Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Is this picture not precious? Little Caroline is wearing the pumpkin outfit that her Aunt Lindsey gave her. Sweet-Sweet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Skeletons and Mummies . . . and Laura performing!

I used to think that gingerbread cookies were just for Christmas. Not anymore! I found these on and thought they were cute.

On a completely different note, tonight at Common Grounds in Waco, Laura and one of her roommates are going to be performing. It's at 10:30 pm, but for some of you that is not late. Unfortunately I will not be able to be there - but wish I could! Break a leg, Laura!
In case you're interested - as I was - about where that 'break a leg' expression came from I just did a google search - and found there are MANY answers. Here's one (copied and pasted from the all knowing Wikipedia):
In the United Kingdom, the most common idea about the origin of the expression comes from tradition. Historians know from the time of King James I and Shakespeare's King's Men that actors would, on occasion, receive tips on top of their salaries. Rather than receiving tips directly from the company or theatre, tipping was left to the audience . During the final bows or curtain call, audiences would throw money, usually coins, onto the stage depending on how well they enjoyed the performance. In some bad performances they would throw rotten vegetables, but in the good cases, money. Actors would then 'take a knee', effectively breaking their leg line, on stage and pick up the money. As a result, when a person wishes someone to 'break a leg' it refers to wishing them success in their performance so in the end they would have to kneel down and collect a welcoming tip. Theatre evolved and the tradition of tipping changed to one of throwing flowers on stage, as well as presenting flowers.

There you have it.
[I'm sure Laura wouldn't mind if you threw money.]

Oh, the skeletons and mummies are not performing.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Nephews . . .

Sunday night we went to Echo Bible Church. When we got in the car to leave Sam said he thought that was one of the best sermons he's ever heard Rob preach . . . and that is saying something!
Click HERE to get to EBC's website.
Oh, Rob's brother, John, was there . . . he's had perfect attendance so far. That is no small feat: he comes from Waco!

Finally, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JUSTIN! (He just put up a new video on his blog. Click HERE for it. - It's really good.)

Sunday, October 26, 2008


The Fort Worth STAR TELEGRAM had this picture today. It's the winner of their pumpkin carving contest. The person who did it is a 2007 graduate of DBU. Click HERE to read about it. (Caroline, you might know her!)

Today has already been very, very full and it's just 2:15. I'm too tired to tell you all about it. . . but it had to do with the Dallas County jail, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, a big flea market, and Mexican food at Dos Gringos.

Now I'm gonna rest.

(Oh, I just realized the appropriateness of that pumpkin - seeing as Sam and I were visiting the jail this morning. Odd- that.)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

3 Recommendations . . .

1.One week from tonight (is 5 o'clock night?) Zero Church starts meeting weekly. I recommend that you go (or come?). Sam put up a new video on the website. He starts out doing a sleight-of-hand coin trick, then he talks. I know you'll want to see it. The music is one of Will's songs. Click HERE for it.

2. I recommend "The Mentalist" as a good new show to watch. It's on CBS on Tuesday nights. Sam and I are TiVoing it every Tuesday night. We're fans.

3. I recommend El Monterey Enchiladas. You can find them in the freezer section of the grocery store (I get them at Target). I really like them . . .whether they're cheese, beef, or chicken - they're all good. They come on rice, so all you need besides that is a can of El Paso refried beans and maybe some tortilla chips. It's a good meal!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

There was Bill . . .

When Mother and I were in the airport to head home from Albuquerque I looked over and saw who I thought might be Bill Richardson, New Mexico's governor. Sure enough! And I was impressed . . . he shook hands with every person who came by and recognized him. He seemed so very nice to everyone. . . .
and then he boarded our plane!   And he kept being so nice (I watched).

He was once a contender for the Democratic nominee for president. Though not as wowy, he is so much more qualified to be my president than Obama.
Speaking of that, click HERE to read my nephew-in-law's post with which I agree.  It's the Oct. 21st post (in case there's one later).

I hope you haven't boycotted my blog now (after that).  . . . because I do want all my Obama-supporter friends and family to know that I DO understand why you want a change of guard.  And even if I didn't understand, I do want you do know that I respect your right to have a different opinion.  

And I love you.  
Really.  If you're reading this blog I do love you (well, unless I don't know you).
But then, I COULD love you.  
Platonically, of course.
There's only one I love romantically.  
Only one.  

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pics from Albuquerque . . .

