Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday Tune-Up...

I came across an article in Lifehack that I like.
It's "When You Start Being Yourself, These 15 Amazing Things Will Happen."
I think it's a good article.  I hope you read it.
And heed this Snoopy cartoon...


Well, if you're like me - in your fifties or sixties, or older - you might surely think that you've got being yourself down.
You know who you are... finally.

Ah, but do you?

I'm still learning ... about what makes me happy... and fulfilled... and what doesn't.

And the learning is WONDERFUL.  (I could elaborate, but I've learned I don't have to.)

Here are some cartoons I like...





Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Funday....

I found a lot of punctuation and grammar cartoons recently... and am dedicating them to all my English teacher and writer friends and family members, and well, everybody else.
Yes, these are for all of you out there who know grammar and punctuation... and for those of you who need to know grammar and punctuation.

I hope you enjoy...

 



Saturday, September 27, 2014

"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"

We used to sing the hymn that has the title of this post.

The song used to seem strange to me, and yet I always liked how the bass singers would do the chorus. (You know if you're my age and are Baptist.) ("Leaning on Jesus, Leaning on Jesus")

Not too long ago Alan Jackson performed it....
(I don't think the bass singers sang the chorus like I'm used to... but still it's great, don't you think?)

Wow, Jackson has performed/recorded lots of old hymns.
I've always thought he was a very handsome country singer, now I think he is a wonderful country singer.

I used to not get into hymns much when I was young.
 Like "Serve the Lord with Gladness".  I can remember as a teen playing that song in church and thinking, 'yeah, right'.     (I just didn't 'GET' the Gospel, and happiness in the Lord, and all that.  I went to church because that's what we did.   But doing it gladly?  Well, yeah, sometimes, because my friends were there (which is a great place to meet your friends, by the way.)) 

Anyway, "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" sounded strange to me.  But not anymore!
And this very day (Saturday, Sept. 27) in JESUS CALLING by Sarah Young, she refers to the scripture that talks about the 'everlasting arms': Deuteronomy 33:27.
And I am loving it.

Here's the first part of the verse...

The eternal God is your refuge,
    and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Deuteronomy 33:27


I don't know about you, but I need a refuge... and I need to lean on some everlasting arms.
And I don't need to just sometimes.

Oh, if you've never read JESUS CALLING and you want to, be sure and read about the author at the beginning. (The introduction will give it a lot of credibility.)
AND if you think the daily devotionals are kind of simple, and not deep,... well, keep at it. When I first started reading them, they seemed kind of like fluff.... with nice sayings and reminders.  Now I have my little book all marked up, with underlinings, double underlinings, and stars and stars circled, etc.

And I'm even blogging about it.


And I may play "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" in the tea room today.  Yeah!
OH YEAH!
(Oh, I'll play it softly, so people can digest their food.)

   



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It's So Fine to Dine...

at... El Fenix!
(If you're coming here from Facebook, you might have thought "It's So Fine to Dine at Nancy's House" - which it is, of course!.... but first I have to tell you about dining at....

The J. Earl White family has been doing it since 1938; that's when they moved to Dallas.
(That's my mother's family.  (My mother was a White before she married my dad who was a White. I'd say I'm pure White, but that might sound a little racist.)

Anyway, when our Tennessee aunt and uncle and cousin come to town we always go to El Fenix! (SUPER YUM!)

Here we are Monday night at the Grapevine El Fenix....
(You can tell that little Nell is also a big fan of El Fenix.)
Here's Tennessee Jim with his parents Warren and Helen...
Uncle Warren is my mother's little brother.
He and Aunt Helen had their first date at the El Fenix in Oak Cliff in 1953!!












Sam and Jim always spend a lot of talking when we all get together....
... even behind bars at El Fenix.


Before I go on to the next set of pictures - where we celebrated some birthdays- let me say that Wednesdays are special at El Fenix.   
They have a special on their enchilada plate....
It is YUM!  (I love good TexMex.)  AND TODAY'S WEDNESDAY!




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The night before we had our El Fenix Fix,
we had a birthday party at our house.  
Jim, Helen and Sam all have September birthdays.

Here's the gang....
(I was so glad the Huffmans could join us!) 

The birthday cake was a delicious cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory.
YUM.

Here are Jim and Sam blowing out the candles.
(while Helen was doing her part at the other end of the table.)
Now everyone knows how much I get into singing "Happy Birthday!"
(I didn't realize how much until I saw this picture!)
(Or was I howling?)

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I hope you have a great day.
 AND
Don't forget: It's Wednesday at El Fenix!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Okay, I confess ...

... one of my favorite things to do is LAUGH.
 
It's good for my soul
and
it's good for my body.

