Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Here's Terri and Tammy...


(This picture was taken last year.)

Terri (on the left) is the lady who (along with her husband, Don (but mainly her)) put up the Christmas village in the Simpliteas Tea Room - which is inside the Lone Star Antique Mall.

Tammy is the lady (on the right) who has been a WONDERFUL server in the tea room - and who is leaving us December 15.

I can hardly believe it.

She is so precious. One of the best ladies - best people - you (I) will ever EVER EVER meet.

She's going to be working full time with her dear husband, Roy, who has let her help the tea room out for all these years.

Geez. I guess he can have her. (I was going to say 'over my dead body' - but I'm not ready to go yet.)

Talk about a PRECIOUS CHRISTIAN LADY. OH MY. I'm so glad I've gotten to know her.
Thank you, Lord.
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On a different note, I was with these folks and their mother much of today...The baby (Anna) is celebrating her 3rd week birthday today!!

I'm tempted to ask for suggestions on a caption on that picture.

Study it. You might come up with something. (Well, at least what Andrew might be saying/thinking.)
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Different note: Check out my new poll.

Mike Huckabee won the last one. Michelle Obama came in second.
I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised that I voted for Huckabee.... but I DO like Mrs. Obama!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

It's Beginning...

... to look a lot like Christmas...

at Lone Star Antique Mall!That's Terri last week, putting up the Christmas Village in the tea room.

It's already up now, but I didn't get a picture....

Well, except for this one from 2008...(Click to make larger.)
More has been added since then! Come see it for yourself!
5605 North Denton Highway, Haltom City, Texas.

Here are some more pictures of Christmas at Lone Star...

















New (and/or old) treasures are being added all the time!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

I'm just not ready...

... to put up a Christmas blog background yet.... though today is the day I usually get out my Christmas decorations for the house.

I just don't feel quite up to it yet.
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Different note: I put up a new poll.

My last poll was interesting.
I asked which sense you would be most thankful for. It was not surprising that 'sight' won. I WAS kind of surprised that it won by such a margin.

Me - I voted for 'hearing'.... though I can't imagine life without sight.

I just love music... and hearing people talk - and their inflections, etc. And I love the sound of my husband's voice.

Back in the early 1970's (yes I'm old) I was a camp counselor for 2 summers at THE TEXAS LION'S CAMP FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN. (At the time we had no idea how politically incorrect that name was - ha!)

Anyway, we had all kinds of physically-challenged kids.... including deaf and blind. They were all together (now they have different weeks for different kinds of disabilities - plus they have a different name - I think it's just called TEXAS LION'S CAMP.)
Anyway, the blind were very serene... the deaf were so NOT!!! (Is this prejudiced?)
Anyway, I figured out during those two summers that I could be a better blind person than a deaf person.

That's why I voted for 'hearing'.
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On a different note, I have a dear cousin who has had a TERRIBLY hard time the last few years.
Some of you may know her.

She's Audrey, and she helped start Bear Valley Community Church back in 1992.
Anyway, she has a new blog ... and it is wonderful.
Click HERE to go there.

(I'll be writing more about her in the future.)
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Different note: If you braved the crowds and shopped on this Black Friday I hope you're getting some rest.

Me - I've been getting rest ALL DAY. Mmmmmmm.
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In closing, here are some pictures I like....

Those are not the best pictures I've ever taken, but those ARE the best people!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Today was the most different Thanksgiving of my life...

I knew it would be different... what with no kids living at home ... and us not hosting the feast (which was fine by me!)... but I didn't know how different it would really be.

I didn't know I would get sick. UGH.

Two days ago I felt it coming. Yesterday it got worse. This morning it got even worse.

Coughing, sneezing, aching all over, and always needing a tissue close by.

I did not - NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT - want that newborn to get near me. .. which meant I could not - NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT - get near her.

So I stayed home.

In bed.

Doing nothing.

Now I'm feeling better. Well, Elizabeth sent me a plate of the most delicious Thanksgiving meal one can imagine. (I should have taken a picture of it.)
I know that meal is helping in my healing.

Thank you, Elizabeth!!!!
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Well, post before last I bemoaned the fact that I could not get access to BLOGGER's backgrounds and fonts, etc. My husband, who has always been a computer genius to everyone who's known him, solved my problem!! Thank you, Honey!
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I think my feeling bad last night made my post last night kind of sour.

I'm sorry it was negative. (I had written even more (negative stuff) and read it to Sam and he said, "You need to take some of that out." I did. Thank goodness. ... Still.)

