Thursday, March 31, 2011

Surgery went well!!

Surgery took longer than they thought because the sinus problem was worse than they thought... but now it will be GOOD!!!   I was going to say 'GREAT' but I'm not sure yet. "Good" is good enough for now!!!

In the waiting room...

I'm sitting in the waiting room at Harris Methodist Hospital in Bedford.
Sam's having sinus surgery.
No biggie - it's routine out-patient surgery.
But STILL.
He's my Sam.

He didn't want me blogging or facebooking about it until he was in it... which he is now.

And he doesn't want any company... and few phone calls.
(We are private people - even though I have a blog.)

Well, I'm anxious to talk to the surgeon. Every doctor that has seen his catscan and/or MRI has said that he had a super big need for surgery. Hopefully he'll have relief now.
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On a lighter note, as soon as he feels up to it we're going to Grapevine Mills (outlet mall) where they have a new Lego Land Discovery Center. It's only the second one in the country.

We're all about Legos. I've stepped on many with my bare feet back when the kids were little.

AND we went to the Lego shop in Orlando years ago.
Here are Laura and I sitting with Lego-Man himself...
I think he has his arm around me!
(Oh, notice the hole in his 'sock'!)
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Well, I'll close. (I'll update you on Sam soon.)
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[There are 14 people here in this outpatient surgery waiting room.
I think I'm the only one blogging.]

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sweetness...

Yesterday I got to see precious Anna.

She's 4 1/2 months old now.


She was sleeping on my shoulder in my "About Me" picture (on the right sidebar), but she was wide awake and darling yesterday.

Well, she's darling asleep, too.

I don't know if a baby can get much sweeter.



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On a totally different note, I had the privilege last night of playing background music for a special dinner benefiting Camp El Tesoro de la Vida, a children's grief camp. The dinner was at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth. There was a silent auction as well as a wonderful meal, and program... with all proceeds going to the camp...
... which is fantastic.
Click HERE to go to their website. There's a video that is GREAT... which was featured on Fox 4 News.
The director of the camp is Denis Cranford. He is Vice President and Performance Manager for JPMorgan/Chase, has been a volunteer at the camp since 1992, and its director since 1996. He's also a dealer at LONE STAR ANTIQUES!
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I hope you have a great day.
(And I hope you take the time to watch that video on that children's grief camp website. It's really good.)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prince William...

... is getting married soon.


For his groom's cake he's decided to have a 'cookie cake'.  Click HERE to read about it.

I'm suspecting that Rich Tea Biscuits are going to become quite popular now. I wonder if WORLD MARKET might have some? Mmm.

At our weddings (well, Laura's and then Will's last year) they did some different things. Laura had cupcakes for her wedding cake and Ryan had cheesecake for the groom's cake. Will and Bailey just had one cake - and it was a delicious spice cake - which I thought was great for autumn- and it had two little squirrels on top.

How fun is all that?
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On a different note, trying to not spend so much time on my blog is like trying to diet. The more I think about not eating so much, the more I want to eat.

(I'm trying to explain my obsession with my blog name.)

Well, I've narrowed my choices down for a blog name and will let my blog readers have a 'say' in my newest poll... though the decision will be mine.

As in every naming process it's fun to brainstorm, don't you think?

Some choices (of the many) that I have ruled out are:
"News and Notes from Nancy's Nest"

"Chips and Salsa"

"Nancy's Noodles"

"Thrillin' and Chillin'"

"Bloggin' Along"

"Sugar and Spice with Nancy Nice"

[I didn't seriously consider at least one of those.]

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On a totally different note, Rob (Carmack) did a fantastic job preaching this morning.
You can hear his message if you click HERE (which is Fellowship of the Parks' website) and go down to "For Everyone" and click 'Media'... and you can listen to the message. (Rob's is at the Keller campus.)

Speaking of the church, our pastor, Doug Walker, ran in a half marathon today in Dallas. He must have done well. He got a medal!
Here he is with his 3 sons...
That picture was supposed to be bigger.
(I guess getting pictures off of Facebook isn't what it used to be.)
(So much for stealing.)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Sillies....

