Sunday, February 1, 2009

Marla's M Words

I told my blogging buddy Cathy that she could give me a letter for the Letter Meme, and I got the letter M. So I will do my best to write on 10 things that I love that start with M!

1. Mountains- Who doesn't love the beauty of the mountains. We have no real mountains in Nebraska but Mount Crescent was nearby. Well some of you may not no about this mountain, but that is where Pete took me to learn to ski. It's a ski place, but really just some big hills. My first attempt at skiing was awful. They made artificial snow and when you tried to get to the ski lift it was pure ice and and I couldn't even keep from falling. We some how got to lift and I went down once and refused to go down again. Yes, I was a big baby about it! We did start going to Colorado every winter to ski. It was much easier to learn on real mountains with real snow. I have fond memories of our ski trips and am glad I didn't give up after the awful start at Mount Crescent!

2. Music- I like to listen to music, really all kinds. I am not fond of rap! I love musicals. I do alot of singing. I sing in the shower, in the car, and around the house. I even use my wooden spoon for my pretend microphone. I make up my own words to the tunes of other songs. Yes, my kids say I am crazy but very entertaining. I not a good singer just average. I would never sing solo. I did karaoke one time on a business trip. It was a competition with other states in our company. Our group was singing Taking Care of Business, we were rockin good! We won by the loudest applause! Many of us probably had one drink to many at that time!

3. Magazines- I love magazines. I buy way to many, but I can't help myself. I need to go to Magazine anonymous or something. They call my name when I walk by them, I try hard not to look at them, but they draw me in every time. My favorite of course are cooking magazines, I am obsessed with them!

4. My Mother- I love my mother, she simply the best, better than all the rest! She will be 76 on Feb. 3rd. She has been there for me when I need her always. Her and my dad will be married 59 years in October. I have always admired my mom. She was the youngest of 12 children. Her mother had her when she was 47 years old. My grandmother got Parkinson's and my mom being the youngest had to quit school to care for her mother. Her brothers and sisters are much older were gone and married. My parents were newly married and her parents lived with them. One night mom and dad went out and Grandma went to someone's house for the night, Grandpa stayed home. While they were gone, there was a fire! Grandpa got out in his underwear but the house burned to the ground, they lost everything. Mom had taken off her wedding rings that night because her hands were swollen. Mom said they sifted through the ashes for weeks for her ring, but never found it. Mom had 4 little girls and by this time my Grandma was wheelchair bound, couldn't even talk, or feed herself, or walk. Mom took care of us and her parents. My grandpa never wanted her in a nursing home. Grandpa died first and mom then put her mom in the nursing home. Grandma died 2 weeks later and 24 hours after she went to the nursing home. My mom is a hard worker, she can still work circles around me. She is a great cook and the best baker. I love my mom!

5. Mexican Food- I really like Mexican food. If ever I have a good craving, it is usually Mexican food. And, well, that's all I have to say about that.

6. Memories-- I love memories! I think it is good for your soul to reflect on both your good and bad memories. I am a keeper of stuff, you know, not one to throw stuff out. Well everything holds some kind of a memory and I just can't part with things. That's why my house is filled to the rim with things. I really do need to clear out some of the stuff but I have a hard time with it! When I die my kids are going to have way to much stuff to go through. I know that you should hold memories in your mind and heart. But, I can't help thinking, if my mind goes, I might need the stuff to remind me of the memory!

7. Marriage--I loved marriage and everything about it! The good things and the bad things. I miss not being married. I like having someone around to talk with, laugh with, snuggle with, and to love. Pete and I were soul mates. We did everything together. We were always with each other. We didn't really go anywhere without each other. We were there for each other. And as the vows say Until death do us part!

8. Motherhood- I like being a mother. I don't know what I would do without my kids. There is nothing you will ever do in your life that compares to motherhood. I made lots of mistakes at motherhood. I was a single parent for awhile, I tried hard to be the mom and the dad. I didn't always do the best. My mom would always come and stay with me when I had a baby, to help out for a few days. When I had my third child, Andy she came. Seth was 6, and Emily was 3. The day she was going to leave, I cried like a baby, it was a hormone thing, uncontrollable, I didn't mean to! I said what the heck was I thinking, 3 kids, don't leave me here! Well she left and I survived. My kids have driven me to tears at times, but I love them so very much. I am very close to my children and not all people have that!

