The Friday Five ~ November 25th

20200206_160117This week was a very busy one. I worked all day and fell asleep early in the evening and managed a few naps too. In the end, the turkey was wonderful and it made all the prep work worth it. So, here goes.

  1. Monday I drove home from my daughter’s home. I’d gone down on Sunday to watch, “The Wizard of Oz” starring my two grandchildren! This was six-year-old Quinn’s first play. He played Toto and can I just say nothing is cuter than a six-year-old in a puppy suit?

    20221120_142930                           He did a great job and I felt so very proud of him!

  2. Savi had several parts with solos. She played the Coroner who declares the Wicked Witch of the East dead!2022-11-25_07-49-36

    She has a beautiful voice and I was so proud of her. She has been acting in plays since she was about 5 years old.

  3. I had a chance to visit with my daughter and Matt’s Mom before and after the play, and both Heidi and I enjoyed spending the night. Monday morning we were up early, said goodbye to the kids as they left on the bus, and on the way home I stopped for last-minute groceries and gas.
  4. Then the work began. I cooked all day Tuesday, and Wednesday, thinking that this would make Thursday easier. I was like a cat on a hot tin roof. By the evening, after two sets of dishes, I collapsed in my chair. Just around nine o’clock, Jack wanted dinner. I swear I wanted to scream. I made him soup and a sandwich. I then walked the two doggy girls and went to sleep.
  5. There was sadness for us this Thanksgiving. The day before I was watching our local news when I saw our old farmhouse.

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    I quickly turned up the volume and listened to the story. There was a fatal shooting there. It was later on that I learned that the man who purchased the Farm from us was the victim. He lived there alone as his family has passed away. We don’t know all the particulars yet, but it appears that the perpetrator was looking for a car and guns. Sadly the 83-year-old man trusted someone he should not have.

I lived there for several years after marrying Jack. I loved it there. The home was very old but had such character. It was built in the early 1800s this was really historical and quaint.

So, sadly this man has died, but thankfully police captured the culprit very quickly.

Today is make the soup day and clean out my pantry. I also watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” which is a reminder to me that as tough as life gets it is always wonderful.

The Friday Five ~ November 11th

Friday FiveThe week sped by and suddenly it was Thursday night. So as we listen to continual episodes of Law & Order, I sat down to write.

        1. Well, I was busy doing the dishes on Thursday and heard the telltale noises of a dog retching. I stopped what I was doing and ran toward the sound. There was poor Lili throwing up on my bedroom rug! Ugh! I tried to hurry her outside, but she only made it to the family room, where she threw up again on another carpet!

      2. Get a dog they said it will be fun they said!

      2022-05-09_08-37-003. 45 minutes later, I cleaned up the carpets and floor and settled poor Lili.

      4. Heidi was worried about her big sister and slept next to her.

      5. Lastly, this weekend the Christmas Fairs return to my little area. I will be going to two of them. I have missed them. Crafts, Christmas music, and neighbors. And a slice of normality returning.

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The Friday Five ~ November 4th

Friday FiveI woke this morning and realized it was Friday and I had not written a Friday Five. More than likely this is because this week I have been crazy busy. So here I am in the early morning hours of  Friday writing.

  1. Although I did not want to, on Wednesday I spent the day going into a larger town with a cheaper grocery store, food warehouse, and gas.
  2. It was a good trip, and I was able to stock up on canned goods and jarred sauces, jellies, and gravies.
  3. We have had the most beautiful weather this week. Sunny and warm and although the leaves are now off the trees when the skies are this blue it almost feels like Spring!
  4. I had my hair done on Tuesday, and that felt great, although the Eczema is currently bad on my scalp. It is both itchy and painful.
  5. Lastly, Heidi had her hair done and it came out so well. She still has a lot of her puppy fur, but we’re working to bring her coat into a full grown-up coat.2022-11-04_07-20-06

    We are lucky to have found Christi, who knows how to strip a wire-haired coat!

Have a great weekend, wherever you may be! It is supposed to be a very nice one!
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The Friday Five ~ October 28th

Friday FiveThis week was rather unsettling for me.  I was faced with some things that brought the dire circumstances our country is in, into my very little world. So here we go.

