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Thank God I Don’t Have to Work in an Office Anymore.


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Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt is, “mon.”

Monday, Monday. Maybe I’ll find the old song that starts like that later. I’m so thankful I don’t have to go to a job on Monday. Monday is my husband’s day off from the mission thrift store. Most thrift stores are closed on Monday because they are open Saturdays. So I try to save Mondays for him and an occasional honey-do prompt. When he retires, the honey-dos will be on a list, clearly posted for his our convenience. I don’t really need a list for this cause it’s always in my head. For some reason, I think women tend to have easy access to that list in our heads. It’s always there.  

It’s baffling how busy I am since I “retired” from my job. “Mon” makes me think of moan. And I do want to stop moaning about that and be grateful. I just have to prioritize the things that give me soul energy, even if they drain me physically. Like Saturday (today for you, but I”m writing this Friday because I have an abundance of things to do on Saturday). Okay, today I want to go help clean up the creek down the road. If I get there early enough, I can get a kayak that the organization brings. But if I don’t get there in time for a kayak, I’ll be happy to walk along the banks to pick up trash.

Egret at BM creek

In this neighborhood creek, I’ve seen beaver, egrets, lots of turtles, and an alligator. Volunteering for the environment feeds my soul.

Then in the afternoon, I’m going to a “Stop the Violence” peace rally representing “Grandmother’s for Peace.”

grandmothers for peace (2)

Our head grandmother sent out a text saying they needed face painters at the rally. I said I could do an hour. I’ve never actually done face painting in any official capacity. Maybe I should practice, but don’t know if I have time. I did look up Black Panther and wish I’d seen the move. Interesting face designs with simple dots.


I know Shuri doesn’t look very peaceful here, but in the movie clips I’ve watched, she is very smart and funny and seems like a nice young lady.  Maybe I can add a peace sign.

I can paint hearts, flowers, and probably some butterflies. I know how to paint stuff. And it’s only for an hour, so it’s okay.  Then I’ll be off to my Saturday support group.

I hope to rest Sunday afternoon for my ritual after church nap. Maybe I’ll go to the beach on Monday with my sweetheart.

I will not get back here much until Saturday night, so thanks for your patience! I hope your Saturday is exactly what you’d like it to be.

Here’s that Monday, Monday song.

The Saturday Stream of Consciousness is hosted by Linda G. Hill at:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

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8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

18 thoughts on “Thank God I Don’t Have to Work in an Office Anymore.

  1. This is such a great post! I can’t believe you manage to squeeze so much into your days, it’s inspirational!
    Love Hayley 😊💜

    • Thanks, Hayley. This is the busiest day I’ve had in a long time. I think the 20 minute nap I took in the middle of the day helped and God lifts me up in these things that are dear to the loves he has put in my heart: nature and art. Oooh, maybe this is poem coming. 🙂

  2. Sounds like you have a good day ahead. I still have to do the Monday thing, but it’s not so bad.

  3. i’m happy you’re free
    to do the painting & other
    works of the heart 🙂

  4. I’m moaning just a bit for myself as I’d much rather be in a kayak or on a beach than watching snow fall and the wind whip sideways. Wanna trade places?

    No? Well, okay then. Enjoy your Saturday, Sunday, Monday and every other day this coming week. Soak up some extra warmth for me. 🙂

  5. I always thought of The Mamas & The Papas as being Mama Cass and three others. She was a remarkable singer.

  6. A nice place to kayak. I hope you get the opportunity. I wonder who cleans our creek sides… someone must, we do have nice clean banks. Something I haven’t done in a while is clean up the alleyways toward the end of the street. I’d take a few trash bags and clean after the girls got on the bus. But now I work, and I take them to school, so I don’t walk over there as much and they look like they need me. I hate littering. It drives me crazy. I don’t understand littering. Thanks for cleaning up 🙂
    I sure hope you have a beautiful, well-balanced weekend 🙂 And I’m glad you don’t have to Monday in an office, though, I don’t mind mine.

    • I’m so happy you don’t mind your Monday officing. I didn’t get there early enough for a kayak this time, but did some picking up and helped sort the trash from the recyclables. The afternoon event at the park drew a big crowd and not enough room in the trash containers so there was a lot of trash on the ground. It was a weird contrast from the morning event. I picked up some of it that was right in my path and stuffed it in the trash cans wishing I’d had a bag for the recyclables. I can get compulsive about recycling. But sometimes other things have to take priority. You are a good mom. When my daughter was younger she did the creek clean ups with me – good memories.

  7. What a wonderful post JoAnna to be returning to, to read.
    I know the feeling of wondering when we found time to go to work, because retirement means we get to do all those things we kept putting off..
    Such a wonderful thing you are doing both in your cleaning up the river/Creek and in being present in the Grandmothers March.. Now if the world were full of Grandma’s like you, we would have no need for both of your venues. 🙂
    Enjoy your Sunday afternoon relaxation after Church JoAnna, and have a special Monday..
    We need to keep our special people close and show them we appreciate them as we give of our time and Love..
    I so admire all the effort you put into everything JoAnna.. What a special lady you are..
    Love and Blessings and have a wonderful Week..
    Big HUGS..
    Sue ❤ ❤

    • Thank you for your sweet affirmations, Sue. I’d forgotten that part of why I’m so busy is that these are the things I’ve put off for years. It’s like catching up with myself! 🙂 I appreciate your encouragement and how your words always remind me to rest as I need to and be true to callings. Big hugs and blessings to you, my friend! ❤ ❤

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