Thursday, April 28, 2016


... TOLERANCE is the thing. Tolerance is what is espoused these days. Whether you like it or not... you need to TOLERATE whatever it is.


Like men in women's bathrooms. Well, the men need to be dressed as women for us to be tolerant. but we need to be tolerant of them.  Or we are INTOLERANT.  Heaven forbid.

I'm thinking we're living in a crazy world.

I want to be politically correct, so as not to be ridiculed.

I know: transgender people are very few.
Frankly, I think they're going to be more and more.
I mean...
... if that is an option, more people are going to think of that option as an option, right?


Let's get positive...
I know some gay people.
They are sensitive and loving.
In fact, offhand, I can't think of any gay people I know that are not sensitive and loving...
... but the folks that I know that are straight are ALSO sensitive and loving.

I can think of maybe one straight person I know who is intolerant. And he is a jerk.

I say that to say that 'LOVING' is the way to be.

So I'm loving (I hope).

But I want to go on record as being CAREFUL.

I will NOT boycott TARGET.  I really like TARGET.
I think it will be okay for me to use its restroom...
but I don't think I may let my great nieces and granddaughter go in there alone.




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Favorite Things...

I have several new favorite things.

Here are a few...

On Easter Sunday I was in Oregon, and Laura and Ryan's dear friend/sister-type made this for the Easter Sunday lunch dessert....
It's Strawberry Pretzel Dessert!

I had never had it... till I was in Oregon... and I LOVED it!!!

Laura and Ryan's friend Kylie made it.

Here's Kylie with one of her great dogs/pets...
Kylie has pets Sophie and Henry.
I think that is Sophie with her in that picture.

Here's the Paula Deen recipe of it: STRAWBERRY PRETZEL DESSERT.  (There it's called a salad, but it's really a dessert, here in the U.S. of A.)

That makes me think of Brazilians, and how they NEVER eat sweet stuff during a regular meal.
They don't eat baked beans, because they're sweet. ... or any jello type salad that is at all sweet.
Sweets, to Brazilians, are for desserts!!

That makes me think of avocados. In Brazil, avocados are for milkshakes, or ice cream. Not for anything with salsa!
(We lived in Brazil from 1980 - 1983 so I know a little about what I speak.)

Another favorite thing in my life is our new house!
It's a crazy world out there, so I'm hesitant to tell you our address... or a picture of the front of our house, but here's one thing I love about our new house... It's 2300+ square feet ... and has a 3 car garage!!!  What is not to love about that?!?
It seems the builder of this house (in 1992) was a lover of old cars or something... and wanted an extra garage!  Most big houses in, say, Colleyville, have 3 car garages... but oh, now we have a Bedford house with a 3 car garage. Sounds like storage to me!!!!

Another favorite thing...
... this tip jar...
I took this picture at a pizza parlor in Portland, Oregon... and thought, I need that!

Not too long ago ‘Ajax’ the clown (formerly at CRYSTAL’S PIZZA in Irving) ate in the tea room Saturday (2/20/16) and he strongly suggested I get a BIG tip bowl…. like a punch bowl and put it at the front of the piano… so I just may do that.  And then I saw that tip jar in Portland.
THANKS, AJAX!!!  I may just get a punch bowl!!!!!


In other Favorite Things' news, I really like this quote ...

Here's another favorite thing...
My sweet granddaughter relaxing after a big day...

Mm. I feel like relaxing.

Feelin' good.


Feeling relaxed is definitely one of my favorite things in the whole world.


Let's relax.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Trivia Tuesday ...

When reflected from bright lights (head lights) deer’s eyes are orange, whereas cats and dogs are green. Rabbit’s eyes remain black.  (I couldn't find any pictures to verify all of that, but I'll take TRIVIA PLAZA's word for it.)


No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.


The combination “ough” can be pronounced in nine different ways.  The following sentence contains them all: “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful plough man strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”

Here's a fun I LOVE LUCY video to make the point...

 Istanbul, Turkey is actually in two continents – Asia and Europe...

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with...

Canada is an Indian word meaning “Big Village.”

On a clear night, the human eye can see between 2,000 and 3,000 stars in the sky.

Years ago someone told me they counted 16 airplanes in the sky. (They lived near DFW airport.) Well, I decided to count how many airplanes I could count in the night sky. (And I lived near DFW airport.)  I counted 26!!  Yes, I did!


The longest U.S. highway is route 6 which starts in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and ends in Bishop, California.


That's it for this Tuesday!

