Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Whimsy...

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

That's Emily and Kristen getting ready to make the tea room even prettier.
Well, just their presence makes the tea room prettier!!

And here's a cute tea pot I like...
Have a great day!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Punday

Yesterday I accidentally swallowed some food coloring. The doctor says I'm OK, but I feel like I've dyed a little inside. 

The frustrated cannibal threw up his hands.

To some - marriage is a word ... to others - a sentence.

A criminal's best asset is his lie ability.

When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

The patron saint of poverty is St. Nickeless.

What is the difference between a nicely dressed man on a tricycle and a poorly dressed man on a bicycle? A tire.

What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway).

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Peaceful Sunday morning...

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.

But I had to take time for it.

I'm so glad I did.

(And I'm glad there's a late service at church.)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Is this Crazy Kid Day?

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!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Some sweetness... and "Love Is Blue."

Yesterday was so fun.

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.)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Favorite Things....

My new favorite things....

1. This picture....
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.)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Punday

Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda?
He was lucky it was a soft drink.

When William joined the army he disliked the phrase 'fire at will'.

Joe drove his expensive car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.

Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat minor.

A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was a nurse said 'No change yet'.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Jesus is not my imaginary friend.

He's my real friend.

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 just wanted to say that this morning.

In closing, here are three cartoons I like....

Friday, July 19, 2013


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.

That's all.

I'm glad I'm alive.

And here's the lovely picture of me telling you not to text and drive.
Oh brother, 
what I do for my blog.

(I had deleted that picture- but Carisa liked it... sooooooo.......)

(upper right, totally anonymous)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nothing doing...


Some of you are going to be jealous:  I've had some 'nothing time' lately.

I scheduled it.
And I've had it.
(Hopefully someday you will get to have some, too.)

We all need it from time to time.

I've tested as an introvert on the Myers-Briggs personality test.
That 'introvert' label on their test means that when you (I) get tired you (I) need 
to withdraw from folks.

Some people when they get tired need to seek folks out - and maybe go to or have a party 
- to get recharged.

Not I.

I'm so like my dad.
He could be the life of the party, but he didn't want the party to last too long.

So I've had some nothing time, and I'm feeling rejuvenated.

REAL SIMPLE has an article called 10 Ways to Enjoy Doing Nothing. It's good.

Oh, and I found a Do Nothing website - where you do nothing for 2 minutes.
 Go to Do Nothing for 2 Minutes.  If you hit the keyboard it goes back to 2 minutes with the word 'FAIL'.  (So it shames you if you touch the keyboard - ha.) 
Well, 2 minutes can be a long time for someone like me - who likes to get things done in a hurry.
But I did sit through it.

Also Psalm 62:1-2 is wonderful...
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.  
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
    he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

As is Matthew 11:28-29...
 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

And of course Psalm 46:10...
Be still, and know that I am God.
Some translations say 'Cease striving and know that I am God.'
I think that's great, too. 

Well, all the verses about God loving us are wonderful in that regard.
When a person knows deep down that he/she is loved... 
well, that knowledge brings a calmness and security to the soul.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tree of ???

My daughter drew (doodled - zentangled) the above.

She's asking, "Tree of ?????"

What would YOU call it?

I have my own answer.

Will it be yours?

(Mine starts with a W.)

On a different note, I'm thinking about quitting my polls.
They've been getting fewer and fewer votes.
Well, maybe they haven't been as interesting.  :(

if you want to vote on my latest poll (upper right - totally anonymous)



Finally, here's a picture of my daughter with her bestie...
(well, besides her husband, who is her major bestie).   

(I know: a person my age shouldn't be using the term 'bestie'.)

Well, here's Allison and Laura...
They had a good visit this weekend in D.C. ... where Allison lives.

And here is Laura with her maid of honor, Allison, a little over three years ago....
I just love that picture.

A new poll is up (upper right).
It costs nothing to vote.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Pun Day

Here are some puns that made me chuckle...

When the cannibal showed up late to the luncheon, they gave him the cold shoulder.

Two peanuts were walking in a tough neighborhood and one of them was a-salted.

There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils.

The butcher backed up into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

I've been to the dentist several times so I know the drill.

She got fired from the hot dog stand for putting her hair in a bun.

No one knew she had a dental implant until it came out in a conversation.

I wanted to lose weight so I went to the paint store. I heard I could get thinner there.

You want to clone yourself? Now wouldn't that be just like you!

Happy Monday!!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Going simpler...

... is what I want to do.

 I have so much junk. I need to get rid of it.

Just thinking about how to do that paralyzes me sometimes.
But not now.

I'm getting motivated.

I really like the magazine REAL SIMPLE.

It's got lots of ideas for going simpler.

Sometimes it has too many...
but overall it's got great ideas...

... provided I don't get stressed trying to 'do them'.

'Course I don't want to get stressed about going simpler.  That would be like an oxymoron.

Here are two people who(m) I think of as enjoying the simpler life...
That's our daughter Laura and her cousin John.
Even then - right then - at that moment- they might have been going simpler. 
They were online.
But they were natural.

They weren't posing.

They both remind me of what's important.
And it's not STUFF. 

So what is important?

Like this little girl, who is one-year-old today!!
 That's our great niece, Delia (Rob's daughter).

Happy Birthday, Delia!!!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Five Things...

1.  I really like the bowls at Panda Express...
And now the fried rice at Panda is brown rice!

 2. Here is Mother's patriotic porch....
 I think that is great.

3. Here is daughter Laura's latest ...
Is that not beautiful?
It's called "Out To Sea".

4. Here's Laura with the children at the J. Earl White reunion....
I love that picture.

By the way, Laura is with us in Oklahoma City now for board meeting.
She's an elementary art teacher - and has the summer off - fortunately.
(Her husband doesn't have the summer off - unfortunately.)

5. Here are two pictures of a real Sleeping Beauty....
Her mother wrote this when she posted it on Facebook...
"A nightly occurrence... This little beauty asleep in front of a book. Love her love of reading."

 And there's this....
A couple of months ago her house had to have huge (industrial-sized) dehumidifiers going for like 48 yours ... and they were loud.   
I'm so glad she could sleep.   :)

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