On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Friday, May 17, 2019

Saturday: 9 and Secrets!

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

Secret Love (1953)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

Rest in peace, Doris Day (1922-2019)
1) In this song Doris admits she's spoken to the stars, "the way dreamers often do." Do you often daydream? Sure! Usually while I’m watching TV. 

2) What's the last secret you kept? (It doesn't have to be romantic.) 
That both our nephews’ wives are pregnant. (Secret is out now.)

3) While "Secret Love" was one of Miss Day's best-selling records, and the song won an Oscar, she did not perform it at the Academy Awards Ceremony. She said she was just too nervous to sing it live before an international television audience and an auditorium full of entertainment professionals. When did you last suffer an attack of nerves? 

I’m not crazy about  speaking in front of a group, but I am getting better. I had a bit of an attack of nerves this week when I thought my credit card had been hacked, and also couldn’t get into my online bank account. 

4) Doris' well-publicized attack of Oscar stage fright was unexpected because she began her career as a band singer, performing before live audiences every night. But she reportedly did develop more phobias over the years, including a fear of flying. Is there anything that scares you now, as an adult, that didn't frighten you as a child? 

Maybe airplane trips, but I never traveled by plane until age 19. Not exactly a child, but I was ignorant of the dangers in that first flight. It was a company prop jet and we flew with one generator out and through a very bad storm from Oklahoma to Florida. I thought it was exciting seeing lightning in front of the plane, but at this stage in life, I would have been chewing my nails to the quick. 
 5) Doris Day made 39 movies between 1948 and 1968. She said one of her favorite things about filmmaking was working with costume designers on her wardrobe. Do you enjoy shopping for clothes? 

Let’s see now ... if the weather is good, my hair looks fine, I have make-up on, there are good choices and everything I try on fits. Oh sure, then I enjoy shopping for clothes. 

6) Doris confessed that when she had to lose weight for a role, she gave up ice cream. If we checked your freezer, would we find any ice cream? 
Oh yes!

7) In 1985 she hosted a cable show called Doris Day's Best Friends. She used the show as a platform to promote pet adoptions and animal welfare. Most of the guests were  celebrity friends who reportedly donated their salaries for appearing on the show to Doris' pet foundation. Did you more recently ask a friend for a favor, or perform a favor for a friend?
Seems too often I am asking our friend Fred for help with some small thing or other. He is most obliging. 
8) For more than 20 years, Doris co-owned the Cypress Inn in Carmel, CA. The Inn expects to continue on without her, and maintain the pet-friendly policies she introduced. Have you ever traveled with your dog or cat? 

Our miniature dachshunds went everywhere with us. Our dog Annie travels with us sometimes, but usually stays with our petsitters. 

Annie likes her petsitter!

9) Random question: What's the last thing you complained about?

My weight maybe. 

Not so random thought: Doris Day had a beautiful voice and I enjoyed listening to her sing. I remember as a little girl singing Que Sera Sera as I played on our swing in the back yard. We never went to movies, but after I became an adult, I enjoyed seeing her in the old movies from the 50's and read her memoirs. It was sad to me that her choice of husbands was not good and that she had been so trusting of Marty Melcher who lost all her money. She was decent and a very classy lady.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wednesday Medley and Nylons

Our Friend from Florida has another great medley of questions for us today! 

Head over to Terri's to get the scoop on panty hose! It's National Nylon Stocking Day! Who woulda thunk it? Will you be celebrating the stockings or celebrating that you are free at last from those hose! LOL!

1. Do you (men don't have to answer) ever wear stockings today? 

I sometimes wear panty hose. I haven’t worn stockings, as in garter belt and clip on stockings, since junior high. Ugh! Hated those things. I attended an event at ORU as a senior in high school and remember constantly having to tug down on my skirt and pull up on the stockings because my skirt was too short and so were the stockings! It was very embarrassing.  I could have used some of the hold ups Terri mentioned! 

