Sunday Sermon, Some New Friends, and Sunny Skies

23 Nov

“A man should not be judged by his fame, power, or money, but rather by how much love he gives to others.”
― Sandranil Biswas
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Today’s Gospel was about how kindnesses we have done for others, is the same as if we did those things for The Lord. Then at our final judgement, He will chose the righteous on His right side and punish the wicked on His left.

I rather be a good person and be kind to others, not for the fear of punishment or hopes of a reward, but rather because it’s the right thing to do and it makes me feel good. I like that old quote, “When I die, I’d rather be a good person and find out there is no heaven, than be a bad person and find out there is.”

Gospel MT 25:31-46
…For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
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After Mass, the Knights of Columbus group at St. Gabriel’s was hosting a pancake breakfast. I’ve been wanting to sit and visit with my new friends Virginia and Joe, and this was a perfect opportunity to have a cup of coffee and chat a while. They are the nicest couple, and we usually just say hello or wave after Mass, so it was nice to sit and share a meal and some time with them.

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When I got home, it was soooo gorgeous and sunny out, (gloomy and rainy all day yesterday) that I changed and went for a two hour walk, enjoying the sun on my face and the beautiful skies overhead. (T-shirt weather)

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Aren’t those amazing?

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Saturday:Special Sisters and Such

23 Nov

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. ~Isadora James
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Sisters are a special blessing. Growing up, sisters are like friends that sleep over and don’t have to go home before dark. You play school, store, and restaurant, not to mention Monopoly marathons. Well, sometimes it’s like that, sometimes not. But, I remember those things.

If you weren’t blessed with actual blood line sisters, your best friends can become sisters. I’ve been blessed with both. I can’t even count all the wonderful women who have come into my life and I can consider a sister. I would do anything for them and they would do the same.

I had a few “sisters” over last night to see my new house and have a few snacks. I called it “Chocolate and Cheap Wine.” I served my infamous chocolate ice cream Black Russians, brownies, cheap wine, and snacks.

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After everyone went home, I just piled the dishes in the sink to soak. This afternoon. Liz and Mandy insisted on coming over to help me clean up and eat up a few left overs. No Black Russians though, it was only noon. Darn!

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I love my sisters!!!

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Furious Friday

22 Nov

“Treasure the wisdom of old age.
Learn from elder people and be wise.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
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When I checked my email today, I saw this letter from the Social Services Director at Towne Creek where I volunteer. I was outraged. Our seniors are neglected, disrespected, and taken for granted. What can we do? This can happen to our loved ones. This could happen to us!
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Mary is 92 and was told this week would be her last ride on the TAPS McKinney Fixed Routes. Mary lives independently at Towne Creek Apartments and has no family. She uses the TAPS to do her grocery shopping, errands and visits to the McKinney Senior Recreation Center. As of Monday, November 24th, she will have to depend on friends for transportation. Juanita is 97. She uses TAPS two to three times a week to visit the McKinney Senior Center to stay active since her son works during the day. These are only two of the lives that independence will be diminished at Towne Creek Apartments.

Residents at Towne Creek Apartments, a Retirement Housing Foundation Community, located at 506 S. Graves Street in McKinney just found out that they will not be on the TAPS McKinney Fixed Route any longer. Seniors have used the TAPS Route 100 since the inception of the McKinney City Routes.

Towne Creek is the only subsidized housing in McKinney for low-income senior citizens who are 62 years of age or older and/or those who are 18 years and older who are mobility impaired. (Subsidized under the HUD 202/8 program.)

The average age of residents who reside at Towne Creek living independently is 76 years old. Two of the residents who use TAPS most frequently are over 92 years old. 71% of our elderly residents are frail and at risk. We were told by TAPS that our residents could catch the bus at the stop which is 5 blocks away on Virginia (in front of the First Baptist Church). What adds further to the difficulty is that there are no sidewalks between our building on S. Graves and Rockhill, so seniors will have to use the street with their walkers and wheelchairs.

