Thursday, June 30, 2016

I am not chocolate.

Before I explain my blog-post title let me say that lately I have been taking care of myself. 


I repeat, Yes!



Just yesterday a lady was telling me about her fatigue.

She said,
"I'm just too committed to everything.
I just can't say 'NO' when someone asks me to do something.
At the time it's easier saying 'YES' than disappointing them ...
and then I get so mad at myself
because I really just want to NOT DO ANYTHING ANYMORE."

I said, "I hear you."
"I have been there, done that."
(I said it with more empathy than that.)

And then I began talking (counseling?) (with her permission).

Since I was (am) about 25 years older than she/her,
I thought my advice might matter...
and it DID!!!

My advice TOOK!
Well, she acted like it did.
(She is now her own responsibility.)

Anyway, as I was talking to her, I was also reminding myself
that if we don't take care of ourselves
we are of no use to others, much less ourselves.

And as much as we would like to,
we cannot please everybody.

We, especially us women-folk, who are the usual nurturers and caregivers,
and hostesses with the mostesses, etc., etc.,
cannot - CANNOT - be everybody's everything.

We just cannot.

Can I get a big "WHEW!"
a big "AMEN"!!!?


I could write a lot more on this subject here,
but I will end with this great picture/quote...



(though I do like chocolate)


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Trivia Tuesday...

Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum.  They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries were too thick.


The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

Andorra, a tiny country between France & Spain, has one of the longest average lifespans: 83.49 years.

You can see how tiny the country is in this next map (see upper right)...


The first word spoken from the moon, July 20, 1969, was "Houston", but the Space Center was actually in Clear Lake City at the time.


A male rabbit is called a buck and a female rabbit is called a doe.
The San Jacinto Monument is the tallest free standing monument in the world and it is taller than the Washington Monument. 

You can read about it on Wikipedia by clicking HERE.


Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an odd number of whiskers.

So now we know!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fun! (and sweetness)

This morning the grandkids came by...
Those are my grandkids and my twin's grandkids.
So they're all very close.
And fun.
From left: Nell, Caroline, Me (Grammy) holding Liam, Andrew and Anna.
(Caroline's friend Hannah took that picture!)
(If you can think of a caption of what Liam might be thinking, that would be fun.)

Their mothers came, too...
That's Bailey (Nell and Liam's mom) and Elizabeth (Caroline, Andrew and Anna's mom)
and me in the middle.
(Caroline stood on a chair and took that picture.)

We had fun.
And we had a more serious picture than the first (yet still fun)...
I'm using that as my cover photo on Facebook.
I love it.
(Caroline's friend Hannah took that picture, too!)

Sweet Liam and I make up my profile picture on FB...
I don't know of a sweeter baby than Liam.

Well, there are sweet babies in the world.

One of them was born in August 1986...

Here she is with her husband June 18...
They're expecting their first, a baby boy, in October!!!

They live in Portland, Oregon,
so you know where I'll be in October!!!

Another sweet child was our oldest...
Yes, Will was (is) darling!

He brought his daughter to the tea room yesterday...
Bailey and Liam had an appointment of some kind, so daddy and daughter and Grammy had a fun threesome.

Life is good.

I'll close with these quotes...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

I need to detach.

So I'm trying to detach.

Well, for sure I can detach from Facebook posts about politics.

I mean, I am never (well rarely) persuaded by FB political rants.

And I am not too persuaded by either side of the media.

But I need to detach.

So what - or whom - do I need to detach from? The two candidates!!

I can hardly stomach Donald Trump.
And Hillary Clinton.

So will I vote?

I will.

But I am trying to let my emotions go to a happy place ...
... like heaven.

I'm glad this world is not my home.  !!!!!

In closing, here are some cartoons that fit these 2 crazy candidates...

For (against) Trump...


And for (against) Hillary...

I think those cartoons fit the candidates.

Now I will detach from them.

(Maybe you're like me:
once you've ranted a bit about whatever,
it gets out of your system.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday Whimsy...

... from LoneStar Antiques...

I bought something up there last week. 
I just had to, and I did not need one single thing. 
It was just calling my name. 
It is now in my new home. 


These Are a Few of my Favorite Things

I really, REALLY like this... I got this for my birthday! It's a key chain and there is none other like it!! I ADORE IT!! Thank you!!   ...