Thanks Linda for hosting and thanks Susan for the prompt. Looks like we made it … sang in my imitating Barry Manilow voice. Ha! Quite the whirlwind month. January was Xtreme. One for the memory books.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 31st, 2022, is “facetious.” Use the word “facetious” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Facetious. What a wonderful word. Said in all sincerity. See what I did there? Not the least bit flippant. Another wonderful word. Lol.

It’s been every bit a Monday today. I’m outta stamps. Woe is me. Ha! If that’s the least of my worries, I’m cooking with gas. So much to unpack.

Unpack… ugh the bane of my existence. When in work-speak, someone says let’s unpack that I think gag me with a spoon. How facetious! Lots of work-speak comes off that way to where there are memes abound and someone could write a book of nothing but facetious work related quips. Think The Office or American Auto. Hahaha 🤣.

Alrighty. That’s all she wrote. Until next time.

As always more to come.


Thanks Linda for hosting. And thanks Jenny for the prompt. Take a look at her blog. You’ll be glad you did.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 30th, 2022, is “prepare.” Use the word “prepare” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

This reminds me of the Girl Scout motto. Be prepared. I took that to heart and I’ve been overly prepared my whole life. Compulsive one might say. And the sins of the mother went to my Lulu. Poor kid gets it from both of us. B is even more prepared than me.

Yes there is such a thing as being too prepared. Like for a test, then you freeze or blank out. Or when you wig out if you’re not home by a certain time to get ready for the next day. Finding the sweet spot is key.

And being able to let go (hey that was so yesterday’s #SoCS) if despite the best laid plans (of Mice and Men) your preparation was all for naught when life or fate tosses a monkey wrench into the works.

Alrighty off I go to prepare dinner. We skipped lunch and now everyone claims they’re starving. Good thing we planned the menu a full week in advance so I can get straight to cooking.

As always more to come.

#SoCS and #JusJoJan ~1/29/22

Howdy 🤠 folks. Saturday has showed up on our doorstep yet again asking us to come out and play. Aaaah, the weekend. HERE are the rules and ping back of the final combo of #SoCS and #JusJoJan for 2022,because sure enough January is almost over. Without further ado, Linda writes ✍️ and I copy paste.

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “let go.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think “let go.” Enjoy!

Let’s Go!

Close but no cigar. Let’s go is ever so slightly different than let go by more than an apostrophe. My first thought 💭 was let go and let God. I’ve said that often over the past two weeks. Hard to believe the sH!t show started on Monday January 17th. Time like hope that fickle b-word is conceptually weird to me.

But all’s well that ends well. Miracle upon miracle guess who’s up ⬆️ and walking? Yep 👍🏼 you’ve guessed it. How does one go from a wheelchair 🦼 to being mobile without any physical therapy and nothing but Anacin since we flushed the offending prescription? Yes, there was a bad reaction. For the brief time on the meds, things were legit scary 😟. But during the before and after … the jury is out.

I won’t elaborate here except to say sweet Lulu called it. She felt guilty about doubting too. But she was right. This is psychological warfare. Hard to let go of the anger over the malicious manipulation but forgiveness benefits the forgiver not the forgive-ee. Yep making up words again. Letting go. Feeling the release. Stress is lifting up, up, and away.

As always more to come.

#JusJoJan ~ 1/28/22

Thanks Linda for hosting and thanks Lakshmi for the prompt.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 28th, 2022, is “abscission.” Use the word “abscission” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

Oooohhhh. Homework. What does abscission mean? Pre google, I guessed remove oneself from the situation. I abscission from here you scoundrel!! Then I thought maybe abscission has something to do with voting. Sounds very legal-like. Well folks, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Per Oxford languages …

ab·scis·sion/abˈsiZHən/Learn to pronounce


  1. the natural detachment of parts of a plant, typically dead leaves and ripe fruit.”leaf abscission in trees”

Fun fact! Tomorrow here in good ole SATX, there is a fruit and nut tree giveaway at Nelson Wolff stadium 8 to noon or until the trees are all given away. One per household based on your San Antonio Water System (SAWS) bill address. This event was held twice yearly. Part of conservation efforts for my fair city. Last held in January of 2020, then cancelled due to the RONA but back again as a drive-through (almost contactless) event in 2022. B and I loved this as amatuer gardeners though truth be told, only one of the “free” trees ever survived and it never gave any peaches. We’ve only had luck with the trees we get from Fanick’s Nursery. Our oaks are mighty and the cypress is off the charts. The images that follow are from 2019. Why I didn’t take tree pictures is beyond me.

Well, that’s all she wrote. I’m glad to learn a new word and will work to add abscission into polite conversation. Happy Friday folks!!! Hope you have a good one!!!!

