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Five Word Friday

Today’s five words are from one of Mom’s recent stories.

16. Gingerbread – Lots of times when Mom puts a doggie into one of her stories, she names it Gingerbread. Gingerbread is her favorite food. Sometimes at Christmas, she lets me taste a gingerbread man.

Mostly, she does NOT like sharing gingerbread. She eats it all till she gets a gingerbread-belly-ache.

42. Fingers – These days, while my “fingers” are resting, Mom’s fingers are busy busy busy at the computer.

She is in the 12×12 Challenge, so she is writing a story a month even if it stinks. Also, she is revising a story a month even if it kills her. Three months and 6 badges in, she’s doing OK.

Resting fingers… I’m doing OK, too.

8. Licked – There’s pretty much nothing in a 10-mile radius I have not licked. I am a floor-licker extraordinaire.

I also like licking dishes, mugs, the sofa, shoes, faces, fingers, and books. If you smile when I lick your face, I will lick your teeth. Teeth are delicious!

Also, strawberry shortcake is delicious!

64. Snowflakes – Snowflakes are serene, peaceful, and beautiful.

Plus, sometimes they are crazy-windy, slippery as heck, and way too deep

and way too cold to be allowed to touch my delicate belly.

53. Faces – When kids come to read to me at the library, Mom and I watch their faces. Some stories make them smile a lot. When there are difficult words to read, their faces look worried and scared. Mom helps them with the hard stuff, I give them kisses and lick the pictures in the story. That usually brings back the smiles.

29. Flowers – Soon there will be a million flowers everywhere around my neighborhood.

Flowers grow just like Mom’s stories. They start as tiny seeds. Then they get lots of attention, and the next thing you know, they’re big and beautiful. If only the lawn guys could take care of the stories like they take care of the neighborhood flowers. Then Mom would have more time to play at the park with me!

Comments on: "Five Word Friday" (43)

  1. oooh that shortcake… delicious…our tongues dance the cake jive ;O))) I like that your mama sticks with one name for a dog in her stories… they are like a special signature and it is “her dog” somehow ;o) (and your signature is better than the one of our mama that’s for sure)

  2. I lick the floor, especially the kitchen floor! You look cute with snow on your nose. I’ve never found snow that’s too deep.

  3. Cupcake I can totally understand why you are a floor-licker…..all kinds of great things fall down there without anyone (but us) knowing. As for snow and tummies – it looks to me like you had some close calls with deep snows….you are a brave girl to forge ahead. I’m sure that all the kids in the library LOVE LOVE LOVE it when you keep them company and let them read to you. You’re a most special young lady!

    Hugs, Teddy

    • Awww. Thanks, T. Once in a while, I do turn up a delicious crumb or two. The best days are when Mom drops something and calls me to come and lick the floor. Yum! #helper

      Love and licks,

  4. i totally get you, cupcake )

  5. I LOVE strawberry shortcake! I will have to check on the 12×12 challenge. See if your Mom’s stories can be read there. The picture of you with the flowers is just filled with the promise of warm weather! We have flowers year round now and I never get tired of them. There is always something new blooming!

  6. Carole Schulman said:

    Cupcake, I heard mom here murmur that she wishes she could be at the library where you are when you let the kids read to you. She would do all she could to be there to enjoy seeing you. Do you wear any of your dresses? That mint green one here in this story looks like a million on you. By the way, I cannot imagine snow on my belly! Ewwww. I would rise straight up in the air. Thing is, I’d have to come straight back down. And the ewww experience would happen again!

    Did you get to eat that entire piece of shortcake? Oh you lucky girl!
    Katie Isabella

    • Carole Schulman said:

      pee ess…I lick the floor in the kitchen too! Mom’s don’t know what they’re missing.

      • I did NOT eat the whole piece of strawberry cake, KI. I got in a bunch of licks, though, and then Mom said I could lick the plate. That’s a laugh! SHE licked the plate and left me NOTHING! I usually wear a sweater or a dress or my therapy vest when we work at the library. Moms and dads are not allowed to sit with us when we read with the kids. They can come and take our picture when we’re finished, though. Plus they can play with me a little.

        Love and licks,

  7. Wishing you & your Mom a bouquet of flowers and stories, Cupcake!

  8. I hope your Mom appreciates you keeping the floors clean. Mom always tells me I’m doing a good job. If we visited each other, we could cross-clean our areas, like Xena and I cross clean our food dishes. XOX Lucy

    Mommy wants me and/or my sisterto be a therapy dog, but we lick, too. She said lickers can’t be therapizers. But you are! Did you hide your licker when you got tested? XOX Xena

    • I actually didn’t lick when I was screened to be a therapy dog, X. They were not testing for that very much. They were mostly testing for fear and growling and nipping and avoidance and obedience. I am allowed to lick at work. Veterans and kids laugh their heads off and love it when I give them kisses.

