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Retro wifey, mommy to a princess, editor, PETA fanatic, and I Love Lucy!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Narrated in my Boris Karloff voice:

The Grinch (voiced by Boris Karloff) is the film's main character. He lives in a cave in the fictional Mt. Crumpit, located above Whoville. The Grinch is a surly character with a heart "two sizes too small" who has especially hated Christmas. The Grinch, determined to STOP Christmas in Whoville, dons his Santa suit and heads to Whoville on Christmas Eve to steal all the boys and girls gifts. 

Poor Max, his doggie, innocent as he is, had to be his reindeer and lead the sleigh into Whoville.  Well, he sorta kinda "hitched him a ride" on the sleigh, and Mr. Grinch didn't like that much...LOL!

After they arrive in Whoville, with their sleigh of empty bags to steal the gifts, in the first house he arrives in he encounters Cindy Lou, who awakens when she thinks she hears Santa in the living room. 
The Grinch tells Cindy Lou that he is merely taking the tree to his workshop for repairs, and then sends her back to bed. He empties the first house of all the food and Christmas-related items, then repeats the process at the other houses in Whoville. He also takes the Village decorations.

With the Whos' stolen Christmas goods, the Grinch and Max travel back up Mt. Crumpit. Before dropping the loaded sleigh off the mountain, the Grinch waits to hear a sad cry from the Whos. However, down in the Village, the Whos joyously begin to sing Christmas carols, proving that the spirit of Christmas does not depend on material things. The Grinch begins to understand the true meaning of Christmas, and his heart grows "three sizes." He brings everything back to the Whos and participates in the holiday feast.

Narrated in Judy's voice: 

So, I wanted to remind everyone about the Grinch in case you had forgetten the true meaning of happiness at Christmas.  He couldn't steal what was in their heart and the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, only those materialistic things that only money can buy. 

Our Grinch this year however, not sooooooo much the same way, listen in:

Unfortunately, three weeks before Christmas, and of course during the time that Bug is just getting out of the hospital and recuperating from an almost diabetic coma and spending 4 days in ICU, we find out that one of my jewelry boxes had close to $5000 dollars worth of my jewelry missing, to include my "original" wedding rings from Junebug that we actually got married with (of note, I have two wedding ring sets.  I have a white gold set and a yellow gold set...missing is the yellow gold with 1.5 carat total weight of diamonds).  Also missing is a 14k gold ring with a 1 ct Topaz setting with 2 diamonds on each side (my mother bought me this ring).  Another ring is one of my mother's own rings with sapphires and diamonds.  And, two pairs of 1/2 carat diamond earrings, one pair of which was the first piece of jewelry Junebug ever bought me!  He actually bought me both pairs!


Do we know who the Grinch is?  Of course we do.  Did they admit it, YES!  Have we recovered all my jewelry, NO!  Junebug has been to 3 different pawn shops that this person took him to, where some of my things are and some are not; others that don't even belong to me that were stolen from someone elses home, but which we had to pay for in order to recover my own things.  "Missing in action" are still my two pairs of diamond earrings, which I think we can write off ever seeing again.  I am almost sure that I will never recover them. 

Since this has happened, I decided to do a little, okay A WHOLE LOT of research into this person's background in the last year or two.  It hasn't been pretty and things we suspected were pretty much true.  This person will end up in jail eventually, oh not because we called them but because they are out there breaking a lot of laws these days and you can only continue to run for so long.

I know what every single one of you are saying right now.  Why didn't we put this person in jail NOW? 

It was our first thought, as I would have at least recovered the jewelry without having to pay for it.  And what couldn't be recovered, we could file in our homeowners insurance.  As the pawn shops told us, "if we prosecute, they prosecute." 

After a lot of prayer, and thinking about what my mother would have wanted me to do, I have at this time chose not to make a police report.  I want to emphasize that at...this...time I have made this decision.  I am a woman and am entitled to change my mind without further notice!!  

I would also like to say that this thieving behavior will not go un-noticed by a court of law in some other way, shape and form as well.  I certainly cannot go into detail about what current court proceedings we have undertaken at this time for the benefit of MY family in order to protect what is mine!

For those of you who know us well and for those of you who just follow along in my blog, facebook or twitter, it shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who did this to us! 

So with that being said, we still didn't let it ruin Destini's Christmas!  Nor did any of her Auntie's let it take away from their niece!  Though Bug has been without a paycheck for almost a month now, and we have drained our savings, there is no monetary value on what we will do for Destini.  It's true that the materialistic things we give her are not near as important as the way we love her every day and give her shelter and food and clothing, but this was our FIRST Christmas with Destini and no matter what, it was going to be special for her!  No Grinch could steal her Christmas!

