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Pushing water uphill with a fork – One-Liner Wednesday & #JusJoJan

… and here’s another one –

“My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.” – Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Since this is the last day of JusJoJan and One-Liner Wednesday, as well as Super Blue Blood Moon day (gosh, Wednesday is pretty jammed full of goodness this week), you get two one-liners. And one of them contains a prompt word from earlier this week!

So what futile task am I engaged in that is causing me worry?

Cost center 2 (aka my son) is leaving home for three months to go travelling with his girlfriend. She is super organised, packed, and all paperwork sorted out. My 20-year-old son, on the other hand, has yet to print off anything, pick out clothing to take, never mind pack! I’ve tried handing him laundry baskets to fill with laundry – I wouldn’t mind putting it through the wash, but I’m not ironing anything, not for back-packing. As of now, all my encouragement to print and pack has fallen on deaf or headphone-clad ears! Aaaaaargh! He leaves on Monday!!!

This leads me to the second quote about worrying. I am trying so hard to keep this in check. Newt is right. Worrying does not help the situation you are fretting about, and it might never happen anyway! I look at my son, happily ignoring all the tasks he needs to do before he sets off, and there it is, lurking almost out of sight, a dark, swirling nebula of worry. Worry over his apparent lack of common sense, organisation, and being anywhere on time. None of this is compatible with travelling the world! I feel sorry for God. He’s in for some long sessions with me!

I might just follow my son’s example and pop on my headphones … only I will be listening to a Headspace meditation instead of music!One Liner Wednesday!

Wishing you a calm and fruitful Wednesday xx


The final day of #JusJoJan is brought to you by the computer-busting Linda G Hill.

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Scrumptious bread? Possibly not – #JusJoJan

Pop over to Judy E Martin , supplier of today’s word “scrumptious” and have a wander around, leave a comment, just say “Hi!”

Scrumptious is such a great word to say out loud. Said with feeling, you can really infuse the word with every last particle of deliciousness if you have just tasted something sublime.

I wish I could report that the results of yesterday’s kitchen magic experiment were scrumptious but I can’t. I made a small but major error in the loaf tin preparation. It’s an old tin and has long since lost its non-stickness. In my defence, I did grease the tin liberally, but forgot to line it with baking parchment.

I blame puppy. She was bouncing around under my feet as I was shaping the dough, ready for the second prove in the tin. I wouldn’t have put it past her to make a swipe at it and race off into the garden! She has an unerring instinct for pinching the very thing you need at that particular moment.

Anyway, back to the bread. Nicely shaped, I quickly popped it into the tin, safely out of puppy’s reach, and covered it to let it do one last prove before baking. I still hadn’t realised my mistake at this point. In fact, I didn’t notice until 5 minutes before it was due out from baking! The clue was lying on the worktop… there lay the baking parchment, folded and ready for use.

Buggrit!

I hoped that perhaps, this time, the greasing had been enough on its own, but I already knew the outcome, my hand reaching for the flexible knife. Once out of the oven I could see there was no hope. The loaf was not going to come out easily. It was welded to the tin! Not willing to give up on several hours of work (mostly waiting patiently for the dough to rise), I set about it with the knife. I’m pleased to say I won the eviction battle, but at a cost. My poor loaf looked a little the worse for wear. A little quick thinking, turning it upside down, I reshaped it and stuck it back in the oven.

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Ah well… it will make great toast … or a lot of bread and butter pudding.

Have a tremendous Tuesday everyone xx


Here are the general rules to follow for Just Jot it January:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post the daily prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5), every day except for Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness (SoCS) prompt–you’ll find that one on Friday morning at 9:30am. That daily post (i.e. this one) will be where you leave your link for others to find in the comment section. There will be a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday.

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will appear at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link or close to your pingback.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

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Working my own version of kitchen magic – #JusJoJan

“Fantastic” – what a great word for today’s prompt. As luck would have it, I was listening to the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film score by James Newton Howard. My favourite part is the scene in the kitchen where a delicious meal is created in truly fantastic way in both senses of the word. The strudel looks mouth-wateringly magnificent, but the whole meal is conjured up in a manner improbable for us mere Muggles/No-maj. I’d love to be able to rustle up a meal like that.

I will content myself with my own version of kitchen magic, bread baking. There’s a delicious smell of baking bread emanating from my kitchen right now – I hope the wholemeal, seeded loaf turns out fantastic. I’ll know soon.

Have a magnificent Monday xx

 


Pop on over to J-Dubs Grin and Bear It , purveyor of today’s word – Fantastic, and Linda G Hill, host of #JusJoJan.

