Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

 Pearls melt in vinegar.

Elvis Presley earned a black belt in karate in 1960.

Who is Seattle, Washington named after? An Indian chief, Chief Seattle, a Native American leader of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and allied peoples, who befriended white settlers of the Pacific Northwest.

A Misomaniac is someone who hates everything and everyone. It can also be used to describe someone who has the fear of being hated by everyone.
(Don't tag anybody.)

Original Panama hats were originally made in Ecuador.

What is the most populous city in the Caribbean?
Santa Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic

Peanuts are not really nuts. If they aren't nuts, then what are they? They are legumes. Real nuts (also called drupes) grow on trees while peanuts grow underground.

And finally...
Fun fact: 1949--In the midst of the polio epidemic--a disease that placed tens of thousands of children inside iron lungs, and many thousands more around the country quarantined at home--a young San Diego schoolteacher named Eleanor Abbott invented Candy Land, one of the most popular board games of all time. Abbott created the game inside a polio ward, as a patient herself, with the hope of giving the immobilized children around her a momentary sense of freedom and mobility. As a way of further connecting with the kids, Abbott featured on the game board an illustration of a boy with a leg brace. Milton Bradley was quick to buy the game from Abbott. And to this day, Candy Land continues to be popular, more than 65 years after the disease was eradicated. Of course so many of us played this game as kids, but I found the back story fascinating. Who knew ? Makes me wonder ...what will be invented from this pandemic?

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

Monday, April 27, 2020

Here's One Thing I Really Think - About My Son...

 I really think that...
 the person most like me...in the whole world ... is my son.

 Well, I had a twin that was like me... but we so had our differences.

I think we meant to have our differences. We made them so.
It made us different.
I guess it was a conscious effort on our part.
We wanted to be different.

My son Will and I haven't tried that thing.
We didn't deliberately try be different.

I think that means that we are NATURALLY alike... without trying.

Will is intuitive.
I'd like to think that I am so, too

And I do believe we both have had some social anxiety about us.
(I hope he doesn't mind me saying so.)

I'm very self-conscious sometimes.
I've always thought it was normal.

I was always shyer than my twin. More of a wall-flower, shall we say (well, my mother told me that, too.)
The older I get the more I've realized that that was what I was (am).
It's not a fault. It's a part of my being that I've accepted.
What a relief.

Peggy liked loud colors to wear.
She got a spiffy haircut in the seventh grade. Me, I kept with my straight tent-shaped hairdo and my greasy face (much to the chagrin of my mother).

Later I succumbed to SEVENTEEN magazine's 'look' for young ladies, but it was Peggy who encouraged me to 'go for it'.

What does that have to do with my son?
Well, I think he was himself - in the later elementary years and middle school, like I was.
He was himself.
I was myself.

Will didn't have a twin.
He had himself... and I applaud him for being himself.

He expressed himself in music... as did I.
Not just in music, but in lyrics to music... as did I.

I used to write songs. I LOVED to write songs.
I started writing songs when I was working as a camp counselor in the Texas Hill Country. I got inspired by other counselors who wrote songs and played them on their guitars. (I honed guitar skills back then - with like 5 chords.)

Will writes songs.
And plays a mean guitar, and keyboard, etc.

Peggy never wrote songs.
Ah, but she sewed (I didn't) and cooked (I used not to) and she sang and was creative in so many ways.
With me, it was in music.
That's the way it's been with Will.

Well, he's creative in other ways.. like being with his kids and teaching them things.
And I liked teaching my kids things.

I don't know.
Maybe I'm being too pensive these days - and wanting Will and me to be alike.

I think we are.

'Course Will is so much like his dad, too.
They're both brilliant and VERY WISE

Oh yeah.

Anyway, that's my blog post for today.

(I just feel like blogging on these weird days - about my special people, like Will.)

I love you so much, son.
And I'm missing you during this Coronavirus Weirdness!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

 It is recorded that Ludwig van Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water before composing! 

Beethoven started to lose his hearing when he was only 26 years old and at the peak of his career, and was completely deaf by the time of his death.
He composed his most celebrated works after he went deaf.


How many states does Australia have? Six


Baby porcupines are called “porcupettes”.

Oregon produces 99% of America's hazelnuts. They're also called filberts.


There’s a village in Norway called Hell, and it freezes over every winter.

