Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

Western writer Louis L'Amour received 200 rejections before he was finally published. His novels have now sold more than 320 million copies worldwide.
Click HERE for Louis L'mour's official website.

 Bicycle, the U.S. playing card company, manufactured cards to give all the POWS in Germany during World War II as Christmas presents. These cards, when soaked in water, revealed an escape route for POWs. The Nazis never knew.


Standing anywhere in the state of Michigan a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.


The average person has 70,000 thoughts a day.


Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis both died on November 22, 1963, but their deaths were overshadowed by a more sensational death that same day: the assassination of U. S. President John F. Kennedy.

Aldous Huxley
C.S. Lewis

John F. Kennedy


Who is the only Disney villain to never actually appear onscreen in their respective Disney film?
“Man” from BAMBI.


What makes bagels differ from other breads is that the dough is first boiled before being baked.


Tom Selleck starred in six failed TV pilots before landing his breakthrough role in Magnum, P.I. (1980).

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

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 Amazon.com! 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.