Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

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

I liked those pretties. I hope you did, too.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

What do you think is the world's largest fast food chain? You might be surprised!

Actually I wasn't too surprised. I've traveled a bit and well, this place is everywhere! (Well if a 'place' can be everywhere.)
 So take a guess.
Come on.
(I'm trying to fill the space so you won't find out when you see my Facebook post.)

In 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca borrowed $1,000 from Peter Buck to form Pete’s Super Submarines. Never heard of it? The restaurant in Bridgeport, Connecticut, now goes by the more succinct “Subway,” along with the 40,000-plus other locations worldwide.


I put this on Facebook last week but you may have missed it...
As you may know: April Fool's Day and Easter collide this year!
Here's more info on that: For the first time since 1956, Easter Sunday falls on April 1 - or April Fool's Day. Since 1900, Easter has fallen on April Fool's Day only four times - 1923, 1934, 1945 and 1956. It won't happen again until 2029.


More adult diapers are sold in Japan than baby diapers. (But then Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world.)


With his pals Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford, Sinatra led the Vegas clique known as the Rat Pack. The name was coined by actress Lauren Bacall years earlier to describe a Hollywood drinking circle that included her then-husband Humphrey Bogart and Sinatra. The guys in the Rat Pack actually referred to themselves by a different name – The Summit – playing on a 1960 summit meeting in Paris between top world leaders.


The glass winged butterfly lacks colored scales, which makes its wings transparent and helps it avoid predators.


Belgium has one of the  highest number of registered voters and voter turnout in the world.
Sweden, South Korea, Denmark, and Australia also show high numbers.


Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television in January, 1956. He sang "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Heartbreak Hotel" on "The Dorsey Brothers Show


Smoking is the primary cause of death by fire in the U.S. The second cause of fire deaths is heating equipment.

That's it for today.
Have a great week!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

I wasn't going to be one of those grandmothers ...

.... who had to brag about her grandchildren all the time.
That is UNTIL I had such wonderful, beautiful grandchildren.
That's four and half year old Nell. We were working on coins that day.
It was fun.
Earlier she did some art work. That was fun, too.

 Here is her little brother Liam. He's two and a half.
His family was at Disney World last week, and Liam loved it.

And oh yes, he was a delightfully happy boy!
Is that not a super picture??

He and Nell are Will (my son) and Bailey's kids.  

Now I am in Oregon as I type this, with my third grandchild, Ransom.
Ransom is seventeen months old
and I was THRILLED that he was happy to see me when I flew into Portland!!

(He is the son of our daughter Laura and her husband Ryan.)

And he loves bath time!
 And I love him!!!

So now you see that I canNOT just nonchalantly mention that I am a grandmother.
I have to shout it loudly on my blog and everywhere else in the world,
because I have extraordinarily fantastic grandchildren, way beyond the norm.

I guess I need to order a bumper sticker about their amazingness.
No. I better design my own.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Celebrating some Centennials!

2018 is a great year for many things that have been around for 100 years!!!

For example: Velveeta Cheese (yes, who would have thought!)
(And no, the Velveeta you buy in the store is NOT 100 years old, though it can last quite a while.)

I copied and pasted the following from this site.
"Gooey, orange, delicious. Young Swiss immigrant Emil Frey was an unheralded genius, at least when it comes to nacho technology. Working for the Monroe Cheese Company of Monroe, New York, Frey invented Velveeta in 1918, a few years after he came up with the far less popular Liederkranz cheese."


Lincoln Logs

Generations of American kids have built tiny cabins with Lincoln Logs over the years. Lego may be the dominant player in toddler construction, but these humble brown logs are far more patriotic.

Raggedy Ann

Indiana-based author and painter Johnny Gruelle got a patent for his Raggedy Ann doll in 1915. He introduced the character to the public via a 1918 book, Raggedy Ann Stories. Two years later, Raggedy Andy Stories brought her brother into the world.


Chevy Trucks!

