Oh, and this came today…


When we went to NY last year my only souvenir was a key ring. I’m not a stuff person but I have a couple more charms on my key ring.  Sometime in the past few months the charm fell off and I was bummed.  So my cousin Tim was going to be in NY and he & his wife Susan looked for me another.  I’d sent him a picture of the last one I had and he got really close.  And I love it!!   I’d asked for something similar & something that did NOT say ‘I love NY’ because although I enjoyed, I did not love NY.

Thanks Tim & Susan.  It’s perfect.

Estate Sale Finds Today


I spent 60 cents for 3 jewelry mirror things



Cookbook for $1.25.  Obviously a charity thing.  There are mini bios of the contributors.  Not sure if I believe everything.   I can surely see Debbie Reynolds making cheese enchiladas.   I’d need to see Liza Minnelli making Gazpacho with my own 2 eyes.  But I can absolutely see Joan Rivers making toast.

Joan Rivers’ Toast*

2 Slices white bread                            Butter or margarine

Take two slices of white bread, place them in a toaster.  Press down the handle.  Wait two minutes or until toast pops up.

Spread butter over slices AFTER removing from the toaster.

For holidays and special occasion, raisin bread may be substituted but follow the same procedures as above.  For these special occasions, we call it “Joan Rivers Holiday Toast.”

*Courtesy of The Broadway Celebrity Cookbook.

You’d think a person who loves cookbooks as much as I do would be a better cook.  Like a lot of things, reading about it doesn’t make it happen.

I also bought an 9×13 glass baking dish but it was not photo worthy.



Vintage Flour Sack Art

I went to the Texas Tech Museum today to view a new exhibition of vintage flour & grain sacks & what people have done with them.   Yep, I’m a nerd.  But there were some very cool things.

From the Texas Tech Museum Website:

This “free fabric” that held flour, sugar, chicken feed and other household staples was important to those during the difficult times of the early 20th century.  In the 1930s in an effort to fight off the competition from paper sacks, the cotton manufacturers printed their bags with pretty prints.  From this fabric Americans made clothing, quilts, curtains and toys.  Many remember going with their parents to select the bags with their favorite fabrics.

Tea towel ready to embroider.
Sailor Boy to make a doll
Or to make a doll
Or pick out several patterns and make a beautiful skirt!
Rockefeller Foundation  WW I Flour sack.  Interesting facts at https://rockfound.rockarch.org/world-war-i-the-rf


And my favorite.  Day to day tea towels with chicks to embroider.  I wish I still had them because my mom embroidered a set just like these guys.  One for every day–I don’t remember exactly but  for chores like laundry, ironing, baking…etc



Still a nerd.



I needed to share

At the age of 33,
Jesus was condemned to death .

At the time
Crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst
Criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was
Even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike
Other criminals condemned to death by
Crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the
Cross by His hands and feet.

Each nail
Was 6 to 8 inches long.

The nails
Were driven into His wrist. Not
Into His palms as is commonly
Portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that
Extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew
That when the nails were being hammered into the
Wrist that tendon would tear and
Break, forcing Jesus to use His back
Muscles to support himself so that He could

Both of His feet
Were nailed together. Thus He was forced to
Support Himself on the single nail that
Impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could
Not support himself with His legs because of the pain
So He was forced to alternate between arching His
Back then using his legs just to continue to
Breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the
Suffering, the courage.

Jesus endured this
Reality for over 3 hours.

Over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of
Suffering? A few minutes before He died,
Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water
From his wounds.

From common images
We see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound
To His side… But do we realize His wounds
Were actually made in his body. A hammer
Driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped
And an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a
Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But
Before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and
Beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the
Flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His
Face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The
Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men
Would not have survived this torture.

He had no more blood
To bleed out, only water poured from His
The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters
(just less than a gallon) of blood.

Jesus poured all 3.5
Liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His
Members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond
That, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His

All these without
Mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own
Cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his
Face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight,
Only for its higher part, where His hands were

Jesus had
To endure this experience, to open the
Gates of Heaven,
So that you can have free
Access to God.

So that your sins
Could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception!
Don’t ignore this situation.




At my dad’s funeral 10 years ago, his 30+ year friend Eric gave his eulogy.  Among many other wonderful things he said praising my dad, he said “If I gave him $20,000 nickels to hold for me, I’d come back in 10 years and the same amount of nickels would be right where I left them”.    And it was true.  Nothing else would have crossed my dad’s mind.  So you can see the example I grew up with.  He was the man I measure every other man, every other person by.

One of my very guilty pleasures are judge shows.  I record them, see if I think the case is interesting, I watch.  If not, I delete.  I almost always delete dog cases and car wrecks.  And NY people and their car woes amuse me.  These guys will buy anything, just to have a car.  25 year old Toyota Corrola.  The only 3 tires are bald.  Check engine light is on.  Smokes like a chimney.  Have to start it with a screwdriver.  And they’ll pay $6000 for it.  Oddly, it rarely works out.  It usually dies at the first intersection from the lot.   And I’ve been to NY.  Who would want to drive there??  Scary.

That was just an observation…not much to do with this post.

On judge shows, and sadly in real life, there are people who just lie to your face, all the time.   People look for a way to get over on someone, to cheat others in some way.   Girl wrecks her friend’s car and instead of being appalled and sorry, blames friend for not having insurance. The price of their friendship is a couple of hundred dollars.  People do stupid things like buy their friend a cell phone because friend cannot get their own & then are surprised when friend stiffs them for payments.  Family members go after each other.  Someone hires a contractor & lets them finish a job & refuses to pay them because they did a bad job.   It’s just a sad lack of a moral compass.  I had one.  And my mom took me to church where  I was taught early about the Golden Rule.  I treat people the way I want to be treated.  I’m not saying I’ve never hurt anyone but I’ve never done it on purpose.

I was raised better.

Thanks Mom & Daddy.    I’d say it helps me sleep at night but I don’t sleep much.  But it’s not because of conscience.