Monday, May 30, 2011

I'm glad I'm free....

I may have to go to the doctor. Rats. I don't like going to the doctor.

My throat still hurts, and well, I may need to get some medicine.

Well, at least I can.
At least medicine is plentiful here in the United States.

And at least the Germans, or the Japs, or the Viet Cong aren't shooting at me.

This Memorial Day weekend Sam and I have been having a war-movie marathon. I, actually, had never thoroughly watched (with interest) any war movie. Ah, but now I have!

We've watched LOTS of war movies!

They've affected me.

SERGEANT YORK with Gary Cooper was great!
THE STORY OF GI JOE with Burgess Meredith was amazing.
There were others that inspired (like THE GREEN BERETS with John Wayne and David Janssen, RUN SILENT RUN DEEP with Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, and A BRIDGE TOO FAR with lots and lots of stars (from Sean Connery to Anthony Hopkins to Gene Hackman to Robert Redford to Laurence Olivier to, well, more and more)).

Perhaps the most interesting, though, was BATTLEGROUND with Van Johnson. It was all about the Battle of the Bulge, and well, that was fascinating.






So I have had my lessons on wars in the 20th century. ... and they have made me so appreciative of our freedom. I don't EVER want to take that freedom for granted.
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On a different note, tomorrow Bailey's car window should be fixed.
Here's a picture of the hail damage from last week....
I had mentioned that it was major damage. Well, not MAJOR.... but still. For our Bailey Jo it was not incidental.

In light of those war movies, though, it seems, well, manageable.

After watching those war movies everything seems manageable.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Good Morning...

I’m outside with Shiloh.

We’re enjoying the morning.

Two birds are singing. A dog is barking in the distance.

Every once in a while I'll hear the wind in the trees.

Now I hear a plane overhead.

My coffee is getting a little luke-warm, but I like it so much out here I don’t think I’ll go in and heat it up yet.

Life is sweet.

Oh, I’ve been ‘under the weather’, but now I’m feeling better... and glad I took some ‘sick-days’ off.

I remember my Grandmother Ora saying something like, “You don’t appreciate feeling good until you’ve felt bad.” That was one day when we were going to go shopping. She had been sick, but felt better, which meant shopping!!

She and Granddaddy Earl lived in the hub of the Universe: Dallas - Oak Cliff. We’d go to BIG TOWN mall (the first mall in the area) or just down on Jefferson to shop the stores, and sometimes to Sears.

Sears was the first place I rode an escalator.
I can’t remember where I first rode an elevator.

I do remember my kids fighting (not literally) to see who could push the elevator number. Or the up or down button.

Life can be so sweet.

Oh, it can have horrors - like tornadoes.

But right now, I’m thinking about the sweetness of it.

And about living in America, land of the free.

On this Memorial Day weekend I want to remember those who gave their lives so that we could be free.

Daddy would always fly the American flag.

We have a small one.

I think we’ll get it out.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I'm a pony today....

... that means I'm a little hoarse. (I couldn't resist.)

Actually I'm more than a little hoarse. I'm extremely hoarse and can hardly talk.

Whoa. Imagine that? (I'll bet Sam is enjoying it, but he's too polite to tell me.)

And I have a major sore throat going on.... but I do have the energy to blog a little.

Beth surprised me in the tea room Tuesday! ... We ate, then she wrote a letter to her daughter Meredith and then she doodled - all to the 'piano stylings' of yours truly. ... Then she presented me with her doodle!!!
She called it 'Mellow Daisy' because I call my piano playing 'Mellow Piano' (that way no one expects lots of flourishes - and wowy stuff).

Here's Beth's Facebook profile picture (that I really like).

Beth is a writer, and a photographer, a chef, a doodler, a blogger, and a mother and wife, etc., etc... and one of my BFFs!
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Well, I have more to tell you... but not the energy.

I'll leave you with a picture of a major event last night...
That's Baby Anna sitting!!!
(Yes, I know...you can sit, too.... but I'll bet there was squealing going on when you did it the first time!!) (Well, actually this is not Anna's first time. It's just the first time I saw it.)
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In my next post I'll try to remember to show you a picture of Bailey's car that got major hail damage the other night. Ugh.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Here's a beautiful girl...

... And she's beautiful inside and out.

Her name is McKenzie, but she goes by Kenzie or Kenz.

This is her fourth grade graduation picture.

I know Kenzie well. She is the star softball player on her team... and a delight to all her teachers and friends. She loves life. And we all love her.
One of these days I'll get to meet her!

