Friday Five ~ August 5th

Friday FiveThis week sped by. Not only that, but it is now August! Now how did that happen? Here we go with this week’s Friday Five.


  1. It has been so dry and so hot this week. Perhaps that’s not the best way to put it. The humidity has been on the same level as Florida (super uncomfortable) but we have had very little rain. In any case, I am grateful for our air conditioners!
  2. I had to drive 57 miles down to the VA for blood work on Tuesday. And then 57 miles back home. The blood test was important, and the news about my blood levels is great, so it was worth the drive.
  3. It was beautiful that day and I enjoyed the ride. I stopped to pick up groceries at Market Basket. They were having a sale on two of Jack’s favorite soups, and I was able to stock up. At our local store soup has risen to $3.25 a can. That is crazy and unacceptable. Market Basket had this soup for $2.25 a can!
  4. I also got gas. I paid $3.82 a gallon. I was feeling a bit ticked off because after 20 years they have come up with a new traffic pattern. There were no signs directing you either. I drove around and around until I finally figured it out. I did complain and explained that they need a new sign which reads “Gas: New Traffic Pattern“. You see, they are the cheapest place around for gas and they are inundated with customers.
  5. Lastly, a few days ago I took my cell phone out of my purse and the phone screen had a crack! I drove to Verizon and discovered the Screen Protector was two months out of warranty. I called a local Mr. Fix It, who wanted $150.00 to repair it, and then I called the insurance I have through Verizon who offered me a $29.00 repair, (but my phone would be gone for over a week) or a replacement for $150.00. They would ship it to me overnight. That was my choice.  This morning I got an update. My new phone is delayed. Ugh!

So that was my week. It looks like the next few days will be hot, hot, hot, with a side of spot showers.

Enjoy your weekend wherever you are!


The Friday Five ~ July 29th

Friday FiveIt’s been quite a week for me. No big appointments, but it seems that I kept myself busy. Here’s how it went.

  1. We had some beautiful weather this week. Perfect temperatures, robins egg blue skies, and just perfect conditions all around. I looked up one morning and I could see a jet plane flying along. And after several minutes I could hear it. I’m not sure why this thrilled me, perhaps it reminded me of a time that I traveled all the time. I truly enjoyed that. Seeing new places and meeting new people. It was wonderful.
  2. I was able to go out to the local shops. The tourists were not too bad, but I still chose to wear a mask. I am still trying to figure out where on earth I got Covid at the start of the month.
  3. My recovery has gone well, I am just tired. Remember back when naps were a punishment as a kid? Not any more! I love my little naps.
  4. I decided that since I am sick of my cooking I would try a few new dishes. One night was Chinese food. Pork fried rice, Chinese pork slices, and a mix of stir fry veggies. I also had Shrimp spring rolls. It’s not quite right, but I will keep working on it. The other was ravioli night. I thought it was good, but it was a fail for Jack. Oh well, the salads were good.
  5. Lastly, this week was a lovely rainbow that arrived at dinner time on Thursday. It was a nice way to end the week.

2022-07-28_08-11-50Have a great weekend everyone!


The Friday Five ~ July 22nd

Friday FiveThis was a crazy and wild week for us weather-wise. It was so hot and humid with storms. It was great to be out again, but it’s even better to get home to Heidi. I am still amazed that she can sleep like this.


Here’s what else is going on.

  1. I finally got a negative Covid test. Despite that, I was still wearing a mask when I went out. My first stop was at the grocery store to stock up my pantry.
  2. After just getting well, I was shocked to see so many people without masks, especially a very pregnant woman.
  3. I was huffing and puffing due to my asthma and the crazy heat at the grocery and a man came over and with a snide tone to his voice said I should take off my mask. I told him I’d had Covid and I was just getting out, and how did he know I wasn’t still contagious? He shut up and I finished my shopping.
  4. One thing I have noted is that my asthma has been worse. Last night I had to use my inhaler during the night.
  5. Thursday afternoon and early evening we had major storms blow through the town and around the big Lake (Winnipesaukee) and other areas of New Hampshire. With many trees taken down and serious car accidents, our power went out again. It was early enough so that it was still light and I was able to do my prep work for dinner.2022-07-22_07-49-47

    All homemade Chinese food. Mostly it was ok, but I am still learning.

So this was my week. I’m praying for a break in this heat, but the weather reporter said it’s going to be a while. I’m trying to recall why I moved back from Florida?

