Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Monday... my humble views on gun control, Trump, climate change ...

Here’s my view on gun control: I don’t want anyone to have a gun but me and my hubby (and our military and our police).

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Here's my (current) view on TRUMP: I hate his lambasting of Jeb or anybody else here in the States, because if he lambastes someone not in the States - like Putin or any other world leader he doesn't  like, well, those leaders might want to attack us sooner rather than later.
So frankly, I think Trump just might be dangerous.


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Here's my view of climate change:  OF COURSE CLIMATE IS CHANGING.
EVERYTHING CHANGES.    HELLO!!!???
As to whether I can help it change less, well, it depends on whom you (I) listen to. 

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This is my blog... with my mind... that can, like the climate, change.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

(Easy) Food Fest ...

This food fest may not be politically correct.
I mean, what is good is not always what is 'good'.



If you know me, you know that instead of eating to live, I live to eat...
... but I've never been a prolific cook.

When I do cook, I like to do it as easily as possible.
And lately I've found some 'articles' that are about easy cooking!


Here we go...

Click HERE to get the 33 3-ingredient slow cooker recipes.
(Yes, they use just 3 ingredients.)

Some of those look really good.

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Here's an  'article' I found that uses canned biscuits for easy food.
Click HERE for that.
That really looks tasty.
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In 2009 I blogged an easy Brazilian feast I like to put together.  
It contains these beans...

You can click HERE for the rest of the ingredients for that feast, if you'd like.
(It's one of our favorite meals.)

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In other food news, you can click HERE for 55 recipes using rotisserie chicken.
Some folks don't like rotisserie chicken.
(They're missing out.)

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I know that some easy recipes require ingredients that may be costly,
because well, they're already 'made'.

So I guess if you like to 'easy cook' you might have to spend more money
than if you like to cook from scratch.


This begs the question:
Do YOU have an inexpensive AND easy dish recipe you'd like to share?

(You can leave it as a comment here, or wherever.  I'd love it.)


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In closing I want to share this article...
"Spicing Up Your Meals Might Extend Your Life."

I like that article... because I like spicy food!
Of course EASY SPICY food would be ideal!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Pergolas, Zurts, and ... an ugly lamp contest!!

You're (I'm) never too old to learn stuff.

Like Pergolas...

All-knowing Wikipedia has them described as: A pergola, arbor, is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained. The origin of the word is the Late Latin pergula, referring to a projecting eave.

So now you know.


And there are YURTS...
Ah, but I could find no Wikipedia definitions!

But here is a picture...
My daughter told me about them, as she was going to stay in one in Yosemite ... 
with Melissa, her college friend.
That is the one she and Melissa stayed in.

It looks like they're glorified tents... which might appeal to me.
(As my father, I could pretty much only want to camp out at a Holiday Inn.)  :)
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In other news, there is an Ugly Lamp Contest you can vote in
(without signing in, or registering or anything).

One of my favorite random interior decorating blogs is BETTER AFTER
... and now, as every year at this time, the blogger is having an UGLY LAMP CONTEST...

You can go there and vote for your favorite ugly lamp... and well, it's fun!
(This was one of yesterdays contestants.)


I actually didn't vote for that one.... so as not to influence you...
but that looks pretty ugly.

 I always have BETTER AFTER on my blog list (on the side)
and so enjoy Lindsey's pictures of transformations of junk - to treasures.
And she is SO descriptive in her words describing the treasures. 

She doesn't know me at all.
I just found her blog randomly.
(I should comment on her blog, that I'm promoting her contest.)

The internet can be wild and maybe unwholesome sometimes,
but SOMETIMES it is SO FUN...
LIKE FINDING "BETTER AFTER".

YEAH!!!

Check out BETTER AFTER... 
You'll be glad you did!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Ready or not ...

... it's a new school year!
Here are Anna, Andrew, and Caroline...
They started homeschooling today!
(They're excited!)
(They're my twin's grandchildren.)


