Sunday, January 31, 2016

We have a fun family...

Our family is so fun...
Why, these folks didn't have to THINK about forcing a smile last night...

(From left, Will holding Liam; Bailey, Nell, and Cap.)
And they didn't have to force a laugh either...
... which was heard often in the evening!

My nephew Cap (my twin's oldest) came to visit...
and when Cap's around we always have a great time.

Well, when any of us are around
(even sometimes when it's just me, myself and I around)
we usually have a great time.

Well, of course, sometimes there's sadness.
But no matter what, it's always a GREAT to be together.

First Cap visited his Grandmother...
and then his cousin Will and his family...
and Sam and me.

His sister and her husband (Elizabeth and John)
were at a prestigious campaign dinner...
so they couldn't join us,
which meant they couldn't have
some down-home chopped barbecue brisket sandwiches.
They missed out.   :(
(But we understood.)

Friday Sam sent me this as a text...
It was from Riscky's Barbecue (the one on Hwy. 26, south of Harwood).
and well, he was telling me that he wanted that for supper Saturday night!
So we had it.
(By the way, that special may not last forever.)

we had a fun and yummy meal last night.

During the time together we talked a tad about politics.
(Politics usually isn't a good topic to broach in any kind of gathering.)
(But I wanted to broach it.)
(I knew we wouldn't have a 'knock-down-drag-out', which we didn't.)

We each said (basically) that we didn't have to make a decision yet,
though we may have opinions.
So nobody in our family is endorsing anybody YET,
though I'm close.

Soon I will put up a poll on who(m) you might endorse if you could.

Until then, I have a different poll (upper right)...
to see if you prefer watching DR. PHIL over GENERAL HOSPITAL,
 Inquiring minds want to know!

See you later!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Saturday Stuff - like first grandchildren, a poll about television; Caetyn, Elizabeth... and other gorgeous folks, like Cap's grandmother...,...

Saturday is supposed to be relaxed.
Or maybe productive - what with housework and all.

It IS a different day than all the rest... for most of us.

For me - today - it means settling down... giving myself a holiday of sorts.
And tonight I get to see my nephew Cap. !!!

I remember when I was young and my Grandmother Jennie wanted to take Peggy and me (and Mother) all around east Texas to see older relatives.  Peggy and I could care less.  We'd look at each other and roll our eyes.  But we tried to be nice.  I think we were.

Ah, but now I understand.

I am the older aunt... and I CANNOT wait to see my parents' first grandchild, Cap.

Here he is years (decades) ago.. with his beautiful grandmother (my mother)...

I remember when he was born.  It was AMAZING.  Sam and I were in Georgia at missionary orientation (as we were leaving for Brazil in a few weeks), and we got word that Cap (Captain Emory Jones IV) (yes, that's right)) was born.
I. was. so. excited.
Peggy had a baby boy.  And they were going to call him 'CAP'.  That was such a neat name, I thought.  And I could buy him caps for gifts!

So now I understand.

Cap has a kind of a specialness about him... no matter what he does, or how he acts.
He's the firstborn grandson.
My first nephew.

I will post pictures soon of our visit... and you will see why everyone swoons around him.

I would like for him to move closer... so to be in his life.
Well, I would like him to be in my life period.
He is such a quality person.  No one like him.

He is so like his Granddaddy Andy (his personality and his looks)... and THAT IS SUPER-DELUXE.
Here he is with his Granddaddy Andy years ago...and if you know Cap, you know he can ride (run) a horse (he learned at his Granddaddy's)!!!

Oh yeah.

If you have any influence with him, tell him that this Mid-Cities Area (North East of Fort Worth) is THE PLACE TO BE.
C'mon. Tell him!!!

Yeah. He won't have to visit me every week... just special times.
I'm more than his aunt, after all.
His mother was my twin sister!!  (That makes us close, doncha think?!)

Here he is with his two little sisters...
That's Cap with little Caetyn and Elizabeth.
(Yes, they're all handsome/beautiful inside and out.)

