Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

I'm back from Canton. I had a wonderful time shopping and people watching, and, of course, eating. Canton Tradesday is known for its great junk food. I was good, though. The only thing I ate there was a taco salad, and you know how healthy that is (compared to the deep fried twinkies I had the last time I was there).
I bought some stuff for my booth and a pretty music stand that Sam was wanting (I had told him there were no music stands in Canton. He liked being right. And, of course, I did like finding it.) The one thing I bought for myself was a little wall hanging. I liked what it said and that's why I bought it.
I will leave you with its wonderful message:
"Make time for Quiet Moments as God whispers and the world is loud."

Thursday, February 28, 2008


I'm having a 'getaway'. . . in Canton, Texas in the Days Inn. It was a whim of a trip (I left suddenly late this afternoon). . . and I'm having fun. I so love solitude. And I so love Canton Tradesdays. So here I am. Tomorrow morning I hit one of the largest flea markets in the world..... over one hundred acres!!!

If you're jealous of me, that's okay. I can take it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Here's this...

I'm racking my brain, trying to figure out what to write. I could be like some of you who go for days without saying anything until you have something to say. Not me. I like to pontificate almost everyday on sometimes nothing.

So what will it be today (tonight)? Actually I posted something earlier - with that same above paragraph - and the 2nd paragraph being my thoughts on Barack Obama- but I decided to delete it. If you read it you know my thoughts on him. If not, well here are some other thoughts you can know - and they're much more important thoughts:
Nate Phillips' work with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in South Africa was amazing. I had a late lunch with him today in the tea room. He told me about his training in Orlando before he went to South Africa, and then about his 49 hour trip there, and then about his time there. It was inspiring and yet heart-breaking; exciting and yet sobering.
God is doing an amazing work through Nate.... and I'm just glad he answered His call and went. Oh my.
If you get a chance, sit down with him and let him talk. You'll get goose bumps . . . and if you're like me, you'll want to sign up to go, too!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

No yellow car!

There is no yellow car in our drive anymore!
Just so you know.

(Sorry if this is an 'inside post'.)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Sally and Nicole . . .

So the Oscars were last night. I do have to say that I WAS curious as to who won Best Picture and if Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor- and he did. (I just kept seeing him predicted to win.)

More thoughts on the Oscars: Sometimes acceptance speeches show low self-esteem. Like when Sally Fields won an Oscar years ago she kept saying something like, "You like me! You really do like me!" (Spoofs on that have been going on for years.) Also, when Nicole Kidman won for something she kept saying something about how her mother would be proud and how she wanted so badly to please her mother. All I could think of was, 'poor girl, she DESPERATELY needs her mother's approval.'

All that just reminds me that everybody - EVERYBODY - no matter the amount of fame or money or youth or beauty or education or intelligence or prestige he/she has, EVERYBODY needs a Savior. And Jesus is that..... thank heavens.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Oscars . . .

This is the first year that I haven't seen ANY of the movies up for Best Picture. That's kind of a victory for me. I mean, who really needs to see those movies?
I think I'm getting cynical in my old age. Well, cynical about movies. Ah, but I remember reading that Robert Mitchum, the old-time (now deceased) actor- was with a young impressionable actor at the Oscars' ceremony. They got there and Mitchum said something like, 'This is a bunch of bunk. . . . It's really silliness. It's all for show. It doesn't matter. '
He kind of had things in perspective.

I also remember that Robert Young (now deceased), who played the father in "Father Knows Best" and then in "Marcus Welby, M.D", had a nervous breakdown and when he was recovering he said that the reason he 'fell apart' was that he began thinking how his life didn't matter, that he was always just 'playing someone else' and his own life must not matter . . . and he couldn't handle it.

It's amazing what our culture thinks is important . . . and isn't.

Those are my thoughts on this Saturday evening, the eve of 'the Oscars'.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thank you!

Thank you for all your comments on my last post. WHAT A THRILL! And there were some interesting words mentioned. You folks are so creative, and imaginative, and well, ADORABLE.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


The mind goes in funny ways. Like this morning I got to thinking about the word 'fireplace'. It used to be just another word in my extended vocabulary. Until 1981. To many of you that was before civilization as you know it began. To me it was just like last year. Anyway, Sam and I were language school in Campinas, Brazil. Sound impressive? it would be, but it was all just a normal place with normal people, albeit somewhat exotic. Anyway, one of the teachers at the language school, Dona Betty, would talk about the word 'fireplace' and how she thought that was the prettiest word in the English language. She would say it slowly, then fast, and just smile, and then ask, "Don't you think it is a beautiful word?" We would roll our eyes, then agree.

This begs the question: What word -or term-do YOU think is beautiful? Now, of course, the meaning of the word might affect you, but try and not let it. Leave your answer as a comment, okay? I'll go first.

(Stop rolling those eyes!!)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Major. . .