For most of our senior residents TAPS is the only means of transportation and they depend on this transportation everyday. The City Route affords these seniors transportation at no cost to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, senior center, etc. The average annual income of residents is $12,300.00. Without the City Route, the seniors would have to use the Demand Response which will cost $1.00 each way, but $2.00 could mean not be able to get their prescription; $10.00 could mean less for groceries; $40.00 could mean not being able to pay their electric bill.

On behalf of residents Towne Creek Apartments, staff has been in contact with TAPS representatives since this summer when the announcement of proposed changes was made. Staff has been told on numerous occasions that no changes would be made to Route 100. Towne Creek had a community Health Fair on October 2, 2014 where TAPS was a vendor present. No information of the change was given to the residents or staff. TAPS representatives made an education presentation at Towne Creek on October 21, 2014 and again no word on the changes coming. In fact, on the day of the presentation, TAPS representative provided Towne Creek with a flyer showing the daily times of the Route 100 stops at Towne Creek. After information was requested again last week, the only changes to the Route that Towne Creek staff was informed of was that TAPS would be extending the hours of operation of the routes from 5 am – 10 pm, not that the routes would no longer run down South Graves.

No advance notification has been given to Towne Creek Apartments residents. Residents who rode the TAPS bus this week were told the news by TAPS drivers. Not only is this change detrimental to the financial well-being of the residents of Towne Creek, but also the independence of said residents. The ability to continue to live independently is of utmost importance in maintaining a quality of life. One of the greatest aspects of moving to Towne Creek Apartments has been the access of public transportation weekly.

Please reconsider the route change.

Christy Sadler
Social Services Coordinator
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Theme Song Thursday:Stormy Weather

21 Nov

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
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It was a beautiful day today. But, a storm is on the way. Here is the calm before the storm.

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A beautiful sunset on my evening walk.

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Here are the clouds rolling in. We can use the rain, for sure.

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky…stormy weather. A classic.

Waiting to come out of the storm.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom:Do What you love

20 Nov

“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”

Judy Collins
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Tis the season…to be creative and Lucky. I am always amazed when I find my lucky pennies. Of course, I find a lot of shiny construction nails and screws in the road, but today, I found a lucky penny and a lucky quarter. It must be my magnetic personality.

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I was having a tough time coming up with a motif for my Christmas ornament this year. It’s stressful trying to come up with a new idea every year, seeing as I’ve been painting them for almost twenty years. But, I finally played around with some scenes and found one I liked. Another labor intensive scene, but I do what I love, and love what I do. No shortcuts, just a lot of time, love and patience. The best part is how much the recipients love and treasure my creations.

Here we go!

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The production line begins.

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A little glitter and it’s perfect.

Tuesday:Tip of the Day

19 Nov

“When we think we’re multitasking we’re actually multiswitching. That is what the brain is very good at doing – quickly diverting its attention from one place to the next. We think we’re being productive. We are, indeed, being busy. But in reality we’re simply giving ourselves extra work.”
― Michael Harris
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Sometimes I find myself doing several things at the same time. You might call it multitasking, but I call it multi procrastinating. I really don’t get a lot done, but I seriously avoid doing a lot of important tasks, looking very busy while I’m doing it.

I started laughing to myself the other day when I had the TV on, watching a recorded Joel Osteen. He had a very profound message. I just don’t remember what it was. I was eating my oatmeal, sipping my tea, checking my email on my ipad, and talking to my mom on my cell phone. That’s not multitasking. That’s just crazy…and avoiding going upstairs to work on painting my ornaments.

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So, here’s the tip. Do not multitask. Just do one thing at a time, giving it all your attention. Do as I say, not as I do. I’m watching NCIS, writing my blog, eating dinner and washing dishes during commercials.

Old dogs…….. We don’t learn new tricks, but we can perform several old ones at the same time.

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Montage Monday: It’s Cold!!!

18 Nov

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
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Before I went to bed last night, I checked my Facebook page and noticed quite a few people commenting about snow. Snow? This is Texas! I ran to the window, and low and behold, it was snowing. (Just exactly what does low and behold mean?)

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Well, it wasn’t a lot of snow…but still!

Here’s a week in a peek.

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