Here are Sam's sister Pat's grandchildren....
That's Charlotte, Molly and Lewis...
and they all started a new school today!
(Charlotte is in fourth grade, Molly is in sixth,
and Lewis is in second.)
(They're Jennifer's children.)

Now here are Pat's grandchildren whose mother is Marian.
That's Finn and Eloise...
and they're in the third and first grade.
And they got to ride the school bus to school!
Isn't that a great picture?!


 Pat's youngest, Justin, has two little boys, but they are not ready for school yet,
but will be soon - since time flies!

Here is the family...
That's Amber holding Arlo, and Justin holding Thatcher, who recently turned one.
(Beautiful family.)


And now for Sam's brother Steve's grandchildren...
That's Rob's son Sawyer with his mom Caroline.

And here is Delia, Rob and Caroline's daughter....
Isn't Delia beautiful?
(She is now a ballerina, or 'beweena', as she calls herself.)


And here is Sam's brother Steve's son Mac, on his first day of school...
I got this from Facebook (where I got the others).
Mac is the little guy.
And that's his gorgeous mom Lorie, and brother Jason,
and his father Steve is in the blue shirt.
(I think Mac wishes he could take his dog to school.)

Well, our granddaughter is not starting school (well preschool pretty soon),
but she HAS graduated to a new bed in a new room....
This is Bailey's 'panoramic' picture... which she says (and I agree) doesn't show off how well painted the walls look.
(But I think it captures the beauty of Nell's room.)

Bailey and Will told us that Nell really likes her new bed.

Yesterday Sam took this picture of Nell-Belle...

... and I think she really looks like her mother, Bailey, when Bailey was little....
Isn't she darling?



Well, I wasn't going to show you so many pictures... but I couldn't help myself. 

Of course if you've been on Facebook today
you may have seen plenty of first-day-of-school pics.
I have and have enjoyed every single one.

And oh, do I have the memories of little Will and little Laura starting school each year. 

Whoa.

Time flies...
whether we're ready or not!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Celebrating Kay...

I went to a memorial service yesterday (Saturday) and left feeling very uplifted.

The funeral was for Mother's dear friend Kay, who used to live right below Mother at the retirement center (Kay was on the first floor and Mother on the second floor).



I blogged a little about Kay a while back. You can click HERE for that post.

And you can read her obituary by clicking HERE.

The memorial service was a celebration of Kay's life.

(I represented both Mother and me, as Mother felt ill at the last minute - so I went without her --- gladly now she's doing better.)

I'm thinking Kay requested the music that was sung.  It was so appropriate for her service.
The first song sung by the congregation was "I Danced in the Morning".
Do you know it?!?
It is a fantastic song... and fit delightful Kay so well.
I found it on youTube, so you can enjoy it... (though we sang it a bit slower... but still with celebration)...



Kay was one of a kind.  She was so funny. ... and so creative... and ALWAYS upbeat.  I mean even if she felt badly she would be upbeat.  (That's very rare in a person, I believe, but that was Kay. (Don't expect that from me, by the way.)

She and Mother became fast friends when Mother moved into Parkwood (in April 2010). They hit it off right away... and became super close.  I MEAN SUPER-CLOSE.  Well, they were both very interesting... well-read and well-versed in, well, everything.  (Not like frumpy old ladies who live in the past, and/or not know much.) (I better quit talking about frumpy old ladies. I do know some nice ones.)

I took the two of them Christmas shopping last December... and we had a ball.
And I went to (and helped with) a little party that the two of them hosted in Mother's apartment a while back.
And I visited with her many times when I was with Mother.

We're all going to miss Kay.
But heaven is a brighter place now (as if it could be.... but if anyone could make it even brighter it would be Kay!)

Kay had a wonderfully strong faith in God... and was very active at St. Phillips Presbyterian Church in Hurst.  It was there where her memorial service was ... and that big auditorium was packed! What a tribute to her. 

