Monday, July 30, 2012

I was there!!

Two and a half weeks ago something magical happened in the Simpliciteas Tea Room at the LONESTAR ANTIQUES MALL.

Abby got engaged!!
(Abby is my dear friend, whom I've come to know and love
as we work and play in the tea room.)

(That picture on the right I stole from Facebook.)

But the other pictures I took myself!

Because I was there!!

When I got to the tea room
at about 11:15,
Abby's sister Alex
told me that at 12:30,
I might ought to quit playing,
because there was going to be a surprise for Abby.
Hmm, I thought...a surprise birthday party! Fun. (Her birthday was the next day.)

Right at 12:30 I heard drums beating... then a bagpipe playing... then some trumpeteers trumpeting, (I forget which order).  

Then they marched into the tea room....

And with them was a kind of mobile stage with a red curtain (you can see it in the above picture).

Then Abby's sister, Alex (who is standing at the register in that picture (behind that blonde lady) took out a large scroll and said in a loud voice, "Hear ye, hear ye!"  I forgot what else she said, but it was announcing a special guest.

Out from behind the red curtain came a young man in an outfit that maybe Romeo would have worn, back in Romeo and Juliet times.

He began walking around the room telling a story..... of how he had met a young maiden... etc., etc...  Every once in a while he would ask the audience (tea room customers) to applaud.  And we did, heartily ....
All while Abby was standing near the kitchen....
Notice the people standing to her right.  They were (are) mainly family members (hers and Chris') who had come for the surprise proposal!  (Then they had a party in the party area, where on the calendar it said 'party of 25'.)   (I think Abby thought it may have been some ladies church group or something.)

Anyway, here is Chris, telling about meeting the love of this life....
and then he got down on this knee, opened his hand with a ring box, and proposed!!
(I did not get a picture of that, rats.... but soon, the whole thing will be up on YouTube, and I will put the link up here then. )

Here is Abby with her fiance, Chris..... 

And here's her ring...

No one in the tea room will forget that day.
It was so exciting!
Some of us were crying... and we all had goosebumps... and anyone who had a cellphone camera was taking pictures.

Whew.  I'm reliving it as I blog about it.  It was so exciting.

'Course not as exciting as when Sam proposed to me: He had just preached a sermon (the first I'd heard him preach) in a little church in southeast Oklahoma, near Hugo, and we were on our way back to Fort Worth, where we both lived, on a Sunday night.  Back then he had a car where I could sit right next to him, with his arm around me.
Out of the blue (it seemed) he whispered in my ear, "Would you like to be my wife?"
My "YES" was so excited that we almost had a wreck!!!

(He told me he wanted to see how I reacted to his preaching before he proposed.)
(I must have reacted well.      BUT OF COURSE!!)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Breakfast with The Duke, and other randoms...

Look closely and you can see who is behind Sam...

That's John Wayne on his horse! 

Before church this morning we had breakfast where John Wayne likes to Bedford's OldWest Cafe...

It's at 121 and Harwood, on the northeast corner...
... and it IS one busy breakfast place... with reason.

Here's my order, called "The Cowpoke"...
It's one egg, sausage, and one pancake.
Yes, that is ONE PANCAKE.
Talk about YUM.

(Now I need to go workout.)
On a different note, Mother and I were out and about the other day and suddenly thought maybe our cars needed eyelashes!!

Here was our inspiration....
Pretty cute, huh?

On an even more different note, I had some excitement in the antique mall yesterday.   The day before (Friday) I had sold the last of the Ethan Allen chairs.
(Here is a picture of them in the booth, in June...
Well, they all were sold by Friday so I went early yesterday to rearrange things.

I put these ladderback chairs (I'd gotten from Audrey) out front...
I thought, I'll just take a picture of them.
I'm glad I did... because within 30 minutes they (all four) sold!!!

So after I played in the tea room I went back to the booth, and rearranged things again!

In closing, here's a picture of Cheryl Travis with her two grandsons, Judah and Levi.
They came to the tea room the other day... and well, they always come back to the piano.   When they came over this last time Levi sang "Jesus Loves Me" to my accompaniment.  It was so precious!!
[By the way, if you don't know Cheryl and the boys, you may know the boys' mothers, Whitney Travis Rushing (Judah's mom), and Jenny Travis Campbell (Levi's mom). (I say that because I know some of my blog readers know Whitney and Jenny. (Jenny, by the way, is going to give Levi a little sister in October, named Lucy!)]

My next post will be about an excitement in the tea room that happened 2 1/2 weeks ago.
Stay tuned!!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday night...

Friday night has been my absolute favorite time of the week since I was a little girl.

Just the idea that I didn't (don't) have to wake up at a certain time the next morning has always made it almost magical.

I can sleep late!!

Whether I do or not is beside the question.
I CAN sleep late!!

And often I would (do) eat cinnamon toast for breakfast on Saturday.
Just thinking about that on Friday nights was (is) fun.

Sam's mother used to make homemade hamburgers every Saturday (I think for lunch).
He has good memories of that. 

Weekends are great, aren't they?
Cinnamon toast, hamburgers, sleeping late, etc., etc.

And tomorrow our son and daughter-in-law are moving in with us (for a month)!

