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Joanne P.

Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 42 years to French high school pen pal Paul; Mom to four; a grandson and a grand daughter and twin grand daughters to be born in late summer or early fall. We live in a small town 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, poems, blogs), reading, traveling, outdoors and working in my kitchen. Blog link: http://amazone779.wordpress...
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    Good morning!

    It's good to be back - I'm getting a late start due to a full house with both grand kids here several days. After taking care of laundry I'm now ready to tackle DC. We had a really nice time on our short vacation with our grandson and youngest daughter. I'm in the process of organizing the photos and will post a few as I get them installed on this laptop. We're invited by English friends for a weekend visit (9th to 11th) at the same town; I plan to take a three day break from DC as Internet is a bit complicated to obtain at the hotel and from personal experience I won't have too much time anyway. In a short while we'll be bringing our daughter to the airport as she is visiting with friends in Barcelona. She'll be back sometime next week.

    Today's challenge - Do ten pelvic rolls to help increase your hips' range of motion.

    How to do it - Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Place your hands on your hips with your thumbs facing forward. Inhale as you slowly circle your hips forward. Exhale as you slowly circle your hips back. Repeat four times, then change directions and do it another five times.

    This is a favorite standing exercise that I sometimes use for warmups. it's really good for flexibility and balance. I will add it to my afternoon routine when we gt back from our afternoon activities.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and a safe midweek.

    "Do 10 pelvic rolls to help increase your hips' range of motion"

    August 30, 2016 at 9:48 UTC
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    Joanne P. has come back from her break.
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    Cathy S. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 394 bonus points August 13, 2016 at 11:16 UTC
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    Joanne P. is taking time away from Daily Challenge and will be back on August 30, 2016.

    I'm taking a family vacation break from Sunday 14th to Monday 29th August and will be back on DC Tuesday 30th. Wishing all a happy and safe August!

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    Good morning!

    It's cool and fresh this morning; we're keeping windows open to cool the house off before we leave to pick up our youngest daughter at the airport in the late morning. Today begins a long holiday weekend; we'll be having the family over for a get together then toward the weekend take a ride with our grandson and youngest daughter to a northern beach resort (Dieppe), about 160 kilometers (around 100 miles) north east of us, just off the English Channel. With good weather predicted our grandson should have a nice time with us enjoying a pleasant change of scenery.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement; it's appreciated!

    Waving to Cathy - I enjoyed sharing these past days with you. Take care and have a happy weekend.

    Today's challenge - Do eight "Ferris Wheel" breaths t open up your diaphragm and chest cavity.

    How to do it - This can be done while seated or standing. Let your arms hang in front of you with one hand gently holding the other. As you inhale, lift your hands out in front of you, with your palms facing your body. (Your arms should make an "O" shape.) Exhale and draw your hands in toward your body so your palms are nearly touching your chest. Move them along your torso and back to the starting position. Repeat three times, keeping your movements and breath smooth and continuous. Change direction as you use your arms to send your "Ferris wheel" around four more times.

    This exercise would be better explained with a video; as it is I'm reminded of similar very slow movements in tai chi. Since the exercise is today's challenge I'll use it as a warm up before starting my routine this afternoon.

    After this post I'll be taking a two week break from DC and return on Tuesday August 30th. Wishing all a safe and peaceful August.

    "Do 8 "Ferris wheel" breaths to open up your diaphragm and chest cavity"

    August 13, 2016 at 7:44 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today is the beginning of a long weekend as Monday is a national holiday. It's also the start of a long heat wave for the next week. Although it won't be as high as previously predicted temperatures will still be hovering between 30-32 C (86-89 F) with no rain in sight until the following Wednesday when thunder storms are predicted for all day.

    After posting tomorrow (Saturday), the last pact day with Cathy, I'll be taking a break for a family vacation from Sunday 14th to Monday 29th, returning to DC on Tuesday 30th.

    Many thanks to Andra and Dileep for their encouragements this morning.

    Time's gone by so fast, Cathy; I can't believe we're already on Day Four.

    Today's challenge - Place your hands on your chest and roll your shoulders six times in each direction.

