Friday, January 20, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 37

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here or at each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. When we come up with fill-ins, we don't even know what we will say! We always post a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins with everyone.

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 this is all about. Please remember to visit everyone on the list. It matters.

My weekends are always very busy, as that is the only time Bill is home. Hauling steel keeps him away from home, 5-6 days a week. Thank you for your continued patience in my visiting and commenting. I promise to get there as soon as I am able to give each proper attention.

Okay, here we go...these are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. Watching how the youth talks and behaves makes me feel old. Times have really changed, but I am not sure that I have very much. I never spoke to anyone the way youth does now. In fact, I still don’t! Respect is not a given anymore, not even self-respect. Heaven, help us all.

2. Listening to the music of my youth makes me feel young. Hearing a favourite song can really take me back to that time. I can even recall what was happening in my life and the world at that timeMy life really does have a soundtrack, and I know it by heart.

3. I have hope for America. There is much turmoil, but America is resilient. She has been through much in her short life. She can do this, if we all pull together for her collective good, and not “special interests”. United we stand, always.

4. Enough is enough. The protests have reached beyond a destructive level. It is time to come together as one. It seems simple, but it starts with treating others the way we want to be treated. Respect. I keep thinking of the song, Get Together. It was written in 1967, but still rings true today. “Come on people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together. Try to love one another right now.

~America, now is the time to show your true colours!~

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Hope

As we begin a new year, America begins a new era. This should be viewed as a good thing. While everyone in the universe has an opinion about it, it is Americans that it affects the most. It is our America; it is us. What many Americans do not seem to remember, or perhaps understand, is that we are still in this together.

I spent most of my life in America’s heartland, born of generations of American farmers. Many of their descendants later became factory workers. They moved from the farms to the cities to “better” themselves and their families lives, and building America in the process. Indeed, making her great.

I was raised to be a good citizen. I was taught to respect those in authority, that they are protecting my country, its laws, and me. I was taught how to be a part of that, and spent four years in ROTC. There I learned about the history and preservation of America from the inside out. I saw how critical it is to be part of solutions, and how to prevent problems.

I became old enough to vote in 1980, and was proud to do so. I saw America gain momentum and grow even stronger. She flourished. I saw our military proud to serve under their Chief. America took pride in her own natural resources and the independence of using them. America was truly great.

But, recent times have changed things. I have seen America falter, stumble, and grow weak. She is not what she once was. I have seen her give herself away, with false hope of becoming stronger. She was lied to. Her people were misled. The factories and mines that made her strong and independent closed. These businesses were what once gave her people jobs, homes, and lives. Now these jobs were in foreign countries, yet Americans were forced to buy the things they used to make here. Morals and values followed downward in the undoing of America. She was stripped of it all. I know, because I was there. I saw it happen.

I have seen manufacturing leave our country, including Bill’s career of over thirty years. He was forced to reinvent himself, which is not easy for a man over 55. He is not alone. This has destroyed Americans in numerous ways. Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan all have firsthand stories, from generations of real Americans. They will tell you how America has changed, failing them, because the concern was not for America, but for a “new world order” that does not seem to include them. We must think of America and her people first; because only then can we be strong in the world. The Bible tells us that “Charity begins at home”. This is the same Bible that is part of the foundation of America.

Many people are more concerned with being “politically correct” than morally correct. There are bullies that take it out on those who cling to the morals and values that America was founded on. Protests have become the norm as retaliation for unrest. But, “protests” should not be a way of life. “Protests” have made us a nation divided. This is a bad thing. If we continue to divide, we will all ultimately fall.  

As an American, born and raised here, this does not feel like a reasonable option. I want us all to succeed, grow, thrive! I want us all to remain true to our roots, the very things that brought us together and founded us as a great nation. These things made us all great. I want to see America resourceful, working, and independent, again.

I still have hope for America. America is resilient. She has been through much in her short life. She can do this, if we all pull together for her collective good, and not “special interests”. United we stand. If we cease to stand together, we will cease to exist as a free country.

Enough is enough. It is time to come together as one. It seems simple, but it starts with treating others the way we want to be treated. It is all about "Respect". God bless America and her people.

"Long may She wave."

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Fill-in Statements: Week 37

The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself. We try to make sure they will be fun to both answer and share. On Friday, the linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM. Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts! Here are this week's statements with the blanks:

Week 37: January 20, 2017

1. ________________ makes me feel old.

2.________________ makes me feel young.

3. I have                             .

4.                                 is                                .

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The New Toy

 Maggie was first to try the Tower of Tracks, 
with Chloe Jo watching closely.

 Then, George moved in to watch Chloe Jo play.

George was very much in awe of this wonderful thing,

so Chloe Jo let her baby brother take over.

George was more than happy to have a go at it.

 George says it is the best toy since Tent Ball 
(which he does still play)!

Santa brought this "Tower of Tracks" to our cats, but you can get yours from !  George, Chloe Jo, and Maggie highly recommend it. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017



Together, they had been through much unspeakable action. But, Sarge was now old and tired.

The young officer knew this partnership had reached an end. “Sarge, with all due respect, you are relieved of active duty.”

Removing the old dog’s leash for the last time, he said, “You’re home.”

Story: McGuffy Ann Morris

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