Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

    Nia: Tues and Thurs at 9 am

    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

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Squirrel Balancing

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2019

It amazes me how squirrels balance on things. To them it is probably just sitting. Sitting on a tree branch, sitting on a chair back, sitting on the edge of a pot. But to me it is balancing. Their little feet holding on and their butt hanging over the edge. Their tails helping out. It was raining and he was having a nut. He sat for a couple of shots, then finished his nut and was off. I thought I would share him for my Friday Photo.

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Meant To Be Together

Posted by terrepruitt on February 13, 2019

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I thought that was so funny for so many reasons. I know that I have looked at cards and thought I had purchased them only to find out I hadn’t. I sometimes buy cards and misplace them. I know that multiple times my husband and I have purchased the same card and given it to each other twice. In some cases the sentiment was the same but the card maker had added a different picture. I am not sure if we have purchased the same card for each other, but I think we might have. But I know we have not used one another purchased cards. HA! So funny.

Do you have any funny card giving or receiving stories?

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The Timing Of Love

Posted by terrepruitt on February 11, 2019

I was recently watching a TV show where one of the characters told another, “I wonder what would have happened if I met you later?” He went on to say that had it been five years later and they passed on the street would they have looked at each other and known. He was surmising that had they met later HE would have fallen in love with her and been ready to settle down and not practically leave her at the altar. Just like when people say, “I wish I would have met you sooner.” With that sweet sentiment they are usually saying that they wished they would have met sooner so they could have been together longer. But I don’t believe either of those ideas. I think that in both cases if the meeting would have happened at different times then they would not have fallen in love.

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The same with the idea of meeting earlier. The person that would have been encountered years earlier is not the person you met and fell in love with. In general, I believe that people fall in love with a person as they are and in the circumstances they are currently in so they might not have been the same years earlier and they might not be the same years later.

Now I know this is all a generalization (as I said) . . . there are plenty of people who fall in love and then for a multitude of reasons never get together or don’t stay together only to get together or back together years later when they meet up and their circumstances have changed. Love is just a crazy amazing thing. Ya never really know.

This thought was just a Monday musing because of what I saw on a TV show.

What are your thoughts about the timing of love?

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Colorful Hummingbird

Posted by terrepruitt on February 8, 2019

Here is another watercolor from the community center where I teach yoga. Every week I look to see if there are more that I really love, but I haven’t seen one. I have one more picture of one that I took at the same time as this one that I will post and that will be it unless I find another one I love.

Here is a hummingbird for my Friday Photo.

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What do you think of these watercolors?

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My Husband Laced My Shoes

Posted by terrepruitt on February 6, 2019

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When I need to run errands after class then I tie the shoe properly otherwise it flops around on my foot and that is not comfortable. But when I am just going to class I just loop the lace around my heel and that keeps it from dragging on the ground and being a “trip-threat”.

The way my husband laced my shoe does not match any or these. Had he not successfully laced my shoe I might have gone for the “Heel Slipping” because that is usually what happens with the regular way of lacing a shoe.

How do you tie your shoes? Does one of these examples apply to you?


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Quick, Easy Asana Reference

Posted by terrepruitt on February 4, 2019

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The book is separated into seven categories (sexy, calm, energy, restore, cleanse, sanity, and ragtime) and has poses that can help with each category in that section. In the front of each section there is even three sequences that one can do to gain benefits to help with that specific category.

For example in the sexy category some of the poses are: Chair, Warrior II, Staff, revolved triangle, and Cow Face Pose. The sequences in the beginning of that section contain some of those poses. So you can pick some of your favorite poses from the sexy category section and do them or you can do one (or more) of the sequences in the front of the section.  Of course, the way to use the book is almost endless, just like any yoga book.

 

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Sparkly, Shiny, Blue – Happy

Posted by terrepruitt on February 1, 2019

Here is a pretty blue ornament I received for Christmas. While it is an ornament, it is not necessarily a Christmas Tree ornament. Not all ornaments are just for the tree. I have this hung in my office. I am not really sure about the “grow true”, but it a heart, it is blue, it is sparkly, it is shiny, and it has an additional blue “gem” in it. I like it. It makes me smile.

Sharing a picture of my blue ornament for my Friday Photo today.

