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Looking Down From The Throne

Posted by terrepruitt on January 13, 2017

So here we are rounding into the middle of January 2017 already.

We had a cat before the two we currently have.  This was her “throne”.  My husband and I call it that to distinguish between the tower, the little scratching post, and this scratching post.  This scratching post has a spot where they can sit.  Nessa and Teagan LOVE it.  They have scratched the carpet off of the post.  I need to re-carpet it.

Here is Nessa hanging out on the throne looking down on her subject.

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Your Playlist Spark

Posted by terrepruitt on January 11, 2017

I do not believe in time travel.  In fact sometimes I get bored and upset with all the TV shows and movies that have anything to do with time travel.  I disagree that anyone or anything can travel back in time and not change things.  Although, if there were anything even remotely close to a time travel device I would say it is music.  A certain song can transport us back in time to a point when we heard it playing.  The memory could be an enjoyable one or even one that is painful, but sometimes that song can zap us right back.  I recently read a post on a blog that got me thinking.  You might want to pop over to Rachel’s blog to read it yourself because it is so much more entertaining than this one – she is funny.  Her post had me looking into the memory project and I started thinking about what I would like my playlist to be.

Perhaps you’ve have seen that video with Henry in it.  He is an elderly man in a wheel chair and he seems like he is asleep, but then once they turn the music on he wakes up and starts singing and moving.  That video is a clip from a documentary called Alive Inside.  It is about the Music and Memory project that helps get iPods into nursing homes / memory care facilities.  The project’s website states:

“Persons with dementia, Parkinson’s and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life from listening to personal music favorites.”

As I first mentioned music is a powerful thing and it can feel like we have been moved through time when we hear certain songs.  Music can wake up certain memories.  Music can read our subconscious and get us moving.  It is pretty amazing.  So many people always have music playing.  I find that when I need to concentrate I don’t like the music on because I get distracted by it.  I want to sing or dance to it so it keeps me from being able to focus on the task I am trying to accomplish.  Maybe people claim it helps them concentrate.  Music is so different for everyone.  Even so, the right type can help ignite that spark.

So let’s do a little project you and me.  Let’s put together individual playlists.  Just for the heck of it we will put some guidelines in place.  First, remember this is a memory playlist.  So the songs would be something that you would think would help ground you and bring you back to you.  Songs that might allow you to sing or dance . . . . like Henry.  Two, make your playlist around 90 minutes long.  There are so many songs out there, just so much music so it would be possible for some of us to come up with playlists that are days long.  So for the purpose of this little game, let’s keep it to 90 minutes.  That could be roughly about 15 songs.  It really depends on the length of each song, but 15 is a rough average.

At this point I only have one song on my list – American Pie by Don McLean, but I am going to think about it and get back to you.  Leave your playlist in the comments!

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Yin And Yang In Himalayan Salt

Posted by terrepruitt on January 6, 2017

According to Ancient History Encyclopedia,

“Yin is feminine, black, dark, north, water (transformation), passive, moon (weakness and the goddess Changxi), earth, cold, old, even numbers, valleys, poor, soft, and provides spirit to all things.

Yang is masculine, white, light, south, fire (creativity), active, sun (strength and the god Xihe), heaven, warm, young, odd numbers, mountains, rich, hard, and provides form to all things.”

These are awesome because, well, Yin and Yang AND they are Himalayan Salt Candle Holders.  Sometimes our cats sleep in the shape of the Yin and Yang.  It is a cool gift.  Very thoughtful.  Thank you, Hubby!  Also makes a good 13th Friday Photo, I think.  What do you think?

 

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Happy New Year – 2017

Posted by terrepruitt on January 2, 2017

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We shall have so many smile-worthy moments that when something happens that makes us sad or upset we will be able to face it better.  We can make it through and not have it turn us into permanent mush.  I mean sometimes things will happen in life where you might need to take some time to be “mush” – not doing anything, and just process the situation.  But I don’t think it is good to stay mush.  There are too many good things in life to just be a pile of mush.  So, if there are a lot of experiences that have created smiles AND things to come that will create smiles it is easier to get through the mush times.