Don't forget: tell him he needs to move close by.


Different news:
I put up a new silly poll.
I call it silly because it has nothing to do with anything important.
Well, I wanted to put up a new poll...
and decided not to ask who you would vote for president (yet),
so why not ask about television?
You can answer, even if you don't watch daytime TV.
I don't... but I have an opinion. 

Other news: I'm tired of thinking of Cruz and Trump, and Hillary, etc., etc.

Thursday night's debate didn't do much for me.
And Trump's other event didn't do much for me.
But I have decided that nothing politically lately does much for me.
And that is okay.

I do not have to decide.

I'm not going to vote yet...
so I'm going to detach...
which means I need to not watch or listen to the news.

That's it for now.
(Don't forget to tell Cap that this place is the place to be.)
(He lives in Midland.)
Of course, Dallas/Fort Worth is the place to be.)
(NE Fort Worth, ideally.)

And I have a random poll (upper right) that is begging for votes!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Favorite people, and favorite things, etc., ...

Here's a fine young man...
That is SWC VII.
We call him 'Liam'.
He's not yet 3 months old, but doesn't he already look wise?
Well, he's a Carmack!

And here's what I got to do with him recently ...
Holding him is beyond precious.

(Clearly I'm not getting any younger.
Ah, but neither is Liam...
or you, by the way.)

On a totally different note, here are some pictures of Oregon... when it snowed...
Laura and Ryan and some friends are snow-shoeing.
And their beautiful Akon enjoyed the snow.

Here's Laura and Ryan's house a while back when it snowed ...
That house was built in 1914!
I'm looking forward to staying there soon.
(We visited them a year ago and stayed in their rent house...
this house they own!)

One reason I'm glad Laura and Ryan moved to Oregon is this book...
The back cover says the following...

Anyway, it is a GREAT book, and I wouldn't have known anything about it (or the church they go to) if they hadn't moved to Portland.  So I'm glad they're in Portland (for now).

Here is a bookmark Laura made, that was included in the gift of that above book (that Ryan gave me (he drew my name)).
That's my favorite bookmark in all the world.

On a different note, Laura and Ryan gave me some pajamas for my birthday.  
They mailed them to me, so I wanted to take a picture to text them
so they could see how great I look in those p.j.s.
My iPhone cover matches the jammies.
(The iPhone cover is of Laura's art.)

Oh, and I like the lizard on the wall behind me.
(I got it at Hobby Lobby for half price...
and who doesn't want a fake lizard on her wall?)

In other birthday gift news, my niece Elizabeth gave me this...
This past Sunday afternoon I did that.
I put my feet in booties with some gel in them, for an hour...
and in a few days (maybe a week)
I should be getting some dead skin off of my feet-bottoms.
Elizabeth has done it - and loved the results...
so stay tuned... to see my feet-bottoms... or not.
(It's great having a blog.)

I'll close with this ...
Well, she doesn't look like a grandmother,
but she talks like one.
 That's it.

I have a poll up (upper right).
Thanks for voting.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Trivia Tuesday ...

Jerry Seinfeld has a collection of more than 500 sneakers. They are all white.


“Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Texas has had six capital cities: Washington-on-the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston, Velasco, West Columbia, and Austin.
That's Austin.

The most common surname in the world is “Chang.”


Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey-decimal category.


John F. Kennedy donated his $150,000 presidential salary to charity.


The world's largest alphabet is Cambodian, with 74 letters.


Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
Well, I knew I needed a manicure more often than I needed a pedicure.
(Soon I may go for a fancy spring pedicure, too.)
(Or not.)

My last poll's results were interesting.
The poll question, "Which stresses you more?" had these choices: Work deadlines, Flying in a small plane, Company Coming, Public Speaking, Traffic jams .  Which one got the absolute most votes? Company coming!
I thought that was interesting!

I have a new poll up - upper right - totally anonymous.
It is hard to take on a cell phone, so go to your computer - quick!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Caroline and I ...

