From Then to Now

A New Year. A fresh start. A blank page. It seemed like the perfect time to do that thing I had been telling myself for … how long … that I needed to do — get the writing juices flowing, start working on my blog again. However, I had no idea that, other than one (now deleted) post in 2017, I had not posted since 2015. 2015. You see, 2015 was the Worst Year of my Life.

What happened in 2015? Things that felt like one assault after another. As I stare at that date it all comes flooding back. In January my daughter, then 13, went to the ER (which apparently is now called the ED so I’ll try to use that terminology) with a head-splitting migraine. In February, my son, then 18, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. In March, my husband went to the ED (!) with a severe case of the flu. In April I lost my job. In May my mother passed away. I spent the month of June in a daze.

In July, my family received amazing news. My paternal uncle was a Korean War POW who died of malnutrition in a prison camp. No remains were ever received. However, some time in the 2000’s my aunt (his sister and closest blood relative) gave DNA to a project trying to identify a quantity of remains that had been received from South Korea. In July 2015 she received a call that they had identified remains belonging to her brother. Obviously this was great news but also very emotional and a lot to process.

In August I started a new job as full-time nanny for my then 5 month old niece. This is honestly what saved me, being around this sweet baby every day. That was when the healing started.

Fast forward to 2019. Things came full circle. My son, newly graduated from college, started his first job and moved into his first apartment, out of state. My daughter graduated from high school and started college. My niece started full-day junior kindergarten. I spent the last quarter of the last year trying to get my bearings in this new, “empty nest” life, with no large or small children depending on me on a daily basis. It felt like blogging might help me put together the picture of my new season of life.

As I look over my “old” blog, I wonder if I should just move on and start anew. However, my sense is that it will be helpful and healing for me to bridge the gap between old and new. Reflect on things that have happened, changes that have been made, lessons that have been learned, in the time between Then and Now. I think it would be helpful for me and it would be really cool if it helped somebody else out, too.

T1 Diabetic Hallows

Last week we were all rather shocked when Ron, 18, received a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes. Thankfully, this happened at his physical and we did not have to find out through a traumatic event.

I feel that writing about our experiences with Type 1 Diabetes will help me in dealing with this new challenge. By posting my thoughts via blogging, I hope I may help other parents in some way, either in recognizing the signs and symptoms of T1D, sharing information, and/or supporting them.

I decided to start a separate blog for posts related to our diabetes journey. Being me I still wanted there to be some sort of Harry Potter connection so the name of the blog is T1 Diabetic Hallows.. I have also created a T1D Pinterest Board which Ron checks regularly.

Not an Elder Wand, but an Insulin Pen. Not an Invisibility Cloak, but an Invisible Disease. Not a Resurrection Stone, but rather a Juice Box.

(Image from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” ©WarnerBros. 2010 taken from IMDB)


Harry Potter Haikus


‘Tis a wonderful thing when the planets align and creative inspiration flows.  This most recently happened to me last week in the Lowe’s parking lot, where I had pulled into a spot to eat my Steak ‘n Shake drive thru meal and kill time until Ginny’s ballet class was finished.  Somehow or another I had the idea to write Harry-Potter inspired haikus and the ideas just started flowing!  I’ve been trying to be more consistent about carrying my Planner Pad with me and fortunately this was one of the times when it was in my bag.  I grabbed it and began writing.

getting out of bed haiku


Below is what I came up with.  No, they aren’t totes amazeballs, but, to have just come up with the idea and to have written them all out one after the other in the space of about 10 minutes, I think they are kinda cool.  What say you?  Do you have an HP Haiku (or any other, for that matter, I love haikus!) to share?  Tweet me @realmugglemom


I hear the whispers

And scream as I watch you fall

Away behind the veil

Hermione weeps

Her heart is torn asunder

Ron kissed Lavender

Harry’s bones are gone

His arm is now like rubber

Uh-oh, Skele-Grow

Luna is special

She sees things others cannot

Thestrals and Nargles

Harry is chosen

The Tri-Wizard Tournament’s

First Fourth Champion

Something slithering

Through the innards of Hogwarts

Its a basilisk

Moaning and crying

Inside the bathroom plumbing

Its Moaning Myrtle

Dumbledore’s office

Portraits, spinning things

Thoughts in the pensieve

On the Quidditch pitch

Dementors oughtn’t to fly

They’re cold and scary

Clue: The Golden Egg

When opened a horrid screech

Song of the mer-folk

Draco is trying

To travel between cabinets

Letting in evil