Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sweet Shiloh . . .

Recently I put up some random pictures of some random dogs - but not Shiloh. Well, actually for a little while I had him up, then I wrote a new post - not about dogs- and took his picture down. Soooooo, here he is. This picture was taken on PhotoBooth, which meant I had to have my laptop there - and well, this is the best shot I got.

I recently read a little article about dogs. It was written in '05 - but, of course, is timeless. I will cut and paste here.
Man's best friend
If you want to lower your stress level, get a dog. A study presented today at a meeting of the American Heart Association in Dallas found that a 12-minute visit with a dog worked better at reducing blood pressure among older people than a visit with humans or being alone.
Kathie Cole, a nurse at the California Los Angeles Medical Center and her colleagues studied 76 heart failure patients - average age 57 - who got either a visit from a volunteer, a volunteer plus a dog, or no visit. They measured the patients' physiological responses before, during and after the visits. Anxiety dropped 24 percent for those visited by the dog and the volunteer team, but by 10 percent when the visitor was just a human. Heart pressure dropped 10 percent when the dog was present but increased 3 percent for a human-only visit. Dogs used in the study included a poodle, golden retriever and miniature schnauzer. They had to pass a behavior test and be checked by a vet before being declared good to go.
(from the Orlando Sentinel - nov. 16, ‘05)

Now I'll repeat a quote I like by Dave Barry, "You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My Gosh, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'"

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

All those comments on my last post were very encouraging( you're actually reading my blog!). And they were very interesting!
It's not too late -- you can still leave a comment on this post - or the last one - and tell me your favorites. And if you've already left a comment you can leave another one. Rob left three! That was a thrill!
Thank you again!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Random favorites. . .

In keeping with my 'Favorites' theme, here are some more of mine.

Hot coffee in the morning

Clarks shoes

Cherry pie a la mode

I love comments on my blogs, so what are some of YOUR random favorites? Leave your answer as a comment.
I love comments.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Soooooooooo tired . . .

I got home from a HUGE weekend trip around 4 o'clock and now I realize how addicted I am to blogging. Proof is my last post. . . about Joe T. Garcia's.
I walk into the house . . . exhausted. Sam and Will are still at Jenny's wedding/reception, videotaping them. I feed the dog, empty my car of stuff, then plop down on my bed and get my laptop out to check my e-mails and see if anybody commented on my blogs and check my favorite other blogs. In my fatigue I 'have to' to post something so I tell of my favorite place. I guess when I'm tired I always think of Joe T.'s. That tells you that when I'm tired I over-eat .

The reason I'm tired is that I took my mother to Canton where last night we went to a 42 (dominoes) party with her Canton friends. This morning we went to Colfax United Methodist Church for their annual pancake breakfast that is part of the Colfax cemetery's Decoration Day. Oh, prior to the 42 party we went to the cemetery yesterday afternoon and put flowers on my grandparents', great aunt's, dad's and sister's gravesites (as part of Decoration Day weekend activities). Anyway, after the DELICIOUS pancake breakfast (and bake sale, where I bought a yummy-looking pecan pie), Mother and I went to Dallas to attend her high school reunion at Adamson High School. That lasted from 11:30 till 3 o'clock, which included a barbecue lunch, then a long (too long - albeit nice) program.

Anyway, I'm exhausted. And I'm sure Mother is, too. But I'm so glad she was up to the adventure. A year ago she wouldn't have been.

Anyway my hankering for Joe T. Garcia's Mexican Dishes has waned. But it could come back - oh, I think it's coming back!

Another favorite. . .

Joe T. Garcia's in north Fort Worth, Texas.
That's where I want to go on my birthday every year.
That's how much I like it.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The world is mine. . .

. . . and so are enchiladas.

You may have noticed that I've gotten into putting pictures on my blog that I get from the Internet. I mean, the world is my photo album! How great is that?! (And thank you to Laura and Elizabeth, who've been my blogging mentors.)

