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Scaredy Pumpkin! October 21, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Home & Garden, Nature.
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On a recent get-away to the Panhandle of Florida, we visited a few state parks, including Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park near Tallahassee where we spied Scarecrows in the Gardens!

The entrance to the gardens, framed by palms.

The gateway, framed with greenery.

Our first pumpkins . . .

We loved the variety and diversity of sizes, shapes, and approaches.

From some kick ass soccer . . .

To Goodwood Guitar players . . .

To sunburned tourists . . .

To AmeriCorps Conservation Members . . .

To trash toting, rubber necking, windmill sporting, monsters . . .

To Forest Rangers on patrol . . .

To Halloween spooks . . .

To Dementors offering FREE Kisses!

But my favorite was the Scarecrow wearing a physician’s plague mask . . .

It seemed so appropriate for the present pandemic . . .

Which hasn’t been a very pleasant present at all . . .

We’ll be glad to see the end of masks, social distancing, and other signs of CoVid-19.

Aah . . . it’s been scary!

The Language Of The Stones September 16, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Magick & Mystery, Nature, People.
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I stumbled across America’s Stonehenge while reviewing MONEY’s 2021 list of the 50 best places to live in the US.

Located in Salem NH (about 33 miles from Boston MA), America’s Stonehenge is more than 4000 years old.  Like England’s Stonehenge, the stones have a language of their own:

Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, at over 4,000 years old America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States.

Like Stonehenge in England, America’s Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year.

This video is an interesting introduction to the prehistoric stone foundations on the site:

To learn more:  America’s Stonehenge.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Elvis Has Left The Building September 9, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Home & Garden, Nature.
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In Florida, from time to time, small, friendly, and fearless anole lizards sneak into our homes and wreak havoc.

Well, not really.

They do sneak in . . . but no havoc is wreaked and no homes are wrecked.

For the most part, they are quite quiet and well behaved.

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Despite their polite demeanor, we are inclined to dispatch them back to the great outdoors at the earliest opportunity.

Yesterday, while BFF was at an early morning medical appointment, I walked into the kitchen and spotted one of the wee beasties, let’s call him Elvis, in the middle of the kitchen floor.

As I approached, Elvis retreated and then he turned tail and headed straight for the washer/dryer, disappearing from view.

Point 1 ~> Elvis.

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When BFF returned, he took up patrol duty in the kitchen and spied Elvis in the pantry looking for the peanut butter for an Elvis Special (bacon, banana, and peanut butter sandwich).

BFF “almost” caught him using an upside down clear shoebox, but “almost” doesn’t count when catching lizards.  At the last minute, Elvis darted across the kitchen and took refuge under the dishwasher.

Point 2 ~> Elvis.

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The game remained at a stalemate until bedtime when we left a small saucer of water out for Elvis in case he got thirsty.

Point 3 ~> Elvis.

This morning, we hoped to see Elvis out in the open, drinking from his tiny trough.

No such luck.

BFF peered under the dishwasher and spied Elvis peering back.

No skirmish ensued.

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A short while later, BFF called for reinforcements, “Hey, Nancy.  Come here and get the door.  Elvis is ready to leave.”

Sure enough, Elvis had emerged from under the dishwasher and was now “standing his ground” by the front door.

I opened the storm/screen door to the courtyard and BFF shooed Elvis out of the villa using a piece of cardboard to guide the little guy in the correct direction ~> OUT!

Once outside, Elvis did a little happy dance and made a beeline (or lounge lizard line) straight for the Norfolk Pine.

Inside, we did a little happy dance too!

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Eww . . . What Is That SMELL???!!! August 24, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Less IS More, Nature.
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After a dip in the cool pool for water aerobics this morning, we biked back home, parked our bikes in the garage, and started to walk through the courtyard to the front door.

And that’s when we got a *whiff* of something.

Something foul.

Or perhaps fowl.

But definitely deceased, demised, a done deal.

We lifted leaves and peered through branches.

And noted nothing.

We combed the courtyard from top to bottom without finding any rotting carcasses.

Nevertheless, our olfactory senses, still objecting to the odor, encouraged us to continue looking.

High.  Low.  Up. Down.

Nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.

No source of the substandard stench could be found . . . until BFF (who is taller than me by a good 12 inches) looked up on the roof of the garage and spied . . .

