#JusJoJan says Good Bye

So “Just Jot It January” 2019 is over *sigh* and Linda gave us a last prompt:
Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 31st is “your favorite thing/part/blog post of last year or last month.” Talk about what you did or discovered that gave you happiness and/or success. Have fun!

Well, I popped in to #JusJoJan late this year. I didn’t plan to take part because I was preparig for this years Love Is In Da Blog.

But then I stumbled over Linda’s call for prompts and I thought “zoomie” would be a brilliant prompt. Thanks Linda for using it and sorry fellow #JusJoJan’ers for confusing you 😁.

I then thought it would be silly to offer a prompt but not take part and so I was hooked.

It was proper fun. I only did half of the month but I reconnected with a couple of great bloggers and laughed, cried and found food for thought with many of your posts. (Thanks fellow bloggers. You rock!)

That cheered me up in this cold and dark January. I can’t say there was one post that made me especially happy. It was just a great experience all in all.

Linda, thank you so much for keeping this great blog event going even though life threw more than enough in your way.

May February and the rest of the year give you a rest and time to relax, be creative and/or do whatever it is you want to do.

And I am off to find some more music for Love Is In Da Blog 2019!

#JusJoJan does one snowy line (or not…)

So peeps I got my snow!!!!!!

This is the little path I walk the dog in the mornings. You can see the field covered with snow to the left and bushes and trees to the right and at the horizon

I woke up at 3 in the morning and the first thing I did was to look out of the window and did a little snow appreciation dance. That inner child of mine is terribly happy.

However, I also feel a little guilty having heard of that polar vortex thing covering Canada and parts of the US. Blimey, I love winter and the cold but THAT is too much of the good!

I hope all of you make it through safely and can stay warm!!!!!

This post takes part in Linda’s #JusJoJan and should have been one line but there is a reason why I usually not take part 😉 LOL

#JusJoJan gets dirty

So, what is Linda up to today? Let’s see:

Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 29th is brought to you by Jim! Click here to find his last post and say hi while you’re there! Jim’s word for our prompt today is “dirty.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. And remember, if it’s not safe for work, please mention that fact either early on or in the title of your post. Have fun!

That prompt made me laugh. The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and I watched BBC Breakfast this morning and Luise Minchin, one of the presenters, said to the weather lady that she had mentioned the “S-Word”.

The husband started laughing because he thought of the dirty meaning of an ” s-word” while Luise only meant “snow”. I love snow as I mentioned over at Carol Anne’s “Therapy Bits“. The husband loves snow too, however, it has a bit of a bitter taste for him. He is the groundskeeper of a nearby hospital which means he has to get in earlier if it snows or is icy to grit the path up to the hospital. It sits on a hill and people just can’t get up if it’s not gritted.

The street up to the hospital (it is a private mental health hospital) is a private street and won’t be gritted nor freed of snow so it might mean no one can get in anyway. We’ll see. We have a Landrover Discovery so it won’t be a problem for him to get in. Handy for his employer ;-).

Is there another “dirty” meaning for me?

I have to admit I like to get my hands dirty. We have quite a bit of garden and it is my chosen task to do the weeding. No idea why I like doing it. I find it very soothing and calming to go through the flower- and vegetable beds and pick out weeds. The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world is a gardener and always looks at me in astonishment: “Why don’t you use the hoe” he asks. And I answer: “I don’t know! I like to get my hands dirty!” which always makes him grin. The heavens only know what he might be thinking…. 😉

video source: Norfolk Now via YouTube

10 months ago we had a shit load of snow. Well, at least for this neck of the woods ;-). We loved it and went out a lot but I doubt tonight’s snow is supposed to be as bad even though there is a yellow weather warning out for snow and ice. We’ll survive I guess 😉

Description for visually impaired readers: A path towards a street full of snow. A tree to the left and bushes to the right. Black greyhound with red coat on bottom of picture looking back towards photographer.

