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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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