Friday, February 15, 2019

Mother and me - good old ladies

Here's a picture I like - which represents a special event...
That's my son, my mother, and my husband.
They are celebrating Mother's 93rd birthday last Sunday evening.
Would that I would look that good when I get to be 93!

She is really classy, isn't she?

In other (somewhat similar) news, my granddaughter and I were sitting together in our living room chair last Tuesday. She turned to me and said, "Grammy, you smell good."
"Why, thank you, Nell," I said.
Then she said, "Old ladies smell good."
Well, smelling good IS good.

Later we talked about the letter they've been working on her preschool this week. It's 'Q'.
Nell said that her teacher told the class she had a quilt at home, and that the word quilt started with 'Q'.
Nell said she told her teacher that her grammy had a quilt at HER home.

So I smell good and I have a quilt. Actually I have a few quilts.
I'm a good old lady.

That's all for today.
Have a great rest-of-the-week!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wednesday Whimsy

from LoneStar Antiques, 5605 Denton Highway, Fort Worth, TX...

That's all for today.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

A devout Roman Catholic, Andy Warhol attended mass daily.
You can click HERE to read more about him.


Frederick  Douglass is called the 19th century's most photographed America.

According to 13 Incredible Facts about Frederick Douglass,
There are 160 separate portraits of Douglass, more than Abraham Lincoln or Walt Whitman, two other heroes of the 19th century. Douglass wrote extensively on the subject during the Civil War, calling photography a "democratic art" that could finally represent black people as humans rather than "things." He gave his portraits away at talks and lectures, hoping his image could change the common perceptions of black men.


Marilyn Monroe got a white poodle named Mafia from Frank Sinatra, her friend.


Wolf Brand Chili was first sold on this corner in 1895 in Corsicana, Texas, in front of the Blue Front Saloon for 5 cents a bowl. This is Corsicana’s newest Statue.


The Pacific Ocean basin is home to 75% of the world's volcanoes. These volcanoes actually form a ring around the Pacific Ocean basin and are known as the Ring of Fire.

The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of the world ocean basins. Covering approximately 63 million square miles and containing more than half of the free water on Earth, the Pacific is by far the largest of the world's ocean basins. All of the world's continents could fit into the Pacific basin.


Who was the youngest person to host Saturday Night Live?
Drew Barrymore, the E.T. star. was just 7 years old when she hosted SNL.

Here she was in the dressing room...


In World War I dogs were used in the trenches to carry messages. A well-trained messenger dog was considered a very fast and reliable way to carry messages.


Cy Young pitched 749 complete games over the course of his 22-year career. Only three pitchers have even started that many games: Young, Don Sutton, and Nolan Ryan.

Click HERE if you want to read Wikipedia's page on him.


That's all for today.

Have a great week!!

Monday, February 11, 2019


Front cover...

Back cover...
(I took those pictures when I first got the book in the mail, hence the glare.)

As many of you know, I have been working for years on a book about being a twin and losing that twin.
I hadn't worked on it all the time - obviously - as sometimes I would just have to quit - and take some breaths for maybe a few weeks or months.
And the actual publishing of it was a major project, that my dear husband oversaw.

ANYWAY, we finally did it.
Frankly, I thought it wouldn't happen, and it would just serve as a catharsis project for yours truly.
And it does serve as that.
But I wanted Peggy's kids, and my kids and our grandkids, and whomever else, to learn about Peggy - her life and her death, particularly how she died, which I think is a lesson for everybody.

ANYWAY, it's on! You can look for a Nancy Carmack book and there it will be.
I'm sorry I can't give everyone a free copy, but I will to certain people: Cap and Elizabeth (Peggy's kids, - Elizabeth wrote a wonderful epilogue); my kids Will and Laura, so they can get to know their aunt who died when they were four and two years old; and my mom, who of course helped in the memories; my dear writer friend Beth Lahaie who helped me in the writing process (I didn't get rid of all of the ellipses, Beth, but most.); and my sister and brother-in-law Pat and Ken Ross. Pat encouraged me ALL the way through and Ken helped edit the first draft. Those are special folks and are mentioned in the "ACKNOWLEDGMENTS", which in this book are at the end.

