Friday, August 30, 2013

Five Things

Here are five things on this Friday afternoon...

1. Striped rugs are now the rage.  Here are Andrew and Anna with their dog, Teddy Roosevelt, on their striped rug...
That picture may not be very clear, but one thing is clear:
Teddy Roosevelt is one sweet puppy dog.

2.  We have a new striped rug!
I ordered it from and am now ready to make a commercial for them.  And the shipping was free!

3.  Today on the way to play I got stuck in traffic. 
It may not look like it, but we were stopped.
When I saw the flags I thought of how Will and Bailey will be seeing flags when they come home next week... and how they will LOVE seeing them!!

4. I've found something yummy....It's the Taco Bueno Skinny Chicken Salad Bowl.
Here's a 16 second commercial for it....

5. Finally, I found out this week that one of my favorite singers, Linda Ronstadt, has Parkinson's Disease, and can no longer sing!

In her honor I played "Blue Bayou" and "Somewhere Out There" today in the tea room.

Here's "Somewhere Out There" that she did with James Ingram...
Mm.  I enjoyed hearing that.
But am so sad that she will never sing again.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Samuel Williams Carmack VI...

... is 29 today!!!
(Yes, he's the sixth.) 
He goes by WILL! 

Here he is through the years...





Sunday, August 25, 2013

I love good grilled food, don't you?

And that's what I got last night in Dallas - at Laura and Ryan's house.

But what do I love more than good grilled food?   .....Good company!

And last night I got both!!

Here are Jerry (Ryan's dad) and Ryan (our son-in-law) ....
They were grilling bratwurst and shish-kebobs, as well as cauliflower and eggplant, and oh my the food was delicious.   I dipped all of my food (except my dessert) in a German mustard.  It was YUM!

Here's Ryan's little sister, beautiful Victoria (who is now a senior in high school!) holding sweet Scout...
   Note to self: next time hold Scout, Nancy - and scratch his tummy.  
You will make a friend of his for sure...
like Victoria is for sure his friend.

Here are the 'in-laws' (Ryan's and Laura's)... 
I love those people!!!
(even myself, btw.)
(P.S. love yourself.)
Sometimes I marvel at how blessed I am.
Why today Sam and I went to Colfax, TX for the annual homecoming service 
at the First Methodist Church.
It was great!
Here's the sermon from my vantage point....
  Well, there's no video of it, just this picture.
We did feel kind of young there, as there were a lot of white hairs there.
(I have white hairs - but they're blonde now.)

The next post I will have is a celebration of my first born.
Not only is his birthday Tuesday,
but a week from Tuesday he and his wife (and unborn baby girl)
are returning from a year in Scotland!!

I told you I was blessed!!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Ready or not....

Caroline (my super great niece) started first grade this past week... 
I guess she's going to grow up whether I'm ready or not.

Here's a picture I took of a picture of her when she was really little....
Is that not the sweetest thing?
(She still has the same adorable smile.)

I watched her little brother and sister on Wednesday and we went to the unhealthy-but-fun McDonald's.  After they had their happy meals they had dessert....
 That's Anna. 
I didn't mind that she couldn't finish her ice cream cone because I'm a good finisher.

Her brother didn't need any help...

When they were playing on the McDonald's playground I overheard Anna and the new little friend she'd just met. They were talking about their parents.  The little friend pointed to a lady and said, "That's my mommy."    Anna replied "Mommy is my mommy and Daddy is my daddy."
Sweetness, huh?

Oh, and here is Anna with that daddy of hers...

And here is Caroline's mother taking Caroline's picture right before they went to school, on her first day of first grade....

That's my car in the background.

From that car I took this picture....
  Yes!  That's their new house!

It's beautiful inside and out.... just like they are.
Oh yes.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Because Someone We Love is in Heaven....

.... there is a little bit of heaven in our home.

That is so true.

Here is a wonderful lady holding a wonderful wall hanging that she made...
That's Pam, and yes, she did make it. 

 Here is a bigger version that she also made...
I just love that.
(The artwork AND the message.)

Now, frankly, I don't KNOW that those 'someones' (like Peggy and Daddy, etc.) are in heaven right now - and whether they're watching us every minute - well, sometimes I would say 'heaven forbid' on that!
(There are Bible verses that indicate that they may be sleeping now - and will see us later - when we see them.)

And of course there is the question of whether we will see them at all - and that we will know each other in heaven.
I believe we will... and that belief excites me!
... if perchance we don't get back together in heaven it won't matter by then, because we will be in heaven after all, and it will be HEAVEN.

