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The Birds And The Bees

Posted by terrepruitt on April 26, 2017

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I don’t remember sitting down and reading it with my mom or my dad.  I don’t remember talking to them about it.  But I do remember having asked if I could look at it at least once.  I remember it was on a shelf in the living room.  But I don’t remember anything else about it.

I didn’t remember how long it is.  It goes through the “bees” part of the “Birds and the Bees” first.  Then it gets to the “birds” part, as you can see, using a paper chicken to help illustrate the explanation.  Then it goes onto dogs.  I did not photograph the entire dog section.  Nor did I take pictures of the entire human section.  As I said, I didn’t remember how long it was.  Originally, I was thinking I would take pictures of the whole thing to post, but I was thinking that it was just a few pages.  Ha.  Much longer than I remembered.

The pictures are not great, but I am not really trying to have you learn about the birds and the bees here, I am just trying to show you this little book.  I didn’t show the end, I figured you knew how it turned out.  I am just sharing this blast from my past.

Anyway . . . how did YOU learn about the Birds and the Bees?  Do you remember how old you were?

 

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Turning Off “Recommended Videos”

Posted by terrepruitt on April 24, 2017

Ahh, just a quick post today as it seems that the day flew by and I didn’t even notice.  It started out good this morning.  I thought I was doing good time-wise, but then the next thing I know it, my cat, the little one, is whining.  I thought, “What?  Why are you whining?”  And I looked at the clock and it was a few minutes after 6:00.  We feed them at 6:30, but when she whines for food, I will feed her because she is the little one that could use to gain a few pounds.  I have noticed that she will whine before feeding time and if I don’t feed her she will eat the dry food.  Then when I do put the wet food down she is not hungry and the other cat will eat it all the wet food.  So I stopped what I was doing to feed them.  I am feeling very behind (in regards to my to-do list) and it is already 6:30!  So . . . just a quick post.  How do you feel about “recommended videos” on Youtube?  When I am on Youtube and I am watching something, I don’t mind them so much because often times it is something interesting.  Plus there is the option not to watch, of course.  But I don’t care for them on my blog.  I mean, I post something that I want to share with you, but I don’t necessarily want to share the recommended video.  I don’t even know what it will be.  It could be something I don’t really want on my blog.  So anyway . . . if you are posting a video from Youtube into your WordPress blog you can turn off the recommended video, if you want.

If you don’t want the recommended videos to show up after your video is finished playing when you embed a video in your WordPress blog, you just have to add ?rel=0 at the end of your video URL like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJOGgGHb_Xk?rel=0

Not sure if you are interesting in turning recommended videos off when you include a Youtube video in one of your blog posts, but I thought I would share with you in case you might be.  Perhaps you hadn’t thought about it before.  Well, now that you know you have to option to turn it off, perhaps you can think about it and decide.

What are your thoughts?  Do you care?  Would you turn it off now that you know you can?

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A List of What Can Be Recycled In My City

Posted by terrepruitt on April 19, 2017

Recently I noticed that the plastic pour spout on the milk cartons containing the milk I buy had gotten larger and I wrote a post about it.  I was somewhat annoyed because it seems to me that the amount of plastic used to create the spout was wasteful and then for it to have gotten larger, just didn’t make sense to me.  A friend who reads my blog commented that in her area that is the part of the carton that is not allowed in the recycle bin.  I told her that our entire carton is not allowed in the recycle bin.  I explained that my husband and I used to put milk cartons (after having rinsed them out) in the recycle bin, but a friend had told me they were not recyclable.  I didn’t believe her so I looked it up.  It turned out that she was right.  So we stopped putting milk cartons in the recycle bin.  But with my friend saying that she could recycle them, I decided to look it up, yet again.  And, alas, they are now recyclable.

There are many reasons that could be and I don’t KNOW why it is.  I can guess and say that the recycling facility is now able to process them or it could be that they are made differently.  Either way, I KNOW that at one point they were not because I looked it up after having been told so.  But now they are . . . so . . . we will adjust our recycling once again.  I didn’t see anything on our list of “allowables” about the stupid plastic pour spout not being allowed, so the whole thing is going in!

I copied this information from the City of San Jose’s website and put it on one list so you won’t have to click several times to read it.  (You’re welcome.)

