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Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Dinner So Gorgeous, I Had To Share

Posted by terrepruitt on November 27, 2020

I’ve posted this everywhere else (FB and Twitter) already, but I really love this picture so I wanted to have it here. The pumpkin was delicious. Stuffed pumpkin always is. Here is a picture of our dinner from a few nights ago for today’s Friday Photo!

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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.

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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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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Posted by terrepruitt on January 27, 2020

Last week I asked my Tuesday yoga class if anyone would be interested in trying a yoga pose a day. I clarified that the idea was for me to just text or e-mail a pose a day. There wouldn’t be any instructions or anything. I asked them to either text or e-mail me if they wanted to participate and that I would send the pose the way they requested. A few of them were interested. So the following day I sent out a pose. Then I realized that I had written a post on a few poses and I thought that I could include that in the text and e-mail just to get us started. I would send the link with the first few. I hadn’t looked up all of the posts that I had written regarding asana but I found a back bend post that had links to posts about back bends so I could include those links with the text/e-mail. I haven’t posted about a lot of poses, but tonight I did look through to see what I had done. We will have a few more poses that can have posts attached to them, but the idea was just to send out a quick idea, “Hey, today do xxxx.” I also extended the invitation to my Thursday yoga class.  It has been fun so far.

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So far we have done:

01.22.20 – Bound Angle
01.23.20 – Upward Salute (Urdhva Hastasana)
01.24.20 – Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
01.25.20 – Sphinx Pose (Salamba Bhujangasana)
01.26.20 – Cobra (Bhujangasana)
01.27.20 – Upward dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
01.28.20 – Stork (oh, this is a spoiler 🙂 )

I had been tweeting it, but not all posts have a picture so my gravatar of me and Nessa was being posted so I stopped tweeting because I hadn’t noticed the way to keep that from posting. I was using #AYogaPoseADay. Tweeting could be something I keep up with now that I see I CAN keep the picture from posting by deleting the preview. I mean Nessa is a cutie, but I understand it gets annoying when every tweet has a picture of her and I. And, as I said, not every #AYogaPoseADay will have a post so that will be good.

I love finding simple ways outside of the class to connect with my students (or others, if you want to join us please do. You can follow me on twitter or asked to have the #AYogaPoseADay e-mailed to you).

The idea is just for me to suggest a pose a day . . . perhaps it is all you do or perhaps it gets adding into the practice you have. The instruction we decided upon was 30 seconds or four breaths. I actually suggested that the students time their breaths just to have an idea of how many breaths they do in 30 seconds or how long four breaths is for them. Then you can play with it from there.

Is there something that you do daily? A daily practice that you have?

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Interesting Statistics

Posted by terrepruitt on June 17, 2019

So recently I was looking up things about Twitter and I came across some statistics and things I thought were interesting. First from Hootsuite’s 28 Twitter Statistics All Marketers Need to Know in 2019:

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–The most popular emoji on Twitter in 2018 was the laugh-cry face
–326 million people use Twitter every month
–80% of Twitter’s users aren’t American
–40% of users say they’ve made a purchase because of an influencer’s tweet
–The best time to tweet is 3 p.m. on weekdays
–Tweets with a GIF get 55% more engagement
–93% of Twitter videos are viewed on mobile

I need to remember that 3 pm on weekdays is the best time to tweet. Also I need to remember the GIF stat, I don’t like them so I have never tweeted one.

And Market.us has a lot of information in Twitter Statistics and Facts 2019 including these tidbits that interested me:

–In 2019, in a minute on the Internet, 87,500 individuals are on Twitter.
–#barcamp: The first hashtag ever used on Twitter.
–125M: Average number of hashtags Tweeted per day.
–#TheWalkingDead: Most Tweeted about TV hashtag of all time.
–Total of 1.3 billion accounts have been created
–80% of active users access the site via mobile.
–Katy Perry has the most followers at over 106m, followed by Justin Bieber and then Barack Obama
–Taylor Swift and Liam Payne are the most influential women and men on Twitter
–83% of the world’s leaders are on Twitter.
–During the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, 618,725 tweets were sent in a single minute.
–92% of companies Tweet more than once a day, 42% Tweet 1–5 times a day, and 19% Tweet 6–10 times a day

I found these things interesting. You may want to know more about Twitter’s history and finances and so do look at the articles.

Having noticed a loss of followers I had found some information on the internet stating that Twitter was deactivating and deleting a lot of accounts. They were going after fake accounts and underage people having accounts, also some that were inactive. I recently had a “suggested follow” of an account that hadn’t tweeted since 2016. I think suggested follows are annoying in the first place and that really confirmed my thoughts.

I liked Twitter better when it was just a stream of tweets, but now the stream is broken up by the suggested follows, as I already mentioned, and promoted tweets.

Well, as I said, I was looking up some information and came across this stuff that I found interesting. I always like to share stuff that interests me. I like to see if it interests anyone else.

Are you on Twitter? Do you tweet? What tidbit do you find most interesting from the ones above?

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Hillside View

Posted by terrepruitt on June 30, 2017

I have this photo in a file and every time I go through the file I am attracted to this photo. It was such a beautiful day and the view was spectacular. I was driving up a little hillside road and I had to pull over at one of the buildings along the way and stop to take a picture. This is a shot overlooking Fremont (I think it would be Fremont). So, since I think this is a pretty view I thought I would share it for my Friday Photo today. That is what I started the Friday Photo series for: sharing shots I liked, but really hadn’t posted or wanted people to see. Some photos I have posted as a Friday Photo I might have already posted on Facebook or even Twitter, but most not. Most are just oddball shots. Here is one of those oddball ones.

