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Beauty In The Sky In July

Posted by terrepruitt on January 22, 2021

This was from a July sky.  I haven’t seen a sky like this in awhile it seems.  I’m posting one for today’s Friday Photo so I can see.

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Many More Than I Knew About

Posted by terrepruitt on January 18, 2021

So, if you are on Facebook you may have experienced the situation where you look at something on the internet, or you talk to someone about something, or you click on something and the next thing you know all the ads on your Facebook feed are that thing.  Have you had that happen?  Two of the last four things I had that experience with surprised me with how many different ones were out there.  Recently my feed has been full of fake eyelashes – as you may know, nail polish, tiaras, and stationary bikes.  The two things I didn’t realize there were so many of were the fake eyelashes, the magnetic kind and the stationary bikes.  Well, these are not the ordinary stationary bikes, the kind that are just bikes that don’t go, these are the kind that have a monitor attached to them and where there is some sort of monthly subscription to classes that you get roped into.  I used to see the commercials for Peloton on TV all the time, but we are – thankfully – primarily watching shows without commercials.  But it is me looking at the Peloton that got me into this bikes-on my-Facebook feed situation.

I really thought that Peloton was the ONLY bike that had live classes you could “attend” and that was why and HOW it was so expensive.  I thought they had the market cornered, but NO!  Wow, there are a lot of bikes out there that have subscription based classes.  I had NO idea.  Do you know the type of bikes I am talking about?

The Peloton is a stationary bike — it goes NO WHERE — that has a monitor on it and you can ride it as you take live classes.  I am not going to get into all that each of these bikes has to offer, I am just throwing out some info and the fact that there are these bikes.  As I said – I HAD NO IDEA.  Peloton has different bikes and different levels of subscription, but one of their bikes is linked up to where your bike responds to what the trainer in class is setting the levels at.

There is the NordicTrack which has a lot of scenic rides and the bike actually goes up and down.  So if you are riding up a hill it gets more difficult (from what I understand) AND the bike inclines!  So you can feel like you are actually riding outside.

There is a bike called the CAROL bike it looks like it has its own subscription or you can use Peloton digital.  CAROL website says: “AFTER THREE “CALIBRATION RIDES”, CAROL GETS TO KNOW YOU AND EXACTLY HOW HARD TO PUSH YOU.

CAROL’s algorithms calculate and instantly apply the exact resistance you need to reach “supramaximal” power. In each ride, multiple metrics are measured. CAROL re-calculates the resistance in your next ride to reflect your progress and ability.”  WHOA!

There’s the Pro-form, Echelon, MYXFitness, Stryde, and Bowflex . . . . these are just the ones I am seeing on my Facebook feed.  I did a quick internet search and so many more came up.  I had no idea!

I guess I am just amazed that there are so many.  I didn’t realize there were so many people that like to ride stationary bikes.  It seems that many of the memberships include classes other than just spin (old-school name) classes, some have yoga, stretch, stretch, and more. Some of them, like Paloton, NordicTrack, Pro-Form, Echelon, and Bowflex have equipment other than bicycles that also tie into their class memberships.  So with some of the platforms you don’t even have to buy any of their equipment, you can just become a member and do their workouts.

I also guess that with gyms being closed in many places these types of things have become more popular.

So QUESTIONS . . . I want answers, please.

Have you heard of Peloton?  Have you heard of NordicTrack?  Have you heard of any of the others ones I mentioned?  What ones have you heard of that I have not mentioned?  Do you have a stationary bike?  Do you have a treadmill?  Do you every get inundated with ads on Facebook from something you looked up on the internet or just talked about?

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Under The Christmas Tree Is Where I Will Be

Posted by terrepruitt on January 15, 2021

Hundreds of pictures of the cats. Here they are under the Christmas tree again. I have found that a tree on a table seems to work well for all of us. It is off the ground out of the cats on-all-fours-eyesight, it allows them their treasured spot in the sun, it allows room for a lot of presents, it just works for us.

They will be happy tomorrow when the tree is gone and their tower is back in its place.

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Fun Christmas Gifts

Posted by terrepruitt on January 13, 2021

So these Christmas gifts might not go in the category of helpful . . .but maybe. A friend of mine gave me some nail polish recently that started an avalanche of nail polish “needs”. Since it is more expensive than I would normally spend on a bottle of polish – and I haven’t painted my nails in years! – I thought it was the perfect “ask” for a gift. And I recently fell in love with a purple pen which started an avalanche of me wanting colored pens . . . again . . . pens are not something we need so to me it was a good “ask”. I asked for a set of pens. I was telling one of my friends that I got them and she asked if there was anything I planned on doing with them and I had not. I was just looking forward to writing with them. When I had picked them out I hadn’t really paid attention to the fact that there were GLITTER pens in there. Yeah, I am a middle aged woman that gets excited about glitter pens. So that is one of the reasons why I was so excited by the recent idea of logging a daily task by coloring. I have a fun way to use my pens.