    How to do it - Place your hands on your chest. Slowly roll your elbows forward, upward, backward, and downward in a circular motion. Repeat five times, then switch direction and roll your elbows another six times.

    This is not a new exercise as I do the same in physical therapy for my shoulders. Now that the PT sessions are over, I continue these simple exercises at home. As today's challenge is one of these exercises I'll add it to my afternoon routine as a warm up.

    Wishing all a good Friday and peaceful end of the week.

    "Put your hands on your chest and roll your shoulders 6 times in each direction"

    August 12, 2016 at 8:09 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This will be a quickie as we'll be leaving to pick up the grand kids in a very short while. Today is going to be a little warmer than yesterday so we'll be spending some time outdoors.

    I plan to take a break (14th to 30th August) starting this coming Sunday for two weeks to take time out with my family and maybe take a short vacation with our grandson.

    Onto Day Three, Cathy; I hope today will be bright and happy.

    Today's challenge - Release tension in your whole body with three overhead stretches.

    How to do it - Stand with your arms hanging loosely at your sides. Breathe out, then breathe in and begin to rise up on your toes. Extend your arms and body upward. Stretch higher and then slowly come back down onto your heels as you breathe out. Repeat two times.

    This is nothing new; it isn't possible for me to lift my arms all the way up overhead I simply do what I can and do get the over all benefits of the exercise. I'll add it as a warm up to my afternoon routine.

    Wishing all a happy Thursday and peaceful end of the week.

    "Release tension in your whole body with 3 overhead stretches"

    August 11, 2016 at 5:25 UTC
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    Good morning!

    We're at the start of a cool but bright and sunny Wednesday with temperatures hovering around 23 C (about 73 F) this afternoon. The weather people announced that the region will be entering a big heat wave starting this weekend, with Saturday 13th at 30 C (86 F) going up to 38 C (100 F) by the following Wednesday 17th, a real scorcher for the area, and coming rather late in the season. Local kids will be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy end of summer fun just before school starts (Thursday September 1st).

    Our youngest daughter's volunteer project in Central America ends this week; she arrives home Saturday 13th. We'll be preparing for her homecoming during the coming couple of days beginning with grocery and open market shopping, getting the house cleaned and taking care of errands today. Tomorrow we'll be having the grand kids over for a while while their Mommy has monthly blood work done in the morning. Friday is for any last minute work.

    Many thanks to Kristina, Irene and Dileep for their greatly appreciated encouragements.

    Hello Cathy - Happy hump day and pact day two!

    Today's challenge - Do yoga's eye mudra to relieve tension in the face and eyes.

    How to do it - This can be done while standing or seated. Look at the tip of your nose, then look straight ahead. Look up toward your eyebrows, then look straight ahead. Look toward your right ear and then straight ahead; do the same on your left. Circle your eyes in a clockwise direction two times, and then in a counter-clockwise direction two times.

    I love this little eye exercise and do it all the time. It's so easy and does really benefit the eyes by relieving tension and strain. To be sure I'll be doing these movements several times today.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Do yoga's eye mudra to relieve tension in the face and eyes"

    August 10, 2016 at 8:42 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today will be bright and sunny with temperatures hovering around 24 C (75 F). Activities for the day include a long walk in the early afternoon and an exercise routine on the patio then relaxing the rest of the day.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement; it's greatly appreciated.

    Waving to Cathy - thank you for the invitation to start a new pact; we're on our way!

    Today's challenge - Give your spine a lateral stretch: Reach your right arm up and left arm down, then switch sides.

    How to do it - Stand tall with your hands in yoga's pray gesture, with your palms together in front of your heart. Inhale and reach your right arm up and left arm down. Place a little more of your weight on your right foot and lift your rib cage away from your right hip. Exhale and return your hands to the pray gesture. Do the same on your left side. Repeat one more time on each side.

    This pose is not good not only for balance, alternating movements and breathing synchronicity but also for working the connecting muscles around the shoulder joints as well. I'll add it to my routine this afternoon.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and peaceful midweek.

    "Give your spine a lateral stretch: Reach your right arm up and left arm down, then switch sides"

    August 9, 2016 at 8:16 UTC
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