The other song we sang was "Amazing Grace" at the end of the service.... but that "I Danced in the Morning" was a super delight.
Go back and listen to it, if you haven't.  (It's in the middle of this post.)

It may be my new favorite song!

Here are the lyrics...

I Danced In the Morning

words by Sydney Carter
American Shaker Melody

Verse 1:
I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
And I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
And I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth;
At Bethlehem I had My birth.
Refrain:
Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He,
And I'll heal you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said He.
Verse 2:
I danced on the scribe and the Pharisee,
But they would not dance and they would not follow Me;
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John;
They came with Me and the dance went on.
Refrain
Verse 3:
I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame;
The holy people said it was a shame.
They whipped and they stripped and they hung Me high;
And left Me there on a cross to die.
Refrain
Verse 4:
I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
It's hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried My body and they thought I'd gone;
But I am the dance and I still go on.
Refrain
Verse 5:
They cut Me down and I leap up high;
I am the life that will never, never die;
I'll live in you if you'll live in Me;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He.
Refrain


Friday, August 21, 2015

A Sweet Young Man... and a cute little girl ...

 My last post was about my encounter with a sweet old man.

Well, the next day that I played I had a wonderful encounter with a sweet young man.


I would say he was (is) about fifteen years old. 

He came in with two woman, one of whom appeared to be his mother. 

This young man had the facial features of someone with Down syndrome or Down's syndrome, also known as trisomy 21.

Anyway, as I finished each song I would hear a soft clapping... and sure enough, this young man was applauding my playing.  How special is that?! 

(Btw, usually I'm not too excited when people clap for me in the tea room ... because well, it makes me feel kind of awkward (though appreciative).
(However, this young man's soft applause was delightful.  I loved it.)

 
He was sitting kind of behind me, so when I'd hear the clapping I would turn and see him looking at me smiling ... and I would mouth "Thank you."  He would keep smiling.

When I would take a break, for coffee, or to just take a break and I would look at him he would give me a hearty thumbs up... and I would return the thumbs up.  We'd both smile. 

When he was leaving I told him "Thank you for making me feel so good today." 
He just smiled and gave me another big thumbs up.


That young fella really made my day.
And maybe I made his.
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I was going to make that my blog post for the day...
but now I want to add this:  
I was putting my music away today in the tea room and this little girl (who looked about three years old) said, "You're not going to play the 'pino' anymore?!"

"No," I said. "If I play any longer, well, I'll just be too tired to do anything for the rest of the day."

"Oh no!" she yelled, and added loudly "You better not get tired... or you'll be cranky!!"

I agreed and laughed.

Smart little girl.
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Life can be so sweet.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

A Sweet Old Man ...

A sweet old man came into the tea room last week...

(I didn't get a picture of him, but Public Domain pictures gave me this one... which kind of resembled him...


He came in with a retirement community group.  I noticed their bus outside. They had scheduled a party in the party area, but when he heard me playing he hobbled over and started whistling to some tunes I was playing, like "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "Last Date" ... and "Born to Lose".
He had a great whistle ... and he kind of danced with his cane to my tunes.
Several of the waiters and customers were smiling.
This lasted for several minutes - maybe 20.

When I stopped and told him he might ought to go join his group so he could order his meal, he said, "Yeah, I ought to be with them."
Then he said, "My kids put me in that old folks' home.  You know, I have a good mind. I am really smart. Really.  I just can't remember things.  I can't memorize things."

Then he asked me where we were.  I said, "Well, we're in Haltom City." He looked confused.  "It's near Fort Worth," I added.

Then he said, "Oh, we're in Texas.  Oh!"

Then he told me three times in the course of a just a few minutes that he was a part of the military for 20 years and one month, mainly in South Dakota.  And he really liked it. Then his wife insisted they move back to Texas.
He said that about three - maybe four- times.

And he repeated that he was really smart in his mind... but he couldn't remember things and his kids put him in the old folks' home.

My heart went out to him.

