Monday, November 30, 2015

~ Christmas in Texas ~

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Are you still stuffed from eating all the great food?  I am...but I'd love more dressing and pumpkin pie!  :)

I know everyone's in the throes of Christmas now so I wanted to let you know that Stacey at Poofing the Pillows is sponsoring a Christmas tour of homes next week, Dec 7 - 11.  You've always heard that Texas is BIG and Texans are proud so this is your chance to visit us and enjoy some Texas hospitality! :)  I do hope you'll stop by and visit everyone...I think there are about 20 blogs involved.

Thank you, Stacey, for organizing this event!

Friday, November 27, 2015

~ RAK Friday ~

Want to make a difference with a random act of kindness? This Friday, Nov 27, is your day!

Want to make a difference with a random act of kindness? Today, Friday, Nov 27, is your day!

One year ago, Travis Thomas from Florida, USA, had a brilliant idea: let's turn Black Friday into RAK Friday and commit as many random acts of kindness as possible. Good news! Hundreds of people joined, turning a simple idea into an annual tradition. We're doing it again, and we need your help.

The Goal: Collectively perform 2,015 random acts of kindness on Nov 27, 2015.

Join: Do an act of kindness on Friday, Nov 27 and post on social media using the hashtag #RAKFriday.

Get started with these 15 RAK ideas:
  1. Smile at 10 strangers.
  2. Surprise a retail cashier with a lottery ticket.
  3. Let someone in front of you in line.
  4. Return shopping carts for other people.
  5. Genuinely thank the store employees.
  6. Bring reusable bags.
  7. Add an item to your shopping cart for someone in need.
  8. Spread the word! Leave a RAK card on commonly visited areas like the: ATM machine, bathroom, employee break room, etc.
  9. High-five and spread cheer to people waiting in a long line.
  10. Leave a coupon and RAK card near the relevant product in the store.
  11. Hold the door open for someone with full hands.
  12. Place positive sticky notes around the store.
  13. Pass out candy canes to strangers.
  14. Place $5 in an envelope. Randomly hand it to someone and include a note inside that says, “Happy RAK Friday! Use this $5 for yourself or, pass it on as an act of kindness for someone else”
  15. Buy a cup of coffee for Salvation Army bell ringers.

Tag! You're It!

Next time you commit a random act of kindness, include a "Tag! You're It!" RAKTag card to encourage the recipient to pass it on.

I love doing RAOK's  all  the time!  Maybe this will make a crazy, frustrating, exhausting kind of day better for everyone.  I don't "participate" in the madness of the crowds, etc., but if you do, try this!  :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

~ Fun Facts about Thanksgiving ~

Fun Facts about the First Thanksgiving

  • The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.

  • The Pilgrims sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to reach North America.

  • They sailed on the ship, which was known by the name of 'Mayflower'.

  • They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

  • The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

  • The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.

  • The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.

  • Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, corn on the cob, and cranberries were not foods present on the first Thanksgiving's feast table.

  • Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese are thought to have made up the first Thanksgiving feast.

  • The pilgrims didn't use forks; they ate with spoons, knives, and their fingers.

  • Thanksgiving Facts throughout History

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.

  • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

  • Abraham Lincoln issued a 'Thanksgiving Proclamation' on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

  • The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.

  • In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.

  • Congress to passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.

  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

  • Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

  • In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

  • Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 - 18 pounds of turkey.

  • Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

  • Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States.

  • Although, Thanksgiving is widely considered an American holiday, it is also celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.

  • Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.

  • Fun Turkey Facts

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

  • A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

  • Turkeys will have 3,500 feathers at maturity.

  • Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.

  • Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.

  • Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

  • A large group of turkeys is called a flock.

  • Turkeys have poor night vision.

  • It takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey.

