JoJoisms

Seeing the Humor in Struggles

Written By: JoJoisms - Dec• 03•18

2018 wasn’t the year I thought it would be.  I thought my husband would have a permanent job by now. I thought I had handled my insomnia, my Fibro, was done with surgeries, and wouldn’t have anything new until I was old.  Well, oldER. But I was wrong.

Have you ever had so many weirdly not fun things happen at once that all you could do was laugh? Well, I did this year and I found it does help to just laugh so I created the following memes that not only helped me, but I pray will help you too to see the humor in just about anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JoJo’s Grape Puns

Written By: JoJoisms - Nov• 07•18

My purple pen has turned to things punny as I have redesigned my entire Grape Stuff website.  So this month I thought I’d bring to you the “grape” puns that now appear as sections of my website because there are some GRAPE things over there now…Pun intended.  Here we go!

So the main page is, of course, called Grape Stuff.

The blog is called Grape Times.

The testimonials page is called…Grape Job!

Our contact page is called…Grape Vine.

Our email list is called…Grape News!

The About Us page that shares how the site began is aptly called…Grape Seeds!

The Frequently Asked Questions page is called…Grape Ideas.

And our new YouTube channel is….

Drumroll Please…

The Grape News Network hosted by news anchor Connie Plumb!

That’s all the pun that’s fit to print.  I’ll bring you more of my writing as I write it.  Until then…

Have a GRAPE Day!

 

 

At the age when doctors ask odd questions

Written By: JoJoisms - Oct• 03•18

I can’t believe it’s October 2018 already! Wasn’t it just June…1997? You know you’re getting older when the decades fly by.  But seriously, life has changed a whole bunch since I began this blog and since I began writing JoJoisms so many years ago.

Now that I’m in my mid..ok, later, 50s, I find my attention turning to things of a more eternal nature.  In talking with a friend about chronic illness and the physical results of living past your mid-20s, we found ourselves laughing about the things doctors ask you.

Are you depressed?

Do you find yourself thinking about death?

Do you feel you’d be better off if you died?

That last one had us pondering a bit.  As a Christian, why, yes.  Yes, we DO believe we’d be better off if we died.  It’s a no-brainer.  Would I prefer to meet the struggles of everyday life in a fallen world where we need to feel the aches and pains of getting older, the fatigue, the stress of making a living, the struggle that comes from strife and misery in the world?  Or would we rather be with God, in heaven, in eternal peace?

Hmmm…

While I would much prefer to be with Jesus, I won’t be shortening my stay here on Earth to get there quicker.  LOL  But it did make me think about how you answer questions such as these when you get to the age when your doctor is required to ask.  😀

Writing JoJo-isms

Written By: JoJoisms - Sep• 03•18

My life has come full circle.  I began writing my JoJoisms about communication way back when.  Then, as my life changed, these sayings came to be about every topic under the sun…or at least under my life experience.  (Which is rather prolific!)

I wrote JoJoisms about marriage, parenting, finances, health issues, empty nesting, getting older, and technology.  And now I find myself writing about writing.

Yes, this JoJo is now writing for hire over at Unique Copywriter!  I have a Facebook fan page as well and I’ve been creating my JoJoisms memes for it as well.  Here are just a few:

 

 

 

 

I’ll be back next month with some more JoJoisms!

New JoJoisms Coming Soon!

Written By: JoJoisms - Aug• 03•18

I’ve been busy writing some Purple JoJoisms for my For the Love of Purple Facebook fan page, but I haven’t had time to post them here. Most of them aren’t in my usual JoJoisms format, but here are a few.

I’ll be back at some point to post some new ones I’ve created.  In the meantime, if you’re a purple lover, go like my For the Love of Purple page and join the over 6500 fans there!

JoJoisms fans can now get free fun and MORE!

Written By: JoJoisms - Jun• 07•18

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It’s official! The Big Book of JoJoisms has a registered copyright!

Written By: JoJoisms - Apr• 23•18

I’ve been writing since I was about 9 years old.  I’m now a post menopausal writer who has to color her gray more often so that’s a LOT OF YEARS!

I had never thought about getting a copyright until I began putting my JoJoisms on the mugs we are now selling under the MugXpressions by Grape Stuff brand.

When I filed for a copyright for The Big Book of JoJoisms several months ago, I thought the whole thing was done online. Then this past Saturday, I received an official certificate in the mail stating that I’m the proud owner of all of my JoJoisms to that date that I had compiled in this book!

So, it’s official!  I hold an official copyright for almost 600 JoJoisms that I’ve written over the years!  It’s got an official seal and everything!

As many of you know, JoJo is nuts for purple so most of my Visual JoJoisms have been purple.  I’ve loved purple even longer than I’ve been writing.

My mom tells me I actually turned purple when I was about two weeks old and they were driving me from Colorado, where I was born, to Florida where my dad was next stationed.  He was in the military at that time.  They had to pull over to cool me down as there was no air conditioning in cars at that time.  THAT’s how old I am!  lol  Ever since then, my mom says I’ve loved purple!

