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Joanne P.

Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 41 years to French pen pal Paul (we began writing in high school); Mom to four; a grandson and a grand daughter. We live in a small country town about 45 miles south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, blogs), reading, traveling, taking long walks and working in my kitchen. My blog link - http://amazone779.wordpress...
  • Pat C., Gabrielle G., Sarah H., and 37 others smiled at this

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    Good afternoon!

    Re-posting my challenge. I was already to post this morning, nice and early, when my internet connection broke down; it wasn't possible to get the post through. We decided to take a break and get our, and our daughter's, grocery shopping done and let the system resettle. Some three hours later things seem to be running smoothly so here I am to post how I did my challenge.

    Thank you so much, Helen and Noor, for your encouragements; they are greatly appreciated.

    Onto Day Four, Joe; I hope your day will be a happy one.

    Today's challenge - Recall your favorite subject in high school and list three reasons why you liked it.

    How to do it - Think back to your high school education and recall which class you enjoyed the most. Was it your favorite because you excelled at the subject? Or maybe you had a teacher who inspired you to learn? List 3 reasons why you liked it. (Hated school? Try to think of one positive part of the experience, whether it happened in the classroom or not.)

    My favorite subject in high school was English primarily because I have always love reading and was able to learn about the world's most beautiful classics. Along with their books, I became familiar with authors and their individual writing styles. I loved on the spot summaries and quick essays, and enjoyed writing long essays and term papers. As time went on throughout university and many years later writing became my favorite form of personal expression. Thanks to those early English classes I have been able to improve my own writing style though short stories, poems, a blog and once in a great while an occasional essay. Although I write for myself I find it an excellent form of personal expression and a way to build self confidence.

    Wishing all a good Thursday and a happy end of the week. March 5, 2015 at 13:00 UTC

    "Recall your favorite subject in high school, and list 3 reasons why you liked it"

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    Good early afternoon!

    After my mid morning drainage therapy we stopped by our daughter and family for a few moments to see how things are going. Everything is fine; our little grand daughter is doing very well, considering the fact that she was born almost a month early. As she is not being fed with formula (bottle fed) yet, she is taking her time gaining weight but she's slowly getting there. When we arrived she was sleeping, srapped in her swinging basket, It's very practical and looks like this -

    http://www.laredoute.fr/ppd...

    She had a sweet smile on her face; she no doubt enjoyed her outing in the stroller with her Mommy when they went to pick up her big brother at his school. Subtle signs of a nearly spring is in the air: cool March winds, partly sunny skies, new buds on trees and bushes and birds chirping everywhere.

    Thank you, Joe, my pact partner, for your encouragement this morning. I hope Melita is feeling better today. Know that you both are in my daily thoughts.

    Thank you, Nancy and Rita, for your encouragements, too.

    Today's challenge - Take three minutes to close your eyes and focus on the sensations in your body.

    How to do it - Set a timer on your phone or watch for three minutes. Sit or lie down somewhere comfortable. Close your eyes and notice the feeling of your breath. Pay attention to the sensations in your feet, your stomach, your neck, and your shoulders. Do all the parts of your body feel the same? Notice feelings of pain, tension, softness, and warmth. When the timer rings, open your eyes.

    For me this is not a challenge but a daily habit; no timer is needed. I feel it's important to stop and take a few moments from time to time and focus on one's sensations, physically, mentally and psychologically. In any case, I did this very thing this morning while waiting for my drainage therapy. The environment is very zen (peaceful and serene) so it wasn't difficult. It longer than thee minutes for me; this is a form of meditation and in my case I have a tendency to go off into sounds of silence.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and a happy midweek. March 4, 2015 at 12:14 UTC

    "Take 3 minutes to close your eyes and focus on the sensations in your body"

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    Good evening!

    So sorry for the late post; I've not stopped moving since I left for my physical therapy session this morning. From there hubby had an eye therapist appointment (special exercises for eyes). From there we went to the bank because a glitch accidentally deleted our original signature forms so we had to fill out new ones. that took some time because the bank employee was busy with another client. By that time we were ready to go home but our daughter needed a few last minute things so we got them for her and picked up our grandson at his school at the same time. We got home around five PM, late but in time for me to post my challenge. As chance would have it my challenge concerns the bank.

    It looks like I hit the jackpot today - Lisa B, Lyn N, Lyn Y, Debbie R, Nancy, Andra, Rita, Sybilla, Helen, Lorraine, Joanna and Noor - thank you so much for your encouragements; it's so very much appreciated. I hope I've not forgotten anyone.

    We can now consider Day Two as done, Joe. I will keep both you and Melita in my daily thoughts and meditations.

    Today's challenge - Visit your bank's website and read one article that increases your financial knowledge.

    How to do it - Visit the website of your bank or credit union and look for the section on improving your financial knowledge. Pick one resource that interests you, and read it. Virtually all banks and credit unions offer this information, in the form of articles or interactive features about healthy credit, saving for retirement, investment vehicles, and more.