Did you think I would be more certain about what happens in heaven?   
Sorry....I just can't presume to know.... but I do believe Peggy and Daddy, ... and Aunt Ida and Uncle Jim, Uncle Boyd, Nana and Daddy-Bob, and Uncle Neal... and Granddaddy Andy etc., etc.,  ARE with God ... whether sleeping or in heaven already.   
And that is a wonderful comfort for me.  


If you would like to buy one of those art-works by Pam (or any others), let me know and I'll get you connected. She also has two booths (at least) at LoneStar Antiques, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX. 
(By the way, she did NOT ask me to advertise for her. That was my idea.)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I actually DID sign autographs....

(If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's a blog post (with a terrible title) that explains.)

Here's Penny with me and Sam...
To tell you who Penny is, here's what she wrote on Facebook, as a caption to this picture:
Thankful for these two.. Sam and Nancy Carmack. They started Bear Valley Community Church which I have attended for more than 20 years now. They were there today signing a book Nancy has written about the start of the church.

Thanks, Penny!

And I liked that picture so much that I cropped it and put the cropped part (with Sam and me) on Facebook, as my profile pic.   (Thanks, Penny - and yet SORRY that you didn't make the FB cut, even though you had the picture made!)

One of the absolutely most exciting things about the book signing was that Penny brought the actual program of the first service she attended!!  What a thrill.   
'Course I had to take a picture of it....

You can see that we used to have 'Creek' in our name.   
You'll have to read the book to find out why it's not there anymore.  

Oh, and here is Penny with Velia, another one of our first members....
They're holding up the inside of the program (bulletin), with the Bear Notes, 
which are the notes of the sermon. 

How great it is that Penny kept that all these years - and thought to bring it Sunday! 

Well, I saw a lot more people Sunday,
but I couldn't take their pictures...because I had to sign books!! 
(Who would have ever thought I'd be saying that?)

Oh, Sam wants me to tell you you can buy our book on Amazon, by clicking on HERE.
(After today, I won't be badgering you to buy that book.)
Sam will have to do that himself.

Actually later - hopefully by next spring - I'll have another book out!
I so enjoyed writing that Bear Valley book, 
that I thought I need to tell the story about Peggy and me. 
 'Course that is a more emotional writing for me,
but I'm ready to do it.
I've already written 20 pages (though it feels like 100 (in a good way).

I'm calling it (for now) PEGGY AND ME: WE'RE STILL TWINS.

 That's us.

Sadly Peggy died at the age of thirty-seven, which will be 25 years ago next April.

It's been good to think about growing up as twins, and then to think about her cancer and her death.
It's been (and is being) cathartic.
It's teaching me a lot.
And, of course, I want her children (and grandchildren, as well) to know all about her.
(Her son and daughter (Cap and Elizabeth) were very young when she died).

My next post will be to show you a wall hanging that a friend of mine has made 
that is about having a loved one in heaven.
(Stay tuned for that post, with that wall hanging.)

Until then....

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Allow me to be assumptious (not a word?), presumptious (misspelled) ... and braggadocious...

(Oops... it's spelled 'presumptuous'... And 'assumptious' (or 'assumptuous') is really not a word.)

We're doing a book signing of our latest only book, BEAR VALLEY AND ME, tomorrow at Bear Valley Community Church, 7900 Precinct Line Road, Colleyville, TX 76034, after the 10 o'clock and 11:15 services.

(It's about how I wanted to start the church, then I didn't want to start it, then we started it, and then I was GLAD we did.... and how I felt along the way.  (It started out as a history of Bear Valley, but I couldn't resist writing my feelings about it all.))

I'm assuming and presuming you might be interested in this book.

But here's a true story: a man and his wife came into the tea room a couple of years ago, and after they ate, he came over and handed me a book.  "I'm giving you this as my tip for your playing.  I wrote this book and many folks have liked it. I would love for you to read it and tell me what you think." 


That 'Geez' is because he came in about a month later and wanted to know if I liked it.
I couldn't tell him that I'd started on the first page (out of obligation) and didn't go for it. (It was a novel about a young missionary lady and her romance - or something.)   Fortunately I didn't have the feeling I HAD to read it, so I didn't.  (I'm the boss of me.) But then he came in - whoa.  I told him I had started it - and then life happened, I got busy, and well, I thanked him again for it.  Hopefully I would read it soon.  (And I read more of it - enough to tell him that he 'had a way with words.')

So I'm telling you that you don't have to READ the book.
Just rejoice with us that we WROTE the book!

And you can get a signed copy tomorrow!!

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