  • A 16-week-old turkey is called a fryer. A five to seven month old turkey is called a young roaster.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2015

    ~ Thursday Thoughts ~

    I'm so excited to tell you that Brandye is awake!!!!  Now I have no idea for how long but they are doing what is called "sedation vacations" ~ lessening the sedation meds for short periods of time. They removed the sensor which was monitoring the pressure in her brain and skull. They removed the ventilator and did a tracheotomy.  This allowed her to be calmer and hopefully avoiding some of the coughing brought on by so much equipment in her mouth. The coughing increased the pressure in her brain and that, of course, was not wanted.  She has responded somewhat to a few commands and smiled when Kory talked about the dogs. CT scans are done periodically  and another angiogram is planned for after Thanksgiving. Once the blood in the brain is reabsorbed, they will do another surgery to repair the blood vessel. 

    There's no way to adequately thank each of you for all the prayers, good thoughts and well wishes for her!  If you're so inclined, please continue. This is going to be a very long road to travel for her and Kory.  I always say there is great power in collective prayer!

    This is a precious video I saw on Facebook and just had to share ~ :)  Did you know that Barbies can really be mean to little girls?  Poor Sophie got in trouble for painting Barbie with her nail polish because Barbie told her to!

    Tuesday, November 17, 2015

    ~ Tuesday Thoughts ~

    We had quite a storm move through this area around 3:30 this morning. Lots of trees uprooted, fences blown down, roofs damaged and a couple of 18 wheelers overturned. Sirens, wind and rain kept me awake for awhile. We're very fortunate that there was no damage here. Now we have bright sunshine and cooler temps!  You just never know what you'll get weather wise in Texas ~ :)

    An overturned semi on southbound I-45 spurred traffic

    ~ * ~

    There is so much strife going on in the world right very sad. Many threats against the U.S., and Washington, D.C. appears to be a target now. I'll never be able to wrap my head around killing innocent people...just horrid! Don't you wish we could sprinkle glitter, sparkly bits and LOVE all over the world?

    I suggest paying it forward...performing RAOK's, keeping the prayers going and focusing on the positive!

    ~ * ~

    My daughter and I were able to see Brandye for a bit on Sunday. We talked to her and hoping that, on some level, she heard us. I'd like to thank each one of you that left comments, good thoughts and prayers for her. I've had problems with my email the past few days and haven't been able to personally thank all of you!

    ~ * ~

    Thought I'd share a couple of things I found at Michaels

    Everyone's mad for plaid right now ~ how about chargers for your holiday table?

    I thought the Reindeer charger was interesting and adds a masculine touch. The background is like burlap ~

    I really need to get off the computer and get busy!  :)  Hope you're having a wonder*filled day!

    Saturday, November 14, 2015

    ~ Silent Sunday ~

    Prayers for Paris

    Pray without ceasing.
    1 Thessalonians 5:17 

    Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.
    Colossians 4:2 

    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    ~ Prayers for Brandye ~

    A sweet friend and an amazing young lady needs our prayers in a major way. She underwent surgeries, chemo and radiation all last year for the dreaded "C" word. She's been feeling better and working some. Last Friday she was having lunch with a friend and suffered a major brain hemorrhage. She was rushed to a local hospital and they elected to Care Flite her to a hospital in Dallas. They performed surgery and she's in ICU, unconscious and there is some paralysis. 

    Tests are continuing...another surgery will be required in a few weeks. They are not sure about possible brain damage or what the future holds. I do know that Drs are not all knowing but our Lord is. He performs miracles daily!  

    If you're not a person that prays, would you consider sending good thoughts, positive energy, burn candles, whatever your choice might be.  Please remember her husband too!  He needs strength during this trial. They don't have children but do have 4 precious dogs. :)

    Thank you in advance!

    Friday, November 6, 2015

    ~ Friday Five ~

    I know that many of you are thinking of Christmas and all it entails. I love the holiday ~ just too early for me to think of decorating already. :)  See this!