    It wasn't necessary for me to visit my bank's website as we were at the bank in person. While there we took the opportunity to ask questions and learned a little more that we weren't aware of before. In this way I will consider this challenge as done. I have always had the impression that we learn more through person to person interaction, that is, real visits, rather than through virtual visits on websites. We should take the opportunity to to do as often as we can when it's possible.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and a good midweek. March 3, 2015 at 16:51 UTC

    "Visit your bank's website and read 1 article that increases your financial knowledge"

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    Good morning!

    It's going to be a busy day for us. I'm in the process of finishing op the weekend's laundry, then take a moment to prepare our grandson's lunch as we'll be bringing him home for lunch then bring him back to school for the afternoon session. From there we'll head for the supermarket to get a few things for the next couple of days. Our little grand daughter has an appointment this morning with the pediatrician to make sure things are going well as today she is four weeks less three days old, February being only 28 days.

    Thank you, Rushley, for your encouragement this morning; it's very much appreciated.

    Today begins a new round, Joe; I hope it finds you well.

    Today's challenge - Name three of your favorite salad vegetables that aren't leafy greens.

    How to do it - Name three vegetables you use in salads that aren't leafy greens. For example, you may have a favorite salad where lettuce doesn't play a starring role, such as coleslaw with shredded carrots or red cabbage. Or, you might prefer tossing other veggies into a green salad, such as thinly sliced radishes or cucumber. Whatever vegetables make your salads shine, share them here.

    One of our favorite salad types is Mediterranean style ratatouille, with zucchini, egg plant, onion and green peppers. It also includes chopped spinach leaves (in place of lettuce). The principle veggies are pressure or steam cooked. Chopped spinach is added at the end, and the whole is sprinkled with finely chopped mozzarella (or feta, for those who prefer it) cheese and served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week. March 2, 2015 at 8:49 UTC

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    Joe D. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 363 bonus points March 1, 2015 at 10:27 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting later as we're taking our time this morning. Our grandson is here, feeling much better with no fever for 24 hours. With our daughter we think he will be in good shape to to to school tomorrow. It will be a good change for him as winter vacation is nice for people who are in the habit of going to places or to winter sports, but for the majority of kids who stay home, (and they are indeed the majority; winter ski stations being quite expensive) two weeks in the middle of winter can be a long time without any real activity. Fortunately the recreations centers offer interesting activities and hot meals at lunch time, so many people put their kids in all day.

    Our last day, Joe; thank you for sharing with me. If you'd like to continue another pact, you can send me a new pact invitation.

    Today's challenge - Do a spine-strengthening stretch.

    How to do it - Lie face down on a carpeted floor. Extend both arms out in front of your body. your head should hover over the floor with the tip of your nose just above the floor. Lift our kneecaps up off the floor and draw your belly button towards your spine. Lift your right arm and left leg towards the ceiling, and reach toward the walls in front of and behind you. Hold for 3 seconds and release. Do this two more times, then switch arms and legs.

    I really like this stretch and do it at least once a week on my exercise mat as it is part of my variable weekly routine. I can't stretch my arms all the way in front of me, but do what I can and that is good enough. The overall effect is very positive. This exercise is a good opener for body floor exercises.

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and new week. March 1, 2015 at 10:27 UTC

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  • Helen T., Sue G., Joseph O., and 45 others smiled at this

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    Good morning!

    Today dawned cold bright and sunny; a big difference from the previous dreary rainy days. Hubby is feeling better and after a small breakfast and his meds, he is now resting. I will be spending most of the morning finishing up the rest of the housework and laundry. Our son is coming to dinner and will stay overnight so I'll also be preparing a salmon dinner with organic brown rice and steamed veggies. I'll see if I can find time to make an apple cinnamon cake later this afternoon.

    Thank you , Rushley and Andromeda, for your encouragements this morning; they are appreciated!

    Midpoint day, Joe; I'm wishing you an Melita a happy and peaceful end of the week.

    Today's challenge - Protect your neck: Take note of your posture as your read or look at your mobile phone today.

    How to do it - When you find yourself reading a book, mobile phone, or tablet today, take note of the position of your head, neck, and shoulders. Are you bent over to see the screen? Is your head pointing down to read something in your lap? To adjust your posture, move your book or device to eye level and raise your chin so it's parallel to the floor.

    I have been watching my posture closely especially as I wear eye glasses for reading. I use my mobile for quick reading of the news and/or to send messages, but use the tablet for longer reads. As I'm hard-of-hearing, I prefer to read the news on the computer/smartphone/tablet since television news broadcasts are not always clearly spoken (I lip read) or close-captioned, especially on satellite channels. As for reading books (I'm nor sure I'll get used to a reader tablet), everything depends on the size of the print. I like to read books from authors I enjoy; their books are page turners meaning there is no concern about eye strain but the enjoyment of reading. Recently our son gave us his Samsung tablet so I've been reading the news on it rather than on smartphone and also play favorite games, too. I've noticed that there is no need to bend the neck and a great deal less eye strain, too.

    Wishing all a happy Friday and end of the week. February 27, 2015 at 9:01 UTC

    "Protect your neck: Take note of your posture as you read or look at your mobile phone today"

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