Sunday, July 31, 2011

Shark Attack!!

Yesterday I went to the most fun birthday party!
It was for Andrew's 3rd birthday.

His mom, Elizabeth, went all out.
And YES, SHE carved the shark!!

Here are some more pics....














(Notice Andrew has a shark shirt on!)

(P.S. Just in case you don't know who Andrew is, he's my (late) twin's precious grandson!)

There's a new poll up..... thanks for voting!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Interesting...

I've not been much into the Harry Potter craze, frankly.
I guess I need to read the books.

I must say, though, that last night I kind of got a little hooked.

In preparation for going to watch the last HP movie today (called HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2), Sam and I watched part one last night.

We decided to make it an evening... with pop and popcorn for supper... and we even turned out all the lights in the bedroom. And I made myself not open my laptop at all, not even once.
We also had the closed captions on so we could understand every single word.

And I found it delightful!

Afterwards when I was letting the dog out, and cleaning up the kitchen a bit, and just getting ready to go to sleep, I felt as if I was in my own world, my own culture.

I always notice my own culture better when I see others.

Like in that movie, just the decor of the scenes was different, and interesting.
Well, the 'feel' of it all was interesting.

It was like that when I came out of seeing one of the LORD OF THE RINGS movies.
We walked out into the parking lot... and all the rows of cars just kind of looked interesting to me.

We get so humdrum in our lives (at least, I do) that it's good for me to turn out the lights, get some popcorn, and go to another place and another time... and immerse myself there even if it's just for a couple of hours.
Then when I come back, I notice where I am... and how it's special, too.

So today we're going to go see that movie... and I will BE THERE.
Then I'll come home... and I will BE HERE.

Hmm. This very moment I'm noticing my little trinkets around here in the den. They all have their story and their culture.
I so often forget to notice them.
And appreciate them.


[I know... Sometimes my brain just gets outside of its box.]
[I love it when that happens.]

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Weather forecast: 106 degrees today!

In light of that, here's a cartoon Laurie sent me...


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Years ago when we lived in Brazil someone asked Don Johnson, a missionary in Belem, Para, Brazil which is right on the equator, if he ever got used to the heat.
He said, "No. I just get used to being hot."
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Here's a quote I like...
Patience with God is FAITH
Patience with self is HOPE
Patience with others is LOVE

- Adel Bestavros
(I got that from Julia Johnson on Facebook awhile back. Thanks, Julia!)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Last Thursday...

Last Thursday marked a year of Carla and me finding each other on Facebook... and renewing our friendship/sisterhood.

That's us after enjoying a delicious meal at Chuy's in Waco.

Kenzie joined us, but I forgot to have the waiter take our picture.

Ah, but I got one of her in her cute bedroom...





Kenzie is growing up.
She's giving away some of her dolls.

Her Strawberry Shortcake doll made its way to the car seat that I keep in my car for little folks....



(Strawberry thought that maybe a little girl in Southlake might enjoy being her friend now.)




That Kenzie, she's always thinking of others... and using her craft skills for them. Look at the 'stepping stone' she made for me!!!
I'm not using it as a stepping stone now because I want to see it everyday. I put it by the door where I see my bunnies.

Life is sweet.

Well, hot right now, but sweet.

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In closing, I have to share with you a great quote that my neighbor Connie put on Facebook...
"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance."   - Jane Austen

I thought that was great.

Thanks, Connie!

And thanks, Carla and Kenzie!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hot places...

I remember the summer of 1980. We were living in southwest Fort Worth, getting ready to move to Brazil. Sixty-nine days of over 100 degrees temperature were making us a little irritable.

Then we moved to Brazil. The first year we were near Sao Paulo, in language school. We got there in January, '81, wearing our winter clothes... and they were in the middle of (a gorgeous) summer.

The next January ('82) we moved north to our 'station', Teresina, Piaui (pronounced Pee A Wee).
The red is the state of Piaui.
At that time Piaui was the poorest state in the nation... and the hottest. At least that's what we were told... and certainly believed.
There were two seasons: wet and dry.

One night the temperature actually got to 70 degrees. That's when the missionaries got out the hot chocolate.
Otherwise, we'd have fans blowing on us all the time.
Little makeup was worn, and certainly no hose on our legs.
(That made it weird when we moved back to Texas.)

I'm saying all this to say that this hot summer right now (this very minute) is taking me back to Piaui, in my mind.

When I saw that TIME magazine had a list of the hottest places on earth, I just knew Piaui would be one of them.
Hmm. I think they need to redo their list. Click HERE for that list/article.
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Well, I have other things to tell you about and show you: like a trip to Waco to visit Carla and Kenzie, and some pictures of sweet little Anna being held by Will, Laura and Nana, but they will have to wait.
When I saw that TIME list of hot places, well, I just had to tell you about Piaui, Brazil.
(I'll write more later on Brazil. Talk about a WONDERFUL country!)

Keep cool!

And vote on my newest poll - thanks!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This blog post is making me hungry.

The Fort Worth newspaper, THE STAR TELEGRAM, is having a burger battle. I think it's in round 2 phase.


Click HERE for the article (and maybe you can vote).

I mainly wanted to blog about it because of the picture of the burgers in the boxing ring. I had never seen a picture like that before, and well, I liked it.

(That makes you want a hamburger, doesn't it?)



As many of you know, one of my most favorite things to do in the world is to eat out.

This morning Sam took me to WAFFLE HOUSE for breakfast.

I always feel as if I'm walking into a bit of Americana when I walk into WAFFLE HOUSE.