#JusJoJan ~1/27/22

Thanks Linda for hosting and thanks Kim for the prompt!!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 27th, 2022, is “understanding.” Use the word “understanding” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I can be clueless. Sometimes innocently enough and sometimes on purpose. I prefer to understand everything about anything. A true nosey Nelly but not a know-it-all. I’m nosey because I seek to understand. The proverbial question lady. I’m in a kerfuffle right now and some things defy explanation. Try as I might I can’t for the life of me understand why someone would refuse help. Pride I guess. Embarrassment perhaps. But if/when my time comes and God willing, I can afford it, I’m going to accept what I cannot change. Ahhhh. Letting go of what I can;t understand to move forward peacefully. Music cures all that ails ya. Yeah buddy!!

As always, more to come.

#JusJoJan and #1linerWeds. 1/26/22

My TV-a-holic self was going quote a quip today but instead of sit-coms I watched dramas This is Us and New Amsterdam last night and was gutted. But damn I NEEDED a good cry. Very therapeutic just like writing this blog post. Or blasting tunes. I could’ve quoted from both shows but this is one liner doing double duty with #JusJoJan not a two liner. Tee he.

Okay mom, don’t let me keep you.

Jack Pearson at his mom’s eulogy

Out of context, this may not seem emotional but trust me it was. Everyone deals with trauma their own way. If we’re lucky, we find our tribe.

As always more to come.

This post was written for #JusJoJan. Thanks Linda!

#JusJoJan ~ 1/25/22

Thanks Linda for hosting and thanks Scarlet for the prompt.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 25th, 2022, is “journal.” Use the word “journal” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

I don’t recall a time when I didn’t have a journal. I got my first diary when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. I was enamored by the little lock and key. I wrote daily nonsense. Fast-forward to today and not much has changed. I’m still writing daily nonsense. While I graduated from the diary to spiral notebooks, to actual journals, my process is the same. You might even say I have an online journal in this blog as I overshare my inner thoughts and feelings. I’m telling ya what. Writing is free therapy.

Not the best picture of a beautiful pen given to me at Christmas one year. The cover says From the Heart. And my current journal which still has plenty of pages left. My ritual as I more from my office to a living room recliner is sit with a heating pad and write short snippets. Brings me back to center. Ah now that’s the stuff.

As always, more to come.

#JusJoJan ~ 1/24/22

Thanks Linda for hosting!

The prompt for JusJoJan January 24th, 2022, is “unbelievable.” Use the word “unbelievable” any way you’d like. Have fun!

I’m the winner today!! My prompt earned the gold statuette. Not just an honor being nominated, but being chosen. Ha! How’s that for unbelievable? Or hysterical more likely. Why is using my prompt such a big deal?

Well because when the rest of my life is a sH!tshow, I grab on to any life preservers around. The little things make all the difference folks. Things around Casa de Dub Senior are unbelievable. Never in my life could I have imagined it would come to this sad state of affairs. I hope and I pray that when my time comes, I accept help graciously instead of deny what’s plain as the nose on my face. And if I am ornery as all get out, I hope my kids do as I have instructed and release the brake on my one day wheelchair to roll down from the highest hilltop on our place. Oops. Dark humor. Unbelievable! Saying things you don’t mean to let off the steam before we all scald ourselves.

As always, more to come.

#SoCS and #JusJoJan ~ 1/22/22

Top-o-the morning fine folks of bloglandia. Let’s get this #SoCS/#JusJoJan combo party started shall we? I hear there’ll be birthday cake!! Linda writes and I copy paste Your prompt for #JusJoJan and my very first birthday-Stream-of-Consciousness-Saturday is: “icing on the cake.” Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the phrase “icing on the cake.” Enjoy!

Hmm, icing on the cake. Think, think, and think … is that like a cherry on top of the whipped cream on top of a hot fudge sundae? Anyone else triggered by this spelling of sundae? Nope. Just me? Move along little doggy.

Icing on the cake is extra special but and it’s a big but, some people don’t like icing. They want only cake or vice versa. And Yes! When baking a cake, I do lick the beaters and I will eat any leftover frosting. Oh my, now we can have the is icing different from frosting? convo cuz ya know icing is better or maybe frosting is better? Personal preference. To not delay the answer, icing is thin powdered sugar and milk while frosting is thick with powdered sugar and butter. Mhmm butter makes everything better. Frosting for the win!!! Don’t believe me? Google it. I’ve no time as I streaming. She was red hot. I mean, she was steaming. Thin Lizzy is back in town with the boys …

Whew! I’m tired. Back to bed for moi.

As always more to come.