Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The ants go marching . . .

My dear daddy sold insecticides and pesticides for years. He majored in entomology at A&M because he heard that was where the jobs were. And he was right. Many farmers credited him for getting rid of whatever was killing their crops.

Well, now the insects are getting their revenge.

My mother and I went out to the cemetery where my daddy and sister are buried. What do you know... ant beds everywhere. They were near some other grave sites, but nothing like near daddy's. Mother and I just laughed. . . and then we went and bought some ant killer and killed those critters. Daddy would have been proud.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Halloween...

I used to cringe this time of year. My husband and kids would, with my weak consent, decorate the front lawn with crazy things. A coffin with an arm hanging out. A leg 'randomly' tossed on the lawn. At the front door a guillotine with a hand in a bucket under it. And another bucket on the other side as a cauldron with dry ice smoking. And, of course, some spooky music playing.
That sounds like fun. But I was all about what our fundamentalist Christian neighbors were thinking.
Phooey on me.... and thankfully I've matured.
I'm just glad I didn't let my attitude completely squelch the fun the rest of my family was having.

Halloween is fun.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Amazing ...

Lately there have been some exciting reports of Muslims turning to Christ. In the recent CHRISTIANITY TODAY magazine there is an article about why Muslims are converting. Also, listening to S and W who just got back from Asia talk about how the churches are growing over there, because of the work the Christians are doing with relief efforts, etc., is so exciting. Also reports of people coming to Christ in Iraq are well, incredible. There seems to be a church planting movement over there that, well, not many know about.
I think of all the work throughout the whole world done by Christians - hospitals, orphanages, schools, etc., etc., and then I read of the lack of them by the other faiths. Pretty amazing.
This sounds prejudiced . . . against Islam, Hinduism, etc. There are a lot of pretty nice folks in those religions. And some pretty ornery folks in Christianity.
Whatever.
I could get into apologizing for my beliefs - --
but I won't.
Even in spite of the Inquisition and the Crusades - and other yucky stuff done in the name of Christ, I'll let him speak for Himself. . . like, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. . . "

I hope I don't get so used to that that I cease to think of it as amazing.

Friday, October 26, 2007

A clean house . . .

A clean house is very nice.
Not having to cook is also nice.
Having no one need me is nice...
BUT, having a messy house - and food to cook for people who'll eat it up- and people that need me (well, not in a needy kind of way) is WONDERFUL.

I had 10 days of a clean house, a pretty much empty dishwasher, a free schedule to spend how I like (basically) - and I admit - I did enjoy it. But having the guys back -with all the stuff that comes with having them back - is GREAT!!!!

Life is good.

(And in December Laura will be back. Life will be incredible then.)
(Uh oh, Laura. Don't think I'm giving you the "you-must-make-Momma's-life-incredible" expectations.)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!

It's almost 2 AM - and I'm wide awake. Sam is raiding the pantry for some munchies --- and I'm sitting up in bed happy happy. My boys are back. They DID fly in on the 12:15 flight tonight (this morning). And they are still on Indonesian time (12 hours ahead of us- which means their bodies are telling them it is 2 in the afternoon.) Anyway I may konk out soon, but I'm thinking Sam and his potato chips are going to be up for a while. Oh, it's sweet. And Will is sitting out on the porch playing his guitar- to Shiloh's delight.

Life is good.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

12:15 am...

Oct. 24, 12:15 in the morning, my fellas were coming back in town. I went to the airport. It was Oct. 24, 12:15 AM. They did not get off the plane. They were never on that plane, though I was there to greet them.

Soooooo, I was there the wrong night - uh, morning. It is tonight - actually TOMORROW morning - at 12:15 (Oct. 25) that they come.

I will try it again.

Good grief.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dottie . . .




Here is someone I want you to pray for. She and I were part of a foursome all through our childhood and teen years. It was Peggy, Nancy, Dottie and Diane. We were inseparable. Now Peggy is in heaven, I'm in Colleyville,Texas, Diane is in Mission, Texas, and though Dottie is living in Fairfield, Texas , she is, well, not there, sometimes. Dottie is just 56 years old . . and she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. It is so sad, so very sad. And so very unfair. In 1997 she lost her husband in a car wreck. He was 46, and wonderful. He was a deacon in the church and a favorite person to so many. First Baptist Church, Fairfield was packed the day of his funeral. He left behind Dottie and two sons, Kyle and Trevor. And now those boys (I think ages 25 and 23) are left with a mother who is losing her mind.

