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Christmas Music I’m Listening To In 2017

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2017

While I was decorating for Christmas and making some Christmas gifts I was listening to Christmas music. I was listening to Pandora. I have a few Christmas CDs, but I thought I would listen to something else to see if there was any new stuff out there. To me it seems as if anyone sings they’ve done a Christmas album. Most often it is the same Christmas songs over and over. I have to admit that sometimes I like a new version of a traditional Christmas song. I can still like the old version, but it is nice to hear a new take on it. Well, this year on Pandora I was introduced to a Christmas album a couple of years old that had new-to-me songs on it.  PLUS there are two versions of two songs that I didn’t even think I liked until I heard this group’s version. A couple of the songs I liked so much, I talked my hubby into an early Christmas gift of the album. The album I am talking about is Train’s Christmas in Tahoe.

First of all, last year was the first time – that I know of – that I had heard Joni Mitchell’s River (1971). And the version I heard I did not like. I think it turns out that I just don’t like any Christmas songs that particular artist sings on her album (2014). She has WAY TOO MANY dramatic pauses and they are WAAAAAAAY too long. Geez. It is to the point of annoying. So I thought I didn’t like the song. But I like Train’s version. Just now, before I typed this, I listened to their version then listened to the other artist’s version. I realized – as I FORCED myself to listen to the whole song -I had never listened to the whole song by that artist because I just don’t like it or so I thought. Turns out it is her version I don’t like.  I need to listen to Joni Mitchell’s version to see how it is for me.

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There is not one song on this album that I skip. And I was really happy to see that the album/CD has bonus tracks on it. It was purchased from Amazon so we had advanced access to it on Amazon music, but when the CD arrived it had more songs on it. Yay. Amazon music has 15 tracks, but the CD has 20! And one of them I don’t ever remember ever having heard.  Have you heard of The Cherry Tree Carol?

What Christmas music are you listening to?  What is your favorite Christmas song?

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Easy Decorations With A POP!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 11, 2017

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First, is my lighted berry garland.  I have two strands.  These are the best things every.  I have looked for them over and over and I cannot find them.  I have some really pretty berry garland, but it is glass/plastic covered styrofoam so it is kind of delicate.  It sheds no matter how careful I am.  And so little bits of coating (I don’t even know if it is glass or plastic, but I don’t want my cats to eat it!) come off.  So while, I love the look of it, it is not that easy to display and take care of, but the berry garland I am showing you here is awesome.  It is plastic and it is very hearty.  I actually just lift it off of the shelves and put it in a box.  It somewhat stays in that formation in the box so I can just lift it out of the box and put it over the shelf and BAM!  Just like that the shelf is decorated and looking very festive.  This is one of my favorite decorations.  It is usually one of the first things to go up.  So easy and so decorative.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

Another easy but beautiful (in my opinion) decoration is my wreath made of ornaments.  This one is a cheap plastic version, but hanging on the door, ya can’t tell.  It looks like nice ornaments.  I think this is another easy thing to decorate with.  Just pull it out of the box and hang it and you have all kinds of colors going on.  It is shiny and colorful.  Speaking of wreaths another great one for easy decorating is my bell wreath.  This one I received as a gift from a friend and I love it.  It is made of metal so it is a better quality than my other wreath.  These two things along with my berry garland are the first to go up.

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Then there are big red bows.  I don’t know that it gets any easier than that.  Just huge red bows placed about the space.  Big red bows give it a nice cheery feeling.  So festive!

 

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And if you have some, why not use the Christmas plates.  I actually have a plate holder on my wall that has plates in it all year round so when Christmastime comes I just replace our regular decorative plates with the Christmas plates.  Easy-peasy.  They have so many types of Christmas plates you can probably find just the right ones to match the rest of your Christmas decor.  Or get some really fancy ones to be the highlight of your decorations.  However you do it, plates are an easy way to decorate.

Whenever I pull out my berry garland and put it over the shelves I think, “Dang that was easy!”  This year is occurred to me to share and to pick a few things that I think have a decorative POW but that are really easy to put up/put out/display.

What do you think?  Do you have any decorations that take absolutely no time to put out, but really POP?

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Christmas Sleigh

Posted by terrepruitt on December 8, 2017

Oh, I love Christmas decorations. And I love mine. It is so fun to open them up every year. This is one of my favorites. I don’t remember where I got it, but I love it.

A sleigh for today’s Friday Photo.

Do you have a favorite Christmas decoration?

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A Little Relief For Long Hours Of Sitting

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2017

Ah, the Holidays are upon us . . . we have even made it through one. I should have actually done this post BEFORE Thanksgiving, but I hadn’t actually thought of it as a blog post until last week when one my students thanked me, saying it really helped her during her travels recently. One time when she had traveled she said sitting in one position for so long really affected her hip adversely.  So I made a suggestion to her.  This is a suggestion to help with the long hours of sitting for travel whether it be in a car or on a plane (or even a bus or a train). The best thing to do, of course is to get up and walk a bit . . . stretching your entire body, but that is not always possible. Sometimes it is HOURS before you can get up. So one way to help fight off that soreness that overcomes the body is to shift your sitting position.

Sitting with your legs curled up under you or outstretched in front of you would be a way to shift the way you are sitting, but again, I am talking about sitting in a car or an airplane where the room might not allow for curling your legs under you or stretching them out in front of you. So an alternative is to just take something and stick it under one buttock. It could be a rolled towel, a jacket, a scarf, a pair of socks . . . something soft and comfortable, but that will give you a bit of lift. Granted having one hip hiked up higher than the other is not really optimum posture, but it sometimes is enough of a shift to prevent that sitting-in-the-same-spot-for-hours-soreness that comes on. After a little while, move the bundle. You can move it lower down your thigh, or under your leg at the edge of the seat, or to the other buttock . . . just move it. Then after a little while – you are deciding on the length of time you move it – move it to another place. You can move it randomly and just put it wherever you want or you can be methodical and move it from one cheek, down to the thigh, down to the lowest part of your thigh, then up to the next cheek . . . going in a pattern. Whatever works for you. Whatever allows your body to get a bit of a shift.

