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Sweet Bouquet

Posted by terrepruitt on April 8, 2022

Flowers. Yay! I love flowers. It has been a bit since I got flowers from my hubby, so these were extra special.

As I am posting this he is “processing” some yard roses for the house.  (Trimming, debugging, finding vase(s), etc.)  More yay!

Flowers for a Friday Photo.

 

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2022

Pep talk, or what they call Peptok, from children, that is what you can get.  A friend on Facebook posted this and immediately I wanted to call to hear it, but then I paused and thought it might be a scam, but she was confident in it so I called. Kinda cute.

When you call there is a menu: “If you are feeling mad, frustrated, or nervous, press one. If you need to hear words of encouragement & life advice, press 2. If you need a pep talk from kindergartners, press 3. If you need to hear kids laughing with delight, press 4. . . . For encouragement in Spanish press 5.”

You can also press 6 to make a donation to support the project.

This is a public art project by West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, CA.. I think it is pretty cool.

Did you call? What do you think?

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Sometimes It Is Technology, Sometimes It Is Me

Posted by terrepruitt on March 2, 2022

I am still teaching via Zoom. I have students not in my area and some of us that enjoy the fact that we don’t have to deal with traffic to get to a class. And I STILL have issues with technology. Sometimes I think it is Zoom, sometimes I think it is the internet, sometimes I think it is the various cords and cables, but basically it is always something. I believe that if I didn’t set up and breakdown my set up so often I wouldn’t have a few of the issues, but some are just whacky. It could also be that my laptop is about 8 years old. There are several things that Zoom does that my computer can’t do because the operating system cannot be updated. So, there is that.

One of the issues I have is when people come into a meeting it disrupts my “share”. When I first started teaching virtually I would start the meeting early, set up sharing, and get the music all cued up to be ready for class, and it worked fine. But at one point it stopped working. As soon as a student would sign on my share would stop working. Today I started class after already doing a sound check with students and the music wasn’t working, but it just had been. I think it was because two students had signed on. So somethings are just whacky and I can’t explain and then somethings . . . . oh the shame!

Last week, I had started the meeting, checked my microphone and was waiting for people to come on, once they were on I checked the music and I believe it worked. Then, since it was a Nia class, I talked about our focus and intent, while moving some things around, and then started the music and it wasn’t working. It had just been working. Now, if you teach virtually you may know there are a lot of things to check. Some people may have more than me, but I have my laptop, my mic, and my speaker. Now with that there is the laptop volume: output and input. And then the mic volume – actual buttons, and the speaker volume. Plus there is the volume on Zoom – both speaker and mic. There is an aux cord for the speaker and a connector for the mic and the speaker. So there are all these various things and I checked them all. My students are thee most awesome people in the world because although they wanted to get the class underway (of course!) they were being very kind and patient and I was just bewildered. I kept noticing that the speaker sound kept changing to “Zoom camera”, so I was thinking it was something to do with the update I had just done. Just as one person started to enlist the help of her son I glanced up and had an idea.

So, when I mentioned my computer was old I didn’t say that it is a hand-me-down and one reason it got handed down to me in the first place is that when it was an actual work computer in an office it had an unfortunate accident . . . it got drenched in a Big Gulp so the touchpad stopped working. Since I have to use a dongle and an external mouse, I just use an external keyboard too. Well, when I looked up I noticed that I had set a box on my external keyboard. I removed the box and the speakers stopped changing to Zoom camera. I think the box was pressing a key on the keyboard.

Geez Louise! I was embarrassed and annoyed and a little surprised I hadn’t actually done that before. Today I made sure there was nothing on the keyboard. When we had the aforementioned problem, I didn’t check anything because I had already checked everything so the first thing I thought of was the share and thankful that was it. Last week, — red faced me!

So . . . sigh, just sharing yet another thing that can mess with getting a virtual class underway! Since it was so silly I thought you might get a giggle or at least a smile out of it!

I welcome any embarrassing story someone would like to share . . . . anyone?

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State Dances

Posted by terrepruitt on February 23, 2022

Recently a friend brought up the fact that West Coast Swing is our state dance. I was puzzled. I didn’t know states had state dances. Or if I ever did, I certainly didn’t remember that states had dances. Did you?

