Archive | April 2011

Week 17. Pets – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

I have had pets for most of my life and both sets of grandparents had pets when I was a child.  Both sets of grandparents in fact had Chihuahuas!  My dad’s parents had a which Chihuahua called Tiger that I have written of before that they kept until he was very old and very ill and had to be euthanized.  My mom’s parents had a Chihuahua called Tiny that lived in the back yard in a little dog house that I jumped off of spraining my ankle when I was about 5 years old. 

My first pet that I remember well was a Siamese cat named Sammy.  She was a beautiful cat who ruled our household for many years!  My funniest memory of her is one weekend when we lived in Green Forest and my mom’s parents came to visit.  Grandma was in the living room and was very surprised when the ceramic cat on top of the TV suddenly got up and jumped from the TV!  Grandma Treat screamed in surprise and Mom came running into the room to find out what was wrong!  Sammy was just looking around like she was wondering what all the noise was about and by that time Grandma was feeling a little silly.  Sammy loved to curl up on the TV for hours at a time but she was also a very affectionate cat!  We had her for over ten years until she got feline leukemia and died.  I still think about her often.

We also had a few hamsters and fish when we were kids.  My hamster would continually get out of his cage and we would come in and find Sammy on top of the cage looking around and meowing at us like she was saying would you please get that overgrown mouse back in his cage!!

Later, when I was a teenager, we had just gotten a cute little yellow and white Manx  kitten when Dad stopped to go into Radio Shack on Sunset in Springdale.  I went into the pet store next door to get something for our fish tank and found this beautiful Siamese cat roaming the store.  She was so beautiful and reminded me of Sammy but she had obviously been mistreated.  The pet shop owner said I could have her for $10 and so I bought my first cat!  However, she became my brother’s cat because she was afraid of women.  It was a couple of years before she would really have much to do with me but I never regretted my decision to make her a part of our family.  She became a mother many times over (the father was the Manx cat) and we eventually kept one of her kittens before we had her spayed.  The three of them lived until they died at very advanced years for cats of their breeds.  The child died only about 3 years ago on the day after Christmas of 2008.  

In 2009, we got the dog that we currently have.  I currently have a small Chihuahua dog.  He is a precious little dog.  We rescued him from an animal shelter in Rogers.  He was a very skinny very scared little dog that weighed only about 4 pounds and looked like he might not survive very long.  He was a stray that had been taken to the shelter.  He has one eye that is damaged either through a birth defect or through some sort of injury.  He is also still somewhat timid even after two years with our family.  Loud noises or unusual situations leave him shaking with fear sometimes.  However, he now has a very good life.   He eats and sleeps and follows my mom around the house!  He usually gets whatever meat that we are having for dinner and yogurt and other treats from Mom!   He has a good life now and is loved by everyone in the family!

Week #17 – Pets

Week 17. Pets. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. If you did not have pets, you can discuss those of neighbors or other family members.

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 23, 2011 through Friday, April 29, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #16 – Restaurants

When I was a little kid, my absolute favorite was McDonald’s – gotta have the happy meal!  We would get the food at McDonald’s and take it to the park right behind the restaurant and have lunch and feed the ducks in the pond.

There was also a KFC (Colonel Sanders in those days)!  If we were getting a special treat, we would go there and we would each get these boxes with fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy and a biscuit.  Don’t forget about the “spork” and the special wet wipe in the little red and white packet because the chicken was finger-licking good!

When I was a little older and we lived on Berry Street in Springdale, there was a little drive-in where you got out of the car and then walked up to the window.  They had the most wonderful tacos for 10 for a dollar!

My favorite restaurant when we lived in Green Forest, was a drive-in called Jim’s Drive-In.  They had the most wonderful burrito with salad on top!  There burgers were great too!

When we would visit my mom’s parents, we would stop at this little hamburger place called Mr. Quick’s where you got these little tiny burgers for 49 cents each!  Those were so good!

My favorite restaurant now is an Italian restaurant called Johnny Carino’s in Rogers where I always get their chicken parmesan!  The bread they bring to the table with the dipping oil is so good!  I could eat there every day of the week!

Week #16 – Restaurants

Week 16. Restaurants. What was your favorite local restaurant as a child? Where was it located, and what was your favorite meal? Did you know the staff personally? What is your favorite restaurant now?

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 16, 2011 through Friday, April 22, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #15 – Sports

Sports have never played a large part in my life.  I have never been much into sports but I have always supported my school teams.  Once I went to college, I usually watch the University of Arkansas Razorbacks whenever they are on TV. 

As a kid, I remember my dad and Grandpa Thompson watching wrestling and Cowboys football together on TV.  When Grandpa was watching sports (or really any TV but he mostly watched sports when we were there), you did not get up and walk in front of the TV during the show!  You also didn’t talk except of course he often explained how the referee was wrong!

Now, some of the kids play sports so I try to get to their games whenever I can.

Week #15 – Sports

Week 15. Sports. Did you have a favorite sports team as a child? If so, which one and why. Did your parents follow the same teams? Do you still support the same teams?

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 9, 2011 through Friday, April 15, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week 14 Spring

Well, it is spring again and that does remind me of the spring activities when I was a kid.  Both sets of my grandparents would be planting their gardens by now.  In a few weeks there would be fresh tomatoes and lettuce and onions from the gardens.  If we were lucky there would be a few watermelons!  I love fresh watermelon!

Spring is also the time for Easter.  Easter at Grandpa Thompson’s meant coloring eggs and hunting for them in the yard with our little baskets. 

The main thing that happens in the spring though is the beginning of the bar-b-que season!  Grilled hamburgers have been a constant since my youngest childhood memories!

Unfortunately, spring is also the time for allergies for me!  I thought I have been able to really breathe during spring since I was a little kid!  Every time I turn around, someone is mowing the yard and then my head is all stuffy!

The thing that really spells spring is here for me though now is when the little yellow jonquils start showing their faces!  I have seen quite a few this year and they never fail to brighten my day!

This year we have a special reminder of spring!  A robin has built a nest in our back yard!  We all enjoy watching her sitting on her nest and look forward to seeing the little baby birds soon! 

Week #14 – Spring

Week 14. Spring. What was spring like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 2, 2011 through Friday, April 8, 2011.