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.



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

How could we forget?

On Sept. 11, 2001 our world changed.

So now we're supposed to bring folks into our borders who clearly want to change us?
Because we are TOLERANT?

Like with Sharia Law?



 Of course, not all Muslims are radical. Not everybody is radical about everything, but some are.

That's all.
That's enough.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

The search engine Google got its name from the word 'googol', which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it.

The Copacabana nightclub was in which city? New York

Famed actor Anthony Hopkins, star of such films as Silence of the Lambs, Amistad, Nixon, and too many more to name them all, is also a music composer. Hopkins was a musician before he was an actor. Over 50 years ago he composed a piece of music titled, "And the Waltz Goes On".

Tang was not invented by NASA, as often reported.  It was invented by a sweet-toothed General Mills scientist, William Mitchell, who also invented Cool Whip and Pop Rocks candy.

The most eaten fruit in America is the banana.

A nigglywiggly is the little piece of paper that extends out of a Hershey’s Kiss chocolate. Yes, that actually has a name.

What future game show host had a Top Forty hit with 1968's "Naturally Stoned"?
Chuck Woolery

Part of the film watching experience are the movie trailers or previews that are shown. But why are they called trailers when they are shown before the movie? That’s because once upon a time these preview clips were shown AFTER the movie, hence the name “trailer”.


Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph. (WHOA.)

That is all for today.

Have a great week!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Monday Fun

I've started a new exercise program.

I do twenty sit-ups every morning.

That may not sound like a lot, but you can only hit that SNOOZE button just so many times...



After a long, dry sermon, the minister announced that he wished to meet with the church board after the service. The first man to arrive was a stranger.

“You misunderstood my announcement. This is a meeting of the board of the church,” said the minister.

“That is why I am here,” said the man. “If there is anyone here today more bored than I am, I’d like to meet him or her.”



A young man walked into our insurance office to purchase coverage for his new motorcycle. Only one question confused him. "Do you have a lien holder on the vehicle?"

"I've got a kickstand," the prospect replied. "Is that the same thing?”


Why didn’t the frog sit on the toadstool?

Because there wasn’t mushroom.


My new neighbor, Hans, just moved to the states from Norway and was arrested for speeding... driving 66 miles an hour in a 50 mph zone. However, he explained to the officer, "I saw a big sign with 66 on it."

"That's highway 66," the officer said disgustedly.

Hans replied, "You should have seen me yesterday on Highway 110!”



One shop owner asks another, "So, have you had any responses to your ad that you're looking for a night watchman?"

"Yeah, we got robbed last night.”


That's all for today.

I hope your week is funny. Or at least fun.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sometimes pretty people aren't that pretty.

The other day in the antique mall tea room, where I play background music, an older couple came in for lunch. I had never seen them, but was struck at how pretty the lady looked and dashing the man looked. I would have guessed them to be in their mid to late seventies.
The only thing that resembled this cartoon couple is that the wife had a bun.
They certainly didn't act this loving.
They sat down and ordered some tea. It came, and then they abruptly got up and left. I thought that maybe while they are waiting for their meal they might want to shop. Immediately, though, Erika started clearing the table, while rolling her eyes.

Hmm. They must have had an urgent call and had to skedaddle, I thought. (Skedaddle is a real word, I checked.)

When I took a break from playing, I asked Erika what happened.
She said the husband ordered, then the wife said curtly, "There is absolutely nothing I see that I like on this menu. Let's leave." So they completely skedaddled.

Blog material, I thought!
I proceeded to take pictures of the menu, and the blackboard that held the specials for the day.

 So what do YOU think? Is there nothing on this menu you might like?

And here is the blackboard with the day's specials...

I am always proud of our tea room, and love to hear people rant and rave about the good food.

That lady and her husband (who was ready to eat) really missed out on some good food.

That's my post for today.

Have a great meal, wherever you eat.

OH WAIT. My mother - and her mother - would have cut that couple all kinds of slack: like maybe they just got bad news about something or someone.
Yeah. You never know what folks are going through.
(Glad I reminded myself of that.)

Have a great weekend, and cut ugly people some slack.
Yeah. I need to tell myself that. Yeah.


Who knows what folks are going through?


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Trivia Tuesday

A cheetah's top speed is 70mph.

Did you know Americans spend $10 million a day on potato chips?

The most common time for a wake up call is 7am.

A flea can jump 350 times its body length.

Now you know what a flea looks like.

On your birthday you share it with 9 million others.

A group of frogs is called an army.

How many successive Wimbledon titles did Bjorn Borg win? 5

Have you ever wondered what the meaning of the word ‘ferret’ is? Of course you have. The word ferret comes from the Latin word 'furittus', which means little thief.

In 1994 Steven Spielberg won an Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture for his work with the movie SCHINDLER'S LIST. The drama about the Holocaust won a total of 7 Oscars at the 66th Academy Awards ceremony. Spielberg took no pay for his work on this film saying it would be like taking “blood money”.

That is all for today.
Have a great week!!!