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Archive for December, 2020

Some Favorites From 2020

Posted by terrepruitt on December 30, 2020

2020, well, there really is so much to say, I am not going to say anything, but to leave you with a few reminders;   (click on the pictures will take you to the post!)

We will be having this for dinner on New Year’s Eve:

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Cheese Fondue

 

We MAY be having this to drink on New Year’s Eve:

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Chocolate wine and champagne

 

We will continue, in the years to come, to make:

 

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Crock pot banana bread

 

And this one One Pan Easy Beef And Pasta will be on the menu often (although I might use turkey) . . . . so yummy!

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And I will always be grateful for my little home yoga, Nia, and stretch studio and that I was able to take the very first Nia Belt training online AND it was with Debbie Rosas.

I will also be so happy that we were gifted so many kiwis because now any time we have Kiwi’s will will be having kiwi martinis!

I had purchased the Ripple Rug for the cats Christmas 2019, but I had waited to give it to them.  Shortly after we had to shelter at home I gave it to them.  That was super fun.  Here you can see the Cats’ Ripple Rug Play.

And I am glad I was wrong about how soon I would know someone with the virus.

Thank you, Dear Readers/Friends.  I appreciate you reading my posts and commenting.  I hope to see you all here and on your blogs in 2021.  I wish you all a Happy and Safe New Year.  Here’s to 2021.

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2020 Christmas Decorations

Posted by terrepruitt on December 28, 2020

I was starting to get sad because I was thinking I needed to take the decorations down. I just start feeling like I need to take them down after Christmas and I don’t.  If it weren’t for the Christmas tree in my yoga/Nia/stretch studio (AKA: living room) no one would know how long we have the decorations up. I like to keep them up as long as possible. I think we can make it. The Epiphany is NEXT Wednesday! I can start disassembling on Thursday after class my stretch class. That way I can have about two and half days to get things packed up and allow my hubby Sunday to put it all back up. We will see. I guess I can breathe easy and no need to get sad yet. I have almost two weeks left.  YAY!  By THEN I will be ready to take it down.  🙂

And now . . . I am sharing it with you. IF you have seen some of my previous years’ Christmas posts some of these ornaments will look familiar!  Scroll down, and keep scrolling, and keep scrolling, and keep scrolling . . . I might have gotten carried away.  🙂

Merry Christmas. (I can eeek it out one more day!)

Which are you:

1) take down the tree December 26th?
2) wait until after Epiphany
3) take it down when it is dry and needs to go?

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Friday Photo On A Merry Christmas

Posted by terrepruitt on December 25, 2020

I am always sad when it is over. Sometimes our tree is not really dry and we can take it down well into the New Year. I think this year it is a good (not dry) tree and we can make it to the epiphany at least. Hopefully the weekend after, since it is easier to take down decorations on the weekend because I don’t have any classes and my hubby can help.

Our tree was narrow this year which allowed some room for me to teach in the living room/dance studio. It was patchy which allows for ornaments to tuck in there good. It is a great tree. Here for a Christmas Day Friday Photo is a portion of it.

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

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Treasured Christmas Decorations

Posted by terrepruitt on December 23, 2020

I have received so many wonderful gifts throughout the years.  I cannot remember where all of them came from or thank everyone for everything I have received over the years.  Sometimes I forget who gave me what.  And I know that they forget, too.  But this year I have decided to tell people that I love their gift and it brings me much joy.  I started with my red wreath.

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Another thing is a gift I inherited.  I remember when my mom received it and I loved it then, and I love displaying it now.  It is a row of family bears. listing all of my family’s names.  Only three in that row are still around.

Another thing is my tree skirt.  John’s mom made me a beautiful tree skirt.  I had always dreamed of having a tree skirt to put around my tree and I finally had one.  Every year I was so excited to put it around the tree.  One year she was over and she said, “But, that doesn’t fit.”  Because it only went around about 1/4 of the area below the tree.  And I replied that I didn’t care, it was awesome.  But she remedied that by making me a HUGE tree skirt.  And I love it.  Half of the reason I bug my husband so much about putting up the tree is so I can place that beautiful skirt around it.  It always fits!

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There is also my light jar I received.  It was years ago when light jars first came out.  I had wanted one and was so excited to have received it.

Wow!  I probably could go on and on, but I will stop there.  I just really love decorating for Christmas and I look forward to using these treasures every year.

I think if any year is the year to reach out to people and let them know that they gifted you something you treasure NOW is that year.  What do you think?  What about you?  Do you have anything you received as a gift that you treasure and use every year?