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The Friday Five ~ July 15th

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  1. A few years back I was online shopping on Amazon. My old Merrell Clogs were falling apart and I was looking for a new pair. Since I have terrible arches I almost always use these clogs as indoor and outdoor slippers. These gray clogs were on sale and I snapped them up even though I didn’t like the style. (I will say, I have grown to love them and their sort of funky style.)merrell-women-castlerock-encore-kassie-slide-wool-clogs-mules-sandals-merrell-724usacom-men-women-clothing-shoes-accessories-online-shopping-492651-10-B Over the years I was wearing them more and more until the other day when I realized that their days were limited.
    71Bq6wc5Y9L._AC_UL1500_So, after a couple of weeks of shopping sales (I refuse to pay top dollar for anything!) I found these cute Clogs. I’d ordered the black pair first, but I liked them so much that I decided to get the brown to use as slippers. The black I will use when I go out.
  2. The next favorite thing on my list is a video picture frame. I’ve loaded up a bunch of pictures and each time I walk by the frame I glance down at this frame and the assorted pictures.

    2022-07-10_03-16-59I think this is one of my most cherished gifts! It’s made by FRAMEO.

  3. Amanda and the kids gave me a Scentsy Dackel warmer for Christmas. Isn’t this the cutest thing?9a76df91bf56d19197d88a3dac740dae
    I love it and it’s near enough to me that the scent drifts my way making me very happy.
  4. My case of Covid is getting better. I think the weird thing is that the exhaustion has lingered on. I seem to sleep massive amounts. I am also using my inhaler a lot. The fever is gone, and most of the time so is the cough. My advice is to avoid getting this at all costs.
  5. This brings me to my last comment of the week. I was finally able to go out to get groceries yesterday, and I was one of the only ones wearing a mask. I live in a vacation destination and so many people from the North East have driven here and well, brought their Covid germs with them. The advice given to me by my doctor was to stay as isolated as I can. Getting another virus would not be welcome at this time.

So that’s it for the week of July 15th. I hope your weekend is a good one and that your weather is as lovely as ours.


The Friday Five ~ July 8th

Friday FiveThis week will go down as the week where I slept more than anything. Even my darling puppy, Heidi, and old girl Lili find my sleeping excessive, but, it is what it is.

  1. I have 4 frozen dinners for Jack and two leftover meals.  He is not thrilled about this, but that’s too bad. With no appetite and no desire to eat a big meal, he just has to put up with this until I am well.
  2. I think for me, I will make good old Cambell’s Chicken Noodle Soup with a small dish of crackers. True excitement in my culinary world!
  3. Did you hear that Raphael Nadal had to withdraw from Wimbledon? I’m heartbroken because he was to have played the Angry Aussie, Nick Kyrgios and I really wanted Nadal to take him down a peg. The Matches I watched with Nick Kyrgios playing was like watching someone who has a serious mental illness. The boy ain’t right. He kept talking to people around him yelling and screaming.
  4. Once again I must tell you that Heidi is helping to keep me calm and quiet.2022-07-07_07-48-08

    Heidi is an amazing little girl!

  5. So my goals over the weekend will be to do some laundry and try to make some small furniture adjustments in my room. Quite honestly, if I can get the laundry done, I will be very pleased.


The Friday Five ~ July 1st

Friday FiveSo here we are. July 1st! Summer. Today’s forecast is for very hot weather, so I guess I will be staying in and keeping cool with the air conditioning. Here’s this week’s Friday Five.

  1. Tuesday was a busy day. Jack had appointments down in Manchester and Concord, so I spent most of the day driving. The day was beautiful, so the drive was a nice one.
  2. I had a nice conversation with a New Hampshire State Trooper. I was sitting at the Registry of Motor Vehicles waiting to get Jack’s handicapped placard, and he was walking by, and I’m not sure how, but we struck up a conversation.
  3. My Dad worked as a Summer Cop on Cape Cod and I was joking with him that every morning Dad would freak out my Mom about what had happened the night before. He laughed and agreed. Anyway, he was a nice man, and it helped pass the time.
  4. I went to the Post Office on Tuesday and while picking up my packages, a man, a stranger to me, began to bully me for wearing a mask. He claimed that it was destroying my health. I did not engage him in conversation. But I thought, who does he think he is? Then it dawned on me that a large portion of our population has become bullies.
  5. And perhaps he was fortunate that I did have a mask on, as I got sick later that night, and have been down and out since. Not Covid, but miserable none the less.

So that was the week that was. I’m still curled up with Heidi, sleeping and forcing fluids.

Have a great weekend, and to those of you here in the USA, Happy Fourth of July!


The Friday Five ~ June 24th

Friday FiveJune is nearly done, and I have had so many thoughts on my mind. Good thoughts as well as sad. But mostly I am holding my own.

