Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lot's been happening . . .

. . . don't know quite where to start.

I guess I'll start with a trip to the ER. (That got your attention?)

This morning a freak accident with some sharp scissors caused Elizabeth to call needing help. She needed to go get stitches in her hand and with 2 little ones, well, help WAS needed. I was glad - so glad- to oblige. I didn't want her driving herself to the ER so the four of us got into the car and off we went. Fortunately she didn't need stitches but some special kind of bandages (forget the name) and a tetanus shot. She is faring well, now, but John will have to bathe the babies for the next 2 days since she can't get her hand wet.

Different note: Laura came home for a quick visit with the oral surgeon about her wisdom teeth. As I write she's having her appointment. Even though the reason for her trip home was not super wonderful, it WAS super wonderful to see her. It always is.

Oh, I had fun at a party Saturday night in friends' Sophie and David's backyard. David sang a song he wrote called "Dr. Kevorkian". It was a hoot. And I brought Sam (who was home -kind of sick) some of Sophie's famous chili. He felt better after that!

Sunday Sam and I went to Fellowship Church's satellite location near downtown Fort Worth. The Sunday before that we went to Life Church's satellite location in southwest Fort Worth. Both of these churches' campuses had live music, but the sermons were viewed on big screens. I didn't think I would like that idea, but I did kind of. Well, I mean I did not not like it.
Afterwards we went to my most favorite place in the universe to eat: Joe. T. Garcia's.

(Those two pictures are worth at least two thousand words.)


Different note: Will and I just splurged on some boba tea. Mmm, very good, Bailey! (I don't think I need to eat supper now.)

Finally some advice: don't take your money out of the bank and hide it under your mattress. One of my dear mother's friends suggested something like that to her. When Sam found out he immediately had me call Mother and tell her not to do that. Fortunately she hadn't.

Adios!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman and I go (went) way back . . .

Back in 1970, during my freshman year at Baylor University, my roommate, Linda, and I hung up a huge poster of Paul Newman in our room in Collins dorm. We were fanatic fans. That and our homemade sign, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" -Philippians 4:13, made up our decor. Well that, and our blue and green bedspreads and curtains. Newman died this past week and I'm thinking Linda is grieving, too.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Special invitation . . .


TO:
What? Zero Church preview service! (Part of the time Sam will speak on the current financial crisis and how it affects you.)
Where? Bear Valley Community Church auditorium, 7900 Precinct Line Road, Colleyville, TX
When? Saturday, October 4, 2008, 5 o'clock pm. (It will only take one hour.)

Oh, and we're doing a Bruce Springsteen song. I'm singing backups. (I know, I'm getting out of my box.)

Oh, and we have a nursery with some sweet nursery workers.

IF YOU'RE READING THIS, YOU ARE INVITED!!! (And you can bring your friends and family!)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

My favorite GraceNotes' post . . .

was Tuesday's. I was getting ready to put another quote on that blog and thought, 'I want folks to see this!'. Soooo I'm putting it on my 'most-read-blog'- this one (Minding My Own Business . . .). Here it is:

Laugh . . .

"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs - jolted by every pebble in the road."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Didn't you like that?!
I mean, that picture just makes me feel good.
And I so like that quote by Henry Ward Beecher. . . because it is SO true. SO TRUE.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Today . . .

-I got my house cleaned by Cottage Care. I LOVE having my house cleaned by Cottage Care. Mmm.
-I got my hair cut and colored by Marti. I LOVE having my hair done.
-I got a manicure and a pedicure by Sofia. I LOVE having all my nails 'done'. My toe nails are red; my hand nails are buffed. She used this buffing cream that makes my nails shine - without having to have clear polish on them. The last time I had my nails buffed they shined for like 2 weeks.
-I got my oil changed - well, my car's oil changed. (I didn't much love that. . . but I did LOVE checking it off my list.)
-I paid some bills - the ones we pay by snail mail. (I loved that less . . . but I liked checking it off my list.
-During most of this time I was reading my new favorite book, Nora Ephron's I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK. What a fun read.

