Friday, August 5, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 13


Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here or at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation is very important. Sharing with you and getting to know you better through your answers is what it is all about. Please remember to visit everyone on the list. Please know that I will, too. That is what this meme is all about: sharing. You are all important to me. 

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. I am most proud of my marriage of 35 years with Bill. I think this is a wonderful thing. Sadly, it seems that commitment and loyalty are not as common or important anymore. We take our vows seriously.

 
~June 6, 1981~

2. I am embarrassed to admit my health issues and their impact on me. I tend to keep these things to myself, as I find them hard to talk about. I try to focus on the positive rather than the negative.

~The Best Medicine~

3. My super-power might be my deep “psychic connection” with animals. Bill actually uses that term and answered this one for me. He was talking about how amazed he is with how dogs know what to do just by looking at me. I guess there is something to this. I am proud to have trained many dogs, including Stella who is now certified as both a service dog and a therapy dog. We did it together, and I am so proud of her.  

~Stella Belle~

 4. I really wish I could do more for animals, both domestic and wild animals. This is something that I am very passionate about.

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~Wishing you a relaxing weekend~

Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments

30 comments:

  1. I love your answer to #1! I agree with it 100%. It seems there is very much a "disposable relationship" mindset out there these days. David and I went into this marriage that there was only one "d" word out of it, and it was NOT divorce! I am hoping it is a very long time before we get to that one "d" word.

    I understand what you mean about health issues. Sometimes they can consume us. But, we need to be able to talk about them sometimes, too. Sometimes it is hard to find people that want to listen. Please know that I will listen.

    Your animals are so beautiful. I think that it is wonderful that you have a connection with them. Animals know when somebody loves them. :)

    Your heart graphic is beautiful and I love the little masseuse kitty. Adorable!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Suzanne, I agree with you on #1. I grew up with divorce and running away from responsibility. I wanted stability. I take things seriously, especially love.

      I have a lot of health issues, but strive to be as "normal" as possible. I appreciate what you said.

      Animals saved me from things as a child. I believe that God gives me that connection for myself as much as for them.

      Thank you, Suzanne. Hugs!

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    2. My childhood wasn't stable either, though my parents didn't divorce. My daddy left once and the threat was always there. Papers were drawn once, but not acted upon. It was hard never knowing what we were going to find when we got home from school. That was the story of my daddy's childhood, too.

      You're welcome, Annie. I hope that you have a beautiful day. :)

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  2. It's always nice to be able to do more, but i know you won't let the things you cannot do stop you from doing what you can do. Congratulations on all the training with Stella!

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    1. Thanks, Mimi. I work hard to do what I can, and Stella is with me, too! Hugs.

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  3. As always, wonderful answers! Congrats on 35 years...we're getting there. It's been 29 for us.

    I love the cat massage :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Congratulations on 29 years. I think that is beautiful! Hugs.

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  4. Such wonderful fill-ins! 35 years of happy marriage is indeed something of which to be very, very proud! Your #4 is so close to my heart as well. Thank you for hosting this always fun challenge!

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    1. You are wonderful. Thank you for being part of the fill-ins, too! Hugs.

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  5. Good Morning, Annie!
    I am most proud of being my Mother's daughter and wish she was still here.
    I am embarrassed to admit that some people wear me out.
    My super-power might be the the little voice that warns me or gives me a little nudge... my intuition.
    I really wish I could go back and spend some time in high school and college again. There are so many people I miss and it was such a special time in my life. Life is good now too and I believe living this moment but it would be fun... :)

    Your #1 is powerful Annie. I agree that commitment and loyalty seems to not have much importance these days. I am with you on 2, we do what we can.

    Enjoy your Friday!

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    1. Pix, I adore you. Your #1 is sweet. Your and your mom were blessed. I admit to your "wearing out" answer, too. Ha! Well said. I have that inner voice, too. I truly believe it is my Guardian Angel. I think we each have one; we just need to listen. Great answer on the fun and innocence of youth! I miss high school; ROTC was what got me through my teens safely. Hugs, my sweet friend.

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    2. Annie I am with you on 4... I meant to type 4! We do what we can for the animals but wish we could do more. But I hear you on 2. I was not aware you dealt with multiple health issues.

