Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for ZEBRA, ZULU, ZELDA - and a MESSAGE for you.


Welcome to Pearson Report.
I am participating in the 2015 A to Z Challenge.

Yes, I will be adhering to my THEME Calendar.


Do you see what happens when you TALK BACK - you don’t even get a reply to your lovely comments! Damn… I fell in the gutter and I’ve been lying here, on my back, looking at the stars. (That are circling my head - I must have tripped or something!)

OKAY… HERE WE GO… (for the last time… boo hoo)

Today’s grand finale post will be about the meaning of life.

ZEBRA          ZULU          ZELDA

What do they have in common?

They are all part of the alphabet.

ZEBRA comes from the Military Alphabet before 1956. Click, or zoom in on it.


ZULU comes from the Nato Phonetic Alphabet, after 1956, and is used pretty much world wide. Click, or zoom in on it.


ZELDA comes from Early World of Learning. It was their Animal Pals Alphabet and the one I used to teach Miss CP her ABC’s. I have never forgotten them.

Annie Alligator
Barry Bear 
Carol Cat
Danny Dog
Emily Elephant
Fernando Firefly
Gary Goose
Holly Horse
Isabel Iguana
Jerry Jaguar
Karen Kangaroo
Lester Lion
Mickey Moose
Nancy Nightingale
Oliver Ostrich
Penelope Pig
Quentin Quail
Rosie Racoon
Sally Snake
Tina Turtle
Underwood Umbrella Bird  
Vicki Vulture
Willy Wolf
oXford oX
Yolanda Yak
Zelda Zebra

See… once you learn your ABC’s you're set for life. (Or not, depends on which alphabet you were taught.)

So… I have a message for you, using the Nato Alphabet! (But my Animal Pals Alphabet would work too. HINT - JUST READ THE FIRST LETTER! HAHAHAHAHA)

India - Hotel Alpha Delta - Alpha - Bravo Lima Alpha Sierra Tango!

India - Hotel Oscar Papa Echo - Yankee Oscar Uniform - Delta India Delta - Tango Oscar Oscar!


I know you’re wondering what the meaning of life has to do with all this - well, that brings me to my last question…

You have one hour to live, you can make one phone call, who would you call, and what would you say? (It sounds easy upon first reading, but then… it becomes impossible. I wonder if anyone will attempt to answer!)

Cheers, Jenny

A special shout out to Arlee Bird, from Tossing It Out. He’s the Founder and Creator of the  April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, As well as being a blogging friend, he is a great motivator and an inspiring leader. Thanks Lee - you rock!  


  1. I would call my son to tell him I love him and apologize for all the things he blamed me for and thank him for becoming a fine and decent man. I'd also beg him to see his children and tell them the same things. My eyes are tearing up now thankyouverymuch!

    Congrats on completing the challenge! Xx

    1. That was moving - tears welled up in my eyes too! No matter what they put us through we can't stop loving them. It's hard watching our children falter. Good call - I'd be making the same to my daughter. (only she hasn't got kids yet)

      Thanks for hanging out here throughout the A to Z - you've been amazing Barb - hugs and love to you. xxoo

  2. I would call someone I loved, tell them I loved them... and share a moment. Good-bye as things become dark...

    "Z" we made it... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There's no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

    1. Here, here - only one call and it would be spent on someone I loved too.

      Yup, we made it - what a wonderful ride. And, thank you so much, Jeremy, for hanging out here and sharing your great comments - they warmed my heart and made me smile too. Big hug coming your way. xo (hehehehe)

  3. Anonymous4:39 am

    I'm glad you had a blast. I had a blast with it last year but man, was I exhausted. Congrats on making it all the way through. Hmm, who would I call? First instinct says my mom but she has dementia so maybe not ;p Perhaps a group Skype to my kids? Nah, they probably wouldn't pick up…hubby? Odds are he'd be at work…that leaves you :)

    1. I'd be there for you in a second. I hope though, that the kids would pick up and tell you how much they'd miss you and that they love you. I just know that's what they'd say.

      It's a tough question, isn't it! I'm sending you big hugs, Elsie, and a special thank you for dropping in during this A to Z and leaving behind a smile. xxoo

  4. I'm so glad to reconnect with you this April - I'll try to keep it up!

    Congrats on making it to the end :-) You know what, I did have a blast!

    Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

    1. Me too, Annalisa, I really hope we stay in touch. I'll definitely take a few days off but after that I'm going to make the rounds and do a little back reading. I know I've missed some excellent posts of yours.

      Congrats to you too for seeing this A to Z to the finish. It was a great run!
      With smiles, hugs, and happy thoughts, Jenny xxoo

  5. Oh my gosh. I literally have no idea. I know too many people.

    Jenny, I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed your posts this month! I'm so glad I found you, er, or you found me. Whatever. Seriously, though, each time I read your posts, I laugh out loud. Or at least smirk. Or violently breathe air heavily through my nose. I hope our writing friendship continues past April, and looking forward to continuing to smirk and giggle when I see that the Pearson Report has a new post =)

    1. Dear Anne Marie - may I be so direct as to say you have been a treasure to find amongst the many bloggers who participated in this year's A to Z.

