Friendly Fill-Ins

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

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Here are the fill-ins:

  1. My favorite subject in school was _______________.
  2. An extracurricular activity I participated in was ___________________________.
  3. I want to learn _________.
  4. It takes courage to _________.

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Here are my responses:

My favorite subject is school was history. I loved learning the stories of how this country started and about the rest of the world. I still remember what my 11th grade US History teacher had on the board the first day of class: 1588. She said to remember it, that it would be on the final exam. It was and I did. AND I still remember.

1588 was the year that the British defeated the Spanish Armada. Mrs. Pennington said if we ever forgot who won  to just think about what language we were speaking – English. That worked for where I lived when I learned about this 1588 event, but it wouldn’t work here in this part of Texas. Spanish is spoken all around us here.

I did not have very much involvement in extracurricular activities. In 7th grade, I was on the girls softball team for a brief period, until the coach did something that endangered me. My mama wouldn’t let me go back and I didn’t want to. I was scared to death at the time.

I want to learn everything there is to learn about pottery, creating it as well as its history in Edgefield, South Carolina, and Northeast Georgia, which is where my forefathers were utilitarian potters.

It takes courage to be different. Society today doesn’t want “different”. It wants everyone to think alike, talk alike, walk alike, look alike, to be carbon copies of what is seen as “normal”.  I am proud to be different and will never embrace the idea that I have to be “normal”. Heavenly Father made me the way that I am, gave me the experiences that I have had, for a reason. What is the fun of being just like everyone else?

Our daughter Maggie has a new blog for her furbaby Martha. You can find it at: Martha’s Daily Mews  http://marthasdailymews.wordpress.com/

Our Marine needs your help.  Please see New York or Bust.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

 

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Share Your World

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Hop on over to Cee’s place to join in the fun!

A piece of clothing from your younger childhood you still remember?

When I was a little girl, I had a baby blue teddy bear pantsuit. It wasn’t an all-over teddy bear print. The bear was on the top. I loved that suit!  But, as happens, I grew out of it. I had a younger sister and SHE, the person I saw as having taken everything else from me, got my teddy bear pantsuit.  I was so upset. I still remember it to this day, although I am pretty sure at approaching 50 years old, she’s grown out of it now, too. 🙂

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination, or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.

I would choose to be a figure skater. I have always loved watching the figure skaters. My favorite book as a child was The Silver Seven, which was about competitive figure skating.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

DRIVER DRIVER DRIVER! I am a horrible, rotten, no good, very bad passenger.  I have trust issues overall and this is one of the areas where it is best displayed. *I* have to have control of the vehicle.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

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With David for a husband, there are so many opportunities for a smile that it is difficult to single one out.  Okay, I’ve got one.  Just this morning at wound care, the doctor reminded us of when David had fallen asleep when the girls were little and they made him up all “purdy”. That is when the fire department fundraiser people came to the door. We tried to warn him before he opened the door, but were unsuccessful in getting him to listen because he was focused on answering the door. Well, he got greeted with some really confused stares, standing there all made up like a beauty queen. 🙂

 

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Friendly Fill-Ins

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

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. My neighbors________.
2. The last thing I purchased online was __________________.
3. I have never _______.
4. Anything is possible if _________.

Here are my responses:

My neighbors are good about spending time playing with their children.

Knitting needles were the last thing we purchased online for me. David also ordered a cover for his replacement Kindle.

I have never given birth to twins, though I prayed for them all during my child-bearing years. Davey and Maggie are our “almost” Irish twins at 13 months apart.

Anything is possible if one has enough faith. However, just because something is *possible* doesn’t mean it is going to happen.

Our daughter Maggie has a new blog for her furbaby Martha. You can find it at: Martha’s Daily Mews http://marthasdailymews.wordpress.com/

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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This or That Tag

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This or That Tag

I found this great post idea over on Barbara’s blog Teleportingweena. Hop on over there to see her responses.  Like Barbara, I tag all of you that wish to play along.

The Questions

Dog or Cat?  Both are okay, but I prefer cats.

Netflix or YouTube?  YouTube, because it has some great tutorials, plus, it is free!

Phone Call or Text?  Text. I have trouble hearing on the phone.

Toast or Eggs?  Toast

Cardio or Weights?  Neither

Facebook or Twitter?  I have both, but rarely use either.

Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?  Ice cream cones

Mobile Games or Console Games?  Console games

While walking: Music or Podcasts?  Neither. I prefer to look at the nature around me.

iOS or Android?  iOS

Cake or Pie?  BOTH!

Swimming or Sunbathing?  Neither

Big Party or Small Gathering?  VERY Small gathering

New Clothes or New Phone?  New phone, which would really be a new camera. I take more pictures than calls with my phone!

Rich Friend or Loyal Friend?  Loyal

Football or Basketball?  Neither.

Nice Car or Nice Home Interior?  I already have a nice car, so a nice home interior would be great.

What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes?  Dishes. I don’t mind doing laundry.

Jogging or Hiking?  Hiking

Sneakers or sandals?  Sandals 24/7/365

Glasses or Contacts?  Glasses. Rule #1 FINGERS AWAY FROM THE EYEBALLS!

Hamburger or Taco?  Hamburger, but tacos are great, too.

Couch or Recliner?  Recliner

Online Shopping or Shopping in a Store?  Online shopping

Receive: Email or Letter?  Letter.

