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Joanne P.

Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 43 years to French soul mate (high school pen pal) Paul. Mom to four. Four grandchildren (one boy and four girls), a little grand born the 11th of November. We live in a small country town 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, poems, blog), reading, traveling, being outdoors and working in my kitchen. Blog link: http://amazone779.wordpress...
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    Good morning!

    Posting after taking care of the morning's housework and just before heading out the door for the supermarket and shopping center. It's partly sunny outside, very cold (3 C (37F) still windy but nice and dry, a big difference from yesterday's windy wet weather. After our shopping is done we'll take a long walk around the neighborhood, an excellent way to do today's challenge: observe the trees, now completely leafless at this time. Trees line the main avenue on both sides as well as on the grass outside the houses (back yards facing street).

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement!

    Waving to Sharon, I hope your day is going well. I can't believe we're already near to the end. Time's going by so fast.

    Today's challenge - Take a walk and take a closer look at the trees.

    How to do it - Go for a walk and really take time to focus on the trees along your route. Take note of the trunks and branches, and their different colors and textures. Notice the various shapes of the leaves, whether or not they have any flowers blooming, or if they have seed pods. Do they have any critters climbing their branches or buzzing in their foliage?

    At this time of the year trees all around us appear sad without their leaves, standing tall with arms spread upwards towards the heavens. Nevertheless they do offer an invitation to reflect and turn thoughts inwards as they are true open representations of seasonal changes. Trees are omnipresent in my town (seven thousand five hundred inhabitants); it never lost its country atmosphere,. Walking to the outskirts one can see operating farms, grains for the most part, now with empty fields settling down for a long winter's rest. In some parts of the town one can see large balls of mistletoe handing from bare tree branches. After lunch we plan to take a long walk around the neighborhood; I'll be sure to observe the trees as I always do. These silent sentinels, quietly watching over us as we walk under their bare branches, deserve our respect and thanks for their timeless invitation to reflect on change, the impermanence of life In spite of appearances they do change, for they reflect the changing seasons. Change is all around us, nothing remains the same. Heraclitus said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." The same thought can be said of the trees: no man ever walks under the same tree twice, for it's not the same tree and he's not the same man.

    Wishing all a good Thursday and end of the week.

    "Take a walk and take a closer look at the trees"

    December 14, 2017 at 9:49 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting just before preparing to leave for my lymph massage therapy session. Afterwards we'll pick up our grandson at his school, have lunch at home, help him with his homework then take him to his football (soccer) practice. Today's going to be cold and damp with rain predicted this afternoon. We're hoping it will hold off until our grandson's group finishes their practice session.

    Hello Sharon, I hope your day is going well. We're now at the top of the hill, and doing really good.

    Today's challenge - Increase your energy with a fifteen minute power nap, or just rest and close your eyes.

    How to do it - Be honest - did you really get enough sleep last night? Sneak in a power nap this afternoon, or just rest and close your eyes. Find a quiet, dark spot, and set an alarm to sound after 15 minutes.

    I try to avoid taking naps; they have a way of operating on my night time sleep pattern. Instead I take a moment to rest the eyes and empty the mind, simply concentrating on nothing but the present moment, the here and now. sometimes I focus on a natural object, such as a flower in the garden or a crystal. This simple and easy meditation moment produces a positive and uplifting energy that stays with me the rest of the day.

    Wishing all a good Wednesday and midweek.

    "Increase your energy with a 15-minute power nap, or just rest and close your eyes"

    December 13, 2017 at 8:43 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting early just before preparing to leave for my last physical therapy session of the year. Next session will be scheduled new year for early spring (April). It's going to be very cold and partly cloudy day, a big difference from yesterday, in which strong winds gave us rain almost all day. Of course we know this respite isn't going to last but at least it will be nice for an afternoon in the big city which is where we'll be heading after the PT session. Hubby has a dental appointment at noon then we'll meet up with a friend for a late lunch.

    Onto Day Two, Sharon. I hope you'll have a happy and inspiring day.

    Today's challenge - Get up and move around for at least ten minutes within the next hour.

    How to do it - Sometime in the next hour, get up and move for at least 10 minutes. Take a brisk walk. Put on some music and dance. If you're in an office, hit the stairwell and go up and down a few flights of stairs. If you aren't able to be that mobile, try simply stretching your arms overhead, then down to your toes, or roll your shoulders and flex your wrists and fingers.

    This challenge was created especially for those who don't like to move around in the morning; which is not my case, neither today nor any day. In about ten minutes I'll be heading out the door, and while we'll be in a car for the short ride to the therapists' clinic, from the time I arrive I'll be moving around a good hour, and continuing to move as we head to the station to get our train to Paris. This challenge can be considered as done.

    Wishing all a good Tuesday and midweek.

    "Get up and move around for at least 10 minutes within the next hour"

    December 12, 2017 at 6:43 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting before heading out the door to get our food shopping for the next couple of days done then be back to get the day's housecleaning and exercise finished before picking up our grandson for the first of his bi-weekly football (soccer) practice after school. The rest of the day/evening will be for relaxing. It's very windy and rainy outdoors right now; highs will be 6-8 C (42-46 F) this afternoon, falling to freezing levels during the night.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement!

