Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach yoga, Nia, and stretch online!

    ALL CLASSES ARE ON ZOOM AT 10:00 AM PDT

    Tuesday Gentle Yoga 

    Wednesday Nia

    Thursday Stretch

    Please see my website for details!

    I am also available for private Nia / yoga / Personal Training all virtual, of course!

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • My Bloggey Past

  • ******

    Chose a month above to visit archives, or click below to visit a page.

Archive for January, 2022

Picture Of Roses Past

Posted by terrepruitt on January 21, 2022

I am doing what I wanted to do when I started my Friday Photo posts. I am using some of my pictures I took for some reason or another. This arrangement looks like I wanted to show off the bounty of roses we had at one time one year. We haven’t had a lot of roses the past year. So I am happy to have photographed these from May 2018.

Posted in Friday Photo | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Old Photo On Friday

Posted by terrepruitt on January 14, 2022

So today I am going to be certain to post my Friday Photo on Friday. I was so annoyed last week that I typed it up and thought I had posted it and I had not. Anyway . . . going through some old photos and I thought this one was particularly cute. This was when I still had the iPhone 5 so the picture is not all that great. But Nessa is a great subject. Such a pretty kitty.

 

Posted in Cats, Friday Photo, Teagan and Nessa | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Bra Fix-Its

Posted by terrepruitt on January 12, 2022

From the get go I am going to say it in case it isn’t something that you care to read about . . . bras. I am going to be talking bras here. First I am going to explain a bit about one aspect of bras so that, if you are unfamiliar, you will understand why I am mending them. I have a broken bra. With many things when it breaks or tears just going out and buying a new one will suffice, but that is where some explaining needs to take place. For some of us, we can not just “go out” and buy a new bra. For many of us it is quite an ordeal, that is why I am fixing mine.

First of all bras are expensive. Now I know there are many different kinds and “expensive” is very relative to people, but I personally believe that $75.00 is a lot of for a piece of underclothing. I have an impossible time spending that much so I shop sales and try other avenues to avoid spending that much, but for those that don’t know I feel confident saying that the average price for a good bra is at least $75.00. So, for me I don’t have as many of them as I have of say, t-shirts.

Then there is the idea of finding a “good” bra. Now that word is in quotes because that is a very personal thing. But even though the definition of “good” is personal most of us require certain qualifications and in searching have been through the same thing. It must fit good, look good, and be comfortable. Again, we all have different ideas of fit, look, and comfort, but I would bet that we all have struggled to find it. We many even go so far as to go into a dressing room and put one on then put our own clothes on over it and spend ten minutes moving around to see if it looks right and is comfortable. They can be very deceiving in the store dressing room.  What it boils down to is it is an ordeal.  You may think you found a good one only to get home and be so confused because it is almost as if the sales clerk switched it on you because at home it looks weird and is NO WAY comfortable.  So when I have one I like, I want to keep it.

So, here I am at the mending part. Sometimes, part of the construction fails. And for those of you that don’t know you may be as surprised as us that do know, at which part fails. Is it a strap? No. Is it the hooks in the back? No. It is the portion close to the arm pit that holds in that pointy little wire. And when that pointy little wire makes its way out IT WILL NOT GO BACK IN! It takes a herculean effort to get it back in. And there is no thread and no amount of sewing that will keep it in if you manage to get it back in, once it has made its way out. And you don’t know the frustration and the pain until you have had one of those wires poke and pinch you. Owwww.

So, one would think, just buy a new one, right? But I already covered that. And I just explained that truly there is no way to sew it so it does not come out (at least for me, if you have managed to find the trick, please let me know). What I have resorted to is — PATCHES.

Yup, iron-on patches. That is the only thing I have found that will hold that wire in. This may not be the solution you would like, it may ruin the aesthetic of the bra, but it really all depends on what you want. I want a bra that does not stab me.

 

I just cut the iron-on patch to fit over the offending hole on both the front of the bra and the back. So I don’t patch it only on the side that it ripped, but I fold it over so it covers both sides and the top so there is no escaping for that evil pointy wire! I had purchased these patches for other things and ended up using them on my bra, but I know they have some cute ones out there that might bring a smile to your face if you had them holding in that evil wire!

Now you may have found a way to get the wire back in and keep it in . . . . if so, please let me know.  In the mean time I am going to patch those wires in!

Do any of you relate to this?

Posted in Misc | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Late Crafts, Late Gifts

Posted by terrepruitt on January 10, 2022

Seriously, if you are going to be crafty for Christmas gifts start early. There was one year I took the entire month of November, but I was doing a lot. This year I was just going to make something for two people so I thought it would be quick. I kept changing my mind, too, as to what I was going to do, but I was going to use some paint pens so I had thought it would be really quick. I always think that artist just sit down at one sitting and create masterpieces so I think I can do that same thing. There are multiple issues with that thought process, but the main two are REAL artists don’t actually do that, they may plan and do multiple drafts and I am not an artist.

I thought, since I was using pens that paint, I could just draw/write on my chosen surface and it would be quick, but as it turns out I don’t think the pens were made for glass. I drew and wrote and in some cases it disappeared by the time I was done with the other side. Multiple times – although, I was being really careful – I assumed I rubbed it off somehow. By the third or fourth time of redrawing / rewriting I was positive the surface didn’t touch anything so I concluded that it was just literally disappearing. So waiting until the week before Christmas was a huge mistake. My quick craft project was turning out to NOT be quick. First I had spent days redoing what I had done thinking that it just needed to dry. Then when it did kind of stay I painted a clear coat over it which completely erased portions of it. So finally I just threw in the paint pen and had to paint over everything with actual paint. The painting is not what takes so long it is the drying time.

