Thursday, January 31, 2008

Worth a chuckle . . .

I was playing in the tea room today and a mother and her young son came over to the piano. I had been drinking some coffee in a styrofoam cup. It was sitting there on the piano. The lady said, 'Thank you so much for the music.' Then her son proceeded to put a dollar bill in my coffee cup! I just thanked them and they went on. Then I chuckled. That was the first time I had put my beverage ON the piano. Always before I would have my drink on the floor - with a lid on it. I better go back to that system. (The cup was just a third full, so the dollar wasn't too wet.)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Doodling . . .

In the new "Christianity Today"- at least in the online version, there is an article about a new book by Sybil MacBeth, PRAYING IN COLOR: DRAWING A NEW PATH TO GOD. The article, called "Doodling With Devotion", suggests you might write a name of a person you want to pray for on a page, then draw around it, like doodling, and then color it, and draw some more, all the while you're praying for that person. I thought that sounded very interesting. I'm going to try that . . . and get out of my box.

Yes.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

WINDY!!!

Good grief. I have never been in so much wind in my life - without there being a hurricane nearby. Today I was in Grapevine helping my mother with her booth (see next paragraph). When we went to lunch we had to walk bending over into the wind, so we wouldn't get blown away. Then when we sat down to eat (at that bakery place in Grapevine, Elizabeth) I kept having to tell Mother to make her hair go down in certain places. It kept sticking up. I guess mine was okay, or she was too polite to tell me. Anyway, the wind was FIERCE. The antique mall lady had to keep the front door locked so it wouldn't fly open. Some of the customers told us that other stores were locking their doors for the same reason. It was crazy.

I helped my mother move out of her booth in the little "Corner Store" antique mall in Grapevine today. Taking care of the booth had been getting a little too much for her, plus the rent had gone up this month. It was kind of sad. . . the end of an era for her. We'll put some of her stuff, though, in my booth in my mall so she can still be in the 'antiquing' business somewhat. The other stuff we'll sell in a garage sale in April.

Oh, more on the wind --- I came home and Shiloh's big water thing (the water container part) was blown clear back into the bushes near where Laura parks her car when she's home. It's so far back there - by the fence - that I'm going to have to get some grungy clothes on to go get it.

Oh, and the electricity was out for a long while this morning because of the wind. And all the stoplights around here were off. Everyone was being polite, like at four-way-stops. Those four-way-stops would never work in Brazil, by the way. Or Italy.

I better get my grungy clothes on. Shiloh might be thirsty.

Monday, January 28, 2008

WHY?!?

Why do they have those word verification thingies? You know, when you leave a comment on some folks' blogs you have to type in the letters of some nonsense word that is written so you can hardly read it. (it IS called WORD verification, by the way, so it must be a WORD.) Is it that they want to know if you have good nearsightedness? OR that you must want to leave a comment so badly that you have to take the time to decipher the nonsense word ? Hmm?

It's early Monday morning. Not much else to think about. Well, there is, but I won't.
EXCEPT that I've been reading in Colossians and am struck by how Paul writes that we are to 'PUT ON' love, 'CLOTHE ourselves' with compassion, kindness, etc., and 'LET the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.' We are to be active in this putting on. It doesn't just happen. There IS a doing on our part, besides the doing of abiding in Christ, that, of course produces fruit, that doesn't require 'effort'. Anyway, for today, I will CLOTHE myself with compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience. It seems I need to put on those last two more than some of the others.

Have a good day.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday morning . . .

Sunday mornings used to be WILD. We'd have to get the trailer at around 7:30 and then start unloading everything for church at 8. Before all that we'd go to the donut shop to get the donuts and, of course, sit down and eat our own. Those were wonderful days.
Now my Sunday mornings are much more relaxed. Just now I've listened to John McLaughlin on Laura's newest post on her blog. (You can get it on the right under my list of 'Friends and Family'). She titled her post, 'Swoon'. That is what I did, too. I swooned. Thanks, Laura.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Don't settle.

Lots of young women read my blog. So I'm gonna say something that I want you young women to hear - and heed. DON'T SETTLE. When it comes to husbands, or jobs, or whatever. DON'T SETTLE. Dare to trust God with any and every part of your life.

I just felt like preaching that sermon tonight.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Quick Trip . . .

