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In 1933

on New Year’s Eve, my maternal grandparents were married.

Grandad was 23 and Meema was 19. What I remember always hearing is that they met at a square dance where Grandad was the caller (the one calling out directions to the dancers). I remember Grandad telling me, with a sparkle in his eye, that when he first saw Meema she had jet black hair and was shaped like a hornet.

Before they married, Grandad sold his horse to buy the marriage license and some groceries for starting their life together. They met the preacher in the middle of a dirt road in Southeastern Oklahoma and were married. Grandad stayed that night at Shorty’s house (a relative) and Meema had to go back home, do her family’s laundry and tell her father that she’d gotten married. Grandad always said that he got the “durn eech” (itch) at Shorty’s house. The next day, the first day of 1934, they began their life together.

Mom said “the durn eech” was scabies and that Grandad told her that he had to take a bath in turpentine to get rid of it. He said it sure did burn where he’d scratched.

They were married 59 years when Meema passed away.

Each year on New Year’s Eve, I think of Meema and Grandad. I think of them all the time, really, about little things here and there, but specifically on this date. I think of how they loved all of us and how hard they worked. I think of the stories they shared with us about their lives, the lessons they taught and how important family was to them. I feel so fortunate to have been born into their family.

Happy Anniversary, Meema and Grandad!

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2007 in review: blog style

I did this last year or maybe the year before. Or maybe I just read about it and thought it was neat… I cannot find the post where I did this, so that’s probably the case. Anyway, I cannot remember at the moment where I saw this idea.

The general idea: go through the past year and post the first sentence of your first blog post for each month. Viola! The year in review!

I’m going to make additional notes on a few of the months (noted with **), but not for every month. If you’d like more information about the first sentence from each month’s post, feel free to browse my blog archive. It’s located in the right sidebar – very easy to find for you and less work for me!

Happy New Year!!

January:
I went to see the production of “On Golden Pond” this afternoon at the Civic Center.

**Youngest DD was diagnosed with type I diabetes in December 2006, so most of 2007 was spent learning and helping her gain and keep control of her blood sugar levels.

February:
On the forum that I help moderate, I recently changed my name.

March:
A month or so ago, I became a member at Paperback Swap dot Com.

**Youngest DD began using an insulin pump on the 15th of March.

April:
I just added two new links on my sidebar:
MS Mom’s Money and Blunt Money.

**April 2 – DS’s 12th birthday!
**April 12, Smokey’s first birthday (before he came to live with us).

May:
I only need 2 more referrals to sign up for a FREE WOWIO account (to download eBooks) and I’ll get the free iPod shuffle.

**May 19 – Youngest DD’s 11th birthday!
**Smokey became part of our family.

June:
Today is the day of the JDRF walk!

**Youngest DD went to diabetes camp for 3 weeks.
**I got a new car.

July:
Last week, I bought some Crystal Light Classic Orange Sunrise flavor.

**Kids to church camp – had a chance to visit with family and friends in SE Oklahoma.
**Our family vacation was in Branson, MO. It was a week filled with fun!
**On July 26, I had a hysterectomy.
**July 29 – Oldest DD’s 14th birthday!

August:
I went to the doctor today & saw the nurse practitioner.

**Oldest DD started high school and is in the marching band. DS and youngest DD went to middle school.

September:
The kids and I are up early this morning… we’ve been out looking for meteors.

October:
It’s Banned Books Week #26.

**I got my passport this month!

November:
We got back to Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon.

**From Halloween through the first few days of November was our trip to Canada.
**Youngest DD out of school for a week blood sugar levels out of control – ketones in the urine- honeymoon phase of type I diabetes is over.
**11-19-07 Megan.

December:
Merry Christmas from Smokey!

**Ice storms, no electricity, kids out of school for a week.
**December 25 – Dobby’s 3rd birthday.

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Twelve grapes for New Year’s Eve

Did you know that in Spain, at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, it is a long-standing tradition for everyone to put a grape in their mouth for each of the clock’s twelve chimes?

Read this article. Sound fun, huh?

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bringing in the new year

Now that the kids are older, they’re all about watching the ball drop as the new year begins. They like drinking apple juice in pretty glasses to toast each other. We usually stay home together. Throughout the evening, we work on a puzzle, play board games, have a movie going in the background, have snacks and things like that. Last year, we had my sister and her kids over and made a big to-do of it. I’m not sure what the plan is for this year yet.

