Friendly Fill-Ins

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and McGuffy’s Reader. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!


Here are the fill-ins:

  1. The flu shot ______________________.
  1. I think everyone should take ________ daily.
  1. I (almost) always _____, because _____.
  1. I (almost) never _____ because _______.



Here are my responses:

The flu shot is something that I never intend to take. Everyone that I know who has taken it or the pneumonia shot has gotten sick. If I don’t take it, maybe I get sick, maybe I don’t. The odds are more in my favor if I don’t take it. Getting the shot almost guarantees me getting sick. No, thank you.

I think everyone should take the time to read their Bibles and pray daily. Time with Heavenly Father, pondering His word, is something that we all need. It doesn’t guarantee a perfect day, but it makes whatever comes along easier to get through.

I almost always cry when I see the soldiers’ coming home videos because they hit so very close to home. Our sons are in service and it is a blessing whenever they get to come home. On the other side of things, my Uncle Bobby Joe came home in a box. So many come home that way that it brings tears of joy when one makes it back home alive.

I almost never get everything done in a day that I wish to get done because there is way more to do than there is of me.


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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21 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins

  1. foguth says:

    Great answers! We get flu shots because munchkins tend to be germy, but we’ve never gotten the flu after getting them. As per #4 – I’ve often wished I were twins or triplets, so I could have at least a chance of getting everything done.

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  2. Suzanne,

    Thanks for sharing your answers. We don’t get the flu shot, either. I remember getting a typhoid shot after a flooding in our southern WV community in 1977. I got so sick. It could’ve been a coincidence since it was early to late spring or maybe it was just a trigger. I don’t know but I was feverish, coughy, congested, … now that I think about it, it sounds like I could’ve had the flu or at the very least a horrible respiratory type infection. The air was filled with lots of bacteria and then getting that shot was just enough to push me over the edge. That’s one of the worse times I ever felt. How’s David doing? I didn’t realize until recently that he’s been in a nursing home. Saying prayers for y’all. God knows your needs better than I and I’m trusting Him to hear my pleas. Take care, dear friend and have a good weekend!

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    • Thank you, too, Cathy. I am so sorry that you got so sick back then, but very glad that you recovered. Anything involving breathing difficulties is very scary. Family history would maybe indicate that I should take the flu shot to prevent it, but I am wired weird, so won’t chance it. My granny’s family was mostly wiped out by the flu.
      David is doing great. His foot is very close to be closed up again. The infections are on the run. The bad thing for him is that he is not supposed to be putting any weight on his foot at all. Not any. So, except for going to the bathroom, he is stuck in his chair until we can get at least the knee scooter, which should be soon. Thank you so much for the prayers. We don’t ever want to have to go through this again, most especially the nursing home part of it!
      How are you and your husband doing? Are his eyes getting much better? I sure hope so!
      You take care, too. Have a blessed weekend. 🙂


      • Suzanne,

        I remember years ago looking at old tombstones in Cades Cove and some inscriptions mentioned pneumonia and/or the flu being the cause of death. It’s interesting how something like this which is treatable today, for the most part, caused such widespread death. I’m glad David is doing better. Is he not supposed to put any weight on his feet even when he’s not having problems?

        Yes, DH is doing well. He experiences small improvements every day regarding the retina while the cataract grows worse but the one year anniversary is at the end of March, so we’re hoping with his next appointment which is in March that we can schedule a time for the oil bubble removal and cataract surgeries.

        Y’all be well and have a good day!

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        • Cathy,

          I am glad that your husband is doing well and showing daily improvements. This year has flown by, hasn’t it? I hope his appointment is a positive one and that everything is going to work out just fine for him.

          Regarding David’s foot, he has been battling foot ulcers for over 20 years now, so it would be hard for me to answer that question. He is definitely to keep weight off his foot when there is an ulcer. In the past, when the ulcer has healed and he walked on it, it came back again. For years, he has been told to either extremely limit his walking(just to the bathroom or car) or keep the weight off the foot entirely. Basically, he is to spend the rest of his life sitting down, and he doesn’t like that thought one bit. 😦 I don’t blame him.
          Have a blessed day.


  3. Prayer is important. My devotion and my Meditation go hand in hand, like prayer hands!
    Indeed, it is also true that some soldiers never came home and are still MIA. My S/SGT James M. Ray is one who will never be forgotten. I promised him and his family.
    Prayers continue for you and David. God’s got this.

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  4. 15andmeowing says:

    Thank you for participating, great answers. Although I am pro flu shot, I know my mom is against it because she got sick years ago when she had one. My hubby thinks it is because the old vaccines had live flu virus in them and now they have the dead virus. I agree prayer is impiortant daily. I just made a small donation, I wish it could be more.

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  5. Flu shots definitely have their pros and cons. Papa Bear and I have opted to take our chances and not get them.

    If we don’t have time for prayer we definitely have our priorities messed up! I pray all day long while I am going about my life, as soon as someone or something pops into my head I talk to God about it. It helps me stay calm and and I know it is helping the situation.

    I have been a military wife in the past, and my son also served in the Air Force in combat zones. It is a very emotional thing to watch those homecomings because I know just how those families feel!

    I sometimes think time conspires against us. No matter how hard I try to keep up with things it always feels like I am not getting enough done, and I don’t have nearly enough time for fun things like writing either. I wish I was one of those who could get by well on just a few hours of sleep! 🙂

    Josie Two Shoes ~ Friendly Fill-Ins

    PS – I tried to comment on David’s post again today, no luck with Blogger. Sorry! 😦

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    • Hi Josie,

      David says thank you for trying. He is having difficulty commenting on some blogs, too. We don’t know what is going on, but wish they’d get it fixed!

      I hope that all goes well for you and Papa Bear and that the flu doesn’t get anywhere near either of you.

      I agree. Praying throughout the days helps in so many ways. For one thing, when someone asks for prayer, we’re less likely to forget to do it if we go ahead right then and there and pray for them. If we put it off to an assigned prayer time, we might leave someone out. Prayer definitely helps in many ways.

      (((Hugs to a military wife and mama from a military mama x2)))

      There is certainly a time thief afoot out there! It shouldn’t be that the fun stuff gets pushed aside while we work like mad to get the “have tos” done and still run out of time.

      I can (usually) do just fine on 6 hours sleep. More than that, I wake up in pain, but some days I just have to sleep longer. No matter how much or how little I sleep, I still wake up very tired. I hope that you can find some time for your fun things soon. 🙂

      Have a blessed week!

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  6. Mandie Hines says:

    I drifted over here from Eccentric Muse’s website. I don’t ever get the flu shot either, but I just watched an interesting report about a study conducted on determining factors of living a longer life, and getting the flu shot ranked higher than exercising. The top determining factors for living a longer life had to do with close personal relationships and daily social interaction.
    Great responses, Suzanne. I hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Mandie. 🙂 That sounds like a very interesting article. Do you know the name of the study or have a link you could share? I’d love to read/watch it.

      Family history would have me getting both a flu and a pneumonia shot. My paternal grandmother’s family suffered many losses due to both. One of her uncles died of the flu while in the Navy during the pandemic of 1918 (age 19). Most of her siblings died from one or the other, as did her daddy (age 44). Her mama died of cancer.

      Still, I think the odds are in my favor if I don’t get the shots. I figure if I do get it, I will get sick, and I’ll be another statistic, dead due to the flu. I don’t want to carry that part of our family’s history forward.

      I am glad that you drifted over here and commented. Thank you. 🙂

      Have a blessed evening!

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  7. Mandie Hines says:

    I had to try to remember where I had seen or heard that study, which led me to realize I read and watch a ridiculous amount of stuff. But I finally found it! In this Ted presentation, Susan Pinker discusses the study (just after the 6:30 mark if the rest of the video doesn’t interest you).
    That’s quite the history of flu and pneumonia in your family. I hope you never have to go through that.
    You have a blessed evening as well!

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    • Thanks so much for the link, Mandie. I look forward to hearing what they have to say.

      David and I read a ton of things, too. It is hard to remember where we read what. One thing that he learned about during his doctoral program was an annotated bibliography. It is a great idea, but we don’t always keep up with it. It is a big help for later when you’re trying to remember where you read this or that. It would be a great idea for videos, documentaries, shows, etc., too.

      Have a blessed week. 🙂

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