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

We are now living in some rustic woods...

... and it's cozy here.

And the neighborhood is called RUSTIC WOODS!

That's a picture I took looking out our new back yard.

Yes, there are lots of trees... and I can sit outside under a canopy-thing and hear the birds singing, while petting Shiloh.  He particularly likes having his back scratched. We're alike that way.

Yes, I actually took a picture of me scratching Shiloh's back!

No, we don't live in a log cabin, as you might think, since it's called Rustic Woods.

Well, we lived 7 years in Woodland Hills, and really, there were no hills, but I guess some woods.
Then we lived 14 years in Brook Meadows, and I don't remember seeing a meadow with a brook in it.

Ah, but there are trees here, and a nice (and low maintenance) yard.

Did you know that just this week there was an article about living near nature and how good it is for you. It's "Living Near Nature Linked to Longer Lives."

And we are getting settled... not as fast as I would like, but we only moved here Tuesday, so I need patience.  And I need it NOW!

Ah, but it feels good to be closer to family.
Why, we're just a very few minutes from TEXAS ROADHOUSE, where we met Will, Bailey, Nell and Liam for dinner Wednesday night ...
They were sitting opposite Sam and me, though sometimes little Liam was in his car seat right beside me,
or in my lap, where I love him to be.

So Nell and Liam are our grandchildren living in Texas... 
but we also have a grandchild living in Oregon!
That's 'Baby Maxwell'!
He's due October 21, which happens to be the birthday of Peggy's and my best friend all through our childhood/teenage years. She's Diane Williams Thalman (I'll blog about her soon - since her birthday is on my mind!)
Most babies don't come right on their due date, but I'm hoping Baby Maxwell will!!!

Anyway, we're now in this phase of our life: being grandparents, and settling into our house that I am calling our 'retirement home'. Well, this is the first time I've used that term. I may not use it again. It makes me feel like I ought to have a walker, or at least a cane.

That kind of makes me think of a cartoon I saw recently - that I like ...

I'll end on that lovely.

I hope you're having a great weekend.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Are You Kidding Me?!

(Some of these are old, but they still make me laugh.)

A priest and a cab driver went to heaven.
The priest was given fifty bags of gold and a nice house.
The cab driver was given the same but also a boat, a lake and a box of diamonds.
The priest asked St. Peter, "Hey I was a priest, how come I don't get a box of diamonds or a lake or a boat?"
St. Peter said, "We go by results. During your sermons people slept, during his cab rides people prayed.”


A Doctor and a lawyer loved the same girl. The Doctor gave her a rose daily and the lawyer gave the girl an apple.
The girl got confused and asked the lawyer, "There is a meaning in giving rose in love. Why are you giving me an apple?"
The lawyer answered: Because, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away!"

Q: Why do seagulls live by the sea?
A: Because if they lived by the bay, they would be bagels.



This patient runs into his psychiatrist's office and says, "Doc, I think I'm a tepee, no I think I'm a wigwam, no I think I'm a tepee, no I think I'm a wigwam, no I think I'm a tepee, no I think I'm a wigwam!"
The psychiatrist looks at him and says, "You're too tents!”



No one knew she had a dental implant, until it came out in conversation.



The girl came running in tears to her father. "Dad, you gave me some terrible financial advice!" she cried.
"I did? What did I tell you?" said the dad.
"You told me to put my money in that big bank, and now that big bank is in trouble."
"What are you talking about? That's one of the largest banks in the world," he said. "Surely there must be some mistake."
"I don't think so," she sniffed. "They just returned one of my checks with a note saying, 'Insufficient Funds’.”

After a talking sheepdog gets all the sheep in the pen, he reports back to the farmer: “All 40 accounted for.”
“But I only have 36 sheep,” says the farmer.
“I know,” says the sheepdog. “But I rounded them up.”

I hope these made you at least smile today!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Trivia Tuesday ...

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Henry Ford produced the model T only in black
because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

In the Philippine jungle, the yo-yo was first used as a weapon.

Charles Lindbergh took only four sandwiches with him on his famous transatlantic flight.

The Baby Ruth candy bar was actually named after Grover Cleveland’s baby daughter, Ruth.

Only male crickets chirp.

A skunk’s smell can be detected by a human a mile away.

The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache.

And finally...

Sam, Shiloh and I are moving to a house today!!!

We've lived in the apartment for one year...
and we found a house we love!
The movers come TODAY!!!

The house is in Bedford.
(Not Bedford, Massachussetts
Bedford, Texas!!)

