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Five Word Friday

Today’s five words come from a story that Mom is revising this week.

6. Trash – I have always wished I could figure out how to get pizza crusts, eggshells, napkins, banana peels, and many other delicious things out of the garbage pail.

Let me in. I know there are chicken bones in there. Why am I so tiny?

I love trash! Mom doesn’t love trash, especially when one of her stories ends up in the trash bin on her computer. If she starts a story and then gets stuck, she sets it aside for a while, works on other things, and then goes back to it. If it still stinks and it’s still going nowhere, she trashes it and starts over.

If she put a little jelly on that trash, I’d help her out with that. Mmmmm. Jelly.

14. Flop – Mom reads tons of picture books. Some fly and some flop.

When she reads a flop, she says, “Ugh. I want that 5 minutes back!” The weather is getting colder here, so I can’t take as many street naps as I did in the summer.

Even when it’s way too cold, I still flop down and give it a shot. Mom says, “If you’re wearing a sweater, it’s too cold to sit on the ground.” When I ignore her, she says, “Ugh. I want that 5 minutes back.”

8. Outside – I love outside. There are squirrels, leaves, acorns, grass, and dog friends.

I also love inside. There are toys, treats, trash, my blankie, and Mom. Sometimes it’s tough to choose.

74. UsefulCritique groups are useful. Mom’s group called LindaVijiConnieJenandOtherJen help her get ideas, change ideas, and fix ideas that stink.

5. Sneakers – Mom wears sneakers, but they do not make her fast at all. When we walk down the hall at our house, she is so slow! I have to show her how to get us home (and out of the scary hallway) in a more efficient way.

Comments on: "Five Word Friday" (43)

  1. maybe your mama once will get the super brilliant idea to buy an automatic trashcan, boy that is like mc trash & dive in :o) we feel the same when we read a flop… we want the time back we wasted, but unfortunately amazon has only offers for prime butt not for time…

    • So true, P. Amazon Time would be a huge hit if they ever figure out how to manage that! They’d be billionaires…. Oh wait. They’re already billionaires.

      Love and licks,

  2. The good news is that I can reach the trash can. The bad news is that they never leave anything particularly interesting in there (because I can reach it). Bipeds will never let you have the interesting trash!

  3. Too bad you can’t manage to get inside that glorious trash can for a snack! You can always hope for a snack at the cafΓ© outside with your Mom or out in the street where someone (oops) dropped a cookie or cupcake or candy bar (haha)….! I loved your video – you certainly were trying to get your Mom to MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT so you could get to safety INSIDE – you’re such a smarty.

    Love, Teddy

    • Thanks, T. I did find a candy wrapper on the ground once. It stayed there for 2 days (that’s 6 walks) before somebody picked it up. Probably the maintenance guys. They get ALL the good stuff. I sniffed it thoroughly each time I went by, but I was not allowed to eat it. I bet it was delicious…

      Love and licks,

  4. Cupcake, you are speedy down the hall to YOUR door and those are some excellently executed turns! I hate to see your street naps go away… still plenty of warm streets in our part of the country. In fact, they are just right now. I think you would like a street nap here. I love my blankie! Your Mom can kinda bring the outside inside with the slider door. That is what we did yesterday. OR is it taking the inside outside? Trash cans now are pretty hard to get into, they are uptown.

    • Thanks, Pix. It seems to me that street naps are either “too hot” or “too cold” around here. For like five minutes in between those 2 seasons, Mom says, “Five minutes! Then we are walking again.” The balcony is nice, but only if Mom sits out there with me. Otherwise, I just stand out there and beg to come in. #lonelydog

      Love and licks,

  5. Cupcake, the Two Orange Pups like outside, too, except when it’s scary rainy (like Saturday) and the river comes up over the field (like Saturday). But then Dad & Mum let us play ball on the sidewalk where the river didn’t reach, because no one else was there. Wonder why? And then back inside to the scary hallway – which isn’t so scary when we run down it together. Have a happy Halloween!

    • That’s what I need, Pups! Another dog to run with me! That’s brilliant. Mom says her running days are over, so she’s not an option….

      Love and licks,

  6. Trash with jelly sounds a little iffy to me. Flopping on the other hand sounds fun! I flop all the time. In front of the tv. On the couch. On the bed. Flopping is useful. And that hallway!! Scary? YES! I’d be like waiting for someone to pop out of all those doorways like Freddie Kruger or Jason or Michael! Ugh. Happy Halloween?!? No!

