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Reality: Facebook September 12, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, People.

7dwarfsFacebook allows us to share our lives with strangers while making new friends.  As an experiment, I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook by applying the same basic principles:

Every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I ate for breakfast, how I feel, what I did the night before and what I plan to do tomorrow night.

grumpy_thinkingThen I show them pictures of my family, my dog, and me gardening and spending time in my pool.

I also listen to them and I tell them I’m laughing out loud. (Even if I’m not.)

It works!

I already have 3 people following me: a cop, a shrink, and a lawyer who says I’m eligible for social security disability due to “mental instability.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  e-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.) 

Long Live The Queen! September 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in People.

Queen Elizabeth II has now reigned longer than any other British Monarch . . . passing the previous record held by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

The Queen succeeds Victoria as the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch after 63 years and 218 days on the throne.

During that time, she has worked with a dozen British Prime Ministers and a dozen U.S. Presidents.

Long Live The Queen!

To read more:

Elizabeth & Victoria in Numbers (BBC)

33 Fun Facts and Photos as Elizabeth overtakes Victoria (The Telegraph)

Queen Elizabeth to Break Victoria’s Record (Toronto Star)

Setting The Bar LOW September 7, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Humor, Music & Dance.

Donald-DirectorIt’s easier to meet and even exceed expectations when the bar is set LOW.



Except, of course, when dancing the LIMBO after drinking a Jumbo Jamba Juice.

Or when skating under 39 cars like a human pancake.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Definitions September 5, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

An insect that makes you like flies better.

Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

A no-it-all.

A story you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.

One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

An honest opinion openly expressed.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source: e-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.) 

Life Is Like Playing Mario Brothers September 3, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness.

200px-March-hareIn Mario Brothers, as we move from “where we are” to “where we want to be,” we keep a look out for hidden clues and secret portals.

Each that we find reveals a short cut to success on our journey from Here to There.

We follow the path to see what waits around the next corner.

We keep following the trail of “breadcrumbs” and eventually arrive where we are meant to be . . .

At a tea party hosted by the March Hare and the Mad Hatter!

Aah . . . that’s better!

When you don’t know, go with the flow.  Have faith you’ll end up where you need to be when you need to be there.

Besides, let’s say you veer off course, how are you ever gonna know?

Six Little Stories August 31, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance.

Goofy-Under-An-Umbrella{1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.

On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s FAITH

{2} When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her.

That’s TRUST

Goofy-Riding-A-Bike{3} Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That’s HOPE

(4) We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.


(5) We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.

That’s LOVE

grumpy_thinking{6} On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence “I am not 80 years old . . . I am sweet 16 with 64 years experience.”


Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Call The Paramedics! August 29, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.

Brian-Oh-NoVinny and Sal are out in the woods hunting when suddenly Sal grabs his chest and falls to the ground.

He doesn’t seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.

Vinny whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He tells the operator, “I think Sal is dead! What should I do?”

The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, “Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”

Brian-with-coffee-and-newspaperThere is a silence.
And then a gunshot is heard.

Vinny’s voice comes back on the line.
“Okay… Now what?”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)

Centering Your Self August 27, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Meditation, Mindfulness.


From Lao Tzu:

The ego is a monkey catapulting through the jungle:

Totally fascinated by the realm of the senses,
it swings from one desire to the next,
one conflict to the next,
one self-centered idea to the next.
If you threaten it, it actually fears for its life.

LE3502Let this monkey go.
Let the senses go.
Let desires go.
Let conflicts go.
Let ideas go.
Let the fiction of life and death go.
Just remain in the center, watching.

And then forget that you are there.

~ Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.)

Related: Quotes by Lao Tzo (Gaiam Life) * Hua Hu Ching: The Unknown Teachings of Lao Tzu

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Artwork: Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he paints. The result speaks for itself.

Spares & Splits @ Splitsville August 25, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink.

In June, we met BFF’s sister and her family at Splitsville in Downtown Disney.

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We worked up an appetite throwing Strikes, Spares, and Splits (not necessarily in that order).

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Famished, we refueled with pizza, salads, and fries in the adjoining dining room.

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After lunch, we wandered in and out of shops searching for Mr. Potato Head accessories and LEGO kits . . . stopping by to see NESSIE!

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The Loch Ness LEGO monster!

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I have it on good authority that Nessie is a *SNAP* to make.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Odd & Even Parking August 22, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.

220px--Lena_Horne_conserves_fuel_(gas).-,_ca._1941_-_ca._1945_-_NARA_-_535820On a bitterly cold morning a husband and wife were listening to the radio during breakfast.

The announcer said, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. Park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so snowplows can get through.”

The husband went out and moved his car.

A week later, the announcer said, “We’re expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today.  Park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street so snowplows can get through.”

The husband went out and moved his car again.

The next week they are again having breakfast when the radio announcer says, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today.  Park your car . . . ”

Then the electric power went out.

Donald-Duck-DrivingWith a frown, the husband said, “I don’t know what to do.  Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snowplows can get through?”

With the love, understanding, and patience that many married women possess, the wife replied,  “Why don’t you just leave the car in the garage this time?”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Inspiration:  e-mail from unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

“Men marry women with the hope that they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably, they are both disappointed.”    ~ Albert Einstein


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