Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy, Calm and Um....


I didn't make any New Year's Resolutions for 2015 mainly because the thought of having one more thing on my "to-do" list was overwhelming. I was tired, stressed and worn down enough without feeling defeated for not accomplishing yet another goal.

A better attitude would definitely have been on my agenda if I'd made a resolution-- after all, the countless funerals I've attended in the past few years were more than my heart could stand and left me feeling stressed and sad.  Maybe that's why an emailed review request about a supplement called "Happy Calm Focused" caught my eye.

In all honesty, the super positive name and packaging had me rolling my eyes and laughing out loud at its claims.  It was early February and I'd already attended three MORE funerals of loved ones.  (I know!  When will it STOP!?!)  But if ever someone was in need of help being happy and calm it was definitely me.  So, after taking my head out of the oven I agreed to give the HCF supplement a try.  A free bottle arrived in my mailbox shortly thereafter.

Did I mention that I have never, ever, blindly tried a supplement before? Not once.  I called my doc who said it was okay to give one bottle a try to see if he helped.  Then I checked the mostly very positive HCF reviews online and popped the top.

The cobolt blue bottle made me happy-- I collect blue glass and even though this was plastic the coloring wasn't lost on me.

Could I have been momentarily happy before even swallowing the three substantial capsules that smelled a lot like herbs and the back of a pharmacy?  Probably not, but it made me smile nevertheless.  A good start, huh?

It's important to take HCF on an empty stomach 30 minutes before eating in the morning-- That had me watching the clock because I wake up starved and actually keep granola bars on my bedside table.  As the thirty minutes ticked by til food time, I could still taste that herb/pharmacy/ick smell and was less than calm waiting to eat something to squash the after-taste.

Was Happy Calm Focused really working on me?  Fast forward three weeks...

Two more very sad situations with loved ones later (Again I say-- When will it STOP!) and I have to admit that I'm taking things in stride which I translate to being more calm in a crisis.  Happy might be too strong a word to describe my emotional state these days but the noise in my head when tracking the drama that surrounds me is somewhat lower. Both good things.

As for focused-- I'm afraid that ship has sailed for me.  I haven't been laser focused in more years than I can remember and have actually forgotten where I put the Happy Calm Focused supplement bottle a few times.

Will I continue to take the HCF supplement after the bottle is empty? I'm not sure.  The biggest down side for me is the indigestion and "repeating" of the supplement throughout the day.  I'm not crazy about that.  This is not a side-effect I read about in online reviews so maybe it's just my "delicate" system.

Happy Calm Focused isn't a "miracle in a bottle", at least not for me. Rather, it's an amino acid based supplement that might have helped make me feel a little better.  Will it help you feel happier, more calm and focused?  You'll have to be the judge.

Available on Amazon.com.

How are you feeling these days?
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins






Friday, March 13, 2015

Great Paying Job

I arranged these flowers myself.  No housekeeper required.

I am always amazed by the things that appear on our online community homeowners website.  I told you about the Great Lemon Caper.  Now we have what I can only call Housekeeper Madness.

Names have been changed (in blue) to protect the innocent and slightly crazy....



It all leaves me thinking maybe I should go back to work-- cleaning houses!

Happy weekend!
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Four Reasons Why I Won't Delete My Facebook Page


It hasn't been all that long since I took the plunge and gave Facebook a whirl.  So many of my blog friends from over the years have moved to Facebook and I missed them.  Knowing little about the FB game, I've done my best to figure things out and "friend" people I know and bloggers from past and present, but I'm definitely not great at it.

It's been 3 1/2 months and until very recently I simply did not get what all the fuss was about.  To me, Facebook appeared to be endless postings about things that were of little interest to me.  I gravitate towards more meaningful posts about people's well-being, new babies, joys and successes.  I'm not interested so much in (most) jokes, the price of gasoline or the mean stuff that creeps in from time to time.

In short, I simply didn't "get" Facebook or why folks spend so much time on it.  And then the four reasons why I won't delete my Facebook page grabbed me by the hand within days of each other and held on tight...

1. Sam.

2. Rorry 

3. Fiona.

4. Patrick

Sam, my husband's business partner of 39 years passed away.  We adored him.

Rorry and Fiona, the beloved Scottie pups of my blog bestie, Holly Dietor from Your Mother Knows But Won't Tell You, crossed over the rainbow bridge to doggie heaven.

And, Patrick-- A big, happy, handsome relative passed away in his sleep of a massive heart attack.

They're why I'm hooked on Facebook.

