Random 5 Friday and a time for Home

It’s Friday! Time for 5 random thoughts. Here we go!

1.  Hubbs has a cold.  Call the CDC.  Seriously. He’s moaning and limping around as if he’s dying. Every move is announced.  Every. Move.  I’m doing my best to help and comfort him but … it could be a long winter.

Vicks, Puffs and a hot toddy ~ he'll be OK

Vicks, Puffs and a hot toddy ~ he’ll be OK

2.  Like other parts of the country, winter slammed into us on Monday.  Employees in ‘da U.P. (that’s Yooper for people who live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) received 35-42 inches of snow in 2 days.  Yesterday, here in Grand Rapids, we got a light dusting and everyone lost their minds and forgot how to drive.  It could be a long winter.

Photo from

3.  At the office we had some difficulty switching our system from a/c to heat.  Last year we switched it on our own and managed to successfully blow cold air …  harder.  It’s finally pushing  heat and employees are no longer wearing “Oliver Twist” gloves at their desks.   It could be a long winter.

It was that cold. Image from

It was that cold. Image from

4.  When I was a kid we couldn’t wait for winter!   We couldn’t wait to use our toboggans and super slider snow skates and crazy carpets.  And snow days?  Snow days were the BEST!  Farm kids were designated a “town buddy” to stay with if bad weather picked up -as it often did.  And who could forget two – count ’em – two whole weeks off for Christmas break to snowmobile, snowshoe, ski, skate, slide and more? Now – as an adult – winter is just not as much fun. It’s work. The “s” words that brought so much joy have been replaced with new ones: scrape, slide, swear and soldier through.  Every year I try to get out to do some of the fun “s” words but … It could be a long winter.

I remember winter like this.

5. On a positive note, our house feels very cozy, I’ve got plenty of books and projects to keep me busy and, once Hubbs feels better, fireside chats will return.  Maybe it won’t be a long winter after all.


Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell


Which “S” words do you associate with winter?

Categories: Attitude, Beauty, Family, Fun, Growth, Joy, Quotes, Random, Relationships, Seasons, Thoughts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Post navigation

25 thoughts on “Random 5 Friday and a time for Home

  1. Roxanne

    Can so relate to this! And I think: Sweaters, Shivering, Snow! Best of luck and keep warm this winter!

  2. So that’s where the cold air is coming from. Houstonians are navigating icy conditions this morning. May everyone drive safely and I hope your hubbs feels better soon.

  3. I had to laugh at your #1….when my hubby is sick, there’s a lot of moaning, too, and it seems, with every breath: “oh, me….oh, me…..oh, me…”. Hope yours feels better soon!

  4. We just got our winter forecast this week. Half the snow and a lot less severe weather than last year. Personally I was hoping for weather where I could use the margarita machine on the porch but that’s not to be. Nothing is worse than a sick hubby.

  5. Which “S” words do you associate with winter? solitude; silence; snowflakes; serenity.

  6. Vicks is so soothing, we always keep it on hand. Hope your hubby is all better and back to chatting beside the fire soon. Today, I’m thankful I don’t live on the U.P! Slippery, slick, slop come to mind. Summer wasn’t long enough this year.

  7. S…….Soup! I start craving soups! 😉 home made potato soup, lentil soup, (w/ a big ham hock) Yikes that is a lot of snow in a short amount of time. Must be some hearty souls who live up there.

    • I love soup, too! Making some chicken noodle soup today 🙂

      They are definitely hearty. Rifle Deer season begins today and, even with 3 feet of snow, the men are still headed to deer camp! MJ

  8. We know da UP!

  9. Ha! I love your humorous take on the coming months. Gotta maintain a sense of humor if we’re going to get through it. I have to remind myself extra often with everything starting so seemingly early this year. (I was wearing my Cuddle Duds already yesterday!)

    • It was bitter cold & windy last night ~ we had the heat at 73 and I was wearing fleece and huddled under one of my FIL’s afghans! Brr. I think it feels colder at the start of winter .. but maybe that’s just me 🙂

      On a happy note, I am all caught up on my magazines and reading!! MJ

  10. Yes! When I think winter I think “cozy” and you have set the stage for a warm and cozy home. There are some positives to winter aren’t there?

    • one positive I like is that all the bugs freeze – ha!
      🙂 It’s snowing right now – big, fluffy Christmas-like snowflakes. Super pretty and a good day to be tucked inside. MJ

  11. What is it about men and being sick? They become helpless. If women were like that, the human race would be extinct. On another nite, I’m envious of your snow!

    • Absolutely – helpless and hopeless.
      I shouldn’t say anything b/c now I have it – ugh! We are getting another 10″ of snow today!

  12. Pingback: Random 5 Friday – Karma and Snow | Emjayandthem's Blog

Please share your thoughts:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at

Connie Rosser Riddle

Connecting with people in my path

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

A New Day Dawns

Arise, shine, for your light has come...Isaiah 60

Virginia Views

Country Living for Beginners

Waiting for the Karma Truck

thoughts on the spaces in between

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat

Kate's views on life edited by four opinionated cats

Renee Johnson Writes

Novelist, Traveler, and More

Life Is A Journey... Not A Guided Tour

My Journey From Merchant Mariner to Mother, And Spiritual Being.


Nancy Roman

Flamidwyfe's Blog

Midwifing women all over the world!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Care Packages for Deployed U.S. Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, First Responders & Military Children

Hot Rod Cowgirl

Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time...Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway!

She's A Maineiac

just another plaid-wearin' java-sippin' girl

The View Out Here

A view in pictures, from me to you

I also live on a farm

Just another weblog

Undercover Surfer

...random thoughts and images overflowing from my brain

Wordsmith's Desk

some thoughts along the way

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

music, poetry, musings, photography and philosophy from a woman who found her way back home and wants you to come over for a hike and a cocktail.

Georgette Sullins's Blog

My view of the cow parade

these days of mine

Stop in and see what's happening during these days of mine

Writingfeemail's Blog

Random observations on writing and life

Grace and Life

Looking for grace notes in life's journey...

When I Ride...

How life coaches me as I ride...



%d bloggers like this: