Thursday, October 31, 2013

All Hallows' Eve...

is today/tonight.

Twenty-three years ago Laura and Will were ready ...

Here they are a few years later with their parents....
(I love being a part of that family.)

Here are Andrew, Anna and Caroline yesterday at the annual trick-or-treating at their daddy's office...
That is picture purrrrfect.

Here's Caroline up close...
On Facebook it said, "Ice princess makeup by Mommy."
Elizabeth has another career ahead of her.

I'll close with this cartoon....

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

We had a special guest Sunday evening...

His name is Jack and here he is with his dad....
That's Alex, who is an expert on how to hold a seven-week-old.

Here's Jack with his mom...
That's Heidi, and can you see - if you look closely -how intently little Jack is looking at his mom?

And if you're thinking that you want to see exactly what Jack looks like (instead of his parents), well, this picture is for YOU!!...
Isn't he absolutely precious?!?

Here is his dad with my son....

Here they were several years ago....
 I have other pictures of Alex and Will when they were much younger, but I can't find them. 
(I clearly need to get my pictures in order.)

Back to Sunday night.... here are two wonderful women....
That's my Mother Margaret and my Daughter Laura.
I love them so much.

Here's Bailey at the table....
I had been sitting next to her, but was in the kitchen, and Heidi was in the living room feeding Baby Jack.

Of course I have to show you Bailey up close....
That's Baby Nell saying "Boo!" 
... and she's also saying, "I'll be in your arms SOON!"

Can I wait?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Not So Mundane Monday...

I saw an arm coming out of a car trunk the other day.  I was driving so I couldn't take a picture... but it looked something like this.....
(I guess I should have called the police.)

I've had some time to kill this morning since I decided to avoid doing things on my to-do list....
so I've found some fun food you might like to see....

Here are some deviled eggs for you....
You can click HERE for the recipe.

Here are some Jell-O Creepers....
You can click HERE for the how-to.

Oh, and here's a Jell-O Halloween Heart...
You can read about it by clicking HERE.

Oh, and I just put these next cookies on Facebook....
You can click HERE for their recipe.

And here are two pictures I like from a fun blog called Never Listless....

Wow. Some people are so creative.

Finally, you can buy this
 at LoneStar Antiques
(5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)
You can't eat it, so that way it will last year after year... after year.

Happy Halloween Week!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

It's scary out there!

Retirement centers are not all peaceful and retiring, you know.

They can get scary.

Like Mother's place, Parkwood...

Actually Mother just has an autumn wreath on her door.
And actually the other doors and windows were not decorated by their residents.
Well, some were.
Most were decorated lovingly by Debbie, the fun lady who cleans the apartments.
(I need to get a picture of her.)

I do have a picture of my dear mother two years ago.... ready for the Halloween party at Parkwood.
Yes, she has an autumn wreath on her door.... but inside.... beware!!!

I can't wait to find out what she's wearing this year!!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

I have always loved Friday nights...

Friday nights are great for so many reasons.....
1. I can sleep late on Saturday mornings.
2. I can do nothing on Friday nights.
3. Um...... there are many reasons......



I guess I'm just wanting to blog something... and since it's Friday night.... well, let's celebrate!

Here are some crazies.....

A psychotherapist returned from a conference in the Rocky mountains, where the delegates spent more time on the icy ski slopes than attending lectures and seminars.
When she got back, her husband asked her, "So, how did it go?"
"Fine," she replied, "but I've never seen so many Freudians slip."

Q. Who was the Bible's first financial wizard?
Noah. He floated his stock when the rest of the world was in liquidation.

And there's this.....


Happy Friday night!
I'll show you some scaries soon.
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Can you say "Thank you?"

Have you ever been in another country/culture where you could not communicate?

You might has well have been deaf and mute... and you for sure felt weird, right?

Here's a picture I found of someone feeling weird...
 (Google search hit it right, huh?)
(I like visual aids.)

Well, it seems there are lots of folks here in Texas who are feeling that way - weird.
Or maybe they just know a little bit of English, and well, need to know more, just to get along.

Well, Bear Valley Community Church (7900 Precinct Line, Colleyville, TX) is going to start teaching English to folks like that...  and I'm going to help!!!

Earlier this year I started thinking about learning to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) and wondered where I could get plugged in to learn.
Then I got an e-mail from my dear sister-like friend, Peggy Johnson, asking if I would at all be interested in teaching ESL at Bear Valley, since they were starting a program.
God is good.

In August I went to Houston and did some training there and then this past Saturday Bear Valley had the next (final) level of training.  It was great.  I mean GREAT!!!!

