Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve is tomorrow? Where did 2014 go?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! It seems that this year a lot people were sick over the holidays, myself included. I never had laryngitis and now I can say I have.  LOL  Other than not feeling well, I had a great holiday. I got to see family & friends. We spread some germs around so it was all good. I am hoping for a healthy New Year!

Which brings me to thinking about... New Years Resolutions.... I have the same ones every year. They are as follows:

1. To exercise
2. To get organized
3. Eat Healthy

The Fleming Library is now a part of the Fleming Centre which includes an arena, walking track and meeting rooms. To get more exercise I decided to find out what the Town of Lincoln has to offer in the way of programs.  Here is the list!

Hatha Yoga
Involves the body, mind, and spirit. Relax your mind and allow yourself to obtain a fitter body and positive thoughts on life. Bring a yoga mat.
$95 + HST/participant
Lincoln Centre

A combination of Martial Arts, dance and healing practices. It is a mind/body/spirit workout that is a fun way to in-crease your fitness level by moving your body in the way it was designed to move .
Thursdays, January 4 - March 26, 2015 (12 weeks)
5:30 - 6:30 pm
$90 + HST/participant
Lincoln Centre

Ballroom Basics
Ballroom Basics is an introduction to social ballroom and Latin dances.
No dance experience or partner required.
Have fun and learn at your own pace.
Tuesdays, January 22 - March 24, 2015 (8 weeks)
$50 + HST/participant per class
Lincoln Centre

Move to be Fit
These safe exercise programs assist the seniors of the community in becoming more fit. The classes will be instructed by a Registered Kinesiologist from Beamsville Physiotherapy.
Move To Be FIT 1: Suited for individuals with osteoporosis with moderate to high risk fracture, severe osteoarthritis, limited mobility (use of walking aid) The class will focus on primarily seated exercises, various supported balance and weight bearing training, breathing, posture and core retraining.
Move To Be FIT 2: Suited for people with osteopenia, osteoporosis with mild risk fracture, good mobility, mild to moderate osteoarthritis. The class will focus primarily on weight bearing, strength, posture, core training and use of the walking track.
$45 + HST/participant
Fleming Centre

For my New Year's Resolution, I decided to take the Ballroom Dancing classes.  To compliment the course, I will be taking out DVDs and books from the Library on Ballroom Dancing. Here are some of the titles that the library has to offer. So hopefully 2015 will be the year that I can dance the nights away!

Ballroom Dancing Made Easy

Steppin' out. Ballroom dancing

I also plan on using the walking track at the Fleming Centre. At the library we  have books and DVDs on how to get the most out of walking. Here are some titles that you may find interesting.

Quick Start Walking

Walking for Fitness by Nina Barough

The library also has pedometers that can be borrowed to keep track of your steps. So I plan on using one  to walk my way to a healthy more energized me!

The Town of Lincoln is also offering Walking 101. Join Jennifer and Doug from Grimsby Runners as they guide you through a one hour workshop on walking technique, proper footwear, warm up and cool down exercises, hydration and nutrition. Then take your new skills to the track!
Tuesday, January 13th at 8 pm or Friday, January 16th at 11 am. FREE

Well I am on track with one resolution so far..... it is just the other two, being organized and eating healthy.  I know where to get my information.... the library! 

Have a Happy New Year! If you are making resolutions don't forget to check out the library to help you keep them with our fabulous collections of books, DVDs, databases and more!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas is coming....

I always remember this poem that my Granddad used to tell me so many years ago.

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat;
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny the God Bless you!
Every time I think of the rhyme I think of my mom cooking Christmas Dinner.  Especially the year we had a goose. We had never had a goose and did not really know what to expect. It was going to be something marvellous... a goose. My brother and I were excited. It sat in the fridge defrosting. To me it looked no different than a turkey, but what did I know. 
Christmas Day arrived and I was not feeling too good. The goose was put in the oven. Back then I could smell ( I have since lost my sense of smell)  and it did not smell too good. My mother started basting this bird that seemed to ooze fat everywhere.  My grandparents arrived and I felt even worse.  It seemed to take forever for this goose to cook. My mother kept basting and basting the goose.  By the time dinner was to be served. I felt awful. My presents did not interest me at all. Then it hit... the stomach flu. Needless to say, I did not eat Christmas Dinner. I went to bed instead. In fact, I found out that I was not the only one that was sick, my Dad took one look at the food laid out on the table and that was enough for him. My brother , mother and granddad soon followed. The only person to eat Christmas Dinner  that year was my Grandmother. She relished the goose  and said it was perfect but a little on the fatty side. Then the next day, she was sick. For the next  two days no one left the house. The goose was not put away properly so it was no longer editable. I never did get to try that Christmas Goose. To this day, I have never had goose but  I can still remember the smell.
This got me thinking about Christmas Dinner. We have some great cookbooks at the library on how to make the perfect holiday feast.  Many people have different Christmas Traditions just to the state the obvious.  I know of people that have ham, Cornish hens, duck and of course the goose instead of turkey for Christmas Dinner.
Here are some books to help you with your Christmas Dinner Planning at the Lincoln Public Library. I know that I will be using them for ideas on how to cook the perfect turkey with all the trimmings. 
The Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookbook by Good Housekeeping


The unofficial Downton Abbey cookbook : from Lady Mary's crab canap├ęs to Mrs. Patmore's Christmas pudding : more than 150 recipes from upstairs and downstairs / Emily Ansara Baines



The Martha Stewart living Christmas cookbook : a collection of favorite holiday recipes / from the editors of Martha Stewart Living. 

Happy Christmas Dinner Planning! 



Kent Haruf

Author Kent Haruf dies at aged 71

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2855526/Publisher-says-novelist-Kent-Haruf-dies-age-71.html

  Here are two of his novels available at the Lincoln Public Library.