Guy goes to a lawyer and asks: "How much do you charge for legal advice?"
"A thousand dollars for three questions," says the lawyer.
"Wow! Isn't that kind of expensive?" asks the man.
"Yes, it is. What's your third question?"
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Here are 3 Bumper Stickers:
Lawyers Have Feelings Too! (allegedly) 


Without geometry, life is pointless

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
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Here's a cartoon I like...

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And finally, there's this:
A first-grade teacher is giving a science quiz to her students about magnets.
"My name begins with the letter 'M'," she says, "and I pick up things. What am I?"
Little Johnny raises his hand and blurts out the answer.
"You're a mother."
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(P.S. I'm trying out another blog name.)
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(This blog post may have 2 things that young people may not know about .... the Nancy comic strip... and making ice before ice machines. (Geez, I think I'm getting older.))

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New favorite....

I have a new favorite movie, NATIONAL VELVET...

Sam and I watched it (since it's been in the news, what with Elizabeth Taylor's death) ... and I must say: I LOVED it.

Oh, and the mother of Velvet Brown - Mrs. Brown - is now one of my favorite characters in ANY movie.
Seriously.

She is so wise. So very wise.
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Speaking of being wise, I think I'm getting there.

I've realized that I need to stop the madness ... and not be online every moment of every free moment.

I've removed the 'bookmarks' to CNN.com, Time.com, Newsweek.com, USAToday.com, Foxnews.
Yes, I've been a news junkee.

Enough, I say!!!
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(Notice the new poll.)
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(I have a new blog name I'm trying out tonight.)
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In closing, here's (another) quote I like....
“I am as old, not as my arteries, but as my attitudes.”
- E. Stanley Jones
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Have a great weekend! (Tomorrow's Friday!)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Heads Up...

I'm going to give you 'a heads up'.

['A heads up' is an interesting expression, don't you think?]

Well, that's what I'm going to give you....

Here's my 'heads up': I'm thinking about changing my blog name.

"Minding My Own Business" is really not true.
I mind everybody ELSE'S business.

So for this moment I'm trying out 'Coffee Break' as my blog name. I'll try out other titles and maybe even have a poll to find out which one you like the best.
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Speaking of interesting expressions (as we were doing), have you noticed that 'No problem' is EVERYWHERE?

Sam and I were eating out the other day and the young waitress brought us our food. We said, 'Thank You', and she said 'No problem'.

I almost yelled at her, 'Of course it's no problem! I'm the paying customer!'

(Well, I've wanted to say that many times lately.)

[I think we need to teach our young people how to say "You're welcome", don't you?!?!]
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Another expression is 'at the end of the day'.

That expression is everywhere.

And all I want to say is, 'at the end of the day is night time!'

[I'm used to saying (and hearing), 'When all is said and done.']
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So speech changes.

When we were in Brazil back in the early 80's Sam's brother and his family (Rob was 2 1/2) came to see us.
Somehow we got to talking about back in the States and what was 'in'.
I remember Steve saying, "An expression that's used all the time nowadays when you're disgusted is 'gag with me with a spoon.'"

Well, Sam and I were all ready to say that when we came back to the States and when we got home (2 years later) no one was saying 'gag me with a spoon'!!!

[Well, now I'm blogging about it, at least.]
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Clearly there's not much to blog about tonight.
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Oh, I DID get a good health report today!

So here's my 'heads up': at the end of the day, no problem!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Okay ...

... I'm back ... so I can show you some pictures of my new granddog!!!

She's Will and Bailey's new puppy.
Her name is Olive.

She's one month old.

They got her at an animal shelter.

And she is DARLING!!!!

(You'll have to ask them what kind of dog she is.)


She seems to get a long fine with her cat-sisters, Pretzel and Tambourine... and as long as Tambourine keeps from hissing at her.

