Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Always dressed to the nines, the first day she wheeled him all over Paris wearing spiked heels. After that she changed to more sensible shoes, but they were still stylish.
At first I thought they were father and daughter. The age difference was about right. I later learned that he's Phil Maloof, whose family owns the Sacramento Kings and the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Toni is his nurse and accompanies him on trips anywhere he wants to go.
We learned all about his collection of cars and theatre pipe organs and his house in Las Vegas.
Watch this YouTube video, and you'll see him just the way he was on our trip. Somehow I don't think these guys believed that Toni is his nurse, but she really is. She took care of him after his heart attack, and she's been with him since.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
I can't imagine having a better mother if I had picked her myself. For most of my growing up, she was a stay-at-home mom, and when she did start to work, it was in my grandfather's construction company office that was in his basement just next door.
Not that she could have gone anywhere if she wanted to. If she wanted the car, she had to take Daddy to work, and after I turned 16, I would sometimes take him to work so I could drive the car to school. So she was stuck at home or at work in the "office," unless, that is, she was at circle meeting or playing Bridge.
I don't remember Mother nagging me much while I was growing up. If she did, it was to tell me to hold my shoulders up or I would "look just like Aunt Hedy." And she would sometimes remind me not to spoil my supper.
Mother shares my passion for the Arkansas Razorbacks. In fact, I think she probably yells louder than I do. I know she gets more nervous than I do before and during games. Growing up, I can remember lying awake on a Saturday night while Mother and Daddy were listening to the Razorback football game in the living room. I would be very quiet so I could hear the game through my bedroom wall, and I could finally go to sleep after the Hogs won.
Mother still roots for the Razorbacks, and she still plays Bridge. She also started following the Atlanta Braves a few years back when most of their games were on WTBS. She's still a Braves fan, but she doesn't get to see as many games on TV as she once did, so she's learned to check the score on the computer. And whenever something goes haywire on the computer, I can count on getting a call, particularly when one of her grandchildren has been around and signed her out of her Yahoo homepage.
So Happy Birthday, Mother. Wish I could be there to celebrate with you.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Judging from some of the early comments, I think I need to bend the rules and offer a bit of explanation. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament kicks off this week. The tournament has often been called not only March Madness but The Big Dance. Thus the picture of the cover of Sports Illustrated when Arkansas won the championship in 1994.This week's Wordless Wednesday theme is "Dance." Do you think Dixie was thinking of March Madness when she chose the theme? For more Wordless Wednesday posts, visit Dixie at French Lique, Texas, and be sure to leave a comment.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
With St. Patrick's Day coming up on Tuesday, Connie, Susie and I decided on a theme featuring different shades of green. So with that in mind, we visited the wholesale florist early Friday morning to see what we could find. We were glad to see that they had Bells of Ireland, and we found two sizes of green chrysanthemums. We also liked these green berries. I don't know what they're called, but they had pretty feathery folliage, and we thought they'd make good filler.
That afternoon Connie and I raided a friend's yard for smilax to use for our greenery. We also cut some white azaleas, and because they were just beginning to bud, they were perfect for our green theme.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I got an email earlier today from TravelAlaska.com inviting me to take an online survey.
Questions #8 read:
Do you have a broadband, that is a DSL or cable connection to the web/internet?
Here are the choices:
Yes, only at home
Yes, only at work
Yes, at home and at work
I don't use the web/internet
I'm sure it must have been a man. I don't dare think it could have been Sarah Palin, do I?
The Good Luck Pig sitting in my kitchen window was a gift from my friend Janice. In Germany, when someone is lucky, it is customary to say, "Ich Habe Schwein Gehabt," which means "I have had Pig." This tradition dates back to hard times, when if you had a pig to feed your family you were considered fortunate.
With flames coming out of his nose, this pig doubles as a lighter. Linda gave it to me. I tried to light him for the picture, but I was having difficulty managing the camera with one hand and the lighter with the other without getting burned, so you'll just have to imagine the flames.
On the other side of my kitchen window is this collection of miniature pigs, including a couple of pink ones, that Diane sent me for Christmas. Diane is my daughter-in-law Katie's mother. I figured she spent the whole year just scouting for pigs. In fact, a lot of my pigs have come from friends, and I treasure all of them.
These two pigs sit in my grandmother's rocking chair along with my doll Liza, who is probably about as old as I am. The one on the left is actually a book that my sister Margie gave me just before Walker was born. My friend Luna gave me the cute little plush pig. He squeals when you press on his belly. The needlepoint pillow, also showing pink, once belonged to my mother-in-law.
I bought this fat chenille pig at market. He likes to sit in a window seat in my guest bathroom and watch the world go by. Maybe Walker will enjoy playing with him some day, or he can just continue being fat and lazy.
This little beaded pig coin purse was a gift from my friend Patt. He's just the right size for carrying a stash of mad money in my pocket.
If you have a minute and would like to read more about my pig collection, go here.
For more pinkness be sure to visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. You'll find that lots of bloggers are in the pink.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I have heard that my grandparents tried to buy the house, but the owners, who were descendants of Mr. Bragg, wouldn't sell. Eventually, they built a home on property that my grandfather owned a couple of miles away, and my parents later built their own home next door.
If you'd like to read more about the Bragg House, click here.
To see what everyone else has brought to Show and Tell this Friday, drive on over the Kelli's house at There's No Place Like Home. Thanks for hosting, Kelli.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The china is Old Britain Castles Pink by Johnson Brothers set on fluted silver chargers, and the flatware is Towle Hotel Stainless. I had collected the goblets on eBay over a period of several months. They are Kings Crown by Tiffin with a cranberry flashing and work perfectly with the Old Britain Castles. Places were marked with pale pink napkins that were secured with silver frame napkin rings, and each guest took home a bag of pink jelly beans.
In the center of the table we used tall silver candleholders with cream colored candles and bunched pink roses in a collection of Old Britain Castles pitchers. Finally, we scattered pink rose petals on the table and added a picture of each of our friends in silver frames.
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch would love for you to stop by to see what other tablescapes are in store for you this Thursday. You are certain to get some great ideas.
When I first met Katie in March of 2005, I had no idea that she would become a part of our family. Brent may have had an "idea" in the back of his mind, but they were just friends at that point. They came through Birmingham on their way back to Jackson with a group of friends who had traveled to New York for Spring Break. They had driven through the night and arrived at our home just in time for breakfast. Katie and Brent were both feeling the effects of a stomach bug, so I really didn't get to visit with her much.
But once the "idea" became a plan, things moved quickly, and Brent and Katie got married on Bainbridge Island, Washington, December 30, 2005. In our family of men and boys, it was so nice to finally have another girl, and I think one of the best times Katie and I have had together was shopping for girl things this past Christmas.
I actually met Mary Katherine before I met LBeau. In fact, she set us up with a blind date, a story in itself that I'll save for later.
Mary Katherine has been my sister for more than 38 years now, and we've had some good times together--summers at the lake with our children, football games in Dallas and Fayetteville, a basketball tournament in Nashville, and family weddings and birthdays.
Happy birthday to both of you. When it comes to family, I certainly got lucky.