Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Trivia...

Canada is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village'.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Europe has no deserts - it is the only continent without one.

Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first city in the US to put fluoride in their water.

Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.

Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable.

The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.

The largest body of fresh water in the world is Lake Superior.

Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" after his editor dared him to write a book using fewer than 50 different words.


(I'm assuming all of this is true. I got it off the Internet.)
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I was surprised that "presents in gift bags" received such a low rating in my last poll!

(I voted for cash.) (I like getting cash.)

I put up another poll. (Upper right hand side)
Please vote!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

For today...

I happened to put a quote up I like by Rob Bell on Facebook a few minutes ago.
It's this...
"We will never live for our true selves when we are comparing ourselves to those around us." - Rob Bell

I really like that simple quote... because sometimes I still get caught up in doing that - comparing myself to others. And of course I - as everyone does, I think - tend to compare my worst qualities with others' best qualities. ... which can make a person (me) crazy.

And then just now I read Jennifer Howes' blog, and she talked about the same thing in her message about perfectionism - at her church's women's conference this weekend. [Click HERE to read it.]

Anyway, it seems we're on the same page.

So for today I'm going to live in my own skin... and praise God 'that I am fearfully and wonderfully made' (Psalm 139).

Along that line I want to share a blog post with you by Beth Lahaie. She posted it last Friday.
I told her in my comment that I thought it was a masterpiece.
Take the time to read it, okay?
To me it fits 'being fearfully and wonderfully made' ... in light of growing older.
Click HERE to read it. (The post title is 'Restraints'... and you'll see how that title fits. Oh, it fits!)

Oh, and if you haven't taken my latest poll it's up in the right hand corner.

Now I'm going to go and enjoy this gorgeous day!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Fun...

Lawyer: "Sir, what is your IQ?"
Defendant: "Well, I can see pretty well, I think."

- Testimony from court records

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“In England, if you commit a crime, the police don't have a gun and you don't have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say "Stop, or I'll say stop again."”
-Robin Williams
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"The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it."
-Franklin P. Jones

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"When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out."
- Erma Bombeck
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Join the IRS (Be audit you can be)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wandom Wednesday (that's Random with a W)....

I've tried something new this week.
A little gem of a treat....

It's really good on toast.

Certain friends had recommended it and so I had to check it out.

YUM!!!
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In totally different news:
I was rather alarmed when I saw a sign on Bedford Euless Road today. Actually I saw it when I was on 820 right there at 183/121. This was it...
(I did not take this picture- I got it online... just to verify what I had seen.)
Is it just me, or do you, blog reader, also think this is a bad name for a bar and lounge?
I guess it's calling a spade a spade? ...Hmm?
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In still totally diffferent news, I'm going to decorate the wedding tree this evening. I'll put up hearts, and lovebirds, and pictures of Will and Bailey when they were little... and I will take pictures of those pictures and show you SOON!!!!!

It's exciting around here!!!!

Oh, did I tell you that little Caroline and little Andrew (my sweet late twin's sweet grandchildren) are going to be the only attendants at the wedding?
How fun will that be?!!

Here I am with them about 3 months ago...
I think it's hard to get much cuter than they are.
(Objectively speaking, of course.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lessons at ROSS...


Tuesday is my day at ROSS DRESS FOR LESS.
I don't go to ROSS often, but when I go it's on TUESDAY.

It's the day that everything is 10% off for people over 55.

I just have one suggestion: the salespeople should ask for ID.
It would make me feel more youthful if they questioned my age.
But they never do.

At least they could ask, "Ma'am, are you sure you're eligible for our discount?"

That would be great public relations, don't you think?
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That makes me think of other things people should say... or not say.

The obvious:
People should say "Please." and "Thank you."

Still obvious:
People should NOT ask any lady: "When is your baby due?"

And do NOT ask anything about their grandchildren, unless they've told you they HAVE grandchildren.

When my kids were 3 and 5 (and I was 37-ish) I had a picture of them with Santa on my key chain.
A sales clerk asked if those were my grandchildren.
"No, they're my children... "
I was numb... after that question.

I've had other similar questions.... and I have tried to detach from them.

So I'm just saying: Don't assume someone is old. Always guess WAY younger.
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So that's my rant today.
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Here's other news...

TITANIC won my recent movie poll.
I liked that movie but I didn't vote for it.
First runner-up on the poll was the HOLY GRAIL movie - which I voted for. That is a funny - and quirky - movie - that got me out of my box.
(I remember watching it with my eyebrows scrunched and my eyes rolling...)

I put DOCTOR ZHIVAGO on the poll because I knew someone who would vote for it. .. and she did! (Thanks, Mother.)

I think I know who voted for the GODFATHER movies.

Speaking of movies makes me think of TV.
Last night I watched with my mom the first "Dancing with the Stars" show of the season.