(Pretzel's the one on the couch, Tambourine is the one getting ready to hiss at Olive.)
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There's a new poll.
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And yes, I HAVE spent less time on the computer these last few hours!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Break Time

I’m thinking about taking a blog break and Facebook break for a few - maybe several - days.

I’ve been busy-busy doin’ stuff and well, there are some books I need (want) to read and well, blogging and checking FB can consume my time... which means those books aren’t getting read.

I’m also needing to get some exercise, but all I want to do with my free time is sit in front of this computer.

So....
I’m getting decisive!

And though I don’t actually think I need (want) an hour a day for exercise ... this cartoon DOES speak to me...

So I will see you later.

(It could be sooner rather than later... depending on the withdrawal symptoms.)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Fun...

I'm thinking we need some light-heartedness today...
A woman has twins, and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in India
and is named "Amal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his mom. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Amal. Her husband responds, "But they are twins-if you've seen Juan, you've seen Amal."
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I have a new poll up. I know it's going to be really hard for some of you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday....

Well, almost 'Wordless'.
I need to say this: as you may (or may not) know, my mother and I have a booth at Lone Star Antiques (5606 Denton Highway, Haltom city, TX).
For today I thought I'd share some pictures of some of our 'goods'. (Sorry, but you can't order any of them online.) ...


















When you come shop there plan on eating in the tea room. The food is great and I might get to serenade you with piano stylings while you eat. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We all have our own tsunamis....

That situation in Japan is horrific. The earthquake which led to the tsunami which has led to the nuclear horror is too horrible to contemplate. I just noticed the ‘horror’ word I used 3 times.

Hmm.

In every life, though, there is horror. It’s different in every life, and some haven’t experienced it yet, but they will.

It could be a death, a divorce, a job loss, a prison sentence, a dream unfulfilled; or abuse we experienced or someone we loved experienced, or a shame and guilt thing that just keeps living on and on; or a regret that we can’t forgive ourselves for, or a huge argument with someone, or whatever.

I remember the morning after I heard my twin had stage four breast cancer. The TV was on with that Folger’s commercial about ‘the best part of waking up is Folger’s in your cup’. How trivial, I thought. How can my day just go on with Folger’s in my cup? (I never hear that commercial without thinking of that morning.)

Then there was the time I had found out someone whom I respected mightily was living a totally immoral life. I distinctly remember walking around in an H.E.B. store in McAllen on North Tenth, in a complete daze. Totally disillusioned. And people were laughing and talking to each other, and I was just barely putting one foot in front of the other. How could everything be normal? It wasn’t normal!

That last instance may not translate to you as a tsunami, but it did to me.

The point is: what may be a tsunami to you may not be one to me.

But we all have them.

And I’ve had more than just those two... but nothing like other folks have had.

Life is hard.

It can be so terrible.

But there ARE birds singing this morning.
And the sun DID come up.

And God DOES give us grace for the moment.

And every moment doesn’t have to be perky to be good.

One of my most favorite Bible Passages so fits here ....
Psalm 46:1-7
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.


Later in this chapter it tells us (verse 10) to "Be Still and know that I am God."
What a comfort that is.

And even though we may not know exactly how to, let's pray for Japan.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Here's a thought...

Well, it's a LONG thought. Well, not TOO long. Actually JUST RIGHT. If it were any shorter it would not say all it needs to say.  And if it were any longer I wouldn't post it. 

I copied it from Jennifer Howes' blog last week (Thanks, Jennifer)....

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
- Charles Swindoll

I really like that.

And I think it's good for a Monday!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I wasn't too crazy....

... about losing that hour of sleep last night.

I do like Daylight Savings time, however.

I feel for parents of young children... and owners of needy pets, though.
The time change can be challenging for them.

Thank goodness Shiloh isn't 'needy'. His bed is by our bed and he doesn't get up until I get up... whenever that is.
(He's been a good boy all the way around lately.)
(That's him on the right - with my feet in my favorite Clarks' sandals.)


In other news, our son-in-law Ryan went back to work last week... 2 months after breaking his leg in nine places when a snowboarder plowed into him. From what I hear he had a good transition back. (He's a Registered Nurse, working at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.)(We're so proud of him.)

