Punching the Clock

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This is a tough one.  There were good things and bad things about every job I have had.  As a kid my sister and I made money shoveling the walks for two different retired woman who each lived alone.  And when the holidays were over an elderly couple across the street would leave to visit family out of town and we shoveled their sidewalk while they were gone – and it was a LONG corner lot sidewalk.

Then as I gathered more independence, I ventured into two normal kid’s jobs – babysitting and a newspaper route.  My mom put an end to that after a couple of boys from Iowa were kidnapped doing their paper routes.

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I concentrated on grades and a small social life in high school.  Then after the first and only year of college I went to work for a local restaurant nights.  I later on picked up a second job at a fast food joint.  That didn’t last long.  So, I decided to try retail and became a cashier.  I worked at the store and restaurant for about 7 years.  Then left the restaurant after I had my daughter.  This was so I could be with my daughter nights while working days… my husband taking opposite shifts, so we didn’t need a lot of babysitting time.

For a shot time I did some grain book-keeping for an elevator, it was basically a data entry job.  That was a nice job as it was in my in-law’s basement helping my mother-in-law.  But flooding and a sale of the elevator to the Coop made that job obsolete. 

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So, going with longevity I would say my cashier job was the best at 20 years.  Like any job though it wasn’t the same in the end.  Management changed several times and the importance of the front end was swept under the carpet so to speak.  Then I got sick and the lack of compassion from those I had worked many years with left me with a very bad taste in my mouth. 

Thank you and have a nice day!

Even thought the end was rough I still loved being a cashier on most days.  I had regular customers and friends that made the job enjoyable.  If I ever find that miracle cure, I would consider returning.  But I don’t see that happening any time soon.

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August (FDDA) – your best job ever

We To I

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We met online

We instantly clicked

We developed a bond

We were simpatico

We grew closer

We shared so much

We were best of friends

You met someone

You were happy

You had less time

You stopped calling

You barely texted

I was hurt

I felt abandoned

I miss you

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – simpatico


I saw this word for FOWC and it was there in an instant. Song lyrics I had sung along with many times when my and my daughter would watch Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. So, it was a no brainer to mention Gaston and Belle’s opinion of him in this song “Belle (reprise)”… “that boorish, brainless…”

Yes, I am a disney fan and unafraid to admit it! Ha ha!

Written and shared for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – boorish

Feelings, For The Win

Okay, in my attempt to catch up on things I had this challenge just brewing in the background.  I think now is a good time to tackle it before I forget it altogether.  This was a challenge created by Xandria and I was so long ago tagged by Sadje – THANK YOU Sadje!

The rules are simple.  Just list your 10 favorite feelings.  So I will dig through the clutter in my mind and try to come up with a list.

  1. Seeing the look of love for me in someone else’s eyes.  When the emotion of love is returned it is a truly magical thing.
  2. Happiness… plain and simply smiling when you have no reason, the feeling is just there. (Sadly hard to achieve lately)
  3. Memories of friends gone.  I had a friend who was only in my life for a short time but (long story) every time I see a box of oatmeal I have to smile because I remember how he helped me out of a dark time.
  4. Musical memories.  Hearing a song can take me back.  Back to a concert, back to a first dance, back to a friend… those are all happy triggers.
  5. The smell of good food.  There are some memories triggered by scent.  One of the strongest ones for me is popcorn.  My dad made the best stovetop popcorn.  I don’t know how he seasoned it differently, I use the same seasonings and get nothing like his was.  Yum!
  6. Spiritual I guess is the feeling.  I get what I consider a closer contact with Mother Nature, Father Earth, God, Science (whatever that higher power is that exists for you) when I am in a quiet spot in nature.  Although it isn’t really quiet… birds singing, bugs buzzing, squirrels chittering, the wind through the tress.  I am connected as close as I can be.
  7. Clean and comfy… that feeling right after a shower when you step into some nice clean comfy clothes. 