I just got back from a quick trip to Waco to see my dear daughter and give her some license plates, and to see (and stay with) two of my favorite people, P and K, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. I always am refreshed by seeing all 3 of those folks. It was a cold, rainy drive back to Colleyville, but my heart was warmed by the newly-made memories of my visit there. (Maybe that's a little too much of 'waxing eloquent'.)
Anyway, I had a good trip. It was kind of a sudden thing, at least the spending-the-night part, but that what's made it so great. I am such a high 'J' - if you know Myers Briggs you know what I'm talking about - that doing something on the spur of the moment, and not stressing about it, is well, a victory for me!! I have to have everything planned out. A change in routine is quite unusual. Sometimes I need it, though. Ah, but that is only if I have some free time. And that means that the 'free time' is part of my routine. If I went to Waco INSTEAD of doing something else that maybe someone was expecting me to do, well, that would have spelled S-T-R-E-S-S.
It's therapy, writing about his stuff. It makes me want to venture out some more. Like on another spur-of-the-moment outing. Yeah. Talk about therapy.

So it's cold and wet outside. I'll just stay cozy inside. Hmm. Hot chocolate. Mmm

Oh, if you haven't checked the newest joke on my "Just for Fun" blog (listed on the right), DO. I think it is hilarious. I found it on some clean joke website (I forget which) and just had to put on my blog.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Life is so fragile. . .

There's the tragic news of Heath Ledger. Then I read of a school janitor putting in a light in a class room yesterday in Georgia, I think - and suddenly he's electrocuted in front of the whole class. And then I hear of a former classmate from Mission High School who went in for minor surgery and two weeks later dies of a weird blood clot problem.

There are no sweet, wonderful answers to make everyone feel happy-happy. Ah, but there is a loving God who knows, and loves, and never promised us a rose garden. But, oh he gives us comfort.

I did a Google search on verses on comfort and found these. There were many - but I liked them all, so I won't delete any. (I know, it's a lot to read.)

Ps 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Ps 138:7
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.

Ps 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Ps 22:24
For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.

Ps 37:24
Though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

Ps 37:39
The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

Ps 27:14
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Ps 55:22
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Ps 9:9
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Nahum 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,

John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Matt 11:28
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

2 Cor 1:5
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.

Lam 3:31-33
For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

I THINK THOSE ARE GREAT VERSES!!!!!
AND I THINK GOD IS SUCH A WONDERFUL GOD.

I could just preach and preach. mmm

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Just stuff . . .

The Imax theater in Colleyville has closed. So much for feeling special. It seems the checks the theater had given to vendors, etc., were bouncing, and its parent company has filed bankruptcy. I was always proud to tell people that my town - which many folks have never heard of - had an Imax theater. I guess pride goes before the fall.

On a more upbeat note: I've been successful this week: I've started exercising and eating better. I got a wake up call with my last blood test: it declared that I was pre-diabetic. HORRORS!! If I can avoid diabetes I am going to avoid it. I watched my dad and my granddad go through the ordeal of insulin tests, and injections, etc., etc., and I WANT TO AVOID THAT!! Yes, indeed.

Oh, I guess you know that Huckabee didn't win the South Carolina primary. Oh well. I was disappointed, but not too terribly surprised.

Have you read my "Just For Fun blog" lately? I've posted some Bob Hope one-liners. I've always LOVED Bob Hope. He spread a lot of love and laughter during his long life. He died in 2003 at the age of 100! (The blog is listed under my "Friends and Family". I consider the blog one of my friends.)

Have a great week!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Jesus says, "So?"

Several months ago my daughter wrote in her blog about the one word question that really stops people in their tracks. It is so effective, if you get criticized, or questioned on your behavior, or receive any kind of putdown. If someone says something like, "You're not wearing that, are you?", You can just look at them and say, "So?" Then if they say, "Well, it looks ratty." Then you say again, "So?"
Wonderful word, huh?

Lately I’ve been reading slowly the book of John in the New Testament. The other day I came to the end of it . . . and was struck by something that I guess I had not looked at closely before. Jesus is telling Peter and John about the future. He’s telling Peter something about how he (Peter) will be martyred (that interpretation is in the NIV Study Bible notes). ‘Course that’s pretty heavy, and I won't get into the heaviness of that, but I will say this: Peter then asks Jesus something like, ‘What about John? Are you saying that he'll be with you till the end? ” Jesus gives this reply, “What is that to you? You must follow me.”
Wow. “What is that to you? You must follow me.”
Jesus was basically saying, "So?-- and then . . . "You must follow me".
So? I need to follow Jesus. I need to NOT concern myself with everybody else and what they're doing ... and whether they'll like what I'm doing, or saying, or even wearing, or well, ANYTHING. .... I must follow Jesus.