According to Garmin, it's 2 minutes from Will and his family
5 minutes from Mother,
and 10 minutes from Elizabeth and family!

We've promised not to be in their business all the time.

Oh, and according to Mapquest it's 32 hours and 29 minutes
from Ryan, Laura  and Baby in Oregon.
(At least they don't live in China.)

That's my trivia for today.

Have a great week.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Don't let yourself die in perfect health.


I want to save your life.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

This is a topic about which I feel strongly.

Well, I need to blog on it for my own sake,
not just to shake a finger at you, or somebody else.


When I hear a text when I'm driving I am SO tempted to read it...
and really, just grabbing my phone to read it IS DISTRACTING!!!

I'm thinking car makers should make cars that immediately turn off cell phones when a person sits in the driver's seat. (I'm thinking we don't have enough self control ourselves.)

That's my post for today.

Well, I'll include some cartoons on the subject...



Thursday, April 14, 2016

I had a secret...

Some of you older folks may remember "I've Got a Secret" with Garry Moore...

It was a fun show... starting in June, 1952 and ending in 1967 (long time!).
You can click HERE to learn more about it, but basically the 'celebrity panel' tried to determine what it was about the contestant's secret, which was either an unusual or embarrassing occupation, or just something humorous about the contestant.
The show was full of laughs, as I recall.
Well, I've known secrets. And I've kept them. No celebrity panel could pry them from me.... like the latest secret I've known.

Yes. I have known the truth for a while.
I could have spilled the beans many times... and was very tempted to, let me tell you.

But I kept the secret ... and now it is now public....
Not only is it wonderful news,
but it's beautiful art.
Laura drew that, all of it.
I love it.
So Ryan and Laura are expecting their first child!

Every now and then I think I'll quit blogging and being on Facebook.
Ah, but if grandchildren keep coming, I will keep on keeping on,
if for nobody's sake but mine!
It's the thrill of the reveal!

So I reveal my daughter's pregnancy!


In other 'reveal news', my oldest grandchild can stare down anyone...

Don't ask me why this 'staring down someone' is important...
but her Daddy Pap showed her he could do it as well...


That's pretty intimidating.

Ah, but Nell-Belle took it in stride...
So she can handle Daddy Pap's stare down.

Ah, do grandchildren have the edge??

I am thinking so.

But maybe I will get their bluff.

I mean I am older and wiser.

I think.
Here is something I like along that line...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Twenty-seven years ago this morning ....

... my dear twin - and best friend forever - died...

That's her and Daddy's gravesites in the Colfax cemetery in east Texas.
That picture was taken some five years ago, on one of our many treks there.
That's little Anna with Elizabeth.

Here's a few years earlier...
That's Caroline and Andrew with their mommy and Nana,
visiting Grandma Peggy's grave.

Here Peggy is sitting in front of the Christmas stockings she made ...

It's hard to believe but I am now one year older than my dear parents were when their dear daughter Peggy died those many years ago. I cannot begin to imagine losing a child. (And I've read that losing an adult child is one of the worst sorrows a person can have.)

But I do know about losing a twin, and I can now say - in past tense - that I wrote a book about that.

SO YES. The book is done!   !!!!
It's about our growing up - and then her cancer and death, and the few years afterward, and how she is still very present in my life. And it is (was) written mainly for her children Cap and Elizabeth and her grandchildren... and it was written for me, and my children and grandchildren, too.

(Well, my part is done. Now we just have to get it published. We'll make it an eBook, which won't be too hard (Sam tells me) and also a paperback (more work).  Anyway, I am saying "Thank you, Lord, for letting me get through it."
It was healing for me... and hopefully will be for others.

As I was thinking about writing this post I was reminded of what she said to me one time, when she was in the ravages of chemo. She said, "Nancy, I am so sorry you're having to go through this."

I said, "What?! Peggy, you're the one with this awful cancer."
"Yeah," she said, "but if you were the one with the cancer I would be a basket case."

That was Peggy.

And she will always be my Best Friend Forever.

I'll leave you with some of my favorite pictures of her ...
Reading to Cap.
Being with Elizabeth.

And this next picture shows her years earlier multi-tasking...
She would laugh that I put that up.
(I couldn't resist.)

I miss you, Peggy...
but I'm so glad I'm still your twin.

Here's who you need to know...

My nephew-in-law ... he is the amazing John Huffman. And he is running for Mayor of Southlake, TX!!    John is married to my dear twin Pegg...