Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dog gone it... I do love him.

I can see why people don't have pets.
They can be a bother.
And they do crazy stuff sometimes ... even when they're house-trained!!!

Last week I caught our beloved Shiloh marking his territory in our den!
Sam had suspected it. 
Then I witnessed it with my own eyes when Shiloh thought I was cooking breakfast!

Shiloh had already done it in Sam's study. 
So we started leaving Sam's study door closed at all times.
(Our den doesn't have a door, except to the outside.)

We had enjoyed Shiloh being an outdoor AND indoor dog, even if he is big and can be clumsy. 
But this marking business made me want to put him in the want ads. 

Ah, but then I found out the truth...
He was protecting us!

A while back we had the critter specialist from ORKIN come check our attic because we had heard squirrels, or mice or rats up there.   The ORKIN fella thought he had solved that problem.

Then we started hearing them again, critters running around above our heads - in the den and in Sam's study (where there's no second floor above us). 
And that's when Shiloh started trying to help us, the ORKIN man said.  Shiloh could hear them, too, and didn't want them to come down and invade us. 
Sweet dog.
Loyal and protective.
What's not to love?

I made this header a while back for my blog....
I think the picture he likes the most is the one on the right with Laura.
It would fit this....

By the way, we got him at the North Richland Hills animal shelter about 9 years ago, and they told us then he was 4 months old.   So he's getting 'on up there' in age.

The animal shelter said he was a Husky-mix.  Sam thinks he's mainly Malamute.  Others have suggested Akita.    Do you have a suggestion?   (I just think he's beautiful.)

In closing here are some dog cartoons I like....

That's all for now.
Thanks for reading my blog.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Even more party pics.... with rough-housing allowed...

This picture (from Saturday night) speaks for itself....
You may notice that basket of little notes.
It had questions we each asked....
like "What part of nature do you find beautiful?"
Cap said "Trees."  
Well, he lives in Midland, so that would explain that.

Andrew was asked, "Which season of the year do you like best and why?"
He answered, "Summer, because of swimming!"

Caroline's question was, "What is your least favorite color?"
Without hesitation she said, "Pink."
 I thought that she had misunderstood the question.
Her mother whispered in my ear, 
"She's so over pink. She's into purple now."

So we had fun with all the simple questions.

And we had fun in general.

Here are some more party pics...

And finally, near the end of the party,
some rough-housing in the den....
with Uncle Cap...
I should have taken a video!

(Hmm. 'Rough-housing' is an interesting term.)

There's nothing like having a fun uncle!
(I've had one.... or a few ...  I could tell you about.)
In closing, here is the family picture, in case you missed it....

And here are some posters I like....

Monday, February 24, 2014

More 'Family Affair'... and a Peggy-book snippet...

Saturday night was super fun, as I blogged on my last post called "Family Affair".

Here are a few more pics  ...

Here's Caroline...
showing off her wonderful putting-the-candles-on-the-cake job.....
What a dear she is...
always wanting to help in every way she can.

In this next picture you can see someone who's sleeping (on the far left)....
... and someone who is needing some sleep (center).
Handsome Ryan looks tired here because he WAS tired... 
and almost didn't come Saturday.
(He's getting ready for a big medical trip to Ethiopia this Friday.)
(I'll blog more on that later this week).

Now here are some more people that I love...
I didn't get to hold Nell enough Saturday night,
so I'm going to remedy that soon.

And here's a final (wonderful) picture I'll show you today....
That's Anna with her Uncle Cap.
Isn't that great?!
I love it.
And I love them.

I'll keep a few more pics for later.... plus my pot roast recipe, 
and how Shiloh has earned some frowns.

But for now, I'll leave you with another snippet about Peggy and me,
and how it confirmed that maybe we did look a little bit alike.

This was during our junior year at Baylor...

One morning I got a phone call from a nice fella named Dan*.  Without any small-talk or a 'how-do-you-do' he said he’d pick me up right at 7 o'clock.   Then he immediately said, "Oh, I've gotta go. Good-bye." And he hung up. 
He didn’t say where we were going, or what day of the week we’d be going, or anything else. 
He didn't even ask me out! He just announced he'd pick me up at seven.  
The nerve.
It really disappointed me in him.
But I thought I'd better be ready at 7 that night... but I didn't know quite what to wear as I didn't know where we were going.  
Later that day I saw Peggy and she told me she had a date with Dan to a play at the Baylor theater.
"Really," I said.  "I think I have a date with him, too, but I don't know where we're going. He's picking me up at seven o'clock, though.  I'm thinking it's tonight."

