Sunday Reflections ~ 6/4/23

Since I’m on my phone, I won’t review the week. Adding those hyperlinks takes too much work. I’m waiting to post trip stuff for until the trip is through so instead let’s just say I’m reveling in the moment. That’s it, that’s my reflection. I’m blessed beyond measure & enjoying a new found sense of peace.

As always more to come.

#SoCS ~6/3/23

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “left alone.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

Well folks, I’m on Washington time. So I’m posting later than usual. In fact, I have no idea what day it is.

I’m traveling alone not that I want to be left alone. I’m meeting some family members for the very first time. Some might say maybe I should’ve left well enough alone. But if I had done that, I wouldn’t have had this extraordinary experience. And when I say extraordinary, I mean life changing. And y’all know me, I am the queen, drama. But here I am not exaggerating. And it is only day 3, with so much more to come.

Happy Saturday folks!!

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Friday Feels ~ 6/2/23

Chelan Washington, the motherland … sort of, kind of, not really.

Beautiful here but will not post anything else trip related until I’m done. All part of ‘Be Here Now’. In the moment, peaceful, accepting, loving life.

As always, more to come.

Thursday Thoughts ~ 6/1/23

I’m scheduling this post in advance to keep my streak alive. I can’t have a little thing like life interrupt consecutive days writing because writing sets me free. I’ve always got a lot on my mind, just works that way. Hard wired into my DNA. Speaking of DNA, I’m gearing up for my trip of a lifetime. Yeah, queen comma drama aka lil Jilly is still in the house.

I’ve made a list of all that can go wrong not because I really think these things will happen but because doing so gets the intrusive thoughts out of my head. For anyone who ever watched This Is Us, remember Randall & Beth playing the verbal version … worst case scenario … go!! well that is what I did. Released the hounds as it were & I’m not even unhappy. I’m cautiously optimistic even if I do come home to a layoff. Because part of my twisted brain assumes I deserve to be laid off for even daring to take this pilgrimage. But that’s nonsense! As if anyone in this current situation deserves what they get. That includes the decision makers who are not themselves impacted.

Maybe a more healthy way to deal would be to write the good stuff that might happen. But then I’ve never really believed in unicorns. I’m more Eeyore than Tigger. Always have been & likely always will be even though I can rally to Pooh or Piglet like status on most occasions.

Alrighty, time to land the plane. If all goes according to plan, on this day, about this time, I will be meeting my cousin in Kent WA. We’ve emailed a few options for meeting plans back & forth, nothing aligning. I grabbed his most recent email offer with a resounding sounds great! let me know where to be at noon. I won’t look back until I land & if it’s an oops that won’t work then our meeting face to face was not meant to be.

As always, more to come.

#1linerWeds. 5/31/23

I’m not sure how this one-liner even came up. But I heard it in pleasant company. I was visiting the in-laws yesterday. I’m about to leave on my trip. All of this is excess and way more than one line but you know me. I always have to give a backstory.

So my father-in-law says, “Billy Door told me you only have one woman, there must be something wrong with you”. And my mother-in-law hunched over in her wheelchair, mostly immobile still has the occasional smart wit. I’m still giggling but this might be a you had to be there funny 😄

Jimmy you should’ve told him “well you never met MY woman !!”


You see our MoMo is too hot to handle. 😂

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Share Your World ~ 5/30/23

Di starts us off with the questions & I toss in some answers. To join in the fun & frolic, HERE are the rules & ping back.

