Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Pete Townshend has smashed more than 90 guitars in his Who career, including at least 23 Fender Stratocasters, 12 Gibson Les Pauls and 21 Gibson SGs. WHOA!

On a completely different note...
A house fly lives only 14 days.


The oldest known vegetable is the pea.


The Three Stooges productions were thrifty. Their sets were often leftovers from feature films.



The smell of an orange is a stress reducer (according to a study at Brown University).

War pigs were used in ancient warfare to counter against war elephants, which feared the pigs (and their squeals) and would bolt. War pigs were sometimes lit on fire to enhance this effect.
You can click HERE to read more about that.


It cost more to shoot the movie TITANIC than it did to build the actual Titanic.


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

Saturday, April 14, 2018

These are a few of my favorite things...

I have some favorite things - even with all the awfulness in the world (which is when we need favorite things).

Here we go...

I like to eat.
Here's something I like to eat...
Anything at TORCHY'S TACOS...

I haven't been lately, but will soon. (There's one in Southlake, which is not too far.)

These are also some of my favorite things...

These irises are here in our front yard through no fault of our own.
They just showed up!

And these showed up, too...

 As did these...

Here's my admission: I am illiterate when it comes to flowers. Mother told me that top picture was of irises. Those others, well, maybe you can tell me. (Thanks.)

Different favorite - 
Sam and I have a new great movie we like (though it is not new) ...
It is old, but a classic. Well, it is the movie that Ronald Reagan said was one of his best.
So we watched it - and really liked it.

Another movie we liked was THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.
It didn't make the Academy Awards, but it made the Carmacks' award for SUPER.


Another favorite, which is totally different, is this tip...
This helps me.
I never took Home Economics.
My mother and twin sister did all the cooking in our family. I played the background music.
So I need all the homemaking tips I can get - even in my older years. Really.


Finally, there's this...
Facebook wanted to know if I wanted to tag myself in this picture...

Wow. WOW!
That meant Facebook really thought Peggy and I looked alike!! (We used to not think we did so much. That's why we didn't play twin tricks on folks. I guess we should have!)

That picture up there was taken September 1988 of my twin Peggy - with her two children, Cap and Elizabeth. In that picture Cap is saying he is 8 years old. That was 6 1/2 year old Elizabeth. Peggy died in April of the following year.

That picture puts things in perspective for me (like the Syria attack, for example).

Life is short.
We will all die.
One way or the other

Peggy showed me how.

In closing...
Here's what Elizabeth wrote Thursday on Facebook...
Breast Cancer. 29 years ago, at the age of 37, Peggy, my mother, died from breast cancer. I post every year for two reasons - 1) to remember her life and 2) to remind all of my friends and loved ones to get your mammograms and know your breast health!! She was 32 when she was diagnosed - so, so very young. Breast cancer knows no bounds and does not discriminate. So please, if you read this - do SOMETHING today to know your base-line breast health. My children are now all older than my brother and I were when she died and that is so sobering to me. And today - I get to have lunch with one of my favorite people - my sweet Aunt Nancy White Carmack - my mom's identical twin. How precious is that?

That is wonderful, I think.


So those are my favorite things for this weekend in April, 2018.

I hope you have your own favorite things.
They're fun to think about.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

In 1996, Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce, which is what "Ringo" means in Japanese.


The word “season” is from the Latin sationem meaning “sowing” or “seed time.”


Edgar Allan Poe originally considered a parrot to repeat the word “nevermore.”

Hawaii is the most isolated population center on Earth. It is 2,390 miles (3,846 km) from California, 3,850 miles (6,196 km) from Japan and 4,900 miles (7,886 km) from China.


Mr. Rogers' mother knit all his sweaters.


Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of the lightning rod and the face on the hundred dollar bill, had a very strict morning routine. He would chill in front of a window wearing nothing but his “birthday suit” for a half an hour. In these 30 minutes, he would read as well as jot down as many creative ideas that came to mind. He called these “air baths.”
You can read about that by clicking HERE.



