Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Trivia Tuesday ...

The largest tomato on record―a whopping seven pounds, 12 ounces―was picked in Edmond, Oklahoma, in 1986.

The 1978 low-budget cult movie ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES inspired three sequels, the first of which starred George Clooney.



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Other trivia...
Brownsville, TX to Texline, TX (north of Amarillo): 956 miles.  Texline to Canada: 960 miles.

(This is in case you need to see about how far the tip of Texas is to the top of Texas.)

(This is in case you didn't know the feel of how far the top of Texas is to Canada.)


 Other trivia...
The chameleon’s tongue is almost 2 times the length of its body (not including tail). It’s also believed that smaller chameleons are can project their tongues at larger distances in comparison to the bigger chameleons.

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A flea can jump more than a foot. This is comparable to a human being jumping over the Washington Monument with plenty of room to spare.



In our house before last (on Pembrooke) we had a bout with flea infestation.
I NEVER want to go through that again!!!


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In closing, here's a link I like to go to to learn some things.
It's TriviaPlaza, and you take quizzes to test your knowledge... 
and in doing so you gain MORE knowledge. 
I do that when I have some time on my hands.

If there's one thing I like, it's having time on my hands!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday's Montage...

1. I am really fickle.
We've been looking at open houses and it seems that almost every one I like... 
and am ready to sign on the dotted line.
That's why it's good to have my level-headed hubby looking also. 

I've told myself I don't want a second story...
until I do.

I've told myself I don't want lots of trees with lots of leaves...
until I do.

I've told myself I don't want a closed kitchen that doesn't open up to the den...
until I do.

Fickle Fickle.
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  2. Writing and then reading those above words really amazed me.
The fact that we can roam open houses with the knowledge that we CAN buy one ...
well, I don't ever want to take that for granted.
So my second point is that I am feeling very blessed.
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3. The apartment complex we are currently living at has sent everyone a notice
that we can only have one guest per each resident swimming in the pool.  !!! 
(I guess it makes sense.)


4.  Different note: I am not a fan of Obama, but I must say I enjoyed his singing "Amazing Grace" at the eulogy of Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina.




5. Finally, I found a great site that has 20 July 4th dessert recipes.  I might try one!




Have a great Fourth of July week.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

What do I think?

I usually consider myself a conservative.  Actually an evangelical conservative.
But maybe I'm not.


I have some gay friends ... and they are super nice people.
Well, years ago I had a lesbian friend who was struggling with her lifestyle because she knew some very hateful and even violent lesbians.
So then I was against lesbians.
(And frankly I cannot imagine being of that persuasion.)

But I am growing older and wiser... and, I think, more liberal.
Well, more accepting, anyway.

And also, I've decided that I don't have to be for or against anything.... unless God tells me directly what to be for or against.
Some of you will say that He HAS told me directly... through His Word. 

But when I think of Jesus ... and how he would think about things, well, I've decided not to be so dogmatic.
(The Merriam-Webster definition of dogmatic is: "characterized by or given to the expression of opinions very strongly or positively as if they were facts."

I am for the Bible being the Word of God. IT IS.
And I am for one man and one woman defining marriage...
but for all my gay friends, and all the people who love gay people, I cannot burn the rainbow flag.
If they want to be married... it is okay with me.  

So let's get on with our lives...





Friday, June 26, 2015

Let's smile a while!

There is awfulness in this world, that's for sure.

But there is also fun ... and fun people.

Here are a few...

That's 4 1/2 year old Anna.
I wanted to take that picture because I think she looks like the girl on her shirt.
(And her Nana gave her that pinwheel she's holding.)

Here is Anna with her Nana...
They're showing you that they have on the same color nail polish.
(Anna saw Nana's polish and had to have some!)
Here's Anna with her mommy...
Nana had finger puppets to play with...
which are always fun.
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At a different day and time, I ran into an old friend at the antique mall!!
Some of you blog readers will know this friend!
It's Nancy Turner, from Hinton, Oklahoma!
She was actually eating in the tea room with a high school friend
(who has a booth in the mall),
and well, when I saw them come in I thought,
"That looks like Nancy Turner."
SURE ENOUGH!!
(I almost didn't put this picture on my blog...
I was on my way to get a haircut...
and always snazzy-looking-Nancy
made me want to go and get not only a haircut,
but a complete makeover.
(Her style ALWAYS inspires me.)


And at a different day and time,
I had lunch with my former hairstylist and friend, Marti Garcia!
Here I am with her in the tea room,
when another client of hers (Linda) saw her and needed a Marti-hug!
Marti has moved to Colorado to study at a Bible college.
She was telling me how she'll be 60 next year,
and yet her life is just beginning.
Now that's exciting.

(By the way, Marti is the one who helped me go from always-colored hair to GRAY!!)

So those are a few smiles.