Tonight Mother and I are having a girl's night out. I LOVE girls' nights out. I told her to pick the place to eat. It will be fun to see what she picks. Then I'll spend the night with her. It's been way too long since we've done this - eat out together and then have our own slumber party.

There was - and is - a lot of self-pampering going on today and tonight.
I will not apologize.
I am worth it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, Cap!!

Today Cap is 28 years old!
Last night we celebrated. Here are some pictures. (Don't forget you can click the picture to enlarge it - especially if you want to see the pictures on the tree better.)
Oh, and that picture of Cap blowing out his candles: notice my mother, she is so enamored with Baby Andrew she missed the whole thing!


Monday, September 22, 2008

Ah, autumn . . .



. . . it's here.


And somehow this picture seems to fit.

Doesn't that look like autumn?

I've decided it does.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fall starts tomorrow . . .

which means today is the last day of summer. Seems like I ought to go get a snow cone or something to mark summer's passing.

On another note, the very rich and famous Warren Buffett was (is?) very insecure. I think this is interesting. There's a new book that will be out soon called, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder. It's his authorized biography. USA TODAY had this as the title of their article about it: "Buffett's authorized biography reveals insecurity". It goes on to tell of his extreme self-doubt all through his life. Click HERE for the article.
When I've read about other celebrities, like Paul McCartney, and Elvis, and others, threads of insecurity ring throughout their stories.
It just confirms the fact that we all need a savior.
I know I do . . . and am so glad to have one.

With some folks that would sound pious. . . to say that I have the Savior and you better get him, too,- or else.

Hmm.
Lately I've read more of how we as Christians sound to unbelievers. And that our 'pontificating' that Jesus is the only way, turns them off.
Hmm.
I try to be so careful. Too careful, really. . . that I end up not saying anything.

Lately, I've wanted to talk, though.
But I want to get it just right.
But I'm not perfect.
I know, to say that 'I have the answer', might offend some.
But, golly gee, if I didn't think I had the answer why on earth would I follow it? Why on earth would I surrender my will to something I'm not sure about?

Oh, of course, there may be doubts. I've had my share, for sure. But the older I get and the longer I walk with Christ, the more I KNOW he is real.

The more I hear of every folk - the Warren Buffetts of the world, the Amy Winehouses, the Vladimir Putins, the Linday Lohans, etc., ETC., the more I see that every folk is just a broken so-and-so, who needs rescuing, who needs a Savior.

The Bible is so relevant today.

I could keep preaching . . . but I need to go.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Pray . . .

Some very tragic happenings have been going on in Elizabeth's extended in-law family. Pray for John's brother and his wife who lost EVERYTHING in their home in Galveston. They are in College Station now at her parents' home waiting the birth of their first child, who was due a few days ago.
Also pray for John's grandmother, Alice, who suddenly lost her husband, Dick, to a heart attack yesterday morning.

Thanks for praying.

(If you read this post earlier you read some other stuff at the beginning. I decided just now to delete that other stuff.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Like mother, like daughter . . .


Sweet little Caroline is her mother all over again.

I went with Elizabeth and baby Andrew to pick up Caroline at her preschool this afternoon. What an experience! Young mothers were everywhere. And some au pairs were there, too. And most of them drove there in their snazzy SUVs (that is not an oxymoron, in my book).

I carried little Andrew in my arms through the halls, walking, walking, down the beautiful halls at that classy place. Elizabeth was directing our way there. It was quite a journey.
Finally we made it. And there she was, Caroline - with her little pigtails still intact. Darling, darling.
She showed me around. (Well, I looked around.)

Then the teacher gave us her report: Caroline is the little mother of the class! (Actually, not in those exact words.)
But really that is what the teacher 'said'.

Little Caroline knows each of the other little student's name, and their tippy cup, and blanket-thing they use for naps. She can hand them out to each little student. She's quite the little mother. The teachers had to put up the tippy cups (up high) so Caroline wouldn't hand them out whenever she wanted to!

And all that reminds me of Elizabeth some twenty four-five years ago. She went to daycare since was about a year old. And she was the mother figure. . . taking care of everybody . . . even at that tiny age.
Really.

(I hope she doesn't mind me writing this.)

Life is sweet.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ant from Mars!


