Blog Posts, Prompts

JusJoJan 18th – that’s one way to start a day

JoAnna is responsible for todays prompt, cycle. It’s the 18th day of Linda G Hill’s annual JusJoJan challenge.


Mr D and I start every week day with a ten mile cycle, all from the comfort ( I use this term loosely) of our garage. During one of the lockdowns, number 3 I think, we bought a stand for my bicycle and a couple of Bluetooth sensors. A handy (free) app records how fast we move and our total distances.

At the beginning of 2021, we charted each cycle to see how far we’d traveled . We managed to complete enough miles for Land’s End to John o’Groats and the Camino de Santiago, before we got bored of recording our virtual trips.

Fast-forward to today, and we are still going strong. 10 miles before the working day kicks off. To pass the time I hunt for something to watch on my tablet. Today I was so engrossed in the program, I didn’t realise I’d overshot my target distance! The only new items we both invested in for comfort, are cycling shorts, with butt padding in all the right place!

All this talk of cycling has jogged my memory. I need to sort through our bins as it’s recycling collection day tomorrow! TTFN

Blog Posts, Prompts

#SoCS and JusJoJan 8th – Getting off to a good start for 2022

Hooray! It’s the weekend, and that means a joint venture between Stream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS) and JusJoJan annual January challenge. Thanks to Linda G Hill for hosting these weird and wonderful prompts. Today’s prompt is to use the words “In the…”. So here we go.


At the beginning of the year, just shortly after I stepped off the bathroom scales, I found myself in the depths of despair…. Again!

This is an annual event. Every November I try to get into racing-snake form before the season of overindulgence begins. I figure that dropping a few pounds before the big Ho Ho Ho, will give me more room for feasting and quality-testing my gin collection. And every year Christmas seems to sneak up on me while my waistbands are already feeling the strain.

So here we are, testing the breaking strain of jeans buttons and bemoaning my lack of self control. However, me being me, after a moment of sulking, came out of my corner ready to battle the bulge once more.

I’m pleased to report that in the first week of getting my head in the game and being more mindful of my nutritional intake, a few pesky pounds have left home. The jeans button is no longer threatening to launch itself at twice the speed of sound. Now comes the hard bit… staying on track and waving bye bye to more of those wee pounds!

Wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy 2022!