  1. We got the bill for having a new pump installed into our well. $3400.00! Yes, you read that right. I almost fainted when I saw the bill. All they did was open the cap, pull out the pump, replace it and then close the cap and it was done. They tell me the biggest problem is the near-daily increases in pump prices. In my next life, I am coming back as a plumber!
  2. I stopped out at the local grocery store to buy supplies and I happened to notice that several items had increased in price. Jack’s coffee cake is up $2.26 in price. It is now $6.25. A year ago it was $3.99. His cookies have increased by $3.00! The cookies went from $3.99  and it is now $6.99. And the bakery bread at the store has gone up a dollar. I was shocked that in less than two weeks prices have skyrocketed.
  3. This means I will be driving 25 miles or so to another store that has better prices. It is a bit of a trek, but I simply cannot afford the prices at our local store.
  4. I have not had any more run-ins with the bear. We know he is out there, but not coming close to the house. But I have to tell you, I take one dog out at a time, and I use my super flashlight and talk loudly to the dogs.
  5. Heidi brings joy to every day of my life. She is so good-natured and a real cuddler. I am so lucky!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the last days of this warm Autumn!

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Friday Five ~ October 7th

Friday FiveThis week flew by. I was here, there, and everywhere, And aside from today, I had appointments all week. So, let’s go, here is this week’s Friday Five!

  1. On Monday, we met up with our Financial Advisor. We always enjoy these visits because Elena is such a kind and knowledgeable woman. Everything is set for the next year.
  2. Tuesday was Jack’s Primary Care appointment. He did okay but he needs to return in three months. His doctor is a military doctor and is quite good, and a no-nonsense type of doctor. This was also the first time I have left Heidi with Lili for an extended period of time. I am happy to report that they did just fine!2022-10-07_08-44-32
  3. Wednesday was grocery day. I went to two different stores and stocked up on different items.
  4. Thursday was an appointment for me with my Pharmacologist. She is a delight and helps me make sure that my meds don’t conflict with each other.
  5. Then it was onto my dentist. No cavities but I do have one tooth way in the back that needs to be scaled and deep cleaned below the gum line. Somehow I am thinking that this is going to hurt.

So this was my week. Busy. I plan a weekend filled with laundry, and I am actually going out to lunch with my dearest friend. I hope you all have a great weekend!

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The Friday Five ~ September 30th

The Friday FiveI was sitting here when it dawned on me that tomorrow is Friday and I needed to sit down and write this week’s Friday Five. So, here goes.

  1. The week started out with Jack not feeling well. We were due to drive to Manchester for his bloodwork, but since he felt so sick, I rearranged his appointment.
  2. Then I became concerned about the hurricane heading for the West Coast of Florida. Right in the area where I lived for six years. I loved my home, my church, and my friends and family. But, I did not like the hurricanes, tornados, and wildfires that were yearly events. I also detest bugs, snakes, and alligators. After six years when I became best friends with my Exterminator, Jack and I moved back north.
  3. I am still waiting to hear from my cousin, Barbara and my dearest friend. Both were in the “Cone of Disaster”.
  4. Today we need to drive to Manchester for Jack’s bloodwork, and then back home. I am not looking forward to driving North on Rte 93 on a Friday afternoon.
  5. I will end the list with news on my heart. The news is good. Although there are two problems with my heart, it is not anything that is life threatening. I need to make a few adjustments in my life and then things will be good and life will go on quite happily!

So this was my week. I hope yours was good and that your weekend will be a nice one. And to all my Florida Friends and Family, I love you and I am praying very hard for you and for the entire State.

The Friday Five ~ September 23rd

The Friday FiveA lot went on this week, and I either contributed something to the day, took blissful naps, or watched Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.  In any case, here is this week’s Friday Five.

  1. I had a relapse of my pneumonia. Back to the Walk-In Clinic I went and I am back on antibiotics and cough pills. Today, (Thursday evening) I am feeling better. Hopefully this will do it and my health will be restored!
  2. Last night shortly after 11:00, Lili went crazy. Something had flipped on our motion detector lights, and although we couldn’t see much, both Lili and Heidi could. I got out my good flashlight and pointed it up the hill. There, caught in the beam of my light, were the eyes of a grown Fox. We have apples dropping from the trees and I guess that the Fox had a nice feed.
  3. I downloaded a program called Telegram about a month ago. Yesterday an email from a friend arrived and after that Bitcoin crap began popping up. I searched my mind, and did scans with my antivirus and malware programs, but nothing was working. The next morning as my computer started up, as soon as Telegram loaded, the Bitcoin pop-ups began. So, I did a search on how to get Telegram off my machine (it was not easy!). But since I did and then cleaned my machine, all is once again well.
  4. I really admired all of the pomp and circumstance for the Queen’s Funeral. The pageantry, the music, the dress outfits for the Military, and of course the beautiful dresses of the Royal Family. I watched in wonder Prince William, and Princess Catherine’s children, George and Charlotte attended and were very good.Wales
    I’m not really sure how to put it really. Good doesn’t sum it up. They had parents who explained things well, and then a family to show them love and support. I think I was George’s age when my other grandmother died and I was very confused. No one explained. I was lucky to have my sister who held my hand.
  5. Lastly, I will end this week with my thoughts about Harry and Meghan. At their ages, they should have used better judgment. Both proclaimed their deep and abiding love for Queen Elizabeth, yet they ignored her invitations to come to Balmoral (excellent security). I believe that the Queen knew her time was getting closer. Reports from Buckingham Palace (allegedly) confirmed the invitations as well as the refusal because they were too busy. What I would give for one more moment with my Grandma. A nice cup of tea and cookies and the long chats we once shared. Harry and Meghan should get over themselves. The two of them are not the most important people on the earth. There are times in your life when you need to put the feelings of others before your own. The Queen loved them and her heart ached. I know she never said anything in the press. She respected the privacy of the family. How would they feel if Archie and Lily grew up, and in their final years basically flipped them off? At least now, that dear lady, who gave her life for her Country, can not be hurt anymore and will rest in peace.

