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One woman's observations on her way through life

Random Five Friday


It’s Friday! It’s Random! Let’s go!

1.  For as many vegetables and fruits as I eat most of the time, I still maintain that potato chips could be their own food group.  What naughty food could you make a meal out of?

2.   On Facebook, there are photo-sharing trends people enjoy like “Throwback Thursday” and “Flashback Friday.”  The newest one is “Wet-nosed Wednesday.”  I shared this picture of Frankie recently, it’s from last year,  taken about this time.  I love how he’s sleeping but not really.  And yes, we still miss the old boy.  It’s not as painful to speak of him now, but when we do, every one of us share watery-eyed smiles at the memories of the world’s greatest dog.

Frankie with one eye open, is lunch ready?  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Frankie with one eye open, is lunch ready? An Emjayandthem (C) photo

3.   Hubbs raced out to meet some of our friends to watch College Basketball last night.  Of course he asked if I wanted to go but I declined, citing work.  And I did work for a while, but when I got home, I opened the kitchen window, poured a glass of lemonade and surfed the TV for a bit.  In the quiet I found this beautiful and haunting documentary about elephants.  And I never want to support a circus again.  You’ll find this 40 minute program on HBO – and while some scenes are hard to watch – just as many that are soul-stirring.   Amazing.

4.   I don’t know if it’s the approach of Spring or just a need to purge but I’ve been on a cleaning kick of late.  When I was a girl and Mom announced it was time for “Spring Cleaning” I’d always prefer to be outside with the baby calves vs. inside washing walls and taking down curtains.  I’m glad I had to do all that because I know how to but … more importantly .. I understand the difference it makes in your home.   Some things aren’t as dirty as much as they are cluttered.  I start there …

Amen to that!

Amen to that!

5.   Speaking of cleaning, my favorite cleaning smell is still Lemon Pledge.  Why?  Because it takes me back to my childhood church – one sniff transports me to the hymnals, coffee percolating in the basement kitchen and the combined fragrance of Pledge and Pine Sol  – a scent that said this place is clean, this place is Holy; something so deeply ingrained that just a whiff today can take me immediately there.

I remember friendships and baby showers, funeral lunches and old-lady hugs. Christmas concerts and Easter Sundays, weddings and baptisms.  But mostly I remember the warmth of the  congregation and the soft presence of dear ones who left us years ago.


my hometown Church: Macrorie United. An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Happy Friday, friends!  What’s on your Random Five today?

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Author: emjayandthem

Country mouse living in the city. Wife, mom, nana, daughter, cousin, friend & worker bee.

20 thoughts on “Random Five Friday

  1. Wonderful RF5; I hadn’t heard of wet-nose Wednesday, but it’s a cute idea!

    • Thank you! I’ve been so busy of late – and it seems most of my recent posts have been the random ones – it’s all my brain can handle right now :) I’m glad you understand!

  2. Oh, MJ, the Frankie photo is precious. I can’t imagine what we will do when we lose Ralph. I think about him specifically, as he is now 9–very healthy and still puppy-like in his behavior, but not young anymore. Hope you all have an awesome weekend!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  3. “Old lady hugs” so soft and so fragrant of lavender.

    The move is catching up on me. Change “postponed decisions” to postponed commenting in the clutter of packing boxes. No sooner do I comment on your last post, and another one bubbles up…I think I will only stop blogging when the desk top sits safely in the back seat of the car (not a moving truck) securely fastened with a seat belt.

    • Indeed and sadly, that old church is closed now, just not enough farm folks to keep it going. The building was sold and some of the church pews distributed around the area. Breaks my heart but I still smile at the memory of my childhood church!

      Hang in there! You will get through the move – just remember the only things more stressful than moving are divorces and death! :) MJ

  4. I am just so grateful there is a glimmer of spring coming our way!

  5. Potato Chips are there own food group! Period.

  6. I love tortilla chips and guacamole, or a great layered dip…and at least there are some good things there. But I must admit, probably offset by the chips!

    I absolutely love your description of the church of your childhood. Mine was much the same, and your words bring back memories. That was a different time, the likes of which will not be seen again…not entirely sure why, except that for all the good things our current era has brought (blogging and cell phones and amazing connectivity, to name a few) something precious has been lost. Thanks for including this in your random five! ~ Sheila

    • You and me both; I could make a meal out of a great layered taco/guac dip :)

      I agree that something has precious has been lost. I still see those little old church ladies when I go home and while there are fewer of them now, they still give great hugs and even that can take me back to the Church basement!! MJ

  7. I think that church basements have a smell of their own, not a bad smell…but of something distinctly different….kind of like sanctuaries. Almost holy…if that’s a scent.

    Potato chips as a meal? Please sister…talk to me. I’m all ears! :)

  8. I didn’t know about Wet-nosed Wednesday either. Of course, I never remember what day it is anyway. LOL.

  9. What a great memory, the scents. I hadn’t heard of the new FB share, either.

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