Just-Jot-It-January (Jan 13-14)

Just Jot It JanuaryProtocol and Freckled

So, this month I’m doing a challenge to write a micro a day, for Just-Jot-It-January. Thanks to Linda G. Hill, bloggers in the “Play Group” have proposed a one-word prompt for each day. We share our responses back to Linda’s page, and are able to read what others come up with. I’ll post my responses every few days in bundles, to respect your in-boxes. But if a prompt tickles your imagination, please click its connecting link to read more!

Jan 14:  Freckled

Maybe Later

Snowfall, dense and quick

Buries itself in the thick, pale epidermis covering lawn,

Mounding ‘round walkways from yester-days’ storms.

Penetrating to dermis, yet temps too cold for subcutaneous damage.

In time a crust, an invisible scab

Will form as temps drop further still.

Creating crisp haven for light winter birds,

A rabbit run that leaves no tracks.

For now, a perhaps petulant wind gusts, spitting sleet sideways,

Smacks the warmth of my picture window.

It leaves a Morse Code in exploded white freckles.

Come outside and play!

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)

To see others’ Jan 14 responses click the following:


Jan 13:  Protocol


Protocol is all about being proper and following the rules. And sometimes — more often than I’d like to admit — following the rules, especially in times of great stress and overwhelm, is exactly the thing that will save your life. I’m thinking now about our overwhelmed medical professionals. They need to act quickly and accurately to treat their patients and preserve their own health, so that they can continue to bring their expertise to bear. It’s about so much more than PPE.

Another part of their jobs is to be able to respond to the unusual, the times when protocol doesn’t get you there, when observing and testing and flexing is critical for best treatment outcomes. And it’s damn near impossible to do that when stress and overwhelm is a constant, with another wave and no end in sight. So for their sake, and my sake, and the sake of everyone we come into contact with, I’ll do my best to follow protocol, wear the mask, limit indoor exposure to large groups, get my vaccinations and boosters, wash my hands, and socially distance. We all know the routine…

This is how I’m choosing to exercise my civil rights, grateful that I have a choice, and aware that there are still some countries that don’t have access to vaccinations and/or open space.

But, you do you. Not here to argue or preach, just jotting down my thoughts.      

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2022)

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