November Fitness

We are almost half way through the month of November. Can you believe it?

For November, GHUTV encouraged us to pick workouts for the month that either are new to us, or ones that we haven’t done in a while. There are more than 250 workouts to choose from, so the possibilities are endless!

I find that I am more consistent with my workouts with GHUTV if I follow a calendar. Plus, it makes me do workouts that I may not pick for myself. So, for this month, I made a calendar for myself, keeping with the theme of new-to-me workouts, or ones I haven’t done in a while.

This is how my calendar looked on the first of the month. Now, I’ve got 10 days crossed off. Moving right along!

I made sure to schedule “rest and eat” on Thanksgiving day. 😂

What are you doing for fitness this month?

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Pour- Over Coffee

For quite some time now, I have wanted a pour-over coffee maker. We had a regular drip coffee maker for years and years. Then, 2 years ago, during our kitchen renovation, we switched to a Keurig. It was fast and easy to make coffee with the Keurig while our kitchen was being redone.

Don’t get me wrong, the Keurig is great. Easy and fast! But, using all those pods was not good for the environment. So, a while back, I switched to reusable pods. Just put the grounds in, close it up and put in in the Keurig. Easy peasy!

I don’t remember where I first saw a pour-over. It was quite a while ago. But, then someone I follow on Youtube, Peter McKinnon, would use footage of his pour-over coffee making process in his videos, and my fascination grew. I decided that I would, at some point, have a Chemex pour-over coffee maker.

That came true a few days ago! I ordered my Chemex coffee maker and filters from chemexcoffeemaker.com. I also needed a scale, a kettle and a coffee grinder. Those all came from Amazon. The grinder that arrived didn’t work, so I sent it back to Amazon. I bought a different grinder at Kohls.

I had already picked up some coffee beans at the grocery store. So, after replacing the defective grinder, I was ready to brew some coffee. Today was the day!

I was nervous about the process, having never done it before. But, I have watched countless videos about how to use the Chemex properly, so I just did it! The process doesn’t take more than a few minutes. This morning, it actually took longer for my water to boil, than it did for the actual brewing process. I used water from the fridge dispenser instead of the tap, so the water was cold to start with, and took a bit to boil.

It was kind of fun! Once it was done brewing, I poured a cup. While I enjoyed the first cup, I set the Chemex on the warming station on my stovetop. I had enough for two mugs of coffee. The coffee was so good, so much better than anything I’ve had from the Keurig! I thoroughly enjoyed both cups, and actually thought about making more! 😂 I didn’t though.

We will be investing in a Berkey water filter to ensure that the water we are drinking is completely clean. That will just enhance my pour-over coffee making experience. Hoping for a Black Friday sale, or maybe even a sale before then.

I can’t wait to make more coffee tomorrow!

Halloween

Halloween is just a few days away. Are you ready?

I have candy ready and waiting for the costumed kids that will come to our door. It’s always fun to see what costumes are popular, and I love seeing the creativity of homemade costumes.

We did not, however, carve pumpkins this year. We didn’t even buy any! But, that’s ok. We have some Halloween decor in the house, and that will suffice.

When I was much younger, I went to see the original Halloween movie when it came out. Yea, the original from 1978. It was pretty popular and I wanted to see it. Not gonna lie, it scared me! I probably had nightmares afterward, lol. The scene where Michael Myers puts a sheet on to look like a ghost and stands in the door way on the way to his next victim had me afraid to wake in the middle of the night and look to the doorway! Even the music is haunting!

I most likely won’t go see the new one, even though they say it’s as good as the first. We don’t really do movies too much anymore, unfortunately. Have you seen it?

It’s hard to believe that the end of October is here! But, we are chomping at the bit to get going on Christmas decorating. The Christmas decor just adds to the atmosphere of Thanksgiving. The decorating may happen on November 1st.

I love the holidays!

 

Have You Seen It Yet?

If you’ve been following me, you know I love photography! I love to take my camera out and shoot nature photos. Nature is my favorite thing to photograph.  I also love macro shots. I’m no professional, by any stretch, but I have gotten some pretty good photos in the last few years, in my opinion.

I use a Canon T3i, nothing fancy.

