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I live in Saskatchewan and am trying to live a healthier lifestyle.

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Friday July, 25th for 94 points, following 85% of her 7 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: work on personal writing projects. at least 4 days a week. Her public review of the day was…

Friday has been pretty good. I baked chocolate chip cookies. They didn’t spread, so they’re just lumps. But fluffy and light! So weird. Also been doing some various things. Work e-mails have been good lately so we’ll see where that goes.

:) kaizenkaren
about 1 month ago

Glad you had a good day.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Nice – fluffy, light, lumpy cookies!

about 1 month ago

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karalianne is fruit-hungry.

Heart.full.16 11 · 2,938 pts

I see that my life points are getting dangerously low… can anyone help me out? I’m pleased I’ve lasted this long, though!

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MadameAlto sent 4 pieces of fruit with this note:

Enjoy!

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Dylan Pocock sent 4 pieces of fruit with this note:

I have more. I’ll check back in a few hours.

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UKCynthiaR sent 6 pieces of fruit with this note:

I keep getting “fivesies” so here you go! Be healed!

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kaizenkaren sent 2 pieces of fruit.

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Elfu sent 8 pieces of fruit.

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wetenschapper sent 4 pieces of fruit.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

I missed the boat
but I see you’re afloat

:) Kim Lindsey
about 1 month ago

you’ve achieved your pursuit
now full of fruit

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

A tisket, a tasket,
You’ve filled your basket.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Thursday July, 24th for 103 points, following 85% of her 7 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Thursday was a decent day. Didn’t get as much done as I would have liked. I really need to figure out how to make things happen again, it’s getting frustrating. :P

about 1 month ago

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karalianne had a couple thoughts.

Heart.full.16 11 · 2,938 pts

After writing meet I went to Sobeys because I wanted to see if they had proper ginger ale (the kind that’s really gingery and spicy). I figured I’d stop at the bank machine in the foyer first and get some cash, then wander a bit and see what attracted me, then buy things and then head home.

I got out of my car and was approached by a woman who was obviously missing a number of her teeth.

“Do you have any change or anything? I’m hungry and need food. My cheque didn’t come yet and I want to get a hamburger and some fries.”

I had no cash, just my debit card, but as I said I had a plan to go into the store and get some cash. “I don’t have any cash on me right now, but I’m going into the store and I’m getting some cash out of the machine. I want to get something to eat too.”

“I can wait,” she said.

“Okay,” I replied, and headed into the store to do my thing. As I went I decided I would give her whatever bill I got in change that was under $20. I found the ginger ale I was hoping for, decided I wanted a Caramilk bar and needed a jar of baby dill pickles with garlic, and paid cash – just over $9.00. So I got a $10 bill and some change back.

I came out of the store, half expecting the woman to be gone. My experience is that if the request for help is not legitimate, the person you’ve agreed to help will be gone when you return with whatever you said you’d provide. That’s why I offer to help with something that I’m going to do anyway, like the time I was getting breakfast at McDonald’s and got a coffee even though I don’t like it because a homeless man outside wanted a coffee. (I would have given him change but I only had my debit card on me, as per usual. I did give him my hashbrowns along with the coffee.)

As I crossed the parking lot, I saw her two stalls away from my car, leaning against the shopping cart corral thing. So I changed course and walked over to her. I was carrying the $10 bill in my hand.

“Here you go,” I said, holding out the bill. Canadian $10 bills are purple, and she looked up and saw the colour of the bill and her face brightened considerably.

She said, “Really?!?” and took it and gave me a hug. I think she said thank you too but I don’t remember.

I said, “I wanted to make sure you could get something good.”

“I’m going to get a burger and fries and gravy,” she replied, “At [restaurant]. They have a special.”

I smiled and said that sounded great and she headed off toward the nearby restaurant and I got in my car and came home.

I’m sure she thought she was going to have to ask a ton of people to get enough to buy dinner, and I’m sure what I gave her was enough for a little extra. Maybe dessert, maybe breakfast or lunch the next day too. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that she got to have dinner and it was probably really good.

I hope her cheque comes on Monday.

:) kaizenkaren
about 1 month ago

Good karma, Karalianne. You are a good person to have helped her.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Good for you, you did a good deed.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

. . . I’ll bet her face brightened, at that purple bill!

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

What brand of ginger ale do you get that’s really gingery and spicy?

We used to buy Grace brand, and that used to be nice and sharp, but somewhere along the line they toned it down so it’s much tamer than it used to be. I’ve tried all kinds of other brands, but they’re all too mild and too sugary for me.

:) karalianne
about 1 month ago

The brand is Real Brew and it was in with all the health foods and stuff. It’s got cane sugar in it, not fake sugar. It’s not quite as bitey as I’d hoped for, but the really strong stuff is REALLY hard to find. I got some a couple of years ago but it was at a sale and they haven’t had it since. And I can’t remember the brand name for that.

:) Bridget
about 1 month ago

We get Barr’s and Fever Free ginger beer through Amazon. Free shipping.
Glad you were able to help out the woman.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Thanks, Janna and Bridget. I’ll see if I can find those.

Bridget, I found Barr’s and Fever Tree on the U.S. Amazon.
But our Amazon carries only Reed’s and Ginger People.
They both sound good, but expensive – Reeds is $99 for a case of 24. Your U.S. prices are much lower.

I’m not sure if I’ve seen Real Brew. The label looks familiar. If I’ve seen it, we’ve tried it.

My other solution is to squeeze some fresh ginger root into the wishy-washy ginger beer that we can get. That doesn’t solve the too-sugary problem, though.

Ah well. How fortunate I am that life is so good that I can spend this much time fretting over ginger beer, eh?

:) Bridget
about 1 month ago

Dan has sliced ginger into weak ginger beer also. He has liquid ginger to add to soda water. Haven’t tried it yet.

:) MadameAlto
about 1 month ago

Well.. you blessed the lady. Sometimes we just sense when it is good to help someone in need.

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

Bridget, I cut a few thin slices of ginger and put them in a garlic crusher to squeeze the juice out. It works beautifully. That’s also how we get the ginger juice into the salad dressing.

:) SylvieF
about 1 month ago

I love this story. Thanks for sharing it.

:) UKCynthiaR
about 1 month ago

Janna, I love this story. I hope the cheque comes, too. I’d send her one! X

We get a killer Australian “ginger beer” here that is so bitey you have to count your fingers afterwards. Comes in a bottle. Can’t recall the name and we’re out. Shopping tomorrow though. Don’t know if they export beyond AsiaPac, though.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Saturday July, 19th for 105 points, following 100% of her 6 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Saturday we had writing meet and I finished the first chapter of Tumbling and did some research on ocean liners. It was fun, three other people came and we all had a good time together.

I have a long story to tell so I will go make a separate post. It’s about what happened after writing meet.

:) MadameAlto
about 1 month ago

The writing sounds good.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Friday July, 18th for 109 points, following 100% of her 6 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Friday went well. Had some anxiety in the evening, not sure why.

:) MadameAlto
about 1 month ago

Sometimes that anxiety kicks in for no real reason at all. Hopefully it has passed.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Thursday July, 17th for 107 points, following 83% of her 6 rules. She lost 1 life point for missing the following: allow added sugar 1 day a week. Her public review of the day was…

Thursday was a good day, finally! Got a number of things done, including writing a couple of scenes for my rewrite of Tumbling. And in general felt much better emotionally than I have in a couple of weeks.

:) Elfu
about 1 month ago

Yay for feeling better & creativity! :)

:) UKCynthiaR
about 1 month ago

What Elfu said. And well done on the additional scenes, Janna.

:) MadameAlto
about 1 month ago

So happy things are looking up for you!

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Tuesday July, 15th for 105 points, following 85% of her 7 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Tuesday was a difficult day. Moved slow, wasn’t feeling great physically or mentally.

:) NinaCnyc
about 1 month ago

((((Hugs))))

:) MadameAlto
about 1 month ago

I hope things get better for you soon.

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Monday July, 14th for 59 points, following 57% of her 7 rules. She lost 2 life points for missing the following: floss at least 5 days a week, allow added sugar 1 day a week. Her public review of the day was…

Monday was a pretty good day overall. Worked on Tumbling (got the first scene written) and got groceries.

:) MadameAlto
about 1 month ago

Sounds good!

about 1 month ago

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karalianne, in the Orange Bracket, played Sunday July, 13th for 82 points, following 100% of her 6 rules. She didn't lose any life points and therefore got 1 piece of fruit for the hard work. Her public review of the day was…

Feeling a bit off today. But managed to get my notes done for Tumbling so now I can start the rewrite. Just need to decide exactly what my first scene should be. According to my “outline” it’s my MC meeting with her lawyer for the first time, but in the first draft it was her in English class and introduced two of her friends. What do you people think?

Dream: I went to the dentist and it was the end of the day and he looked at my tooth that I just had the root canal done (it needs a crown) and pronounced all well. So then I went to pay but nobody would help me or even tell how much it was and there were lots of staff (not sure why) and apparently it was Christmas? And one of the secretaries gave me a present (it was pocket-size Moleskine notebooks, I didn’t open it in the dream but I could tell by size and shape and feel). But I still hadn’t paid when I woke up.

:) MadameAlto
about 1 month ago

Hmmm…a wish for free dental work, a desire for a Moleskin notebook? Oh well!

:) MaryAnn
about 1 month ago

I don’t know anything about plot and opening scenes, etc., but I’ll offer my completely ignorant advice, anyway. :-D
Go with the meeting with lawyer. More drama in that. And you can build some suspense for what’s going to happen next.

Your weird dream sounds good!
The dentist pronounced all is well….
You didn’t have to pay for that expensive dental procedure….
it was Christmas (and you like Christmas, right?, unlike some of us curmudgeons)….
AND you got a present!….
AND the present was a Moleskin, a perfect present for a writer!

about 1 month ago