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.

Week 13: Sweets – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a major sweet tooth!  I love chocolate and most any sweets. 

My favorite sweets when I was a kid were made by my grandparents:  Rocky Road Fudge by Grandpa Thompson and Chocolate and Lemon Pies from my Grandma Treat (small slices of both pies should be eaten together for the best effect!).

I also loved the “wackies” that my aunt Judy and my mom made!  I don’t know why they were called wackies but now you can find the recipe as chocolate no-bake cookies.  They are basically a chocolate-peanut butter fudge with quick-cook oats added.  I still love these!  I make them sometimes (and sometimes they even come out right so we get to eat them!). 

I have major baking and candy-making issues! But, the pies I can sometimes get my sister or sister-in-law to make those for me – they can actually bake!

Week #13 – Sweets

Week 13: Sweets. What was your favorite childhood candy or dessert? Have your tastes changed since then? What satisfies your sweet tooth today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, March 26, 2011 through Friday, April 1, 2011.

Week 12: Movies – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History

I love movies but I don’t see too many of them anymore.  I want a plot.

The first movie that I really remember seeing at a theatre was Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.  I was a young child at the time and I didn’t get much of the movies funny lines but I loved the fast trans-am and the way that the Sherriff’s car is slowly destroyed during the movie.   My parents took us to see the movie at a drive-in theatre in Springdale.  Now the theatre is gone along with most of the drive-in theatres around the country.  But, there is still one in Fayetteville and I try to make it there occasionally.

I also remember going to the little walk-in theatre several times as a young teen-ager when I lived in Green Forest.  I don’t really remember which movies I saw there but I know that I loved going there.

The last movie that I remember seeing in the theater was Message in a Bottle.  I was in Texarkana with a friend and we went to the movies.  I loved the movie right up until the last 5 minutes when out of nowhere comes this boat and the hero dies trying to save the people on the boat that hadn’t been in the movie at all before the last five minutes!  I was so mad!! Love stories should have a happy ending!

My favorite movies of all time are the Alfred Hitchcock “Dial M for Murder”, ET, McClintock (a John Wayne Comedy), Shrek, Pretty Woman, and An Officer and A Gentleman.   Who can resist the ending scenes of the last two – I love a happy ending!

Week #12 – Movies

Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

This challenge runs from Saturday, March 19, 2011 through Friday, March 25, 2011.

Illness & Injury – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Illness and injuries have greatly affected my personal life unlike the previous week’s natural disasters.  Many of my readers will remember my ongoing saga with my knee last year which has really been my only significant injury.    I do have arthritis and some problems with my back but nothing that generally stops me from doing my daily activities – it interferes way more than I would like but so far hasn’t stopped any of them.

My brother broke his arm when he was about 5 (and broke the cast a couple of times after that but that story shall remain in the immediate family for a few more years anyway!).   He also had an injured knee when a drunk driver hit him one rainy night when he was in high school.  But so far, he has managed to not have too many injuries.

My sister had a few minor injuries and one set of stitches just over her eye when she was about 9 or 10 because she was watching a bird in the tree instead of my cousin hitting the baseball but again no serious injuries.

Illnesses haven’t been so kind to our family.  Both of our parents are now disabled (Dad due to a heart condition and mom due to several different conditions). 

My grandparents also had their share of illnesses.  Mom’s mother had many diseases including diabetes and heart conditions and eventually died after an 11-months several trips to the hospital.  She spent the last several weeks of her life in the Springdale Hospital in 1990.    She had many illnesses that caused her problems throughout her life as I remember it.  Dad’s father also had diabetes and died at too young an age from Lung Cancer.  Dad’s mother died from liver cancer in 2006.  Mom’s father died in 2004 after several weeks of illness.

Among the various aunts, uncles, and great-aunts and uncles, there have been many cases of cancer, diabetes, and arthritis to name a few of the diseases.  Our family doesn’t seem to get to live easy lives but we do persevere and most of us find ways to enjoy our lives regardless of our set of illnesses.

Week #11 – Illness & Injury

Week 11: Illness and Injury. Describe your childhood illnesses or injuries. Who took care of you? Did you recuperate in your own bed, on the couch in front of the television, or somewhere else?

Disasters – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

I am a bit late with my post on Disasters but here it is anyway:

There have been many tornados and thunderstorms and winter storms throughout my life but none of them played any significant part in my life or how I lived it.   I know that storms can be devastating but they haven’t hit me or my family that I know of to a degree that would really change our lives.  Thunderstorms and Tornados are a common occurrence in Arkansas so the threat is always there but you come to expect them and as long as they don’t destroy your home or kill or hurt one of your family you just try to live your life without really considering them.  Storms have destroyed some property and so forth but none of the family has been seriously injured or killed by a natural disaster. 

As a kid, when we lived in Green Forest, we did spend some interesting hours in the storm cellar of my aunt and uncle while all the adults would stand outside and watch for the storm to pass overhead.  I don’t really remember a lot of fear at those times, it was more of an inconvenience to me than anything else to have to go to the storm cellar but I know that my Mom was more afraid of the storms.  I use to have fun talking with the cousins and playing with the toys we would always grab to take down there.  The only thing I used to worry about was being in the cellar – I have always been a little claustrophobic and when they would shut the door it would really bother me.


Disasters – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week #10 – Disasters

Week 10: Disasters. Did you experience any natural disasters in your lifetime? Tell us about them. If not, then discuss these events that happened to parents, grandparents or others in your family.

This challenge runs from Saturday, March 5, 2011 through Friday, March 11, 2011.