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#JusJoJan & WOD 1-23-22 Surviving and Resting

Julie and her tres leches cake
Wes waiting for some cake, lol.

What a nice day its been today! Our Sunday dinner became a double birthday celebration.

We had such lovely weather, there was visiting outside on the patio. My brother-in-law, Robert’s birthday was today so Dave decided to fix fajitas and 🌮 and as I was calling the kids to get a head count, I found out Josh and Shari were not going to make it. I quickly called my friend Julie to see if she and Wes were busy. She said they had reservations at a local restaurant to celebrate her upcoming birthday, but cancelled their plans and came to eat with us! We ran out and got birthday cards, and a gift card for Julie, then back home to finish preparing dinner and cleaning house.

Tippins pecan pie that Bubba brought.

For the foodies, we had fajitas, tacos and chips, then for dessert Julie brought a coffee flavored tres leche cake, which I had never tasted before. Bubba (Robert) and Connie brought a pecan pie and I didn’t eat any. I missed my chance because he took it with him when they went home. I know it was good though because it was from Tippins Pie Pantry (but sold by Albertsons) and I used to work there when the restaurant was here.

Last night, Dave took me to Chef Point, and we shared some Italian nachos, then I had Mahi Mahi with coconut rice. Yum! He had Chicken Parmesan which came out looking like a pie because the whole top is covered and closed in by cheese! He didn’t eat but a fourth of it. He has had a 3-day weekend, so I hope he is rested and ready for work tomorrow. 😉

I don’t know how I’m surviving without having done any workouts for the last three days, plus we have been resting all weekend because Dave was tired and I had somehow injured my knees. I’m thinking I did the wrong kind of exercise when doing the walking workouts. Dave thought i should rest and rehab, but the whole weekend I was upset because we ate rich food and I got little exercise. My knees hurt all the way until today though, so maybe he was right to have me resting. I just hope my gummies did their job!

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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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JustJoJan & WOD 1-20-22 Connie’s Soaps

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 20th, 2022, is “looking.” Use the word “looking” any way you’d like. Have fun!

Me in my red fashion wig and sparkle hat

I was looking at myself in the mirror the other day and unless I’m imagining things, my complexion is looking better since I’ve been using Connie’s soap.

Connie is my sister-in-law and she has been very busy making all kinds of natural, good-for-your-skin soaps. There is a special soap like African black soap for your face that she makes. It has really changed my complexion by clearing up the oil, softening the skin, and minimizing the look of my pores. I don’t know if anything will ever clear up my cystic acne on my nose but I just keep trying.

She also makes other kinds of soap, lotion bars, and my favorite…lip balms! So far, I think she gives her products to family and friends, but if she wants to sell her products and anyone is interested, I’ll let you know. 😘

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#JusJoJan & WOD 1-19-22 Game Shows

Jeopardy has always been one of my can’t-miss-game-shows, followed by Wheel of Fortune.

Every night, ok, most nights, we watch and try to answer as many questions as we can. Of course, it’s easy from home, you don’t have to phrase your answer as a question!

Sample board for a past Jeopardy show.

I think Ken Jennings is doing a fine job since Alex’s death. Also Mayim Bialik when she fills in.

Stephanie and I were talking today about when we eat dinner, and we both said usually during Wheel of Fortune! It’s the perfect time, really, not too early, not too late! Pat and Vanna have been the host and cohost ever since I started watching years ago with my parents.

Stephanie and I used to watch a pretty cool game show back when I worked with her full time called Chain Reaction.

Maybe that’s why i enjoy playing games on my iPad, because they remind me of my favorite tv game shows!

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