Moving our Bodies Makes Travel More Accessible

It’s Movement Monday

At least that’s the original plan. To blog about moving our bodies, not our belongings.

One problem with this Pantzer planning, is she often goes off on tangents.  I joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month and they often offer suggestions for blog posts. The suggestions, which are great and I sometimes go with them, seldom coincide with my blogging agenda.

Today however, the ideas almost mesh. My current schedule (when I follow it) is to blog about moving our bodies, otherwise known as exercise. The UBC suggestion is to blog about travel. There are a myriad of ways to incorporate travel into a blog. I’m going to combine travel and getting our bodies in motion.

Traveling to other places means we need to be in decent shape to fully enjoy the experience. A couple of years ago my family and I went to Silver Dollar City in Branson. I felt confident I could enjoy the outing.

Oops, no. I started walking, but soon realized a scooter was necessary to avoid a trip to the hospital. Not a good way to have an enjoyable time, for me or my family. So, I used the scooter, but was mortified of its necessity. Not a cool scooter like this either, an “old people scooter.” There is nothing wrong with those scooters and rides. They allow people to do many things they would otherwise miss out on. However, I felt like I was too young, and should be too healthy to use one of those scooters from need. Time to move my body and get in healthy shape if I wanted enjoy more of the outings with my family.

 

Clear indication I needed to exercise and get in some sort of shape. Which I started doing.

I started walking. At first less than a quarter of a mile. Don’t even ask how long it took to walk that short distance. Now, after several months of walking, I’m up to 2 1/2 miles in an hour and fifteen minutes. Not lightening speed, but it is an improvement.

 

Since I have plans to do more traveling, having a fit and healthy body will allow me to enjoy the full experience of wherever I go.

Now I have walked a couple of 5Ks, but that’s another post.

Do you do any exercise?
Where would you like to travel?
What is your favorite exercise when on the go?

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Friday Food: Slow-Cooked Roast Served Three Different Ways

What did you eat this week? Anything exceptionally good? How about super easy? When I started this blog, this time, I thought I’d talk about fitness and food on Friday. I love alliteration. Let’s get real though, fitness isn’t going to make an appearance. At least it hasn’t so far. I’ll find another day to talk about exercise. It appears Fridays will be FOOD.

This week I thought I’d share how I served a roast several different ways. Cook once, eat multiple times. The roast in this case was pork roast, because that’s what’s in my freezer. The same thing can be done with any meat roast.

Monday

Before going to my critique meeting I put a roast in the slow cooker. Since I was running late (ha, normal for me) I didn’t take time to add carrots, potatoes, onion or celery. I just seasoned it with garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper, tossed it in the slow cooker with frozen roast juice from the last roast. Added the lid, turned it on (after making sure I’d plugged it in) and be-bopped to my meeting.

When I returned my roast was falling apart tender and ready to eat. Except, I wasn’t hungry. No problem. Since I’d used a cooking bag (I couldn’t find a slow cooker liner when I wanted them) to make clean-up easy, I just lifted the bag out of the cooker, twisted it shut, placed it in a bowl (in case there was leaking) and refrigerated the whole shebang.

Tuesday

I divided the roast and the juice into four serving size portions. Might could’ve done six, but I wanted to have enough.  Three portions were put in containers and replaced in the refrigerator. They could have been frozen, but since I plan to eat them this week there didn’t seem to be any point.

The juice of the remaining portion was thickened into gravy, the roast cut into smaller pieces and placed in the gravy to be warmed. A couple of potatoes were boiled and mashed. The roast and gravy was poured over the potatoes for a filling meal. No, there were no veggies, would have been better, but I didn’t.

Tuesday evening I reheated the roast and gravy and used it to top a baked potato. Easy and fast.

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Wednesday

Another portion of the roast was used in a roast and veggie mix.  The original recipe called for macaroni shells. Since I didn’t have any I used egg noodles and a little cauliflower. Next time I’ll use all cauliflower. Also, I didn’t have any bread to go with it, garlic bread would have finished it off great. No need for extra veggies since there was cauliflower and tomatoes in the dish.

Thursday

On Thursday I traveled to a livestock show to watch a couple of my grands show their pigs. I planned to stop at the store and buy some bread and cheese for what I was going to call a faux-philly cheesesteak. Big problem, the store burned down eight months ago. They are in the process of rebuilding, but for now the local  Dollar Store serves as an emergency grocery store. For their weekly shopping, residents drive to a nearby town.

Except, that town was 20 miles south, and I lived 20 miles north of where I was. I didn’t want to go in the opposite direction. I did the next best thing, I stopped at Dollar Store for bread, they didn’t have any cheese. At least not the cheese I wanted. So instead, for supper tonight, a basic roast sandwich with, meat, spinach, and avocado, using the newly purchased bread, with carrot sticks on the side was planned. However, by the time I was ready to eat, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounded like a better option.

