Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter at the pub....

Tuesday night Sam and I went to church...
... at O'Sheas Pub and Grill in Hurst, TX.

Here's Charles Thorton giving the great message.
Charles is a fantastic communicator, and he was certainly in his element that night. Mm. 

The band played some good songs, two by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, at least one by MUSE, and -would you believe?- one by Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots are Made for Walking") and then a couple of Christian songs. (I got some of that info from Barris Ayres who sat with us... I'm clueless on MUSE tunes (though I'd heard their name), but I definitely knew the Nancy Sinatra song.

So you could tell the event was for all ages.

And it was a GREAT event.

And that O'Sheas has delicious food!!!

We got the potato skins, which were the best I'd ever had (but I haven't had a lot), and we saw some people get delicious-looking burgers, pizza and chicken fingers.
I want to go back, just for the food, if nothing else.

The service was put on by Fellowship of the Parks.  They usually do it once a month, but I don't know their upcoming schedule.

I so think it's where Jesus would go and have an Easter service, don't you?

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On a TOTALLY different note, my daughter and I went to Canton today! We had so much fun... eating yum, and finding some treasures.





Here's a picture of her finding one of those treasures....
She paid just one dollar for the plate she's holding.  She bought two more treasures in that booth, and each cost one dollar, also.  Wow, who knew they had a DOLLAR STORE?

Now we're each at our own homes, resting.
 I LOVE RESTING!!! (but only after not resting)
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If you haven't taken my latest poll, please do (upper right). I have a new source for the poll and it's a good source: it actually counts your vote on the first click! (so far, anyway)


I hope you've had a Good Friday.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Eggs and bunnies and crosses...



I like Easter eggs. 

The candy-sugary kind. 
The chocolate kind. 
The jelly bean kind. 
The marshmallow kind. 

I admit I like the sugar high.

And I like to dye Easter eggs, 
but not as much as I like to
eat the candy ones.


 





Oh, and the chocolate bunnies....
I really like those,
especially the milk chocolate ones, though I know the
dark chocolate ones
are better for me.







(Look at his eyes. It's like he knows he's being devoured.)

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So this is that time of year.

And I love it.


And I love it more for the meaning of it


It really is earth-shattering.



Christians all over the world are celebrating this Bible passage this week, and this Sunday...
The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name. 
Luke 24:46-47



I so want to say something profound here, to 'grip' my blog readers into the wonder of Easter, but there is nothing better than that above Bible passage.

And all of the New Testament is about that: Christ's resurrection from the dead... and what it means for us.

So Easter is MAJOR.  MAJOR.


I'll leave you with three wonderful quotes. PLEASE READ THEM.


All of heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, hell afraid of it, while men are the only ones to ignore its meaning. - Oswald Chambers

Jesus: The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead.  - Tim Keller


According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.   -Harvard Law Professor Dr. Simon Greenleaf




Happy Holy Week.









Sunday, March 24, 2013

"What does she call you?"

"Aunt Nancy," I reply.

That's usually the conversation when I meet folks who think I'm Caroline's grandmother.

They think I'll say something like 'Nana', or 'Grammy', or 'Mimi', or 'Grandma' (something like that).

So then, if time allows, I'll explain why I'm doing the grandmother duties.

Like I did FRIDAY!!!!

I got to go to Caroline's school's GRANDPARENTS' DAY festivities!!

It was GREAT!!!


I was so proud!!



And Caroline's 'Mimi' (Susan - John's mother) was there, too.....



Here's Susan (Mimi) walking into the elementary school building, being greeted by some cheerleaders....
Isn't Susan beautiful?  (And it's inside and out beauty.)

Before we went to Caroline's classroom we got to have breakfast and then attend a wonderful program put on by the first and second graders, and then a high school group.



Here is the first and second grader program....

You can't see it very well, but it was wonderful.

What was particularly great were the decorations, both in the auditorium, and in the library, where we had the delicious breakfast (and where I forgot to get my camera out) and in the elementary school.

ALL of the decorations were designed and put up by little Caroline's mother, Elizabeth, 
and another mother. 

My intention was to take a bunch of pictures to show you, of those decorations.

I guess I just got so excited about seeing Caroline and her little program
that I forgot to get my camera out. 
Take it from me, though, those decorations were FABULOUS!!!


Fortunately I did get 2 pics of Caroline's little program....



Caroline's Mimi and Aunt Nancy were so proud.

And I was so honored to be one of her 'grandparents' that day.
But oh, I ached that my twin, Peggy, couldn't be there.
(If you're a new blogreader and don't know why, I'll explain later.)

Ah, but though I ached some, it WAS a GLORIOUS GRANDPARENTS' DAY!!

(Though Susan does NOT look old enough to be a grandparent!)



Friday, March 22, 2013

My Favorite Things

These are a few of my favorite things . . .