These pictures are in no particular order (though I tried to move them around ... hmm.) And what's with this underlining?  Hmm. 
Anyway . . . 
Here is my cousin Leslie's daughter, Tina, with her precious family, husband Richard, Patience (age 4), Reo (almost 2), and Boyd (9 months)  . . . .   (I love this picture!) . . .
That's me in between Uncle Warren and his daughter (my cousin), Margaret.  We're up on the Sandia Mountain after a fun tram ride up . . . .

Me and my cousins, Ray, Margaret, and Leslie . . .

My mother, Aunt Pat, and Uncle Warren, at Pat's husband's (Boyd - Mother and Warren's little brother) gravesite.  Mother and Warren are the last remaining (of six) siblings.
My cousin, Susan and her husband Norman.  They live in Costa Rica!
My mother with her great great nephew, Boyd, named after Mother's brother, Boyd, little Boyd's great grandfather . . .
Here's the family . . .

It was a fun weekend!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Flyin' home today. . .

Great time in Albuquerque.  Pictures soon.

In honor of our flight home . . . 

Friday, October 17, 2008

Leavin' town . . .

Today my mother and I are flying to Albuquerque to visit with my aunt and cousins, one of whom will be there from Costa Rica where she and her husband have retired. My uncle from Tennessee and cousin from Alabama will also be there. It should be a fun time.

My daughter won't be there, though. She's in Long Island! She was even there during the debate the other night. (She's on an art history class trip.) I hope she has fun. . . but it will have to be during their tours and stuff (which, of course, it should be). They have virtually no free time! I don't think she'll get to go to the David Letterman show.

Speaking of that (do you like my segue?), I'm watching the TiVoed Letterman show with McCain. McCain is doing a good job, I think.   HOWEVER, when anybody (this case, Letterman) is grilling him on Palin's lack of experience, why doesn't McCain come back with, 'what about Obama's lack of experience'?  Obama is running for president for goodness' sake.  (I guess that has been run into the ground?  I don't think so!)
(Oops, there I went -getting political.)  

I'll leave you with this wacky picture I found - that has nothing to do with anything:

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This month . . .


I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to tell all of you out there: check your breasts! I even know of a MAN from Mission, TX (my hometown) who died of breast cancer.

As you may know, my own twin, Peggy, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 and died of it at the age of 37. The lump in her breast was pretty large, but she had not detected it on her own because she wasn't checking. She thought (and I thought) that she was too young to have to be checking.
Let this be a lesson to you.

Some of you are more at risk than others (like Elizabeth, whose mother was Peggy, and Laura, whose mother's identical twin (with same DNA) was Peggy.) But EVERY WOMAN is at risk. And as I mentioned earlier, some men.
So check your breasts!

[For the rest of this post I'm cutting and pasting from Wikipedia. If it's too long for you, you don't have to read it. There will be no quiz.]
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, is an organization supporting breast cancer research. Since its inception in 1982, Komen has raised over $1 billion for research, education and health services,[1] making it the largest breast cancer charity in the US.[2] Komen has more than 75,000 volunteers nationwide — 122 affiliates in the United States (47 of 50 states) and 3 in other countries. Susan G. Komen for the Cure received Charity Navigator's highest rating, four stars.
Susan G. Komen was a woman from Peoria, Illinois who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33 and died three years later, in 1980. Komen's younger sister, Nancy Brinker, feeling that Susan's outcome might have been better if patients knew more about cancer and its treatment, and remembering a promise to her sister that she would find a way to speed up breast cancer research, founded The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Komen's memory in 1982.
In 2007, the 25th anniversary of the organization, it changed its name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, created a new logo, and adopted the explicit mission "to end breast cancer forever".

Monday, October 13, 2008

Monday Monday

I've got my Yankee 'autumn spice' candle burning. I had 'boycotted' Yankee Candles a while back - due to what I think is lack of scent compared to Tyler candles and another brand whose name I can almost remember but not quite. I was in a Hallmark store, though, the other day and decided to try them out again. I was wanting a fall scent around. Well, I'm back a fan. Even in this big house that candle does a good job making it feel cozy.

Speaking of this big house, we've been here longer than any other! This past June marked seven years. Our last house we were in for exactly seven. Time flies. Seems like just yesterday one of my offspring took a picture of me literally pulling my hair out from the frustration of workers in and out all the time working on (in) Sam's study that first summer. They were going to be done in 2 months, then 3. . . then 9. (I wish I could find that picture just now. I'd post it. - A picture is worth a thousand words (which I'm good for, too).

I HAVE been busy lately - with stuff. In honor of that, here is a cartoon:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Paula Deen was in the tea room today . . .

. . . well, her voice was - on (in?) about 15 women. Maybe wearing a hat gives you a Paula Deen voice? Hmm.