This was taken on January 25, 2017.

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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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A Friday Flower

Posted by terrepruitt on January 27, 2017

I love our yard roses.  I have hundreds of pictures of them.  I post some pictures on Facebook or even twitter, but I don’t like to just fill up my feed(s) with them.  I mean, I wouldn’t mind, but I think that would annoy people.  So I am sharing one here.  This is from April of 2016.

In case you are wondering . . . they smell GREAT!

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Exercise For Migraine Sufferers

Posted by terrepruitt on May 21, 2015

Just yesterday I was visiting over on Twitter and I saw a tweet about cycling helping with migraines.  That sounded very interesting to me.  I, thankfully, don’t get migraines, but I feel as if I know a bunch of people who do.  And a migraine is not just a headache, so I have great sympathy for migraine sufferers.  I rarely get headaches and when I do, I do not like it.  It is so uncomfortable.  When I get a headache, since I rarely get them, I know there is a REASON.  I don’t just GET headaches, there has to be SOMETHING that is making me have a headache.  Most of the time I can figure it out and fix it.  Sometimes I can figure it out but I can’t fix it, but at least I know why I have a headache.  Headaches are awful.  I know that migraines are WAY worse than headaches.  Some have very severe pain, more than just “headache pain” and some migraine sufferers have additional symptoms like dizziness, blindness, vomiting, and more.  So, as I said, I thought that “cycling for migraines” sounded interested.  It was a video report.

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So basically the video said that 36 million Americans suffer from migraines.  Now I am guessing that the number stated are reported migraine sufferers.  I bet there are a lot more people who don’t even go to the doctor or report to anyone that they suffer from migraines.  So I imagine that is a low number.  It also said that low impact exercise is good for migraine sufferers, because their head doesn’t move and there is not jolting.

The video also said that there was a Swedish study in 2008 where most of the participates showed improvement after being in a 3 month cycling program.

It ended the spinning segment by saying no one is saying that cycling (spinning) is a cure, but they are suggesting it can help people who suffer from migraines cope with the pain.  Often time exercise helps people cope with pain and other things that are affecting them.  It is a matter of finding the RIGHT exercise.  Something that does not exacerbate the issues they are having.  But movement helps so many areas of our being.  I am always one to suggest Nia as an aide, but in the case of migraines I can understand how one might not want to move their head.  I have never actually tried spinning.  But I know in Nia we move the head a lot.

Do you suffer from migraines?  Have you ever taken a spinning class?

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Paid Gooblygook

Posted by terrepruitt on September 25, 2014

I have asked on Twitter time and time again.  I have received no reply.  Perhaps people thought it was a rhetorical question.  Perhaps no one else has experienced this.  Perhaps they thought I was joking.  Perhaps it was such a “No duh!” to them no one has bothered to answer.  But my question is:  Do people . . . owners of websites . . . pay other people, primarily those who do not speak English as their first language, to go onto other people’s blogs and leave comments?  I get the weirdest comments.  I get comments that have NOTHING to do with the post.  I get comments where the person posting states their name is Samantha Garblygook, with an e-mail of habeebsrab@xxx.com, and the web address will be for Youtube.  Odd stuff like that.  I have received comments FIVE paragraphs long about washing machines or some computer part.  And the way they type the comments is obvious that they are typing them in a way so they can search for them.  With every “the” spelled tthe, with every “are” spelled arre . . . stuff like that.  I cannot imagine people just doing this on their own.  I can’t imagine Samantha or Habeeb (whatever their real name might be) going onto the internet to leave a comment to promote an appliance repair site or a lawyer’s site just to be nice.  Just because.  So the site owners must be paying these people, right?  They are having people go out and comment on a lot of blogs to try to get traffic back to their site, right?

Sometimes the comments make sense, but they have the mismatched name and e-mail, as I have mentioned.  Or they have the purposefully misspelled words as I have also mentioned.  But sometimes the comments are just gobblygook.  They make no sense at all.  They are just words strung together.  Or there might be one sentence or a two or three word combination that MIGHT sort of make sense but not really.  So odd.  Actually the ones that make absolutely NO sense at all are becoming fewer and farther between.  Now it is more of the comments that have NOTHING, NOT. A. THING. to do with the post they are commenting on or they have a huge number of words crafted with misspellings.  I am getting a lot of these lately.

I probably get at least 10 a day.  That is a lot.  It makes me laugh because some of them sound like nice comments.  They sound sweet, but “I reallly love tthe way you expose tthe information to mme on this terriffic site.  It is clear tthe information meanns allot to you.  Could you tell mme tthe best webblog to use?  You will be famous withh your blogging.” is clearly spam.  Ha!  Yes.  I love exposing information and I am famous.  Sigh.

I used to get excited when I saw that little number that indicates I have a comment.  Now I know it will just bbe a spaam comment.  I used to wonder why they typed like that because it is clearly calculated then my hubby said it was so they can search for their specific comment.  The type-os would be unique to them.  Yeah, makes perfect sense.  So, I think once or twice, the comment sounded nice, so I edited out the type-os and approved it.  🙂

The comments today are hilarious.  Once goes from talking about hair to digestion and then back to hair.  Two talk about streaming movies.  One actually says, “Try to knife him to see that he’s not down and out just yet.”  WHAT???????

So is that what is happening, are people PAYING other people to leave these types of comments?  Do you have a blog?  Do you experience these crazy comments on your blog?


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