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Bloganuary 22: My Favorite Quote from Challenges This Week

This prompt is like asking me to choose my favorite strand of hair. I’m just glad to have hair. The best way to start when given a prompt of any kind – challenge or otherwise – is to FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS.

Inspiring Quotes from Challenges

One quote that inspired me is found on Kirstin’s WQW post about fitness.

“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.


Terri Webster Schrandt has started her Fitness Friday posts again. Here is a great quote for today that goes along with my philosophy of fitness.

One of the common mistakes we make when starting diets is that we approach food as something NOT to eat or enjoy. Of course, most of us need to eat more nutritious foods and cut down on calories. Rather than sink our money into diets that will stop working once we stop buying/eating the food, make a list of foods YOU do enjoy.”

Terri Webster Schrandt

The problem with weight loss programs is that they often make me gain weight! For a short time, years ago, I went to a physician who gave me a shot of B12 once a week and seven diet pills. For a few weeks they really worked. Then, they made me sick. I cut the pills in half and that worked for a while. On the plus side, I lost about 25 pounds that stayed off for years. On the minus side, when cutting the tiny pills into quarters still made me sick, it was time to quit the diet and never try the pills again.

Challenge Responses

Sunday Stills & Cellpic Sunday

It did snow for a second this morning in Prescott but melted before I snapped a shot. So, I’m relying on past photos of white things like Debbie from Deb’s World did for Sunday Stills since they are enjoying the heat of summer in Australia. These were taken with my iPhone 6.

Christmas Trip to Delaware

For this challenge I tried to go outside the box to find white photos. These came from the Winterthur Museum in Delaware at Christmas. To me they represented items that were traditionally white when my grandparents and even my mother was young – snow being the exception, of course.

Winterthur Museum is located in Delaware, not too far from Amish counties in Pennsylvania. Clothing for the Amish used to be typically white, black, or possibly gray. Anything else would have been prideful. The tureen shown was quite valuable, and also represented putting out the best.

Although these diorama scenes probably represented the late 1800s, my grandma’s bedding was all white all her life. When she moved in with Mom at age 80 in 1984, she moved all of her white bedding with her – torn and mended sheets included. Grandma was a true woman of the Great Depression and never got rid of anything. We had white bedding in our home until probably the late 1960s.

Grandma Golda always used a white tablecloth with a pad underneath to protect her wood table. Today restaurants, and possibly even hostess at home put on a white tablecloth when they want their guests to enjoy their finest table settings and cuisine.

Coming Up on Always Write and Elsewhere

  • Tuesday: Challenge Host Interview with the four hostesses of What’s on Your Bookshelf.
  • Wednesday: WQW Announcing my Word of the Year. WOTY, on Wednesday. Then I’ll post it on a link parted hosted by the What’s On Your Bookshelf crew. Here is the Link telling all about it.
  • Friday: PPAC we will probably visit Kauai, HI
  • Author Interview with Susan Braithwaite, the wife of Photos by Jez sometime in February. I’m sure Jez is a fan of hers! They will be hosting Manny, my traveling bear sometime soon as well.
Manny and Cousin Hal eating together in Delaware.

Now It’s Your Turn

Are you double dipping today? Are you still writing along with Bloganuary? Let me know. I’d love to come visit.

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  1. There are so many quotes I wish I’d thought of first. Reminds me of the response when Oscar Wilde said to James McNeill Whistler, “I wish I’d said that.” Reputedly the artist replied, “You will, Oscar, you will.”

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  2. Love your quotes and photos Marsha, well done! Terris is full of good ideas isn’t she? Looking forward to your post on Tuesday ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the mention to my blog too, much appreciated.

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  3. I loved the quotes you shared.
    Food is our energy source. And we should make a list of the ones we love best. Of course, choosing conscientiously to nourish the amazing machines our bodies are. Thanks, this is wisdom!
    Also, about exercise not being punishment for what you ate. Brilliant.
    Lovely post, everything ๐Ÿ‘ โ€” glad I read. Be well.

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  4. Great post Marsha. That quote you shared from my post is one of my favorites too. My hubby and I celebrate our 30th anniversary this fall and are thinking of going to the upper east coast for a week.

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  5. When did you go to Delaware, Marsha? Thank you so much for including one of my fitness quotes for your Bloganuary post. I still abide by that rule of choosing your best foods and working with those. Why go low-carb or gluten-free if you don’t have to? I LOVE the quote Kirstin included as well! Your white images look awesome and tell their own stories! And Manny is white ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for double-dipping with Sunday Stills this week. We were gone all day so now I’m hurrying to finish Sunday’s post!

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    • I just got on my computer. And it’s 4:23. I went to DE several times to see my mom’s cousin, Hal. My last visit was in 2018. He is a great host, and we saw lots of amazing places – well I did. He’s got macular degeneration and doesn’t see much.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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