I want you people to keep coming back to my blog. . . to find out what is here. Like today, 'Ant from Mars'. Doesn't that get your attention? You'd buy this if you were standing in the checkout lane at Target I know. You can click HERE for more.
Instead of calling this blog "Minding My Own Business" I could call it "Nancy's Inquirer", don't you think?

On a different note: my insecurity button was pushed today. I know, you thought that at my age I wouldn't have one of those buttons anymore. Well, I do. . . and if I hadn't been playing the piano I would have been picking at my cuticles. (That's what I do when I'm feeling stressed. Well, that and eat.) Anyway, I had to work through it. And I did.

God is good. Somehow I need to know my weakness . . . so I can realize I'm not God.

Yes, there is a sermon in me . . . but I will spare you.

Oh, here are some pics from Sam's birthday party . . .
(to see the pictures better on the birthday tree, click the picture.)




G'day.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sam!!


Today's the day.
Now we're the same age.

Tonight we're having one of his favorites, homemade hamburgers. I learned his mother's secret: don't squish the meat too tight, and add lots of salt and pepper. That's it. Oh, and cook pretty fast - just in a skillet. And add some sharp cheddar cheese near the end of the cooking. It melts around. mm. (I added the cheese part. I don't think Nana did that.)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Gloria's!!!!!



Yesterday I did one of my favorite things: I went to Gloria's with my dear friend, Beth. She introduced me to Gloria's when there was only one - in Oak Cliff in Dallas. Now there are many, it seems.
Yesterday we went to the one in Colleyville and did our usual - we split 'Nancy's Favorite' (yes, that is what it is called!). Here's a copied and pasted description from their website: Nancy's Favorite - A Tamal, pupusa, black beans and rice $7.00. It also has yummy cabbage salad, too. Anyway, it is El Salvadoran food and it is DELICIOUS!!!

Then Laura came home late last night from Dallas. She had eaten out with her boyfriend, Ryan, and his parents and where did they go? Gloria's in Rockwall!
She couldn't have had the Nancy's favorite because it's only on their lunch menu. She had something good, though. Oh yes.

On a different note, we're ready for IKE. Last night we moved all of our lawn furniture, etc., into the garage. Now it looks like we probably didn't need to. That's okay. That is so okay.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Skirts . . .

Yesterday in the tea room we had a lot of skirts. First, there was a party of about fifteen women who had the 'look' of what I used to know as Pentecostal Holiness ladies. They had long skirts and long hair mostly put up in 'buns', and no makeup.

That makes me think of when we were language school in Brazil in the early eighties. There were Pentecostal Holiness missionaries, who would have fit in with the ladies yesterday. There were also some Assembly of God missionaries. Their ladies didn't come from America to Brazil with long hair and only skirts, but found out that the Brazilian Assembly of God women were supposed to look like Pentecostal Holiness women. That meant that those missionary ladies had to quit wearing makeup and jeans, and let their hair grow. One of them was having a hard time with it. . . but she was committed to do the Lord's work in Brazil, so she was doing it. It was sad, I thought, that she would be effective in the churches dressed like that, but would alienate people not in those churches.
I mean, yesterday, when those sweet ladies were meeting I felt funny playing "I Could Have Danced All Night".
Maybe I shouldn't have - played it, that is.

Oh, then we had a man come in wearing a kilt. I tried to think of some Scottish songs to play, but could only think of "My Wild Irish Rose". . . so I played something else.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

4 Things . . . no, 5 . . .

1. Pollo Campero chicken was pretty good last night. I didn't get any of their sides but will soon. I surveyed folks eating there, and their sides looked delicious.
2. Roto Rooter came to the rescue today. Our kitchen sink now drains.
3. Oh dear. Our coffee pot works only the half the time. . . which, of course, is not good.
4. Today I put some new roosters and crosses in my booth, and two new little tables and some wall hangings that have been in my trunk forever. I kind of obsessed when it came to redecorating the booth with this new stuff. Ah, but I mastered it. . . but now if someone buys something it will mess up the Feng Shui of the thing.
5. A week or so ago I wrote about two 'ugly' women who were sitting close to the piano in the tea room and talking loudly about how they disliked practically all the members and staff of their church, etc. Well, lately, there have only been gracious, loving, -which translates into 'beautiful'- women that have been sitting at that table. I don't want to take them for granted. I will dwell on the lovely things (Philippians 4:8) - and think of them. Really, everyday since that 'nasty day' there have been wonderful ladies in my presence. ----- Just so you know.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Better picture . . .


