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Archive for September, 2018

Birthday Roses

Posted by terrepruitt on September 28, 2018

I should have taken a picture of them the day after I received them, but I didn’t. I set them on the table next to my place in the living room and just enjoyed them. I think I caught them while they still are beautiful. I could easily make my Friday Photos just flowers. Well, maybe flowers and cats.

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Who Gave Me That?

Posted by terrepruitt on September 24, 2018

I recently received a lot of wine and/or champagne, as it was my birthday. I have a birthday every year (funny how that is, huh?) but I don’t normally let everyone know about it, however this year it was a significant birthday so I insisted on a bit of hoopla.  Usually I will get a bottle of wine or two so I have no problem remembering who gave me what. But this year I received quite a few bottles.  I think wine is a great gift to receive.  I have a problem giving it as I am not a fancy wine buyer/drinker so I never know what to give. But that makes me a great wine receiver as anything that tastes good works for me regardless.  Well, while writing all my thank you notes I realized I would not be able to remember who gave me what and down the line while my hubby and I are enjoying the wine I would like to know who gave me what. There are a lot of ways to label a bottle and at first I just wrote on the label, but some labels are black so a blue pen would not show up, plus writing on the label mars the label. So I decided to use that roll on white out tape.

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Might sound odd, but I thought it the correction tape was somewhat cleaver. I like to give a “cheers” to the gift giver while enjoying a glass, plus if I really enjoy it I would like to let them know. There are so many ways people gift wine. A lot of people share their favorite and they like to know if the receiver enjoyed it, too. So now I will know who gave me what when we are drinking it months later.

What do you think?

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Flamingo Friday

Posted by terrepruitt on September 21, 2018

The community center where I teach yoga at on Thursday evenings has watercolors hanging on the walls in the hallway. They are all very good, but this one caught my eye. I wanted to share it with you.

A watercolor flamingo for today’s Friday Photo.

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Cooking Corn On The Cob

Posted by terrepruitt on September 19, 2018

Not too long ago I posted a question on Facebook. I asked how people cooked corn on the cob. I shuck mine then roll them in aluminum foil and cook them in the oven.

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two cobs of corn
aluminum foil
butter

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Peel the husk off of each corn cob, also, try to remove all of the silk. Then wash the corn. Place the corn in a piece of aluminum foil with some butter. Roll the cob up in the foil. Put the corn in the middle of the rack with the rack set to the middle of the oven. Cook for about 60 minutes.

Take the corn out of the oven and let cool at least 20 minutes. Butter and salt, then serve.

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I know this is a long time to cook, but we like it. It just take planning. I have to remember to put it on at least an hour before we want to eat it. It has worked out good the last two times that I cooked it, I cooked it an hour and a half before we wanted to eat so it was able to cook and cool before we ate.

I planned on posting about it, so I took pictures of the prep, but by the time it was cooked I had forgotten and didn’t take any more pictures. But I am sure you know what cooked corn on the cob looks like.

How do you cook your corn on the cob?

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Watermelon

Posted by terrepruitt on September 17, 2018

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Red and pink fruits and veggies contain lycopene which is an antioxidant. Studies suggest it can help reduce the risks of getting asthma and cancer. Antioxidants help fight the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Watermelon may help protect against heart disease, while a study showed a supplement of watermelon extract helped with high blood pressure. Lycopene is also thought to help act as a sunscreen. With watermelon being over 90% water, it can help keep things moving in the digestive system.

Vitamin A contained in watermelon can help your skin and eyes. While Choline, an essential nutrient that is naturally present in some foods, helps with metabolism, among other things, and may help with chronic inflammation. And beta-cryptoxanthin may help protect against inflammation.

According to the International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences watermelon is high in protein, magnesium, and vitamin B.

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Serving size: 2 cups diced (10 oz / 280 g)
Calories: 80 (Calories from Fat 0)

Total Fat: 0g

Total Carbohydrate: 21g
Dietary Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 20g

Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 0mg
Potassium: 270mg
Protein: 1g

Vitamin A: 30%
Vitamin C: 25%
Calcium: 2%
Iron: 4%

Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

I have a post where I suggest adding watermelon to you salad greens, specifically, arugula

Information also says that while watermelon might seem high in carbohydrates, is has a glycemic index (GI) value of 80 and its glycemic load is a 5.  So it is not a bad sweet.

I know two people who don’t like watermelon and I find that very odd.  I pretty much think EVERYONE likes watermelon.  These benefits seem to make it a good snack.

What do you think?  Do you like watermelon?  Do you cook with it?  How do you eat it?