2. Terri can remember her mom wearing hose with the seam in the back. Do you have any memories of those? No. Only from articles or books I’ve read.

During the war, when stockings were scarce, women would draw a line on their legs to simulate wearing stockings! How far would you go to superficially fake something today?

I remember when I was in junior high, the fad was to use an eyebrow pencil to make a fake beauty mark on the face. I would never have been able to draw a straight line on the back of my legs. Creepy.

3. Women actually rioted after WWII because Dupont couldn't keep up with the demand for nylon stockings! Is there anything today you would riot for if the supply dried up (other than basic food and water needs)? 

I don’t think I would riot, but I would try to make sure my closet was stocked up with stretchy pants and tee shirts and a good hair dryer. Lol!

4. Pantyhose were first called Panty Legs. I'm sure we all have worn pantyhose at one time or another (again, men don't have to answer). Do you still have a pair or three in a drawer? Yes.
Do you wear them? 

Only when I wear a dress or, if I am wearing dressier shoes, I want some kind of stocking such as panty hose or knee highs with slacks. I don’t like to wear shoes without socks, unless it is flip flops or sandals. 

5. This is also National Chocolate Chip Day. Perhaps chocolate is something to riot for if we ran out? Definitely! Joe's favorite cookie is chocolate chip. What is yours? 

Chocolate chip and I made a batch on Sunday. Yummy good right out of the oven!
 6. Please share something with us about your week.

Today was the last Tuesday Ladies of Grace Bible study meeting. Next week is our brunch. Today our leader was ill, our worship leader was out, and the other two singers. Guess who was left in charge? Me ... so I led us in song, in praise, in reading some of my favorite scripture and then asked the ladies to do just that: Share!

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Colossians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

It was wonderful and I had good feedback from the ladies about our “share day”!

It’s been an interesting week. On Friday our book club met to discuss the book Seabiscuit. While the general consensus was that the book was well written and interesting ... we learned plenty about jockeys and horse racing, it was not a book we would ever read again. I love our book club. Very enjoyable with very insightful ladies. 

On Saturday as I got in the car to go to church, I noticed the tire indicator warning a tire was extremely low. It was pouring rain, but I headed over to Discount Tire for them to check it out. A huge nail was in the tire, so they fixed me up with a new tire and off I went.  So thankful that I hadn’t gotten caught out on the freeway with that bad tire. 

On Monday I went out to our Sequoia to see if I had any more cases of bottled water in the back and, of all things, the handle on the back door jammed! I seem to find myself in jams lately. So, off to Toyota and spend some more dollars! They had to run a diagnostic and take off the whole back door to fix the handle!

If you decide to join other Meddlers this week, come back Wednesday and link up right here so we can all visit each other!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy 70th Birthday to me!

Showers of blessing!!

Prince Harry said he was over the moon about the birth of his baby boy! Congratulations to them! But speaking for myself, I was "over the moon" and completely surprised at my 70th birthday celebration weekend before last. Although I tried to post about it last week, life caught up with me and it was a very busy week. While all the wonderfulness of the birthday is still with me, it is now a treasured memory.

My brother, Phil, and sis-in-love, Susan, had promised weeks ago they wanted to come for a visit this weekend for my birthday. I marked it on my calendar and was looking forward to a quiet weekend with them, having a nice dinner and a long visit. When I shopped on Thursday morning, I even bought a bottle of wine!

After they arrived on Friday afternoon, we sat outside enjoying one of those rare Texas spring days, we visited, and Susan was doing a lot of texting with friends. I asked what they thought they might want to do for dinner to which they replied they had eaten on the way. What?? Really?? After a bit, Phil said they needed to leave, which made me wonder what was going on? I thought they came to see me! 

