A to Z – The ABC’s of Me: Z



This is my seventh year of participation in the A to Z Challenge. My intent this year is to share a little bit about me each day… the good, the bad, and the ugly… so you can get to know “the woman behind the words” a little better!

Wow, today is “Z” day for the April A-Z Challenge, this month has gone by really fast!  I haven’t even began to read and comment on the blogs of all the nice folks that have visited me, so I have plenty of work to do in the coming days and weeks, and I’m looking forward to that!

Most of us grew up learning the alphabet with picture books, and Z always stood for zebra; it’s still the first word that comes to mind when I think about the letter Z. In fact I included this photo of our close up encounter with a zebra in my 2015 A-Z post.


It was taken when we visited the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Glen Rose, Texas. Feeding the animals from our hands was such a fun experience! Papa Bear and I have shared so many wonderful times together; sweet memories like this are the best!

When we think of our lives as a journey, a pathway which begins with our arrival on this earth and ends with our departure, I’d have to say my path has followed more of a zig zag pattern than a winding road or a direct route.  There have been lots of stops and starts and changes in direction. But it really doesn’t matter so much what path you’ve taken to get where you are now, what matters is what you’ve learned from the journey. The point is that I am here now, and you are here, and what’s important is what we do from this point on.

There may still be a few zig zags in my future that I haven’t planned on and can’t foresee, but I am ready for whatever life brings. I think of all the wonderful experiences and people I would have missed out on if I wouldn’t have hung on for the ride. Thank you for being part of my journey!

I tend to rattle on when I talk, and I tend to ramble on when I write… you’ve probably noticed that this month, if you hadn’t before! 🙂  Sometimes I get so excited when I have something to share that I forget to zip it and listen to what the other person is saying. I don’t mean to be rude, I just get carried away!

When Papa Bear and I first met we visited on the phone for hours each night, and he sometimes used a bell to signal that it was time for me to zip it and come up for air so that he could talk for awhile! 🙂 He still thinks that is funny and so do I, it also shows how much patience he has had and continues to have with me as his wife.

I’ve shared a lot about me and my life in my A-Z posts this year. I hope I haven’t put you to sleep or scared you away. For the most part I am harmless. 🙂 I’ve enjoyed doing stream of consciousness writing about whatever my brain associated with the letter of the day, and I may do more of this kind of posting in the future (sorry)! But today marks then end of April and this is my final post for the A-Z, so I think I’ll just end with a big thank you for your visits and kind comments, and then I’ll zip it for a bit!

Have you ever fed a zebra? What comes to mind when you hear or read the word zig-zag? Do folks ever tell you to zip it?


Links to all of my 2018 A-Z Posts:

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

4 thoughts on “A to Z – The ABC’s of Me: Z”

  1. It’s been a long time since i’ve been at one of those wildlife places to feed the animals — goats at the petting zoo do not count as exotic to me.

    Things change, life goes up and down, i guess a zig zag is a good way to think about it.

    It’s great that you did not zip it but choose to complete the A to Z. Congratulations!

  2. How cool to have that zebra come so close! I’ve enjoyed reading about you, Josie. You have been brave to share so much. Looking forward to continuing to read your great stories.

  3. Lovely Z post, Josie.
    Congratulations on comoleting your 7th AtoZ. Sorry, I missed out many of your posts. Shall try to catch up on reading them in May.
    Love and best wishes always…

  4. Congrats on completing the A-Z challenge! I enjoyed learning more about you this past month. XO

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.