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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!

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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!

Anne ~ This Post Is For YOU! February 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Anne (Minimalist Sometimes) often shares the results of her decluttering efforts with readers.  She is terrific at documenting items that are jettisoned from her premises.

In contrast, while BFF and I make regular runs to Goodwill to drop off “no longer needed” things, I don’t usually remember to take photos.

And, out of sight, out of mind.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Last week, I decided to clean out the kitchen cupboards.  As usual, I found some “no longer needed” stuff to donate to Goodwill.

After rearranging the “breathing lighter” cabinets, I decided to tackle the guest room closet where I found a few more “no longer needed” items lurking about.

And this time I remembered to snap a shot for Anne:

And, even though Less is More, I took one more for good measure:

 

Aah . . . that’s better!

Two New-To-Me Heirlooms January 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Home & Garden, Humor.
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I acquired two additional family heirlooms for safe-keeping this year.

The first is this handsome dictionary stand built by my maternal grandfather who had a way with wood . . . and words!  I enjoyed dressing it up for the holidays.

The second is this rustic 2-drawer pine table built by my Great Uncle Lee ~ my paternal grandmother’s brother.  When I open the drawer and inhale, pleasant scents associated with visits to Vermont permeate the air.

I also enjoyed decking it out for the holidays with Santas from around the world, Frosty’s hat (which I have for safe-keeping), and some humorous reptiles created by my niece Sarah.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Palm Arboretum November 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Before leaving St. Pete, we drove up the waterfront to  the Palm Arboretum . . .

We wandered paths lined with hundreds of species of palms . . .

A sign indicated that the Arboretum houses 735 specimens . . .

Of all shapes and sizes . . .

Tall ones . . .

Short ones . . .

Round ones . . .

Stately ones . . .

Shapely ones . . .

Shy ones . . .

And shaggy ones (reminiscent of Cousin It on the Adams Family) . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

Hard Hatted House Hunting November 18, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance.
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After evacuating for Hurricane Irma, we agreed that we would prefer to not repeat the experience.  So, after restoring order to our villa, we decided to explore the options of moving out of Evacuation Zone A.

Thus far, we haven’t found any place we like better than our villa.  Either the location is wrong (too far from the beach . . . or too close to the beach).  Or the amenities and neighborhood aesthetics are lacking.  Or the purchase price and/or HOA fees are too high.

Some of the neighborhoods we’ve visited offer pluses:  higher elevations with no concern about flooding from storm surge or swollen rivers, increased energy efficiency, updated construction with better protection against hurricane force winds, etc.

But, as is often the case, upsides tend to be accompanied by downsides: too many houses crammed into the community, garages that aren’t wide enough for cars and cans (so owners must park one car in the driveway), postage-stamp size community pools, high tension wires running overhead, no privacy fences around the perimeter, etc.

For one such neighborhood, I summed up the down sides in Rhyme Time:

The neighborhood feel . . . does not appeal
The high tension wire . . . does not inspire
The lack of a fence . . . makes our teeth clench
The backyard “pods” . . . make us feel like canned cods
The diminutive pool . . . just isn’t cool
The dent in our purse . . . would make us curse

I try not to be hard-headed while touring construction sites . . . but sometimes I am hard-hatted.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Leftover Halloween Eye Candy November 15, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Home & Garden, Humor.
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During a pre-Halloween visit to the mall, we enjoyed Halloween treats . . .

Holiday Eye Candy in assorted wrappers . . .

Great gaping ghoulish grins . . .

And anemic models . . .

Sporting toothy smiles that only a dentist would love . . .

At Cauldron & Brooms, we made our big (albeit little) purchase for the day ~> the perfect candy cauldron for my witch . . .

Aah . . . that’s better!

I realize we are a full 2 weeks post-Halloween . . . but if we have to listen to political ads in August and maneuver around Christmas store decor in October, why not enjoy leftover Halloween Eye Candy mid-November?

Possessions Can Possess Us October 28, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Life Balance, People.
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Possessions can possess us.

The more we have, the less freedom and mobility we have.  And the more time and energy we need to spend taking care of our . . . “stuff.”

It’s hard to journey through life if we are overloaded with baggage.  We travel best when we travel light.

How refreshing the whinny of a pack horse fully unloaded! ~ Classic Haiku

Aah . . . that’s better!