Thursday, April 30, 2009

Heather's art!

Tuesday afternoon, Will, Bailey, Erin, Heather and I went out to Tarrant County College Northwest campus to see Heather's artwork. We were VERY impressed, as you will be. Here are some pictures - in the order they were taken.

Heather beside her "Merlin"...
Here's "Afternoon at Grandma's"...
This is "Hey Jude"...
I think this is called "Pillow Case" (this is NOT a photograph)...
Merlin again. Amazing...
Heather with her self-portrait. She said the face doesn't look like her, but she didn't care. That sounds like an artist!
This next picture is a work in progress - of Fisher Price little people. How clever is that?
In the art work room. It overlooks the lake. I know that brings inspiration.
Here's Erin with Heather's friend's work called "For My Sanity" I like Erin in this picture! (Well, I like Erin period.)
Bailey, Will, Heather, Erin leaving TCCNW's beautiful campus...
On the way out to the car, we said we all wanted to go home and start drawing or painting ...
... or changing our blog look.
Oh, the inspiration!

Thanks, Heather!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bailey Jo and I . . .


. . . had a late lunch in the tea room today. It was fun. We hadn't done that in a long time. Way too long. We used to meet for at least coffee every now and then. I see her every Monday night but it's not the same as one on one time.
Thanks for coming, Bailey Jo.

Oh, if you're wondering why she hasn't posted on her blog in a while, well, her computer has been sick. UGH.

After we ate, and Will, Heather and Erin got off work, we all went to TCC Northwest campus. Oh my, it is a beautiful campus. We went to see Heather's art work. We were all impressed!! Tomorrow (hopefully) I will post her pictures with captions. Prepare to be in awe! REALLY!

Monday, April 27, 2009

We're back!!

This picture (sorry it's blurry) is of Lee Johnson, Senior Pastor at Bear Valley Community Church, and Sam Carmack, now Co-Pastor at Bear Valley. Yes!

I wanted the picture to include our series title for the next few weeks: RECESSION PROOF, which is great.

This past Sunday (yesterday) was our first Sunday back. I hugged everybody I saw whether I knew them or not.

Click HERE for Bear Valley's website.

Oh, we (I) canceled our Monday night supper. Actually I canceled it when it was pouring rain this morning - wouldn't you know, now it's fine out there. Well, also I found out some of our group is 'under the weather'. As much as I enjoy Monday suppers (I think I enjoy them more than anybody) I DO feel as if I have a FREE EVENING tonight! That's kind of nice! (The cake Mother bought at the bake sale is now in the freezer - tightly wrapped. We'll enjoy it next week!)

See you later.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pancake breakfast pictures . . .

It was great fun.
I think I was the only person there taking a picture of her half-eaten pancakes. They were as delicious as I remembered, and I finished them, of course.
This is the best tasting homemade syrup you've ever tasted.
Here are the cooks in the kitchen...

This is the lady taking tickets and selling bake sale items. Mother bought a delicious-looking cake for Monday night!

And here is the church...
(Sam and I were married there almost 31 years ago.)

And here is the stained glass window in the sanctuary honoring my great grandparents...
It was a great morning.
Then we hurried back so I could play in the tea room . . . and got in the absolutely slowest traffic ever on I30 in east Dallas. Mother and I laughed, though. It meant we got to watch that fellow weed-eating his yard.

Life is good.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Today . . .

. . . after I play in the tea room I'm picking up my mom and we're headed to Canton. We'll visit some of her friends there and then tomorrow morning we'll do one of my favorite things: go to the Colfax Methodist Church's Pancake Breakfast! It's every year at this time and it coincides with 'Decoration Day'. People come from all around to eat pancakes, and then put flowers on the grave sites of their loved ones. Elizabeth and her family and us already did that earlier this month, marking the 20th anniversary of Peggy's death. Now Mother and I are going to go see some folks and have those DELICIOUS pancakes.

All pancakes and syrup are not created equal. The ladies (and men) at this little community church know how to cook. My mouth is watering as I write.

