The Friday Five ~ November 19th

Friday Five 1This week did slip by. Mostly because I slept through it. Here is what the last week saw, and why I was so sleepy.

  1. On Tuesday I delivered all my Christmas gifts to my daughter’s house. I’ve been shopping online since the summer, and I spent all of Sunday wrapping, and then put all the gifts in two large boxes and tucked them into my Highlander.  Although I am really happy that the kids will have presents from me, I will miss them like crazy on Christmas Day.
  2. After doing that on Tuesday I drove over to the VA to get my Moderna Booster Shot. The nurse, who I already know, was so gentle that I did not feel a thing.
  3. But an hour later, I started to feel unwell. I was due to have physical therapy, but I had to leave and get home.
  4. Wednesday I felt a bit better and I went about a Zoom call and a few other things. It was my Birthday and I planned a nice Charcuterie Board, Champagne, and Baked French Onion Soup. But by the time we sat down to eat I had a fever of 102° (F). I had no appetite and so the champagne was not popped, and I didn’t even have my soup! I simply did the dishes and then went to bed at 7 PM. I proceeded to sleep 13 hours.
  5. Thursday found me still a bit under the weather. The fever was down, but I was so tired. My arm is swollen, red, and sore. I’ve been told it is a positive reaction. So it is done and over with. Now I can travel to get Heidi and not worry too much. I will still wear a mask and sanitize my hands as much as I can.

So that was the week that was. I lived to tell the tale and I know that by the time the weekend is over I will be fine and back to my old self.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and a happy week ahead!

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The Friday Five ~ November 12th

The Friday FiveAnother week has flown by. I was busy getting things done, as well as thinking and daydreaming about Heidi. So, here goes my list for this week.

  1. I made all my reservations for my trip. Including a rental car. I feel good about all that I have accomplished.
  2. Heidi’s new dog carrier arrived and it is perfect. I also sent a soft blanket to the breeder to use over the next few weeks. That way, when I bring Heidi home, she will have something that smells like home to her!
  3. I have several larger crates that I will clean and one I will set up before I leave. The other will be for later when she’s a bit bigger.
  4. The time change is kicking my butt! I am finding that I just cannot get used to the change. By 8 PM I am wiped out and ready for bed.
  5. This weekend I will wrap all the presents for Mandy, Matt, and the kids. Then I will be dropping them off next week when I am at Physical Therapy. Unfortunately, I will miss seeing everyone at Christmas this year, but I simply have to take precautions. I do not want to get Covid or bring Covid with me. So I am living in a slightly tighter bubble these days.

So that’s it for this week. Stay healthy, stay safe, and enjoy the weekend!

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The Friday Five ~ November 5th

The Friday FiveHere we are, the end of another week! This one did fly by and I was incredibly busy. Here’s what’s happening!

  1. On Monday I was due for my MRI and my first PT for a slightly torn tendon. This meant a ride to Manchester, NH. On my way down I stopped at the Outlet Mall and had my cell-phone fixed, as well as selected a Birthday/Christmas gift for my BFF Gail.
  2. Gail and I have been friends since we were very young. We met at a Summer Christian Camp and hit it off.

    img022 copyGail and I are sitting together right in the middle of the 2nd row. She was a brunette then and I was a bleached blonde with short hair.

    She and I were pen-pals back in the day when there were no cell phones and making a long-distance call cost an arm and a leg! We learned to write letters and we lived for the mail delivery each week. She was “Silly in Salem” and I was “Funny in Falmouth”.

  3. Since we both have birthdays in close proximity to Christmas, this year we decided to buy each other one special gift. I needed a small overnight bag on wheels for when I go and pick up my puppy. I needed it to be quite small, but flat on the top side so I can set the new puppy in its case on top. She found an awesome Vera Bradley case complete with a toiletry kit! And a pill holder and grocery bag! For Gail, I found the most beautiful Coach purse! It was amazing and it was a Gail bag if ever I’d seen one! Best of all, Her Outlet Store shipped it to me, and my Outlet Store shipped hers to her! It was perfect all around!
  4. A very kind friend and former neighbor came over and in 15 minutes took out our air conditioners and stacked them on the screen porch for the winter. What normally takes us all day, took him no time at all! Bryan was gifted all the apples he wanted and a bunch of seasoned lumber we’d milled from our farm years ago.
  5. And lastly, I am happy to report that my MRI was pretty much clear, and I am doing great with my physical theray on the knee. Yay!

Have a great weekend everyone!


The Friday Five ~ October 29th

Friday Five 1I know I begin my Friday Five each week talking about how fast it has gone, but this week I am not exaggerating! Each day there was a plan of action to get me working on the house. This was actually very good for me, as I heal from the loss of my boy, Arnie.

