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#JusJoJan 1-28-22


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

My corner garden a few years back.

The Garden

The garden’s abscission

Creates a soft cushion

Protecting the bulbs from the frost

Springtime comes and we rake it away

Making room for new growth

The bulbs were a gift, and pots I add later

But goodness knows I love them both!

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#JusJoJan & WOD 1-27-22

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


One of the pastors from my church, Donna McKee, gave me this book-Understanding Your Grief but as I was reading it, I realized there is a workbook that is supposed to go along with it. I ordered it! Last night it came in and today I did my first bit of journaling from where I had read so far. It is a lot of writing, but so therapeutic. I need to do this work.

Long gone is the innocence I had when I was young. I can’t be sheltered from the pain or pretend it doesn’t exist. I don’t have parents anymore. Dave and I have that in common now. It’s a sad truth that I have to make peace with, little by little, day by day. If I keep reading, journaling, talking, writing, and praying, I will get through it. I must keep attending Zoom meetings on grief and seek other’s counsel. I don’t want to burden David with my feelings anymore, he has enough on his plate with work. I can always talk to my brother. Some people may be thinking that I should be “over it” now or I should “move on” but it doesn’t work like that. Everyone mourns and grieves at their own pace.

While it feels comforting to have Dad’s ashes here in the house with me, I think I will get more closure once he is at DFW National Cemetery next to Mom’s ashes. That will be an important step in the grieving process. I will be emotional when that day comes but that’s ok. It’s all part of dealing with my grief. It’s also important to understand your grief and dispel the myths I’ve always heard about “stages” etc. You should read the book if you’ve ever lost someone and feel like you did not make peace with it. I went through all my grief and mourning over my mom all by myself. I didn’t have this book or a network of people to really talk to. Maybe this process will help me address some lingering issues I have with her death as well.

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One-Liner Wednesday 1-26-22 I Need Caffeine

Current situation: Waiting for this headache to go away!

Ever since I quit caffeine to help my blood pressure go down, I get an afternoon headache most days. I’ve tried CBD, sugar free chocolate, and trying to stay busy, but nothing seems to help. Once in a while, I get lucky and have a day with no headache, but it’s only been a couple of weeks and most days I do.

I check my blood pressure and sometimes it’s high (probably because I’m in pain) but I don’t know if it’s related or not. Today it was 161/80 and my heartbeat was normal at 64. I am working out more too, so I don’t know the answer, but I go back to my kidney doc in a couple of months, so hopefully, he will have one for me.

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Multiple Prompt Post 1-22-22 A Machine With Taste

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!

First off, I have to apologize for yesterday’s post. I kept thinking it was Saturday all day because Dave was home. That really throws me off my schedule, plus I was kind of hobbling around, much like today with these sore knees, may have affected my thought processes. I put the SoCS tag on a post that definitely was not- yet could be interpreted as- stream of consciousness.

Now that it is Saturday, let’s get on to my multi-prompt post and hope everything fits into place this time.

I wanted to tell you about a machine I read about this morning from Gastro Obscura that dispenses apples instead of the usual junk food. You can find this trendy vending machine at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. For just one dollar, students there can sample 9 different varieties of apples, according to the season. That’s a tasteful machine!

The cool thing about this machine and its apples is, they are grown at Cornell Orchards’ two locations. Graduate students in the horticulture program do everything from grow the apples to keeping the vending machine fully stocked. All the proceeds support the Society for Horticulture. That’s the icing on the cake if you ask me!

The article made a point of mentioning that it is more than a novelty, it is a point of pride at the university and has been for nearly three decades. They breed new varieties trying to create tastier apples, and these are on display in the machine each autumn. Heard of Macoun or Snapdragon apples? They came from Cornell. Rubyfrost and Firecracker also. They said that creating and marketing a more tasteful apple is huge business these days, an unbelievable 10.5 million dollars went into developing the Cosmic Crisp, a Washington State rival to the Honeycrisp.

I was sad that my favorite apple-the Granny Smith-wasn’t mentioned. David’s favorite is the Gala, which they do have there at Cornell. They also feature the Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Shizuka, and Ginger Gold. In the fall, the offering changes to varieties like Goldrush, while summer showcases Sansa and SweeTango varieties.

What if all universities latched on to this idea? It wouldn’t necessarily have to be apples, just grow and sell products indigenous to the area.

Gastro Obscura has featured many stories about vending machines selling interesting things other than the usual junk food offerings. I covered one last year that featured pecan pies. It’s a novel idea that any school could adopt and then give the proceeds back to the school, or some charity, or like Cornell does…to the SoHo.

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#JusJoJan & WOD 1-21-22 The Mission


Your prompt for JusJoJan January 21st, 2022, is “mission.” Use the word “misson” any way you’d like. Have fun!

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The Mission

Henry was on a mission to find that fatuous dog of his, Blue. He’d run off into the woods barking after something (probably a wild turkey) and now Henry couldn’t find him. He had lost the sound of barking due to the trees, wind, and other wildlife in the ten wooded acres he owned.

One day Blue had run under the gate and wound up in the neighborhood horse ranch. It took Henry literally one hour to convince Blue to come back in the yard because his silly butt was too busy acting superior around the resting horses. He’d pranced to and fro, nudging the horses with his nose, trying to get them to play, yet the entire time Henry was freaking out, just waiting for one of them to get mad at Blue and kick the tar out of him.

Luckily, he convinced him that time. Now he was off on another crazy mission, trying to catch whatever it was, maybe a squirrel, maybe a rabbit…who knew?

Henry told himself it was about time for more fences and gates, this was nuts running through the woods like this. He had gone about two miles before he finally saw what Blue was after. It couldn’t be real! It looked to be a wild boar! How did that thing get on his property? They are mean and tough, not something Blue should be messing with. Henry found himself in a real pickle this time. What was he going to do? Frantically thinking for a solution, he remembered two things at once; the toy bone in his pocket, and the phone in his hand. With that he could dial 911 and they might send a hunter out in a helicopter and shoot the wild pig. Henry could distract Blue with the bone and hopefully get him to leave the pig-but what if the thing charged at Blue…or himself??

He watched a few more minutes after dialing 911 and decided they didn’t have time to wait. Henry hollered “Blue!!” as he was throwing the bone as hard as he could behind himself, so the dog would run back toward the house. Fortunately, when Blue took off and the boar no longer felt threatened, he ran the opposite direction back into the woods. Henry hightailed it back toward the house feeling very lucky indeed!

Once he got back to his own yard, there was Blue, down on the ground in front of the back door, chomping on his toy bone. He gave Henry a smug look as he opened the back door and called him inside. Henry thought, “Well! That’s the thanks I get for saving your life.” Smiling and shaking his head, he went to the kitchen to make them some dinner.


I know it isn’t customary to write a story for SoCS, but when I saw the dog, the story just practically wrote itself and I had to run with it! I hope nobody minds. Besides, nothing going on around here today but me staying in out of the cold!! I thought it would be a good day to get caught up on writing, emails, Spanish lessons, and maybe as a reward, I’ll work on some Diamond Art! Wish me luck! (Dave is home and sometimes throws a wrench in my plans, lol)

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