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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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    Andra V. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 400 bonus points October 6, 2015 at 7:35 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This will be a quick post as I'll be leaving in a short while for this week's physical therapy session. Today is a free day and since it's going to rain all day I'll take the opportunity to get some house cleaning done when I get back then relax later in the afternoon.

    Our last day, Andra; thank you for sharing this pact with me.

    Today's challenge - Take three minutes to reflect on how you used to play as a child.

    How to do it - Spend a little bit of time today thinking back to your childhood. What did you used to do for fun? Perhaps you loved to bike or run around outdoors, or maybe you spent hours drawing or playing with toys. How did it feel to lose track of time playing with your friends, family members, or pets? Let yourself relive those feelings for a moment.

    As I child I was mostly solitary. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with my hearing (congenital) disability but a good proportion of my play memories include playing alone with my dolls, which I took a long time to get over, or buried deep in books. I did have a bicycle but it was no fun by oneself. I had a vivid imagination and used it to create all sorts of events with my dolls, graduating eventually to Barbies. Later I preferred books to dolls and have never stopped enjoying a good book even to this day.

    I'm off; wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek.

    "Take 3 minutes to reflect on how you used to play as a child"

    October 6, 2015 at 6:32 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This is going to be a quick post as we need to get some shopping for the next couple of days done before picking up our little grand daughter who will be staying with us most of the day. It's going to be a bright sunny day, a pleasant change from yesterday's dreary clouds (the sun never came out). Hubby will take our grandson to his swimming lessons after school this afternoon; it's only 45 minutes (beginners' group). Last week we found out there were openings in his town's junior (beginners) football (soccer) club; since his Mom is agreed hubby will be seeing about that with him on Wednesday (half school day). As I understand it beginners don't participate in regular games since they are just learners; everyone agrees this is an excellent way for him to learn team spirit and co-ordination.

    Onto Day Four, Andra; one more day to go!

    Today's challenge - share three healthy foods you choose when you visit a salad bar.

    How to do it - When you visit a salad bar, are you a fan of a type of lettuce that you normally wouldn't have at home? Do you sprinkle sunflower seeds or reach for the radishes? Cruise by the creamy Italian dressing and pour on the oil and vinegar instead? Whatever your three favorite and healthy salad bar choices are, share them here.

    This is an easy challenge. I enjoy Mediterranean style salads and choose lettuce, tomatoes, onions, grated carrots, cooked egg plants and squash, that is, ratatouille ingredients without the sauce. I might add chopped baked salmon or smoked salmon. Once in a great while I'll include hard boiled eggs. Finally I'll add olive oil, balsamic vinegar and spicy herbs.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and new week.

    "Share 3 healthy foods that you choose when you visit a salad bar"

    October 5, 2015 at 8:01 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Our grandson stayed over last night and his little sister is with her other grandmother so their parents can enjoy a quiet evening to themselves for a change. We've just finished a long morning brunch and now he is watching cartoons on television. Today dawned quite cool, foggy and cloudy. Predictions say the sun should be coming out in the afternoon along with warmer temperatures. We'll take the opportunity to take a walk during the afternoon hours/

    Today marks midpoint day, Andra; time's going by fast!

    Today's challenge - Plan to take three breaths and stay patient the next time your are stuck waiting in a long line.

    How to do it - The next time you have to stand in line longer than you hoped to, take 3 deep breaths and pledge to remain patient. Whether it's the lady ahead of you writing a check for a two-item grocery store purchase or the guy who can't decide which coffee drink he wants, keep your cool. Resist the urge to roll your eyes or let out an audible sigh. Wait patiently until it's your turn.

    This is not a new challenge. I have gotten in the habit of waiting in line not only to learn patience but also for reflection and introspection. I like to use the waiting time to clear my mind of all thought and become aware of the present moment. In crowded noisy atmospheres this requires effort but can be done. It's a very good exercise in concentration, developing the ability of shutting out interference around us while at the same time becoming aware of the present moment, that is, patiently waiting in line.

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and inspiring new week.

    "Plan to take 3 deep breaths and stay patient the next time you are stuck waiting in a long line"

    October 4, 2015 at 9:37 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting later this morning as our grandson is here. he is now enjoying cartoons on television after breakfast. It's going to be cloudy day, partly sunny later with temperatures hovering around 20 F (about 68 F) during the afternoon.

    I really appreciate your encouragements this morning, Joanna and Swapna; thank you!

    Going onto Day Two, Andra!

    Today's challenge - Read about the different types of allergies.

    How to do it - Visit the website of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology at and look at a list of the different types of allergies. If you'd like, click on a type that interests you and read an overview of the causes and symptoms of the allergy.

    This American website is good with references worth keeping in mind. As for my family, we are all well informed about different allergies, and this all year round. As it goes we prefer natural and alternative methods over pharmaceutical and/or chemical medication (although we do refer to them when absolutely necessary) to relieve allergic problems. The latter is especially known to have complications/side effects that may or may not eventually turn into or contribute to already existing allergic conditions. Alternative/natural methods do take a bit longer to work but the effect is longer lasting and thus well worth the effort.

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and new week.

    "Read about the different types of allergies"

    October 3, 2015 at 9:18 UTC
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    Joanne P. is celebrating an anniversary of Daily Challenge! October 3, 2015 at 7:47 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Another free day as hubby needs to bring the car this morning to the local garage to get it checked for the colder months. We can take the time to get anything that needs to be done before the season changes. This afternoon we plan to get some shopping and errands done before picking up our grandson, who will be staying over tonight. It's very cool this morning, party sunny and waming up as the day progresses.

    Thank you for the invitation to start a pact, Andra; we're on our way!

    Today's challenge - Sit on the edge of a chair, squeeeze your knees together, release. Repeat nine more times.

    How to do it - Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on the seat of the chair outside your hips and bend your elbows slightly. Squeeze your knees and buttocks together. At the same time, push your hands into the chair, straightening your arms. Release your muscles, bending your elbows again. Repeat 9 more times.

    This is an easy exercise; I do a similar version with the arms (without knee/buttock squeezes) in physical therapy to strengthen the shoulders. The extra movements add a beneficial sensation of overall well being when synchronized with breathing, which is how I'll be performing this exercise later in the morning and again early this evening.

    Wishing al a happy Friday and inspiring weekend.

    "Sit on the edge of a chair, squeeze your knees together, and release 10 times"

    October 2, 2015 at 6:30 UTC
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