Jack Nicklaus, nicknamed "Golden Bear," began playing golf at age 10.
He has won 20 major championships: six Masters, five PGA Championships, four US Opens, three British Opens, and two US Amateur Championships.
This was Jack in 1978 when he won his third British Open.

LEGOLAND Japan created a cherry blossom tree using over 800,000 LEGO bricks.

Click HERE to read more about it in the guinnessworldrecords.com


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

Sunday, April 8, 2018


Here is son-in-law Ryan who was getting ready to leave for work (he's a Nurse Practitioner at a clinic in Portland, OR) and HE. IS. GREAT. (I took that picture when I was there recently.) 
Not every mother-in-law can say she LOVES her son-in-law, BUT I CAN!! 
[That's his son Ransom with him. Ransom is my grandson.]


And here is my great niece Anna...
She is the dear granddaughter of my late twin, Peggy.
Anna is amazing. She can dance all kind of dances, play soccer, swim,
AND she is now playing volleyball.
Besides that, she is a lover of life.

Upbeat. Fun. 
And beautiful inside and out.


And here is my wonderful son,
with his daughter and son.
This equals fun.

That's Nell, Will and Liam.
My love for them has no equal.

This is not a long blog post, but it is one I LOVE.


I hope you have a good week.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Random Thoughts...

Lately I've been having trouble thinking of creative things about which to blog.
I guess I'm having 'blogger's block'.

Recently I read a great blog post by one of my favorite bloggers, Seth Godin. 
It's "I Used Them All Up (a warning to creatives)". It is great. Really.

Godin is a prolific writer, which makes me surprised that I haven't read any of his books. I've just read his blog. (I will put reading one of his books on my to-do list.) (As if I need anything else to put on my to-do list.)
[You can click HERE for his website, if you'd like.]


Here's another random thought:

When you have 24/7 news going on, and every newscaster has an opinion about everything, and every single one of those newscasters considers himself/herself an expert on everything, well, maybe just thinking those thoughts means it's time to turn off the news.

That is what I have done.
I'm giving myself a break.

AND when certain folks rant and rage on Facebook, well, I need a break from them, too.

I am so tired of politics, and thoughts on climate change, and gun control, and DACA, Trump and well, everything that has to do with anything.
Yes. I have my own opinions, though I don't even have to have those.
And it IS more relaxing for me to not think about my opinions, or anybody else's.


Yes, this is a random post.

I should be blogging about the beautiful bluebonnets I've been seeing this week.
And yet, I am boycotting the 'shoulds' in my life, even the good 'shoulds'.

Maybe by writing this I will be inspired to go look at some more bluebonnets.

Ah, but I know I will be inspired soon. My two Texas grandkids are coming for a few hours and sometimes when I ask 4-year-old Nell if she'd like to watch a 'show' like BLUE'S CLUES, she'll often say, "No, I don't want to watch anything. I just want to talk." !!!
So we 'talk'.
We talk about her day and my day and what we've done and what we like. 
Often she wants me to start a story and she'll add on to it, then I'll add on to it, then she will, etc., etc.

Just writing this is making me smile.

Oh, and Liam loves to run around the living room and kitchen smiling and laughing.
Well, now I'm really smiling!

I was needing to write these random thoughts.

Sometimes I don't know where my blog will take me... but I can be sure that once I start blogging I'm headed somewhere.
And that somewhere usually brings me a smile (usually).

Oh, and these two pictures make me smile...

Besides 'talking' Nell also likes to play 'Hide and Seek'!!

Let's smile a while!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

A male kangaroo is called a buck or a boomer or an old man.
A female kangaroo is called a flyer
A baby kangaroo is called a joey
A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were both epileptic.

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On April 3,1860 - The Pony Express began service, between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.


From 1972-2007 Bob Barker was the Host of "The Price Is Right," TV's longest running game show.


The largest body of fresh water in the world is Lake Superior.


John Grisham got 15 rejections before his first book, A TIME TO KILL, was published.


All polar bears are left handed.

 That is all for today. 
Have a great week!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Our Bailey Jo is 30 TODAY!!!!

(This picture was taken a few years ago.)

My dear daughter-in-law has a very special birthday today!

She was born 30 years ago TODAY.

Here are some pics that I love...