(I need to get over those naysayers from years ago.)
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Well, I know of some people who are going to get up early-early and hit the stores tomorrow.

Not I. I'm staying in bed..... maybe all day ... again.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I will not feel guilty...

... for being part of a Thanksgiving feast tomorrow.

Years ago (1981) Sam and I were in missionary language school in south Brazil. The school hosted a Thanksgiving meal in which we all brought food. It was so fun. Many of us had homesickness, particularly around holidays, so that was super special.

Then we heard that there was a group of folks back in the States that didn't like that we were feasting, and taking the day off as a holiday. Brazil didn't celebrate Thanksgiving in November, so we shouldn't either.

Needless to say, that message made us sick.

No, we decided. It was NOT futile. It was not for nothing that we celebrated our homeland's holiday. It was a morale booster ... and it was NEEDED.

So the next year... and the next... we celebrated Thanksgiving... and Christmas... and birthdays, etc.... with ZEAL.

Let's ALL celebrate.

It's OKAY!!!

YAY!!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!

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Oh, here's another 'silly'...
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No frills day...

I'm back to the basics today.

That's because I'm technically challenged.

BLOGGER has changed its new template access, and I haven't figured it out.

And when I go back to the original template-thing I can't figure out how to change the fonts, and the size and color, etc.

Hmm.

I guess I should be thankful....

.... which is where, by the way, I wanted to go in today's post...
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

The wonderful New Testament book of 1 Thessalonians has that verse in it ... which is pretty neat. Give thanks in all circumstances.

WHAT??? ALL CIRCUMSTANCES?!!!

Of course giving thanks in the frustration of not being able to blog like I like - seems trite.

And it is.

But I'm reminded of that verse up there... and when it says ALL CIRCUMSTANCES I'm reminded of how in the past when I've thought to thank God for the good AND THE BAD... that's when I get perspective.

I could go on and on here ... really I could... but I need to get on with my day.

I would just challenge you, blog-reader, to give thanks in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Not that they're all good... or God caused them... but that is God's will that we give thanks in ALL of them.

It is so good what happens in my mind when I do that.
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I'll leave you with another 'silly' (see yesterday's post for more)....

Monday, November 22, 2010

For today...


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What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus?
Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving
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How can you make a turkey float?
You need 2 scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey
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Why did the Pilgrims want to sail to America in the spring?
Because April showers bring Mayflowers.
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What did the widowed mother turkey say to her disobedient children?
If your father could see you now, he'd turn over in his gravy!
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If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their AGE.
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And finally....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

There's ALWAYS SOMETHING.....

... TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

When I get moody... down... yuck... it helps to STOP. TAKE OUT SOME PAPER.
.... and WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING THAT COMES TO MIND TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

I capitalized all that because I think it's important to BE THANKFUL.

It's hard to worry when you're thankful.

It's hard to be negative when you're thankful.

Don't you think so?

I have some people I know that are in DIRE STRAITS. ... and yet they are thankful... for friends, and family, and future.
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Let's think about some things to be thankful for....

For me I'll think about....

- running water

- breath

- color

- a bed to sleep on

- freedom

- the ability to read

- memory (that I don't have Alzheimer's)

- the Bible (this is no small thing)

- two hands - and the ability to write... and type... and doodle....

- my alarm clock

- my husband, Sam.... he is so wise... and faithful... (and funny, too)

- my family of origin.... it was loving... and accepting... and fun...

- kids - I didn't think I could have any... and look who God gave me (Will and Laura)!

- my kids' spouses (Bailey and Ryan). (Oh yes. Mmm.)

- my mom- (I thought she'd keel over after taking care of my twin back in 1984-89)

- and this year. .... I lived to 2010! Hurray!

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So those are a few things.

What are yours?

You don't have to tell me.

Just think about them...

... and I'll bet you'll smile.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!! (a little early)

I'm in the mood for some turkey and dressing!

If you felt guilty about voting for that on my poll instead of 'family gettin' together' know that you are in good company.

Well, not the guilt part.

I unashamedly voted for the food part of the holiday.

'Course I love the family part, too....

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That picture on the header is from last year.

I'm trying to figure out how to put text with pictures on the blog headers you can download.
I may have to get Caroline C. to help me. She has a great blog header with pictures.

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If you haven't voted in my Thanksgiving poll, please do.
(Or you can change your vote.)

