Friday, July 31, 2009

Rats. It sold.

I put out some new pretty things in my booth that Mother bought at garage sales through the months. It all made my booth look really pretty. I was very pleased.
That pretty aqua-blue glass canister set just looked delightful on those shelves. It got me inspired to get all the blue and green stuff together... and make it look coordinated. I must have walked by my booth 5 times after I displayed all that. "People are going to be so impressed with how my booth looks," I thought. I liked the look so much that I took some pictures. Fortunately. Because the very next day... the blue canister set was sold!! I was complaining about this to another dealer, and he said, "Uh, Nancy, uh, I hate to break it to you, but the whole idea is to sell the stuff."
I guess he was right.

Well, definitely we priced that canister set way too low.

Here's the old chair I put out - and that thing on the wall with the flowers.
And here is the little doll high chair. (You can click the picture to make bigger.)
I guess I must have put out 15 new things from Mother this week.

It's a fun life.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

18 for supper!


Our biggest group for Monday night supper was night before last. Five tables lined up end to end accommodated. (I wanted everyone in the kitchen/den area.) Next time we might have to relegate some to the actual dining room.

Here's Andrew walking!

And enjoying Shiloh-pup...

Here's Sweet Caroline sitting on the chair her great-great granddaddy made....

It's a wonderful life.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Everything (and everybody) changes....

...like writing. I saw an article today about mourning the death of handwriting. It seems that people born after 1980 don't do cursive writing at all like their elders - and those born in the '90s don't do it almost at all. Sigh. Click HERE for the article in TIME magazine.

Yesterday Mother and I went to Canton to the 60th (60th!!) wedding anniversary party of some dear friends of hers. She saw some folks she hadn't seen in years. Some were in wheelchair type things. Some had canes. Everybody seemed to have changed but Mother. And she was sporting a snazzy new hairdo. (She's my inspiration!)

Oh, and we drove by the old house she and Daddy rented in the mid seventies before they built White Haven. I remembered it being a nice house. Now there is an old car in the front yard.

I could go on - like how Sam and I have driven by our old haunts lately- and they're gone. Completely.

Oh, and this is for sale at the antique mall...as an antique...
That's it for this morning.
Have a great day.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Great talk...

...by Rob.
Sam and I, and Will, Bailey, Laura and Ryan all went to Fellowship of the Parks this evening to hear Rob preach. It was GREAT. I happened to look at the comment card Sam filled out at the end of the service and he wrote, 'Awesome!' Sam is not known for gushing... so I knew he thought it was a great message.

Rob is now on staff at FOTP and this was his first time to preach. (He'll preach once a month or so, I think.) Would you believe they have six services every weekend?! Two on Saturday night and four on Sunday morning.
I'm thinking Rob will be napping tomorrow afternoon.

This is a blurry picture, but it's all I've got...That screen on the left says, "ROB CARMACK, PASTOR".

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tea Room fun!

Today some of my favorite people came to the tea room.

Clockwise starting with Andrew: Andrew, Mother, Nell and Billie (Mother's friends), Caroline and Elizabeth...(click the picture and it gets bigger - and you can see Laura in the background!)...

Laura (who was their waitress) took this picture before the meal...

This next picture was actually the first taken. Andrew had never been to the antique mall before. You can tell that he was in awe of it all...or not. Caroline and her mom are right at home ... and looking darling together. Oh my. Hmm. Look at that picture again. I think it shows the difference between how men and women feel about shopping. Ha!

Here, Andrew is feeling more comfortable... and glad he's going to eat!

Life is sweet.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blue Dog Democrats...


...are Democrats I can like.
Yellow Dog Democrats - hmm...

I just had to go to Wikipedia.com to get straight on that.

I'm thinking Obama is more liberal and socialist than we thought.
...and more confusing.

(I'm trying to act like I'm know what I'm talking about.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It's okay...

...if everything isn't perfect.
Things can be messy.
Dirty clothes, and sheets, and towels, can lie (lay) on the floor in the laundry room.
Dirty dishes in the sink.
It's okay.

Whew.

What a relief to know that I don't have to be perfect.

Whew.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Moonwalk...


40 years ago today we sat around our television set and watched as Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

I remember thinking that by the time I'm in my fifties I will probably have been on the moon myself. I pictured life would be like the life of the Jetsons.




You just never know what tomorrow will bring
...or not.

'Course back then I had never heard the word 'blog' and surely never thought that I would someday have my own little computer!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Fun night...

...but my waistline is protesting.

Tonight we went to Joe T. Garcia's (!!!) with Ryan's parents, Gerry and Vicki, and his sister, Victoria. Fun and yum!!
I learned some trivia just now as I Googled Joe T.s: The restaurant started in 1935 with 16 seats. Today there are over 1,000 and it seems to take up an entire city block. We always order the “dinner” which consists of 2 cheese nachos, 2 cheese enchiladas, 2 beef tacos, refried beans, rice, guacamole and corn tortillas. It's served family style.

We usually waddle out to our car afterwards, including tonight.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Today...

...Sam and I went to Frisco. It was kind of a business trip. A fun business trip.

After the business part, we took in a movie at Stonebriar mall. I'm putting that movie on my "Favorite Movies" list. It was UP - the 3D version. What a heart-warming movie.
After that we went to BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Lewisville. Last month in Oklahoma City we were introduced to the BJ's there. Oh my. It was (is) good...especially the pizza.
And a BJ's is being built near NorthEast Mall!

Now we're home.

Life is good.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

If Sam were cookin'...

.... it would be a family affair in the Simplicities' Tea Room in the LoneStar Antique Mall!




Laura...
Will...
Me...
Will, Nadir, Heather, Laura...glad their 'wait' is almost over for the day...

Only on Saturdays - and only this month- do three fourths of the Sam Carmack family work in the tea room. It's fun!
Sam just needs to learn how to make some quiche...

(Thanks, Ryan, for taking those pictures.)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Lots of MSG pics!

Monday Supper Gang (MSG) met last night after several weeks of too-much-busyness-to-meet. Mother had a meeting at her church, so she couldn't join us. (That tells you who's the busiest one!) And that meant I was matriarch for the evening.

Here are some pictures in the order that I took them:

Andrew with his Uncle Cap...
Caroline, with Aunt Lindsey...

Elizabeth, showing us how a good mother holds a Dr. Pepper can... with finger puppets, of course...
Andrew is almost walking... and so happy Aunt Lindsey is helping....

Sam and Rob here. They've stopped talking for a nanosecond. Those two solve the world's problems whenever they meet. We must get them together more often...

Those El Fenix leftovers from the reunion were a hit. (No freezer burn.) (I added some tamales from Market Street - which were also a hit.)

John always arrives a little late - because of a long commute from Dallas - but he always has to have some Caroline and Andrew time before he fills his plate...

Andrew's first ice cream... straight from the container...mm...

This picture shows why the slimmest people are so slim... they SHARE dessert...but, let me say, Caroline is also sharing dessert (she's eating for two now!)...

Andrew's daddy is one great father....
Caroline is starting to play the piano...

And so is her brother!....


I'm glad MSG suppers are back. Well, the next one won't be until July 27.
Hmm. I have 2 weeks to plan the menu. (That's always fun.)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Friday night...

...we went to the Fort Worth Community Arts Center to see Heather's art on display. It was quite an event!
Five students' works from Tarrant County College's northwest campus - which is known for its art department - were on display at "a definitive show by the member galleries of the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association (FWADA)." All other artwork on display was professional. It was a high honor for Heather - and for us, whom she invited to attend. Here are some pictures.



This was just one of five rooms...

This painting was painted by a now deceased artist...

Check the price (in the shadow on the right)(I didn't think it was THAT pretty.)...


This fella with the bird on his head was Will's favorite picture (after Heather's)...

It was a great night.
Congratulations, Heather!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Everybody's complaining...

... about this triple digit heat.

Sadly, I am, too.

A long time ago (in the early '80's) Sam and I lived in a very hot part of the world for almost two years. I need to remember that. It was close to the equator. Teresina, Piaui, Brazil.

Boy, was it hot there. All year round. There were 2 seasons: wet and dry. Both were HOT. The only room in our house that was air-conditioned was our bedroom. Where we worked wasn't air-conditioned. Our church wasn't. Our car wasn't. The only restaurant in town that was, was, needless to say, our favorite place to go.

One time it got up to 130 degrees, but that was right before we moved there. Fortunately, it stayed below 120 while we were there.

Every once in a while Sam and I remind ourselves of that heat.

Now I'm reminding myself.

And YOU.

It could be worse, so get a grip!

(I just have to preach sometimes... to myself.)
(And brag that I lived in Brazil. A WONDERFUL COUNTRY! - albeit hot, in the north)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Tag! I'm it!

My dear friend Beth tagged me!

Here are the rules for this tag: List six little things that make you happy. Tag six bloggers and let them know they're 'it'.

I have to admit - it makes me happy to think about what makes me happy.

Here are my six little happiness things:
1.) Eating breakfast with my Sam...
2. Finding something new and different that tastes really good... like Virgil's Real Cola. It's so refreshing. My daughter and her boyfriend introduced it to me at "Food for Thought" in Waco. I was hooked right away.




3. Getting my hair done. I really like the washing of it. Marti has long fingernails and it just feels so good when she washes my hair. mm. I don't have a picture of that - but I do have a picture of me getting highlights. (Any moment can be a Kodak moment, I say.)










4. My 'HAPPY' sign I got at Hobby Lobby for half price.








5. Eating out. Especially Mexican food. Especially with special friends like Beth...







6. Having family living so close...









Now, for me to be the tagger...
Hmm. Well, whomever I pick, don't feel as if you need to add pictures. I just had time on my hands - and wanted to do a wowy job for Beth!

Okay, no pressure, but I sure would like it if the following would play along. Tell us your six little happiness things. (Don't think too hard.) The rest of you can click their names and go to their blogs.)

Drum roll...
Sara Elizabeth
Teri
Bailey Jo (Your computer is fixed now! 'Course you have no free time . . . but maybe a minute or two?)
Caroline
Elizabeth (This one is private - but some of you can get there.)
Will (I know you want to do it.)

I didn't add Laura because she's already been tagged.

C'mon now.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The July 4th Will White Reunion...

... was fun. Not as well attended as sometimes (55 were there), but still fun - and yummy. My father's father (my Granddaddy Andy) was the second child of Will White. This reunion is all of Will and Ann White's children and their children, and their children and their children, etc., etc. As I said in my previous post - but want to emphasize - Saturday was the 92nd annual reunion!!!

Here's my dad's family picture (taken, I believe, in the mid 1940's). Top, from left, his mother (my Grandmother Jennie - who was much prettier than this picture), Granddaddy Andy (known as Nuel to everyone else); bottom, Aunt Helen Ruth (she nixed the 'Ruth' part when she went to college, but she's always 'Helen Ruth' to us.), and my dear Daddy...
The Nuel White gang (Helen Ruth is the second from the right on the back row)...
Second cousin-in-law Cindy taking charge of taking the picture of Sabri's family...
Cindy's handiwork through the years...
Last year's reunion poster (by Cindy)...
Faye and Sherry, uncovering the covered dishes...The fish...mmm...
Lauren, liking the dessert table...
Eating...

Helen Ruth's sons, Steve, Brian, David. Their little sister, Carol, and her family couldn't come- sigh. Neither could Brian's (sigh) --- 'course neither did mine (BIG SIGH)...
David with daughter, Kim...
Steve's wife,Lori with their kids, Bethany and Brad...
It was a fun reunion.

On the way home, Mother and I went to a blueberry farm and got 2 gallons of blueberries. Then we stopped at a roadside stand and got some home grown peaches. Nothing like East Texas peaches. mm.

(P.S. Will and Laura both worked in the tea room Saturday, and Sam had some stuff to do because he worked Friday bringing Laura home from Waco - and he thought he might be going to a church conference in Michigan on Sunday, but that didn't pan out. I write all that to explain why they didn't go to the reunion! (I knew you were wondering- ha!))