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Thursday Thirteen

This week’s TT is not my best, but I’m exhausted. Please accept my apologies & know that next week will be more personal. πŸ™‚ Happy Thursday, everyone!

thirteen favorite animals

1. Dog
2. Cockatiel
3. Dolphin
4. Koala
5. Panda
6. Horse
7. Rabbit
8. Deer
9. Swan
10. Gazelle
11. Peacock
12. Butterfly
13. Betta

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

I do not like my ex-husband.

Flowers!

May 19
May 19
May 25
May 25

There were more flowers this morning, but I didn’t have my camera. I will take pics tomorrow to post here. I feel kind of dorky being so excited about that African violet finally blooming.. but it’s been a year!

Jazzie

This is Jazzie, my parents’ dog. She is half sheltie & half lhasa apso. She’s the best little dog ever!

Oops! I didn’t get her tail in this pic. I’ll have to take another one to post soon.

I emailed my mom a copy of my last Thursday Thirteen list over the weekend. Here’s her reply:

Thanks, Nat. I believe that fits right in with “Her children rise and up call her blessed” from Prov. 31. You just made my day!
Love Bunches,
Mom

I am so glad that out of all the moms in the world, I got her. πŸ™‚

sunburn

I have a sunburn. My sunscreen wore off & then the SPF15 didn’t protect me anymore. I hate when I do dumb things like this that later cause me pain. I just need to whine about it for a minute & then I will move on.

WAAAAAH! It hurts!

OK. It didn’t take the pain away, but that urge to whine is gone. πŸ™‚

Red Hat Society


Have you heard of the Red Hat Society?

I had not until a few years ago when I was reading a book about a lady over fifty who became a Red Hat member.

Apparently, my co-worker has not heard of the Red Hat Society.
On Friday, she received a catalog order at work. It was a ton of bathroom supplies that were red hats with purple sashes on them. Soap dish holder, soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, hand towels, etc. She was so excited about it.

She will be really excited, I’m sure, when she’s 50 years old & can join the Red Hat Society. She is 32, though, so she’s got a ways to go.

42 things about me

1. first name? Natalie
2. were you named after anyone? My middle name is my mom’s middle name.
3. when did you last cry? uhmmm….. I cannot remember. I remember I was feeling overwhelmed with being a single parent and I was on the phone with Ginger.. but I don’t remember when it was.
4. do you like your handwriting? Yes.
5. what is your favorite lunchmeat? smoked ham
6. kids? 3 – 12 year old daughter, 11 year old son, 10 year old daughter
7. if you were another person would you be friends with you? Yes.
8. do you have a journal? I have a blog. I am much more likely to type than to journal by hand.
9. do you use sarcasm a lot? Not as much as I used to.. but yes, at times I do.
10. do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
11. would you bungee jump? I’m not sure. It looks scary.
12. what is your favorite cereal? Frosted Flakes with a banana sliced in it.
13. do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
14. do you think you are strong? Yes, when I need to be.
15. what is your favorite ice cream flavor? chocolate with pecans
16. shoe size? 9 to 9 1/2.
17. red or pink? Pink
18. what is the least favorite thing about yourself? My weight. I’m working on that.
19. what color pants and shoes are you wearing? Blue jean. No shoes.
20. last thing you ate? chicken stir fry
21. what are you listening to right now? daughters & friends talking about “High School Musical”
22. if you were a crayon, what color would you be? Green
23. favorite smell? Vanilla
24. who was the last person you talked to on the phone? Mom
25. the first thing you notice about people you are attracted to? whether they smile with their eyes or not
27. favorite drink? water, diet dr pepper
28. favorite sport? swimming
29. eye color? hazel
30. hat size? No Clue.
31. do you wear contacts? nope
32. favorite food? eggplant parmesan
33. scary movies or happy ending? Happy endings. I don’t sleep well after scary movies.
34. last movie you watched at the movie theatre? Aquamarine
35. what color shirt are you wearing right now? black
36. summer or winter? Summer
37. hugs or kisses? both
38. favorite dessert? strawberry shortcake
39. younger men or older men? I usually stay around my age.. but really it depends on the person.
40. any regrets in life? Not really. You live and you learn.
41. UPS or FedEX? either one.
42. if you could work in any profession, what would you be? For some reason I’m thinking being a boat captain would be great fun.. like a yacht. I’d love to sail a boat around in the Caribbean for a few years.. me, the kids & their tutor.. oh, and Keith Urban could come along too! πŸ™‚

speedbumps, tampons & boy stuff

Youngest daughter told me tonight that she has “speedbumps” and that she thinks she needs a bra.

