Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

California produces 60 percent of American roses, but the vast number sold on Valentine’s Day in the United States are imported, mostly from South America.

Europe has no deserts - it is the only continent without one.


Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War.
(You probably don't need pictures with most of my trivia.)


US Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina set a filibuster record in the U.S. Senate on August 19, 1957. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
Whoa. Did you read how long he spoke?
Surely he took some breaks. ?

The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat,"
which means "the king is dead."


The Swahili for ‘journey’ is safari.


A toddler uses the same amount of energy in a day as an adult on a 30-mile run.
I can believe that.


A diamond will not dissolve in acid. The only thing that can destroy it is intense heat.


The word Tips is actually an acronym standing for 'To Insure Prompt Service'.

That's it for today.

I hope you learned something, like I did.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


I'm hoping my blog readers have people who love them and whom they love.
I sure do.

Here are a few of mine...

That's Penelope Faye, whom we call 'Nell'.
She is my firstborn grandchild, and she so enjoys taking care of 'BEAR' there.

And here's my dear twin's daughter Elizabeth, with her oldest, Caroline...

On Facebook, Elizabeth captioned this picture with "When your precious 10 year old asks if you want to wear matching clothes for church, you say YES, clearly! Won't last long, so I'll take it!"

Isn't that, and aren't they, beautiful?

And here's my oldest grandson, Samuel Williams Carmack VII, whom we call "Liam"...
Liam is a very special fella. He has some special needs, which make him SUPER SPECIAL.
His mom, dear Bailey Jo said on Facebook, "Liam's ready for his eye appointment."
Isn't he adorable?
Oh my yes.

And here is a sweet picture of my daughter with her husband and my other grandson...
Is that not a priceless picture???

They live in Oregon, which is FAR AWAY...
but with Facetime, and texting, and Facebook, well, they don't seem so far away.
And I'm hoping I can go up there in that FAR AWAY LAND and hug Ransom soon, like in March!


Here are some quotes I love...
“Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do.”
-- Jean de La Bruy√®re
"We impress people with our supposed perfections but we connect with each other over our flaws." -- Donald Miller
“The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.”- G. K. Chesterton, "The Advantages of Having One Leg"

Here's a place I love(d)...
That's a picture of my Granddaddy Earl and Grandmother Ora's house in Oak Cliff, Dallas.
I just loved going there when I was growing up.
Love abounded there.

And here are some Winks I love...
Those are 'WINKS BY SUSAN" by my dear friend/'sister Susan Prather.
I sell them in my booth at LoneStar Antiques, and will put more pictures of them
soon on a Wednesday on WEDNESDAY WHIMSY.

[SUSAN is one my loves.]


I will close with a Bible verse I love...
My presence will go with you,
and I will give you rest.

Exodus 33:14


I think it is very important that we put our minds to people and things and sayings we love.

There is so much awfulness in this world, but there is so much to love.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday Whimsy

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


These last two are for my mother...

 I love you, Mother.
And the next Whimsy will feature treasures from our booth!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

A zebra is white with black stripes.


Movie detective Dirty Harry's badge number is 2211.


Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas.


The largest body of fresh water IN THE WORLD is Lake Superior.


The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
(I don't have a picture for this.)


I'll close with this (which I need to know)...
When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning.
The meaning of rose colors:
Red = Love and respect
Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation
Light pink = Admiration, sympathy
White = Reverence, humility
Yellow = Joy, gladness
Orange = Enthusiasm, desire
Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality
Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship

This means joy and gladness.
(And TEXAS!)

Much of my trivia today may not be new to you, but some was to me!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

I am woman, hear me ROAR!!!

I count for women like Kim Ayres, Beth Lahaie, Velia Buchanan, Jan Bolling, Alice Valverde Tutt, Delta Johnston.... and numerous others that marched for women Saturday.

Don't discount me.
I am pro-life... but I am FOR WOMEN.

I am not for Madonna, but I don't know many who are.

I think we should be very careful as to whom we (I) say we (I) admire.

I don't want to be put in a bundle of 'awfuls'.

Right now I'm not sure who would be labeled 'awful', except maybe Madonna, and (sadly) others like Scarlott Johansson and Ashley Judd.
Who do they think they are? Experts?!!!!

We as women have so many more rights than women in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, etc., etc.

(Yes, I said that.)
(That is the closest to cursing (cussing) I do.)

Women, we are powerful in our own right.

Do not doubt that.

We are the ones who have babies (people).

