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My Dry January Adventure

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Reblogging my daughter’s blog post this morning. She gets real about her experience with “Dry January” and reflecting on the “Mommy Wine Culture” prevalent today and how it was impacting her life.

Two Moms And A Toddler

So many people are doing it. Dry January or “Dranuary”. It’s a time to detox from the booze-filled holiday months that had your liver drowning in a cesspool of wine and liquor. After careful consideration, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and go 31 days without alcohol. I had no idea how much my perspective or my mental and physical health would be completely altered as a result.

First, let’s talk about why I decided to take on this challenge. We are expecting our second child in May. A sweet little boy, and I knew I had been feeling sluggish, tired, stressed out, unanimated, and anxious – definitely no way to welcome a new human into the world. So I decided to make some healthy changes in January. Those changes would be.

1). Go Dry For A Month- absolutely no alcohol or Non Alcoholic substitutes for 31 days (no…

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Why? – One Liner Wednesday


Photo of a gray cat, lying down with eyes half opened
Image by Adrian from Pixabay

When you retire, anything that requires setting an alarm clock and getting dressed while it is still dark outside should be outlawed.


Written for One Liner Wednesday courtesy of Linda Hill.

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Ending on a Serious Note – #JusJoJan 2023

Welcome to day thirty-one and our final day of Just Jot It January for 2023. Today’s word is write.


Ask a writer why they write and you will likely get a somewhat different answer from every person. Within those answers, however, is often a common thread. Writers are driven to write.

Someone asked me if blogging was really writing. Questions like that have an undertone. I have noticed a similar undertone with questions concerning various genres of writing. As if somehow, what a person chooses to write is in some way not ‘real writing’. Then there are the other questions and accusing observations. “Would I know something you’ve written?” “Oh, you self-published (with the eye roll).” “Can’t anyone have a blog?” “Have you written a real book?”

Today as we wrap up this month of prompt writing, I want to thank Linda Hill. Year after year she tirelessly sponsors this challenge and I am always amazed as she is one busy woman, mother, writer, and editor. This year this challenge has inspired me in a way I hope will be revealed as the year progresses. Thank you, Linda!

I want to thank all the bloggers I follow. I wish you knew how many times I refer to something you have written. You are carried into my daily conversations. I frequently speak of the things I have learned from you. I have held positive thoughts for you. I have shared your successes and your stumbles. I have laughed and cried with you. I have prayed for you. You may write in isolation but your are read surrounded by the world!

The same holds true for those who follow and comment on my blog. We have developed relationships. You have expressed your caring for me, my family, and my words. You have encouraged me to continue to write – even if it is just a blog 🙄.

So, thank you all for writing. For allowing me a glimpse of who you are. Thank you for sharing your world, your culture, and your writing. I carry your words with me more than you may have realized.

I want to close with this delicious Ray Bradbury quote. This is what I wish for you.

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” 


Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (write) submitted by Linda herself from Life in Progress.

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Hong Kong Phooey – #JusJoJan 2023

Welcome to day thirty of Just Jot It January for 2023. Today’s word is canine.


What to write, what to write? If I spin the wheel of memories, where will it stop? What canine shall I write about?

BOOM! Cartoon Dogs! But which one? Precious Pup? Muttley? Astro? Mister Peabody? Deputy Dawg? No! It’s Hong Kong Phooey. Fearless crime fighter!

The first thought I had about this character was “Why do I know this cartoon?” I was already out of high school and out of the Air Force when it aired. We will save that question for another day. 🙄

Hong Kong Phooey was the alter ego crime fighting personality of mild mannered police station janitor Penrod Pooch. At the first sign of trouble, Penrod Pooch disappears into the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet where he inevitably gets stuck. Thanks to his loyal and snickering sidekick cat ‘Spot’ he escapes to fight crime.

Sadly, Hong Kong Phooey is a rather inept crime fighter. If it were not for Spot or his own bumbling incompetence, he would seldom catch the bad guys, but never fear. He will always take the credit!

Our hero relies on a mail order Kung Fu instruction book for his skillset. He drives the Phooeymobile which is capable of transforming into just about anything.

Police Sergeant Flint was not a fan of the crime fighter, but the station receptionist/telephone operator Rosemary had a huge crush on him.

The voice of Hong Kong Phooey was provided by none other than Scatman Crothers. He also sang the theme song.


Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (canine) submitted by Dawn from Rhymes, Dreams, Fantasies, and Thoughts.

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Song Lyric Sunday – Suicide Blonde

The challenge this week is to select a song that is classified as new wave. I always like to try to find a song that I really like to share and today is no different.

The song “Suicide Blonde” was released in 1990 by Australian band INXS. The blues harmonica intro by Charles Musselwhite in immediately recognizable. It is one of the reasons I like this song so much. The harp intro was not recorded live but came from a sampler program Andrew Farriss was using.

The song was written by band front-man Michael Hutchence and keyboardist Andrew Farriss. The song has nothing at all to do with suicide, but sadly would be the last song Hutchence would perform live before he committed suicide in 1977.

The song is about a woman who “dyes” her hair blonde. The idea for the title of the song came from Hutchence’s then-girlfriend Kylie Minogue. Her movie “The Delinquents” had just premiered and she told Hutchence the color of the blonde wig she wore was  referred to as ‘suicide blonde’.

“Suicide Blonde” was the first single released from the band’s album “X”. The song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Suicide Blonde
Lyrics from Songfacts.com

Don’t you know what you’re doing
You’ve got a death wish

Suicide blonde
Suicide blonde
Suicide blonde
Suicide blonde

Suicide blonde was the color of her hair
Like a cheap distraction for a new affair
She knew it would finish before it began
Wow baby I think you lost the plan

You want to make her suicide blonde
Love devastation, suicide blonde
You want to make her suicide blonde
Love devastation, suicide blonde

She stripped to the beat but her clothes stay on
White light everywhere but you can’t see a thing
Such a squeeze
A mad sad moment
Glory to you
Glory to you
Take me there
Take me there

Got some revelation
Put into your hands
Save you from your misery like rain across the land
Don’t you see the color of deception
Turning your world around again

You want to make her suicide blonde
Love devastation, suicide blonde
You want to make her suicide blonde
Love devastation, suicide blonde

You want to make
You want to make
You want to make her suicide blonde
You want to make
Aww

That’s the story

You want to make her suicide blonde
Love devastation, suicide blonde
You want to make her suicide blonde
Love devastation, suicide blonde

Love devastation
You want to make her suicide blonde
Love devastation, suicide blonde


Song Lyric Sunday is hosted every Sunday by Jim Adams. If you would like to join in the fun, check out his blog for the rules and to take in all the other music posted by other bloggers.