Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!



Original images from Pixabay: Ireland National Park and St. Patrick’s Day.
Edits by Suzanne G. MClendon

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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!

Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. The oldest item in my home is _____________________.
  1. The oldest item in my refrigerator is _____________.
  1. My family heritage is _____________________________.
  1. My favorite family tradition is __________________.

Here are my answers:

1. As far as I know, the oldest item in our home is our upright grand piano. It is a mahogany beauty born in 1895.

2. The oldest item in my refrigerator right now is probably a bottle of salad dressing…and that gallon of milk that I forgot to throw out.

Grandma_Spence_and_Suz_19843. The heritage question can be answered in a multitude of ways. As an item of inheritance, I have rings from my granny, knickknacks from my maternal grandparents, and an old bell from my grand-aunt Mae.

Physically, I have the short stature of both of my grandmothers, the square chin of my Fowler family, and am a really good blend of both of my grandmothers overall. Here is a picture of me with my maternal grandmother on David’s and my wedding day.

Genetically, I am primarily European 97%(Irish, Scottish, English), and African (Egyptian) and a little Middle Eastern (3%)thrown in to make things exciting.

4. Our family traditions are in a state of flux. When I was a kid, we *always* went to Granny Gunter’s house for Thanksgiving and Christmas. There was never any question about where we’d spend those days. I cherish those memories and miss those times something fierce.

David and I have spent every New Year’s Eve together since New Year’s Eve 1982. We had to share the stroke of midnight between 2012 and 2013 with nurses, but at least we were together and we got to share our traditional first kiss of the new year. AND, our three youngest kids were there with us to ring it in. It was also a sad time for me as it also brought in the first year that would not have my daddy in it. We have not had a New Year’s Eve together, the five of us, since New Year’s Eve 2013. Davey was already in the US Marine Corps by New Year’s Eve 2014.

Each year, our Christmas decorating does not start until our oldest daughter’s birthday. She is in charge of deciding when the tree will be put up and decorated. We never wanted her birthday to get lost and forgotten in the chaos that surrounds Christmas. Both are very important occasions. This tradition continues and probably always will.

I cannot think of any other traditions that we started out with that have continued at this point.

Posted in 2017, Friday Fill-Ins, Friendly Fill-Ins, Memes | 12 Comments

Vision Update


Several folks have asked me if I have had the cataract surgery yet. Not yet. I do finally have an appointment for a consultation with an ophthalmologist.  The appointment is for March 30.

We’ll see how that goes.  I will post an update as soon as possible after the appointment.

Thank you all for the prayers.

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Dandelion ©15 March 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

Posted in 2017, Flowers, Quotes | 8 Comments

A Wildflower Adventure

We went on a wildflower adventure today. We headed up to Brenham (Washington County, Texas), where we saw a few along the roadside, but not very many at places where I could pull over to take the pictures that I wanted to take. We did find a few in front of the Giddings Stone Mansion along with some beautiful roses.


Rose at Giddings Stone Mansion ©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

There were zillions of them in Austin County near Bellville in both directions and in the median.  I settled for the roadside flowers because it is too dangerous to try to walk over to the median, even though it had a tremendous amount of flowers. I don’t need to have “Flattened for a Bluebonnet” engraved on my name rock. 🙂

Here are a few of my favorite shots from today.

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Isn’t Heavenly Father a wonderful landscape artist? 🙂

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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