I usually don't watch that show but when I do I ALWAYS THINK: those people are way too sensual for primetime!

I can imagine my little grandmother's reaction if she were alive today to see that. !!!!

Anyway, I guess if I were to vote I would vote for Florence Henderson (though I was out of the room when she performed). I have always liked her.
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[This post goes to show you that when I'm in the mood to blog I do it even if there's not much news to report.]

(Well, really there is...... )
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In closing, here is a quote that I LOVE:
"The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a sunhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it."
- C. S. Lewis

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday night...

It has been a busy-busy day - in a busy-busy week.

So I'm just here relaxing... and thinking some random thoughts on this Saturday night...

Random thoughts like these:

Counting Crows' song "Round Here" is a tune you could use if you ever wanted to put me through torture.
I know. I'm getting older. .... I guess that explains why I just don't 'get' the appeal of that group, that voice... and that song. I guess it's all supposed to be profound or something.
(I had my XM radio on the other day... and that song came on.... and I began flinching... thinking, does that fella think he has talent?)

I know.
I'm acting like my dad did when the song "Hello. I love you. Won't you tell me your name?" came on the radio decades ago. It just repeated on and on with those same words ... and Peggy and I liked it.

Daddy just shook his head.

Now I'm shaking mine.
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On a different note, Baylor played TCU today. I know the score because I looked at the Star Telegram website, and there the final score was. Sam has taped the game and will watch it when he comes home from the Saturday night church services in a little bit. (I'm keeping my mouth shut.)

Me, I've been playing "Rocky Top" in the tea room every Saturday ... to show my support for the University of Tennessee.
When you make friends, like I've made with Janlyn (Hi, Janlyn), you learn to support their favorite teams.
(I play "Rocky Top" at least twice every Saturday.) (Go Volunteers!)

(Note to self: I should be playing "That Good Ole Baylor Line".)
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On a different note, I've been reading a wonderful devotional book every morning. It's CHRISTIAN MATURITY by E. Stanley Jones.

It is so good.

I wanted to show you a picture of the book, but I can't find a picture online.
There are pictures of his other books, ABUNDANT LIVING, THE CHRIST OF THE INDIAN ROAD, and others, but not this one.

My copy (that I ordered from Amazon years ago) was used... and the cover has fallen off. ....

It is so good, though... and would be worth a search to find it.

(You can tell by his picture that E. Stanley Jones is (was) no spring chicken. He died in 1973.)

I can't remember where I heard about him first, but I'm so glad I did.

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I hope you have a great weekend.

Oh, take my newest poll if you haven't already.

(I'm not too pleased with this particular poll - but my next one will be better.)
(STILL... TAKE IT!!)
Please.

Friday, September 17, 2010

AIRPLANE!

Did you know that this week (or month) marks the 30th anniversary of the movie AIRPLANE! ?
That meant, of course, we had to watch it...

That was just one of the many things we had to do this week.

On Tuesday we traveled north across the Red River ... for our monthly board meetings at Legacy Bank. (Not to be confused with Legacy Bank of Texas.)
We've been staying at the new Staybridge Suites in Oklahoma City... and I can't say enough good things about that place. Did you know that on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday they actually serve free supper from 5:30-7:30 in their lobby? And it's GREAT FOOD! (That's free supper for their patrons.)

At board meeting we got to see nephew John who took us out to the parking lot to show us his new car!! (That's birthday boy Sam with him.)
(Sam and I are now the same age.)


John is getting ready to drive that to California in a couple of weeks.
I'm sending traveling mercies to you, John.
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Another thing I did this week was give little Caroline her first piano lesson!!
(I didn't get a picture... but I have many already of her sweetness...
Here she is with Will... you can tell she's ready to play!!...
This may be a new career for me - teaching little folks music lessons - but for now I'm ONLY going to concentrate on little Caroline. ... And I can tell she's a quick study!!

Speaking of playing....yesterday these pretty ladies came to the tea room. Turns out they were a Bible Study group. They wanted a picture with me in it, so I got out my camera, too! One of those ladies (the one in the aqua behind me) has a very debilitating condition. I would assume it is Parkinson's because she has very much the same manner as Michael J. Fox. She is so darling, though, and friendly.... and such an inspiration.

Life can be hard.
But oh, she has found strength in the Lord. ... and is therefore a blessing to all around her.

Next time she comes (and she comes a lot - with different friends) I'm going to find out her name.
And tell her how inspiring she is.

Have a great weekend!

Oh, I'm putting up another poll.... take it, please!!

(Did you notice that most people voted for (or against) tailgaters?)
(That's who I voted for -- or against. Grrrr......)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Please pray....

... for precious Amanda.

Saturday morning she went into her mother's bedroom and found her in bed, not breathing.

They had lived together all of Amanda's life.

They had made plans for the weekend.