What do you and your families do to bring in the new year?

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a day filled with joy and peace,
and that it was spent in the company of those you love.

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Tomorrow

is Dobby’s 3rd birthday. He hatched on Christmas Day 2004.

Happy Birthday, Dobby!

He’s really been a little spot of sunshine in our home.
I’m really glad we have him.

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Magnificent

is the perfect word to describe Johnny Depp’s performance as Sweeney Todd. His eyes and facial expressions showed so much depth of feeling. His voice… well, perfect.

The entire film — completely wonderful. Haunting, yes. But wonderful.

Helena Bonham Carter was great as Mrs. Lovett and Alan Rickman was an outstanding Judge Turpin.

Although I’ve read the book (script from the play), I’d not ever seen a Broadway production of Sweeney Todd. To see it come to life was amazing.

I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Soon.

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17 now only 8 hours until…


Chrissie and I will be watching SWEENEY TODD!

2:25pm CST on 21 December 2007
I’m looking forward to it, can you tell?

(countdown in title updated at 6:25am)

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related? (part 2)


Today at work, the girls could not see the resemblance between Alexander Hamilton and Ann Heche. I still think they look like they are related. Don’t you?

I posted about it here back in April 2006.

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cute reindeer and a murderous barber

Aren’t these the cutest reindeer cookies you’ve ever seen? I just made them for a bake sale we’re having at work tomorrow. We’re raising money for a couple of families who need help right now.

And guess which movie soundtrack came out today?

YES! Sweeney Todd! Chrissie surprised me with it after lunch today as an early birthday gift. I was so excited I could hardly concentrate on work. I’ve been counting down the days until the soundtrack was available. I’ve also been counting down to the day when the movie opens (the day before my birthday), which goes without saying, right? I cannot wait until Friday afternoon!

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diabetes

Last year, on December 18, 2006, DD11 was diagnosed with type I diabetes. It’s been a long, hard year but also a really good year at the same time.

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electricity, ice storm, fun in Oklahoma

Last weekend an ice storm moved into Oklahoma. On Sunday night we lost our electricity. On Monday night, we went to Mom and Dad’s house to sleep. I have gas heat but it needs electricity to move the heat through our home. We have no place to hook up a gas heater. I’m so thankful Dad had a generator and that they have a wood stove.

Thankfully, Chrissie had a gas heater that put out some heat and she & her husband were able to get a generator and use that to heat and light their home.

This morning, our electricity came back on. We were at church and our next door neighbor called my cell phone to let me know. I’m glad I had it turned to “silent.” 🙂 I’d have been embarrassed if “Deck the Halls” had started blaring out of my purse!

6 1/2 days. No electricity. No damage to my home. No frozen water pipes (thanks to Dad’s propane heater that we set up during the two coldest nights).

It’s amazing to realize how dependent on electricity we are.

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find your Grinch name

My Grinchy name is Moodygrump Fussyfinger.

What’s yours?

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sssssssssssssssss

I know someone who likes to drag out the “s” sound at the end of her words. It’s only when a word ending in the “s” sound is at the end of a sentence.

Like,

“I’m so glad it’s almost Christmasssssss.”

or

“Would you like some mintssssssss?”

It usually does not bother me, but today I wanted to scream each time I heard it.
I felt like I was near the talking snake in The Jungle Book. The one with the oogly eyes that still creep me out if I think about them too long. I cannot remember the snake’s name.


getting back on track

I’ve veered off track. Actually, I’ve completely gone on a different road in the wrong direction.

I’m talking about Weight Watchers.

The past few weeks, I’ve not focused on eating healthy or exercising. At all.

Surprisingly, I’ve not gained any weight. I’ve not lost any either.
I suppose I should be thankful for the small mercy of not gaining.

I’ll be traveling on the WW road this week and will be posting food journals. It helps me be more accountable when I know that I’ll be posting everything online for the entire world to read. Not that everyone does. But everyone could…. oh, you know what I mean, right?

So tomorrow is the day. I’ll be journaling again, eating more fruits and veggies, walking in the evening, creating a healthier Natalie.

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