Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Some Halloween Fun....

I stole a couple of pictures off of Facebook yesterday...
That's my daughter Laura with her decorated pumpkin. Very nice.


And here's some darling cuteness ..
That's our great niece and great nephew! Talk about adorable!
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Here are some Halloween funnies...

Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers?
No, they eat the fingers separately.

What do you call a ghost with a broken leg?
A hoblin goblin.

Why wasn't there any food left after the monster party?
Because everyone was a goblin!

How does a witch tell time?
She looks at her witch watch.

What was the witch's favorite subject in school?
Spelling.

 What do Italians eat on Halloween?
Fettucinni Afraid-o.

Why do mummies have so much trouble keeping friends?
They're too wrapped up in themselves.

Why don't mummies take vacations?
They're afraid they'll relax and unwind.

What happens when a ghost gets lost in the fog?
He is mist.

What do you get when you divide the circumference
of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
Pumpkin Pi.


And here's a cartoon...



In closing, here's a picture I took yesterday...
That's on Mid Cities Blvd in North Richland Hills.
(I couldn't resist putting that one up.)


That's it for today!
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Life is fun...

 ... with my little granddaughter...
Yes.

She is such a joy.
And she is walking - on her own! - now.
Whoa.
I'll get to see it today!
(Bailey put a video on FB of it.)
Whoa.
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In other news, I've been missing my man, Sam.

Ten days ago he left.... ah, but today he's coming home!!!!!

He flew to St. Petersburg, Russia where he taught
at the Theological Seminary there.
We both went a year and a half ago...
and this time he went without me.

I was fine with that... until after a few days...
then the missing started.

I think it's good for husbands and wives to have some time apart.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Here's a good 'poster' about that...


Absence made my heart grow particularly fonder when I'd drive home
and see his car in the garage...
and then it would dawn on me: he's not anywhere near here!

Well, I was glad he was in Russia.

And we FaceTimed every morning...
and he sent me pictures.

Here he is at a Q&A supper held for him....

And here is outside a balcony at the academy....
Yes, that's snow!

So Sam had to take his winter clothes...
which we haven't been wearing around here.
Yesterday it got up to 90 degrees here in Colleyville, TX!!

Yesterday morning my friend, Delta, put this on Facebook....
That is appropriate, don't you think?

So I'm ready to see Sam...
and I'm ready for cooler weather...
and I'm ready to see little Nell-Belle walking to me.

Yes!





Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Night Likes...

Last night I had a delicious supper with these people...
They drew pictures for me!

I love those drawings they made for me!!
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And I love our little Nell in the park today...
Bailey texted this picture to me.... and it made me smile!!
Nell is ALMOST WALKING ON HER OWN!
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Other stuff has been happening.
I'll tell you soon about Sam and his wanderings (wonderings).
 Hint: here he is (was) recently...
No, none of those folks to his left have come from West Africa.
Or the person to his right.
Thank goodness.
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As for me: I've been having some me-time.
I've been watching some Alfred Hitchcock on Netflix...
Those episodes are great!
And they are less than 30 minutes!
(I don't like long shows.)

And this afternoon I had my favorite snack/supper
while watching some of those episodes....
 
Taco Bueno's MexiDips and Chips!

I know... they're not the most nutritious snack/supper in the world...
but it's Friday...
and they're what I like!!


In conclusion, here's a quote I like...

“Living on Earth is expensive,
but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.”
 – Unknown



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Road work really wrecked my Wrednesday!

(I really know how to spell today's name. I just had a chance for alliteration, and took it!) 

Here's what happened this morning...
My cul-de-sac was CLOSED.
Actually, I didn't take this picture... it's for effect.
I ran an errand this morning (to get a haircut) and got out okay onto Jackson Rd. There was roadwork being done, but I got out and drove to the hair-stylist's.
Then I drove home, so as to be here when dear little Nell (my almost-one-year-old granddaughter) was to come for me to watch her.  (I watch her Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for about 5 hours.)
Lo and behold my road was closed! The roadworker-man said I absolutely couldn't drive there and told me to go to the next street. I said, "But it's a cul-de-sac, with just that road!"  He shook his head and said, "I'm sorry, lady."
I got in touch with Bailey, and we met in the Target parking lot... and Nell got in my car (in the car seat I always have for her).   I had no diaper bag and neither did Bailey.  She did have her stroller which she loaned me (mine was at the house), so I drove to a street I could drive on.... put Nell in the stroller and we took a walk to my house.
When she wakes up from her nap, and after her lunch, we'll take another walk and get my car... provided I can soon drive on Jackson Court! If not, we'll meet Bailey on another walk.
(Update: the road opened, so Nell and I got the car... and Bailey came to get her here.)