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So . . . I feel so very blessed that I am able to really just get simple things I want for Christmas. When all my needs and wants are met, it is fun to be able to get some fun stuff.

Did you get any fun stuff for Christmas?

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One Pan Turkey and Egg Noodles

Posted by terrepruitt on January 11, 2021

My hubby has been doing the shopping for the past eight and half months and while I would often have a menu planned for at least one meal, I didn’t always have meals for the entire week planned when I was doing the shopping. So having to plan the entire week Sunday night is kind of a challenge. It is much easier when I cook something that will last most of the week (we are still eating Beer Cheese Potato Soup from Wednesday) . Or if he cooks something like that. You (may) know I LOVE leftovers for that reason – Cook once, eat multiple times. Well, my friend gave me the One Pan Easy Beef And Pasta recipe. And it is DELICIOUS. I made it one week and we ate it for days and I loved it so much I made it the next week and we ate it again for days. But the second time I did it with ground turkey. So here is that recipe with the adjustments.

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• 4 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
• 10 oz mushrooms
• garlic salt (and pepper*)
• 1 cup diced onion
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 lb ground turkey
• 2 tablespoons paprika
• 3 cups water
• 1 cup cooking sherry
• 4 teaspoons Better Than Bouillon/Roasted Beef

• 12 oz dry egg noodles
• 3/4 cup sour cream
• 3 tablespoons ricotta

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Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil then add the onions. With such a hot pan, they may cook rather quickly, so when they are translucent stir in the garlic, cook until fragrant (usually only about 30 to 45 seconds). Add the ground turkey to the pan. Break it up as it cooks. Add some garlic salt and some pepper*. Once it is all broken up sprinkle the paprika over the meat then stir to mix it in.

Pour in the water and sherry stir in the Better Than Bouillon**. Once it is incorporated add the dry pasta. Stir until the pasta is mixed in then bring to a light boil. Turn down the heat place a cover on it – plan to let it cook for 12 to 18 minutes, but stir it often. During one of the stirs add the 3 tablespoons of ricotta. Stir until it is incorporated into the mix. Keep an eye on the mixture you want to make sure the meat is cooked through, but you don’t want to overcook the pasta unless you like it like that.

After the pasta is cooked to your liking, remove the pan from the heat and add the mushrooms and sour cream. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed well.

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So good. My mouth is watering thinking about it. This is what we are having this week. Can’t wait!

Which do you prefer, ground beef or ground turkey?

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*I don’t use pepper.
**I don’t make the broth beforehand, I just add the water and flavoring to the pan and let it mix with the food

 

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JOY

Posted by terrepruitt on January 8, 2021

I went to the post office the other day to drop off some mail in the drive-thru mail box. Since I never get out and my car never gets driven I decided to drive around my neighborhood, but in a different direction, one I had never been. I was amazed at some of the views I came across. But this sign made me happy. I actually circled around to take a picture of it to share with you. I thought it would make a nice Friday Photo.

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Happy New Year!!!

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Daily Log For Movement Or Whatever . . . .

Posted by terrepruitt on January 6, 2021

There are so many fabulous things about taking trainings online. When I took the FIRST EVERY Nia Belt Training Online there were people from all over the world participating. As part of the training live virtual Nia classes are included. It was super fun to dance with people all over the world. I am teaching classes virtually myself so unfortunately I was not able to attend a lot of the classes because my classes are on the optimal days at the optimal time – and so are a lot of others. So when there was a class offered I was usually teaching. BUT, I did take a class with one Nia teacher in New Zealand. She is hilarious.  She just sent out a Daily Log which is perfect. I have been wanting to do something with MY students that is easy and fun and she found it.

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What a super easy way to keep track of ANYTHING! Just color in the number and then at the end of the month you will have a colorful word and at the end of the year you will have a color paper!

I am inviting my students to use it as a movement log. So whenever they get some exercise in their day they color in the date. There are so many ways it can be done . . .