So?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Speaking of cold weather, and then antique malls . . .

You know it's cold outside when Shiloh gets to sleep inside. Bless his heart.

I took some time off yesterday and went to some antique malls that I've been wanting to visit. We always drive past them when we go to Oklahoma each month. We just never leave early enough to scout them out. Plus, I knew I'd enjoy the experience more if I didn't have my hubby in tow (no offense).
Anyway, I went to 2 antique malls north of Denton, in an old outlet mall area. They were really nice and had some great stuff. (I didn't buy anything. I was just looking.) Then I went to Gainesville to check the antique mall there that I see every month when we stop at that Starbucks. Well, rats, they just closed. The man working at the building said there was another antique mall farther in town. I went there. Completely vacant.

It got me to thinking. I love antique malls. . . but I really think they're becoming truly antique. Like the one I'm in -- lots of people (more and more) are coming to eat in the tea room. (I mean, my mother and niece and her family came recently and had to wait 15 minutes to get in!) But all those people are just not shopping in the mall part. More and more of the dealers are leaving because they're not making their rent. The mall fortunately has a waiting list for new dealers, but if they're like I was, they're going to be very disappointed when they put stuff in their new booth, then come back two weeks later and hardly anything is gone!!
Ah, but I do enjoy it so much, which is interesting. I never - ever- thought I'd get into something like having a booth in an antique mall.

Never say never.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Random stuff . . .

Have you heard of the new makeup trend-- white eye liner? I saw an article about it in a free magazine we get, DALLAS MODERN LUXURY. The models looked like they'd gone to Office Max and gotten some white-out and put on their upper and lower eye lids. Is this the next big thing? I'm ready. I have some white-out in my desk drawer.

I just found out that yesterday was 'free hug' day. Rats. I have to wait a whole year for it to come back around.

I'm reading a book Will gave me for Christmas, MUSICOPHILIA, TALES OF MUSIC AND THE BRAIN, by Oliver Sacks. It is fascinating. Its author wrote the book AWAKENINGS that was made into the famous movie with Robert DeNiro and Robin Williams.

Romney won the Michigan Republican primary. That would have been so sad for him if he hadn't. And that just might help Huckabee in South Carolina. (Sam speculates that now McCain might NOT do well there, since he didn't win Michigan. -- Sam is so smart that I don't have to think for myself.)

I DO think for myself sometimes.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Life's too short . . .

I came across an article on the website of REAL SIMPLE, one of my favorite magazines. I'll copy and paste part of it here: (Actually this is from the blog by the editor, Kristin van Ogtrop). (I think you'll like it).
The Life's-Too-Short List
Some years ago writer Shirley Conran observed that life's too short to stuff a mushroom. I think about that quote all the time and now, in the spirit of New Year's resolutions, I present my own very subjective and by no means exhaustive list.
In my book, life's too short to:
iron cloth napkins
care why Britney Spears is so screwed up
start a plant from seed, unless it's a morning glory
finish a book I don't like
use cloth diapers
boycott boxed macaroni and cheese
go to the office on the weekend
keep a friend who is not nice to me
read more than one article about the impact of Hillary almost crying in New Hampshire.

I (mm jw) could add to that. I bet you could, too.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

On simplicity . . .

I came across some quotes on simplicity recently and liked them. [In fact, besides my resolution to lose 5-10 pounds, my new year's resolution this year is to simplify, simplify, simplify. That translates in many ways. One of which-- I plan on having a huge garage sale and getting rid of lots of STUFF. (If you've been in my attic you know that I'm not lacking in STUFF.)]
Here are the quotes:
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak."
-Hans Hofmann
"The aspects of things that are most important to us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity."
-Prof. Ludwig Wittgenstein
"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder (LITTLE HOUSE IN THE OZARKS - Hines)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain . . .

We're in Oklahoma. We come every month for 2 days for meetings that, well, are not riveting, but the meals sure are. Then I have to go home and eat Nutrisystem for 2 or 3 days. It's my new monthly cycle. (!)
Anyway, it's been a good meeting but I didn't see the two people whom I wanted to see. . .and to congratulate. They say they're home sick, but I think they're wanting to avoid all of us. We all have advice for them and funnies to tell them, about having children at an old age. None of us are experts at that . . . but we're just glad that THEY are the ones who will be experts, and not us.