The world-- literally the Facebook world-- took meaningful and thoughtful time to wrap their arms around Sam, Rorry, Fiona and Patrick, and their families, in a way I have never experienced before.

Facebook posts-- hundreds of them-- poured in with such love, compassion, support, and gratitude for these four amazing souls that there are no words to adequately express the heartfelt love that jumped though the computer screens to all involved.

And not just a bunch of thumbs up "likes".  There were posts that Facebookers wrote with long and loving comments.  Posts that included tributes more beautiful than any I've read before.  Posts that included photos of and for Sam, Rorry, Fiona and Patrick that embraced their families and helped loved ones through very difficult times.

Sam's posts included comments about his favorite movies and how he looked like a cross between Paul Newman and Kirk Douglass with sky blue eyes.  His grace and class were mentioned often and the words "A true gentleman." were repeated over and over.

Posts for Rorry and Fiona had countless beautiful photos of purple thistles, the national flower of Scotland, to help comfort Holly and her husband as they coped with the passing of their lovely Scotties who battled health issues.

And Patrick-- More than 500 photos with people toasting Patrick with Budweiser long-neck beer bottles-- Odd sounding perhaps, but Patrick was the guy with a big pick-up truck who not only loaned his truck to people moving, but he also actually helped people move-- Only thanks he ever asked for was an ice cold Budweiser at the end of the day.

My four reasons for not deactivating or deleting my Facebook page are these four souls with hearts of gold and all the people who love them.  I may not post often on Facebook but I'll keep my page active so I can look in on my friends and cherish the meaningful interaction that truly exists in cyberspace.

As for my Twitter account?  Probably not.  Too much chatter, clutter and endless pictures of sunsets taken through car windshields for me.

Instagram, maybe-- I've found some photographers, artists, performers and quilters who take amazing photos.

But Facebook-- You've won my heart.  I'm sticking with you!

Of course, FB, Twitter and IG are three reasons why I haven't blogged much lately-- In addition to too many funerals already in 2015.  But, I'm heading to Ohio next week, despite the horrendously cold weather, for some quality family time and to recharge my battery.  I hope to return ready to roll again with happier times ahead.

Until then, stay warm and maybe I'll see you elsewhere in cyberspace!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I Dare You Not To Smile

I've heard police called a lot of things but never a "Diva" before.

This has been on the news lately but it's worth a look.  There is NO WAY you can't watch this video and not smile.



I crack up when he spots and waves at a pedestrian.

I don't know this guy, and I'm guessing there is a lot of teasing and joking going on back at the police station but seriously, I think I would love having him as my next door neighbor... and at my next party.

And, I'm grateful that I do not have a dashboard camera in my car to catch my antics.  How about you?

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Move Over Rudolph


Santa has a new sleigh-- Marine One from the The Ronald Reagan Library.

Have no fear!  Your gifts are on their way.

Wishing you a fabulous holiday.  And a big thank you for making this year so special.

xo Joanna

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tis The Season


I've been busy, as you can see.

This the my workroom-- which sounds fancier than "my old office".  I might switch to calling it my "studio" in 2015 where I create, mediate and retreat to when the day catches up with me.  But for now it's the space I dumped all my holiday shopping packages.

It's hard to tell, but behind the mountain of boxes and bags is a large table with my sewing machine on it.  Behind that is a long cabinet stacked high with fabric.  Honest.

And I'm usually very neat and organized.  (Not.)

So this week I sorted, wrapped and wrapped and wrapped, boxed up and shipped, and divided the remaining packages into stacks for their local destinations this holiday.

I can almost see the floor again.

Did my husband help, you ask?  Why of course.  He brought home a package of bows from the drug store... And his work is done.

How's your holiday shopping coming along?

Welcome to wwwTheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wet. Very Wet




Feeling really lucky to have my Mom's rain boots this week.  She wore them for years whenever it was wet out to walk her sweet dog, Noah.  The dog lives with my baby sister now and the boots were parked at my back door just waiting for the rain.

The first time it rained after mom passed away was in about April and I just couldn't bring myself to put them on.

But this rain-soaked Friday morning in December seemed like a good time to take a short walk between downpours and soak up a little of Mom's love.  I can't fill her shoes but her boots are pretty darn comfy.


 How's your Sunday?  

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Apple Oh Apple

It's not everyday you see a church with a sense of humor.  This one had me actually doing a U-Turn in traffic to go back and make sure it said what I thought it said... and then, of course, to take a photo to show you.


How's your Sunday?
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