#JusJoJan “Candy” ~ 1/31/21

Look right HERE for Linda’s last entry along with the rules and ping back. This years #JusJoJan was exceptional. I loved all the fictional short stories. Linda has a gift 🎁 I’m telling you what!! For our swan song, we’re prompted with candy 🍭 🍬 ooooh sweetness

I’ve never met a candy that I didn’t like. Well maybe licorice but that’s about it. Everything else is delightful. Chocolate 🍫 is my favorite 😍 especially Reese’s 🥜 🧈 ☕️ ☕️ . Pretend there’s no coffee in those cups and I’ve given you my fave candy with emoticons.

The sour stuff is just ok. Except for green apple 🍏 jolly ranchers. Back in the good old days, I’d save up my returnable coke bottles (pop or soda to some) to get me some coin for penny candy. Those little jolly ranchers were my first pick. That and dubble bubble. Not candy but cost pennies also.

There was a jolly rancher fire 🔥 stick that tasted like cinnamon and was a little more expensive than a few pennies because it was bigger. Which reminds me of red hots! Oh my and what about Chick-o-sticks? Or Slow Pokes? Or Milk duds? Or Sugar Daddy? Or Sugar Babies? Haven’t had those in years. Now I want candy!!!

But, noooooo. I’ve got to be careful. Watch my sugar intake and calories. Back then I ate it all and walked it off. The good old days for more reasons than one.

Any who. I guess I’ve rambled on long enough. Lemme let ya go 😂.

As always more to come.

#JusJoJan & #SoCS ~ 1/30/21

In the end, the only thing that mattered was getting bonus points.

Happy Saturday folks, time for the final combo of #JusJoJan and #SoCS. Today’s prompt is a doozy. Linda writes and I rewrite: Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “the beginning, the end.” Write about the beginning of something and the end of  something. Bonus points if your first sentence contains “the end” and your last sentence contains “the beginning.” <– Read that again. Have fun!

To join in and/or read the other entries, here are the rules and ping back.

Is this backwards day? Seems very Alice in Wonderland don’t you think? Or at least that is the first thing I thought of … begin at the beginning. Then I jumped right into “Pulp Fiction” yep weird I know but that movie was my next thought. I loved it! Not just because it was a John Travolta comeback or because Samuel L Jackson lays down a sermon that isn’t easily forgotten. I love it for all the twists and turns. Mr. Toad’s wild ride I’m telling ya what. Most people are surprised to hear me say “Pulp Fiction” is one of my faves.

They will <gasp> and ask me, “little Jilly McGilly. Are you serious?”

Then I respond, “why yes, yes I am.”

I didn’t enjoy all the gore of course but I was taken in by the storytelling. I had to look away or cover my eyes often. So many subplots within the whole. I was reading with my eyes. Each scene was entertaining on its own but when combined my oh my. And let’s not forget that the soundtrack was fabulous also. Muah!

Like it was yesterday, I was sitting by my lonesome in that dark theater … which is something I may never do again … sadly … when all the pieces finally clicked together. Mind blown! I had my aha moment because holy mother of mercy the end was really the beginning!!!

#JusJoJan “Storm” ~ 1/28/21

Linda is a genius. Loved her story this morning. If you’d like read it, look 👀 here at the rules and ping back. The prompt today is “storm”

There’s a storm ⛈ a brewing. Yeah buddy. All that comes to mind is the movie 🎥 “A Perfect Storm”. A real life story of the Andrea Gail. Starring George Clooney. Who I just saw in a rerun of ER this morning. Since I’m taking the day off, I’m channel surfacing.

I tell ya what, I get anxious 😟 remembering the climatic scene when the rogue wave took them out. Forever lost at sea 🌊.

In peeking at the wiki, Hollywood took liberties with the retelling. Big shocker I know. As if the disaster itself wasn’t big enough; they embellished. The bastards.

Welp that’s my jot this morning. I think I’ll switch from TV 📺 to a book 📖. Wishing you a wonderful day.

As always more to come.

#JusJoJan & #1linerWeds. 1/27/21

Time for the rebel rousing combo of #JusJoJan and #1linerWeds. Linda gave us a funny screenshot. I think her expert answer is correct! lol :). To play along look 👀 right here. I’ll add this funny meme to the pile.

Better to be a drunk monkey 🐵 that an unsuspecting lion 🦁. He’s gonna need a bigger stick. Lol 😆

As always more to come.

#JusJoJan “Shutter” ~ 1/26/21

Awesome ending to a great story. Peek here to see part 5 with links to parts 1-4 along with the rules and ping back. Whew! That’s a mouthful! Today the prompt is shutter. And I have got nothing.

All I came up with was the novel turned movie 🎥 “Shutter Island” Dennis Lehane is a favorite of mine. His stories are intense. Remember “Mystic River” and “Gone, Baby, Gone”. That’s him too.

I’m able to read again despite a brief hiatus when the Rona first hit. I might dust off one of his works. Though my TBR queue is getting bigger so maybe I’ll grab a book from there.

Decisions, decisions! A great place to be. I shutter … I mean shudder to think what it’d be like if the dam hadn’t broken.

That’s all she wrote. Until tomorrow. As always more to come.

*** Edit made because I am a person, not a window 🙂 ****

#JusJoJan – “Specs” ~ 1/25/21

Linda continues with her story. Look here to enjoy the ride. Rules and Ping Back Today the prompt is specs.