This is the Bear Valley group during our lunch break (minus one of the Lauras)....
 From left, me, Laura, Velia, Debbie with little Sara, Sandra, Ricki, little Sam with his grandmother Peggy, Amanda, and Elizabeth (little Sam's mother).

 And this is part of what we studied...
 It's a great system.

So I'm excited... and nervous.

Oh, to add to the excitement and nervousness, I was at a meeting just last night and it was mentioned that churches in China (yes, churches in China) were asking for people who would come over there for two weeks and teach ESL.

First I need to do it at Bear Valley.

(We're starting registration  on Jan. 4 and classes Jan. 19, 2014!)

 Life is good.
And so interesting.

P.S. My mother taught ESL in east Texas years ago... and she loved it. 
(I love following in her footsteps.)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

They're celebrating WHAT?!?

Feral hogs!

Yes, they're wild hogs... that are usually vicious.... but everybody deserves a celebration, right?

This weekend in Ben Wheeler, TX they're having the annual Feral Hog Festival.

How do I know this?  Well, my parents used to have a Ben Wheeler address!!!   (Their phone was out of Van, their church was in Canton, Mother taught in Van, they banked in both Canton and Van .. and they actually lived in Colfax (which is not on this map) (this was after they lived in the Rio Grande Valley, where I grew up.) (Daddy bought his grandfather's homesite in Colfax, and they moved there in 1976-ish.)

 About the festival for the feral hogs: it seems the people of Ben Wheeler had been getting so annoyed with the hogs ruining their gardens, and, well, just taking over, eating plants and other animals, that what could they do?   Well, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

Brooks Gremmels, co-found of the Ben Wheeler Arts and Historic District Foundation, has said that since the beginning of the Festival in 2008 that, "We're just making lemonade out of lemons."
Anyway, if you want a fun time, go to Ben Wheeler this weekend!!

Click HERE to go to Ben Wheeler's website.

There are other festivals in east Texas that you won't want to miss.
My husband loves peanut butter. Well, there's the Grand Saline Great American Peanut Butter Festival November 9th. 

We've already missed some:  the Van Oil Festival was Oct. 12.
Also, the Autumn Stroll Festival in downtown Canton was also Oct. 12.

Anyway, Ben Wheeler is becoming quite the tourist attraction. 
I like this sign....

Here it is on a building in Ben Wheeler...

And yes, they will crown a Feral Hog Queen.... and I'm guessing she will be beautiful.

(Next time I'll tell you about last Saturday.)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday SlowDown

On this relaxing Sunday afternoon I'm just going to post some 'LIKES'.

I like this pumpkin...
My daughter did that. 
I think it is VERY CLASSY.

And I like this classy boy...
He is my dear twin's grandson.... and his name is my dad's name, Andrew.
I love him so much.

And I like this song...
I took that picture in my car - at a stoplight. 
It is a most beautiful song.... mm.

And I like this Dallas Cowboy...
He's Terrance Williams.... and he's playing football as I type this blog post.
You can read about him by clicking HERE.
You will find out that he was (always is) a BAYLOR BEAR!!!

Along that line: only if you've been a hermit lately would you not know how well Baylor is doing this football season!

(That sign seems like an oxymoron... but I like it.)

Finally, in keeping with the 'slowdown' title of this post, click HERE for a great website I found this week, about slowing down.
Really click there (that HERE in the previous sentence) and find a great website that you'll like.

And enjoy slowing down.

Well, that's all for now.
Later I will tell you why I didn't go to Baylor Homecoming this past weekend.
(I was doing something VERY IMPORTANT.)
Stay tuned.

Friday, October 18, 2013

5 Things on Friday...

1. Here's a great father/daughter picture...
Is that not super?

2. And here's another great father/daughter picture...
(I love it.)

3. And here are some beautiful flowers that were given to me by Rob, Caroline, Sawyer and Delia...
Thank you!

4. And here are Caroline H. and some friends (before their gymnastics class)...
... do you see Caroline's little sister?

5. And here is a beautiful tribute to Will and Bailey's little baby girl - who will be born soon....
That was made by dear Susan Prather.... who was featured in another post,
about Susan's beautiful granddaughter, Serena.

So those are 5 things on Friday.

Actually I have more things... lots more....
but that's enough for now.

Oh, except this great quote...

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see."
-John W. Whitehead, founder, Rutherford Institute

These Are a Few of my Favorite Things

I really, REALLY like this... I got this for my birthday! It's a key chain and there is none other like it!! I ADORE IT!! Thank you!!   ...