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Dirt & Dove

Do dirt & dove go together?  They both start with the letter "D" and you add 1+1 and it equals 2, right?  So, I took 1+1=2 pictures today that started with the letter "D".  I'm just gonna share them with you before I go off into a long explanation into my craziness ;o)  Dscn0600 

+ Here is the "D" irt picture of a WBU student's well used jeep.  Looks like he had some fun!!!


+ and this is the "D" ove picture.  It was sitting on my mom's house.  What is pretty awesome about this picture is that there are three doves, the Trinity!  Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  Just what I thought when I saw the picture...way cool!!!


Check the other pictures & blog at under blogs...phyllis wall

Remember When...

Addams Family
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
American Bandstan
Andy Griffith Show

Art Linkletter
Beverly Hillbillies
Captain Kangaroo
Car 54 Where Are You?
Carol Burnett Show
Ed Sullivan Show

Flying Nun
Get Smart
Gilligan's Island
Gomer Pyle
Hawaii Five-O
Hogan's Heroes

I guess I did watch quite a bit of TV...especially after school while I waited for my parents to get off work!!!

I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
I Spy
Lawrence Welk Show
Leave It To Beaver
Mr. Ed
Price is Right
Red Skelton Show
Star Trek

Remember the days of "nice" TV?  I do and these shows remind me of a better day...when we could watch TV without all the violence and bad language of today!!!  This is not a complete list but those I remember seeing.  I never understood Hogan's Heroes...did you?  I don't really have a favorite out of these.  What were your favorite shows?

Academy Awards

Anyone but me catch the Academy Awards?  It is sad that I had only seen one of the movies mentioned the entire evening.  It was the one about little girl in the pageant, Little Miss Sunshine.  I watched it but the language was way too harsh for me so...I know why I don't go to the movies.  I can't do too much blood, sex, bad language so...not many movies for me.  I'll just spend my little bit of free time writing blogs ;o)  Do I live a boring existence?  It's okay, I like my life.  Back to the Academy Awards...the dresses were lovely, the people interesting.  I loved the choir that did the sound effects and the dancers who did the different screen scenes.  I think they should have everyone write their thank-yous ahead of time and then whoever wins...they can just show it on the screen.  This way they don't have to be rude and start playing that silly music and we don't have to watch people mess up or say silly things.  A more scripted acceptance!  Other than watching the AAs I pretty much did nothing today. 


Oh, I got to hold a baby during church today.  I stayed in the nursery & held the sweetest little girl.  Ryann, her mom teaches at LaMesa and her dad works with the WBU baseball team.  She is such a sweetie.  I missed the sermon so I guess this week I'll try and watch it on TV.  I'm not sure when it is on TV but maybe Clinton does.  I don't like missing Travis's sermons ever.  I am blessed every single week OR God steps on my toes and pushes me to be better.  I am always led to worship!!!  But, it sure was a nice change to rock a little one!


Did you know that the wind hung Sierra's trampoline on the telephone pole?  David was showing me the picture.  I tell you it was a bizarre day!


My back has really been bothering me.  I guess I will need to break down and go to the doctor but I just hate going to the doctor and waiting.  There is nothing they can do really anyway.  I have things to do with my time and sitting & waiting frustrates me!  Maybe I can make it a few more weeks and see...  In Philippians 4:13, we learn we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength, this is my daily promise.  I hope it is your's, too.


Tonight at my mom's house I shot this picture.  Dscn0590 We will call it, Crow Gossip.  I don't know what they were telling each other or if they just like to hear themselves chirp...these birds were everywhere and loud.  It reminded me to listen more and to not gossip.  On the other hand it showed me the value of friends. Have a great week.



We got this special issue TIME magazine and I thought I would share some "what's next" style tips.


Cleanse the palette - turn away from the color wheel and wear shades of white, on your body and in your design.


Wear wallpaper - beautiful hand printed fabrics taken from antique wallpaper designs.


Patchwork isn't for the poor, down & out.


Exotic skins handbags...


Go back to classic fragrance basics!


Lease the designer goods


Ballet slippers not just for the hip crowd.


"Green" cosmetics


Clean sweep all the gaudy stuff under the rug!  Less is more.


Transient boutiques & Time-limited restaurants. (guerrilla destinations or the pop-up: temporary restaurants and galleries that gather buzz, then they disappear)


Fabric is the key to shaping silhouettes.




Beautiful & well made pieces...over trendy.


The desire to be unique.


Purposeful design


Out of the box thinking.


Pillowy architecture.


Heavy metal...silver to be exact.


Today I had the opportunity to visit with Dr. Ron Miller when he dropped by the Chamber office.  We talked about lots of things in our short visit but one thing we discussed was the drug problem and students.  I want to say that I am one that believes that the majority of our students need the repitition that comes with daily classes.  I saw at the literacy council the importance of this with the adult brain.  Now, I know that there are those who did great in block and I love the whole concept of block and the freedom it gives to be creative.  Something just wasn't working and we needed to try something.  Which takes me to Whit's letter and he is correct in that the students have to want to learn...which brings me to my topic of drug use among our students.  Now, I'm no expert but I do know that when kids use certain drugs they really lose their desire to achieve success.  I wonder what this might do to their test scores???  Any clues?  Want to guess?  Yup, they would score low because they didn't care enough to learn the material or they just used prior to the testing and just didn't care.  What can we do about these kids?  Do we mark them off as losers?  Do we ignore them?  We can't afford to.  Many times they are some of our most talented kids!  We can't afford to lose one child to the clutch of drugs, but what can we do?  If we began to educate the parents, would this be a start???  Do we need every student to talk to a counselor each week to detect mood changes?  We know that it will be up to us, the schools, to do some type of intervention because so many kids have parents who just turn their heads and ignore the problems with their children.  This could be because they don't know what to do?  What to look for?  How to be tough?  What can we do?  Pray for our students.  Pray for me, that God will lead me in finding a start for this issue in our community...

