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!


Here are the fill-in-the-blanks:

  1. My middle name is ______________________.
  2. ______________________________ surprises.
  3. The Super Bowl _________________________.
  4. My favourite sport is __________________.

Here are my responses:

1. I am one of the maybe rare people that does not have a middle name. My younger sister doesn’t have one either. Our mother figured when we grew up and got married our maiden name would become our middle name. We didn’t need another one in there muddying up the works.

Our daughters got the middle names that my sister and I didn’t get. Both of our daughters have a first name, two middle names, and their surname.

2. I do not like surprises. Not. One. Bit.

3. The Super Bowl is nothing to me but an extra headache.  There are drunks all over the roads here anyway, but there will likely be even more of them this weekend. The Super Bowl is in Houston this time, so I know I do not want to have to go there for anything at all!

4. My favorite sport is…other than figure skating, I don’t have a favorite sport.  I enjoyed watching the two times that the University of South Carolina was in the College World Series, but that’s about it. They won the last game in the old stadium and the first one in the new stadium.

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Good News!

We have been granted a reprieve, of sorts.  While we will still be helping our friend for the next three weeks, another person has come into the mix to help, too.  This will make things a bit less hectic for David and me overall. Please pray for this other helper. She is recovering from a recent surgery. Thank you.

This also means that we should be able to make our usual weekly posts, uninterrupted, though our responses to comments may be delayed a bit.

Although I know there are some difficult moments ahead of us in this, I am feeling so much better about it. Thank you all for the prayers and hopes and good wishes. They have definitely helped!

Have a blessed day, y’all!  (Or, night, for you other night owls!)


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Share Your World

cees_share-your-world_041514-sywbannerWhat is the most incredible natural venue that you’ve ever seen in person?

By far, the most beautiful natural venue that I have ever seen in person has been the gorge at the Blue Ridge Parkway during the fall. It is like Heavenly Father used every color that Crayola makes and some they could never even fathom. It is just beautiful and amazing…breathtaking! And, it is over a thousand miles away and suffering from the effects of wildfires. I may never see it ablaze with those beautiful colors again in my lifetime.

How many siblings do you have? What’s your birth order? 

I have twin brothers and a little sister, so three siblings. I am the oldest. My brothers just turned 50 years old.  My sister is hard and fast behind us.  Our mother had four babies between August 1965 and July 1968.  I was less than three when our little sister was born. Mama said she used every clothesline in the neighborhood to dry diapers on, way back in the days of cloth diapers.


Suz in the bluebonnet foliage at First Presbyterian Church’s field

If you were a shoe, what kind would you be and why?

I would be a sandal. Not a flip-flop, because I don’t do that toe thing! Sandals are comfortable and not so much like wearing shoes.  I was born barefooted and prefer to be that way, unrestrained and free.

What is the strangest/weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

The only weird things I can think of are deer and maybe rabbit. I say maybe on the rabbit because when it was served to me, my daddy said it was chicken.  It was a funny looking chicken to me and I don’t remember eating it. BUT, in my childhood home, if we didn’t eat what was put before us, we got in trouble.  Maybe that’s why I don’t remember whether I ate it or not. Maybe my backside told my brain to bury that memory.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that things are going okay for our girls and our Marine.  At this point, there is nothing that I’m really looking forward to in the week coming up other than surviving it. There are a very difficult few weeks ahead for us, emotionally and physically. I’d be lying if I said I was looking forward to that.  I want to help people, but sometimes it is so very hard to do and sometimes they make it harder than it has to be.

Please be sure to read David’s Share Your World post over at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Posted in 2017, Cee's Share Your World, Share Your World | Tagged | 10 Comments

Book Review: Gosnell by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer


By Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer

Review Written by
David E. McClendon, Sr.

Let me preface this review by disclosing first that we were sent a review copy free of charge by either the publicist or the publisher; I do not remember which.

Let me further disclose that Suzanne and I are extremely pro-life.  She has always been pro-life and I started out being apathetic because I was clueless. This began to change when, while I was in college, I visited a Planned Parenthood office and interviewed an official there for a recording project for one of my courses.

All of that being disclosed, let me tell you that this book takes neither side.  One of the authors claims to have been turned off by the pro-life movement back when she was in college.

This book is not about pro-life or pro-abortion.  It is about the wholesale murder of babies who were born alive, sometimes intentionally, allowed to live for a while, and then killed.

This book is not about the pro-life movement or anyone’s agenda.  It is about a case where officials in Pennsylvania raided a medical facility looking to close down a pill mill and found so much more.

Pennsylvania is a very abortion-friendly state.  The presiding judges sought to ensure that the case was not about abortion, but only the doctor’s blatant disregard for human life, including the lives of his adult patients.

If you are the least bit sensitive, you should NOT read this book.  If you are pro-life, you will cry as you read each and every page.  If you are pro-choice, you may find yourself questioning how such gross disregard for Gosnell’s adult patients could have gone unnoticed.

No matter which side of the issue you are on you will wonder why an abortion facility was allowed to continue operations with facilities that were so filthy.  If a gas station in Texas was serving coffee to its customers in such a filthy environment, they would be shut down on the first visit.  In Pennsylvania, facilities littered with cat poop and human blood, vomit, and urine are clean enough to provide surgical care.

I cannot recommend you read this book because it is such a hard book to read from an emotional standpoint.  However, if you like to read about crime, psychopaths, and human suffering, you will get all of that in this book.


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Posted in 2017, Abortion, Book Reviews, Books, Murder | 2 Comments

Regarding February Blogging

This is being cross-posted on PS Annie!, PS Annie! #2, and McClendon Villa.


Image source: Pixabay

I may not be able to participate in any of the weekly posts for a while: Share Your World, Wednesday Hodgepodge, and Friendly Fill-Ins, which I usually participate in, or any of the others in which I sometimes participate: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Not-So-Wordless Wednesday, and Color Your World.  Commenting and responding to comments will be spotty, but I will do what I can.

David and I have taken on a project to help a friend and, each time we’ve helped this friend, it has pretty much excluded being able to do anything else.  This time, it appears that we’re even going to have to fight to find time to breathe, we’ll be so busy.

Please pray for this friend. He is going through a very difficult time. Heavenly Father knows his name and his troubles.

Please also pray for strength for us to endure this. David and I are not in the best of health and excessive stress will not help matters. We want to help him, but know this is going to be very hard on us physically.

I have downloaded the WordPress app to my phone and, if a poem hits while we’re out and about or I need to update you all on something, I will try to post it to McClendon Villa, so please check for updates there.  I do not have the Blogger app because of space issues on the phone, plus I am already dealing with “too many notes” and would probably have a major brain leak trying to figure out a Blogger app on top of everything else.

This very busy adventure starts on February 1st and goes until February 23rd.

I look forward to getting back in the swing of things as soon after that as possible.  Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy President’s Day, Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, and whatever else applies this month!

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