Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday

Friendly Fill-Ins is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Feline Friday is a funny kitty adventure hosted by Sandee over at Comedy Plus. Be sure to visit all of them and join in the fun!


Thank you all for continued prayers for David. We appreciate them very much.

Howdy, folks!

Things have been so hectic here this week that I totally missed that Friday was, well, Friday, and didn’t get my post made.

Our area has been under almost constant thunderstorms this past week and a flood is a big threat right now. The river is already 8ft. over bankful and is expected to be just above flood stage Monday morning. Our neighborhood is a swamp right now. Thankfully, although our yard gets super mushy, our house has never flooded due to weather events (plumbing is a whole ‘nother story!).

Because of lightning, the computer has been off more than on. I am writing this from my phone, so please forgive the fat-finger/little keyboard typos and formatting issues. I will try to fix those when I can get back on the computer.

Now, on to the fill-ins!

1. ______________ was a very good year.

2014 was a very good year, except for Davey leaving home. It has been the only year since November 2012 that did not include a hospital admission for David.

2. There is nothing quite like _______________.

There’s nothing quite like watching the birds and petting kitties to calm a soul.

3. If I had a talk show, I would want to interview _________.

I would want to interview others that have also lost their identity, through stroke, non-parental events, any trauma induced identity ‘theft’. I would want to find out how they fought their way through to ultimate recovery and, if they haven’t recovered, what is holding them back or standing in their way.

4. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for _________.

There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for David and helping him to recover from his most recent setback. A great deal was taken from him, from us, with this most recent stroke. Somewhere in all of this, I know that something has also been given to us. We just haven’t figured out that silver lining yet. We will, though! We both know that we are very lucky that he is still on this side of the dirt.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!


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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18 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday

  1. Invisibly Me says:

    Yikes, I’m sorry things are so awful with the thunder stones at the moment. I hope things don’t get too much worse over the weekend and that the power outages don’t last long. I’m impressed you managed to post at all!
    Fascinating answer for no.3, trauma-induced identity ‘theft’ is such an awful thing to have happen; it’s interesting from a neuropsychological perspective, but it must be so traumatic for someone to have to rebuild a sense of who they are.
    Best wishes to David, that silver lining will be underneath it all I hope, and I hope that things can improve for him, you’ve certainly all been through an awful lot.  ♥

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    • Thank you. 🙂 Our power hasn’t gone out this round of storms. It went off twice a few weeks ago, though. One time due to a storm. The other time was because a diabetic driver had a sudden blood sugar drop and he wrecked into a utility pole. We have no idea how that poor guy is doing. Hopefully he is okay! We always unplug the computers when there is a thunderstorm, even though we have a surge protector, just in case. We can’t afford to risk losing the computers.

      The river is almost 11 feet over bankfull, but still has about 8 feet to go to be at flood stage, which it is supposed to reach and exceed by morning. I’m hoping it changed its mind. I don’t hear any rain out there right now.

      I think it would be a very interesting talk show subject and one that David I could relate to on both the stroke survivor perspective and the non-parental event perspective. He got the stroke and I found out I’m a product of the other. It is very hard to rebuild a sense of who we are. We are trying to accept our new “normal”, as un-normal as they feel. But, on my side of things, I have had a big break in that case that I am working on. Hopefully, a eureka post will be posted very soon! On David’s side of things, he is working on recovery, one day at a time. He will get there. Maybe not fully back to where he was before, but he will recover.

      Thank you again. Have a blessed week!

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  2. Like Caz said, I applaud you for posting under this circumstances.
    I think those interviews would be very interesting.
    You are both in my prayers, and it’s always good to hear from you.
    Have a blessed weekend as well.

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    • Thanks, Viola. How are you doing? I hope that all is well there.
      Maybe some day a talk show will do an episode – or ten!- on those subjects.
      Thank you for your prayers. You are in mine, too. I enjoy hearing from you, too.
      Have a blessed week. 🙂


      • We are very busy repairing our terrace, but otherwise things are going well. We hope we will have enough time to enjoy our new terrace in summer.
        Keep us posted how you are doing!
        Have a blessed week as well!

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        • What happened to your terrace? I hope the repairs are going well. I am glad that everything else is going well for you.
          I am okay, but my knee is most uncomfortable after this last fall. It will be okay eventually, though. 🙂
          Have a blessed weekend, my friend!

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          • Roots of bushes destroyed the isolation of the basement ceiling, so rain can get through. A friend will help us to fix this.
            I hope your knee soon gets better. And please try to avoid falling!
            Have a wonderful weekend!

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          • I’m so sorry about your basement ceiling, Viola. I hope it won’t be too difficult or expensive to repair. I’m glad that you have help to get it done.

            Thank you. It still hurts, but usually it isn’t too terribly painful. It does have a way of reminding me not to squat down, and that makes it very hard to photograph flowers and creatures.

            I don’t even really know what made me fall this time. I bent over trying to catch Drac before he ran under my recliner and down I went.

            I don’t know what’s going on. I’m either falling or almost falling these days. Hopefully it will pass.

            Have a blessed day!

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          • We try to minimize the repair costs by doing most things by ourselves.
            I really hope this falling stops soon, it’s scary when there seems to be no reason for tumbling down.
            Keep us posted.
            Have a great time!

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          • We do a lot of things ourselves, too. There’s no need to pay for expensive people to do it when we can do it ourselves. I’m glad you’re able to do it yourselves. 🙂
            Thank you. I hope so, too. The one fall that I had this year, I know exactly what caused it. There was a wet spot in the floor that I didn’t see and I slipped on it. But, I can’t figure why on earth I fell this last time. The floor wasn’t wet. I didn’t trip over anything. I just reached down quickly for the cat and it was “Hello, Floor!”
            Have a blessed weekend, Viola. 🙂

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          • And I think you enjoy the result of the renovation even more when you put some work in it.
            Let’s hope there will be no more falls for you!
            Have a blessed Sunday.

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          • I agree! It is a great feeling to be able to say that you did it yourself. 🙂
            Thanks! So far so good this week.
            Have a blessed weekend.


  3. 15andmeowing says:

    Thank you for participating in the fill-ins. I always enjoy your answers. I think that would be a great talk show that a lot of people would be interested in. Have a blessed weekend. I hope your weather improves. XO

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    • Thanks, Ellen. We always enjoy the fill-ins very much. Who knows, maybe those subjects would get them the highest ratings they’ve ever had. That would be cool. 🙂
      I haven’t heard any storming out there so far today, so maybe the bad weather got tired of this little town and changed its plans. I hope so!
      Have a blessed week. 🙂 {{{Hugs}}}


  4. Vanessence says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your flooding! We’ve been pretty wet up here, too, but thankfully, although we are close to a river, we are high enough that we don’t seem to get past squishy.

    I am keeping you covered, my friend. My step-brother is also coping with stroke recovery, in the midst of unemployment and homelessness. I don’t know that he’s lost his identity, but he has lost a lot of things – he’d be a good candidate for your talk show. I still have total faith that God will bring him, and you & David, through this season.

    xoxox ❤ {{hugs}}

    PS – my step-brother’s name is also David. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Vanessa. So far, inside the house is still dry as far as the river goes. How close are you to the river? We’re about 1/4 mile from the river, as the crow flies.

      I’m so sorry that your step-brother David is having to go through this, too. We will be praying for him, and your family, too, through all that a stroke brings with it. I hope that he will be okay. Maybe someone should suggest this topic to a talk show host. Maybe they’d actually do it. The more I go through my DNA matches, the more I see people who are searching for their Mystery Person. It is heart-breaking. And strokes are apparently rapidly growing, especially in the younger age groups. When I say younger here, I’m meaning like the 30-year olds. It is scary.

      Thanks for the prayers. Have a great week, my twin! 🙂


      • Vanessence says:

        Well, I’m not great with distances anymore, but I’d say we’re maybe 100-150 yds from the river. It’s just behind the office at the complex here.
        Thank you for your prayers for my step-bro. It is scary about strokes, and I’ve been reading about the increase in them as well.
        Yes, a good friend of mine is also looking for her mystery people, too. So many stories coming out of hiding now with the DNA stuff. I’ve been lazy about getting mine done. I have no mysteries to solve so I guess I don’t feel a sense of urgency about it.

        You have a good week too, Twinnie! 🤗💗

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        • It sounds like you’re a lot closer to your river than we are to ours. Does your river have alligators?

          You’re welcome for the prayers. In the book we’re reading, there is a 13 year old that had a stroke, a 19 year old, too. Can you imagine?

          Oooh go ahead! Get the AncestryDNA test. Maybe we’ll show up as matches, Twinnie! Wouldn’t that be cool? 🙂 If you do the AncestryDNA test, you can then upload the raw data to some of the other services for free (MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA) and to Genesis GEDMatch, which has all sorts of ways to analyze the data.
          I am currently working on trees to help figure out how my matches are related to each other. It is both fun and frustrating. 🙂

          Have a blessed weekend!


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