Here's a picture of them that I just love....
They're surrounded by 2 things Bailey Jo loves: Will, and books!

They're living here until they leave for Scotland for the year (to do graduate work). 
That sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Ah, but it reminds me when my hubby and 2 young kids moved in with my in-laws for 2 months, back in 1991.  
It turned out being a wonderful time.  

I pray that I'm as laid back as my mother-in-law was when we moved in.

We just enjoyed each other.
And relaxed together.

Bailey Jo may notice my pantry IS TRULY a mess, but well, sometimes SO AM I.

And that can be FUN!!


Bailey Jo, I'm excited!!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I love to eat...

... It's really amazing that I'm not so big that they (the people who would) would (wouldn't?) have to cut open my bedroom wall to get me out of my house.

I love to eat.

My mother will tell you.
My husband will tell you.
My friends and other family members will tell you.

I eagerly anticipate every. single. meal.

Right now two of my favorite places to eat are these:
1) El Paisa...

There's one on Harwood, just east of Martin, in Bedford... and one in Hurst on HWY 26, just north of Cheek-Sparger.   There's also one on HWY 26 near Mustang, but we haven't tried that one.
Anyway, it's serious Mexican food.

Oh, I don't rate it as high as the old (and amazingly wonderful) Palmetto Inn in McAllen, TX, or Joe T. Garcia's in Fort Worth.... but it's close.

2) The 77 GRILL in Davis, Oklahoma... 

Here are some pictures I took of it on July 17...
Look at those homemade rolls. They are the best homemade rolls I have ever eaten in my life. Ever.
(Well, except for my Aunt Helen Ruth's rolls.)

Here's a quote I like by the late Luciano Pavoratti...
 "One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating."

 Mmm. It's almost supper time.  :)

[What are YOUR favorite eating spots?]

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Treasure Tuesday...

For today I'm going to show you some more art from my Mother.
(I took the liberty of snapping these pictures without her knowing!) 


Which picture do you like best?  (I think I like the Blue Jay, with the nest of eggs.) 

Click HERE to go to the other post (June 5th) where I showed some of her other paintings.

If you haven't voted in my latest poll (upper right), please do!  Thanks!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

God IS good...

... evil IS evil.

There's something about tragedy and disaster, and certainly murderous massacre, that make us think about good and evil.

We, for sure, acknowledge it (them).
That makes me think of the God-particle, that was in the news recently. That was BIG news.

Here's an article about it, that I like.

The God-Particle says nothing, though, about the moral part of us, and the universe.

The 'moral part' is what convinced an atheist blogger to turn to faith. Here's one of the many articles/videos about that.

Finally I want to say thank you to 'Anonymous' who wrote a comment on my blog last night... as well as Deanna, with that wonderful link, and those (Myra and Kristin, and Ron and Sara) who commented and/or liked my post on Facebook about it.

I'll close with this verse...
"For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves."  - Colossians 1:13

Saturday, July 21, 2012

No upbeat post tonight....

I'm tired of seeing the face of that mass murderer everywhere - on TV, the internet, etc., etc.

Well, I've turned off the TV... and am not looking at news sites on the internet anymore.

I can't stand to see his face.
And they keep showing it.

He is in custody.
No one needs to see his face. Or hear his name.

He so doesn't need to become a 'celebrity'... which might encourage other evil and/or insane folks to seek recognition by emulating him.

So I'm not being perky tonight.

I'm mad that there is evil in this world...
And that no one in this world is safe from any horror.

That used to bother me so much that I found myself almost a closet atheist.
A good God, well I just couldn't see how that could be.

But I do now, but still struggle understanding.

I could preach a sermon, but it would be long, and well, here's a good verse....

John 16:33 "In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (I don't think 'take courage' means I have to be happy.)
Here's another verse,
"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can understand it?" Jeremiah 17:9
 I seriously think anyone of us is capable of committing terrible atrocities.
So it sounds kind of pat, and Pollyanna, to tell you we have a Savior in this evil world?
But I believe it.
But where was God in Aurora, Colorado?
I believe he was there ... in that theater... and he's here ... and he's wanting us to pray for the victims... and ... not try and understand what we can't understand.

And I believe he can handle our anger... at him.
(That he lets evil be.)

He's still my God, and my Savior... and what a relief that he is.
What a profound relief.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Great nieces and nephews ARE great!!!

Here's Anna with her mommy feeding her spinach, which she was loving! (well, eating with fun)...
She's a happy girl! 

 And here is her big sister reading to her Nana...
Yes, she reads! 

And here is brother with his two sisters....
I think that is one of the sweetest, dearest pictures I've ever seen in my whole life.

Ah, but there's this one....
That's Sawyer with his baby sister.
He's a good big brother, for sure.
When Sawyer was born I was there all the while... during labor and delivery (well, in the waiting room). With Delia, I haven't even met her yet. !!!! Is that because she's the second child? Good grief. I have my pink gifts to give her... I just need to DO IT!!!

Facebook has been gracious enough to show me pictures, like that one with Sawyer and these of just Delia...
She's over a week old and her Aunt Nancy needs to give her a hug!! 
(I will soon... I promise!)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wednesday Whimsy...

... from LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)....

If you'd like to tell me which picture you like best, well, I would love that!!

Trivia Tuesday

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