We set the agenda for our households.
We buy the groceries.
We plan our kids' schedules.

Oh yeah, that is sexist what we do. 


I don't care. If my sisters wanted to march in the Women's March last Saturday - and the next one...
I will NOT tell them not to. They have the right!!!

And I have the right to plan my next family's menu (like Taco Friday.)

I have the right to do whatever I want.

You better not tell me NAY.

I am saying YAY.

Friday, January 20, 2017

We have a new President.

He's a bit weird.

He tweets whatever he thinks.

He seems to have no qualms about anything,

But the folks have voted.
And they wanted Donald Trump to be President.

Did you know that Harry Truman was called a "Nincompoop' by the media?

And there's this...
Jim Denison from Denison Forum wrote...
Thomas Paine once called President Washington "treacherous in private friendship" and a "hypocrite in public life." An English journalist in turn described Paine as "all that is base, malignant, treacherous, unnatural and blasphemous."
After Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, one newspaper lamented "the silly remarks of the President" and hoped they would "be no more repeated or thought of." Our nation has weathered acrimonious political climates before and will do so again.

Democracy is better than the alternative.
Winston Churchill once called democracy "the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." I prefer a cacophonous free press to a saccharine state media and a divisive two-party system to a dictatorial one-party government. I've traveled often to Cuba and can testify that they have few of our challenges with media and politics. But I immeasurably prefer our problems over theirs."

So I just want all of us to get along.
Like Roderick King said years ago, "Why can't we just get along?"

I mean, I liked having a black President in 2008.
I did.
I didn't vote for him, but I was glad to have him as my President.

And I like having a non-politician for President now.

I will not apologize for liking Trump as my President.

Someone told me that he may be impeached in a few months.
You think?

Well, so what?
He is President now.

Everything is relative, and temporary.

This world is not my home.
I'm just atravelin' through.
My home is in heaven.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I feel like getting political...

... but I will refrain.

Well, other than to say that these are CRRRRAZY times in which we're living.
And I'm thinking the inauguration won't make things less crazy. Maybe more.

I will change the subject and think of some favorite things I have now.
[I am needing to smile, and not listen to the news.]

Here we go...
Elizabeth (and her family) gave us some place mats for Christmas. These just aren't any place mats you can buy at a store.
You can see why they are my most favorite place mats of all time!!!
Thank you, Huffmans!!!

Then there are these super deluxe comfy house shoes from my dear daughter, Laura...
They're the most comfortable footwear I have ever had, ever!!

Next is this set of 2 CDs...
Will and Bailey and Nell and Liam gave me this as part of my birthday present.
It's songs from last years Grammy nominees.
Well, they knew I needed to know some more recent songs than "Moon River" and "Jesus Paid it All".
I have them in my car, and am getting acquainted with "The Weekend", and "Florence and The Machine" and Taylor Swift. (I have known who she is, but had NEVER listened to one of her songs.) (She's pretty good.)

Oh, and the fact that GRAMMY is on the cover made me feel good, since I am a GRAMMY.

Will's family also gave me a great journal...
Is that journal title not wonderful??!
And I got this book for my birthday from Laura and Ryan....
If you know me at all you know that I am a long time fan of Agatha Christie,
but I had not read her Miss Marple short stories!!
I've read 2 now, and they are super.
(By the way, I have on some wonderful pajamas there that I got from Laura a few years ago.
When it's cold outside, they are my absolute favorite p.j.s!!

Well, there are so many other things I could put up for my favorite things, but I will add this next one which is not just a thing. It is a grocery store that has just opened about 3 minutes from our house.
I had been to Fiesta Markets before and loved them... and now I have one close by!!!

I took this picture there yesterday...

I called Sam while there and asked, "Do you want to know what I have in my grocery cart?!"
He said, "Yes."

This is what I told him....

Only I got a 12-pack!
Guarana is a delicious soft drink made in Brazil.
And Sam and I always thought (and think) that Antarctica is the best brand.
So I'm planning on having a Brazilian feast soon, and serving it.

Along that line, Laura is serving black beans and rice with molho tomorrow night
at her Bible Study group's supper.
(The leader asked the members to bring something they grew up eating.)

You can click HERE for my VERY Easy Brazilian Feast menu - and recipe for the molho.
I will close with a picture of my Oregonian grandson, handsome Ransom...

He is three months old today!!!
Oh my, is he not precious?!!

Well this post has made me smile.
Maybe you've smiled some, too.
(But not as much as I have, of course.)

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