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Library Books Delivered By Horseback

Posted by terrepruitt on November 13, 2019

I have mentioned a few times that my husband and I listen to books via Audible. My husband has a long commute that gets longer each school year. What used to be 45 minutes is now pushing 90. He is the driving force regarding Audible. He is a sci-fi fan, he likes books about aliens and fighters, spaceships and black holes. I have shared a few of his picks before. And actually he does have a lot of different types of books in his library, but a big portion of it is the sci-fi and part of that is because we have gotten hooked on a few series. He has read three series by J.S. Morin. I have only read two. I think some of the books in his library were free or he thought they were such a good deal he didn’t want to pass them up. I had just finished one book – I think it might have been a free one – and it was a bit gruesome. So I wanted something light and quick. I didn’t want to start another series. He pointed me at one he got for free and it was really short and enjoyable. But I still wanted something else. So I looked at Audible’s “Discover” and I came across a book I decided I wanted to read. I texted him and he when he answered he said, “It’s in the library.”

So I started reading “The Giver of Stars”. I was interested in the story and also that it was going to be made into a movie. I figured it would be a movie I would want to see and I like to read the books before the movies so I thought I could get a jump on things.

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During the Great Depression there was an initiative paid for by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) that set out to delivery books to people settled in the remote areas of the Appalachian Mountains, between 1934 and 1943. The Pack Horse Library was a group of women that would deliver books and other reading materials to people that might not have the means to make it down into a town to visit a library. Many of them couldn’t even read. They would have their children read to them or the librarians would sometime take time to read to them. Even though little over 30 percent of the population in eastern Kentucky couldn’t read in 1930 many of them understood that learning to read might help allow them to improve their economic status.

Many locals participated in the “libraries” themselves as anyone that had the means was encouraged to store the books for lending. In addition to storing books, many places needed to help by storing the supplies and things the Pack Horse Librarians would need. There would be a head librarian that worked at each place and she would give the books to the riders to take them to the various homes and schools. The head librarian would also make any repairs that may have been needed on the books themselves.

Some books would get in too bad of shape to lend out so the librarians would keep what they could save and create new books. They would use binders to hold stories and pictures that had been salvaged. They created recipe books and binders of quilt patterns.  These patched together books were very popular among the clients.

The Pack Horse Librarians would use their own horse or mule. Some were leased. It’s been documented that a woman would average walking or riding almost 5,000 miles a month. Each book pack could hold up to 100 books. The Pack Horse Librarians would ride out at least twice a month and cover 100 to 120 miles a week. Their salary was $28.00 a month. The books and reading material they delivered to the people on their assigned routes had been donated from multiple sources.

There were about 100,000 people that were the recipients of the work of the Pack Horse Librarians and by 1937 they were also bringing books to 155 public schools.

In 1943 the program stopped due to no more funds and the end of the WPA. For nine years there were woman who rode out in the cold, in the rain, in the snow, in the heat – whatever – just like mailmen, to deliver reading material to people wouldn’t have had access to it normally.

I thought that was pretty interesting. The story had a few of those details and a lot of information, but when reading a story I don’t always know what is true and what is fiction. I was very happy to learn that there really had been such a thing as the Pack House Librarians.  Oh, and the story, it was good too!

Did you know about the Pack Horse Librarians?

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Gotta Keep An Eye On Those Peacocks

Posted by terrepruitt on November 11, 2019

Recently I was picnicking with friends and we had a visitor. He was VERY close and I was not entirely comfortable. My friends did not understand my discomfort, but I am thinking they were not entirely aware of how aggressive peacocks can be. He was giving me the stink eye and I just wanted to be prepared for the moment when he tried to grab my sandwich out of my hand. But he did not, although he did stand there pretty much the entire time we were eating.

We were talking to one of the staff who said that there is about 25 or 30 peacocks. She said that they had been brought over from Spain and they used to live and hang around the area, but they didn’t hang around as much anymore since the neighbor up the road started feeding them.

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While looking up some information on them, I did confirm that they can be aggressive and they are territorial. The internet also confirmed that they have been seen chasing people to get their food. So, that is why I kept my eye on this one while he eyed my sandwich.

The internet also said that peacocks do or have attacked people, but it is not a common thing. Most of the information mentioned “mating season” when reporting on incidences. Sounds as if they get aggressive during mating season, but that seems typical of most species.

It is interesting – to me – to learn that peacocks are the males while the female are peahens and they both are peafowl. The peacocks we saw did not have many tail feathers so we were not treated to any grand displays. Come to find out the males shed their tail feathers. They shed at the end of each mating season. One website stated it can be fast – happening in a week or it could take months. They do grow back in time for the next year’s mating season. That gives me hope that the feathers that are sold are actually molted feathers and are not plucked from the birds.

