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Archive for October, 2018

Selective Eater

Posted by terrepruitt on October 31, 2018

A Facebook Friend posted this list recently on Facebook. She received a lot of replies. I was pretty surprised at them. For so many years I was called a picky eater so I was happily surprised to see I was not among the pickiest out of the people who replied to her query. There was one woman who answered 17. SEVENTEEN! The response to her response was, “What do you eat?” I mean, seriously. There are so many things on this list that I DO eat, and they are pretty much staples in my diet I was wondering the same thing about this woman.

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Here is the list with the items I won’t eat circled. I don’t really like green olives with the pimentos, but without them they are fine. I will eat raisins especially golden ones, but I don’t care for the black ones, but sometimes I will eat them. If they are in a dessert item, I will generally not eat that item because . . . it is probably something I should be avoiding anyway. I don’t eat fish raw or otherwise. I like celery soup, but I don’t like celery and I prefer it NOT be in things (chicken salad, green salads, etc.). I don’t like avocados. I don’t even like to touch the mush of them — eww. And I don’t like mustard.

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What about you? How do you fair with this list? How many points did you get?

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Henna – Again – At The Dancing Cat

Posted by terrepruitt on October 29, 2018

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Snow, he looks tiny here.

If you want to interact with the cats it might be a good idea to plan a visit before meal time. When you visit a cat after a meal they tend to be sleeping. Not all of them, but most cats like to nap after a meal. I went to The Dancing Cat for another Henna Tattoo Event and most of the cats were asleep. I couldn’t even identify all of the cats because some of them were just passed out. Some cats don’t mind being bothered while they are sleeping but some do . . . and either way it is not very nice to bother them. One was looking around and I tried to get a picture and she turned her head clearly not into it so I left her alone. I managed to get a quick picture of two of the other sleeping felines. There were about four that were walking around. Currently they have nine for adoption. When I visited there were at least 10 with the tenth one on schedule to be delivered to his forever home on Sunday. He was one of the ones walking around and he was a big ol’ sweetie.

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Snow, again, he has beautiful markings!

Here is a breakdown of the cats I was able to get pictures of; Snow – the boy off to his forever home (at the time of this posting), Ruby, a tiny little treasure of a black cat, Layla – who never opened her eyes, Monique, who was wandering around, and Penny, who was passed out in the Sanctuary.

 

 

 

 

I don’t even know the current exact count of how many cats The Dancing Cat has adopted out. I know it is over 300. That is a lot of cats for a thing that started out as a pop-up. It was only going to be opened for about six months.  And it closed down temporarily for a few months, but it re-opened and is going strong.

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Tiny Ruby.

They have all kinds of events; yoga, Mew-sic, cat photography, birthday parties, henna tattoos, cat education talks, even escape rooms!

The “I Knead My Mommy” book had “The Lap” poem in it.  I found both the title of the book and the poem to be very funny!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My henna is the flowery one, I hadn’t even thought about a “Halloween themed” one, but here is one that she did.

I do hope if you are ever in the area and feel the need to visit with cats you will check it out. If you are local and you like cats and want to help support the safe housing and adoption of cats, schedule a visit with the cats or attend one of the many events The Dancing Cat hosts.   With that you get the benefit of the event you decide to attend AND a visit with the cats.

Have you made it to The Dancing Cat? Do you have a cat cafe/lounge in your area?

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Layla, she has a beautiful face!

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Monique, she has great coloring!

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Penny was passed out!

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I tried to get Cary in the shot of my tattoo.

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Cool Halloween Themed Tattoo.

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Snow, in the egg.

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A couple of the yummy treats you can buy.

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A Black Cat For Halloween

Posted by terrepruitt on October 26, 2018

Ha, next Friday will not be October, so here is a Halloween Friday Photo as close to Halloween as I can get since Halloween is next Wednesday. This is a black kitty pillow. It was so cute I wanted a picture. I didn’t even ask the owner if I could take a picture for posting. I am pretty sure she wouldn’t mind!

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Roasted Polenta

Posted by terrepruitt on October 24, 2018

I like polenta, but oddly enough, I am talking about the kind that is in a tube. I am not sure I have tried the mush type — oh wait, I think I had a taste of some at a restaurant and it was delicious. But I don’t make that kind. I have only cooked with the tube kind. It is very firm and a bit rubbery. It can be sliced. I imagine it can be made into the mush kind with enough liquid. But, if you’ve read more than one of my posts about food you know I love to roast things. I love to put things in the oven and then be able to do something else while it is cooking. Well, I posted once about Polenta “Fries” so my Cubed Polenta is not that different. But the “fries” were really french fry-like, whereas the polenta cubes were more like my roasted potatoes. They were very good, as least I thought so.

The same cooking method applies the only difference is the way you cut the polenta.

