1. 'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' What's something you've seen recently that you thought was beautiful?
Aside from my man’s bea-u-tiful eyes, I would have to say the Texas wildflowers! I love all of the colors and how they dance in the breeze - though that dancing does make it a challenge to photograph them!
|©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon|
2. Our culture and beauty...your thoughts?
I believe that our culture, and society in general, puts too much emphasis on physical attributes. People should not be made to feel like they are the scum of the earth based on how they look. It is the beauty inside that counts in the end. Having a beautiful soul is far more valuable than having a beautiful body.
3. Age before beauty, beauty queen, beauty mark, beauty sleep...which beauty-ful phrase resonates with you today? Why?
None of them really resonate with me, but I will choose age before beauty. I think that people should more often stop and pay attention to the beauty of the old around them. I am speaking mainly of the elderly people in our lives and sadly abandoned and forgotten in the nursing homes, but also of architecture. People and buildings shouldn’t be destroyed just because they are old. This whole move toward euthanasia is quite troubling to me.
4. I read here a list of the top ten beasts animals that scare us the most-
alligators, coyotes, black bears, birds (but pigeons in particular), sharks, bats, bed bugs, rats, rattlesnakes, and the black widow spider.
Which 'beast' on the list scares you the most? What is the liklihood of you having an actual encounter with that particular beast? Did a movie contribute to your fear of this creature? Have you ever had a real-life encounter with any of the animals listed?
Rats are the ones on that list that scare me the most. Evidently they CAN really come up through the sewers into one’s toilet! I found an animal control website the other day talking about it. I thought that only happened in horror movies, but nope; it’s real. That is scary.
Thanks to Alfred Hitchcock, birds make me nervous, but they do not scare me unless they are swarming. Then, they don’t scare me so much as make me wonder what they are up to and if I need to seek cover.
I have encountered thousands of alligators in my lifetime and almost stepped into the mouth of one once at Brazos Bend State Park. I was paying attention to one of the zillions out in the lake and missed the one right on the edge of the water. I was looking for a shot at an alligator with its mouth wide open, but I wasn’t looking to be inside that mouth!
Spiders…I used to have David put them outside. I didn’t want to squish them. But, once they started biting me, I decided that it was game on. If they are inside the house and I see them, they are goners. We get some pretty big ones in here sometimes. I let David squish those, but the rest I can handle. Did you know that there are tarantulas in Texas? I think I’ll have a heart attack if I see one of those in the house! But, maybe the heart attack will wait until I get its picture. :)
This beauty was in our backyard the other day, hanging out by the tomato plant cuttings that I’m trying to sprout.
|©26 March 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon|
5. Where were you when you last heard a bell ring? Was it alarming or musical?
A real bell? I don’t know. Tonight, I heard the bell at the railroad crossing, so I guess that is about as close as I can get for now. It was meant as an alarm, but I think they can be kind of musical, too. We love trains.
6. What's your favorite carb? How's that for random?
Hmmm all of them are trying to race to the front of the line, “Pick me! Pick me!” I love bread and potatoes! If there were no other foods available to me, I think I’d still feel rich if I had potatoes and bread to eat.
7. Let's wrap up another month of Hodgepodging and life with an acrostic. Recap your month using the word MARCH.
I’m sorry. I can’t think of anything to put here.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please take away this fear and give me the strength to endure the weeks ahead and what they hold for me. Please help me to feel your love. Please calm the thoughts that are racing through my head and bring me peace.
In Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.
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