JusJoJan – Jan. 6 – Possibilities


Jill from J-Dubs Grin and Bear It  provided the prompt for today.

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I am continuing with my thoughts from yesterday’s prompt. The prompt from yesterday was all about intentions. I wrote about all my good intentions that often go awry. Truth be told, they go amiss because I have too many possibilities to choose from.

Yesterday and today were family days. My daughter and 2 Zs spent the night. I took my daughter to the surgery center to have a procedure repeated. Her doctor wanted to see how things have changed or not changed in the past four years. We arrived with plenty of time to spare. The staff was kind and quick to ready things. All the necessary questions were answered. The procedure was completed swiftly, and she coughed herself into being awake. I was relieved when everything was finished.

We dropped by Robeks and got smoothies for her and the kids. The beverage felt good on her throat. The Zs were grateful for the morning surprise. They no longer carry pomegranate juice, so I skipped the smoothie.

After my daughter went upstairs for some more sleep, I presented the Zs with entertainment possibilities. They agreed to make me decorative steppingstones for my garden. Gloved and masked, they helped prepare the cement mixture. Z2 made hers first. She included her handprint and decorative stones. Z3 made his next and added shells and stones after his handprint was created.

After clean-up, they were eager to choose more possible activities. Z2 wanted to play on her phone and I agreed but with a time limit. Z3 was excited with the possibilities he knew he could choose from. I knew it would be some kind of board game. We played Sequence repeatedly. We played checkers. We played tic-tac-toe.

I had purchased a new outdoor game I thought the kids might enjoy. Z3 and I played numerous games of lawn darts. Z2 then came and played lawn darts with us. It was in the 70s and I was pleased that the kids were outside. The warm weather was a pleasant change. Both kids were anxious to remove the steppingstones so they could paint them. Z2 read that they needed 24 hours before removing them from the mold. I agreed to more inside game time when I grew tired of being in the sun. Before coming back in, Z3 decided to hula hoop for awhile. Little ones have unending energy.

Once inside, we played more Sequence and checkers. I admire the sportsmanship of the kids. Win or lose, they enjoy playing. We continued right up until it was time for me to make lunch.

My daughter joined us for some lunch. I limited their food possibilities because I was already tired. Luckily the majority wanted cheese quesadillas. I forget sometimes how growing kids have a bottomless stomach. I happily filled them up. I offered fruit to be added to their plate, but it was declined. At least they drank the Blueberry Naked Juice I bought for their visit.

Their family departed after packing up their belongings. I sent off a “care package” with them. The dog wanted to go outside and play with them before they left. It was a good visit.

I was hoping to choose from a multitude of possibilities of what to do with my time. However, less than five minutes after they left, my spouse drove up. I was back in a sharing space place. I am grateful I will have tomorrow to veg out and choose my own activities.

JusJoJan – Goals And Intentions for Jan. 5 – A Day Late


Faye Therborne gifted Linda with this prompt. It is fitting and welcome this time of year. As suggested, I went and read Faye’s post. It was lovely. I am always eager to find new blogs to read. 

I do not write resolutions. I haven’t done so in many years. I do like to set intentions as an ongoing system of growth. I start new things all the time, not just in January.  I re-evaluate what is and is not working for me.

Linda talks about procrastination. I am a genius at procrastinating. I can make up dozens of reasons why I should or should not do something that I planned on doing. It is not that I do nothing, I just do things while skipping others.

I realized recently that I am on intention overload. I intend on doing my daily meditation, my journaling, my gratitude list, my writing, my blogging, my prayers, my search for new programs, my search for ways to reduce stress, my ways to reduce pain,  my personal growth, my Judaic spiritual growth, my meal planning, my exercising, my grounding, my cleaning, my sewing, my decluttering, my Udemy classes, my reading, my commitment to sending snail mail, my need for better relationships, etc., etc.

I want to do everything. I want to continue to grow in so many areas. I have more emails daily than any normal person can read and digest. I often hesitate to delete some that I know will give me a needed push in one area or another.

So, after the grandkids left today, I went through the 288 new emails added since two days ago. I sorted some necessary ones into folders. I deleted any that asked me to buy something. I perused ones that had meaning. I enjoyed ones that led me places of knowledge.

I am working on making better choices with my time. I need to be much more selective. I do love it when something unexpected speaks to me. Tonight, it was a newsletter from Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. Multiple parts of her blog were awe inspiring. Her entire newsletter is here. 

