Friday, July 19, 2013

Random Five Friday



An area of land, just down the road from our farm, is being cleared.  This house has been left standing right out in the middle of things.  I have no doubt that it will soon be demolished.  Sad, but true.  

I am off, in a bit, to pick up a new Italian Queen for one of my bee hives.  A hive check revealed no brood, larvae or signs of eggs.  *sigh*  Beekeeping is a challenge. 

My son is shooting in national trapshooting competition today in Illinois.  Send him your best vibes for luck.  

My daughter and I are off early in the morning for a travel team softball tournament.  Secret Agent Man and I, "divided and conquered", this weekend's activities.  Whew.    

A woman, in the grocery check out line, gave me a, "full on, squeeze me tight, head on the shoulder", type of hug yesterday for letting her in front of me.  I must have really looked shocked by this because she said in the loudest voice ever imagined, "Don't you like hugging people?"  And then the kicker, "Do you want to hug again?" Did I mention that I do not know her?   Altogether now, on the count of three let's say, 
 1.....2.....3.....

"Awkward"

Linking up with Nancy today at A Rural Journal.  Pay her a visit!  

50 comments:

  1. Oh lord -- indeed awkward. Lol!

    Good luck to sonny boy. I know he will do great!

    About the house, it resembles our farmhouse. Sad no one will be living in it.

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  2. LOL- it just doesn't take much to make some folks SUPER happy!
    Sorry about your queen dilemma- hope this new one takes!

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  3. Hope you and the family have a great weekend. Good luck to your kiddos at the trapshoot and softball tournament!

    Neat old house. I bet it has a few interesting stories to tell ... if walls could talk.

    As for the grocery store lady … yes, awkward, but your good deed for the day.

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  4. Oh I am sure she meant well hugging you awkward is what you would feel towards me:) sorry to say:) OK that is weird even for me:)
    Good luck to your son and hope your daughter and the softball thing goes well.
    LOVE that house oh the stories I could tell looking at that:) What a shame I bet it was beautiful at one time. B

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    1. Buttons, I know she meant well, but I was caught off guard! lol

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  5. Oh, yeah...that would be awkward!
    Best wishes to your son. Hope you and your daughter have a good day.
    Enjoy the weekend.

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  6. It is sad that the house will be torn down. Seems they could salvage some of the wood and glass and etc. and sell it but probably more work than benefit. Yes, think that hug would have been a bit awkward for me too and I am a hugger:)

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    1. I do hope they are going to salvage some of the house. It would really seem wasteful not to!

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  7. Good luck to your son and to your new queen ... hope she likes her new digs. Have fun at the softball tournament and I think Awkward should be in all caps! :D :D Have a great week.

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  8. I hope you can get your hive going again. Such a shame about the bee population. I think that hug would have been way too random and awkward for me. People are very interesting indeed. Have a nice weekend.

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  9. not only is that awkward but just plain weird!!! it seems she meant well. maybe she thought you needed a hug or you looked like you could use one. ha. ha!! ( :

    i wish you well on the Queen Bee - that is so exciting. can't wait to hear more about her. how often do you have to do that? get a new Queen? have a cool weekend.

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  10. It's either flatten it or paint it with a good coat of fire. Too far gone to save! It's a shame that houses are let go like this. There probably is a good story hidden somewhere about the house and owners.

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  11. good luck to your to your son, I did trap shoot once and my Dad was a local Trapshooting hero, his brother as well, and my cousins...too cool.
    That is a gorgeous shot and what stories she has to tell, at least it is obvious she had a long and hopefully a good life, and you've this marvelous photo.

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  12. Best to take the house down....some kids might go in there playing around and a big gust of wind comes and blows it down on them, injuring or killing someone....better take that sucker down or rebuild it, one of the two!

    Good luck to both your daughter and your son. It's fun when they are that age and there's something to cheer about!

    I am a hugger....might have been me in that line. :) But, I wouldn't have asked you if you wanted a second hug. One per customer, please.

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  13. Hi Michelle ~~ Best wishes on the competition and on getting a 'straight' Queen Bee (an oxymoron?).

    I would be glad to take your place in line if you are open to hugging. :)
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    p.s. Scroll down two short posts for my Five Randoms.
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  14. OMG
    It looks like it's just been transported from the set of THE COLOUR PURPLE

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  15. The old house looks like if it could talk it would have lots to say. Happy and sad memories of the family or families that lived there. It is old and needs to rest. Best wishes for your son in the trap shooting competition. My husband is a trap shooter of many years and has many trophies. Have really enjoyed the trap shooting I have gone to with him. Good luck with the softball. Have a wonderful day.

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  16. I hate seeing old houses taken down...but it is sad them sitting there all lonely...have a fun weekend...sounds busy....that would have startled me too...

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  17. You sound like my daughter and son in law....they have two girls and divide the activities just about every weekend. Want a hug? lol Enjoy the weekend.

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  18. yeah, i'd have been startled by the full-on hug, too! :)

    good luck to your son! happy hectic weekend to all of you!

