Saturday, December 29, 2018


I haven't blogged quirky quotes and questions in a very long time.

I happened to find some recently. (Well, I was looking.)

They might make you smile.
(Smiling is good for you.)

Here we go:

Don't you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'Brightness', but it doesn't work.

"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction."
- General Douglas MacArthur


"After you've heard two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident it makes you wonder about history."
- Bits & Pieces

"Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
- Mark Twain


"Let me assure you that to us here at First National, you're not just a number. You're two numbers, a dash, three more numbers, another dash and another number."
- James Estes


"No wonder nobody comes here--it's too crowded."
- Yogi Berra


Now here are some quirky questions (with no visual aids):

If the #2 pencil is so popular why is it still #2?

Why do psychics have to ask for your name?

Would a fly without wings be called a walk?’

Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?

Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?

Whose cruel idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have a "S" in it?

Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?

How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?

Why does your nose run and your feet smell?


Well, those are my quirky things for now.

They maybe brought a smile??

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas postponed

We are the boss of our own schedules, right?
Well, sometimes.

This year we canceled our big Christmas morning breakfast that we've hosted for years. Why? Sam and I were both feeling puny - for a long time - plus we knew we'd have a January Christmas.

By the way, I only played Christmas tunes in the tea room three days this year. That meant I didn't get sick of "Frosty the Snowman" this year. (I brought it home, so I could play it here. 😄)

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 21) we'll have our 'official Christmas'. Our Oregonian grandson and his parents will be here then.
So the decorations are staying up!

I say all that to say that our holiday season has kind of been 'chill' this year, even though it's longer.

Do I like 'chill'?

Oh, and one way I'm chilling this year is because I have a new major 'chill' granddog!!
Her name is Ella and she is so very sweet.
Nell and her family adopted her and she fits in our lives wonderfully, and peacefully.

She's a year and a half old and is a Great Pyrenees mix.
(Now I have a new favorite kind of dog.)


And speaking of 'chill' I looked for 'chill' cartoons
and came across this...

I think that is great.
And who doesn't like Will Rogers?


That's all for today.

Oh, and there's this...

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas cuteness...

This is my Oregonian grandson...

And here is a tea towel I love. 

And here's a Christmas picture from years ago.
From left: DaddyBob, Sam, Steve, NanaWee, and Pat.

 And here's Sam by himself...


Here's a picture from years ago of my parents' grandchildren after one of them got a 'microphone' and 'electric guitar' from Santa.
From left: Will, Cap, Elizabeth, Laura

And here are those same people - in the same order - playing video games.
I just love those folks, and those memories.

Finally, here's Liam supervising my Christmas tree decorating in 2016...
He is a good supervisor!!


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas finds

Look what I saw at Walmart Wednesday...
In light of the recent uproar of this song,
I thought the pajamas might should look more like lingerie.
(Just a thought.)

Oh at that Walmart (on 121 and Cheek Sparger), they have this where the old McDonald's used to be...
The food looks good!

In other news, this is what happens when you (I) store Christmas candles in the summertime in the hot garage...

Different note: here's another tea towel I like... (or not)...

Finally, I got to see Mother and her granddaughter and great grandchildren yesterday.
From left: Caroline, Andrew, Mother, Elizabeth and Anna.

Then I said, "Now for some funny faces!"
I like that!!!


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Ready or not...

here it comes!


I am finally in the Christmas spirit.
It's taken me a while (bad bad cold, then awful tummy bug).

Yesterday, though, I felt like Christmas!

I told Nell I was in the Christmas spirit.
"What does that mean, Grammy?"
Good question.

I said, "That means I am excited about Christmas!!"
"Me, too!" she said.

And she helped us (finally) decorate our tree!

Nell showed me this ornament
and told me she was going to put it up for her daddy.

She put this one up for me!
She knows I love the color pink, or purpley pink.

This one she put up for her Daddy-Pap.
They're both pointing to it.

This little red ball on the left she put up for Liam.
It kind of matches the red buttons on the gingerbread man
that her daddy made years and years ago.
And that I ALWAYS put up on the tree every year.
I love it!
(Oh, Nell said red is Liam's favorite color!)

