Saturday, February 6, 2016

~ Not Quite A Silent Sunday ~


I believe everyone knows about my fondness and support for our military. 



I'd love for you to view this video by Justin Flom ~



He explains very succinctly about a deck of cards, their meaning and prayer.

Just click  here

Thursday, February 4, 2016

~ 20 Things Texans Love ~

Texas is a diverse state with all kinds of people from all walks of life, but this state isn’t just a place — Texas is a culture unto itself. And this cultural melting pot comes about from all the numerous nations of people who came to this great country in order to make a better life.
In the wild frontier of the Lone Star State, they brought their foreign ways and traditions with them, and intermixed with one another to create a land unlike any other — Texas. So it may seem strange to outsiders that we eat Czech food for breakfast and Mexican food for lunch, but that’s just who we are. It’s in our DNA.
Texas culture revolves around a unique pride in our state and a universal love for all the things that come about from this land. There are odds and ends you only know by coming here to live, and other things you’ll never appreciate until you’ve moved. Everybody has their own taste, of course, but the things on this list are guaranteed to be a pretty big hit among most Texans. Here are 20 things Texans love.

20. Big trucks

TRUCK
You don’t have to live on a farm. You don’t have to use the bed to haul anything at all. Texans won’t think it’s weird for you to own a truck, take care of it as if it’s a human child, or put a ridiculous lift on it. In fact, Texans will pretty much think that’s awesome.

19. Bluebonnets

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The blue lupin that adorns Texas fields and roadways spring after spring has a firm hold on Texan hearts. We don’t just pose for pictures in them either. Texans plant them and forbid one another from picking them. Though Texas is home to many varieties and colors of beautiful wildflowers, no other flower commands as much reverence as the state flower.

18. Tex-Mex food


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Flickr/Jeffreyw

There’s nothing in this world like Tex-Mex. Texan culture is closely intertwined with Mexican culture because we actually used to be the same country, believe it or not. Texans celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and those of Hispanic heritage give their daughters QuinceaƱeras. The most common foreign language in these parts is of course Spanish. By and large, the most popular aspect of Mexican culture is its food. And it has changed and evolved over the years to become our own Tex-Mex creation, to be found nowhere else in the world.

17. Kolaches


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Facebook/Two Czech Chicks

Whether you see this word and think “sweet” or “sausage”, kolaches are a Texan favorite. Brought here from Czech immigrants, kolaches and klobasneks are thoroughly embedded in Texan culture. Any trip up or down I-35 is almost incomplete without pulling in to a rest stop, and grabbing a bit of this morning staple.
16. Football

Flickr/Clark Moody
Flickr/Clark Moody

High school, college, professional — it doesn’t matter. We love football. Football games are broadcast on our radios, on our TVs and on our computer monitors. And it’s not uncommon to find us at one game or another, in our seats checking stats of the other games being played simulcast. Because, Texas.

15. “Y’all” and “Howdy”


Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen
Image via Elizabeth Abrahamsen

The two most Texan words in the Texas lexicon (or the Texicon, as I like to call it) are “y’all” (more than one person) and “howdy” (hello). We don’t care if you think it’s not grammatically correct. Don’t mess with Texas slang!

14. The rodeo


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Flickr/Texas A&M University Commerce Marketing Communications Photography

Music, riding, roping, carnivals, funnel cakes and corn dogs. Remind me again, what’s not to love?

13. Whataburger


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Jonesdr77

When Texans make slam-poetry about something going viral, you know Texans love that thing. And we we would prefer to love that thing with grilled onions, mustard and jalapeƱos.

12. The Cotton Eyed Joe

A surefire way to get a group of Texans all riled up? Play them the Cotton Eyed Joe. The real one is the one with the fiddle music, not that awful techno version that became so popular elsewhere 10 years ago. The Texas one is played at Texas Rangers games and Texas honky tonks. That’s the way it should be.

11. Blue Bell


Flickr/Lars Plougman
Flickr/Lars Plougman

If the massive outpouring of support after the listeria outbreak didn’t prove Texans’ die-hard devotion to Blue Bell, then I don’t know what will. Dreyer’s in a cup? No thank you.

10. Chili

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Texans love chili so much that we dedicate entire festivals to it. That’s right, plural, festival(s). Check out the Terlingua Chili Cookoff or Chilifest for a really good, really Texan time. Or just buy some D.L. Jardines and make it yourself, because doing things yourself is also pretty awesome.

9. Manners


Image via The College Crush
Image via The College Crush

Texans will have more respect for anyone who has good manners, and that doesn’t just end with “please” and “thank you”, it also includes table etiquette and thank-you cards. Without good manners and a firm grasp of being polite, you just ain’t right.

8. Fiddle music


Flickr/Bill Dickenson
Flickr/Bill Dickenson

There is nothing sweeter than a good fiddle player. As Alabama put it, “If you’re gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band.”

7. Floating the river


Flickr/Brian Bennett
Flickr/Brian Bennett

Texas has approximately one good beach, which is basically in Mexico. But our rivers are another story, they’re plentiful and clear and harbor some of the best freshwater in the state. The most awesome way to stay cool in the summer is to just float the river, ask any one of us.

6. Pecans in all forms


Flickr/Gloria Cabada-Leman
Flickr/Gloria Cabada-Leman

Texans love ourselves some pecans. In fact, some say the origin of the word “Pecos” means “pecan” in Comanche. Pecans are one of Texas’s greatest natural resources, and pecan trees will spring up almost anywhere here and thrive, so we put the nuts in darn near everything.