This past year I gave my great nieces and great nephew a shopping trip for their birthday, where they could pick out just what they wanted (within limits) and we could have some good one-on-one time together.

You can click HERE to see my blog post about Andrew's and my shopping trip.

You can click HERE to see a blog post about Anna's and my shopping trip.

Caroline's birthday is December 28th, which meant our shopping trip had to come in this new year.
So recently we went... shopping!!!

Her little brother and sister wanted toys and so Toys R Us was the place to go with them.

Caroline, though, is growing out of her love for toys ... and into her love for clothes!
And well, I didn't listen well to the instructions her mother gave us as to how to get to a certain store in Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall... and if you've been to that mall, you know it may take time...
so, long story short, it took two trips to get her gift!

We just got a cookie sandwich on the first trip....
She was really eating without any mess.  Ah, but for the picture, let's have mess/fun!

And afterwards, her mom took this picture of us.
I love that picture.

And that picture made me think of this picture, which I also love....
(That was taken in Oct. 2009.)

Well, last week Caroline and I went back to Grapevine Mills (after the cookie eating)
and shopped at JUSTICE.

After buying pajamas and shoes in the back sales room...
we had to ride the Carousel...
(I was riding it, too.)

So we had a super time together.
Caroline, though, was concerned about something:
she was nine years old,
but she still felt as if she were eight years old.
She wanted to feel nine years old
and it wasn't happening!

I tried to reassure her...
but my saying that I still felt 63 when I am really now 64
didn't seem to help her much.

I hope she feels nine soon...
before she gets to be ten.

But then, I actually still feel 35.

(I do not mean to diminish her feelings,
by my trying to be 'cute'.)

I better go now.
BTW, I have a poll (upper right) that needs some more votes.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I sometimes have I.U. ... Do you, too?

Not long ago I found out about I.U.
And I diagnosed myself with it. 

Well, I've known about it all along... I just hadn't given it those initials or that name.

It's Intolerance of Uncertainty.

You can click HERE for an article that named it for me.

I've blogged a lot about worry...because I can be an expert at it.
Yes!  I can be an expert at something!!
Especially Intolerance of Uncertainty.

Ah, but the wonderful thing about aging (which I am doing) is that I can get victories in areas of defeat that I've had in my life... like I. U.
Yes, I can mature... and I have!!!

I used to ruminate over/about different images in my mind... like my kids in car wrecks.
(Car wrecks have taken up a lot of time in my mind.)
(Also cancer.  And disapproval. And a long time ago I thought about Khrushchev getting mad and obliterating us.)

Oh and when I had children car wrecks were the least of my I.U....well, until they got older.
There were possible kidnappings, and all kinds of playground accidents that could happen.
You name it, anything could happen.

Intolerance of Uncertainty can be like a ball and chain around your head and heart.
It can strangle your (my) joy.

But there will always be Uncertainty.

And I'm going to tolerate it. Yes.

Along that line here's an old song about that...
(Alison Krauss is singing it.)

I really like the words.
I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from it's sunshine
For it's skies may turn to grey.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.

Many things about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.

And here's a song that was our little Laura's favorite (and I think still is)...
It's "I Cast All My Care Upon You"....

It's based on 1 Peter 5:7...

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isn't that wonderful?


So let's tolerate uncertainty... and even celebrate it. 

It does no good to not tolerate it, right?
(Unless you want ulcers.)

So now I have T. U. --Tolerance of Uncertainty. 



  I have a poll up (upper right).
Please vote if you can!



Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trivia Tuesday...

Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.



The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

The King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island. 


The chef at Simpliciteas Tea Room in LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX) makes the absolute best quiche around.  (I tried a slice a quiche at a different place recently... and it was not nearly as delicious as Alex's.)

Here's Alex making some quiche...

Alex is the father of four.  His beautiful wife, Maria, had their fourth a few weeks after our Liam was born.
Here's Maria with Baby Allison and her two older brothers...
Allison's older sister wasn't there Saturday.
I'll have to get her picture soon.

