Archive | September, 2013

Theme Song Thursday: Friendly Persuasion

20 Sep

One of my favorite movies of all time is the old classic, “Friendly Persuasion.” Pat Boone sang the theme song and it is a delightful love song. Today, I was reminded of the love that friends can share, thus I thought of this wonderful film. If you haven’t seen it, run… do not walk, and rent it. You’ll love it too. Friendly Persuasion is a 1956 Civil War film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton and Phyllis Love. Wikipedia


Yesterday, I posted that I was going to document what I am grateful for each day. It really does help you start your day in a positive way.

Today I am Grateful For:
9/19/13- a beautiful morning, my health, the friends I will see and share time with today, I talked to my wonderful mom this morning and she is well, I have two great sons who adore me, and I adore them.

I’d love to hear what you are grateful for today.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Gratitude

19 Sep


Even when things get tough, if we wake up each day with a grateful heart, it can make a bad day a little better. God has given me all these gifts, especially wonderful friends and a loving family. I am blessed.

You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to wake up in the morning and write down three or more things that I am grateful for. Yep! That’s what I’m going to do!


Tuesday True Story: Two Feathers and a Penny

18 Sep

I don’t know about Heaven or Hell, but I do know that we are visited all the time by the spirits of those who affected us in life.
Mitch Albom
You either believe or you don’t. I believe! Most of my close friends and family members know my stories about finding lucky pennies. Whenever I am in distress, sad, uncertain or confused, I find a lucky penny on the ground or in the street, usually right at my feet. I heard a psychic on television, about fifteen years ago, talking about how spirits who have passed on, often leave us little signs that they are watching and helping us. She said sometimes they put pennies or shiny items in our path. It could also be a butterfly or a feather, but always a symbol that means something to us.

“If you build it, he will come.” I think if you believe, it will happen. After my father passed away in ’99, I started finding a lucky penny when I really needed a sign that things were going to be OK. Always, always, when I say, “I could really use a penny today,” I find one. Then, I pick it up, look up to the heavens and say to myself, “Thank you, Poppy.” It’s his way of telling me that it’s all going to be fine.

Today, I was feeling pretty low. I had gone to Zumba class and had to sit down a while after getting winded and dizzy. Then, Karen and Mercedes joined me at McDonald’s after class for a drink. We talked and laughed, but I still felt stressed, depressed, and sad. On the way to my car, I thought…yes, you guessed it, ” I could really use a penny right now!” Low and behold, right next to my car, by the driver’s side door, was a shiny penny. I picked it up and screamed out loud, in a big grateful voice, “Thank you, Poppy.”

But, that wasn’t the end of my signs. I have a couple friends who have been finding lucky feathers. Now, I’m finding them, too. Today, I found two lucky feathers in different locations. It was a two feather and lucky penny day. I’m going to be OK. “Thanks, Poppy!”


Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

17 Sep

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.
H. L. Mencken
From honoring September 11th to sharing time with friends… another great week.

Another week in a peek.


Sunday: No Imagination

16 Sep

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
– Catherine The Great quotes
A great wind must have been blowing today, unfortunately, I was not blessed with imagination, but rather, a doozy of a migraine headache that just won’t quit. My continued commitment to write every day, rain or shine, migraine or mayhem, is a source of comfort. It gives me a reason to think about my day and to think of something to write, be it funny, creative or retrospective. It gives me a reason to be thankful for each day. I am truly blessed. Now, if this blessed migraine would go away, I’d be a lot more thankful.


Second Saturday on the Square: McKinney Rocks..and Rolls

15 Sep

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.
Lao Tzu

Downtown McKinney is always hopping on Second Saturdays, but today, a soft evening breeze welcomed visitors to all the art galleries, shops and restaurants. I started out at Sweet Spot Bakery, said hi to some friends, and off to Orison’s Gallery where my friend, Jeni Tomlinson was one of the featured artists, along with Bob Bruu and Annie Royer.


You know what I love about McKinney? Well…EVERYTHING! I ran into my friends Sherry and Margie and their great husbands. They were having dinner at Spoon’s, but planned to meet me later at Sweet Spot for a little karaoke with the John Wynn jamming session. Walking along the busy streets, I stopped in the new shop, Art on the Veranda, delightful gift shop with beautiful handcrafted jewelry and artwork by local artists. Judy and Dana are the talented and friendly owners.