In other news, we went to a beautiful wedding in Waco last night.
It was Sam's cousin Dawna's daughter Katie's wedding.

At the reception we ate with Ken and Pat (Sam's sister). Standing is Pat and Sam's cousin Marsha, aunt of the bride.....
The food was delicious. It was from GEORGE'S and it was fajitas! That's my kind of reception food!

Speaking of food, I've found a yummy frozen entree for two that is DELISH! Well, it would have to be if it was (is) from P.F. Chang's.
I just added rice... and it was a meal.
(Oh, it's not the cheapest thing in the frozen food section.)

Well, that's it for today.

I guess putting a gorgeous wedding in the middle of all that (the dog and the frozen food) is not the most appropriate thing.

I'm going to hit 'publish' anyway.

(I'm trying to get away from perfectionism.)

Friday, March 11, 2011

For today...

I was going to write some fluff today ... or tell jokes for Friday Fun... but then I saw the news: an 8.9 earthquake hit Japan, causing a tsunami there and that threatens Pacific nations and Hawaii, and even California.

I'm kind of speechless.

There's been so much awfulness in the world ... and then this.

Hmm.

What with evil abounding ... and then natural disasters happening it's not surprising that folks get angry at God. Or question or deny His existence. Certainly it does seem strange that there are those of us who believe in a loving God.

But I do.

And I know he didn't just promise us a rose garden.

Life is fragile, so fragile.

So now we need to do what we can to help the victims of the world.

And do as dear April Alvarado just posted on Facebook, 'Praying for Japan'.

April, by the way, is on a mission, in the true sense of the word. She's doing a World Race - 11 countries in 11 months. Well, to find out more about it click HERE

Here's her Facebook profile pic....
She's an inspiration for sure.
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(I put a new random poll up.)

Port Isabel won in my last poll....for 'what name of these Texas towns do you like the most'?  It beat out Alice, Melissa, and Donna.   (I voted for Isabel.)

Baskin Robbins won in the taste-tester poll - over Nabisco, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Oscar Mayer.  (I voted for the ice cream.)

'Campfire' won in my poll on what word makes you smile the most.  The others were 'relax', 'play' and 'buffet'.    I voted for 'relax'... but I almost changed it to 'buffet'.

 I don't think I'm going to comment on each poll from now on, okay?   I'll just put the poll up - and let it speak for itself.   Sometimes the polls surprise me - like I wouldn't have thought 'campfire' would win.)
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So I did put some fluff on here.

Oh, and I can never be 'speechless'.
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I better quit.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Prize Pupil

Monday I got to take little Caroline to her dance class.

Before we went we watched some DORA THE EXPLORER on the TV and then she wanted to put some little crowns - or tiaras - in her hair. She already had pretty pink bows on so we put the tiaras on top of the bows. (If you look closely you'll see them.)
You'll also see an eye. Doesn't that look like an eye on her little side pony tail on the right? I guess I ought to send that in to THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL.
(Seriously, doesn't it look like that ottoman is a big animal?)
(Woo. Or Ooo.)

On the way to her dance class Caroline (with no prompting) said, "Do you want to know what I want to be when I grow up?"
I said, "No, what do want to be?"
"I want to be a princess ballerina, a pony rider, and a mommy!"

How darling is that?

At the dance studio all the mothers (and great aunts) could watch the class on a monitor out in the waiting room....
That's Caroline on the left doing an Arabesque.
She is the prize pupil, of course.
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That's all for now.

I'm in Oklahoma for board meetings.

I think I've gone a whole day without thinking about Charlie Sheen.
That's what no television will do for me.
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In closing here's a quote I like (that I've copied and pasted many times)...

The soul is healed by being with children.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tuesday Tuneup

Sometimes I need a tuneup. 
...Like when I take my car in for a tuneup I stop the engine...give the keys to the mechanic, and go in to the little waiting area and .... wait.   Relax. 

Sometimes I need to do that.

