28 May 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Procrastination Tool





1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

Overall, it was Quincy’s, but I think they are out of business now. They had the best yeast rolls. I could have eaten those all day long, forget the steak! Here in our little Texas town, my favorite is Niner’s.

2. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it?

SHRIMP! And cheesecake. But, mostly SHRIMP!

3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?

Yes. Teeth, tonsils, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, and who knows what else while they were in there.

4. What is the last heavy item you lifted?

I think the last heavy thing I lifted, tried to lift anyway, was a big flower pot. I got it up part way, then decided, nope, not happening.

5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

Like being conked in the head knocked out? I don’t think so. Doctors that have a sense of self-preservation have found it prudent to knock me out.

6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

Yes. I would like to know that.

7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

If I could change my name, I would change it to what my daddy wanted to name me to start with. It is the divided version of the name that I have. My name is Suzanne. Daddy wanted me to be named Suzie Annie. Aunt Suzie was his grandma’s sister, and Annie was his paternal grandma. He called her “Big Mama”. It is this Annie that I named my PS Annie! Blog after.

8. What’s your goal for the year?

There are several. My goal is to take a picture, a clear picture, of a bird in flight. Another is to get this house back in some semblance of order.

9. Last person you hugged?

The last person that I hugged was probably David, my husband.

10. First place you went this morning?

To the bathroom. Always the bathroom. OY!

11. Do you always answer your phone?

No. I can’t hear very well on the phone anyway. I usually hand it over to David for him to see what the person wants.

12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?

It would probably be one of the kids.

13. If you could change your eye color what would it be?

I wouldn’t want to change my eye color. I like the color brown. My eyes are brown and have golden-ish flecks in them, with a darker brown stroke around the iris.

14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday?

I don’t have a birthday wish list.

15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited?

Since I was diagnosed with COPD, the future terrifies me.

16. Do you have any saved texts?

Yes, I have saved texts. Some of them are saved only because I haven’t figured out how to delete them on this phone yet.

17. Ever been in a car wreck?

Yes, many times. Most of the time I have been a passenger, but the most severe one, I was the driver. A man ran a stop sign, less than a mile before my driveway. He hit our car and sent our car careening into a ditch then up into a fence post or utility pole (can’t remember which). It was at the corner of a cow pasture for the local dairy. The front of our car was smashed in so bad that you couldn’t have retrieved the dipstick if you’d wanted to. Everything was jammed. I got out of the car to check on our baby, who was in a car seat in the back seat, screaming her little lungs out. The junior achiever that had run the stop sign asked, “Are you okay?” DOH NO! “Do I look like I’m okay?” Someone had called the dairy man and my parents. Before my parents got there, my sister drove by and saw this accident, which drove her blood pressure through the roof. It scared her half to death. When my mama got there, she tore into that other driver like a mama lion going after someone messing with her cubs. I think she left him rather speechless. Thankfully, me and our baby girl survived this accident. I can’t say the same for our car. Weeks later, we were still without a car. The doofus that ran the stop sign, however, was tooling around town in his car. This irked me to no end.

18. Do you have an accent?

I sure do, y’all! I sound like a Southern girl and am very proud of it! Now, whether that is South Carolina southern or Texas southern at this point, I do not know. :)

19. What was the last song to make you cry?

The last one that I can remember for sure making me cry was “Streets of Heaven” by Sherrie Austin.


20. What did you do last night?

I went to sleep, which is something I’d rather do in the day rather than the night.

21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom?

Yes, and I have, many times.

22. Current hate right now?

Loathe would probably be a better word for this than hate, but immodesty is the answer either way.

23. Met someone who changed your life?

There have been many to impact my life and several that have changed it in a big way. Jesus has changed my life from someone with no future to someone with a future that goes beyond time as we know it. David and our children have changed my life. Teachers that encouraged me, Mrs. Pennington, Miss Elrod, Mr. Stokes, they all showed me my worth and knew I had potential.

24. How did you bring in the New Year?

I waited for the ball to drop at Times Square, the same as I have done for at least the last 32 years. And, this year we got to do that without a nurse interrupting the festivities.

25. What song represents you?









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We're Related - Oh, Yes, We Are!

This week, I have a hit!  The verified relationship is with John Edwards, who was a senator from North Carolina, involved in some very unfortunate, scandalous things.  Regardless of things a person does, family is family.  According to the We’re Related app, he is my 4th cousin 1x removed. 

Here is how we are connected:

William Rowland is my 3rd great-grandfather and the 4th great-grandfather of Johnny Reid Edwards, aka John Edwards.

This one was easy enough for me to get verification on. I have obituaries and information from my Granny Gunter regarding her part of this line. So, I just had to work my way down from Grandpa Rowland to John Edwards.  Ancestry.com did not provide the name of John Edwards' father as he is apparently still alive, so I had to go to other sources for that. A quick Internet search netted me the name of his father. 

Biography.com only lists his father's first name in this article: John Edwards. Wikipedia lists his father's middle name as well in this listing: John Edwards.  Wikipedia is typically not an approved source, and I understand that, but it at least gives me a place to start.  Until I can find information via an approved source, this works for me.

I will continue to search Newspaper.com for relevant articles pertaining to this family and attach them to my tree at Ancestry.com.

Have a blessed day!



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We’re Related – Or, Are We?


