Friday, May 30, 2014

What are you looking at?

I posted this picture on Facebook yesterday as my Throwback Thursday token...

Do you see what they're looking at? 
It's not just the snow outside.
It's a little bird on the little birdhouse that's on top of a pole.
The little bird is eating some birdseed.
(That's Little Cap and Elizabeth sitting with their grandmother (my mom)
on the window seat in my parents' bedroom.)

I love that picture.
They weren't posing.
They were just watching a little bird eating.
I just love that.

Sometimes we just need to sit and watch a little bird.

We need to look away from our messes whatever they are.
We need to look around and see what is there.

Last week I babysat my dear granddaughter.
I finally got her to sleep as I held her in the rocking chair...
and then I managed to take her picture....
And I studied her little hands and arms and cheek,
well, her whole little self.
The contrast of her little hands and my old gnarly one
made me think of life and how I used to have hands like that.
'Course then my mind relived my children being little...
and well, I was smiling,
and forgetting about my old hand.

The mind is a wonderful thing.
It 'looks' at things.

And you can make it look at things.
You can turn your eyes away from worry and negative stuff.

Would that I would do that more often.

I love the hymn "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus".

I found this on YouTube...
Gary Chapman tells about the song and then sings it.

I really like this....


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wrandom Wednesday....

Here is some randomness for today...

1. Avocados are often called alligator pears by some folks....


Did you know that in Brazil they eat avocado ice cream and shakes?
Some Brazilians thought it interesting that we would make guacamole with avocados?
They'd never heard of guacamole.

Ah, but did you know that guacamole originated with the Aztecs in Mexico?

(I'm getting hungry.)
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2. One of my favorite new places is the MOVIE TAVERN in Bedford.

 You can watch a movie and eat some delicious food at the same time.
I'd been to the movie/grill places in Colleyville and at Grapevine Mills.
It seemed as if MOVIE TAVERN wasn't as expensive as those.

Last week Mother and I went.and I found the shrimp quesadillas delicious.

We saw the movie HEAVEN IS FOR REAL there.



HEAVEN IS FOR REAL was good.
It was kind of slow, though, and I was kind of skeptical about it going in.
I'd seen the father and son interviewed months (a year?) ago
and was well, skeptical.

Ah, but I am a believer in heaven...
and well, I enjoyed the movie, 
having decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.

I know (have read)
that the brain can do weird things at near-death times...
but that doesn't mean they're not heavenly things!!! 
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3. My third random thing is this: my husband just came back from a walk in Parr Park in Grapevine.That's pretty major, since he has been in bed for more than two weeks - with the flu - or something. Anyway, he's better, and wanted to take a walk.
Parr Park is a great place to walk.  My dad used to love to walking there with my mother after they moved here to be near me, back in October 2004.

Anyway, Sam said he got off the beaten path (down a little trail)... and saw a copperhead snake!!!
(Sam didn't take those pictures.)

Be careful out there!!

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4. My fourth and last random thing to share today is two of my favorite quotes by Maya Angelou, who died this morning at 86.

I love this picture of her....

Here are her quotes....
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"You may not control all the events that happen to you,
but you can decide not to be reduced by them."


May she rest in peace.



Monday, May 26, 2014

For this Memorial Day... and yesterday, too...

I hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day.

I'd like to honor my father and father-in-law as they were veterans of World War II.

Here's my dad....
He was a Marine, and was getting ready to fly to Japan to 'get some Japs' as he'd say it, when Harry Truman had the atomic bombs dropped.  So Daddy got to stay home, for which I'm grateful, but he was ready to go..... wanting to fight for his country.

Here's my father-in-law....
He was in the Army-Air Corps and served in Italy, forming one of the first fire fighters' platoons.
He did so well, he was asked to come back to the States where he trained men to be in the fire fighters' platoons.

Here's something interesting..... he got his summons to report for duty in the Army during his and my mother-in-law's wedding reception!!!

Here's a picture of both of them years ago (back in the '40's)....

Here's a picture of them in 1980...

I could not have picked better in-laws than Bob and Oleta Carmack.
Their grandchildren lovingly called them "NanaWee and Daddy Bob".
They both passed away in l993.

Oh.... and yesterday (May 25th)
would have been Nana's 100th birthday!!!


Here is a picture Sam's brother Steve texted him yesterday...
That is in the cemetery in Hinton, Oklahoma.

What a wonderful couple they were.... and so devoted to each other.

I'm proud to be a Carmack.

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On a different note: today I played in the tea room.
Here was some of my 'repertoire':
"God Bless America"
"God Bless the USA"
"America, the Beautiful"
"My Country Tis of Thee"
"The Battle Hymm of the Republic"
"You're a Grand Old Flag"
"I'm aYankee Doodle Dandy"
"This Land is Your Land"
"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again"

I also played "The Green Green Grass of Home."
It's often not listed as a patriotic song,
but oh it fits Memorial Day.