And here are a few different ones (hopefully they'll be smiles for you)...

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The trumpet player had been blasting away all day, when there was a knock on his door.
“I live next door to you,” he explained. “Do you know I work nights?”
“No,” said the trumpet player, “but if you hum a few bars, I’ll get the melody.”
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An old man decides to go into town one day to run some errands.
On the way back, his wife calls his cell phone. 
"Look out honey,
I just saw on the news that there's a car driving the wrong way on the interstate." 
"Not just one car, they all are!”
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Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How we sold our house...

We'd been thinking of downsizing for years. We'd always talk ourselves out of it...well, mainly because the task was so daunting.
Well, the longer we kept the house, it seemed the more money we were spending on it - just to keep it up.
FINALLY, we decided to see what would happen if we put it on Zillow.com.
So we kind of cleaned up around; Sam took some pictures; got a Zillow account ... and he listed it under 'Make Me Move'
We did not hire a realtor, even though we are big time believers in getting a realtor.  We just wanted to see how it would be - if we could sell it BEFORE fixing it up (you know, before fixing the windows so they didn't 'weep', and repairing the back and side doors where Shiloh super-scratched to let us know he wanted inside.)

The second day it was on Zillow, a couple came by.... and stayed 2 1/2 hours. 
I was playing in the tea room and Sam texted, "I think we may have just sold our house."

Now this was amazing.
We'd thought the house was really not something that would sell fast. We'd made one room into a theater, which just left three bedrooms. Now, yes, three bedrooms sound fine, unless you think of this HUGE house looking like it would have maybe six bedrooms.  
Also there was not much backyard.... for kids.
And well, we'd made a guest bathroom into first a 'computer room', and then later part of the pantry, so the other 'guest bathroom' was, well, not so accessible (unless you wanted to use the tiny 'pool bath.')

This is getting too long-winded.

Long story short, the couple who came and spent 2 1/2 hours bought it.
And they said they had prayed and prayed for just the right place... and when I met the husband of the couple, he looked at me and said, "This is a miracle."
Whoa.  It makes me feel so good that they are loving that house - and calling it miraculous that they found it.  (They'd wanted a house with 2 bedrooms downstairs, as the mother-in-law was moving in with them ... and they'd seen many, many houses that were too high in price and/or not updated at all.)
And it was miraculous that we didn't have to do one thing - except vacate it.  (All the nails were in the walls where the pictures were hung, and some of the windows were still moist on the inside, and Shiloh's aggressive scratches remained, and the garage doors still weren't working.... but we sold the house and were out of there - without lifting a finger to improve it.   Whoa.)

Did I say we'd been praying for the right owners to come along?
(And yes, I think God is interested in such things ...  He's interested in each little sparrow, so he's interested in everything.)  (I'll preach more in a later post.)

Then this happened: we saw our neighbors to the south working in their yard.  We thought, we'd better tell them the moving trucks are coming...
Let me say that we were not the best neighbors to them.  They'd been there 6 years (I think) and we'd been their 14 .. and well, we had welcomed them to the neighborhood, but that was about all the contact we had with them.  Oh, we'd wave when we'd see them, but that was about it (sad to say).
WELL, when we saw then in the yard we stopped the car and told them we'd sold the house.
Stephanie, the wife, said, "I just want you to know something, if you don't mind."
Our curiosity was up.
Then she said basically "We just want you to know that every time we'd see you drive in or drive out of your driveway we have said a prayer for you .... for God to lead you and guide you in your life." 
Whoa.
WHOA.
They had been praying for us.
We hadn't even known.

You can imagine how wonderful that made us feel .... and it's prompted me to pray for my neighbors here in this apartment complex.

Well, I usually don't write so much in a blog post, because when I see lots of words in somebody's blog post, well, I think I'll read it later and never do.

Hopefully you have read to this here bottom of the post ... and you're praying for your neighbors now, too.

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And here's a Bible verse I love - that kind of relates ...

"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ." -Philippians 3:20
 


Monday, June 22, 2015

Summertime!

For today I'm celebrating summer.... with changing my blog background... and showing you some pictures of some of my favorite people (in all the world) in the water...
That's my grandchild on the left, and Peggy's grandchildren on the right.
(Those legs are the legs of the lifeguard - Bailey Jo.)
(They're at the pool and hot tub of our apartment complex.)

Caroline has some great flippers... mermaid style.  (She bought them herself.)...

Here are a few more pictures of that swim day (which was actually over 3 weeks ago, I think.)

You can tell we have a nice pool, here at our new home (Enclave at Hometown).
(And we don't have to see about the chemicals in it, or clean it. We can just enjoy it!)
Life is easy here.
(I put out the trash right in front of our front door this morning.)
(They pick it up Monday-Wednesday-Friday morning before nine o'clock.)
(Well, they'll just pick it up Monday today.) (grin)

Now back to some summertime pictures... 
which will take us back to 2009...

