Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Texas is the only state which is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the US flag.


The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them. 

The longest beard in recorded history belonged to this man, Hans Langseth. The monstrosity of hair measured over 17ft, and ultimately took his own life when he accidentally stepped on it, breaking his neck in 1927.


Around the world, more people drink goat milk than cow milk.


The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856.
Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters. 


China owns every panda in the world.

In China, killing a panda is punishable by death.



Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
I'm not so sure I want to live that long...
well, until I get there, and I might.


That's all for today.

Have a great week!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

from LONESTAR ANTIQUES, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX...

That's all for today.

I hope you liked those treasures!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

There are only three city-states in the world - Monaco, the Vatican City and Singapore!
And there's another Singapore in the world.


Squirrels will adopt other squirrel babies if they are abandoned.
Is that not sweet?


There are more than 30 volcanoes in Guatemala.

  Guatemala is the world’s leading producer of Jade.


A study measuring the effects of music found that cows produce more milk when listening to soothing music.


"Go" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.


Sylvester Stallone oil paints in his spare time and considers 'Leonardo Da Vinci' his personal hero.

Guinea pigs can't sweat.


Melania Trump obtained U.S. citizenship in 2006, the year after her marriage to Donald Trump.


That is all for today.

Have a great week.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What I've learned lately

These are in no particular order.

1. Tin foil art IS something unique. I like it.

I realized that as I recently came across a photo of young Will's art.

And here's a picture I found online, of "Tin Foil Art"...

It seems any artist could do anything with tin foil (aluminum foil).
Whoa. There's even this...

I may get creative.
The grandkids are spending the night with us tomorrow night. I think I'll get out my Reynolds Wrap. That would be a lot less messy than finger painting (not that I would ever do that), or even play dough (which I have done).

2. In other "what-I've-learned-lately" news...
I learned I can take an UBER by myself. (You may be rolling your eyes, but it was a big thing for me.)

Sam needed my car, as his was in 'the shop' so I took an UBER to 'work' (where I 'play' background music in a tea room at an antique mall).

I liked that UBER driver.
He said he appreciated me being nice to him.
I told him I was sad that some folks aren't nice to him.
He was sad, too.


3. Here's something else I've learned lately...
We all need an editor - especially me.

The day before Memorial Day I blogged about a Missionite who died in Vietnam. I also mentioned a few others that I had known of whom had died serving our country.

I included at the end of the post a video of Tom Jones singing "Green Green Grass of Home."
I had always thought that was a song about a soldier coming home to be buried.

Well, after Sam read the blog post, he asked why I had included that song. I told him.
"I hate to tell you but I think that is totally wrong about that song." So we did a search, and he was right! The song is about a prisoner getting ready to be executed (something like that).
You can click HERE to read about it.
So I took down that song.

You can click HERE to go to that blog post - and don't expect to see Tom Jones singing anything.

By the way, in June of 2013 we were in London and got to go to a free outdoor concert by Tom Jones.
He's quite a bit older, but still swoon-worthy, in my opinion.

4. One reason I even knew (or remembered) "Green Green Grass of Home" was because there used to be an elderly lady that would come to the tea room and she liked hearing two songs: "Green Green Grass of Home" and "Blue Bayou". So I played them when she and her daughters came in.

Along that line, I often get requests to play certain songs. Two weeks ago I was asked if I knew "William Tell's Overture".  Fortunately I had the music in a TV tunes' book. I took the book home and practiced that song, and when he came in Saturday I was ready to play the Overture, which as you may know is the "Lone Ranger" theme song. I also played the theme from "Rawhide" that day, plus the theme from "Bonanza".  I wowed that guest and his wife, I must say.
And I wowed myself, which is another thing I've learned lately: I can still wow myself by getting outside my box, and learning new stuff.

5. One final thing I've learned (or remembered) lately is to be open to God's timing.
I've been working a long time on a book about being a twin and losing my twin. Well, I haven't worked on it nonstop, but it's been on my mind... and long story short: I have decided to quit worrying about getting that thing (self)published. 
It will happen when it happens.
And maybe it's just not time yet.


Those are just a few of the things I've learned lately.

Have a good rest-of-the-week.