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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!

    Posting while waiting for our little grand daughter to arrive. It's going to be a wet windy day. Last night the northwestern coastline was battling with very strong winds coming from the sea; we in the north central part of the country got a good proportion of it. Hubby heard very strong winds blowing in the trees most of the night.

    Today's challenge - Choose a trait of a leader that you admire and plan to put it into action one day this week.

    How to do it - Think of one trait you admire in a leader, such as a coach, boss, or a prominent figure you look up to. Do your best to put that trait into action for one day this week. For example, if you admire your boss for always speaking powerfully and purposefully, try to communicate like him or her. If you look up to a sports coach, try to act decisively.

    This is interesting. I will choose Helen Keller (1880-1968). She was able to overcome her disabilities (blindness and deafness) early in life to become one of the world's best known humanists. At the same time a journalist, activist and speaker on a variety of topics, she followed her destiny in spite of all odds and remained optimistic and open minded all her long life.

    Wishing all a good Monday and a happy new week.

    "Choose a trait of a leader that you admire, and plan to put it into action 1 day this week"

    February 8, 2016 at 8:07 UTC
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    Andra V. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 343 bonus points February 7, 2016 at 20:14 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting later this morning as our grandson is with us. We all had breakfast a short while ago and now he is watching cartoons on television. Yesterday eventually turned out to be a nice clear but windy day thanks to strong winds that are still with us today. Weather predictions say today's winds will bring in the rain clouds and stay with us all day. Right now the sun is making a brave show through the clouds so we'll see how things go as the day advances.

    Thank you, Irene and Lorraine, for your encouragements; they are very much appreciated.

    It's our last day, Andra. I enjoyed sharing with you these past days and hope you'll have a happy Sunday and beginning of the new week.

    Today's challenge - Check that your shopping list includes fruits and vegetables in at least three colors.

    How to do it - Take a look at your grocery list. Is there plenty of colorful produce on it? Make a few tweaks to your list to include fruits and vegetables in at least three different colors. For example, you could shop for orange peppers instead of red, or look for produce in unusual colors, such as purple potatoes or yellow carrots.

    I have been doing this all past week and will continue this coming week. We have already bought green peppers, red tomatoes and orange oranges, as well as yellow lemons, green leafy lettuce and lime green limes. On my list for this coming week I've noted green and yellow string beans, green broccoli and kale, red, green and yellow peppers and vegetables for soup in a variety of colors (orange pumpkin and carrots, green zucchini, etc.).

    Wishing all a happy Sunday and inspiring new week.

    "Check that your shopping list includes fruits and vegetables in at least 3 colors"

    February 7, 2016 at 9:17 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's a somber, damp and windy day, yet one can feel a subtle, very gradual transition in the air, a slow motion changing from winter to spring. It's not really cold, about 7 C, about 44 F, going up to 13 C, about 55 F but because of the wind it feels colder and more like March than February.

    Hello Andra; we're skipping along onto Day Four. I hope you'll have a bright and happy Saturday and weekend.

    Today's challenge - Lie face up on the floor with your legs together, lift them into the air and slowly lower them.

    How to do it - Lie face-up on the floor. (If it isn't carpeted, you may want to put down a blanket or towel.) Put your legs together and rest your arms at your sides. Keep your legs straight and lift them into the air. Make sure you keep your tailbone on the ground. Go as far as you can, and then slowly lower your legs back down to the ground. Repeat two more times. To make this challenge a bit harder: When your legs are on the way back down, stop when your heels are about 3 to 5 inches (7 to 12 centimeters) off the ground. Hold for three seconds, then slowly bring your heels down.

    This is one of my favorite floor leg exercises, and already included in my regular routine. For the moment I perform the movements slowly for a shorter period of time and include synchronized breathing. I hadn't been able to do this type of exercise (lifting legs while lying on the back) for quite a while due to back problems last year but after receiving the okay from my doctor in January am now gradually incorporating simpler versions in my regular routine, then plan to go on to longer and stretchier movements as time goes on.

