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This will be a quick post as our little grand daughter is here and will spend most of the day with us. She is very good with playing by herself and has a very good imagination. Maybe this is a girl thing being initiative and motivated, especially at this age (almost two years); boys are another story, except when they learn how to read on their own. Today is going to be cold, overcast and on the foggy side. The rest of the weekend will be sunnier with freezing temperatures in the morning, warming up in the afternoon.
Thank you, Kristina, for the encouragement!
Our last day, Mariela; thank you for sharing this journey with me. Best wishes for a happy and peaceful weekend.
Today's challenge - Throw out one thing you no longer need today.
How to do it - We all have at least one thing in our home or office that just doesn't serve any purpose. It could be something that's broken, or an item you no longer have a use for and can't envision anyone else ever wanting or needing. Whatever it is, today's the day to toss it. Don't put it aside for later, or shove it to the back of your desk or closet. Just throw it out. (If it's something that can be recycled, recycle instead of putting it in the trash.)
I've been doing this very thing during the past week since it's gotten colder. I've been clearing out winter items that are still good and wearable and putting other items aside; we'll be giving these away to the Red Cross after the holidays as our good will offering for the New Year.
Wishing all a happy Friday and a peaceful weekend.
Today's going to be bright and sunny and as cold as the previous days. It's nice to see everyone outdoors walking around in spite of the cold; you can see they're enjoying the low humidity while finding the cold invigorating and energizing. We'll be off for our morning walk then to shop for veggies for tonight's soup along extra items for tomorrow's lunch as our little grand daughter will be spending the day with us.
Waving to Mariela - already Day Four? Time's flying by fast! I hope oday will be a bright and happy one for you
Today's challenge - Pledge to treat yourself to one small indulgence the next time you're in the checkout line.
How to do it - You resist them every time you shop, but not this time! Make a note on your grocery list to treat yourself to one tiny item from the checkout line. Skip the sweets and save yourself from unhealthy sugar and fats. Instead, pick up something inexpensive that's just for you. It can be a tube of flavored lip balm, a wacky new type of sugar-free gum, a crossword book, or the magazine you've been thumbing through while you wait in line. Whatever you choose, take a few extra moments to enjoy it - that's why it's called a treat, after all!
As a rule I ignore the items sitting on the sides in the checkout line. Once in a great while I'll pick up sugar free throat sweets that I store in the car glove department. Our favorite supermarket has fidelity card system that allows card holders to use a hand scanner that scans prices on our chosen items. When we've done all our shopping we head for the checkout section that deals with hand scanners; a "cashier" asks us our method of payment (cash or card), and leads us to the machine that payment. This method doesn't have the typical checkout scenery and saves time although there are times when hand scanner lines can be long (evenings, weekends and holiday seasons); it does save time in that food items stay in the trolley or in clients' shopping bags (for those who have few items) because they are already scanned. As we'll be shopping later this morning, we'll no doubt use the scanner line as we usually do.
Wishing all a happy Thursday and safe end of the week.
It's bright and sunny but very cold (-5 C or 23 F at 8 AM) this morning. It's still below zero centigrade, with temperatures expected to rise to 5 C (41 F) but ill feel much colder, during the afternoon hours. We'll be picking up our grandson for lunch then take him to his football/soccer practice later this afternoon, which for his age group (six to eight year old) takes place outdoors. The coach is pretty understanding about taking breaks.
Thank you, Joanna, for the much appreciated encouragement!
Happy Day Three and Hump Day, Mariela; I hope your day will be a happy and bright one.
Today's challenge - Schedule time to take a ten minute nap or rest today.
How to do it - Set aside 10 minutes today to take a quick rest or nap. Let everyone know you shouldn't be disturbed, then find a quiet place and close the door. Set the alarm on your phone for ten minutes, then relax and catch some worry-free shut-eye. Don't worry if you can't sleep; just closing your eyes and breathing slowly is OK, too.
I'm not one for afternoon naps, preferring to save sleep time for the night hours, as I found from personal experience that sleep is deeper and restful without afternoon naps. Instead I prefer to take a few moments each afternoon, when possible, to take a brief meditative reflection; it's simply involves sitting quietly and closing the eyes, shutting out all outside interference, of turning off exterior "sounds" (for me hearing aids) and quietening the mind, breathe deeply and slowly while concentrating on the present moment. I find this exercise (no alarms necessary) restful and at the same time energizing, especially when done outdoors. I'll be sure to do today's challenge during the afternoon hours while watching our grandson practice outdoors, basking in the cold sunshine while taking a few moments for quiet refection.
