Friendly Fill-Ins & Feline Friday

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. Looking back, __________________________.
  2. _______________ is a treat I give to myself.
  3. A new skill I want to learn is ___________.
  4. One bad habit I want to stop is _________.


Here are my responses:

Looking back, there are so many people that I miss and long to see again. So many events I wish I could revisit or change. So many questions and answers hidden to me. It is something that I have to do in order to move forward.

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a treat I give to myself.

A new skill I want to learn is deciphering the mysteries of genetic genealogy. I want to know what all of those letters and numbers in my raw DNA file mean! If I were capable of it, and wanted to go back to college, I would pursue studies in genetics…and pottery. We can’t forget the pottery!

One bad habit that I want to stop is remembering the bad but forgetting the good. I know, at least to a degree, why this has happened my whole life, but I would like to be able to remember more of the good things that happened along the way. I know there were many good things along the way.


And now, for Feline Friday, hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus….


Have a blessed weekend and happy New Year, y’all!

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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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32 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins & Feline Friday

  1. There have been many good things along the way. We will continue this journey together and have more and more good times and less and less Bad. I love you, my ZIng!

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  2. 15andmeowing says:

    Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, I always enjoy your answers. It is funny how easy it to remember the bad instead of the good. I think learning about DNA would be very interesting. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! XO

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    • Thanks, Ellen. I always enjoy the fill-ins, too.

      Yes, it is funny and very aggravating, too, to remember the bad instead of the good.

      I think this whole DNA biz is very interesting and exciting and mind-boggling for sure!

      I hope that you have a blessed weekend, too. 🙂


  3. Sandee says:

    I must delete the bad from my past. I can remember the good stuff, but the bad stuff is way, way back there. I guess I should be thankful for this.

    There are many that I miss though. My parents and other family members. The circle of life just keeps on churning.

    The kitty is adorable. Looks like it’s about to pounce on those flowers.

    Thanks for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, you two. ♥

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    • I am glad that you have been able to delete the bad and remember the good. How did you make that happen, or did it just come naturally to you?

      I am trying to redirect my thoughts away from the bad these days. Sometimes I can, other times they are too insistent to go away. I’ll get there.

      Yes, that circle of life just keeps going. It has done that in a happy way in our neighborhood this past week. We have a new grand-neighbor, an adorable little boy. 🙂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the kitty. I wonder if those flowers survived the pouncing?

      Thanks for hosting the Feline Friday hop. I enjoy it.

      Have a blessed Sunday and rest of the week!


  4. Memories of Eric and Flynn says:

    Unfortunately the bad things seem to stand out more than the good, and there have been too many the past 2 years.
    That is a very cute kitty.

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    • I’ve sorry that you’ve had a bad run over the last couple of years. I know I am certainly glad to have 2018 behind me! I hope that 2019 will be a happy year for you.
      I’m glad that you enjoyed the kitty, too. 🙂
      Have a blessed day and a wonderful week!


  5. ghostmmnc says:

    Genealogy and the DNA stuff does sound interesting, and I’m glad for you that you have done a lot of that for your family already.
    I do wish all the time that our brain would have a delete or erase button so we could get rid of all the bad thoughts and memories.
    I also love a yummy peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
    That little kitty is so cute! Hope your fur babies are getting on good. ❤

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    • Thanks, Barbara. These fur babies are growing so fast. They are definitely bigger than their little mama was when she brought them here. They are more than twice her size.

      Oh yes, that delete key would be wonderful!

      Even with the recent heartache, I love genealogy and all the research that goes with it. I’ve been knee deep in spreadsheets recently trying to sort out DNA matches.

      Oh I meant to tell you! The surname that I was researching for you has shown up in my DNA matches, too. I can’t remember right off the person’s name, though. I was excited to see that name there. 🙂

      Have a blessed Sunday and week! ❤


  6. Genetics is a very interesting subject, I enjoyed learning the basics of it in high school.
    I think remembering more of the good things is a challenge for most of us. When I thought about about my uncle after he died, I was very surprised that there were so many happy moments as well. So I am sure we can change our focus.
    Have a blessed weekend!

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    • It is a very interesting subject. The more I read about genetics, the more questions I have, so the more I research, and, of course, the more confused I get. haha But, I love it!

      How have you gone about changing your focus from the bad to the good? One thing I’ve been doing a lot lately, and it is something that I used to do when I got scared, is singing Jesus Love Me. Not out loud where anyone else can hear me, but in my head. I have been successful with this to a degree and hopefully, over time, it will fix this problem.

      Have a blessed Sunday and week, Viola. 🙂

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      • I try to mindful of my feelings, and I am becoming better at getting to the roots of my negative thoughts. That helps.
        Singing in my head is something I often do, and hymns are something that often comes to my mind – I think they are very soothing.

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        • Yes, they are very comforting. When I am feeling very anxious, I can’t remember the words to the full hymns, but I can remember the songs we sang as little kids, like Jesus Loves Me and a few others. What is your favorite hymn?

          I am glad that you are getting to the roots of your thoughts. I am trying to work through a major case of anger over the root of my negative thoughts. Do you have an anger or negative thought journal? I used to have an anger journal that got written in on a pretty regular basis. I found it the other day and realize that while writing the angry feelings down is a very good thing, maybe going back and reading them isn’t. Some of them made me angry all over again.

          I hope that you will get to the point that you want to be and everything will be fine. I know you can do it.

          Have a blessed day. 🙂

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          • Because I am German, my favorite hymn is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”. The lyrics are basically about how glorious the Lord is, and how much he cares about us.
            I never tried an anger journal, I am not sure how I would react to relieving those thoughts later while reading them again.
            Thanks for having so much faith in my abilities, we will see how it turns out, but I will keep on working on myself.
            Have a blessed day as well!

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          • I will have to look that hymn up on YouTube. It sounds like a very nice one. My favorite hymn when I was a child was The Old Rugged Cross. I requested it each and every Sunday and most Sundays we got to sing it. 🙂

            I think that the anger journals are good to write, to get the things out of our heads/hearts, but going back to read over them isn’t a good thing. Maybe we write them and then throw them away. Or just write it out on regular paper and then burn it or rip it up and throw it away. We just need to do whatever we can to get those bad feelings out of us.

            You’re very welcome. It’s going to turn out just fine. You are working to make things better for you and you will meet your goals. I am doing the same. So, it’s like we’re on this journey together. {{{Hugs}}}

            Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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          • It’s very comforting for me that we are not alone on our journey through our life!

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          • It is for me, too. I don’t want anyone to have faced the bad things that have happened along the way, but it is good to know someone that understands what we have been through.
            Have a blessed week. 🙂

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  7. Cathy Keisha says:

    Pop eats peanut butter and jelly every day for lunch. Every day and he isn’t tired of it. Have an unforgettable weekend.

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    • I don’t think that I could ever get tired of peanut butter, but I don’t always have jelly on the peanut butter sandwich. It is great when I do, though! I’m glad that your Pop enjoys them, too. 🙂
      Have a blessed Sunday and great week!


  8. eschudel says:

    Remembering the good before the bad is something I think we all need to work on! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. L.M.G. Miller says:

    Thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! Mmmmm. Now I’m hungry for a good ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich! And isn’t genetics such a fascinating topic? I took some genetics courses in college, and I always found it such a compelling subject. I hope your 2019 has been happy and healthy thus far!

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    • You’re welcome and thank you, too. I always enjoy the fill-ins very much. What is your favorite kind of jelly? I think mine is apple butter, which, I guess, isn’t technically a jelly. 🙂

      Oh yes! Genetics is a fascinating subject and so very confusing, too.

      2019 hasn’t been healthy, that is a thing of the past for David and me, but we’ve managed to avoid admission to the hospital, so that is a great thing. Yes, it has been great so far.

      I hope that 2019 has been healthy and happy for you so far, too. Have a blessed weekend!


  10. Vanessence says:

    Maybe you could get an inexpensive journal, or notebook, and call it your Blessings List, and write down all the good things that have happened to you, and then when you’re feeling bad, you could pull out your list and have something tangible to remind you of all the good times. 🙂

    Blessings, and lots of ’em! xoxox ❤

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    • That is a very good idea, Vanessa. We were doing a Happy Jar, but that has kind of gone by the wayside. We giving our happys verbally instead of writing them down and putting them in the jar. This definitely leads to some interesting conversations around the supper table.

      Many blessings to you, too, my friend. ❤

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      • Vanessence says:

        We did the Jar, too, but eventually that felt a bit cumbersome. Now we use a bound notebook, one of those A5 size things. We try to have a tradition now where on New Year’s Day, or the weekend following that, where we take turns reading the previous year’s entries. 🙂

        Blessings! xoxox ❤

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        • That was our goal, too, but it kind of fell apart. We just tell our happys around the table. I think our actual happy jar has one little slip of paper in it, maybe two. 🙂 I guess that would make for fast reading on New Year’s Day, eh? haha I think it is a nice tradition and a great way to remember all the good and happy things that have happened during the year.
          Have a blessed weekend, my friend. 🙂


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