Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Things that are cool about Pop, # 28

Marilyn came over to take over for me this morning so I could have a day off. We were chatting back into the dining room where Pop was sitting. Marilyn noticed he looked very tired.

Marilyn: Pop, come on with me. I wanna show you where you can stretch out for a minute.

Pop: Marilyn, I tell ya--I'm going to need more than a minute!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

a project!

I copy and pasted this from my facebook blog. Please forgive! and please help!

Hi y'all,
I realize i haven't been writing notes much. That is mostly cos i've been writing on my blogs (pensivepollyanna.blogspot.com and pollyannascameraphone.blogspot.com--sorry for the shameless plug)

but I"m here for a different reason. My nephew is in basic training right now. he is beginning his third of eight weeks. He wrote a letter to his wife (my niece, Amelia) recently and mentioned that only about 3 of his fellow flight-mates get letters from home or ANYONE. Sam asked Amelia is she would tuck in some letters to "Dear Airman" into our letters to him. I write Sam every day the mail runs. I think it would be easy for me to tuck in a few extra letters.

but what I"m here to ask is this: maybe some of y'all could write letters to Sam with letters to the other airman in them? I've been through what he--and the airman who aren't getting letters--is going through now myself 23 years ago. It is HARD, emotionally, physically and I CANNOT believe the families of those men don't send letters to encourage their boys and remind them that they are loved.

These men have joined the Unites States Air Force and--as one of my friends here on Facebook said last November--have written a blank check to our country and to US. This check is written for an amount up to and possibly including their lives. It is for the sake of us, the good of this country, and for other peoples around the world who need our help.

Someone should be letting them know that they are appreciated while they are enduring the hardship (not exaggerating) of Basic Training. If any of you feel inclined to write short (or long), encouraging, newsy letters about anything--about how proud you are of them. about something cool that is going on in your life. about something NORMAL that is going on in your life. about a special memory you have about your grandpa. about WHATEVER. just so they know that they matter, I"d really really appreciate it and I know they would too. I can't begin to tell you how much my Mom's almsot daily letters meant to me while I was there.
Please, help if you can.
for now--I'll update when we get s0me namea of some of the airmen-- you can write Sam (and include the other letters for the other airman inside) at this address:
AB Neris Macey, Samuel R.
321 TRS/FLT 231, Dorm B-4
1320 Truemper Street, Unit 364049
Lackland AFB, Texas 78236-5570

You can write Sam if you wanna, but put something general in the salutation part of the letters for the other airman--like Dear Airman, or whatever. Oh, and no packages. they get in big trouble for getting them. which is weird cos I remember people getting packages when I was in, but hey, guess the rules have changed!

Thanks, Y'all. :) I appreciate ya.

p.s. please forgive the typos. It is late and my typing dyslexia and all that is on high speed. ;-P
and P.P.S. If you have a group to which you belong and wanna do a "project", consider this one! (like say--McCarty Student Center or the youth group at Southwest or things like that! Or a family project if you are a veteran with kids at home or even a non-veteran family. they could write notes. Or teachers could have their classes do it! soccer teams could do it! Or sororities might do it for their project. Or home school kids might do it once a week or something. anything would be great! I bet those boy would even love scribbles from a one year old!
feel free to pass this info on to anyone who wants to help. tuesday ladies bible class, perhaps?

Always Peays Will Fly

The day of our granny's funeral back in October, my cousin JB wrote this poem in the back of my notebook. I was organizing my room today and found it. Knowing us--Peays--this poem makes so much sense.

Always Peays Will Fly

Love is great.
Love is sad.
I love my family.
I love U 2.
We are great.
We are Fine.
Don't forget love always prevails
Sometimes we laugh.
Sometimes we cry.
ALL THE TIME U are in my heart.
Always, Peays WILL FLY.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Things that are cool about Pop, # 27

Pop was asleep in his chair. I had finished doing most of my chores and was ready to go to sleep, so I awakened him and asked him if he was ready for bed.

Pop: Yep, I believe I am.

Me: Well, I'll show you the way. Follow me?

Pop: Okay. Where are you?

Me: I'm back here in your bedroom.

Pop: Is this where I'm supposed to stay?

Me: Yep. This is your bed. You'll be sleeping here. You can sleep on either side.

Pop: Either side?

Me: Yep. You can sleep there (pointing to the right) or there. (pointing to the left.)

Pop: So, in other words, I can be the Boss AND the Boss!

Me: That is exactly right, Pop.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My bank...

...is filled with employees who are really great. They know my name and care about what is going on in my world. If you're in South East Texas and looking for a new bank, I'd recommend Community Bank of Texas--especially the Buna branch. :)

They are always decorated very nicely. I'm presuming that they've decorated for Mardi Gras. They had a huge Christmas tree in the lobby during that wonderful season and--at Halloween--they had this creepy decoration during October.

Megan is not only always happy and smiley, but also in luurrrvvve.

Dianne has such a great heart. I really like her. :)

Darla has great hair and a great smile.

The only gal missing from my regular helpers is Sue. She was in her office in the back.

Rao's Cafe and Bakery, II

I love Rao's Cafe and Bakery. There is something very calming about being there. The decor is very Italian. Even the names on the bathroom doors are written in Italian. The music which plays overhead is very Italian. I hear Deano and Frankie and Rosemary singing to me as I relax and enjoy myself.
They are well-known for their sweets. Seriously--YU-UU-UUUMM! I don't even want to begin listing them cos I'd be here 'til about midnight. You can; however, check out the following links to their menus.
The regular menu is here. The dessert menu is here, and the catering menu is here.
They have various cakes, muffins, cookies. In fact, they even have cookies made for dogs! They are shaped like dog bones! How cool is that? They also have a H-U-G-E variety of ice cream gelato-type yummies. I haven't tried any of them cos I tend to like cake-y stuff more than ice cream-esque edibles. However, what I HAVE eaten was amazingly delicious.
However, before you eat the dessert, you oughta check out the REAL food. They have a multiplicity of choices of both breads and the stuff they put in the breads. I've had both tuna and chicken salad on Focaccia bread. I'm afraid to say that I highly doubt that I'll be writing any follow-up blogs about how good the other breads cos I think that the foccaccio bread is A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y delicious. I mean--WOW! It is like every delicious thing you've ever eaten in your life, all rolled up in one. I enjoyed the chicken salad the tiniest bit better than the tuna, but they were both pretty great. Both of the above-mentioned menu items are about $ 6.00 and come with a bag of chips. The tea goes for about $2.00 and the desserts go for about $5.00 (although some of them are a little less and some of them are a little more.)
And, as I'm sure you already know, I think the iced tea is always fantastic. They have a little ice cream dish full of fresh mint leaves for the tea. It does add just the right little extra. When you eat there, make sure you grab a couple of leaves and roll them in your hands for a few seconds before putting them in your tea. Rolling/smushing the leaves releases the mint-y oil and allows the flavors to disperse into whatever you are drinking. However, in case you're not a fan of tea, make sure you check out the menu carefully. They have a large variety of coffees, some unique teas and some unique specialty drinks. Everything they offer is full of variety. I imagine you could go once a week for about three years and never have the same thing twice.
One really great thing about Rao's is that they have free wi-fi. You can bring the old computer, work on a project, all the while eating a tasty sandwich and some fabulous desserts. I could spend all day there if I need to do so. Y'all really oughta check it out.

The chicken salad sandwich with chips and a drink.

The wait-staff is really great. Very friendly, knowledgeable, and the young men are all very flirty. Ya gotta like that--at least if you are a 41-year-old woman! ;-P Janelle is pictured here, posing with my cake. :)