News Flash

News Flash...what is wrong with the judge that was hearing the Anna Nicole body ownership case?  Was HE on drugs?  I am completely amazed at his actions.  It was as if her whole life was a joke!  I agree that she lived a hard life, many do BUT they are worthy of respect.  She IS after all someone's child, someone's sister, and all she ever wanted was worthiness.  She messed up, sure, but it breaks my heart that this judge gives someone, who hasn't even met the baby, serving as guardian ad litem, her body.  Wow, as a mother this totally breaks my heart.  Was her mother a great mom?  Probably not.  Was I a great mom?  Probably not!  I did the best I could raising our kids and I know I failed in areas...I see that.  Thankfully our children and this old mom have a pretty good relationship.  I know there have been times that they really didn't like me too much or had a hard time respecting me but I would hope that if they had died that their body would not have gone to a 2 month old baby to be buried in some foreign land.  Yes, she said bad things about her mom, they had differences but a mother's love runs deeper than any words can go.  Obviously this judge does not understand this!  I do not necessarily believe that she should be buried in Texas...I think California is where she AND Danny should be.  This way, throughout life, family and friends, as well as fans, would be able to visit her grave site.  Some people need this.  Of course, just my opinion...not worth much unless you agree ;o)  Just a very sad, sad situation.  Pray for this sweet child!!!


I added a couple of photo albums tonight.  I typically title all pictures but many of these I do not have details on...enjoy!

Table Etiquette

Okay, I now know that I don't know very much.  Well, I know a lot but sometimes I'm not too confident in what I know.  Tonight we had the wonderful privilege to serve as table hosts for the Presidents Dinner for graduating seniors at Wayland.  The whole idea is to give them one last class on "class".  A five course meal is served and the students learn how to present themselves at a dinner meeting.  They, also, learn all about job interviews, both in the office and over dinner.  Each table has a table host (couple) that is to set the example for the table.  And you ask why Clinton & Phyllis, right?  We asked that, too.  I'm guessing they were pretty desperate.  There were two basketball games tonight!  Regardless of why we were asked, we were and we accepted, Clinton had no say!  It was business dress and everyone looked so nice.  Our table had 2 couples and they were as sweet as could be.  They were what I would say was about average in their table etiquette knowledge.  No huge blunders!  I believe they learned many useful bits of information.  They may never get to use it all but they certainly walked away with a "platter" full in case they do need it.  We could all learn from something like this!!!

Do you know what is served at each course in a multi-course meal?

7 =

First Course: appetizer
Second Course: soup
Third Course: salad
Fourth Course: sorbet to cleanse the palate
Fifth course: meat, such as poultry
Sixth Course: meat, red meat or fish
Seventh Course: dessert

5 =

1. appetizer
2. salad
4. entree/sides
5. dessert

3 =

1. appetizer

2. entree

3. dessert

and then there is fast food ;o)

American Idol

My American Idol is the child with a twinkle in their eye that lets us know that God is in control...still creating the most amazing creation...children!!!  Each one is wonderfully made in His hands...with admiration, adoration and devotion to...

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
[For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.] Amen.

Computer Stuff

Did you know that if you open a program and the dialog box is not maximized you maximize it and then can hold down the control button and x out of it and then when you reopen it will be maximized?


Here are some MS shortcuts for you to try...don't hold me responsible for your computer blowing up ;o)

CTRL+C (Copy)

CTRL+X (Cut)

CTRL+V (Paste)

CTRL+Z (Undo)

DELETE (Delete)

Crtl + Insert = Copy

Shift + Insert = Paste

alt + spacebar + m = Move current windows with arrow keys

SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)

CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)

CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)

F2 key (Rename the selected item)

CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)

CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)

CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)

CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)

CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)

SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)

CTRL+A (Select all)

F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)

ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)

ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)

ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)

CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)

ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)

ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)

F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)

F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)

SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)

CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)

ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)

Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)

F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)

RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)

LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)

F5 key (Update the active window)

BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)

ESC (Cancel the current task)

SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)

CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)

TAB (Move forward through the options)

SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)

ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)

ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)

SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)

Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)

F1 key (Display Help)

F4 key (Display the items in the active list)

BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)

Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)

Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)

Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)

Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)

Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)

Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)

CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)

Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)

Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)

Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)

Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)

CTRL+O (Open a saved console)

CTRL+N (Open a new console)

CTRL+S (Save the open console)

CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)

CTRL+W (Open a new window)

F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)

ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)

ALT+F4 (Close the console)

ALT+A (Display the Action menu)

ALT+V (Display the View menu)

ALT+F (Display the File menu)

ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)

MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts

CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)

ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)

SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)

F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)

F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)

CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)

CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)

ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)

F2 key (Rename the selected item)

CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation

CTRL+ALT+END (Open the m*cro$oft Windows NT Security dialog box)

ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)

ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)

ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)

ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)

CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)

ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)

CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Internet Explorer navigation

CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)

CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)

CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)

CTRL+H (Open the History bar)

CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)

CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)

CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)

CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box, the same as CTRL+L)

CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)

CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)

CTRL+W (Close the current window)


Any other questions???