Fidel Castro resigned as president of Cuba. This is MAJOR. I can remember hearing my dad talk about how Cuba was just a regular island country that people liked to go visit and get some cigars and stuff. Then suddenly it was off limits to everybody. Even the foreigners there. There was a seminary professor at Southwestern Seminary (his last name was Fite) and he was a missionary in Cuba when Castro took over. Castro's people put Fite in prison for 7 years. Incredible.
Anyway, hopefully Cuba will be a better place now, or at least soon.

In other, completely different, news, I've become a MAJOR fan of Dickey's Barbecue. I served it last night - and will serve it again tonight. (Barbecue always does well as leftovers.)

Having company is never good on the waistline. I mean, the company always makes me eat the dessert. And I have to have seconds on the potato salad and brisket. (What's a hostess to do? - but to show her guests that they can eat more!)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hibernating. . .

You know you have low-maintenance house guests when you can tell them, "I don't do Sunday night suppers. You're on your own." 'Course, they (the guests, not the suppers) are really not "house guests" . . . they are FAMILY. John, Elizabeth and little Caroline, they are, and some of the dearest people in the whole wide world, and who(m) I feel EXTREMELY close to.

So I told them to raid the fridge and freezer. . . so I could hibernate in here - my cozy getaway.
Mmm. I'm really a private person. And this privacy is sooooothing.

Thank you, Huffmans.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

finally . . .

Sam and I did the program tonight for a local Baptist church's Sunday School department's Valentine's banquet. It was fun. The best part? IT IS OVER.
No. THIS is the best part: When I got there I checked my Impression Management mindset at the door.
I mean, I actually did this gig WITHOUT stressing about whether people liked me.
I liked me. . . and that was enough.
This is major for me.
Maybe finally I'm accepting God's opinion of me: Loved, unconditionally.
I don't have to manage everyone's impression of me.
I'm not a quick study. . . but at least I'm finally 'getting it'.

Little Caroline is back!

Little Caroline is taking a nap as I write. Soon she'll go look for apartments with her parents. She's such a smart girl at just 13 1/2 months that she'll probably pick out the apartment and sign the lease before it's time for her second nap.

I am so excited that she'll be moving here in May. And that she's bringing her parents with her.


Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine's clothes...

Yesterday (Valentine's Day) I played the piano in the tea room. It was amazing. Every lady there got a long stem red rose. Plus, a special king ranch chicken casserole was added to the menu just for the day. There were three parties and everyone in those parties was wearing red or pink or red and pink. Plus everyone else seemed to have red and pink attire on also. Well, there was a lady who evidently didn't get the memo, but we are an accepting bunch.
So I played "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and every other love song in my repertoire. I was in 'the zone.' . . . and got lots of tips. (cause and effect - effect and cause).
Last year I had to miss this special day because I had another 'gig'. This year I was determined to make it -- even if it meant I had to go to board meeting later. (That's where I am now.) So I flew up here on American Airlines. I get to the airport at 3:00 - right after my tea room playing. I'm decked out in my Valentine's outfit, and with my heart necklace, and my heart earrings. Does anybody else at DFW airport have on showy Valentine clothes? Nooooooooooooooo. (I look in vain for at least someone wearing a red sweater.) At my age you'd think I'd be secure enough to handle being the only lady decked out in hearts.

You'd think.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Forget (some of) the last post.

Okay, so today I AM getting all syrupy sweet about Sam. ....I mean I do feel for the single folks who can't stand the fuss of today . . . but I (me, myself, and I) am going to LOVE Valentine's Day - and ENJOY it for all that is means.

Everyday can be painful for some. . . and I feel for them. But I need to quit being codependent towards everybody that's feeling down.

I'm going to have a great day - and get real mushy.

Watch out, Sam.

Happy Valentine's!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Valentine's . . .

I talked to a young woman today who hates this week. Valentine's Day and all it stands for just makes her want to climb into a cave and hibernate. She doesn't like the schmaltzy take on love - and she does have a point. It's like Mother's Day, kind of. All those cards about how wonderful mothers are - and you know how you've been as a mother -- certainly not perfect. You don't merit the raves - and usually husbands and wives don't merit all the lovey-dovey stuff of Valentine's Day.

Ah, but the sentiments are nice; they can even be wonderful. And about my love for my hubby. . . it has grown deeper and deeper. Not all syrupy sweet but, as I say, very deep. I am SO glad God brought him into my life. I can't say that enough. And I am so into telling people to wait for God's best. I'm so glad I did. I am so glad I did.

I hope you do . . . or did.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I am my grandmother after all . . .

