Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trivia Tuesday - Some Facts About Hurricanes

That's Harvey from 3 days ago.

The earliest date in the year for a hurricane in the Atlantic basin, was March 7, in 1908.

The strongest wind gust recorded in a hurricane was in 1996 with Tropical Cyclone Olivia, just before landfall in Australia. The winds were measured at 253 mph.

Hurricanes and tropical storms spin clockwise in the southern hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere the storms spin counterclockwise.

The deadliest hurricane to hit the United States was in 1900, in Galveston, Texas. 8,000 people were killed.

The longest-lasting hurricane was in the Pacific Ocean. Hurricane John lasted 31 days in August and September 1994. It is known as both a hurricane and a typhoon because it moved through both the eastern and western parts of the Pacific Ocean.

In 2005 in New Orleans, the levees were designed for Category 3, but Katrina peaked at a Category 5 hurricane, with winds up to 175 mph.

The final death toll from Katrina was at 1,836, primarily from Louisiana (1,577) and Mississippi (238). More than half of these victims were senior citizens.

  1. Click HERE to read POPULAR SCIENCE's article about how Harvey isn't over yet.
 Click HERE to know how to help the victims of Harvey. (from NPR).

That's all for today.
That's enough.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Wow! Lonestar Flip was WONDERFUL !!!

Sam and I attended a special watch party of H.G.T.V.'s LONESTAR FLIP at Starpower in Southlake.

I don't know which pictures to put up first, so I'll start with the first that were taken by my camera (iPhone).

That's John, me, Elizabeth, and Sam.
John and Elizabeth are the stars of LONESTAR FLIP.
(I let everyone know who would listen that I was (am) Elizabeth's aunt.)

Here are John and Elizabeth with John's two brothers and their families...
Naturally they'd all be beautiful.

Here are some random pics of the crowd watching the show...

At the end of the party John and Elizabeth recognized the people who helped them. To the right of Elizabeth is Rick Baker and his wife who are the main folks who've partnered with John and Elizabeth to renovate homes.
(They also thanked ME for babysitting! (I had to bow.)

Here is a picture taken near the end of the party...
My mother knows Rick Baker AND his mother, who is at the far right.
Rick and his parents were members of First Baptist Church, Canton, TX
and knew my parents very well there.
So we had kind of a reunion!

Here are Sam and I with Shirley Baker before the party started...

This party was held at a wonderful place, STARPOWER in Southlake.
Here's a picture of it I found online...

There were several big TVs that showed the show throughout the store.
And there was wonderful food, from restaurants in Grapevine and Southlake.

My heart is full (well, besides my stomach).

I am so proud of Elizabeth and her family. 

And I want to thank all of you who watched it!!!!

If it shows again, I'll let you know - of course!!!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It is Happening Day After Tomorrow!

This is major!
This is my niece. Actually she is more than my niece. She is my twin's daughter. My dear twin died in 1989 when Elizabeth was barely 7 years old. 
Elizabeth is the star of this show.
(Well, she and her husband are the stars of this show.) 
I am so proud of them... and want everyone I know to support their show!!
You can support it by WATCHING IT!!!

Tell everyone you know to watch it - or record it. Or have someone record it for you. Okay? 
It is about their flipping an historic home in Grapevine, TX.  
By 'historic home' they mean a home that was built in the 1950's.
(So, of course, that would mean I am historic.) (I'll take it.)

Anyway, I so very much want everyone I know to try to watch this.
That would please me so much.

Watch HGTV'S "LoneStar Flip"
on Saturday, August 26
at one o'clock pm (Central Time)


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

Montpelier, Vermont is the only US state capital where there is no McDonald’s.


‘Old people smell’ is actually caused by a chemical, 2-nonenal, that old people secrete through their skin.


Lebanon is the only state in the Middle East in which there is no desert.

The Japanese, on average, are the shortest people.


Dutch, on average, are the tallest people.


What president's mug graces a $100,000 bill?
Woodrow Wilson’s.


The great wall of China is 1,400 miles long!


90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right.


Goldfish have been known to live for over 40 years!


There are 24 time zones around the world.
(You can click to make it bigger.)

That's all for today.
More trivia next week!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday's Fluff Stuff...

Here is just some stuff I have found helpful, or amusing...
(Hmm. It may not be good for my blood sugar or weight, but I'd like it.)


Here's a shirt I need ...


Here's why English is hard to non English speakers...


I'll close with this 'silly' about teaching Grandma how to eat Chinese food...

That's all.

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What to do with a President who is not 'Presidential'???

(I had an ugly picture up, but changed it.)

My husband has often said to me that he will NOT defend Trump.
He cannot.

Neither can I.
I wouldn't know where to begin, if I were to try.

I do believe that a lot of leftist liberals are trying to make this into a wonderful world.
It cannot happen.
Would that it could.
Oh yes, would that it could. 

