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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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#JusJoJan & WOD 1-24-22

Unbelievable Sketches

I decided on a whim to google the prompts for #JusJoJan and The Word of the Day Challenges. Oh, before I get to that, here from Linda is our prompt:

NOT Paul Cadden’s work!

Your prompt for JusJoJan January 24th, 2022, is “unbelievable.” Use the word “unbelievable” any way you’d like. Have fun!

In case you didn’t know, the word of the day is sketches.

What I found blew my mind! I discovered the work of Paul Cadden, who’s sketches are so realistic, you will swear they are photographs. I found these on a site called Inspiration Feed

Inspiration Feed featured many other artists as well, all very talented. But you just HAVE to see Paul Cadden’s work.

It is so protected, that I couldn’t even find an example to show you on wikipedia! You will just have to go to websites!

From Inspiration Feed

I hope I don’t get in trouble for copying this off of Inspiration Feed’s site, but I just had to show you the level of talent I’m talking about! The above picture is a sketch using pencil on paper! Is that not mind blowing?!

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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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