And it's good for the Queen's, too..

Oh, there are times when crying is more than appropriate - and healing for sure, 
but usually laughter is the remedy I need.

Here's a video I found on YouTube that shows how contagious laughter is...
(I dedicate this to Will and Bailey, for all the time they spent on the trains and subways in Scotland and England.)
(Did you at least giggle at that?)

Dr. Sanjay Gupta says laughing can help you live to be 100!
And it's important to LAUGH whether you feel like laughing or not.
Oh and smiling is super good for you, too. 
Here he is telling about all that....
(I may go get a pencil to clinch.)

Oh and click HERE for an article in TIME magazine
about 13 things you probably didn't know about laughing.
It's pretty interesting.

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Oh, another thing I have to confess (besides that I like to laugh) is...
the blog title ("Okay... I confess") was to get you here.
Really.
I have found that blog-post titles play a big part
in how many people come to my blog.

When I had the title "I'm going to spill the beans"
-which was about idioms in the English language-
I got a lot of 'hits' on this blog.
(People were wondering about what I was going to spill the beans!)
(You can click HERE for that post, if you'd like.)


Anyway, I confess to liking to laugh
and
to liking to have lots of blog readers (who like to laugh)!



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Stay tuned for some pictures and a post about 'Tennessee Jim'
and his parents (Uncle Warren and Aunt Helen)...
and their wonderful visit here,
which includes the restaurant we ALWAYS GO TO when they're here!
You won't want to miss my sharing of THAT!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Do you rest on Sunday... or any other day?

I'm all for rest these days.
Get it while you can, I say!



BUSY is the badge, though, that many (most?) people wear.
And some wear it proudly.
That seems to be the American way.
Every minute should be productive.



What do YOU think?

I know that many people active in church
do not think of Sunday as a day of rest.
I certainly didn't - for years.

Well, there was church to DO,
both in the morning and in the evening.
And I did it... religiously.

Later, though, I got wise... 
and quit volunteering to be on every committee
and lead every new group someone suggested we start.

There was a day in the late 1980's,
that after trying to be the best pastor's wife in the world,
I quit.

Part of it was the perspective I got from watching my dear twin die of cancer.
There was (is) much perspective in that, as you can imagine.


Part of it was burnout.

I went to a therapist for grief counseling in the summer of 1989
and she had me take a BURNOUT TEST, of all things.

I passed with flying colors!
(which was not something to celebrate)

And then my pastor husband suggested I quit being 'the pastor's wife'.
What?!?
Well, he knew what I needed.
And I am so thankful for that.
 I needed REST... and FREEDOM.

So my Bible verse became Galatians 5:1...
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves
be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.


I seek to live by grace now.
Whew.
What a relief.
WHAT A PROFOUND RELIEF.

And I rest.... when I'm tired, and when I can.
And I make times that I can.

Mm.

Oh, and here is a wonderful Bible verse...
My presence will go with you,
and I will give you rest. 
Exodus 33:14

Oh, and here is great quote....
How beautiful it is to do nothing,
and then to rest afterward. 
~Spanish Proverb

I hope you're not too busy...
and can rest today.
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I'll leave you with my feet...









Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Some New Favorites!

I have some new favorite places and things!

First, there is a GREAT little resale shop in Grapevine...
It's at Glade and 121 (northeast corner), next to the Hallmark store,
which is down the way from Fuzzy's Tacos.
It's not a big shop, but it has some great clothes, shoes, jewelry and purses.
Mother and I have been there a few times,
and have always come away with some treasure. 


Not too far from there - to the south - is the ubiquitous...
A while back, we thought Chili's prices were excessive!
Now we don't!

They have this $20 menu for 2 now,
which includes an appetizer and 2 entrees.
We  really like that. 
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And for some delicious pizza
I recommend...

That's
Cane Rosso ...
and Dallas has two locations.
 (Cane Rosso means red dog in Italian.)
 (The owner must have had a wonderful red dog.)

Sunday night, after we went to church with Laura and Ryan,
we celebrated Sam's birthday with some real Italian pizza there.
It was DELICIOUS.

Here's the group after we'd eaten...
We were happy-happy..

(They cook their pizza for 90 seconds in ovens that are 1000 degrees hot.)
Whoa.
(We didn't have to wait long for our food, even though they were very busy!)

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On a different note,
I've found a dishwasher detergent that I really like....
I've long been loyal to Cascade Complete,
but on a whim got the new one with Clorox.
Whoa.
We drink red wine (for our hearts) sometimes,
and well, our plastic wine glasses
have never looked better!!
(I was ready to throw them away.)

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Another favorite of mine has become...
the wind chimes department at (Cost Plus) World Market.

