Random *cough* Five *cough* Friday

1.  There’s another big storm on the horizon and it’s a fine day to stay inside. (smile).



2. On Facebook, there’s this thing people do called “Flashback Friday” – for you I post this, and I’ve call it, “Flashback Frankie!”

Frankie as a tyke

Frankie as a tyke

That picture was taken in our rented apartment when we relocated ourselves to MI; we were looking for a house at that time, but hadn’t yet found one.  Seems like more than 14 years ago now and yes, I still miss him.

3.  I’m digging the Keurig but, I have to say, the traditional coffee maker makes a better tasting cup of coffee.  The Keurig has more of an “instant” coffee taste.  I guess I favor coffee with a little heart:  the kind that’s sat on the warmer a while.   Takes me back to days at the rink, coming in from the cold, and ordering a “kid coffee” (double cream, double sugar, extra energizing!).

4. The only good thing about having Bronchitis is that it’s in my lungs, not my head. Which means my eyes are OK for reading. Which means I’m halfway through my bag of delights from that recent jaunt to the bookstore! Even when I bought them, I remembered thinking .. if only I had time to read them all!  How’s that for serendipity? 🙂

5. Being sick makes me appreciate being well.

“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

* * Care to share your random 5 with me? ** 


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28 thoughts on “Random *cough* Five *cough* Friday

  1. James D.

    Aw, Saskatchewan Goddess, this weather should be old hat to you (it is to me, growing up in the little town that got lake effect every year). Still be well, and warm, and memories of Frankie will do that for ya!

    • Aww, James D, your name for me makes me grin, thank you! Truth be told, this snow is not what I grew up with – in SK we always wind + extreme temps = less snow. That meant actual temps of -40 and more and a howling wind to blow the snow into concrete-like drifts. School was often cancelled b/c of temps more than snowfall. So this “lake effect” is not something I’d ever seen till I lived in MI. 🙂 And yes, memories of Frankie (and your little girl Raindrop) will never fail to warm us on the coldest winter days. Cheers my friend! MJ

  2. Get well, woman! We need you out here!XO

  3. Sorry you still aren’t feeling well, MJ. We have a Keurig, but I’m just not a hot beverage person!
    Hope you feel well enough to enjoy your weekend.

    • … thank you Dianna. Slow by steady. Woke up to a darkened room — and that was a snowdrift against our SE facing 2nd story bedroom window. You can’t make this stuff up 🙂 It was a hum-dinger of a blizzard last night, MJ

  4. What a sweet photo of Frankie! Makes me want to cry. Glad, though, that you are, at least, able to read. Stay warm and get well!

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  5. Had snow over night, more snow tomorrow, so sick of snow. Bitter cold weather but we are all healthy! Yay!

  6. My random 5:
    1. I did Gratitude Training this past weekend and it was AWESOME!
    2. Every time I see a pic of Frankie, I hug my BeBe a little tighter.
    3. I had the flu for 11 days and survived. Yesterday was my first, feel 100% normal day in more than a week and a half. I even ran 3 of the days that I had the flu. It sucked… I hope you feel better!
    4. It’s been cold this week in Florida… I think there was too much “celebrating” our 2 day winter last week. Time to get a little humble, LOL.
    5. I’m a Dunkin’ Donuts girl and totally prefer coffee from my percolator over the Keurig 🙂

  7. Glad you have your books to keep you company. I’d rather have almost anything but a cough. We may see more snow late Saturday. Maybe I’ll get started on that stack of books I’ve collected! Frankie was a handsome pup. We were cleaning out the attic of the garage and hubby found our dog’s Christmas stocking. I still can’t part with it.

    • I have to be in the right frame of mind to read a lot – and this week I was. The first day, not so much, too much coughing. By the end of day 2, I was firmly ensconced in “the Invention of Wings” (marvelous), by day 4, I’d devoured “My Notorious Life” (riveting!) …. I feel the lump in my throat for your finding the dog’s Xmas stocking; we found Frankie’s this year, too, but I just couldn’t bear to put it up. And yes, won’t part with it, either.

      Bests, MJ

  8. Awww…Frankie. T-Bob is sitting on my lap right now and I’m determined to not pop up to refill my cup of joe. You remind me again to savor the moment…and not the coffee.
    I hope you can sleep through the night…a cough at night is the worst. Take care, stay warm, read lots.

    • Ole T-Bob says “thanks, mam, for that!” Thankfully I have been sleeping well, and I am starting to feel like the light at the end of the tunnel might not be an oncoming train after all 🙂

      Staying in today – there’s piles and piles of fresh snow outside, sure is pretty – to look at !! Enjoy your grandson being with you!

  9. My random five would be:
    1. Cold
    2. Vomiting and the rest of the equation
    3. Sinus infection with severe earache
    4. Thought I would work anyway since I was not contagious
    5. I would rather have mine than yours!

    Get well soon!

  10. Sorry you’re still sick! I know what you mean about the Keurig. Compared to fresh brew, it’s just not as good. I don’t know why everyone raves about it.

  11. Sweet picture of your Frankie!

    I’m glad you’re finding time to read your new books, just wish it were under better circumstances. But if you have to be sick, it’s a good way to pass the time. I hope when you’re finished, you’ll share the titles of the ones you really loved.

    Interesting perspective on the Keurig. Since I haven’t been a lifelong coffee lover, I don’t know the difference between the taste of a traditional cup and one made with the Keurig. And maybe that’s because I don’t drink coffee straight up. I always add some flavored creamer. It’s my daily indulgence!

    Stay warm this week and hope you feel better!

    • Thank you, Terri. I love that picture.
      so far I’ve read “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd and “My Notorious life” by Kate Manning – both were page-turners, and I enjoyed them very much. The first is set in the 1880s in SC, a time of slavery… the 2nd is set at the turn of the century, in New York City…. both have strong women leads persevering through life. Great reads. I’m now onto “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult, I love her books and have read most of them, :).

      The only thing I add to coffee is cream/2% milk and I do enjoy the Keurig but I think the brewer makes a better cup of coffee – so far anyways. I’ve had to pace myself or I’ll be up at midnight pacing!!

      Slowing getting over the crud, but it’s taken longer than I expected, and I’m glad to have had a cozy house to stay tucked into, that’s for sure.
      Thanks for your concern. I sure did love the photos of Lucy-pie, she’s so pretty! MJ

  12. We’ve had several days of morning fog here in SE Alaska…not so cold, and no snow, just rain…so no giant snow drifts here!

    Sorry you’re under the weather! (Couldn’t resist!) Hope you’re on the mend soon! ~ Sheila

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