Did you know I have a portfolio on 500px? Check it out!

https://500px.com/simpsonmom65

I also have a portfolio on Fine Art America. Check that out too!

https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jannita-simpson.html

Thanks for looking!

Christmas Spirit

You already know that I am super stoked for the holidays this year. The months of November and December bring so much fun, food, treats, festive decor and family time, I love it!

I love the essential oil blend, Christmas Spirit, from Young Living! It smells like Christmas in a bottle, and when you put it in your diffuser, your house smells amazing!

Christmas Spirit is a blend of orange, cinnamon bark and spruce essential oils. The perfect blend! I diffuse this all the time during the holidays, but I also love it all year long! Seriously, I like to stock up on it so I never run out.

If you love the holidays as much as I do, you will love Christmas Spirit!

New Recipe

For dinner yesterday, I made a new recipe. I get tired of cooking the same things all the time, so, once in a while, I throw in something new.

It’s a chicken recipe. Fried chicken, something I almost never make. I don’t care for the mess from frying chicken, but, I was willing to give this a try because it sounded good. There is an option for baking this in the oven.

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken

It was very good! Even Adam thought it was good! And, yes, there was extra clean-up afterward, but it was worth it. Will I make it again? Yes!

Give it a try!

The Holidays Are Coming

Even though it’s only October, I’m super excited for the holidays this year! I’ve made a good sized dent in my Christmas shopping already, and I’m excited to do the rest. I’ve picked up some things that I know the recipients are going to love, and, for me, that’s the best part of Christmas.

Yes, I know, we still need to get through Halloween. I love Halloween, but, it’s not as fun for me as it used to be when my boys were young. However, I love seeing neighborhood kids come to the door in their costumes.

And, there’s also Thanksgiving. I love this holiday! I love that we are all together and the amazing food that goes with Thanksgiving! I love stuffing, or dressing as some people call it. I could make a meal out of just stuffing and mashed potatoes! I’ve always had the jellied cranberry sauce out of a can, and, I love it. But, last year, I made homemade cranberry sauce and it was amazing! And, let’s not forget about the black olives! Oh, and, of course, pie! I make pumpkin pie and cherry cheese pie for Thanksgiving. Yummo! I can’t wait!

We have always put our Christmas tree up on the day after Thanksgiving. Last year, I think we put it up on the weekend before the holiday. But this year, we may put it up at the beginning of November. I love having the tree up, love the lights, the ornaments with special meaning, all of it.

So much to look forward to!

Are you excited for the holidays?

Color

Fall is upon us, and, while most of the trees here are still green, I have spotted a few trees that are changing color already.

Fall is such a pretty time of year! I love the colorful leaves, the pumpkins, and, yes, even the cooler temps. I am for sure a summer lover, but, I also enjoy the beginning of fall when the temps cool off just a bit.

It’s also a good time of year if you love to get out with your camera. Even a quick trip to a local place where fall beauty is showing is fun. Adam and I made a quick trip to a local place a few days ago. I wanted to go specifically for nature shots, and I wasn’t disappointed. Nature shots are my favorite. Here is a shot of some fall color I found that day:

I love the bright fall colors against the blue sky!

I definitely want to get out more with my camera this season. We have lots going on, especially during this month of October, but, I’m gonna do my best to make time for photography.

Make time to do the things you love!

Fall Firm Up

I think I have mentioned before that I work out with GHUTV online. It’s an online subscription that gives you access to a huge variety of workouts and so much more. They also do a live workout every Monday, which then becomes part of your library.

When I first started with GHUTV, a year and a half ago, I usually just picked a workout and went with it. There is a private fb group called GHUTV Squad, for members. The group usually follows 2 different calendars each month, or you can do your own thing and pick your own workouts. I find that I am more consistent if I stay with a calendar.

For September, they introduced a new calendar, Fall Firm Up Trainers Challenge. This was a calendar of all “live” workouts, and it was intense. I was a sweaty mess every day of this calendar! Yesterday, I finished it!

There’s another new calendar coming for October, it will be released on Monday, I believe. So, today I did Cardio Step 2. It was so much fun! Tomorrow will be a rest day.

I love being a part of the GHUTV Squad. It’s an amazing community of motivation and support.

Do you workout out at home?

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