Just my thoughts on this Friday.

Heidi Marie

The Friday Five ~ September 16th

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This week was an odd one for me. It seemed I had more chores to accomplish while balancing other strange happenings around the house.
So here we go with this week’s Friday Five.
1. After my Well pump died, we ran out of water again. While checking the house I found a seal inside the toilet tank that had dissolved causing the toilet to run continuously! Ugh!
2. At 8:00 AM, I called the Plumbers and made an appointment for the next day for them to come and fix this for me. A note to anyone who is young and looking to learn useful skills for their future life. Learn some basic plumbing and also learn where all the small filters are, that can get clogged if you lose water pressure.
3. I’ve been getting back on my feet after pneumonia. The only thing leftover is the cough, but even that is better. That’s been good as I have been able to cook a few meals and actually go out.
4. I went to my Ladies’ Meeting and after I drove to Super Walmart to stock up on Progresso soups. The store I shopped at during the Pandemic had this soup for $3.75 a can, and Super Walmart had the exact same soups for $2.18 a can! I loaded up as Jack has a can of soup every day. This is saving me a lot of money!
5. My last item this week is about this silly heart monitor that I have been wearing for two weeks! By the time you read this, the monitor will be off my chest and I will be taking a long, hot shower where I wash my hair and do a deep conditioning. Keeping this blasted thing dry has been such a challenge and under the device, my poor skin is red and raw. I have stuck it out because I do not want to have to do this again, anytime soon!
So that was the week that was. I hope you all are enjoying your weekend and that the weather will be splendid wherever you are.
Heidi Marie

Rest In Peace, Queen Elizabeth

The Friday FiveThis week’s Friday Five will have my thoughts about the late Queen Elizabeth. All my life and before she was the Queen of England. Think about it. Most of us have not known a world without Queen Elizabeth in it.

  1. I recall seeing pictures of her at State functions when I was a little girl. She wore beautiful gowns and beautiful crowns.
  2. Queen Elizabeth loved dogs and horses. That really endeared her to me. I have always been an animal lover.
  3. Tea. Tea time was special for the Queen and for me as well. The Queen loved a good cup, and so did I. I think my grandmother (who reminded me of the Queen) made tea time, a time full of talk, sharing, and happiness.rs_1200x1200-220627144835-1200-Queen-Elizabeth-celebration
  4. You know, Queen Elizabeth lived through so many difficult times. She may not have always gotten everything 100% correct. But, you know what? She never gave up! She tried to be a rock for her family and for her Country.
  5. Rest in peace, to a woman who gave her all to her Country and to the world. Well done.

The Friday Five ~ September 2nd

The Friday FiveHey, it’s September! Can you believe that? I’m not sure I can. For me, it feels like the days are just slipping by. So let’s just get to the week’s Friday Five!

  1. Over the weekend I started to feel poorly. I figured it was nothing and sort of ignored it. But by Wednesday I was tired from coughing so hard, and just wanted to sleep.
  2. This presented a problem because my asthma kicked in and breathing was becoming problematic, as well as the cough, which left me breathless and with a headache that made me feel like my head would explode.
  3. So, I got myself together and went to the walk-in clinic. No Covid. Yay! But things were not good. Bronchitis and pneumonia. I was ordered to go home. To rest. To take my meds.
  4. I have slept the better part of two days and done almost nothing. I am still coughing and yes, feeling sick. But I am hopeful that the meds will help kick this.
  5. Meanwhile, tomorrow I get fitted for my heart monitor test. I have just one request for the rest of September: for my good health to return.

Have a great weekend and a happy, healthy, and safe Labor Day Weekend!

Heidi Marie