Here's Porter Wagoner singing it
(though Elvis and Tom Jones covered it as well.)



HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ready or not....

... people grow!!!!!!

That's Lewis, Charlotte and Molly Tompkins. 
(Our great nephew and nieces on Sam's side (his sister's grandchildren). 
(Whoa. They're growing!)

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And our daughter's sister-in-law is now a high school graduate!
 That's beautiful Victoria.
 OO.  Love the top of the cap!

Here she is with her brother and sister-in-law (our daughter)...
(DOESN'T VICTORIA LOOK BEAUTIFUL IN THAT PICTURE?)
(And Ryan and Laura, too.)
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Well, time waits for no man...
or woman!!!

I was in my favorite store today (TARGET)
and the lady checking me out asked if I was having a good day.
I said, "Why, yes! I ran into my son and daughter-in-law
and granddaughter HERE today!!"
(She congratulated me.)

Then I thought:
Wow.
I have a granddaughter.
I HAVE A GRANDDAUGHTER!
Well, I probably look like I might have a great-granddaughter...
BUT DON'T LET THE GRAY HAIR FOOL YOU....
I sometimes feel just like a girl.
(Well, maybe a grown-up girl,
but STILL A GIRL.)

Why do I say all this?
 Well, I was thinking today
about how I finished that twin-book about Peggy and me,
and how I was worried about what people might think of it.

Oh, and Sam asked me (just this morning) who I really wrote it for.
Hmm.
I said, "Well, Cap and Elizabeth (Peggy's children)."
And then I said,
"I wrote it for ME."

And then I doubted the whole project....
the whole Peggy-book project.

And
I felt as if I were in the seventh grade...
getting ready to be tested.

THEN 
I happened to watch a video on YouTube
that was linked on CNN.
It was really not earth-shattering.
It was simple.
But...
I needed it.

Here it is (though I just watched only over three minutes of it).

I hope all of it is worth it.
(The part that spoke to me was taking risks.)

Whoa.
Would that we would all take risks.
(I'm preaching to myself.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I have some things to share....

Yesterday my dear niece Elizabeth posted that above picture on Facebook
with these words....
Caroline's 1st grade class prayed daily all year
for our brother-in-law Dustin George
while he was deployed to Afghanistan.
On Good Friday, he came home safely
and was reunited with his family! 
So today, her entire class got to FaceTime him and see him
and put a face with a name.
It was so special to see. 
 Love that the kids got to see their answered prayers-
that he was safe, not lonely
and that he would come home safely.

 Isn't that wonderful?!
Oh my.
I had to let you know about that.
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 Oh a different note, my great nephew, Andrew,
graduated from preschool yesterday!!

Here he is afterwards with me, his mom, and his Mimi..
When he was being presented in front of all the family and friends,
his teacher said this,
"Here is Andrew Huffman, son of John and Elizabeth.
His favorite food is pizza.
What he likes to do to play is to run around.
And when he grows up he wants to be a policeman."

Whoa!
So now we know!

Every graduate's favorite food and toy and future profession were announced.
It was most interesting.
Two little girls wanted to be mermaids when they grew up.
Several graduates wanted to be cowboys, or cowgirls.
There was one who wanted to be a plastic surgeon.

I think Andrew was the only one who wanted to be a policeman.

Most of the grads liked pizza or mac 'n cheese, but one boy liked steak.

It was a fun graduation ceremony.

Oh, and here's Andrew being congratulated and loved on by his dear mom..... 

Mmmmmmm.
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On a different note, my granddaughter Nell has reached a milestone....
 She can sit up!

And our dog has reached a milestone, too....
He's learned to be gentle with Nell,
and not crazy.
(Of course, please know that we never leave him alone with her - EVER!)
(As human as Shiloh is, he's still a dog.)

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On still a different note, I've finally finished the writing part of my Peggy-book.
(I could have gone and on- but I finally had to call it quits.)

Now is the formatting and stuff.
Sam (my hubby) and Elizabeth (niece) said they will help with that.

Oh and Mother and Elizabeth and Bailey Jo will proofread.

And I will add pictures.

Here are two that for some reason I really, really like.....
 

That was taken at our birthday party when we were in the second grade in Mississippi (we lived there 3 years).  Peggy and I were in different class rooms, so together we had lots of friends.  I only know what two of those friends have done through the years. (The one in the middle on the top row is (or was) a professor at Texas A&M.  Her maiden name was Susan Brown.  (Do - or did-  any of my blogreaders know her - or knew her, perchance?)
Then on the far right on the top row is Cindy Davis. She's taught elementary school in Mississippi through the years.  Her parents and my parents were super good friends.  In February her dad died.....  and in Dec. '06 my dad died.  Our mothers still keep in touch.

