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10 Unusual Florida Sites September 6, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Travel & Leisure.

We’ve been to a number of these sites, but we’ve got a few more to go . . . once the oppressive summer heat and humidity lessens its hold on the peninsula.

In the meantime, I think I’ll hang out in the shade of swaying palms for a few more weeks!

Aah . . . that’s better!


The Worst Kind Of Souvenir July 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

On summer vacations, picking up a bug is the WORST kind of souvenir to bring home.

My advice?

Stick to postcards!


Aah . . . that’s better!

The Devil’s Ticket & Mississippi Mud July 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.

A few months ago, I read a book about a fatal hand of Bridge . . . based on a true story of a wife who shot her husband while playing Bridge one night ~> The Devil’s Ticket: A Vengeful Wife, A Fatal Hand, and a New American Age.

On a related note, I thought some of you might get a kick out of this famous trick hand from the days of cardsharps on the Mississippi riverboats:


Spades -10 5 4 3 2
Hearts  –
Diamonds – 5 4 3 2
Clubs – 5 4 3 2

West                                                                            East

Spades –                                                                       Spades J 9 8 7 6
Hearts – 8 7 6 5 4 3 2                                                   Hearts –
Diamonds – A K Q J 10 9                                               Diamonds – 8 7 6
Clubs –                                                                         Clubs – 10 9 8 7 6


Spades – A K Q
Hearts – A K Q J 10 9
Diamonds –
Clubs – A K Q 3

A Diamond lead from West to Dummy/ North holds South to six tricks at a 4H contract.

A 4S bid only makes 3 tricks.
While 5C bid mades 4 tricks.

How would South make out in No Trump?

Bridge hands can be as deceiving as Mississippi Mud.
And some are even fatal!

Maybe I should stick with dominoes.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Memorable Milestones June 25, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Nature, People, Travel & Leisure.

In the past few weeks, we’ve attended a 100th birthday party for a Centenarian and a 60th Anniversary celebration.

You heard me ~> 100!

Jack lived in Princeton before moving to FL.  He lives at the end of our street and is rather amazing ~> still driving, lives alone, dresses with care, has a cocktail every evening, and . . . he’s capable of carrying on a conversation with all his marbles firmly in place.

May we all be so lucky!

At the anniversary celebration, guests (including Betty & Eileen ~ our “roommates” during Hurricane Irma) were given centerpieces to take home.


Aah . . . that’s better!

Loofah? June 23, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Humor, Travel & Leisure.

While in Tarpon Springs, we wandered through a few shops (selling soaps, sponges, and loofahs), watched a couple of sponge diving films, and had quite a relaxing day.

My favorite shop display:

Aah . . . that’s better!

My Favorite Photo From Tarpon Springs June 21, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Travel & Leisure.

Aah . . . that’s better!

OPA! June 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Travel & Leisure.

As part of our Anniversary Celebration, we headed to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs.

Along the waterfront, we met Diver Dan.

And saw lots of boats.

We went to Mykenos for lunch ~ Greek Salad & Greek Fries.

We went to Hellas Bakery for dessert.

After fogging up the display case, we chose Baklava Cheesecake.

Aah . . . that’s better!

I’ve Been To 14 of 50 ~> You? June 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Nature, Travel & Leisure.

MONEY magazine put together a list of the Best Parks in Every State in the U.S.

Curious, I checked out the list and checked off 14 parks (or the immediate vicinity) that I’ve visited at least once:

Arizona ~ Grand Canyon National Park

California ~ Carmel (& its Coastline)

Colorado ~ Rocky Mountain National Park (and Poudre Canyon)

Maine ~ Acadia National Park

Minnesota ~ Lake Harriet in Minneapolis

New Jersey ~ Cape May County Park & Zoo

New Mexico ~ Carlsbad Canyons

New York ~ Central Park & Tavern on the Green

North Carolina ~ Blue Ridge Parkway

South Dakota ~ Custer State Park (to see the Friendly Burros)

Tennessee ~ Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Utah ~ Zion National Park (and Bryce Canyon)

Vermont ~ Quechee Gorge

Wyoming ~ Grand Teton National Park

In case you’re wondering, NONE of the Disney Parks made the list.

Sorry Mickey!

How about you?  What are some of your favorite parks ~ in the U.S. or elsewhere?  Have you visited any of MONEY’s Park Picks?  Any fun adventures to share?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related:  10 Best National Parks (Money)



It’s Love Bug Season! May 19, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Nature, Travel & Leisure.

It was the BEST of times ~> tomato picking season!

It was the WORST of times ~> love bug season!


These bugs are nasty.

And sticky.

And plentiful.

And corrosive.

Wash them off in double quick time or they will strip your paint job.

At least we didn’t make the mistake of driving out to Hunsader Farms to pick tomatoes in a convertible!

Aah . . . that’s better!

An Affordable Mansion in Maine May 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Home & Garden, Less IS More, Travel & Leisure.

If any of you are in the market for an affordable mansion in Maine, check out this beauty:

127 E Main St

It’s on the market for $875,000, which equates to only $85 a square foot for quality construction.  With 12 bedrooms and 13 baths, it’s perfect for a Bed & Breakfast.

Oh, did I mention that it overlooks Penobscot Bay?

And that it features a lookout tower?

For all the details:  127 E. Main St., Searsport, Maine

Aah . . . that’s better!