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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!

    Posting after taking care of the last of this week's cleaning, exercising and clearing useless items from this laptop. Today begins the three day weekend (actually starts this afternoon after school) with Monday May 1st a national holiday (Labor Day). It's going to be mostly cloudy and cool with possible rain this afternoon. We'll be out and about, mostly outdoors, and visiting with our daughter t give her our grandson sports bag with his soccer outfit for tomorrow morning's game. Since he doesn't work her partner offered to bring him to the game and stay a bit. We may be meeting with them later. If the rain isn't too strong we'll take a long walk during the afternoon hours.

    Many thanks to Kristina and Dileep for their encouragements.

    Hope your day is starting well, Lynn; we're sliding into Day Two.

    Today's challenge - stand up without using your hands or arms.

    How to do it - Sound like a quick can-do? Not so fast! For this challenge, you have to stand up from a chair without using your arms or hands. Back your chair out from under your table or desk and make sure you have enough room in front of you to stand up. Then slowly stand.

    As a matter of habit I try to remind myself when rising from a chair to put the greatest effort on the hips, knees, legs and feet and forget about arms and hands. This little exercise is a very good one to try with low chairs/stools. I'll be sure to be doing these movements throughout the day.

    Wishing all a good Friday and safe weekend.

    "Stand up without using your arms or hands"

    April 28, 2017 at 9:06 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today's going to be bright and sunny, cool at the moment but warming up during the afternoon hours. We'll be out and about today with errands and some shopping in two or three places. Our grandson has a football (soccer) game Saturday and we were asked to prepare a picnic lunch for the kids. It did rain yesterday, on and off, and cancelled the practice. Naturally our grandson wasn't too happy about that. Saturday's weather is predicted to be dry, partially sunny with seasonal temperatures (18 C, mid 60's F), good for outdoor playing. Later this afternoon we plan to go for our daily walk.

    Hi Lynn - thanks again for the invitation; we're on our way!

    Today's challenge - Slowly slide down the wall and sit in an invisible chair for a count of five.

    How to do it - Stand with your back against a wall and your feet shoulder-width apart, about 2 feet (.6 meters) away from the wall. Bend your knees and slide down until you're comfortably sitting on an invisible chair. Count to 5 and stand up. As you sit on the wall, pay attention to your knees. In the seated position, your knees should not be further forward than your toes. If they are, stand up and place your feet farther away from the wall to avoid any unnecessary stress on your knees.

    I do this exercise a couple of times a week; primarily to strengthen the knees and muscles. It's a fun exercise to do with kids; we get lots of laughs sliding up and down the wall; it's energizing watching their enthusiasm and dexterity. As there's just the two of us today, I'll do these movements twice today; the first in a short while before heading out the door and the second this afternoon as a warm up before our daily walk.

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

    "Slowly slide down the wall and sit in an invisible chair for a count of 5"

    April 27, 2017 at 7:37 UTC
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      Cheryl H. replied April 27, 2017 at 16:54 UTC:

      Have a wonderful day filled with love, hugs and blessings Joanne!

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      Joanne P. replied April 28, 2017 at 8:15 UTC:

      Thank you, everyone!

      Diane - As a rule lunch picnics for soccer games are prepared by parents for their own child. This particular game is taking place in the morning, hence the lunch for a picnic at the end. Very often the host club offers snacks and drinks for all ...see more

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    Good morning!

    It's going to be cool and sunny this morning with an overcast afternoon bringing possible rain. Yesterday's predictions was the same yet nothing happened, just cold grey clouds and low temperatures all day. As today is Wednesday this means we'll be having our grandson with us for lunch; later this afternoon he heads for his football practice. In the case of rain the kids will probably be sent home earlier. We'll see what happens as time goes on.

    Waving to Cathy, we've reached our last day; thank for sharing with me. Wishing you a happy Hump Day and rest of the week.

    Today's challenge - Pledge to try and catch your zzzs on your back tonight.

    How to do it - After you turn off the light tonight, lie down and try sleeping on your back. If your sleep position is too comfortable to disrupt (or too hard a habit to break), try positioning a folded towel between your knees if you are a side sleeper, or under your hips if you sleep on your stomach.