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

    Today's challenge - Gain energy from one vitamin C-rich food today.

    How to do it - Add a food rich in vitamin C to one or more of today's meals or snacks. There are plenty of options, including red or green bell pepper, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, and papaya. Or get a liquid dose with a glass of orange, grapefruit, or vegetable juice.

    This challenge falls in line with the seasonal fruits we eat during the colder months. In our kitchen fruit bowl are oranges, clementines (tangerines), kiwis as well as apples (three different kinds), bananas, pineapple, tomatoes and one large sweet potato. Just before leaving I plan to have my daily kiwi and clementine (tangerines for Americans); for lunch I will include pineapple slices to my low fat yogurt. As it goes I'm not dependent upon fruits and veggies for energy. Exercising, deep breathing, healthy living and eating habits and especially a clear mind along with a high does of optimism all contribute to increasing personal energy.

    Wishing all a good Monday and start of the week.

    "Gain energy from 1 vitamin C-rich food today"

    December 11, 2017 at 8:40 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting while the grand kids are still sleeping. It's cold, very windy and wet outdoors this morning with temperatures rising to 10 C (50 F) this afternoon. Seasonal fluctuations are current during the colder months in my area (Paris region) during the last weeks of the year; it never stays dry and/or freezing for long time in spite of chill factors. Right now it it's 6 C (42 F) but feels more like 2 C (35 F). January and February are considered the coldest months of the year, so we'll see how the winter season unfolds after the New Year. As the this wet damp weather is predicted to continue tomorrow and as temperatures are predicted to go down to almost 0 C (32 F) the rain my turn into wet snow in the morning. The fact that this may happen on Monday is worrying to a lot of locals.

    Thank you, Dileep, for the encouragement!

    Today's challenge - Pledge to send at least thirty minutes this week doing something that's just for you.

    How to do it - Find a 30-minute block of free time that you have this week, and schedule some "me time." Plan to do something you truly enjoy. The activity could be a hobby like gardening, scrap booking, woodworking, painting, photography, or needlework. Or take a walk in a beautiful place, ride your bike, listen to music, read a good book, or talk to a friend.

    One thing I have never needed to worry about is arranging to find some time for myself. As a matter of habit I always give myself personal time every day. After we bring the grand kids home this afternoon I plan to do so as soon as we get back. As the week advances I'll be doing the same, usually in the afternoon or early evening.

    Wishing all a good Sunday and start to the new week.

    "Pledge to spend at least 30 minutes this week doing something that's just for you"

    December 10, 2017 at 9:33 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be very cold and overcast today (minimum minus 1 C or 30 F; maximum 5 C or 41 F) with humidity set at 100%. We're taking our grandson to his football (soccer) match this morning. Afterwards we'll pick up his eldest little sister so both can spend the weekend with us. Obviously because of the cold everyone will be mostly indoors but there will be plenty of holiday activities to do.

    Today's challenge - Find out how much energy you burn in one type of exercise or everyday activity.

    How to do it - Do an online search for "activity calorie counter." Choose one and follow the instructions. Most typically have you search for (or enter) the type of exercise or activity (from skiing or tennis to shoveling or shopping!), along with your weight and how long you usually do the exercise or activity.

    I really don't trust the references in these sites as everything is variable, according to the weather, the condition of one's health and state of mind when doing exercises/activities, how much time one spends on doing them as well as one's daily food intake. All this is different for each individual. We ourselves eat less than the so called required daily calorie intake, simply because we are light/frugal eaters. In spite of this we're still able to find the energy to do our daily exercises and activities. For me the most important is the desire to do the best one can while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes good eating habits as well.

    Wishing all a good Saturday and weekend.

    "Find how much energy you burn during 1 type of exercise or everyday activity"

    December 9, 2017 at 7:28 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting just before leaving for my hairdresser appointment with hubby who also has an appointment. Then we're off to finish up all shopping for the weekend as its going to be a busy one for us. We'll be taking our grandson to his club's football match then maybe have his eldest sister over with him for the weekend. It's also going to be a cold weekend, with temperatures hovering around 0 C (32 F) and just below (minus 3 C, 26 F) so we'll be spending most of our time indoors.

    Today's challenge - Rev up your energy with a brisk fifteen minute walk.

    How to do it - Set an alarm on your watch or phone for 15 minutes, and take a brisk walk. You should feel your heart rate increase and your breathing should become faster. If you can still speak while you are walking, try to pick up the pace. When the alarm sounds, walk at a slower pace for a few minutes to cool down.

    I do plan to take a short walk today as we've not been able to do so this past week and certainly don't need an alarm to prepare for it. After we return from our hairdresser appointment we will take the opportunity to walk the long way home while it's still dry. After finishing our errands for the day we'll spend the rest of the day and evening relaxing.

    Wishing all a good Friday and peaceful weekend.

    "Rev up your energy with a brisk, 15-minute walk"

    December 8, 2017 at 7:44 UTC
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