Just Jot It January – 2019

Well, I’m here to testify that the last few weeks have been pretty crazy. January started off fairly quietly with my husband and my daughter out of the house and me having the place to myself.  I should have been smart enough to try to get ahead by prepping some posts so that when the month really got going I’d be ahead of the game but you know I’m kinda slow on the uptake sometimes.

I’ve written that I am juggling lots of transcription work right now and that’s a good thing because we just got word that the dirty (relatively speaking) part of the construction is going to start on our shed.  They are scheduled to come out tomorrow to do the foundation forming and laying the concrete.  Of course, right now it is raining so if they are still able to do it, muddy might be a better word.

The whole reason for the shed is that our son will be moving back home for a while.  It is so difficulty to live on your own nowadays, especially where we live.  He has been living with some friends for about 2-1/2 years now and I know that coming home is going to be a transition for him – the whole, “our house, our rules” kinda thing.  I’m sure he wishes he could live in the shed but that would have required a different set of permits and a much higher cost so that’s why I’m moving my craft room out there.  I think I’m going to have a bit more room than this.  Maybe I’ll need to get more stuff to fill it – LOL not!

My one-liner is: 

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance.”  Alan W. Watts

Mr. Watts sounds like a smart guy.  To help keep me dancing through it all, during the month of February I’m going to be taking a class with Jamie Ridler called Awakening.  Awakening is a way to bring dance into your daily life.  Jamie is such a great creative coach and I have taken a lot of her offerings, like the Vision Cards I make at the beginning of each year.  She is always coming up with new and fun things to do.

The last prompt for #JusJoJan is to share your favorite part of last month or last year.  I’m taking that to mean the month of January, not December.  My favorite part of last month is that my picture was the first entry into Jamie’s Winter Bulletin Board Art Invitational and so it gets to be in her video every Tuesday and Friday:

The theme is neighborhood and this is what I see when I look out our front window – minus the snow.  I made it using stamps and coloring them in and some stickers.  The train above the houses is really what I see since they elevated the platform a few years ago.  You can see that in the video I shared about the holiday train.

And that’s the end of Just Jot It January.  I know I cheated a bit with the last two posts by cramming more than one prompt in but overall I think I made it work.  I know that February is going to bring a few new experiences and you know I’ll share!

Thanks to Linda G. Hill for hosting all month.  She’s had some trials of her own going on.

 

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16 Responses to Just Jot It January – 2019

  1. joey says:

    You did a good job of incorporating many prompts in one, Kudos!
    The shed is going to be an oasis! Have I mentioned how excited I am for you?
    I don’t know how anyone lives in your area, or any other high cost of living area. I know everyone earns more money, I just can’t wrap my brain around it. When I was looking for my very first teaching job, I got one in Seattle. I almost took it, too. My parents explained to me that Seattle money and Indiana money are not the same and Papa calculated the discrepancy and it was well under any of the local salaries offered. Then I got afraid of moving that far away from home, imagined being penniless and sad. I do not regret this. I still can’t fathom the cost of living exchange.
    I think it’s hard for young people everywhere — in finding jobs and being truly independent. They are disadvantaged much more than we were.

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Absolutely! My son is talking about moving to the “middle of the country” where things are less expensive. He wants to golf professionally but can’t manage that here. We’ll see. Hopefully moving home will allow him to save some money to search for his dream life.

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  2. J-Dub says:

    I just love love love Alan Watts !! Great post Janet! Cheers to your she shed.

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  3. Shelley says:

    Wow, Janet, you’ve been busy!! That new shed is going to come in real handy. My youngest and her boyfriend moved back with us for 6 months last year (2017) and it was interesting, we survived, and don’t regret helping them out. It seemed to encourage them to move on faster. Go figure!?

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  4. ghostmmnc says:

    Yay for getting through the Just Jot It Challenge. I enjoyed your posts.
    Hope all works out great with your kids back in the house. I know both our girls moved back in a time or two before they finally got settled. I did the same with my folks.
    The craft room shed sounds awesome! I’d love to have a special place for all my stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. LA says:

    Canโ€™t wait to hear about the dance class!!

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  6. Ally Bean says:

    You’ve got a lot going on there. I bet your new shed will work out well. A couple of friends have their own detached sheds/studios and they both thrive in their self-created worlds. No distractions, and a definite destination for when they want to be alone.

    I wonder how your son is going to take your rules. Nice of you to let him move back home again. Not all kids have that kind of support system.

    I’ve never tried Just Jot It January and I’m in awe of all of you who can do it. It’s fun to read your posts, even the ones written by the rebels who don’t follow the rules. Just saying… ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Thanks, Ally. We have let all three of the kids move back home at certain times, which is funny because when I was growing up, one of my mom’s rules was that once you move out you can’t come back. Still, when I was going through a divorce she asked if I wanted to move back home! Our son has been going through some attitude changes that are going to be challenging for all of us. HIs sister with the psych degree is also living here so…I suspect the peace and quiet of the shed will be most welcoming ๐Ÿ™‚

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