  7. Carole Schulman said:

    Cupcake, first you look ravishing in your halloween costume. Next, I LOVE that video. You sure know how to lead her straight to the door and I enjoy seeing you going back to hurry her along! Sheesh, she sure takes your time up in a day doesn’t;t she? And Cupcake, you know what? I think this very blog today is a great idea for a child’s book. Mom and I are serious. We read and re-read several times and with the “illustrations” I think it is a good idea. xx
    Katie Isabella

    • Awwww. Thanks, KI. You nailed it about Mom. What a slowpoke. I am single-focused in the hallway. My focus is to get OUT of the hallway. We are both happy that I have grown out of my fear of the fire extinguisher that is hanging out there about halfway home. When we first moved in, Mom had to carry me past it. We’ve come to terms – the fire extinguisher and I.

      Love and licks,

  8. I always, always love to see what you wear for your photo shoots! You are looking extra good Cupcake! Boomer

  9. Jelly is good incentive to dress up what might otherwise be considered trash. Personally I’m a big fan of Nutella but that’s nothing for pups. Sorry Cupcake, better for you to stick with raspberry jelly and zoomies down the hallway. πŸ˜†

  10. You might make a fine guide dog, C. You could also let the person know when the trash needs emptied, and even help with that! ~Xena

  11. You are all decked out for Halloween. Archie just got groomed and had a bright orange scarf with bats on it — it was off before I could snap a picture. So you like garbage! Lots of interesting things in the trash. Never have had that problem with Archie, but did with other dogs. I learned not to put food in the trash.

    • Mom is usually armed with lots of treats when she does my pictures. That’s why the clothes stay on. Before she learned how to do this, I ate my jacket. BTW, garbage doesn’t have to be food to be delicious. Tell Archie to try eating a napkin. Yum!

      Love and licks,

  12. WOW! You look breath taking in your Helloween outfit, Cupcake ❀ I think you need some help on the dustbin, I can lend you a paw if you want πŸ˜€ Pawkisses for a Happy Helloween πŸΎπŸ˜½πŸ’ž

    • Thanks, Little B. Breath-taking is always a goal of mine. If you were here, you could boost me up a foot or so, and I’d be head first into the trash. Brilliant!

      Love and licks,

  13. Your mom’s five words sound interesting for the book she’s working on. You always look so adorable, Cupcake. πŸ™‚

  14. I have two books that I need to dig out and see if they are worth publishing. You just reminded me of them. LOL! Your video is hilarious!

  15. Carole Schulman said:

    I just noticed that candy corn hat of yours Cupcake! Love it.

  16. I love how your mom went from one subject to another by gliding into the paragraph with words from the former paragraph or images she created with words. Excellent Cupcake’s mom.

    Cupcake of course your mom doesn’t run she’s wearing sneakers. She sneaks about like a thief….mol

    Shoko, Tyebe and Budd

    • Thanks S., T., and B. I appreciate you clearing that up. Sneakers are the problem. That’s what makes Mom a slow, slow, slowpoke in the scary hallway. Thanks goodness she knows enough to let go of my leash so I can get to the safety of our door.

      Love and licks,

  17. Chaplin: “I like trash.”
    Charlee: “And we both like sneaking.”
    Chaplin: “We have never been outside. Dada says it’s too dangerous for cats to be outside because of coyotes.”
    Charlee: “We like dogs, and coyotes look like dogs, but apparently they aren’t dogs.”
    Chaplin: “We wanted to thank you for coming to see us and for your kind words after Dennis went to the Rainbow Bridge. It meant a lot to us.”
    Charlee: “And to Mama and Dada too.”
    Both: “And Dennis told us to tell you, ‘ok bye’.”

    • Thanks, kitties. Your Dada knows best. Outside can be scary for cats. And also sometimes for doggies, too. Once I saw a ladder. ’nuff said. Dennis’s “OK. Bye.” made us laugh a thousand times. He was one of a kind.

      Love and licks,

  18. Cupcake, you are too funny. We know that being tiny doesn’t help with getting all that stuff you want from the trash can. Being outside must be so much fun and inside you get your delicious treats. Our dog use to flop down in the street just like you. Thanks for the lovely post. Have a great day.

  19. Three Pups and a Couple of Kitties said:

    Trash is awesome, we do’t know what’s better the tastes or the smells! We also loved how you show your mom where the door to your home is. Sometimes Moms need help like that. oh and the indoor outdoor favorites…you have so many to choose from, that’s almost as awesome as trash! nose nudges Bonnie, Belle and Bessie Pups

  20. […] changes, takes stuff out, adds stuff in, and moves stuff around. Sometimes she sends it to her critique group, sometimes to Rate Your Story. Sometimes she says, β€œI’m finished fussing with this thing.” […]

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