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Crimson Stinkers

Posted by terrepruitt on April 17, 2020

We’ve had a couple of days of sun which helped with the opening up of our rose. We have two rose bushes. The oranges ones and the “Crimson Stinkers”. I woke up this morning and these were set out for me. I love having flowers in the house.

I am sharing our roses on for this Friday Photo.  How was your Friday?

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TV Music And Earworms

Posted by terrepruitt on April 13, 2020

Have any of you ever purchased music because of a TV show or a movie? What I can think of offhand is purchasing an album because of Veronica Mars. I purchased the soundtrack album.  I love it and I still play it over and over . . . even six years later.  And from that album I purchased music from Tegan and Sara. I can think of a song I purchased because of a TV show but I am not sure which one, I think it might have been Dead Like Me – Boom Boom Ba.  I just remembered another song I purchased because of a show, but I don’t remember the show.  My husband and I purchased two versions of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical album – but that was a musical so that kinda doesn’t count.  I bet we all have Grease . . . so I am not really thinking about music from musicals because that is kinda a given, many people purchase the album for a musical. But I am thinking more like when you see a show and you end up looking up the theme song or one of the songs they played in the show. Have you ever purchased music from that type of scenario? A couple of days ago I purchased a song because it is stuck in my head. It has been stuck in my head for probably about a week.

It is not in English so it is impossible at this point for me to sing, but it just plays over and over in my head. And not even the entire song . . . yet. The part that plays over and over is basically the part that they played in the beginning of the show. But now that I have the whole song I think more of it is stuck in my head.

It is catchy. The song is FUTURO by Café Tacvba Here is their official video on Youtube.

What do you think? I have an earworm of it. So . . . what music have you ended up purchasing because of a TV show or movie?

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Beer Cheese Potato Soup

Posted by terrepruitt on April 6, 2020

Yesterday I was hungry and thinking about what to make for dinner when I happened to read a tweet about beer, potato, cheese soup. Mmmmm. That got me thinking. Then she tweeted something about making a roux. My wheels were turning even more. This kind of depended upon whether my hubby was going to go to the store to get more milk. I was thinking I would be using milk for a creamy soup. But then as I began compiling ingredients, I thought, I don’t need milk. Then I thought, yes I do, no I don’t, yes, I do . . . . so you can’t even imagine what the heck was going on in the kitchen. I was silently chanting, “Don’t come in. Don’t come in. Don’t come in.” I am not sure, but I think when I make a huge mess in the kitchen it gives my husband anxiety . . . and it looked like a tornado went through. I didn’t know what I was doing so my plans kept changing along with the pot/pan I was using. My original idea was sound . . . I think, but I wasn’t certain about amounts so I didn’t make enough – base, let’s call it. So in the middle I had to make another batch. But I think if I would have stuck to the doubling of the batch I would have been ok. Because once I added the second portion it was yummy. So I am going to tell you what the recipe would be like had I executed it properly.

I didn’t like the recipes I was finding online because one of the ingredients was celery . . . I know I could leave it out . . . and I would have, but that just turns me off. In addition, I had @KrisColvin’s idea of a roux stuck in my head so I had thought of making a white sauce as my base, then it morphed into using cheese fondue as the base. So that is what I did. I used my mother’s fondue recipe and just made it soup.

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4 potatoes
salt for boiling potatoes

1 cube (1/2 C) butter
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dry (powdered) mustard
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 C flour
1 can (12 oz) room temperature beer
4 grated cups medium cheddar cheese

5 cups potato water
2 tbsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken
3/4 cup room temperature milk

Put water in a big pot for boiling – more than you need to cook the potatoes because you will be using some of the water for the soup. While the water is heating up, wash and peel potatoes. Cut them into bite size pieces. Salt the water. Put the potatoes in the water and cook them.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia online, Zoom meetings, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, Nia Technique, Yin Yoga, stretch classesWhile the potatoes are cooking, in another large pot/pan, melt the butter, then stir in salt, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Add flour, a little at a time, keep stirring, stir all the lumps of flour out. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, then stir the milk in a little at a time. You want it to keep thickening. Then stir the beer in a little at a time. –Keep in mind you may have to keep adjusting the heat on the burning. Often times, I just take my pan off the burner then put it back on.– Once all the beer is in and the mixture is somewhat thick, put some cheese in and stir.

In a separate container get a cup of potato water and mix in the Better Than Bouillon. (I never wait until it is all melted because I figure it will get all mixed up eventually.)

Keep adding cheese to the flour beer mixture, stirring until it is all incorporated. –Adjusting heat as necessary.– Once all the cheese is melted, slowly add the potato water with the Better Than Bouillon.

I just pour the water slowly in and the Better Than Bouillon might not be all the way melted and it may stick in the measuring cup, but that is fine. Keep using it to measure the water from the potato pot and by the time you are done with the five cups it has all melted and is incorporated into the soup. Keep adding potato/bouillon water slowly until you have added five cups. Make sure it is all incorporated. Then drain your potatoes and add them to the soup.  Mix it all together.

Serve hot.

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NOTES: I did not peel my potatoes, but I probably will next time

If you are making cheese fondue it MUST BE BUDWEISER Beer, but for this . . . since it was going to be turned into soup, I wasn’t so particular.

So, this was good. And it hit the spot – the one that KRIS created with her tweet – it is all her fault! It was chilly and raining yesterday so a hearty soup was perfect. And now we have . . . . . the best thing! . . . . LEFTOVERS!!!! If you have ever read any of my posts with recipes you know I love leftovers.

So, I am sure you can add many things to this to make it heartier and yummier. So please let me know what you are adding to your soup!

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Brown Elephant

Posted by terrepruitt on April 3, 2020

Ahhhh. Here is another beautiful water color from the community center where I used to teach gentle yoga. I feel bad because I could never capture the true beauty of the water colors. Some of them were behind glass (or maybe they all were . . . I don’t even remember now) . . . and it was difficult to get the picture without the reflection. And my goal in being at the center was not to take pictures, but to teach yoga so I was usually in a rush (to get back to my class and focus on creating space). Sometimes I didn’t have time but would snap a quick picture anyway. Funny how it seems like so long ago. Here is a beautiful elephant.

I hope you enjoy today’s Friday Photo . . . even thought I am posting it almost on Saturday.

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ALWAYS Late To The Party

Posted by terrepruitt on April 1, 2020

Ok, if you ever read my blog you will know that I am always late to the party.  Two weeks ago when we were told to shelter-in-place, many of my with-it Nia cohorts jumped on this Zoom thing and started teaching.  My space is limited in many ways so I didn’t think to join in.  My circle was going on and on about all the Nia classes they were taking so I decided to take one.  It was fun.  Nothing beats an actual class- especially, when, as teacher, I dance to Nia DVDs/online routines all the time, but when you have no choice, it is nice to “be” with people.  And after a couple of weeks, I was getting a little pouty because I missed talking to people and so I asked a friend if she wanted to get together online to chat.  When we came done to figuring out when she asked if it was just us and we decided to invite a few more people.  With a little group of 4 (X2) we had a nice little visit.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia online, Zoom meetings, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, Nia Technique, Yin Yoga, stretch classesI say 4 (X2) because it was actually four of us online, but our hubbies were there too.  But the meeting was really just four connections.

It was a very needed human connection time.  We had fun.  I didn’t take a picture when we were all online because it was really low key.  I mean, I talked a few of them into it by saying they could be in the dark.  The picture you see is just two of us having joined the meeting and I am only posting it BECAUSE it is blurry so . . . . protecting the people I didn’t ask for permission to post.  🙂

Well, it was fun and I want to do it again this Saturday.  But I am curious are YOU Zooming?  I also just learned that you can FaceTime with multiple people.  But when I do it with one it never works so I don’t understand how it would work with multiple people.

Anyway, let me know if you have taking a class via Zoom?  Or if you are gathering with friends via Zoom?  Or what you are using to visit with friends during this shelter-in-place period.

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A Little Beauty In The World

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2020

I’ve posted a picture of this tree before because I think it is very pretty when it blossoms. The other day I stepped outside and it was as if it were snowing. A shower of white petals were falling. It was lovely. I love being able to look out and see this tree. I think it is beautiful. Not really fond of all the petals we track in, but they are worth it to have this gorgeous tree.

I thought I should post a Friday Photo to take our minds off of everything and show some beauty in the world if but only for a second.

 

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Today Is The Last Day Or Soon Will Be

Posted by terrepruitt on March 23, 2020

For those of you my age or older you may remember a time when it was unusual to know someone with cancer. Now the reasons for that can be many things including but not limited to the fact that there is different testing in place. Also it could be that there was less contact with a large number of people and in so many different places. I mean, we might have known all the people in our neighborhood, but we didn’t have thousands of “friends” throughout the world that we “know” on Twitter. Either way/whatever the case there was a time when you MAY have known ONE person with cancer. Now, it is common place. Every one of us knows AT LEAST one person with some form of cancer or someone that “had” cancer. Well, I believe that today is the day, today is the last day that I will be able to say that I don’t know anyone personally that has had or has COVID-19. I feel that we are reaching the point very soon where everyone is going to know someone that has had it or has it.

