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The Power for Good September 5, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Health & Wellness, Humor, Nature.
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Our electric company, Florida Power & Light, is a force for good.

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In addition to implementing innovative programs to provide energy to homes using sustainable solar as well as programs which allow consumers to recharge EV’s overnight for a low monthly rate (less than the price of a tank of gas), FPL is helping to protect the American Crocodile:

The American crocodile is primarily a coastal species that ranges from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and even into South Florida. They are typically a gray/green color and can be found in the fresh/brackish/salt water of river estuaries, coastal lagoons and mangrove swamps where they feed on fish, crustaceans, small mammals, reptiles and birds.

Throughout much of its range, the American crocodile was listed as endangered. FPL partners with federal and state conservation agencies to help with crocodile restoration efforts, resulting in the species being downlisted to threatened status. At [the] Turkey Point Power Plant in southern Miami-Dade County, [FPL has] worked for years to help this species rebound. In fact, the 2021 American crocodile nesting season at the plant resulted in a record-setting 565 hatchlings, establishing a historic success in FPL’s management of the local crocodile population.

This video is a pleasant 7-minute interlude showing stunning scenery and heroic efforts . . . by man AND by mama beast!

Go mom!

To read more:  FPL ~ American Crocodile

On a related note, I read a somewhat bizarre news story this week about someone whose emotional support animal is . . . an alligator!

I kid you not!

No, not a metallic sculpture in the garden.

And not a fluffy gator made of sand, either.

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A real live alligator.

With sharp claws and sharper teeth!

Joseph Henney’s emotional support animal WallyGator goes with him almost everywhere, from the grocery store to walks in the park. They hug each other and sleep in the same bed. WallyGator is an alligator.

“When he turns his nose toward you, that means he expects a kiss,” said Henney, 69, who goes by Joie (pronounced “Joe”) and lives in Jonestown, Pa., about two hours from Philadelphia. “He’s super sweet-natured.”

To read more:  His emotional support animal is an Alligator.

OK, so, I would have to be severely disturbed before I would CHOOSE an alligator, crocodile, or venomous snake as my emotional support animal.

Just saying.

How about you?

If you needed emotional support, could you place your trust in a reptilian crocodilian?

Or would you prefer to cuddle up with a cute kitten?

Do tell.

See you later, Al E Gator.  In a while, Crocodile.

Biking Makes Me Feel Young! May 11, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Nature.
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It’s National Bike Month.

What a great opportunity to pump up your tires, kick up your kickstand, and hit the road.

Biking is good for your health and good for the planet.  It’s also good for your wallet ~> no need to head to the filling station, saving big bucks!

Since moving to Florida, I ride most days because: (1) Florida is warm year-round; (2) Florida is flat as a pancake; and (3) hopping on my bike to ride up to the clubhouse or around the neighborhood makes me feel like a kid again:

WHEEEE!!!!!

Do you still bike?  If so, share a bike tale or trail in the comments.

If not, want some incentive to get biking this month?  Here’s a score card to play Bike Month Bingo:

To learn more, visit the League of American Bicyclists at bikeleague.org

Aah . . . that’s better!

B. Cereus February 24, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden.
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This is a public health announcement about any leftover rice and pasta you have in your fridge.

Don’t eat it without REHEATING it enough to kill any B. Cereus toxins loitering about on it.

A 19-year-old college student ate leftover lo mein and ended up having his fingers and legs amputated.

I’m serious:

The Massachusetts college student had eaten rice, chicken and lo mein from a restaurant. Soon after, he felt abdominal pain and his skin turned a shade of purple, according to a report by The New England Journal of Medicine.

The teenager was admitted to a hospital for “shock, multiple organ failure, and rash,” and his condition quickly declined. He experienced abnormal breathing, high blood pressure and vomiting. The student had been healthy overall with regular drinking and smoking habits, the report said.

Bacillus Cereus (B. Cereus) is a nasty bacterium that hangs out on dried rice and pasta.  Once it is cooked, the bacteria comes alive and starts to multiply.

The bacteria produces a toxin when heated and left out too long, according to the CDC.

For that reason, it’s important to cool rice and pasta in shallow containers.  Never in a big pot.

And to be super safe, reheat FULLY before consuming.

Your fingers and toes will thank you!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Weightless by Marconi Union January 27, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Need a break?  Check out this video by Marconi Union.

Weightless has been shown to reduce stress by 65% (according to people who study and measure such things).

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more ways to de-stress:  7 Ways to De-Stress When You Can’t Go Outside (Harvard Business Review)

In a nutshell:  Move.  Laugh.  Breathe.  Journal.  Meditate.  Blow Bubbles.  Go with the Flow (cooking, painting, singing, playing in the sandbox, ironing sheets).  And . . . Listen to Music.  Like Weightless.

