Saturday, February 27, 2016

I have become my Grandmother Jennie...

... but you can call me Grammy.

Here are my grandchildren...
I know. It looks like Nell is kissing a baby doll, but that's her sweet little brother.


And here are my twin Peggy's grandchildren...
They're watching "Water Babies Silly Symphony"
that their mother and their Uncle Cap watched when they were little.
(My kids, Will and Laura, did, too.)
(I took that picture just last night - 2/26/16.)

I can remember my little Grandmother Jennie (4 ft 11 - size 4 shoe) looking at the television set, with a cup towel in her hand after drying dishes in the kitchen, shaking her head - at what was on TV.  I think it might have been an episode of "Laugh In" that made her shake her head and say something like "What is the world coming to?"

Grandmother Jennie was very Southern Baptist. She was against a lot of things. We didn't even tell her when we took ballet lessons because those lessons involved dancing. But she was dear. And she prayed for me and Peggy and my cousins and everybody else she knew every single day, after she read her Daily Bible Reading.
And my parents did, too. They were more grace-giving when it came to dancing, but I do believe my Grandmother Jennie - and my dad, and my Great Aunt Janie- would be horrified at what is happening now.  My mother and I and Hubby for sure are.

We have a Republican presidential candidate who is neither decent nor dignified. And he is surging in the polls.
And in the Democratic party we have a candidate who is considered a 'lady' but who is a liar (yes I said that). And the other candidate is a super socialist (often called a Communist).  Younger folks like socialists. They think of the Scandinavian countries (wonderful countries).  We Baby Boomers think of the Soviet Union and all those dreary days when folks towed the communist/socialist line without happy faces. (We've been to Russia and have heard that the old folks there (like my age) feel they (still) have to not look happy in public, and certainly not look lazy. They had to tow the line - just to be 'equal'.)

Anyway, my little grandkids, and great nieces and nephews are growing up in a country where men and women may share the same bathrooms. (Announcing that you're 'Transgender' is more lauded than announcing you've become a Christian.)

And where profanity is used as often as the word 'VERY'.

And where 'Global Warming' is considered 'correct', where as Global Climate Change is considered neutral... and I like neutral !!!  (Of course the climate is changing!)

So I'm getting political.

BUT THANK GOODNESS THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME.

WHAT. A. RELIEF.

(I wish I could show you a picture of my daddy's little mother, my Grandmother Jennie. I have pictures but they're in (climate-controlled) storage.)

That's it.

Don't forget to VOTE!!!

Love, Grammy.



















Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday Whimsy

... from LoneStar Antiques (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)...






That signature is Mary.
She is a sweet friend, and her booth is on the back row (aisle) not too far from the tea room.

Here's a cute planter...
Here's its price tag...

And more random treasures...

And finally, here are some salt and pepper shakers which make me think of my Grandmother Ora's large collection of salt and pepper shakers.
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That's it for today. 
Have a good middle of the week.
Friday is just day after tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Important Trivia Tuesday ...

'Important trivia' is, yes, an oxymoron.
But I have it!!!

Two of the trivia pieces are about birthdays! Two birthdays!



My dear niece, Elizabeth is another year older TODAY!!!

Here she is with her mother (my twin Peggy) years and years ago...
I think that picture of Elizabeth looks like BOTH of her daughters.
Really.

And here she is with her daughters just last week...
See what I mean?

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELIZABETH!!!!!



AND

Six years ago the young man on the left was born on this date...
That's Sawyer with his dad Rob.
Rob is our nephew which makes Sawyer our GREAT nephew!

Since this is my blog, I thought I'd put up this pic... of Sawyer and me the day after he was born...
Awwwww. What a sweet baby!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAWYER!!!!!
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(I have tried and tried to make these next letters big... what is up with Blogger???

And since it's Tuesday I have some more TRIVIAL TRIVIA....
(It's random.)


The largest taxi fleet in the world is found in Mexico City.
The city boasts a fleet of over 60,000 taxis.

Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. president to have been born in a hospital.

The first Rolls-Royce sold for $600.00 in 1906.

On average, Americans eat 18 acres of pizza everyday.

Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s son invented Lincoln Logs.

I’ve never been to San Fransisco, but I’ve been to San Antonio.

(I told you it was random trivia.)
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AGAIN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY,

Elizabeth and Sawyer!!!!!





 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Let them eat cake!


(I couldn't resist putting that title up there, "Let them eat cake".)

One cake looks bigger than the other, and one girl looks bigger than the other.
It's just the angle of the camera.
The cakes and the girls were 'equal' in size.
(And wasn't that nice that we each had our own cake!?!)
(My folks knew how to parent twins.)
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So now the post...

The title for this post originally was “I will finish what I started"…. so now let’s go with that title,
I WILL FINISH WHAT I STARTED….

I PROMISE.

I had wished a Mission (my home town) friend 'Happy Birthday' recently and in her comment to my birthday salutations, Cyndi said she was looking forward to reading my book about Peggy and me.

Sometimes you just need a comment like that - a nudge, without meaning to be a nudge - to prompt you to get back at it.

So I am BACK AT IT!  THANKS, CYNDI!

Actually I had been working on my twin-book last fall, but then set it aside... and well, used every excuse in the book to keep from finishing it....
like...
"It's not perfect, it will never be perfect. I want perfect... so forgetaboutit!"
"I have other urgent stuff to do."
"I don't have to do anything. I'm in my 60's - I get a pass on not finishing stuff."
"It was helpful for me to work on it - now I'm on to other stuff."

