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And Now For Something Really Scary October 31, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, Travel & Leisure.
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In honor of the hallowed holiday of Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve, please enjoy some scary and spine-tingling sights encountered on our recent Tallahassee trip.

First up, imagine Ron Weasley meeting this Beastie in the Forbidden Forest ~ he’d be as petrified as he would be on encountering a dementor.

Like this one.

Here’s an eye-opener from our morning stroll at Goodwood Museum and Gardens ~> what’s left of the Greenhouse after howling hurricane force winds stripped it bare back in 1985.

You would think they’d have managed to tidy up after 36 years.  Just saying.

But the scariest sight by far?  Scarier than ghosts and ghouls and goblins . . . and things that go bump in the night?

A truly frightening sight?

Three determined Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout cookies who refused to accept “NO” at face value.

Have a Spook-tacular Halloween!

Mission San Luis October 29, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.
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On our last morning in the Panhandle, we visited Mission San Luis, a recreated 17th century Mission and Appalachee Village, which over 1500 souls called “home” in the late 1600’s.  The Spaniards burned it down in 1704 to prevent it from being captured by the British.

The Council House (used by the Appalachee for gatherings and meetings) provided insight into its interior construction since it’s being re-thatched.

Although the building appears circular, it has 80 sides, which creates the illusion of a rounded facade.

The supporting posts are straight and true and L-O-N-G!  They go UP and UP and UP.

Inside the Council House are benches for reclining dignitaries.

Appalachee Indians spent most of the day outside, using their homes for sleeping and storage.  This is the footprint of an Appalachee abode which would have been thatched.

Unlike the Appalachee, most of the Spaniards preferred indoor cooking.

And indoor dining.  (Of course, this was pre-pandemic.)

The Friary also boasted a home office.

Here’s a glimpse of the spartan sleeping arrangements in one of the Spanish homes.  Notice the low tech, wall mounted air conditioning unit . . . perfect for hot summer nights.

When folks got ill, they relied on Medicinal Herbs to revive themselves.  We learned that Rosemary relieves headaches AND enhances memory and concentration ~ a handy herb indeed for seniors in need of all the help they can get!

This shot reveals the interior of the wall allowing visitors to see the construction methods used 300+ years ago.

Also in the Mission is a Blacksmith’s Shop, a Church (which rivaled the Church in St. Augustine), the rest of the Friary, a Fort (complete with ramparts and palisade), and a perfect-for-us picnic area.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Wakulla Springs October 25, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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There’s lots to do at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

Hiking Trails over the river and through the woods.

Watching the water for manatees, mermaids, alligators, and avian visitors.

Boat Rides down the Wakulla River for bird and gator sightings aplenty.

Dining (and lodging) in the historic Lodge.

But here’s a quick tip:  don’t plan to dive into the largest and deepest fresh water springs in the world UNLESS you’re a fan of 68 degree water temps.

After darkness descended outside, we dined inside ~> BFF opted for a French Dip and Fries while I enjoyed a grilled veggie stack (zucchini, summer squash, roasted peppers) smothered in marinara and mozzarella served with two sides.

I chose cheese grits AND smashed red skin potatoes.

Don’t judge.

Unlike our earlier hesitation about diving into the Springs, we dove into the food as soon as it arrived . . . before snapping a single shot.  My bad.

As slight consolation, here’s a view of the elegant and historic dining room.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Things Go Better With Coca-Cola August 11, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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Coca-Cola has been around for a LONG time.  In that’s sense, it’s an antique!

An antique with an instantly recognizable logo on a cheery cherry background.

The Coca-Cola logo was created by John Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Mason Robinson, in 1885.[94] Robinson came up with the name and chose the logo’s distinctive cursive script. The writing style used, known as Spencerian Script, was developed in the mid-19th century and was the dominant form of formal handwriting in the United States during that period.[95]

Robinson also played a significant role in early Coca-Cola advertising. His promotional suggestions to Pemberton included giving away thousands of free drink coupons and plastering the city of Atlanta with publicity banners and streetcar signs.[96]

Coca-Cola came under scrutiny in Egypt in 1951 because of a conspiracy theory that the Coca-Cola logo, when reflected in a mirror, spells out “No Mohammed no Mecca” in Arabic.[97]

Yup.  Ice cold Coca-Cola has been around since long before inflation whittled away at the purchasing power of the wooden nickel.

What’s your favorite soft drink?

Or would you prefer something harder?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Why Mozart Is My Favorite July 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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This performance by members of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra  illustrates why Mozart is my favorite classical composer:

Mozart: Serenata notturna, K.239

Oh, did I mention that my nephew is 3rd from the right playing viola?

Yup, that’s him!

Aah . . . that’s awesome!

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

It’s The, The, The, The . . . GRINCH! December 9, 2020

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Filmed in London, airing tonight on NBC ~ it’s The Grinch!

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Aah . . . that’s GRINCHY!

Mount Ascutney, Vermont September 23, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, People, Sustainable Living, Travel & Leisure.
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I’ve never skied Mt. Ascutney (no big surprise, right?), but I’ve hiked it in the summer.

Many times.

Here’s how the town of Windsor (next town over from where Dad grew up), saved the mountain’s accessibility for the community.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Cat & The Caterpillar January 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness, Travel & Leisure.
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When I got to the fork, I saw a giant mushroom.  On it perched a Hookah Smoking Caterpillar.

“Hmm . . . curious and curiouser.”

From a floating smile, the Cheshire Cat emerged.

I asked the Cat and the Caterpillar, “Which way should I go?”

The Cat just grinned.

With that, the Caterpillar sat and started to chat, rather randomly at first and then with increasing clarity and wisdom:

Happiness is not waiting for us at the end of the road ~ it’s found here and now, by enjoying each step along the way!

“A good traveler has no set plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

I decided I was already exactly where I needed to be . . . so I sat to chat.

With the Cat and the Caterpillar.

And that was that.

I never reached the bend in the road.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Have Bar Will Travel November 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.
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At a recent Harbour Isles event, the BAR arrived on four wheels!

What’s better than a traveling bar?

How about a traveling pizza oven?

Aah . . . that is better!