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FRIDAY 

Because I had another stock show this afternoon, this time a sheep show, and for two different grands, I choose to make it easy. For lunch a roast sandwich with roasted sweet potato wedges.

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The rest of the roast went in a labeled freezer bag, along with the cooking juice. It will be used later for soup. I’d planned to make soup Saturday. However the temperature is predicted to be in the fifties. That is not soup weather to me.

That’s what was for dinner this week. Next week is anybody’s guess. 

What did you have for dinners this week?

Do you have meals in the freezer to go to on busy nights?

What’s your favorite go-to meal?

Linking this post up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Come and join us.

Cyber Space – The New Final Frontier?

 

The New Final Frontier

Captain Kirk was wrong. Space wasn’t the final frontier. There is still new territory to explore. New territory we can explore from the comfort of our home. Cyber Space is the final frontier.

What’s in Cyber Space

Cyber space has everything. People who have the same interests and will visit and share ideas with you are in cyber space. People who will read your words, and be moved to action, are in cyber space. People who will encourage and cheer you on as you attempt something new can be found in cyber space. People who are available at all hours are in cyber space. People you already know and like, but seldom have a chance to connect with are in cyber space.

Cyber space is also filled with education, want to learn how to do an activity? Instructions can be found in cyber space. Want to know how to spell a word, or find a fact? Cyber space has the answer. Need someone to help you? They can be found in cyber space.

Be Brave

Try a new venture. Visit a new place. Share your knowledge. Venture into the final frontier. Let cyber space help you.

Do you try new things often?

Have you tried a new online social media activity?

What is your favorite thing about cyber space?

Share your thoughts in the comments. This post is part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Joining a challenge is entering a new frontier. Don’t be afraid. Try something new.

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Five Foods

 

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I try to be adventurous and sometimes I find I like a new food, other times, no. Here are six foods that were new to me when I married.

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A sampling of a food.

1. Lamb chops – Even my husband had never eaten lamb. We live in cattle country. People here eat beef, or pork, we raise a lot of pork here too. There is the occasional vegetarian. When one of his students butchered his project lamb, he decided to share the meat. Oh gee, thanks. Neither of us was excited about it and we were both happy when the meat was gone. Several years later someone (probably another student) once again gifted us with some mutton. We re-gifted it to our friends Bill and Charlotte. They were ecstatic to get the meat, we were happy for them to have it.  This summer while visiting my cousin, his wife prepared lamb chops. I ate them, expecting to have a tough time, however, to my surprise they were good. I guess I just need the right person to prepare them. I won’t be cooking lamb anytime soon, but I might be more willing to try it when it’s offered.  

2. Okra. I never heard of the strange vegetable until moving to Oklahoma and meeting my husband. It can be boiled or fried, some people pickle it. Boiled okra is slimy and I’m not a fan, except when it’s in soup. Also not a fan of pickled okra, but then I’m not a pickle fan. Okra can also be sliced, dipped in batter and deep fried, or, sliced, rolled in cornmeal and pan fried. Either way its hot, crunchy, goodness can’t be beat

3. Lamb fries, calf fries, mountain fries, or mountain oyster. Whatever you want to call them my answer is, “no,” just no.  It’s not that they taste bad, they do NOT taste like chicken. It’s more they have no taste at all, just bland. The flavor is in the meal coating.  The dish is testicles sliced, rolled in cracker meal and fried. They are a staple in Oklahoma steakhouses. My daughter and I are always amazed that men seem to love them. Here is a video of them being prepared, https://youtu.be/kQYh76qtAtE  and a Chevy Chase clip.  https://youtu.be/DejWlekKQfI

4. Shrimp. Growing up my mother prepared blackened shrimp. Before blackened anything was popular. Needless to say I did not like shrimp. Until I met my husband. He introduced me first to deep fried shrimp. Oh. My. Gosh. I loved them. He had ordered them for himself, and I had ordered a burger. Good thing he liked burgers because poor man had to eat mine since he generously gave me his shrimp. Later I learned about cold cocktail shrimp, and grilled shrimp, even sautéed. Can’t go wrong with shrimp.

5. Calamari. Calamari goes on the same plate as lamb fries. No thank you. It’s not that it tastes bad. It’s that, like the lamb fries, it has no distinct taste, and is chewy. Not only had I not eaten calamari growing up. I didn’t try it until after he died and I was visiting my daughter’s family. My grandson loves calamari and offered me a taste of his order. Nice of him to offer, but I had no problem letting him finish off the order. Octopus and squid is found in the ocean. I live in Oklahoma, a landlocked state. Calamari isn’t local. I know, neither is shrimp, that’s different, don’t confuse me with logic.

There you have it, five foods that were new to me, until adulthood. How about you? Is there a food you were introduced to as an adult you’d never tried as a child?

