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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 afternoon!

    Posting later today as our grandson is here; we have just completed a long brunch and now he is playing ball with hubby. From today we have now passed the extreme heat stage; it's still hot but but seems drier without the heavy overhanging humidity. We did have a very short rain shower in the early afternoon yesterday; an hour later everything dried up and our grandson was able to enjoy his pool for the rest of the afternoon. He'll be going back into it in a short while for the afternoon before heading back home.

    day Two is now completed, Dileep; I hope your day has been a good one and that you'll have a good start of the new week.

    Today's challenge - Tidy your night stand - Wipe it down, organize books and put things away.

    How to do it - Take a look at your nightstand. Is it looking a little dusty? Are there drinking glasses that could use a wash, or little odds and ends that can go into a drawer? Take a few moments to tidy it up before you wind down this evening. Put away anything you don't need for sleeping: return finished books to the bookshelf, recycle old magazines and papers, and tuck away chargers and cords.

    My night stand is dusted every Monday when I clean the bedrooms and vacuum the upstairs. On it are an electric digital clock, a small lamp, a small alabaster box for all loose items and a special storage box for the hearing aids. Anything else (packet of Kleenex, a meditation book) is kept in a neat pile in the niche situated in the middle of the furniture underneath the drawer, which has a tendency to fill up, as my grandson likes to put things in it, even though I keep it empty. Hubby likes to listen to the radio before dropping off but I prefer not to listen to anything nor do I read in bed, so there aren't any books or magazines or excess wires or cords for listening apparatus.

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and uplifting new week.

    "Tidy your nightstand: Wipe it down, organize books, and put things away"

    July 5, 2015 at 11:26 UTC
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    Good morning!

    The heat hasn't relented, it's no longer as "hot" as it was this past week but it's still pretty hot. Right now there is a little breeze so we've got all the windows in the house open. We'll be blowing up the little pool we bought up yesterday in a short while then pick up our grandson in the early afternoon after lunch. As the weekend rolls on here in the north, including the Paris region, we're in for storms (beginning tomorrow; they weather people have been saying this for the past three days so I hope they're right this time); we'll be moving onto average summer temperatures (23 to 27 C; 75 to 85 F). Today begins the annual Tour de France bicycle race, starting in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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

    Today's challenge - share your favorite cool and healthy beverage.

    How to do it - Is home-brewed iced tea your go-to healthy drink on a hot day? Do you re-hydrate with water and lemon slices after a long walk? Is flavored seltzer your favorite after a fitness class? Whatever healthy drink you choose to cool down, share it here.

    Here at home we enjoy naturally flavored lemon and cucumber water, which we keep in a glass pitcher. I also enjoy a cold blend of red fruits in a smoothie during the hottest hours of the afternoon. We avoid all sugary drinks and use bubbly mineral waters only at meal times (helps wit digestion). We also use an water atomizer (also available in mineral water version, Evan, for example, in regular and purse size), highly recommended for children, babies and older folks.

    Wishing all who celebrate a safe July 4th and everyone a happy Saturday and weekend.

    "Share your favorite cool and healthy beverage"

    July 4, 2015 at 8:38 UTC
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    Good afternoon!

    Posting late today due to having lots of errands to do this morning then taking a lunch break in one of our favorite restaurants. after that we did some shopping for the weekend, and took the opportunity to buy a medium sized pool for our grandson this weekend as he'll be staying with us as he does most weekends. We took an early walk this morning, then went to an important appointment to discuss new hearing aids. Next week we'll be discussing with our insurance about the possibility of getting new ones as mine are just past three years old and while they are still in good condition I always like the idea of getting newer digital versions that offer superior performance as well and easier functioning. The ones I'm interested are not dependent on batteries but recharges in the same manner as a cell phone, an excellent manner to save money (no batteries to buy) and the possibility to charge the aids in any electrical outlet or even by computer.

    Thanks go to Andromeda, Andra, Nancy, Ellen, Pat C, Maureen and Ginger, for your encouragements; they are very much appreciated.

    Today's challenge - Lower your chin toward your right underarm, hold for ten seconds, then repeat on the left side.

    How to do it - Sit up with your back straight, and look straight ahead. Slowly lower your chin toward your right armpit. Hold for 10 seconds. Return to center, then repeat on the left side.later in the early evening

    This is an easy exercise; I did it as soon as I read it and although I felt cracking neck joints I also felt a positive benefit from the stretch. I'll do the exercise again later in the early evening; it appears to be a good exercise that offers good relief after a long hot day.

    Wishing all a happy Friday and uplifting weekend.

    "Lower your chin toward your right underarm, hold for 10 seconds, then repeat on the left side"

    July 3, 2015 at 15:01 UTC
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    Good afternoon!

    Posting a little later today due to lymph therapy session this morning then taking care of a few things at the bank and at the post office before the heat becomes unbearable. It won't be as hot as yesterday but the high humidity is making the atmosphere hotter than it really is. We're due for thunderstorms in the late afternoon or early evening but there have been times when stormy clouds bypass us without a single drop.

    I'm available if anyone is looking for a pact partner.

    Today's challenge - Learn about one food tradition from your city, town or region.

    How to do it - What dish or cuisine pops into your head when you think about where you live? Take a moment to find out more about a famed local food. Do an online search by typing the name of your city or region, the name of the food, and the word "history" (for example: Maryland, crab cake). Review the links that appear, choose one, and read about how this tradition came to be.

