Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

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














Those are all the treasures for today!!

Have a great rest-of-the-week!!












Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

The word "nerd" was first coined by Dr. Seuss in "If I Ran the Zoo."


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The wolf's jaw can exert 1500 pounds of pressure per square inch, twice the jaw pressure of a German Shepherd. Wolves can crush large bones in just a few bites.


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The Nobel Committee declined to award the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948 because "there was no suitable living candidate." This was meant as tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated earlier that year without receiving the Prize.

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The sun and moon appear to be the same size in the sky because of an astonishing coincidence: the moon is 400 times smaller but 400 times closer.


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Oxford University is older than the Aztec Empire.
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Humans have an estimated 300 bones in their body at birth, but after bone fusion, an adult will have 206 bones.


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Billy Graham was the son of a dairy farmer in North Carolina. He grew up dreaming of becoming a professional baseball player but said of himself, "The talent for baseball obviously was not there."

At the age of 15, Graham made a personal commitment to Christ at a tent revival meeting featuring traveling evangelist Mordecai Ham.

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Saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, is native to the Mediterranean area and most imported saffron comes from Spain.
As far back as the writings of Galen and Hippocrates, saffron was mentioned as a medical treatment for coughs, colds, stomach ailments, insomnia, uterine bleeding, scarlet fever, heart trouble, and flatulence.
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That is all for today.

Have a great week!!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

You CAN get your hopes up!


I am finishing up the book I've been (kinda) working on for years.
Some years I'd almost abandoned it.

The book has the tentative title PEGGY AND I - A MEMOIR OF BEING A TWIN AND LOSING MY TWIN.

Finishing up something can be the hardest part of any project. It seems to me that is true, with this Peggy-book.

I say all that to say that there is a part of me that has wanted to abandon it.

Then the other day I reread the whole thing. (It really isn't long.)
I thought if I'd reread it I would want to change it all, or least add to it.

But NO!

It's not perfect. Of course.

But I like it.

And I have my hopes up that it will be published soon. We are using CreateSpace by Amazon.

Ah, but the title of this blog post is not about my hope of getting this book published.
It's about hope...  Peggy's hope.

She didn't have hope every moment of her cancer. NO.

Near the end...
Well, I'll cut and paste a portion of my book, okay? (I hope you take the time to read it.)

There was one time in the hospice place when she, Jim (her husband) and I were sitting in the living room and Peggy said she wanted to talk seriously about something. Of course we wanted her to talk about whatever she wanted to talk about. She was lying on the couch, and then she sat up and started rocking back and forth. “What if it’s not true? What if it’s not true?” I think she asked that about four times.
And then she explained. “What if this heaven and Jesus stuff is not really true?” “What if there’s nothing out there... at all?”

Hmm. I did not know how to respond to that, I hate to say. I just sat there for a minute. I was feeling for her, because doubt had often kind of been a part of my faith.

Jim, however, was startled. He said something like, “What do you mean, Peggy? Surely you know that Jesus Christ died for your sins and he has made a way for you to go to heaven.”  

Frankly, I thought that was too simplistic. And here, I admit, that though Jim was a wonderful fella, he evidently didn’t know how to help Peggy. He seemed to be blaming her, for her lack of faith. “Oh, how I wish Sam were here,” I thought. He could help her. He always knew just what to say.

I can’t remember just what I said, but it seems as if I kind of argued with Jim, and said that well, Peggy was facing death squarely and surely it would be natural for people facing the end of life to question their beliefs... to work through their beliefs. 

Jim was adamant, though. Jesus died for our sins and gives us everlasting life. Period. We should not question that fact. Ever.

I can’t remember just how the rest of that discussion time went, but I do remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to get alone with Peggy - to hear her vent, well, and to let her doubt. 

Later we did talk more about it - just she and I. And she talked about being afraid of death. Not just of the moment of death, because she thought she’d die in her sleep, but she was afraid of what came after, and she didn’t want it to be nothingness. Fortunately she wasn’t afraid of going to hell. She was just doubting the whole Christian hope. And I thought - hopefully wisely - that she needed to go through the doubt.... and hopefully come out on the side of faith.

And she did!

Later (not long after that afternoon) Mother told me that Peggy had told her she had had a dream one night that changed her outlook on everything, especially her impending death.
(I'm condensing this.) In the dream she was looking in a big mirror... and then it broke and opened up ... to WONDER. There were flowers everywhere... nothing but beauty.
When she woke up from that dream she was FINE WITH EVERYTHING!!

Well, this is being a long blog post, but in short, Peggy DID get her hopes up. Well, she didn't get them up. God did.  (And there is more to that story, which you'll have to read in the book.)

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And so, I'm thinking she just might be talking to Billy Graham these days; well, in the long line to talk to him, anyway.

Yeah.

Peggy's favorite color was red.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

5 Things for Today

These five things are random, for sure.

1. Here my daughter Laura is coloring one of her coloring sheets...


Here I (yes I) am coloring (with colored pencils) a page from her coloring sheets...

Here is the finished product...
I actually put it on the refrigerator door. It is the first time in YEARS (DECADES) that I have put up any of my work on the refrigerator!!
You are never too old to display your stuff on the fridge, right?

You can go HERE to download some of Laura's coloring sheets.

Did you know that coloring sheets are the 'rage'?!
I was on a flight to Portland and there was a well dressed middle-aged lady coloring in a coloring book- and she just seemed so relaxed.
By the way, I like to color when I'm watching (listening) to the news. Some folks don't have to be doing something all the time, but, well, I sometimes do. And I tend to enjoy (if you can enjoy) the news, by coloring - or doing my own doodles.