About how many times each year does lightning strike the Empire State Building?


What city was once known as "The Switzerland of America" for its production of watches?
Waterbury, Connecticut

And finally ...

That is all for now.
I hope you're hanging in there!!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Random Quarantine Thoughts (that just came to me)

What is today?

Are we still in March??

How many weeks has it been since I've been 'inside'?

It all gets cloudy (not literally - but yeah, literally).

I've enjoyed "Law and Order" reruns, but need "Family Feud" to keep me smiling/laughing.

I've watched a few Hallmark romance movies, but some can get too sweety-sweety.
(Not really. I need sweety-sweety sometimes.)

I really haven't been productive, but I am NOT feeling guilty about not being productive - well, maybe a little, but NOT enough to be productive!).

So here are some pictures I've enjoyed from the past...

Here I am with one of my best friends...
That's me with my niece Elizabeth on Feb. 4, 2006,
A month before her wedding.
(Yes, we were both thinner then.)

I count her as one of my best friends in the world.

Here is another one of my BEST/CLOSEST friends in the whole wide world...
She's my daughter, Laura Katherine.
Whenever I think of her name I remember where Sam and I were
when we were expecting her and thinking of a name we both loved:
"Laura Katherine"
We were on I35 near Hillsboro, TX, excited about being parents again.
[That picture was taken in August, 2008.]
[I love her so much.]

Here's another one of my absolutely 'bestest' friends...
That's my daughter-in-law Bailey Jo.
In that picture she was expecting our very first grandchild!
That was on June 11, 2013.
We visited her and Will in London,
while they were taking a break
from studying in graduate school in Scotland.
(Sam had taught theology classes in Russia
and we were on our way back to the States.)
Yeah. That sounds pretty impressive!
(Sometimes I need to remember how impressive my life has been.)
(Sometimes I forget.)

I have other best friends, yes.
I'll close, though, with my BESTEST one...

That is Hubby Sam with our grandson Ransom last summer.
Sam and I have been in quarantine together,
and still best friends!
(Well, we sometimes watch different TV shows
in different rooms, with different food.)

(It works for us.)

That's all for today.

[I'll tell you about Will someday.]

Thursday, April 16, 2020

What's a Hermit to Do?

You can color!

My daughter draws coloring pages. 

(You can also get adult coloring books at Walmart and lots of places.)

Here's how it started out.

Then I added more color...

And more color...

And finally it culminated in this...

Obviously I used all the colored pencils and markers I had.
I think, though, it would look nice if one just chose 3 or 4 colors.

Anyway, I found it therapeutic, especially as I colored while listening to all the riveting news on the 'news'.

You can click HERE for Laura's Etsy page.

Well, that's my "What's a Hermit to Do?" for now.
Maybe more later.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Trying to stay safe...

... all around the world...

I got these pics mostly on Facebook.
I thought they were funny.

Better be funny than sorry, right?

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

 Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura in the original Star Trek, almost quit the show after one season, but was persuaded to stay on by Martin Luther King Jr., who felt the role was important to the Civil Rights Movement.


Which country is known as the "land of a thousand rhythms”? Colombia


Who was the first African American to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp?  Booker T. Washington

Which national flag has the most colors? Belize

A tiger's tongue is so rough that if it licked  your hand it would draw blood.


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

Monday, April 13, 2020

I miss seeing people I love.

Since we can't get together I thought I'd show you some times when we did get together.
(I'm doing this for my mental health.)

We'll start with people feeding people...

And now for a picture of smiles...
 and another picture of funny faces...

And now for kiddos at MacDonald's with their great Uncle Sam...

 And now from some lovebirds...

And now one of those lovebirds with their son, who is my little handsome grandson Ransom...

And here I am with my wonderful granddog Ella...

And here is Ella with Nell and me...

 And here is Ella with just Nell, my granddaughter. Isn't this a great picture?

And here is Samuel WilLIAMs Carmack VII with his Daddy-Pap, SAMuel Williams Carmack V...


You can tell we love to eat (out) together...

And we love to have our friends with us as we eat...

And we love birthday dinners out...

Well, we just love to eat together period...

And of course we love hugging each other.

And I'm wanting to hug my dear little ones (and bigger ones) SOON!!

Well, those pictures helped me in my hibernation.
Oh yes.

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? ...