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https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1952/43727227090_e0299cdb90_o.jpgPolenta Cubes

1 tube of polenta
olive oil
season salt

Preheat the oven to 450° F. Cut the polenta out of the plastic. Then cut the polenta into small even cubes. Cut the whole tube into equal sized cubes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then spread the cubes out on the pan. Sprinkle with a little oil. Sprinkle with the season salt. Place pan in the oven. Let the polenta bake for 15 minutes. Then take the pan out of the oven and stir the cubes around. Put the pan back in the oven for another 15 minutes. Then check the polenta. If they are done to your liking, take them out and serve. If you want them cooked more, flip ’em or toss them on the pan, then put it in for 10 (or whatever) minutes.

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As I said, the cubes are more like potatoes, in fact my husband kept calling them potatoes. A little bit different texture and consistency but ok.

The problem with me typing up my blog before dinner is I end up wanting the food I am writing about. Sometimes I can make it because I have it, but presently I do not have any polenta . . . but I see a trip to the store in my future.

In my Polenta Fries post I asked for ideas for tubes of polenta, I didn’t get any . . . so hence, cubed polenta.

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Working Out Or Working In

Posted by terrepruitt on October 22, 2018

Many types of certifications require continued education. Some jobs require it. In many cases even if it is the employer that requires it, the employee has to pay for it. In the fitness industry there are other expenses that the fitness professional must bear in addition to anything it cost to keep their certifications current. One is insurance and there maybe others, but another one that comes to mind is the cost of a business license. I am just bringing this up because I spent a few hours today taking classes for a required re-certification for one of my employers. Since I was busy doing that I didn’t have any time to let my “creative juices” flow in order to come up with a blog post, so I was going to share some of the things I reviewed today. One thing about fitness classes for re-certification it is often a repeat of information, but I usually pick up at least one new thing. Here I am going to just share the training entity’s general idea from one of the classes I took today.

The training was basically saying that it has now been proven and continues to be proven as science delves more into many aspects of the body – that the body needs rest. The body cannot operate efficiently without rest. The idea was “Working In” versus “Working Out”. So working out is what you may typically think of as working out; running, lifting weights, HIIT, a typical cardio dance class. To put it simply, something that gets your heart rate up, stresses the body, and is a big output of energy. The idea of working in is a more relaxed type of exercise, say, Tai Chi, walking, easy yoga, stuff that is more mellow, doesn’t actually stress the body out, and is more about energy moving in.

The thought process is that we have so much stress in our everyday life, there are times when a hard workout is NOT what the body needs. And not just the physical aspect of the body but our mind. Since the body does not know the difference between scary bad stress and exercising stress, it is good to give it a rest. And a rest could be doing nothing or doing their idea of a “work in”.

I think most people know that in order to build a muscle it needs to be stressed, but it also needs to rest. It actually grows during the rest NOT during the period of time when it is under stress. When the muscle does not get rest it will not grow and it cannot strengthen and that is when the risk of injury occurs. So . . . . it seems logical that sometimes the body needs to rest in order for it to be able to work at its best.

The body is so amazing.  It can heal itself and adapt.  But in order to do both it needs some time to rest.

It is so nice that studies/science are now starting to “prove” this idea because it is so very important.  And so many people, cultures even, have known this for so long . . . it is nice that science is finally agreeing so maybe more people will start listening and take advantage of “working in”.

What about you?  Do you take “rest days”?  Do you do “mellow” workouts – things that might be deemed as “working in”?

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Fascinated

Posted by terrepruitt on October 19, 2018

I believe that the lizards in our yard are fascinated by the cats. I think they come to the windows to visit with them. One day there was one on the screen hanging on checking out the cats. They come over to the window and just stare at them. The cats “ick” at them. They range anywhere from two inches to 7 inches long. The majority I see are in the middle of that range. I think they are fascinating.

Here is a picture of Nessa looking at one for today’s Friday Photo. He stayed at the window for quite some time.

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Photo Comparison

Posted by terrepruitt on October 15, 2018

I have just graduated from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 10 XS. My phone was six years old. They no longer sell the 5. Perhaps that can be my guide as to when to buy new phones. My 5 still worked, it just didn’t work as fast as the newer phones. My camera was not as good. And that is what I am showing you in this post. I wanted to give you an idea about the difference between the photos.

The difference between the cameras is here. The only info on the 5 that I could find was from Wiki. The information on the 10 XS is taken from the Apple website.

