Saturday Sights, Sounds, and Sipping

26 Oct

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
― John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in
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My alarm was set for 8am. On Saturday and Sunday, I play this little game with myself. If I wake up early, before the alarm, I go for a walk. It never fails, I wake up around 7, get dressed, put on my gym shoes and catch the dawn in all its majesty. I love the quiet mornings.

Today, the ducks were waddling towards the pond, and as I walked closer to take their picture, they quacked and waddled away faster.

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I have a routine, regimented zig-zag path I follow, back and forth, up and down, walking the same five streets.(I got lost once in my own neighborhood, so I am careful not to change my route.) I had already walked down this same street a dozen times in the past few days, but this morning, on my third round on this same street, I found a lucky penny. It was waiting for me. I always look up to the sky, say “Thank you, ” put it in my pocket and march along.

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After my walk, off to writing group at 10, lunch with Mandy at Snug on the Square, then visit with my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Elizabeth was working on a beautiful three-tiered anniversary cake. I was dying to grab the piping bag and play with the frostin. I restrained myself.

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Later, I sat outside with Miss Kathy and Tim, enjoying the sunshine and company, when the McKinney Mounted Patrol passed by. Miss Kathy usually treats the horses to an apple or fresh carrot, so the horses were looking for her and their treats. They trotted down the alley back to the Sweet Spot back door and anxiously waited for their apple. They were so funny. I thought they were going to knock on the door with their noses.

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Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth came out of the screen door with some apples. Officer Amedee on Ontario and Officer Shelby on Ranger, really appreciated the mid-afternoon snack.

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Another lovely Saturday in McKinney with friends, and the lovely sights and sounds of the day. Now, a relaxing evening, sipping a chocolate ice cream Black Russian, writing and vegging in front of the TV. Life is good!

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“We all look at the same things,” but what do you see?

Friday From Morn Till Night

24 Oct

Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes, till the very end. Will the day’s journey take the whole day long? From morn till night, my friend.
Grantland Rice
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It was still dark at 7:15 when I ventured out for my morning walk. But, another amazing sunrise was my reward.

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It was cool and refreshing’ so I walked for an hour and a half. Then, came home, ate a little breakfast, went to Lowes and bought 10 bags of mulch. I worked my pat oozes off and put down all ten bags.

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The front yard looked great when I was done. I came in, paid a few bills, checked email and Facebook, then out for another walk. YES, I am crazy! But, I love to feel the sun on my face and enjoy the beauty all around me.

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Theme Song Thursday: Sunrise…Sunset

24 Oct

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”
― C. JoyBell C.
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My morning and evening walks afford me the luxury of experiencing the most colorful and amazing sunrises and sunsets.

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Sunrise

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Sunset
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Nothing like a musical and the glorious colors of the morning and evening sun to complete the day.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Laughter

23 Oct

“Laughter is wine for the soul – laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness – the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.”
― Seán O’Casey
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Sometimes I just find the most inappropriate things amusing. I was checking my mail and found this advertising postcard in the mail. Normally I just toss these things in the mail, but this was a colorful ad for hanging Christmas lights, landscaping, flower planting, etc. it said, “Call us about any of our services.”

Now, here’s the funny part…I scrolled down and started to laugh. Who ya gonna call…CONTACT: JESUS. Then, there was a phone number. I didn’t know Jesus had a listed phone number, and I can call about any of His services. All kinds of funny comments filtered through my goofy brain. I was well aware that it was just the Spanish name, Jesus, pronounced hay-suse, but I started giggling. Then I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if Jesus did have a phone number. What if He could hang your Christmas lights? Pretty appropriate. Christmas is the celebration of His birthday.

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Sacrilegious or hilarious? Sometimes there is a fine line between the two. If laughter is wine for the soul, then I’ll take a tall glass of Cabernet, thank you very much.

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Tuesday Tip of the Day: Literally

22 Oct

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
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This kind of reminds me of the old, “Give a man a fish” quote. I much rather learn something new than have someone do it for me. I love learning, I love teaching, I love sharing. So, I’m sharing with you.

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My friend and baker extraordinaire, Miss Elizabeth, over at Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square, was making these adorable high heeled shoe cupcakes, so I asked her to teach me how to make them and tell me what magical frosting tools she uses.

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I love to make cupcakes, brownies and cookies, but if I can learn how to frost these beautiful rose cupcakes, wow, I’d be even more amazing. (Modesty is not my strongest attribute.) So, Miss Elizabeth loaded up a frosting bag and showed me her technique. I was a natural!

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Here is the “tip” of the day, literally. The #1M Tip by Wilton for the rose and the large tip coupler to keep it in place. Now, practice, practice, practice. I’ll never be as great as Miss Elizabeth, but she promised to call me next time she has to decorate a zillion rose cupcakes, so I can practice.

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If you’re one of those people that rather buy the fish than learn how to fish, then you can go over to Sweet Spot Bakery in McKinney and order some rose cupcakes. Order a whole bunch so I can go over and practice.

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Montage Monday

21 Oct

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
― Douglas Pagels
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Very true. Each new day is a blank page in the diary of life. I have been journaling and writing and recording what I do every day for over ten years. Not a lot of detail, but a brief summary of the day. But, I’ve also journaled, written poems and stories, and recorded important events as long as I can remember. When I’m old and gray, I can look back at my journals, a retrospective of my life. Oops! I’m already old and gray.

Now, I need to turn that diary into the best story possible.

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Another busy week filled with fun and friends.

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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

20 Oct

“Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”
― Jess C. Scott, Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology
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OK. My previous post disappeared in auto draft. It’s out in cyber world and I ain’t writing it again. So, here’s a recap…
Went to church, Father was funny, had a leisurely brunch with Karen and Mercedes at Bien Salsa and strolled around the Square, came home and went for a long walk. Another nice day.

(The hypocrite theme relates to the sermon and homily today.The guest priest told a story about a couple who said they didn’t want to attend his church because it was FULL of hypocrites. He replied, “Not really. Come in and join us. We still have room for a couple more.”) now, some pictures.

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Me, Karen and Mercedes at Bien Salsa.

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A couple old jalopies.

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