    While each region in France has its own gastronomic specialties, the Paris region, where I live, is really a combination of all of them. When we have the opportunity to visit other regions, we make it a habit to learn about the specialties of the area. We recently visited Dieppe, located in the north coastline of France off the English Channel. It is situated between the Normandy beach landings (June 1944) and eastern Belgium, thus was part of the liberation series by the Allies as they continued on their way eastward. Dieppe was liberated a few weeks after D-Day by Canadian troops. The city is an important sea port and popular beach resort, thus its gastronomy centers around fish and seafood. With friends we shared a wonderful seafood dinner, called "la lisette à la dieppoise," a mackerel dish in which the fish is marinated in cider instead of white wine (Dieppe is part of Normandy, known for its cider). The complete dish includes chopped carrot rounds, chopped onion rounds, apple cider and vinegar, chopped herbs and eventually, salt and pepper. The fish is thinly sliced placed with all the other ingredients in a baking dish to marinate overnight, then baked and served with a warm potato salad. "Lisette" is the name of the type of mackerel found in the Dieppe region. The dish was delicious; looking the recipe up later I've seen it's easy to prepare and cook, so plan to try making it myself during the coming weeks.

    wishing all a happy Thursday and end of the week.

    "Learn about 1 food tradition from your city, town, or region"

    July 2, 2015 at 11:07 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be a scorcher of a day; hubby and I will be taking our daily walk in a short while before the heat climbs to 39 C (102 F) later this afternoon. It goes without saying that everyone will be staying indoors most of the day, a good excuse to do some sewing and reading.

    Thank you Lyn C and Andra, for your encouragements this morning; the are appreciated!

    Today's challenge - Hold a five minute meeting with yourself t check in on your goals for the year.

    How to do it - Take five minutes to check in with yourself on any goals you made at the beginning of this year. Have any setbacks made it harder for you to complete your goals? What's in store for the second half of the year? Use this time to look back on the first six months of 2014 and think ahead on what you hope to accomplish before the end of the year.

    This is something I do on a regular basis, and plan to do today as it marks the end of half of the year (already!). I plan to focus on past goals and go over the feasibility of present/future ones. I can say right now as I look over the big picture I'm feeling a positive sense of relief today because a couple of long term complicated goals are heading toward positive success, and this really feels good.

    Wishing all a happy midweek and all who are preparing for the big holiday weekend a happy and safe one!

    "Hold a 5-minute meeting with yourself to check in on your goals for the year"

    July 1, 2015 at 8:02 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today and tomorrow are predicted to be the hottest days of the week and probably will break previous heat wave records. We are fine, with all windows open in the morning as it's nice and cool. We will also do our grocery shopping in a short while, then stay indoors until later in the afternoon when we'll pick up our grandson at his preschool so our daughter can stay indoors with the baby.

    My pact wasn't able to be completed, so no points this time. These things happen.

    Today's challenge - Plan to look for healthy choices on the menu before you leave for a restaurant.

    How to do it - The next time you're heading out to eat, familiarize yourself with the menu before you leave. Do an online search for the name of the restaurant, find the menu on the restaurant's website, and think about what to order. Keep an eye out for whole grains, grilled or broiled options, or dishes with lots of veggies. No plans to dine out anytime soon? Take a look at the menu for your favorite restaurant and share the name of a healthy dish.

    This has been a regular habit with us for a long time. Our priority when eating out has always been healthy menu choices and trying different combinations new to us. Our favorites are a restaurant specializing in a large variety of fish and sea food, located within walking distance from our home; the other is a couple of miles (three to four kilometers) away that offers a very interesting choice of healthy dishes. /Although it specializes in meat menus, fish is available. We especially enjoy the excellent salad combinations. Finally we also go to a cafeteria restaurant close by that offers good variety in their menus, including vegetarian, and a large variety of veggies, rice and quinoa free of charge after picking up the main meal choice.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek.

    "Plan to look for healthy choices on the menu before you leave for a restaurant"

    June 30, 2015 at 7:13 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be a hot day, with temperatures rising to between 35 C (95 F) to 39 C (102 F) during the week, a real scorcher here in the Paris region. Fortunately everyone is preparing and ready. A good proportion of families with babies, young children and elders are planning to stay indoors. School isn't quite over yet (officially ends this coming Friday July 3rd) but a good number of preschool, grade, middle and high schools are already empty. My grandson will continue with a few of the local kids who haven't left for their vacations until the end as he lives right across the street from his school; it's a good way to stay occupied until next week when he'll be going to the recreation center. Final exam grades will be ready for high school seniors in their schools at the end of the week.

    Our last day, Carol; thank you for sharing these past five days with me. Take care and have a happy and inspiring new week.

    Today's challenge - Give your ankles a stretch by pointing and flexing your feet five times.

    How to do it - Sit toward the front edge of a sturdy chair, with your legs stretched out straight in front of you and your heels on the floor. Tip your toes up toward you, bending at the ankles. Hold for 10 seconds. Then point your toes away, holding for the same amount of time. Repeat four more times. (Note: You should feel this stretch in your ankles and lower legs, but don't overdo it; this stretch should not cause any pain.)

    This exercise is nothing new; I stretch my ankles by habit several times a day to work leg and feet circulation. These movements are even more important now that we are in the middle of an extreme heat wave. I will be flexing my ankles in a short while and again several times during the day, within my daily routines and also when relaxing in the arm chair.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and an inspiring week.

    "Give your ankles a stretch by pointing and flexing your feet 5 times"

    June 29, 2015 at 7:54 UTC
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      Joanne P. replied June 29, 2015 at 21:11 UTC:

      Thank you, everyone!

      For those who are wondering, we don't have air conditioning in our home, although we could buy a portable one we prefer not to; they use a great deal of electricity. We prefer to get on with an electric fan that we use only when we need it. As it ...see more

    • Lyn C.
      Lyn C. replied June 29, 2015 at 23:41 UTC:

      A good stretch for tired feet and muscles

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