Sometimes I remind myself of my dear Grandmother Jennie, my dad's mom. She was precious, all 4 ft. 9 in. of her. Her husband, my wonderful Granddaddy Andy, rebuilt her kitchen so it could be at her level. Being in her kitchen was like being in a kind of doll house. (Oh, I just realized . . . Sam rebuilt my kitchen --- 'course it's at regular level. BUT STILL.)
Anyway, Grandmother Jennie was a very devout Christian (Baptist) lady. I can remember watching TV with her, and hearing her moans and groans at some of the silliness.
So now I AM her.
I just watched a youtube video of Amy Winehouse - who won several Grammies the other night. I was curious about her appeal. So I watched it - and listened. Then I moaned and groaned. And, of course, rolled my eyes. And then I read that Amy Winehouse is bringing REHAB - and its value - to everyone's attention. Didn't Lindsay Lohan do that? And well, LOTS of others? Lots and lots???

And then I read that Dolly Parton is postponing (or canceling- or something) a tour because her breasts are causing her back pain. Hello!! Of course they would someday.

And then I hear of a reality show that uses lie detector tests.

Grandmother Jennie, .... it's not getting any better.

Monday, February 11, 2008


We were on our way to Rockwall yesterday morning, minding our own business. I look up and suddenly see BEKKA ZUEFELDT! She's on this huge billboard advertising North Park Mall. Then on the way back we saw 2 more billboards with her on it. She is the only model on the billboard and she is wearing a stunning red gown. Needless to say I was very excited.

Today I had a lunch date with her mom, Julie, at the Corner Bakery in Southlake. Julie practically runs up to me as I'm sitting on a stool waiting for her. "Would you mind if we get this to go?" she asks. Long story short: Bekka has just found out she needs to fly to Milan (Italy) in 2 hours. She had just gotten back from modeling in New York Saturday and Julie had little time to visit with her. Anyway, we grab our to-go lunches, race over to the Zuefeldts house and see Bekka. Who is packing to go to Milan. She'll be there for a month and then go to Paris (something like that). Wow. I got to be in on the frantic happenings in the Z household, as they get used to having a celebrity in their family.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Trinity Harbor . . .

Sam and I went to Rockwall today to hear our nephew-in-law preach and to visit with him and his family, our niece, Jennifer, and their darling daughters, Molly, 4, and Charlotte 2. It was a PRECIOUS time. Ryan preached an amazing sermon from Acts 10. I particularly remember his illustration about Matt, a freshman living on his dorm floor where he (Ryan) was a resident assistant. Ryan had assumed that Matt had it 'all - together'. Long story short: he did not. He felt empty inside. That made me think of who all do I know that I think don't need Jesus. Ha!!! Can you believe I said that? As if!!!!! Really. I thought of some folks I see in the antique mall every week. They're the women who dress so nicely, and who look just like they've come from a professional make-up session. (Now you know my description of one who has it 'all-together'.) Right now I'm particularly thinking of a lady named Jan. I found out she graduated from high school the same year I did. (That has given us a kinship.) Anyway . . . Ryan's talk (about Cornelius and Peter - and being an outsider - and an insider, and about Matt) has given me pause to think about Jan-girl.
Pray for her, will you? And pray for me, that I will talk to her - in a non-threatening way- (or threatening, who knows?) about Christ. And how ONLY HE CAN SATISFY YOUR SOUL.

Oh, the title of this blog, is the name of Ryan and Jennifer's church. Trinity Harbor Church.

Oh, and after church we went to eat and then the girls played on this stage-thing overlooking Ray Hubbard Lake (Reservoir?). It was so fun.

The Tompkins are a beautiful family. BEAUTIFUL. Inside and out.

(Don't forget to pray for Jan and me.)

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Beautiful day . . .

It's a beautiful day. Hmm. That makes me think of dear Mr. Rogers. . . and his neighborly day in the beautywood.

Well I just got back from spending the night with my dear mother, who turns 82 today! We had some muffins for her birthday breakfast. They were delicious . . . and from 7 Eleven. I have decided that 7 Eleven is one of my favorite places. It has GREAT coffee, yummy donuts and other non-diet stuff, and it usually has 20 oz. caffeine free diet cokes in stock. (I'm having to give up my beloved Dr. Pepper (sigh), not for Lent, Caroline, (I'm proud of you), but because of my blood sugar levels or glucose levels or level (singular) or something. I have to learn more about all that, clearly.)
Anyway, in about an hour I'll see Mother again as I'll pick her up and we'll go to the antique mall where I will play the piano and she will shop around, work in our booth, and then eat with me. Then tonight we'll take her out for dinner, and then have birthday cake.

It's mostly about eating today. . . let the calories begin!!! . . . or continue. . .

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Good grief . . .

I just went to the Star Telegram website. The top headline listed was this, "Willie Nelson doesn't believe 9-11 story" and the first sentence, "Country music legend Willie Nelson doesn’t buy the story that foreign terrorists attacked the nation on 9-11." Apparently Willie has taken one too many of the drugs he wants legalized. Since Rosie O'Donnell came out saying that she did not believe terrorists caused 9-11 she has, well, not been listened to much. Rosie and Willie probably don't think the Holocaust happened either.