  1. I decided that I needed to clean and sterilize all the dog equipment I have. It is now accomplished and set aside waiting to be used once again.
  2. I actually have not had the heart to put away the dog steps and ramps. I choose to believe that one day, a dackel will come to me and I will be completely ready.
  3. I love the new floor wet/dry vac that I purchased recently. I feel so great about the ease of use and the fresh scent in my home. Wonderful!
  4. I have now lost seven pounds since returning to my healthy eating lifestyle. What I am learning is control of portions. I have also pretty much kicked the carbohydrates in my diet, as I simply eat them and then they turn into fat!
  5. Lastly, I am going to see my grandchildren today! I am thrilled. I so wish we could sell this house and move closer. That would be perfect!

So, that’s it for now. I hope you all have a great weekend!


The Friday Five ~ October 22nd

Friday Five 1It’s Friday once again. This week started out quietly, but then I got on a roll and got an awful lot done. I still have a few things to do, but I’m making progress. So, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Five!

  1. Are you having shortages of grocery items where you are? I am finding things like non-perishable items are disappearing from the shelves. I stocked up on canned soups and vegetables, and we have already filled the freezer with meats and poultry so we are good. I even have a turkey!
  2. Then there was the laundry. I thought that Thursday was supposed to be a nice dry day, so I washed three loads of laundry and hung out almost two loads. Then it started to rain! Fortunately, I have clotheslines on my screen porch, which also has a roof. So, I was saved.
  3. This week I was adjusting to being back on the WW diet. I changed a lot of things this time. I’ve given up coffee creamer and I am watching my portion size. It’s working. I lost 5 pounds in one week! Call me happy!
  4. Our leaves are nearly all either turning a dead brown or have fallen from the trees. Yes, although we have warmer temperatures, we did not really have a super color-filled Autumn.
  5. The weekend will be spent clearing out some room to store Christmas gifts. I had a rather large Amazon box next to my bed and when I was coming back to bed in the night I tripped on it and I swear my Guardian Angel caught me. So, time to organize!

What are you doing this weekend? Have you started Christmas shopping? I hope wherever you are, your weekend will be a good one!


The Friday Five ~ October 15th

The Friday FiveThe week sped by. I’m in a phase of my life where the days, weeks, and months are tending to slip by very fast. This week was a pretty good one. So here we go with the week’s Friday Five.

  1. I love my new floor cleaner. I decided to experiment with my bathroom tile floor and the half bathroom floor. Well, I have to tell you, it was easy on my back and neck and did a fabulous job. Over the weekend I hope to do the kitchen floor!
  2. I recently lost my favorite comb. I thought it was in my purse, but no luck! I searched my tote bag, car, kitchen, everywhere it may have gone. No, go. So, I ordered one from Amazon. It wasn’t exactly like my favorite comb, but close. Still, while awaiting the arrival of my new comb, I grieved the loss of my favorite. The new comb arrived and it’s okay. I was putting it away in the bathroom vanity when I recalled that I had not unpacked my traveling toiletry bag. So, I grabbed that and what should I find? Yes, my favorite comb! So, the new one will go in my travel bag and my beloved comb will never leave this house. Funny how we get attached to these things.
  3. Today I go to my Glaucoma Doctor for a check. I have had surgery on both eyes now, and the pressures did come down. Let’s just hope that with the drops it is staying down.
  4. I am back to being on my WW Healthy eating plan. I’m feeling good and I am psyched about it once again. I want to live my best life, healthfully!
  5. Lastly this week, I am looking to find a new Dackel Baby. I cannot tell you how I have grieved for my boy. My arms simply ache with no little boy to hold and hug. I do not care if I get a boy or a girl. I am of the belief that my next Dackel will come to me like all the others. The new pup in my life will find me, just as Shubi, and Greta did. And then Greta blessed me with Arnie and Anneliese. Yes, I truly believe my puppy will find me.

Well, that is it for this week. I hope wherever you are that you enjoy a warm and wonderful weekend.

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The Friday Five ~ October 8th

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Here we are, October! It seemed that the days, weeks, and months have just flown by. Before we know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here. Then, look out…2022!

So, gentle readers here is this week’s Friday Five.

  1. Although I am still feeling the loss of my darling Arnie, I am trying to hold onto all of the wonderful memories of Arnie, his sister, Anneliese, and their Mama, Greta.My three dackels
    Arnie, Greta, and Anneliese.

    From the moment Greta arrived in 2004 I have enjoyed her and her two children. One beautiful and wonderful line of delightful dackels! How lucky have I been!
  2. I thought of what I could do to mark the end of The Dackel Princess era. So I bought a shadowbox. In it, I will put pictures of my pups along with their collars. It will be a prize remembrance of those happy years.
  3. I’ve had a few routine check-ups this week. Including today, which will find me in for my physical. When you reach the age of decrepitude, there is more to discuss than when you are in your twenties.
  4. The foliage here in New Hampshire has begun. It’s very pretty around us, although not even close to being the peak. I think by next week it will be simply splendid!
  5. Lili is doing very well. She tends to watch us a bit more closely. I think she is still concerned one of us might disappear.

So that is it for the week. I hope you all have a great weekend!


The Friday Five ~ October 1st

Well, this year really is flying by. I’m not sure why, but look at your calendar…it’s already October! I have many things going on in October, which will start on Saturday with a visit with my beautiful and wonderful grands! So, here we go, this week’s Friday Five.

  1. I started Thursday chopping. I wanted to make a big batch of Chili for Jack and I also wanted to put together a meatloaf to freeze. After two hours all was chopped and I began the process of making the Chili. (By the way, we are eating it for dinner and all I can say is YUM!)
  2. I’ve been inundated with laundry. Today I have three loads left and I will be all caught up! Yay! Laundry is not my favorite thing to do.

    214170223_143080931245406_5859394140635178951_n3. Lili is doing well. She seems to have known Arnie was ill and she isn’t looking for him. She has become my girl and I am appreciative of her love and attention.


    My Granddaughter, Savi

    My Grandson, Quinn

  3. I am going to see the kids on Saturday. I can hardly wait! I’ll be spending the night having a pajama party with the kids. Pictures to come!
  4. Next week is a slightly busy week for me, complete with blood work and my physical. I’m sure I will pass with flying colors!

So that is it for the week. I hope wherever you are, you have a happy and healthy weekend!

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The Friday Five ~ September 24th

Friday Five 1The week flew by and here we are, Friday. And the last Friday for the month of September. How on earth did that happen? Anyway, here we go, this week’s Friday Five.

  1. Arnie is the same. I think he may be a little more comfortable. I’m still waiting for the results of his tests. This is unbearable, really. I think I would find it easier to wait on my own tests. At least he likes the liquid antibiotics and I am able to get it down easily.
  2. After I think it’s been three cancellations with my hairstylist, (we both have had crazy things going on) today I will finally be getting my hair done. And it really needs it!
  3. I am so pleased about Princess Beatrice’s new baby. Long ago Jack and his daughter and I were in London at Buckingham Palace when they came out with a neatly typed announcement that The Duke & Duchess of York had safely delivered a daughter. She was later named Beatrice. It was special. I wonder what they will name her? I would dearly like Elizabeth or Victoria. But we shall see.
  4. I am truly saddened to learn about Gabby Petito. Such a beautiful young woman with a great sense of adventure. So, so, tragic. I know we all are awaiting the results as to what happened to her. I pray her soul is at peace.
  5. I have been listening to a lot of music. This really good because it helps me to zone out a bit and relax.

So that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy the weather wherever you may be.


The Friday Five ~ September 17th

The Friday FiveLife has been full of ups and downs this week. Mostly good, but other things that have bothered me. So here is this week’s list, in no particular order.

  1. I am trying to train Arnie to stop a very bad habit he has developed. Since I am overly concerned about him, I tend to baby him too much. With that has come what I will call the “Dackel Howl”. There is nothing wrong with him, he’s just begging for attention. So, now I ignore him and actually put a tray table in front of my chair. I can tell this is going to be a difficult thing to do.
  2. My new Amazon Fire Stick arrived for the Family Room television. It really was a breeze to set up. And now things are streaming so much better.
  3. I have this weird thing going on with my laptop and the Wifi. It keeps dropping the signal. Now I must stress that I have good reception with my laptop, but for some unknown reason, it tosses me offline. I need to re-set the adapter settings and then it works again for a while until…it doesn’t. I am tempted to back up my hard drive and then clean it and start again.
  4. I keep telling Jack I don’t want to watch the news or re-runs anymore. News makes me crazy and I have seen every episode of Law & Order SVU, Chicago PD, and Blue Bloods so often that I can recall parts of the dialogue!  When Jack is asleep I watch movies or cooking shows ar things like The History Channel. Anything but news and re-runs.
  5. Today I am off to get my hair done. After not cutting it since last November, I am afraid my ends need a slight trim as the frizzies are starting to happen. I am looking forward to being pampered.

So that’s it for this week. I hope you all have a great weekend and that wherever you are, the sun is shining!