Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Whimsy

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



































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I liked those treasures. I hope you did, too.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trivia Tuesday

Some of today's trivia seems weird... but I get my trivia from what I think are dependable sources... often Funology.com or MentalFloss.com or all-that-is-interesting.com.

Here's some of the weird trivia (it's not all weird)...
 
Google was originally called Backrub.



The Beatles’ classic “Yesterday” was originally titled “Scrambled Eggs.”

Pepsi-Cola was originally called "Brad's drink.”

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.


Adolf Hitler bit his nails.

Some Chinese believe that swinging the arms cures headaches.

Disney World in Orlando, Florida covers 30,500 acres (46 square miles), making it twice the size of the island of Manhattan, New York.



The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.


Coca Cola was the first beverage company to use Santa for a winter promotion.


Vultures can soar for hours without one beat of their wings.


Bob Hope and Billy Joel were both once boxers.






So now we know!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Dear Dottie Jean...

What a blessing you were - and continue to be - to all who knew you.

Last Sunday I was honored to sing at the funeral of my dear childhood (and lifelong) friend, Dottie Morris Austin. She was just 65 years old, but had suffered for years from the horrors of early-onset Alzheimer's.

Her big brother, David, brought her to our house several years ago. (I think this was in 2008.)


Here was the whole group that night...

Then in August 2011 Mother and I went to see Dottie.
Here we are together.


I could hardly drive home that day, I just kept crying and crying.
Precious Dottie was still living in Fairfield, in her home, but she was not the smart, witty Dottie I knew.  Her mind was basically gone and she had to have round the clock care.
Soon she would move to Plano to a memory care center there, which was close to her brother David.

Dottie's husband, Larry, was killed a car wreck in 1998 at the age of 46. They had (have) 2 wonderful sons, Kyle and Trevor.
I went to Larry's funeral back then and was amazed at how the First Baptist Church of Fairfield, TX was packed. He and Dottie and their sons had moved to Fairfield from Dallas in l992 and immediately became very active in that church.

Well, Dottie was always active in church.
When my family moved to Mission, TX in around 1956 she greeted two shy twin girls and welcomed them wholeheartedly to her church (First Baptist, Mission). She was 5 and we were 4. She took us under her wing, and that's where we stayed!! We even moved away (to Mississippi for 3 years), but when we moved back, Dottie was there, to take care of us. We did everything together. There were actually four of us, Dottie, Diane (Williams), my twin Peggy and me, Nancy. Yes, we were inseparable.
And now Dottie is in heaven, with her dear Larry AND with my twin Peggy.  So Dottie Jean and Peggy Jean can hang out and relive the good times. (Well, I wish I knew how heaven is - but I'm guessing they're singing and laughing together.... like old times.)

So I sang at Dottie's funeral. As a solo I sang "I'd Rather Have Jesus" and then I led the group in singing "Love Lifted Me." And then "The Old Rugged Cross" played on the intercom. Those were her favorite songs. One of her caregivers told me that when Dottie couldn't talk she could sing, and would heartily sing "Love Lifted Me." 
When she was still somewhat verbal, she couldn't read well, but she could read Scripture like a pro. And she did.

Somewhere I have pictures of us as children and then teenagers. I wish I could find them... I would so show them to you.

By the way, you can click HERE to read her obituary.

I really don't know of a better person than Dottie.

Years ago (in the summer of '89) when I went to grief counseling after my twin died of cancer, my counselor told me to 'go' to places in my mind that hold wonderful, loving and healing memories for me. My counselor told me to walk around there in my mind... and stay there a while.  You know one of the main places where I 'went'? I went to the Morris house on the corner of Bryan Road and Highway 495. I can still go there... and still be comforted.
Oh, did you know that Dottie's father and grandfather built that house with their bare hands? YES, their bare hands - and muscles, and the sweat of their brows. It was a home built of love - inside and out. And I can still go there in my mind and walk around. I love that.

I can hardly type anymore.
Tears are coming.
Good tears.

Thank you, Lord, for dear Dottie Jean.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trivia Tuesday ... plus a few funnies....

Today's trivia is different in that it comes directly from CNN.com.

You can click HERE to read some facts, like why the turkey (the bird) and Turkey (the country) share the same name. 
That is the picture in the article.
(I thought it was so ugly I had to share.)

There are other interesting facts in that CNN article. I found them fascinating.

