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Are You Quizzing Me?! June 17, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Joke.
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It’s interesting to see how desperate some writers are to have us click on posts, articles, and other flotsam and jetsam.

Often, the manufactured titles are downright insulting.

This week I received one of the stupidest quiz “opportunities” ever:

Which Frank Lloyd Wright Building Are You?

If you’ve ever wondered which Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home or building best describes your personality, wonder no longer! This quiz is sure to dig deep into your psyche and pull out a connection you may be unaware you have with one of Wright’s many architectural feats.

I didn’t bother to take the quiz because . . .

(1) I am NOT a Frank Lloyd Wright building.

(2) I have never wondered which Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home or building best describes my personality.

(3) I don’t need to dig deep into my psyche to pull out an imaginary connection to one of Wright’s many architectural feats.

But the quiz did serve a purpose ~> blog fodder!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have you ever wondered if you are unaware of a connection your psyche has with a building?  A car?  A toaster?  A coffee maker?  A bridge?

Me neither.

More Garden Magic May 29, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Travel & Leisure.
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As we toured the parks, especially Epcot, we paused to admire the gardens and topiaries.

Here’s Tigger giving an impromptu pep talk to passers-by . . .

We always enjoy his Tiggeriffic enthusiasm.

And here’s Rabbit harvesting carrots for dinner . . .

While Piglet catches a ride on Eeyore’s back . . .

And Pooh holds fast to the string of his ephemeral balloon . . .

Near the entrance, we watched Donald marching Huey, Dewey, and Louie off for garden chores.

And we noticed that Figment’s got a primo viewing spot to enjoy the Spring gardens.

On the other side of the lagoon, Timon and Pumba espouse the notion of Hakuna Matata . . .

No worries!

Unless you sneak up behind Pumba’s behind and get a whiff of you don’t wanna know what!

And my favorite . . . Lady and the Tramp about to share a plate of spaghetti in Italy.

Aah  . . . that’s better!

Don’t Get Too Comfortable! May 9, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden.
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Want to boost your metabolism?

Try adjusting your thermostat . . . up and down!

Recent research by a bunch of smart people with credentials (who seemed to know what they were talking about) has encouraged me to experiment with the temperature settings in our house this summer.

Apparently, being too comfortable is not in our best interest.

Instead, being a little chilly or hot encourages our body to flex its vascular muscles on our behalf.

If you keep your home at a comfortable 70 degrees year-round, you might want to switch it up a bit: Fluctuating indoor temperatures are good for your metabolism, suggests a new scientific report, and may even be an important way to fight obesity and diabetes.

To read more:  Adjusting Your Thermostat May Boost Your Metabolism.

Now . . . you’ll have to excuse me while I abandon my comfort zone.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Topiaries Are Tops! March 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Before Florida temps rebound for the sultry summer season, we’ve been “hitting the trails” to enjoy the fine weather ~ around the neighborhood, on the beach, and at Disney.

We got annual passes for the first time this year and have logged LOTS of miles traipsing through Epcot, the Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom ~> 6.7 miles, 10.4 miles, 7.6 miles, 5.1 miles, 5.9 miles.

On our last 2 visits, I’m not sure how far we walked because my pedometer went on strike!

One of our favorite things so far has been all the gorgeous gardens and topiaries.

A Giant Panda in China enjoying a sunset snack of bamboo:

A Troll in Norway who seemed FROZEN:

Bambi, Thumper, and Flower in a bed of flowers:

Rafiki and Simba . . . “Ah Zabenya!”

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice & Bewitched Broomsticks:

A trio of glamorous ostriches enjoying the bright blue skies too much to bury their heads in the sand:

And these topiary wannabes ~ Dory and Marlin ~ who, I must admit, looked like two fish out of water:

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

 

Here Comes The Bride November 7, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Home & Garden, People.
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I attended a bridal shower for my niece on Saturday.

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One of the games involved designing wedding gowns for a willing member of each team.