Spring Forward . . . Fall Back! November 6, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance.
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Today is the last day of daylight savings time for many of us.  We lose an hour in the Spring and reclaim it in the Fall.

As you “Fall Back” tonight . . .

Please take any necessary precautions to avoid serious injury.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Moi? Lazy? Mais Non! September 24, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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I have it on GOOD authority that I am not lazy . . .

And neither are you!

In fact, according to social psychologist and author Devon Price, laziness does NOT exist.  In further point of fact, that’s the name of his book ~> Laziness Does Not Exist.

According to Devon Price, Ph.D.:

“Laziness is usually a warning sign from our bodies and our minds that something is not working and we really need a break,” says Price. “The human body is so incredible at signaling when it needs something. But we have all learned to ignore those signals as much as possible because they’re a threat to our productivity and our focus at work.”

The “laziness lie,” says Price, tells us that there’s always something more we could and should be doing — be it at home, at work or in our relationships — and that our worth is based on our productivity. It’s time to unlearn that. Instead of seeing laziness as a deficit or something that needs to be fixed, we should listen to the call that it’s time for a change.”

To read more (or listen to a 17 minute podcast):  You Aren’t Lazy.

But what’s the hurry?

Take a nap first.

You know you want to!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Some Telling Numbers August 25, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, People.
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Sarasota Memorial Hospital posted some telling numbers on Monday, comparing the recent effects of Covid on vaccinated vs. unvaccinated people:

*Out of 230 patients hospitalized, 25 were vaccinated and 205 hadn’t managed to get vaccinated yet.

*Out of 51 patients in the ICU, 3 were vaccinated and 48 remained unvaccinated.

*Out of 34 folks on ventilators ~> 1 was vaccinated and 33 were NOT.

Covid vaccinations save lives and prevent serious life-threatening symptoms, like impaired breathing.

Know anyone who is dragging their heels?

Encourage them to get vaccinated . . . before it’s too late.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Escape Hatch July 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Sustainable Living.
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Last Spring, just as Covid was shutting things down, we ordered lumber for a new deck, which BFF constructed with due care.

Because our deck is set back from the lagoon, we have a rocky coastline beneath us.

In case of fire, I decided I didn’t want to have to climb over the railing before dropping to the jagged rocks below.

So I asked BFF to build me an Escape Hatch . . . for emergency evacuations.

With one upward pull, an opening in the railing wide enough to squeeze through appears.

Allowing anyone in residence to SIT on the deck and drop GENTLY to the rocks below.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Wait! . . . What About The Pandemic?! November 13, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Joke, Mindfulness.
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I just received this holiday missive in my in box from Visit Orlando:

Florida Residents – Don’t Skip These Savings!

It’s holiday season in Orlando!

Come share in the holiday spirit in Orlando’s world-famous theme parks and resort hotels as they dazzle with jubilant cheer along with miles of garland and twinkling lights.

Holiday traditions and joyful celebrations transform Orlando — Theme Park Capital of the World ® — into a magical wonderland guaranteed to have your family singing “fa-la-la-la” all the way home.

Celebrate the holiday season with our list of events, parades and lights, including several options at low or no cost, or included with theme park admission.

Because the holidays are a joyous time — and no destination is more joyous than Orlando.

No mention of Covid-19.

No mention of the rising case load and overcrowded hospitals.

No mention of asymptomatic health care workers who’ve tested positive for Covid being kept in the rotation to treat patients.

No mention of masks or social distancing or pandemic precautions.

WTF?!

Are “miles of garland and twinkling lights” enough to entice Covidiots to ignore the experts and put their lives on the line in order to stand in line?

Oh, wait . . .

My mistake.

It’s a “magical wonderland” . . . I guess that means that Cinderella’s fairy godmother waves her magic wand and eradicates the virus from all and sundry entering the theme parks.

Fa-La-La-La-La!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Who Ya Gonna Call? November 1, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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Feeling Anxious?

Out of sorts?

Not your normal cheery Tiggerific self?

Ready to get back on track?

To stop trudging through the sludge?

To restore your demeanor and return a bounce to your step?

Who ya gonna call?

Ghostbusters?

Nah!   Halloween’s over.  The US Election is on Tuesday.  And we’re still in the midst of a Pandemic.

What we need  to alleviate accumulated anxiety is some high quality Stress Busters!

Like Water Lilies!

What?  Not enough?

Don’t worry, I got your back.

If those gorgeous water lilies didn’t calm your inner beasties . . . check out the New York Times “Election Distractor” for soothing waterfalls, mesmerizing undersea creatures, flickering candles, wafting smoke, plus infant stars, a bevy of swans, bright moons, thirsty sheep, tired Teddy Bears, etc.

First up ~> rotating Avocados!

Aah . . . that’s better!