(these last three are no brainers)

8. Friendship.  To spend time with friends, get a hug from a friend, laugh with a friend.  It is good for the soul.

9. The opposite side of number one… me being in love, especially the early days when you are realizing it is more there than just like or lust.

10. And the ultimate feeling of contentment lying in my lover’s arms after sex.

Now I don’t tend to tag people for challenges like these. But if you are interested in sharing your favorite feelings feel free to! It is a little bit of positivity in this bleak year.

Mumbles … Maniac

There is only one thing that comes to mind when I hear the word maniac. A few years back George Carlin did a bit on driving that was very funny. His take was the slow drivers were idiots and the fast ones were maniacs. Here is a little taste of that bit… wish I could have found the whole thing. He was a great comedic mind that I still miss. My mom would always say it would be fun to take a vacation in his head for a day. I’m not sure I could have lasted a day. Here it is…

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – Maniac https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/23/fowc-with-fandango-maniac/

Mumbles … Block

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Let me mumble a little while.  Word Press is once again “improving” things.  This time it is the block editor.  I used it last night and it is not too awful bad, but that is on my laptop.  I have heard if you blog on your phone it is different.  The only major problem I came up with is I was unable to find the place to mark what category it was.  I did find the tag section when I went to post so I know I don’t have to hashtag everything.  Maybe it is a link in that section?  Anyway those who are wondering about it, I found it was not too bad.  You have to take your time and look over everything, but I am sure we will all get used to it in the long haul.  I did see that it is not mandatory so that is a saving grace for those of you who blog on the phone.

Now I think I am going to block out the world and try to get some sleep.  Have to go out and face civilization tomorrow… still not feeling brave enough to go without a mask.  I don’t want to catch it and I certainly don’t want to give it to someone if I am asymptomatic.  At least the store is close by (only about 15 blocks) and I HOPE there are not a lot of people out, but it is a holiday weekend so who knows!

Stay safe everyone!  (((HUGS)))

Getting Better With Age

(This is my maiden voyage with the new block editor… if it is messed up, I blame WordPress. Ha ha!)

Just like a fine wine

You get better with age.

Your laugh lines show more

And your hair starts to grey

(In that salt and pepper way).

I can easily see how

You’re a classic now.

And deep in my heart

You will be treasured

Like a rare antique car

That still purrs like a kitten

And runs like a dream.

For you are in my dreams,

My past,

And thankfully

My future.

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – classic https://fivedotoh.com/2020/05/21/fowc-with-fandango-classic/

#aging #dailyprompt #FOWC #classic #love

(never did find a place to mark category so I just did hashtags. Does anyone know where the category selection is in the block editing?)

A to Z Challenge – M

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The letter M …

I have got to say I have been pretty lucky so far.  I know some people who have a great fear of the doctor, often due to a bad experience.  I only had one doctor I could come close to saying I hated.  And one I just got a big brush off from.  I see doctors for my mental health and my fibromyalgia.  There is the eye doctor and I recently saw the foot doctor.  I have an allergy and asthma doctor.  And we might as well throw the dentist in there as well.  Two doctors I had hold a special place in my heart – my oncologist and radiology doctor.  Those two got me through cancer with little difficulties.

What I am trying to say is I have had a lot of interaction with workers in the medical field.  Not just doctors but lots of nurses and physical therapists.  The super friendly receptionists that greet me when I go in for an appointment.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without them all.

And right now they are putting their lives on the line to help patients with the corona virus.  I hear all kinds of amazing stories of what these men and women are doing.  I don’t know how hard it would be to have to witness so many people alone and scared who can’t have visitors.  It is inspiring.  So with my history and the current selfless acts that are happening all over the world, my gratitude is all the medical personnel… right down to the people who have to clean and disinfect the rooms when they are empty.

You’re A Winner!

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“This seems like a deal too good to be true, Lydia.  Are you sure they said you won that much money?” Keri asked the woman standing by the sink.