Here are the guidelines for taking part –

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post the daily prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5), every day except for Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness (SoCS) prompt–you’ll find that one on Friday morning at 9:30am. That daily post (i.e. this one) will be where you leave your link for others to find in the comment section. There will be a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday.

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will appear at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link or close to your pingback.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

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Tartan-clad Knights – #JusJoJan

Leta Hawk’s prompt, “Knight” really got me thinking. First into my mind popped the Moody Blues and their Knights in White Satin. I used to love playing that on the school grand piano when nobody was around. Strictly between you and me, I shouldn’t have been anywhere near the piano, never mind giving stirring renditions of whatever I fancied. I couldn’t help it. The piano wanted to be played. I only got caught once… I was in the middle of a particularly good bit in Stairway to Heaven, and had no idea the head of music was standing behind me. Oops!

The next thing to pop into my head was Knights in shining armour and how thin on the ground chivalry seems to be these days. It is said that “manners maketh man”, but I’d include women in this too. Just being pleasant to each other makes life seem so much better.

And now that I’m home from doing my bit for Burns Suppers south of Hadrian’s Wall, I can say that in my little corner of the world, chivalry is very much alive. Normally I would have attended the Supper with hubby, and he, being the resident Scotsman, would have Addressed the Haggis. However, he is away on business this weekend so the task fell to me. This also meant I would be at a dance with no partner for the first time in my life!

To my delight, I had three kilted Knights making sure I was always in the dance floor, and one of them just happened to be our dance teacher so I was able to dance new dances without tripping over my feet or his. There’s a first time for everything!

I’m off to put my feet up for the rest of the day.


#JusJoJan is brought by Linda G Hill. The rules of engagement are on her page.

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A very busy weekend SoCS & #JusJoJan

This weekend I shall mostly be

  • Practicing yoga
  • Running
  • Speed walking
  • Waltzing
  • Two-stepping
  • Tangoing (well sort of. I only learned the steps two days ago)
  • Quick-stepping
  • Scottish Country Dancing
  • and Addressing a Haggis!

Phew!

Have a super Saturday everyone xx


This busy post was prompted by Linda G Hill – “movement”

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Poetry in motion… #JusJoJan

Today’s word would have been timely yesterday for Scottish people across the globe. In celebration of the birth of Scotland’s great poet, Robert Burns, many a haggis would have been addressed, followed by copious drams of whisky (note spelling, no ‘e’!!) swallowed. I dare say there are a few Burns Supper-related hangovers today!

Addressing a Haggis is achieved by someone reciting the famous Burns poem, Address to a Haggis. I have the unenviable task of doing this bit for my village this weekend, as I am the only Scottish person around for miles(I’m in England!). I need to remember to make a tiny cut in the poor cooked beast before my recital commences. It has been known for Haggii (I think this is the plural of haggis) to explode during the poem, showering unsuspecting guests in innards.

Wish me luck!

Have a fantastic Friday xx


Today’s word is supplied by John Holton. Pop over and say hi.

Here are the general rules to follow for Just Jot it January:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post the daily prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5), every day except for Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness (SoCS) prompt–you’ll find that one on Friday morning at 9:30am. That daily post (i.e. this one) will be where you leave your link for others to find in the comment section. There will be a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday.

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will appear at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link or close to your pingback.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

8. Have fun!

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“Divination is one of the most imprecise branches of magic” – #JusJoJan

… that said, with a degree of certainty, my prediction of the day is that we will see another 7 daily prompts for #JusJoJan from Linda G Hill, although I am unable to foresee which blogs will supply the prompts.

In the meantime, I’m off to make a proper pot of tea to see what may be seen with a little tasseomancy!

Happy Friday Eve everyone xx


Today’s prompt, “Prediction.” , is supplied by Dar at her blog, “Darswords” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link: https://darsword.wordpress.com/

Here are the general rules to follow for Just Jot it January:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list) counts as a “Jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post the daily prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5), every day except for Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness (SoCS) prompt–you’ll find that one on Friday morning at 9:30am. That daily post (i.e. this one) will be where you leave your link for others to find in the comment section. There will be a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday.

3. As long as your blog is on WordPress, you’ll be able to link via pingback. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! If you’re participating from another blogging host, just drop a link into the comment section. Note: The newest pingbacks and comments will appear at the top.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

6. The prompts are here both to remind you and to inspire you to write. However, you don’t have to use the prompt word of the day. You can link any kind of jot back here. Note: If it’s 18+ content, please say so in a comment with your link or close to your pingback.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.