I went out by the pool this morning to have my quiet time. (Lately I've been reading Sarah Young's JESUS CALLING, and have been enjoying its simplicity, yet directness, in reminding me to focus on God. After I read the little devotion and look up the Scripture verses listed, I try to remember to be thankful for blessings.. and then I pray for folks (maybe you).) (That's my formula for now.)
I took that picture looking up into the sky this morning.
That little white dot is the moon.
While taking that picture, I could hear birds singing, and dogs barking in the distance, and the neighbors' water sprinkler coming on.
It was a serene time.
And I'm still having it (the serene part).
First I was sad to think about how folks hurry and scurry and miss moments like that.
Then I decided to be glad that I wasn't missing it.
The tea room was crazy busy today. There were lots customers, plus a party of 28 in the party area. What was super crazy, though, was the number of out-of-control kids there.
First there was a toddler girl who just kept screaming, and then she started running around, and then punching the keys of an antique organ and her mother and her mother’s friends sat there talking. It was incredible. They were there for like an hour and a half.
As soon as they left there was a group of eight that came in and sat at their reserved table, which was right in front of the piano. Five of those eight were little ones, with two of them being toddlers - and those toddlers yelled and cried loudly like I couldn’t believe, and their mothers just sat there talking to each other. I usually play till one thirty. I left 30 minutes early - and went and worked in Mother's and my booth.
While I was working in the outer front part of the booth, a little (different) toddler started running around in it. "Whoa," I said, "You need to stop!" Fortunately her father noticed and ran after her before any damage was done. (I have lots of breakable stuff in my booth.) Is this crazy kid Friday? Or bad parent Friday? I happened to talk to 2 sets of customers as I was leaving the building and they all were talking about how crazy the kids were today... and how their mothers were letting them be crazy. Talk about crazy.
I seriously thought about giving some money to that party of eight and telling them where the nearest McDonald's was.
Thanks for letting me vent.
Here's a question: What should you do when out-of-control children are making your time miserable?
Oh, and I just put up a new poll (upper right). Thanks for voting!!
Here are Elizabeth's pictures on Facebook yesterday morning....
The caption: "Fun morning on the way to Aunt Nancy's!"
Soon after they got to the house Andrew asked for his Lunchable....
He loves his lunchable... and since he likes one after breakfast we call it 'brunchable', or sometimes 'breakfastable', depending on how early he eats it.
Little Anna can really make a tall tower now....
Later in the day we went to see 'Nana'...
While there Caroline made her own challenging puzzle...
... which I tried to put back together, and almost finished it. It was a good and hard one!
On a different note, I found the music to an old song that I used to love and played it Tuesday - and will today - in the tea room (at LoneStar Antiques, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)...
"Love is Blue" was number 1 for five weeks in 1968 (when I was a sophomore in high school).
By the way, some of those scenes in that music video are from Rome - like the Fontana de Treve. You might want to give that video a watch, if you haven't yet. (Well, don't give it like a Timex - ha. (I've been into puns lately if you haven't noticed. Mondays are pundays for me, now. Click HERE and HERE for the 2 pundays I've put up so far.) (Nothing like promoting my blog from my blog, I say.)
That's Will and Bailey in Dublin, as in Ireland. :)
2. This picture...
That's Ryan and Laura in Dallas, as in Texas. :)
3. This picture...
That's my Russian stuff on the piano, from Russia, as in RUSSIA! :)
4. This picture....
This is part of Pam's wall in her booth at LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX). I can see this when I'm playing in the tea room and I like it - the birds and the wall pedestal.
5. This picture....
That's Lydia's booth at LoneStar Antiques. It is always classy.... and I can see it when I leave the tea room. Lydia and her grandson fixed it up today, and then they ate some delicious food in the tea room... while I played The Sons of the Pioneers' "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds", and Frank Sinatra's "Come Rain or Come Shine", among other tunes.
6. Finally here is some favorite food....
Those are the New Cheese Enchiladas at TACO BUENO!!
Talk about YUM.
(So much for losing that Russia and family reunions' weight.)
When I started taking the Bible seriously I could hardly believe its riches.
Why did I start taking it seriously?
Well, I had a friend whose joy was kind of nauseating. She was too happy.
While I'd be critiquing everybody in my mind, she'd be talking about the peace that passes understanding.
Oh, and I'd lie in bed at night wondering if there really was a god... and Jesus. Or was it a great big myth. A cruel hoax.... for gullible folks like Kathy. (She was Kathy Bailey from Edinburg, and I got to know her on a Magic Valley Youth Choir trip - I was her roommate.)
Long story short: I decided to accept what the Bible (the little I was reading - which was the book of John, as I recall) was claiming... and well, I decided I was IN.
And oh my.
I didn't try to be happy, but I found out I was getting to be!!
There's so much more I could say.
And everyday isn't bliss... but I must say, when I started reading the Bible everyday... and trusting that Jesus was (is) the way, truth and life... well.... most things made sense. ... and I made sense.
I posted a post an hour or so ago here - and I didn't like it.
Well, that's not the first time I've not liked one of my posts, but it's the first time I've promoted one on Facebook... and then deleted it.
In short: my post was telling you not to text while driving.... because I came close to having a wreck this morning - with a young woman whom I think was texting while driving. (I was going west on Glade (east of Bluebonnet Rd.) and she was going east on Glade.... and well, I wish I had her license plate number.)
It shook me up.... enough I guess to make a wonky blog post here.... that I regretted, so I deleted it.
I'm glad I'm alive.
And here's the lovely picture of me telling you not to text and drive.
what I do for my blog.
(I had deleted that picture- but Carisa liked it... sooooooo.......)