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Five Word Friday


Today, I picked out 5 words from one of Mom’s old stories that she’s working on again. She’s making it new. And better. And shorter. And better…

6. Pets – Mom has always had pets – even before me. (What a shocker that life didn’t begin with me, #amiright ) She grew up with a Myna bird that talked, a couple of other birds off and on, tropical fish, baby turtles, and of course doggies always.



92. Basement – Mom got a score back from a story she had rated. She said her score was “in the basement” which is confusing because our house doesn’t have a basement – unless you count where Mom parks the car. It’s just as well. I am already afraid of the parking garage, the fire extinguisher, the elevator, the trash room, and the hallway. I do NOT need a basement to worry about on top of all that.

Yikes! A mirror dog on the ceiling! I’m pretty sure he’s trying to kill me….

14. Grass – When I am not taking a street nap or a sidewalk nap,

I will sometimes lie in the grass for a change of pace.

That said, if the grass is damp for any reason – rain, dew, sprinklers – I will not step in it. Mom says, “Come on, weirdo.” and “I don’t like it either.” and “You can’t walk the tightrope forever.” But yes I can…


27. Crab – When she was a 3rd grade teacher, Mom had hermit crabs, fiddler crabs, newts, goldfish, mealworms, a turtle, sea monkeys. hamsters, tadpoles, butterflies, frogs, ants, and a parakeet in her classroom at one time or another. Once when I was sleepy, Mom called me the name of Crabby, so in a way, she STILL has a crab.


8. Sweat – Whenever Mom is working on a new story or waiting to hear about something she submitted, she says she is “sweating it out.” I don’t think she knows from sweating while she’s typing and talking to herself in the nice cool house. I know sweating better than she does. I do it through my paws and my mouth. I do it when I’m hot and I do it when I’m nervous. And sometimes, I do it for no reason at all….


Comments on: "Five Word Friday" (25)

  1. humans are a kind of crabbed species… they can not sweat with showing their tongue, they sweat more mental when they sweat someting out… but I never saw that something comes out, no drool no spit… that is confusing somehow…

    • So true, P. Sweating without spitting seems counterintuitive. I can’t help but wonder how long the floor would stay clean if I didn’t drool, spit, sneeze, and wipe my nose all over it. #throwawaythemop I think it would be clean FOREVER!

      Love and licks,

  2. I think I don’t like crabs, but I do like the name Crabcake…MOL 😀 I’m with you on the grass, Cupcake, no muddy paws and no sprinklers…holy crab no! OMC it’s following me 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead 🙂 ❤

    • Thanks, Little B. Crabcake might soon be my new name. One of my neighbors forgets my name sometimes and he calls me Crumbcake – which is delicious, but….

      Love and licks,

  3. You look as sure-footed as a mountain goat, or a cat, walking along the edge of the grass there, Cupcake!

    • Thanks, C. Mom says I’m like Marylou Retton who used to be a famous gymnast 152 years ago. She gives me a 10 on the balance beam.

      Love and licks,

  4. Cupcake you have quite a way with curb-walking AND I’m glad you find that grass (if dry) is a nice spot to take a snoozer too instead of on the HOT road or sidewalk. Know what else? You look terrific in your USA scarf!

    Love, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. I am a patriotic doggie. I have had lots of balance-beam, curb-walking practice. I always stick the landing!

      Love and licks,

  5. I don’t like to walk on wet grass either, Cupcake. Sweat is a big descriptive word this summer. Not surprised your Mom had lots of pets, she is an animal lover. I get a kick out of the pictures of your street naps!

    • Thanks, Pix. It is certainly a sweaty summer in our neighborhood too. When the street is too hot for ME, that’s really saying something!

      Love and licks,

  6. You have a Magic Room, too, Cupcake? That’s what our Mum calls the elevator in our building. We like the cool floor in there, and that tummy tickle when it moves. But mostly Mum makes us climb the stairs. She says “It’s good for us.” But after ball chasing, the cool floor feels better! Happy Summer from the Two Orange Pups!

    • Thanks, Orange Pups. I like the name of Magic Room for the elevator. Magic does happen there. We go up. We go down. And a dog wearing the same clothes as me lives on the ceiling. #magicroom

      Love and licks,

  7. First of all you are NOT crabby. Second those scissors!!!! Be careful. And C. I remember Smoli and Sandy! So cute! I think I may have even had something to do with Sandy. Moms’s not really sweating it out. She is not a sweater (or even a jacket) 😩 Sorry.
    Anyway, don’t you sweat. It’s all good. Elevators. Dew drops. Parking garages. Nothing to fret about. Be brave. Chin up and forge through the ‘inconveniences’. None of that stuff will hurt you. Mom has your back (and front). ❤️

    • Not to worry, G. I didn’t run with the scissors. I couldn’t even pick them up because of my buck teeth. I stayed safe. I’m happy you remember Mom’s old doggies. Smoki helped Mom pick me out, and YOU helped Mom pick Sandy out. It’s like a chain of helpers that led to me! Yay!

      Love and licks,

  8. Hi Cupcake. 9. You look very patriotic. 17. Please give those scissors back to your Mom. 11. Smoki looks like a hard-working dog. 23. What diverse animals your Mom has had for pets. and 67. I like your numbering system. Stay cool in this heat, good boy.

    • That was excellent counting, X and L. You are mathematical geniuses! I’m pretty sure Smoki worked about as hard as me. And that she got paid in treats, like I do, too. All the pets that Mom had in her classroom were pretty low maintenance. Except the hamsters when they escaped a few times. That was naughty behavior, but Mom captured them back each time.

      Love and licks,

  9. You look adorably patriotic in your bandana, Cupcake. We’re giving summer heat the side eye too.

  10. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Cupcake, your balance is amazing while curb walking. Simply amazing. And basements well they are highly overrated. I hear all kinds of noises coming from ours, I have no desire to investigate, be glad you don’t have one. ~nose nudges Belle Pup

  11. You need to hang out with Jemma, Cupcake! She will teach you that damp grass is okay… but any water deeper than your tippy-toes is to be avoided at ALL.COSTS! And basements are a nice cool place to hide from thunder (especially if you have a drum set to hide behind in a corner!) And there is never any need to sweat because that is why they make The Couch 🙂 Have a dry grass, sweat-free, no basement kind of day 🙂

  12. Enjoyed your Mom’s post. Archie would agree with you about wet or damp grass. He walks and lifts his paws, as if he thinks he can avoid touching it. And he walks around manholes. Never took him on an elevator. He won’t eat food out of a dish, it has to be sprinkled around the floor. But, he love fireworks. No fear! Go figure.

  13. We hear ya C. The wet grass is cruel and so cold. I like the cement too. I never found a back scratcher that was better. I don’t roll on the road though, I roll on the porch…mighty fine, ah, mighty fine.


  14. M. K. Clinton said:

    Those are all great words, Cupcake. The boys aren’t really scared of anything other than Bentley is scared of thunder and fireworks. It’s okay to be scared because your mom won’t let anything hurt you. ♥

  15. hello cupcake its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm i do not think i wood want a baysment eether i hav herd that monsters liv in those!!! but i do like grass for rolling in and wotnot so i aproov of the yoose of that wurd!!! the others ar ok too!!! ok bye

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