Passenger or Driver?  Driver. I am a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad passenger.

Tablet or Computer?  It is easier to type on a computer.

Most important in a partner: Intelligent or Funny?  Intelligent.

Car or Truck?  Car

Blue or Red?  Red

Money or Free Time?  Money, but right now free time sounds pretty good, too!

Amusement Park or Day at the Beach?  Amusement park.

At a movie: Candy or Popcorn?  Popcorn

Pen or Pencil?  Pen

Toilet paper: Over or Under?  Over

Cups in the cupboard: Right Side Up or Upside Down?  Upside down

Pancake or Waffle?  Pancakes

Coke or Pepsi?  Diet Coke

Coffee Cup or Thermos?  Coffee cup

Blinds or Curtain?  Both

Train or Plane?   Neither

Phone or Tablet?  Phone

Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee?  Hot Coffee, though I don’t drink it. I just love to smell it.

Meat or Vegetables?  Vegetables.

International Vacation or a New TV?  International vacation…I would LOVE to go to Ireland.

Save or Spend?  Save and then spend.

Honesty or Other’s Feelings?  I prefer honesty when it is being said to me, but it is also important to consider other folks’ feelings.

Coffee or Tea?  Iced tea.

TV or Book?  A book, most definitely.

Ocean or Mountains?  Mountains, especially the Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall.

Horror Movie or Comedy Movie?  Horror movie

City or Countryside?  100% countryside! I don’t like anything about a city, most especially the traffic.

Mac or PC?  PC

Card Game or Board Game?  Both.

Camping or Binge Watching Shows at Home?  I’ve never been camping and I don’t like binge watching anything. So, I guess I would choose giving camping a try.

Working Alone or Working in a Team?  Alone. I can’t focus with a lot of people or noise around.

Dine In or Delivery?  Delivery. I’d rather be at home and enjoy the food in peace.

Sweater or Hoodie?  Sweater

Motorcycle or Bicycle?  Both!

Book or eBook?  Real books, all the way.

When sleeping: Fan or No Fan?  This is Texas, so YES to a fan.

TV Shows or Movies?  Movies, I guess. It really depends on my mood at the time.

 

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Please Help Her to Keep Moving Forward

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Imagine, you’re 20  years old, your hopes and dreams before you, no reason to think you can’t achieve them. You study, you work hard, you maintain a 4.0 and are on the Dean’s list every semester. It seems everything you touch turns to gold.

Fast forward 2 years. All year, you’ve had to struggle. Financial aid was inadequate to cover everything. You move off campus to what you think will be better, less expensive living arrangements. But, roommates are wasteful and run up the utility bills making it difficult to afford other things, like food. You get a job, even though your school hours are already overloaded. You sell blood/plasma just to be able to buy groceries. It seems like everything is falling apart, but you still have the 4.0 GPA.

Then, the bottom falls out of your world. You wake up and there is an intruder in your room. You’re scared, but out of sorts because you just woke up. You can’t fight him off.  He’s a full grown, 40-something year old man. He overpowers you. The next 16 hours of your life have him drugging and repeatedly beating and raping you. To add insult to injury, he steals your debit card. The police only charge him with kidnapping and credit/debit card theft.

Our youngest daughter does not have to imagine this scenario. She lived it. On 26 December 2017, she was brutally attacked in her room, while her friends were away on Christmas vacation.

She tried to continue on with her job and university courses, but fell into a state of depression and a life ruled by fear and nightmares.  She couldn’t sleep, couldn’t function, couldn’t keep up with school work any longer. She left school and came home for her dad and I to try to help her recover from this traumatic experience.

Our daughter is receiving the help that we and professionals can provide for her. While she is healing physically, emotionally there is still much work to do. She wants to put this part of her life behind her and try to move forward. Returning to this university is out of the question.

Our daughter is heavily into the theater. Our town offers community theatre opportunities as does the local junior college, which she attended before leaving for the university.  The junior college offers a cosmetology program that she thinks will ultimately help to further her career opportunities in costuming and stage makeup.

There is one glitch – a very big one, that we cannot overcome on our own.

Although the local school has tentatively accepted her, they cannot let her enroll without a copy of her official transcript from the university she was attending when she was attacked. This university has a hold on her transcript because when she withdrew, it left a balance of approximately $5,600. This balance was the stipend provided for living expenses during the semester. The majority of it went to pay the rent at the apartment complex where she was raped. The complex would not let her out of the lease.  She has had to continue paying the rent there, although she has not lived there since late February. This stipend was not enough to cover the entirety of the lease agreement. There is money still owed for the months of June and July.

Our daughter did not ask to be attacked and have to leave school. Sometimes life brings other things our way and we have to adjust our plans.  No matter what, we have to keep moving forward.

Please help our daughter to keep on the road to recovery. By helping her to pay off the deficit with the university so that they will release her transcript to the local college, and paying out the lease to the apartment complex that did not provide proper security to its tenants, she will be able to put that school, that city, and – maybe someday – that awful attack behind her.

Here are the needs:

$5600 to the university

$1400 to the apartment complex

$  500 GoFundMe fees

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$7500 Total

Thank you for your help in our daughter’s recovery.  May our Heavenly Father bless you all for your compassion and assistance.  Please click the image below to go to the GoFundMe page.

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