Mother was wanting to get Will some wind chimes for his birthday.
He had given her some a few years back that she loved,
and well, Will, Bailey and Nell have a new home with a wonderful patio area
and well, some nice wind chimes seemed the ideal gift.

Where to buy them?
We went to some garden stores,
but weren't impressed.
And time was running out for looking online.

Ah, World Market, I thought!
I called them and they said they had many.
Boy, did they!

Here's what Mother got Will...
They looked manly enough for Will,
and they have a nice - not too loud- chime,
and they're pretty big.
Will loved them.

If you need some wind chimes, go to World Market.
Oh, and you won't break the bank!

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So those are my favorite places and things for today.
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And finally, here's one of my favorite quotes...
There are two kinds of people in the world -
givers and takers.
The takers eat better.
The givers sleep better. 
-Danny Thomas

Monday, September 15, 2014

A Baylor Date....

In September of 1977 I was invited to a Baylor football game by a young man whom I'd only known vaguely. 
We had attended Baylor the same four years and graduated the same day in May 1974... so we recognized each other on that Sunday before at church, in early September.  He asked if he could sit next to me and my roommate, and I said, 'Sure'.

[We were both living in Fort Worth. I was teaching junior high English in Aledo and he was a doctoral student at Southwestern Theological Seminary.] 

Then the next day he called and asked me to the first home game of the Baylor season which was that Saturday.

I said "Yes! I'd like to go to the Baylor game!" and then I asked "Who is this?"  (That's how he tells it.)


Anyway, we went to the game in Waco, and his family was having a kind of reunion at an apartment complex game room after the game (since so many of them went to Baylor) so I got to meet the 'Carmack Clan'.

By that time I was (what I thought was) a ripe 25 year-old school teacher who had come to terms with never getting married.  25 seemed old.  HA!
I had known many friends and family members near my age who'd married (and I had been a bridesmaid in many, many weddings) and well, the single life was looking appealing.

So we went to the Baylor game, and enjoyed the talk on the drive to and from Waco.... and well, that was that, I thought. 

Then he called a couple of nights later.

I don't know what exactly he said after he said who he was, but his voice sounded marvelous. MARVELOUS. 
Immediately I relived that last Saturday and how much I enjoyed the day ... well, and how much, by golly, I liked HIM!  

I then remembered how his family talked about his upcoming birthday, and well, I had been given a two-for-one coupon by a student to a steak house where the student's mother was the hostess, and well, before I could stop myself I said, "I have a coupon for this steak house.  Can I treat you to a birthday dinner?"

The only other time I had invited any male to anything was to an occasional sweetheart banquet at our church in Mission, Texas.  And when I would call to invite a boy to that, I would get so nervous I could hardly get the words out.

This time, I so surprised myself.  It took NO NERVE.
I had the coupon, and well, he had a birthday, and, well, I wanted to see him again!

My heart has never turned back.

Long story short, we got engaged four months later, and married six months after that, and now it's 37 years down the road.... and I think his voice still sounds marvelous.... on the phone and (especially) in person.


Here's June 1978...

And here we are at a Baylor game in 2012...


Today is his birthday.
Now we're both the same age (for a few months). 

Happy Birthday, Sam!!!

I LOVE YOU!!!

 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Baylor is winning.... again!!!!


Baylor is winning again.  !!!
(But I'm yawning.)
I guess it's getting to be 'old hat'?
(Well, that's a great problem.)

I was watching the Baylor/Buffalo game upstairs on the big screen, but have decided to come downstairs and blog.
Well, we're winning, 35-0.

I haven't blogged since Wednesday... and now I have some pictures to show you...
of maybe future Baylor Bears!...


Yes! Nell was 10 months old this week!
Sigh.
(Time waits for no man - or baby.)


Well, here are her cousins - who just keep growing and growing...
That's Caroline. (A second grader!)


That's Andrew. (A kindergartener, who can clearly take care of himself!)

And that's Anna. (An aspiring ballerina!)



And here's beautiful Anna with her beautiful mother and her beautiful great grandmother!
I'm so glad they got together this week.


In closing, here's my daughter...
(who IS a Baylor Bear! Sic 'Em!)

This was last year...
And this is this year...
 
It was a before-and-after-new-glasses picture.

Well, the best thing said about those pictures was (in my opinion)
Laurie Bargsley's comment on the second picture...
"Look like your mama in this picture! So pretty!"

Well, I had to "LIKE" that!!!
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I will hit 'publish' for now..
... but stay tuned for a celebration of my husband's 62nd birthday celebration!

(I've been working on a 'down-through-the-years-with-Sam' celebratory bit of prose.)
(It's fun to reminisce- when you have someone you with whom you like to reminisce.)