20 January 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins

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Here are the fill-in-the-blanks:

1. ________________ makes me feel old.
2. ________________ makes me feel young.
3. I have ___________________________.
4. _________________________is ___________________.

Here are my responses:

Everything makes me feel old lately. Mostly trying to remember things and not even having a wisp of a memory of whatever I should be remembering makes me feel old!

There are moments when I look into David’s eyes and I feel 17 again.

I have so many things that I want to do and not even really time to breathe these days.

Love is all I need.  Jesus is love; therefore, Jesus is all I need.  All the rest is profit.



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18 January 2017

Press Release: New Survival Straps® Survival Bracelets™


New Survival Straps® Survival Bracelets™
Transform Into Life-Saving Device
Paracord design saves everyone from soldiers to moms caught in a jam

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Unpredictable situations are a part of daily life. From car accidents, the dog escaping out the front door, wardrobe, purse or backpack malfunctions to serious injuries; there is no end to the number of circumstances when having a length of cord on hand could be a lifesaver. Survival Straps® Survival Bracelets™ provide a solution in any moment of need by combining fashion and emergency preparedness in a bracelet.

Created with specially woven paracord, Survival Straps® Survival Bracelets™ can be unwound and transformed into a durable, multi-purpose rope. More than just gear for the avid outdoorsman, Survival Straps® Survival Bracelets™ are a fashionable statement piece for men, women and children. Available in over 1,000 color combinations, SurvivalStraps® can be customized with dog tags embossed with military identification, medical information, a name or favorite quote. Bracelets can be personalized to commemorate the birth of a child or to show support for a family member in the military, a friend battling cancer or any other important moment in life.

Survival Bracelets™ are available in a regular and wide-band design – the regular bracelet provides 16 feet of usable paracord and the wide bracelet unwinds into 24 feet. Bracelets can be personalized even further by choosing a stainless steel shackle closure or a plastic side release buckle. Survival Bracelets™ are also available in a lighter weight fishtail weave design.

“Our customers share amazing stories about circumstances that have led them to rely on their bracelet to survive,” said SurvivalStraps® President Kurt Walchle. "Stories such as troops who have used their bracelet to repair gear while on missions and a woman who broke her femur while mountain biking and used her bracelet as a tourniquet. However, the stories that really tug the heartstrings are surprisingly the people who purchase our bracelets more as a fashion item. We have many customers who send a specially colored bracelet to their husbands in the military when a baby is born while he is deployed with a dog tag etched with the baby’s name, birth weight and length. Others will get a bracelet from our firefighter line to memorialize a hero who has lost his life in the line of duty. It is rewarding to hear that our bracelets can make such a big difference in people’s lives.”

For servicemen and women, police, firefighters and EMS workers and their supporters, SurvivalStraps® has designed specialty product lines with colors coordinated to each field of service.

Handmade in America, SurvivalStraps® products retail for between $19.95 and $35.95 depending on size of the bracelet and customization options. For more information or to purchase a Survival Straps® Survival Bracelets™, please visit www.survivalstraps.com.

About Survival Straps
Founder Kurt Walchle started Survival Straps®, makers of the Survival Bracelet™, in 2006 at his kitchen table. Today, Survival Straps® gear continues to be handmade in the U.S.A. with the finest care and craftsmanship. Survival Straps® is an avid supporter of our men and women in uniform with dedicated bracelet lines for EMS, law enforcement and all branches of the military. To date the company has raised and donated almost $1,000,000 to veterans’ service charities. For more information visit www.survivalstraps.com.



Note: David and I are not affiliated with this company and will not financially benefit from your transaction.  They sent me the press release and, having heard about survival bracelets from other sources, I just wanted to help them get the word out. Have a blessed day!
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Wednesday Hodgepodge


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ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?

I’ve really got nothing on this one. How about supper thoughts…asparagus soufflĂ© and potatoes? Or apple strudel and pecans? Or “all shrimp and pie”? Or even a sweet apple pancake?

Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?

I may be the first to come up with an idea, but I would likely be the last to speak up. Really, it depends on who the group consists of. It is because I am very shy and, after a lifetime of being told how stupid I am, I’d rather not open my mouth and prove it, no matter how great my idea may be or what good it may do.

Is it a good thing or not?  I don't know.  I do know it is their loss.

What do you remember best about being 12?

