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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!

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It’s All Relative . . . February 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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On our recent road trip across the state to Miami and up the coast on Route A1A, we traveled through congested city streets with bumper to bumper buildings lining both sides of the road.

As we drove north on A1A, we often found ourselves traveling through canyons of skyscrapers peering down on us.

Late Saturday afternoon, we turned toward home on Route 710, driving through mile after mile of sawgrass prairie populated only by cows grazing in the fields.

Not these cows, but ones just like them . . . only slightly less curious about our “cruising tunes.”

Sometime after sunset, as we approached a 4-way intersection, a cautionary sign greeted us:

“Congested Area”

Looking around the intersection for the promised congestion, we noted a single gas station on one of the 4 corners.

And nothing else.

No high-rises.  No bumper to bumper traffic.  No trucks entering or leaving the highway.  No construction.

As we passed through the “congestion” with ease, and without mishap, I burst out laughing.

zebras

Like beauty, congestion is in the eye of the beholder ~> it’s all relative.

Aah . . . that’s better!

WILSON! January 27, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Less IS More, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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In Boca Raton, at Red Reef Park . . . I found a coconut!

Holding it up to my ear, I heard Tom Hanks hollering “WILSON!” . . . as his only and constant companion washed out to sea.

Not wanting to grow attached to an inanimate orb, I put the coconut back where I found it for some other Castaway to befriend.

Aah . . . that’s better!

I Quit! January 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Less IS More, Mindfulness.
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I quit smoking!

And it’s been a breeze . . . due to the chilly winds blowing down from Canada.

Before my last cigarette (on New Year’s Eve), I smoked a few cigarettes a day and always outside.

This cold weather has helped me “curb the urge” to head out and light up.

Now I’m ready for the temps to rebound!

Aah . . . that’s better!

How are your New Year’s Resolutions going?

Look What Santa Brought Me! December 27, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Less IS More, Life Balance, Sustainable Living.
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Santa is an environmentally friendly dude ~ among other things, he flies around with “low emission” reindeer fueled with carrots and cookies instead of gasoline.

And, when asked, he delivers low flow toilets for “kids” on his “Nice” list . . . like me and BFF!

He even installed it for us!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Season’s Greetings! December 25, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance.
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May your holidays be Merry & Bright . . . filled with Love Laughter & Light.

Aah . . . that’s better!

A Family Portrait December 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Books & Movies, Less IS More.
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At Hollywood Studios, we enjoyed a sneak preview of the animated movie, Coco.

Here’s the cast of the show . . . before make-up and wardrobe:

And here they are in costume:

A picture perfect Family Portrait for the Coco Christmas Card:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Yay for Boo-ritos! October 30, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More.
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On Halloween, customers in costume can stop by Chipotle Mexican Grill to get $3 burritos — or “Booritos” — and more.

From 3 p.m. to close on Oct. 31, Chipotle will charge people in costume $3 for “Boorito” burritos, bowls, salads and tacos.

Consumers can also get a chance to win FREE burritos for a year by texting “BOORITO” to the designated line from now through Halloween.

Aah . . . that’s better!

“Wanna Hang Out?” October 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More, People, Travel & Leisure.
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As teens, we knew how to “hang out” ~ something to eat, something to drink (iced tea or something stronger), and something to focus on while yakking.

We played pool, ping-pong, and Pong.

We played Boggle, Scrabble, Thistle, Cribbage, Yahtzee, Master Mind, Battleship, Backgammon, Bridge.

When the weather was pleasant, we played volleyball, badminton, Frisbee, croquet.

We shot hoops ~ Around the World or H~O~R~S~E.

(Left to our own devices, we did NOT play dodge ball or crab soccer ~ we left those tortures to the school gym teachers.)

We worked on Crossword Puzzles and Jigsaw Puzzles ~ including a 12-foot-long scrolling crossword I received for Christmas one year.

We took turns playing the guitar and choosing the next album to listen to ~ Frampton, Aerosmith, Boston, Bad Co., Bowie, The Eagles, ELO, Bob Seger, Dave Mason, Bread, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Springstein, Skynyrd, Little Feat, Pure Prairie League . . .

So many great tunes in the 70’s!

On Thursday nights, we hosted impromptu “Hatch Basement Parties” for anyone available.  Easy preparation:

✔Beer
✔Pizza
✔Chips
✔Dip

Done!

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Old Menus October 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.
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I get a kick out of old menus . . . both the description of the food AND the historic prices.

In 1970, we toured Washington DC and Williamsburg as a family, spending two days in DC (the Smithsonian, the Supreme Court, the White House, the Treasury, the Mall), two days in Colonial Williamsburg, and a day at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.

While in Williamsburg, my parents took us to lunch at the King’s Arms Tavern, considered at the time an expensive place to dine.

Check out these prices from the menu I saved:

Peanut Soup . . . $0.45 a cup or $0.65 a bowl

Virginia Ham Sandwich . . . $1.35

Pecan Pie . . . $0.55

Aah . . . soup to nuts for just peanuts!