I would have just linked it on Facebook, but I haven't blogged in a week, and well, I needed to blog something quick (if I was going to keep blogging - which is an 'if'), so I'm doing a 'link-blog' post.

I think it's okay. 

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PLUS, I have some cartoons I've used through the years that still make me chuckle...

















HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Trivia Tuesday

While sleeping, one man in eight snores, and one in ten grinds his teeth.







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A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.


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 The Eiffel Tower receives a fresh coat of 300 tons of reddish-green paint every seven years.

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Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.

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The 1st US Minimum Wage Law was instituted in 1938. The minimum wage was 25 cents per hour.

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One gallon of apple cider takes about 40 individual apples to make.



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There are 132 rooms in the US White House.

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Owls are the only birds in the world that can see the color blue.


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The object most choked on by Americans is the toothpick.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney both had cats named Jesus.

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Snickers bars are named after a horse owned by the the Mars company.


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So now we know!
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That's all for today.
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Have a great week.




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Who Would Have Ever Thought?

The obvious 'who-would-have-ever-thought?' topic today would be the election results.
Before we go there, here's some other 'who-would-have-ever-thought' news....

Doughnuts glazed with Nyquil, or dusted with Pepto-Bismol.
Really.
Here I'm copying and pasting from an article in a Portland paper...
If there was ever a business that captured the kooky essence of Portland, it's Voodoo. From the belly of two locations, sweet-fingered magicians concoct what might best be described as avant-garde doughnuts: when Voodoo first opened, it offered doughnuts glazed with NyQuil and dusted with Pepto-Bismol — until the health department put the kibosh on them. Lest that sound unappetizing, please know that Voodoo's other offerings are actually quite delicious. The namesake Voodoo Doughnut is shaped like a voodoo doll and oozes blood red jelly.
Yes, this is a picture of their signature donut.
YUM.

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In other 'who-would-have-ever-thought' hews, there is a little boy in Portland (whose parent is a friend of a friend) who has an unusual middle name. His first name is a regular name (I forget what) and his middle name is Hippopotamus.
As in this animal...

Is that not the weirdest middle name you've ever heard?
I'd be interested to know if you know of a weirder one.
(BTW, the little boy likes his middle name.) (So far)

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In other 'who-would-have-ever-thought' news, I now think my son-in-law looks like Steve McGarrett from HAWAII FIVE-O.  (The new Steve McGarrett.)
I had not thought of handsome Ryan looking like this handsome actor
until I saw this picture...
That's Ryan holding little Ransom.


Now look at Alex O'Loughlin...

 Do you see it??? I do.


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 Here's another WWHET (who-would-have-ever-thought)...
I'm in a series of meetings and this was on the nearby snack table.
I am eating it as I type.
It's not super-delicious, but pretty good.
(I guess you can pop anything.)





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The final obvious WWHET is the election result..


WHO WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT?!


That's all for today.


I'll be looking for other weird stuff.
Stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Trivia Tuesday on Election Day...

For trivia today I'll start with an embarrassing headline, which could read "Don't count your chickens before they are hatched."...

Click HERE for the story.  (There's a lot to it.)

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Victoria Woodhull became the first woman to run for President in 1872.
She was a leader in the Women's Suffragette Movement. Click HERE for info on her.
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Theodore Roosevelt was the first president to call his residence in Washington, D.C. the "White House."
Prior to his term, it had been called the Executive Mansion or the President’s House.


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James Madison was the shortest and lightest president at 5 feet, 4 inches and about 100 pounds.

He was the fourth president of the U.S.
His wife was Dolley Madison.

She was very popular and helped Madison's popularity as president.

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Millard Fillmore installed the first bathtub and kitchen stove in the White House.
He's not known for much more, BUT he shares my birthday (Jan. 7), so I hold him in high regard!
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Harry S. Truman use to get up at 5 o'clock in the morning to practice the piano for two hours.
Wow, I say. Wow.
  
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Did you know that Barack Obama collects Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books?
Obama is likeable, I must say.
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At age 69, Ronald Reagan became the oldest person ever elected U.S. president.
Whoa. 69 used to seem so old. Now not so much. Hmm.
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And this last bit of trivia...
William Taft, who weighed 332 pounds, got stuck in the White House bathtub the first time he used it.
A larger one was ordered.
He probably wouldn't like that trivia.
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But there you have it.

Now we know!!!!
 

(I didn't make this stuff up.)