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Savory French Toast Sandwich

Posted by terrepruitt on January 30, 2019

One day I was making something to eat. I was debating about having French Toast or scrambled eggs. I usually put milk into my egg for French Toast and I usually put milk and garlic salt or season salt in my scrambled eggs. I had decided on French Toast, but perhaps I wasn’t really firm in my decision and clearly I was not focusing on the task at hand because I stirred up the eggs and seasoned them with season salt then put the bread in it. As I was flipping the bread to coat the other side I realized my error. Sigh. So I decided to make a grilled sandwich with the egg coated bread. It was delicious.

I cooked the oddly seasoned French Toast like I would regular French Toast. I always have a bit of egg left over after making two pieces of French Toast. One egg is never enough to coat two pieces of bread and two eggs is always too much. I cooked up the rest of the egg mixture and pan fried some lunch meat for the sandwich.

It was such a yummy accident, I think I have had it a couple of times since.  Here is my “recipe”.  (I say “recipe” because there are no measurements or exact cooking times.  It’s more of an idea than a recipe.)

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butter
2 eggs
season salt
milk
two pieces of bread
slice of cheese
lunch meat
onions

Put some butter in a pan and turn on the heat. Scramble the two eggs adding the season salt and a splash of milk. Dip the bread in the egg mixture. (Here is where you decide if you like a lot of egg on your bread or not. I usually just dip the bread quick.) When the pan is good and hot add the egg coated bread to the pan and proceed to cook as you would French Toast. I like my French Toast browned.

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At one point you might want to put the cheese on the bread so it can start to melt . . . again . . . it all depends on whether you want melted cheese.

Once the toast is cooked to your liking, the extra egg is cooked, and the lunch meat is browned you can assemble the sandwich. I added some raw onions on my sandwich.

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This was so good I am finding my mouth water as I am typing this up.  I can see myself having this again in the next couple of days!

 

Probably not a new thing to some – savory French Toast – but it was a complete and delicious accident to me!  What do you think?

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Colorful Elephant

Posted by terrepruitt on January 25, 2019

In September of 2018 I posted a watercolor painting that hangs on the wall of the community center where I teach yoga on Thursday evenings. It was a painting of a flamingo. It is gorgeous. I have snapped a few photos of some of the paintings. I want to share them as my Friday Photo. Here is a gorgeous elephant.

 

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Too Much Of An Inconvenience?

Posted by terrepruitt on January 23, 2019

You may have read that I get my father’s magazines also, our neighbor had a business, but doesn’t any more, but he still gets the magazines he had subscribed to for his lobby, and he gives them to us. So we get a lot of magazines. Most of them I don’t read, I just take them to the community centers “bring a book – take a book” shelves. But I saw a title as I was putting one in my “to go” pile that I thought would make an interesting blog post. The article’s title was “why isn’t anyone using condoms anymore?”

Well, Cosmopolitan surveyed 2000 18 to 25 year olds and only 30 percent of them had used a condom the last time they had sex. Aside from being 98 percent effective against pregnancy condoms help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, but, according to this little survey the participants aren’t worried about STDs. The survey didn’t give the reasons the participants weren’t concerned, but in the same section the article mentioned that chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. So perhaps these people surveyed figured STDs aren’t a big deal because they can be cured? Even though herpes and HIV cannot. And not to mention what can happen as a result of having one of these diseases. Some of the STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility.

And the article even starts out by saying “Nearly 20 millions Americans are projected to get an STI (I guess they don’t even call them STDs any more!) this year.” It also says that “for the past four years in a row, the U.S. has consistently broken its own STI records.” There were 200,000 more cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2017 than in 2016 (which was 2.3 million). And think about it, those are just the reported numbers.

The article also stated that 61 percent of the people participating in the survey said they would use a condom if they knew their partner had an STI . . . really? I must be old fashioned because I think I wouldn’t be having sex with them until that was taken care of all together.

Other information the article stated:

Seventy-two percent said they respect a partner who asks to use one.

One reason they don’t use them is because they don’t like throwing them away.

Menstruation and birth control pills were other reasons (they couldn’t get pregnant).

The article also had some information about four dotcom companies that check for various STDs so you don’t even have to go to the doctor. You can just send a sample in and get results back.

I guess I just thought that avoiding pregnancy and STDs was important enough to use a condom. With everyone wanting to be healthy by not eating gluten, not eating dairy, not eating meat, running 5Ks and 10Ks, and doing things like yoga, . . . . I just assumed that “safe”/protected sex went along with that. It is another way to stay healthy. I think those 72% that said they would respect a partner that asks, should start asking.

How about you?  Do any of these figures surprise you? 

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