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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 40 kilometers (about 25 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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    Good morning!

    It's a bright and sunny morning right now, and heading towards warmer and pleasant temperatures (around 24 C, about 75 F), considered early nice summer weather in my area (Paris region). Summers aren't too hot (max 29 C, or 85 F) in my area, considered quite hot for the north, but perfectly normal for the southern (Riviera, near the Mediterranean Sea) and southwestern part of the country (both the Atlantic and Mediterranean sides, off the Spanish border). As we were busy with the grand kids most of the afternoon yesterday we couldn't do too much so today we plan to get in some shopping done this morning then take a long walk later during the afternoon hours.

    The photo is of a couple of trees that line the parking lot of the sports gym and stadium where our grandson does his soccer practice. It was taken last week from the car window after we dropped him off and then parked. These trees always bloom pink flowers then turn green after mid May; it's interesting to watch the slow transformation from pink (the flowers eventually fall off) to green. Every time we see the trees (once a week) one has the impression of witnessing the transformation in very slow motion.

    Your encouragement is greatly appreciated, Helen; thank you so much!

    We're moving along well, Candy. I hope the weekend will be a bright and happy one for you.

    Today's challenge - Stand up straight, take a large step forward with your right foot and slowly bend both knees.

    How to do it - Stand straight with your hands on your hips and feet placed shoulder-width apart. Tighten your abdominals and look straight ahead. Take a large step forward with your right leg. Slowly bend both knees until your right thigh is parallel with the floor and both of your knees are at (or close to) a 90-degree angle. Your right kneecap should not extend further than your toes. Pushing off from your right heel, step back to the starting position. Repeat on the opposite side.

    This is one of my favorite knee exercises that is already incorporated in my weekly routine; it's not only a good over all exercise for legs, knees and ankles (muscles and joints) but also for balance. Occasionally I'll spread the arms out over the sides or directly in front in arrow form with the hands pointing forward; other times I'll do one up and down series then another using synchronized breathing with each downward movement. I don't have a fixed set of exercises for each day, preferring to vary as I remember them, so will be doing this exercise later today just before heading out the door for our daily walk.

    Wishing all a happy and safe weekend.

    "Stand up straight, take a large step forward with your right foot, and slowly bend both knees"

    May 6, 2016 at 8:13 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today is a national holiday; tomorrow Friday is a no school/work day, and since this is on the weekend it's called a "bridge" day, extending the weekend. The warm and pleasant weather falls right in time for the weekend, perfect for family activities, picnics and day trips. Our grandson stayed overnight; he'll be staying until tomorrow. Right now he is having fun playing outside with the kids his age who live a few houses away. It's interesting how kids connect and open to friendship, which in many cases lasts a long time, as it is with my kids. When they stop by our house they always take some time to visit their old friends who still live in the surrounding area. We'll be including a long walk during the afternoon hours and plan to take it slow and easy today.

    Thank you, Dileep and Andra, your encouragements are appreciated!

    Waving to pact partner Candy; wishing you well and a happy Thursday!

    Today's challenge - Name the biggest benefit you get from being physically active.

    How to do it - Think about one big benefit you experience when you're physically active. Is your mood improved, your energy renewed, or your sense of accomplishment greater? Are you closer to a goal you've set for yourself? Explain why this benefit matters to you. Tell yourself in a note or letter you can refer to later for motivation, or share it here.

    No need to write a letter or note; I'm very happy to share the biggest benefit of being physically active. Now that I've reached my senior years it's become my "raison d'être" (literally "reason for being," purpose in life) for which I am truly grateful. The most important benefit that comes from being physically active is the optimistic sensation of well being it leaves in my body, mind and soul, adding an overall positive affect on my general health as well.

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

    "Name the biggest benefit you get from being physically active"

    May 5, 2016 at 9:29 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's a cool but bright and sunny midweek morning. I'm posting later due to heading for this week's physical therapy session and getting a few things at the store. Today is the start of a long holiday weekend (Thursday to Sunday) so we'll be taking it slow and easy today, and may have our grandson over if not tonight then tomorrow to Friday. Saturday we plan to spend the day in Paris with an old friend whom we haven't seen since last Christmas. Today is going to be sunny and very pleasant, around 20 C (68 F). Tomorrow and the rest of the weekend will be seeing warm pleasant weather with temperatures between 20 and 23 C (68 to 73 F), perfect weather for long walks and visiting the city.

    Today begins a new round, Candy; we're on our way!

    Thank you Kristina and Dileep, for the encouragements; they're appreciated!

    Today's challenge - Play air-drums to an up-tempo song you love.