 

 

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Easy Way To Create, Recycle, And Gift Give

Posted by terrepruitt on December 21, 2020

Last year a friend gave me a Bath & Body Works candle in a jar. It smelled so yummy I bought a bunch of them when they were on sale. But I have an issue with throwing “jars” away. Jarred candles feel much safer in that the flame is in a glass container, so I primarily purchase those type of candles (aside from tealight which I then put in containers). I just don’t like throwing the jar away. Last year I painted jars that I had from candles and gave them as gifts. But this year I am not seeing anyone and with a dance studio in our living room I didn’t want to take up the dining room table with crafts. But I did have those Bath & Body Works jars to deal with. And actually it started with a vase that I got for my birthday.

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So, I filled the jar with the ornaments to see how they would fit. Then I took them out and put in the light. I ended up doing that several times until I was finally satisfied. I didn’t use any glue so it was quite easy to rearrange things. Then I tied a bow around it and whamo! INSTANT light up Christmas decoration.

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So, I am super happy. I really like these decorations. I like to make stuff and I love to be able to recycle. And like I said, I think they have a big pop. Anything that lights up POPS to me.

I have a lot of Bath & Body Works candles to burn so I am sure I will fill the emptied jars with other things and give them as gifts. The possibilities are endless, they don’t have to be filled with Christmasy stuff!

I think these are adorable (yes, a little horn tooting), what do you think?  Do you like to make gifts?

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Metal Hummingbird Christmas Tree Ornament

Posted by terrepruitt on December 18, 2020

Here is one of my Christmas tree ornaments for today’s Friday Photo.  Well, I guess the shot is of a few Christmas tree ornaments.

I hope everyone is having a good month!

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A Quick Switcheroo

Posted by terrepruitt on December 16, 2020

A couple of months ago (already) I asked my hubby if I could make some permanent changes to the house. I wanted to hang curtains in the middle of our house so I could use them as a backdrop for my classes I teach via Zoom. I feel somewhat odd having our stuff as a backdrop when I am teaching. It also seems a little easier for people to see me when there is a plain background, and stuff is not competing for the eye. Some people get distracted by so much stuff in the background. I love having a home “studio”. Granted I am not a big fan of having the curtains up all the time and having to constantly move a lot of furniture. And, I am thinking I am not alone in the sense that we never get away from work because our homes are our offices/studios. But I do really like having a more “studio” LOOKING place with a plain backdrop and not our entertainment center and/or closet.

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Laughing because photo was not taking when I pressed button!

The cats’ cat tower is still a part of the studio setting except now, when the Christmas tree is in that spot. But I am not going to move the tower daily. It is a home studio after all and people seem to understand.

We hung the curtains with a curtain hanging wire. In regards to curtains, I need something LONG and light (in weight) so I couldn’t buy drapes. I also didn’t want to spend as much as drapes cost. I also couldn’t find drapes that were just plain off-white or white. I ended up buying shower curtains. They are not plastic, but not entirely fabric. They are light and easy to tie up. They are long enough, but I need three to cover the space.

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It’s a quick switcheroo from living room to studio, I have to move furniture around, but I had to do that anyway. Setting up the monitor is much easier now because I have it on a rolling stand. So I don’t have to lift it off the floor and put it on the table all the time. Not a fan of having the monitor and all its cords as a permanent fixture in the living room, but . . . I AM a fan of being able to teach!!!

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I feel the home studio is better for students and I really appreciate my husband allowing me to take over yet another room in the house!  Still amazing me, the stuff we are all doing at this time.

Have you had to create a home office or a studio?  What did you do?  What is your background?

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Covering The Camera

Posted by terrepruitt on December 14, 2020

It is a widely known fact that our devices, especially certain applications, listen to us. So, I don’t necessarily trust that my camera is not on when I don’t want it to be. I like to be unable to see that it is able to take pictures. In addition to my phone, I use two devices with cameras, a laptop and a monitor to teach my yoga, Nia, and stretch classes via Zoom. On both the laptop and the monitor I used to have a folded piece of paper taped over the camera. I had assumed there were devices that would block the camera, but I assumed they were “big” and “bulky”. I was thinking that whatever could cover the camera would not allow the laptop to shut properly. But finally when my piece of paper fell off the last time I decided to actually shop – online, of course. And, of course, I found something on Amazon.

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They are so tiny, they work great. I don’t have one on my phone, but I put one on the laptop and the monitor. They can hardly be seen – I had a difficult time taking a picture of it. I love them. It is the peel and stick type of thing. I don’t know how long it will last, but I have an extra one since I only used two. They are cool. It is so much better than having a paper that falls off. As I mentioned the taped paper would fall off often, when I took the paper off and put it somewhere on the monitor so I could use it when I was done, it would fall off. I was constantly “losing” it. This device is just a little slide.