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I’ve had a week off from my Nia, yoga, and stretch classes and I am ready to get back to them.  We are going to be moving and grooving into 2017.  We had a nice rain to help us get a clean start in the new year.  It is looking good!

 

I hope you had a nice Holiday Season.

 

I am wishing you a very

Happy, Healthy, and

WONDERFUL 2017!

 

Make it so!

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Kitty On The Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on December 30, 2016

I know, I have done ornaments for the last two weeks, but I really love Christmas and all the decorations and my ornaments!  Hardly anyone sees all our great ornaments so I am taking advantage of my blog and posting Christmas Tree ornaments!  This will be the last one, at least that is the plan.  Who knows, I might take a picture I love as I am “undecorating” and want to post it.  I will try to refrain.  But this is a NEW ornament.  I received it as a gift and it is just so cute.  She is BIG, but light, so it will be easy to find a spot for her on the tree every year.  YAY!  Love my new addition. So this is my last Friday Photo of 2016.  I will be keeping this “feature” in 2017.  This is also my LAST post of 2016.

Thank you for reading and liking.  Thank you even more for commenting.  I love interacting with readers.  I wish all of you a happy and fun New Year’s Eve.  And I wish all of you a GREAT 2017!

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Happy New Year!

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Last Few Days Of The Goodie Jar

Posted by terrepruitt on December 28, 2016

So we are in the last few days of the year.  2016.  I am seeing so many posts on Facebook about what a terrible year this has been and the majority of those posts have been associated with the fact that a celebrity has died.  Yes, I, too, feel sorrow when someone has died even when it is someone as distant from me as a celebrity.  I certainly feel loss and sorrow when someone close to me, like my father, has died.  It was so unexpected I am still, as times, unbelieving of the fact.  But I don’t condemn the whole year.  There has been a lot of things that have happened in 2016 that have been sad or could be considered “bad”.  But there are a lot of things that have transpired or a lot of things that I experienced that were good things.  Things I wrote down so that the big sad/bad things are not allowed to take over.  So, I am not ending the year saying 2016 was a bad year and I am glad to see it go.

When “bad” things happen, I don’t condemn the whole time in which they happened.  I wrote about something like that in my post I Had One Of THOSE Days.  I don’t think the day is bad when things go “wrong”.  I don’t think the whole year is bad because many of the celebrities from my childhood have died.  I don’t think 2016 is a bad year because my dad died.  It is just a year.  Things happened.  Good things.  Bad things.  Whatever the label.  The things that happened are just moments in time.  There are so many things that transpire.

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That doesn’t mean we can’t cry or lie around and mope for a few days . . . but it does mean that we can’t ignore or belittle all of the great things that happen in our lives.  This just helps keep us anchored and steady.  The Good Thing Jar is needed sometimes.

In the past our jar has been filled with notes about my Nia students, my yoga students, our cats, our niece, our jobs, our friends, the weather, our house, our food, all the things we are blessed with, all the things that make us smile.  Oh!  I can’t wait.

So what about you?  Do you have any good things that you can reflect upon that happened in 2016?

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Hanging Among The Stars

Posted by terrepruitt on December 23, 2016

I have a large assortment of ornaments.  I love them all.  I am not one to have a theme for the Christmas tree or only hang certain ornaments on the tree.  I love all types of ornaments.  My hubby is not really all that fond of Christmas, but he does have some ornaments that he loves.  He loves his superhero ornaments and his Star Trek ornaments.  I thought it was funny that this one (which one is it, Honey?) ended up among the stars.

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Clearing The Negative Ions With Salt

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2016

In August I went to the beach when I came back and wrote a post about negative ions and how the beach is one place you can get them.  You can also get them in the mountains, from waterfalls, and even from the shower.  Another place you can get them is a Himalayan Salt Lamp.  I have wanted one for a long time but whenever I have seen them they are really expensive.  Well, lucky me, I got one for Christmas.

