Just Jo Ann

September 19, 2019

One of the reasons I fell in love with Ken was his sense of humor. Not only did he make me laugh, but he appreciated my sense of humor.  Another reason was that he was smart.  He has knowledge of things I don’t even care to think about.  In fact, it’s a pretty sure bet that if he is on your team ...

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It was early one morning about a year ago, too light to be called night and too dark to be called day.  A clap of thunder roused me from a deep sleep and I opened my eyes.  As I looked out my window, I could see a raging fire down the road.  I quickly shook my husband, Ken, awake and stumbled over ...

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My husband, Ken, and I just returned from “Our Happy Place.”  That’s what we like to call Montauk.  We’ve been going there for about forty-five years and never tire of the small town, the clean, uncrowded beaches and the sound of the waves crashing to shore while we drift off to sleep. We first ...

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Our supermarket flyer arrived in the mail on Saturday morning.  As I perused its pages, I noticed that several items I needed were on sale. Ken and I are planning a small family get together in a few weeks and this seemed like a good time to stock up. I like when Ken shops with me.  Our ...

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Yes, the dog days of summer have finally arrived and everyone is in a great mood.  We’re all eager to fire up the grill, begin a rousing game of badminton, go for a swim or why not a hike? My husband, Ken, and I were going out for lunch a few weeks ago.  We wanted to try a new market in town ...

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“First you must cast on your stitches, not too tight, then you can begin to knit the garter stitch, which is a basic stitch and one you will use often.  You should probably begin with the US13 size needles, and a #6 bulkier yarn.” This was some of the jargon I was exposed to when I decided to ...

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“Life is too short.”  No doubt you’ve heard that saying.  It’s what people in their senior years say when they become philosophical and no longer want to wait for “someday.” My moment came about seventeen years ago.  Ken and I would be celebrating our 25th anniversary in June, 2002.  We both ...

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I’m itching to tell you about my itching.  I’ve been plagued by insect bites my whole life.  My first inkling of a problem was when I realized that I was getting bitten and scratching way more than my sister. I was outside playing after dinner on a summer night when I was three.  I recall my ...

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This week Ken and I will celebrate our forty-second wedding anniversary.  I like to joke that people said we’d never last. Thankfully, we did. I was never the kind of girl who dreamed of my wedding day, the flowers, the gown, etc.  I always felt that if you loved someone enough, you should just ...

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Am I the only person left on the face of the earth who changes curtains with the seasons?  I don’t think so, but that’s what my husband would have me believe. It’s always around this time of year that the “lighter-in-weight” and “lighter-in-color” curtains come out of storage; and on more than ...

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The following fictional story was written for a dear friend who lost her husband several years ago. It’s a story about turning a corner and finding the light at the end of a tunnel. It has been several years since my husband passed away.  It’s been a lonely time.  The winters I used to dread ...

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Last week was Daylight Saving Time, and this time we had to put our clocks ahead one hour.  I realized this when my daughter called me on Sunday morning and found that I was still in bed.  “Are you still sleeping,” asked Kim, just a bit too lively for that time in the morning. “Yes we are.  What ...

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It all began last October when my husband, my daughter, and I realized that within the next month, we would all be reaching the next new decade in our lives.    We decided to throw a big party and invite family and friends to help us celebrate.  We soon realized that it would be difficult to pin ...

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It’s a widely known fact that as most women age they begin to feel less attractive, less desirable.  Not all women will admit to that, but I will. We were four girls growing up in our family.  My older sister and I led the brigade being just two years apart; then there was a six year break, and ...

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For those of you who missed it in all the commotion and fuss of the holiday season, December 16 was National Technology Day. I admit it. I had to be yanked kicking and screaming into the 21st century. I simply did not want to have anything to do with computers, e-mails, and, heaven forbid, a cell ...

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Who doesn’t love dessert? It’s the special bite at the end of a sumptuous meal, the much needed friend on a lonely day, and perhaps a meal all by itself. The itch begins slowly at the end of summer, and gains an  urgency as each day goes by.  By mid-September, my husband and daughter begin ...

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For years my chocolate lab, Coco, and I have walked up the road at the end of my driveway. No matter how tired I feel or how busy I am, Coco will stare at me until I finally put on my sneakers, pick up her leash, and take her for a walk. I’m happy that she gets me out and walking each day, because ...

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They say “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I realized truer words were never spoken as I strolled through the Katonah Museum of Art one afternoon. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. My friend and I were driving past the museum a few weeks ago, when a large sign caught my eye.  “Did you ...

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November has always been a special month for me. Not only is it my birthday month and that of my three sisters, it is also the birth month of my daughter.  Surely, that alone should be cause to celebrate; but add in the fact that November is also the month of my favorite holiday, and we have a ...

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The other day I was looking through my fall decorations, when my hand touched some thick, felt padding. As I pulled it out, I was holding onto the pink foot of the puppy costume I made for my daughter when she was almost a year old.  My mind filled with memories, and my eyes filled with tears as ...

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