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The ones I bought are oval shaped, but they have rectangles. There are even some that have a red dot to indicate something – either open or closed, I don’t remember which, but that sounds like it would be handy. But I only saw the dot on the rectangle kind and I liked the oval ones, they looked smaller.

I know there is one laptop . . . at least there used to be a commercial on TV that showed you could visible cover the camera.  I don’t know if they still make that or if other laptops have that.  My husband has an external camera that has a little piece of plastic that flips over the camera. So . . . with all of these camera covers available I know I am not the only one that likes to visibly cover the camera.

How do you feel? Do you see the need for camera covers?

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Decorations Are Different For 2020 Christmas

Posted by terrepruitt on December 11, 2020

With our living room as my studio for Nia, yoga, and stretch I’ve had to make some adjustments that have displaced some of my Christmas decorations. I’ve had to move some furniture around and my Zoom backdrop is in the way of a table that I normally put up to display a number of Christmas decorations. So . . . I’ve been rearranging things a bit. I just put the small bottle light up tonight, and I thought that it would be the piece that allowed me to be at peace with this arrangement, but I am not sure about it yet. I will have to sit with it. I have still been up and down (there are two ladders involved) decorating so we will see once I have a chance to actually observe it. My original vision was for multi-colored strings of lights. I didn’t have them, but might be able to scrounge them up. Maybe THAT will do the trick.

Christmas decorations continue for Friday Photos in December.

How are you doing so far?

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Enough Stress

Posted by terrepruitt on December 9, 2020

I feel like there is a lot of pressure during the Holidays. I hear so many people exclaim this time of year is so stressful. Just recently I had a conversation with a friend who couldn’t sleep and she noticed that the same thing happens every year. I get it. And this year, this year could be so much worse in terms of amount of stress. There are so many ADDED stressors. We each have our own “regular” Holiday stress and we each have our own stressors that are added because of the world situation, so I am not going to list them because I don’t want to bring up one you may not have thought of! 🙂 You may have seen a few of my posts in the past about how I was trying to reduce the stress during the Holidays. I believe that there are different types of stress. Two examples of types are things we can’t control and the ones we can . . . perhaps even the stressors we cause or add ourselves. I know those were the ones I was trying to reduce. Life is stressful and this year is a doozy so why not try to alleviate some of the ones we can. I was thinking . . . .

Perhaps this year might be the year when your friends and/or family draw names. Instead of the regular everyone-buying-something-for-everyone, maybe just focusing on one person might help relieve some stress. It could also include maybe some conversations and building of relationship with that person. Maybe you get to talk to them to see what the want or what they like. To me, right now, it is precious to speak with people since I am not actually going out and seeing people. Some friends had made comments to me about how difficult shopping is this year because of the situations and restrictions. A lot of people don’t like shopping online . . . they like to be in stores to SHOP and that might not be possible this year. So buying for one person might be the answer to helping lessen the stress.

Seems like the stereo-typical stress of having to be with family is already eliminated, but for some not being able to be with family is causing stress. I know many people might be Zoomed out, but I still think it is still a great way to gather without being there in person. Whatever you regularly do, do that . . . if you dress up, dress up. If you have ugly sweater gatherings, do that. Try to keep the connection with friends and family but keep it as stress free as possible.

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I am a big believer that this time of year should be fun and joyful so I think less stress is best.

Also, this is a difficult one for many of us, get enough sleep. It is a fact that it is more difficult to deal with stress when we have not had enough sleep. So work on that. This is a big one for me as I tend to stay up late anyway and turning off my Christmas tree to go to bed is one less day I have to enjoy it so I stay up late.

Also . . . yeah, another one . . . eat good. Avoiding sugar  is something that is really difficult this time of year . . . . although there might actually be less sweets to tempt you this year if you are not going into the office with a break room table full of treats.  Sugar is not a friend to the immune system and right now our immune systems can use all the help they can get.

Stress does not help with sleep nor the immune system so it is somewhat cyclical.

This time of year is stressful. Especially this year with all that we have gone through. We are exhausted, tired, and stressed. Now some of these things are not things that people readily admit soooooo they might not even be identified. This year we’re going through stuff. So think about what you can do to help relieve the stress.

Anything you can cross of your stress-causing list?

 

Oh, Yin Yoga could help you with stress . . . having a free class Friday, 12.11.20 – info at http://www.helpyouwell.com/

 

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