“Yes, they said I had won the money and just needed to call the number they gave me.” Lydia poured herself a second cup of coffee and went to sit down at the table with Keri.

“I don’t know it just sounds sketchy.  I have won very small amounts from Publiser’s Clearing House before and they always sent me a letter confirming it.  I don’t think for that big of a win that they would call.  They should be at your front door with flowers and balloons.  I just don’t trust this.”

“Fine honey, I won’t call the number.”

“Thanks Mom, I’d feel better if you didn’t.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – sketchy

Random Facts About Me

This is a list of questions that migrated from Facebook to Word Press to share a little insight into who you are.   Not an award, no rules, just 23 questions.

Here we go…

  1. Do you make your bed every morning?

Yes, kind of… I sleep in my recliner so if I use a blanket I fold it up.

  1. What was your first car?

The first car I drove was a HUGE station wagon, whose size terrified me.  The first car I bought was a Chevy Chevette.

  1. What two grocery items do you never run out of?

Coffee and toilet paper

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  1. At what age did you start doing your laundry?

Laundry was my sister’s  chore and had got to do the dishes.  So about the time she moved out I had to take if over… probably 16 years old.

  1. If you could, would you go back to high school?

The learning part of high school I didn’t mind.  The clichés and bullies were what would leave me saying no way.

  1. Can you parallel park in under three moves?

NOPE!  I hate parallel parking and avoid it like the plague.

  1. A job you had which people would be shocked to know you once had?

I was a paper carrier for the local Tribune for about 2 years.

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  1. Do you think aliens are real?

It would be arrogant of us to assume we are the only life force in the entire universe.  And there are too many unexplained things in the world.

  1. Can you drive a stick shift?

No, can’t do that either.  My ex-husband tried to teach me in his Triumph Spitfire and I could not get the hang of it.  My daughter can.

  1. Guilty TV pleasure?

There is really not a lot I watch no matter what.  Don’t record any shows on a regular basis.  I would say the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.  Like any soap though you can miss a week and still know what is going on as slow as some story lines run.

  1. Tattoos?

Technically three… two are just radiation field dots (to like up the radiation treatment machine to the right place every time they zapped me.  The other is one I got after my ten year survival from breast cancer.

Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2

  1. If the world ends do you want to be one of survivors?

If there CAN be survivors… I assume the question is more like would you live on a space station.  And it would be better than standing on a planet that no longer sustains life.

  1. Sweet or salty?

Definitely sweet, got a huge sweet tooth.

  1. Do you enjoy soaking in a nice hot bath?

Being of a certain size, I don’t fit well into a tub.  And if I am going to be in one I want everything (except my head obviously) under water.  Going on a little get away with a private whirlpool I plan to use for a good soaking.

  1. Do you consider yourself a strong person?

No, but my therapist keeps telling me I am.  Still don’t believe it.

  1. Something people do that drives you nuts?

Don’t put carts back… in the store, in the parking lot.  And when they get them close but don’t take the LITTLE effort it takes to push them in.  Really bugs me!

  1. Do you have any birthmarks?

A mole on my chin and a birthmark on my arm that is like a brown rectangle.

  1. Favorite childhood game?

Used to play tag a lot. Loved legos and Barbies.  In my teen years the Atari was all the rage.

  1. Do you talk to yourself?

Who do you think is asking me these questions?

  1. Do you like doing jigsaw puzzles?

Yes.  I used to do puzzles with my Dad… one of many things I really miss.

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  1. Tea or coffee?

Both, but I suppose coffee is number one.  Do love a good chai tea though.

  1. First thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up?

A movie star/singer.

  1. Favorite game now?

Just one?  Right now I play a lot of Words With Friends, spend some time running a virtual bakery in Bakery Story and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp – all on my phone.  But love the card game Shanghai Rummy too.

Ok… now it is your turn.  Join in the fun a share a little about you.