      Love and licks,

  9. chesterspaniel said:

    Tell your Mom good luck with her writing. (I’m telling my ghostwriter she should do something like that!) Oh, and about licking: my late associated Joey dog used to lick his feet ALL THE TIME! He said he had the cleanest feet in the house!

    • Thanks, C. Joey’s feets must’ve been pretty legendary. Once when I licked my feets too much, I had to wear the CONE! #nightmare Your ghostwriter should definitely do a challenge. It’s good to have goals.

      Love and licks,

  10. Margret Abbott said:

    Licking things is so much fun! But snow up to a bare tummy isnt fun at all! I’m glad you have sweaters and such to keep your tummy covered. Tell your mom good luck from us as she writes up a storm! ~ nose nudges Bessie Pup

    • Thanks, B. My sweaters and jackets protect my delicate belly and keep me from shivering outside. Also, they make me look very beautiful!

      Love and licks,

  11. Granny is addicted to Gingerbread too, Cupcake, you better come here, we share…and you can lick the ground too to make sure that no crumb get lost😹 Good Luck with the stories, hope there’s a lit to lick there for you…MOL…Pawkisses for a Happy Monday…oh.. and have I already mentioned your beautiful Spring dress? It’s beautiful❤🐾😚😻

  12. Oh Cupcake, watching you listening to kids reading warms my heart. Then again, every thing you do tends to warm my heart. Now if it would just warm the neighborhood so I’ll stop being so chilled to the bone in this endless winter. Kudos to your mom for her stick-to-it-ness. ⭐️for her.

  13. Your mom is making great progress with keeping up with her stories. I admire that commitment. Also love gingerbread, but prefer it as cake over cookies.

    You are sporting some real sharp outfits, Cupcake. I can’t believe you are so patient. They wouldn’t stay on Archie very long — and he licks the floor a lot.

    • Thanks, P. Mom says Archie is probably so gorgeous that he doesn’t need to wear clothes. What does that say about me??? #insulting BTW – we are not anti-gingerbread-cake. Mom loves that too! Ditto gingerbread latte and gingerbread k-cups for her coffee. She’s obsessed (and crabby when gingerbread season ends).

      Love and licks,

  14. It appears you have plenty to lick 👅 (yum) and a lot to smile 😊 about. Lucky dog! Life is a cabaret my friend. Tell mom I’m forever cheering on the prospects of book 2. And for you I wish sunshine and flowers. ☀️🌻🌼🌸🌺 …❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️🚫

  15. Your mum is working so hard, Cupcake! She sounds very busy. Maybe you could help with the cleaning by licking everything in the fridge. You know – just to make sure it’s all sparkling. 😁
    Monty and Chicken 🐾❤️🐾

    • Licking fridge food. Hmmm….. Why didn’t I think of that? You know – there’s cheese in there! I’m on it. Thanks, friends!

      Love and licks,

  16. I am impressed with your mom’s badges, Cupcake (although I am sure her stories never stink and with you beside her to make sure she gets enough kisses and keeps up her gingerbread intake it hopefully won’t kill her! 🙂 ) Whenever we go to my mom’s house, Jemma licks the floor A LOT. That is because my mom sometimes spills pot roast gravy or other delicious things and doesn’t clean them up quite as well as she thinks. So Jemma is VERY helpful! 🙂

    • Thanks, S. Um… Did somebody say POT ROAST GRAVY!?!? Jemma is the luckiest doggie alive! There isn’t a crumb or a drop of anything around here, thanks to the robot vacuum. It eats everything! Mom says I’m likely licking the deadly formaldehyde or whatever chemical is in our flooring to make it shiny. #ieatpoison

      Love and licks,

  17. Cupcake you make simple words cannot me to life

  18. Charlee: “Cupcake, you really ARE a floor-licker extraordinaire!”
    Chaplin: “Maybe you would like this photojournalism we saw at the Onion last week!”

  19. M. K. Clinton said:

    We thought you must be very busy and are glad to hear your update. Pierre can’t hold his licker either!

  20. Cupcake, you are just soooo adorable and Mom says she just can’t get over your gorgeous little dresses and you are a great storyteller too! You look like a little princess. 😀

    I can only imagine how much the kids enjoy their stories when Mom tell it to them. I also love Gingerbread and my Mom is just like yours. 😂

    I also love licking and yes, teeth are awesome! 😀 It also looks like the snow can be lots of fun to play in. You must have lots of fun little princess. Lots of hugs and wet kisses. Rambo. 😘😘😘💕

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