    Every night I begin my sleep pattern by lying straight on my back in the flat back or corpse pose, relaxing the body with synchronized breathing while concentrating (meditating) on the present moment. This long time habit helps considerably to release day time emotions that remain in the mind and body and at the same time promotes restful sleep most nights.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Pledge to try catching your zzzs on your back tonight"

    April 26, 2017 at 8:12 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's a very overcast cool morning we're having right now with strong possibilities for rain during the late morning and early afternoon hours, which would be very welcome as we've not had real rain in two months. Today we'll be finishing up all paper work, correspondence, etc. and the usual cleaning for the day. I'm also thinking of doing some baking muffin cupcakes, half with chopped apples and the other red fruits.

    Hello Cathy; I can't be it's already Day Four. Time's going by so fast!

    Today's challenge - Walk ten paces, raising your knee and balancing on the opposite let with each step.

    How to do it - Pick a focal point in the room and walk towards it in a straight line. As you take each step, raise one knee and balance on the opposite leg for one second. Then switch legs for your next step. Do this for 10 steps.

    This is a regular warm-up exercise I do before standing exercises or walks. As both are in the day's planning, I'll be sure to be high stepping as instructed in this challenge before starting today's workouts, and include synchronized breathing as an extra boost.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek.

    "Walk 10 steps, raising your knee and balancing on the opposite leg with each step"

    April 25, 2017 at 8:15 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be a bright and sunny day, cool this morning, warmer during the afternoon hours. We'll be out and about, first to do some grocery shopping for the next couple of days, then off to visit our daughter and grand daughters (grandson is at school) to give her some packages that were sent here for her. This afternoon is for a long walk, then relaxing the rest of the day.

    Thank you, Kristina, for the encouragements this morning!

    Waving to Cathy - we're rolling into Day Three. I hope today will be a bright and happy one for you.

    Today's challenge - Pull your belly button to your back for a count of ten.

    How to do it - Take a deep breath and imagine your belly button connecting to your back. Hold the contraction for a count to 10, then let it out. Practice this contraction while sitting at your desk, in your car, while standing at the checkout line, or doing dishes.

    I have the habit of doing this little exercise at the beginning and end of each exercise session, and include synchronized breathing with each pull. I did it earlier this morning just before posting with two short sets of arm and shoulder stretches. I'll continue this afternoon when I do some floor exercises.

    Wishing all a good Monday and new week.

    "Pull your belly button to your back for a count of 10"

    April 24, 2017 at 8:56 UTC
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      Margaret H. replied April 24, 2017 at 18:24 UTC:

      I have always done the grocery shop on my own but while on holiday my husband came with me and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed that.I might have to change my shopping day to​ the weekend so we can continue to do it together.

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      Mariela A. replied April 25, 2017 at 4:00 UTC:

      Thanks for my early E... Have a beautiful Tuesday and great week... Big hugs and love ❤️

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    Good morning!

    Posting after taking advantage of the bright and sunny weather for a long walk after which we stopped at the bakery and the voting station (today is the first round of the French Presidential elections). It's slowly warming up; maximums will be around 17 C (low 60's F) this afternoon. We'll be relaxing and taking it easy today, catching up on correspondence and reading.

    Thank you, Joanna, for the much appreciated encouragement.

    Hello Cathy; wishing you a bright and happy Sunday and new week!

    Today's challenge - Visit your local library's website to learn about free programs, including passes to museums and zoos.

    How to do it - Call your local library or visit their website to learn about activities, events, and programs, including free or discounted passes to museums, zoos, parks, and aquariums in your area. (Note that although many libraries offer these passes, you must request them ahead of time.)

    In France passes, free or otherwise, to museums, zoos and cultural places are in general offered by the museums, etc. themselves. Libraries offer activities centering on books: reading circles, exhibits and shows for children and adults centered on specific and/or current topics. The library in my town is small; it's activities are generated on a small scale. On the other hand, the library I go to, in the state capital (not far from my town, is huge, with two floors. Here one is offered all kinds of activities and exhibits on a wide variety of topics, current events and so on, as the city is a diverse multicultural one. Thus if we wanted to visit a specific museum in Paris, for example, we'd do better to connect with the website of that museum (most of them have one) and find out how to obtain free passes.As it goes, the best way to visit museums free of charge is to go on the first Sunday of the month. All over the country larger museums (Louvre , etc.) and some beautiful castles (Versailles, etc.) receive visitors free of charge on the first Sunday of each month all year round. Some seasons lines can be long so many visitors start arriving well before opening time.

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and peaceful new week.

    "Visit your library's website to learn about free programs, including passes to museums and zoos"

    April 23, 2017 at 9:53 UTC
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