Oh, and they're building a roundabout down at Cheeks-Sparger and Jackson (which becomes Central when you're going south).  It seems to be taking forever.... but it will be so nice when it's done. 

There is one at Glade and Jackson and I found a picture of it online (well, before it was 'done', I guess.)....


I really like it.

There are several roundabouts in the area.
My favorite is in Southlake at Carroll/Brumlow and Continental.

In the middle of that roundabout they have this statue...

I love that... and it's so appropriate since it's near an elementary school.


 Anyway, road work is everywhere, and thankfully some of it is almost done.
 

Hopefully my road will be done SOON!!
(especially since I hear Nell waking up from her nap!)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Not all little folks look alike...

... but some do.

See if you think so...
That's Caroline, Elizabeth's oldest.

That's Anna, Elizabeth's youngest, with her two teeth (can you see them?).
That's Nell. (I was wanting you to see her two teeth, too.)

Oh, here's a better picture (but with no teeth)....

 I think Nell looks like the little girl in this next picture!!...



That's Elizabeth with her mother, my twin Peggy.

I think those babies look alike!

Oh, and here Peggy and I are years ago...

I think we all kind of look alike.

Tell me you agree!

Oh, I have to leave you with a sweet picture of Caroline...
Is that not precious?!


Oh wait, I have another picture!

That's Caroline with her mom, Elizabeth... in New York City last weekend!!

Now, I know....
I have a daughter... but she's a blue-eyed blonde!
(Yes, she's my biological daughter.)
(What a thrill!)

Here she is with her cousin, Elizabeth, a few years ago...
Two beauties, huh?
And maybe Nell does look like Laura... yeah.

Well, for sure they love each other....
That makes me smile.


Well, I could just keep adding pictures.

Well, it's my blog.
I can do what I want.

Like show you this...
That's Anna with Nell.
Now go up to the first picture of baby Caroline...
and see if she doesn't look like Nell here.
Well, here it is...

My point is made!!
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Now I need to get off this blog and get some work done.
 Or not.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Somethings I've rediscovered!!!....

1. J.C. Penney.
Have you been in there lately?
Whoa.
I think it's my new favorite store.

2. SONIC'S  Cheddar Peppers with Ranch Dressing...
'
YUM. And they're great with Diet Coke with lime!!
Mmmmmmm.

3. ANDY GRIFFITH shows!
Did you know that Andy only agreed to do the show if there was a good moral in every episode?!
(How many sitcoms would exist today with Andy's standards?)


4. This picture of Tom Landry in front of his childhood home in Mission, TX,
which is my hometown, too...
I really like that.


5. This picture of my granddaughter Nell with her cousins on Bailey's side. (Well, this isn't something I've rediscovered.... it's something I JUST discovered!)
That's Camryn holding Nell with Luca on the side and Macy in the back.
I dare you to find cuter kids anywhere.
(Don't sign them up for kids' beauty pageants.)
(No other kids would have a chance.)


6. 'Elsbeth Tascioni' on THE GOOD WIFE....
played by Carrie Preston.

She is my favorite character on that show (THE GOOD WIFE)
or on any show.

In real life she's married to Michael Emerson from PERSON OF INTEREST. 
(which I find interesting.)

Well, now I'm getting into stuff that might be best offered in PEOPLE magazine.


I will close with a random quote I like.
It's...
“Hitler didn’t travel. Stalin didn’t travel.
Saddam Hussein never traveled.
They didn’t want to have their orthodoxy challenged.”
— Howard Gardner

(I think that's a good quote.)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The chess of sports...



... is football.


That's what my hubby says.

I believe him.

I remember years ago how Coach Lum Wright tried to teach us P.E. girls in Mission High School about football.  It REALLY helped me understand what I could understand.

But I think I'd need a college course to fully understand.

My dad used to watch and re-watch and re-watch again (!) games he'd recorded.
And my husband does the same thing!
Well, my dad would re-watch ANY game.  Sam just re-watches Baylor games (the ones we've won, which this year so far is ALL!) (update - we lost yesterday to West Virginia.)

Sam says the key to re-watching is to watch the big guys on the line.
And then watch for different things (or players) each time you watch.
Okay.
(I don't think I'll ever re-watch a game... but different strokes for different folks.)


In closing (my first sports blog post) here are some cartoons....













Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Favorite Fun....

My last two (really three) posts were somber... but inspiring, in my humble opinion.
Now I'll get back to just some fun....

That's Mother and one of her granddaughters (Elizabeth) and two of her great granddaughters (Nell and Anna) sitting on Mother's front porch at her retirement community.  We had just had lunch together - and it was yum and fun.
(I really like how Mother decorates her porch. )

Here's Anna up close....
Her shirt says, "I love (heart) my Nana!"  
(Nana is her great grandmother.)


