Theme Song Thursday: Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

27 Mar

When you’re looking for a needle in a haystack, don’t afraid to burn the haystack to save yourself from spending half your life picking through strands of straw.” 

― A.J. DarkholmeRise of the Morningstar

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We’re all looking for something, whether it be love, health, happiness, or financial security. Some are looking for peace of mind or peace of spirit. Personally, I’m looking for all of the above, BUT, most often, I’m just looking for a pair of glasses so I can see all the fine print that life throws at me every single day.

I don’t wear prescription glasses, just those cheap cheater glasses from the discount stores. It never fails though, as many pairs as I have scattered around the house or car, I can never find one when I need to read something.

So, the other day, when I was trying to read my email, I scoured the house for my glasses. Finally, I thought, “Hmmm? I think I have an emergency pair in my purse.” Well, I did.

  

I had six pairs in my purse! So, that’s where they all were. 

“Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?” Theme song for today.

http://youtu.be/JH8gvhl4rH8

  

Wednesday Words of Wisdom:Firemen Love Cupcakes Too

26 Mar

Don’t wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. 

~Lora Brody

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Yesterday, Mom and I stopped by McKinney Fire Station #5 with a dozen bunny Peep cupcakes and some brownies. I thought Mom would get a kick out of having her picture taken with a cute fireman. Well, turns out that they were having a training session with several stations. One of the visiting firemen from station #7 said, “Let me just grab one of these before they’re all gone.”

I just wanted a quick picture, but he insisted we go back to meet the other firemen and get a photo with the new shiny red fire engine in the back. They were so kind to Mom, even helping her walk down the long hall, then later one gentleman helped her into my car. We have the nicest firemen!

  

I’m always telling my mom about my many trips with cupcakes, brownies, or cookies to the fire station. Now, she got to see firsthand why I do this. Firemen and police officers are willing to risk their lives every day for us, the least I can to is bake a few cupcakes. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

  

   

 

  

Tuesday Time With Special Friends

25 Mar

Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them. ~Francesco Guicciardini

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Part two of “Meet Da Mamma” from Monday. We cleaned, cooked and baked for our gathering. I invited a few dear friends to stop by to meet my mom who was visiting from Chicago. It was an open house, so I didn’t get a chance to take a lot of pictures of friends coming and going. Plus, I was so busy socializing, I plum forgot.

One of my favorite things to make is my bunny cupcake made with marshmallow Peeps. They are so cute. I don’t think anyone actually ate any here, but everyone took some home to enjoy later or share with spouses or grandkids.

  

 

Aren’t they cute? They are little mini cupcakes, chocolate with a cherry from cherry pie filling inside and homemade cream cheese frosting. Yum!

   

Thanks for the visit, girls. Also a big thank you to all my other friends not in the photo. Mom enjoyed meeting all of you, or “y’all” as we say here in Texas. Love you guys!

   

Oh yes, there were lots of brownies!!! But, more on that tomorrow… 

 

  

Montage Monday and Meet Da Mamma

24 Mar

Washington Irving

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” 
― Washington Irving
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Thank you to all my wonderful friends who stopped by to meet Mom tonight. I have the world ‘a greatest mom and the greatest friends.  

 

Montage Monday and Meet Da Mamma

24 Mar

Sunday Sermon and Seriously Underestimating Myself

23 Mar


D.J. Stutley

“Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself. (Unknown)” 
― D.J. Stutley
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Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead after being in the tomb for four days. My take on it, short and sweet, if you have faith, if you believe, all things are possible.
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“Did I not tell you that if you believe 

you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; 
but because of the crowd here I have said this, 
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
He cried out in a loud voice, 
“Lazarus, come out!”

The dead man came out,…

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It was a cloudy morning. Mom went to Mass with me this morning, a special blessing to have Mom visiting with me for a couple of weeks. I call it “double teaming.”  When she was back home in Chicago, I would call her every Sunday on my way to church, and say, “Pray for us sinners.” She would tell me, “You too.”  So, we double teamed all those sinners together this morning, so look out.

  

I went for an afternoon walk, and while I was walking, I thought, “Darn, I forgot AGAIN!” I had downloaded an app on my phone that would track my walking two weeks ago. I kept forgetting to set it up. People always ask, how far do you walk? I really don’t know. I say “I walk about an hour to an hour and a half in the morning, and about an hour in the evening.” I was never really curious or felt a need to track it, but after about the fiftieth time someone asked, I started to wonder myself. 

I estimated in my mind that an hour was maybe one or two miles, give or take. So, I figured that I walked maybe three or four miles a day. WELL!!!! Boy, did I underestimate myself. I set up the app when I walked this evening. The sun was out and it was a gorgeous night. After so many gloomy days, I was invigorated. My phone spoke to me after 15 minutes and told me I had walked a mile. What? By the time I finished my one hour, I was floored.

  

(I walked, not ran. Too old to run.)

I walked 1 hour and 6 minutes and walked 4.3 miles! I’ve been walking faithfully pretty much every single day for the past six months, usually twice a day. Of course, I missed 3 or 4 days during the ice storms, but still, that’s a lot of miles. Walking has always been my thing for years. I’ve been determined to walk every day, and also to write every day. I’ve always believed in myself, and if I make a promise, especially to myself, I keep it.

D.J. Stutley

“Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself. (Unknown)” 
― D.J. Stutley
  


Saturday and a Special Friend

22 Mar

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels

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My mail order of champagne flutes finally arrived Friday. I couldn’t find them in the stores, and I wanted to paint a dozen glasses for my dear friend Kathy. She’s getting married next week, and I wanted to make her a special gift.

I stayed up till after 1 am painting so I could let them dry and cure over night, then bake in the oven in the morning. Yes, you have to bake them. Helps their durability.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGptaB2kSZE

   

   

All painted and ready to wrap.

   

 

A special gift for a special lady! 

   

 

Mom and I went over to a Sweet a Spot Bakery on the Square to see Miss Kathy and give her her gift before her wedding next week. 

Congratulations Kathy and Tim!!! You are wonderful friends and a I wish you a zillion years of happiness.

  

Mom and I celebrated with some ice cream and a selfie. Delicious!  

 Thanks for the ice cream Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth.

  

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