Share Your World

9de06-cees_share-your-world_041514-sywbannerWhat goal are you working on now? Your goal can be something fun or extremely serious.  Have fun with this question.

My goal is always to try to find a way to make things better around here, however I can do it.  I am also trying to figure out a way to make a business that combines my love for nature and art.

First and foremost, my goal in regards to nature is to share the beauty of Heavenly Father’s creation with others. Not everyone is so blessed to have nature around them because maybe they live in the concrete jungle of a big city.  The primary goal has nothing at all to do with money, but with love for His creation.  If something in nature can inspire me in a way that will help to support this family, then I thank Him for that, too.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

I can’t think of anything that I’m glad I’ve tried that I would never do again, because if I was glad that I tried it, then I would want to do it again. 🙂

*Can* never do again is another story entirely.  I am glad that I have had children, but I can no longer have children. My very last delivery removed all chances of that ever happening again.  I will spare you the details.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

I think it is a mixture of both. I wanted to be a teacher and the opportunity to homeschool our children opened to us, so I got to be a teacher.  So, we chose each other.

Have you ever gotten lost?

YES!  I was trying to find my way to a church way out in the boonies to retrieve David and the kids.  I was not really familiar with the area where it was. It was dark and raining, which makes driving difficult for me in the first place.  I got to a crossroads and realized I had no freakin’ clue which way to go. So, what did I do?  I parked and called my navigator. Only….


David *thought* he knew which road I was currently on, so he gave me directions to the church from that road.  What those directions did was nearly land me in the lake.  Had it not been for a vehicle in front of me that stopped suddenly and turned around, I would have driven right into the lake, thinking it was just the road being wet from all the rain.

I called David again and told him what had happened. He realized that I had turned one road too soon and got me back on course.  The rest of my journey was safe and I made it to the church finally.

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 for David and the kids. I am grateful for all of the interesting books that are coming our way to review.  I think at this point we have about 44 books in our to-be-read pile, which more on the way.

I am looking forward to making progress on this house and yard and improving our home-based business. I look forward to more time to devote to researching the things that we need to do to get up and out of the hole in which we find ourselves these days.  I also very much look forward to time outside with the birds and squirrels.

Please be sure to read David’s post over at Random Thoughts and Observations and also visit our hostess Cee over at Cee’s Photography!

Image source: Pixabay

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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-ins:

  1. A recurring dream I have is _____________________.
  2. Turn ______________ into ________________________.
  3. _____________________________ is driving me crazy!
  4. Lately, I have been _____________________________.

Here are my responses:

A recurring dream that I have has me in the cold, hard, stone belly of a tremendous building.  Sometimes this is the basement. Sometimes it is a hallway on the way to a cavernous attic.  There is a feeling of terror, of abandonment, of the shadow people coming to get me.  I say “a feeling” because I have no recollection of what actually happens in the dream, just the long, stone hallways.  Only the feelings remain.  The most frequent scenario is the attic, which leaves far more terrifying feelings than those of the basement.

Turn bananas into pudding. OR, for a more adventurous endeavor, turn beets into pudding like my daddy did once.

My long zoom lens is driving me crazy! It is having trouble focusing and just keeps spinning back and forth trying to find its place. Sometimes it focuses okay, but more often than not lately, I’m left with very blurry cardinals!

Lately, I have been both invigorated and unmotivated. Nothing like being on both sides of the fence, eh?

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Friday’s Hunt

Friday’s Hunt can be found over at Eden Hills.  How about joining in the fun? Click here to learn more about it.

The prompts for this week are:

  1. Starts with Y.
  2. Week’s Favorite
  3. Splash

Starts with Y:


Yellow Sunflower ©2015 Suzanne G. McClendon

Week’s Favorite:


Put ’em Up! Squirrel ©21 June 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon



Mailbox in Ditch after Tornado ©14 February 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon.

Does a mailbox landing in a ditch full of water during a Valentine’s Day morning involving six tornadoes make a splash if there’s no one out there to hear it?

Maybe the tree falling in the woods knows. 🙂

Update, 3:10pm:  Ok, now for the REAL splash picture. A cardinal hopped into one of the water pans that I have out for the critters.  She didn’t make a huge splash, but it was a splash just the same.


Cardinal:  Can I have some privacy, please?                    ©23 June 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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Share Your World

cees_share-your-world_041514-sywbannerWhat is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

Facebook, duck lips, and “hey, look down my shirt!” selfies!

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

Where I’m from (South Carolina), I don’t know. But here in Texas? There’s all sorts of quirkies going on here! Aside from the arctic blast gear they wear at 70 degrees, they ride their bicycles against oncoming traffic. Back home, bicycles went the same direction as the cars and walkers walked opposing traffic. I will never get used to driving down the road and having a bicycle coming towards me in the same lane. Never. That’s a great way to get killed!

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?

I wish that I could unlearn how to cuss. I don’t do it so much anymore, unless really angered or hurt, but when I was a toddler, sailors had nothing on me!

I wish that I could unlearn hate. I don’t want to hate anybody, but some folks make it particularly easy. I am supposed to love, in spite of how people treat me. This is a very difficult thing to do at times.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

Oh this list is so very long…Our daddies, our grandparents, our babies waiting in Heaven, our children that are not here at home with us (our oldest daughter is here), just to name a few.

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

These answers are for both Cee’s challenge AND Messy Mimi’s challenge.

I am grateful for…

  1. Nature, even though it makes me sneeze.
  2. Squirrels, even though they have eaten 3 bird feeders so far.
  3. Being able to see the baby wrens again.

Two Baby Wrens ©19 June 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

I am looking forward to more visits from the baby wrens before they move on to wherever they go when they leave their parents.

I am looking forward to more beautiful weather and lots of photo time and HOPING that either my lens will be okay or the birds will come closer to me. The long lens is acting weird and having a difficult time focusing.

I am looking forward to more time with David and Laynie (our oldest daughter) and hearing from Davey and Maggie.

Please be sure to read David’s post over at Random Thoughts and Observations and also visit our hostess Cee over at Cee’s Photography!

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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Our yard is loaded with these little guys right now!


Squirrel ©18 June 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Have a blessed day, y’all!

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