Our story (hers and mine) is one of the glories of Facebook. Her mom and I knew each other 35 years ago... and have gotten back together just this year!!
(I was a young school teacher and her mom was a junior high student in my junior high Sunday School department.)

Carla, Kenzie's mom, and I have taken back up where we left off... and it's wonderful. WONDERFUL. BEYOND WONDERFUL. (I'll blog more about that later.)

Soon, in June, we'll actually see each other face to face!!! Hugs will be had all around!! I can't wait!!
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On a different note, look who showed up in the tea room last Tuesday!...
That's Linh and Laura.

Speaking of Laura, she and her husband Ryan have a garden this year. They're growing good vegetables ... and some Swiss chard (what is swiss chard?, I know I've heard of it). Anyway, that is my segue into showing you a picture of Laura that I like....
(She's holding the chard.)

Click HERE to go to her blog.

Oh, not only did Linh and Laura come to the tea room but Will and Bailey surprised me by coming on Saturday!  I was too surprised to think about getting a picture.  Here's one, though, that I like.....
They're with my granddog, Olive, who has grown a lot since that picture was taken!!

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In closing I must tell you about yesterday when I went with Caroline (Carmack) to pick up Sawyer from his Sunday School room. We watched him through the window, and he was just sitting on the floor playing with not much expression on his darling face. After a little while Caroline tapped on the window and he looked up. The very minute that he saw her his face lit up, he smiled the biggest smile you've ever seen and he started laughing. He was SO HAPPY!!! I didn't have my camera ready, but that picture is in my memory for good. (Caroline told me that that's just how he greets her when she opens his bedroom door in the morning!)

I did manage to get some pictures of him walking....

Hmm. Looks like the girls are already after him.

Here he is with his dad, Rob.
Well, he's with his dad in those other pictures, too.







That's it for today, which is a sunny Monday here.
(Update: it's not sunny now!)

Last night it thundered quite a bit.
We were there for Shiloh, though!


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Friday, May 20, 2011

Doodle that!

Sometime ago I wrote on this blog about the benefits of doodling.
Click HERE to go to a great article about that.

Well, today TIME magazine's website has an article about the winner of the Google doodle contest. Turns out a second grader won!
Click HERE to go to that article.

I had written about Sylvia Macbeth's book PRAYING IN COLOR on using doodling in prayer.

Click HERE to go to a part of that author's website... which is wonderful, in my humble opinion.



Well, I've kept up the doodling.

I'll do it while watching the news.
Here's an example...

I'll also do it if I'm working on memorizing/meditating on a Bible verse...

Or when I'm praying...
(Thanks for letting me show you some of my private doodles.)
(That's pretty self-revealing, I now.)

I think the 'tactileness' of praying like that, or working on Scripture like that, or just talking to yourself like that... is great.

'Course I have more time than I used to... but I think anybody could benefit from doodling productively.
Or doodling nonproductively!

Oh, and did you know you can frame your doodles and decorate with them?
Here's a picture I found on that....
I think that's great.
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Have a great weekend!

And stay tuned for a blog post with a picture of Laura and Linh.... and a picture of darling Kenzie! (You'll want to meet Kenzie.)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I have a new favorite place...

A week ago Monday I took little Caroline to her dance class. I’ve done that on other occasions, but on this occasion while she was in her class I sat in a different area of the building. I sat in the very front room by myself.

Oh my. I was in the Zone.

Two reasons:
1) Beautiful soft classical music was being played on a piano. It was a ‘player-piano’ and so the music was just coming out of some speakers. It was absolute tranquility in my ears.

2) Beautiful furnishings were all around. I’ll show you....








I was in that room for about 50 minutes.
When’s Caroline’s class was close to being over her dance teacher asked all the mothers (and great aunts) to come in and see the girls getting ready for their recital. I walked serenely into the studio ... and took these pictures ...




When the class was over Caroline and I serenely went out to the car and I drove serenely home.

When we got to my house I was still serene. ‘Course it helped that little Caroline was serene, too.

Then we turned on the TV and watched “Little Bear”. That helped our serenity.

There’s always been something about children’s shows that put me in a relaxed state of mind.

When Will and Laura were little, one of my favorite shows was “Mr. Rogers”. He would look straight at me and tell me I was special. And he did it in such a tranquil sort of way.

Writing about this is, well, relaxing me.

I hope reading it is relaxing YOU.

Monday, May 16, 2011

"Leave a message."

It was a gorgeous day here in north Texas.
And a busy day for me.

My days used to be busier.
I used to have a list of things to do that was over two pages (notebook pages) long.

