Blog Post # 44: Raising Alexandru, Part 1

Challenges and Different Abilities Ever since I first met our son Alexandru, 23 and a half years ago, when he was almost 4 years old, the word “challenges” has become a frequently used word in my vocabulary. I also frequently hear the word “disability” but I prefer to say “different ability”. As I recounted inContinue reading “Blog Post # 44: Raising Alexandru, Part 1”

Blog Post # 43: Disowned!!!

Rejected By a Loved One Since when has “ghosting” become a thing? Isn’t it interesting as to exactly which folks we are willing to give  the benefit of the doubt and which not?  When you like someone, and they say or do something stupid, your reaction is to take the words or action in theContinue reading “Blog Post # 43: Disowned!!!”

Blog Post # 42: That time in prison

Risky Behavior When I was in college, I was encouraged to do some volunteer work.  I wanted to be a veterinarian, and was at college for the first step to that goal, working on a bachelor’s in biology. At a job fair I was told volunteering would look good on my vet school application, alongContinue reading “Blog Post # 42: That time in prison”

Blog Post # 41: Cooking, Sewing and 4-H

Us two older girls, Deb and myself, enjoyed first Girl Scouts, then 4-H. Cooking and Sewing Adventures at the Oklahoma State Fair I entered my Angel Food Cake, Chocolate Fudge, canned peaches from our peach tree, and Pecan Pie into the Women’s Division at the State Fair (I was only 14 at the time) andContinue reading “Blog Post # 41: Cooking, Sewing and 4-H”

Blog Post # 40: Our Oklahoma Farm

Life On Our Farm We lived on a 40 acre Oklahoma farm between Tulsa and Broken Arrow. When I was in 7th grade a fire started a couple farms over and was moving up our back acreage.  As the fire threatened our neighbors, they let their livestock out of the pens, filling the road withContinue reading “Blog Post # 40: Our Oklahoma Farm”

Blog Post # 39: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 8 – Life After Marriage

Life After Divorce I graduated High School Spring of 1971. I lived at home while I took a year off school and worked as receptionist in my Dad’s Volkswagen dealership to, as my Dad said, “gain some real world experience”.  Mom and Dad were divorced in July, 1972, after 22 years of marriage. Us 5Continue reading “Blog Post # 39: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 8 – Life After Marriage”

Blog Post # 38: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 7 – Married Life

The Cliffhanger Ending Last blog post I left you with a cliffhanger. “After working two years and saving for college Mother decided we needed a bigger house because Erica and Parker were coming to live with us. Mother asked me for my college savings to make a down payment on a bigger house, so IContinue reading “Blog Post # 38: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 7 – Married Life”

Blog Post # 37: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley; Part 6 – Young Girl to Young Adult

Growing Up Mom told me stories of when she was a girl and a young woman.  I wish I would have asked her for more. The following are a few I found on her computer after she died. When Mom was a girl living in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she had a life-long close friend, Emma Sue. Continue reading “Blog Post # 37: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley; Part 6 – Young Girl to Young Adult”

Blog Post # 36: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 5 – Parker and Erica

The Rest of Uncle Parker’s Story Back in 2002 my sister Deborah made a book all about our Uncle Parker.  Here are excerpts from it. When Parker was in high school he taught himself morse code and made a short wave radio. He loved using that radio. One day some men showed up at theContinue reading “Blog Post # 36: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 5 – Parker and Erica”

Blog Post # 35: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 4 – Parker and Mom

Mom and My Uncle Parker Mom was only 14, almost 15 years old when her brother Parker died fighting in the war in Germany.  Parker was not quite 22, only about a month and 3 weeks before his 22nd birthday.  As a reminder from where Parker’s story began in my previous blog https://mylifebydag.blog/2020/12/18/blog-post-34-my-mom-miriam-elizabeth-hall-gateley-part-3/, here isContinue reading “Blog Post # 35: My Mom: Miriam Elizabeth Hall Gateley, Part 4 – Parker and Mom”