Friday, July 31, 2020

These are a few of my FAVORITE THINGS ...

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
And when the Coronavirus just goes on and on and on and on
And it all makes me feel-----  kind of mad,
 I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel   so   bad. 

Isn't that a precious picture of Granddaughter Nell looking up at our son, her Daddy-Will!
I ADORE THAT PICTURE!


And here's Grandson Liam looking at raindrops on his roof of their car...
So Raindrops on Car Tops
Make us all feel ----
So Good!!



Another random favorite: The musical HAMILTON...
When we first started watching it I thought, "this is gonna be kind of weird."
Then I really got into it... and loved it!


Here are our favorite creatures these days....
Grandpets Yoshi and Ella.
Bailey put this picture up on Facebook with the caption:
These two are saying, “Really? They’re staying home all day AGAIN?!”
😆


On to more favorite things...
Here is a movie we really liked...


And here is a grandson we really like/love...
That's our Oregonian grandson, Ransom. He loves to do artistic endeavors, like his momma.





 So those are some of our favorite things.

I'll close with these two movies we recently watched.

AIRPORT.
It was made in 1970 - and though not an Oscar winner it was good to watch
since we had decided we wanted to re-watch AIRPLANE.

What a crazy/funny movie!
If you like things corny, you'll like it!


So for this moment those are a few of my favorite things.
They're just a few.
Stay tuned for more. 

(I'm sure you have some, too.)
(We need to think about our favorite things these days,
right?)


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

What's the term for a leopard's spots?
Rosettes


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Which pioneering electric guitar designer had a glass eye and was partially deaf?

Leo Fender


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 What is the total number of Electors who are in the U.S. Electoral College?
538


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What country has the most official languages?
Zimbabwe

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What U.S. city is famous for deep-fried pasta called "toasted ravioli”?
St. Louis

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Where is the tallest state capitol building in the U.S.?
Louisiana

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On July 13, 2002 - Fox News Channel became the #1 cable TV news service of the US, beating long-time champ CNN.


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What dish is traditionally served at Wimbledon?
Strawberries and Cream


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

Monday, July 27, 2020

Memories with Peggy - and Regis and Kathie Lee.



Back in the fall of 1988 and winter of 1989 my twin sister was in a hospice facility in Houston just a few miles from the famous M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She was in an apartment-like setting - with a living room and kitchen, bathroom and her room had her hospital bed, plus a Murphy bed that I often slept on/in. Her living room had a hide-a-bed that I slept on sometimes, too.
Every weekday morning she liked to watch "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" at 9 o'clock. What a refreshing show! We loved it!

Sadly Regis Philbin died last week at 88 years of age. I feel like I knew him!  For sure I adored him.

His passing brought back so many memories of being with Peggy in that hospice apartment.
That place had once been a regular apartment complex, but then was converted into a hospice facility - with nurses, and a counselor. It also housed some Aids patients, which brought the Aids' crisis closer to home for us.

Anyway I just wanted to celebrate Regis this week - and for the happiness he brought us in those hard days.

Along that line, I will now unashamedly promote the book I wrote about Peggy and me and got published last year on the 30th anniversary of her death.  It's PEGGY AND ME. You can find it on Amazon. Click HERE for that. You'll see some reviews THAT I LOVE!! (Thanks, Annie, and Irma... and Dewey... and others!!)


Peggy's dear daughter Elizabeth wrote the wonderful epilogue. (Elizabeth was barely 7 when her mother died, but only 2 when her mother was diagnosed.)


You may have time these days to read that book. I recommend it for many reasons - one being that I approach (broach?) the subject of how to talk to people whose loved ones have a cancer diagnosis... and that faith-healer types can be the most disastrous visitors for sick people. (Some would say I (we) didn't have the faith we needed. - Read the book. I address that subject.)   I also write a little about how to - and how not to - talk to family at funerals.

Of course I mainly talk about growing up as a twin - and then my dear twin dying. Writing it took a while, and, of course, was very cathartic for me. If you think it may be hard to read - well, it may be not so hard at all. It will definitely get you to know me and Peggy.... and maybe think about how very fragile life is. I think we need to know that (as if we don't).