Of course, the question is, "How could a good God - if there is such a thing- allow this to happen?" Frankly, I don't know. I wish he wouldn't. But we live in an awful world, with lots of misery. And in my long life I am seeing that though bad things happen to good people that does NOT negate the fact that there is a good God ... who loves us. He loves Dottie - and I'm thinking he wants you to pray for her. Would you please? ....... Thank you.

On a completely different note, I completely changed my other blog (that can be accessed from my profile).

Saturday, October 20, 2007

My mother and me . . .


(This is a picture taken Christmas '06, I think.)

While the guys are away, the girls will play. . . and that's what we've been doing. And it's been fun.
Tuesday Mother and I went shopping at Macy's and then Nordstrom Rack. At each place we found some treasures. Afterwards we went to Cotton Patch because Tuesday is their chicken and dumplin's day. Yum. On Thursday we went to Canton to visit a dear friend of Mother's who lost her husband recently. We visited another friend, then went out to the family cemetery in Colfax and paid our respects to loved ones there. That was a very touching time. Last night (Friday) we went to Brio's Tuscan Grill (Yeah, 2nd time this week for me, Bailey!) for dinner and then saw the movie, ELIZABETH, THE GOLDEN AGE (talk about a great girls' night out.) Tonight Mother is busy going to the Las Colinas Symphony with a friend so I am home enjoying some peace and quiet. I was needing it. I played 4 (FOUR) hours today in the tea room, as they had parties starting at 11:00 till 3:00. Ah, but I loved it. (We have a grand piano now. It makes all the difference, in my opinion.)

I can't wait till the guys get home, though. I MEAN, I CANNOT WAIT. They will have tales to tell and I CANNOT WAIT to hear them.

Then in about 2 months darling Laura will come home and tell her tales. Oh my. I may have to stay up late.

World travelers we all have been.

I do live a dream life.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Still quiet . . .

Still quiet around here while the rest of my immediate family are in those 'I' countries (Italy and Indonesia). I've spent a few nights with my mom, so that's been nice.

Speaking of nice- one thing I like is having a nice, quiet dining experience with a friend. I had that this very night. . . at Brio's in Southlake with Bailey. I ordered the lasagna (I'm too predictable) and she ordered a special chicken dish. Both were wonderful (we sampled each other's, of course) and for dessert we shared the creme brulee trio (pumpkin flavored, chocolate - and regular (or vanilla). Oh my goodness. I think I have a new favorite dessert - those three creme brulees.

Speaking of favorites - I'm thinking of changing my other blog to something with my favorite jokes, quotes, and just general favorites. Nothing deep . . . just fun. Just a thought. I haven't done it yet, but I very well might. (It can be accessed from my profile page. I KNOW it should be able to be accessed from here - with just a click, surely, but I'm a neanderthal with this stuff, so maybe you out there should teach me how to come into the internet age.)

Speaking of age, I'm really seeing that one is never too old to learn new stuff. Me, for instance. I am learning how to play chess. And by admitting it on this blog, well maybe I will actually learn it - and retain it this time! Of course I know that practice makes perfect, so I guess I better get with it

Ah, but for now I must go and get ready to watch my favorite TV show: CRIMINAL MINDS - on CBS. (Did you know that if you went to their website - on CBS - you can take a quiz to see if you would make a good profiler? If you're looking for a career move you might ought to try it.) (I made an 80 on it --- NOT BAD, but I don't think I'll quit my day job.)

I'll sign off now . . . To my honeys out there in those 'I' countries .... be safe .... and know that I love you and am praying for you every time I think of you .... which means I've been 'praying without ceasing'!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

All is quiet . . .

The house is still. The only thing I hear is the clickling of my fingers on this laptop. . . and the air conditioner, which doesn't really need to be on since the weather is so nice.

I was really looking forward to some days of solitude, with just me, myself, and I, and Shiloh-pup. WELL, TIME'S UP! They can come back now. I know it hasn't even been 24 hours for them to be gone - but, I'm ready for their return now!

Really. . . I was ready for some alone time. . . watching tv, having some popcorn, journaling - just totally relaxing with no one needing anything from me, or by me, or with me, or around me, or any other preposition. And though I AM enjoying myself right now, I do miss the most important men in my life . . . and am appreciating them more than if they had not left for Timbuktu, uh, Indonesia.

