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Social Distancing Can Be Squirrely August 15, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Humor.
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Image posted by wmsquirrel to Twitter

Aah . . . that’s the ticket!

To read about the extra precautions William & Mary is taking as students return to campus for Fall Semester:

New Students Arrive To Welcoming W&M Community

An Internet Portal July 29, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Getting tired of the same old view out your window?  Visit Window Swap & turn your desktop into a calming portal to somewhere else.

In just moments, you can be transported to India, Spain, Belarus, the UK.

You might even enjoy a cat’s eye view out of a window in Qatar!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Don’t Go Commando! July 18, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Joke.
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Hope you all had a week overflowing with laughter, good food, and amusing pastimes.

I spent the week dealing with ID Theft issues (still in progress) and a Fridge on the Fritz (now FIXED ~ yay BFF!).

AND I celebrated my birthday COVID style . . . by staying home and maintaining social distance from everyone but BFF (to be known henceforth as “the Maytag/Whirlpool Repairman”).

Despite the ID Theft issues (which caused me to be “on hold” at CHASE bank for, no joke, more than 4 hours), I found lots to laugh about this week . . . including the fact that I am NOT (normally) a CHASE customer.

In case you need to up your smile quotient for the week . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Changes For The Good June 17, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden.
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The CoVid-19 Pandemic has changed our lives in many ways . . . and some of those ways are good for us.

We’re shopping less and exercising more.  We’re eating out less and doing more home cooking.  We’re taking time to slow down and spend more time in nature . . . right in our own backyards!

Best of all?

Many of us plan to hang on to those changes even after the current pandemic ends.

To read more:

The Coronavirus Quarantine Has Changed Us ~ And It’s Not All Bad (VOX)

Aah . . . that’s better!

I’m Still Here . . . May 6, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Home & Garden, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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Wow!

I’ve got so much to tell you.

I hardly know where to start.

Let’s see . . .

Time is getting the best of me.

And I don’t know where it’s going.

I get up.

I get dressed.

I enjoy a cup of tea.

I go for a walk.

I come home.

I check e-mails.

I read and comment on friends’ blogs.

I think about writing a blog post . . . and procrastinate.

I do the NY Times puzzles.

I have lunch.

I go for a bike ride.

I “work” on jigsaw puzzles ~ we’ve completed six!

Oh, what puzzles?

Glad you asked ~ VW Buses, Sea Turtles, Birds, an Attic Stuffed with Stuff, Great Americans, and a Tall Ship.

What size?

I’m going to assume you’re asking about the # of pieces, rather than the dimensions of the finished puzzles:

VW Buses (1000), Sea Turtles (500), Birds (500), an Attic Stuffed with Stuff (500), Great Americans (1000), and a Tall Ship (750).

4,250 pieces total!

Minus a few missing pieces.

One puzzle was missing 7 pieces!

I bet the dog ate them!

Bad dog, Pluto!

Wipe that grin off your face.

You are in the dog house!

What’s that, Pluto?

You think it was Goofy?

You might be right.

Goofy’s got opposable thumbs . . .

So he could be the piece thief.

I’ll give him a good cross-examining and see what he has to say for himself.

OK, readers, that’s enough goofy-ness for now.

It’s time for my Cinco de Mayo siesta.

Wait!  What?

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo?

Huh.

The days seem to run together.

Oh, well.

I’m still inclined to recline for a Siesta Fiesta before dinner!

Aah . . . that’s better!

So, what’s “new” with you?

A Follow Up To This Morning’s Post March 5, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Mindfulness.
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For more helpful tips from pathologist, James Robb, visit Snopes.com ~> Did A Noted Pathologist Write This Viral Coronavirus Advice?

In a nutshell:

1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.

2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. elevator buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.

3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip – do not grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.

4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.

5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.

6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.

7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!

Stay Safe!

The Best & The Worst February 7, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance.
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Before we enter the “real world,” many of us join the labor force on a part-time basis to earn spending money to supplement the meagre allowances doled out by parents on Saturday mornings . . .

In our family, the four of us each got $1 a week, but only after we’d weeded the gardens, mowed the yard, and slopped the hogs.

Or scooped up dog poop from the dog’s run.  Or washed the cars.  Or emptied the dishwasher.  Or shoveled the driveway.  Or cleaned the bathrooms.  Or completed any other onerous chores dreamed up and assigned to us.

