Easter Sunday: Prayers, Blessings, and Friendship

21 Apr

“Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
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It was a strange morning. I left a little earlier than usual for 9o’clock Mass, as it was Easter Sunday, and it was sure to be crowded at St. Gabriel’s. Oh my! Not only was the entire lot jammed, the side grassy areas over the curbs were filled with cars. I drove around a while and couldn’t find a spot. So, I decided to leave, hang out at McDonald’s for a little bit, then catch the next Mass.

As I stood in line at McD’s, I thought, this is crazy. I’ll have the same dilemma later, so I went home, looked up the Mass schedule for St. Michael’s on the east side of town. There was an 11:30 service. Perfect! I arrived a little after 11, had no trouble parking, and it was a beautiful Mass. I’d never been to this church, but always wanted to visit.

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As an added bonus, after Mass, I was able to go up next to the altar and light a candle by the statue of Our lady of Guadalupe. Funny candle story… I was looking all over for that long, thin stick, lighter thingy that lights the candle, only to discover a tiny red push button that lights an electrical pretend flame in the votive. Ay, technology! Then, to the right of the Virgin was a St. Joseph statue. Even better. I had my St. Joseph statue in my purse that Sherry gave me that will help me sell my house. I know, I know! it sounds crazy, but it works. If you aren’t familiar with the back story, just look up St. Joseph and selling your house. So, I said my prayer to St. Joseph and will bury him tomorrow.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe. She’s a little blurry because I was trying to discreetly take a picture.

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I said my special prayer and asked for His blessing.

After church, I was invited to Sherri and Michael Murphy’s for brunch. It was a lovely family gathering, complete with an Easter egg hunt for the grand-kids, and massive quantities of delicious food. I felt just like part of the family. I hope they adopt me because Sherri is a wonderful cook. Then, I stopped to visit Lynne and Charlie who live just a couple streets away.

My day started out a little shaky, but it turned out to be filled with special prayers, blessings, and friendship. Later in the evening, both my sons called and we talked for a long time, making my day truly blessed.

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Saturday: Some More of My Peeps

20 Apr

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
― Ruth Reichl
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A beautiful day here in McKinney. I went to the 9:30 Zumba class, and went for a walk when I got home. Then…time to finish decorating the rest of the cupcakes that I didn’t have time to finish yesterday. If you recall, I couldn’t find anymore bunny Peeps, so I bought the yellow chicks. Here ya go…

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Then, all my peeps and I delivered a few more cupcakes to neighbors, friends and of course, the firemen.

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Firefighter Eddington at Station #5. (My local station. They were on a call yesterday when I stopped by)
Then, off to Station #8. Captain Chandler came to the door with a big smile.

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He was joined by a hungry companion.

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I did tell the firefighters that I ran out of bunnies, but seeing as they were “chick magnets,” that they could appreciate the humor.
After my deliveries, I enjoyed the sunny afternoon having lunch and visiting with friends on the Square. A good day with all my “peeps.”

Friday Friends, Firemen and Funny Peeps

19 Apr

“You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made,’ [Chef Bugnard] said. ‘Even after you eat it, it stays with you – always.”
― Julia Child, My Life in France
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I had all the ingredients set out last night so I could get up early and start my baking frenzy. As I opened the fridge to take out the eggs, oh no, only two eggs. So, off to the store I went. Foolish me, I thought I’d have time to make frosting, bake and decorate ten dozen cupcakes in the morning, take a long walk, and be out of the house by two. Ha! But, I did manage to post my progress hourly on my Facebook page. Here’s the progress.

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Set out ingredients, then go to the store for the eggs I forgot.

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Make a funny face with the cake mix and eggs.

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Make two batches of cream cheese frosting. Vanilla and chocolate.

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The chocolate cupcakes had a dollop of cherry pie filling, the yellow had a peach slice.

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Frost and decorate a zillion cupcakes and mini cupcakes…then share with friends.

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Justin and Karri…my good friends at Papa Murphy’s Pizza. Hi guys!

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Firefighter Taylor over at Station #1. He looks pretty pleased.

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The firemen at Station #2 invited me inside. On my way out, I found a lucky penny next to the fire truck. ( a very lucky sign. Someone up there saying, “Good job!”)

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My senior friends at Towne creek loved the cute cupcakes, too. I took a few over to my friend Lynne’s house, and took a few over for the triplets next door. BUT… I ran out of peeps. Oh no. I had more cupcakes to decorate for tomorrow. I went to three stores tonight and everyone was out of the bunny peeps. So, I ended up having to buy some yellow chick peeps at Walgreens. I have a few more firehouses to get to tomorrow. (I was disappointed at first, but then I thought…huh, those cute firemen are “chick magnets,” so it will be quite appropriate.)
So, here’s to all my “PEEPS” out there.

Theme Song Thursday

18 Apr

“When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true.”
― Cheryl Hughes
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Sunday evening, I posted some photos about the performance at McKinney’s MPAC featuring local singer/songwriters Crystal and Will Yates. Crystal won the Texaco Country Showcase Competition, accompanied on guitar by her proud husband, Will. They have a new song that will be released soon, and I captured the moving song on my teeny-tiny iPhone. Crystal explained that she wrote the song for a very dear friend who was going through a very painful divorce. She expressed it perfectly, so I saved it for my theme song Thursday. Feel free to read between the lines.

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The best country songs, or any song for that matter, come from the heart. And when that heart has been crushed and broken, the song is all the more real. Crystal wrote and expressed that broken heart quite well. It was a wonderful performance.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

17 Apr

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ~Walt Whitman
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The sun was shining this morning, and the crisp morning air made my early walk/run very invigorating . I was also excited about a “girlfriend road trip” to the town of Anna in the afternoon. Lynne invited us to Join her for a visit to Luscombe farm to see the iris fields, have lunch in their quaint restaurant, and have a tour of the charming rustic farm. It was a perfect day for fields of flowers, photos and friends.

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Beautiful irises in bloom and in bud, but even more spectacular were all the rustic and rusty buildings, farm equipment and amazing scenery.
You know what the best part of the entire spectacular day was? Yep! Spending time with wonderful, artistic, and creative friends. We were snapping dozens of pictures of beautiful blooming flowers, but we all got so excited over moldy wooden boards, rusty tin roofs, and a dilapidated out house. Wild, wacky girlfriends are the best!!!

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Tuesday Time With Friends

16 Apr

We should live every day like it is a holiday, being thankful and spending time with family, and looking hopefully to the future.
-Unknown
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Family and friends…friends are family. When your only real family is far away, your friends become family. I am blessed with the best of both. Tuesday started with Zumba friends, then off to Tea Time at Sweet Spot friends. Miss Kay delighted us with a vast repertoire (thank goodness for spellcheck) of ukelele songs. She is amazing. Mandy enjoyed it too.

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A couple of ladies wandered over and sang some Hawaiian songs with us.

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The cool morning warmed up nicely, so when I got home in the evening, I went for a long walk with my new best friend. Guess who? ME! Slowly but surely, I am getting used to my own wonderful company. (Modesty, not one of my best attributes.) The long brisk walks allow a lot of time to think, plan, mentally create. Time is never wasted. Time to heal, reflect, renew, “looking forward to the future.”

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Montage Monday: Music and Art

15 Apr

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
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I LOVE THAT!!! “I am here to live out loud.” Everyone should live out loud.

I had another busy, eventful week. It was filled with art and wonderful artists, music and talented musicians, singing, dancing, tennis, food, fun and friends. Every day that ended with “Y” was filled to the brim and bursting. Yes, I am here to live out loud, y’all!

Here’s another week in a peek.

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