JusJoJan – January 31 – facetious

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Linda is giving us the final prompt for JusJoJan. Today’s prompt word is brought to us by Susan.

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

The speaker went to the podium with his speech in hand. He cleared his throat to prepare himself for what he wanted to say.

He began by stating that there would no longer be masks needed in the classroom.

Parents gasped.

He further went on to say that Covid testing would no longer be required.

Parents were visibly agitated.

He said that most of the teachers had Covid and would no longer be forced to stay home because of the new board policy.

Parents started shouting.

He rethought his positions, worried about his physical safety, and loudly declared, “I was only being facetious.”

JusJoJan – Jan 30 – Prepare

We are closing in on the last days of JusJoJan. Linda has done a great job of keeping us all enjoying the month of prompts. Today’s word “prepare” was provided by Jenny Young.

I believe the Boy Scout motto is to always be prepared. If only I was clairvoyant and could have seen the need to be prepared before the Pandemic struck. Never before have we needed to be more prepared than right now.

To avoid going out in public too often, I prepare my schedule to include mandatory outings with necessary ones. When I have a PT appointment, I’ll hit the grocery store too. The quandary is if I need refrigerated items or not. Do I go shopping before my appointment when there are less people, or after because I can’t leave items in the car? I now prepare my list of needed grocery items ahead of time so I can get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. I insist on never going into a crowded store.

I like to be prepared by having my freezer full and my fridge full of possible menu items. I no longer feel it safe to pop out to a store for a single item I might need. When I get a message that a med is ready at the pharmacy, I plan to pick it up when they open the next day. I will shop for any needed grocery items after picking up the RX.

Being prepared during the pandemic is a necessity for me to feel safe. To keep myself emotionally balanced, I’ve been in close contact with my tribe. I am grateful that I can call and speak with family and friends when I need to.

I will be grateful when I no longer need to be so well prepared.

JusJoJan & SoCS – Let Go

Linda is our host of SoCS every Saturday and JusJoJan for the month of January.
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!

The first thing that popped into my head using the prompt was LET GO OF MY HAIR!” I remember far too many skirmishes when my daughters were young, ending with that scream.  As a parent I hoped that my daughters would be good friends. They seemed to go through periods of being best friends and then worst enemies. Both would swear that the other got away with things that they did not. The reality is, that they could not be more different if they tried.

I love them both. I am proud of them for different reasons. In all honestly, I also wish they made different choices sometimes. A mother doesn’t have much, if any, say in what their adult children do. I had to let go of my own hopes for them. They get to decide what they want their life to look like. I am very glad the hair pulling stage is long gone.

JusJoJan – Jan 28 – Parts No Longer Needed

Linda’s JusJoJan is winding down. It has been a fun month of prompts from the blogging community. Todays prompt is from Lakshmi. You can visit her blog to read her posts.

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

Just as a tree uses abscission to shed parts no longer needed, doctors also use abscission to remove tissue by cutting something away. In modern medicine the term has been replaced by the term excision.

I think back to the times I’ve had to go under the knife to have something excised. A ruptured appendix is something no one wants to experience. If only I was taken to the doctor when the excruciating pain first started. What should have been a short recovery, turned into months of time in the ICU.

Over the years, I’ve had a few suspicious moles excised. It was fairly painless and thankfully nothing to worry about. I seek the advice of a dermatologist every year to be safe.

I had a hysterectomy before it became life threatening. Excising one’s female organs is not a decision to be taken lightly. Neither is it one to ignore when necessary.

Society has no trouble talking about having an appendectomy or tonsillectomy. But if you dare talk about a hysterectomy, many become uncomfortable. 

JusJoJan – Understanding

Linda is finishing up the JusJoJan month strong. Our Jan 27 prompt is brought to us by Kim. You can visit her blog to read her post and say hello.
Linda says: Your prompt for JusJoJan January 27th, 2022, is “understanding.” Use the word “understanding” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

My random thoughts in no particular order of importance.
I am purposefully not mentioning all the things I don’t understand about tRump followers and anti-vaxxers.

I have difficulty understanding why so many people enjoy reality TV shows.
I have difficulty understanding why people use twitter as a weapon.
I have difficulty understanding why people are anti-Semitic.
I have difficulty understanding why people commit crimes.
I have difficulty understanding why the older I get, the more medical issues I have.
I have difficulty understanding why people hurt animals.
I have difficulty understanding why people hurt people.
I have difficulty understanding why when I use less and less utilities, I get charged more and more.
I have difficulty understanding why people abuse drugs and alcohol.
I have difficulty understanding why all the goodies I love the most are the worst things for my body.
I have difficulty understanding why the gophers won’t leave my back yard alone.
I have difficulty understanding why my car insurance isn’t dramatically decreased in cost, with the great decrease in usage.
I have difficulty understanding why some people listen to music so loud in their cars, that even with my windows rolled up I can’t hear myself think.
I have difficulty understanding why it rains right after I wash my car.
I have difficulty understanding why my fingernails break easily and my toenails are hard as nails.
I have difficulty understanding why sometimes I am supermotivated to get things done and sometimes I am supermotivated to do nothing.
I have difficulty understanding why the squirrels like traveling along the power lines teasing my dog.
I have difficulty understanding why 25 years after getting my RK eye surgery my eyes are getting worse again.
I have difficulty understanding why there isn’t a magic pill to eliminate extra pounds on my body.
I have difficulty understanding why I have so many WIP that I have not finished.
I have difficulty understanding why I spent so many years collecting things that I now need/want to purge.
I have difficulty understanding why we still have pennies as a form of money.
I have difficulty understanding why I often procrastinate doing things I really want to get done.
I have difficulty understanding why my brain works in mysterious ways, but I’m glad it does.