Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Trivia Tuesday...

A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.



The word “set” has the highest number of unique definitions in the English Language ~ 
192 according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

 Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day.

The ZIP in Zip-code stands for Zoning Improvement Plan.


The average person has over 1,460 dreams a year.
Well, that's what the internet says.
(I believe it.)
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

Portland, Maine is the birthplace of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
My dear mother taught eighth grade English which included a long section about Evangeline, a very moving long poem about Evangeline. Tears were often shed in my dear mother's eighth grade class in Mission Junior High about Evangeline..
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was quite the wordsmith.


Finally, The name 'Texas' comes from the Hasini Indian word 'tejas' meaning "friends". 
Tejas is NOT Spanish for Texas.

I like being a Texan.



See you next time.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The First Supper...

... in our new house was last night!!

Well, the first FAMILY supper, that is, was last night.
(Sam and I have been eating suppers since we moved in about 6 weeks ago.)

Here are some pics...
That is Nell with her Nana, making the 'table cloth' look pretty for the big meal.

And the next picture is of the group (I'm behind the camera)...
We missed John, who couldn't be there.
And little Liam was sleeping in the other room.
And other family members were in Oregon, or Midland, TX, and well, around the nation.

Did you notice the pretty flowers on the table?
Elizabeth brought those last night...
and then she planted them for us!!
How wonderful was that??
(Super wonderful.)

After the meal and the flower planting, Andrew and Anna enjoyed playing on our keyboard.
They made lots of noises, but only they heard them - since we had those headphones. 
(Headphones are great.)

Will loaned Caroline his ukulele last night, and a beginner book for the ukulele. Well, after the meal, Caroline immediately began learning how to play!! (Of course, she's musical, and already plays the piano, so the ukulele would be a natural for her.)

And in going through some boxes that had been in storage I found one of my dad's cowboy hats.
Well, it only seemed natural for Andrew to get his great Granddaddy Andy's hat!!

So this next picture covers both of those two paragraphs above....
Yes, Andrew loved his new cowboy hat,
and Caroline was already playing a chord on the ukulele!

When the Huffmans were leaving, Anna mentioned that she didn't get anything!  OOPSIE!!!
Ah, but her mother reminded her that she got lots of praise and applause after she gave us a little concert a few minutes earlier, with impromptu songs for us to enjoy!
Why, Anna can dance and sing at the same time! And she can do it all with her own original songs, composed ON THE SPOT.
Talk about entertaining!!!!
Really, for a five and a half year old, she was (is) impressive!

We should have recorded her performance!!!
(I'll be ready next time.)

So we had a super fun time last night.

Sam and I are still not completely settled here, but having family here eating together, and laughing together, well, that makes me feel more settled somehow. Yes.

We're making it HOME.

And by the way, almost everyday Sam and I tell each other that we are liking this house more than we even thought we would.

That's it for now.
Well, maybe I'll take some pictures soon, but I'll have to get more decisive in my decorating ideas.
I think ideas have to mull around in your (my) mind; the ideas don't come together fast.
So I'm still 'mulling'.

See you next time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Whimsy

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




5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX

It is a former Sutherlands' warehouse.
It is HUGE.

And it has a great tea room!
(I'll be playing background music Friday 11:30-1:30,
and Saturday - 11:30-2:00)

Ya'll better come!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Trivia Tuesday

More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.

A bride in China wears the color red.

Ukulele means "jumping flea" in Hawaiian.
Great niece Caroline has a ukulele ready for her!!! 
Will got it ready!!
We need to get them together!


Armadillos usually have four babies at a time and they are always all the same sex.
Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.


Here's something with which I so agree...

Cheerios cereal was originally called Cheerioats.

So now we know!!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Adios??? NO ADIOS!!!

I have been blogging here for years.

Lately, though, I've been thinking I need to take a break.

I've said that before, and somehow the saying of it renewed my vigor to keep blogging.
Hmm. We'll see.