Cans, Cartons & Glass

Examples of cans and cartons
When recycling cans and cartons, empty and scrape all containers and flatten cartons and boxes.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Beverage cartons and boxes (e.g. juice, milk, cream)
Tin, aluminum, and steel cans and lids
Food and beverage cans (e.g., soda, tuna, soup, pet food)
Empty aerosol cans

The following must go in the garbage can:
Foil pouches
Straws

Examples of glass
When recycling glass, empty and scrape all containers.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Glass bottles and jars (all colors)

The following must go in the garbage can:
Ceramics
Cookware
Drinking glasses
Incandescent bulbs
Mirrors
Windows

Other Recyclables

Examples of polystyrene

All polystyrene foam materials go into the garbage.

The following must go in the garbage can:
Cups
Plates
Egg cartons
Packing “peanuts” (tie securely in plastic bag)
Take-out containers

Scrap Metals
Metals should be clean and dry.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Clean aluminum foil and trays
Small metal appliances (e.g. toaster, waffle iron, blender)
Keys
Metal lids and caps from glass bottles
Metal pots and pans
Empty paint cans (let paint dry out, then remove and place in garbage cart)

Examples of scrap metals

The following must go in the garbage can:
Hangers (wood, metal, plastic)
Hardware
Bolts
Nails
Nuts
Screws

Textiles
Tie clean textiles inside a clear plastic bag when setting out for recycling.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:|
Clean cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, and wool fabrics
Blankets and sheets
Clothes

The following must go in the garbage can:
Boots and shoes
Carpet and rugs (cut into small pieces)
Disposable diapers
Down-filled items
Leather
Nylon
Pillows
Rubber
Stuffed animals
Vinyl
Electric blankets

More Information on Special Stuff
See also Special Stuff for items which are not collected in the curbside recycling program or have other unique handling requirements.

Paper & Cardboard

Examples of paper and cardboard
Recyclable Paper & Cardboard
When recycling paper or cardboard, flatten boxes and secure loose material (e.g. shredded paper) in clear plastic bags. Cut large boxes small enough to fit loosely inside the recycling cart. If you have more cardboard than your cart will hold, flatten and cut it into pieces no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet and lean them against the cart.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Cardboard
Catalogs
Cereal and cracker boxes (remove liners)
Egg cartons
Envelopes (plastic windows OK)
Gift wrap (no metallic / foil)
Magazines
Mail
Newspaper
Newspaper inserts and advertisements (glossy OK)
Office paper (e.g. construction paper, printer paper)
Paper bags
Shoe boxes
Shopping bags (remove handles)
Telephone books

The following must go in the garbage can:
Carbon paper
Padded or Tyvek® envelopes
Paper soiled with anything such as motor oil, paint, or food/grease
Paper take-out containers
Photographs and photo paper
Pizza boxes
Thermal fax paper

Plastics

Examples of plastic Recyclable Plastic
When recycling plastic, empty and scrape all containers.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
All plastic items labeled 1 through 7 inside the chasing arrows.*
Compact disc cases
Detergent bottles
Flower pots
Hard plastic toys
Juice and milk jugs
Large reusable water bottles
Medicine bottles
Shampoo bottles
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe
Soda, water, mouthwash, and mustard containers
Spray bottles
Squeezable bottles (e.g. honey)
Yogurt and margarine tubs

*Return clean plastic bags to grocery store for recycling. Soiled plastic bags and polystyrene foam goes in the garbage cart.

The following must go in the garbage can:
Bubble wrap
Compact discs
Credit cards
Disposable diapers
Hangers
Hoses
Polystyrene foam
Pools
Shoes
Soiled plastic bags
Tarps
Toys
Utensils

According to this list, my husband and I are doing to have to make a few adjustments to what we put in our recycle bin.

What about your area?  What can you recycle?  How does your city’s list the compare?  Are there any things on here that are a surprise to you?

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2017 – Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18th

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2017

In case you didn’t know I thought I would let you know.  If you are like me and you wait until the last minute then you might really appreciate having the extra day.  I am talking about when the taxes are due this year (2017).  The tax due date, April 15th, falls on a Saturday this year, so that would automatically make the due date Monday, April 17, 2017.  But this year, there is a holiday to thank for the extra day.  A holiday, what holiday you might ask?  Well, I did, too.  I initially saw the tax date on my tax forms (What?  Oh, when I said I wait until the last minute I meant I wait until the last minute to prepare my paperwork to take to my tax person with whom I have a standing appointment.  So SHE keeps me from being last minute to the government.)  So the paperwork that I was having to deal with said that taxes were due on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  I didn’t understand why, I know the if-the-15th-falls-on-a-Saturday-or-Sunday-roll-to-Monday-rule, but the 15th is on a Saturday so I didn’t understand why there was an extra day to file.  Well, it is Sunday that is a Holiday.  So, that means, MONDAY is the “observed” holiday.  With this holiday the closest business day is the “observed” holiday.  So when it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on a Monday.

