Friday, March 24, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 46

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins: Week 46".  You can find the blank fill-ins here and at each Thursday.  The first two fill-ins are provided by my great co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We post the linky on Friday, so we can all share. Please try to visit everyone on the list. They will be glad that you did, but so will you.

I am hoping to be able to finally start feeling better soon. I have new prescriptions for what they now believe is a virulent form of pneumonia. This too shall pass. I m sure of it.

Seven years ago, a "microburst" storm took out the west side fence of our yard. Bill had just re-stained the fence last Summer. Two weeks ago, a wild windstorm took out the fence on the east side of our yard. And so it goes. 

We had to file a claim for the fence, as it was literally destroyed. After insurance adjusters and fence builders got their heads together, the fence has now been replaced. Stella and Kenzie are so happy to have free run of their yard back. In fact, they immediately had a severe case of The Zoomies!

I posted Maggie's update last night. Thank you for asking about and praying for her. We all appreciate it very much.

This is the first weekend of Spring. I wish you wonderful weather, so you are able to fully enjoy the weekend doing something you love. We plan to go see "Kong: Skull Island". We need a date night.

Did you think the questions were challenging this week? I hope you had fun with them. I sure did. Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. In the Spring, I look forward to migration and seeing wildlife, again. My Spring is fulfilled when I see the seasonal critters return and everyone is doing their thing.

2. I would love to have a Moving party. We still are planning to move UP North. I refer you to my poem "Brockway", for all of the reasons. This is our life's dream. We are looking for just the right house in the UP to make it happen.

3. Few know this about me, but I was going to be a nun. When I converted at age nineteen, I felt I needed to be a nun to be close to God. I was taking the steps with a Convent to join them. At that time, Bill and I were close friends. He gently convinced me that we should be together. He was right. Thank heaven he is a Catholic, too.

4. No one here gets out alive. That is not to say to live a wild life while you can. Life shouldn’t be about us. I believe we are supposed to use our moments wisely and with purpose. We should strive to make a positive difference in the world in our own special way. Our ultimate legacy will be reflected in the way we lived.


~May you always love & be loved.~

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


  1. It's amazing how we can think we have it all figured out ... and "life" (or God or the universe) has its own ideas. I was certain of my career path very early - with no doubts ... but then I learned some life lessons and fought back and everything changed. Love the migrating cats ... they can be goofy ... Bear always makes me laugh - I need that so desperately!

  2. It does not surprise me that you wanted to be a nun. Our job here is to love G-d and love one another, you understand.

  3. Happy Friday! Oh how I love your fill-in answers this week...your "heaven" that you hope to get back to one day (I read your poem!) is beautiful and no wonder you long for it. We have the Blue Ridge Parkway (Skyline Drive) very close and when we need to see those vistas that's where we head. How interesting that you wanted to be a nun. I am not Catholic but after seeing "The Nun's Story" back in the late 50s I REALLY wanted to be one too. I can't remember now if my Mom "changed my mind" or I changed my own mind...or I got a boyfriend (!) but it was just a stage for me I think. Anyway, I believe we go the path we were MEANT to go on - and here we are! Have a great weekend........

    Hugs, Pam

  4. I hope you get to feeling better soon. Pneumonia is no joke! Hope you start seeing those signs of spring soon too :)

  5. Your answers are as wonderful as ever! I love your answer to #1, as I am very much the same way. I live to hear that first bird song in the Spring, and all of the beauty that comes thereafter. My uncle lives in the UP, and it sure is beautiful up there. I am so excited for you and your plans to live your dream up there! And I would be lying if I said I hadn't considered becoming a nun at least a time or two. I am Catholic, went to Catholic school from kindergarten through all of high school, and have known many nuns in my life. The thought crossed my mind a few times, but I ultimately felt my calling was elsewhere. And your #4 is so profound. Thank you for always hosting this fantastic challenge, and for sharing your wonderful answers with us!

  6. Annie, I hope you get better right now, right this minute. Sending prayers for your recovery and for Maggie. Your #1... yes! We are waiting for our Baltimore Orioles and Mr. Tanager! Sending good luck wishes for finding the right home. I wanted to be a nun too, Annie... for about two minutes... :) Where I went to school, the nuns nearly fainted with the thought of me being a nun! I am glad you think Bill was right, it's a very hard decision. Good Morning!