Info from Wiki

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Rear camera Sony Exmor R IMX145[9][10]
8 MP iSight back-side illuminated sensor
HD video (1080p) at 30 frame/s
IR filter
Aperture f/2.4
5 element lens
Facial recognition (stills only)
Image stabilization

Front camera
1.2 MP, HD video (720p)

Info from Apple.com

New Phone
Dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras
Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture
Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture
2x optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
Portrait mode with advanced bokeh and Depth Control
Portrait Lighting with five effects (Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage Mono)
Dual optical image stabilization
Six-element lens
Quad-LED True Tone flash with Slow Sync
Panorama (up to 63MP)
Sapphire crystal lens cover
Backside illumination sensor
Hybrid IR filter
Autofocus with Focus Pixels
Tap to focus with Focus Pixels
Smart HDR for photos
Wide color capture for photos and Live Photos
Local tone mapping
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Exposure control
Auto image stabilization
Burst mode
Timer mode
Photo geotagging
Image formats captured: HEIF and JPE

The first picture of each cat is with the new phone.  The second is with the old phone.

In the first picture of Teagan I might have zoomed in a bit, but I didn’t touch either phone to make them focus better. So, I might have been able to get a bright picture with the iPhone 5, but I was taking it as a comparison of not having touched either phone.

With the new phone I might actually be able to get some better pictures of Teagan. Although, as I have mentioned she is not as camera shy as she once was.

I fought long and hard (for at least two years – that is when the seven was released and suggestions were made to get it) about getting a new phone. But I figure if I keep this one for six years it will be ok.

Even though don’t know most of what the description of the phone is saying, I can clearly SEE that the photos are much better!

These were just quick pictures I was taking to show my hubby the difference.  I should have thought about posting from the get go and done a better job!

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Dramatic difference, huh?  Means bad news for my blog because I am going to be posting a lot more cat pictures now.

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Wedding Centerpiece

Posted by terrepruitt on October 12, 2018

I know it was over a month ago, but here is a wedding flower centerpiece. It still looked pretty for this picture even though it had been through a lot. I had put water in it after the wedding, but it got soaked up by something else that was put in the container. And then we had to drain it for the ride home because we don’t want water sloshing around in the car. They had beautiful arrangements. I got another one and didn’t take a picture of it. But here is this one for today’s Friday Photo.

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Automatic Blocked Calls

Posted by terrepruitt on October 10, 2018

Today my cell phone rang and when I looked at it, it showed “Telemarketer”. Well, that is cool. I didn’t label it that, the new (to me) application that my husband put on my phone did. He downloaded AT&T Call Protect. So, if you have AT&T you can use it too on Android and iOS. I decided to see what it is about since it is on my phone now. Normally I research before I put stuff on my phone, but my husband was pretty eager to put this on my phone. I don’t like that it logs ALL your calls, but I guess that is how it keeps track of the spam phone calls. And that seems to be how it is lately – all companies are keep track of everything we do.

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–Automatic Fraud Blocking – detects and blocks calls from likely fraudsters.

–Suspected Spam Warning – identifies telemarketers and other suspected spam calls.

–Manual Call Blocking – lets you block unwanted calls by number.

–Enhanced Caller ID† – identifies unknown caller details.

–Reverse Number Lookup† – provides details when you enter a U.S. number.

–Custom Call Controls† – lets you choose call categories to accept, block, or send to voicemail.

Available with AT&T Mobile Security & Call Protect Plus.

I know you can block numbers on the phone itself, but if you do it from this application then the number itself could end up being added to the AUTOMATIC FRAUD BLOCKED calls. The more “blocks” the number receives the higher the “Threat” level.

It is so frustrating and annoying that we even need this type of thing. I understand people making calls to make sales, but getting a call everyday at the same time isn’t a person, it is a robot and there needs to be an end. If I didn’t answer the phone or want your product or service the first 50 times you called, chances are astronomically high that I don’t want it the 69th or 100th time you call.

We will see how well this works. I’ve only had it for about 24 hours. It was really nice to see the “Telemarketer” on my phone. But I really don’t ever answer my phone if I don’t recognize the number. That is a sad thing to have to do when you own a business, but because I own a business I get so many marketing calls. If an actually potential client calls they have to leave a message.  Here you can see even more information.

Do you get a lot of annoying sales calls? Do you uses AT&T Call Protect? Does your service provider have this type of service?  What do you think?

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Weekend In Cayucos

Posted by terrepruitt on October 8, 2018

This past weekend I went away with my girlfriends I have known since Junior High. We rented a little house a block or two from the ocean in a tiny little town on the coast of California called Cayucos. We had a nice time. I put together a little slide show.

We visited the beach a couple of times and got a nice dose of negative ions.  They make you feel good.  It’s nice to get a dose of them when you can.

The little house was amazing. It had everything you would need to live in it permanently so staying there for a couple of days was nice.

The town is sweet – full of realty offices and antique stores. We pretty much visited all of the antique stores in a few hours. We had a nice time.

Now that I have iMovies you will probably be seeing a lot of slide shows and hopefully some videos.

What is your favorite weekend get away?

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