    How to do it - Clear a space, put on a song you love that has a fast beat, sit down in a chair, and play your air drums! Make sure your drum kit is large enough that you'll have to reach out in front and to the sides to really rock the song. Don't worry if you're not on beat every time, just have fun as you hit those imaginary drumsticks on your invisible drums and cymbals. And if you're still feeling the beat after one song, keep going.

    This is a fun exercise to do with children, and since our grandson will be here I'll be doing it today and/or tomorrow with his favorite music; he has a good ear for jazz beats and musical harmony.

    Wishing all a happy Wednesday and midweek.

    "Play air-drums to an up-tempo song that you love"

    May 4, 2016 at 9:43 UTC
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    Candy K. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 226 bonus points May 3, 2016 at 16:52 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's a cool morning but bright and sunny. The sun is beginning to warm up; temperatures will be close to 18 C (64 F) this afternoon. It looks like spring weather has "finally" arrived, and here to stay; we're now in the process of putting away our heavy shoes and clothes.

    I can't believe it's already the end, Candy; I enjoyed sharing this journey with you. Take care and have a happy Tuesday and midweek.

    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.

    This is nothing new; I do it occasionally when I remember, especially when high humidity is in the air. The movements also help work flexibility in the arms and shoulders, and works well with synchronized breathing. The movements make a simple all round exercise, good for warmups or at the end of a series of exercises. I'll add the exercise to my afternoon routine.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek.

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

    May 3, 2016 at 9:41 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting on a bright and sunny morning; it's still quite cool but temperatures will warm up to around 17 C (about 62 F) and will continue to rise the coming days with a high of 23 C (73 F) toward the end of the week, falling perfectly in place for the long holiday weekend. Spring break is now over and kids have gone back to school, and we're back to our regular routines and activities.

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

    Waving to Candy - I can't believe its already Day Four; time really flies by!

    Today's challenge - Sit and march your feet fast for ten seconds.

    How to do it - Set a timer on your computer or cell phone, or have a watch with a second hand nearby. Sit in a sturdy chair and march in place as fast as you can, raising and lowering your thighs squarely in front of you. The balls of your feet should firmly touch the ground when you bring them back down. If the timer goes off (or 10 seconds have passed on your watch) and you're ready for more, repeat for another 10 seconds.

    While setting timers is interesting this exercise is much more beneficial without having to worry about keeping within a time limit. For a while this type of exercise wasn't possible late last year due to back problems. Since I'm slowly moving forward with simple movements I've begun this particular exercise with the objective of "marching" as fast as I can, without forcing and with the purpose of working up circulation in the legs and at the same time improve flexibility in the knees. These movements do wake up sluggish leg circulation, especially during hot summer months. I'll be sure to add it to my afternoon routine today.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and new week.

    "Sit and march your feet fast for 10 seconds"

    May 2, 2016 at 8:07 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It looks like we're finally going to have "normal" weather for this time of the year. It's a bright and sunny morning with temperatures warming as the hours advance, with a maximum of 15-16 C (60 F) this afternoon. Today is Labor Day (May Day for the English speaking) in France, a national holiday. With two more holidays coming up during the coming week (Ascension Thursday, May 5th, and Victory in Europe Day, Sunday May 8th), schools and many companies have decided to give everyone the Friday in between (May 6th) off, so everyone will be able to enjoy a long weekend next week. A long time tradition on this day is to offer, principally to ladies, lilies of the valley in small sprigs or pots. My daughter and hubby offered me a pot and a couple of sprigs of lilies yesterday and today.

    You can learn more about this very old tradition here -

    http://frenchmoments.eu/may...

    We're doing great; it's midpoint day. Wishing you a happy Sunday and a bright new week.

    Today's challenge - Release muscle tension by gently rolling your shoulders five times, both forward and backward.

    How to do it - Today, do five shoulder rolls in each direction. Begin by sitting up straight, relaxing your shoulders, and taking a deep breath. Inhale as you slowly stretch your shoulders back and then lift them up toward your ears. Hold this position for about three to five seconds while breathing easily. Then, slowly roll your shoulders forward and allow them to relax downward into normal position. Repeat five times in both directions.

    This is a very old and familiar exercise precisely for the purpose of releasing tension but also for continuing flexibility in my arthritic shoulders. I often do it in the evening just before relaxing and occasionally alternate rolls and/or synchronize breathing with each roll. To be sure I'll be doing this very simple movement this afternoon along with some warmup exercises just before our daily walk and again tonight.

    Wishing all a happy and peaceful Sunday and new week.

    "Release muscle tension by gently rolling your shoulders 5 times, both forward and backward"

    May 1, 2016 at 8:41 UTC
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