We had a pleasant picnic even though this guy totally wanted my sandwich.

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It is OBVIOUS he wanted my sandwich!

Have you been seeing peacocks around more often than you used to? 

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Movie Traditions

Posted by terrepruitt on November 6, 2019

Do you have any movies that you watch over the Holidays? Or movies that you watch for specific events? Last night my husband came home and he said, “Do you want me to wait or should I start the movie without you?” I had forgotten the date so I didn’t know what he was talking about, then he said, “It’s the 5th.” As he was saying it I realized what day it was and what we were going to watch. We had talked about it on Saturday. So we watch V For Vendetta on the 5th of November.

I am listen to a book and their family tradition is to watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles on Thanksgiving. I know, from posts on Facebook from my friends that some people watch Love Actually over the Christmas Holiday.

What about you? Do you have any movie traditions? Do you have movies you watch on specific days or specific events?

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Fear-Less

Posted by terrepruitt on October 23, 2019

I could have sworn I posted about this ages ago. I vaguely remember typing something up. I think the name had stopped me from posting about it in the past. Everyone I tell about it comments something to the effect, “Well, I’m not AFRAID.” So, I think the name is really off-putting. It could be some people might not equate being unable to fall asleep with “fear, anxiety, or panic”. I don’t know many people that want to admit feeling those things. And when we are unable to fall asleep we might not think of it as fear or anxiety or panic. Often times people just say they “can’t turn off their brain.” But to me that equates to anxiety. I am anxious that I didn’t get all that I wanted to get done that day. Or I am anxious about all that I have to do tomorrow. Anyway . . . I don’t like the name . . . I wish they would change it. I feel that they might get more people purchasing it if they gave it a different name. (But, really, I don’t know how many people DO purchase it, so that is a silly thought on my part!) I am talking about Fear-Less. It is a formula made from flowers from Flower Essence Services.

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Sometimes I just have a lot on my mind or I am not really that tired, but I know that I have to go to bed because I have to get up early the next morning. I just use a few squirts of this. Or sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and an idea pops into my head and I could easily just start to choreograph a dance or plan a routine, but I know I should just go back to sleep, so I just spray some of it in my mouth. You can take it orally or spray it on you or around you, like on your pillow and sheets.

There are many reasons one might want to simply want to feel a little more calm . . . this might be something that could help*. It works for me.

Do you have any remedies for trouble falling asleep?  Or any remedies to help you feel more calm?

 

*Keep in mind this site/post makes no medical claims. Anything you read here is NOT medical advice. I am simply sharing what works for ME. I am sharing so that you can be made aware of something that you may not have been aware of and it is your responsibility to consult your medical professional/health care provider in deciding what is right for you. No information on this site should be relied upon to determine anything related to your health and well-being. The information on this website is not intended as medical advice.

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Freezer Staples

Posted by terrepruitt on October 14, 2019

Not too long ago I claimed to cheat at dinner in my post about how I sometimes use a prepared meal or frozen entree (sometimes I actually use a side) to make up a portion of a meal. I am sure we all do it, right? Well, if not, I know I am not unique in doing it and it is nothing new. I was curious as to what you might have in your freezer as a staple. Here is what I like to have in my freezer:

a lasagna
Annie’s pasta bowl
Annie’s enchilada meal
meatballs
quiche

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I don’t have ALL of these items in my freezer at the same time, but hopefully I have one or two. With the lasagna sometimes I have a larger size and we actually eat it as our entree, but sometimes I just have a single serving and just use it to complete the meal either adding it to meat or sometimes pasta. The same with the pasta bowl. I might add meat to it or additional pasta or use it as a side to an entree. With the enchiladas there are two and we each get one and I add meat or veggies to make two meals. The sausages sometimes get eaten as an entree or I add it to potatoes and/or eggs, or pasta or put it on a tortilla and call it a pizza. It just depends.

The meatballs are sometimes the entree. Sometimes I add them to pastas, sometimes I put it on a tortilla and call it a pizza, it all depends. But I really like have a bag of them in the freezer. As I said, though, the last bag disappointed me. It was the same brand but the meat and the spices were different and they actually caused such a fuss in my oven that it shutdown. They are greasy and caused a lot of smoke.

The quiche is usually used as the entree and we can have it two nights. It is yummy and bakes up rather fast.

I can’t think of what else I like to have on hand to help with dinner, but I am sure I am forgetting something.

What about you? What do you have in your freezer that is a staple?