This can work if you are driving too, as long as you can safely still work the gas and brake pedals.

Again, this is not the best thing . . . .getting up and moving would be the best think, but sometimes that just isn’t possible . . . so this is the next best thing. It can help a lot. It relieves the muscles giving them a break from being in the same spot. Being it the same spot tires them out. Let the rolled up towel (or whatever) help let your muscles relax and prevent them from getting tired and sore.

What are your tips for preventing soreness associated with sitting for a long period of time?

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Cats And The Christmas Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on December 4, 2017

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BC, as in Before Cat(s), I had purchased some “Tree Saver”. It goes in the tree water and supposedly it helps the tree last longer. Well, can’t put that in the tree water with cats. Don’t know what it is in, but I bet they shouldn’t be drinking it. And so we don’t do that, but also, “they” say that the pesticides and chemicals that the trees are grown with shouldn’t be ingested by cats. So it is not a good idea for cats to drink the water that the tree is in. Plus, even though we replenish the water daily the dish doesn’t get washed and the water is just sitting in there for a month . . . cats don’t need to be drinking that. So my hubby came up with a simple cat deterrent. He just cut some cardboard and put it over the tree’s dish. Normally, it can’t be seen. But this is a different kind of tree, it doesn’t have any low branches, so the dish can be seen. But that is ok. It not THAT noticeable and it keeps the cats out of the water.

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Now this is only the third Christmas that we have had these cats and so far so good. In fact, what I did this year was so out of the ordinary, yet they didn’t bother anything. I was in a rush to get the boxes emptied and put up so I just pulled a bunch of the stuff out of the boxes and left it lying around. And we had boxes in the house for weeks. And to my knowledge, they didn’t bother anything. Nessa liked to jump in and sit in the middle of some garland that took me days to hang.

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I do play with them A LOT during Christmas. I make sure I get up early so we have a lot of play time. Also, since I am home, when they ask (and they DO ask) to play, if I can, I stop what I am doing and play with them. I figure if they are not bored then they will not mess with the Christmas tree and decorations.

I also tell them “No!” for just looking. If they LOOK at the tree, I say, “No.”  They are really good girls because not only is there a tree in their house it displaces their tower.  I figure we have about 30 days.  At least we did with Spot.  Day 31, she let us know she was done.

How does your cat handle a tree inside the house for a month?

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The Time For Decorations

Posted by terrepruitt on December 1, 2017

Oh, it is that time of year. I think all of the Friday Photos will be of Christmas things!

 

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Another Thanksgiving Morning At The Beach

Posted by terrepruitt on November 24, 2017

The weather was great in Capitola yesterday, Thanksgiving 2017. The past two years we have been going “over the hill” (that is what we call it because we have to drive over a hill) for breakfast on Thanksgiving. The first year was easy. The second . . . not so much as we couldn’t find any place open that we wanted to go to. But we ended up where we didn’t know that we wanted to be and it was fine. This year all the places we called were not open, but we found a place serving breakfast anyway and it worked out ok. It was not hot nor cold. The temperature was great. But it was so bright, I couldn’t see to take pictures. I did take a few anyway . . . but I didn’t really know what they looked like. They turned out ok. Here is one shot from Twin Lakes for the Friday Photo.

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Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?

 

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Tiny Feather

Posted by terrepruitt on November 17, 2017

This just fascinates me. This is just a tiny feather from a hummingbird. I am always amazed at how tiny they are. The yellow flowers barely measure an inch at the widest point.

Hummingbird feather for a Friday Photo

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A Zucchini Post

Posted by terrepruitt on November 15, 2017

I could have sworn I posted about shredded zucchini before but I can’t find that I did. I was looking through my ideas on things to post and I came across this picture of chicken and shredded zucchini in a tortilla. I just snapped it really quick thinking I could share it somewhere, but that I had already written about shredded zucchini. But I guess I have not. Could be because there really isn’t that much to write about it. It is just a different way to prepare zucchini. Instead of slicing it into rounds and steaming it or roasting it, shredded it with a cheese grater. Then you can add it to whatever you want. I know there are a lot recipes for zucchini cakes, like crab cakes. I just found one in my recipe folder that I want to try. But this is even less complicated. Just shred the zucchini and cook it.

I normally cook it in a pan with either oil or butter and garlic salt. I often add it to pasta. That is my favorite way to use it. It kind of gives the pasta a creamy texture. Or sometimes as you can see, I add it to chicken and put it in a tortilla. It is just another way for us to consume vegetables.

Ahhh, I found it. Instead of “shredded zucchini” I called it “grated zucchini”. More accurate, I’d say. Well, in that post (Grated Zucchini is GREAT) I talked about grated zucchini in rice (YUM!) and I added to a turkey concoction. Doesn’t sound like I liked the concoction all that much.  I liked the turkey and zucchini, but not what I made with it. So this is just another way to use the grated zucchini . . . with chicken.  There is also a post Zucchini Has Antioxidants and Vitamins, in case you are interested.

Yum. Making me hungry.

Is there a veggie that you like to grate/shred and use in your cooking?

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What Do You Go To?

Posted by terrepruitt on November 13, 2017

What is your “go-to” recipe?  Whether it is one that you make because you always have the ingredients on hand or whether it is that one recipe you use when making something special.  Or even that everyday kind of recipe but you still need to get the ingredients . . . . what is it?  What is your go to recipe?  Do you have one?

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