Peggy looked at me, then rolled her eyes.  "Hmm.  He told me he was going to call me to tell me exactly when he was picking me up tonight.  Do you think maybe he thought I was you?" 

It seems as if he’d met Peggy in the student union building earlier in the week and asked her to go to the play.....
 So Peggy went on the date.
We told no one else (not even him), so he wouldn't be embarrassed. 
(And it's a good thing that I didn't have my heart set on going out with him!)
*His name has been changed to protect his identity.

(Peggy and I lived clear across campus,
so she must have come over to my dorm to meet him.
(I forget the details.)
(Surely she told him she was Peggy.)

That's the snippet for now.

Thanks so much for reading my blog!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Family Affair...

Sometimes I don't have much to blog about.
Other times I have too much..... well, for a short blog post.... and then I get in a tizzy...
How can I blog a little about a lot?!

Nancy, it's okay.
(It's okay to talk to yourself.... and it's okay to blog a little bit one day, a little bit more the next day, etc., etc.)

So here's my little bit for today.....
Last night we had fun....we had a birthday party for Mother AND Elizabeth (whose birthday is TODAY!) (Mother turned a bit older than that February 9th.)
(And it was Nell's first time to be with everybody together - which was no big deal to her. She fit right in!)

I'll start with the last picture we took of the night.....
That's us!!!
On the left is Peggy's group...
Her son Cap and daughter Elizabeth (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!),
with Elizabeth's husband John,
and their kids Caroline, Anna and Andrew.
Then there's me with Sam behind Mother (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!),
and then our daughter, Laura with her husband Ryan, 
and then baby Nell, with her mother Bailey
and Bailey's husband (our son) Will.

Here are the brother and sister, Cap and Elizabeth, 
in a picture she put on Facebook last night....
Whoa.  They both look like their mom, Peggy, I think...
which makes me feel super good, since Peggy and I were twins.

There are a lot more pictures of the gathering -
but let me show you just two more for now....

That's Elizabeth with her son, Andrew....
That makes me smile.

Here's Mother with a fun gift Will, Bailey and Nell gave her....
They know that Mother absolutely loves popcorn.
(She and Daddy used to have some every single night.)
And when we were growing up,
popcorn was our Sunday night supper after church... 
every Sunday night.

(I, of course, kept up the tradition when I married Sam.)

In closing here is an old commercial for JIFFY POP....

We have some microwave popcorn in the pantry.

I'm having a hankering.

I'll have more later.... about the birthday party.... and Ryan going to Ethiopia, ...and Rob's church.... and the recipe for my pot roast - which is super yum, ... and how Shiloh is in trouble.
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beautiful and Fun....

... are these people....
That's Anna, after I put a little lipstick on her lips.
She is a beauty, isn't she?

And here's her brother when I said I wanted to take his picture...
 I didn't even say, "Try to look funny."

And yes, we went to McDonald's today,
but it was one we'd never been to before.  
It's the one on the corner of Kimball and 114 in Southlake.
Andrew said it's now his favorite McDonald's.

Andrew and Anna (whom we lovingly call the A-Team)
have an older sister who is losing her teeth!!!
Caroline lost her sixth tooth last week at school!!
(That big tooth that she is holding is a part of a necklace
that holds the tooth she lost.
They give those out to tooth-losers at her school.)

That made me think of something that happened when I was about eleven... 
or whenever it was that I was losing my back teeth.

I woke up one morning, after going to bed with a really loose back tooth. 
That next morning I felt it floating freely around my mouth.
I reached in and took it out...
and it wasn't the tooth!
It was a green little house from our MONOPOLY game!

I'm serious.
I have never figured that out.
(We hadn't been playing MONOPOLY recently,
much less eating the pieces.) 

Do you have something crazy that's happened to you,
that you've never figured out?

I'd love to know about it.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cheers and Jeers....

JEERS for NBC having Jay Leno leaving “The Tonight Show”.  Life will not be the same.  :(

 CHEERS for Jimmy Fallon on the new “The Tonight Show”!
I’m so liking him.
I’m so liking him!

 [I didn't expect to.]

 CHEERS for Chick-fil-A’s chicken tortilla soup - YUM.

JEERS for Miley Cyrus’s (continual) tongue
display.  (Disgusting)

CHEERS for Central/Jackson Road and Cheek-Sparger Rd in Colleyville making a roundabout!

JEERS for some of the lewdness on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.   (I record it - and then am reminded that it’s not worth the filth.... so I delete it.)
(I know: I’m a prude.)

And CHEERS for the new light at L.D. Lockett and Precinct Line Road!