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Protective Skin

Posted by terrepruitt on October 7, 2019

I received a cool speaker last year for my birthday. It is a Beats Pill+. It is pretty cool. It is a pretty powerful speaker. It’s battery last a good long time. It is kind of heavy. I wouldn’t want to carry it in my purse. But I do carry it around the house when I am listening to a book or I just want some music playing while I am doing stuff around the house. I have the white one, which I like. But sometimes it gets dirty. I try not to set it down on a place that is dirty but sometimes it gets a little dirty. Also sometimes my hands might get it a little dirty. I have been trying to keep it from getting stained. I wipe it down when it gets dirty. But the other day I noticed some pink or red around the pause button. I don’t know what it is, but it didn’t come off all the way. I had once looked for something that would allow me to sling it over my shoulder or wear it like a cross-body bag, but I hadn’t found one and then I forgot about it. But with the speaker getting stained (a little) I thought maybe they have cases or something to keep it from getting scratched or dirty. I found MightySkins.

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Of course I was excited because they had blue and I love blue. And then I saw one called “Perfect Wave”. It is blue and green and looks like a wave. So I ordered that.

They are kind of like vinyl clings, but more “elasticy”.

It is pretty cool. I am pretty happy. I just got it and put it on the other day, so I haven’t really moved and carried the speaker around much since I got the skin, but I like the look. I am assuming it will be fine just helping keep the dirt off.

 

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It looks cool, don’t you think? They have skins for gaming units, laptops, tumblers, coolers, cell phones and more. You can even design your own.

For my phone I need a protective case so I don’t need a skin. But I think it is perfect for my speaker.

What do you think? Do you want to jazz up your phone or laptop with a cool skin?

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Give A Little Love

Posted by terrepruitt on September 18, 2019

Ok, so I am sitting at my computer trying to come up with something to post. I have come up with a few ideas but all of them have to do with Yin Yoga because I have that on the brain somewhat since I just started teaching a Yin Yoga class. I really, really love the practice and I just want to keep on about it, but I don’t want to inundate you all with just yoga stuff. I also kinda wanted to take the day off because my hubby is cooking dinner and I would like to be down in the kitchen visiting with him. One thing I did to try to give me a post idea was I looked at the number of views for my posts. I started a couple of posts as follow up post to help give some of my post some love. But again, I want to be downstairs because I hear my honey in the kitchen. So, I decided to just list a few of my posts that I think are still relevant and could be of interest to you. I have been blogging 10 years so I would bet that some of you have missed a few posts. Well, maybe click on a link below if something catches your eye.

Thanks.

Inflammation – a quick little read that might give you something to think about

Loose Feeling Joints – too loose might not be a good thing

Trauma – a cream I used to like, I think they changed the ingredients or marketed as Traumeel now

Push Workout – Sample – like it says

Vase Are Like That, Ya Know? – a post about not knowing what to write, and then turning to life

Mews Of Change – announcement of changing our cats’ names

Ok, I’m off to celebrate and be with hubby.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Short Straws

Posted by terrepruitt on September 9, 2019

Every once in a while I like to have a cocktail and usually cocktails include ice . . . at least the one I drink.  (Hubby’s Moscow Mule)  But I don’t like to drink out of the glass and have the ice get on my lip or smash into my face. I like to use straws. Well, I have A STRAW. I think it was long, but I cut it to fit our copper mugs. I have been using it for over a year. I decided I wanted to get some reusable straws to that I don’t have to keep using the same ONE STRAW. I had been looking at them, but then it occurred to me that I don’t want a long straw, I wanted a short ones. So I jumped on good ol’ Amazon recently and bought some.

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Well, so far we have used them once and we both liked them. See, normally my husband doesn’t even get a straw because we have ONE STRAW, but now we have enough for him to use one, too. He was rather happy about that. And I think he really enjoyed drinking his cocktail via straw.

He was pleasantly surprised that it was sturdy enough to use as a stirrer. It really turned out to be necessary because we were sprinkling powdered ginger into our drinks.  We weren’t drinking Moscow Mules at the time.

Anyway . . . I am just sharing another purchase that turned out really good so far. Granted, we have only used them once. So we will see how they hold up.

They are not the prettiest of colors, but . . . I wasn’t really concerned about that. I was looking at length and material. I wanted to be able to put it in the dishwasher and these are able to be run through.

Do you prefer to use a straw when drinking a drink with ice?  Do you have straws at home?

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HELP! Which Emoji Do I Use?

Posted by terrepruitt on August 28, 2019

Do you use emojis? Frankly I am afraid to! I don’t know what half of them mean and sometimes the meaning that is assigned to them is just way off target, in my opinion. I don’t actually text that many people and so I really don’t have that many opportunities to use them – thank God! – but sometimes even then I use them wrong. My most used emoji is the kissing face with a heart*

Face Blowing a Kiss on Apple iOS 12.2 because I primarily only text with people I love; my husband, my niece, three or four of my friends.  I just recently noticed it was winking and promptly forgot that it was.