While there I took this picture...
Those people are just regular folks... oh, and they have a good view of the cooks cooking. (I think WAFFLE HOUSE cooks are amazing to watch.)
That man on the left sitting in the booth with the blue shirt on had a book with him entitled "I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST". (I may have to do a search for that book.)

Here's their menu from WH...
Clearly it's not a health food place.... but it's yummy.

Speaking of not-health-food-places, if you've been in Waco for any length of time you know about THE HEALTH CAMP...
I used to go there when I was in Baylor in the early '70's. It's still there and it still looks the same... and I don't think there is ANY health food in that health camp. Well, they may have bananas for their banana splits.


Speaking of eateries...
Last week on the way to board meeting we ate at a Mexican restaurant in Marietta, OK, called La Roca. It was delicious.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of these men....
They were having the best time, laughing, and eating... and even though they saw me and other women walk in, they kept their hats on. (That's the Oklahoma way.)

Now I have an assignment.... in a comment please tell me where you like to get a good, juicy hamburger. (It can be an anonymous comment.)

(This assignment is not required... unless you want to make me happy.)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday (night) Trivia

I wanted to blog... and had these bits of trivia (that I found on the ever-knowledgeable internet), so I thought I'd share them....

'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.

Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs -- it will let you go instantly.

Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.

In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.

It takes 17 muscles to smile --- 43 to frown.

On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000.

Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day.

Women's hearts beat faster than men's.


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Here's a quote I like...
"Jesus loves us as we are and not as we should be, since none of us is as we should be."
-Brennan Manning
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(I have a new poll up.)

Monday, July 18, 2011

For Monday ...

The top 10 signs the economy is bad...
10. CEOs are now playing miniature golf.
9. I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.
8. I went to buy a toaster oven and they gave me a bank.
7. Hot Wheels and Matchbox car companies are trading higher than GM.
6. McDonalds is now selling the Quarter-Ouncer.
5. People in Beverly Hills have fired their nannies and are learning their children's names.
4. The most highly-paid job is jury duty.
3. Motel Six stopped leaving the lights on.
2. The Mafia is laying off judges.
1. If the bank returns your check marked as insufficient funds, you have to call them and ask if they meant you or them.
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And there's this...

I always give 100% at work:
13% Monday
22% Tuesday
26% Wednesday
35% Thursday
4% Friday
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And here's a great quote (that's serious)...
"A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he certainly would not know how it works until he has accepted it."
- C.S. Lewis

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Some news...

Will and Bailey have a new home!....

It's a wonderful house... and it's close by - in Euless!!

And it has a backyard for this sweet pup, Olive...
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On a completely different note, we may have a future Olympic swimmer in our family...
That's little Caroline ... swimming laps!

Here's the big picture - the whole pool. ('Course all I saw was little Caroline.)


Little Andrew is taking lessons, too. He doesn't swim laps; he is in the pool with a swim coach holding him, etc.
Unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of that.... but here he is with his class, when his swim lesson is over...

When the lessons were completely over I got this precious picture...
(I smile big time when I look at that picture.)

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Well, it's definitely swim weather around here.... and it's not getting any cooler.
Yesterday afternoon I took this picture at a stoplight...
No wonder I've been 'glistening' a lot lately!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Silver Bells...

Often I'll get a request when I'm playing in the tea room.
The most common request I get is "Over the Rainbow".

This past Monday I got an interesting one:
A lady and her young daughter came in and asked if I would play "Silver Bells". The lady's mother had recently died and that was her favorite song.
I was glad to play it, but did feel funny when a few patrons looked my way with weird expressions on their faces.
Ah, but it did feel kind of cool (literally) to play it.

Maybe today I'll play "White Christmas". Then I'll feel REALLY 'cool'!

Along that note, I was stopped at a stoplight yesterday afternoon, and looked down at this:
Of course I had to get my camera out!

I thought, I'll post this on Facebook, and folks will be amazed.
Well, I get home, get on Facebook and my Facebook friend, Holly Christensen, who lives not too far away, posted this!
Whoa. So much for wanting to 'win' with my temperature.
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Different note: I have a new poll up. Please vote.

Cheese nachos won in my last poll - for what makes you smile the most.
I voted for new shoes, though cheese nachos was my close second.
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I better go get ready so I can play "White Christmas" in the tea room.

Maybe I should wear a Santa hat.

Nah.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Some people I love ...

... are these...


And here they are again...
(I first thought they were all happy in that picture.... then I looked closer.)

Ah, here's a happy Anna again...
 (Her mother made that dress.)

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This next picture shows you Anna's great-grandmother with her lunch buddies at Parkwood Retirement Community...
From left...Jean, Clara, "Nana Margaret" and Mary.
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These next pictures are small (but you can see them bigger if you read on)...
These are pictures of Ken and Pat (Sam's sister) and their kids and grandkids.
You can see them MUCH BIGGER AND BETTER by clicking HERE to go to Marian Adrian's photo blog.
Marian is Pat's second daughter... and has a photography business in Austin. She's been known, though, to leave Austin and go north or south or east or west to take pictures! Those pictures above, were taken in Florida, near her folks' beach house!! (Click HERE to go to Generations Beach House's page on Facebook.)
(And click HERE to go to Generations Beach House's website.)

Do it. Go there.

Then you'll for sure want to GO THERE!!!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Signs...











This next one isn't a church sign.. but I like it....

This next one Laurie sent me ... since we're all getting older...

This last one is small.... but WONDERFUL.