 And CHEERS to Victoria Maxwell... who turned 18 Sunday....
She's Laura's sister-in-law.... and she is lovely.
(From left: my daughter Laura, her husband Ryan, Ryan's sister Victoria,
Ryan's brother Zach, and Ryan's cousin Angela)

They are all lovely people... and worthy of CHEERS!!

So CHEERS are good
JEERS are bad.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Life is one emotion after another...

... and when you're three-months-old, it's hard to hide your emotions....

I couldn't resist showing you these pictures of Princess Nell*. 

They kind of evoke emotions in you, right?
They do me.

Ah, but I will leave you (and me) with some peace and quiet....

*Nell is my precious grandchild.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Third Grade Identity Crisis (a snippet from my Peggy book)...

I had an identity crisis when I was in Mrs. Mills' third grade class in Bryan Elementary School, in Mission, Texas.

(I think I've recovered.)

As I had posted in a previous post, about how Peggy and I didn't think we looked all that much alike, this was another case confirming that maybe we DID look similar to each other after all.

The crisis happened when school pictures were being taken.  It didn't happen actually during school picture-taking day, but weeks later when we got our envelopes of our pictures back.

[Peggy and I dressed alike until we were nine-years-old (which is another wonderful story of our mother's wisdom (which I tell in my 'book')).  We were eight years old in the third grade, so we dressed alike, but often in different colors.] 

Here's a short 'snippet' from the book I'm writing about being a twin, then losing my twin.
(My snippets don't get sad till later - so you can put your hankies away for now.)

For our third grade school pictures I wore a brown dress, and Peggy wore the identical dress only in red.  When we got the envelopes of pictures back, a few weeks later, my envelope had me wearing a red dress.   I remember vividly wearing a BROWN dress!  And there I was, wearing RED.
Mother, Peggy and I studied my picture.  It was just wrong. Then we compared Peggy's picture with my picture.
 It appeared they were the SAME picture!
Evidently the photographer got us mixed up, or confused, or something.
We were both Peggy that year!

That's all.  That's the snippet.
(Sorry I couldn't find that actual picture. It's somewhere.)

I never did get my own third grade picture.
Of course that is no big deal NOW.   Back then, though, I was in a tizzy.  Yes, I remember being in a tizzy!
It's odd - working on this Peggy-book.  It is like I'm reliving my past - and Peggy's past.
And it's making me realize that I HAVE A PRETTY WONDERFUL PAST.

In closing, here are some posters and quotes I like about twins.....

"I may be a twin but I'm one of a kind." ~Author Unknown



Friday, February 14, 2014

Marriage Advice .....

This is my post from Feb. 16, 2011.  I'd been blogging about marriage, and had asked my blog readers to give advice to newlyweds.   I thought the answers were great.

Here's from February, 2011....

Wow. You, blog readers, are so wise. I love your advice!

Here it is!!

Be sure you're in it together. By it, I mean life. You're a team and together you take on the world.

Never, ever make fun of your spouse in public. Even if you are just teasing.

Don't fight. Negotiate.

Laugh a lot.

On those days when maybe you don't "like" each other so much, take time to remember what it is you LOVE about your spouse and TELL THEM.

Never nag.

Pray for your spouse often. At the very least once a day. Pray for his/her health, safety, well-being, job performance, happiness, faith, etc.

Don't make your Facebook status a criticism of your spouse.

Don't go to bed mad - if possible.

Don't flirt with anybody but your spouse.

Let criticism BE GONE!!!

Don't keep secrets.

Look nice at home.

Learn each other's Love Language and "speak" it often.

Show each other respect.


Don't hold grudges.


Don't take yourself too seriously.

Relax together.

Be intimate.

Intentionally set aside time to be together.

Don't think that marriage is a 50/50 partnership. Its 100/100. Even if you feel like your spouse isn't measuring up all the time.

Show a genuine interest and appreciation for your spouse's hobbies and make time to take part in them.

Travel the world and see new places together.

Cook dinner as a couple.

Give random gifts for no reason at all.

When your spouse isn't making sense to you, try with all your might to see it from their perspective. Remember men and women quite often do not process or see things the same way.

Trust is giant.

Love trumps everything.

Do not go to bed mad at each other.

It's okay to agree to disagree.

Pray together. The strength you two will feel as sit in God's hands together is awesome and will flow through everything you do.

Read HIS NEEDS HER NEEDS by Willard Harley

Don’t expect your spouse to meet all your emotional needs. That’s so not fair to your spouse.

Seek to love your spouse unconditionally.

Always kiss goodbye.

 Is that not great?

Thanks, everyone!!!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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!!   ...