Okay. I know the reference is for glasses. But we have an establishment here called Specs that sells alcoholic beverage. I sure could use something extra strength from there. Be prepared, this a whine fest.

No internet again this morning. I took off to the library and parked in a WiFi parking space. Flawless connection from the same provider ironically called Spectrum. Sounds like specs. Moving on. The bastards! They lie.

Well that’s my jot and I’m sticking too it.

No place to go but up.

#JusJoJan – Trigger ~ 1/24/21

I am very much enjoying Linda’s story. Good times I tell ya. Today the prompt is trigger. Here are the rules and ping back.

I’ve spent almost the entire day working on taxes! I guess I should’ve started this post with a trigger warning. I am no accountant but I am a cheapskate who has decided that income taxes are simple enough math for us to do our own. That said despite B having become part of an LLC in 2019. We have personal taxes and the LLC stuff. I learned a boatload last year. Hoping they did not change the rules on us too much.

Keeping it short and sweet so I can mentally take a break and zone out.

Happy Sunday folks.

As always, more to come.

#JusJoJan & #SoCS ~ 1/23/12

First things first can ya dig it? That was so last week. Hehe :). Before I begin, Happy Birthday to B! He says it’s no big deal but to us this day is special. Cheers to a wonderful day and even better 2021!!

Now on with the prompts. Linda writes and I rewrite: Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “close eyes and point.” When you’re ready to write your post, open a book, a newspaper, or whatever is handy and close your eyes and point. Whatever word or picture your finger lands on, make that the basis of your SoCS/JusJoJan post. Enjoy!

To join in, here are the rules and ping back.

Hmmm. Games. We haven’t taken the newspaper in at least 10 years. There are no books in this room. I guess we’ll see whatever is handy. I’m at my desktop because my iPad and iPhone no longer provide full functionality on WP. The happiness folks are not happy. They haven’t a clue why I cannot like and comment on some posts but not others. But this is not about that.

Moving on …

Eyes closed then bazinga. The shelf to my left is now my feature image. I have not one but several things to spin a yarn about though if truth be told, my finger landed on the shell from dad’s 21 gun salute. Pony was a pallbearer and he got to keep one of the shells. He was only 18 and not too responsible which is why I held onto it for him. One of these days I will return the shell to its’ rightful owner.

There is also a pair of cufflinks that were dad’s and a miniature of the USS Copahee. He was the head cook for that ship during his time in the Navy. The blue Texas with San Antonio on it was his name tag for St. MM’s Men’s Club.

Unrelated to dad, I have the I voted sticker from several elections back. Not sure where I put the sticker from this election but it was all special with the presidential seal.

The perpetual calendar was something I bought when Lulu was selling stuff at school and we purchased because I very much dislike selling. I did what I always did. I bought enough to meet the quota so she wasn’t left out of the prize. She never sold the most but we participated. Fundraisers!! What a racket!! Glad those days are past. I keep this calendar set to 9/11 … always … so I #neverforget.

There is also a miniature carved elephant all the way from India. A coworker brought us all one when they returned home after their rotation in Pune. Did I ever tell ya I had the chance to go to India? We all did. Put our names in the hat to be site manager for 90 days when we first established the clean room over there. I missed my chance but I was still glad for those who got picked.

Next to Mister Elephant is a horse. I know he’s hard to see. That comes from Jane. She gave him to me the day I stopped being her manager. Gifts no matter how small are not allowed. When I was leaving and she changed reporting managers she said “we can be friends again so here you go”. Leaving management was one of the best things I ever did. I had to try being el jefe of course. Six 1/2 years was enough to last me a lifetime. Now I only have to worry about ME 🙂

Last but not least is a Donald Duck off a keychain I purchased as a souvenir from our one and only trip to Disney World in 2014. What a wonderful memory <3. As a kid Donald was my favorite. I can just hear him squawking as he drops the ice cream from his cone to his foot. FASTPASS!!! I heard annual passes have been discontinued thanks to the Rona. No telling if things will ever be the same again. What a shame! Guess we’ll need something new to replace things.

And that’s all she wrote. For now. Hope your Saturday is smooth sailing.

As always, more to come.

#JusJoJan – “Limp” ~ 1/22/21

TGIF!! Today is our lucky day. 1/22/21 is a palindrome. If numbers can be palindromes that is. Let’s play the lottery. Surely someone has to win 🙂

Linda’s short story continues here along with rules and ping back. I agree this really would be a good novel!! Now what do I have to say about limp?

I did it all for the nookie” … Limp Bizkit.

Get it?

Nope.

Me either 😉

That’s all for today peeps. Short and sweet. Until next time.

As always, more to come 🙂

#JusJoJan – “Spell” ~ 1/21/21

The prompt today is spell. Linda has written us a lovely short story. I felt transported away for a bit. If you’d like to join us, here are the rules and ping back.

I wish I could cast a spell to take away all the pain and suffering. I’m barely hanging on. I need to release the hounds but I’m afraid my troubles would appear trivial. Nobody wants a “Debbie Downer”. Keep it light. Laugh a little.

I spent some time in therapy dealing with my “stuff”. I minimize my feelings. My mantra was “It could be worse”. All the while the things were/are pretty crappy. I’m in denial. Until last night when I couldn’t keep it all together. The spell was broken and the flood gates opened. Holy mother of God. I prayed the rosary.

I feel better already just admitting the truth. All is not sunny in the Dub household. It’s not completely dark either. There are glimmers of Hope. That fickle bitch. She cast a spell on us.

As always more to come.