Terre Pruitt's Blog

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

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Colorful Giraffe

Posted by terrepruitt on May 24, 2019

I have three photos left of other water colors not including this one. I check every week at the community center before I teach yoga to see if there are new ones. I would like to let the artists know that I have posted their pictures and give them credit but I don’t know how to get in touch with them. I especially like the ones like this one with the different colors making up the animal face.

This giraffe makes me go, “Awwww!” when I look at it. I thought I would share it with you for today’s Friday Photo.

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Always Have A Cover

Posted by terrepruitt on May 20, 2019

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This last one that broke I barely noticed it even though it was a much larger crack – all the way across the screen – it was just where it was, I guess.  This time I had faith that it was the cover that cracked.  But I looked close to see that the crack was just in the middle – where the cover is – and not all the way to the edges.  So that assured me that it was just the cover.  But it looked like an impact crack . . . which I couldn’t figure out.  There was a little spot near the side where it looked like something hit the screen then a crack going across the phone, a crack going up, a crack going down to the closest edge, and two separate cracks going across to the closest edge.  It was odd.

I am always so grateful that I have a case and a cover because I believe that both have saved my phone from actually breaking a multitude of times.  Besides the fact that I like to have a pretty cover.

Do you have a case and/or a screen cover for your phone?  Do you feel that they have help protect your phone?

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Gone All Too Soon

Posted by terrepruitt on May 17, 2019

Here is one of my hubby’s flowers from his mom.  It has bloomed and is gone already.  Such a gorgeous bloom for this Friday Photo.

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Herb Jar

Posted by terrepruitt on May 15, 2019

I have toyed with having an herb garden for a long time. There are always reasons that keep me from doing it. One reason is the only place to keep it is in the kitchen on one of the window sills and since the kitchen is the only room in the house that is not always all cluttered I hate to do that. Another reason is the cats. I don’t want them chewing on the various herbs. I just figure they would want to chew on them. And, as I said, the only place to grow the herbs is on the kitchen window sills that would mean the herbs would entice the cats onto the kitchen counters. The cats are not allowed on the kitchen counters, which is not to say they don’t get on them when we are not around.  But I don’t want things up there that entice them. I do always look at various little gardens and pots for growing herbs but decide against it. But recently I saw a self watering blue jar in a catalog I thought I would try it. The jars were for one individual herb. I WANTED sage because its leaves look the frilliest and I would love to have sage to make some sage butter, but the internet warned me off that (cats). I ordered basil.

Well, it turns out the jar is not blue it is green, oh well. I started growing the basil on May 2nd and here (see photo) on May 10th I spotted some little shoots. And today, May 15 they are twice the size. I am looking forward to having basil in the not too distant future.

Do you grow any herbs? What kind? Do you grow then inside or outside?

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Beverage Kit

Posted by terrepruitt on May 13, 2019

Last week in our produce delivery I received a beverage kit. It was a mistake. I either clicked on it accidentally or it was part of the original order and I did not take it off. But, because I didn’t know that I was getting it, I didn’t see the list of things included in it.  It is herbs and flowers to add to water, tea, lemonade, or something you want to add herb flavors too. All I can tell is that it had dill – but it was no longer usable so I had to wash it off of everything and throw it away – rosemary, mint, and a few flowers. I am not sure the flavor that the flowers add. In fact I am thinking they don’t add any flavor but they make it look pretty. The mint and rosemary are really nice. I do enjoy flavor infused water. I like cucumber in water. And now because I accidentally received this I know that I like mint and rosemary in water. It also looks like there might be an onion in there, but not sure. It is much stiffer than an onion. Whatever it is the whole combination is good.

We have mint in our yard that I could use for infusions. I wish we had rosemary growing in the yard. I thought I’ve heard it is very invasive, though. It would be nice to have fresh rosemary. I am glad I ended up getting this beverage kit. It is like the old days when I first started receiving a produce box. Part of the reason I got it was to try different things. I wish the dill hadn’t had turned bad. One thing with super fresh produce you have to eat it/use it right away. From Friday to Monday was too long for the dill.

Do you add herbs to your water? Do you add fruits?

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Watercolor Blue Bird

Posted by terrepruitt on May 10, 2019

I thought I had posted all the pictures I had taken of the watercolors at the Willow Glen Community Center where I teach yoga, so I snapped this one. I have not posted all of the ones I had taken, but I am posting this one. I will get to posting the other ones for my Friday Photo.

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Gotta Be Paranoid

Posted by terrepruitt on May 8, 2019

Recently I was reminded about how no matter what, you have to be diligent. It helped me feel better about my recent actions at the grocery store. I was at the grocery store and pulled my cart next to the produce I wanted to buy but then realized that the bags were across the aisle. It really was only about four or five steps away and I took one step toward the bags but then decided that as much as it was an annoyance I had better either take my purse or the whole cart. I felt foolish, but I pulled my cart over to the bag dispenser and grabbed a few bags. Sadly that is what we have to do in order to keep (adjective) thieves that see things as opportunities at bay. It only takes a second for a practiced pickpocket/thief/(adjective) to take your purse or your wallet out of your purse. And it only takes that one time for you to drop your guard and then you are stuck dealing with the aftermath. It can happen to anyone.

