Welcome to P.S. Annie!

This blog is titled in honor of my great-grandmother Annie Black Gunter. My name, Suzanne, was chosen because my daddy wanted to honor his grandmother and her sister Suzie. It is a tribute to all who have gone on before me.

It is titled P.S. because, after the good-byes are said and the leaving is done, there's always just one more thing that I meant to say. So, this blog is a depository for things left unsaid, much like the P.S. at the end of a letter.

PS Annie! is a blog about family and life. As I dig deeper still into my own family history, there will be more genealogy-themed posts. For fun, I also participate in various memes and linkies. I appreciate your feedback very much.

I hope that you enjoy your visit here!

Your sis in Christ,

PS! All comments will be responded to via the blog and, on occasion, via e-mail. I am a faulty human and may miss responding sometimes or be very late in responding. Please forgive me for that. I do appreciate each comment and visit very much!

07 October 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge, 7 October 2015

1. It's October so let's get this out there first thing...have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?

No, not really. I like pumpkin okay, but I don't seek it out. I much prefer cheesecake...or shrimp. Rather AND shrimp.

2. "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible." Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld

What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?

I can't really think of an answer for this one. There are many things that I once thought were possible, but now I feel are impossible, so that's completely opposite from the question asked!

3. The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower? If you're outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country's national flower?

Yes, I am very happy with the state flower of Texas. It is the bluebonnet and they are really a big thing around here. Folks drive from miles around to see this flower every spring, plopping their babies down in fields of them for photograph sessions. This makes me cringe because of snakes and spiders, but they make beautiful photographs.

My favorite flower is a pink rose, so that is probably what I would choose if I were in charge of choosing state flowers. All of them would have pink roses. :)

4. What have you lost interest in recently?

Pretty much everything. At the moment I am in survival mode.

5. In your opinion, who's the best living musician?

I can't pick just one. There are lots of good ones out there.

6. S'mores-love 'em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s'mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?

I like them pretty well and, yes, I have made them indoors. I can't remember the last time I sat around a fire. It was probably back in South Carolina, which was 11 years ago.

I do not have any type of bucket list at the moment.

7. Your favorite small town? Why?

I have many favorite small towns, but the first ones to come to mind are Calhoun Falls, South Carolina, and then Edgefield, South Carolina. My grandma's sister, Mae Pressley Worley, lived in Calhoun Falls and my family visited her very often. I spent several weeks with her during a few summer vacations. She was one sweet aunt. I sure miss her. Edgefield is a town that is important to the history of both of our families. Many of our family lines lived there at one point. It is in Edgefield that I believe I will find the connection between our families.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Why do men have to be so stubborn? A friend of ours has had a stroke and will he go home and rest? NO! He was back at work within an hour of being released from the hospital Tuesday. He worked a couple of hours Tuesday and closed last night and tonight. We've all tried to tell him that he needs to just let go of the store, let others handle it, and just concentrate on getting well. But, nope. He's got to be in the thick of it...just like my late father-in-law, always worrying about the store. While my father-in-law was laid out in their back yard, his heart ripping apart from an aortic dissection (spelling), he was worrying about someone opening the store. That someone was me, when I should have been at the hospital with my husband during this awful time. But, I did what he (my father-in-law) wanted and he was able to go without that worry on his mind.

30 September 2015

A Family Timeline

Have you ever created a timeline for your family? David and I are working on one that includes our great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, us, and our children. I wanted to see which of our various ancestors were alive at the time of our births and the births of our children. Something that David said yesterday prompted this particular quest, but at the moment, I can't remember what that was. I have a big case of CRS (can't remember stuff)!

Five of our grandparents were living when our first two surviving children were born. Both of our paternal grandfathers and David's maternal grandfather had passed away already. David never got to know his paternal grandfather (Robert Bruce McClendon, Sr.) as he died before David was born. His maternal grandfather (Leon Wallis Roberts) died the year before we got married. My paternal grandfather (Andrew James Gunter) died the year that I turned 15.

Between our first two and last two children, we said good-bye to three of our grandparents. Both of my maternal grandparents (William Howard Taft Spence and Maggie Pressley Spence) and David's paternal grandmother (Ruby Fowler McClendon) left us during this "between" time. Yes, both of our paternal grandmothers were Fowlers before they got married. Finding their connection, if any, has been a quest of mine since I learned they had the same maiden name!

By the time our last two surviving children were born, only my paternal grandmother and David's maternal grandmother were living. His maternal grandmother (Mary Bushnell) died in 2006. The last of our grandparents, my paternal grandmother (Evelyn Fowler Gunter), died in 2010. Our oldest son had been in the US Navy almost six years at this point. I was very fortunate to have grown up living near all of my grandparents and had them long enough that I would be able to remember them. Not everyone is so blessed.

Like David, our children grew up without their paternal grandfather. David's daddy (Robert Bruce McClendon, Jr.) died just two weeks before our oldest son's first birthday. He has no memory of his Papa Bruce. Unfortunately, due to misfortune in our family, our youngest children have no memory of my daddy (Jimmy Ray Gunter). He lived until 2012, but the last 15 years of his life were taken from us. At the time of his passing, we lived over a thousand miles away. They do not remember him. This saddens me greatly.

David created a chart for me in Excel (this program hates me…the feeling is mutual!) to show where our lives intersected with those that came before us. It will be fun to add world events along the timeline as well. Boy is it going to take a lot of paper to print this and a lot of wall space to display it!

Have you ever created a family timeline? How did you lay it out? Please share your feedback and ideas in the comment section. Thanks!

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Wednesday Hodgepodge - 30 September 2015

I'm trying to get back in the swing of things by blogging again. I have enjoyed linkies in the past very much and decided to participate in one again. Please visit From This Side of the Pond for their weekly Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?
In late October, we'll be going to get our youngest daughter from school for a couple of days. She wants to see a play at the college here in town. We haven't seen her, except via YouTube and Skype since August 21.

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why.
I would choose food. For all of my childhood, family gatherings involved food, mostly at my Granny Gunter's house. It grew in me a love of various foods and family. I can't remember any holiday during my childhood not spent at Granny's house. I never had to question where we were going for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I also cherish the memory of Sunday dinners and fights with my siblings over the vanity chair at Aunt Mae's house.

3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search?
a. I learned about feline leukemia. Our kitty Xerxes was diagnosed with it a week ago. I have been researching natural ways to treat/cure it, all the while praying for Heavenly Father to heal him.
b. I learned that you can use bubble wrap as window insulation…just don't do it if you have kids in the house!
c. I also learned the definition of ratiocinated (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratiocinated). It is a word that was in one of my puzzle books. I had never seen it before and had no clue what it meant.

4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.
I do not have any favorite game day recipes. I am not a sports fan, so games are no big deal to me.

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?
a. Setting the alarm and not ignoring it when it goes off (very tempting!)
b. Getting to the bathroom on time.
c. Medicating the kitty.
d. Taking a bath.
e. Getting out the door by 6:30 a.m.

What I listed was more my actual routine than how to create a morning routine, but I don't know how to create one other than just getting up and doing what has to be done, whether I want to or not.

6. What small thing have you taken note of today?
Small, in the literal sense here…I couldn't find our newest newborn kitties. The mama cat never leaves them in one spot. Once she realizes that I have seen them, she moves them.

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.
It was a very emotionally exhausting month.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Do you ever make plans, feel hopeful that they will get accomplished, get everything in place only to have something come along and just wreck the whole thing? That's where we are right now. I guess what I have at the moment is very guarded hope, or almost hope, or with a lot of work could be hope.
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