Random 5 Friday

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  1. CH, the Husband for 39 years, baked his first loaf of Challah bread. I know what you are thinking as you look at that monster loaf of bread. It’s OK,  his feelings will survive your giggles, snickers and laughter. It looks like Challah bread on steroids. That is just his manly man version of a challah braid. It didn’t affect the taste. It was delicious! Crunchy sweet crust on the outside and that lovely pale yellow sweet bread inside. All gone now having been hoovered down with lots of buttah. CH is the bread maker in our house.
  2. My heart loves the book  That Quail Robert by Margaret Stanger.
  3. I haven’t filled up the gas tank for over two years in either of our vehicles. Sadder than sad. My head is hanging down in shame. I have a retired husband.  He is home all the time. He is home ALL THE TIME.. 😀
  4. I could live on bread and butter, homemade noodles and mashed potatoes.
  5. I am a worrier. An Olympic worthy worrier.


Joining Nancy at A Rural Journal this Friday!

82 thoughts on “Random 5 Friday

  1. Fun and interesting facts — love! And I love Challah bread too. Even that monster loaf wouldn’t last long in my house. 🙂 Thanks for joining in. xo

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  2. That bread look’z delushiou’z ..Send mez the recipe’z 🙂 I won’tz say wez haz houze brick’z that look juzt like that..BAWAAHHAAAWWAHH . Stop’z being’z an Olympic’z worrior ..I uze to worry’z all the time’z, before fing’z had happened.. I used up’z so much energie’z, and sleeplezz night’z..I don’tz worry now’z..Sod it’z..I say’z….:) Now diz will’z keep ya buzy trying’z to desiffer all diz..BOL.. Have’z a funtaztic worryie’z free’z day..Luv’z ya load’z xxxx00xxxx

    Peee-ezz..Tell’z CH only’z joking’z 🙂 x

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. CH knows you are only joking’z… 😀 It is funny, you funny too about the brick! I know about the worrying. It exhausts me. You still worry I think.. 🙂 Alfie’z has some competition today. But you know I love my Alfie’z!

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  3. 1 made me smile. 2 made me make a mental note. 3 puzzled me a little. 4 made me thoughtful. 5 made me think of my mother who is the supreme worrier. I heard a very thoughtful programme about worrying; how it makes us feel we are doing something when we aren’t; that the act of worrying can be displacement for action. So I urge you to give up your worrying habit, or at least work on it. My mother used to say she was born worrying. It wore us out. I learned that solving a problem only made her find something else to worry about. Exhausting for everyone.
    Homily over.
    Did the bread taste good?

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    1. The bread was gourmet. Seriously delicious. And Isobel I know the devastating results of worrying. I have been working on not worrying forever. I thought I had it beat last year when Zen Living became my bible. But it is a hard habit to break. And you are so right about it being a displacement for action.

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  4. Oh, I’m right with you on numbers 4 and 5! I’m sure you’ve heard all the wise sayings regarding worry: “Worry gives a small thing a big shadow”. “Worry is like a rocking chair.It’s a lot of work, but it gets you nowhere”. and on and on. But nothing really helps if you’re a worrier…. Happy weekend, my friend!

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  5. I was just thinking of the size of the sandwich you could make with that bread…..A Monster! Lol Oh and I can gold medal in the olympic worrying event.

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  6. Challah bread makes the best french toast!!!!! Just let it soak in the egg/batter mixture for a couple seconds!
    Oh, I know what you mean about your husband being home…
    Noodles….I could live on just noodlesl! And buttah!!

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  7. yum yum yum! Please tell CH he is rocking this bread thing.. that Challah looks perfect to me. I’ve never been a confident bread baker, but a friend gave us a used bread machine. Wow! I can even use the dough cycle, pull out the dough and bake in a regular loaf pan… all incognito-like 😉 Same here on #5… I try to ohmmmm a lot. not always effective :-/

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    1. Good Morning Tammy! Try the book The Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living. I love the book and just reading it keeps me from worrying for about, oh about, dang just the time that I am reading it. But I do love the book and it has taught me to live in this moment and be happy. We had a bread machine for 10 years and than it died.

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          1. Oh girl–it wouldn’t be pestering, it would be lovely company! Remember that I’m all alone 5 days a week… banging around my 4 walls, wishing I had company! !!! See how it’s about me?! hahahahaahha! That’s enough about me, how do you feel about my feelings?! hahahaaha! having another good day, Pix–5 in a row!

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          2. And of course, I understood you completely! For the 14 years I’ve lived with Big Mister, I’ve dreamt of finding an extra room behind some wall or in the attic. I don’t care if my dreams are sposta be symbolic–I want a room to myself!!! <:-D

            I need the quiet to recharge or I'm a puddle of mess (even in the before-time). I need to wander around and not have someone (who loves me!) ask what it is I just said–because I was talkin to myself and now he's interrupted my train of thought!!! And then, I show off my rudeness-capabilities and growl at him. And that's me alone 5 days a week. Can we imagine me NOT alone 5 days a week?!