I won’t buy a purse that does not zip and it is not really because people can easily slip their hand into bags with one snap, it is more because I literally throw my purses around and I don’t like the stuff to fall out. It is just an extra added bonus that a zipped purse is more difficult to grab a wallet out of.

It is so unfortunate that we always have to be on the alert and on the defensive but there are experts (adjective) thieves out there that know how to use sleight of hand and distraction to take what they want. When they take what they want they leave a trail of waste. The violation they have done. They have taken what is yours and what you have worked for. They have taken your information and your sense of safety. It is just so awful.

I have often wanted to post about my habit when I go to the grocery store, because I think it might help someone. Then I convince myself that it is silly. But this past week has made me think that being cautious is not silly and while it may seem paranoid, if it saves us from having to deal with the aftermath of the (adjective) thieves then it is needed.

In addition to guarding my purse in my cart like a mother bear guards her cubs, my diligence doesn’t stop when I leave the store. I park my cart next to my car. I unlock my car and put my purse in my car then I LOCK my car. I want my purse locked in my car and not sitting in my cart while I am busy putting my groceries in my trunk. I want to make sure my car is locked so that someone can’t just walk by while I am bent over in my truck and grab my purse. Those cars that have all the doors unlock when one door is open are just asking for trouble. I make sure my purse is locked up.

That way if the “I need help” type of (adjective) thieves try to get my purse the door will be locked. One person trying to distract me while the other one gets my purse type of thing can’t happen.

Sadly, we just must be diligent. You can’t hang your purse on your chair and think it is ok. You can’t leave your purse in your cart and be a step away from it and think it is ok. You can’t have your purse in your unlocked car while you are right there getting gas and think it is ok. Thieves are *adjectives* so you have to guard against them.

I hope you all stay safe.

What savvy thing do you do to protect against adjective thieves? What advise do you have? What stories do you have to share?

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Roses in 2019

Posted by terrepruitt on May 3, 2019

These are some other roses in our yard. Every time one of our rose bushes produces roses I am amazed and happy!

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Glass Stove Top

Posted by terrepruitt on May 1, 2019

For a month or so now I have been wanting to post about my glass stove top. Glass stove tops came up one time when a few of us were talking after yoga class, it is what made me think to post about it.  Then it came up again today, so I thought, “What the heck!” My parents’ house has a glass stove top and there is something on the burners. I had asked my parents about it but they claimed to not know what it was. I always thought that they didn’t clean it properly and then cooked on it again causing a blemish that couldn’t be removed. But it could be that the top got scratched from cookware that wasn’t made for glass tops. I don’t know. But it made me leery about having one.  We had one of those stoves that had the coil burners and I HATED having to take the coils out and clean the bowls underneath. Being such a spill-over-pot-cook I am, stuff used to spill over from the bowls into the underneath. To begin with the stove the bowls were in bad shape when we bought the place. So I really wanted the ease of just wiping the stove top. I did some research before buying one, though, so I would have an idea of how to up keep it. Our stove came with Cerma Bryte.

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The one thing that I remember the instructions stating was to let the stove cool before cleaning. For me that was so difficult. I was always worried that the crud would not come off and was anxious to see that it did, so a couple of times I didn’t wait for it to cool. But then I worried that doing that was really how my parents’ stove got stained and so I would wait. I didn’t want to have the cleaner or the material from the scrubber melted onto my stove. I am better now at waiting until the heat indicator light has gone off before I clean.

I just read the instructions and I don’t actually do what they say.  I pour the cleaner on the cooled stove, then use the scrubber to clean the stove, then I use a wet soapy dish rag to wipe off the loosened food and cleaner, then I dry the stove top with a towel.

It is easier at times to use the blade to scrape off most of the spill, then use the cleaner and scrubber to scrub the rest off. I am notorious for pasta overflowing. I swear I turn away for just a second and the pot is boiling over. That always leaves a great mess on the stove.

The information I read in my research many years ago, said that sugar was the worst thing for the stove. So I am always very careful when making hummingbird food. I don’t want to spill the sugar onto the stove or have the sugar water splatter on the stove. And then I wipe it up as soon as I can.

I have never used any other cleaner so I don’t know what else is out there or if it is good. I love my stove. I am pretty good at having faith that whatever I spill on it will come off, but sometimes I make such a mess I get concerned, but so far . . . so good. It is way easier to clean then the coil burners.

Do you have a glass top stove? What do you use to clean it? Do you find it easy to keep up?

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White AND Yellow Roses

Posted by terrepruitt on April 29, 2019

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I think it is odd how the roses have changed colors over the years.

It has been years and I still don’t know how to properly care for the roses. They just grow wild. Whenever I want to cut some to bring them in I do. And whenever the bushes start looking really unruly I hack them down. The last time they got a good hacking my husband had done it. I always have a fear that they won’t come back from such a drastic cutback, but they do.

Here are some pictures of the white and yellow rose bush. Do you see the photo bomber in three of the pictures?

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Do you have roses in your yard?

 

 

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