Archive | August, 2013

Sittin’ Around Sunday

12 Aug

Sunday is always my sit around and be lazy day, but today was an exception. Well, I was still lazy, but my good friend Lynne texted me and said, “Lunch, 12:30 at Snug.” Say no more. A two letter reply was sufficient, “O.K.” What a pleasant surprise. I changed my clothes and off I went.

Everything seems to better, happier on the Square in downtown McKinney. Walking around, even in the middle of the summer swelter, is a pleasant feeling of small town family life. Lynne and I sat and had the most delightful lunch. We chatted with Sandra, the owner, who also happens to be our good friend. People we know popped in and out, and strangers exchanged comments about their delicious meals. Such a fun happy place to be on a normally lazy hazy Sunday. Thanks Lynne!

Here’s Emilee, one of the new gals at Snug. Isn’t she cute?

So, no housework for me today. If you are one of those OCD cleaning people, do you want to come over for “lunch” tomorrow?

Saturday: Special Friends on the Square

11 Aug

Saturday is always a special energy day. Our writing group meets at Sweet Spot on the Square. I think we do more talking, sharing, venting and giggling than actual writing and critiquing, but it makes for a creative atmosphere. Today, Julia and Mandy sported cheery uplifting yellow outfits that brightened my spirits. Did I mention that they are also awesome writers? Friends always make life a better place!

Miss Kathy is still temping us with her delectable creations. Cut it out!!! Sweet friends…sweet stuff!


Friday Friends: Young At Heart (YAH-YAHs)

10 Aug

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
― C.S. Lewis

Friday afternoon is my special day with special senior artist friends. Miss Della, our guest artist, surprised us today with a beautiful still life set up, complete with illuminating spotlight for an artistic flair. We first practiced gradations on paper with pencil, watercolor and crayon. Then, pencil sketches of the still life. We all did our sketches and used our newly acquired sense of lights and darks to fill in the drawing. The results were amazing.

Miss Marie

Miss Nelma

Miss Kathy

Mr. Angel

Miss Toni (That would be me)

Our beautiful still life. Thank you Miss Della. Sorry, I forgot to take your picture.

Friday friends forever!!!!!

Theme Song Thursday

9 Aug

The last few weeks, I’ve discovered how many truly wonderful friends I have. I also have a wonderful family, (well, most of them.) and then, I’ve made some fun friends while blogging on Today, a fellow blogger commented on one of my posts, and she always has a funny comment. I replied that I was going to write about, “The nicest people I’ve never met.” So, this one’s for youse guys!

“You’ve Got a Friend”- James Taylor

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.


Wednesday:Words of Wisdom

8 Aug

I’ve spent the last two days cleaning house. My friend, Adelina, came and helped me for five hours both days. Se did the heavy scrubbing, floors, and bending. I’m still on the mend, and I get winded and dizzy if I do too much. Thank goodness for younger friends with stamina.


Unfortunately, I watch hoarders and I say, “Wow, that’s not so bad. I’ve got more junk than that.”


I’ve washed the back door glass twice. Two dogs + glass door = doggie nose art.

And a little something humorous, just because.

Taking out the Trash Tuesday

7 Aug

In order to make the most out of your life, you must first take control of your life and not let people’s opinions or your past negative experiences shape the direction your life is headed in. Once you do that, just set your mind on your goal, reach for the stars and you will accomplish your dreams!
22 up, 9 down

Tomer Kornfeld quotes | added by: tomer.kornfeld

There isn’t too much more disheartening than going through all your things, keepsakes, and memories and having to decide what to keep and what you have to throw out. Just the beginning of a long, long process. It’s gonna get better. It’s gonna get worse.


Monday Montage

5 Aug

Monday: A picture is worth 9.0 words. A week in review.


Sunday Special: Walgreens Free Photo Collage and Other Sharing

4 Aug

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.
Dorothea Lange

I was never much of a photographer, but since the easy breezy iPhone camera, my phone is with me all the time, clicking away non-stop. I tend to take more pictures than I make phone calls. Plus, the quality is pretty darn good. The convenience of downloading, editing, and all that other techno-jargon is easy, and I can just send my pics right to Walgreens while I’m sitting on the sofa.

Snap, snap, snap. I take pictures of everything and everyone. I use the photos for my artwork, my blog, and my writing. I love to take photos of my paintings and have prints made. I wait until Walgreens has a special for ten cents each, then I glue them on notecards and voilà, a lovely personalized card for about fifty cents. We’re can you get a card for fifty cents? (O.K. If you get a card from me, I’m not cheap… I’m creative.)

If you haven’t signed up for the Walgreens deals, it’s well worth it. I’ve gotten a lot of free 8x10s, collages, and special deals. There’s a good one today! I better get on that now. Give it a try.




Saturday Sweet Spot

4 Aug

Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate. ~Sandra Boynton ( Think about it!)

Saturday morning writing group is one of the things I really look forward to every week. Our group is small, but we are close friends. Over the years, we have learned, and shared, laughed and cried. Friends!

We started meeting at Saxby’s Coffee Shop in McKinney, then they changed hands. We floundered around a while looking for a comfy meeting place. We started meeting at Coffee2 on the Square. Just a few months ago, Sweet Spot Bakery opened up inside the coffee shop, sharing the space. Yummy cupcakes, ice cream, brownies, cakes, and freshly baked breads aromatically and visually tempting locals and visitors.

Kathy White, owner of the sweet shop, told us that in a few weeks, she was taking over the entire store and expanding the bakery. Yeah! We can use a fun bakery in downtown McKinney. Kathy is a sweet gal herself. Sometimes she’ll sit and chat with us, sharing ideas and stories, while we complain about our lack of self-control.

We wish Miss Kathy the best of luck. If you’re in McKinney, stop in at 120 W. Louisiana and support a new and exciting small business. Say Toni sent you.

Kathy has a lot of exciting plans for Sweet Spot.


Friday Friends

3 Aug

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis

I went to join my senior art friends at Towne Creek today. We had hot dogs, bean/corn salsa and chips, and pleasant conversation. Then we painted. Everyone does their own thing, working on different projects. Miss Nelma and I worked in tandem on an acrylic painting. We painted a blue sky with silver streaks with a watercolor wash technique. I painted some leaves while she watched. I handed her the brush, then she painted. Step by step, she followed my lead.

There is always a great feeling of satisfaction when our student’s work is even better than the teacher’s. Great job, Miss Nelma. Your’s looks so much better than mine.

Miss Nelma’s

My painting.

Did I mention it was hot out today? That was when I got in my car, it cooled off to a chilly 104 after a few minutes.