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  6. I identify with your answers, though I don't feel particularly psychic with animals.. My back got messed up about 5 years ago, so I have a lot of issues with it - I try to ignore the arthritis, though on rainy days that isn't easy.
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I really do think that I have an unspoken connection with animals, and I believe it is God-given. I am thankful for it. I know people who have back issues. I am sorry that you do; I know it is very difficult to deal with. Hugs. (Award will be posted this weekend!)

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  7. Great answers, I see we think alike in a lot of ways. Our #'s 1 and 4 were the same. I am sorry you are having health problems, I hope you feel better soon. I love the graphic you added for that :) I didn't know Stella was certified as a service and therapy dog, that is fantastic. Do you bring her to nursing homes to visit people? Have a nice weekend. XO

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    1. I agree; we do have a lot in common, my friend. Thanks for the good wishes on health. I need it! *wink* Yes, Stella makes rounds loving people. She is great medicine, too! She is a natural and a pleasure to train. Hugs!

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  8. 35 years strong through good times and bad is a testament to the love you share, and you are right to be proud of that accomplishment! I know that you are quiet about your medical issues, you don't want people to feel sorry for you. Please know that we are always praying for you and we care! Stella passed her certification as a therapy dog.. YAY! What a wonderful way to share her love with others. I am glad she is your service dog too, that will be helpful I know! You do have a very close connection to animals, you share a kindred spirit. I know that God will bless you for all you have done for them. This was a lovely set of answers! <3

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  9. It is sad that we live in a world where there are so many "Samsonite Weddings" as we used to call them. That is, you shack up until you are bored and then you pack up. When we were in our twenties, the term "Fiance" changed in meaning. Before that, it meant we are committed to get married soon. Then, it changed to mean we are shacking up. Now, we have terms like "Baby Mama" and Baby Daddy" where the relationship is defined by the offspring, only.

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  10. Annie, I like your answer to #1, too. I am very proud of our 37 years of marriage, as well and should have mentioned that as my proudest thing. DH and I started off with the mind-set that divorce is NEVER an option and worked through the tough times so-to-speak. Thankfully, we didn't have any "real" tough times. We're blessed to have each other and our understanding for one another is really cool. God is so good. Thanks for hosting the Friday fun!

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  11. We enjoyed your answers and sure hope more positive things happen with your health.

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  12. guys...grate answers yur mom haz...conga ratz two her & yur dad...35 iz sum thin manee willna see in thiz day & age !~~

    now; on with R answerz...

    thiz week we will let dai$y speak; just coz uz boyz R feelin generuz { & toona dinna want talk bout dish washer poop }

    my fill ins by DAI$y =^..*=

    1} me, myself and I
    2} I truly do love my brother boomer
    3} creating cash with my minds eye
    4} achieve number 3

    heerz two a zebra oto kinda week oh end guyz ♥♥♥

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  13. We enjoyed reading your fill in answers. Congrats on 35 years of marriage. Nowadays, that is quite an accomplishment.

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  14. Very good answers! I bed full of cats is the best medicine! I like your picture of Stella Belle.

    : )

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  15. Even though I didn't participate, I really enjoyed reading your answers. #1 is awesome. Congrats! (I'm on close to 29 years.) I really liked reading about Stella.

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  16. Love the wedding photo! Great Fill-ins!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  17. Congratulations on 35 years of marriage. Quite the testament of your love. Your fill-ins for 1,3 and 4 show how big your heart is. I can relate to #2. Health challenges can be a bother!

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  18. Annie, you always have such thoughtful fill-ins. You really earned being proud of your marriage commitment. Those who take their vows seriously are so few now. I know how hard it is to deal with chronic health issues. But you cannot be embarrassed by these. I always try to find the silver lining in everything...even my health issues. For example, not having functioning nerves in my legs, I have no independent balance, which sucks, but I also haven't had to shave my legs in at least 25 years...no hair. I love that you have a special ability to connect with your animals. Sending you lots and lots of love and hugs, your friend Janet

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  19. I can relate to 1 and 2 answers.Yes if you love animals then animals in return give you much more unconditional love.Dogs are such faithful animals that they tend to decipher your moods so well. I kept a dog for 8 years and he was absolutely amazing.

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  20. You and Bill are such a great couple. And Stella and you - you have to be proud. As for the health issues - I'm completely with you, both and and off the internet. I hope you are doing well!

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  21. I wish you better health and many more years of joy with your husband and animals. Kudos to you and Stella!

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