Wishing all a happy Wednesday and peaceful midweek.
It's going to be a very cold but bright and sunny today. Right now temperatures are hovering around 0 to -1 C (32 to 30 F), quite cold for the Paris region. It looks like winter has finally arrived; everyone is happy as long as now stays away. It's snowing in the mountains, where ski stations are opening up as business is picking up. Between laundry and light housework this morning, I'm taking my time, then this afternoon we plan to enjoy the sunshine with a long walk around the town.
Thank you, Kristina, for the encouragement!
Onto Day Two, Mariela; I hope your day is going well.
Today's challenge - Draw or write with your non-dominant hand for three minutes.
How to do it - Take a break for three minutes today and practice drawing or writing with your non-dominant hand. If you draw, choose a simple image like a tree or a house, and see what happens when you try to draw them, first using the hand you normally draw with and then using the other hand. If you write, jot down a few sentences with your dominant hand, then switch.
I'm right handed and began this challenge a few years ago to help relieve stiffness in the finger joints and hand muscles in the non-dominant hand. Over the years it's now become a regular habit. On my mother's side of the family osteoarthritis in the hands is a hereditary disability thus I need to start early to prevent any complications; so far the exercises, including this fun one of writing/drawing with the non-dominant hand, have been very helpful. I'll be doing this challenge later this afternoon after we get back from our walk.
Wishing all a happy Tuesday and safe midweek.
This will be a quickie as we're about to head for the door for our morning walk, taking advantage of the cold dry weather. It's going to be partly sunny today, getting colder as the week advances.
Waving to Mariela - thank you for the invitation to pact; we're on our way!
Today's challenge - Recite one tongue twister today.
How to do it - Take a trip back to your elementary school days and try reciting one tongue twister. For starters, try this one: Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? Or try a shorter (but trickier) one: Shy Shelly says she shall sew sheets, or She sells seashells by the seashore. Or see how many times you can say the words "Unique New York" fast.
This is an easy challenge - here is one I found when looking up simple twisters for our grandson to learn.
There was a fisherman named Fisher
who fished for some fish in a fissure.
Till a fish with a grin,
pulled the fisherman in.
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.
I'm off for now - wishing all a happy Monday and new week.
The birthday party last night was very nice, typically French family style with singing, dancing to old favorites. I love driving around Paris at night, especially weekends; it's a city that never sleeps. In the distance we were able to get a glimpse of the sparkling Eiffel Tower on our way to the restaurant, which was located in the southeastern part of the capital. Today it's cold and dry, partly sunny with strong breezes; maximum temperatures will be around 8 C (46 F). Taking advantage of the nice dry weather we decided to take our walk this morning, stopping bay the bakery on our way home. As the week advances into December temperatures will drop as low as low as -3 C (26 F) at midweek.
Thank you, Sybilla, for the encouragement!
Today's challenge - sing one favorite song as you straighten out.
How to do it - Who cares if you'd never make it on "American Idol"? Pick a spot to straighten up, and then choose a favorite tune you know by heart. Give it your all by belting it out as loudly as you can! It doesn't matter if you can't hit all (or any) of the high notes, just keep singing as you straighten.
I often do this so it's not really a challenge. As I've not had the chance earlier this month with the visits and babysitting, I plan to enjoy this afternoon's dry sunny weather to finish all garden work, straightening, raking and pruning, and choose (on the spur of the moment, makes the choice more interesting) a favorite song that goes well with the movements I'll be making.
Wishing all a good Sunday and safe beginning of the week.
It's a grey dreary Saturday morning; we plan to go slow and take it easy most of the day before getting ready later this evening attend a birthday party for a close friend being held at a restaurant in the capital.
Many thanks, Helen, for the encouragement!
Today's challenge - Pick up a postcard and send a quick note to someone you like.
How to do it - Sure, you're in touch with family and friends through email, Facebook, and texts, but there's something to be said for communicating the old-fashioned way. Let someone know you're thinking about them today by sending a postcard. Pick up an inexpensive postcard (you can typically get them at drugstores and card stores, along with the postage you need), or get creative with a do-it-yourself version. Write a short note, and send it off!
I like to send postcards from time to time to friends, and because it's holiday card time, I'll be including a few to friends who enjoy post cards, and stamps, too, from France. In spite of the popularity of electronic mailing, there are quite a few people out there who enjoy receiving cards in their home mail boxes.
Wishing all a happy Saturday and a safe weekend.