  7. Excellent answers, I love learning more about you. That is interesting that you wanted to be a nun. I am glad Bill convinced you otherwise, you do so much good without even being a nun. I hope you get to have that moving party soon. Excellent #4, so true. I am praying for you and Maggie ( and Chloe Jo too). I hope you all feel better soon to enjoy the Spring. XO

  8. I love your answers Annie and I went to check on Brockway and I was pleased that I had commented on that post but I had forgotten.
    I hope that you get your moving party soon. Get better fast.
    Hugs, Julia

  9. Super answers and fabulous graphics. Our Auntie El was a nun at one time but decided it was the wrong choice for her.

    The Florida Furkids

  10. I really enjoyed your answers. I'm sorry you're still not feeling well!

    That is so interesting about almost becoming a nun. I think it's wonderful that you Bill ended up together. You can still love and serve God. :)

    I hope you find the home of your dreams and have that moving party. I love that picture of the kitty with all the packing peanuts on him.

    I totally agree with your #4. I'm in my early 50s and still striving for this in my life.

    Take good care of yourself and dear Maggie too.

  11. I'm here early for a change. Wow, what a different life you would have had as a nun. That will most likely be the most surprising reveal of the day. Inspired answer for #4. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to get to know each other better. And the memes, as always, are total purrfection. Sending lots of prayers, love and hugs, janet

  12. Life works out just right most of the time. We enjoyed your answers!

  13. I hope you feel better soon.

    Sorry about your fence...glad it is fixed.

    Nice revelation!! I have nothing exciting to tell except I am a stickler about people knowing how to type since my job was teaching typing. I am sure I taught thousands of students over the 34 years. :)

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Friendly Fill-Ins

  14. I hope both you and Maggie are feeling better soon - I'll definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers!

    No fun when the weather wipes out a fence - glad you were able to get the insurance and fence builders heads together and get them rebuilt! ;)

    Loved your answers - how cool you were thinking about becoming a nun to be closer to God - even cooler that Bill gently convinced you the two of you should be together. All in God's plan! :)

    Thanks for hosting the fun - sorry I'm late! Hope you have a good weekend and feel better soooooon!

  15. I'll have to go back and read Maggies' update - I am sooo behind this week!
    My son loved the lolcats one :)
    Love your #4 - humanity should be our business while here - absolutely. Love your heart for all things in this world. xx

  16. I enjoyed the questions this week, but always do. :)

    I am sorry about your fence, but am glad that it has been fixed.

    When I was a young teenager, I wanted to be a nun, too. I didn't realize back then that I had to be a Catholic to be a nun. I had my head turned by a boy, too. :)

    Have a blessed weekend!

  17. We are pretty far south and it would be nice to move up north to like say, Oklahoma. That way we would maybe have snow and might still be able to get Duke's Mayonnaise. Have a great week.

  18. Fabulous answers, Annie. Your fill in #4 is so incredibly thought-provoking and true. Big hugs, dear friend. We hope you and Maggie are feeling better real soon.

  19. Interesting answers to the fill-ins. My aunt is a retired nun (School Sister of Notre Dame). She was a school teacher & principal.
    I don't want to live anywhere that requires me to own a snow shovel!

  20. Annie, I enjoyed your responses. Here are mine. I shared these also with Ellen....
    Okay, in the spring I look forward the daffodils. I know they bloom before spring but when I see those little cheery flowers I think springtime! I guess the only a party I'm interested in hosting is a dinner party of a few select friends. I don't like rowdy gatherings. I have a few untold things that only select people know and these things I can't put on the Internet. No one has the right to judge another person's decisions. That's between that person and God. We can't imagine what's going on with another unless we've walked in their shoes and even then the circumstances are different. We need show compassion and love for others instead of harsh condemnation or ugly words which can be undone easily. Have a good weekend, my friend!

  21. Hope you're feeling better soon. My husband's been battling a five week long ear infection and is just about over it now. It's been a long month!

    Cait @ Click's Clan

  22. Love your answers-they are always so thoughtful! And that last photos reminds me of how much Zulu and Frodo love each other

  23. I agree about your answers being thoughtful. I'll say a prayer for your health and Maggie's. ~hugs~ Take care!

  24. I love when my fur babes get the zoomies! It cracks me up. And wow! A nun? That's some serious dedication. I was a Mormon missionary for a year and a half and that was about all I could take.

  25. Oh and what state are you in? Michigan? I can't remember but what the heck is going on with those storms? RUDE!

  26. So true no one gets out alive. I have lived rather wild in the past and now quietly. Some of the past would have been better less wild but some was truly fun. I do like my quiet life now. I don't think I have the energy for wild these days. Hope you get to have your moving party soon.