes landfall. Along the coast, storm surge is the greatest threat to life and property.

In the event of a hurricane warning, local radio and television stations will have continuous coverage until the threat has passed. Tune in!

Donald-Duck-Driving(2) Confirm that you have public or private transportation available. If you plan to drive yourself to safety, make sure your car is ready ~ check gas, oil, water, and tire pressure.

(3) Check your emergency supplies, including your evacuation supplies.

(4) Secure your residence with hurricane shutters or plywood to protect against flying glass and debris. Secure or remove any outdoor furniture, trash cans, or other loose objects from outside your home.

(5) Call family and friends to let them know what your plans will be in event of an evacuation. Keep phone calls short to avoid jamming telephone lines.

(6) Pack a suitcase with a week’s worth of clothes for each member of your family. Remember the 5 T’s (toiletries, toothbrushes, towels, tissues, and toilet paper).

(7) Fill empty spaces in your freezer with containers of water which will freeze and keep contents cold in the event of a brief power outage. Fill your refrigerator with bottled water to take with you in a cooler.

(8) Have non-perishable staples on hand to eat if you’re without power. Some examples: canned fruits & veggies, bottled juice or juice boxes, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, nuts, raisins.

If possible, set aside a specific shelf to store these food supplies ~ so you can see at a glance if something needs replenishing, and so you can quickly pack everything on the shelf to take with you in the event of an evacuation.

Pluto-Rollerskating(9) Do the same thing for pets ~ food, water, medicine, leashes, bowls, rabies certificate & tag, carrier or cage, poop bags or litter box, toys, etc.

(10) Store important files in a way that allows you to “grab and go” in the event of an evacuation ~ financial and health records, computer passwords, checkbooks, credit cards, cash, and traveler’s checks.

(11) Have a central number for family members to call in the event you are separated ~ choose a contact person who lives outside of hurricane alley.

(12) Pack a survival kit: spare eyeglasses, sunglasses, medicines (2 week supply), special dietary needs, flashlight with extra batteries, portable radio with extra batteries, whistle or other noisemaker, candles, matches, lighters, basic first aid supplies, heavy work gloves and boots (for when you return home), and disposable eating utensils and plates.

(13) Prepare a list of important phone numbers: family members, physicians, neighbors, and utilities.

Other thoughts, suggestions, and ideas . . . please comment below!

Related posts: Hurricanes: Weathering The Storm * Hurricanes: Evacuation & Homecoming * Hurricanes ~ Other Tips & Resources

Headache Relief August 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Headaches are HORRID. I can’t seem to accomplish anything when my head is pounding.  If you need help ridding your head of unwanted tenants, consider meditation.

At worst, it will be an inexpensive experiment.

The more “antsy” your mind . . . the greater the benefit you may receive from calming it with breathing & meditation practice.

The next time you feel a headache coming on, take 10 minutes out to practice this short meditation to head off the pain:

Find a Relaxing Posture. …
Breathe Deeply. …
Mentally Scan Your Skull for Points of Tension. …
Scan Downward Through the Rest of Your Body. …
Calm Your Mind by Focusing on the Sound of Your Breath.

From: Meditation for Headache Relief  | HuffPost

Too complicated?   Just close your eyes and B~R~E~A~T~H~E!

Or give a listen to a moving piece of music and go with the flow:

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

My Birthday Crown July 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Health & Wellness, Humor.
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I’ve long been purr-suaded that everyone should be Queen (or King) for a day . . . at least once a year.

That’s what Birthdays are all about, right?

This year’s birthday celebration got off to a great start.

BFF & I went out for lunch to Ella’s Greek ~> Spanakopita, Greek Salad, Lentil Soup, Fries . . . and Baklava!

Baklava = my birthday “cake.”

After lunch, we went to an exhibit at the library and shopped at the just-opened Goodwill Art & Book Store.  After purr-using the racks, I purr-chased a copy of “Universal Orlando” so we can read up on Hogswarts and Hogsmeade before we buy passes to park hop on the Hogswart’s Express.

Later that afternoon, I received a fun e-mail from my nephew with a link to this dancing zebra kicking up its hoofs:

Zebras crack me up!

That evening, after a delicious dinner, I watched a movie, popped some popcorn, and . . . cracked a tooth. Didn’t realize it until I got in bed and my tongue found a hole in my mouth where tooth used to be.

Hey, wait! . . . maybe the tooth cracked while I was cracking up at the dancing zebra?  

Maybe dancing zebras aren’t all they are cracked up to be!   

The next day, I called the dentist to schedule a repair ~>  I’ll receive my “Birthday Crown” on Monday.

In the meantime, I’m NOT in any pain.  Yay!

It would be hard to maintain my Cheshire Grin if I were grimacing in pain due to a tooth that’s MIA and/or AWOL.

In the future, I’ll watch what I wish for ~>No more Queen for the Day!

After receiving this crown, I’m abdicating the throne!

Aah . . . that’s better!