Random 5 Friday

It’s Friday, and time to share my Random 5 Friday thoughts.

1. We got a treadmill for Christmas, and finally(!) the scale is moving in the opposite direction. I tend to curl into a ball and hibernate during the winter months, but, unlike a bear, I come out to eat. Not a good mix.

2. I’ve returned to using LoseIt! to log my daily food and beverages. It’s much easier to say “no” to snacks when I see the numbers. And there’s an app for that! It’s been improved since my last use. Now my phone can scan a bar code and instantly log the information.

3. I started to type Friday as Fried…

4. It’s a sunny 29(F). I hope March treats us better than February did. Which reminds me, I overheard a little girl tell her mother how to spell and pronounce February, sounding the first “r” that we often ignore.

5. This weekend, I am going to tackle the basket of papers, binders, mail, etc. on the floor next to my chair. And the 380 emails in my Inbox.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and stay warm, and safe, and dry. Hello, March!

Linking to Nancy’s A Rural Journal for Random 5 Friday.


Friday Fictioneers–28 February 2014

Here’s the photo prompt from Sandra Crook for this week’s Friday Fictioneers 100-word stories. My story follows.

Copyright–Sandra Crook

Cow Tale, or a Load of Bull

Big Mack got an emergency call from the King of Burger.  The butcher got in the way of his cleaver and was unable to attend to business as usual. Hence, the royal herd of cattle had munched their last bit of hay and was threatening to stampede. The King asked if he could pay Big Mack for his hay and services with some nice, juicy steaks once the deed was done. That was an offer Mack couldn’t turn down. He loaded his wagon, hitched it to the tractor, and headed for the King’s estate. Unloaded, he asked “Where’s the beef”?

I hear you groaning already. If you’d like to read some good stories, check out the links on our chief cattle-wrangler Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog. You’ll be glad you did! And don’t forget– you can write a story and share with the rest of us–and become an official Friday Fictioneer.


Wild Bird Wednesday–Pine Warbler

Welcome to Wild Bird Wednesday. Today I’m featuring a Pine Warbler.

Pine Warbler

The Pine Warblers are a little more timid  than our Yellow-Rumped Warblers. This one appeared to have the backyard all to itself, and swayed gently as the breeze rocked the suet feeder upon which it was perched.

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday where Stewart features a Rainbow Lorikeet this week.


Share Your World–2014 Week 8

It’s Share Your World! Here are our questions for this week:

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

I would rather have $100,000 to share anonymously. Just imagine the good that could be done with that much money.

When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

The same as today, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is in Him that I live, move, and have my being.

Candy factories of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?


So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

We don’t bother with an umbrella, but opt for a raincoat with a hood. The winds we get are not kind to umbrellas. However, if our friend over at Lilli-put has his way, there will be a monsoon of peanut butter cups and our inverted umbrellas will hold a lot of them! You should check out his blog when you have a few minutes, just click the previous highlighted link.

Linking to Cee’s blog and Share Your World

Don’t forget to share your answers: create a post and link to Cee’s blog, or leave your responses in the comments below. Thanks for playing along!

Cloud Cover


The sky never ceases to amaze me. Yes, I had my head in the clouds again. This was taken as I drove home from the Traveling Pen workshop, Saturday. (Isn’t that a great name for a writing workshop?)

I love that perfectly-straight line that allows a peek of the blueness beyond. To me, this demonstrates why it is called “cloud cover.” Doesn’t it look like a soft blanket, or partially-rolled-up window shade?

Did you have a good weekend? What did you do?

We don’t follow NASCAR as avidly as we used to, but decided to watch the Daytona 500 Sunday. Not even an hour into the race (which started around 1:00 p.m.) it began to rain. The race was red-flagged and didn’t begin again until 8:30 p.m. That made for a long day for everyone. Fans were evacuated from the stands when lightning threatened. Estimated attendance at a Daytona race is 250,000. That’s a lot of a people to evacuate. Congratulations to Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on his win. I know “Jr.” is dropped when there is no longer a “Sr.,” but his father’s legend lives on in the racing world.


Random 5 Friday

Woo Hoo! It’s Friday, time for some more randomness with Random 5 Friday. This is where we share five things about us and whatever is floating around in our brains, which we hope is worth sharing.

1. Changeable weather is a given when one lives near the coast. It’s been even crazier than normal this week. We are under a tornado watch until 5:00 p.m. Yesterday, I wore my winter coat (unzipped) when I went to lunch with hubby. Today, I’m wearing a tank top and capris, and have thrown open the windows while I get some much-needed housework done. Yes, blogging is part of the housekeeping process. That’s my new rule.

2. My laptop is dragging its feet and building my character. One can’t very well beat it to death with a hammer with the windows open and the neighbors listening.

3. Yesterday, our yard was covered with blackbirds. Today, there is not one single bird in sight. I hear sparrows chattering among themselves in the shrubs in the side yard.

4. I signed up for a Hampton Roads Writers workshop being held Saturday morning at a local community college. We’re going to learn about CreateSpace.

5. Our sunny day is now darkened by ominous gray clouds…the last load of clothes is in the washer…and we  now have a full-blown thunderstorm–off to close windows!

Linking to Random 5 Friday
Thanks, Nancy!


Around the Backyard

We’ve been seeing a lot of this lately:

And they always come hungry!

Here you can see the red flashes of the Red-winged Blackbirds:

There are a lot of Brown-headed Cowbirds in this flock.

European Starlings join in the fray:

Hopefully, they’ll remember where we are when the mosquitoes return.

Starlings have a way of cleaning out the feeder to make sure everyone gets something to eat:

And the squirrel is happy to clean up after them.

The bunny still visits daily, usually early in the morning (hubby says so), or late evening–sometimes middle of the night.

Thanks for stopping by! Would you like a cup of White Chocolate Peppermint tea? That’s my new favorite. Hubby tried it, now I have to SHARE!
Yikes! It’s almost the weekend!