The Friday Five

The Friday Five

I’m not sure where 2019 is going, but so far the road has been bumpy and it vacillates between time going very slowly and then time racing by. It’s been filled with sadness, happiness, and incredible poignancy.

If I tried to write down everything going through my mind, I would fill a book the size of War & Peace! But for expediency, I will keep it down to the top five.

  1. Since returning to New Hampshire, I have kept myself busy by taking care of the little things here. Making meals, doing laundry, and tending to sick pups. The meals have been good, the laundry got done, and Anneliese’s eye is so much better. Still, I admit to feeling just slightly off balance emotionally since coming back.
  2. A young woman that I babysat for, many years ago, passed away on Sunday. In her youth, she was the twin of my Katie. Really. People thought they were twins as they both had the same beautiful red curls and blue/green eyes. She was a delightful child and an amazing young woman. At just 39 years old, her death was not expected and hit everyone she knew very hard. I am devastated.
  3. I think that many people do not realize how very precious life is. How one minute all is well, and the next it is gone. I find the lack of caring and kindness difficult to understand or to take. A person I know is a member of the Clergy and recently that person exclaimed outright hatred of the Presidency, the New England Patriots and several other things, even calling for someone to just do them in. Whether they were serious or not, I do not really care. That type of hatred, I do not understand, nor do I need it in my life!
  4. I’ve begun to read one of my favorite Authors. Dr. Leo Buscaglia. Or, as they called him back in the 1970s and 1980s, “Dr. Love”!
    blog-inspiration-leo-buscaglia-quoteReading his words of love and how often love is lost in this crazy world, gives me hope. Hope that someday people will realize that hatred gets us nowhere, and real love and kindness will truly conquer the world.
  5. My darling friend Candy passed away a few minutes ago (Thursday). She was one of the finest women I have ever known. She gave of herself constantly and never asked for anything in return. She was one of my constants in life. One of those people that I depended on just to be there.


Candy and her darling Aurora.


Candy and her beloved husband, DeVere.

I’m not sure how I will ever “get over” losing this wonderful friend, who was more like a sister to me. I think perhaps I will not. I will learn to live with it.


So that’s what’s happening right now in my life. I guess we all go through times when life is very hard, where perhaps we do not understand why certain things are happening, and when our emotions are pushed to the limit. Right now, that’s sort of where I am at.

10 thoughts on “The Friday Five”

  1. Candy has gone. So sad for you but you were prepared. The lass you babysat died far too young at the age of 39. You are learning that people die around you when you reach a certain age, but if you are still standing, take some self satisfaction from that.

  2. Yes it is now the time where we get more funeral announcements then wedding or birth ! I too have lost a few around Christmas. Why always so many people day at Christmas time I wonder.

  3. Oh, I’m so sorry MB…that’s a lot to deal with in one short period of time. May they both rest in peace. <3

  4. My cold I’ve been whining about pales in comparison to the grief and worry that you have been dealing with these past weeks. My heart hurts for you. Prayers lifted. Peace & hugs.

  5. I’m sorry that your friend Candy has died as well as your daughter’s friend, who was far too young.

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