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#JusJoJan 1-31-23 Let’s Write!

It’s the last day of Just Jot it January and here is today’s prompt: Your prompt for JusJoJan January 31st 2023, is “write.” Use the word “write” any way you’d like. Have fun!

First, a limerick!

There once was a girl who could write 

But she suffered a terrible fright 

If she lost her thoughts

They’d employ the robots

Her job would be gone out of sight!

This limerick is my homage to my fears about the newest technology ChatGPT. Will our jobs as writers and creators be replaced by robots? What are your thoughts?

Arizona is experiencing the coldest winter they have had in awhile, according to the locals and snowbirds that visit yearly. Still, we don’t have sleet and ice like my family and friends in Ft Worth do right now. I’ve been up since 4:30 due to rain making some god-awful racket that sounded like banging at the back of the bus. I thought something had come loose and was rattling around, or that the supports holding the slide outs were snapping and I couldn’t get back to sleep. I came into the living room and finished my book, and started another when Dave came in to check on me. I shared my concerns and he laughed and said it was rain drops falling from the top of the bus landing hard on the rear engine cowling. In the bedroom, it sounded much worse than that. I couldn’t hear it at all from the living area.

I just finished Stephen King’s book-Billy Summers and started The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. Her writing style is different than King’s but nevertheless excellent. I’m already through with the first chapter and her writing is so descriptive! I wish I could write like that. I’ll make it my mission for this year. My writing is too close to the way I speak, I need to stop and think about how each sentence sounds and try to make the reader feel like she or he is there, truly experiencing it. Instead of saying it’s cold and windy today, I need to say something like “The cold wind whipped through my hair as I walked, making my eyes water and causing me to hunch down into my jacket.” Doesn’t that sound a little bit better?

I just need to slow down and think, and practice, practice, practice! And I need to learn to make stuff up instead of always relying on real life experiences.

With all that said, it’s time for me to hustle off again into the wind and join the others at the community center to play Mexican Train. We will see you on the flip side!

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#JusJoJan 1-30-23

I don’t want to jinx anything but I’m here to say that I think my canine is over her bout with pancreatitis!

I know I’ve talked ad nauseum about our dogs, you might be sick of hearing about them, but today’s prompt word is canine, so I thought I’d update you on their health. Brandy has two more pills to go and then she needs her labs retested in about a month. We also got her some lower fat kibble and canned food and pretty much stopped the table scraps.

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 30th 2023, is “canine.” Use the word “canine” any way you’d like. Enjoy!

You’ve seen plenty of pictures of the girls, so I won’t bore you with more, but we just got back from a walk because Whiskey was barking at us so we thought she needed to go. I wish I spoke canine. When we got back, we noticed her water bowl was empty. She probably just wanted a drink of water! 🤣

It doesn’t take much to tucker them out these days (but they are also 7 1/2, and 8 yrs old) so now that we’re back, they are laid out fast asleep 😴

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SoCS Another Rough Night

Your prompt for #JusJoJan the 28th and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “throw in the towel.” Use the phrase “throw in the towel” somewhere in your post. Enjoy!

Our girls-Brandy and Whiskey

I’m so ready to throw in the towel with these darn dogs!

I love my dogs, y’all know I do, but two nights in a row added to more from last week have me ready to throw in the towel on how to get them well. I don’t know if they don’t like our new lifestyle, or they have picked up something at one of the dog parks, but every night, we are up and down all night taking someone to the bathroom.

As you know, here in the new location, the dog park is kind of a hike from our site, and many times we can’t get them to just “go” outside the door around our motor home. So off one or the other of us goes-the past two nights it’s been Whiskey- to the dog park at 2 or 3am. In addition to that, now Whiskey won’t eat. Brandy is still getting over pancreatitis, she has two more doses of her medication to go, and her appetite is fine. Wth is going on with Whiskey now?? She is so psychotic with her eating habits on a normal basis, it’s almost funny. Every night she does what we call The Dance. First, she begs us until we feed them, only to watch Brandy eat her food while Whiskey ignores hers. Then, she will wait a while, sniff everything around the floor and near her bowl, sort of sneak up on it, before finally eating it. This behavior has only gotten worse over time. And that is only if she eats at all. And when we were feeding her table scraps, she would act like she was scared to death of it before tentatively taking a bite. Weirdo.