They went inside the house, the back door opened again, and lo and behold, who should walk through the door but Barrett, Sara, Brady and Noah, who had just arrived from Austin! Wowzer! I certainly wasn't expecting that. They wished me happy birthday, and then my brother informed me they had to go to the airport to pick up Julie and Tenley who were flying in from Virginia. Billy and Crystal, Hunter, Lincoln, and Londyn would arrive later in the evening! Then Jason, Kate and Jack came on Saturday, along with RuthAnn's Dad, Wayne. Oh. My. Goodness!!! I was overwhelmed! It seems Susan had been texting with everybody to stay updated with their travels.

At that point, it is an understatement to say I was stunned and couldn't comprehend what was going on. What a wonderful weekend! Susan and Sara had planned the dinner for the evening, and breakfast for Saturday morning! With exception of Sara's family who stayed with us, my brother put everybody else up in a nearby hotel. Lunch on Saturday was catered by Abuelo's, a HUGE chocolate cake was there, gift from everybody, cards, singing, fun, games:

All of it made for a SPECTACULAR and very cherished birthday celebration. So much love from the people I love, so many kind words spoken. I will never forget it!

This is the detail minded, big-hearted, and thoughtful guy who planned it all!

My house was full over the week-end, and my heart was even fuller!!

I can't figure why Jack looks so much bigger than the others here.

Little Tenley

Sara and Julie

Me with Tenley

A game of 42

Just chilling

He was a little surprised, too! 
"It's your birthday?" he says!
"How old are you?"

What a special birthday 70 turned out to be. I loved and enjoyed every minute of the weekend. To have a birthday filled with surprises, loved ones, food, balloons, lovely birthday cards … to have their presence meant so much more to me than any present ever could. My sister hadn't been able to come, but she and my niece had come a few weeks before and she sent these gorgeous flowers!

The notes on birthday cards were especially precious to me. One in particular … Kate showed me her card and explained that she couldn't find any cards that had Nonnie on them, so she selected one for Grandma. "Nonnie, I looked at so many cards and read them and this one said how I feel about you, so I scratched out Grandma and put Nonnie. I love you so much!" Jack was excited to tell me that he had written in cursive in his card for me.

And the rest is just pictorial of everybody enjoying the weekend.

Of course we had to have a tea party

Fun inside

Fun outdoors!

It was a fabulous birthday which I will always remember! I know that my brother put a lot of thought into it and a bunch of "dollars" to make it happen, but he had cooperation from so many others!  God bless them every one!

Thank you, Phil and Susan!

And thank you, Mom and Dad!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saturday 9: The Perfect Fan

Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme! Grab the questions here and link up on Saturday with Sam!


Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) In this song, a son thanks his mother for helping him grow up strong and confident. Who is the last person you thanked? 

My brother and sister-in-law, our daughter and family, and several other family members. 

What did they do for you? My brother instigated a HUGE surprise for my 70th birthday! It was spectacular!!!

Oh yes, and the ladies who helped me out of a bit of a predicament yesterday in the ladies' room when I found myself locked in as a result of the lock jamming! So thankful for the clean floor, and ladies in the room providing a large plastic tablecloth for me to crawl out on. (The tablecloth and the photo were my idea, so I should also thank myself! Haha!) I thought it was funny. Had there been no one around to help, I may not have been laughing!

2) Who was the last person to thank you for something?

My friend Alice thanked me for taking her to our book club.

3) This is from the Backstreet Boys' album Millennium, recorded and released in 1999. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when 1999 turned into 2000?

Not really! Maybe with friends wondering if Y2K was really going to be a big problem!! LOL! Or maybe asleep!

4) This song was written by Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell. Brian voiced himself on an episode of PBS' Arthur. Arthur has been described as an "animated anthropomorphic aardvark" -- which can be difficult to say. Do you easily get tongue tied? 

Sometimes I find myself tongue-tied when I'm trying to express something to someone I'm a bit intimidated by!

5) The French word for "mother" is "mère." What other French words do you know? 

Oui, C'est la vie, amore, bonjour, merci, Au revoir, la table. Glad we had a tour guide when in France!