The 1918 One-Ton was the first purpose-built Chevrolet truck. The company is celebrating 100 years with a special Centennial Edition for its Colorado and Silverado 1500 models, along with centennial-themed hats, shirts, jackets, camping gear, and more in its store. Take a look back at the last 100 years of Chevy Trucks at the anniversary website.


Daylight Savings Time.

Spring forward, fall back. Most of us are tired of the practice now. One hundred is a nice round number. Why not call it quits? Anyway, the purpose and usefulness of DST remains heavily debated today. It was intended for an agrarian society, it's about energy… yadda yadda yadda. Actually, its origin has more selfish reasoning. A New Zealand entomologist George Hudson proposed the idea so he could have more daylight to collect insects. A British builder then pushed the concept so that he could have more time to golf, according to the book Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Tim


Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth

 My dear friend/sister-type, Peggy Johnson, is a chaplain there in the cancer ward. Can you imagine that job?
Here she is with her dear husband, Lee...
Lee is the pastor at Bear Valley Church on Precinct Line in Colleyville.
We started that church in 1992.

Not only is Peggy a chaplain for young cancer patients at Cook Medical Center,
she also leads the ESL program at Bear Valley.


Another 100 year old is ...
 Greyhound Lines

 Still one of the most reliable ways to get from A to B (if not the most glamorous), Greyhound has been servicing Canada, the US and Mexico for a century. The company got its start out of Minnesota when a failed car salesman converted his 7-seat automobile into a bus service for local miners.


Oh, here's another thing: World War I.
It was known as The War to End All Wars.
We know how that turned out. Since then, there have been more wars than all those before the WWI.

You can read more about that war by clicking HERE.

On a more positive note, I will close this blog post with my favorite thing that is 100 years old:

EL FENIX is a popular chain of Mexican restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (Texas) and the oldest chain of Mexican restaurants in the U.S. WOW! The name is Spanish for "the phoenix", the legendary bird which, according to mythology, arose from its own ashes. The chain has its headquarters in Dallas.
My mother and her family started eating at El Fenix years and years ago (maybe in the late 1930's - when they moved to Dallas). And that is where my Uncle Warren had his first date with his wife, Aunt Helen. Every time Uncle Warren comes to town (from Tennessee) we go to El Fenix a few times. And ALWAYS he makes a special trip to the Oak Cliff EL FENIX, where he took his sweetheart so many years ago.

For its 100th anniversary EL FENIX is having a special going on: TEX MEX TRIO - a 3 course FIESTA!!
Sam had it when we went with Uncle Warren and Jim to the Grapevine EL FENIX a few weeks ago. It was YUM!!!

So if you are at all near one - go and celebrate EL FENIX's 100th birthday soon!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Leonardo Da Vinci loved animals so much that he used to buy caged animals at the market just to set them free.


Japan has one of the highest life expectancy rates in the world. Switzerland, Australia, and Spain are next on the list. Japan's average life expectancy is 84 years.


After the Marvel movie, BLACK PANTHER, was released in the movie theaters, shelters reported an increase of black cats being adopted.


All octopuses have heads, called mantles, surrounded with 8 arms, called tentacles. All vital organs are located in their head.
They have 3 hearts and their blood is blue in color.


Lightning strikes men about seven times more often than it does women.


A U.S. park ranger named Roy C. Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightning the most times, having been struck — and surviving — seven times between 1942 and 1977.
You can click HERE to read what Wikipedia says about him.


Canada has the most lakes of any country, which might explain the country's affinity for so many lake-oriented activities. Parts of Canada even border Michigan and the Great Lakes.


Before dating John F. Kennedy, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy was once engaged to a Wall Street banker named John Husted at the age of 22. She broke it off after three months in 1952, because she was reportedly hesitant about becoming a housewife.


The custom of giving eggs at Easter time has been traced back to Egyptians, Persians, Gauls, Greeks and Romans, to whom the egg was a symbol of life.


That's it for today.
I hope your week is going well!!

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? ...