They had watched a movie and had popcorn together Friday night.

There was no clue what Amanda would find the next morning.

The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday.

Please pray for strength, and wisdom in decision-making, and faith, and comfort... for Amanda and her family.

(I love that picture of Amanda and me. It was taken last May at Laura's bridal shower at Bear Valley Community Church.)
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Now I want to thank all of you SO MUCH who commented on my last post entitled "Where were you" telling us where you were on 9/11/01.

If you haven't read the comments of that post, please take the time to do so. There are over 20 of them.... and they are all wonderful.

If you don't have time to read them all be sure and read Maria's. Whoa.

And add your own. It's not too late.
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P.S. I've put up a new little poll (upper right).

'Fly' won the last one... for "which would you rather be able to do?": 'read minds', 'fly', 'become invisible' or 'be faster than a speeding bullet.'

(I voted for 'become invisible'... but 'fly' was my first runner-up.)

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P.S. Don't forget to pray for Amanda.
Thanks.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where were you...

... nine years ago?

I was in the kitchen, clearing the breakfast dishes. I turned on our little TV there. Charlie Gibson was reporting that there had been a horrible accident, as a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. ... and then we watched as another plane flew into the other tower.

We all realized it wasn't an accident.

That day was surreal, wasn't it?

I kept thinking, what else will happen?

I just knew that life as we had known it was over.

That afternoon I went to a doctors' office building in Grapevine. I got into the elevator. There were maybe 5 people in there including me.

Usually strangers say nothing to each other in an elevator, unless there is some cute child in there who wants to push the button.

That day, someone said something like, "Can you believe it?"

"No." We all replied.

"Everything is different now.

"God help us."

(Comments like that.)

We all seemed to be united ... as Americans.

Fortunately (understatement) we have not had such a horrific incident since then.
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I'm curious.
Where were you, blog-reader?

You may not want to write a comment.
I understand.

BUT I WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU DID.

But no pressure.
(Maybe a little.)

Where were you?

Leave a short comment, okay? Either here or on Facebook.

It can be anonymous.
Just say where you were.

I'd really like to know.

Please?

Thanks.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I can't just leave you there...

... with my last post... posted just about an hour and a half ago.

It was just a confession... of my messiness.

Frankly I like to know about other folks' messiness. (Misery loves company.)

But I feel I should have said more... you know, made it more 'redemptive'.

Well, now I want to do a 'do-over'.
(Kind of like... clean up my 'mess'.)

So here's my 'do-over'....

I like going into not-perfect homes.

I like when folks admit their failures.

I like it when people are 'human'.

I think perfectionism can paralyze.

It has paralyzed me at times.

I started writing a book about Bear Valley Church a few years ago.

I spent hours and hours and hours on it.

Then I got paralyzed. ...

I didn't know how to continue....
Nothing seemed right...
... so I just stopped.

I'd tell myself, 'Oh, it's all right. You have written enough down that your kids might enjoy it someday.'

'And besides, you live by grace.'

'God would still love you if you never finished it.'

Yada yada yada.

Long story short: I've gotten it back out ... and am determined NOT TO BE PARALYZED BY MY OWN PERFECTIONISM.


.... AND .... maybe I'll clean out that CD holder-thing in my car, too.


[Now if I can just let myself hit 'publish' and not have to redo this post.......]

(I didn't delete that other post below.)

Everything seems to be a mess...

... my garage.

... my closet floor.

... my attic where bunches of stuff I've gotten for my booth just keep collecting dust.

... beside my bed - on the floor - where I collect reading stuff, and junk.

... the cabinet underneath my stove... with pots and pans in disarray.

It's all starting to get to me.

Oh, and that's not to mention my car... with all the little gum wrappers, and receipts from Chic-Fil-A, etc., etc., that are stuffed in my CD holder-thing.

What I'm needing now is to become Samantha on BEWITCHED.



She would wiggle her nose (actually her mouth) and her kitchen would be clean!


I DO use COTTAGE CARE every now and then... to clean this big house. ... but they don't tackle the real 'messes'.

I guess it's going to have to come down to ME.


[Yes, this is a sermon that could preach!!]



And why am I telling you about it?

Because confession is good for the soul.

That's all for today.... just confession time.
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(Psst.... Take my new poll - upper right.)
(I left the older one up so you could see (and be amazed) that 'stay home' got the most votes for the next 3 day weekend --- Well, I was amazed.)
(I voted for South Padre Island.)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I was going to settle down...

... with blog backgrounds... but my compulsive self can't resist changing it up today.

... especially with this rain we're getting.

It's pouring out there.
Our swimming pool is going to start overflowing any minute.

I could stay home from playing in the tea room.... but I'm in the mood for "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head", and all the other rain songs.

('Course I could play them here at the house. .... Hmm...)
[Update: stayed home.]
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Since it's Wednesday... here's some Wednesday Whimsy from Lone Star...