So for my next few posts I may tell of my favorite things and show pictures! (I will get permission sometimes, when I need to, to post the pictures.)

So for today I will celebrate enchiladas. AND give my easy-easy recipe for enchiladas.

Let's see if I can describe how I make these (I learned this from my mother).
It takes:
corn tortillas (as many as you like)
Wolf Brand chili without beans (enough to smother the rolled tortillas)
chopped onions (lots)
grated cheddar cheese (lots)

First soften each corn tortilla - either by placing them only briefly in a skillet of hot vegetable oil, or by dipping them in the heated chili. (doing them in the oil makes them taste better, in my opinion.) Then take that tortilla, put some chopped onions and some grated cheese in it and roll it and place it in a long casserole dish - or long cake pan. Do the next tortilla and the next until you've done them all. Then pour warm chili on top of them and put onions and cheese scattered on top of the chili. Then bake for maybe 15 -20 minutes at 350 degrees. Or let sit until 30 minutes before the meal and bake then (for 30 minutes if the chili is not warm). The chili should be bubbly and the cheese melted before you take out of oven.

To make a complete enchilada dinner, get some cans of refried beans (I like Old El Paso brand), empty into a pan and heat!! When you put the refried beans in the bowl to serve, add some grated cheese on top and melt it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt. If you don't want to go through the hassle of making Spanish rice, then open a can or two of golden hominy, empty, heat and serve. (There is a Mexican restaurant in Houston known for serving hominy instead of rice.) Also put out some Doritos and salsa, and you have a meal.
A very yummy meal, I might add.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dogs . . .

This post is dedicated to dogs.
Here are some words I like about dogs:
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."  ~Ben Williams
"You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, `My God, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!'" - Dave Barry
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." - Gene Hill
"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue."  ~Author Unknown

"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet."  ~Edith Wharton

(You may have noticed that I don't have a picture of sweet Shiloh. My photos were lost and my thingie that connects to the computer from my camera is nowhere to be found. Sigh.
Soon, SWEET SHILOH will be honored!!!!)

LATER: I just saw this story of an animal shelter dog who is nursing kittens. It is so sweet. Click here to see it.

STILL LATER - I finally got a picture of Shiloh! It's up to the left.

Monday, April 21, 2008

It's not nice . . .

. . . to not be nice to older people.
Hopefully this picture to the right will give you the idea of what Will and I (and maybe Moore (yes, that's his name), if he can come) are facing this evening. (That picture shows about how much grass we have to deal with.)
This man named Robert was recommended to my mother by a friend to put grass sod in her yard. Well, now my mother is wondering how she's going to tell her friend that this grass-sod-fella named Robert hoodwinked her. He DID put grass sod in her yard, but ordered WAY too much which was delivered by another fella. (And mother paid for it!) So now it's just sitting in her driveway and for 2 weeks my dear mother has called this Robert and told him to come get his extra sod. At first Robert told her he'd come get it and pay for it - well, now it's no good, and he hasn't come to get it even- though he promised every single day for 2 weeks to come 'tomorrow'.
My mother feels as if she's been taken for a ride. Not literally, of course.
Anyway, Will, and Moore and I are going to put the stuff in garbage bags for the trash people tomorrow. Sam has a seminary class so he won't be helping. But his sympathies are with us.
Oh, by the way, my dear mother was putting that sod in trash bags herself until I MADE her stop.
(There's more to this story, but I don't want to bore you. Like how her neighbor got involved and called Robert, etc.,etc.)

The next time you see an elderly person be really nice, okay?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Random. . .

Here are four random tidbits of knowledge I've learned lately:
1. Old people ARE happy! There's an article in the latest TIME magazine that I like on this. Click here to read it. (At least click there and see the article's headline and the picture of that man!)
2. Nancy Cartwright who does the voice of Bart Simpson was offered the chance to do the female voices for South Park, but turned it down because she felt the show was too offensive.
3. A scientific report from the University of California found that the steam rising from a cup of coffee contains the same amounts of antioxidants as three oranges. The antioxidants are heterocyclic compounds which prevents cancer and heart disease. It's good for you!
4. A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.

