Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nell's Nook!

Our granddaughter has been four years old now for about 2 1/2 weeks.
Whoa. I can remember when she was barely walking!

Not only is she wonderful, she's also beautiful and smart, and very loving!
Up there she's carrying her birthday gift from her Nana (her great grandmother, my mom).
That is really a doggy purse, but the stuffed doggy's face is hiding.
That didn't matter to Nell; she began carrying that bag around for quite a while.

She also got a kitchen from her Great Aunt Pat and Great Uncle Ken...

Actually that wasn't a birthday gift,
but a hand-me-down kitchen that her second cousins used to play with. 
Whoa, when Nell saw that, well, she began making us meals -
and cooked and cleaned for about 2 hours!!
(I'm going to remember that.)

We thought she'd enjoy the kitchen, but little did we know how much!!
Thanks, Pat and Ken!!!

Fortunately Nell didn't mess up her manicure and pedicure when she worked in the kitchen..
Nell's Mimi (Bailey's mom) is so great about keeping Nell's hands and feet beautiful!

Besides being domestic in the kitchen, Nell loves to go down slides.
That's Nell at the McDonald's indoor playground in Bedford.
She can climb all the way up to the very top, and then slide down!

And here's Nell climbing up the big slide at an outside park in Bedford.

And here, at that same park, she is helping brother Liam swing high!

Nell is such a good big sister to Liam.

Here is what she told her preschool teacher before Thanksgiving,
when her teacher asked Nell what she was thankful for...
Isn't that WONDERFUL!?!

Recently when she and her brother came over
I said, "Oh Nell, I just love it when you come to my house!"
Immediately she said, "And Liam, too!"
"Oh my yes," I said.

I so love that she always includes him in her loving heart.

I've said this before: it seems as if I've always known Nell.
Well, I certainly can't imagine life without her.

Love you, Nell!!!!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

 In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant that she accepted.

Rayne, LA is known as the "The Frog Capital of the World".


A baby turkey is called a poult.


Texas's official flying mammal is the Mexican Free-Tailed Bat.


Believe it or not, Ba! Ba! Black Sheep was one of several working titles Margaret Mitchell used for her most famous novel, Gone With the Wind. She also considered the titles Tote the Weary Load, Bugles Sang True, Not In Our Stars, and Tomorrow is Another Day before finally settling on a phrase that she had used in the critical scene where Scarlett returns to Tara and asks, "Was Tara still standing? Or was Tara also gone with the wind which had swept through Georgia?”


Alexander the Great encouraged his men to shave so enemies couldn't grab their beards during battles.


In 1952, Mr. Potato Head was born, and was also the first toy to be advertised on television.


The Lord of the Rings film Return of the King has the most deaths of any film: 836 characters were killed.


Marie Antoinette wife of Louis XV was known to wear potato blossoms as a hair decoration.

That's all for today.

Saturday, November 25, 2017


A week ago Friday night Bear Valley had its annual Thanksgiving banquet. This year the banquet started out by celebrating 25 years since Bear Valley Community Church began.

First, a fun children's choir performed...

Then, some video interviews were shown of people who were there at or near the beginning.

Sam and I were on the first video, since we were the first members, having started the church on Easter Sunday, 1992.
I didn't get a picture of that, but that is okay. (There is nothing like seeing yourself on a video talking - and well, looking older than you think you look.)

Here's Peggy and Robert Werner...
That's a bad picture, but it gives you an idea of how we saw the videos.
Peggy and Robert started coming the very first year
when we met in the old movie theater at North East Mall in Hurst.

Here's Kathy and Jim Anderson...
They joined us as we were meeting in the Bransford Elementary School in Colleyville.
It was great to hear about how they (and the Werners) were affected by Bear Valley,
and how, in turn, Bear Valley is still being wonderfully affected by their lives.

After looking back on BV's beginnings, Lee, the pastor, shared with the group just how many mission projects BV is involved with now.
Whoa. I was amazed. And so inspired.

Then all of the BV mission organizations/trips were celebrated by a parade of posters
with people involved in each project.

Here's more of a closeup look at a few.
[Hi, Amanda!]
(Every year she goes to Hyderabad, India, to help in BV's many ministries there.)
We love you, Amanda!!

When the banquet was over, we got to visit more with the Werners...

 And then Jay Gosdin came over and the three guys did a lot of reminiscing...
Those guys love getting together!

Well, there are a lot of other folks that we thought about at the 25th celebration of Bear Valley.
Wow, if we ALL got together what a time that would be!!!


(You can click HERE for its website.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday Whimsy

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

Laura, do you recognize those throw pillows?!

I'll close with Lydia's booth, that always has lots of whimsy!
Doesn't that look inviting?

Oh, and look! That's Jane and I - having gotten the wardrobe memo for the day!
I think we look whimsical!

That's all the whimsy for now. 
 Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Trivia Tuesday

The average person eats enough each Thanksgiving to gain 1.3 pounds.
I thought it would be more than that!

About 46 million turkeys are eaten each year on Thanksgiving in the United States.

 Most Americans like Thanksgiving leftovers more than the actual meal. Almost 8 in 10 agree that the second helpings of stuffing, mashed potatoes and pie beat out the big dinner itself, according to a 2015 Harris Poll.

President Roosevelt in 1939 is believed to be the first to pardon a turkey at Thanksgiving and start this annual tradition.

Cranberries were once used for more than just sauce. Native Americans used them to treat wounds and dye arrows.

Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
Thanks to all that food we gobble up, Roto-Rooter reports that kitchen drains, garbage disposals and, yes, toilets, require more attention the day after Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

Gobble, gobble?: Not so fast. Only male turkeys, called toms, gobble.  Females, called hens, cackle.

The Snoopy Balloon has appeared more than any other balloon in the Macy’s Annual Thanksgiving Parade.

That's all my trivia for today.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Puns for funs.

Here we go...


 I've put this next one up before. I like it.

Now you are probably pun overloaded.  (I don't think that's a pun.)

I have a favorite. Do you?

Trivia Tuesday

Worn by women in the highlands of Bolivia and Peru, “bombins: are what fashion accessory? Bowler hats   With 800 nominations and 475 wins, t...