      Your cheerful and optimistic energy is felt in every comment. I have thoroughly enjoyed our banterings. I look forward to keeping you smirking as the months unfold.

      Also, I look forward to reading about your adventures in the writing world. I see great things for you. I'll be by to catch up on the A to Z posts I missed - the ones I did catch were insightful and full of great wit.

      May happiness and joy be your constant companions as you make your way through life. Sending hugs and love your way, Jenny xxoo

  6. I would call my kiddo. Give her some of my wisdom.

    1. I'd call my kiddo too. Don't know if I have any wisdom to impart - still trying to find some, but I would let her know she made my life complete.

      Lady B, I just want to say a sincere thank you for participating in this year's A to Z - I know you were waffling. It was great dropping in and reading your posts - a true winger, after my own heart. With hugs, smiles and love, Cool J xxoo

    2. I wouldn't know how to do it any other way. :)

  7. Congrats on reaching your blogger goal. What's next?

    1. Ah… Mount Everest - in my dreams! LOL

    2. Will you keep blogging each day?

  8. Congratulations! That's a hard one. I think I would call my daughter!

    1. Seems those of us with kids would like our final call to be with them. How heartwarming is that. No matter what the rough patches are we love them to bits.

      Dear Lisa - I'm so grateful to have discovered you, via our dear Bouncin' Barb, you've added much happiness and joy in my A to Z Adventure. Please stay in touch - I'll be dropping in to do a little back reading. With hugs and smiles xxoo

  9. I would call heaven and let my children know I am finally coming to see them.

    2015 A to Z Challenge Ambassador

    1. My dear buddy - this one breaks my heart. They'll be so happy to finally have you with them. Selfishly I hope they don't mind you hanging around a little longer with us. I'm sending this with tight hugs, your pal JP (aka J)

  10. I knew about zebra but not the others. I would call E.T. and tell him to take me with him

    1. Hahahaha - that takes the cake! When you call E.T. can you have him swing by and pick me up too. I think it's time I went back to my home planet.

      Well, this is the last post of the A to Z - I want to thank you, Birgit, for your regular visits, your fun and uplifting (often hilarious) comments and your support here at Pearson Report. I hope we stay in touch. I'll be visiting to do some catchup reading - I fell off the wagon for a few days (under the bus, sleeping off a hangover, hahaha) so I'll be seeing you around for sure.

      Sent with smiles, hugs, and love, Jenny xxoo

  11. I'd have to do a conference call with my hubby and family members. No compromise for me.
    Congrats on completing the challenge.

    1. Brilliant option - that way you get everyone on at one time! I know from reading these comments family seems to be the most important thing. And it is!

      Thank you for stopping by on your way around this amazing A to Z Challenge. I hope you had fun! I enjoyed your medical based posts. Cheers, Jenny :) :)

  12. Hi Jenny - well done and interesting about the different alphabets .. I named the zebra Lenny sent me - Zdena ... so my zebra is Zdena!!

    I'd ring my godaughter .. no children, no parents - needs to be someone special ... not sure I'd be able to impart any wisdom .. but such is life .. cheers Jenny - well done for completing ... Hilary

    1. Awwwww, that's a cute name for a zebra - does the name have a special meaning?
      My daughter read this post and called me to say she remembered her little Animal Pals. There were two hand puppets that went with the program (it was a boxed set with cassette tapes and books) which we kept - but somehow can't find… boohoo. hahahaha oh well, time to grow up!

      Congrats on finishing the challenge - I'll be by to do some reading in the next little while - seems I had time enough to read the from the list that was assigned me as Lee's Ambassador, but sadly, others fell to the side. Well, it will provide me with reading material now that the challenge is over.

      Thank you so much for dropping in and cheering me on. Cheers, xxoo

  13. Anonymous11:05 am

    I wouldn't call anyone. I hate the phone. :)

    1. Whoa, your made of tough material - I'd definitely call my daughter. Other that his one phone call, at the eleventh hour, I'm not a huge phone fan either.

      Thanks for stopping by Susie - your visits have been much appreciated. xxoo

  14. I thought a zebra came from the zoo?

    1. Vell, vhen you put it like zat, dann I don't argue mit you. You are sooo shmart!
      I be a little zound myself. :) :)

      Hey good buddy - thanks for the visits, I'll be passing by your way in the next month to catch up on some Haiku reading… that was a great theme! :) :)

  15. I'd call my wife and tell her it was probably her fault.

    1. Yikes… and maybe she'd say, well, dude, that's what you get for messing with my Salsa! hahahaha

      Thanks for the visits during this challenge - much appreciated. Whew, now I can find a life and start living it… or not. :) :)

    2. I'll have you know I wear the salsa pants in the relationship...

      Frankly, I don't know how you mustered it. It's hard enough to read blogs every day, much less post every day. Cheers to making it out alive!

      As for getting a life, well... I don't really have one of those. I can make a killer jar of salsa, though. :)


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