And here are the most wonderful whimsical young ladies...(That's Abby, Lauren, Lauren and Allyson. They will serve you with delight (when they're not in class.))

And of course, here are Janlyn and Laura. Laura doesn't work there anymore... but she likes to come visit...
I just adore all of those gals.

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Oh, don't forget... take my poll (upper right side).

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[I know.
You're thinking about buying that "No Floozies in the Jacuzzi" sign.]
[You better get it while it's hot!]

Monday, September 6, 2010

At our kitchen table last night...

... the festivities began...

... for Will and Bailey's upcoming nuptials...
That's Laura, Bailey, Will and Allison taking a break from addressing the envelopes for the invitations...to smile for my camera.


I think the invitation is very classy, don't you?....(Yes, Will IS the sixth!)

Now remember: this will be a SMALL wedding... SMALL... SMALL....

If you're looking for an invitation... this may be the only peek you get to have of it.
It's okay.
Don't be offended.
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Different subject:
Today (Labor Day) Bailey worked on a banner-thing for her class....

And her honey helped....

In each of the high school English classes she teaches, she had them do a brainstorming activity last week for the word RESPECT. And then they (the students) picked the top words from all the classes... and she made a banner with those top words from all the classes.
(There were some good words... AND there were some rather interesting ones... like 'supermanish'.)
(Well, that's a good word, too.)

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[I think I've settled down on this background for a while. It goes with everything.]

[Plus, I need to settle down.]

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Paris Hilton...

... needs to read HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carnegie.

More people did NOT want her to show up on their deserted island than they did not want Glenn Beck, Joe Biden and Larry King to show up. (I hope that made sense.)
(I'm talking about my last poll.)

I won't tell you how I voted.

Though I'm tempted.

I just know that some of my blogreaders actually like who I voted off the island.

Yes, I'm a Republican.... but I just can't stand that Beck guy. (Sorry.)

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From now on I won't get political.
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Now I need to 'fess up.

... I took a little trip late yesterday. My husband encouraged it... and even got my hotel reservation.

It was a whim of a decision.
A whim of a trip.

Mother and I went to the antique mall yesterday, where I played in the tea room, and she worked in our booth, and shopped around.

When I got home from our fun time I said to Sam, "Geez... we should have gone to Canton Trades Day. The weather is so nice... and usually Labor Day weekend has horrifically hot weather in Canton."

Then Sam looked at me, with his head tilted just so... and his eyes rolling a bit.

And I looked at him, reading his mind.

"Go, Nancy!", he said (though he didn't have to say it).

Then he got online and found me a room in Terrell. (We knew Canton rooms would all be taken - plus triple the cost on Trades Day weekends.)

Soooooooo.... I hurriedly packed, left... and got into Terrell about 5 PM.

I enjoyed my evening.
I just relaxed.
Read some recent Newsweeks.
Looked at blogs and Facebook.
Ate an original Schlotzky's sandwich.
Watched some TV...
And went to bed...
...excited about getting into Canton the next morning for some Sunday shopping. (Usually there are LOTS of sales on Sunday.)

Well, I don't know what happened exactly.

I usually LOVE solitude... and shopping by myself... and eating junk food at the world's largest flea market.

Somehow I just wasn't into it.

Nothing appealed to me.

The only money I spent was for parking.. and for food... and was disappointed in the food. (I got a pretty good parking space, though.)

So I came home.


Next time I'll not go on Sunday.


Yeah.

(And I'm taking you next time, Mother!)

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P.S. A new poll is up! (upper right corner)

Take it please!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I've been out and about...

Tuesday night I went with my mother to see SOUTH PACIFIC at the Artisan Center Theater in Hurst.
It was put on by all volunteers... and I was impressed.
Talk about a good show!

It goes through the end of September.
Check it out.
You won't be disappointed.

(After SOUTH PACIFIC they're doing TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.)
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Today I met Beth at Gloria's for a Beth-belated-birthday lunch... YUM.

Don't you like that picture of Beth?
That's her 'signature pose'. She uses it on her blog and as her profile pic on Facebook.


(I want to pose like that someday.)

We talked for 2 hours at Gloria's... and shared the Nancy's Favorite (yes, that's the name) on the lunch menu.

By the way, I left a hefty tip ...

... I've learned in my tea room experience that if you take 2 hours to eat (and especially if you split an entree) you need to TIP WELL.

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Different note:
I've put up a new poll (upper right).
PLEASE TAKE IT.

Did you know that in my last poll, of the four states I listed (Maine, New Mexico, Tennessee and Montana) Maine won out for the place folks would most like to vacation?
I'm going to have to go there some day. YES!
(I voted for Montana.)

In the poll before that I voted for 'buffet'.

(Yes, the poll is anonymous...
But I like to say everything in my head.)