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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.

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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.

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The Process – #JusJoJan

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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.

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Journals Galore – #JusJoJan

Can one have too many journals? If you are a writer or an artist, I would think your answer, like mine, might be no.

I am a sucker for a beautiful journal. The cover, the weight, and the binding and stitching are important. If I intend to use the journal for writing, it must open fully and lie flat. Please, none of those poorly machine-made journals that lose their pages upon opening.

When I take a writing class, I favor a spiral notebook. I rarely think what I write in a class is ready for a pristine journal. The exception is when I studied The Artist’s Way – I had a large 8.5×11 hard back journal I used for my morning pages. I may destroy it someday as I have other journals in my life. Journals that include therapeutic writing sometimes have a limited life. Once through traumatic times, I feel no need to keep the words that now serve as painful reminders of things I have overcome.

I have small journals from a time when travel was possible. I like having something small and easy to tuck in a pocket or a backpack to record life as it unfurls

Artists love sketchpads – each having their own weighted and textured paper. But I also use small unlined journals for sketching. The smooth paper allows for quick sketches and I love the portability.

Of course, I love a good bookstore. I always tend to end my visit by visiting the journal section. I love a journal with a good inspirational quote, or a soft pliable cover with good paper and a strong binding.

I wonder how many journals I have on hand? Probably more than one might think necessary, but then I might just disagree with you.


Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (journal) submitted by Scarlet from Scarlett79.

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We Need a Flowchart People! – JusJoJan

Remember when the pandemic first started and all the guidance was so confusing? It isn’t any better now. No one knows what to do. Businesses and schools and government offices all have their own guidelines. Hospitals have theirs. It is all still so confusing and we are starting the third year in this pandemic.

I remember early on, people were making comparisons to the plague. It seemed so unbelievable that people locked away for two years. We scoffed at the idea.

All this confusion makes me think we need an old fashioned flowchart. Yes, no, if, and then questions. It is unbelievable how confusing and convoluted the decisions around masking, testing, isolation, quarantine, vaccination, boosters, rapid test, antigen, PCR, monoclonal antibodies, and social distancing still remain.

Let’s hope this third year will take us back to even just a little normality. Wouldn’t that be nice?


Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (unbelievable) submitted by J-Dub from J-Dubs Grin and Bear It.