I kind of wanted to rescue him ... from that 'old folks' home'. .... but I knew I couldn't.

I think he was where he needed to be. (I think.)


I was glad he could whistle ... and dance a little to my tunes.


I like my 'job' in the tea room.

It's not super important...
but it's important enough for me...
and that sweet old man.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Are You Kidding Me?!

YES.
(I posted this post in August, 2013 ... and it fits today.)

In honor of schools starting everywhere (either already or soon) I found some cartoons you might enjoy...


And here are some other funnies that might make you smile....
Father: How were the exam questions?
Son: Easy.
Father: Then why look so unhappy?
Son: The questions didn't give me any trouble, but the answers did!
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Fred was saying his prayers. God bless my mum and dad and please make Montreal the capital of Canada.
Why did you say that, Fred? asked his mother.
Because that's what I wrote in my exam, explained Fred.
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EXAM QUESTION: What was the Romans' greatest feat?
PUPIL'S ANSWER: Learning Latin.
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My Dad always says "What you don't know won't hurt you." It sure hurt me in the math test I took last week.
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DAD: I don't understand your poor History grades. I always did well in History when I was a kid.
FRED: Dad, there's a lot more History now than when you were a kid.
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HARRY: I'd rather jump off a ten story building than take this Science test.
FRED: I didn't know we had a choice.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Do's and Don't's I've learned through the years....

I'm old enough to have a list of do’s and don’t's I can share, so I will:

1. Don’t text and drive.
2. Don’t have an affair.
3. DO spiff up.
4. DO give thanks for everything.
5. DO read your Bible (start wherever).
6. DO smile, laugh, and have fun.
7. Don’t compare yourself to others.
8. DO keep the rhythm when playing a musical instrument, even (especially) when you miss some notes.

I'm going to elaborate on No. 2 and No. 8, whether you want me to or not.

2. Don't have an affair.
I know.  It's easy for me to say.

But don't let yourself even be teased by someone's attraction to you - someone who is not your spouse.

Why on earth am I writing this today?

Well, lately I've been thinking of how some lives I've known have been ruined - or at the very least devastated - by folks having affairs.

There will always be good-looking folks out there.
And folks who make you laugh, or flatter you... or intrigue you...
Or whatever.

And there are old flames out there.

No one is immune to an affair.
NO ONE.
Don't think you're not.

So guard your heart.

Just do it.

(I felt like saying this today.)
(It's my blog.)

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No. 8 DO keep the rhythm when playing a musical instrument, even (especially) when you miss some notes.
(Obviously this DO is a lot more light-hearted than No. 2's 'Don't'.)

I have found that it is major to keep the rhythm going when you're playing background music in a tea room.   I have messed up many times, but Saturday I had a major mess-up, and I'm glad I had previously learned this DO.
I was playing a song ("When A Man Loves A Woman") that I had failed to put the music in sheet protectors.



 I'd also failed to put on some hole savers - you know, to keep the paper in the notebook. 


Somehow a breeze came through - or the air conditioner turned back on - and the sheet music flew all over the place. (That's what it felt like to me. ) Only two tables of ladies seemed to notice, and they came to my rescue - by picking up the sheet music from the floor.  I let them... while I just kept playing a few chords that I knew were a part of that song... and then I resolved those chords to kind of finish the song, all the while mouthing 'thank yous' to those ladies.

I knew that if I had immediately stopped when the music flew, it would be a sudden break... and the mood of that beautiful song would be gone. 
And I told the ladies that.  
I said, "I had to keep going, or it would have been too abrupt to stop and pick up the music myself.  I had to keep the flow going."  Then I kept thanking them profusely. 

Well, that whole incident doesn't sound earth-shattering...  but when the music stops, it stops.  In my world that's pretty shattering.

I'm getting silly...
but as I was elaborating on that second point I was thinking how both points I'm trying to make kind of fit.  
We need to keep the flow in life. 

An affair that results (and sometimes should result) in divorce, well, that messes life up.... and it sends ripple effects far farther (further) than anyone can imagine. 