Holiday?  What holiday do you say?  It is DC Emancipation Day.  The day Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District on April 16, 1862.   It would be another nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed freeing slaves in the confederate states.  So this holiday, which was signed into law as a holiday in 2005, is a city holiday and not a federal holiday, so only the local government in Washington DC is closed.

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According to an article on WhiteHouseHistory.org, the celebrations for this holiday have come and gone and come back again.  And according to all the information I have found* on the internet, the celebrations and parade for this holiday took place on Saturday, April 8th.  Some saying due to Easter also falling on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

I love how we move things around to make it work.  That is what my mom used to do.  We celebrated Christmas when we could all get together.  We celebrated our birthdays when we could all get together.  It didn’t really matter the day, it was more about the celebration.

Anyway . . . there is just a little information as to why tax day in the U.S. is being delayed a few days.  But, really, you know if feels so good when they are done.  So get them done.  By now it is only a few days early, but it will still feel GREAT!  Good luck!

*Washington’s Top News
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Flinging And Flanging

Posted by terrepruitt on March 8, 2017

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I don’t get it.  Do you?  Why do we need MORE plastic?  Milk cartons are not recyclable as it is and for years now they have had plastic added to them — because, I guess, you know . . . .Kevin?!?!? — and now there is even MORE plastic added to the milk carton.  What is up with that?  I don’t understand.

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Again, it is my opinion that this cap device on milk cartons is TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY unnecessary and a TOTAL and COMPLETE waste of plastic, so I am totally and completely at a loss as to why they are now BIGGER.

I am not saying that when I was young or in my lifetime when they had regular cartons, that I didn’t rip it wrong once-in-awhile.  But then, I just used the other side.  And I still got the milk out without extra plastic on the carton or the “Milk Master 2000.”

I do know that I love that commercial on Friends because I use it as a reference A LOT.  I say, “What are you like Joey, and you can’t open the milk?”  Or, “Geez, I feel like Joey, I can’t open the milk.”  Or, my favorite, “Now I can have milk every day.”  And, no, the comment doesn’t get used when having anything to do with milk.  It is just when I am being clumsy or having a moment.  Or – in regards to the last comment, when I have been clumsy but then finally accomplish the task.  Or when I see another product on TV that is pretty much not necessary.

What about you?  How do you feel about the milk carton cap?  Every thought about it? (And, of course comments about Friends are always welcome.)

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Foot Cramps – OWW!

Posted by terrepruitt on March 6, 2017

Muscle cramps are awful, especially when you are exercising and totally focused and then you get a cramp.  You could be in a yoga pose, feeling all zen, then the next thing you know – you are in pain.  Muscle cramps seem to affect everyone so know that you are not alone if it is happening to you.  I was told a long time ago that a muscle cramp COULD be from trying to recruit other muscles to do the job.  I cannot remember the specific details of the cramp I would get, but I do remember thinking, “Yeah, that sounds about right because what you are having me do is very difficult for me, so I can see my other muscle trying to do the work.”  It could also be that the limb is in an unusual position and it causes a cramp.  Or it is gripping too hard.  Seems to me that the most common muscle cramp I see is in the foot.

The poses that cause the cramps range from standing balance poses to sitting poses.  So the pose that causes the cramp is not all that common or the same, but a foot cramp seems to be the most common.

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Then there are some nutrients that might be causing the issue if there is a deficiency.  Not enough potassium, calcium or magnesium could be the cause of cramps.  Perhaps having a banana before class could help.

Cramps could also be caused by lack of blood to the muscle or a compressed nerve.  So sometimes just moving the foot can help relieve the muscle contraction.

Movement that might help prevent cramps in the feet would be to point and flex the foot and circle the ankle.  Move the foot with the hands.  Take the foot in both hands and just manipulate it.  Move the foot all ways, bending and straighten out the arch, move each toe – remembering that the foot and ankle are made up of 26 bones and over 100 muscles.  Try to affect them all.  You want to ensure the foot is warmed up and ready to serve you.