I'm taking my camera, so you'll at least get to SEE the yummies.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Carmack ladies . . .

eating at Cristina's in Southlake today. I wanted you to see the food. It was as good as it looks. And the conversation was even better.

[Some of you may ask, "Is Nancy STILL wearing that red top with that white blouse?" I know, there are pictures of me down through the ages wearing that outfit.... Well, If I'm anything, I'm loyal.]

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How would you like . . .

. . . to have this on your ceiling?
. . . or this on your floor?
I just saw those and thought: BLOG!

[P.S. "Murder, She Wrote" used to be one of my favorite shows on TV decades ago. It has inspired the new title of my blog. I'll be testing it out the next few days to see how I like it - you know, to see how it 'wears'.]

Monday, April 20, 2009

Sara Elizabeth tagged me!


(On Sara Elizabeth's blog she tagged everyone who reads her blog. I am one of those people, SO I've been tagged.)

The above is a picture taken during Sophie and David's wedding shower at my house, back in May, 08. (I just love the people in that photo- and Sophie and David, of course.)

Here's what you do:
1. Choose the 4th folder in which you store pictures in your computer. (for me it was 'untitled album 4')
2. Choose the 4th picture (which I did).
3. Explain that picture. (See above)
4. Tag 4 people. (See below)

I'm tagging you who want to be tagged. C'mon! PLAY!!!!!
(Some of you need to update your blogs anyway..... I'm just sayin'....) :)

By the way, this is my second post for the day. Don't miss the cartoon just underneath this. I think it's so funny.

For today . . .

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday morning...

... missing church...
... but I'm on the mend.
Friday afternoon I finally went to the doctor. After a month of feeling bad I now have an antibiotic for my 'upper respiratory infection'. The future looks bright.

Well, I'm almost ready to declare (which is major) that I'm going to actually work at (finally) finishing that Bear Valley book. It's been on the back burner, as they say. Well, now it's time to heat it back up and get it done.

The awful thing about projects is that they don't finish themselves. RATS. And once you start, you're committed to finishing- or NOT. I decided I didn't like the NOT part. Well, it was when Laura and Ryan were talking at Easter break about papers due, etc., that I congratulated myself on being out of college where no papers were due. Then I thought: WAIT. There IS a paper due. MY PAPER.

L & R, you didn't know what influence you had, did you?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Some whimsy from LoneStar Antiques...

Here's Jennifer (mall owner/manager - and a delightful (besides beautiful) person) in Felicia's 'Bountiful' booth, which is always classy...
This next picture makes my own little rusty bench out front not look so bad to me. Really, if Lydia has this in her booth then rust must be in style.
These next two signs are what I just put up in my booth...

This is box springs - or springs anyway- that dealer friend Mary uses with which to decorate. How creative is that?!
Here are two signs I thought were cute...

And finally, here's part of my booth. Surely you want one of those rooster plates?
That's it for this rainy day. We were busy, though. Well, we're having a sale! It started today!
Come shop!!!!!!
LoneStar Antiques, 5605 N. Denton Highway (Hwy 377), Haltom City, Texas (just a few tenths of a mile north of 820)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Yesterday . . .

. . . I got to take Caroline to her preschool and then five hours later pick her up. What fun! I'd been there before but only as a tag along with her mom. Since her mom and dad are in D.C. for a wedding I got to do the whole taking and picking up thing by myself. What fun. Caroline's Mimi is staying with her and Andrew, so yesterday Susan (Mimi) and I had a good visit when I brought Caroline home.
Here's an older picture of Caroline with her Mimi - who looks way too young to be one!







