#JusJoJan ~ 1/17/19 – Inch

Happy Thursday folks!!!  John @ The Sound of One Hand Typing prompted us with inch.  Thanks for the prompt and a BIG hello this morning.

John is the music man and collector of rad vintage commercials.  Check out a post of his here. Then peruse his site.  I guarantee you that you’ll learn something new and cool.

INCH – my first thought is give them and inch and they’ll take a mile.  Greedy buggers.  Not you who are reading this … nope.  If I gave you an inch, I am sure you’d say thanks.  Taking a mile is for schmucks.  < thought bubble…image of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd >.

Ugh!  Get out of my head.  This is not the film “Dinner for Schmucks” and/or #SoCS.

Up next, inch worm, inch worm give me a mile.  Doh!  That’s not right.

What was it?  Oh ya.  There was this toy you see.  That I had to have.  But never got.  Why? well because my parents realized it had no staying power.  You’re getting a bike they said.  And that bike was the best gift ever.

Can’t picture an inchworm?  Well in typical JH fashion, here is a vintage commercial.

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#JusJoJan and #1linerWeds. 1/16/19

It’s Wednesday y’all.  Oh happy day!  Time for #JusJoJan and #1linerWeds.

I mentioned I took snaps to use on this day.  Here is a keeper. 

The quote was on the opening page of “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty.  Off to a most excellent start.  The story is very descriptive and I feel like I am on this road trip to Tranquillum House with Frances.   No spoilers, I promise.  I have not read far enough to know what’s going on and I have avoided any and all reviews.

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#JusJoJan ~ 1/15/19 – Paris

Kelli prompted us with “Paris”. Click here to find her last post  Hi Kelli!!!

Paris. Never been. Never wanted to go there. Pictures of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre are enough to satisfy my curiosity.

Quick jot for today. I’m a busy bee. See you tomorrow.

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#JusJoJan ~ 1/14/19 – Reflection

Janet prompted us with reflection.  Thank you Janet for the wonderful prompt.  Folks, look here to see Janet’s blog.  She is very creative and her blog has lots of cool stuff.

January 14, 1961 – July 19, 1999

Rest in Peace

Remembering ~ The Dash

Big Brother


In this case, I use reflection as in serious thought or consideration.

Back in July 1999 as the world mourned the passing of JFK Jr, our family mourned the loss of my brother Jimbo Pete.  I mention this because of the similarities – born two months apart, both died at the age of 38.  Both gone too soon.  Both deaths a tragedy.  Though that is where what’s in common ends.  Their lives could not have taken more different paths.

My mom had died that January before Jim.  Lulu was a baby.  Dad remarried a year and some months later and was on his honeymoon that July when we got the news that Jim was gone.  This was pre cell phone.  A few days would pass before we could reach him to tell him what happened.  A father should not outlive his child.  Simple fact.  We’d be reminded of this in July of 2006. When B’s brother died.

An overwhelming amount of life events (birth, death, marriage, death) were packed into a very short time.  As I look back, I see we endured and became stronger.  We had no idea then that things could be worse.  Well maybe some idea but not with certainty.   One thing I have learned is that certainty is eventual and fleeting.  Control is but an illusion.

As I sit here reflecting today, I am reminded of perseverance.  I am grateful and humbled.  2019 is my year of doing which I hope to translate into doing … serving … living life to the fullest for the rest of my days.

I don’t want to reflect on the past and what might have been.  I must move forward.  Now I am second guessing myself.  I should have gone with relfection as in mirror.  Doh!  Guess I will save that for next time.

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#JusJoJan ~ 1/13/19 – Undiscovered

Teresa prompted us with undiscovered.  Take a look at her site right here – so very good.  Hi Teresa!!!

Is undiscovered a contradiction?

I mean in order to name something don’t you have to discover it first??!?

Duh Jilly!  Use it as a adjective.

Ah okay!  But first you need to know what is an adjective.  You have become sloppy with how you apply the grammar rules.  Or worse … you are all willy nilly and purposefully misspell words.  Gregg would be super disappointed in you.

Do you remember how there was a hard bound Gregg Reference Manual at work and people actuality used it?  And some folks … not you … used to get in heated debates.  And how you would get popcorn from the cafe’ and watch the sparks flying.  Ah good times in 1985 I tell ya.

Now what does the above have to do with undiscovered?  The people want to know.  Well, nuthin.   But what follows does … and it is Sunday.  And we sing on Sunday or we sing every day.  Enjoy …



Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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#JusJoJan and #SoCS for 1/12/19 ~ Art

“Saturday in the park I think it was the 4th of July”

Uh no, it is January 2019 in the year of our Lord.  Time once again for #SoCS.  To spice things up #JusJoJan is making an appearance.  Woo Hoo.  Another two-fer on a non Tuesday.

Here is the official prompt provided by the lovely Linda who keeps the wheels rolling no matter what:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “art.” Talk about something that’s hanging on your wall. Add a picture, if you’d like. If you have no art on your walls, talk about something in a museum. Have fun!

After the incident in October 2006, we didn’t put too art much back up on the walls.  We didn’t have much to begin with because we are very selective.  Ha!  Not really.  B could not care less though he does have a penchant for nature scenes.  And me ??  Well I am indecisive.  If I was going to make the first holes in the walls, I wanted everything to be perfect.

