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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!

    Getting an early start as I've q busy day ahead with the last of the cleaning before the weekend. I also plan to get some baking done during the afternoon hours. It's a bright sunny Friday, quite cool this morning but the weather people say it's going to be warm and pleasant in the afternoon with temperatures around 21 C (70 F).

    Waving to Mariela; it's already Day Four; times moving on fast! I hope your day is a happy one.

    Today's Challenge - Fit in a walk by parking as far away as you can or getting off the bus or train one stop early.

    How to do it - Whether you're heading to work, going out for lunch, running errands at the mall, or hitting the supermarket, park as far away from the entrance as possible. If you take public transportation, get off the bus, subway, or train one stop early, and walk the rest of the way.

    I do this all the time, the most recent being yesterday, getting off the bus one stop before mine then taking the longer way home. We have the habit of parking our car two to three blocks away from our destination then walking the rest of the way.

    Wishing all a happy Friday and a peaceful weekend.

    "Fit in a walk by parking as far away as you can or getting off the bus or train one stop early"

    September 4, 2015 at 6:35 UTC
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    Good afternoon!

    Posting a little later due to an early physical therapy session then a long walk around the neighborhood before meeting hubby on his way hope from the dentist. It's a bright sunny day and a pleasant warm afternoon. We'll be picking up our grandson at his preschool as his little sister has her monthly appointment with the pediatrician this afternoon. We plan to meet at a café in the area of the doctor's office and enjoy a little coffee break.

    Thank you, Nancy and Joe for your encouragements; they are appreciated!

    Midpoint day, Mariela; I hope all is going well for you and that you'll have a happy Thursday.

    Today's challenge - Clean one window and connect with the outside world.

    How to do it - Take a few moments today to clean one window in your house. Use rags and commercial window cleaner if you have it on hand, or make an environmentally friendly cleaning solution with 2 cups (473 ml) of water, ¼ cup (59 ml) of distilled vinegar, and a tiny dab of dish soap.

    This challenge comes right in time as we have already begun our autumn cleaning this week, finishing up with repairing/arranging rooms or items before mid-month. Just before we leave to mick up out grandson I'll take the opportunity to clean the kitchen window, located in the front of the house, as in the greater majority of houses in France: living rooms are located in the back, leading out to the garden through French doors. This window is the easiest to clean. I'll leave the others to hubby. We make our own window cleaner using white vinegar, a few drops of liquid soap and water.

    Wishing all a happy Thursday and end of the week.

    "Clean 1 window and connect with the outside world"

    September 3, 2015 at 11:53 UTC
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      Julie O. replied September 4, 2015 at 2:40 UTC:

      The season is right, but it's still too hot here to enjoy tackling the exterior. We'll wait until it cools down a bit -- temps in the 90' here through the weekend! I hope we don't see a sudden shift and end up doing them in frigid air! : )

    • Mariela A.
      Mariela A. replied September 4, 2015 at 3:02 UTC:

      JOANNE, day 3... My day was busy... Hope yours was great... Have a good night, and sweet dreams... HUGS ♥

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    Good afternoon!

    Posting late today due to lymphatic massage therapy this morning then taking care of some important errands on our way home. It's a bright sunny day, becoming warmer by the hour. One can tell autumn is in the air as early mornings are dark and cool with the sun coming up later each day and warm afternoons that gradually become cooler as the evening hour approaches.

    Many thanks to Nancy, Rita and Andra for their encouragements; it's very much appreciated!

    Onto Day Two, Mariela; hope you'll have a happy and inspiring midweek.

    Today's challenge - Name one item in your kitchen that helps you eat healthy snacks or meals away from home.

    How to do it - What kitchen gadget or container makes it easy for you to eat healthy when you're on the go? Perhaps you turn to your trusty lunchbox to bring food to work, carry your morning smoothie in a special cup, or pack leftovers and snacks in portion-sized containers. Whatever item helps get you and your food out the door, share it here!

    According to the activity or outing we may or may not bring foods/snacks with us. When we do bring a food and/or snack it is often made using the kitchen blender and/or stove, such as small baked items and/or goodies and smoothies that we can carry with us and eat in a public park or similar place. In any case whenever we go out, whether it be to a big city or a rural village, we like to take the opportunity to try menus in local restaurants or restaurant/cafés.

    Wishing all a happy Wednesday and midweek.

    "Name 1 item in your kitchen that helps you eat healthy snacks or meals away from home"

    September 2, 2015 at 11:21 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Today dawned grey and overcast, with scattered showers most of the early morning. Temperatures will be warm with very high humidity. It's our grandson's first day at Kindergarten; he had been looking forward to seeing his old friends. This year he'll find that the big difference is that while there will always be time for play there will be even more for learning but that learning can be fun, too.

    Thank you for inviting me to begin a new pact, Mariela. We're on our way!

    Today's challenge - Remove the payment information from your account on one retailer's website.

    How to do it - Visit an online store where you have shopped in the past. Sign in to your account and click on your account settings or payment options. Remove any saved payment information, such as your credit card number and billing address, from the account. If you have any items saved in your shopping cart, remove them, too!

