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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday Finds and Random 5 Friday

What did I discover for this week's Friday's Find?
Something pretty and yummy!
 
 
M&M's are one of my favorite candies. While looking for Easter pastel colored M&M's at the grocery store, I found these. You'll never guess that flavor they are, that is unless you've already found and tried them. I'm sure these make the Easter Bunny very happy since they're CARROT CAKE!  I don't like a lot of flavors that have been introduced in M&M's, but I do like this one!  I'll add it to my favorites list; right up there with regular, peanut, almond, and raspberry.

 
Nancy who hosts Random 5 Friday has taken a break this week, but I decided to keep up the practice and post my five  random facts.
 
Fact  #1
The wind never seems to quit blowing. I don't remember it ever being this windy all the time. It's been next to impossible to photography anything  in nature unless it's a rock or a mushroom!

 
 
Fact  #2
Speaking of mushrooms, which I love to photograph, I spotted the first ones of the season yesterday; down in the pasture where it's been quite damp from all the rain. I think they have the most fascinating textures.

 
 
Fact  #3
I finally discovered the name of these ornamental cast iron shutter holders...shutter dogs.  Hmmm...wonder where that name came from. They're also called a shutter catch which makes more sense, but I like the name shutter dog. I've seen some really unique ones on historical homes.


 
 
 
Fact  #4
Seventy years ago, April 3, 1944,  the USS Razorback was commissioned into the U.S. Fleet.  Razorback would go on to complete five war patrols in the western Pacific and earn five Battle Stars for her service. Her sail (yes, submarines have a sail, but it's metal, not cloth) will be painted yellow this month as a promotion for the upcoming Beatles photography exhibition entitled The British Invasion Fifty Years Later.
 
 
 
Fact  #5
This British-styled telephone booth stocked with over 100 books is on the courthouse square in El Dorado, Arkansas.  It's open 24 hours a day and you don't even have to wait for the librarian to check out your books. The only requirement is if  you take a book you must leave a book.
 
 
 
Hope you're enjoying your first week of April!

Linking with Kim for Friday Finds and Nancy for Random 5 Friday.

19 comments:

  1. Easter colored M&M's and cool mushrooms to photograph. I'm with you!

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  2. oh be still my heart cathy!! carrot cake m&m's!! :) and i thought of you the other day...we have some really weird looking mushrooms sprouting up in our front yard. made me smile knowing how much you love them. happy friday my friend. xoxo

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  3. I don't know M&Ms are, but I love the colours!
    I also love the telephone booth with it's own little library. I love the idea of 'take one, leave one'. Wonderful! Have a great weekend and remember, the wind blows the clouds away! It's windy here today too!

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  4. Holy cow batman.....carrot cake m&m's! (put that on list of things to find). And yes, it's windy here in the spring and it's quite challenging to photograph anything...I even have to pull my hair back since it's long enough to blow around and get in my pictures! haha

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  5. Oh wow - carrot cake M&M's!! Now those sound really good and I'll be looking for them. Love the little mushrooms. Oh the wind - it hasn't stopped here either Cathy. It was even blowing the small crocus when I was shooting them yesterday. Love your finds this week!

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  6. Aha those telephone boxes get everywhere we have one near us that acts as a library too. Have a great weekend, BTW M&M's are my favourite too.

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  7. you had some really good items for random five this week. I know Nancy needs to take a break now and then but I surely do miss her Random Five Friday when she does.

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  8. Such fun facts! Yes, it's hard to get out of the random five habit, isn't it? But I'm so far behind myself this week, I didn't even begin to think of it. And the wind ... oh, my! I've noticed for several years now that it always seems to be windy ... and I don't live on the plains ... nor do you!

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  9. Oooh - I do love carrot cake! My husband is a big M&M fan - the peanut ones are his favorite. They certainly make for a pretty picture. Love your interesting random facts - you always find such creative ways to photograph and present intriguing information.

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  10. I love this post! Carrot cake M&M's, picture book-looking mushrooms, the hint of a Beatles photography tour (hopefully it'll make it's way up the Pig Trail!)---all great facts. But the wind: geeze, it's like living back in Kansas again!! Hope you stayed safe last night with those crazy storms we had! Happy weekend, Cathy!

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  11. I must find those carrot cake M & M 's. We have a little red library like that here too. It is along the bike path that I walk everyday.

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  12. What fun finds for Friday! That phone booth library is terrific! I like you shutter dogs too -- those shutters are real, not like the faux ones put on houses today. Thanks for the m&m tip -- I must go out and try this flavor. Happy weekend!

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  13. Wow, I learned so much stopping by today. Putting those m&ms on my shopping list. I have not seen these shutter dogs. Will make a point to look for them.

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  14. All I can say is don't get me started on those M&M's, I am not going to look very long on that one. Love the little side note about the shutter dog.

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  15. I love the M&M's ! but I totally intrigued by the telephone box used a book swap !

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  16. Carrot cake flavoured m&m's sound interesting, I wonder if we'll get them in Australia

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  17. Those M&Ms look amazing--carrot cake that won't go stale! As for the shutter dog, I'm willing to bet that it's related to the nautical term dog, referring to handles on bulkhead doors and hatches that are used to tighten the doors and hatches so they are watertight. In this case, the shutter dog would prevent the shutter from rattling against the house when it is windy.

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  18. What a collection of delights! I'm so ignorant I didn't even know M&Ms came in flavors other than plain and peanut. I love the weathervane photo - it's perfect, as I can see the leaves in motion. That mushroom is so new it's still wearing its dirt cap. I remember well the "British Invasion," though I had to think about it since I don't see the connection with the submarine. [Oh, wait, I just got it!] And that phone booth full of books - what a fun and creative idea! A great random five this week, Cathy.

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