Realizing that I needed more than $1 a week in spending money caused me to look beyond the confines of my parents’ home and garden.

My first part-time gig in high school involved “babysitting” for neighbor kids.  I loved it!

They played or watched TV while I did homework. After finishing my homework, I played or watched TV with them, supervised dinner and bath time, readied them for bed, and then read to them.  Fun and easy.

Plus, I loved being in charge!

Eventually, my desire for cash caused me to look outside the neighborhood for supplemental income.  And boy did I luck out!  My 3 favorite part-time jobs included:

1.  Test Monkey at Bell Laboratories (testing phone reception).  I sat in a booth, listening.  And making notations on a sheet of paper.  No manual labor involved.  Nice!

2.  Beertender at the Hoi Polloi (college bar) ~ listening to local bands (and drinking beer) for free while serving up draft beer (for $0.50) to fellow students, including crushes.  The tips were great AND we got a meal ticket to use at the Wigwam.  Each golden ticket covered ALL the food we could fit on the tray ~ a huge club sandwich, fries, drink, dessert, etc.  Enough for me and a few friends!  The only downside of the job was mopping up the ankle-deep spilled beer at 1 am.  *YAWN*

3.  Working in a snack hut at the Garden State Arts Center ~ listening to rock concerts for free.  After intermission, we inventoried our sales, closed the snack huts, and sat on the lawn to listen to the main acts, which included Stephen Stills, Dave Mason, ELO, Chicago, the Moody Blues, Seals & Croft, Loggins & Messina, the Eagles, Hall & Oates, etc..  If we didn’t get scheduled to work on the night of a good concert, we got into the venue for free by telling the ushers (our friendly co-workers) that we were picking up our checks.  The fact that we had 2-3 friends with us never seemed to faze them.

But life is not always a bowl of cherries, ripe for the picking.  I also got hired for two part-time jobs I hated.  Both involved selling on commission.

1. Distributor of Exam Survival Kits on campus ~ the kit included candy, snacks, and a Crammer Hammer (an inflatable hammer that stressed students could smack against the side of their head to relieve stress and cram knowledge into over-stuffed brains).  My job was to distribute kits around campus during final exams, receiving a solid $0.10 for each!  After receiving $400 for distributing 4,000 kits, I resigned.  In comparison, selling Girl Scout Cookies could be viewed as a get-rich-quick scheme.

“Here! Let me hit you with my Crammer Hammer!”

2.  Still worse was my short stint as a Fire Safety Consultant ~ selling fire safety equipment door-to-door.  I made a total of two presentations.  The first to parents of my best friend who declined to order safety ladders for their bedroom windows for one good reason ~> they lived in a single-story ranch.   My second (and last) presentation, to a neighbor who had been a volunteer firefighter for years, convinced me to quit.  Half-way through my preamble, he asked to see the stats/hype I’d been “sold” by the company.  As we went over them together, he demonstrated to me that I’d been brain-washed by the “party line.”  With that, my consulting days were done.

But all’s well that ends well.

Needing something to do for the rest of the summer, I got a job as a cashier at Becker’s Hardware . . . where I met BFF.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s the best part-time gig you ever had?  Or the worst?  Do tell.

In The Days Before E-Bay January 27, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Sustainable Living.
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My first apartment was a 2 bedroom sub-let from a friend in high school.

I rented it sight unseen without meeting my roommate-to-be or seeing the puke green shag carpet or the roach motel in the kitchen.

I paid $100 for the furniture my friend wasn’t interested in taking with her ~ a bed, a dresser, a built in “desk” made from a 2 foot section of kitchen counter, a threadbare sofa, a stained armchair, a coffee table with 3 faux marble insets (one cracked), and ample cinderblocks that could be used to build end tables, bookshelves, etc.

Come to think of it, the furniture was free ~ I paid $100 for the curtains! 😀

Aah . . . the Good Old Days!

Raised Bed Gardens November 9, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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As we age, bending over to plant flowers or pull weeds becomes more challenging.

Instead of bending down to the garden, put the garden on stilts.

These raised bed gardens from the Bishop Museum demonstrate a wide variety of plantings benefitting from elevated germination.

I just wish they were in my backyard!

You can see more container gardens in the background of this shot.

And for the cacti lover in you, here’s a little zen garden for you.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Get Out!!! July 12, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Home & Garden, Humor, Nature.
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Check this out:

Aah . . . that’s more bearable!