Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

The crow has long been recognized as an intelligent bird, sophisticated in communication, able to use tools and remember faces. They'd been hard to understand because they foiled all the studies, but eventually scientists proved crows so advanced they join apes, monkeys and humans for higher-order relational thinking.


What team won 3 Super Bowls in the 1990s?  The Dallas Cowboys!! (You probably knew this.)


A group of unicorns is called a blessing.

Worrying too much is scientifically associated with higher intelligence. People who over-think tend to have higher IQs.


More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby!


As of 2017, there are 196 countries in the world. However, some would say that number should be 195 as Taiwan is not considered a country by some nations.


Harry S. Truman was the last U.S. President with no college degree.


The Texas state pepper is the jalapeƱo.


The popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan was originally created by the British government as a form of propaganda to motivate citizens to stay strong during World War II.


You may have known all of this, but maybe not?

In any case, have a great week!!!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I have a new favorite book!

It is ...

by Cyndy Waitz Bartelli...

Cyndy is an absolutely wonderful writer ... and a giver of God's healing for every person's heart.

Here is a 'testimonial' of her book ...
[After telling how God has been healing her own heart, a reader of THE HEART HEALER wrote...] "My husband (who has struggled with PTSD for years) picked up The Heart Healer and read the entire book in two days. He usually gets a book and reads maybe two chapters. He was so excited when he finished the book, he asked if I would order his own copy so he could read it again. Since reading the book his attitude about many things is so different. For example, in spite of some major financial challenges with construction at our home, he has been amazing. He has dealt with each crisis in a calm and appropriately responsive manner. These are such big changes. Praise the Lord." ~ Private Contributor, Pacific Northwest

Did you read that? 
That is amazing... and just one of the reviews of her book.

You can click HERE to order Cyndy's book on Amazon.

I could tell you that Cyndy is a friend from Mission, TX (my hometown), but that might tell you that I have an agenda in promoting her book.
Actually it means MORE that she is from my hometown (a grade ahead of me, and she was homecoming queen, and head cheerleader).
We did not hang out together...
but Cyndy was (is) one of my favorite people in the world... and that she wrote this book is, well, amazing. I am so glad she did.

I hope you order it.
Read it.

It will change your life.

Order it HERE.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday Whimsy

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



Those are the treasures I found this week.
I really like them.
'Hope you do, too.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

There would be 403 episodes of "The Joy of Painting", many of which are rerun on public broadcasting channels. Bob Ross (1942-1995) is a joy to watch whether you want to learn to paint or not. Appearing always positive, one of the catchphrases often heard was "We don't make mistakes; we just have happy accidents”.

A survey reported that 12% of Americans think that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife. 


The name "buffalo wings" does not suggest that these chicken wings taste or look like they came from a bison, but rather that they originated in Buffalo, New York.
 Approximately one-third of the population can't snap their fingers!


The loop on a belt that holds the loose end is called a 'keeper'.


More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month. They were John Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter.


On October 31, 1864, Nevada became the 36th state of the United States.


Emus cannot walk backwards.

Sigmund Freud’s chain-smoking led to more than 30 cancer surgeries.


That's all for today.

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oh my, I love this stage of life.

 I really do love this stage of life.

Look who came into the antique mall tea room Friday!
We take care of our grandchildren Nell and Liam all day Fridays (and about 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons). We are really enjoying our time with those sweeties.
Really really.

Dear Sam has encouraged me to go and play in the antique mall tea room Fridays, since it usually is a busy day there.
I oblige!
After putting Liam down for his morning nap, I get dressed up and go to the tea room. Then Sam and Nell have some DaddyPap/granddaughter time, eating lunch and maybe watching "Peppa Pig" on Nick Jr.  Then about an hour or 2 later Liam wakes up, Sam changes his diaper, feeds him and then I get home around 2 o'clock - and send Sam off to the bedroom to rest, while I watch the dear ones till about 4, when Bailey gets off work (teaching 8th English at a nearby junior high).

Well, this past Friday Sam realized that Liam was getting his nap done early, and well, why not load the little ones up and come over to see Grammy?!
I was so glad to get to show them off. And they were both so good. I even took Nell and Liam back to the kitchen to see the chef, Alex, and his helper Lorena - and the wonderful dishwasher Josh.
And yes, Liam is yawning in that picture. Ah, but he didn't sleep anymore with us that day. He played with Nell!

Here's a darling picture of Liam that Bailey put on Facebook this week, with this caption:
This is the way that Liam looks at his sister every time she enters the room. They are absolutely best friends these days and it brings us so much joy to see them play together and hear their constant laughter. I don't think there is a single better feeling than the one you get when you witness your children loving each other to the fullest.
Isn't he so handsome, and adorable, and huggable?
Oh my.

And here he is with his big sister.
You can't hear Liam, but he is laughing at Nell's jumping!
(We had a special time babysitting them Saturday night, with my dear mom joining us.)
I love how she grabs his hand, and engages him in her dance!

Later in the evening he went up to his Nana, my mom, and hugged her!!
I didn't have my camera ready for the hug, but I had it ready for her stooping down
and loving on him.
And he was calling her 'Nana'.
This was a major event...
and my eyes were leaking!

Oh my!


I couldn't talk about Nell and Liam and their parents without showing you this picture our daughter Laura put on Facebook recently of her family...
I think that picture is amazing - of all three!!
Oh my.

And of course I can't show them to you, without showing you my greatnieces and nephews' recent pictures when the school year started...

Are they not beautiful and handsome?
Oh my yes.


That's my post for today.

I love it and everyone in it.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creative home decor and creative food design!

Here's something different.

(Sometimes I need 'different'.)

First, home decor pics...

Those are just old highway maps!

Here's some Halloween decor...


Book cases!!


Now for some creative food ideas for autumn...

That's it for today!

In many ways it's been tough lately in this great country of ours,
but I hope you're having your own great October.