Anyway, there you have my blog post for today.

Here are pictures of Peggy's kids now...


That's Cap with his beautiful wife Elizabeth.

And here's Cap with Jackson, his handson step-son...

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And here is Peggy's daughter Elizabeth (yes, Cap's wife's name is also Elizabeth) and her gorgeous family back before the craziness of 2020...
Yes, they are gorgeous inside and out.
They live about 15 minutes away me - which is super.


Cap and his family live in Midland.
(I need to go visit them.)


I'll close with this unashamed promotion (again) of my book about Peggy and me.
It is PEGGY AND ME,
A MEMOIR OF BEING A TWIN AND LOSING MY TWIN
.
It was a major endeavor for me, but it doesn't take too long to read.

Thank you,
and have a good day.



Saturday, July 25, 2020

Some More Crazies

Yeah.
I was needing some more crazies, you?


Here are a few.....


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Why don't Aggies eat barbecue beans? 
Because they keep falling through the holes in the grill.


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Me: I'm not saying a word without my lawyer present.

Cop: You ARE the lawyer.

Lawyer: So where’s my present?

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The teacher noticed that Little Johnny had arrived at school wearing only one glove.

“Why have you only got one glove?” she asked.

“Well, Miss,” explained Little Johnny, “I was watching the weather forecast on TV last night, and it said it was going to be quite sunny but on the other hand it could get quite cold.”
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“Have you got any kittens going cheap?” asked a customer in a pet shop.
“No sir,” replied the owner.  “ All our kittens go, ‘Meow.’”

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How do you throw a space party?
You planet.
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Rest in peace to boiling water.
You will be mist.

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That is all for today.
I hope at least one of those made you smile.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Random Crazies

Sometimes (lately) I need some crazies...









You know, people say they pick their nose… but I feel I was just born with mine.




How can you drop a raw egg onto a
concrete floor without cracking it?
      * Any way you want, concrete
floors are very hard to crack.











Why don’t scientists trust atoms?
Because they make up everything.


Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards?
He was just going through a stage.


Why did it get so hot in the baseball stadium after the game?
Because all of the fans left.


I know. Some are silly.
Maybe they're worth a groan?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Trivia Tuesday

What's the name of the Twitter bird's logo?
Larry


 
Someone being born with red hair and blue eyes is the rarest combination and occurs only 1% of the time.



What is a female peacock called? A Peahen



Elvis Presley, the King of Rock N' Roll, did many things during his musical career. One thing he never did was perform outside of North America.



What was Rodgers and Hammerstein's first Broadway musical? “Oklahoma!” It opened on Broadway in March 1943.



Which organ is the largest in the human body?
Liver




In ancient Rome, it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.



What country is nicknamed "The Land of Smiles”?
Thailand


That is all for today.
Have a great week!



Sunday, July 19, 2020

Do NOT lean...

... on your own understanding.





This is a such a relief to me - that I do not have to lean on - or depend on- or just settle into my own thinking and understanding about anything, ANYTHING.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says this...
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

This is MAJOR.
AND SUCH A RELIEF.

I mean, what do I know?
I can't see 30 seconds in front of this minute, much less 30 feet in front of my face.

Can you?

So what am I to do?

Worry all the time?
I have been there, done that.
(And sometimes I still revert to that.)


But OH - it is such a relief to let go.

This Covid 19 is not what I want.
I think it is horrible - and I want a vaccine!!

And I want folks to be nice to each other, no matter their (our) color.

GOOD GRIEF.

And you know, I think it IS good grief.
This grief is for something.
I think it is a time for us to NOT LEAN ON OUR UNDERSTANDING,

BUT TO TRUST GOD.

Oh yeah, shouldn't we just snap our fingers of faith and be done with this mess?
NO.
We are not in control.
Thank goodness.

I so believe that God is in control... and we should just shut up and let Him be.


WHAT A RELIEF. 

I DON'T HAVE TO FIGURE EVERYTHING OUT.






THANK YOU, GOD.
AMEN.