You may find errors. Sam and I did the final proofreading and well, we're not perfect.
Oh, and the e-book does NOT have pictures, just so you know.

But we did it. Finally
And I'd like to thank Kathy Fennell Cranfill and Cyndi Doty Aldrich (and others) who kept encouraging me and are probably totally surprised that I really did finish it!

By the way, Peggy died 30 years ago in April.
I think it took me that long to get the story told.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Perfection Detox

Several years ago at Bear Valley Community church we did a series on 'Perfectionism'.
It was very refreshing, I must say.


I 'used to' tend to want to be the perfect weight, the perfect style, the perfect everything.
I would get frustrated with myself when I fell short of whatever I thought was perfect.

Can I say a "GOOD GRIEF" here?

I'm so glad I realized the awfulness of that.

And yet, I sometimes find myself in the throes of those old woes.

Perfectionism can lure me back... and I'm guessing it may lure my blog reader back in, too.

I found this youTube video titled "Perfection detox"-

I really like it.

Maybe it will help both of us.

I liked that on many levels.
(Well, except that she looks too perfect. 😐)


My next post will have a special announcement. (No, I'm not 'expecting'!)
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

Paul McCartney is an artist! Click HERE to go his website's section on his painting.


Owing to failing eyesight, James Joyce wrote much of his last book, Finnegans Wake, in crayon on pieces of cardboard.


The city of Kaplan, Louisiana is referred to as "The Most Cajun place on earth".


The "Father of Impressionism" Claude Monet's own father disapproved of his painting. He wanted him to go into the family grocery business.

Click HERE to read about Claude Monet.


The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.
 You can click HERE to read about the history and invention of the Fig Newton.


German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
(I was surprised at that.)


A palindrome is a sentence or group of sentences that reads the same backwards as it does forward: Examples
'Red rum, sir, is murder.'
'Ma is as selfless as I am.'
'Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run!' 
'A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.'
'He lived as a devil, eh?’


February is named for the Latin word februum which means purification.
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.


On February 6, 1952 - Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the British throne.
She's been Queen for 67 years!


That's all for today.

Have a great week.

Friday, February 1, 2019

My Favorite Things

I have many favorite things.

This is one of my most favorite pictures of two of my most favorite people in the world....

That's Sam with grandson Liam.
Liam goes to a special needs preschool everyday from 7:30-10:45.
We pick him up some days and
he has learned to walk out to the car holding his DaddyPap's hand,
while having his backpack on his back!
We (and he) are excited.

And there's this...
That's two-year-old grandson Ransom's hand print.
It won't stay that little, so I'm glad Laura captured it while it is.


And I like this...
That is some lentil soup that Ransom's dad Ryan made for us while they were here.
Not only was it nutritious (with sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, etc.)



Speaking of something delicious...
They were part of a gift from Ryan's parents and sister,
and they were more yummy than I thought they'd be.
(I'm having to use extreme self-control not to finish the bag.)


Here's something else I like....
I was really needing some house shoes,
and Mother came to the rescue!
They are super comfy.
And those pajamas I'm wearing came from Laura a few years ago,
and they are my most favorite.


And there's this... '
It is an Essential Oils Diffuser and it fragrants the room with a lovely fragrant.
(It has eucalyptus in it now.)
Will gave it to me for Christmas. (He drew my name.)
I love it, and I don't have to worry about blowing out a candle to keep house fire free.

Will also gave me two mindfulness books that I had wanted.
Here's one...

Here's the first page (of four) of the Table of Contents...
That tells you it's going to be good.
And is it!!
Just the introduction is wonderful.

Thanks, Will.


I have lots more favorite things, but here are two pictures I adore...

There we are with two of our grandchildren.
Notice my 'hat'.
I think it's funny that the word 'warning' is above it!
(We were at Babe's in Roanoke meeting Ryan's family who drove down from Sanger.)
It was the last night of the Oregonian Maxwells' visit.

This next picture was taken at Torchy's Tacos in Southlake, at noon, Monday, Jan. 21...
Isn't that sweet?!?!
I may have to make that into a giant-sized poster.

I have more favorite things, of course.

I bet you have favorite things, too.
It makes you feel good thinking about them, right?.
It does me.