    Wishing all a good Saturday and safe weekend.

    "Lie face-up on the floor with your legs together, lift them into the air, and slowly lower them"

    February 6, 2016 at 10:00 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's another dreary grey day; we'll be spending most of it shopping for the weekend, including ordering new eye glasses. Our visit with the eye doctor yesterday went very well; all is in good order with just prescriptions for new glasses, slightly stronger for both of us to prevent eye strain. Next visit is at the beginning of next year.

    Waving to Andra; we're already at the midpoint. Time's going by fast!

    Today's challenge - Spend a few moments thinking about a time when you believed in yourself even though others didn't.

    How to do it - Think back to a time when you believed in yourself and followed your intuition, even when those around you were doubtful. Perhaps you embarked on a career change that surprised people, pursued an unexpected relationship, or moved to a place that raised eyebrows. Think about how you felt during that time, and how you stayed strong in the face of others' opinions. If you like, you can turn this into a journaling challenge and write about your experience.

    This is the story of my life. Being born hearing impaired, I led a rather sheltered life, with many decisions being made for me by a "third party," that is, until the time I chose to follow my intuition and not to go to a local university but a distant one down state from where I lived. It was the first time I was officially living away from my parents most of the year and an important learning experience/challenge, but I enjoyed it. This experience eventually became an important influence in another very important decision that became the cornerstone of my life: marriage to my French fiance and living in his country, an intuitive decision I have never regretted.

    Wishing all a good Friday and a safe weekend.

    "Spend a few moments thinking about a time when you believed in yourself even though others didn't"

    February 5, 2016 at 9:36 UTC
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    Good morning!

    We have our annual ophthalmologist appointment early this afternoon. Before that I will be doing some light computer work during the morning hours. he it's off to lunch on our way to the appointment. When I get back I plan to do bake a Mediterranean veggie pie for tonight and a cake for the weekend.

    Onto Day Two, Andra; I hope your Thursday is a happy and bright one.

    Today's challenge - Relieve some stress with a brisk ten minute walk.

    How to do it - Everyone has at least a little bit of stress in their days. Today, beat it with a speedy, 10-minute walk! Get those arms and legs moving, and that heart pumping.

    I'm always a bit apprehensive when going to this type of appointment; I never know what to expect. Because we'll also be having to spend some time looking around for a parking space you can be sure walking a short distance will be a good positive way to work off the apprehension.

    Wishing all a good Thursday and end of the week.

    "Relieve some stress with a brisk, 10-minute walk"

    February 4, 2016 at 8:10 UTC
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    Good morning:

    This is going to be a quickie as I'll be leaving for this week's lymph therapy massage session in a very short while. Next week I have an appointment with a specialist in Paris about progress and eventual future massage sessions. It may be that I'll have the sessions less often during the month, two session s instead of four. It's going to be cold, dry and partly sunny today, but no doubt clouding over during the afternoon hours.

    Thank you for your sympathy messages. Our friend's funeral yesterday was sad yet simple and spiritual. He was only 68 but a heavy smoker. He had a grown daughter and son; the daughter is expecting her first child in late spring.

    Thank you, Andra, for the invitation to start a new pact. We're on our way!

    Today's challenge - Have one source of protein at lunch, such as chicken, tuna fish, tofu, peanut butter or beans.

    How to do it - Today, include one source of protein in your lunch. Try chicken or turkey, a hard boiled egg, a bean salad, a peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread, a wrap made with tofu, or tuna.

    His is an easy challenge. As we'll be having our grandson here before he takes off for his soccer practice, we plan to have a simple salad, as we're short on time. For today's challenge and an extra boost we'll add tuna fish chunks.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Have 1 source of protein at lunch, such as chicken, tuna fish, tofu, peanut butter, or beans"

    February 3, 2016 at 7:01 UTC
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