And would that we would all obliterate all racist anything and everything, if it would make us all one.

Would it?

I am so thinking there are folks that don't want us to be 'all one'.

Oh, and there are folks who want us - Americans - any and all of us (no matter our race or creed)-  to be obliterated from the face of the earth.
We should open our borders to them?

Yes, I am for immigrants!
I love all people. (I think I am writing truth when I type that.)
I want everyone to have a better life if he/she can.
But I am aware that not everyone who says he/she wants to be an American wants to be an American.

Would that all borders be completely open.
Would that all folk be completely honest.
Would that we all would get along.

Where would terrorists fit in that? (They are not planning for my, or my grandchildren's safety/future.)

I think we need to be realistic.

A world without terrorism, racism, bigotry, greed, hatred, etc., etc. would be a wonderful world.
We do not live in that world, sadly.
Would that we did.


As for me, I will seek to love every neighbor, no matter their religion, race, creed, etc.
Would that we would all seek to do that.
I think that IS the answer.
But I do know that even me, myself, and I am self-serving sometimes, and want the best for my best.  

I am just praying we would seek GOD. ... and not our will,
and His truth, and not just what I believe is mine.

Trump is a business man from Queens. Not Presidential, and certainly not perfect. 

But he is our president, whether we like it or not.

He needs our prayers.... for wisdom, character, etc., etc., ETC, ETC.


That's my sermon for today.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

Dustin Hoffman, who turned 80 August 8, 2017, is the only actor in history to have top billing in three films that won the Best Picture Oscar: Midnight Cowboy (1969), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
and Rain Man (1988).


Tablecloths were originally meant to be served as towels with which dinner guests could wipe their hands and faces after eating!


The two-foot long bird called a Kea that lives in New Zealand likes to eat the strips of rubber around car windows!


There's this...


A Boeing 747 airliner holds 57,285 gallons of fuel!


A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.

Rice paper does not have any rice in it.


The Statue of Liberty’s index finger is eight feet long.


The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet.


Most of the vitamin C in fruits is in the skin.


That's the trivia for today!

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Just some fun...

These are some of the cartoons I have put on my blog in the last few years.
I came across them recently and decided to share them again.
They might at least make you smile.

I hope you liked those.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It's a wonderful dog's life.

This is the blog post about Olive and Akon, and Major and Teddy, and Shiloh and even Marco, dearly beloved Marco.

We'll start with Olive.

Here she is years ago.
She was Will and Bailey's little girl, at first.
They got her at the Bedford Animal Shelter

Then she moved in with Laura and Ryan in Dallas,
when Will and Bailey moved to Scotland for a year of graduate school in Glasgow.

Olive and Laura developed a bond.

Then they moved to Oregon... and would like to take her to the Oregon coast.
Here she is with Ryan and Laura and her 'brother' Akon.
Then Laura and Ryan started a family, and Olive, who was sweet-sweet-sweet,
couldn't quite get the attention she needed.

Ah, but there was a wonderful answer to Olive's need for love and affection!
A new neighbor moved next door to Laura and her family a while back.
Dr. Celia fell in love with Olive.
Dr. Celia mentioned how much she adored that sweet dog,
and would love to have a dog like her.
It was perfect. Energetic, loving Olive needed energy and loving.
And Dr. Celia could so give them to her.
So July 30, they had an adoption ceremony...
Notice how Olive is looking lovingly up at her new 'mother'.

In other doggie news, my dear niece and her family have a new family member.

He's Major League Huffman.

Major has a big brother, Teddy Roosevelt, who is in this family picture, taken in 2014...
Maybe it's the tie that is making him serious-looking.
And Teddy is serious about Christmas, too.
He's not serious in person, just for the camera.

And finally we come to our dear Shiloh-pup.
He is definitely no longer a pup, but he will be to me, always.

We're thinking he is about 95 years old in dog years.
That would explain his hearing loss (which is not complete, thank goodness)
and his arthritis in his legs.
He takes arthritis and pain medicine, and thyroid medicine,
like some of the rest of us.

Oh my, he has been such a joy.


Well, I can't write a blog post about dogs without including beloved Marco.
We got him at the same place we got Shiloh - the North Richland Hills Animal Shelter.
He was perfect for our kids.
He was perfect period.
Well, his black hair would be everywhere,

but that was a small price to pay for his preciousness.

We had Marco for about 14 years, then he succumbed to cancer.
Many of my blog-readers remember him.
He would want you, and me and everyone to pet him as long as we could.
And we did.


I am clearly a dog lover.
 Well, we always had a dog when I was growing up.

We had Sandy, then Princess, then Sheila.

Sweet memories they still bring.
That's all for today.

Have a good weekend!

Trivia Tuesday

He was nominated on five occasions but Mahatma Gandhi NEVER won the Nobel Peace Prize. Where will you find an annual hair-freezing contest? ...