Terre Pruitt's Blog

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  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch!

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    Stretch: Thurs at 10:30 am

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Posts Tagged ‘Santa Cruz’

Plate Prettiness

Posted by terrepruitt on August 16, 2019

Oh, I love blue and I love calla lilies, so you can look at this and know that I love it! This is another lovely thing in the Airbnb yard in Capitola, near Santa Cruz. It was a gorgeous day and there were so many things to observe . . . there’ll be more pictures.

A pretty plate for my Friday Photo.

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More Colorful Bottles

Posted by terrepruitt on August 9, 2019

Here is another way to display the pretty bottles you have.  This is in the same yard as the Colorful Bottle Tree.

There was so much to look at in this yard.  I was enjoying looking at it and taking pictures.  So there will be more Friday Photos of this fun yard in Santa Cruz/Capitola!  I really loved these bottles because they are blue!

 

This is bamboo, right?

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Colorful Bottle Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on July 19, 2019

Some friends visited from out of town and stayed in Santa Cruz not far from the ocean. I have many photos from the delightful yard that I will be posting. It was a colorful and very fun yard!

Here is a bottle tree for the Friday Photo.

 

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Giant Dipper

Posted by terrepruitt on August 10, 2018

This made me laugh. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has a roller coaster called the Giant Dipper. This pictures was from a long time ago.

A beer for today’s Friday Photo.

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This Might Interest You

Posted by terrepruitt on March 5, 2018

I’ve been blogging for a long time. At least I think it is a long time. I know there are people out there who have been blogging for even longer, but to me nine years is a long time. In fact this month is my nine year anniversary to the blogging world. I started in March of 2009. Well, since I have been blogging so long and not all of you have been reading my blog that long, I thought I would point out some posts that you might be interested in. Keeping in mind the comments I have received and the conversations I have had with some of you. Also keeping in mind your blogs, here are a few posts that I thought I would point out in case any of you might be interested.

This is one about an amazing product that helps me with my bumps and bruises. Some of you may be interested.  The product is Zheng Gu Shui.

Foam Rollers are COOL! is a post about two stretches that you can do with a foam roller. Many of us need to stretch more often and many of us love it when we do. These are super easy ones some of you may like.

I teach Nia, you may have heard :-). One of the things I love about Nia is that a lot of our practices within the practice can be applied to life. Here is a post about Sustain, Increase, Tweak, we do it in Nia while dancing and it can easily be applied to our every day life.

I LOVE to watch birds taking a bath in our bird bath. We used to have blue jays that would come back every year to have their babies near by. One time I got a few photos of a baby taking a bath. Even though he may look big, he is a baby. The young ones usually look larger and fluffier than the adults. Pictures do not capture the joy this bird seemed to be experiencing! This post has is about a Baby Blue Jay Bath.

Hummingbirds’ beaks are not straws they suck through, they actually have really long tongues. You can see that in my Hummingbird Tongues post.

More for the bird lovers: Silhouettes

For the dog lovers: Honey, I Shrunk the Doberman Pinscher

The comments on this one are worth a read, Lyrics Gone Wrong. Too funny!

Some nice shots of a beach trip. Do you wanna see the ocean? Check out my post Santa Cruz, California

Ahh, this one I am posting just to remind myself . . . . I need a color for that! Color Me A Reminder

Ok, sorry, I have shared more than I was planning, because I want you to look at all of them, but ten might be too much. I might just have to do another post somewhere along the way to point out some of my old posts that might be of interest to you. And get them some love.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Another Thanksgiving Morning At The Beach

Posted by terrepruitt on November 24, 2017

The weather was great in Capitola yesterday, Thanksgiving 2017. The past two years we have been going “over the hill” (that is what we call it because we have to drive over a hill) for breakfast on Thanksgiving. The first year was easy. The second . . . not so much as we couldn’t find any place open that we wanted to go to. But we ended up where we didn’t know that we wanted to be and it was fine. This year all the places we called were not open, but we found a place serving breakfast anyway and it worked out ok. It was not hot nor cold. The temperature was great. But it was so bright, I couldn’t see to take pictures. I did take a few anyway . . . but I didn’t really know what they looked like. They turned out ok. Here is one shot from Twin Lakes for the Friday Photo.

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Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?

 

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The Ocean For Friday Photos

Posted by terrepruitt on November 18, 2016

Well, let’s get back to it with a Friday Photo.

This is just a lovely shot (I think) from a trip to the ocean for my birthday a couple of months ago.

 

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Sunburns And Ants

Posted by terrepruitt on October 24, 2016

It has been a couple months now, but I kept forgetting to post about it – but now I remembered.  I am not an expert at essential oils.  I don’t think to use them all the time for everything.  I know there are people who use them for everything.  I think that is great.  I do think to use them sometimes, but not all the time for everything.  And it has been months since I used lavender oil and coconut oil to soothe a burn.  In August when I went to Santa Cruz, it was overcast on my side of the hill, so I didn’t think I would be getting that much sun.  I did put on sunscreen, but I didn’t reapply it while I was there because it turned out, it was overcast there too.  I was out too long for what I had applied.  So when I got home my chest and forearms were red.  I wanted some relief from the heat.  I thought about essential oils.  I thought I had seen that they can be used for sunburns.  If you look it up, they can.  There are a lot of different recipes for sunburn relief.  Some have more than one oil, but I just opted for lavender oil and coconut oil.