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  19. I will be able to demolish that house myself with not more than dozen of kicks...
    Italian queens were famous for naming kinds of pizzas (Margherita), now I know about that bee-thing I am not too comfortable near.
    My best wishes for your son!
    If somebody you do not know hugs you here, it is only to steal your wallet.

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  20. Bees constantly keep you on your toes...maybe they wish they had their own. : )

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  21. Prayers going for your son in shooting competion. Oh the poor house. A thing of the past now it seems.

    oh go girl with the softball for your other child.

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  22. That house...sad :-(. The lady in the store? I think *she's* much happier now...even though, um, yes, awkward! ;-).

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  23. Oh, dear! How sad you need to get a new queen bee! Hope your son does well. I'd be suspicious a stranger who wanted to hug me. A mile and a thank you would have made me happier than a hug. :)

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  24. Looks like they built it right on the ground like part of our house, it is hard to do much with them when they do that as things just stay damp and rot. Probably some good materials in it like the bricks and some beams.

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  25. I am a hugger, but NOT to strangers and NOT in public places! Awkward is right! Prayers and good thoughts lifted for your son, your daughter's team, and for the new queen in the hive! Keep us posted, please, on the success of all!

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  26. Your five things today have quite a range. Sorry, but that house needs to go. And, here are big wishes for success for your son and for your daughter.

    I am not an especially big initiator of hugs, but the huggers almost always mean well, so I don't shrink away.

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  27. Love your new blog header, Michelle. I would be going to that old house to salvage those old windows! Good greenhouse fodder. I hope both your son and daughter do well in their activities. Hope your new queen works out. I am a person who needs a certain amount of personal space. I never understood people who get up close and personal with someone they don't know. But I guess an unexpected hug is better than a mugging. Did you check to see if your wallet was still there? He he. Enjoy your weekend! xo

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  28. so happy you "shot" the house...no doubt it will be torn down...so sad! I think John Gray is right it reminds me of the house in "The Color Purple" too. Hope your son has an excellent time at the shooting competition and that your daughter's softball tournament goes well. Well, what can I say, I guess some rural folks are just "huggy people" :)

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  29. Looks like that old house will be demolished soon. So sad. Sorry about having to get a new queen! We had a scare a few weeks ago thinking our queen was gone but we eventually found her. Phew!

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  30. LOL!!!! I would back away and say, "Umm, no thanks!" wowza!

    As for that house, I don't think they're going to need to demolish it. It looks like one swift wind and that'll be it!

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  31. Ha! (The Hugger!)

    We know a young man named Cody, who did quite well in recent years as a trapshooter at the National competition in Illinois. I believe he held North Dakota state champ. Our kids were in awe when visiting their farm in ND, seeing his trophies & stock supply of trap shells & his trap guns.. and on .. an on..
    Good luck to you son and your daughter, both!

    I am in love with that old house & would be snooping all over in it if I could.

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  32. Those abandoned houses have such stories to tell. That must have been a very big family - my grandparents house was 1 story and tiny as can be. Hope your new queen does the trick. Enjoy your weekend.. we're taking all of our kids and grands to the Oregon Coast for 3 days! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  33. Wow. I like to hug and be hugged, but with people i know well. :)

    I think that house had excellent bones at one time. It's a shame it will be torn down. Is that really progress?

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  34. So many homes like this everywhere.

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  35. Strange lady I would be a bit worried too.
    Love the old house is it haunted.
    Merle.......

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  36. Oh my gosh that house looks so forlorn. I bet it was beautiful in it's day. Always sad to see them go.
    The hugging story was funny. I would have been a bit spook by her too. I don't mind hugging but seriously a total stranger. Hope your son did well in the shoot.

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  37. Oh, the house would have been such a treasure to fix up! I hate to see these old homes demolished but they do that a lot in our area too. It's funny, they won't sell the homes but they will let them rot to the ground.

    Uh, yes. Hugging a stranger seems odd to me, especially in that particular situation.

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  38. Awkward for sure! :) Too bad the house got left to deteriorate like that!

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  39. I hope she did not follow you home!! That was weird.

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  40. Too funny, but so typical Kentucky. Love that old house photo. xo Laura

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  41. Where do I get in line....?
    Hehehe!

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  42. I can see why that moment at the grocery store would be awkward..Oh well, I guess it is good to get a random hug (smile).

    We have one hive, and the weather here has been wild which has also made the bees wild. Learning how to raise bees is indeed a challenge.

    Hope you have a few moments to relax this weekend.

    Velva

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  43. ha!! The hug thing is too funny. I tend to avoid touching strangers so I don't know what I would've done!!

    I always wonder about the stories behind old houses like that one. I always think that one day that house was probably one of the finest around and someone took pride in living there.

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  44. That is a real old building, it really looks in shambles. No wonder it is going to be demolished soon. All the very best to your boy!!
    Have a lovely day Michelle :)

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  45. Beekeeping sounds so interesting though. And, yes, awkward, indeed. Love that old house.

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  46. I love it....because I would be just like the woman doing the hugging. I guess some of us are just made to hug! LOL. Those split weekends happen around here a whole lot....always going somewhere to follow grandkids.
    enjoy the rest of your weekend...

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