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2. In other news, wonderful Billy Graham died early today. He was 99.
I went to one of his 'crusades' in 1971. It was the very first event held at the Texas Stadium in Irving. The stadium wasn't even finished, but finished enough to hold the crusade. I went the first night. Now that stadium is dust, but I will always cherish that memory.
 What an amazing man he was. And now he is in his eternal home. Oh my, there must be a lot of rejoicing going on.

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3. I spoke of our fridge displaying my coloring sheet; it also has a wonderful sympathy card on it.

Inside...
We got that just a few days after Shiloh passed in early January. It was from the vet's office, Heritage Veterinary Hospital.
Isn't that wonderful?

We still miss Shiloh-pup, but we're glad he's not suffering anymore.
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4. Along that line, we will not be getting another dog.
Why, you ask?

Well, when we moved into this house almost 2 years ago Sam started having the symptoms of a cat allergy, that he had back when we had Laura's cat Ramsey. We figured that the previous owners of this house must have had a cat. Soon after Shiloh passed Sam noticed he didn't have any pet allergies going on, and he remembered that his doctor told him years ago that often when people develop an allergy to their cat, they then later develop an allergy to a dog.
So there's that.
And I'm okay with no puppy dog. Oh yes.

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5.  On a totally different note, I will close with a quote that has helped me in thinking about the gun control issue, which is being so talked about after that horrible Valentine's Day high school massacre in Florida last week.

I am so about being able to defend ourselves, but oh I hate those big guns that gun down folks.

I find myself understanding both sides.

So here is the quote I like...
“You always own the option of having no opinion.”
― Marcus Aurelius


Here is his whole quote about that...
“You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.” ― Marcus Aurelius

For now I'm going to opt out of trying to figure out how to think.

And oh I ache for those victims and their families.

Some of you might be tempted on Facebook to try to persuade me on either side of the gun control issue.
Leave me alone on that, okay?
Thanks.

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That is all today.
Well, that is ENOUGH.




Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

 Lucille Ball was the face on the first ever cover of the original TV Guide! She then went on to star on 39 covers altogether in her career. Her role in revolutionising the TV sitcom explains just why she graced so many magazines.

She celebrated her 40th birthday before I Love Lucy began airing.
In an industry where women are all too often tossed to the side after 35, Lucy got her biggest break when she was already 40 years old.

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The CIA reads up to 5 million Tweets a day.
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Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd dusted off their Ghostbusters costumes to visit a terminally ill child who was a fan of the film and wanted to meet them.


 Bill Murray's role in GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) was originally intended for fellow SNL star John Belushi.

Dan Akroyd has played harmonica since he was 17 years old.

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Here are two things that are interesting about Paraguay:
Guarani is an indigenous tongue and pretty unique to Paraguay. Spanish is spoken in businesses and in formal settings, but Guarani is spoken in the homes of nearly everyone.

 Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.



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Here's some trivia about IHOP...

Prior to opening the IHOP breakfast chain with his brother Jerry, co-founder Al Lapin had already found success with a lucrative string of Coffee Time carts, which helped him provide funds for the first IHOP in 1958.

The Lapin brothers perfected the pancake recipe passed down from their mom to create the delightfully fluffy pancakes IHOP diners love to devour.

The Vermont IHOP is the only one with real maple syrup.

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Aransas Wildlife Refuge in Texas is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.


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That's the trivia for today.

Have a great week!!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Birthdays, Olympics, Family - They Equal Fun, and LOVE!

Here is a lovely picture...
Bailey and I and Nell (whom you can't see) are singing the HAPPY BIRTHDAY song to Mother, and my cousin David.
Mother turned 92 last Friday, and David will turn 71 Feb. 28, and so it seemed to be the time to celebrate Friday night.

It was an easy celebration, as I talked myself into not baking a cake, but to buy cupcakes from Albertons' grocery store. (I think I'm more about 'easy', than anybody I know. And I don't apologize for it.)

Here's Mother reading the birthday card I got her...
I'm getting something else for her birthday, but it hasn't 'come in yet', shall we say.

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Sunday night we had an easy meal at our house with Will and his family,
Dave and Sandy, Mother, and Sam and me. 

Here is Will with his 2 biggest fans...
That's 2 year old Liam and 4 year old Nell, his two kiddos.
Boy, do they adore their daddy.


Oh, and they love - and bond - with their mother, Bailey...


And here they're all watching the men's figure skating event in South Korea. 
It was mesmerizing.

Here are Dave and Sandy.
They came all the way from their home state, Iowa,
to celebrate Mother's 92nd birthday, and Dave's 71st birthday. 

By the way, Dave is my oldest first cousin, as he is the oldest grandchild of my mother's parents.

Well, I have to show you this picture of Dave, with his little sister Susan...
Isn't that the sweetest picture?

That was before I was born.
David and Susan had another brother later, and maybe someday I can blog about him.
(I do have a story to tell about Steve.)


I'll close with this family picture after our Sunday supper/Olympic skating fun.
I think that is sweet.
For sure it is loving!


I have more for later,
but that's it for now.

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Except this:
My blog has many purposes: it is a photo album;
a commentary of my life and beliefs;
a list of my favorite things in life;
as well as whatever else comes into my mind.


It covers almost everything in my life,
Well, almost, but not everything!!!


See you next time!