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We gather, eat, drink, and exchange gifts.  The point of the gather is NOT the gifts, but we always manage to do pretty good with that.  The point is to visit and be together, but still we have always managed to exchange something.

This year we were able to fit it into our schedules before Christmas.  And a salt lamp was one of the gifts.  My house is full of Christmas decorations so I was going to wait to put the lamp out, but I ended up not waiting.  When I plugged it in and went to turn it on I was so excited to see it has a dimmer switch – super cool.

In order to write this post I did a search about the lamps and I came across an interesting site that has a lot of information.  It gives 10 reasons why you want one (Salt Lamps Cleanse & Deodorize the Air, Reduce Allergy & Asthma Symptoms, Eases Coughing, Increase Energy Levels and more).  It also gives advice on what size you might want for the room you are putting it in.  I think I might need a bigger one to be effective in the room I have it in now.  Or perhaps I can get two for the space.  It says that an average size room (which is what?) would benefit from a 6.9 lb lamp, but a 15 lb lamp would be better for larger areas like a living room.

Our house was designed with a great room so the area is very large plus there are cathedral ceilings.  The 15 lb one would probably work better in the living room.  It could be that two large ones would work best in that space.  It is very large.  I will take my gift one for my office.  Once Christmas is down I will be moving the lamp closer to where we sit and that might help in the mean time.  Until I find one (or two) I want to buy for the space.

My hubby has a tea light holder and I use that every once in a while. I am very excited about the lamp.  I wonder if we will notice a difference?

Do you have any Himalayan salt around?  Lamps?  Candle holders? 

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To Open Or To Wait? That Is The Question

Posted by terrepruitt on December 19, 2016

So do you wait or open?  A friend and I were talking last week, she was saying that she was making some gifts and she was going to try to get them in the mail but wasn’t sure when that would be.  She didn’t think she would make it in time for them to arrive at my house so that I could take them with me to the gathering that was planned with the recipients of said gifts.  I suggested she send them to me anyway because that would give me and the other recipients motivation to meet again.  Then I started laughing because I said if she sent them to me I would open mine right away.  And she said, “You should!”  Then we started talking about the practice of waiting to open or opening right away.

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I know that some people like to wait.  They think that if you receive a Christmas gift in the mail you should wait until Christmas to open it.  I am not saying that waiting is wrong or that opening the present right away is wrong.  I think it is between you and then giver. I think that whatever you want to do or however you feel – is right.

Because I like to open my gifts right away, I loved her response.  She said, “You should!  You should open it right away!  Why wait?”  And the enthusiasm with which she said it just made me laugh.  I loved that!

I might have mentioned it in a post before – and this might even be “too early” for a lot of you – but one year my husband and I were in Fry’s Electronics and he saw something he wanted for Christmas.  Perfect.  To me, if someone can tell me what they want and I can get it — I love it.  So I bought it.  And we decided not to wait until Christmas to use it.  Well, it happened to be October.  So, yeah, that might be a little early, but it was awesome.  It didn’t just sit in a box in the closet.  We used it.  We got three months use out of it before the occasion.  It was a CD/DVD Jukebox.  It is a CD/DVD player but it holds something like 300 hundred discs.  We used it and we still use it!

So what do you think?  Are you a waiter?  Or an opener?  Do you like people to wait?  Or do you want them to open it right away?

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I LOVE Christmas Tree Ornaments!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 16, 2016

So, you might have noticed that I love Christmas.  I love the decorations.  I love the lights.  I love all the sparkle and shine.  It is a lot of extra work and there are a lot of “extra” things to do.  But I still love it.  This year we got a really big tree.  I thought I would be able to put all of our ornaments on it.  But sometimes REAL trees don’t want to support all of the ornaments we have.  Plus I had a lot of “extra” stuff to think about this year, so I actually did not put all of the ornaments on the tree.  There are still A LOT of ornaments on the tree, just not all of them.

You might have seen one of my posts about going to the ocean.  Well, on at least one of those trips we bought two new (oh, there might have been more) Christmas Tree ornaments.  They are so great.  They are sparkly, just like I like ’em.

What do YOU think?

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