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A Flowered Path To Wedding Bliss

Posted by terrepruitt on September 14, 2018

Last weekend my husband and I went to a wedding. It was so fun and so beautiful. I didn’t have a moment to check in with the bride regarding how it went (as in were there any “issues”), but to me, a guest, it was perfect. The time leading up to the wedding she had the “Oh no, what ifs . . . ” but I tried to remind her that most of the time guests don’t have any idea about all of the little things that can go “wrong” and do go “wrong” at a wedding. It is up to the bride to just take it in stride as the thing that really matters is the marriage. So, if anything went wrong, I didn’t see it. The venue was gorgeous, she was gorgeous, it was just a great event. I loved this runner that they had. Interesting, yes?

A flowered runner for this 100th Friday Photo.

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Knee Helper

Posted by terrepruitt on September 12, 2018

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If not being comfortable on your knees keeps you from doing yoga, perhaps getting a gardener’s cushion could help. Now there is a different between “being uncomfortable” on your knees and “not be able to be” on your knees. I know there are knees out there that people are just not able to be on. If that is the case then a cushion is not going to help. This post and suggestion is just for the people with basically healthy knees that need a little cushion.

This cushion is a Laura Ashley cushion but I don’t see it on her website, but I bet there are other ones out there that are like this one. It is covered in neoprene (the stuff wetsuits are made with) or something like it and it feels more comparable to a memory foam cushion then just foam or rubber. Some pads are made of form or cushion-y rubber, but this is different. So, if you are in the market for a cushion for your knees to use in yoga you might want to look into gardeners’ knee pad/cushion.  Then you can do yoga and your knees will thank you along with the rest of your body.

Do you like cushion under your knees during yoga?

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Beautiful Mosaics

Posted by terrepruitt on September 10, 2018

Over the Labor Day Weekend we went to the Greek Festival in Belmont.  The festival is held at The Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross.  I wrote post about some soap that we get at the festival. We get the soap every year.  We’ve only been going the past three or four years. This was the first year we went into the church. I think it was the first year that they were doing tours in the church, but I am not sure. I was so amazed at the inside of the church. If I am reading the website correctly, the “church” basically started in 1955 with twelve people. The church buildings were not built until 1964. My cousin who attends the church was reminiscing about how the church didn’t always have all of the mosaics pictured. The website says that the dome and the pendentive arches had the mosaics installed in 2004. I noticed a year on one of the walls. It was 2014. So it seems that the mosaics were installed over time.

Sirio Tonelli is the artist behind the art. According to his/their/that website they do mosaics for a lot of different churches. The size of the tiles in each of these mosaics was about a half of inch square. Yes, these murals are made from thousands of 1/2 inch square pieces of glass. It is amazing! This site has some better pictures of the inside of the church.

My pictures do not capture well, the beauty of the mosaics. They were very bright and very shiny. There were so many people trying to take pictures I was just doing so in a rush. Plus I was rather enjoying just looking at them and trying to take it all in and didn’t think to take a well planned out series of photos, I just started snapping as we were starting to walk out.

It is a very gorgeous church.  I was amazed.  I loved it so much primarily because it was so blue.

What do you think?

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Beautiful, yes?

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Teag Again

Posted by terrepruitt on September 7, 2018

I know I just posted a picture of Teagan LAST Friday, but I was going through some pictures and I found this one. WOW! Now you know why we changed her name from Smokey to Teagan. This was taken in February 2016. So, I guess I do have some good photos of her, just not as many as I have of her sister. And this one – in 2016 – was an anomaly. She wasn’t fond of getting her picture taken. She is getting more used to it now, as I stated last week.

Here is Teagan again for the Friday Photo.

 

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Clothes Shopping Service

Posted by terrepruitt on September 5, 2018

I have been sitting at my desk for hours now trying to figure out what to post about. I had a few ideas but then when I checked my blog to see if I had posted about them already, I had. Some subjects I have revisited and that, to me, is fine, when I consciously revisit a subject to add to it or change my opinion on it or to talk MORE about it. But I don’t like it when I post about the same subject again as if I didn’t post about it once already. I know I have done that at least once, I am sure I have done it more. I really try not to do that. I search my blog but sometimes posts don’t come up for the search I am using at the moment. Sometimes I KNOW I posted about something and I still can’t find the post. Anyway, my husband has been coming in to show me some clothes he is considering purchasing. Then he said, “You should post about that.” He was talking about (Amazon) Prime Wardrobe.

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I sometimes buy clothes or shoes from Amazon and I make sure they have FREE RETURNS, but this is a whole new ball game! The clothes come in a resealable box. That is cool. Usually when I buy something I open the packaging very carefully so I can put the item back in it and carefully tape it closed, but this box has a strip that you use to seal it back up.

This is all very interesting to me.

Well, as usual, when I find something I find interesting I like to share it. Especially since that is how we all learn things. We share.

Did you know Amazon had this service? Have you ever tried a service like this (I know they have a lot of different ones)? WOULD you ever try a service like this?

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