Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Elvis never performed a single encore, so when he left, he wasn't coming back. Hence the phrase 'Elvis has left the building.'
(You may have known that, but I didn't know all of it.)

Because of its extremely long neck, the giraffe must rely on its oversized heart (two feet long and twenty-five pounds!) to pump blood all the way to its head. As a result, the giraffe has the highest blood pressure of any animal: 280/180 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) at heart level when prone -- more than twice the blood pressure of an average human. Not surprisingly, because of their high blood pressure, giraffes are prone to heart attacks.



The longest English word having only a single vowel is strengths.


On May 21, 1992 - Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.

It's said that approximately 17% of the total surface of Sweden is covered by blueberry bushes.


If you walk south from Detroit, you can end up in Canada.



In May 1897 - Jell-o was introduced.  


That is all for today.
Have a great week!!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Big weekend...

The royal wedding was wonderful on so many levels, in my opinion.
I didn't watch the wedding as it happened, but saw and heard excerpts later.
I so enjoyed the sermon the Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry gave.

And I LOVED the Gospel choir singing "Stand By Me"...

You can hear it and see it here (and you'll get to see lots of fancy hats)...


 In different wedding news,
my 1 1/2 year old grandson
was the ring bearer in a wedding in Oregon Saturday.
He did look dapper (his mother sent me these pictures)...

But maybe he was a little too young to be the ring-bearer?
He just needed a little help to get the ring down the aisle.


In other news, our 4 1/2 year old granddaughter
performed in her preschool program Thursday night.
If you look closely you can see her...
She is on the second row - on the right, in front of a little girl with a big pink bow.

Here's Sam's picture, which may be a tad better (or not)...
Clearly we didn't have the best seats in the house,
but we had the best singer in the program.

After the program there was punch and cookies in the cafeteria (or fellowship hall) and the students' art was displayed...

 And here she is with her little cousin Enza...
Nell is kind of pointing to her art work, the jack-o-lantern.

It was a fun evening all around, and we were (are) proud grandparents.

It made me think of my parents going to a sixth grade band concert many years ago.
Will played the trombone.
Afterwards he asked Mother, "Did you see me, Grandmother?"
"Did I see you?!" Mother replied. "You were the only one I saw!!"

And that's how it was with Nell the other night.
She was the only one I saw.

 That's it for now.
I'll be back tomorrow with, of course, trivia.
See you then.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New Favorite Photos of Favorite Folks...

I was telling my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter Nell that she was my most favorite NELL in the whole world.
Then she asked, "What about Liam?"
"Ah yes," I said. "He is my most favorite LIAM in the whole world."
She liked that.

Here he is...
Is he not adorable and handsome and winsome?

Here he is with his Daddy Pap, learning about business news. (Liam is not too young to learn about business news.)
There they are happy together.
(Liam smiled soon after.)
(After I tickled his toes.)

Here's Liam's big sister...
She had gotten a pink heart on her left cheek in preschool that day.

And here she is with her mom...

Oh, here's Liam again...

And here he is helping his dad give a guitar lesson to his cousin Camryn...


And here is Liam's cousin Ransom - in one of the sweetest pictures there could ever be...

Oh, and Ransom likes to play with little cars and trucks...


Oh, and Ransom and Nell and Liam's 'cousins' had a great Mother's Day with their fabulous mother, Elizabeth...
Those three kids are more than just cousins to Nell, Liam and Ransom. They're more like SUPER COUSINS - as their grandmother (Peggy), and Nell, Liam and Ransom's grandmother (me - Nancy) were (are) identical twins.
I think that is important.
And since this is my blog, I'm declaring that to be SUPER IMPORTANT.

More super important stuff will come later on in my blog.
Stay tuned.

Have a good rest-of-the-week.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Armadillos can be housebroken.

Hmm. Well, they wouldn't shed fur, and they might be affectionate. ?


The Code of Hammurabi decreed that bartenders who watered down beer would be executed.



The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.


The first time Reddit was mentioned in the New York Times, it was described as "foolish collectivism" that "grinds away the Web's edges and saps it of its humanity".



Alexander the Great encouraged his men to shave so enemies couldn't grab their beards during battles.


Oxygen is the most common element in the human body, making up almost 63% of the average human, followed by carbon (19.37%), hydrogen (9.31%), and nitrogen (5.14%).


The collective noun for goldfish is “a troubling”.

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

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A Spot of Tea, Please.

I have some pictures to show you! They're of Mother's Day tea parties at Parkwood, the retirement community in Bedford, TX where Mother lives. They are held on the first Saturday in May which means they are a whole week before actual Mother's Day. That means we start celebrating Mother's Day early!!

Here's a picture of Mother and me this past Saturday...

Here's a picture from 2013...
That's Mother and I and Shirley Martin and her daughter Wendy Dugas.
(Wendy and I have kept up our friendship that we made that day - by being Facebook friends,
and well, running into each other now and then
and, of course, seeing each other at Parkwood.
She and her mother were there this past Saturday, but my camera stayed in my purse. :(

Here's a picture from a few years ago when Mother had a table of her own and invited a few ladies (her favorite ladies, of course)...
From left clockwise: Bailey, Laura, me, Mother, Elizabeth holding Baby Anna, and little Caroline.

The first Mother's Day tea I went to at Parkwood was in May of 2010. Mother had moved in the month before and I got to be her first guest!
Here we were...

The Mother's Day Tea at Parkwood is always a fancy, fun event.

Here are some pics of some of the parties in the past.
Table 'captains' can decorate tables if they like...

I believe that table won the prize that year.

No men are allowed at these tea parties, but the men have decided recently they want a Father's Day celebration in June.
They don't want to dress up and have finger sandwiches and other delicacies on fine china, with fine tea to drink.
They're going for steaks on paper plates, and they'll be wearing jeans or overalls or something.

I like to be casual, yes, but every now and then I like to dress up and drink my hot tea with my pinky finger raised!!
Oh yes!!!


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Former teachers of Bruce Springsteen said he was a “loner, who wanted nothing more than to play his guitar.” He completed high school, but felt so uncomfortable that he skipped his own graduation ceremony.
He is now 68 years old (not in that picture), and still looks pretty good.

The entire state of Wyoming has only two escalators. They’re so rare that some Wyoming residents visit these escalators just for the novelty of it, with one of them describing it as “like riding a tilt-a-whirl, but only slower.”

A man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb dropped. He was wounded, but returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, where the very next day the second atomic bomb was dropped. He survived both blasts and lived to 93.
You can read more about him by clicking HERE.

 Here's a trivia tip using a cucumber...


George Lazenby wasn't an actual actor. He got himself a suit, a Rolex and a new haircut, then met with the producer and made up movies he had been in. He later landed the role of James Bond in 1969.


Commercial flights were allowed to fly any course to their destination and would often detour over points of interest. This ended in 1956 when two planes crashed mid-flight over the Grand Canyon.


Portland was named by a coin flip. Had the coin landed the other way, the city would be known as Boston, Oregon.



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