How ever my love of purple came about, I’m not the only one who’s nuts for it!  At the same time my JoJoisms were being copyrighted, my For the Love of Purple Facebook fan page was also growing.

From the time I filed the copyright to the time I received this official notification, my page grew by 2000 members and it’s now growing by 2-300 per week!  I’ve actually written several JoJoisms about my love of purple and have written several more since then and turned them into visual format and posted them on my fan page.  Click the link above if you have a purple heart and would like to see more purple JoJoisms!

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I’m not worried about death…

Written By: JoJoisms - Apr• 10•18

I’ve seen a lot of social media posts telling believers with chronic health issues to just think positive and remember that we’re going to heaven one day.  I’m sure they mean well, but I’m also sure those that write these haven’t experienced chronic health trails.  They tell me to ignore the present and look to my future.  The problem with that is I can’t ignore my present.  I do a good job of putting it out of my mind and keeping myself busy with my mission, my work, and finding the joy, but there comes times in every Survivor’s life when things of the world take precedence, even for a short time, and we become overwhelmed, fatigued, and frustrated.

I was thinking about that the other day when I saw one of those memes and created this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m not worried about my eternal soul for I know I’m destined for Heaven.  I know that, in Heaven, there is no pain, or struggle, or tears.  I know that Heaven will be worth all the struggles and trails and frustrations.  I know that I will eventually know a peace I can only dream about here on Earth.

What I worry about is life with its hardships and pains, with its frustrations and difficult decisions.  I’m worried about which path to take, what bills can wait, and how I’ll get through the day.

We are told we are in the world, but not of it, but what many who have not gone through constant trials for so long just don’t understand is, we may not be of the world, but we are still in it.  I don’t worry about my future and I don’t live in the past, but I do struggle in the present.  Partly that’s because it’s here and I can’t escape it and partly because it’s the only thing I can do something about.  If I have the ability to do something, I feel I should be careful in how and what I do.  Having to deal with pain and fatigue and financial stress and business decisions and overwhelm makes that all the more difficult.

I’m not saying we can’t have joy. I’m saying it isn’t all fun and games.

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How many of you would like an out of body experience?

Written By: JoJoisms - Apr• 04•18

So the other day I was going through some of the JoJoisms I’d written a while back to see if I had any I felt strongly about making into a visual version.  This one stuck out.

I’m not saying I’m all that old, though my kids would have you believe otherwise.  I’m just saying that on the road through chronic illness, there’s some rest stops along the way that make you feel old.

I was recently taken off my beloved muscle relaxer due to a rapid heart rate and jitters/tremors.  I’m still jittery and my hands shake, but it’s not as bad as it was.  Unfortunately, my dr wants me off the muscle relaxer until I see her again this month.

I’m not happy as I’m not sleeping as well…some days are worse than others. And I’m in more pain during the days. So I FEEL older than I think I should at 55.

I’m over six months past my last (and hopefully FINAL) surgery–this time on my ankle.  I had wanted to start my new exercise program which looks easy and fun and has all the earmarks of something not that difficult for someone whose muscles have grown weak from all the couch potato-ing I’ve been doing. However, just starting the first day of my CD rom, was exhausting.  I’ve tried it twice now and I get fatigued closer to “let’s begin” than I’d like to admit.

I’m going to wait until I see my dr again and see what can be done. In the meantime, I remain your humble, purple, and tired corespondent…who feels like she’d like an out of body experience.

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I’m Not Weird; My Doctor Had Me Tested!

Written By: JoJoisms - Mar• 14•18

So the other day, I had to go back to my surgeon for a follow up five months after my ankle surgery.  They took my blood pressure and heart rate and found my resting heart rate was abnormally high. That prompted the nurse to tell me that he was required by law to tell me to call my regular doctor.  Well, that sounded rather ominous, but I thought it was probably a formality.

I got home and did a little research as I was getting increasingly jittery and had a headache as well as having my hands shake more than just after I’d had my coffee.  What I found is that the muscle relaxer I was taking could cause these things and it said to “call your doctor immediately” so, I did.

She saw me very early that morning: BC (Before Coffee) and took me off my muscle relaxer and ordered some blood work.

That was on Friday.  I didn’t expect to hear back from her til the following week, but as this is the technological age, I received an email with the results and her recommendations.  All the blood work was normal (including my cancer markers for the last three months! YAY!!) and she suggested I stay off the muscle relaxers til I see her at my April appointment.

Looking at the paperwork it suddenly occurred to me that there aren’t too many times in my life that I’d been called NORMAL.  Normal.  It just kept echoing in my mind.

Then, later that day, my dh was telling me how weird I was (something entirely unrelated) and my son chimed in as my children often do.  I held up the printout of my blood work and yelled, “I’m not weird.  My doctor had me tested!”  In case you don’t watch The Big Bang Theory, it’s a take off on what Sheldon often says about himself.  “I’m not insane. My mother had me tested.”

That prompted me to create a meme that represented what I saw in my head.  So, here it is…I’m not weird; my doctor had me tested!

 

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