[Knowing those four things enhances your day, right?]

Friday, April 18, 2008

That Rob is one smart man. . .

We're back from board meeting. It always feels good to get back. And this time it was so fun going. My future niece-in-law, Caroline, went with Sam and me yesterday. We did our usual and ate at the 77 Grill in Davis. Yum. Then we drove to Oklahoma City and dropped Sam off for his loan committee meeting. Then Caroline and I went shopping. Well, truth be told, we went 'talking'. We went to The Market, then to Gordman's, then to Quail Springs Mall, to Dillard's where Caroline showed me the china she picked out (beautiful, and, of course, very classy). All the while we were talking. And I was loving it. Then we went to the mall food court and talked some more. Why, we would still be talking right now if we had the time.

I feel like we really bonded. Mm. hmm.

And I feel we are very much alike.

Caroline, I am SO GLAD you're part of my family now.

That Rob is one smart man.

Day 18

I've been reading Andrew Murray's ABIDE IN CHRIST. It's divided up into 31 chapters which could make it a devotional book for each day of the month. I've been reading it slower than one chapter per day - except for today. And today was written for me.
I tend to rush through life, talk too much, and analyze everything to death. This chapter is, well, good for me. It's called "In Stillness of Soul".

If you have time, (and it really IS not too long) please read it.
here it is.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Another actor and Scientology, but this is GOOD news . . .

Though Tom Cruise, John Travolta and other celebrities have embraced this crazy 'religion', it's good to read an article about an actor who has come to his senses. Click here. to read it.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

She may be cute, but . . .

I saw today where Kellie Pickler won 3 Country Music Television awards last night. Congratulations.

Unfortunately I can't think of Pickler without remembering this article in THE NEW YORK TIMES (I usually don't read the NYTimes, but should - somehow I did that day). Here's part of the article:

"A popular video on YouTube shows Kellie Pickler, the adorable platinum blonde from “American Idol,” appearing on the Fox game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” during celebrity week. Selected from a third-grade geography curriculum, the $25,000 question asked: “Budapest is the capital of what European country?”
Ms. Pickler threw up both hands and looked at the large blackboard perplexed. “I thought Europe was a country,” she said. Playing it safe, she chose to copy the answer offered by one of the genuine fifth graders: Hungary. “Hungry?” she said, eyes widening in disbelief. “That’s a country? I’ve heard of Turkey. But Hungry? I’ve never heard of it.”
Such, uh, lack of global awareness is the kind of thing that drives Susan Jacoby, author of “The Age of American Unreason,” up a wall. Ms. Jacoby is one of a number of writers with new books that bemoan the state of American culture."

Monday, April 14, 2008

Life is so fragile. . .

A family in our subdivision lost their 19 year old son Friday morning. Chris Anderson, a student at Oklahoma State University, was driving from OSU back to his apartment and somehow was in a wreck. I don't know the details. Anyway, if you could pray for his family - father, Woody Anderson and stepmom, Mary; mother, Jill Lentini and stepdad, John Lentini, He had 2 sisters, I think, and some stepbrothers. Anyway, it is all so sad. His funeral is tomorrow.

Life is so fragile.

(Drive carefully.)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Sunday afternoons. . .

. . . can be very relaxing. Through the years, though, they have been depressing to me, for some reason. Well, today I've decided to make them just relaxing. And helping me is my beloved Dr. Pepper. That is my favorite drink of all time. (And NOT the diet kind.) I have been trying not to eat too much sugar lately so I haven't been indulging. This afternoon I made an exception.

Dr. Peppers always remind me of my dear Grandmother Jenny. Whenever we'd visit her she'd have a six pack of the little bottles on her floor in her little kitchen in Kaufman, Texas. She was 4 foot 9 inches tall and my Granddaddy Andy made their kitchen just her size. Anyway, we always liked seeing those Dr. Peppers on the floor by the kitchen table. By the way, when Grandmother was old and in a nursing home she would have a Dr. Pepper everyday. She lived till she was a week away from being ninety years old.

