One Liner Wednesday – The Power of Listening

Maggie knocked it out of the park with this one y’all. Sharing the goodness of telling our stories.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story”

Patti Digh

Taking the time to connect to others by listening to their story would help us understand each other a lot more. Many of us started at the same place and perhaps took divergent paths. It is interesting to think if not for that one difference, we might have ended up at the same place.


One Liner Wednesday is brought to us each week by Linda Hill. Pop over to her place to get the rules and read the contribution of others.

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#1linerWeds. 8/31/22

I’m emotionally a mess y’all. The weekly quotes help but they also hit home so to speak. I’m a little worse for the wear. I’ll still participate but back to lighthearted Jilly next week.

Tears fall for a reason and they are your strength not weakness

Charlie Mackesy The Boy, the mole, the fox, and the Horse

As a reminder, HERE is #1, HERE is #2, HERE is #3 and HERE is #4. Keeping the streak alive!! For today. Yay!

HERE are the rules & pingback. Check out the video Linda put up. You’ll be glad you did.

As always more to come.

Share Your World 🌎 ~ 8/30/22

Di is standing in for Melanie. We’re wishing Melanie continued healing. My two cents worth 1/2 a penny follow. 😀

1. Which of the following could you do without? TV, Computer, Mobile Phone. Well seeing as my mobile phone is really all three things, unless it’s cheating, I could actually do without the TV and the computer. Sure the screen is tiny, but that’s OK.

2. Do you have a lot of old photographs in a box, or did you put them in albums? Both. Lulu, my daughter did a little clean up to fill two empty albums. We still have a few small shoeboxes with loose photos and would need to buy more albums to finish up.

3. What was the first thing you bought for yourself when you started work? Clothes back when I cared about fashion 😂

4. What is the biggest thing you have bought that did not require finance? Our Polaris Ranger – off road utility terrain vehicle. We’d been saving up for purchase in full since interest rates aren’t competitive for these types of vehicles.

GRATITUDE. In the immortal words of Kenny Rogers, know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. Lol 😂 I too am grateful for those people who came into my life and made it outstanding. I’m equally grateful for knowing when to walk away & when to run.

Speaking of running, I’ll take this cue and skeedaddle.

As always more to come.

Another Kind of Ortho ~ 8/29/22

Along with my other medical afflictions related to scoliosis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and the need for orthopedic shoes, I’ve been having headaches. I had my six month dental check up today, where I also received a referral to an orthodontist. Seems my headaches might be caused by crowded teeth and jaw disharmony. How fun is that! said no one ever 🤣

On the referral form, it asked for generic information like patient’s name, date of birth, phone number, reason for referral, and parent’s name. Wait! Why parent’s name? Oh she says slowly realizing. Well duh 🙄 mostly kids get braces.

What would’ve been mom’s 90th birthday is just around the corner. This Thursday in fact. Guess I won’t be putting her name on the form. Come on y’all that’s funny. The form part & me at 57 getting braces. But hey if the headaches go away, I’m game.

I’m reminded of the time when I was trying to register Pony for first grade and was told my mom or dad would have to come to the school. And I’m thinking what do his grandparents have to do with registering him for school? She goes on saying it’s nice of me to help our parents out but …

Well we favor each other quite a bit. Like siblings sometimes do. But also because in my Notre Dame T-shirt and running shorts with hair in a ponytail, I looked about 16. To be fair, I was 29 at the time. To be fair, I can no longer pass for younger than I actually am. In fact, I probably look closer to 70 than 60. WTF y’all WTF. I’m joking. Old age is a privilege denied to many. Like my momma. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who is gone too soon.

September is a month of mixed emotions in our family. Birthdays 🥳 for my dearly departed parents. My brother & two sisters also celebrate their special days. Our wedding anniversary is on the 15th. That’s all good but even good can be emotional 🥹 at least for super sensitive Jilly.

Anyway, that’s it for now. Just rambling and musing. Hope you have a good day.

As always more to come.