Other trivia...

Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
He loved jelly beans.


Two-thirds of the world's eggplants are grown in New Jersey.
Who knew?


Sam and I graduated the exact same time at Baylor University in May, 1974...
but we didn't meet until 1977 when we kind of recognized each other ...
and the rest is history...
Nell has grown since that picture,
but Sam and I still look about the same, I think.


That's all for today.

Stay tuned to learn how to get your feet smooth and silky feeling.
(Yes, even if you have old feet, like mine.)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Grammy loves her Grand-Peeps...

Here I am with Nell and Liam...

I am the grandmother in that picture!!!
I am the HAPPY grandmother!!!
Liam is thinking, "Yes, Grammy just keeps smiling.
She must love holding me."

And he would be right!

I went over to their house last night...
and had fun with my grandchildren!

Oh, and I got a birthday bag of goodies!

So now my new favorite food is...
Have you had cookie butter?!
I ate some with a spoon for part of my breakfast this morning.
(I'm still smiling.)

I have more to tell you... but I'll save it for other blog posts.

I'll just go back and look at those three pictures at the top of this post.

Who knew I would love being a grandmother so much!?!
(Well, who knew I would have such wonderful grandchildren?!?)

I'll close with some grandmother signs...

I have a poll up (upper right). 
Please vote if you can. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Are You Kidding Me?


A new nurse listened while the doctor was yelling, "Typhoid! Tetanus! Measles!" The new nurse asked another nurse, "Why is he doing that?" The other nurse replied, "Oh, he just likes to call the shots around here.”

Patient: Doctor I have a sore throat, I ache, and have a fever.
Doctor: Sounds like some kind of virus.
Patient: Everyone in the office has it.
Doctor: Well then, maybe it’s a staff infection.

Did you hear about the two guys that stole a calendar?
They each got six months.

A man is telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me $4000, but it’s state of the art. It's perfect." "Really?" answers the neighbor. "What kind is it?" “12:30."

At a traffic court, the judge asked the motorist: Tell me, why did you park your car here?
The man said: “Well, there was a sign that said “fine for parking.”


And finally, here's an old one, that I still like...

If Mississippi wears her New Jersey, what does Delaware?
I dunno, Alaska.

A new poll is up!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Don't hate me because I'm getting some solitude.

Years ago there was this shampoo commercial where the beautiful model says,
"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."

Turns out it was a Pantene ad in 1980 -

Well, I thought, 'she must think she's beautiful.'
And of course she was.

That was a little braggadocious, I thought.

'Course she was advertising a Pantene shampoo ...
that could make us all beautiful.


now I'm on kind of a mini-retreat.
Alone time.
Just me, myself and I time.

I know some of you - with small children - or with demanding jobs that require your every free minute -
well, you might envy me.

I've gotten away.

Well, I've just gotten away one day early before some business meetings...

And I am loving it.

You see, I'm basically an introvert.

Oh, I can be the life of the party...
but after the party I have to go back into my girl-cave and 'regroup', 'recupe', get 're-energized.'

I really think my twin was just the opposite.

Thanks to her, I went to parties ... and had fun.
Then I'd have to go home and be a 'homebody' for a while.
I'd have to 'debrief'.

She didn't need to, I don't think.

And that was her 'spark'.

Ah, but I have come to terms with my need for solitude.

There's even a site about INFJ's (in the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory thing).
Well, there are several, but my favorite so far is THIS.

 Why do I tell you this?

I don't know.

It's my blog.

I tell you stuff.

Here are some cartoons I like about that...

That's Sam and I.

Oh, I'm not a COMPLETE die-hard introvert....
but I am enough of one that I like those cartoons up there,
and the messages they send. 

Oh yes.

Just the Two of Us

... for Thanksgiving. We've been married 42 years - and that is how long we have NEVER been away from some of our family members for Tha...