9. Mornings- I am not a morning person, meaning that I have never got used to getting up at 5:30 am. I am really crabby in the morning, and it takes me forever to get going. I always told my husband that I am not responsible for what I say early in the morning hours. Once I am up and about, I like the mornings! I like the weekend mornings, in the summer when I can get up early and work in my flowerbeds.

10. Miracles- I love miracles, I believe in miracles. I think that it is a miracle that my husband lived for 13 years fighting and winning 3 bouts of cancer, even though he did not win the 4th bout! It was a God given miracle! He was given time for our children to grow older, he was given time to get to know his grandchildren. He was given time to come to know the Lord! We were given time to love each other a little longer. During this we all learned very valuable life lessons. How to live your life with dignity. To always have hope, to live each day to the fullest and to embrace each new day like its your last!


EV said...

THAT is a winning list. I loved it!

Lanny said...

A moving list. Very good.

LL Cool Joe said...

This is a very moving list. Your husband sounds like an amazing man too.

Well I share my birthday with your Mother which is nice. I too was born on the 3rd February.

It's interesting that when I read blogs, so many people say they don't like rap music. To me it's poetry set to music. Of course there's a lot or rubbish out there too, but a great deal of Rap can be very moving. To me anyway. But I appreciate all kinds of music. I couldn't be a dj it I didn't!!

Scarlet said...

That's sweet the way you wrote about your mother and your marriage. One day I hope to ski in Colorado and see some MOUNTAINS!

Winifred said...

Your list is lovely. I like your last one especially.

Have to say I really detest rap

Sue said...

Nice list. Mexican food I can do without. I miss my Mom. Mornings are great once I push myself out of bed and the sun is up.

Jim said...

Marla, this is a wonderful rundown ALL ABOUT YOU! Guess that's what Meme's are for. But you did yours extra nice.
I can identify with all except 'motherhood.' I know it's something special that only ladies can have and that most always the mother has what it takes.

I have skied Mt. Cresent. Mrs. Jim has had the ski patrol rescue her there by getting her out of that fence on the northwest side at the top. But then she generally needs the ski patrol every time wherever she goes. We haven't been for a long time.
Oh yes, I am not a good driver but I am a very skillful driver.

Jamie Dawn said...

I tried snow skiing a few times, and I was terrible at it. I was a big baby too, also!

Music: my son's band is called Crown Jewel Defense. If you don't mind some rock guitar, you might like the music. My favorite song is Bit of Parchment.

Mother: Your mom sounds wonderful!!!

Marriage: Yep, it's a good thing. I'm so glad you had Pete to love and to love you.. which brings us to...
I know you have many wonderful memories.

I enjoyed your M words.


Cliff said...

So very well done. You're top shelf Marla.
I'd say your head is screwed on straight as straight can be. There was a lot of insight in this one. Thanks.

Ralph said...

Good list. I'm with you on 5, 6, and 7.

Tabor said...

The post about your mom illustrates what terrific strength is in your genes. You will survive.

Granny Annie said...

One of my favorite "M" words is Marla! I loved all your choices and what you had to say about each one.

Lucy Stern said...

What a wonderful list....I also like mountains,mothers, marriage and miracles...You sound a lot like me in some ways..Great post.

Jim said...

Hi Marla, you're my favorite "M" word too. Guess us old folks (Gr.A 2) think of things like that.

Just wanted to mention that I had to leave, we went to see Pink Panther 2 tonight and so I just threw my blog up. I added more text and one more picture of worried people.

Thanks for visiting. I hope your computer gets up and running for you real soon.
We are spoiled with the lap tops here. My regular one is getting old. It got high jacked three years ago and I abandoned it.

Edie said...

Hi Marla! I've been meaning to come visit you all day today but stayed off the computer most of the day. God put you on my heart this morning so I prayed for you.

I love your list of Ms. What an incredible story about your Mom and the fire. Oh my goodness that had to have been a terrible ordeal. I'm so glad no one was harmed though.

Chatty Kelly said...

I loved your list. I'll met "Marla" is one many people's list of favorite "M" words!!

Thank you for your encouraging words over at my blog!

Janell said...

Nice list, Marla! I love your mom, too. She is one of my favorite Auntie-in-laws.

And, of course, I'm with everyone who saud MARLA is their favorite "m" !!

Scarlet said...

Thinking of you on Valentine's Day! :)

Have a good weekend!

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