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JusJoJan 31st – the last post

… for JusJoJan 2023. Due to family and work circumstances, I’ve managed to miss a chunk of blogging. So, consider this a mega-blog to make up for it. You may need to engage your endurance, exercise some patience while you’re reading (this post wanders a lot), and make sure to set up your ideal amenities for your persoal comfort.

Meanwhile, as I write my last seasonal JusJoJan, I am reminded to express my gratitude for your friendship, sympathy and support throughout recent events. The Dean family will dust themselves down, take our canine pupster for a good long walk in the fresh air and hope to be back on form again soon.

Looking further ahead, I can already see Mr D’s plans for my retirement… he would like to keep me busy with DIY and furniture up-cycling. I like the idea, but if he even thinks about buying me a paintbrush for my birthday there will be hell to pay… mostly on his credit card!

And with that, I am down to one last word, Phantom. What on earth to do with that? Be grateful that pupster has been spayed so she never has to go through a phantom pregnancy? Or book tickets to see The Phantom of the Opera when Mr D and I are next in London? Who knows!

Oops! Just when you think it’s all done, there’s one more word… periwinkle. This word conjures up two memories. The first one is of me as a small child on the beach, combing through tidal rock pools, collecting periwinkles in my beach bucket and then being sad when I had to let them go at the end of the day. And the second memory is of Mum on my wedding day. She loved periwinkle blue and managed to find an outfit, shoes, hat and handbag, all in matching periwinkle. The colour suited her perfectly. It was my favourite ‘posh do’ outfit and saw a few more weddings after its first outing.

And with that, we are done. JusJoJan is over for another year. I’d like to thank all the word suppliers (see this post for the full list and links) and our host, Linda G Hill. I don’t know how she manages to be so organized!

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One-liner Wednesday – counting blessings in lockdown

It’s all to easy in lockdown, to focus on what has been taken from us. Mr D and I cannot go to our local pub for an afternoon beer-testing session at the weekends. We can’t visit parents and friends. No Christmas shopping at the markets either. Focussing on these things will bring you down.

On the flip side, our local pub is able to do takeout food. We tested the service last weekend and had a magnificent Sunday lunch, cooked by the fabulous chef, collected safely from the kitchens and set up in our own home. Delicious! We are doing our bit to make sure the business survives in good shape, ready for action when we’re allowed back.

On the visiting friends and family front… it’s not quite the same but video calls are fast becoming the norm and we get to play around with some of the silly filters that come with certain conferencing packages. These make great photo opportunities.

I haven’t found a solution to not being able to browse for Christmas stocking fillers, but on the bright side, lockdown won’t last for ever and there will be enough time to get a few cool things for the family.

See – plenty of blessings around us if we look for them.

This week’s midweek pondering is brought to you in response to Linda G Hill’s One-liner challenge. Ok, so a may have written a few extra lines! Click here to see how to take part.