    I do agree about shopping though!  IF you don't have yours completed, here are a few of my favorite things ~ as Oprah says.  This list is much smaller and much, much less expensive! All are available on Amazon, even the last item.

    This book is one of my favorites! 

    Who is on God’s “guest list” for your life . . . and why? The answers may surprise you.

    Through touching true stories and inspiring insight Debbie Macomber takes readers on a journey to discover the shaping influence others have on us and the power we have to shape and influence those whose paths cross ours.

    ~ * ~

    I love, love the group, "Pink Martini" !  This is one of their older compilations but it's wonderful for Christmas!

    Joy To The World

    ~ * ~

    Seems one of the most popular Nude Palettes is by Urban Decay. Yes, they're wonderful but very expensive too!  I like to try too many different make-up items to spend a lot on one...unless it's proven itself over time. There are new ones out now by L'Oreal and these by Maybelline...much less costly!

    Maybelline New York Nudes
    The Nudes

    The Blushed

    ~ * ~

    Lowpricenice Cleaning Glove MakeUp Washing Brush Scrubber Board Cosmetic Clean (Pink)

    Lowpricenice Cleaning Glove MakeUp Washing Brush Scrubber Board Cosmetic Clean (Pink)

    A good , sanitary way to keep your quality make-up brushes clean. Good quality, durable.  This little jewel may seem frivolous but at $1.59 I don't think it is.

    ~ * ~

    And, let's end with something sweet...


    Each Apricot Pecan Cake is the perfect balance of native pecans (27% pecans), shelled here in Corsicana, Texas and the bountiful harvest of Australian apricots. 

    Does anyone make or eat Fruit Cakes now?  :)  This cake is very different and absolutely delicious!  Apricots and pecans?  How can you go wrong? And for those not in Texas, we say "pah cahns", not "pee cans".  I hate it when those on the cooking shows say the latter!  Check out their website ~ so many items including cheesecakes, pies, pound name it!  These are wonderful for your holiday entertaining as well as shipping gifts.

    ** Just want to say that I'm not being compensated by Amazon or Collin Street Bakery.  These are some of my favorites and my opinion.

    I hope you have a wonder*filled weekend!

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    ~ Thursday Thoughts ~

    I'm sure this won't be a popular post with many but it's the way I feel!  Stores begin the season in August or earlier along with Fall, Halloween, etc.  I love Thanksgiving and it just seems like it gets overlooked these days.

    If you have a few minutes, take a look at one of my favorite blogs ~ Bliss At Home  She is so "real",  an incredible designer and decorator, a mom and absolutely beautiful, inside and out. Read her latest post ~ 


    Tuesday when I was at The Heart Place for testing, a nurse and I discussed this. She said her sister built a home and designed it with so many wonderful things that all women would love!  The sister has her Christmas tree on rollers (hidden for decor purposes) and has a special closet for it. She just rolls it in or out ~ would that not be fantastic?  She also has a room for gift wrapping...paper, ribbon, you name it, it has a place.  I told the nurse I'd love to see this house! Then she and I discussed having our wrapping paper stored under the bed, tree has to be put together ~ you know the drill!  :)

    I won't know the results from the tests until next week when I see the Dr.  I kinda think all is ok or they wouldn't have allowed me to come home. Of course, I'd think they would call too if the Dr found anything questionable when reading the results.

    If you or any of your family members has an issue with cholesterol, you might like to read this.  I really dislike taking any drugs although I have taken statins in the past. The Drs have tried several, however, they adversely affect my legs and muscles. I cannot tell you the pain and difficulty trying to walk when that happens!  My concern is that no one really knows the long-term effects on your liver or any other organ.

    Amazingly, well really not for Texas, we are under a tornado warning until 8:00 this evening. A little cold front coming through and hopefully, no severe storms and damage.

    Hopefully, you are having a wonderful week!  Are you decorating for Christmas now?  :)  I really appreciate each of you ~ thanks always for stopping by!