And I need to remember....
"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer." - Leonardo Da Vinci

“Solitude is the soul’s holiday, an opportunity to stop doing for others and to surprise and delight ourselves instead.” —  Katrina Kenison

And seek God:
"There is a restlessness that will not find its rest until it finds its rest in God." St. Augustine

And I need to remember this quote: “Not every request requires a ‘yes’.”

[Just writing that feels good.]

Oh, and here’s what I read in E. Stanley Jones’ CHRISTIAN MATURITY yesterday: (I thought it was GREAT.)
To see whether our love is mature love, put “I” in the place of “love” in a portion of Paul’s description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:  4 I am patient, I am kind. I do not envy, I do not boast, I am not proud. 5 I do not dishonor others, am not self-seeking, am not easily angered, I keep no record of wrongs. 6 I do not delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. 7 I always protect, always trust, always hope, always persevere.

Have a great day.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Missions

No, I didn't say 'Mission' as in Mission, Texas.
[Ah, but it IS wonderful to have grown up in a town called 'Mission, Texas'.]

I said 'Missions' with an 's'.

My mom has always been interested in missions... learning about missions all over the world, and mission trips, giving to missions, even supporting her daughter (me) as she (I) spent 2 1/2 years on the mission 'field' in Brazil. (Yes. Imagine that.) (I need to blog about that someday.)

Where she (and I) learned most about missions was in the WMU, that is, the Women's Missionary Union in the Baptist church. (My main education was in the First Baptist Church of MISSION, TX.)

This past Monday she and I went to Canton (TX) to attend a Women On Mission (the adult part of the WMU) meeting which was a reunion, of sorts. Ladies who had moved away came back and had a fun time together with their old friends. (Mother had been in the Canton First Baptist Church WMU for 27 years... leaving there to move here 6 1/2 years ago.)

Here are some pictures of our time with the Canton Women on Mission ...

That's Alexa Landrum, telling about her two years as a missionary in Vladivostok, Russia....
(Caroline and Jenny,  you may remember her from Dallas Baptist University - she was there when you were - and remembers you, a little.)

After the program we ate some home-cookin' together...


Here's Mother with Shirley and Mary...  


And here Shirley and Mother are talking to Orville...
Orville Scott is well known among Texas Baptists, as he was a writer for TEXAS BAPTIST COMMUNICATIONS.  One delightful thing about him is that he is a poet! He writes inspirational poems all the time. 

Here Alexa is visiting with Mother's good friends, Clint, Louise and Dwayne...
(For the meal, husbands joined us.)


You may have noticed earlier the big quilt on the wall  
...(sorry for those white lines - they're the reflection of the fluorescent lights)....
 


It was made by the Canton W.M.U.....

Here are some more closeups of it....





That last picture (above) is of Lottie Moon.  She is very famous among Baptists... and every Christmas there is a big mission offering in her name.   Click HERE to read about her on Wikipedia. She is quite an inspiration.

Mother and I really enjoyed that meeting. I've gotten to be friends with those folks, too, through the years, so it was like old home week.

Speaking of missions makes me think of when Bear Valley church had a Vacation Bible School one summer not long ago and I was asked to teach about missions.  I started out by asking the fifth grade class, "Can somebody tell me what a missionary is?"   There was silence.   Then one of the kids said, "It's a man who goes to another country and gets paid to fight in a war?"    I said, "That is a very intelligent answer, but I'm thinking you're meaning a mercenary."    "Oh yeah," he said.

Needless to say I went away from that meeting thinking, "We need to educate people about missions!! Yes!!"

YES, I say again!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Fun...

3 Real advertisements:

For sale—an antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.

Dog for sale: eats anything and is fond of children.

Now is your chance to have your ears pierced and get an extra pair to take home, too
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Which one is faster, hot or cold?
Hot, because you can catch a cold.
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Where can you weigh a pie?
Somewhere over the rainbow weigh a pie.
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Why isn't your nose twelve inches long?
Because then it would be a foot!
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Have a great weekend!

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(A new poll is up!)