Anyway, you can tell that we had a supper fun birthday party way back then!
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In closing, here's a sign I've had on my 'desktop' that has helped me in writing this little book about Peggy and me... 
That's what I've been doing...
and it's been good for me.
Yes.

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Have a good rest-of-the-week!!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Monday Funday....

 You may have seen and heard these before..... but maybe not....



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Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.”
The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk.”

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If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.
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Mother's happy to make a pair of pants for you, or at least sew it seams.
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The little old woman who lived in a shoe wasn't the sole owner - there were strings attached.
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5000 hares have escaped from the zoo. The police are combing the area.
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Larry watched, fascinated, as his mother smoothed cold cream on her face.
‘Why do you do that, Mommy?’ he asked.
‘To make myself beautiful,’ said his mother, who then began removing the cream with a tissue.
‘What’s the matter,’ asked Larry. ‘Are you giving up, Mommy?’
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Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocaine during a root canal?
His goal: transcend dental medication.

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Have a good Monday!



Saturday, May 17, 2014

On Appreciation.....

Your child (my child)... is so important to you (me).

And one of the most important things you want for your child is that he/she marries someone who is kind.... and loving.... and who appreciates him/her.

Laura did that.

I thank the Lord for that.

She married Ryan....
That's him, recently in Ethiopia.)

That's them- on June 5, 2010

I love that picture on so many levels.


And yesterday (MAY 16TH) - he graduated with his Master's Degree in Nursing from Baylor University!!!!
Whoa.
He has a beautiful family, don't you think?
(And that's not including his handsome brother, Zach.)

Here's a picture of the three siblings a few months ago...
I love that picture (and those people).

But more important (to me) is not the degree he earned (which is WONDERFUL)..... 
or how much he will make as a nurse practioner.....
but HOW HE TREATS OUR DAUGHTER.

Is he kind?
Does he appreciate her?

And I say YES.... HE DOES!!!!


And does our daughter-in-law appreciate our son?

THAT IS THE MAIN THING.

AND YES, SHE DOES.
That's them, October 30, 2010.

She so appreciates him...


That's them, Dec. 2013, where they got married in 2010.
(Our back parking lot.)

How I love that....
Mmmmmmmm.


Oh... nobody is perfect.

Not Laura.

Or Will.

Or certainly me.

But oh, how wonderful it is that my husband appreciates me.....

That was during my surprise 50th birthday party.

And I so appreciate him.....
That's when I had the 'birthday tree'.


My lesson today is to APPRECIATE YOUR LOVED ONES..... 
AND LET THEM KNOW YOU APPRECIATE THEM.


THERE IS LITTLE MORE WONDERFUL
THAN
APPRECIATION!!


OH,
AND
CONGRATULATIONS,
RYAN
!!!!!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wow-news.... and Peggy-book news...

My wonderful son-in-law graduates with his Master's Degree in Nursing from Baylor University today!!

Last night was the pinning ceremony in Dallas.
Ryan was chosen to get the Learn Lead Serve Award!
Whoa.
Sadly Sam nor I could be there for him!!!
Sam is really sick... and was a little sick still.
But we are so proud!

CONGRATULATIONS, RYAN!!!
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In other news...
I've been working on my Peggy-book lately,
with the intention of finishing it soon...
like in the next week!!

I do believe the finishing of a book is the hardest part.

And I do believe I'll put some pictures in it.

Here are two I found... of us in the second grade when we lived in Mississippi.
We had different teachers.
You can tell that Peggy's teacher knew how to redo a pony-tail.

I can vividly remember my teacher, Mrs. Jepson,
apologizing that she didn't know how to redo a pony-tail. 
She just had sons.

It really is amazing that I would let you see that picture of me.
(I've come a long way.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I love free time...

I've had some free time this morning and I've spent it on Facebook.
(I will NOT apologize.)

Here are things that made me smile (and laugh).....
That's from Connie R.

These next 2 Facebook posts made me laugh out loud .....

What every mother prays her son will strive for.... "Mom, so will I be able to make armpit noises in first grade?" - Angela
Wow, I just tried to enter my pin number on the microwave key pad!! Can we say more sleep please?!! - Anita



 And then I reminisced.....
I did like!



Would you believe I never took Home Ec? (Peggy did.)



And I watched a hummingbird feed her baby. - Thanks, Deanna.


Oh, and I learned some things....
like what my daughter's brother-in-law is doing....
Wow. Go Zach!

And....
Actually I don't have any herbs.


 And I saw this that I thought was really good...


Oh, and I read on FB (thanks Bailey) where Ann Coulter (one of my least favorite people) was ranting about celebrities and their hashtags about the Nigerian girls kidnapped. 
I say.... HASHTAG!!!!
The more 'noise' the better!!!


In closing,
here's a picture that I just saw today on FB.....
That's got me smiling!!!