Here's some shots of Camel Christmas 2010

Desi's new "big girl" car seat

Who didn't have a sit n spin?

So, you get the idea!  A lot of clothes, which you can never have enough of, am I right?  Shoes too!  Plus she got a beautiful 14K gold bracelet from her Auntie Tiffany as well that I didn't get a picture of before I put it away, as Destini's little wrist is still too small for this one.  It is gorgeous though!

Our Christmas Princess:



Sunday, December 12, 2010



Friday, December 3, 2010 my husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Unfortunately, we had found this out when he was already in an "extreme" danger zone, very close to a diabetic coma with a blood sugar reading of over 1400!!  And, with a blood pressure of 208/108!! I knew he was sick.  I thought it was the flu.  I had NO IDEA just how sick he was, and it definitely wasn't the flu!

I have to say that I haven't felt that pit in my stomach since the day mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.  IT HITS HARD!  And when you have 6 doctors surrounding you asking you how, why, what triggered this?  All I could say was the truth:  "He's a pack a day smoker, a 12-pack a day Pepsi drinker, and he loves food more than life, obviously."  Of course all that didn't matter to me at that moment.  All I could think about was how serious is he and what are you going to do?  The hospital staff was excellent.  They moved rapidly and they clearly were focused on him!!  Or as my dad would have said, "they jumped like a lit fire under their ass." 

He was taken to ICU after scans of the brain to assure no brain damage had occurred, THANK GOD, there was none!  He stayed in ICU for 2-1/2 days, then moved down to a step-down ICU for a day, and then moved downstairs to a regular floor for 2 days.  As the days went on, I could see my regular old "Junebug" coming back to life.  Even as he left the hospital this day, his sugars were still in the 250s.

I am happy to say he is at home, though insulin-dependent....for now!  Can you say WAKE UP CALL?  I see the weight just dropping off of him right now, but of course that is to be expected.  The hardest part is the long-run, the forever lifestyle changes that will need to be made for him.  I certainly am not willing to cook 3 different meals at one time, ie, one for Destini, one for me, and one for Bug.  So I know there is a compromise out there in the big "google recipe world" waiting for me that is pleasing to all three of us.  And, please, if you have any great meal plans for a diabetic or seasonings, et al, do forward them to me.  It's been hard this past week trying to figure out what to cook and how to cook it and what he can have and what he can't have.  I figured my goal is to get as much weight off of him (and me too) and get his sugars under control, then we can focus on implementing some old foods he likes, such as a 1/2 cup of rice or 1/2 cup of potatoes.  For now, we have given up the "whitey's" all the way around.  We discovered first night that brown rice, well I'm just gonna say it...WE'D RATHER EAT DIRT! 

I have found cooking with other herbs such as rosemary, sage, cilantro, garlic and oregano make for some good stuff.  However, the biggest problem is that the meats seem so dang dry.  Bug has never been a fan to begin with of chicken breasts, and I just don't know how to make them juicy yet healthy.  Again, I am open to any suggestions one might have for me. 

I went to the grocery store and loaded up on every flavor of Mrs. Dash, can you tell????????

I also stocked up on the Crystal Light drinks.  They aren't bad at all!  We've been inventive a little and made some of the lemonade Crystal Light and added some tea bags.  Gotta sayyyyyy....NOT HATING IT! 

           Don't judge by looks cuz it kinda looks like urine....just sayin :((((

I also bought the econo-size Splenda® sugar.  I intend to use this with regular iced tea and by baking him something sweet this weekend.  I found a great diabetic peanut butter cookie recipe using Splenda® that I am going to try this week. 


First, we start out checking his blood sugar level. The old poke the finger, make it bleed, let the meter read your sugar level, blah, blah, blah....
He is currently on Novolin N insulin twice a day, 40 units in the morning, 25 units at night.

Okay, I won't lie, I really like "sticking" him....hee hee hee!  I am happy to report that since he has been home we have his blood sugars in the 99-153 range.  He's come a long way and I am proud of all he has done to better himself, and that Destini and I are important enough for him to want to make these changes.  I was really really really worried about him and losing him is not an option.  I refuse to let him give up on this fight!!!!  I see his "will" and "determination," one can only hope he remains this vigilant...I'm in it to win it!

I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, never let him forget he's a MAN...
Since Bug has been home and gaining his strength back, and because he really needs this time in my opinion, he won't be going back to work until after the first of the year.  This of course has put a huge financial burden on us at this time, so I will be working 10 hour days for a while to help out.  But, we are "SURVIVORS" and with God and great friends, they will watch over us during this time.  We certainly won't let that effect Destini's Christmas and since he has been home, he has made sure to finish his decorating the house and making it extra special for us....

                                 MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CAMEL'S