There was this group of about 15 ladies wearing fancy hats. They brought their own decorations, making their tables very fall-like and very pretty. They were in the main area of the tea room, as we had two other parties in the party area. Anyway, they were gushing and carrying on - all with a strong southern drawl. I had seen Paula Deen on the Today show yesterday and recognized her voice immediately today. It was great fun. And they gave me a big tip and asked if I would play "How Great Thou Art" and "Moon River" - which, of course, I did gladly.

Oh, did you know that 'Moon River' is supposed to be a river near Savannah? That's what I read somewhere. Small world.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Monday is Thanksgiving . . .

. . . IN CANADA! I just found that out. Pretty neat.
I need to read about how it came about. I don't think it's because of the Mayflower. Hmm. If you know, tell me. (Well, I could Google it.)

Here's a funny cartoon I found:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Down to one blog . . .

I've made an executive decision. I'm only going to have one blog. Those other two have died for lack of a comment.
It's okay, really. I need to not spend my free time finding jokes and quotes to post. Really. I mean there ARE other things I need to be doing. (I guess a 'DUH' would be in order!)

When I DO find a cartoon or joke and/or a good quote that I think needs some attention, I WILL post it here.

Like now. Here's a quote that is, well, one of the best quotes I've ever read:
I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.

Isn't that beautiful?

(P.S. Go to my website (at left) - to the section called 'My Music' - and you'll see the Carmack girls saying 'Hello!')

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Little fish can't nibble on my feet anymore . . .

. . . not that they ever did. But now they will never get a chance. Texas has banned the pedicure practice. Click HERE to read all about it.

Well, we TiVoed the presidential debate last night but I just can't get enthusiastic about watching it. I heard it was boring. I thought they were supposed to sock it to each other. ??!!

Different note: I had a wonderful day yesterday. I declared it my personal day off and set out to go somewhere. Where? -was the question. The logical answer: Waco! - to see Laura! I saw her twice! Right before she went to work and then for an early supper. In between time I went to Salado and shopped a little (bought 2 dish towels). Talk about sweet. (I do live a dream life.)

I'm playing everyday the rest of the week in the tea room - from 11:30 - 1:30 (2:30 on Saturday). Come see me.

Thanks, Will, for taking this picture.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Two Sweet Carolines . . .

And here's Caroline Carmack with Andrew Huffman . . .

Note to self: shop for hat/cap.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Bekka . . .

Bekka was on "Good Morning, Texas" last week. Click HERE to see it. (She comes on a little less than half way through. - which would be about 2:35 minutes into it.) You need to see it. She is more gorgeous than ever!

(Will I get sued for putting this picture on my blog?)
(It was used last year to promote North Park in Dallas.)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A few things . . .

Zero Church had a good service last night. In all there were about 75 folks (counting children - which, of course, they count!). If you came, thank you!!! The next service will be Nov. 1 and then every week after that. It's exciting.

Here are some random facts -just for fun:
The name Wendy was first used in JM Barrie's PETER PAN.
John Grisham got 15 rejections before his first book, "A Time to Kill," was published.
A yawn usually lasts for approximately six seconds.
A blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds.
The word Spain means "the land of rabbits".

(Hmm. Are you yawning, too?)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Don't forget . . .

Tomorrow (Oct. 4) at 5 pm ZeroChurch is having its second preview service! It will be in the new auditorium of Bear Valley Church - 7900 Precinct Line Road, Colleyville, TX. I know you'll want to be there because Sam (my hubby) will address the financial crisis these days and how it relates to the average American. He has 30 years of banking experience. Well, if you count when as a teen he was the janitor of his dad's bank - and he was cleaning bathrooms, spittoons, etc. - he has over 40 years of experience! Anyway, you won't want to miss what this pastor/banker has to say.

On a different note, if you want some really good reading material go to and read some of her stories. Talk about 'good reads'. Really. She has won many writing contests in the last few years. . . and for good reason.

Finally, I thought the VP debate went really well last night. Yes. . . I had a "whew!" moment when it was over.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Autumn tree . . .

Yes, I'm still into the holiday tree-thing. It's fun. With Hobby Lobby's 1/2 price on stuff it makes it not expensive, thankfully. And John's mother, Susan (Hi Susan!) gave me four beautiful ornaments for the season. I LOVE them. If you click the picture you can see them . . . a sparkling pumpkin, a slice of pumpkin pie, an American flag, and a Republican elephant. Somehow I lost your address, Susan. I MUST get it from Elizabeth and send you a very belated thank you!

Assignment: Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

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