5. Queso


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Foodspotting

That melty cheesy ambrosia we call “queso” is its own food group in the Lone Star State. Dip in your tamales, put it on your rellenos, or eat it watching the Super Bowl — doesn’t matter. It’s just great.

4. Breakfast tacos


Flickr/H. Michael Karshis
Flickr/H. Michael Karshis

Like every other American, we enjoy our bacon and eggs for breakfast. Only difference is, we just like to wrap them in a tortilla and add some cheese and salsa. Seriously, you should try it.

3. Barbecue


Flickr/Jeffreyw
Flickr/Jeffreyw

All hail the mighty brisket. If there’s no single other greatest achievement by our forefathers, it is undeniably that they taught us to make our brisket: Crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, and smoked to perfection. It’s a moral imperative to keep your favorite sauce stocked at all times, and raise your children with an appetite that appreciates this great Texas gift.
2. George Strait  

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Facebook/George StraitMy love! ;-) ]

Texans are never going to let you forget that the King of Country, and all his exes, live in Texas. Need we say more?

1. Bragging about Texas


Image via Pinterest
Image via Pinterest

Sorry, not sorry. Texas is the best place in the universe.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

~ An Incredible Texas Farmhouse ~

An example of why everything's bigger and better in Texas!!  :)

Incredible Texas Farmhouse Mixes Modern Style with Country Flair


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It’s not often that you see a home that combines the charm of a vintage country farmhouse with the sleek style of a modern mansion. This expansive property in Round Top, Texas mixes both of those design elements to create a home that will truly take your breath away.
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HAR.com
Located on 111 acres, this three-story home is filled to the brim with old-school charm.
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HAR.com
Once you step through the front door, you’re greeted by a stunning spiral staircase with lots of beautiful wrought-iron details.
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The wood-paneled sitting room is a cozy retreat that features the charm of a manor from the early 1900's.
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The third-floor master bedroom features a panorama view of the stunning backyard and surrounding pastures.
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The incredible kitchen features a 1950’s design theme, complete with mint-colored appliances and an extra-large farmhouse sink.
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There’s plenty of room for guests in the dining room, which sports an incredible view of the surrounding Texas Hill Country.
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If you want to enjoy your meal outdoors, there’s an entire enclosed barbecue and dining area that is perfect for a sunny summer day.
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Just a few steps from the main farmhouse is the “party barn”, a two-story building that has its own garden.
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The open barn makes you feel like you’re in a log cabin in the mountains, thanks to its giant windows, wood paneling and a high roof supported by massive beams.
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All of this can be yours for the small price of $7.95 million. Although it’s a big investment, it’s one that you aren’t likely to regret.
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To find out more about this incredible property, visit HAR.com.

Monday, February 1, 2016

~ Happy Heart Month! ~



To be very honest, I'm glad January is gone. It's a bit of a let down after all the holidays and most days are bleak and grey outside. We've really not had a difficult winter thus far...amazingly no ice storms...yet!  :)  Seems one day it's in the 70's and then the temps drop to the 20's & 30's.  Typical Texas I guess!

I've had a few computer glitches so haven't been able to visit much at all or post. Hopefully, things are ok now.

What are your thoughts and feelings about Valentine's Day?  It feels like a "contrived"  Hallmark holiday in so many respects. I do think it's a fun time for kids and teens. It can also be a time to do something special for your loved ones and friends.  That's the part I enjoy! Do you remember all the excitement about who gets what from your classmates in school?  Everyone had a special place to collect Valentines and you always hoped you received a lot of them, especially one from that cute guy! I collect hearts (no, not literally!) LOL  so it's a great time to decorate in a way that is pleasing to you. Elaborate or soft and romantic...what's your preference?

I have 2 pieces of furniture that I hope to get painted this week!  Wish me luck, ok?  I hope you have a most enjoyable week!  Take some for "you" ~ that's a great way to show love to yourself.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

~ Silent Sunday with Children in Church ~



Children are so precious, so funny and always very clear with their thoughts and feelings. I thought I'd share these sweet statements with you!










One Sunday in a Midwest City ,
a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour.
The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew
but were losing the battle.
Finally, the father picked the little fellow up
and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out.
Just before reaching the safety of the foyer,
the little one called loudly to the congregation,
"Pray for me! Pray for me!"
One particular four-year old prayed,
"And forgive us our trash baskets
as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."
A little boy was overheard praying:
"Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it.
I'm having a real good time like I am."
A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service,
"And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"
One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."
A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination,
looking at the old pages as he turned them.
Then something fell out of the Bible.
He picked it up and looked at it closely.
It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages.
"Mama, look what I found," the boy called out..
"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered,
"It's Adam 's suit".
The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike,
and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform,
jerking the mike cord as he went.
Then he moved to one side,
getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again.
After several circles and jerks,
a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered,
"If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"
Six-year old Angie , and her four-year old brother, Joel , were sitting together in church.
Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud.
Finally, his big sister had had enough.
"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."
"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked..
Angie pointed to the back of the church and said,
"See those two men standing by the door?
They're hushers."
My grandson was visiting one day when he asked ,
"Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"
I mentally polished my halo, while I asked,
"No, how are we alike?"
"You're both old," he replied.
A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother,
was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.
Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking,
"Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus ? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin ?"
A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments.
They were ready to discuss the last one.
The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.
Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted,
"Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."