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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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Don’t Try This At Home February 10, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Humor, Life Balance.
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At Epcot, we ran into a couple of mimes entertaining the crowds in France.

One serveur amusant had his feet firmly planted on terra firma while the other wafted around above the crowd building a tower of chairs.

To what end?

We soon found out.

After placing the last chair in what looked to be a rather precarious position, he . . .

. . . placed himself, feet over head, in an even more precarious position.

If this acrobatic idea appeals, causing you to flip head over heels, please exercise due caution!

I have it on good authority that they are trained professionals.

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

That’s A Full Day! February 7, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Word Play.
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At Epcot, we stopped to admire this elephant.

After snapping a shot, I paused to read the contiguous quote by coach Jim Valvano:

“To me, there are three things we all should do every day.  We should do this every day of our lives.  Number one is laugh.  You should laugh every day.  Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.  And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.  But think about it.  If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day.  That’s a heck of a day.  You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.”

Here’s what I Think ~> when I Laugh until I Cry, that’s a heck of a day.

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Gator Country January 15, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Humor, Life Balance, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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On a recent road trip to Miami and up Route A1A to Boca Raton, we traversed the state on the Tamiami Trail, passing through portions of the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve.

In other words, through the “River of Grass” and through swampy bits of  “Gator Country.”

Did we see Gators?

You betcha!

We wandered boardwalks at several rest stops and stopped to watch the gators resting.

They are pros at relaxing and recharging.

And recharging and relaxing.

Often sleeping with one eye open.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Christmas Traditions January 3, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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Since my sister’s daughters were both in England over Christmas, my sister and her husband headed to Mississippi to spend Christmas with his family.

Instead of spending Christmas “Home Alone” . . . BFF and I packed our bags and headed to the “other coast” of Florida for a few days.

Staying in a high-rise on the beach didn’t feel like a “traditional Christmas,” but we did enjoy a few “Ho-Ho-Ho” moments . . . like riding the hotel elevator on Christmas Eve with a white-bearded guy carrying a Santa costume (who was probably headed to Cocoa Beach for the Surfing Santas event, but who wished to remain incognito):

“Hey, you look like Santa!”

“Shhhh . . .”

Note to readers:  NEVER argue with Santa on Christmas Eve!

The day before, after a happy (and delicious) Happy Hour at the Chart House, I snapped a shot of Santa’s eight tiny (champagne cork) reindeer . . . who did NOT insist on remaining incognito.

On Christmas Eve, our dinner plans evaporated when we arrived at Coasters for dinner in the Biergarten and found it had closed 2 hours too soon to suit us.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. 

Plan B ~> take out from “No. 1 Chinese Restaurant” . . . because nothing says Christmas like Lo Mein, Egg Rolls, Crispy Noodles, and Fortune Cookies served up on paper plates.

Ah . . . so!  Laughing

On Christmas Day, before checking out of the hotel, we enjoyed coffee on the balcony while checking out the waves.

On our way home, via Orlando, we stopped at Disney Springs for lunch ~ take out from Bongos Cuban Cafe to enjoy lakeside.

Black Beans and Rice . . . that’s nice!

Look!  Up in the sky . . . it’s a bird.  It’s a plane.  It’s a balloon full of hot air!

After lunch, we wandered the shops . . .

Admiring a-moose-ing decorations . . .

We also toured the Christmas Tree Trail, full of all things Disney . . .

Hats off to my favorite Alice-in-Wonderland themed tree . . .

A few days after Christmas, we headed back to Orlando for a belated Christmas celebration with my sister’s family.

Instead of scones on arrival, we ate granola bars en route.  Instead of a traditional Christmas dinner (with Yorkshire pudding), we had pizza.  Instead of a garlanded Christmas tree guarding piles of presents, we piled our beribboned packages on an end table in front of the fire.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas . . . 

So, even though our Christmas traditions got tossed asunder this year to accommodate life’s changes . . . we found, just like the Grinch, that “somehow it came, it came just the same.”

Plus, we loved Plan B so much that ordering Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve might become our NEW Christmas Eve tradition!

Aah . . . that’s better!

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?  Did you start any NEW ones this year?

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 Sage Scarecrow December 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Life Balance, Travel & Leisure.
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While wandering around Hollywood Studios, we stopped to enjoy a Fried Green Tomato sandwich and fries at Rosie’s Cafe.

Rosie’s scary (and sage) scarecrow got my attention!

It reminded me that we are all on a one way journey!

So we might as well take chances!

So we did ~> riding the Hollywood Tower of Terror two times!

We didn’t let the hotel’s sloppy housekeeping keep us away . . .

Here’s how we looked mid-flight!

Emboldened and bolstered by our bravery, we rode the Rock ‘n Roll Coaster before calling it a night!

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!

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!