My last poll was about where would you rather live: cabin in the words, beach house on the beach, penthouse in New York, or a boathouse on the lake. I voted for a beach house. Though I'm not too fond of sand in my food I do love sand in my toes..... and picking up sea shells by the seashore.
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In closing let me say that tomorrow this couple goes on their official honeymoon!! (I'll tell you where when they come home.)(Love the picture, Pat! Thanks for sending it!)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I am not ready....

... to see Christmas lights at night.
But they're out there.
I've seen them, whether I was ready or not.

Christmas just gets here faster every year.

Ah, but I am ready with one part of it.

Thanks to my daughter I found out how to make a Christmas card to share...

Here's hers...
That's Scobi, Akon, Laura and Ryan.

Now here's mine...

Notice how few are in it?

This is our first empty-nest Christmas.

I never appreciated Shiloh so much.

Notice the new poll (upper right). (It has (almost) nothing to do with Christmas.)
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[P.S. You can go HERE to make your own Christmas card.]
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In closing, let me say that I was going to post the most darling picture of little Caroline holding her baby sister Anna. Somehow it didn't post. Somehow I lost it in my iPhotos.

I guess all this computer stuff- and the internet - and everything- is. not. perfect.
Rats.

Ah, but have a good day anyway..... BECAUSE IT IS GOOD!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The day is almost over...

... well, for us early-to-bed people...

... but I don't want the day to be over before
I WISH MY WONDERFUL SON-IN-LAW HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

Here he is last Thanksgiving...He beat Will in the what-do-you-call-it? ... pulling the wishbone contest?

And here he is last June at his wedding rehearsal.... (later - I found out that was NOT the rehearsal - but before that - when we all went to discuss how to decorate the church auditorium.)
He's holding Sawyer so Caroline and Andrew can see him. (I love that picture.)

And here he is not long ago, with his sweet wife....
We are SO GLAD he married her.

It's made us all very happy.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RYAN!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Funday....

I am spending the day with some of my favorite people....

Here's the youngest....
Here she is with her gorgeous mommy...

Here they're ready to go on their first outing - to the doctor's office....------------

Earlier today I took little Caroline to her ballet class.

I didn't get my camera out until she was already in her class and her brother was in a nearby room playing... and making noises and faces....
After the class we went to my house for a bit, then we went through the drive-thru at the Southlake Chic-Fil-A to get some lunch...


Right in front of the Chic-Fil-A there is a statue of a cow.

I said, "Caroline and Andrew, can you see the cow?"
Then I said, "Oh, I guess it's actually a Longhorn. Can you see the Longhorn, Caroline and Andrew?"

Immediately, without any hesitation whatsoever, little Caroline said, "We don't like Longhorns!"

Then she told me she had an Aggie dress at home.

HA!!!
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(I put up a new poll this morning. Please vote ... Thanks.)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thinking about thinking...

When I was young I asked my parents something like, "Why doesn't my mind ever turn off?"

I was always thinking. Always.

I guess other people were thinking, too.
But I only knew about my thinking.

It was constant.

And trying not to think was ridiculous.



And you know where thinking leads: WORRY, the ULTIMATE thinking.

I would hear about a car wreck... and immediately I would think about getting a call, or a visit from the police... about my most loved loved one(s)... dead.

Or I would go to a slasher movie (once is all) and I would think of lying in a bunk bed and suddenly out of my stomach would come a long knife. ('Course that would be one way to quit thinking, I guess.)

Any bad news on TV and my mind would go into gear. ... I would worry about how I could cope with disaster, war, being maimed for life.... etc., etc., etc. ...

Fear of losing loved ones was my number one worry, though.

That, and what people think about me (cuz they're thinking about me, surely).

Well, once you start down the worry-road it is hard to turn around.

But then, (yes, this is a sermon) I found my Savior.

When you're drowning you need one.

Jesus as Lord and Savior has become so cliche to some folks.
And sadly sometimes to me.

But oh, oh, OH, He IS SAVIOR.... HE IS.

He has saved us from all the awfulness... WHAT A PROFOUND RELIEF.

He IS the WAY.

Some folks say, Isn't that exclusive?... that Jesus is the only way?

Well, at least there IS a way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I need to get back on task..... which is about thinking/worry.)

I don't have to try and be perfect. (Thank heavens.)

And I can focus on verses like:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

and the verses before that:
Philippians 4:6-7
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(I made those words bigger.)

I wasn't going to blog today - but I woke up wanting to.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yesterday...

... I had my own fall foliage tour! Some of the trees were gorgeous! I say 'some', because there were just a few. ... but they were absolutely gorgeous.
If I could take pictures while driving you'd see what I meant.

