Thursday, July 19, 2018

My favorite places, and pictures, and food.

I like thinking of my favorite things.

Here we go...

Carillon Beach, which is in/on Florida's panhandle.
This picture was taken in September of 2015.
And we are going back - with 2 more grandchildren - THIS WEEKEND!!
I am beyond excited.


Here's one of those grandchildren who will be at the beach for the first time ...
That's Liam watching Little Baby Bum, which is great for toddlers.
You can watch it on YouTube, too.

Here's Liam's cousin, Ransom, who will be at the Florida beach for the first time, too...
Mm. Watermelon is yummy.


Here's Nell, who was at the beach in the first picture with her DaddyPap...
She is now a dancer, oh AND a swimmer!!!
(And a beauty.)

In completely different news, I have a new favorite Target.
Well, I've always liked Target, but they are not all equal.
I found the best.
It's in north Oklahoma City off of Pennsylvania Ave.

Sam and I went there last night and I was impressed.
They had a great selection of clothes and toys.
And they had a dinosaur!
I want to go back.

I have a lot of favorite new eating places.
I will just tell you about one for now.

It's not a touristy place, which I like (the not touristy part).
We had gone to the Central Library when we were in San Antonio,
so Sam could look up one of his relatives
that had fought and died in the Alamo.
(I may blog about that soon.)
This cafe is near that library...
We just ate breakfast tacos, but the flour tortillas were FANTASTIC.
Normally I think of flour tortillas as all the same,
but they are NOT!

Next time we're in San Antonio we want to go back for lunch (and breakfast).


I have many more favorite things, but I will save them for later.

Stay tuned for road trip and beach time pictures.
(I would understand if you have some envy.)

See you later.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Barry Manilow did not write his hit "I Write the Songs.”
He did, however, write State Farm's "Like a Good Neighbor" jingle.
And "I am stuck on Band-Aids, 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me.”


In Spain, Mr. Clean is known as Don Limpio.


You can only smell 1/20th as well as a dog.


Beards can slow the aging process by stopping water from leaving the skin, keeping it moisturized.


On July 12,1962 - The Rolling Stones performed their first concert, at the Marquee Club in London, England, United Kingdom.


When Bugs Bunny first appeared in 1935, he was called Happy Rabbit.


Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.


Snails can sleep up to 3 years.

A typical pencil can draw a line that is 35 miles long.


That's all for today.

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Frank doesn't look 80!!

I used to think turning 80 meant you were really getting old.
Well, I used to think that about turning 30, then 40, then 50, surely 60 and of course 70.
It's amazing how through time one's mind can change about age.

Frank turns 80 Monday,
and we helped celebrate Saturday!

Frank married my dear dad's little sister several years ago. 
Helen and Frank had both been widowed many years.
And then they found each other...
and we got to have Frank and his family in our family!!!

Here are some pictures I took at Frank's birthday party yesterday.
That's Frank's daughter Kathryn and her family.
(From left: Caroline, Brian, Victoria, Kathryn and Benjamin)
It's a wonderful family, and I'm sure you can enjoy the A&M shirt!

When Frank married Helen, Kathryn found herself with A LOT of relatives!
Here's a picture of the blended family last Christmas on a Christmas cruise...
And this picture doesn't include everyone!

Now I'll just show some random pictures I took at the party. Some will show some old photos of Frank, who was the oldest of two brothers. They're pretty cute pictures...

Here's a picture of Frank with his daughter several years ago...

 And here they are together yesterday...

Here are some photos that were placed on tables around the room...

That's Frank and Helen with my parents.

 And here's more of the party...

Clearly a good time was had by all.
Oh, I can't finish a blog post about Frank without telling you
about his making doll houses for his granddaughters and his great granddaughters.
They are masterpieces!

He now has a great grandson,
and I've heard Papa Frank might be working on a barn for that little fella.

Uh oh, I hope that is not a secret!!


I didn't get anybody's permission to show these pictures.
I hope that's okay.
And I didn't tell you who all these folks are,
but just know that they are GREAT FOLKS.



Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

from LoneStar Antiques, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, Texas...

Those are my treasures for today.
I liked them.
I hope you did, too!