First, one of the most adorable pictures there is...
That's little Caroline.
It was at the 2009 J. Earl White reunion - in our pool.
(I'm thinking little sweetie was 2 1/2 then!)








And here's another refreshing picture

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(That makes me nostalgic... for the place, the people, and Shiloh!)

That last picture is mainly made up of the Richard Hartley family.
(Teri is my oldest cousin's daughter.)
(From bottom left clockwise: Richard, Nathaniel, Teri, Meredith (my cousin Margaret's daughter), David and Shiloh.)
(On a very sad note, Richard lost his father this past week.
The funeral is in Idaho, so Teri and family will be traveling from Wisconsin to there.
You can include them in your prayers.
Thank you.)



I'll leave you with another picture I like ...
(He's living with Elizabeth and her family now...
and he has a brother and a sister!...
(From left, Teddy Roosevelt (Teddy for short), Shiloh, and Tally.)
They get along splendidly.
I'll need to go and give Shiloh another big hug.
(When we took him over there, I thought I'd be dropping by every other day.
Well, so much for that.)
(I do need a Shiloh-hug, soon.)
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That's it for today.

Soon I will tell you how we sold our house ...
I think it makes for an interesting story.
Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

THIS JUST IN ...

We're having a grandSON!!!   
Will, Bailey and Nell came by yesterday afternoon and broke the news to us!
Yes. We're excited.
He's due in November and will be 2 years younger than his big sister.

Here's big sis with her 'Mama' yesterday...
Sweetness.

I have never known a 'seventh' before, have you?
They're going to name him Samuel Williams Carmack VII !
(Will is the sixth, Sam is the fifth.... )
It's like he's royalty.
(Btw, they may change their mind on naming him the VII...
and I can so understand why.)
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There IS something about mothers and their sons, I must say.
Take this set...
That's Elizabeth with Andrew, a few weeks ago in the tea room.
(I love that picture.)



And here's a picture of me and my son a few years back...
Do you see the armchair rests?
That's Pretzel by me, and Tambourine by Will.
(They made homes with the Gosdin family -who are dear cat lovers -
(and dear friends)
when Will and Bailey moved to Scotland for a year.
And then Pretzel and Tambourine became official Gosdins.


Why, here's beautiful Marcie with Pretzel in April.

And here she is with Tambourine.
(The colors in that picture are purrfect!!)


This blog post is an example of my blogging...
Sometimes when I start
I don't know where's it's going to come out. 

In looking for a picture of Will and me, I found the cat picture...
which led me to the Marcie pictures...
which led me to this picture her dad put on FB in February of 2014...
Jay appropriately called that 'The Eyes'.
(Seems like that ought to be entered into a contest somewhere.)
Anyway,
I go from Baby Boy Carmack,
to two cats,
to Marcie....
and now to where?

Well, how about some humor???
I'll leave you with three cartoons
that I randomly (on purpose) found ...





So that's how the blog rolled today! 

 (And, Marcie, thanks for letting me stalk your and your Daddy's FB photos... 
and put them on my blog.)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Beautiful people ...

We had a wonderful lunch with a beautiful bunch yesterday!
 




This next picture I took because it was one of the few times (lately) that brother and sister have been able to have their own conversation...
My ears couldn't quite capture the conversation.
Maybe it had to do with how to toast the bread they had for breakfast?
Anybody else want to gander a guess?


The following picture needs no caption, except that that was a mug made from Laura's art.


And you don't need to adjust your glasses for this next picture...
(I thought a fuzzy family picture was better than none.)

This next picture is of a dear daughter celebrating Father's Day a week early...
Laura gave her dad a wonderful shirt.
(whose picture I forgot to take.)

In this last set of pictures we see Nell not happy...
Most people are not good-looking when they're not happy.
Do you know the first person I thought of when I saw this picture?
I'll give you a multiple choice test...
(With my answer being the winner.)




Which person does Nancy think Nell looks like in that unhappy picture?

A) Her "Grammy" (me)...

B) Her "Mama" (Bailey Jo)...




C) Here 'Cousin Caroline'..

D) Her "Aunt Laura"...
(That picture was taken several years ago.)

E) Her "Uncle Cap" ...
That's him looking handsome, as usual.

F) Her "Daddy Pap"...
(He is sweeter than he looks.)

G) Her "Aunt Shea"...
(Shea really likes riding the Merry-Go-Round.)


Well, who do you THINK I thought of???


Answer is E: Cap!! I thought of Cap!!
(It was the first time I thought she looked like Cap.)


Here are some more pictures of him, that I like...
 


Do you see it?

I do!
And I made the quiz!!
So I win!!

(You can tell I've had some free time -
to make such an elaborate blog post.)
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I hope you have a good week.