We need to guard our hearts... and put the music of our lives in good sheet protectors.  


[Well, that made sense to me.]

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[I'll have a later post on forgiveness.  
Through the years I've given forgiveness a lot of thought - and study.]  (You probably have, too.)

















Sunday, August 16, 2015

Leggo of my Legos!!!!



Friday afternoon I took great-nephew Andrew to Toys-R-Us
to get some Legos (for his 7th birthday).
(Mother and I had each given him some money for Legos.
We had no idea which ones he wanted...
so we decided to let him pick out what he wanted.)

I thought it would be a long shopping experience.

It was NOT.

Andrew knew what he wanted... and he got it....

Wow. There are so many more kinds of Legos than there used to be...
but he was decisive.
(As men can be.)

His (kind of) Uncle Will used to be into Legos, too...
and I think I still have some scars on the bottoms of my feet from stepping on them.
(not really)

Anyway, Will would spend hours building who knows what with Legos.
(It was a great Lego-childhood.)

Did you know that Legos go back to 1932 when the company was founded in Denmark?
Actually Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949.
According to Wikipedia, since then a global Lego subculture has developed, supporting movies, games, competitions, and six themes amusement parks under the Legoland brand. As of 2013, around 560 billion Lego parts have been produced. In February 2015, Lego replaced Ferrari as BRAND FINANCE's "World's most powerful brand".

WHOA.

Oh, and here's more info:
The word Lego is derived from the Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". The word "lego" also means "I put together" in Latin, and "I connect" or "I tie" in Italian.

Oh, and in the first half of 2014 the Lego Group became the world's largest toy company by market value, surpassing Mattel.


You can click HERE to go the Lego website.


After we got Andrew's Legos,  we got some pizza.

And that whole experience translated into FUN!!!!

That makes me think that time with little relatives ... is so worth it.

He and I hadn't been together one on one since - well, ever.

And it was my loss.

Andrew is a jewel of a person.

I so enjoyed being with him!

And in putting this blog-post together I learned a lot about Legos!!!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Playing Ketchup!


Really, I don't know how you play ketchup.
But since I have this blog, 
and I'm always looking for ways to get people to read it,
well, I have to think of catchy blog-post titles. 
That's how my title for this post came about.

I really mean 'Playing Catch-up!'

That's what Beth and I were doing yesterday morning
at the Corner Cafe in North Richland Hills.


We hadn't visited in a very long time ... and we needed to get caught up!
It was a super fun and yum visit ...
and we told ourselves we needed to get together more often.

Okay, Beth, your birthday is in less than 2 weeks!
It will MY TREAT!!!
(I'll be in touch.)


That was yesterday ...
TODAY I had some ketchup (catch-up) time with some more of my favorite peeps...
You'd think we'd get together a lot... and we do ... but not ALL together at the same time!!
And, of course, not all the men could join us, so we let Andrew be the Man of the Day.

Oh, it was fun.
Here are some pics...
They played "Ring Around the Rosey"...
and then they all fell down...


Then we went back to Mother's apartment ..
and Andrew opened up his birthday card/present from Nana...
It was money... and Andrew knew what it was for! 
Tomorrow he and I are going shopping! (He absolutely loves Legos and Mother and I did not have any idea which ones he had and/or which ones he wanted..... SO... he and I are going on a shopping trip tomorrow...to get some Legos.  His mom says the nearby Toys-R-Us has a great selection.
This will be the first time Andrew and I will have just Andrew and Aunt Nancy time.
So we'll have our own ketchup time! 
Oh, and we'll go and have some pizza, too. 

I think I'm doing this shopping/pizza trip for me, instead of Andrew.
I mean, I AM EXCITED.

Stay tuned to see pics of what Legos Andrew pics (picks)!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday Whimsy...

... from LoneStar Antiques ... (where you can get more than just antiques!)
(5605 Denton Highway,Haltom City, TX)

 













That's it!

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