Tonight Sam, Will, Bailey and I had a special early Valentine celebration. Sam and I had been given a restaurant gift certificate by an electrician who has done A LOT of work at our house, and who we've hit it off with. Harley gave us a $50 certificate to 'The Classic Cafe' in Roanoke. It turned out to be a pretty classy place. The fact that the plates were called 'entrees' and the crab cake and grilled shrimp entree (which Sam and I each ordered) was $29 (each) tells you that it was not the kind of eatery you'd expect in Roanoke, Texas, which is famous for BABE'S (a family- style fried chicken place). Anyway, it WAS nice and we had fun. And the food (except Will's featured fish entree) was really good. I don't know if I'll go there again. . . unless I get another gift certificate. And I won't wear my jeans next time.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Highlights . . .

Sometimes I talk politics. That's not too smart of me, since there is so much that I don't know. But what does anybody really know anyway?! (And sometimes I get philosophical.)
Anyway, McCain did well last night. And I'm getting on board! What I think is interesting is that McCain and Huckabee have done well IN SPITE of Rush Limbaugh's bashing. I think that maybe that means people are thinking for themselves!!

I got my hair cut and colored yesterday. It has more blonde streaks than ever before. I told Marti I liked how she's been doing the blonde streaks and she translated that into, "Give me more and bigger highlights." Ah, but I think I like my hair this morning.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I've settled down . . .

Well, I've settled down to THIS blog-look for a while. (Clearly I've had some free time on my hands.)

Today is Super Tuesday . . . AND Fat Tuesday . . . and it looks like a stormy Tuesday here in Colleyville. We knew something was up when yesterday (Feb. 4) it got up to 85 degrees! Doesn't the weatherman know that I have some heavy sweaters in my closet that I look smashing in?!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Proud . . .

I'm very proud of myself. I have been FAITHFUL to the exercise program I started last month! Of course that means that I am feeling healthier, and that, of course, feels great.
I've basically been doing Denise Austin's 'Getting Fit' program that I TiVo. It's 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week doing aerobics, and some crunches and stretches, basically. I don't always do it with the TV program. I've gotten the routine down, so I often do it with TiVoed 'Family Feud' (the new one with John O'Hurley). Or - like today I did the stretches and crunches then went for a long, fast walk.
I've only lost 3 pounds, but have decided NOT to try and lose weight, but to just GET IN SHAPE. Actually, I'd love to lose 10 pounds, but have decided not to stress about that. (That's MAJOR for me.)

I'm writing this so I will KEEP AT IT!!! (You might ask how the exercising is going. I don't want to have to lie.)

P. S. Wasn't that Super Bowl game exciting?!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Sunday . . .

Notice I didn't put the word 'BOWL' in my title. If the Cowboys were playing, maybe.

It HAS been a super day, though. I heard one of the best sermons in my life. In fact I think in the last week I've heard 3 of the best sermons I've ever heard in my life. Now I'm not going to count my hubby's sermons when I write about superlatives, and comparisons and all. That wouldn't be fair. His were the ABSOLUTE BEST, but I better say that, right? (And no, I'm not just saying that because he might read my blog. It's because it's the truth. And of course he might read my blog.)
Anyway, Rob Carmack preached 3 of the best sermons I have ever experienced. And if you've heard Rob preach you know that one EXPERIENCES his sermons.
Last Sunday he preached on being 'Fully Human' and today he finished the 2 part series. On Wednesday night at Fuel (Bear Valley's once a month worship/Bible study/Lord's supper service) he talked about the 10 Commandments, giving an intro and then speaking specifically on the first commandment. Now that talk was incredible. INCREDIBLE. I often tend to brag on him TO him -and to others - and so it seems that my words become meaningless (since I talk so much). Well, I hope they don't. Anyway, THAT talk was my most favorite of the three. It was AMAZING.

So it's been a super Sunday. Oh, and Sam and I ate with Rob and Caroline after the service. That is always fun.

Now for the Super Bowl . . . and its commercials.

Friday, February 1, 2008

SIMPLE . . .

I've decided to go back to a more SIMPLE look for my blog.
And in the spirit of SIMPLIFYING my life, I am getting rid of STUFF. Well, I've kind of been forced to clean out 2 closets (the guest room - and Laura's (which she'll have to go through her stuff someday) because we had new carpet put down in those rooms (as part of completely finishing our remodeling job started a year ago), and well, it was a humbling experience. You could say that now the Carmacks call themselves "PACKRATS R US". We can deny it no longer.
So I'm being ruthless. And it feels good. Maybe if you come and visit and stay in our guest room you will be able to actually hang up your clothes in the closet.
Imagine that!

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