    This is not a challenge; it is a habit that we have and do each time we receive orders from all online retailers. All information about the order/item is removed: references concerning the order, all personal information (credit card, etc.) and all payments. Nothing is ever saved in "shopping carts" or "wish lists." Through the years we've found it's better to list our information each time when making a new order or request. It may be routine but it's safer.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek.

    "Remove the payment information from your account on 1 retailer's website"

    September 1, 2015 at 8:32 UTC
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      Ginger P. replied September 1, 2015 at 15:52 UTC:

      My granddaughter started Kindergarten yesterday.. and my Grandson went to big boy preschool today

    • Frank M.
      Frank M. replied September 2, 2015 at 4:43 UTC:

      You are smart about that Joanne. Enjoy the rain. I wish we could get some. It's mostly cloudy and muggy. That's about it. So far anyway.
      Enjoy your day my friend.

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    Carol L. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 358 bonus points August 31, 2015 at 11:22 UTC
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    Good morning!

    In a short while the grandkids will be here while their parents take care of a few important errands this morning. As we're in for thunderstorms they'll stay indoors then we'll drive them back home in the afternoon so our grandson can prepare for his big day tomorrow (first day in kindergarten). Right now it's cool and pleasant but that can change anytime.

    Our last pact day, Carol; thank you for sharing this journey. I hope you'll have a happy Monday and an inspiring new week and new month.

    Today's challenge - Learn signs and symptoms of shingles.

    How to do it - Visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/shingles... and read about the common signs and symptoms of shingles, also known as herpes zoster.

    A few years ago a friend of ours had the surprise of experiencing shingles (she was in her mid 60's); she told us it was a painful and strange experience. Fortunately she was able to take care of it right away but said it requires patience and perseverance, especially as it's a contagious condition. since hearing about this we have learned the causes and symptoms of shingles and understand that at our age it's important to do all we can to keep our immune system in good condition and ourselves as healthy as possible.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and new week.

    "Learn signs and symptoms of shingles"

    August 31, 2015 at 6:16 UTC
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    Good morning!

    This will be a quickie as our grandson is here. Our son is on his way to join us for Sunday brunch. He'll no doubt share photos of his vacation with us. It's going to be another hot day; the sun is shining in a bright blue sky.

    Already Day Four, Carol; I can't believe we're almost at the end. Wishing you a blessed and inspiring Sunday.

    Today's challenge - Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L shape.

    How to do it - Sit on the floor. Stretch both legs straight in front of you so that your body forms the shape of the letter L. Slowly bend at the waist and grab your legs as close to your toes as possible. (If it's difficult to bend like this, loop a towel, belt, or scarf around the bottoms of your feet. Pull the towel toward you until you can feel the stretch.) Hold for 5 seconds and then release. Repeat 4 times. Remember to go slowly, and don't stiffen your muscles.

    I really like this exercise; it is already a part of my variable weekly routine. I like to synchronize breathing with each pull/stretch. The over all stretch affects my shoulder joints as well, so these movements are incorporated in my shoulder flexibility exercises as well. Occasionally I'll use a stretchy exercise band (found in gyms and PT); the one I have offers medium resistance. As I cannot stretch my left arm too far out (arthritic shoulder joint), I just do what I can but find that with slow repeated stretching and synchronized breathing the left arm eventually can reach the toes of the left foot. Improved flexibility comes with repetition without forcing and over doing the exercise. This challenge will be added to during my afternoon routine.

    I'm off to make pancakes for the brunch and set out the pumpkin cupcakes. Wishing all a good Sunday and inspiring new week.

    "Improve muscle flexibility in your legs and backside by sitting and stretching in an L shape"

    August 30, 2015 at 8:48 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's a bright and sunny morning, with temperatures slowly rising to the upper 80's F (lower 30's C). Everyone is taking the opportunity to enjoy the last weekend before the school year starts on Tuesday September 1st (preschools, elementary, middle and high schools, junior colleges and some private higher education schools, while universities start the first week of October). Sports and cultural activities also start at the same time as the school year.

    Waving to Carol; according to DC we've reached the middle of our pact. Time's gone by fast! I hope your weekend will be a bright and happy one.

    Today's challenge - Take three minutes to picture yourself reaching one of your goals.

    How to do it - Take a few moments today and visualize yourself reaching one of your goals. Imagine how it will feel to accomplish your goal. Picture your future self: what will be different after you succeed? Make your visualization as specific as you can.

    My major goal for the coming months is to prepare the house ready for winter. We've already rearranged the bathrooms; some minor work still needs to be done that can wait for later. The next project is the pantry; I've been visualizing for weeks on the arrangements that need to be done. The pantry is cool all year round thus perfect for food storage during the colder months. I can see my visualization becoming reality but to make that happen we've got to get the ball rolling. We plan to start working within the next week.

    Wishing all a happy Saturday and an inspiring weekend.

    "Take 3 minutes to picture yourself reaching 1 of your goals"

    August 29, 2015 at 8:50 UTC
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