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          3. I haven’t yet figured out how to get him to stop interrupting my private (!) conversation. I get befuddled, too, but mostly irritated because he’s just intruded into my space specifically when I was *being* alone! He’s so damn curious … !!

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  8. PS. While I was reading an article about creativity, I came across an interesting discussion about using mindfulness to cope with anxiety. The article explained very clearly how to be mindful during anxiety (unlike most other articles I’ve seen). It would take courage, and require taking a step *toward* the topic causing anxiety, one we’re perhaps trying to avoid. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/01/28/using-mindfulness-to-treat-anxiety-disorders/

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    1. thanks L. Problem is it isn’t one topic that causes my worry/anxiety. It’s random stuff in my everyday life. I think after all these years it is just life in general. Enough of that. I do work on being mindful and present in the now. I will check out your link.

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      1. that’s what interested me about the info at the link–I could generalize it to my situation where I can get upset over the stoooooopidest things–probably not sposta to say “stoooopid” ….. !! OK, inconsequential is a better word…. <:-D

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  9. Congrats on the 39 years. We celebrated our 35th anniversary the other day. I mentioned it in my Apple Crisp post.
    Sounds like you’re lucky like me with a husband who likes to cook. CH’s Challah bread looks mighty tasty.
    I enjoyed your Friday 5, very interesting and fun glimpses of your life. 🙂

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    1. E.C. I don’t remember seeing that about your Anniversary. A VERY Happy 35th to you and your Hubby. I will have to go back and read. I may have been having a befuddled day that day! 39 for us the first of the year.

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      1. Thanks so much Pix
        I’m quite familiar with being befuddled. I tend to stay befuddled lol It’s one of the annoying quirks of middle age. 😉

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    1. I have let CH take over some of the worrying because he worries in a healthy constructive way. I would love to stop with the worrying. It is exhausting and it is probably why I have a cardiac stent. What is really crazy, I don’t have a real thing that needs to be worried about. Life is very good. Go figure.. 🙂

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  10. Oooh, that bread look good! Way to go, CH! My man doesn’t cook or bake, but if it can be put in the microwave or coffee pot, he’s good with it. LOL!

    I’m a world-class worry wart! In a weird way, I suppose I think I can prevent things from happening by worrying about them. Does that make sense?

    Have to say I’m looking forward to hubby retiring in a couple of years so we can travel more, but on the other hand I’m gonna miss having the house to myself for several hours a day! I love my space!

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    1. Cheryl does that make sense about worrying about things so they won’t happen? YES! That is my standard operating procedure!! Or if I worry about it before it happens I can get my ducks in a row and know some kind of strategy to make it better.

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  11. Love the bread….yummmmm! Just ordered a copy of the Quail Robert—sounds wonderful and I always need a little paperback for plane reading when electronic devices have to be turned off! 🙂 Don’t worry—be happy!

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  12. That is one gorgeous hunk of bread! I’ve had the challah french toast (with tons of buttah) and it’s BEYOND tasty. Isn’t it nice when our guys like to bake/cook/clean the house (one or all of those anyway)? I used to think I’d go insane with David home full-time after he retired but he DOES come in handy. Tee Hee

    Happy Friday!
    Pam

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  13. That is a lovely loaf of bread. Good job, CH. 39 years you say? I say, “Yay!” I see you’ve been working on your blog. The header image is so inviting. What if you took every worrying thought captive and turned it into a prayer? Then it is placed in Bigger Hands, and you can go on to the next thing. 🙂

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    1. Patti every night I turn all my worries over to God. I go to sleep every night, just like my Mom, with my rosary in my hands saying, “I feel such a sense of peace”. I guess I just think I need to be in control over every lousy situation and maybe God won’t worry enough.. 🙂

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  14. Good evening Pix, are we not all worriers? I have the perfect product to accompany CH’S marvelous loaf of bread, Irish Butter…oh so delicious!

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  15. Thank you for the kind comment on my Random 5 post! It’s nice to meet you. Oh, how I would love a hunk of that bread with butter melting/dripping off of it. I confess that I let hubby gas up my car too! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and I hope you’ll visit often. Mildred

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  16. Just more to eat. Challah on steroids, LOL! My daddy was a worry wart Pix. He read Dale Carnegie’s “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” (pretty sure that’s the name) like a bible. Dog eared pages, underlined passages. That was long ago, but I bet it is still in print. Might be worth a look see. Worrying surely can zap our energy, and usually never helps as those that worry know. Takes a lot of work to get past that. Xo, Margie

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    1. Margie my Father-in-law gave me that book a long time ago. Like Zen Living it works for a bit. Thanks for the suggestion. I have no idea for this need to worry, life is good. I don’t get it. I am going to have a worry free Saturday and we are going to meet family for lunch. Always fun.. 🙂

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  17. Oh now I know what you meant when you said CH is the baker in the family. He seems in fact to be a ‘monster’ baker! But that loaf, oversized as it is (hehe), looks and sounds so good slathered in buttah. 🙂

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