Hello blog friends! Over here, Daylight saving time ended on Sunday November 1, at 2 o’clock in the morning. Clocks are turned backward one hour. Today I’m writing my monthly review for October. I hope you have a few minutes to pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let’s chat.
Family and Friends
As I type this, Toronto currently sits in Modified Stage 2 of Ontario’s Covid-19 restrictions. This means indoor dining, gyms, and movie theatres that were allowed to re-open in the summer are closed again. We are advised to limit close contact to people living in our household and maintain 2 metres physical distance from everyone else.
I continue to connect with my family and friends by phone, text, and email. The main thing I’m grateful for is that no one in my circle of family and friends has contracted Covid-19. We are all well. We are able to stay in touch and to meet in person outside.
I took advantage of nice weather conditions in October and did a lot of cycling and walking to lovely parks as shown in my photos. Beautiful Fall foliage is everywhere. I continue to do my meditation, full body workouts, and yoga at home. A consistent fitness routine is the best strategy for me to stay healthy mentally and physically during this pandemic.
Here’s my numbers in October:
- 31 meditation sessions
- 22 new targeted workouts (see below)
- 18 cycling trips
- 16 walks
- 15 yoga sessions
- 13 full body workouts
- 5 rest days
New Targeted Workouts
To keep my fitness routine fresh, fun, and challenging, I make some changes to it every month. YouTube has been a good resource for fitness videos during this pandemic. I added two series to my workout routine: Chloe Bent’s Fit Class series in October and Lunden Souza’s Runtastic series in November.
In both series, on weekdays, I complete 20 minutes of exercises that target a variety of muscle groups. These exercises use body weight and require no equipment. I enjoy both series and may either alternate them weekly in December or find a new series to try.
Fruits and Vegetables
I go to the supermarkets once or twice a week for fruits and vegetables. Most of them are from Ontario, Canada, except bananas are usually from Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Honduras, red and green grapes from Chile, Peru or California, USA, and clementines from Morocco, South Africa, or Spain. I’m thankful to be able to buy and enjoy fruits from other countries.
In the supermarkets here, prices are displayed both in imperial and metric units. I’m sharing a sample of items at regular price in the table below, with the last column showing the price equivalent in US dollars. The local supermarkets have weekly sales on selected items so with some planning, one can spend less on groceries.
|Item||Price in Canadian dollars||Price in US dollars|
|Bananas||$1.52/ kg or $0.69/ lb||$0.52/ lb|
|Green grapes, Plum tomatoes, Golden delicious apples, and Barlett pears||$4.39/ kg or $1.99/ lb||$1.51/ lb|
|Red grapes, Green peppers, Red peppers, Broccoli crowns, and Clementines||$6.59/ kg or $2.99/ lb||$2.27/ lb|
Grocery Home Delivery
I experimented with grocery home delivery service for the first time in October, just in case I need it in the future. For comparison purposes, I ordered dry food items and household products from two local service providers. Overall, both offered satisfactory services on my first order so I’d use them again. I’m glad to have the home delivery option for a small fee.
I keep myself entertained by observing nature, visiting outdoor public art installations, blogging, reading novels, listening to music, and completing my daily French and Spanish lessons on Duolingo. I’m thankful to have access to excellent digital services. Here’s my numbers in October:
- 31 French and Spanish sessions
- 13 e-books (see list below)
- 10 public art installations
- 4 blog posts
- 2 digital concerts and many playlists
I read thirteen e-books that I’d rate 3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars. Most of the authors were new to me. Here’s the list in alphabetical order of author’s last name:
- The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.
- The Guest List by Lucy Foley.
- Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory.
- 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand.
- The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.
- Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren.
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.
- Open Road Summer by Emery Lord.
- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.
- Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
- One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London.
- 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne.
- How was your October?
- How do my grocery regular prices compare to those in your location?
- What book(s) have you read recently?
I’d love to hear your comments.
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