26 May 2016

Me: A to Z

I found this meme at Me: A to Z.

A writing prompt based on the alphabet. 26 things about you. Write as much or as little as you like.

A If you were an ANIMAL, what would you be?

At this moment, probably an alligator. This headache is making me pretty cranky. Besides, they get to hang out in the water all day and it is bound to be cooler in the water than on the land. The mosquitoes are going to get me either way.

B BOOKS: What's on your reading list?

There are a zillion books on my reading list right now. I just recently finished Restless Faith by Winn Collier. I am also reading Call Me Luciano by Lauren Mariah.

C COMPULSIVE about anything?

I have to check the door lock when we leave the house because, although I almost always lock it as I leave, I am afraid that I forgot to do it this time, so I check it again.

D DREAMS - Do you ... dream in color? remember your dreams? keep a dream journal?

Yes, I dream in color. Night before last, there were bright yellow walls and bright pink carpet. Yes, I had pizza before I went to sleep. ha ha

E EATING - what's your usual snack?

Lays Stax chips are my sometimes snack and peanut butter crackers are another. Too often lately it has been Little Debbie snacks of one variety or another.

F A Few of your FAVORITE Things

In no particular order:  Books, cemeteries, nature photography, kitties, yarn and hooks/needles, babies, elderly people and, most of all my husband and children. The people aren't "things", I know.

G GIGGLES! What (or who) makes you laugh? Do you have a good sense of humor?

David and our kids make me laugh, sometimes so hard that it makes me cry and wet my pants. They are good at that.

H Major HOT Button:

Menopause has developed a lot of hot buttons for me. Abortion has always been a hot button. Scantily clad people and the people gawking at them are another. Men should be happy with the wives they vowed to love forever regardless of the changes that her body goes through and it works the other way, too. Women shouldn't be gawking at men that aren't their husbands.

I   I am ______________

I am desperately seeking my purpose in life. I know that one thing that I am here to do is praise Heavenly Father and share His love with others. However, what I do not know is my purpose otherwise. What am I meant to do that will contribute to our household budget?

K Also KNOWN As... Aliases? Screen names? A nom de plume perhaps?

My name is Suzanne, but across the Internet I am mostly known as celticmama36 and SuzI am also known as Annie and Anne.

L I LOVE ...

My family. I also love finding flowers and bugs and snakes and other natural things to photograph. I love learning more about our family history. I love Heavenly Father and love that He loves me enough that He made a great sacrifice - His Son - on my behalf. I wish that hadn't been necessary, but His ways are not my ways and I will never have full understanding of His ways as long as I'm on this earth.

M How do you feel about MEETING people? Do it all the time? Rarely? Parties or 1-on-1?

At this point in my life, I do not seek out meeting people, at least not in person.  I don't mind meeting new bloggy friends online at all. I enjoy that.  I'm just not an in-person people person because I am extremely shy. I'd rather be invisible when people are around in real life.

N What's the story of your NAME? were you named after anyone? Do you go by a nickname? Any aliases?

I was named after my great-grandmother Annie Black Gunter and her sister Susie. Annie was my daddy's paternal grandmother and he loved her dearly. My daddy wanted to name me Susie Annie after both of them, but my mama combined the names to make "Suzanne". For years, I was glad that she had done that. But now, I think that it would be really cool to be "Susie Annie". :)

O OBSERVANT - What's around you right now? What do you see?

To the left of me are David, with his feet propped up like a good boy and Laynie, who is asleep. To the right of me is a closet. Behind me is our doll Kissy, which could be kind of creepy and is to some people.  I think she's a sweetheart even though she does seem to move around on her own sometimes. In front of me is my computer and a desk that needs to be de-cluttered.

P Who are the special PEOPLE in your life?

David and our children, our grandparents (though they are all gone now), and our parents, and a few very close friends. Also, my blog followers are special to me. I appreciate each visit and comment very much!

Q Any Little QUIRKs About Yourself:

I like things to be even and balanced. However, if I get a scratch on one side of my car, I'm not going to scratch the other side just so they'll be even. Just go and check Monk's list of quirks and we share a few of them. I definitely like to keep wipes handy!

R What do you like to do for RECREATION?

I like to walk through cemeteries. For me, researching family history IS recreation. It is also my passion. I also like to photograph pretty flowers and most things in nature. I like to read.

S Do You SING in the Shower? In the car? For your friends?

No to the shower singing, and definitely no to any singing where other people can hear me. Sometimes I sing in the car, even if my family is in the car, but not often. After years of negativity about my singing, I figure it is best to do it when no one is within ear shot.

T What's at the Top of your TO DO list?:

At the moment, completing this blog post. We just finished replacing a low beam headlight bulb in Zoomie, so that is now off the list. Next thing up is a post about the whole experience.

U Any UNUSUAL Experiences:

I helped replace a headlight bulb in our car today. I've never done that before.

V VEGAS, Vienna, Venice, Vladivostok... How far have you traveled? What's your favorite City?

When I lived in South Carolina, I went to Norfolk, Virginia in the early to mid-1970s. That was the farthest that I had ever been. As young adults, David and I went to Kansas City, Missouri, and as not-so-young adults, we traveled out here to Texas. Now, the farthest that I've ever been west is San Antonio, Texas. I have still never been out of the South.

I do not have a favorite city because I do not like cities at all. I would rather be out in the middle of nowhere. But, if I had to live in a city here in Texas, I would choose what I refer to as "The Village" in Sugar Land, Texas. We live in a little town with a population of about 10,000 people and even that is way more than I want to deal with.

W WINTER, Spring, Summer, Fall... What's your favorite season? What makes it special?