Speaking of Oklahoma, I'm the only one in my immediate family (S,N,W,L) who is not an Okie. Before I met my husband I really didn't give north of the Red River much thought. It's not that I now think of it a lot, but when I come here, and when I do think of it it is with admiration. Really. These folks up here have a down-to-earth-ness that you don't get sometimes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Well, you get it more in Fort Worth than in Dallas. Anyway, I like Okies, and am glad I have an OK connection.

It's obvious that I'm trying to find something to write about. I guess I'll go now. We should be heading home soon. And it will be a quiet home. Laura has gone back to Baylor. (I'm thinking she is finding that Florence, Italy and Waco, Texas don't have a lot in common.) Since Will lives in an apartment, well, only Shiloh will be there to greet us. But oh, how excitedly will he greet us.
I think I've said this before: dogs are good for the soul.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Jean Bean. . .

You just never know where the mind is going to take you.

Yesterday I began thinking about my childhood and how my mother would come in every night and kiss me good night. I could always smell coffee on her breath. Now when I smell coffee-breath I always feel a certain comfort.
Then that got me to thinking about my mother’s arms and how smooth they were - and still are. And my Granddaddy Earl’s bowed legs and how he kind of rocked side to side when we walked. And then I thought of my Grandmother Jennie’s hands and how I liked them, just because they were hers. Somehow all this thinking made me feel comfort. And then I got to thinking that maybe I was needing some comfort.
This time of year I grieve still. It has been almost 19 years since my Jean Bean died. She was my identical twin. My ‘other self’. I always called her Jean Bean. (She was Peggy Jean and I was (am) Nancy Jane). Anyway, I think about her everyday . Really. Every single day. They’re not sad thoughts, though, usually. Just thoughts. It’s like she’s always with me. And I often dream about her at night.
Monday was our birthday. My birthday is usually a fun day for me - because it’s my birthday . . .and yet, it is a sad day, too, because it was OUR birthday.
But you know, I wouldn’t give anything for being a twin to her. What a wonderful life I’ve had - being a twin. And the day of her funeral I ‘accidently’ woke up really early and just randomly opened the Gideon Bible in the hotel and this is what I read, ”My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.” Job 17:1. And I felt God hugging me so tightly.
I am so thankful for His presence. . . and for letting me be Peggy’s twin.

I just thought I’d say all that.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Shockeroos . . .

Second 'shockeroo': Hillary came out on top in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. I thought Obama had it from now on. Tells you what I know. And McCain came out on top in the Republican primary. Hmm. So Romney may not be the candidate. It is so interesting that in neither party is there a clear frontrunner.
(So I'm staying up with politics more than I used to. That tells you that I am not as insanely busy as I used to be. And that is a wonderful thing.)

First 'shockeroo': yesterday I found out that my almost 60 year-old brother-in-law and his wife, who'll be 43 tomorrow (Happy Birthday, Lorie) are expecting a baby in August!!!!!!. The due date is something like 08/08/08. That is so exciting. And that means Lorie is due the same month precious Elizabeth is due. I don't' know if it's ever happened in my life that two of my closest, most favorite people are due the same month. . . and one of them is almost 2 decades older than the other. Should I send this in to the Guinness Book of World Records?

Oh, and for those of you who love Shiloh you'll be glad to know that I let him in this morning. So if you see dog hairs on the rug in the den, they're not mine. They're his.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Starting out right . . .

My new year always starts on Jan. 8. That's because my birthday is Jan. 7 . . . so I let myself 'go' until the 8th. Well, my new year started out right: I got up early and went for a 30 minute walk this morning. It was dark so I wore light colored clothing. Anyway, I'm determined to get in shape this year. I've never been more determined. And Bailey is going to help me - by keeping me accountable - by checking with me and seeing if I'm still doing it. (Right, BJ?)

I'm so enamored with little Caroline. If you've seen pictures on Elizabeth's blog (under my "Friends and Family") you know she looks darling. There is nothing like live-action though. Oh my. Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh my. (That's a funny expression.)

Well, I learned some exciting news today. I mean it was so exciting- and surprising- that I can hardly contain myself. I won't divulge here, though. I mean certain someones may not want it known yet. Well, surely they do. -- But to be safe I won't divulge.

G'day.

Monday, January 7, 2008

B Day

Today is the big day for me. I'm celebrating by going to lunch at the little mom and pop Brazilian restaurant in Irving - with Sam, Will, Laura, Mother, John, Elizabeth, and Caroline. It will be fun. I will overeat. . . but it's my birthday.