I'm happy for them, though. And I canNOT wait to find out how their trip is going. If you missed what they're doing - it's kind of a mission trip type thing to the '04 tsunami area - to see how the relief projects are going . . . and to take photos and videos of the progress. There are, I think, 8 or 10 people on the trip. Sam and Will will meet the others in Singapore tomorrow. Then they'll go to Banda Aceh, in Sumatra, Indonesia to 'do their thing'. The leader of the group is retired Baptist missionary - and vice president of what used to be called the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention - Bill O'Brien. He's been overseeing the projects, and I think it's an interdenominational, not just Baptist, endeavor. (That's the first time today I've used the word 'endeavor'. It felt good.)

On a completely different note, I'm no longer playing the electric keyboard at Lonestar Antique Mall Tea Room. . . I am now playing a grand piano!!! Long story short (which is a challenge for me): it was for sale in a booth in the mall-- and well, now the tea room owns it - and I'm the lucky 'player'. I had it tuned Friday and it's debut was yesterday (Saturday). I loved playing it. I'm going to have to wear dressier clothes, though. I mean, it IS a grand piano.

Oh that 'note', I better go. Bailey, I look forward to us consoling each other Wednesday night.

P. S. If you're a hooligan reading this . . . and think I'm a vulnerable lady alone in a big house - just waiting to be robbed --- well, you don't know me and my weapons- or my dog!! Gee, I'm glad I didn't let Animal Control keep Shiloh! Whew! That was close!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Banda Aceh, Indonesia . . .

The two main men in my life (husband and son) are flying there right now! This very minute! Pray for them, please. Their safety, their health, their effectiveness - as they go on a tsunami-relief-assessment trip.

Thank you.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Better dog ...



Shiloh has stayed inside the fence lately! And he hasn't chewed on anything forbidden. I have, though. But those potato chips sure tasted good.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Bad Dog . . .


This little picture is of a cute, low maintenance dog. It is not a picture of Shiloh. ... hardly.

I usually call Shiloh a sweet dog. NOT TODAY. Today, Shiloh is a bad dog. I realize that he is just a dog, and his actions have no malicious intent. Maybe that means he's not 'bad'. He's just 'dog'. Well, 'dog' may not have many days left at 2807 Jackson Court. He keeps getting out --- and today was almost the limit. Our neighbor called my cell phone (I was at the antique mall) and said he was out (again), and this time Animal Control people were trying to catch him. I said, "Let them. We'll go get him at the animal shelter tonight, unless I decided to leave him there." (Yes, I said that last part.)
Well, the Animal Control person managed to get him, but didn't carry him off to the pound. He put him in the back yard and left a message on our front porch saying that we had better get control of our pet . . . or else (not those words).

Not only has Shiloh been getting out lately (the shock collar is not working for some reason)-- (I know, we abuse him by shocking him.--- so sue us.) but he is also very destructive. He has chewed up parts of the fence and scratched and pawed at our newly painted back door and garage door, and made shreds of our door mats. He used to be an indoor dog, but was so destructive that we relegated him to the great outdoors. (Hmm... maybe he's frustrated?)

I know, it sounds as if my love is not unconditional. That's a double negative and means CONDITIONAL. I am guilty.
Maybe tomorrow morning when 'dog' looks through the kitchen door, waiting for his breakfast treat, I'll get all lovey-dovey again and want to keep him.

Yeah, after all he IS a good guard dog. And when he acts excited to see me when I come home it does make feel good. Hmmm. . . maybe I won't have to wait till tomorrow to feel like keeping him.

I guess I was needing to ramble on about him. Perspective, you know.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

She'll be close to me again!


This is precious Elizabeth, my dear niece. We found out this week that she, her husband and sweet baby daughter, Princess Caroline, will be settling in this area after he finishes law school next May. I am so excited!! John will be working for the Dallas law firm, Greenberg-Traurig. That is a wonderful law firm. . . and, of course, will be a MAGNIFICENT law firm with John Huffman there.

Oh, that's me on the right.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Home . . .

The journey has ended. Now jet lag, and washing clothes, and smiling when I think of Laura running across the piazza to hug us.
It was a wonderful journey. . . but I'm glad it's over and I can be here in my comfy home.
I keep thinking I'll think of something to tell you - but I think I'm too tired to think right now. . . well, except thinking about Laura running across the piazza to hug us. That was the very best part of the trip. . . for sure.