Saturday, February 18, 2017

Doodles by and for me

I came across some old doodles of mine recently.
They 'spoke' to me.

Maybe they will 'speak' to you, too.

Sometimes I just need to study those doodles.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

When you should NEVER EVER multitask...

... is sometimes when you do.

You think you are invincible.

(I've been guilty of thinking I'm invincible.)

But you (and I) should never EVER multitask...when we are driving a vehicle, which is a huge possible death machine.

Yes, this is my annual 'sermon'.

And today's Star Telegram (Fort Worth's paper) has this article about it. Please read that article (if you haven't already).
We all think we are immune to disaster/tragedy.
We are not.
We are SO NOT.

Years ago my twin was handing her child a chicken McNugget and ran into the car in front of her, who was stopped at a stoplight in Katy, TX. Fortunately no one was hurt... except insurance prices.

I was texting my son an innocent text, when I was at Starbucks' drive-thru and ran into a lady's car in front of me. It just caused a 'nick' in her car, so I sent her a check.

Those were nothing compared to what can happen while driving.
And folks think they are invincible.

I know: this is my soapbox.

I was reminded of this, my soapbox-preaching recently, when I read about teens who were snap chatting and fell victim to that innocent act... by death.

Maneuvering a huge machine (a vehicle) requires attention. Not DIVIDED ATTENTION.

I am preaching to myself.
When I hear my phone ring, or my text ding, I am so tempted to find out what is going on.

But I am learning that life is short.

And I don't want to die in perfect health.
Or kill others who are in perfect health.

Please don't multitask in your vehicle.

That's my lecture for today.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.

40% of people have negative feelings towards Valentine’s Day.

64% of American men do not make Valentine’s Day plans in advance.

15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Casanova, well known as "The World's Greatest Lover," ate chocolate to make him virile.

The Free Dictionary defines a Casanova as "A man who seduces or attempts to seduce women as a matter of habit."
Here's a picture of the real Casanova...

You can click HERE to read about him on Wikipedia.


Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, on the Valentine's Day, 1876.

Alexander Graham Bell picked out his middle name himself.
Around the time of his 11th birthday, he decided to become Alexander Graham Bell instead of just Alexander Bell.

Here's a picture of him with his Valentine/wife and his daughters ...

Here's a picture of me and my Valentine back in 1978...
That was our engagement picture.
(I love it.)
(And I love Sam.)
(We're growing old(er) together.)
(Thank you, Lord.)

That's the trivia for today.

I hope your Valentine's Day is GREAT, well at least OKAY anyway!!

Friday, February 10, 2017

FoMO? No, DoMO.

Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) causes lots of people to be on Facebook a lot, or checking all kinds of electronic devices all through the day. FoMO causes folks to feel they MUST check a text that dings while they're driving. They do NOT want to miss out on anything that is happening, not anything.

Maybe it's my age, or my temperament, but I am not so much into FoMO these days. I am more into DoMO. That is the Desire of Missing Out. (You can click HERE to read more about it.)
Yes, I (sometimes, not always) have a DESIRE OF MISSING OUT.

Yes. Don't count me in on everything going on.
Let me stay at home.
Let me not check my texts all the time. I certainly like to drive my car ignoring the 'dings' of a text coming through. Well, that is not all true. My curiosity is up when I know I've got a message on my phone. But I know it can wait. Curiosity CAN KILL SOME CATS CAR DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS.

And if an event is cancelled, well, sometimes that suits me just fine. It means TIME I wouldn't have had for just me, myself and I.

Oh, and this mug fits, too...

Now I'm not really a total introvert.
I REALLY like parties, and people.

Then I really like to go home.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday Whimsy

Today's treasures can only be found in my mother's and my booth 523 at LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX).

Here we go...

That's all for now.

We will be adding a few more treasures in the days to come, just so you know.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

Dogs have about 10 vocal sounds; cats have over 100.

Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right or left handed (paw).


Dalmatians are born with very few spots.


Infant beavers are called kittens.


Ants never sleep.


A snail can sleep for three years.


Flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down.


Vultures can soar for hours without one beat of their wings.


Most hamsters blink one eye at a time.


That's all for today.
I enjoy learning about little critters (even the vulture).
I hope you do, too.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fun folks, fun times, and famous folks...

Here is my daughter and my grandson...
They are clearly loving life... and soon I will get to hug them in Oregon.

 And here's my Texas granddaughter...
When I saw this I thought it was taken at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
No, it was taken at Nell's preschool,
which is now ranked as the best preschool in Texas, in my opinion.

This next picture is of my great niece, Anna, who is also a Texan....
She is six years old and right on schedule with her two front teeth now with the tooth fairy.

Anna's sister Caroline and I went out that day to shop for Caroline's 10th birthday present.
Here we are afterwards. Caroline is wearing a beautiful headband she picked out that day.
I made this my Facebook profile pic this past week
and have been so complimented by my FB friends,
telling me we look alike.
Whoa. That's made me feel wonderful!

These next incredibly amazingly stupendously awesome pictures
were inspired by my friends Lydia and Bonnie at LoneStar Antiques...

Yes, I actually got the nerve up to ask a random customer to take my picture posing on this 'settee'. Lydia told me about it and how it matched my outfit. So I had to get a picture. Lydia and Bonnie suggested that I mention to you how I try to match my surroundings with my attire everyday. Ha!
Well, today my pajamas match my bed sheets!

I know. I must have outgrown my shy, inhibited self...
to be able to pose like this AND to show it to you!
(I'm doing it for Lydia and Bonnie.)
(Thanks, Lydia and Bonnie.)
(I look forward to taking your picture soon, with y'all both posing!)



Next up is a friend I've made in the tea room, who has a famous son-in-law.
Here is Jackie, with a picture of her daughter with our president (No, Trump isn't her son-in-law)...

Here's that picture up close...

Now no matter who you voted for for President, you should be interested to know that our Secretary of State's mother-in-law is my friend Jackie!!

And she has only wonderful things to say about her son-in-law, Rex Tillerson,
which says a lot coming from his mother-in-law!!

I was talking to another friend who said she knew a person who had worked for Tillerson for years and had nothing but good things to say about him. So now matter how you feel about anything about our President, you should feel pretty good about that.
You can click HERE to read about Tillerson on The title is "Tillerson Makes a Strong Start at State."

So I am a 'few degrees of separation' to our Secretary of State.
(You can read about "Six Degrees of Separation" by clicking HERE.)

That is Tillerson's dear wife Renda on the left, and I met her a few years ago with her mother in the tea room!


So this is my unashamedly glorious post about me crazily posing for the camera, and for letting you know that I know someone important.
Ah, but the first pictures on this post are the most important ones, with Laura, Ransom, Nell, Anna, and Caroline. They rank the highest in my regard.