I started 7th grade at age 12 in the fall of 1977. It was my first, and only, year in a private school. That was the year that I knew how much my daddy really loved me. He couldn’t afford private school, but the public school district that we were in would have had me going to the most dangerous junior high school in the district. After hearing what happened to a girl there, my daddy moved heaven and earth, worked double shifts, wore himself to a frazzle, to get me in and keep me in that private school until he could move us to another school district.

January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration.

I relate the most to Eeyore. It always seems that there is a cloud following me around, always a bit of rain on my parade. Some days more than others, but it is still always there.

BUT, the site that Joyce linked to thinks otherwise:

http://www.zimbio.com/quiz/jLtykybs7zr/Winnie+Pooh+Character
Click on the image to see which character you are!
And, with the way they asked the questions, I *would* be more Kanga than Eeyore. I would love to have an adventure. I would love to have a fresh place to take awesome nature photos. And, YES, listening for a bear would keep me awake at night. Not because I would be afraid of the bear, but because I would want to take its picture!

What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?

The camera app in my phone is a big help sometimes. My memory is horrible these days and shows no signs of improving. If there is something that I need to remember, like what level of the parking garage we parked on, I just take a picture of the sign nearest our car. Then, when we need to find the car again, we have the picture to tell us where it is.

San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)...you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?

Once Davey gets back stateside, I would probably pic San Diego because I think that is the closest of the choices to where he is supposed to be stationed next and maybe we would get to visit with him.
Otherwise, I don’t know. I don’t like big cities at all. San Francisco has all of that great architecture and history. San Antonio is beautiful and loaded with history. I don’t have any desire to go to Puerto Rico and Sanibel is too beachy for me.

Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what? 

“Oh what a lady, what a night”…This song is nostalgic for me because David adapted it for our oldest daughter when she was born. We called her “Laynie”, so it was “late December back in ’90, what a very special time for me….what a Laynie, what a night”. It makes me remember the look of total awe that was in his eyes beholding his daughter for the first time.

Laynie's Birth Day


Here is the original song:


Insert your own random thought here.

Okay, this one is hot off the presses, so to speak.

My life’s clock is ticking faster.
There are things that I must master.
Appointments I must keep.
And you want me to sleep.

There won’t be time for this later.

©17 January 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


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14 January 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

 Please click the happy little guy to join Mr. Seaver and the others for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!

http://www.geneamusings.com/2017/01/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-your-best.html


Here are this week's questions:

1)  What was your best research achievement in 2016?  Tell us - show us a document, or tell us a story, or display a photograph.  Brag a bit!  You've earned it!

2)  We all have elusive ancestors.  What research problem do you want to work on in 2017?  Tell us where you want to research and what you hope to find.

Here are my responses:

One of the best things that happened to me in regards to research in 2016 was discovering Newspapers.com!  That site is great! I have found all sorts of bits and pieces of my family's story through those old newspapers.

I found the announcement of my mother's birth. I originally posted it here: Wednesday Hodgepodge.

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Click image to see it bigger at Newspapers.com


I learned details about a duel in David's family history. Click here to read the original post and see one of the family's plantation houses:  Paydirt! 

Here is the article about the duel:
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Click image to see it bigger at Newspapers.com


I also found out that my 3rd great-grandfather Berry Madison Pressley received a Cross of Honor for his service to the Confederate States of America in the War Between the States. You can see the original post here: Happy Dance!

There are several research problems that I want to work on in 2017. There are 6 people who I wish to learn more about and finding information about them has been a test of my endurance for years now.  Those people are:

Johnnie Cooper Roberts, one of David's great-grandmothers.  She died due to complications of childbirth approximately 8 months after the birth of her son, David's maternal grandpa. Though I have a copy of her wedding picture and a picture of her tombstone, I can't find diddly about her otherwise.  It is like she died and everything done during her "dash" was erased from the planet!  No wedding announcement, no obituary, nothing.

