Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

New York City has 722 miles of subway track.


Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith. He set out to invent a game to occupy students between the football and baseball seasons.

 Click HERE to read about James Naismith.


Cleveland, Ohio became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879. 


The name "Tennessee" originated from the old Yuchi Indian word, "Tana-see,"
meaning "The Meeting Place." 


The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater
than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars. 


Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.


A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.


The original Village People line-up was recruited via an advertisement that read "Macho types wanted: must have moustache". The group scored a number of disco and dance hits, including "Macho Man", "In the Navy", and their greatest hit, “Y.M.C.A.".


Iceland has no railway system or army.

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

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Now I know what I have had...

That is my picture for outrage.

No matter what side of the issue in politics you are on, I'll bet you have had some 'outrage fatigue', too, lately.

Whether you're for the wall, or against it,
or whether you blame humans for climate change or not,
or whether you're for a transgender James Bond or not,
or whether you want Trump impeached or to be your president in 2020
etc., etc., etc.,
everybody has an opinion, and those opinions are seeming to get harsher.

And I'm tired of them.

That is my picture for fatigue.

My weary soul needs a break from all the input… and from all the output.

So what should I do?

I could quit watching any and all news.
And get off Facebook.
And certainly not listen to talk radio.


And I could read (again) this article in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, "A Cure for Outrage Fatigue".

And I could remember these wonderful verses in the Bible...

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33
You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,

for the Lord, the Lord himself,
is the Rock eternal.
Isaiah 26:3-4
God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.
Psalm 46:1-3
 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
John 14:1

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 
 Matthew 11:28 

Those verses really help me.
I hope they help you.
And I believe they are good

for people on ALL sides of any issue.


And there's this... 

That is all for today.

For me that is enough.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fun home decor!

How about an old TV turned into an aquarium?
That would make for some interesting conversations
(about TVs and fish!)

Or how about an aquarium on the stairs?


How about turning your bathroom into an illusion room with a jaw-dropping floor.


 Don't just paint your wall.


A good hiding place under the stairs can also serve as storage space.


Here's a swan bed for you.

How about a high-heeled shoe bathtub? 


Now here is the ultimate way to make a room feel so much bigger – paint a realistic cityscape along one wall to feel like you’re out and about in the world, when you’re actually just curled up and comfy at home.


Here's a different sink for you.

That is all for now.

Stay tuned.
I'm still looking for more home decor weirdness.

Yes, my blog is open to anything - within reason.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

Termites will eat wood two times faster when listening to heavy metal.


On January 3, 1951 - Dragnet premiered on NBC.


John Lennon's beautiful music with the Beatles would not have existed without his perseverance through dyslexia. Lennon excelled at art and music while attending high school, but his grades were poor and he had trouble spelling.


A single violin is made from over 70 individual pieces of wood.


The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.


Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa - more than any other wild animal.


Salt is mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible.


The title role of Dirty Harry, 1971, was originally intended for Frank Sinatra. After he refused, it was offered to John Wayne, and then Paul Newman, finally being accepted by Clint Eastwood.

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

Sunday, January 6, 2019

My Favorite Things

I have MORE favorite things!

Here's one...

Two years ago as I was flying to Portland from DFW I saw a well-dressed lady coloring in a color book. She was smiling all the while... and I understand why.
Coloring can be so therapeutic... and my dear daughter has published a coloring book that can be purchased on Amazon.com!! (click 'coloring book')

Here are some of my pages that I've colored...

I used colored pencils on these, but will try fine-tipped colored markers on the next page.
I did these while the news was on. (Coloring helps me listen.)


Here are some favorite pictures I like...
Our grandson was really enjoying being with his Daddy-Pap the other day.
I think Liam looks like Sam, don't you?


On a different note,
here are some quotes I like...

“There is no substitute for the comfort supplied
by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship."
-- Iris Murdoch
(I found that interesting, and comforting.)
(It made me think of Sam and me.)

Another great quote...

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.
– Anonymous

Another great quote...

“Don’t be a stranger to what you most deeply want.
I think what God most deeply wants for you
is what you most deeply want.”
~ Father Greg Boyle


Finally I'll leave you with a favorite picture of my grandson Ransom,
with his wonderful dad, Ryan.
That was taken during Christmas time.
I love it!

And they're coming SOON (from Oregon)
to celebrate a late (but wonderful) Christmas with us.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Wednesday Whimsy

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

We'll start with some fun mugs...


That's sweet, I think.
(I think.)


Now for some furniture...

(If you need dental work.)

And now for some just random finds in LoneStar....

With grandchildren this appeals to me.

This is a little lamp.

And if you like Raggedy Ann and Andy...


And finally I'm going to leave you with this sweet doll...
I think she'd add whimsy anywhere in my house.

That's all for today.

There's always more whimsy at LoneStar.
Stay tuned!