#SLS ~ 8/28/22

This week the theme is Better with Age: Failed or Overlooked Songs that Eventually Became Fan Favorites suggested by Greg’s Blog.  Thanks Jim for hosting. I googled the theme and came across a list of 20. I picked my favorite of the bunch, Mr. Brightside by the Killers. Songwriters: Brandon Flowers / Dave Brent Keuning / Mark August Stoermer / Ronnie Jr. Vannucci. Hope you enjoy.

As always more to come.

Sunday Reflections: A Week in Review ~ 8/28/22

I’m feeling the feels y’all. What a week & that included vacation days which I used to my full advantage. I’m still iffy about the work situation. Trying not to overthink & make stuff up. Come what may motherfuckers. Oh behave. Such language. Momma sure would not be happy about my word choices lately. I wish I could share what was happening without making myself look bad or needy or desperate or all of the above. I don’t want pity but I do want something & this whatever “this” is ain’t it. And I feel bad about that because B & the kids deserve me to be better. My doctor’s appointment is on 9/8/22 where I will have to face up to the potential of something a little more invasive. At this point, I’m all for whatever extreme measures it takes to get better. Still scared but feels like there is no alternative. Now for a quick roll call.

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

As always, more to come.

#SoCS ~ 8/27/22

We’re back to Saturday! Can I get a hip, hip, hurrah? Why all the cheering? Well it’s time once again for #SoCS where our lovely hostess, Linda G Hill writes & i copy paste, Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “board/bored.” Use one, or use them both for bonus points. Enjoy! To join us, HERE are the rules and pingback.

Carrot & stick gal in the house. You had me at bonus points. Alrighty folks, prepare to be awed and amazed. Or mildly amused. Or bored to tears.

Ha! See what I did there. One down and one to go.

I hope you are entertained by my shenanigans. This #SoCS stuff is fun. My mind wanders around aimlessly until wah-la, I board the plane to parts unknown. Though usually I have wandered so far away that I need to land the plane, not board one. I used to love flying. But then again I was spoiled with corporate jet travel. Those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end, we’d sing & dance forever & a day … ear worm alert.

On tap for the Dub family today is breakfast out at our fave mom & pop shop, the place around the corner. We’re going there for the first time in forever. Blueberry pancakes for me. Then off to get glasses for B. Finally time to get his new frames. I’ve had mine for a few weeks now. Two pair, one for driving only and one for up close work/reading. Like I’m Mario Andretti or something. Well I’m something. I feel like a whole new person when I put my for distance driving glasses on. Vroom, vroom!! HaHa!

And that’s all she wrote, until next time.

As always, more to come.

Friday Book Club: J-Dub’s Review of I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy ~ 8/26/22

My kids suggested this book for me. I had no idea who Jennette McCurdy was even though my youngest watched iCarly. Jennette’s story is compelling; a true depiction of the human psyche. With or without the same extreme experiences she went through, I found myself nodding along with understanding. The mother/daughter relationship can be complicated. Maybe it shouldn’t be but it is one of the most complicated relationships of all. As I do with any memoir, there is no rating, way too personal for me to judge.

As Always, More To Come.

Thursday Thoughts ~ 8/25/22

I only have two more physical therapy appointments before my doctor’s appointment. I’m nervous because I’ve been at this for a while, but I’m not really better. Sure I joke around. And I really like all the people at the facility. Staff and fellow patients alike. It’s really a nice social structure. We laugh & encourage each other. Believe it or not I am enjoying each session.

Feels like these exercises have kept me from getting worse. But the pain was already pretty bad to begin with. Hard to believe I’ve dealt with this sH!t for over 12 years. When the pain began it was intermittent. I’d just had my foot surgery. I was working for TD & had the cushy desk by the window. That’s how I keep tabs by remembering other life events that coincided.

Now I can’t remember when was my last pain free day. At least I’m ok for about an hour post physical therapy. But I think that’s the ice keeping the pain at bay. I’m not really pain free, I’m frozen. And I can sleep without the pain waking me up. That’s a plus. Anyhoo, when I whine and complain, as I often do, know it’s physical pain that’s driving me to the edge.

Alrighty enough feeling sorry for myself. I’ve got plenty to appreciate. A list in fact. I’m going to be grateful for my good fortune.

As always more to come.