Is there a food you didn’t like as a child but love now as an adult?

Is there a food you loved as a child, but now don’t?

Leave a comment. Let me know what you think of food.

Linking up with The Ultimate Blog Challenge.

 

 

 

Six Festivals to Visit

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Continuing with the “10 About You” series, we are to number six. Six places.

I wonder, six places I’ve lived, six places I’ve visited, or six places I want to visit.

 How about six festivals I plan to attend. A festival is a place, right?  At least it’s held someplace.

Traveling to places within Oklahoma allows me to keep my traveling shoes on, yet be back in my own home at the end of the day. It is cost-effective, traveling expenses are just the gas to fuel my car. No hotel bill to consider, no airfare to purchase.

Yes, there is eating, but I’m going to eat anyway so that cost is negligible. Since my traveling budget is minimal this year, and I believe seeing what’s in my own backyard is a worthwhile adventure, this summer’s plans are to visit as many of the festivals in Oklahoma as time and money allows.

Let me take you on a pre-tour of six festivals and their locations I plan to attend this Spring and Summer.

APRIL

Spring weather has sprung (hee, hee, couldn’t resist) and the warmer days of summer are coming. With any luck the tornado winds have left the state. Although, history suggests that isn’t true.

However, hoping the winds and cold weather stay away, first up will be the Sand Springs annual BBQ Festival. Sand Springs is a small town in northeast Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. It’ll be about a two hour drive for me, almost straight up the highway. No turning here or there to arrive. Just get on the highway and go.

I know, Texans and Kansan think they make the best barbeque. However, they are wrong. We have several barbeque restaurants across the state to prove it. Plus, there are the festivals and cook-offs. This one looks great. Good food, and music to jam too. It’s going to be fun.

MAY

The Kolache Festival in Prague. Prague is another small town. Let’s face it, most of the towns in Oklahoma are small. Prague is one of what I call an international town.  Prague was settled back in the 1902 by Czechoslovakian pioneers. Which is how the town got it’s name, those early settlers named it in honor of their homeland.

The festival began as a way to celebrate the town’s 50th birthday. Since Czech pastries were loved by everyone, they named the party after one of the favorites.

There is a contest to determine the best homemade Kolache, and arts and crafts show, a parade, Czech dancer, and a Czech costume contest.

Good thing Prague is only an hour away. I’ll want to get there early.

June

In June I’ll travel to Yukon for the Yukon Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival.

I have to be honest, the only way I’m going to eat crawfish is as part of this festival. Can’t imagine going into a restaurant and ordering the stuff. However, for the festival, I will try it. Plus, they’re bound to know how to prepare it properly.

Yukon is just outside Oklahoma City, those of us not from Yukon tend to think of it as part of Oklahoma City. However, Yukon residents strongly disagree. It is also known as the home of country singer Garth Brooks.

Yukon was part of the famed Chisholm trail and had a watering hole that welcomed many trail herds and hands.

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Their festival has the crawfish (uh-huh, we’ll see), Cajun food and music, gunfights, and living history reenactments. Yukon will be interesting to see.

July

In July I’ll be back down in my part of the state at the Porter Peach Festival.

Porter is on the eastern side of the state, which makes it barely an hour from my house. This side of the state has a lot of peach orchards. Thus, a peach festival.

According to reports, in addition to peaches prepared every way imaginable, and peach cooking contests, there will be a bike and car show. I’m guessing they mean motorbike and not pedal bike. Looking forward to that visit.

August

Rush Springs in the southwest part of the state tries to make August, more bearable with their Watermelon Festival. Because in Oklahoma, August is beyond HOT. This is when we often see multiple days of heat in the triple digit. Juicy, cold, watermelon sounds perfect.

I don’t know much about Rush Springs yet. I’m curious as to how it got its name. After all, that part of the state is not flooded with water. Not much grows in western Oklahoma, on its own. I’m glad they can grow watermelon in abundance. A festival that includes seed-spitting? Reminds me of a story I read as a child. I’m in. Won’t participate, but it will be fun to watch the “spitters.” Not to mention juicy cold watermelon will be available.

September

Summer will be winding down and fall will be on the horizon. Of course, autumn will bring its own festivals, fairs, and new towns to visit. Fall weather will be close, which will make it the perfect time for eating chili.

Which is where Claremore comes into the festival route. They have a Bluegrass and Chili Festival. Music and food to warm the body and soul.

Claremore is catty-corner across the state from Rush Springs. It is in the northeast corner of the state. It will be at least a two hour drive for me. But the food and music will be worth it.

Plus, while I’m there, I can see what else the little town has to offer. Claremore is also the home of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers.

There is the itinerary for my trips around Oklahoma this summer. I hope you enjoyed hearing about 6 places I will visit.

 

What attraction does your state or town have that you haven’t visited?