Oh, I'm not going to be totally hiding away.
I'll be checking Facebook...
and posting pics of grandkids, and great nieces and that great nephew of mine....

.... speaking of whom, did you know his team (Dragon Silver) won the Pinto championship???

Andrew's dad is one of the coaches. That's tall John on the far right in the dark shirt with two arms up signaling NUMBER ONE!!!!!  (OR maybe he's praising God!! Knowing John, it's probably both!!!)
I just can't quite pick out Andrew in that picture.
Well, he's the handsome one, of course.
(Actually, I think he's behind one fellow, with his (Andrew's) head hidden by that catcher's mitt.)

Oh, so here's what has just happened...
I was set to quit blogging.
I had been thinking about it for a few days.
I was quitting.

And I then I saw Andrew on Facebook.
Well, just a comment on FB wouldn't do!
Andrew deserved a blog post!!!


OH, and THEN I saw the pictures that Sam and I took yesterday
when we were babysitting Nell and Liam.

Here they are...
Clearly I love being a Grammy!

Here's SWCVII with his 'Daddy Pap' SWCV...
Oh, yes. There IS a resemblance!!!

Oh yes.

And there is love, too.

So here's my lesson to myself:
Don't say you're going to quit blogging
unless and until
you start blogging
to see if you're still into blogging.

I guess I'm still into it.

(I thought about deleting half this post, and just show you the pictures...
but I decided to just let you know
that I was tired of blogging.
I even had some 'doldrums'. 

(I blame moving.)
(It's such a chore.)
(Making decisions is exhausting.)

(Clearly life is good.)

Anyway, I will leave you with a quote I read today...
 “It is easy to be heavy; hard to be light.”

-G.K. Chesterton

 Somehow that really spoke to me.

See you next time.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!!

That's what I think.
(That was a movie out in 1963.
You can read about it by clicking HERE.)

I don't mean it's an angry, angry world out there (though there's that, too).
I mean it is a CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY world out there!!

That's what I think.

Obama has issued an edict on public school bathrooms.
Dumbfounded was the word to describe my first response...
and my second and third.

And there's Bernie Sanders making Hillary nervous. (Good for him!)

And Donald Trump is the Republican nominee. Who would have ever, EVER thought?!

And Donald Trump's 'escapades' posted on the front page of THE NEW YORK TIMES were nothing compared to Bill Clinton's horrible 'escapades' in the '90's and before and after the 90's.
And Bill will live in the White House if his wife becomes president.

And then there's the Zika virus out there.

And Boko Haram.


And there's still cancer, and heart disease, and people texting while driving...
and no one will come out alive.


But here's a poster I like...

My twin sister has been my mentor even to this day, as I recall how she coped with cancer which she knew would lead to death. She wanted to talk about it. And she wanted to cry. And she, in the end, had such a peace that passes understanding, that well, it passed my understanding.
My daddy had that, too... that peace.

It is a profound comfort to me - when these days seem CRAZY!!!!!!

[And I just hope Trump doesn't pick Palin as his running mate.
Surely he won't.]

I won't end with that - about Palin.

I'll end this post with these verses I love... and that are a comfort...
and that are profound...
and they 'fit' in this mad, mad, mad, mad world....
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 
Psalm 112:7
1God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.  
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 
3 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.
 4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
Psalm 46:1-4

That last verse (Ps. 46:4) is intriguing to me.
Imagine 'the city of God'.

It is outside of this mad, mad, mad, mad world, thank goodness. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Trivia Tuesday ...

The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour.

The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.

Golden Retrievers bite the least (of any dogs).

Research indicates that mosquitoes are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas.

It takes a sloth two weeks to digest the food it eats.

The first (and maybe only) real person to be a Pez head was Betsy Ross.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos!


It takes 17 muscles in your face to smile, 43 to frown.
I guess that means it is better to smile.

Have a great day.

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