Team A got off to a terrific start using the only material provided . . .

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Rolls of cheap toilet paper . . .

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Racing against the clock, Team B took an entirely different approach to the challenge.

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Team C won the prize for chugging out of the station with the best train and bouquet.

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But the shower wasn’t all fun and games.

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The Bride-To-Be opened her shower gifts . . .

None of which had a thing to do with rain showers, summer showers, April showers, or taking a shower.

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After presents, she said, “Let them eat CAKE!”

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Chocolate cake.

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Accompanied by chocolate covered strawberries.

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And cups of chocolate mousse.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

 

 

Turning A King Mattress October 22, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Home & Garden, Humor, Less IS More.
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Last time we stripped the bed to wash the sheets, we decided to fluff up the mattress pad in the dryer.

Once the mattress had been divested of its outerwear, we figured we might as well rotate the mattress.

Once the mattress was off the box springs, we figured we might as well wash the dust ruffle.

At that point, Tigger intervened to check on our progress.

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He wandered around the unusual landscape checking things out.

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Once Tigger gave us the “all clear,” we figured we might as well lift off the box springs and vacuum under the bed.

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Once the box springs were removed, we decided to clean the baseboard and wash the walls behind the bed.

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A few observations:

#1  One thing leads to another.

#2  Everything is connected.

#3  King beds are H~E~A~V~Y!!!

When I mentioned the intense work-out we got from our mattress turning session to my sister, she asked an astute question:

“What do people do about flipping king mattresses when they get older?”

Considering the options, I replied:

“You ask your kids to do it.  Or you forget to do it.  Or like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, you trade in your King for Twin Beds.”

Of course, by the time BFF & I get around to turning our mattress again, we may all be sleeping in pods on Mars.

Time will tell.

Aah . . . that’s better!

What’s your least favorite household chore?

Attack Of The Killer Garage Door August 15, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance.
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Goofy-Under-An-UmbrellaLast week, just before I needed to head to the dentist to get two front composite restorations and a crown, the skies opened up.

Torrential rain beat down at the brisk rate of 2.5 inches an hour.

A real gully-washer!

When the rain let up for a minute, I made a beeline for the garage.

I pressed the garage door opener on the wall.  The garage door swung up on command.

Open Sesame.

Donald-Duck-DrivingWhen I shifted the car into reverse to back out, I noticed the garage seemed rather dark.

That’s odd.

The door, exhibiting a streak of independence, had decided that it had waited in the up position more than long enough for me to exit the garage.

With silent stealth, it had come down while I was busy fastening my seatbelt and adjusting the radio and A/C.  In its defense, maybe it was trying to keep the pouring rain, still coming down at record speed, out of the garage.

Determined not to give up, I pressed the garage door remote over the visor and watched the door’s ascent.

Going up.

Excellent.  Great.  Good.  All clear.

Eeyore-under-a-raincloudI put the car in reverse, began backing out of the garage, and heard a strange sound ~ that of the garage door coming down on the roof of my Honda and holding it fast.

Crunch!

I was stuck half in and half out of the garage.

Not good.

I pushed the remote, hoping to convince the door to ascend for the third time in as many minutes.

Go up!

It ignored my request and continued its downward descent.

Not good.  

Feeling like a sardine in a tin can, I tried again.

This time, the garage door ascended long enough for me to zip out of the garage and make my escape.  (If you can call going to the dentist an “escape.”)

As rain continued to pour down, I called BFF to catch him up on the garage door’s escapade.

Tiara-CatFour hours later, I returned home with a new crown and a significantly lighter wallet.

In my absence, BFF had checked out the garage door and concluded the door, not his wife, was at fault for the mix up.  It had messed up.

Apparently the springs are lacking in tension.  We’ll need to get someone out here to tighten them up.

In the meantime, when we want the door to stay up . . . we need to apply heavy-duty industrial clamps to keep it from coming down!