If you want to set some guidelines it could be that you color in a date when you have done at least 30 minutes of exercise/movement. If you do a variety of movement forms you can use a different color for each activity. I am going to use a separate color for yoga, Nia, and stretch. I will have an “other” color and a color for none, but for the “none” I am going to use the color and line through the day. I will probably change colors during the year so I can end up with a colorful paper.

You can find a blank one to download (JPEG) for printing for your use on my site by clicking here. The numbers might not print very clear, but it it easy enough to figure out. I can’t read the tiny URL on the page to know where this came from but – thank you, Creator-Of-This-Cool-Tool!

Remember it is ok to have days where you may not have gotten in any documentable movement (it happens) so if you want a colorful page go ahead and pick a color for the time when you are giving yourself a rest.

And like I said this is good for more than just keeping track of days with movement, it could be for days you meditate or days you talk to friends or loved ones, it could even be for keeping track of daily medication or days you eat veggies . . .the possibilities are endless. It is an easy way to keep track of things.

Thank you to Stephanie for sharing. I am so excited. I hope you will join me on this coloring journey. With my students we will have a monthly show and tell . . . seeing each others’ coloring progress. You can always join in on that too!  I can’t wait to see how it looks at the end of the year!

Don’t you think this is a cool way to track completion of daily movement or log completion of a daily task? 

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Helpful Christmas Gift

Posted by terrepruitt on January 4, 2021

As sometimes happens I couldn’t think of anything to post about for hours and now that I thought of something I don’t have time, I need to go cook dinner. It too late to do a nice post with all the great Christmas gifts I received from my hubby, so I am going to do a quick one with one of the items and do another post with some of the others.  I can’t sit here taking a bunch of photos to accompany my post. So you get a quick post with some quick pictures. Gone are the days where my husband and I surprise each other with great gifts. Now-a-days we give each other lists and most of the time it is just little things. You will see when I do another post. You will probably laugh at what was on my list. We are blessed so anything we feel we need we buy it during the year. We are also pretty frugal so we don’t always buy the latest things. If you remember my last phone upgrade was from a 5 to a 10 XS and I hope to keep it just as long! But sometimes we need things to help us with our devices. So this is what I asked for:

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Also, I have been finding that my airpods charge doesn’t seem to last long . . . or more accurately I use them A LOT so they always need to be charged. I often use one and then when it makes the noise indicating it needs charging I put the other one in and then take out the one that needs charging. MOST of the time it changes over seamlessly but not always and sometimes they just die too quickly so I end up using my old airbuds. Well, have you ever forgot about that whole set up (airbuds in your ears plugged into the phone, phone sitting somewhere where you decide not to be) and rip the buds out of your ears, or the cord out of the phone, or the phone off the counter? UGH! I hate when I do that. So with this that does not happen! It is pretty nifty.

For a while I was looking for an armband, but this is much more convenient because it doesn’t have a plastic pocket where the phone goes so none of that to deal with and it is easy to just flip the phone up to see and work on.

Did you get anything useful for Christmas?

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Under The Christmas Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2021

While I am excited to leave the Christmas tree and decorations up for another week, I don’t think our cats are. But maybe. The tree is in the spot that their cat tower normally resides, but it is on a table so that they can still have access to the spot where the sun shines. Here is Teagan and Nessa for the first Friday Photo of 2021.

Happy New Year!

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Some Favorites From 2020

Posted by terrepruitt on December 30, 2020

2020, well, there really is so much to say, I am not going to say anything, but to leave you with a few reminders;   (click on the pictures will take you to the post!)

We will be having this for dinner on New Year’s Eve:

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Cheese Fondue

 

We MAY be having this to drink on New Year’s Eve:

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Chocolate wine and champagne

 

We will continue, in the years to come, to make:

 

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Crock pot banana bread

 

And this one One Pan Easy Beef And Pasta will be on the menu often (although I might use turkey) . . . . so yummy!

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And I will always be grateful for my little home yoga, Nia, and stretch studio and that I was able to take the very first Nia Belt training online AND it was with Debbie Rosas.

I will also be so happy that we were gifted so many kiwis because now any time we have Kiwi’s will will be having kiwi martinis!

I had purchased the Ripple Rug for the cats Christmas 2019, but I had waited to give it to them.  Shortly after we had to shelter at home I gave it to them.  That was super fun.  Here you can see the Cats’ Ripple Rug Play.

And I am glad I was wrong about how soon I would know someone with the virus.

Thank you, Dear Readers/Friends.  I appreciate you reading my posts and commenting.  I hope to see you all here and on your blogs in 2021.  I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year.  Here’s to 2021.

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