6) Mother's Day is a big holiday for card shops. So are birthdays, weddings, and St. Patrick's Day. Hallmark sells greetings for everything from "Congratulations on Your New Job" to "Happy Retirement." Who received the most recent card you bought?

I sent out several thank you cards on Monday and Wednesday I mailed Mother's Day cards.

7) Have you put away your winter clothes yet? 

My closet is big enough to shift everything around. I cover the winter clothes in plastic.

8) Mother Winters used to scold Sam for leaving her dirty dishes in the sink. Sam admits it: as a grown up, she's still a bit of a slob. Do lean toward "neat" or "messy?" 

I am neat and keep the house picked up! When the kids come over, I let them clutter things, but as soon as they are gone, everything is put away. Our two oldest grandsons are extremely neat! And when our daughter and family come to visit, they leave the house neater than it was when they arrived.

We never left dirty dishes in the sink when I was growing up. One exception: one night my girlfriend and I came home late and decided to fix breakfast for ourselves. We left the dishes in the sink. The next morning my Dad woke me up at 5 am to come clean up my mess so Mother could fix his breakfast. I wasn't that happy about that, but I really appreciate that he respected my Mother so much that he would have me take care of my own mess.

9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away her mother's favorite: Hershey Bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds?

Dark chocolate with almonds would be my choice!

My sweet Mom!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday Medley of Memories of Moms

Wednesday Medley this week is all about Mother's Day! None of us would be here without them! 


Everyone has one or has someone who is like a mother to them.  On the second Sunday of May, we honor those women who are our mothers. Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what moms want most is to be surrounded by the love of their family.  Knowing the people they love are safe, sound and healthy is a mom’s number one priority.

Grab the questions from Terri's blog right here and link up tomorrow with your answers.

1. Where did your mom grow up? 

Her first 13 years were spent in Oklahoma City and then the family moved to a small town in Arkansas for country life. Her Dad felt he needed to get his family away from the worldly influences in the city. Momma and her siblings weren't too thrilled about the move, but I am very happy about that decision since she met my Dad in Arkansas.

Mom and her older sister, Doris,
with cousin Merle in the middle in Oklahoma.

2. Tell us about her siblings, if she has/had any. Did you have a favorite aunt or uncle? 

She had a brother and two sisters. I loved all three of them. Aunt Doris, the oldest, lived farther away, but we loved visiting her. She was a sweetheart! Uncle Sonny was fun and a teaser, and Aunt Nancy was closest to me in age and maybe she was/is a favorite? Nancy is now the only one still living at age 79. She reminds me so much of my mom.

3. What is ONE of your favorite memories you can share with us of your mom? 

Terri knows we can't share just one! There are so many things about my sweet Momma to cherish. I thought it was pretty cute that after we kids were gone to school that she pulled out a pair of our roller skates and skated on the driveway and garage! One of my favorite memories was the delight she experienced when my husband and I took her and Daddy on vacation with us to Colorado. Although she was suffering with cancer, she never let it rob her of the happiness in being with her family or the things she could still do. Even sleeping on an air mattress on a camping trip! 

4. Please share a picture or two of your mom with us.

She loved being outdoors working in the yard.

She liked dressing up.

She began working outside the home after we were gone and she loved her job.

She loved her grandbabies!
(Robyn was the first!)

A sweet and loving Momma!

A Mother's Day sometime in the  early 80's!

5. Let's not leave out the grandmothers. Share what you will. 

My maternal grandmother was Granny. She had a big heart and a big laugh. Always sweet, always giving, visited us often, gave good hugs and gifts. My paternal grandmother was not really given to outward affection, but we knew she loved us. 

Granny with my sister and me.

Granny and Momma

Me, Granny and Momma

6. Do you have any special plans for Mother's Day? No clue. 

This I know! My Momma endured many hardships in her brief lifetime and counted it all joy! She has been an inspiration to me over the years, more so as I grow older and think of all she did and sacrificed. The one thing most important to her she shared with her children and that is our Savior's love for us and us a love for Him and His Word!