According to Wiki not all states have a dance. And in 1970 Square Dancers tried to get Square Dancing to be the National Dance. Most states still have it as their state’s dance: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland , Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

The District of Columbia’s state dance is Hand dancing, which is compared to a type of swing. I am sure you can guess what Hawaii’s state dance is.

California is listed as having both West Coast Swing and square dance. Looks like Delaware HAD a state dance from 2016 to 2017, Maypole. Kentucky’s state dance is Clogging, whereas Minnesota does not have one.

North Carolina’s state dance is Clogging AND the Carolina Shag. South Carolina went with The Shag, square dance, and the Waltz. And Wisconsin went with Polka.

Wiki has a nice little table of state dances as does a site called NetState  which I came across when I did a quick search to find out HOW a dance becomes a state dance. I didn’t spend a lot of time on that quest.

Did you know some states had state dances?

 

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Valentine’s Day Success!

Posted by terrepruitt on February 21, 2022

The Irvine Nursing & Rehabilitation in Kentucky did a follow up post on Facebook about the overwhelming response they received to their request for Valentines. Oh my. It was so sweet. They had THOUSANDS of Valentines sent.  (My original post: Sending Valentine’s Day Cards)

I am thinking you may have to have Facebook to see the video.

The residents were so touched. It was a very successful campaign.  Super sweet, don’t you think?

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Sometimes The Cover Is Better

Posted by terrepruitt on February 14, 2022

So, I was listening to a song the other day and it reminded me that I like the cover better. Then I started thinking about the songs I could name off the top of my head that I like the covers better. Some I didn’t even know were covers at first. I bet there are a lot more songs that I like the cover better and a lot of songs that I don’t even know are not the original artist’s version. Here is my short list with more info below.

Tainted Love
XO
Beggin’
Big Yellow Taxi
The Tide Is High

It was Tainted Love that sent me down this path. I was in an online class listening to the original artist, Gloria Jones. I don’t remember having heard that version before, but I imagine I have since it was recorded in 1964! But I am familiar with (and love) the Soft Cell cover from 1981. I have a vague recollection of hearing the Soft Cell version and thinking, “Hmmm sounds different. I like it.” So I bet I had heard the original version first, but forgot and went with the Soft Cell version. Love it!

XO, is one of the songs that makes me laugh because the first version I heard was John Mayer’s and when I heard Beyoncé’s I thought, “Eww, she ruined John’s song.” When I was exposed to a collection of Beyoncé’s songs and XO was in it I realized that it was HER song and John had done the cover. This is a case where I don’t like the original and I love the cover. I think that may happen with me more often than not, but I am not sure. At least with the songs on this list I am sure. Since Beyoncé released it in 2013 and John covered it in 2014, it is completely understandable that I had never heard Beyoncé’s version before I heard (and fell in love with) John Mayer’s version.

Now Big Yellow Taxi is another song that I cannot imagine not having heard the original version/artist before. I think that with some songs I hear them but I don’t like them and then when I hear a cover that I do like, then I like the song. Joni Mitchell wrote and released Big Yellow Taxi in 1970 and I am sure I had heard it back then. As I mentioned I bet I heard it and didn’t like it so I never thought about it, but then in 2003 when the Counting Crows covered it, I liked it.

Beggin’ I have been seeing videos of the cover by Måneskin all over and didn’t even know it was a song from 1967. The Four Seasons originally recorded it. And I can’t say I remember having heard it. Like many songs there has been several versions done. So, like many songs, I can’t say for sure if I have heard the original or a version after, but I can say I like Måneskin’s version.

Now, most might be familiar with Blondie’s version of The Tide Is High, not sure if many people have heard the original version by The Paragons from 1967. Sometimes I feel bad for original artists because sometimes it could just be the time at which the song is released was just not ideal, but not always.

Anyway, those are the songs right off the top of my head that I know I like the cover better than the original version.

What about you? Do you have opinions on these songs? Do you have songs that you like the covers of better than the original versions?

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Sending Valentine’s Day Cards

Posted by terrepruitt on February 7, 2022

Hopefully it is not too late to do this. I have written the cards and plan to send them tomorrow. I am hoping they get thousands of cards. How fun would that be? I just saw this via a friend on Facebook last night. I thought I would share in case you wanted to send some Valentine’s Day love.

(Summary of Facebook screenshot: Irvine Nursing & Rehabilitation in Kentucky has made it known that some of their clients would be open to receiving Valentine’s Day cards and they have pictures those that want to participate.)

What do you think?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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