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Now, that “knowing” that I am talking about could be a person I actually know and have met face-to-face OR it could be friend from Facebook or Twitter that I have not met face-to-face. But with the way things are going there is going to be a “knowing” very soon.

I just wanted to go on record and remember this day. Today, Monday, March 23, 2020 I did not know anyone with COVID-19. I am loving that feeling. I am sad and sorry for anyone and everyone that cannot say the same thing as me, today, right now.  And I am sorry because I feel like soon none of us will be able to make that claim.

It is a sad historical thing and I will be the first to celebrate if I turn out wrong.

I waffled about posting this because originally I thought I would keep my blog virus free, but I don’t believe that such a thing is possible.  I mean, I already posted routines because of the situation.

I do hope that all of us that are participating fully in flattening the curve can continue to stick to our guns and not let the people who are being careless get to us. Sometimes it is difficult to stay in quarantine when so many others are not (“Well, if she’s going out, I want to too!”) but it will be awesome to know that we did not contribute to the spread of the virus at all.

Do stay safe and healthy.  Do comment and “talk” with me because, ya know, isolation is lonely.  Tell me how you are doing.

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A Cat In The Window

Posted by terrepruitt on March 20, 2020

If you are here looking at my Friday Photo, thank you. I mean, I always am grateful if you are looking at my blog, but I feel especially thankful now because many of you might be keeping an eye on more important stuff. So if you popped over here to get a little relief, thanks.

If you have an additional moment, would you leave a comment and say hello? I could use the outside communication.

It is really bizarre this isolation situation.

This was yesterday. The clouds were so pretty I was thinking about taking a picture and then, Nessa decided to look out. I liked her silhouette.

Hugs to you. Stay healthy.

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Here’s A Stretch Routine

Posted by terrepruitt on March 18, 2020

There are so many blog posts out there with helpful advice on what to do while being quarantined at home. The blogs cover all types of situations: people with kids, people working from home, people working from home with kids, how to stave off panic and anxiety . . . you name it you can find it. I don’t feel the need to add to that because . . . as I said, there are A LOT of post out there where you can get all those ideas. And, as with my last post, I might not be writing a post to the masses because this is going to be a little stretch routine. Tomorrow will be the first cancelled stretch class and I want to give my students something to do. Of course anyone can do this but some of it might not be really clear because I am not typing out DETAILED instructions on how to do the stretches. But my students will hopefully recognize them and be able to do them. In the weeks to come I might give some instructions on some of the stretches, but for now I am just putting out a routine so they will have something to do tomorrow morning.

I was communicating with one of my students and she confirmed that when she read the yoga routine she heard my voice. I am sure that as my students move through the stretches they will hear my voice and really not need detailed instructions. Once they start to move their body into the stretch my voice will click on and then they will know it. Sadly I probably say the same thing for the same pose and stretch every time. I am surprised they don’t get tired of hearing it.

Anyway . . . I should have mentioned in my last post what I am about to say here: get out of stretches (or poses) slowly and mindfully.

If you have any questions about this little routine please contact me. I have no idea how it will look/sound to someone that has not taken my class. In fact I don’t know how it will look to my students, but I know they will contact me if they have questions.  It was created for a 60 minute class.

Oh, I do have a post on the 13 Joint Exercise so you can learn about that if you are not familiar.  It is a Nia exercise.

Are you doing any routines or exercise at home?

 

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A Gentle Yoga Routine

Posted by terrepruitt on March 16, 2020

So dang it!  We are in a lock down.  The county has directed everyone to stay home.  So that means no classes.  No Yin Yoga, no gentle yoga, no Nia, and no stretch.  Hopefully this will really “flatten the curve” as they are saying and keep this from getting worse.  I know that this is difficult.  I am just going to share a yoga routine here to perhaps motivate someone into moving.  I created it with my students in mind.  So I did not add a lot of instruction.  Each pose does not have a “how to”, some of them just have some of the cues I give during class.  The minimal cues are to help spark their memory so they can do the pose.  I know many people need or want pictures, but here is what we have for now.

Anyone is encouraged to contact me if you have questions regarding this little routine.  As I said, it was created with my students in mind and they should understand it because it is standard stuff we do all the time.

It should take about an hour, including 10 minutes of shavasana.  The poses are to be held either four breaths (**) or three (*).  Some of the poses are in a sequence done more than once.

Again, if you want to do it and have questions just ask.

 

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Namaste.

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