 

#JusJoJan testifies

Oh wow Dan, that’s a prompt! Here is what Linda wrote:
Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 28th is brought to you by Dan!Click here to find his last post and say hi while you’re there! Dan’s word for our prompt today is “testify.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

Woops. Not sure what to do with this one. I never had to testify in a court case. The only time I’ve ever been to a court was for my divorce 12 years ago.

But I had to go to the police at one point. There was a rapist going around the little town I lived in. When I walked the dog I met a man whom I saw putting his bits away then coming up to me telling me how he was wanking. Thanks very much. I told the police about the bloke and then had to come in to identify someone.

It was like the crime shows: we were taken into the police station in a different entrance than the people we had to look at and then stood behind what was a mirror to them but a window to us. It was terrifying.

The bloke I met wasn’t there. He wasn’t the rapist. And I never heard what came from it but it caused me a lot of anxiety and started a time of flashbacks that was horrible.

My problem was that I delivered newspapers in the middle of the night on my own. In Germany they have to be delivered by 6am. Knowing a rapist was on the loose didn’t make me feel particularly happy.

I am happy though to announce I’ve been perfectly save and sound on my rounds at all times. Nothing ever happened to me there and I am eternally grateful to my guardian angel 😁.

Sigh. That was hard to even remember it. It’s such a long time ago and I hardly ever think if it but some experiences never lose their scariness fully I think.

#JusJoJan is Cathartic

What does Linda have in store for us today? Let’s have a look what she said on her blog:

Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 27th is brought to you by Enthralling Journey! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Enthralling Journey’s word for our prompt today is “cathartic.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!

So, I said “Hi” to today’s prompt giver and now I want to write something but it is Sunday, my brain is on holiday or plainly flew away this morning when we walked Sherks at the beach.

Want to hear the wind from this morning? Check it out here:

Well, here should be the video but my phone can’t upload it so I have to lead you to the post on Instagram, sorry 🙁

I have no idea what sort of noises I made there 😁 . Sounds to me like my kundalini channelled itself through my mouth 😉.

Speaking of Kundalini and channelling: I think something is “cathartic” when it was stress- or painful but it’s result is a sort of blessing or some healing has happened.

Many describe blogging as “cathartic”. They can let out all the pain, maybe even re-live something but let the pain connected with the experience go while writing.

Writing poetry always had that effect on me. I am not so sure if my blogging had that effect too. Feels more like I ran away from it considering how many blogs I started and deleted again.

Well, maybe I am settled down now. It would be nice. Maybe I am healed too. That would be even nicer.

We’ll see 😊.

#JusJoJan & #SoCS add an ad in 2019 AD

Wow!

This time I surpassed myself. Do you think I get extra-extra points for getting all three words in the title too?????

Ok, let’s take a step back and have a look at Linda’s prompt:

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “ad/add/AD (Anno Domini).” Use one, use ’em all–bonus points if you fit them all into your post. Have fun!

That sounds fair to me 😉 and just in case you want to join us, read other brilliant posts or find out about the rules please have a look here.

So on January 26th, 2019 AD I make #JusJoJan and #SoCS add an ad for themselves. How could it look like?

Description for visually impaired readers: white poster with #SoCS in bottom right corner and #JusJoJan badge in top left corner. Black writing in middle angular saying: Need a giggle? Need Inspiration? Need Information? Look no further: #JusJoJan & #SoCS gives you all!

I think I know now why I never made a career in the advertising business 😉
 

#JusJoJan finds Balance

Here is what Linda wrote about today’s prompt:

Welcome to your daily Just Jot it January prompt! We’re officially into our last full week of January now. Is it just me, or does it feel like it’s been a year already since Christmas?

If you’d like a peek at the upcoming prompts, check the “Rules” post HERE. The list is at the bottom of the post.

Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 25th is brought to you by JP! Click here to find her last post(honestly, I’m assuming JP’s a her–sorry, JP, if I’m wrong) and say hi while you’re there! JP’s word for our prompt today is “balance.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!gdddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

Please make sure to pay JP a visit!!! Thanks…

And here my jot:

Balance

Work the days away

winter, spring, summer, autumn

Never look outside

Relax in your space

Whichever form you chose

Freedom in your heart

Work the in your space

winter, spring, summer you chose

never in your heart

It was an experiment 🙂

#JusJoJan has the Zoomies

Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of a black running greyhound. It says underneath “Zoomie”. A high speed, lunatic, careless, happy, oblivious-to-everything and completely unstoppable greyhound run. May involve damage to property and induce nervousness in bystanders.

