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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When the Toaster Oven Doesn’t Toast

What do you do when your toaster oven stops working?

Most people would discard it and buy a new one.

Most people.

Not me. No sirree bob, I left that sucker sitting on my counter for over a year.

Maybe I hoped it would suddenly start working. I have no idea why it sat for so long. I love using a toaster oven. It’s great for summer-time baking without heating up the whole house. It cooks meals for one without having to use the big oven. I used it almost daily.

Maybe because I’d had it for so long. That appliance had been with me since before the move. My husband and I bought it when the oven in our old house went out. Since the stove-top still worked and we knew we’d be moving at some point (we hadn’t even started house hunting though) it didn’t make sense to buy a range that might not fit in the new house. The toaster oven became our oven.

It worked well.

Until it didn’t.

Even after I received a replacement, the old one stayed.

The new one found a new place to live and the old one non-working one remained.

This week that changed. The old, non-working toaster oven left the building. It served me well, now it was time to let it go. Plus, there’s more space on my counter. Most important though, I don’t keep thinking, “I really need to get rid of that.”

It’s gone. Bye-bye.

Do you have any non-working items that you hang onto instead of letting go?

Is it easier for you to get rid of big things or smaller ones?

What is the largest item you’ve held on to for an extended period of time? Don’t forget to check out other bloggers posting daily at Ultimate Blog Challenge. 

 

DECLUTTERING A PIECE AT A TIME – DAY 2 UBC CHALLENGE

I know today’s date is the fourth, which means this should be post four and not post two. Except, I had technical difficulties.

First, we had one of our Oklahoma thunderstorms which knocked my internet out. I’m not tech savy enough to post from my phone. Next, two family members ended up in the hospital. I went to check on them, that took another day. So here we are, on day four, posting for day two. I’ll get caught up here in a couple of days

 

It was suggested that part of today’s post include  why we  are doing what we do. Why am I decluttering in public?

To give a little backstory: 

 

For 26 years my husband and I lived in the same house, located about 30 miles from where I now live. We raised our children in that house. We accumulated a lot of “stuff” in that time. When we bought this house it seemed like the perfect opportunity to sort through our various collections. We began packing for the move, sorting as we packed. At least that was the plan. We were only going to bring what we needed or truly wanted. 

 

Yeah, my guess is we probably would have still brought some clutter. However, my husband went and died before we moved, or even got close to finishing packing.

 

At first I tried to sort as I packed. But, I just didn’t care. Sometimes too, the tears made it hard to see if what I held was valuable, sentimental, or could be left behind.

 

Now, ten and a half years later, it’s time to sort and remove that which I don’t need, want, or enjoy.

 

Which brings us to today’s item, a handy Pyrex® mixing bowl with a pouring spout and handle.

 

Not only do I not use it. Ever. I have no idea where it came from, or how long I’ve had it.

Did it make the move with me?

Did I acquire it after moving?

Who knows?

 

It could have come from my mother, doubtful, she cooked less than I do. My mother-in-law? Maybe, but still doubtful, it’s not her style. Another possibility, it’s from my aunt, she was a wonderful cook and liked all sorts of cooking equipment. However, even if it came from her, it has no sentimental value. Last, it could’ve been in a box of mixed up items we picked up at an auction. 

I have no clue where I got it.

 

I think I used it once and didn’t like it. It’s great for mixing, but I have other bowls that work just as well. It would be great for pouring pancake batter onto a griddle, if I liked and made pancakes.

I don’t.

 

I’m sure it will find a nice home somewhere. Some wonderful person who loves to cook will snatch it up at the thrift store and be ecstatic with their find.

Everyone wins. Tomorrow, another item from the kitchen.

 

Where would you start your decluttering?

If you don’t remember where you got something does it make it easier or harder to get rid of it?

Do you declutter when you’re emotional? 

 

This post is part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge, where bloggers are posting daily on their blogs. Don’t forget to check out some of them on the Ultimate Blog Challenge Facebook page.