JusJoJan; Jan 4

Passionate. Now there’s a word I rarely use these days. At 65 years old my flames have become glowing coals. Sure, winds could stir them up: that would be awesome but unlikely.

A couple of weeks ago, after I had told my boss (and everyone who would listen) for three months that I was retiring at the end of December,  I checked my schedule to see if he put me on December 31 when I saw he had me on Wednesday Jan. 3 and Thursday Jan. 4.

“You’ve got me on in January!” I said, then added passionately. “I’m not going to be here!”

Oh, I’m so glad I did that. Winter driving is the #1 reason I am retiring and it has been the worse winter weather imaginable already. Everyday; day after day. It took me 3 days to dig out from the last snow dump. Yesterday I got out for a few groceries; the roads were icy and snow-blown and that was the best day! I kept thinking, “Thank God I don’t have to go to work!”  Today they are calling for snow squalls and lots more snow.

And its record-breaking cold, so cold I’ve had my furnace running along with my wood stove and an electric heater going in the bathroom full-time. I’ve had to order propane delivery again after only 5 weeks!

My latest mantra is “Thank God I don’t have to go there anymore!” It would be so awful driving there and that store would be so damn COLD!

Instead, I’ll be sitting warm and cozy working on a jigsaw puzzle. The sun is coming back; there is a space between two cedars where I get a bit of sun around 2:00 if I’m lucky, as I was yesterday. It will get higher and higher now, giving me more and more afternoon sun.

I look out now at the blowing snow; it’s bitterly cold and windy. I would be just starting to get ready for work…… OH thank God……is all I can say.

I’ll happily take the glowing coals of contentment over the flames of passion.



Your prompt for January 4th, 2018, brought to you by the ever-charming Rosemary, is “Passionate.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Rosemary at her blog, “Rosemary Carlson, Writer” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://rosemarycarlson.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.

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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!

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