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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...
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    Joanne P. completed a pact with Joe D. and won 392 bonus points March 26, 2015 at 9:39 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This will be a quick post as I'll be leaving for my drainage therapy in a very short while I no longer have physical therapy for the time being (rescheduling will be during the summer months) but still need lymph draining, which is scheduled for once a week.

    It's our last day, Joe; I enjoyed sharing this pact with you. I'd be happy to continue a new round if you are, just send me a new pact invitation. Take care, and have a happy Thursday.

    Today's challenge - Take five minutes to clear clutter from your purse, backpack or bag.

    How to do it - A blue Lego? A tiny receipt for your gum purchase? Chances are, you're carrying around things that you don't need. Open up your bag, take everything out, and assess whether or not it belongs there. Recycle or throw away what you don't need. Next, turn your bag upside down and shake out any crumbs or debris. Then put away items that you want to keep, but don't have to come along with you every day.

    If there is one thing I don't particular like that is a cluttered purse. I use large ones to hold extras such as umbrellas, books, etc, when i need them, but but for daily use I have a snug purse in which everything has its place, and all loose items in little zippered bags/cases. As for my wallet I always try to empty it every few days of receipts and tickets, otherwise it wouldn't fit into my snug purse.

    I'm off to prepare to leave; wishing all a happy Thursday. March 26, 2015 at 6:48 UTC

    "Take 5 minutes to clear clutter from your purse, backpack, or bag"

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    Good morning!

    Posting later today as I'm waiting for the plumber to come in and look at our outside water faucet. It started to drip after we turned on the water on to clear out the pipe last week (inside and outside water pipes have work separately). For now I use the excess water for watering the herbs (lavender, thyme, rosemary) that are "awakening" with new branches, and the honeysuckle and sprouting rose bushes as well. It looks like he has finally arrived; we left the back garden gate open for him. Apparently all the faucet needed was a new joint, which we didn't have as the faucet was replaced last year; we also got an extra bonus of a little packet of three new joints in case this happens again in the future.

    Thank you so much, Helen, Rushley, Andra and pact partner Joe, for your encouragements this morning; they are greatly appreciated.

    Already Day Four, Joe; just one more day to go!

    Today's challenge - eat one food with insoluble fiber at a meal today, such as brown rice, grapes or green beans.

    How to do it - At one meal or snack today, include a food that's rich in insoluble fiber. Try a bowl of whole grain cereal at breakfast, steamed broccoli or green beans at lunch, or some brown rice with dinner. For a snack with plenty of insoluble fiber, go for a handful of grapes or nuts.

    I will consider this challenge as done. Yesterday we had a meal consisting of organic brown rice with green squash and chopped tomatoes lightly sauteed in olive oil. On Monday we enjoyed chopped green string beans with our bow tie pasta and thick Italian style tomato sauce.

    Wishing all a happy Wednesday and peaceful midweek. March 25, 2015 at 10:56 UTC

    "Eat 1 food with insoluble fiber at a meal today, such as brown rice, grapes, or green beans"

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    Good morning!

    Catching up on housework so I'm posting a little later this morning. It's a grey day with all the signs of rain in the air; we've had a dry winter with only slight sprinkling of drops during the past month, so we're hoping for a real downpour, knowing it's all for a good cause.

    Rita, Sybilla and pact partner Joe, thank you for your encouragements; they are really appreciated. I hope Melita is well, Joe, and that all will have a happy Tuesday.

    Today's challenge - Give your neck an assisted side stretch for ten seconds on each side.

    How to do it - Stand and flex your left arm down by your side with your wrist pulled up, as if you are pushing on a flat surface. Tilt your head to the right, reach over to the left side of your head with your right hand, and gently push down. Make sure to keep your left shoulder down and away from your ear. You should feel a nice stretch, but no pain. Hold for 10 seconds, then do the same sequence on the other side.

    I can say that this exercise is really welcome during today's damp atmospheric conditions. I did it as while reading the challenge (and viewing the video), and will continue with a couple more sessions during the day. I felt and heard creaks and cracks as I made the movements but the overall sense of well being in the neck area is well worth it.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek. March 24, 2015 at 9:56 UTC

    "Give your neck an assisted side stretch for 10 seconds on each side"

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    Good morning!

    Posting later than usual due to spending time clearing out old stuff from my computer. I hadn't realized I completely lost track of time. As a rule I do this every three months so thought of taking the opportunity to getting a head start. There were indeed lots of items (temporary files) to clear out as hubby is using my computer since his won't be repaired before the weekend. It's bright and sunny today, so we'll take the opportunity to take a walk this afternoon after lunch; rain is predicted for tomorrow, which will be welcome since we've not had any real rain in over a month.

    Thank you, Nancy, and pact partner Joe, for your encouragements this morning. They are greatly appreciated. We're already heading for midpoint day, Joe; time's flying by so fast!

    Today's challenge - Broaden your horizons and read about a part of the world that interests you.

    How to do it - Think about a part of the world that interests you - it can be a faraway country, another part of the country where you live, a place you've been, or a place you've always dreamed about. Type the name of the place into your search engine, then click on a link that sparks your curiosity. Or get started by visiting .

    I love reading about the Far East, particularly Japan, a country I've found fascinating since childhood. I especially love reading about its past history and whenever possible at the library look up a book about it's history, culture and geography or look up sites online that give information about specific festivals and/or holidays. My husband knows of my fascination for Japan; one year he offered me a beautiful Japanese silk kimono in red and orange color tones with the traditional long sleeves. I really love it. I also a pair of cloisonne chopsticks and a small collection of books on Japanese history, a few in translation by Japanese authors as well as a couple on learning to read hiragana (simple Japanese characters). There is a beautiful Far Eastern museum in Paris that I hope to be able to visit within the next couple of months; it has magnificent exhibits from Japanese artists. Finally we have a good opportunity to visit Japan some day soon. Since there are no direct flights from Paris to Auckland, New Zealand, where our eldest daughter lives, one of the stop overs is Tokyo; we would take a few days to ourselves and visit the city. On later visits we would like to visit other cities, especially my favorites, Kyoto and Osaka. This special visit is on our wish list for the next couple of years so we're keeping our fingers crossed.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week. March 23, 2015 at 11:47 UTC

    "Broaden your horizons and read about a part of the world that interests you"

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      Ginger P. replied March 24, 2015 at 0:26 UTC:

      I wouldn't even know where to start to clean my computer

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      Joanne P. replied March 24, 2015 at 9:35 UTC:

      Thank you, everyone!

      Mary C - The museum is called "Musée national des arts asiatiques - Guimet" and contains artifacts, paintings and culture items of most of the countries in the Far East. Friends who have visited say it is a huge and fascinating museum.

      We've ...see more

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    Good morning!

    Today is cool but bright and sunny; we took opportunity to enjoy a long walk complemented afterwards by a nice brunch. We're going to take it nice and slow today.

    Thank you for accepting a new round of our pact, Joe; we're off to a new start today. Wishing you and Melita a bright and happy Sunday and new week.

    Today's challenge - Check your toothbrush. If the bristles are bent and frayed, add a new one to your shopping list.

    How to do it - Give your toothbrush a once-over before the next time you brush. If the bristles are bent and frayed or you can't really remember the last time you changed it, add a new toothbrush to your shopping list.

    This is a good challenge. I have the habit of changing my toothbrush every three months or 90 days. As this month is almost over and February was a short month I've added a new toothbrush to this coming week's shopping list.

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and a good new week. March 22, 2015 at 10:44 UTC

    "Check your toothbrush. If the bristles are bent and frayed, add a new one to your shopping list"

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