None of those - or other - excuses would keep me at peace.
So I'm going to do what it takes to finish it.

And I would like to thank two people for helping so much so far.

The first is my dear brother-in-law, Ken, who did a meticulous proofread... and found some errors that I couldn't believe I - or others- had not seen. THANK YOU, KEN!!!

Here's Ken with his wife Pat, Sam's beautiful sister.
Ken and Pat are some of our very best friends.
(It's so nice when relatives can be best friends.)

And there's Beth, my dear, dear friend. She did a critique, helping me better tell my story... and gave me amazing insight in how to really let Cap and Elizabeth know their mother.
Here's Beth...
I think that's a classy picture.

There are other people... like Elizabeth who is working on an Epilogue, and of course my mother, who helped with facts and proofreading.

The thing is - I need to finish it.
It doesn't have to be perfect... though Ken and Beth helped with that.
But still... it is so easy to let every other little thing in life take precedence because every other little thing is easier to deal with than finishing a mammoth (and emotional) project.

So I'm blogging here to say I'm back on track for now.

I'll let YOU hold me accountable.

Oh, and you can click HERE for a good article entitled "The Importance of Finishing What You Start."
That also helped me get back on track - besides Cyndi's comment.

By the way, here's Cyndi....

Thanks, friend.
I needed that nudge!

The three pictures of these people on this post are all Facebook profile pictures that I helped myself to. I figured they were up for grabs, right?

Anyway, by blogging this - I'm committing to finishing what I started...
and then I'll eat some cake!!!

I say I'll finish what I started - but then there's wonderful Sam who will also edit it, then set it in a format - with margins and chapter format, and set it up on 'create space'... etc.
So it will TAKE TIME.

I'm just finishing MY PART!

And then I will eat cake.




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trivia Tuesday ...

On the average, there are 8 peas in a pod. 





Kangaroos can hop as fast as 40 miles per hour.

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The number one selling snack in the U.S.A. is potato chips.

My husband really likes Classic Lays Potato Chips.

My children and I like more flavored potato chips.

Speaking of them (my children, not chips),
here are my son and daughter with their future spouses years ago ...
From left, Bailey Jo, Will, Laura, Ryan.
They all like coffee from Buon Giorno in Grapevine.
I do, too.
(By the way, Ryan had just come from work and was tired. He smiled a second later.)
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In other trivia news...
Can you feel the pulse in your wrist?
For humans the normal pulse is 70 heartbeats per minute.
Elephants have a slower pulse of 27 and for a canary it is 1000!




There are 293 different ways to make change for just 1 dollar.
Whoa.



Most people think that John F. Kennedy was our nation’s youngest President.
In fact, he was not. Theodore Roosevelt was.
Teddy Roosevelt was President McKinley’s vice-president.
When McKinley was assassinated, Roosevelt was 42,
making Roosevelt the youngest president.
John Kennedy, at 43, was the youngest elected President.

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The Bible continues to be the best seller in the world.
It is the only book that reveals the origin, mission, and destiny of man. 
 The Bible was divided into chapters by Cardinal Hugo in 1250.
The New Testament was divided into verses by Sir Robert Stephens in 1551.

I like that picture.
(It reminds me to read it more.)

Finally...
Today is very special!!
It's Victoria's 20th birthday!!!!
Who is Victoria??
She is family!
She is my daughter's dear sister-in-law.
Here they are finishing a meal together in Portland...

And here is Victoria's profile pic on Facebook...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,
BEAUTIFUL VICTORIA!!!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

No one has a more beautiful mother than I ...

... especially a mother who is 90 years old!!!!

Well, she's been beautiful all of her life... 
... but here she is Friday night (3 days after her 90th birthday)...


Here she is getting help in blowing out her candles....
There were only 2 candles in all.
(90 would have caused us to call the fire department.)




Here she is with 3 of her great grandchildren (Peggy's grandchildren). (Mine will come this coming week...
Anna, age 5, is on the left, with her fun socks, then Nana; then Caroline, age 9, and Andrew on the floor.
You can't see Andrew's cast - on his broken left arm - but it's pretty impressive...
his mother did a Spider Man web on it.
(Oh, Andrew is 7 - and the first in his family with a broken limb....
I think that deserves bragging rights!!)

When I get to be 90 I want to be half as pretty and wonderful and smart...
as my mother.
Yeah.





We were going to have a super big party...
but decided to make it small, personalized little parties.
When you get to be 90, little intimate parties are so great...
and personal.

Well, I'm for that at my age.
(Just so you know.) 

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Oh, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Some Sweetheart Sillies...


Q: Why did the banana go out with the prune?
A: Because it couldn't get a date.

Q: What did one pickle say to the other?
A: You mean a great dill to me.

Q. What did the boy bird say to the girl bird on Valentine's Day?
Let me call you Tweet heart!

Q: What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus?
A: Can I hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand?

Q: If your aunt ran off to get married, what would you call her?
A: Antelope.




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Whimsy ...

... from LoneStar Antiques and Betty Jane's Boutique (which is right next to the Simpliciteas Tea Room in LoneStar Antiques.)  (5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX)...







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There's a live person in one of those pictures!  It's beautiful Leana!
Go back and look if you missed her!
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I've had trouble putting up a poll lately,
so my poll days may be over for a while.
Or not.

Have a great rest of the week!