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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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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!

An A1 Road Trip . . . Up A1A January 29, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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After craning our necks to see the Art Deco hotels of South Beach and the skyscrapers of Miami Beach, we headed north under Sunny Skies with sunny dispositions.

Memories of cutting school in high school to “cruise the beach” filtered into my thoughts.

We lowered the windows and cranked the tunes as we headed up the coast through storied locales overflowing with moneyed locals.

We drove north from South Beach to Miami Beach to Surfside to Bal Harbour to Sunny Isles to Golden Beach.

In Hallandale Beach, I spotted a decorative mural.

A well-timed stoplight let me get the full picture.

In Hollywood, we parked and headed out to the beach.

Gorgeous, eh?

Satisfied, we put more money in the meter, so that we could check out the 2.2 mile boardwalk.

Watching out for bikes and bikers, we wandered down the smooth surface.

I loved this house located along the boardwalk.

In Dania Beach, we stopped for lunch in a small bayside park.

Populated with more palms than people.

We enjoyed the breeze off the intercoastal.

Though simple, lunch was delicious.  Everything tastes better under sunny skies.

In Fort Lauderdale, we drove through two “tunnels” . . . which doubled as runways for the airport.  Now that’s urban planning!

Skirting the edge of the city, we turned east toward Fort Lauderdale Beach.  Crossing over the intercostal, we could see a number of city-sized cruise ships readying to head out to sea.

Like Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale Beach had a simple uncluttered look to its promenade.

But it did engage in some unique beach marketing.

First, this inviting Adirondack Chair.

And then a sunny snowman wearing sunshades and a Panama Hat on a stand-up paddle board ~ let’s hope he remembered to put on some sunscreen!

Palms shaded the sidewalk.

And the tree-lined streets.

A few miles north, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea got our vote for funnest and funkiest beach town!

What an inviting and colorful place to hang out!

In Pompano Beach, we saw the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse standing guard over the busy inlet ~ a helpful navigation aid for sailors even on sunny days.

We continued north through Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Beach (which was surprisingly hilly), and Deerfield Beach.  The coastal views continued to be framed by blue skies and palm trees.


In Boca Raton, we stopped at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and enjoyed a stroll through the hardwood hammock on an elevated boardwalk.

Before leaving, we stopped to admire the turtles in the children’s play area.

We also walked around the Butterfly Garden & Trail to the Chickhee Hut at water’s edge.

And admired its interior architecture.

It was an enjoyable last stop.  In Highland Beach, just south of Delray Beach, we set our sights toward home . . . after a couple of quick pit stops to fuel up ~ both the car and our bellies.

Heading home across the sawgrass prairies, we admired countless cows grazing in the fields until it was too dark to see anything but the night lights.

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?

Keep Calm . . . And Carry On September 19, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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When things are moving faster than desired . . .

Take a deep breath.

Relax the mind.

Allow calm to surface.

* * *

Contemplative quotes may also be an antidote to stress:

Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing. ~ Tilopa

Less is more. ~ Robert Browning

Life is a progress, and not a station. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

To begin, begin. ~ William Wordsworth

Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. ~ African Proverb

Kites rise against, not with, the wind. ~ John Neal

Let reality be reality. ~ Lao Tzu

Forever is composed of nows. ~ Emily Dickinson

Have patience and endure. ~ Ovid

Everything suggests a beyond. ~ Isabella Bird

At the center of your being you have the answer. ~ Lao Tzu

Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha

Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. ~ Mark Twain

Turn your face to the sun and shadows fall behind you. ~ Maori Proverb

Aah . . . that’s better!

Re-Mindfulness August 29, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.
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I sat down at my desk and realized that my engagement ring was NOT on my finger.

BFF and I scoured the place ~ looking in the lettuce I’d just washed and spun dry, sorting through the kitchen garbage (EWW!!!), checking the sink drains, walking around with flashlight to check the carpet, pulling apart the bed, checking around my desk, in the files I was working on, in my shoes.

Nothing.

We came up empty handed.

I went out on the deck for a break from the search.  A steady drizzle of rain re-minded me that I’d taken my poncho and an umbrella when we went for a walk.

When I put the poncho away, I used my left hand to shove the poncho back into my travel bag.  Hmm . . .

I went inside, grabbed the travel bag, took out the poncho, the umbrella, and . . . there!

Sitting on the bottom of the bag was my engagement ring ready to be reunited with my wedding band.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do You Agree with Max De Pree? August 23, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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“You cannot become what you want to be by remaining what you are.” ~ Max De Pree

He’s got a point.

Unless . . . who you already are is who you want to be.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Aah . . . that’s better!

For more thoughts on Happiness:  TIME Guide to Happiness

Headache Relief August 21, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Headaches are HORRID. I can’t seem to accomplish anything when my head is pounding.  If you need help ridding your head of unwanted tenants, consider meditation.

At worst, it will be an inexpensive experiment.

The more “antsy” your mind . . . the greater the benefit you may receive from calming it with breathing & meditation practice.

The next time you feel a headache coming on, take 10 minutes out to practice this short meditation to head off the pain:

Find a Relaxing Posture. …
Breathe Deeply. …
Mentally Scan Your Skull for Points of Tension. …
Scan Downward Through the Rest of Your Body. …
Calm Your Mind by Focusing on the Sound of Your Breath.

From: Meditation for Headache Relief  | HuffPost

Too complicated?   Just close your eyes and B~R~E~A~T~H~E!

Or give a listen to a moving piece of music and go with the flow:

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

Mom’s Passing July 31, 2017

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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Mom passed away this evening at age 87 after a recent and rapid decline.

Bill and I visited her at Doug & Joan’s house at the end of May.  At that time, she was still taking regular walks outside, taking her meals upstairs, and enjoying a pleasant flow to her days.

We had a wonderful visit.

The same held true when Betsy, Mike, and Sam visited at the beginning of June.

Since then, her energy levels declined at a rapid rate . . .

A week ago, Hospice let us know that the end was approaching and offered increased assistance to Joan with mom’s care since she could no longer eat, drink, or get out of bed.  Fortunately, mom remained comfortable (with pain medication) until she passed away earlier this evening.

Although we are saddened by her passing, we are at peace with the knowledge that she would not have wanted to linger in a semi-conscious state.

She only wanted to live while she could still “live it up” . . .

Plus, she missed my dad.

In a philosophy paper written in college, she summed up her life philosophy:

What are we trying to achieve?

Here, I believe with Plato and Aristotle that the highest good is the full development of our individual potentialities ~ and this is happiness, complete in itself, the intrinsic good.

The individual will know happiness as a state of being, not as a momentary pleasure; it will be the hymn of his life to uplift him and to sing on into the lives of all who know him.

On these points, she agrees, also, with the Dalai Lama . . . we are here to be happy and to make others happy.

Let that be the coda to each of our lives.

Aah . . . that’s better!