She doesn’t act sick otherwise, except for night before last, she had the runs. Last night she wouldn’t eat her dinner, so her stomach growled all night, and two separate times one of us had to haul her down to the dog park. When I took her, around 3:30am, she only peed a couple of times. I heard some coyotes off in the distance, so I wondered if that was what got her up. Idk, but she still wouldn’t eat, so another bowl of food was wasted. She also has not eaten her breakfast today. Ugh. The difference between her and Brandy’s situation is that she is not shaking, in pain or distress, or panting and looking disoriented like Brandy did when we finally took her to the vet.

There is nothing interesting for them to see or really do here at this location. Not many dogs are around either, compared to Picacho. Could that be it, or maybe she is acting out because we’ve stopped giving them food from the table in an effort to keep them well. Brandy has been confirmed by lab tests to have too much fat in her blood, so we are giving her only her dog food and dog treats.

We don’t want to run to the vet with Whiskey since she doesn’t act sick, because it’s very expensive for one thing. But my goodness, we are almost walking zombies at this point! It’s also no fun for me to try to get comfortable and sleep after using my CBD to then have to come out of the fog, get up, get dressed, and walk a dog to the dog park in the cold, in the middle of the night. Dave is grouchy, no wonder, probably because he has also lost a lot of sleep, but he is the type that gets mad when he sees those he loves hurting and he can’t fix it. I think the dogs can sense this, but I can’t convince him to take anything to relax. And he more than dotes on these girls, they are like grand babies to him. I think he’s also ready to throw in the towel. But I wouldn’t want to find out what he would do if we lost either one of these girls. Say a prayer that things go back to normal soon!

This sad and confusing post was brought to you today by Linda G Hill for SoCS.

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JusJoJan, #SoCS, & WOD 1-01-22 My Resolve is Strong

Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “resolve.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!

The Word of the day is “beginning” so have fun using that in a sentence, poem, or jot!

So there we were, having a good time last night, and my husband pops off and says something about vaping. I was so close to caving in at that point, but my resolve is strong!

When I make up my mind to do anything, like walking, or dieting, I can really stick to it for a long time. I quit smoking in 2014 and never went back, so I know I can do it!

However, I resolved to quit before the new year, and I don’t have any resolutions per se, but I do have some goals.

I want to finish my transcriptionist course, and boy am I out of practice after taking off the last 3 or 4 months!!

I want to close my circles on my iWatch as many days as possible, which means I will hopefully get in better shape. Of course, it was easy when it was warm outside, however, now that it is cold, I will have to connect to my fitness app and do some indoor workouts. That is going to take a lot of self-discipline!

Speaking of new beginnings, welcome to the new me. I finally decided to do something for myself about my hair and my insecurity about my bald spots, and I went and got this wig. My husband was kind enough to pay for it, and I think I will call someone on Monday about where to donate the other one or maybe both of them. This one fits me, my style, and my skin tone and even blends in with my own hair! It is definitely a keeper!

I am also resolving to do Just Jot it January again this year, this being my first post. I have to get back to my writing! I have been writing some in my journal, but it took a month after Dad passed for me to want to do even that!

Since the decision was already made to stop vaping, I don’t think I am going to beat myself up this year about my diet. I will clean it up a little and hope that the extra exercise will be enough to whip me into shape and help me firm up. I am enjoying food again, so maybe I just cut back on sugar and eat smaller healthier portions.

I hope you have some goals of your own, and you work on them this year. Click on the links to learn how to get involved with JusJoJan, SoCS, and WOD challenges. They will keep you plenty busy this month!

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JusJoJan &WOD & SOSC 01-30-21

It’s the end of the month, therefore, the end also of JusJoJan. It’s been fun, but on to whatever the new challenges will be.

Today I want to educate you on a newsletter I read called The Morning Brew. This little beauty is great for everyone from investors to regular Joe’s just wanting to stay in tune with what’s going on in the market, and/or the business world in general.

This is the first thing you see when you get your newsletter. A quick update on the stock markets and where they closed the night before. As you move down the page, you get other reports with links leading to relevant pages of information.

There’s more, of course, but I’m not here to lay out the entire newsletter, I’m just sharing the info.
At the end of the newsletter, you have the option to share and earn some cool swag, in addition to more newsletters you could choose. Check it out here, and see what you’ve been missing!

This educational post was brought to you by the WOD challenge, JusJoJan, and SoCS. 🤗

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