My favorite season is winter because it is NOT summer. Summer here is Texas is incredibly hot, with temperatures over 100 degrees on a regular basis.  Once, the temperature gauge in my car, in the shade, said it was 118 degrees!

But, temperatures aside, I also like springtime here in Texas because that is when all of the wildflowers come out to play.

X EXes - Things You Don't Do Anymore (but did, once (would you, again?))

I used to drink, not often, but when I did it was specifically to get drunk. I drank vodka, oftentimes nearly straight. After the first couple, it was straight. The first alcoholic drink I ever had was vodka straight, Smirnoff Silver, from the bottle that sat by my daddy's bed. I sneaked it and somehow never got caught. I was 15 or 16 years old at the time.

Y Any secret/deep YEARNINGS?

Yes, but one must have some mystery in life. Besides, I promised the government I would never tell.

Z ZERO to ZENITH - Where are you in your life? Still growing? On an upward (or downward) curve? Just skating along?

I think right now I am at a plateau. I don't seem to be growing and, in some ways, I am very definitely backing up.  Overall, I guess I am just skating along.

NOTE: There doesn't appear to be a linky attached to this meme, so if you post it, too, please come back here and share the link to your blog post here in the comment section. I'd love to read it!

25 May 2016

Wednesday Hodgepodge - 25 May 2016

1. How should success be measured? Using that as your standard, who is the most successful person you know? (Or one of the most successful?)

I really don't know how to answer this one. Money, career, and material things are what society generally uses to measure the success of a person. But, I think that a person can have all of these things and still be unsuccessful in the ways that count, like family relationships and walk with Heavenly Father. Or, they can be materially the poorest person around and be the most successful. What matters most, what means success to me is a home full of love and happiness and the strength and faith to make it through the not so happy times. Without love, nothing else matters. Without love, that 10,000 square foot house or that Tesla is pretty empty and joy-less.

I know many people in both categories, too many to be able to pin the title of "most successful" on any one person.

2. Have you ever been to a hot air balloon launch/fest/party? Ever taken a ride in a hot air balloon? Is that on your bucket list? According to Frommers, the ten best hot air balloon adventures in the world are-

Loire Valley (France), the Serengeti (Tanzania), Napa Valley (California), Lake Champlain (Vermont), Cappadocia (Turkey), Istria (Croatia), Gstaad (Switzerland), Yarra Valley (Australia), Muelle (Costa Rica), and Albuquerque (New Mexico).

Which one on the list would you most like to experience?

For years back home in Anderson County, South Carolina, there was a summertime event called Freedom Weekend Aloft. It was a huge hot air balloon festival. It was great! We loved watching the balloons fly through the air and sometimes chase them to see where they landed.

I can't choose one from your list. They all sound like exciting places to visit and hot air balloons are cool no matter where they are flying.

3. May 25th is National Brown-Bag It Day. Did you/will you pack a lunch today? When did you last pack a lunch for someone and what are your go-to ingredients for a brown bag lunch?

There is no reason for me to pack a lunch for anyone today. We are, in effect, retired and, as David loves to say, "There's nowhere to go, nothing to do. Just relax and let it happen." I can't remember the last time that I had to pack a lunch for someone. The kids were homeschooled, so lunch was at home most of the time. Once they started college, they ate lunch most days on campus and other days out with friends or here at home.

4. What's one of your favorite dance scenes from a movie or television show?

There is only one dance scene that comes to mind at the moment and that is the final dance scene in the original Dirty Dancing. It doesn't come to mind because of the dance itself, but because of what Johnny (Patrick Swayze) says to Baby's (Jennifer Grey) father before he grabs her hand for the final dance.

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

Those six words say a lot. Yes, we should respect our parents no matter our age, but we have to live our own lives. We have to make our own mistakes in order to grow into the people that Heavenly Father created us to be. That won't happen if we're in the corner, literally or figuratively.

5. John F. Kennedy made famous the line, '...Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." So what can you do for your country?

Well, we've donated two sons to the cause of our country. Does that count? Other than that, I do not know what I can do for this country, aside from praying that it turns back to Heavenly Father.

6. Weekends are made for __________________________________.

Michelob. Okay, not really (we don't drink), but that is the first thing that came to mind. It used to be one of their advertising slogans years ago.

Weekends were made for relaxing and having fun with ones' family. Weekends were made for family.

7. On this last Wednesday of the month, bid farewell to the month of May in seven words or less.

Bye-bye, spring wildflowers. See you next year!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Things were so much simpler when I was a little girl.

Please also visit David's contribution to this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge at: Random Thoughts and Observations. Thanks!

23 May 2016

May: Wild Flowers

Please be sure to visit Jude at The Earth Laughs in Flowers to see many other beautiful flowers. To learn more about her garden photography challenge, click here.

Over the last two weeks, we have put a great deal of mileage on the car and ourselves getting our two daughters moved in and out of dormitories at universities over 200 miles apart and in opposite directions from our home. That was about 1200 miles worth of driving, with two round trips for one daughter and five for the other one.

Here are a couple of flower photos taken between here and Corpus Christi, Texas.

                                               Sunflowers, Port Lavaca, Texas, 14 May 2016

These flowers were along the side of the road in an area near the town of Lolita, Texas. I don't know what they are, but thought they were very interesting.

                                          Unknown Purple Flower, Lolita, Texas, 20 May 2016.

It seems that every time we go to Corpus Christi, the sky is dreary and overcast. We have yet to make a trip down there to have the sunshine greet us. Maybe next time!

This post has also been made at: McClendon Villa, my WordPress blog. 

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