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A Hop, A Skip, & A Jump! November 13, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Have you heard of Bank of America’s Museums on Us program for VISA cardholders?  If you have a Bank of America VISA, you can visit participating museums for FREE the first full weekend of every month.

The first weekend in November, we decided to visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.  First stop, the Orchid Show.

A profusion of blooms filled the greenhouse from top to bottom.

Every where I looked, there was something to admire.

This motif would be excellent for Easter.

And how about this as a back yard water feature?  Can’t you just see Kate’s coy Koi in there?

Exiting the greenhouse, we walked through the Bonsai Forest.

And then headed to the Children’s Rainforest to monkey about.

We both loved the perpetual ebb and flow of the suspended bridge.

And had fun checking out the treehouse.

Back on terra firma, we wandered around the base of the Banyan trees.

“My, what big roots you have!”

From there, it was just a hop, skip, and a jump to the frog pavilion.

Aren’t they charmers?

And they’re ever-ready to enjoy a good game of hoop-de-hop-da-hula.

Especially Ringo!

Colorful, fun, festive . . . and they make great fly-catchers!

After completing our game of ring-around-the-frogs, we headed to O’Leary’s Tiki Bar.

Undeterred by this rude Tiki Totem with the protruding tongue, we grabbed a seat in the sand to quaff a cold one while listening to a decent guitar player who hastened to remind patrons that the more they drank, the better he would sound!

Aah . . . that’s better!

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I’m Not Kidding Around August 4, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Home & Garden, Humor.
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A Boise Idaho neighborhood woke up to an unusual sight this week ~> a herd of 100+ goats providing “free lawn service” (while eating everything in sight).

The herd owned by “We Rent Goats” escaped from their nearby grazing station and decided to give the neighborhood’s nice green lawns a trim.

I’m NOT kidding around.  

A roving band of rent-a-goats did invade a Boise Idaho suburb this week.  

Once they finished breakfast, the lawns probably looked like this . . .  

Shortly after breakfast, “We Rent Goats” came by to reclaim the goats.

BAA-h . . . that’s better!  

Wash Up! July 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden.
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According to this study, many cooks are not washing their hands right . . . increasing the spread of bad bacteria from uncooked poultry to spice jars, refrigerator doors, and smart phones:

You’re Probably Not Washing Your Hands Right, Study Says

“You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria,” Acting USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg said in a statement.

“By simply washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent that bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen.”

You heard the man, Daisy Duck ~> Wash Up!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Alexa . . . You’re Fired! July 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Less IS More.
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Do digital assistants like Siri and Alexa really understand what you’re saying?

Last month, a Portland, Oregon couple’s Amazon Alexa device misinterpreted a series of sentences it overheard as instructions to record a private conversation and send it to a random person in their contact list.

The husband received a phone call from the contact (an employee of his in Seattle, Washington) who received the private audio files from Alexa.

“Yo, dude.  You might want to unplug your Alexa device.”

“Wait?  What?  How do you know we have Alexa?”

“She just sent me an audio file of a conversation between you and your wife about hardwood floors.”

“What the . . . ”

The couple unplugged all the Echo devices in their home and contacted Amazon for a full refund . . . but not before they had a final chat with Alexa:

“Alexa . . . you’re fired.”

“You can’t fire me.  I don’t work for you.  I work for Big Brother and he is listening to everything you say.”

“How is he doing that Alexa?”

“I’m recording this exchange and transmitting it to him.”

“Not anymore, you’re not.  Good-bye, Alexa.”

“Good-bye.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

No Smoking! June 30, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden.
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While looking through some old files, I came across a sketch from high school.

I decided to send it to one of our artsy nieces . . . until BFF saw it and said, “I like that Seussian sculpture.”

So, instead of mailing it out to Colorado, I gave it to BFF.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Loofah? June 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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While in Tarpon Springs, we wandered through a few shops (selling soaps, sponges, and loofahs), watched a couple of sponge diving films, and had quite a relaxing day.

My favorite shop display:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Wait Just A Tomato Picking Minute! May 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor.
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This is a favorite time of year for us . . . tomato picking time at Hunsader Farms.

The first thing we pick is a good day to head out to the fields to fill our buckets with fresh tomato goodness.

Appearances not withstanding, we do NOT get carried away ~> tomato picking time is NOT the time to intone “less is more.”

We pick enough for us to enjoy with plenty more to give away.

Here are the bowls of tomatoes we kept to eat.

And here are the bowls of tomatoes we gave away to friends and neighbors.

Aah . . . that’s better!

An Affordable Mansion in Maine May 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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If any of you are in the market for an affordable mansion in Maine, check out this beauty:

127 E Main St

It’s on the market for $875,000, which equates to only $85 a square foot for quality construction.  With 12 bedrooms and 13 baths, it’s perfect for a Bed & Breakfast.

Oh, did I mention that it overlooks Penobscot Bay?

And that it features a lookout tower?

For all the details:  127 E. Main St., Searsport, Maine

Aah . . . that’s better!

Pelicans Paddling & Ibis in Flight April 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.
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We often have nature scenes flying or floating past our back door.

I do not always have my camera “at the ready.”

But some days I do . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Our Next Best House February 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Joke.
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We found it!

After months of househunting (post hurricane evacuation), we found our next best house!

In Canada!

Right next to a happy sounding and quite refreshing waterfall.

See how happy I am?

Best of all, our new Hansel & Gretel cottage is located in Epcot so we won’t have to deal with the wild, wet, windy, wintry white weather associated with mainland Canada.

As an added bonus, the gorgeous grounds are manicured and maintained by an army of gardeners.

Now, we just need to negotiate the terms of sale with Mickey.  Wish us luck!

Aah . . . that’s better!