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

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A Good Pair Of Scissors

Posted by terrepruitt on July 18, 2018

I am not a hairdresser, nor do I really know anything about cutting hair. I do cut my own hair. Not all the time but more often than not. When I lost my corporate job I was trying to cut costs and I believe my hairdresser at that time raised her prices on me without telling me. I understand when stylists have to raise their prices, but in the past I had been notified in advance, she just tacked on some money one time when I went to write my check. Which upset me, I had FINALLY gotten her to cut my hair the way I wanted. So the two situations (job loss and no advance notice on the price increase) had me exploring other options. When my hair got too long to tolerate I would just chop at it with my cuticle scissors. They were sharpest ones I had. Or maybe I used my other pair and they got dull and I started using my cuticles scissors. No, it was my cuticle scissors first because I remember laughing and thinking I was Kinsey Millhone – hacking at my hair with little cuticle scissors.

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I have also been challenged with getting my hair stylists to cut my hair like I want them to cut it. I am not one to have the latest style anything (clothes, hair, makeup) so I want my hair cut like I want my hair cut and because of my work, I want it to be as easy breezy wash and go as possible. Most of the time I am out with sweat drenched hair. Yeah, that sounds gross, but when I finish a class and I am right next to the grocery store, I am NOT going to go home and shower and then go all the way back. I just run my errands after my classes on my way home and I need my hair to be acceptable looking after I towel dry it.

When I go out, I do my hair, but that is not as often as me running errands after a class. I hate flat hair and when my hair is too long it just lays flat. So I like it a little shorter and choppy. It is the choppy I can’t get a hair dresser to do. So usually I come home and end up chopping at it on my own. So I just decided that – for the most part – if I am going to come home and cut my hair after I get it cut, I might as well do it myself.

The problem is . . . oh, heck, there is more than just one problem with me cutting my own hair so I won’t get into all that. What I will say is a good pair of scissors makes all the difference in the world. I bought a low-end good pair of scissors. I can understand why stylists spend a lot of money on scissors. They need to be good in order to cut the hair. And since they (stylists) actually know how to use them they can do wonders. My aim is to get my hair out of my eyes and if I can, make it stick out a bit.

I could very well be walking around looking like I cut my own hair, but now-a-days people walk around with all types of stuff going on up there so . . . that is ok with me as long as I am ok with it. And I am. Especially since I purchased actually hair cutting scissors. They make it so much easier to cut my hair.

One thing though, I cut my hair wet so, I never really know what it is going to look like when it is dried and styled. I don’t actually cut it the same way every time (refer back to the “I don’t know what I am doing.”).

I just cut my hair today and had my scissors out and that is what made me think to share how a good pair of scissors can make a world of difference.  I don’t know what my hair will actually look like, I have yet to see.

Do you have a pair of specialty scissors?  Perhaps for hair, gardening, cooking?

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A Little More Brave

Posted by terrepruitt on July 16, 2018

It was way before 2008 that I first noticed an oriole on our hummingbird feeder.  I didn’t know what it was then.  I got a picture of one on a feeder in 2008.  I don’t know that I saw any more for years. Now they are regulars. In fact I am rushing to post this so that I can go fill the feeder they just emptied. I’ve mentioned before that the feeder we bought specifically for the orioles is way too difficult to clean. It is very narrow and I am not sure I can get the brush in there and get it clean enough. They are much dirtier than the hummingbirds. Or something. It could be that they have to get their beaks all the way in whereas hummingbirds have long tongues. I am not sure, but the hummingbird feeder they primarily eat off of is way more gross than the ones the hummingbirds eat off of. It gets this black sludgy stuff in it. This time of year it is not so bad because I am filling it every three or four days. Our hummingbird feeders come apart and are very easy to clean so we just take the flowers off of them so that the orioles can get their beaks in for the sugar water.

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The orioles have gotten a little more brave as they used to fly away immediately if we even walked into our living room. But now they will stay at the feeder or even come into the yard when we are in the living room. And they are so brave that now they are eating at the feeder that is close to the window. They are tormenting my cat. She climbs up on the cat tower and talks at them. She reaches at her paw for them. There were two on the feeder today while Nessa and I were playing and that quickly distracted both of us.