This morning I went around the house snapping pictures and realized Lulu is really the only one who decorates.  She draws and paints her own stuff which is splattered over her walls.  No secret that she went through some really rough times and art helped her through.

When I took pictures today, I noticed one of her early works was missing.  The piece was very dark … absolutely heartbreaking to see and read but necessary just the same.  If you know what I mean.  I tried not to be too snoopy but I looked everywhere and I could not find it.

Now I knew she planned to paint over some stuff during the break.  She likes to do that.  Saves on buying new canvas.  Her memory is a steel trap so remembers paintings that were covered up.  I can’t do that and now I wish I had gone around the house taking pictures sooner.  Maybe for the best and covering up her painting showing such pain could mean things are looking up for her.  The replacement is a bright sun. She left some gray and the black is peeking through the edges.

Without further ado, here is the gallery.

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#JusJoJan ~ 1/11/19 – flew/flu/flue

M prompted us with “flew/flu/flue.” Woo hoo what a way to start this Friday!

Hello M! Thanks for the interesting prompt Click here to find her last SoCS post.

Flew as in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest – Jack Nicholson in his hey day.

Flu as in had it twice in my life that I can recall.  Worse than almost anything else I have gone through except for impacted wisdom teeth.  Even breaking my arm was better than getting the flu.  The fever was the worst.  Is my brain cooking?  Sure felt like it.

Since 1989, I have gotten the flu shot every year to keep the flu at bay.  I am a firm believer in the vax though I know skeptics … my dad included who refused the flu shot saying it always made him sick.  Of course when he was older, the doctor insisted and he went along with it. Lived to be 90 y’all.  Means you should if you haven’t already go on out there and get your shots.

Flue as in we don’t have one of those because our house doesn’t have a fireplace.  I always wanted a house with a fireplace.  Thought it was cool.  Or I thought it was hot stuff.  Why?  Well cause … ya know fire is hot.

Regional tradition dictates and there are fewer fireplaces here than let’s say north Texas or anywhere up and to the right.  I am told the fireplace is more trouble than it’s worth.  Unless you get a fancy gas one but then that sort of defeats the purpose huh?  Give me a camp fire any day.  A responsible camp fire not like those yahoos that cause all kinds of harm.  Anyways, all I know about a flue is you keep it open when the fire is going.  Let’s the smoke out.  Better out than in as Shrek always said.

And on that note, they got the hook and took me off stage.  Lol!  I know I am not funny as in good stand up funny.  Still I laugh and I laugh again at some of this stuff.  Maybe you did too?  Or at least maybe you smirked and cracked a 1/2 smile.  Half smiles are good too.  Now go one out there and be the light in someone’s life.

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#JusJoJan ~ 1/10/19 – Sunrise

Toortsie’s prompted us with sunrise.  Great choice for the prompt.  Sunrise is my favorite part of the day. Look here to see her latest post  

Hi Toortsie! 

These past two mornings we have had beautiful deep red sunrises.  Though red sky at night is a sailor’s delight, these red skies in the morning were fantastic.  I almost stopped the car yesterday so I could take a picture but decided I was in too much of a hurry because I needed to stop for petrol as well.  Uh ya, I said petrol.  What do you call it?  I call it gas unless I am being all hoity-toity.  Shame on me.  I should have taken the picture.

Today I was up at the b’crack of dawn well before sunrise in order to call into a meeting on the east coast.  I drove into the office at sunrise.  How’s that for early??!?  I worked a full day because tomorrow I am taking another ME day.  That way I feel semi-caught up and not guilty about taking off.

I plan to attend a retirement party aka mini-reunion.  And then come home in time to see Lulu off to school.  I miss her already.  After that I will drown my sorrows in a book.  I still have three in the hopper just waiting to be read.

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#JusJoJan and #1linerWeds. 1/9/19

Cheers for a two-fer on a non-Tuesday aka Wednesday!!

Recently I took a bunch of snaps to use during #1linerWeds.  I did this since I routinely leave my common place book at home.  I have taken to walking again.  Not talking about walking like I usually do but actually doing it.  And I have photographic evidence to prove!!

I saw this sign on my way back to the office.  The little mom and pop stationery shop will likely be gone before the year is up.  I have seen two other businesses in that space in the three years, three months, and some odd days but who is counting of working downtown.

Not sure how I feel about this.  I enjoyed getting and sending greeting cards but as part of my go-green effort, I switched to e-cards.  Then I got lazy and folks don’t open emails anyway.  Technology keeps advancing.  Wonder what’s next.  As always, more to come.

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P.S. I hope I am wrong about the stationery store.  I’d love for this business to make it!!

#JusJoJan ~ 1/8/19 – Self

Ritu prompted us with self.  Click HERE to find her latest post.  Hi Ritu!  Another awesome prompt.

S – earching

E – lusive

L – oving

F – eeling

In Act 1, Scene III of the famous play, Hamlet, Polonius says:

To thine own self be true

The original meaning was selfish … to put yourself first ABOVE all others and make money.  Then afterwards you can maybe lend a hand to another … or maybe not.

J-Dub’s meaning is borrowed “let your freak flag fly”  Think how fantastic that would be.  I might even pay to see that.  Lol! Mind outta the gutter folks.  Nothing to see here. 🙂

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