Mickey-OKNow for the upside of that up and down day ~> my new crown is permanent!

Our dentist fixed me up in a single visit instead of installing a temporary crown and having me return down the road for a permanent install.

Aah . . . that’s better!

So, what’s up with you?

Picture-In-Picture Dreaming June 23, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance, Magick & Mystery.
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IMGP3885While dreaming, I “woke up” in our home on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay and heard BFF say, “You might not have water aerobics today.”

Through the blinds, I saw nothing but blue sky and sunshine.  “Why not?”

“There’s an odd cloud formation tap dancing over the water and it’s headed this way.”

I opened the blinds more fully.  My brain went to Full Alert when it saw a tornado the size of Kansas waltzing toward us.

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Oddly enough, I wasn’t scared.

Just determined.

I wanted to grab the camera and snap the juxtaposition of black storm funnel against the bluest sky I’d ever seen.

220px-1719_Tales_60Halfway across the room, the wind caught up with me.

The air grew dense.  I felt as if I were wading through water . . .

Making no headway.

I kept at it

trying

to get

to the other

side of

the room.

A task fraught with the same degree of difficulty as trying to reach the top of the staircase in one of M.C. Escher’s creations.

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Relativity is relative, eh?

As the wind shook the foundation, my perspective shifted.

I let go of the desire to capture the events on my camera, but I did want to see what was happening.

Confined inside the house looking out caused frustration to mount.  I felt constrained by my limited vantage point.

Where is Escher when you need him?

With that thought, a “picture-in-picture” screen appeared in the upper left corner of my dream . . . expanding my perspective to encompass the action unfolding outside the walls.

Awesome!

Settling back to watch Movies on Demand, I saw the house lift off its foundation and begin its ascent into the cosmos, no doubt inspired by Dorothy and Toto’s wild ride to Oz.

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We twirled and whirled in the vortex until . . .

the house

tired of sailing

through the stratosphere

sans mast

settled back

down

on

terra firma

with a slight bump.

As we rejoined the land down under, the picture-in-picture screen provided expanded perspective . . . a balloon’s eye view.

Hot-air-balloonLike a stray leaf tired of waltzing in the autumn breeze, our house drifted back to earth and settled itself in the middle of a basketball court.

Great.  BFF’s been wanting to play some hoops!

Aah . . . that’s better!

No witches were harmed in the shooting of this dream.

Yes . . . We Have Some Tomatoes! May 17, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Home & Garden.
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Yes . . . we have some tomatoes.  We have some tomatoes today!

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Each year, in May, Hunsader Farms invites folks to come out and pick their own tomatoes before the fields close for the summer.

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The cost for hand-picked juicy red ripe tomatoes that deliver REAL tomato flavor?

$2 for a 5-gallon bucket!

This year, I hand-picked two buckets (approximately 125 tomatoes) in about 40 minutes.

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I picked the second bucket because the weather was gorgeous, I was enjoying the exercise, and I wanted to have enough tomatoes to share with others.

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On Saturday, I got more exercise by hand-delivering tomatoes on my “produce mobile” (a/k/a bike) to neighbors who can’t get out and pick their own because they are less mobile than me.

I also bought a box of 25 butternut squash for $5!

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Plus 6 ears of corn.  Plus an enormous cantaloupe.

How do you spell summertime? ~> D~E~L~I~C~I~O~U~S!

Aah . . . that’s better!

How To Lose Weight FAST October 19, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Home & Garden, Humor, Sustainable Living.
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Next time you feel stressed, overweight, or sluggish, give Reverse Retail Therapy a try:

1. Fill a box with stuff you no longer need.

2. Donate it to a local thrift or consignment store.

3. There . . . you feel lighter already, don’t you?

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Aah . . . that’s better!

For more:  How To DeClutter (Think Simple Now) * Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind (Raptitude) * Everything You Own is a Relationship You’re In (Raptitude)