Random 5 Friday — the Almost-Spring Edition

posted by Sharon March 20, 2015 8 Comments

Spring is only a few days away! Here are my 5 randoms as we usher in the season of sun and warmth and renewed life.

1. The photo of the 2 bicycles is a happy accident. If I had tried to plan a shot of 2 bicycles moving opposite directions with 2 young girl riders and a pup in a basket — well, it probably wouldn’t have happened. Isn’t this fun?!

2. I’m super excited for spring because I have visits planned to both my daughter and my son. We’re flying to Kansas City and later to Saginaw, Michigan. I can’t wait to see so many of the people I love dearly. And to top it off, we’re meeting my granddog pup Huntley. Here he is in the snow. We hear he loves to swim in water, too.

3. I recently read the book, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carre. What a magnificent story of deceit and intrigue. The twist at the end amazed me. Some say that this book from the 1960s is the model for many spy stories. Now I’m reading A Murder of Quality by the same author. If you enjoy elegant writing, a puzzle of a plot, and characters who come alive, you will enjoy le Carre’s books.

4. Recently I went shopping for a tripod. The one I have is so old that I’m not finding a way to attach my camera. Do you use a tripod sometimes? Often? Do you travel with one that’s not too heavy to lug around? The camera shop expert recommends this one. Any advice?

5. A big thank you to Nancy for reopening her blog and once again hosting this enjoyable link-up. Nancy, I’ve missed you and your writing and your beautiful dogs. I’m so happy that you’re BACK!

So how about you? What are up to this week as we officially welcome spring?

Linking up with Random 5 Friday.

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Abrianna March 20, 2015 at 5:47 am

I don’t yet own a tripod. I might travel with one but it depends where you go. Museums don’t allow them and if you are on a crowded bus tour it might be more hassle than it is worth. Love the bicycle shot-excellent timing. Hurley looks so cute in all his snow.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin March 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

I have a tripod, don’t use it enough!
Love, love, love that bicycle shot!

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J Bonafilla March 20, 2015 at 10:04 am

What a super bicycle photo. Sometimes the planets align … and wonderful things happen. Huntley is one very handsome young pooch. He’d be welcome in my home any day of the week. It looks like he’s very keen on being out in the snow. I agree: Le Carre is a master of his genre, and the Spy who came in from the cold is a classic. All the best for a super weekend, Bonny

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Snap March 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Great bicycle shot! You couldn’t have planned it any better. What fun! Grand-dogs are fun and yours is a cutie. LeCarre is wonderful. If I didn’t already has so much to read, I’d start rereading his books. Yes, I think we are happy to have Nancy back in the Land of Blog!

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Maggid March 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

isn’t it bulky – carrying a tripod like that with you??? The puppy is cute, cute, cute . . YES!!! The bicycle photo is perfection . . as in “WOWOW!!!” i agree with you – having Nancy Back is the return of priceless treasure.

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Bev March 20, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Love that bike picture:)

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Marie-AZ March 20, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Love that grandpuppy! So cute. Great photo of the two bicycles! Sometimes accidents make the best shots! I will add The Spy Who Came in From the Cold to my reading list. I’ve never read it. My Mom & I (Living Life on Main Street) have an online book club on a separate blog Springtime in Magnolia…check it out if you get a chance!

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pattisj March 22, 2015 at 9:59 pm

It’s a wonderful feeling when a photo comes together by happenstance. Huntley is adorable! What kind of dog is he? Enjoy your visits with family! I remember the title of that book, but never read it. My local library has it, now to decide whether ebook or “real” book. Thanks for the recommendation. My brother-in-law gave me his tripod that he’d used with his video camera. Most of my shots are birding, which doesn’t lend itself readily to a tripod. I would like to experiment with it. My old camera worked on it, I guess I should check to see if the new one will attach. Great header photo!

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