The second thought that comes to me when someone has a cramp is: pinch your nose, the septum to be exact – really hard.  Most people look at me really odd.  But I learned that a long time ago when I had a cramp, someone told me to do it.  Recently someone else agreed with having heard that before, too.  I guess when I am having a cramp I pretty much am willing to do anything to make it stop so pinching my nose and causing pain elsewhere sounds good to me, as long as the cramp stops.  And, it usually does for me, I can’t get anyone else to try that method.  🙂

So, the other alternative is to move, as I mentioned before – perhaps get the blood flowing back to the muscle or perhaps relieve the pressure.  Also, massaging the foot might help.  Try relaxing the foot, sometimes that painful contraction happens during a standing balance pose so there are times less gripping of the standing foot can help.

There are things that can be done to hopefully help prevent the foot cramp and to relieve it when it happens.  But if it does happen know that you are not alone.  If it happens ALL the time, then it might be a good idea to see a doctor to make sure there is not an underlying cause.

Do you get cramps when you exercise?  Do you get cramps when doing yoga?  Is there a specific pose that leads to your muscles cramp?

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Somethings Are Best Kept In The Dark

Posted by terrepruitt on March 1, 2017

So recently I decided to start spraying my shower with a daily shower spray.  It was just constantly just so icky.  I couldn’t clean it often enough.  I used to spray it daily, but then I stopped because I was always in a hurry when taking a shower.  Well, I still am in a hurry when taking a shower, but it seems easier – to me – to invest my time in daily keeping the shower clean, then spending an hour or two one to two times a month trying to clean it.  So I bought some daily shower cleaner . . . and it was awesome for several reasons:

1 – it worked
2 – it smelled great
3 – the sprayer is huge and it covers a lot of area so it is actually faster than some of the other daily shower sprays I purchased.

But I wondered if I could make it.  And, of course, it can be done.  There are a lot of recipes out there on the internet for homemade daily shower spray.  The ingredients vary a bit, but it seems like the most popular ingredient it rubbing alcohol.  Then there is vinegar and/or hydrogen peroxide.

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But the real point of this most, you have probably heard it before, as have I, but I never paid attention to, or heard the WHY?  What I am talking about is how hydrogen peroxide needs to be stored in a dark bottle.  It shouldn’t be exposed to light.  Well, since so many recipes call for it so many websites remind us of that.  So I decided to look up why.  You might know, but I didn’t.  The Human Touch of Chemistry website has a nice little article on hydrogen peroxide.  At the very end – THE VERY END, actually the very last sentence – states the reason why it is store in dark bottles.  It says:  “The brown tint of the bottle prevents light being absorbed by the solution, preventing the oxidation and reduction reaction.”  It basically becomes ineffective.

The article was pretty interesting though, with other facts.  So perhaps you will click over to check it out.

So do you use a daily shower spray?  Which one?  Do you make it yourself?  If so, what is YOUR recipe?

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We ALL Make Mistakes

Posted by terrepruitt on February 27, 2017

I don’t often post about current events.  I want my blogs to be timeless.  🙂  But tonight as it approached 11:00 pm and I had not yet posted anything and I was doing dinner dishes some questions popped into my head.  How long have the Oscars been going on?  Had no one, in all of those years, ever made a mistake?  Are the current procedures at the Oscars a set up for people to make mistakes?  What is up?

I don’t know about you but my mind wanders a lot while I am sudsing, washing, and rinsing dishes.  Sometimes I come up with brilliant plans only to have completely forgotten about them by the time I am done doing the dishes and have dry enough hands to make notes of such brilliance.  But tonight I was so curious.

Were the procedures so different in past years that the mistakes could not have been made?  I don’t watch the Academy Awards so I didn’t even see it, but it was such a big thing that my Facebook feed was full of it and all of the radio stations that I listen to were talking about it (or so it seemed as I pressed every button to get away from it).

Were there never mistakes before or was it that it was filmed on a delay so we didn’t see the mistakes?  Were they able to edit them out?  But now that there is Twitter and Facebook live and all types of ways for the award show go-er to post it live or record it, the Academy has to come clean?  Or is it that there IS such things as Twitter and Facebook that the Academy wants everyone to be “talking” about it that they set this type of stuff up?  I mean, again, I don’t even know what Steve Harvey announced wrong, but I know that he announced something wrong and we are STILL talking about it.