That is the outside and inside of a salted caramel cake pop from Starbucks.  


Here is a poster of Will's . . . 
 Did you read it?
I think it's great.


Here are some shrimp nachos from Red Lobster . . .
YUM.



If you don't like to polish your nails but you want them shiny, this is a great product . . .
It's better than those rectangular-shaped things, I think. 


And now for some of my favorite people. . 
That's Sam and Shiloh (who doesn't know he's getting ready to get some shots, poor thing). 


And finally . . . here's a real sleeping beauty. . .
That's little Anna, with her baby dolls.

I could look at that picture all day.


I'm feeling relaxed now, are you?
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(P.S. Polls have closed because of more glitches in the system.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

This is not a video...


. . . It's just a picture I took of the television in our bedroom.

That's James Lankford, U.S. Congressman from Oklahoma,
when he was on The Mike Huckabee Show last Saturday night.

Now look who he was with in February....
That was at a Baylor fundraising event in Oklahoma City.

(It was in the top (50th floor) of the Devon Tower, 
the newest and tallest (by far) building in Oklahoma City.)

So this is my version of name-dropping.

(Lankford and his pretty (and sweet) wife probably don't remember us, but I'm glad I got a picture of us together.)


You can click HERE for Wikipedia's info about Lankford, if you'd like.

(Before being being elected to Congress Lankford was the program director for FALLS CREEK in Oklahoma, which is the largest Christian camp in the U.S.  
(You can click HERE for FALLS CREEK's website.))


Anyway,  there's THAT bit of name-dropping.


Here's another:
Did you know that the current Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party (of all of Texas!) is a Mission High School Class of 1970 classmate of mine?

Why yes!

He's Gilberto Hinojosa . . .  
 I remember him as being very smart and capable in all things, 
so no one was surprised he'd rise to such heights.
(I don't think he'll be on Huckabee, though, anytime soon.)
(But that's okay!)

Click HERE for the Wikipedia info on him.
Well, and Google him, and you'll see him everywhere. 

So this is a proud post today. 


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Ah, but on a disappointing note: the polls I usually have in the upper-right-hand-side of this blog have bit the dust.  Not only was I having trouble with getting the votes registered, I've also been having trouble putting up the polls.  
So "Sayonara, polls."   (I bet you've never seen that sentence before.)

Ah, but I'll keep blogging along... and may find another way of finding how different all my blog readers are, because YOU REALLY ARE (DIFFERENT)!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Trivia Tuesday

The grapefruit was not named for how it tastes, but for the way it grows -- in bunches (like grapes).


(I grew up with two grapefruit trees in our backyard.)






The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continually held sports event in the United States; the second oldest is the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (though I wouldn’t have called that a ‘sports event’).





The Pony Express didn't use ponies, they used horses.




The part of Monk was originally written for Michael Richards.










My mother was born in Wisconsin.
 Her granddaughter, Elizabeth, was born in Houston.



Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal. 







There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum).


The shoestring was invented in England in 1790. Prior to this time all shoes were fastened with buckles.


A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.


And finally, Tuesday is considered a lucky day in Wales, but unlucky in Greece and Spain.



So now you know!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

"YOU'RE NOT GETTING OLDER...

... YOU'RE GETTING BETTER."
That was on (in) a commercial years ago (I think for hair color - to wash away the gray). 
I really like it, especially now that I'm getting older.

Last night (at Elizabeth's house) we celebrated John Huffman's (her husband's) 30th birthday, AND his brother-in-law, Dustin George's 30th birthday.

It was a great time.  Mm.

Later in the evening John asked me which decade of my life I've liked the most so far (something like that).
Without hesitation I said, "My fifties."    'Course now I'm in my sixties (barely), but I can't see how they'll be as good as my fifties (since my hands are getting gnarlier, and I'm having to use more anti-age cream (which I will blog about someday).  But inside my head they might be better.

Anyway, I believe the older we get the more we know ourselves and, in my case anyway, the more we like ourselves.... and accept ourselves.

So John is 30 now.... and he's only getting better (and he's absolutely fantastic already!).
So whoa...
I predict he'll be our President someday.  (I'm really serious.)

Here are some pictures of the party last night.


Look closely at the above picture. Notice the young man seated on the right in the brown shirt just below Elizabeth and Sam.   That's Joel, John's little brother.

He just got back from serving our country in the armed forces for four years, mainly in the Middle East.   He was definitely in harm's way.   You can imagine how excited everyone is that he's home now.

He's staying a while with John, Elizabeth and family.   When he arrived a few weeks ago they had this wonderful greeting for him....

Isn't that great?!

I repeat, WELCOME HOME, JOEL!!! 
And THANK YOU for all you've done on our behalf!

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN AND DUSTIN!!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Whimsy...

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




And here's one of my favorite things at LoneStar....
.... the blackboard in front of Simpliciteas Tea Room. 
It always promises deliciousness.