A dead fish sizzling in the stalwart summer sun.

Given its last landing pad, it must have been a flying fish.

BFF hauled out the ladder and headed up to the roof armed with AJAX, rubber gloves, trash bags, and twist ties.

Once the deceased fish had been dealt with, disposed of, and dispatched, BFF hosed off the roof and returned to the cool comfort of the A/C.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Our Adoptees August 7, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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Every Spring, when the snowbirds leave for parts North, we are offered plants from their gardens, which we happily adopt.

Case in point:  this century plant with sharp spear-like points ~> a lethal beauty.

This colorful bromeliad enjoys hanging around our shady palm tree and teeny tiny tree frogs like splashing around in its mini swimming pools of water.

Our newest addition ~ this Norfolk Pine.  Norfolk Pines are tropical plants and (like me) cannot tolerate temperatures below 35 degrees F. (1 C.).

Although it’s not an actual pine, we may decorate it with twinkling lights for the holidays.

Aah . . . that’s de-light-full!

B~I~N~G~O August 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.
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If you keep your eyes open, you never know what you may see . . .

Headlights heading for you . . .


Or a turtle far from sea . . .

Yo, dudes & dudettes! Wherefore art thou, NEMO?

Keep your eyes open as you pass passers by . . .

Can you find a fish, see a bird, or spot a butterfly?

Will you look up and see the moon shining from on high?

Or perhaps spy rain (or snow) falling from the sky?

LOOK!

Check out that branch over there . . .

I think that squirrel thinks you’re nuts

But don’t mind him.

What does he know?

He can’t even remember where he’s buried his treasure!

Look! I see a Daisy!

To play Nature’s BINGO, keep your eyes open as you look around

But be careful!

Don’t trip over your own two feet and land S~P~L~A~T on the ground!

Aah . . . B~I~N~G~O!

There Is No Planet B June 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Nature, Sustainable Living.
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is asking for public comments by June 14 to help draft rules requiring consistent climate disclosures by all publicly traded companies.   

This rule is crucial to ensuring that all investors, communities, and consumers have the information they need to determine if these companies are reporting out accurately on their climate impacts, risks, and steps for addressing their impacts.

Tell SEC: Yes to robust rules on corporate climate disclosures

Enough consumers are now voting with their wallets that manufacturers are starting to make “green” claims for their products, networks are airing “green” shows, and movie producers are bragging when they make a film with a zero carbon footprint.

It’s a start.

Perhaps people will finally find it chic to “go green.”

After all, “What good is a house, if you haven’t got a decent planet to put it on?” ~  Henry David Thoreau

Experience A Little Deja Vu May 17, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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Now that things are opening up after 14 months of masks and social distancing due to CoVid, experience a little “deja vu” by doing something again . . . for the first time.

Ride a bike, take a wagon ride, go roller skating, climb a tower, build a treehouse, spy on birds, stroll the water’s edge, plant a garden, wander the woods, pack a picnic, go horseback riding, step back in time at a local historic site, or, if you’re feeling brave, enjoy a canopy sail through the tree tops via parachute or parasail.

The sky’s the limit!

No man steps into the same river twice ~ for it is not the same river and he is not the same man. ~ Heraclitus

No Rain, No Flowers February 3, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, Nature.
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The way you speak to yourself matters.

Your body hears everything your mind says.

Accept setbacks as part of the process.

No rain, no flowers.

When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sun.

Aah . . . that’s better!

It’s National Pumpkin Day? October 26, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Happiness, Life Balance, Nature.
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National Pumpkin Day falls on October 26th . . . which seems about a month early to me.

Why not have it coincide with Thanksgiving?

Gobble.  Gobble.

I mean what other day of the year involves the consumption of a gazillion slices of Pumpkin Pie?

And that’s AFTER people push away from the groaning board feeling as rotund as pumpkins.

Well, as has happened before, no one consulted me . . . so it is what it is.

TODAY is National Pumpkin Day.

Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to . . .

Oh, wait!

I know what happened . . .

Linus with all his talk about The Great Pumpkin got the holiday booted from November to October to coincide with All Hallows Eve.

We can live with that, right?

Right?

Aah . . . that’s better!