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So, simple lavender oil and coconut oil.  I am going to assume you can use whatever carrier oil that you usually use and it would work.

A couple of days ago I was hanging up some of our hummingbird feeders and I used oregano oil to keep the ants off it.  That was really cool.  I poured it on the hanger, then walked outside holding the hanger.  Well, some of the oil got on my fingers.  So then I wiped the oil on the S hook that holds the feeder.  And I watched as the ants approached it then turned around.  So then I wiped the oil on the tower where the S hook was hanging and the ants did the same thing there. They started towards the oil, but turned away from it as soon as they were close enough to touch it.  Interesting.  I wish it had some staying power.  It tends to dry up rather fast.  But it works for a little while.  I am not sure that once it is dried, if the residue keeps the ants away.  But it was fascinating to me to see them turn away.

What is your essential oil recipe for sunburns?  Do you use essential oil to deter insects?

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Negative Stuff At The Beach Is Positive

Posted by terrepruitt on August 29, 2016

My last post having something to do with the beach was in April, when my hubby and I had a little get-away.  While many people go to the beach much more often, it is pretty good for me to have gotten to the beach again only four and a half months later.  I was going with a friend to take a Nia class over the hill.  After the class we were going to go have breakfast then go to the ocean.  We always figure if we drive over the hill we might as well go to the ocean.  Turns out, the Nia class wasn’t being held but we decided to go over the hill anyway.  First we had breakfast at a place not too far from the ocean.  Then we sat there, at the breakfast place, talking for about an hour.  It was kind of overcast and we had no plans so we weren’t in a hurry.  But we finally did make it to the beach.  It was awesome.  Just a handful of people and a nice little cloud cover.  First we walked one way on the beach, then back the other way.  Then we decided to sit down.  The weather was perfect!  The sun actually came out around noon.  We just talked and enjoyed the ocean. We were immersing ourselves in the negative ions.

I had heard this a long time ago, but never looked into it until now.  And I barely glanced into it.  But I can tell you that what I am seeing out there in the way of information is that the air is full of invisible particles called ions.  Sometimes these ions can be positively charged or negatively charged.  Oddly enough, it is the negatively charged or “negative ions” that can possibly have a positive effect on us.

According to an article on WebMD:

The director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C. is quoted as saying, “Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy.”

The article further states:

Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.

When I heard of negative ions long ago, I had only heard of the ocean as being a place to experience them.  Or if other places were mentioned I only remember the ocean.  But the WebMD article mentions mountains, waterfalls, and even the shower.  So there might be more to it than just feeling good when you are in these places because you are not at work.  It could be because of the negative ions in the air.

Unfortunately watching the video or playing it on your computer or device will not give you the same effects.  No negative ions via video, but I thought I would share it anyway.  Along with some pictures.

 

My friend and I sure enjoyed our breakfast and our ocean time.

Would you rather go to the mountains or the ocean?

 

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The Last Niyama

Posted by terrepruitt on April 11, 2016

Somewhat funny that I have one last niyama to write about.  I started writing about the Eight Limbs of Yoga in January.  First I talked about the fact that there is More To Yoga Than Just Asana (that is the name of the post).  Most people are familiar with the fact that there are yoga poses, but not everyone knows there are eight parts, or what are called “limbs”.  Then some of the limbs have even more “branches” you could say.  Two of them have five branches or offshoots.  I was making my way through each of them writing about them briefly.  They are the yamas and the niyamas.  As with many things in Nia – the cardio dance exercise I teach – the many aspects of yoga are deep and volumes can be written about each.  I have barely scratch the surface.  But the last one I have to write about is the fifth niyama, Ishvara Pranidhana.  Some people refer to it as surrender to the Devine or surrender of ego.

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Some debate the concept of the Devine, some saying it is God, some saying it is the universe.  Then you have to decide what surrender means.  So, if you are going to follow the path of yoga and practice all the limbs, I would say that the first thing you might need to do when practicing this niyama is decide on your “Devine”.  I actually appreciate the texts that translate it as God because that is my Devine.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1447/26357425736_dbbc866eb9_b.jpgThe Heart of Yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar says it means “to lay all your actions at the feet of God.”  That to me sounds like surrendering to the Devine to me, but then “lay all your actions” is up for interpretation.  Again, I will say that I am just barely touching the surface and with that “barely touching”, the idea of it can change.  But it seems as if that could mean to trust in what is happening.  Surrender and let things be.

One teaching I received described it as “bringing about serenity, letting go, opening to silence.”  The teaching also suggested to use “devote” instead of surrender.  But just like with the poses the translation of all of the ancient writings are mixed.  Some say it says this and means that and some say it says that and means this.  So it can be confusing with so many conflicting and contradicting translations.

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Also, we took a couple of days and stayed near the ocean and to me nature is just a reminder of the Devine.  So . . . I felt as if I surrendered a bit.

Ahhh, surrender to what is and have faith that all is as it should be.  Relax and let go a bit.

 

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How are you with surrendering?

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