Would you rather visit something semi-local or travel a long distance for a trip?

What is something local you would take a visitor to see?

Linking this post up with the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

 

 

 

 

Seven “Wants” for the About You Series

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I want my children and grandchildren to always be healthy and happy. However, that is something I have no control over. I’m not sure I have any control over my other wants either, but here are seven of them.

1. Get a pilot’s license. There are a couple of drawbacks. First flying a plane is expensive, learning to fly can’t be cheap. However, the second drawback has more weight, cockpits are tiny. Not small, tiny. If you remember from my fears, I’m not a fan of tight places. Still, if I can overcome those two obstacles I think flying a plane would be fabulous.

2. Jump out of a perfectly good plane. Yes, I want to sky-dive. It’s pricey too, but I think I could manage that. The bigger issue is my doctor is hesitant to give me a clearance to sky-dive. Although, he has said, that when I get off my meds he’d consider it. Okay . . .

3.To be off of all my medicine. I’m not really taking that much medicine. Although, it’s more than I’d like.  Current opinion is that when I lose some (a lot) of weight, the medicine will no longer be needed.

4.To climb a rock wall. My doctor just smiled when I asked if there was any reason I couldn’t do that. Well, except for the fact that I’m overweight, and out of shape. Okay, to be honest, even when I was in good shape I doubt I could have climbed a rock wall. Don’t know why that wall is calling me, but it is.

5. To visit New England again. I was there a couple of years ago on a quilt tour. It was great. Would love to go back and spend more time in some areas, and visit places we missed.

6. Eat at Alma Nove, a restaurant in Hingham Massachusetts. Best I can figure Hingham is a suburb of Boston. I first learned about it several years ago watching an interview show with Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, the actors. Their mom, Alma came on camera and I loved her. Her attitude reminded me of my mother-in-law. So now, I want to visit that restaurant. I’m not sure who owns, or runs it, but Alma made me want to visit.

7. Dance. Yep, the white woman with no rhythm wants to dance. Not sure what kind of dance. Not break dance, I would break something. Maybe ballet, if I don’t have to get on my toes, or be lifted. When I was a kid I wanted to tap dance. That has promise. It’s as good a choice as any for Miss No Rhythm here.

There is the tip of the iceberg with seven things I want.

Answering ten questions for the “about you” series. Thanks to Shalini for the inspiration.

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What’s one thing you want?

What is something you wanted as a child and still want?

What is something you never thought about wanting until recently?

 

Let the Wild Child Out; Embrace Your Inner Rebel

 

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After we had been married a lot of years, maybe 20 or so, I asked my husband what first attracted him to me.

He said, “I saw you walking down the sidewalk and you had writing on your jeans. I thought, I have to meet that girl who writes on her jeans.”

We were in college, it was 1971, girls did not write on their jeans. In fact, girls had just started wearing jeans in public, at least the girls in my world. I had a boring night class and wrote on the knee of my jeans to stay awake. Of course, the ink didn’t all come out in the wash.

I think I was intrigued with him because he was a bit of a rebel too. He was going to school to be an Agricultural teacher, but he wasn’t a cowboy. His hair was on the long side, and he had several shirts with the sleeves cut out. His music was eclectic, a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and a little Motown.

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There we were, two rebels hooking up in a straight-laced traditional world. We got married. He graduated college and got a job. We hid most of our wildness in an attempt to appear as if we were proper, responsible adults. He sometimes allowed his wild child to come out and play. I didn’t, I was afraid I’d never get her back under cover.

After he retired we talked about doing some out-of-the ordinary activities, but then he got sick. Which was definitely out-of-the-ordinary.

Once the fog began to life after his death, I let my wild child out by coloring my hair purple. I haven’t gotten her back in her box yet.

We continue to explore the unexpected. I’ve tried different colors for my hair. I even met a celebrity and had my picture taken with him when my hair was green.

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No one color sticks, I keep coming back to the natural blonde/grey. My little cousin styled my hair for me, and we took a picture of the styling process.

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A friend and I bought crowns, to reward ourselves with when we accomplish a goal. Sometimes we even wear them.

Not all of the wildness is outrageous, or visible to others. I wear mis-matched socks, on purpose. Sometimes I eat dessert first. When friends and I meet for our weekly lunch, I look for something different to order rather than the same thing every time.

I even have pictures of myself taken, or my wild child takes them. Then she shares them with others. Did you see the picture of me with my hair in my face?

My wild child appreciates that I look for ways to let her free. It doesn’t matter if my friends frown, because we didn’t do the expected, or my kids roll their eyes. What is important is that I live and enjoy life.

This is post 3 for the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  

 

Do you ever give your wild child free reign?

What would you like to do but don’t because it’s not what an adult does?

What would happen if you did something out of the ordinary?

How can you embrace your inner rebel, wild child?

Let me know what you think in the comments.