Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

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








(Those last 2 photos go together.)













That's all for today.

See you next time!!!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

A baby can cost new parents 750 hours of sleep in their first year.
Whoa.
I can believe that.
(But life is so worth it.)
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Different trivia...
When two white-faced capuchin monkeys meet, they say hello
by sticking their fingers into each other's noses.
Well, I couldn't find a picture of exactly that, but I read about it many times.
It must be true.


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The Japanese created a smoke alarm for those who can't hear,
which pumps super-spicy wasabi mist into the air to alert them.




Whoa. Have you tasted Wasabi?!
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When the Super Bowl champion Giants visited the White House in 1987,
they dumped popcorn on President Reagan.

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If you eat onions you can get rid of onion breath by eating parsley.
I guess that's true. ?
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A Scarlet Macaw can live up to 80 years.

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Clark Kent (Superman in DC Comics) is also a character in the Marvel universe,
where he's actually just a mild-mannered reporter and nothing more.

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Thomas Edison, the legendary inventor, used a one of a kind method to interview people who wanted to join his team. Before checking any of the interviewee’s qualifications, he offered them a bowl of soup. If the interviewee added salt before tasting the soup, he would not be considered to join Edison’s work. His reasoning: the person had too many assumptions.


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In 1945, Dwight D. Eisenhower predicted that people would try to dispel the holocaust as a falsehood, and ordered all possible photographs taken of the Nazi crimes to hinder any such attempts.
These last two weeks my daughter-in-law has been teaching 8th graders about the Holocaust.
She said that one could hear a pin drop in those classes. 

Let us never forget.

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That's all my trivia for today.
(Of course, some is not trivial trivia.)

See you next time.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

These are a Few More of My Favorite Things...

We've rediscovered MARY POPPINS.

Recently I thought,
"Granddaughter Nell would probably enjoy
MARY POPPINS."
She did!
We've watched it maybe 6 times now - and can sing all the songs - and we even sometimes play like we're the characters.
It's fun!


Then Sam and I watched the movie SAVING MR. BANKS last week,
and well, now I know why it has that weird title,
since I thought it was just about Walt Disney.

Really. If you haven't seen MARY POPPINS in a while, do.
And watch SAVING MR. BANKS before or after.

I strongly recommend that.

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And being with grandchildren lately
makes me think of this quote that I really like...
"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he/she is someone TODAY."
~ Stacia Tauscher
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Another totally different favorite thing of mine now is....
Boi Na Braza in Las Colinas
It's only been open a week or two... but it is amazing.
(Sam found that it was open for weekday lunch!)
So we went!
(It fits his low carb diet.)

Warning: it is NOT CHEAP!

I cannot go often or I would be broke -
and also have to join Weight Watchers.
Hmm. I guess joining Weight Watchers wouldn't be so bad.
OR
I could relax with my older self,
and not get on the scales ever again.
(That's a plan.)
(And I'm kind of okay with my face looking rounder these days,
and my middle, too.)

(NO! WHAT AM I THINKING? I HATE FEELING FAT!)

(By the way, we lived in Brazil for a while and loved the churrascarias there...
and were thrilled when some opened up in Texas.)

You can click HERE to go to Boi Na Braza's website.

(I need to make peace with my older self, clearly.)






 




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Another favorite thing: this...

That sun-visor is my most absolute favorite head gear EVER!!
EVER!!
Thanks, Bailey!!


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Finally, here I am wearing my top my dear mother got me for my birthday. (I picked it out, with her help.)

Next to me are the orchids the tea room staff
- with Judy's attention/intention-
gave me for my birthday.
Oh, and they gave me a journal/book - to record all the things my grandchildren do (that I know that they do).
How great is that??

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So those are a few more of my favorite things.

I have even more.
Stay tuned.

Friday, January 26, 2018

These are a few of my favorite things.

A new favorite book...

