Saturday, September 28, 2019


Here are my new favorites:

RUMPY'S in Gainesville, TX
(801 I-35)
Oh my goodness.
The Czech place in West, TX has nothing on Rumpy's.

Another new favorite.
He is the new rage. He is a Croatian cellist, and well, you need to hear him and see him.
He is Stjepan Hauser. Click HERE to read about him.


Another favorite: the turkey guacamole sandwich at Schlotzky’s.
I used to ALWAYS get their original.
I branched out one day... and found a new favorite.

This next 'favorite thing' is a bit of news:
Taking care of grandkids helps fight dementia and Alzheimers!
Whoa. I do like that.
And here are two of my grands that I take care of...
So they're making me mentally healthier!!!
That is super.

Here's another favorite: THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT. It's a movie I'd never heard of ... until I saw it the other night. It's based on a true story. And it is very good. Very interesting.
Another favorite thing: 
One of the original Rosie the Riveters came into the tea room recently.
Click HERE for an article on Rosie the Riveter in the Fort Worth STAR TELEGRAM.

I asked her if there was a song she might want me to play while she was there. She immediately said, "In the Garden".
I played it, then gave her a CD of mine of old hymns, with that hymn being the main one.
She was happy... and I was super delighted.


I'll end with a favorite quote...

“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”
-- Leo Tolstoy

Those are some of my favorite things for now.
I have others.
No telling when I'll post them.
Stay tuned

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Wednesday Whimsy

- from LONESTAR ANTIQUES, 5605 Denton Highway, Fort Worth (Haltom City), TX
(Clearly some are not actual antiques, but eventually they will be. 😁)

That's all for today.
Have a great rest-of-the-week.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

Princess Diana called Prince Harry "My little Spencer" because his red hair comes from her family.


 Cats can jump up to 7 times their tail length.

Tillamook is home to Oregon's largest cheese factory.
That is my favorite kind of cheese.


A humming bird flaps its wings up to 90 times a second (5,400 times a minute).

Sudan is Africa's largest country (968,000 square miles).

With approximately 184 million inhabitants (2016), Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa.


Larry Bird was the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.


There is more real lemon juice in Lemon Pledge furniture polish than in Country Time Lemonade.


‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.


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

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

When was the last time you heard of a lightning strike being the direct cause of an airplane crashing? The answer is approximately 1967. Why is that? Improved technology and engineering. Airplanes are now constructed in a manner that allow the lightning to go through the outside (frame) of the plane and then out without causing damage.


M*A*S*H stood for 'Mobile Army Surgical Hospital’.

Did you know grasshoppers have white blood?
Well, some sources say their blood is green.
Do you know?

85% of plant life is found in the ocean.

On June 8 1949 - George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is published.

The longest street in the world is Yonge street in Toronto Canada measuring 1,896 km (1,178 miles).

Which university did Bill Gates drop out of in the 1970s to start Microsoft? Harvard

Did you know gorillas can't swim?

That is all for today.
Have a great week!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

My Man

It never was in my DNA to ask a boy out on a date. Well, except to our sweetheart banquets at our Baptist Church. Even then, I was a nervous wreck making the telephone calls.

Ah, but when I was 25 I made an exception - but then I didn't even have to make a call. Whew.

I had gone to a Baylor football game with an acquaintance from Baylor. We had recognized each other at a church in Fort Worth, where he was attending seminary and I was teaching junior high English in nearby Aledo. This was the fall of 1977. He invited me to the game and I accepted, since I was a Baylor Bear, too.

So I spent the day going to the game, and then visiting his family at like a family reunion after the game. (His sister and brother and all his cousins were Baylor people.) Then we drove back to Fort Worth and had a great chat on the way back.

He called me soon after that day-long date.


"Hello, Nancy? This is Sam Carmack."
 Immediately I was VERY interested... but it just wasn't because of his voice. I immediately thought back to that day we went to Waco for the game, and what great conversation we had. At the time I hadn't really noticed his nice voice, just his nice manner, and the interesting stuff he knew about. He was a wealth of information.
My asking him out consisted of: "Sam, I have a coupon to a steak house (from one of my students) and I know your birthday is soon. Could I treat you?"
He said YES!

Long long story short, he won my heart.

We've been married over 41 years and he still amazes me with his wisdom and knowledge - about everything. And when he calls me, I love hearing his wonderful voice. And I love coming home and seeing his car in the garage; or hearing the garage door opening, knowing he's walking in soon.

Here's a picture of me and him and our kiddos in like 1990.

Anyway, this amazing man (though not perfect, thankfully) has a birthday tomorrow, Sept. 15. We will be the same age till January then I will be nine months older. That makes me think of the words to the Carpenters' song "Close to You" ... "On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true, etc. etc."
Anyway, those words mean something to me.

Here is Sam as a baby...
I think Liam takes after him, don't you?
(See next picture.)
Here's Sam (DaddyPap) with his grandson, Liam...

And here are Sam and I with our three grandchildren at the beach awhile back...
Clearly the youngest, Ransom, would have rather been out splashing in the water.

So Sunday, September 15 is Sam's birthday.
He doesn't make a big deal of birthdays, like I do...
but I did tell him I blogged about him.



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