('Course some people would take pictures while they're driving..... like they text while they're driving..... Grrrr....... DON'T GET ME STARTED.)

Hummmmmm.

What else to tell you about?

Well, little Anna is home. Sam wants to go by and meet her today. Yay! (It's his -our- day off - yay!) (I've got the new spelling of 'yay' down now.)

Boy, does Sam need a day off. He has been so busy lately. What with his church work and his teaching he comes home really tired.

In closing I will tell you about yesterday.
I played in the tea room.
I played some patriotic songs - for Veterans Day - and a gentleman asked if I could play the theme songs for the different branches of the Armed Forces... like "Anchors Aweigh", "The Marines Hymn" ('From the halls of Montezuma....), and the song - don't know the title - that goes, 'Off we go into the wild blue yonder..' Also the Army song, "The Caisson Song" (which I totally didn't know... but he was sure I would if I heard it.).

Anyway, I can play some by ear... but I learned yesterday that I shouldn't try in public... with songs I just know 'the hook' to. 'The hook' means the part of the song with the title in it, usually. It's the memorable part of the song - and it's usually just a phrase - like "Anchors Aweigh -- something something".

I say all that to say that when in doubt DON'T (play what you don't know).
Fortunately it was only embarrassing for about 5 minutes.
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In closing here is a picture of Baby Anna the day she was born. She's with her mother, her grandmother, her great grandmother and her big sister....
Her big sister is really happy she's finally here!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Anna...

at one day old....Pure sweetness, huh?


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Here's a picture of Daddy-John (yesterday) telling the two older children that their new sister has arrived!...

Before that...in the waiting room...That's John's mom, Susan ('Mimi') playing with Andrew and Caroline, and my mother, Margaret ('Nana') talking with John's grandmother Alice ('Coco'), about their wonderful great grandchildren (of course).
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So it's been an exciting time:
Since June I've had a new son-in-law, a new daughter-in-law, and new little great (and awesome, wonderful, beautiful, precious, sweet) niece!
(Oh, and other stuff-- like my mom moving, and Sam and I going to my wonderful 40th high school reunion!)
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If you haven't taken my latest poll, please do. (upper right)

The previous poll was interesting. It was about comfort food.

My favorite comfort food is (and always will be) cheese enchiladas.

The number one comfort food for my poll-takers was 'stew and cornbread'.
I can understand that. Mmmm.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

TODAY....

Precious Anna Margaret was born!!...(I love that picture. Elizabeth put it on Facebook this afternoon. (I had to put it on my blog.))

Is this not a beautiful family?(I know, who looks that gorgeous after just giving birth?!)

Here's my mother with her new great-granddaughter...

And here I am with Anna...When I saw that picture I thought, "Anna looks like her Grandmother Peggy!!"
Seriously, that's exactly what I first thought.

(I love that thought.)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Starting with the yum....

I am currently using a background of a hamburger (because of my current - almost over - poll).

That makes me think of my favorite place to get a good, juicy, old-fashioned hamburger: KINCAID'S.

The one we go to is in Southlake, at the corner of 1709 and Kimball.
Oh my.
('Course then I can't forget my Lipitor.)

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On a COMPLETELY different note, today is my dear sister-in-law's birthday!

You know how you have people you admire in your life?
Wonderful people....
People that inspire you...
And whose advice you seek, and always trust?

Well, that's Pat, Sam's older sister.

Here she is with her little grandson, Finn...Happy Birthday, Pat.

Oh, let me show you a picture of all of her grandchildren....(from left, Lewis, Molly, Eloise, Charlotte, and Finn)
That picture was taken by Pat's daughter, Marian, who has a wonderful photography business in the Austin area.
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In other news, my cousin Carol completed the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Dallas this weekend. About 2800 people walked 60 miles in 3 days, and camped in pink tents. Congratulations, Carol!(Carol is the pretty one on the far left.)
(And Congratulations, Rita! (my college friend who also participated!))
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Finally, this beautiful family is getting ready to add another addition!...That's Elizabeth (my late twin's daughter) and her husband, John, daughter, Caroline, and son, Andrew.
Elizabeth is going into the hospital TONIGHT and will have Anna Margaret tomorrow!
Please pray for a safe delivery and a healthy Baby Anna!
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In closing, let me say that I got most of these pictures off of Facebook.

I'm thinking that is okay.

If it is NOT.... someone LET ME KNOW!!!!

(Oh, and notice I never put addresses or detailed info about folks.)

(Well, if I do, LET ME KNOW!!!! ..... (sometimes I do things without thinking.))