What I needed to see and hear today was her guided meditation on self-compassion. Instead of saving the post I allowed myself to not procrastinate and just enjoy the wonderful guided meditation.

She wrote:

Lovingkindness (chesed) Meditation for self-compassion & healing. Chesed is the Hebrew word for lovingkindness. The “high priests” in Jewish tradition bless the community with well-being. In this meditation, we bless ourselves, we receive and give blessings: May I feel safe, May I feel content, May I feel strong, May I feel worthy.

Lovingkindness (Chesed) Practice For Self by Rabbi Jill Zimmerman

I am grateful for the multitude of options before me.

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SoCS – January 4, 2020

Linds brings us SoCs. Check out her site to see all the rules and to view other’s entries.



Linda Hill’s stream of consciousness makes my Saturday blog different than my norm.              

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ow.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. Have fun!

As is my usual goal I attempt to join my blog topic with her parameters.

I wondered how I was going to get everything I needed done yesterday. I was double booked on a few things so I made every effort to complete all my tasks.  I had my acupuncture and chiropractor appointments early in the morning. My doctor had been a no show the day before as he returned from his vacation very ill. He was a little better, but I was hoping not to catch his cold. Upon leaving I wrote down the date for my next appointment. Then I wondered if insurance starts over in the calendar year or the school year. Either way, I was grateful for leaving their office feeling much better than when I went in.

After two hours of working on my physical well being I came home to a call with my mentor to work on my spiritual well being. The notes I was taking were tear inducing.  I know this is a part of my growth. I have been working long and hard to make healthy changes. I am grateful I am beginning this year so very far ahead of where I was last January. 

After my phone conversation I debated going out to see my aunt. I wasn’t sure if she would have already had lunch so I decided to do some chores and wait to visit her another day. I traveled a long distance to my favorite bagel hang out, but sadly, they had no bagel dogs. I wondered how come they never make enough bagel dogs. I assume because they make everything fresh, they strive for no leftovers. Maybe I should have been grateful they didn’t have my favortie splurge. I am confidant the calorie count is extremely high.

While driving, my daughter called and asked if she and the Zs could spend the night Sunday. She needs me to take her for a medical procedure on Monday. Of course, I agreed to do so. I am grateful I can be of help to my family.

Moments after talking to her, Z1 called and wanted to know if he could come out and get my car transferred to his name. I am gifting him my very old car as he will be 16 in a few days. We agreed to meet at my house and then off to AAA to transfer ownership. I was surprised at how easy the whole process was. I filled out some paperwork  to complete the transaction. Because we are direct family members it was only 15 dollars for the transfer. I am grateful that I was able to do this for my grandson.  He showed his appreciation with a hug and a hearfelt, “Thank you Nana.”  

It was time for linner (lunch/dinner) after they left. I had a quick bite to eat and then had a glorious conversation with my dear friend. We caught up with each other’s lives. I am grateful for the emotional connection we share. 

There was still time to play with my dog and watch some shows on Netflix before attempting to sleep. I am grateful for a busy day with growth in many areas. 





JusJoJan – Jan 3, 2020 – The Prompt is “Poke”


Your prompt for JusJoJan January 3rd, 2020, is “poke.” Find a word with “poke” in it or use the word “poke” any way you’d like. Enjoy! To see what others did with the prompt and to see all the guidelines go here.

I hade to poke around in my purse to find the note I had written to myself. I have a terrible habit of writing important things on slips of paper, never to find them again.

I used to use my cell phone to send texts to myself. My cell phone had issues and finally died this week. Sadly, I could not retrieve the texts. There were some messages I am well rid of. There were messages to myself that were very important. I guess I will continue writing notes to myself and then poke around in my purse until I find them.

JusJoJan – January 2


Today Linda’s challenge is to post a picture that I took this last week. I happily took a picture of the Hanukkah gifts I made and purchased for my grandkids. I challenged myself to make most gifts this year. I bought each of the Zs a towel and sewed different Zs on each. I made each a bowl cozy. I made each an accent pillow. I made each a rice heat pack. I also bought some fun things.

I decided to take a picture of the gifts because I don’t know when I shall see the items again. I am proud of my work. I hope the kids know the love that went in to making special things for them.

Sadly, my old cell phone died before I could get the pictures off it. I can’t get it to start at all. I shall try again, and maybe I will have some success. But I am not counting on it.

Fell free to join in on the Just Jot It January challenge by going here. This seems like a doable task for me. Enjoy the posts from other bloggers.

My daughter sent me a picture of Z3 with some of his gifts I made.