As I mentioned, I don’t even watch the show – I don’t have network TV – but I know about it because my entire feed on Facebook was commenting on it.  Then this morning all the radio stations seemed to be talking – or at least mentioning – about it.

I wonder if it had to do with the fact that their audience seems to be dwindling?  According to Time.com, there were 4 percent less people watching than last year.

I’ve heard the “explanation” that there are two envelopes and the “wrong” set was grabbed.  But who is in charge of the envelopes?  Who is in charge of the “grabbing”?  In the past 89 years how is it that the “envelope giver” or the “envelope grabber” has never made that mistake (or was it not broadcast?)?  So odd.

What do you think?  Or more importantly, do you care? 

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Cat, It’s A Dog, It’s A . . .

Posted by terrepruitt on February 20, 2017

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitHave you ever wanted to fly?  Or lie around all day in the sun like a lizard?  Or jump six times higher than your height like a cat?  Or see what it is like to be the opposite sex?  Have you ever imagined any of this?  Have you ever just looked over at something and taken a moment to image being that?  Have you ever wanted to just see what it would be like?  If you could be a bird, dog, cat, boy, or girl for just one day would you?  If it was guaranteed that you would be safe and cared for would you want to see what it is like to be a house pet?  Would you like to experience – just for a day – being in the body of the opposite sex?  I have always been curious about flying.  I would be interested in seeing what it was like to be a large bird of prey.  And I would love to see how it is to really be a cat.  When I asked my husband he said he had never had any desire.  I found that very surprising.  So it made me wonder.  I thought I would ask.

Now, this is not about being happy or unhappy with who and what you are.  This is just a do you wonder kind of thing.  Have you ever wanted to just be a bird or a cat or a dog or a fish OR – just to see what it was like, not permanently?  Would you do it – just for a day or a few hours – if you could?  What would you be for a day or a few hours?

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Little Changes Could Add Up

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2017

So we are over halfway done with the Daily 10 Minute Practice.  How are you doing?  Are you really discipline and able to do it at the same time every day?  I have recently seen an article via Facebook about a Japanese practice said to end laziness called Kaizen.  The method is to practice something for one minute every day at the same time.  Since it is only a minute, the idea is that it is something easy to do . . . even if what it is you are doing is not easy or is unpleasant.  The fact that the task was done (even just for a minute) provides a sense of accomplishment and helps make the task bearable and perhaps even enjoyable.  With that theory, the tendency to increase the time doing the task is probable.  The theory also contains the idea that little changes can add up to big rewards.  So the practice is believed to be a way to end laziness.

There actually is an institute, the Kaizen Institute founded by Masaaki Imai in 1985.  Masaaki Imai is credited with bringing the practice of Kaizen to “the West.”  According to that website, Kaizen is more of a way to improvement.  According to the glossary on the website:

“Kaizen is continuous improvement that is based on certain guiding principles:

  • Good processes bring good results
  • Go see for yourself to grasp the current situation
  • Speak with data, manage by facts
  • Take action to contain and correct root causes of problems
  • Work as a team
  • Kaizen is everybody’s business
  • And much more!”

The Kaizen Institute is geared towards businesses.

Wiki says that “kaizen” is Japanese for improvement or “change for the better.”  Perhaps the people who say the practice of Kaizen is a way to end laziness might say that ending laziness IS a way of self improvement.

I am guessing that somewhere in Masaaki Imai’s book he described the practice of doing something for a minute a day and how that simple and small act repeated over and over every day at the same time could lead to improvement and possible better and bigger changes.  Perhaps he tagged it as a way to end laziness or perhaps over time it just has been presented that way.  Or maybe the practice of Kaizen is older than Imai, his book, and his institute and it really is the Japanese people’s way to end laziness.  Either way, I do believe that doing something that might help “improve” or “enhance” you in some way as a practice every day could lead to a big change.  It just depends.  If there is something that you want to improve upon and it seems like a BIG challenge, then why not start small?  Start small and let it build up.

So the ten minute daily practice is just a way of possibly doing that.  As I mentioned in the first post about it, I had several people mention to me that they wanted to do something daily.  Everyone had a different thing they wanted to do and the time ranged from five minutes to ten.  I’m still doing my daily ten minutes.  Although I kinda feel that doing it at the same time every day might be more beneficial.  I have not been able to nail that part down.  But I am getting in my ten.  I hope to not miss any more days.

How are you doing?  Have you seen that article that was posted on Facebook?  Are you familiar with Kaizen?

 

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