And here is the sweet ornament she chose to hang for her mother.
I think that is so very sweet.

Our tree will be up till the end of January, as we will celebrate Christmas with the Oregonians (Ryan, Laura, Ransom) in about 5 weeks.

I had seriously thought about skipping putting up all (or any) of the Christmas decor this year (including the tree).
Ah but Honey Sam wouldn't hear of it.
(Sam is so like his dad. He (Sam) looks serious and well, very serious, as his dad did, but oh they both would take their family and holidays VERY SERIOUSLY, AND VERY, VERY FUN.

So now I'm in the 'Christmas Spirit'!!

Life is good.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

The first candy cane was made in 1670 by a German choirmaster to help children endure lengthy nativity services. They were white and modeled after shepherds' canes to remind the children of the shepherds that visited baby Jesus at the first Christmas.


The tradition of hanging stockings comes from a Dutch legend. A poor man had three daughters for whom he could not afford to provide a dowry. St. Nicholas dropped a bag of gold down his chimney and gold coins fell out and into the stockings drying by the fireplace. The daughters now had dowries and could be married, avoiding a life on the streets.

Who narrated the classic 1966 TV special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"?
Boris Karloff!


In the TV special Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970), which vegetable makes reindeer fly?


The Japanese Christmas cake is what kind of cake? Strawberry Shortcake!
Intertwined with Japan's rise from the ruins after its defeat in World War II, the traditional Christmas strawberry shortcake is now a symbol of commercialism and prosperity.



In Australia, Christmas comes in the middle of summer and the temperature often hits a sweltering 100 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas day. During this warm Australian Christmas season, outdoor barbecues have become a part of the Christmas tradition.


 It is believed that the real St. Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. According to legend, his extraordinary kindness led him to give away all of his inherited wealth as he traveled the countryside helping the sick and poverty-stricken.


That's all for today.

Have a great week!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Some random VERY good things...

Here's little Liam playing...

You may not know how major this is: our grandson Liam is playing with ALL KINDS OF TOYS!!!!
He used to just come into our playroom and go to ONE big toy, and actually just one piece of that big toy. Now he's totally branching out!!!

Well, he's been going to a special needs preschool that the Hurst Euless Bedford school district provides for special little folks. We are so grateful for that.

Little Liam is a special little guy. He was born with a 18th chromosome deletion (18p-). We're not sure what that all means, since it is so rare, be we do know that he IS SPECIAL.

And he is running around like a little 3 year old. He's saying "Ah" a lot. and I like "Ah". !!!
And he's been saying "Mma Ma ."  We think that's pretty major.

His big sister is WONDERFUL. She is always so sweet with her little brother.
She is 5.
Here she is with one of her Christmas crafts from preschool this week...

She and Liam are our two oldest grandchildren. We get to watch them a lot... and oh, Nell asked the other day if I could come live with her. I said, "Well, I live here with Daddy-Pap, and he would miss me if I weren't here."
"OH, GRAMMY!" she said, "Daddy-Pap could live with me, too!!!""
I'm just smiling after writing that!
Fortunately our house is just a little over 2 minutes away from Nell's house. 😁

Our youngest grandchild lives in Oregon, but will be coming soon, for a late Christmas celebration here.


I do have another picture to share today...
That's my dear niece with her youngest daughter, Anna.
Elizabeth is teaching Anna to sew!!!

Elizabeth's mom - my twin Peggy - used to sew - and now it's going to a third generation!!
(Well, my mother used to sew - so it's going to a 4th generation.)
(Oh wait. My mother's mother used to sew - and my dad's mother used to sew - so it's going ON AND ON AND ON.)

(Well, I'll have to tell you of MY sewing adventures someday. They don't go on and on to my generations. Sorry Laura (and Will). 😔).

I could write more, but I don't like long blog posts.

I hope you're having a happy holiday season.

Me - holidays stress me, but I am GETTING A GRIP.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

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

(That's my favorite tea towel.)

Me and John Wayne.
Who knew he'd like going to the tea room?
Oh, he said the quiche is superb!
(Real men like quiche.)

Oh, there's more...

That's all for today.

You can tell that...
LoneStar does get into the Christmas spirit!

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? ...