Anyway . . . with the multiple tries and coats the ornaments are not what I was hoping, but the candle holders are ok. The multicolored sparkle of the glitter does not show up well in photos (that I take), but it is there.

Hopefully the late gifts will be well received.  I believe both of the recipients were taught “It’s the thought that counts.”  🙂

Do you ever make Christmas gifts?  What kinds?

In 2019, I had painted candle holders also.

Posted in Misc | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Not Ready To Give Up

Posted by terrepruitt on January 8, 2022

ARGH!  I thought I posted this on Friday, but Saturday I see that I didn’t.  So I am posting my Friday Photo on Saturday.  (*eye roll*, I know, I know.)

I wasn’t very into to decorating this year as I usually am. But since we got a tree and took everything down from storage, I did put up some decorations. Not as many lights as usual but some, plus the new metal tree. And now, of course, I don’t want to take it down. I like the lights – for one, and for two, I just don’t want to deal with it all – part of the reason I didn’t want to put it up in the first place. Now if I weren’t teaching and the tree wasn’t in the “studio” it wouldn’t be so bad, but since my students see my tree . . . . oh well. It went up late last year, I will take my time taking it down.  I was using the Twelve Days of Christmas as the excuse. The tree is not completely dead and scary so we will eek out a few more days.

The Christmas Tree as a Friday Photo in January! Can’t promise it will be the last as I just found another one I really like.

 

 

Posted in Friday Photo | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

I Finally Made Lemon Bars

Posted by terrepruitt on January 5, 2022

We have a lemon tree so I have always thought I should be making lemon bars so I could use some of our lemons.  The funny thing is – as you may know – lemon bars don’t really use that many lemons or more accurately that much lemon juice.  I have been looking for a lemon square recipe that matched something I had when I was young.  None of the recipes I saw online had pictures that match them.  More on that later.  I had a friend give me a recipe and so I decided to try it.

The recipe confused me because it listed ingredients for the crust and directions for making the crust.  Then it listed ingredients for the filling and instructions on how to make it and put it on the crust.  There was a note that said if using self-rising flour to not use baking powder but there was no flour listed for the filling.  I happen to be on the phone with a friend who has made lemon bars before while I was making them and she said she has always put flour in the filling.  So I found a recipe that matched the one I was making (except it was for twice as much) and figured out how much flour to use.

Anyway . . . I baked them and they were crusty on top and seemed stuck in the pan.  And I just didn’t have time to deal with them the same day I baked them.  So I left them on the counter until the next day.

When I went to remove them from the pan they didn’t seem to be sticking like I had thought, but they cut up awful.  This crusty stuff on the top just broke up.  I do feel I cooked them a tad bit too much.

I tasted them and feared they would be too sweet for my husband and I would end up eating the entire pan . . . but HUZZAH!  He liked them.  So they turned out ok.  Next time I will add more lemon juice and more lemon zest  and I noted that in the recipe below instead of the original amount called (2 Tablespoons and none, respectively) for.  I may also double the crust because that is what I LOVE the most.  But we will see.

What I really need to do to use up lemons is make Avgolemono.

______________________________________

So crusty on top!

Lemon Bars

CRUST

1 Cup all purpose flour
1/2 Cup butter (1 cube), softened
1/4 Cup powdered sugar/ confectioners’ sugar

FILLING

2 eggs
1 Cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons***
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoon lemon juice
zest from 1 or 2 lemons

Preheat oven to 350º F.  Mix the flour, butter, and powdered sugar together.  Mix thoroughly.  Press into an ungreased 8X8X2 square baking dish.  Bake for about 20 minutes.

Beat the eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest together until light and fluffy (3 mins).  Pour over hot crust.  Bake for 25 mins or until filling is firm.  Cool, then cut to serve.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

__________________________________________________________

Of course, this is a very common recipe you can find anywhere, but as you know, I use my blog as my recipe book so I like to document recipes I have made and liked here.

I kept telling my friend they were so ugly and she assured me that they aren’t necessarily a pretty dessert, at least until you add the powdered sugar.

What is your recipe for lemon bars?

***This whole post was about there not being flour listed in the recipe for the filling, and how I put it in when I made it, and then I left the flour OFF of the list of ingredients.

And I made the bars without the flour and my husband loved them and it was fine.  I am adding the flour in the list of ingredients.  02.10.22

Posted in "Recipes", Food | Tagged: , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Gotta Show It Off

Posted by terrepruitt on January 3, 2022

Since I did complete the daily tracker I wanted to show it off.  I did post when December started, but here it is . . . I managed to do some type of movement everyday.  I have a schedule so it makes it kinda easy to make sure I get it in.  I have found that stretching every day is awesome.  I used to stretch once a week in addition to yoga, but yoga is not stretching and dedicated stretching is a great way to keep moving without aches and pains.  And the key is EVERY DAY.

My calendar was not for 30 minutes of stretching it was for 30 minutes of movement, but I can honestly tell you that there was at least 10 minutes of stretching done every day.  You may want to try it for yourself.

I have seen some GORGEOUS trackers out there.  Are you doing one this year?  You can find it here by clicking, if you want.

Posted in Misc | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »