Friendly Fill-Ins – 24 September 2021

Friendly Fill-Ins

24 September 2021

Please join Ellen and the gang over at for Friendly Fill-Ins.

1. Every fall I ____________________.

2. It is never too early to ___________________.

3. I would describe my lifestyle as _________.

4. _________ requires a lot of patience.

Every fall I look forward to winter…except I don’t look forward to it this year. The storm in February was hopefully a once-in-a-lifetime thing for us here in this part of Texas. If it happens again, we won’t have a house left.  But, winter is my favorite season solely for the (maybe) cooler temps.

It is never too early to plan for the end of life. Even a non-funeral, just burial, costs over $3,000 here, not including the graves (which thankfully we have already!). Once you have life insurance, do everything within your power to keep it. You never know what may happen later in your life that will make you ineligible for life insurance. I don’t want any of you to have to face what is ahead for our family.  When David’s daddy died back in 1987, and we lost our jobs (his dad was our employer), we had a one-year old child and no way to feed him. We cashed in our life insurance policies in order to feed us. Then, life happened – again. Now, we can’t get it. Please don’t make our mistake.  It wasn’t a mistake to feed the baby, of course. The mistake was in not looking hard enough to find a way to keep the life insurance instead of taking the (seemingly) easy way out and cashing it in. 

I would describe my lifestyle as being a homebody. I am perfectly fine staying home and trying to get this house and yard back in order. I am very introverted and getting more so with each passing day. I can’t function around the noise of being out in the world. 

Being a caregiver requires a lot of patience. I do the best that I can, but sometimes I maybe don’t have as much as I should. 

Thank you all for reading.  Have a blessed weekend!

About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 17 years now. David and I have been married for almost 37 years. Our children are grown. One is 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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2 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins – 24 September 2021

  1. 15andmeowing says:

    Very happy that you were able to join in the fill-ins. I am sorry about the life insurance. We have our cemetery plots because I had enough insurance money when my dad passed that I bought a 4 spot lot. We do have some insurance and I really don’t want a funeral. I understand about being introverted as I am too. You and your family are in my prayers. XO

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    • Thank you, Ellen. I am glad that you were able to get your plots, too, but sorry about the loss of your dad.
      Do people give you grief about being introverted? Thankfully David is pretty understanding about it. He’s more of a homebody now since he’s had all these strokes. But, he used to be a very extroverted person, love being around people and cutting up. 🙂


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