Looks like I confused some of my fellow bloggers with this lovely word 🙂 (*giggle* was so NOT intended … not 😉 ) and yes most of you got it right that I had no airforce meaning in mind. 🙂

The above picture shows you where I encountered the word the first time. It is the “Greyhound Gossary” by one ingenious Mr Skipworth himself an owner of a black greyhound called “Magic”. That is why he knows these beautiful creatures so intimately.

His love for his greyhound Magic made him jot a couple of illustrations on Facebook as a comment on someone else’s post and instantly hit the jackpot. Everybody loved it and wanted more. So he developed a lucrative side income besides his job as a freelance cartoonist and Illustrator.

The best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world was so kind to give me two of Skipworth’s mugs and guess what? This is one he chose:

Description for visually impaired readers: Illustration of a black running greyhound on a white mug. It says underneath “Zoomie”. A high speed, lunatic, careless, happy, oblivious-to-everything and completely unstoppable greyhound run. May involve damage to property and induce nervousness in bystanders.

I got the famous “Greyhound Glossary” for Christmas and sat there crying and laughing at the same time because his cartoons of the dogs and their owners are so exact it is scary. Do you know what “Grurdling” is? Well, if you’d own a greyhound you would know… 😉

Now, our beloved Sherky didn’t do zoomies when she came to us about a year ago. I dread to think what she went through in the kennels she grew up and had to race for a couple of years. When she came to us she didn’t play with balls, had no idea that you can play tug with a rope and looked entirely shocked at me when I tried to make her jump around with me.

That’s changed a little: She gets the zoomies as soon as someone of us comes home, happily runs after her tennis balls and hops around like a Kangaroo at times. I have tried to film her when she has the zoomies but she being a greyhound meant the phone and I were just not fast enough to get her. 🙂

Description for visually impaired readers: Black greyhound laying on beige floor on its side. It has a yellow tennis ball between its legs

This post is my contrition to Linda’s ingenious “Just Jot It January” and there you can find out how much or how not my fellow bloggers were confused by the word “zoomie” 😉 and I am off to do some shopping. “The Beast” as we call Sherky at times needs more food…

#JusJoJan is curious (and me too ;-) )

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so happy for you to be here! Please sit down, have a cup of your favourite beverage and relax. Our little open fire is on, the cookies are ready and you can have a sandwich too if you’d rather.

I am curious: What has lead you here to our little corner of the world? Do you like the sea? Are you concerned about the state of our world? Do you like poetry?

No matter what made you follow this link you are welcome! And just to be fair you can be curious too. Ask me any question you want but please do not feel offended if I choose not to answer. I won’t feel offended either if you choose not to ask or not to answer the above questions. Life is too short to be offended.

What shall we chat about when our curiosity is sated? Maybe our shared love for blogging? Or you would like to share your latest creative projects? I’d love for us to chat through the night because I so often can’t sleep lately. I’ll write about what I think is the reason later.

Oh, our time is over? No chatting through the night? That’s fair enough. I know the blogosphere is big and so many blogs so little time. Go feed your curiosity and if you liked it here please come back and tell me all about your adventures.  Bye, bye

video credit: Tara Connor via TEDx Talks on YouTube

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Linda wrote for today’s prompt:

Good morning! Welcome to the twenty-second day of Just Jot it January! It’s just as cold here today, so no school buses. But if all goes as planned, I should be driving Alex to school. He’s well enough!

If you’d like a peek at the upcoming prompts, check the “Rules” post HERE. The list is at the bottom of the post.

Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 22nd is brought to you by Pamela! Click here to find her last postand say hi while you’re there! Pamela’s word for our prompt today is “curiosity.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!