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My husband said he saw six last night around the feeder . . . that could be why it is empty and I have to fill it.  I know that I have seen two brightly colored ones together, so I know that there are at least two males.  It is difficult to tell the females apart but I have seen at least four together so I know that there are at least four of them.  I have never seen all six together.

Since they have gotten a bit brave I was able to take closer pictures.  So here are a few.

Do you get to see birds in your yard?

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Pink Alstroemeria

Posted by terrepruitt on July 13, 2018

In June I posted a Friday Photo of these same flowers but in yellow. One of my friends in my Tuesday yoga class said they are alstroemeria. I believe my mother-in-law had told me that before. She was a gardener. My friend just had all different colors of these flowers put in her yard. This is not a picture of her flowers, it is a picture of my friend from Yin Yoga Teacher Training’s flowers.

I love these flowers, they come in a large variety of colors and they usually last a long time when brought in the house and used as decoration.

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Banana Bread

Posted by terrepruitt on July 11, 2018

The other day we had bananas WAY past their ripe stage, and recently whenever that happened I said I would make banana bread, but I have not.  This time I was determined to.  I went looking for my banana bread recipe and I found I did not have it, the one I talked about in my Blender Banana Bread post.  I thought I had it bookmarked but could not find it there either.  So I had to make it from memory with a little help from the internet.  I am not sure I have it right.  It is tasty, but I might need to do a little experimentation.

Here is what I did.

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3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup butter (one cube)
2 eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Peel the bananas, putting the peeled bananas in a bowl.  Smash the bananas with a fork.  Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add the vanilla.  Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda together.  Mix the flour mixture into the creamed mixture a little at a time.

Grease a loaf pan.  Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes.  Check the loaf to see if it is ready.  Ovens vary so you might need to bake it longer.

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I like walnuts in my banana bread, but my husband does not so much, so I didn’t put them in this time, but next time I will.  And one of these days, I’ll put chocolate chips in there.

How do you make banana bread?

 

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Orange Collars For Indoor Cats

Posted by terrepruitt on July 9, 2018

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But then I flipped the bag over Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classesand read the other side of the enclosed card. It said that less than 5% of missing indoor cats are returned home, that a cat with an orange collar is an indication of an indoor cat, a cat with an orange collar should not be outside. Ha! I hadn’t read past that because I thought that was a great idea. Now that I am reading the entire thing I understand what the white strip on the collar is. It is a space to write your phone number so someone can call you when your cat is found. This is cool. I like this program.

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The thing is . . . my cats are indoor cats and they don’t wear collars. That is one reason I love indoor cats, they are unfettered by collars. I was planning on putting the bright orange collar on our black cat for a photo because I thought the orange and black would really stand out. But when I thought about it I don’t know where she was and her sister was right there. So I tried it on her. Well, I am not posting all the blurry shots I have. She wouldn’t really sit still. She was trying to get it off. I did manage to get one or two, but not of her face.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes

Today as I was preparing to write this post I put it on the black cat. She was in mellow mode so she just laid there and actually let me get a few photos.

When I googled Orange Collar the result was a lot of sites selling orange collars. The few articles that came up showed a year of 2015 in the summary . . . so I am thinking that this orange collar for indoor cats has been around since at least 2015. I think it is a neat idea.

Have you ever heard of the orange collar thing? Do you have an indoor cat? Does your indoor cat wear a collar? WOULD your indoor cat wear a collar?

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Failed Selfie

Posted by terrepruitt on July 6, 2018

Sometimes I take pictures of the cats and I – selfies and text them to my husband. Sometimes I do post them elsewhere, but most of the time I just end up with a bunch of pictures of me and a cat. Today they were both too close to the slider for me to get behind them and put the camera in front of us. But I did get a few shots of Teagan’s eye.  You can see a bit of my head.  Failed selfie.

Today’s Friday Photo:  Cat’s eye selfie.

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Amazonite Stone

Posted by terrepruitt on July 2, 2018

At the end of the Yin Yoga Teacher Training the instructors gave us a stone. We were to reach in and pull one out. The stones were all the same stone, but they were in different shapes. I had decided I was just going to reach in and pull out the first stone I touched. I wasn’t going to root around and try to find a shape I wanted. I just reached in and my hand came out with a heart shaped stone. YAY! I love heart shaped stones. The stone we were given was Amazonite.