On a completely different note...
here's something I found I really like.....

It's Wendy's BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad,
and you can order it half-size, which is plenty.


Speaking of eating, here's who came into the tea room the other day.

That's Lorene in the middle with her daughter Marilyn and me.
Lorene always wants me to play "Blue Bayou," "Red Sails in the Sunset" and "Crazy."
I'm always happy to oblige.

Oh, there is one song I will never play.
I was told by a customer a few years ago that if I ever played it, she'd walk out.
(She was kind of laughing and yet serious.)
She said the song drives her crazy.

What is it?
It's "It's a Small World After All." 
(I don't mind not playing that song.)

Do YOU have a song that drives you crazy?
I'd love to know what it is.

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 On a different note, have you heard of aJokeADay.com
I get a clean joke in my e-mail everyday.

Here's one...
What did the grizzly bears say when they saw tourists in sleeping bags?
“Mmmm, sandwiches!”

Here's another one...
A guy was meeting a friend in a bar, and as he walked in he noticed two pretty girls looking at him. He heard one girl say to the other; “Nine.” Feeling pleased with himself, he swaggered over to his buddy at the bar and told him that the girl in the corner had just rated him a nine out of ten. “Sorry to spoil your evening,” said his friend, “but when I walked in they were speaking German”

 
And here's another one...
If pro is the opposite of con, what's the opposite of progress?
Congress!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Me and the miracle on the morning of Peggy's funeral...

(This is just a stock picture, not of Peggy.)
(I'm telling this now, because my last post was about Peggy's victory over her fear of death.
So now I'll tell you mine (kind of).)

Even though I had known my twin Peggy would die - and we'd have her funeral- I felt weird.
(I've found that even though a person may be terminal, said person is still with you... and very much alive... until he/she dies.)

We got the call, early in the morning (on April 12, '89), that "Peggy passed away."   I still relive that. I had hoped I would be with her... but was so glad Mother was.

So we flew to Houston to stay at a hotel ... and make arrangements... and then the evening of April 14th, we went to the 'visitation time' at the funeral home in Katy.   I remember I couldn't wait to see her... as not alive.  (I needed to... somehow.)   Her canula indentation was still on her skin... and she was lifeless and felt hard.   But they made her look beautiful.

And then, Diane.... our dear best friend from Mission .... Diane Williams... came running into the chapel.  I cannot tell you how much that meant to me.  She had come all the way from Mission.  (Well, she had visited Peggy in the hospice, too --- as had Ron Hyde (our dear, wonderful friend), and our beloved pastor Glenn McCollum and his dear daughter, Tammie.) (I cannot tell you how much their visits meant.  I can almost relive them.)

Anyway, at Peggy's visitation (which I think Catholics call a 'wake') it was surreal... and yet, too real.

We met a few friends of Peggy's who treated me as kind of a ghost.  They couldn't believe I was there and that I looked so much like her.  (We'd never thought of ourselves as truly identical.)

Anyway, we went back to the hotel... and set the alarm so as to get up for the 10 o'clock funeral the next morning at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy.

Well, I got up the next morning.... and after I showered and got completely ready and was ready to awaken Sam, I realized I'd gotten up 2 hours earlier than I meant to.
So I sat in the chair by the desk in my funeral attire... and felt weird, yet kind of numb.
I knew this day would come.   But it felt weird.
I remember grabbing the Gideon Bible on the desk.. and, while feeling weird, just opened it randomly.
My eyes hit on Job chapter 17, verse 1.
It read.... "My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me."

I stared at those words.
They seemed to be from God AND Peggy.

And it was if my world were swimming around me - as in movies, where the character is suddenly found to be in the center of cameras going round and round and round.

I felt - profoundly - that God was holding me in his arms and telling me that Peggy's grave was ready for her.
I cannot tell you the profound peace I felt. 

Peggy was just 37.  Too young.   
And yet I truly believe that God was telling me that, though she was young, the grave WAS READY FOR HER. 

Can you imagine the peace and comfort of that?!?

I often relive it..... and find myself profusely thanking God for it.  It was (is) profound. 

Sam told of my experience that next day when he spoke at Peggy's graveside service in little Colfax, Texas, where  all of the Will White clan are buried.

And I'm telling it here. 

Sometimes my blog is fluff.  (And I like fluff.)
But for today.... it is profound... to me. 

I'm so glad I got to be Peggy's twin.
I still consider myself as a twin.  ('Twinless twin' is the expression used.)

I'm working on finishing that book.... and I have lots more to tell. 
And the telling of it is cathartic.
Yes.


Life IS fragile.... but worth it.
So worth it.

In closing, here we are on Halloween many years ago....