We’re Related is an app connected to Ancestry.com.  It is available through iTunes and Google Play.  I learned about this app from a post on GeneaMusings.  It is a great site!

It searches through the trees on the Ancestry website to find connections between the various trees to help you find more relatives.  It shows famous potential relatives as well as your Facebook friends if they have a tree on Ancestry.com

It has not shown me any common ancestors with Facebook friends yet (apparently none of my Facebook friends have family trees on Ancestry), but it shows me at least one famous potential relative each day.

We’re Related – Or, Are We? is going to be a weekly posting sharing with you the potential relatives that Ancestry has shown me via their We’re Related app. All of these are *potential* relatives.  None of the relationships have been proven or confirmed yet.

As I am able to prove or disprove each potential relationship, I will make a post about what I find and will cross-link the posts.


Week of May 21-27, 2017

Potential Relative Common Ancestor Great-grandparent Connection
Emily Dickinson George Wheeler Annie Black
Elizabeth Montgomery David Pressley J. J. Pressley
Andrew Luck Isabella Thompson J. J. Pressley
John Edwards William Rowland Callie James
Woodrow Wilson Lydia Cooper Annie Black
Ernest Dale Tubb William Carr Carrie Williams
Margaret Atwood William Eldredge J. J. Pressley


This week, I have a hit!  The verified relationship is with John Edwards, who was a senator from North Carolina, involved in some very unfortunate, scandalous things.  Regardless of things a person does, family is family.  According to the We're Related app, he is my 4th cousin 1x removed.   Stay tuned for a post showing how we link up.

Have a blessed day!




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Guest Post: Your Child’s Mouthwash Might Be Putting Harmful Substances In Their Bodies

Your Child’s Mouthwash Might Be
Putting Harmful Substances In Their Bodies
3 Questionable Ingredients Found In Oral Health Care Products

Consumers have become increasingly aware of the hidden toxins in foods, beverages as well as eating and drinking utensils. They avoid high fat and high sodium foods, sulfates in their personal care products, aerosol sprays and toxic chemicals in their household cleaners.

Yet, when it comes to mouthwash, they will let their children take a product that contains harsh substances – some of which have been shown to linked to serious health problems.

“There has been a surprising lack of attention to mouthwash and how it affects children,” says Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), a bacteriologist, dentist and developer of TheraBreath for Kids Oral Rinse. “Effects of potentially unhealthy ingredients are multiplied in the smaller bodies of children.”

Many ingredients in some commercial mouthwashes are of questionable benefit and some are just plain bad for you. Here is a look at some of the harmful substances that may be found in our children’s mouthwash products:

• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. This harsh detergent leads to canker sores and causes microscopic damage and shedding of vital oral tissue. Because it dries out the mouth, it can also allow for the rapid reproduction of bad breath bacteria.
• Saccharin. This sweetener is found in drinks, candy, cookies and medicines. It has also been shown to cause bladder cancer when tested on laboratory rats. In humans, it can cause allergy-related symptoms, skin disorders, nausea and diarrhea.
• Artificial Colors and Flavors. Studies by leading health researchers have found a link between children’s use of artificial colors and flavors with learning disabilities and hyperkinesis (hyperactivity and inability to concentrate).

Katz suggests that all consumers – especially parents – take the time to read labels and understand what is going into their children’s bodies. Spending a few extra minutes reading these labels, and understanding what the substances are could be a life-saving decision.

About the Author

Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com) received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of “The Bad Breath Bible.” He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breaths test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.


www.therabreath.com



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27 May 2017

Book Review: Stock Market Trivia by Fred Fuld III


Stock Market Trivia
By Fred Fuld III

We were sent a copy of Stock Market Trivia by the author for the purpose of reading the book and reviewing it for our blog readers.

Stock Market Trivia is a very fast read. The main part of the book is 144 pages long and several of those are blank. However, there is a lot of fun and entertaining information in this fact-filled book.  

Readers will learn a great deal about the history of the stock market and many fun facts.  You will learn a little about the Dow-Jones and its origins, along with the origin of several of the world’s stock exchanges.  You will learn some about the world’s smallest stock exchange and what stock traded at the highest price.

If you want to know the history of the Ponzi scheme, it is in here. Stock Market Trivia gives you the answers.

This would be a great book to turn into a game that financial people could play at parties.  Get the book, invite your wealth advisor and a few other financial people over for a small party, and ask each other questions.

What was the original name of the Wall Street Journal and how much did it sell for?  You will know the answers to fun questions like this when you read the book.

We give Stock Market Trivia all five stars.  We think it was a pleasure to read and very interesting.



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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: The Other You


http://www.geneamusings.com/2017/05/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-other-you.html


Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offers us the following challenge:

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

* Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.  Be mindful of your family's privacy, though!

* Write a blog post of your own, respond with a comment to this post, or write a Facebook status post or a Google+ Stream post.

My other hobbies, outside of genealogy, are all over the place, I guess.  I like to knit and crochet and have attempted to do beadwork, but my eyes and hands are against that one.

I love photography, especially nature photography. Over the last month, I have had a blast photographing the birds and squirrels in our backyard.  The pictures aren’t anywhere near perfect, but it makes me happy just the same.

Blue Jay ©27 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


I love to cook and want to get back into cake decorating. Maybe that will happen.

I also love to read.  I have always had a love of words and books, reading and writing. I enjoy writing poetry, too.

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Be sure to drop by and read Mr. Seaver’s post for this week.  






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