My final stop was the toe tapping acoustic jam session at Sweet Spot. Kathy and Elizabeth shared their sweets and sweet voices with customers and visitors. John Wynn and his jamming friends played impromptu and requested songs while folks sang along. A great evening. A good time was had by all…especially yours truly.


Friday Fulminations

14 Sep

“I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
-Bill Cosby
Ah, another Friday of fulminations. Even a heavy heart can be lightened with a little humor.

Have a great weekend, and I hope you find some time to laugh a little.

Theme Song Thursday: Mothers

12 Sep

One of my favorite sayings is, “The NUT doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I tell Mom this all the time. She tries to correct me and says it’s suppose to be the apple, and I simply say, “No, you’re a nut and so am I.” My sweet mother has been a blessing and inspiration, not only to her children, but to everyone who has crossed her path. I hope to continue to follow in her footsteps and be a “nut” just like her.

When my sister told me that two of Mom’s paintings were going to be on display at the Latina Art League of Chicago in Elgin, I was so very proud to be her daughter. At eighty-six, she is still active and finally receiving the recognition and accolades that she has long deserved. My sister, JoAnn, has been her sincerest advocate and promoter, and is also proud to be one of those “nuts.” The beautiful strong tree named Trinidad Armenta, has planted her seeds and spread her roots, and we all are blessed for knowing her. She is our Guardian Angel.



Wednesday Words of Wisdom: On 9/11

12 Sep

If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out? ~John Godfrey Saxe
But sound aloud the praises, and give the victor-crown
To our noble-hearted Firemen, who fear not danger’s frown.
~Frederic G.W. Fenn, “Ode to our Firemen,” 1878

My brownie baking reputation is well known throughout the land, as are the weird and amusing faces that I make and photograph with the mix and eggs. Yes, I dress up my brownies before baking! Who doesn’t? I have many traditions, but one of the most important is baking for my local fire station on holidays, 9/11, or just because I’m in a baking mood. They genuinely appreciate the thoughtfulness. Today is a special day. A day to say thank you to those who serve and protect.

Fire Station #5 is our local station just down the road. Here is Braxton Hines, who has been at the 5 for about a year.

Quite a few of the former firemen and EMTs from the 5 were transferred over to Station 2 last year, so of course, I had to take some brownies over there too. It’s just as easy to bake for 2 as for 5, Stations that is. THANK YOU GUYS!!!!

Firefighter Rodney Smith said that a lot of people stopped by to say thank you and show their appreciation today. Never forget!


Tenacious Tuesday

11 Sep

Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
Thomas Huxley
the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip.
“the sheer tenacity of the limpet”
synonyms: persistence, determination, perseverance, doggedness, strength of purpose, tirelessness, indefatigability, resolution, resoluteness, resolve, firmness, patience, purposefulness, staunchness, steadfastness, staying power, endurance, stamina, stubbornness, intransigence, obstinacy, obduracy, pertinacity More
the quality or fact of being very determined; determination.

It was a busy tenacious Tuesday. Zumba in the morning, was followed by participating in a couple ribbon cutting ceremonies on the Square. My friends Cathy and Elizabeth invited me to their ribbon cutting at Sweet Spot. The Chamber of Commerce is very active and supportive in McKinney. There were several other ribbon cuttings going on, so I popped across the street to Art on the Veranda, an art gallery/gift shop that recently opened on Louisiana. The Square is really hopping with new businesses. Cool!

Sweet Spot Bakery

Art on the Veranda

I stopped at the car wash on the way home. I usually rely on the rain to rinse my car, but very little of that happening lately. Later in the afternoon, the pup, Buck, walked past me, swiping at his nose with his paw. When I glanced over, his snout was all swollen and his eyes red and puffy. Within minutes, I could see huge bumps and welts forming on his head, then traveling all along his body right before my eyes. Did he swallow a scorpion, or was he bitten by a snake? Who knows? I called the vet and took him right over. It was a severe allergic reaction, but we’ll never know from what source. Poor little guy.(Well, 79lb little guy) A couple shots and some Benadryl helped a little. It may be a while before a complete recovery.

Buck was a swollen bumpy mess from head to toe.

While the dog rested, I made some pasta salad to take to the McKinney Creative Community meeting at 6. There was a nice turn out of folks…artists, and creative souls, sharing food and friendship, stories and good news. A great way to end a busy day. McKinney is a great, supportive place to live. My spaceship landed in a great little town!