I've done Myers Briggs and other personality inventories, but this is an old one - from ancient times, as I understand. Laura and Ryan's wonderful church in Portland, OR (The Bridgetown Church) did a series on it recently, and The Collective Church in Roanoke, TX is doing it now. Pastor Rob is doing a 9 part series on the Enneagram, and you can listen to his podcasts by going to their website. A warning, he talks really fast (it seems faster than in person), but I like it. He has always been the easiest speaker for me to listen to, by the way.

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Another favorite thing, which is totally different:
Some YUM from Oklahoma...
BOOM-A-RANG DINER in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma...
That's the front page of the menu.
We happened on it when we stopped at Mrs. Fields Pecan Pie Factory in Paul's Valley, as Sam remembered eating there as a child. Turns out they just make pies now, and have no restaurant, so we asked the worker there to recommend a place to eat
and the first place she recommended was BOOM-A-RANG'S DINER.

So we went there. It was on Chickasaw Street, which I thought looked like Main Street.

Oh my. We liked it right away.
It was clean, and had a 1950's or 1960's feel,
and they greeted everybody that walked in with "Sit wherever you'd like!"
We did.

Here's part of the back side of the menu...


And here's the bottom of the backside...
Clearly I was enamored by the back page of their menu.

(Oh, and we may have to go back up there on a Friday evening.)

The day we ate there we both ordered what was highlighted on a poster outside:
the Real Reuben Sandwich.
 In one word: YUM.

This (my) picture of their famous Reuben Sandwich is in black and white because I was doing a black and white theme on Facebook, and well, now I don't know how to get it in color. 
It was yum, though, even in black and white.

As you may know, Reuben sandwiches have a strange combination of ingredients.
Here's a description on Wikipedia:
The Reuben sandwich is an American hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing (or Thousand Island dressing),grilled between slices of rye bread.
BOOM-A-RANG'S Reuben was GREAT!
(So is JASON'S DELI, by the way. Sam really likes that.)




So we ate at BOOM-A-RANGS recently on our way up to Oklahoma City
to bank board meeting.
Just so you know, there are many BOOM-A-RANGS in Oklahoma
as I found out when I Googled it.
You can click HERE to go to their website.

Here's the sign over their door that you read as you are leaving...
So we might have to hurry back to Boom-a-rang soon,
so as to escape the harsh realities of the real world!
(So there is a place to go. Yay!)

Oh, by the way, Sam and I noticed that almost all the people eating there
were more on the plump rather than on the svelte side of body shapes.
(That tells you how yummy (and maybe unhealthy) it is.
We plan on returning, but maybe not ordering the fries.
(Oh, but they looked so good.)

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Another favorite of mine is this....
As many of you know I love Agatha Christie Mysteries.
Now I've found her short stories.
I used to like Hercule Poirot, but now that I'm older
I'm more drawn to Jane Marple mysteries.

Ah, but I did just get Poirot's short stories...
I like that they are SHORT stories.
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Well, those aren't many of my favorite things,
but I don't like long blog posts,
which this kind of is.


I have more favorite things that I will post later.


Have a good weekend!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

When Boris Yeltsin met President Clinton in 1995, his very first question was "Do you think O.J. did it?"

I don't know how Clinton answered.
(They weren't laughing about that question. It was something else.)

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The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. Really.
Click HERE for info on that.

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Researchers have found that swearing when in pain may release pain-killing endorphins.
Whoa. I've never sworn (well, maybe under my breath, but really never out loud).
Hmm.

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Famous poet, Friedrich von Schiller would sniff rotting apples. Apparently, the scent triggered his creative juices.

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For 67 consecutive years, Mary was America's most popular female baby name. 

Linda broke the streak in 1947.

I'll need to get a T-shirt like that with 'NANCY' on it.Oh, I need one with 'SAM' on it!

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Europe is the only continent without a desert.

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Charles Dickens is hands down one of the greatest writers of his time, but this guy’s genius came with a dash of quirkiness. Dickens was said to be extremely OCD about his hair. He always had a comb on deck and would fix his hair hundreds of times a day.


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Bubble wrap was originally intended to be used as 3D wallpaper.
 

That's it for this Tuesday. 

See you next time.