  1. I am the luckiest woman ever. I have this delightful and perfect puppy, Heidi in my life, and without even working too hard at it, she makes me feel so loved and so important!20220622_175701
  2. She is so adorable, but she has one thing about her that none of my other dackels have had.

    2022-06-23_06-17-17A stripe like this is on both sides.

    Just below each of her shoulder blades. Almost like Angel wings. In fact, I think Heidi is my little Angel.

  3. I’ve been watching ER. With so many years, it’s kind of a binge-watching marathon! I remember almost none of it!
  4. This weekend I plan to chill out. Do some laundry and try to get some rest. Recently I am not getting enough sleep and all of that makes Maribeth a cranky girl.
  5. Last week I lost 4 pounds on my diet. I weigh in just before my shower on Friday. I hope that my weight loss is a good one.

Have a great weekend everyone!


The Friday Five ~ June 17th

Friday FiveAlthough I had nothing planned this week, due to it being Motorcycle Week, I have had a few things going.

  1. There has been a constant drone/hum of motorcycles from morning until the middle of the night. The next day, it would start again.
  2. I swear to God that most of the motorcycles need a new muffler! This is either very true or I am getting old and intolerant. It’s a total toss-up!
  3. We had some sort of critter chase down and shred a deer. We are not sure if it was a Bobcat,  a Fisher, or a pack of Coyotes.
  4. At this point, I sing at night while walking Heidi and Lili, and use a strong flashlight. I admit to being a little nervous.
  5. This past week I cleaned out all my old magazines. These magazines date back to the start of the Pandemic. That felt quite good to do. This weekend I want to tackle another closet or room. I need to get the house cleared for Heidi to go and run around. Now she is house trained, as long as the house is tidied up I can let her roam.

2022-06-16_07-51-10Have a great weekend!


The Friday Five ~ June 10th

281485327_327092876190998_1155184130551750264_nAnother week has flown by. I find time is truly racing by for me these days. I’m not sure why, but maybe it is my advancing years. In any case, here is this week’s Friday Five.

  1. Those of you on Facebook know that my car broke down on Monday. I self-diagnosed it as a starter problem. My car was towed by AAA to my mechanics and by 9:30 AM the next day the problem was solved (I needed a battery) and my car was home!
  2. A very good friend of my cousin’s passed away this week. I knew her too, although not nearly as well as Janet did. It was a shock to us all. Karen was one of those people who brightened your world just by being in it. When Janet got married to Dave, it was Karen and her husband, Mark, Janet’s friend Michelle and me. It was a small intimate group, on the beach and it was beautiful. So glad that Karen could share that special time with them. I hope she rests in peace.
  3. Heidi is doing so well. She looks like she has reached her full size, but although she has that lovely long dachshund body, I think she will be filling out a little more.2022-06-09_02-04-13
    She sure is a beauty and she is the apple of my eye. I am blessed to have her.
  4. It’s the start of Motorcycle Week today. Usually, we have a good turnout. But with the Pandemic, and now with the rain forecast, I am thinking it may not be such a big event.
  5. Today I get my hair done. I am toying with the idea of having her cut in some light bangs. Why? You might ask. Well believe it or not in the last few weeks I have had total strangers ask what the heck happened to my face. Now I grew out my bangs to rebel at the scars, but suddenly, it’s really bothering me again. So, it’s time to do something so I don’t feel so exposed.

So that’s my week. I hope you have a great weekend and can kick back and enjoy your free time.


The Friday Five ~ June 3rd

The Friday FiveIt’s June. Summer is here, although we have had slightly cooler and slightly wetter weather the last few days. It’s okay, everything is lush green and fully leafed out. There is a lot happening, but here is the latest.

  1. Tuesday was a day when I had to drive to Manchester, New Hampshire for two doctor’s appointments. This meant I needed to stop and get gas. This is the most I have ever paid to fill up my gas tank. $76.00! It took me less than five minutes to spend this money, and I didn’t enjoy spending this much money at all. Neither did the other people who were taking out a loan to buy fuel for a few days.
  2. I also went in to have my yearly mammogram. So far so good. This year was the most fun I have ever had having a mammogram. I had a super Sonographer who loved dogs. So we chatted about our puppies all during the appointment. It made one of my least favorite tests, fun!
  3. After spending the $76.00 on gas, I then went to the grocery store to buy some food. I bought store-brand products when I could. I had a list and stuck to it. I spent over $245.00! And trust me, I did not overbuy.
  4. Heidi attacked a stuffed toy and chewed and chewed until she had gotten to the stuffing and squeaker. Her first kill! Lol!
  5. I’ve been watching old episodes of “Judge Judy”. I love it! She doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap! Yay!

So that’s the week. I hope that your weekend will be as wonderful as it can be!