The Huffmans ARE here! Caroline is so darling that I just have to say, 'mm mm, mm mm, mm mm' all the time.

I came across a quote the other day that I really liked and wanted to share:
"We cannot learn and appear perfect at the same time."

Have a great day. I will.

(Oh, my floors were (are) clean enough!)

Oh, hit my Just for Fun blog under my Friends and Family list for some birthday funnies. I'm going to add even more during the week. I DON'T WANT ANYBODY TO MISS THEM!!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Huffmans are coming! The Huffmans are coming!

Years ago there was a funny movie with Alan Arkin called THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! I can't quite remember what exactly it was about, but I thought I'd put my own twist on its title - with the title of this post.

Tomorrow Princess Caroline will grace us with her presence. I cannot wait!!!! I know she's more mobile than she used to be . . . I just hope her little knees, and the rest of her, don't get too dirty on our floors. I just cleaned them, yes. But I have a bad memory that I've tried to repress: Years and years ago, before we had kids, we had some friends come visit and they had a one year old. I thought my floors were clean. Well little Rebecca showed up and showed me that I DID NOT have clean floors. Oh dear. I'm thinking Caroline might show me the same thing. Oh well . . . a not-so-clean floor might be good for her immune system. You know, give it a workout.

Different subject: we don't have a Christmas tree anymore. We truly have a 'HOLIDAY TREE'. The Christmas ornaments are off and now the Valentines are on!!!! Laura and I got some Valentine cards, and some heart ornaments, and decorated it today. I like it. And that tree just fits in that corner so well I could NOT take it down.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Huckabee and Obama. . .

So Huckabee and Obama came out on top in the Iowa caucus. I really think that is great. 'Course the jury (my jury) is really still out on just how good Huckabee might be as my president, but so far I'm excited about him.
As for Obama, I'm excited about him, too. I don't hold to his political views, but it is so thrilling to see a black man running for president - with an actual shot at it. And he seems like such a nice fella.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Okay . . .

Okay . . . from now on my posts WILL be true . . . like this one:
I went to the Kimball Art Museum today with Sam and Laura to see the early Christian art on display there now. Oh my. I so enjoyed it. And was so inspired . . . and thankful for my own Christian heritage - in my life, my family of origin, and in my country. And I'm sad that Christianity is being so ridiculed by so many. Well, actually I kind of think that ridicule kind of confirms Christianity's truth. Well, it doesn't need any confirmation, of course.

On another note, tonight my immediate family (S,N,W,L) went out to eat together. We had a wonderful time. We so rarely get to do that - not the having a wonderful time part- but the eating out together part. Anyway, I'm glad we took the time to be with each other. We did a lot of talking, a lot of laughing, a lot of eating, and then we shared a big sopapilla together, which tells you what kind of restaurant we went to. It was so fun. I'm smiling thinking about it.

On still another note, the Iowa caucus will be tomorrow night. I'm hoping Huckabee will come out ahead with the Republicans. I found out that Rush Limbaugh spent much of his time today criticizing Huckabee. Brother. Limbaugh is a piece of work. Too bad he has so much influence. (I used to be a 'ditto-head', but I tired of his rants, so I don't give him a listen anymore.)

On still another note, I finished taking down Christmas late this afternoon. That always feels good, and yet a little sad at the same time.
It was a great holiday season.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008 Already!

I actually stayed awake and saw 2008 come in. Everything changed. The lights went off and then on and suddenly there was a beautiful purplish haze all around the house. Then I smelled a most wonderful aroma. Kind of cinnamony spicey, with a touch of peach. I guess that is the 2008 aroma. Then I felt this most warm, glowing feeling, as if I had had a warm drink of some kind of special brandy or something. I wouldn't know - since I've never tasted brandy (except one time I had brandied fruit)- but it tasted like what I thought brandy would taste like. And then . . . I heard the most glorious sound, like angels singing. In four part harmony they sang, "Auld Lang Syne" and suddenly I understood what those words meant: "Old Lady Sighing". . . and I'm sure that she was sighing because she had not done in the previous year what she should have done. And then, finally, the bells started ringing. They were ringing in the new year. Oh, it was marvelous.

So that's what happens. [The last few years I've fallen asleep before midnight of New Years Eve, so I had forgotten how magical it could be.]

And then I said, "Shiloh, I don't think we're in Colleyville anymore."
And then I heard, "Mm jw, mm jw . . . wake up. It's 2008!"

Happy New Year!!