I guess this is my tribute to Sunday afternoons, Dr. Pepper, and my dear Grandmother Jenny. (She prayed for me everyday, by the way . . . as well as for all her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. In many ways she's been my role model.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Tired . . .

. . . but feeling good. The garage sale is over. Yesterday we made over $600. Today only a little more than $100... but everything was half off or more! Sooooo we made over $700 in all. And yes, that is amazing since most stuff went for $1! That tells you how much stuff we had.
That tells you why I'm so tired.

When it was all over, Mother took us out to eat for a late lunch. We went to the Dixie House Cafe in Euless. (There's also one in Fort Worth.) Oh my. Talk about good homecookin'. Oh my. And we found out that its coconut cream pie was rated the best pie in Tarrant County. Unfortunately we were so stuffed we couldn't order dessert. Next time I'll eat dessert first.

Today marks nineteen years since my twin died. Here is a picture. Elizabeth showed it on her blog today - but she has (for good reason) a secure blog, so you may not get to see it . . . so I'll post it.

Peggy would be so proud of those kids now. So proud.

Friday, April 11, 2008

And Indian Paintbrush . . .

I haven't seen any Indian Paintbrush yet this year, but I hope I will soon. It is my favorite wildflower.

Well, Mother, Carol and I (Nell couldn't help out after all) finished the first day of our garage sale. I'm celebrating by blogging. We made over $600 today, which is amazing since we didn't have any big furniture to sell. Well, one cheap black desk, but it hasn't sold yet. Tomorrow we're putting half price on everything - so it will move - so I don't think we'll make as much money, but like I say, we want it to move - right out of here. (Oh, and I ended up not getting donuts or cookies - but I may for tomorrow.)

See you later.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bluebonnets . . .

They're out there. I saw my first ones today. First ones for the season, that is.

Are you impressed that I put this picture on my blog? I am. Laura had written down how to put pictures from different sites on my blog, but I'm not a quick study.

And now for the sad news: I lost all - as in every single one- of my pictures on iPhoto. That means the pictures of John making me that delicious omelet. And the pictures of Jenny and Whitney's bridal shower. And the pictures of my holiday tree- when it was dressed up for Valentine's Day and when it was dressed up for Easter. Ah, but good news: I still have lots of pictures in my picture boxes (that have been waiting for me to put in photo albums (sigh)). And since I'm learning to be thankful for EVERYTHING. I'm thankful for the loss. It teaches me to back up next time. Or at least shut down my computer every so often and give it a rest. You see, my computer went kaput. Sam was able to restore everything else on a new computer (!), but not my photos.

So in honor of being thankful for the loss here is another picture of bluebonnets. This one will replace the picture of my Valentine's Day tree. (Just because I'm thankful doesn't mean I'm happy. . . but it DEFINITELY helps.)

P.S. I'm almost ready for the garage sale. Come shopping if you can. It's Friday and Saturday from 8-2 at my house.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I take it back . . .

. . . about having a garage sale and implying that it is a major pain. I've been working this evening and have gotten 'on top of it' and let me tell you, NOT BEING OVERWHELMED IS WONDERFUL.

Let the shoppers shop. Let the sales begin.

Why, I might even go get some donuts or cookies and sell them, too. Kind of like a bake sale, only the food would be from the Target.

Sounds like a plan.

Never say never . . .

Three years ago I had a garage sale. When it was over I said I would never have another one. Ha! This Friday and Saturday I'm having another one - with my mother, cousin Carol and Mother's friend, Nell. Now BEFORE the garage sale has started I'm saying I'll never have another one.
Remind me of that, will you?

