Just Kidding – #JusJoJan

Today is the last day of Just Jot It January for 2022. Linda is always such a gracious hostess and I am glad she decided to continue the challenge this year.

This year seemed easier as I think my approach was what worked for me. I tried to write things I would normally write and not craft an entire post around the word although a few words did inspire a post of their own.

As I looked at the word today – facetious – I think I always use it as a way to clarify or define my sometimes sarcastic humor. Webster uses the word ‘caustic’ to describe facetious humor but I don’t think I am ever caustic. At least I hope not. If I am, I hope someone calls me out on it.

After this challenge I am considering the A to Z challenge for the first time. It still seems a bit daunting so I haven’t decided yet. Right now I am just going to enjoy the sense of accomplishment from this one.

Thanks again to Linda and to everyone who supplied a word for the challenge!

Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (facetious) submitted by Susan from Don’t Curse the Nurse.


Preparations – #JusJoJan

I love cooking but I have come to the conclusion I need a sous-chef de cuisine. Someone to do all the measuring and chopping and setting up my station with all the ingredients set up ready for me to create!

Today I am attempting to make fresh rolls to make meatball subs using the meatballs I made yesterday. I love bread making (even if it does not turn out the smell is divine! 😂) but there are a few steps I could allow someone else to prepare for me.

Then I need a dishwasher. I am THAT cook that seems to dirty more dishes than necessary. I am not crazy about the cleanup that follows one of my forays into new recipes.

I would love to be that cook that waltzes into the dining room without flour in my hair, guests seated with anticipation in their eyes as I say, “Prepare to be amazed!” Unfortunately I’m not quite there yet!

Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (prepare) submitted by Jenny from Coffee in the Rain.


SoCS & JusJoJan – A Cold and Windy Day

Today’s post is a combination SoCS and a JusJoJan (rules here) post, both hosted by fellow blogger Linda Hill. Check out Linda’s place to get the scoop on SoCS .

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “let go.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think “let go.” Enjoy!

I woke to a dusting of snow and a cold and blustery day. After fixing a breakfast of eggs, bacon, and grits, I settled into reading my book – The Last Bookshop in London. I am enjoying this story set in London just as Britain joins the war against Germany.

I felt my eyelids turn heavy and I found myself closing my eyes. The heat of the sun coming through our windows made me feel warm and cozy. I felt like my cat who always searched out a sunbeam to enjoy. I could not let go of the warmth of the sun so I succumbed, closing  my book and drifting into a short morning nap.

Now the birds are calling me to feed them. They are enjoying the sun warming the leaves on the trees, but unlike me they are called to eat rather than rest.


The Process – #JusJoJan

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Falling Away

We had our spring
When everything was fresh and new and blooming.

As summer arrived
Every day was longer and the heat of discord stronger.

As fall approached
Everything burst with the bold colors of possibility.

But winter was coming
The barriers between us foreshadowed the abscission to come.

Suddenly over
We each fell away, severed from one life, one dream, one ideal.

Winter was here
Cold and dark
And temporary.

Spring was coming with sprigs of possibility in her hair.

Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (abscission) submitted by Lakshmi from Mukhamani.


One Liner Wednesday and #JusJoJan – On Writing

When I do not believe in the characters someone writes about, I will not go along for the ride. When I know immediately where the writer is going, I will move on rather than visiting somewhere I’ve already been. It’s time time to start a new book.

“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.”
Stephen King

The first book, the one that swept me away, the one that inspired me to write was Charlotte’s Web. Do you remember yours?

One Liner Wednesday is brought to us each week by Linda Hill. Pop over, check out the rules, and join in!