That last post had 2 pictures of that Kim Jong Il. Well, it could have been just one picture of him. Anyway, I thought about deleting the post but instead will put a good picture here. That way when you get to my blog today you won't go, 'Ugh', but 'Oh!!'. (That's Cap and Caroline the day Andrew was born!)

That's all . . . but that's enough.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

3 things . . .


ZeroChurch's preview service went well last night. Well, except for one thing: the mailers only really brought one person!!! She was an older hispanic lady who spoke very limited English. Hmm. Fortunately we had about 40 Bear Valley well-wishers. Otherwise it would have been us doing that program for that one lady. Not that she wasn't worth it, of course.

Other news: I AM selling stuff in my booth! Yesterday I sold a black end table that has been there for about 2 years. And I've sold some large pictures. I guess marking down the prices does help - ha.

Other news: I thought this was really interesting: An expert on North Korea claims that Kim Jong Il — pictured in 2001, left, and 2006 — actually died in 2003 and has been replaced by a look-alike.
I don't know about you, but this looks like the same person to me.
If you want to read the article click HERE.
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Happy Biscuit Month . . . and Andrew . . .


September is National Biscuit Month.
This is picture of a Pecan Sour Cream Biscuit. It looks so good. The recipe is
HERE if you're interested.

Yesterday I made my second trip to east Texas in a week with my mother. Her neighbor from out there and dear friend, Dan Anderson, died suddenly Monday. We went to the funeral in Van yesterday. Sunday we went to Colfax homecoming. At both places we told everyone about Mother's new great grandson, Andrew . . . and everyone we told loved that Andrew was named Andrew!!

I hope you have a great weekend. The weather is looking great!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Excitement builds . . .


The first preview service of ZeroChurch is this Saturday at 5 pm at Bear Valley. It should be exciting. We had the practice service a few weeks ago - and it had some definite glitches. Hopefully we've worked most of those out. Oh, and we've sent out lots of mailers. Maybe some of the recipients won't trash them (I do that with mailers, sad to say) and will show up. (We're praying for that.)
If you want to see Rob on the ZeroChurch website talking about what Sam will be speaking about Saturday (Doubt) click HERE and then click on that arrow thing under 'Coming Soon . . . '


Different note: Oklahoma City has a new NBA franchise and has decided to call the team Thunder. The team had been in Seattle and had the name SuperSonics. Long story short, they moved to Oklahoma and are getting a different name and team colors. More info can be found HERE. (I'm writing about this because, well, 3 out of 4 of my immediate family were born in Oklahoma! (I'm the only native Texan.) And Sam and I go there every month for business. We like crossing the Red River.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Whoa . . .

I just saw this on foxnews.com . . .


That means more prayers . . .

Monday, September 1, 2008

Busy weekend


Saturday night Will, Bailey, Sam and I went to Boi Na Braza for some wonderful Brazilian food. We were going there the previous Sunday noon to celebrated Will's 24th birthday but found out that the fancy Brazilian place has quit serving at noon. What a disappointment. (The prices were SO MUCH better at noon.) Ah, but, for a special celebration we decided to do it anyway. (And we will do a raincheck with Rob and Caroline (they were going to join us but we switched from Sun. night. to Sat. night)).

Then yesterday Mother and I went to Colfax (about 30 minutes west of Tyler) for the annual homecoming service and pot luck lunch at the Colfax Methodist Church. It was fun. And the food is always so amazing that today, of course, I'm on a diet.

Oh, and the antique mall was so crowded Friday and Saturday (and hopefully yesterday and today) with folks there for the sale. And I HAVE sold some good stuff. YAY! And the tea room was as busy as ever Saturday.

Today I'm taking it easy.

[Don't forget to pray for the hurricane victims.]