I've done this before and enjoyed it ~ answering your comments in a post of my own. I'm replying to your comments from yesterday's post below. I've included some more pictures from archives. Hope you'll enjoy it ~ it will be kind of long:
TexWisGirl: Thanks for your good thoughts sent my way and I'm so glad Samson makes you smile. He's smiling back at you above.
The Broad: I loved that you thought I looked solid and determined, so I posted the above picture of my paternal grandmother. Perhaps you can see where I got it from.
Manzanita: I was amazed at how blond we all were. Our hair would darken with time, but still. In those days, Sweden was not racially or ethnically mixed. I never met a black person until I was about 15. And I lived in Stockholm, the big city. In high school, we had two Jewish girls and I remember being jealous because they got to skip our Christian religion classes. Yes, we did study Christianity in high school back then.
My grandfather's hymn book from the late 1800s
fishducky: Thank you, I am feeling much better. I think you will enjoy Wesley, he eats a lot of mice and has an incredible number of survival skills. It's a very, very interesting book.
Buttons: You are so right, bloggers are amazing people and I have come to love my little group of blogger friends, those of you who comment on my blog and share your thoughts and life on your own blogs that I love to visit. I'm not so sure about stunner.....but thank you.
Kittie Howard: Yes, I'm on a mission to enjoy each day of my life, today I added half an hour to our walks, so now I'm resting and writing this. It's so funny with this beauty stuff, but thank you too. What's an old lady to do, except be happy with these sweet compliments. For a real beauty, I'm posting a picture of my maternal grandmother below:
Sandra: It's amazing how different the children of today are. To me, it's a little frightening, but I see some of the kids in our family here that are now between 10 and 15 years old and they seem to be turning out very well. Smart about computers and other technology, and very knowledgeable about a whole lot of stuff I had no idea about at their age. Some of it good, some not so good. But that texting has to go. Please! Since you like puppy pictures, here's one of the boys:
Maggid: Yes, I have loved being 6 ft. tall. Once I left those short boys behind, it has always been a great benefit in my life. Now that I'm in my 70s, I'm shrinking. I think I'm around 5' 10". I have found something good about that too: It brings me closer to my hubby, who's shorter than I. Wesley is a very interesting book that I think you would enjoy.
Nancy Claeys: It made me sad too. It was my first encounter with death ~ I'm sure I had no idea that someone my age could actually leave this life. The whole class went to his funeral, it was traumatic to say the least. No more falls, I'm keeping my eyes on the ground now. Just like the guys below:
Susan Kane: Thank you so much for your prayers. I will be OK either way. If something is wrong, we will deal with it; if not it will be just another scare, and I will be grateful. (I have no idea where those semicolons go and with Janie Junebug, grammar police extraordinaire, perhaps reading this, I'm worried!)
S. J. Qualls: Thank you for your kind words. Blogging has brought back so many memories, some good, some bad of my early school years. It's amazing how much one can bring to the forefront of one's memory collection. (I do remember that you like rocks, so I found a picture.)
Janie Junebug: Yes, it's important to like those who take care of you when you are not well. I went to UCLA Medical Center when I had breast cancer in 1999 and I loved everyone. My radiologist was French and reminded me of Maurice Chevalier, need I say more? I think you will like Wesley.
Michelle: Yes, it's important to take care of appointments. Here's Samson when he was little:
Bobbi and Gracie: Bobbi, I can't believe you fell too! I'm so glad you didn't get injured. And I so understand your first concern was for your mac. Gracie, you are so sweet to make sure your mommy was OK. I hope you will enjoy the pictures of Samson as a young dog that I have posted here.
Kim at Golden Pines: I knew you were 6' tall from your posts. It's never easy growing up a bit different, but I have always been happy about being tall once I left those little boys behind. I am also very grateful for your friendship. Please don't ever feel bad about not having time to comment. What you do for the dogs is what's the most important ~ Carl and your cat too, of course.
Susan Flett Swiderski: Thank you so much, I am feeling much better today. I even added half an hour to our morning walks. I'm up to one and a half hours, well, for today at least. Thanks for the compliment.
Chatty Crone: Oh, I hope you will find the answers to your diabetes with these tests. Did they put a sensor on you? I hope it will help to figure out what's going on. In a way, it's easier with type 1, which is what I have. You know that you have zero insulin in your body, so you just have to figure out how much to add to keep you going throughout the night and day and then how much to add, depending on how many carbs you eat with your meals. Not an easy thing to do, but the insulin pump makes it easier. Sending hugs and good wishes back to you.
Gina Gao: Thank you Gina, I'm so glad you stopped by. I will come by and visit your blog too.
Patrycja Photography: It's so nice to hear from you. I don't do Facebook, but I will check out your blog.
EM Illustrator: I didn't know you were tall too. There are a lot of us in Sweden, I guess. Yes, thank you, I am feeling better. Take care and have a great day.
Hilary Melton-Butcher: Thanks for the hugs and good wishes! Sending hugs back to you.
It's now 11:37 a.m., PT, and I need to go and eat my lunch and get out of here. I'm amazed, this took me all morning and I didn't even notice. Good thing I'm retired! I will leave this up tomorrow too and just focus on visiting everyone for the next few days. Take good care.