Of course he told us about the stone before he gave it to us, but I forgot and I had to do some internet research in order to post this.

The stone is helpful to both the heart chakra and throat chakra. It is said to be a releasing and calming stone. So it can help you release things from your heart and also help you speak the truth. It can assist with communications. It also helps one see both sides of a situation. Because of these benefits it helps with relationships.

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It also helps block the pollution from the various devices around that can effect our health.

If you are one to believe in the energetic and healing properties of stones, this one is a good one to have around. It is a soft green color. It is pretty. And I am happy I grabbed the heart.

The following sites have more detailed information, in case you are interested:

Energy Muse Amazonite / Crystal Vaults Amazonite / The Healing Chest Amozonite

Is this stone something you might be interested in? 

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Blue Sky And Clouds

Posted by terrepruitt on June 29, 2018

Well, I was looking through some photos trying to find one to post and I came across this one and it made me have a little sense of peace. It was a beautiful day.

Blue sky, clouds, lake, deck, and leaves for today’s Friday Photo.

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Liquid Mind Is Great Music

Posted by terrepruitt on June 27, 2018

Once upon a time, when I first got my phone I had Pandora on it. I actually still have the app on it, but I no longer use it because it requires a log in and I just can’t remember it. I don’t even know if it always required a log in and I forgot it or if I stopped using it once it required a log in. I just don’t bother. I have so many log ins to so many things, I rather would not since I don’t have to. BUT . . . we have a Roku and we can use Pandora through it. My husband has a Pandora account. He probably has as many things to log into as I do, but he actually remembers his passwords. Or at least he does a better job than I do. On Pandora you can set up “Radios” or “channels”. He has a few already set up. And he set up one for me for Christmas, which I used through out last year’s entire Christmas season. He also was kind enough to let me set up a “Yoga Radio”.

When I do yoga in the living room I turn on Pandora and scroll over to my Yoga Radio. It is so nice . . . except when I am laying in Shavasana completely relaxed and a commercial starts to blare. Oh well. Otherwise it is great. There are so many great songs out there and Pandora is an awesome way to get exposed to them.

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Mr. Wild has worked with so many famous people it is amazing. He originally wrote Liquid Mind music as a form of therapy as he and his family and friends — like so many of us — were suffering from anxiety and stress. When he found it to be helpful and healing, he released an album to the public in 1993.

His music is very slow and calming. His website Liquid Mind Music actually urges people to NOT listen to it while driving or operating dangerous machinery as some people may become drowsy and “slow music may cause slower reaction times in some listeners”.

Well, I think it is perfect for yoga, perhaps not Power Yoga or one that is really high energy. But when I am listening to Pandora and doing yoga there are other artists besides Liquid Mind so it works out perfect.

I do love it so much that I have purchased two of his albums. Even though I can listen to it on Pandora, I like to have it on my devices. I will probably end up getting more, perhaps all 15 of his albums.

You can go to his site and listen for yourself. Come back after you do to tell me what you think?

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Our Cat Spot – June 25, 2014

Posted by terrepruitt on June 25, 2018

I was going to post this picture as the Friday Photo, but I decided to save it for the actual anniversary. Today, June 25, four years ago our beloved cat was called back to her original posting as an angel. She is missed everyday. She was a very unique cat. Our current cats are great cats. They are so sweet. They are entertaining and very funny at that. But I still miss Spot. I can love new kitties but still miss kitties we had previously.

It was a beautiful day when she died. I snapped this photo as I looked up. John and I sat in the yard for a while. The house was so empty.

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I am just going to point you to some of my Spot posts.  And post a few pictures.  The pictures have nothing to do with the posts, except they are of Spot and the posts are about her.

My Assignment As A Cat Is Now Done, she was an angel.

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Sweet Memory. We used to call her Circle Kitty.

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This post was when we got a bunch of new hummingbirds in the neighborhood. They didn’t know what to make of this. Assessing The Threat Level – Can It Eat Us?

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It is so difficult when a beloved pet dies, huh?

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