  1.  If money was no object, what would be your ideal holiday? Hmm, I don’t think I want to go anywhere where money is no object. I like simple. Some place in nature that is free & the only expense is getting there. Or maybe not even that since I always say there is so much beauty in my own backyard. I’d want my family with me & their significant others. The people are who would make the holiday ideal.
  2.  Do you save for a holiday or put it on plastic to pay off later? Put in on plastic to get the points but use savings to pay it off. I save for lots of things not just holidays. In fact most of our savings is set aside just in case. I do not dip in too often. Maybe I could be able to retire?!? Aaaahhh now that sounds awesome.
  3.  Have you ever been on a cruise? Once not what you think. B & I went on a harbor cruise in Seward Alaska. It was a 3 hour trip & I got seasick. Never again. Bleh!
  4.  Do you send postcards or buy mementos? Yes! Postcards are a nice way to check in the old fashion way if I am travelling alone. For mementos, I had a thing for refrigerator magnets. I collected them from my travels & people gifted them to me from theirs. However, when we got the newest fridge, I never put them back up. I had elaborate plans to find a piece of metal & create some art but yea they’re all still sitting in a drawer.

Gratitude:  Sometimes, just having someone by your side is enough. For me, some by my side is always enough. See response to #1 above.

As always, more to come.

haiku – creature & happy ~ 5/29/23

creature comforts make

worries seem less frightening

happiness achieved

For me, this manifests in food. Comfort food like a big ole chicken fried steak which can cure what ails me while clogging my arteries are the same time. Ha-ha. But everything in moderation including moderation. I’m wasting away on this invisalign diet or lifestyle change anyway. Cozy blankets & fuzzy socks or scents of lilac or rose can fill the bill too. Self care = blissful happiness.

As always more to come.

Written for Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 464 CREATURE and Happy.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review ~ 5/28/23

What a whirlwind. I’m trying not to dwell or Make Stuff Up aka MSU. So far, I’m doing a pretty good job of letting go of the work stuff. It’s nothing until it’s something. I distracted myself with mindless TV & baking. I also put the finishing touches on my itinerary for my pilgrimage that kicks off Thursday! I am alternatingly sick & excited. Not truly sick, but the butterflies are flying. I’m just nervous I guess.

My sweet Lulu Belle is funny. She said if they hurt me, she will rain fire down on them like they’ve never seen before. She kind of sounded like Samuel L Jackson’s character, Jules in Pulp Fiction. But she’s a tiny little sprite of a girl. Nothing she could do all the way from Texas but I appreciate her concern & worry over me. The only thing that will hurt me is a no-show but anything else will provide the healing I need. And even a no-show, I would excuse away eventually after bein crushed in the moment. I feel that I’m not worthy. But Charles has convinced me I belong & I matter. I will carry his words with me.

Now here’s the reverse roll call:

Peace y’all. Until next time. Stay safe.

As always, more to come.

Better Reading Top 100 Books of 2023

Reblog so I can find this list again. Thanks to Jennifer for sharing it.

Jennifer's Best Bookish Blog

Better Reading is a Facebook page that I follow. I always enjoy their discussions about books and authors. A few weeks ago, they listed their list of Top 100 Books for 2023. I do love a book list and the best books of 2023 immediately called to me. The 100 books on this list were voted for by readers.


Following is a list of the 100 books on the list. Those in bold, are the books from this list that I’ve read. When I look at the list and think about all those 100 stories, I am amazed at how many different stories writers are able to come up with. I am in awe of writers and am grateful for the joy their books bring to my life.

Honey Bee by Craig Silvey
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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#SoCS ~ 5/27/23

Happy Saturday folks! Let’s get this show on the road. Linda writes and I copy paste: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “sink/sank/sunk.”Use one, use two, or use ’em all and get bonus points. Enjoy! Join us if you can. HERE are the rules and ping back.

Well when I’m streaming, I toss in everything and the kitchen sink. Otherwise I’ve sank into the ocean just like the band, Blue October. The cost one can’t recover is sunk, never to be realized again.

This disjointed bonus point winning post comes from the frantic mind of one J-Dub McGillicuddy. Though I’m not Irish anymore so perhaps I should adjust my pseudonym last name again. I’ll ponder for a while as I sink/sank/sunk into the couch cushions and veg out. Self care at its finest.

As always more to come.