And, just a side note, what is up with that “FREQUENTLY USED”? I can use an emoji once OR . . . . or really not even USE it, just click on it to see what it is or click on it accidentally and not even send it and it still appears on my “FREQUENTLY USED”. That bugs me because then it takes the place of one I do use, but maybe not “”FREQUENTLY” and then I have to go searching for it again.

Ok, back to the emojis themselves. I recently read a post where there was

Hugging Face on Apple iOS 12.2

 

and

Kissing Face on Apple iOS 12.2

and someone wrote “why the hug and kiss emojis?” I was surprised, I really thought the first one was Jazz Hands and that is how I use it. And you might wonder how one uses Jazz Hands in a conversation . . . well, I can’t really explain that, but I do! So case in point as to why I am afraid to use emojis. I think a lot of them are not what I think they are.

Before I started typing this I did a search to see if the first one was a hug, I found 25 Secret Second Meanings of These Popular Emojis and it said

Open Hands on Apple iOS 12.2is a hug. Again, not sure I would have used X as a hug. But then again those are the SECRET SECOND MEANINGS. I just type HUG or HUGS (or hug or hugs) since I don’t know the correct emoji. I didn’t even read all of the explanations in that article because I don’t see myself needing to know the SECRET meanings.

Ah . . . .looking at the other results; here it is Emojipedia. Now I can use emoji safely. I knew there was a site that would steer me in the right directions I just haven’t looked it up before.

What about you? Do you use emojis?  What do you use the most? Are you going to use emojipedia to see if you are using them “correctly”?  Do you have your own meaning for any of them?

*which I just learned was blowing a kiss, I always use it as I love you and I am kissing you!

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Keep Moving

Posted by terrepruitt on August 21, 2019

I wrote this post four years ago when I started watching Grace and Frankie. I found it and thought I would post it because it still holds true, except now they are four years older. I don’t even remember the episode in which she put her foot in the kitchen sink . . . they’ve done so much since then. And, yeah, it is crap, but it is funny crap.

Okay, let’s make a deal: I won’t judge you and your choice of TV shows, if you don’t judge me. Well, to be honest, I won’t judge you even if you do judge me, because I know I watch crap. In fact, I think all TV (except some documentaries) series are crap. I do believe TV is crap, however, sometimes there is some pretty funny crap on TV. Recently I came across Grace and Frankie. Funny crap. What made me even look at it was the picture that came up on Netflix. It is a Netflix original series and the ad for it was RIGHT there on our opening screen. I didn’t recognize Jane Fonda at first. The picture looked a little “too young” in my opinion. So I clicked on the whatever to take me to the summary and I couldn’t believe it and could not imagine that (the situation on which the series is built) happening so I decided to watch the first episode. Regardless of what you may think of Jane Fonda that woman is impressive.  Any the my main point to this post is you gotta keep moving.

I was sharing how amazed I was by the way Jane Fonda looked and someone said, “Yeah well, I am sure she has had a lot of work done.” I said I didn’t care I still thought she looked amazing. Then another friend piped in and said something to the effect that, yeah she is 77 so she has had to have work done, but it doesn’t LOOK like it. Sometimes you look at people and you want to know who their doctor is so you NEVER go to them. I agreed.

But what really amazed me was in one episode she had just some in from the beach and she wanted to rinse off her foot, in the kitchen sink. She just swung her leg up into the sink. Yup, 77 years old. I know a lot of 17 year olds that couldn’t do that. Then she swung it down. And she swung her OTHER leg up on the counter to dry it off — which is funny because she didn’t actually rinse that one — at least that we saw. But anyway, my point is, so amount of cosmetic surgery is going to help you swing your leg up into a kitchen sink.

You might not have the means or money or desire to keep your face looking young. You may not want to get nips and tucks to look svelte. But I hope you want to be able to walk with comfort and ease. And keeping your joints flexible doesn’t cost anything. Working to keep your mobility and strength up doesn’t require a cosmetic surgeon.

I know I will never look like Jane Fonda, but I do hope that when I am 77 I am still washing my feet in the sink and drying them on the counter.

Let me not close without saying that Lily Tomlin looks positively lovely in this show too. I am thinking she is in good looking shape, too, but her character wears long flowy things so we never really get to see. But again, who cares. She is in her 70s to and she is doing a TV series for Heaven’s sake. I am not in the industry of TV or movies, but I do understand that it is not easy. They might make it look easy but it is not. So any of these people past 70 doing TV and movies have to be in pretty decent shape. It is just the cherry on top if they look great doing it.

Move it or lose it!

Do you watch Grace and Frankie? Do you agree that a body needs to move in order to keep moving?

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