I mean it's SO MUCH WORK. 'Course it IS fun - getting paid for junk. But, seriously, you're (I'm) NOT getting paid very much. Certainly not enough.
I am thinking about putting out stuff that is dirty. And marking it really cheap since it's so dirty. LIke the dog crate that Marco (may he rest in peace) used to be put in as a puppy when we'd leave the house. It is filthy, filthy... and I DON'T want to wash it. And there are some planter things that are dirty, dirty. I'll put a really good price on those - like, maybe 'FREE!'
Seriously, if someone would just come and haul all my junk away I'd be happy.

I was needing to vent.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

African daisy . . .

Well, my plan was to post a post about John's omelets that he made for us this past Thursday morning. I have 3 pictures I was going to put up with it. Great pictures. I could put up pictures Friday when I did that Cherry Blossom post (my most beautiful post, by the way). Now, this computer is letting me put up photos from PhotoBooth but NOT from iPhoto. Grrr.... I know I must be doing something wrong. Well, surely not.
When I can use the iPhoto thing again I WILL post that post.
I've never typed the word 'post' so many times.

It's a beautiful day, by the way . . . even if there aren't any Cherry Blossom trees around here.
Here is an African daisy. It's not John cooking the omelet but it will have to do.
[Can you believe how little that African Daisy is??!!]
(I got it from iChat icons (or something.) - which, of course, should explain the size. But still.)

Oh, for a laugh go to here and for a smile go here.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Cherry Blossoms. . .

cherry blossom
of my trip
to D.C.

What a fun trip!

Thank you, Huffmans!

Did you know
that the Japanese
gave the cherry blossom trees
to the U. S.
as a gift
in the 1930's?

By the way,
the Huffmans,
little Caroline
(all of whom you see in the pictures)
found out today
that they're second child
- due in August -
will be (IS) a boy!!


I think
they went out
and bought some
guy stuff.

Good excuse, John.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Caroline and me . . .

. . . at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.
I'm having a wonderful time!
I think the tapas place, "La Tasca", is where I would want to return to someday.
(Ha. Wouldn't you know it would be an eatery, and not a monument.)
Will fly home tomorrow afternoon.

It seems as if I ought to write more. I mean, I have all this space beside this picture.
I know, I'll add the link to my "What, Are You Kidding Me" blog. If you'd like to go directly to it click here.
Oh, I also started a completely new blog on a completely different account. This had been a completely anonymous account - where I would vent about certain politicians, but decided to delete the political blog and start a new one - on Easter Sunday. I really like it now -it's very upbeat - and would like to share it with whomever. For it click here. (It's also listed under my "Family and Friends' blogs under "Grace Notes".)

If you think I'm getting too much into this blogging business - that's okay. It's my life. And you have your vices, too.

Enough ...

...of the foo-foo blog template. I'm going back to this no nonsense one.
No telling how long this will last.
(I like to change my mind.)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In D.C.!!! .... and Happy Birthday, Bailey!!!

I'm here!!! The cherry blossoms are blooming everywhere! I can even see some from the Huffmans' apartment. This afternoon we'll go out and 'be' with them.

Elizabeth, Caroline and I flew up yesterday afternoon. As we were boarding the plane to my paranoid self it seemed that some folks were wary and leery of having a 15 month old on their almost 3 hour flight. Ah. but they had nothing to be wary and leery about. Caroline was a jewel!!!! And she was an AWAKE jewel! She looked at books, and colored, and just was the sweetest darling you could imagine. (It was really amazing.) And many folks said so.

Here is a picture of her and Elizabeth on the plane (in Photo Booth). We said, "Smile, Caroline!" and she did!! (That's washable marker on her face, by the way.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This is true. . .

This is not an April Fool's Joke.

There is a man scuba diving in our pool in the backyard.
We have suspected a leak in our pool for some time- since we've had to add so much water everyday. (Talk about a high water bill.) Anyway, we're getting it checked out. This scuba diver is using sonar to do this.

Never a dull moment.

The next time I write I should be in the nation's capital.

Hurray! Never a dull moment!

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