Oliphant A. Williams, my 2nd great-grandfather, and his daughter Emma Williams, who was the twin sister of my great-grandmother Carrie Williams Pressley, and two other Williams children.  Grandpa Williams died supposedly in 1900 and does not appear in the census of that year. I want to know what killed him. He was only in his 30s.  Grandma Carrie and Emma and their sisters Sallie and Mattie are listed in the 1900 census with their widowed mother. The census says Granny Maggie Williams was the mother of 6 children, with 4 living.  I only ever heard of Emma in passing as a child, hearing that my great-grandma Carrie had a twin. That is all that I ever heard about Emma. I didn't even know her name back then. I knew of Aunt Sallie and Aunt Mattie.  I have nothing to go on at all for these other two unknown children, no names, no genders, no birth/death dates, absolutely nothing.  The 1890 census was destroyed and it would answer several questions for me.  Were these two children on that census? I don't know.  Was Grandma Carried born in 1889 or 1891? I don't know.  Aunt Emma doesn't show up with the family in the 1910 census, but she would have been old enough to be married at that point because Grandma Carrie was already married and a mother by the 1910 census. I do not know if Aunt Emma died or if she got married, so would have a different surname than Williams.

Unknown Child:  This one has had me puzzled since about 1992.  I was given this picture the day that my paternal grandpa, William Howard Taft Spence, died. This little girl was in my Grandma Spence's photo album along with some other pictures on cards kind of like postcards, but not exactly. The other photos had dates in the 1930s. Grandma couldn't tell me who the little girl was due to her battle with Alzheimer's. Grandpa couldn't tell me for obvious reasons. So, my next step was to my Aunt Mary's house. She was my grandpa's baby sister.  She said that the little girl looked like a Pressley child to her. My Grandma Spence was a Pressley before she married my grandpa and she couldn't answer the question.  So, I'm left with a picture of a beautiful little girl that I may never know the identity of.  If this photo was taken in the 1930s like the others like it were marked, then she is too young to have been my grandma or her sisters and too old to have been my mama or her sisters.

Isn't she adorable?  I don't want her to be an unknown forever and forgotten.  I want folks to know who she is!
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There are many more happy and elusive moments in my genealogy adventure, but that is all that comes to mind at the moment.

Have a blessed week, y'all!

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13 January 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

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Here are the fill-in-the-blanks:
  1. My guiding word for 2017 is_______________________.
  2. _____________________________________class reunion.
  3. Truth be told I am superstitious about ___________.
  4. Lately, I have been ______________________________.


Here are my responses:

My guiding word for 2017 is Vision. You can read a little about it here.

I am happy to never go to another class reunion. I accomplished what I needed to at the last one. That was in 1993, my ten-year high school reunion. It was shortly after our daughter was stillborn. After all the years of tormenting those people put me through, I made sure that they would notice me every time they took out their reunion picture. Rather than hiding in the shadows like I tried to do throughout high school, I made sure that I was front and center of that photo.

I don’t know that I am particularly superstitious about anything. When I was a kid, we did the whole “step on a crack, break your mama’s back” thing, so I avoided stepping on cracks in the sidewalk. That wasn’t so much out of superstition as just playing along with the game. I do believe in ghosts, but that doesn’t have anything to do with superstition so much as believing what the Bible says. The Bible says not to be calling up spirits. If there were no such things as ghosts, the Bible wouldn’t be telling us to leave them alone, now would it?

Lately, I have been driven to get some things done before I can no longer do them. You can read more about that at Vision Post #1.

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12 January 2017

Vision Post #1



I had this post all written in my head while in the kitchen. I came back in here and as soon as I got Word opened, poof! most of the post left me. I hate when that happens, don’t you?

Today is the month anniversary of my cataract diagnosis.  I am feeling an odd calm regarding my vision.  Not calm like I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the surgery will happen, because I don’t.  The realist in me knows that fundraisers with an open or non-existent end date are less likely to be successful than those with a specific end date.  Also, I know that the longer a fundraiser goes on, the less likely it is to be successful.

This calmness is something different.  Yeah, I still have some moments of total and absolute panic when I think of going blind.  I also have those same moments of panic when I think of having the surgery.

This calm is different.   I have the vision that, somehow, everything is going to be okay even if the surgery never happens, even if I do go blind.

This calmness is helping me to focus on getting some things done that have been the victim of too much procrastination.  It is helping me to see the importance of doing things NOW and not putting them off until later.  Later may be too late and I’ve never liked to be late for anything. Ever.

“Surefire things are deadening to the human spirit.”  
Dorothea Lange

I think that is what has happened here. If surefire things are deadening, then logic would have it that uncertainty is quickening. There is nothing “surefire” about my situation and it has prompted me to take risks that I have been too afraid to take before.

And I feel more alive than ever.


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