Oh, Sam and I went to Southlake's Tea Party for just a few minutes yesterday. Whoa. Those people were worked up.
Afterwards we decompressed at the Five Guys Hamburger place. YUM.
(That picture of Caroline in the pink dress at the top of this post was taken 2 weeks ago at another great hamburger place, Kinkaid's.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

RIGs and RILs and RITs

Some time ago I came up with these acronyms that I use in my journaling. RIGs are for ‘Random I’m Glads’, RILS are ‘Random I Likes’, and RITs are ‘Random I Thinks’.
3 RIGs:
-I’m glad my mother made me practice the piano.
-I’m glad I finally got Shiloh up to date on his shots.
-I’m glad I didn’t run over that squirrel the other day.
(I told you they were random.)
3 RILs:
-I like the (whole tortilla) nachos at Joe T. Garcia’s.
-I like shopping at Steinmart.
-I like eating breakfast at Jimmy’s Egg in Oklahoma City.
3 RITs
-I think those snipers that killed those pirates holding that ship captain should be awarded the highest honors possible... and be given trips to Disney World.
-I think this economy is not good for antique malls (though our tea room is doing great).
-I think patience is one of the most important virtues.

I challenge YOU to do some RIGs, RILs and RITs, and maybe some RIDLs (Random I Don’t Likes).
It’s fun, in a random kind of way.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Reporting from Oklahoma...

... where the wind DOES come sweepin' down the plain - which I like (the wind AND the plain.)

So it seems women my age are flocking to Facebook. [Click HERE for the story.] Hmm. Well, I'm not. If I blogged AND Facebooked I think I would have no time for anything else.
Ah, so I AM setting boundaries in my life!

Here we are on Easter Sunday (yesterday) at Bear Valley (that's the prayer-walk garden behind us)...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This is a BIG DAY . . .


. . . it marks the celebration of our risen Lord!

. . . and it is the 20th anniversary of my twin's death.

It is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since Peggy died. (She was Peggy Jean, I, Nancy Jane.) Yesterday we went to the cemetery in Colfax. We had a little 'ceremony'. Some of us talked a little and then Sam read some Scripture and prayed. It was very wonderful.

Then we drove by the old homestead, White Haven. Somehow it doesn't look as grand now.

Afterward we had some comfort food at the Sisters' Cafe in Canton. Elvis brought some fun to the occasion as he was standing on the table!



















How wonderful it is that the 20th anniversary of Peggy's death is on Easter!!
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. . . We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." - Pope John Paul II


Oh, I must tell you... the most precious thing.... little Caroline was singing "If You're Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands" the whole day. At the cemetery, at the cafe. Everywhere. Talk about delightful.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter break...

... means Laura's home!


Here's something for today (Good Friday) . . .
The following is from Tony Campolo’s recitation of his pastor’s sermon (as written in Marv Knox’s editorial “What’s So Good about this Friday?” in THE BAPTIST STANDARD this week.)
“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. It was Friday, and my Jesus is dead on a tree. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, Mary’s crying her eyes out, the disciples are running in every direction like sheep without a shepherd. But that’s Friday, and Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, those (enemies of Jesus) are looking at the world and saying: ‘As things have been, so they shall be. You can’t change nothing in this world! You can’t change nothing in this world!’ But they didn’t know that it was only Friday; Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, them forces that oppress the poor and keep people down, them forces that destroy people, them forces in control now, them forces that are gonna rule, they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. Friday, people are saying, ‘Darkness is gonna rule the world; sadness is gonna be everywhere,’ but they don’t know it’s only Friday, but Sunday’s a comin’. ... Friday! But Sunday’s a comin’!”

Isn't that BEYOND WONDERFUL?!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Finally . . .

. . . some pictures from Monday night supper.
Sam and I were still on our 'staycation' - so we treated the gang to Kincaid's in Southlake. Yum.

From front to back - Caroline, Will, Sam...
Bailey didn't have a burger, but other yummy stuff...
Daddy and daughter...
Mommy and son...
The family...
And here Caroline and Rob are sharing a crazy letter (on the internet) about the awful food on Virgin Airlines. The letter was sent to Richard Branson (is that his name?) who is the head of Virgin. Rob couldn't read it all, he was laughing too hard - which made it all the more funny.

There you have it.
P.S. We missed those of you who couldn't come.