Oldest daughter was concerned about being able to swim this summer during her monthly cycle.. so we had a talk… about products.

Son is going to be a young man soon, instead of a little boy. I’m dreading the questions.. because I was not raised around boys.. and I have NO answers for him. I hope his dad will step up to the plate.

Where’s that instruction manual that we were supposed to get when these kids were born? I really need one of those books tonight.

slobbery kisses.. ICK!

As youngest daughter was leaving to go skating with a friend tonight, I gave her a kiss on the cheek & hugged her. She looked at me & said, “I’m glad you’re not a slobbery kisser. Whenever Dad kisses me, he leaves a big wet spot on my cheek & it’s gross.”

OK. I sooooo didn’t want to think about that. YUCK!

Big, Blue and uhhh… Furry??


Today, we had an 82 year old patient named Grovaline.

I immediately thought of Grover on Sesame Street. But Sesame Street was not around 82 years ago!

Funny how the name trends go, huh? I’m sure not many little girls are running around carrying the name Grovaline these days.

Big, Blue and uhhh… Furry??


Today, we had an 82 year old patient named Grovaline.

I immediately thought of Grover on Sesame Street. But Sesame Street was not around 82 years ago!

Funny how the name trends go, huh? I’m sure not many little girls are running around carrying the name Grovaline these days.

Thursday Thirteen

thirteen things I admire about my family

1. Work ethic. My grandparents were hard workers. They taught this to their children. And they, my parents, taught it to my sisters & me in turn. I hope to teach this to my children.

2. Integrity. My parents are the poster children for integrity. They believe in doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.. regardless of circumstance. This is one of their best qualities.

3. Unconditional love. I have learned by watching my parents (with me & my sisters) the meaning of unconditional love. They have not always loved my actions, but they always love me. I’ve never doubted this. It’s a stabilizing force when everything else in life is wobbly.

4. Heart of a teacher. My parents both have the hearts of teachers. They teach what they know and love. They love to share information & knowledge with others. They are effective, kind and intelligent. Great qualities in teachers, I believe.

5. Adventure. My parents have a sense of adventure. They’re willing to try new things, separately and together.

6. Joy. They find joy in simple things, like a sunset, a glass of tea on the deck, a perfectly grilled steak, the smile of a loved one.

7. Friendship. My father has been best friends with the same man since junior high school. They are 57 years old now. They played high school football together, they went to college together, they raised their families in the same town, went to church together, hunt together, travel together. Each Sunday morning, they take turns phoning each other at 8:00am. They have a true friendship that has stood the test of time.. decades. Their example shows me what being a friend is about.

8. Perseverence. My parents keep on going, keep on doing what is right, no matter what. When my parents lost their business in the early 1990’s, instead of filing bankruptcy as many advised them, they buckled up, sold land, sold the house, and worked their bums off to pay off the debt. Each & every penny was paid back. To this day, my dad can do business with those building suppliers.. his word is valuable. He’s earned their trust through his character & perseverence.

9. Faithfulness. My parents love Our Father. They live their lives to honor Him.. each moment.

10. Love. Each of my sisters have blended families. My sisters have shown, by how they live their lives, what the love is. I am honored to be able to call them sisters of mine.

11. Patience. My parents posess infinite amounts of patience. Watching them teach a grandchild how to make cookies or shape dinner rolls is a wonderful example of this.

12. Curiosity. My family, as a whole, is an inquisitive bunch. We are always learning, reading, researching new things.

13. Wisdom. Through life lessons, each of us has become wiser. By listening to those who have gone before us, we learn from their mistakes and gain a bit of their wisdom. By talking with our children about these things, we give them a precious gift.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

African Violet

I have five flowers on my African Violet today. Yes, FIVE! It looks like eight or nine more will bloom soon. πŸ™‚ I’m so happy about it finally blooming again after a year and a half. I had begun to wonder if it was having an identity crisis and was mistakenly thinking it was an ivy.

I forgot to take my camera to work today, but will take it tomorrow to get a pic of the pretty flowers to post here.

Things are looking up

The kids have discovered that quite a few of their friends from school will be at the summer program they will be attending. They’re much less unhappy about going. Although, they’re still not happy that they’ll have to get up & leave early when I leave each morning.

They will survive, though… I’m sure of it.