That was when the kids were living at home... and we were in the midst of doing everything at Bear Valley church, and also involved in other stuff (I think there was other stuff).
(Oh yeah, there WAS other stuff.)

Now my kids have grown - and I'm not being everybody's everything anymore.
Whew!!!

If YOU'RE in the throes of being 'everybody's everything', well, you need to STOP THE WORLD AND GET OFF... every now and then.

Since Saturday I've made my Facebook profile pic a one before Laura's wedding (somehow I can't post it here, rats).... because that's what we were doing last year... getting ready for the wedding.

Well, I'll post this picture...
(That's Allison - the beautiful maid of honor - putting on some eye makeup on the beautiful bride, Laura.)

What a difference a year makes.

Today I had stuff to do ... and a funeral to go to.... which made me think of the fragility of life (funerals always do that to me).

Life IS short.

Did you hear that Stephen Hawking came out today and said that heaven was a fairy tale?

That kind of 'news' used to bother me.

I'm getting older now.
Wiser.

I hope that 'news' didn't mess with your mind - and your faith.

Here's a verse I like....
Psalm 14:1a The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

Oh, and I like this verse....
2 Corinthians 4:18 
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.

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Back to not being 'everybody's everything', I hope you can turn off YOUR phone.
(Well, I don't turn mine off with certain loved ones.) (They have a special 'ring', that I try to always hear.)

But I do know that you CAN stop the world and get off sometimes (when appropriate).

And sometimes it is SO APPROPRIATE.

SO APPROPRIATE!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

LoneStar Lovelies....

(From LoneStar Antiques, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX - just northeast of Fort Worth.)  
(Click pictures to enlarge.)






















(One of those pictures is from my mom's and my booth!)

Friday, May 13, 2011

I need to order a T-shirt....

... that says, "I SURVIVED BLOGGER BEING DOWN!"

I had some blog posts ready... and no way to post them.

Now they're out of date.

What's a blogger to do?

Be patient, I guess, .... and detach.
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I did...

and, fortunately BLOGGER is now back on!!
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To celebrate, here are some Friday funnies...

When the waitress in a New York City restaurant brought him the soup du jour, the Englishman was a bit dismayed. "Good heavens," he said, "what is this?" "Why, it's bean soup," she replied. "I don't care what it has been," he sputtered. "What is it now?"
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"I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck. But my lawyer thinks he can get me five." –Steven Wright

"I saw a sign: "Rest Area 25 Miles". That's pretty big. Some people must be really tired."
Steven Wright
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And 2 dog cartoons....


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And finally, there's this...

Eleven people – ten men and one woman – were hanging onto a rope from a helicopter after a mountain climbing rescue. Before long, the rope began to fray because of their combined weight, so they all agreed that one person should get off – but they couldn't decide which one. Finally, the woman gave a really touching speech, saying how she would give up her life to save the others, because women were used to giving up things for their husbands and children, and giving in to men, and never receiving anything in return. When she finished speaking, all the men started clapping.
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Well, I thought those were funny.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday morning...

We go north across the Red River today.

When the kids were little Sam would always sing "OKLAHOMA!" when we'd cross into Oklahoma. Sometimes he still does. And if he doesn't I sometimes do.
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Different note: Rob preached last Sunday at church. He wasn't scheduled to, but he got the call early, early Saturday morning that Pastor Doug was super sick. That meant that Rob had to get with it... as there are 2 (two) services on Saturday evening (and four on Sunday morning).
As you would expect, he did GREAT.

Here's proof...

Before he preached we had children's dedication...


Then Sunday night we had our last life group meeting at Las Molcajetes in Fort Worth (which feels like Keller)...
It was so fun... and certainly YUM!!
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On a different note, I got to see Baby Anna yesterday and help celebrate her 6 month birthday!
At first she wouldn't smile...
... then her big sister helped her smile....
That, of course, had me smiling.

Oh, I'm STILL smiling!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Yesterday, Laura, Bailey, Elizabeth, Caroline, Anna and I met Mother at her place for a Mother's Day Weekend tea party!

Here is 'Nana' with her two great granddaughters...

When Sam saw this next picture he said, "There they are... our daughters!"...

Here Caroline has tried on the Avon lipstick that was part of her prize for having a heart under her plate...

Here Baby Anna is enjoying some watermelon...
(A lady made the comment that she must be a true Southern gal!)

Oh, Mother won the prize for having the most generations present!
Elizabeth won the prize for being the youngest mother there!
And Caroline won the Avon bag for having a heart under her plate!

It was so fun!

Well, I better get ready for church.... and then a fun Mother's Day lunch with the family!!!