Archive | November, 2013

Tuesday: Tip of the Day

20 Nov

I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. ~Abraham Lincoln
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Tip for the day: Try and learn something new every day. But also, with all this wonderful technology at our finger tips, (literally…I’m typing away with my finger tips.) we should also share what we’ve learned.

Yesterday, a young lady photographer was at my house to take some photos for the realtor. When we tried to get the plantation shutters to all open exactly parallel, a couple of the shutters wouldn’t stay. I thought there was nothing you could do to correct that. Wrong! She said, just get a Phillips screwdriver and then showed me on the side where it could be tightened. Who knew? I didn’t. The realtor didn’t. Did you? Stow that away in your brain for a rainy day, or when you have a wobbly shutter.

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Here’s another good tip. When you need to take a picture of your right hand holding a screwdriver while your left hand is holding your iPad and you’re plum out of hands, all you do is line up the shot and press the little camera icon with your nose. Yes, your nose.! I do it all the time. They don’t call me nosey for nothin’.

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OK! Did you learn something new today? If not, maybe share something new or exciting with me because I want to be wiser today than yesterday.

Montage Monday

19 Nov

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Writing every day is very healing, rewarding and…well, just downright fun. I started blogging January 1st and it’s mid November and I still haven’t had a problem coming up with something to write about. Then, there are always photos of interesting places and people to share. Every day is an adventure, and I’ve been blessed. It’s great to share stories with old friends and new friends. Life is good! A week in a peek.

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Sunday: Signs and Sinners

18 Nov

Problems are not stop signs, they are guide lines.
Robert H. Schuller
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Every Sunday morning I call mom before she goes to church, and I always say, “Pray for us sinners.” Now that I’m going to church on Sunday mornings too, I do a little of my own praying for us sinners. So, I think we’re covered.

I’m a firm believer of signs, and who knows where the signs come from, but if we believe, well, then we make them happen. After 9 o’clock Mass this morning, I walked around the vestibule and observed the families milling around. There was a nice energy, an electricity of a sort. It felt like a sign, something special. I stepped back inside to take a photo of the crucifix that had mesmerized me during the service.

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I decided to treat myself to a late breakfast at my favorite place on the Square. I checked my messages before getting into the car and found that my friend, Linda had called to invite me to join her for lunch. Even better. She met me at Snug and we had a leisurely lunch and chat. Later, I found…not a lucky penny…but a lucky dime. Another sign, and ten times better than a penny. When I find my lucky coins, I take it as a sign that everything will be ok.

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My lucky dime.

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Now, this is an actual sign. The sign reads SNUG, but it really means a very fun, happy place. When I got home, the sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day, about 86 degrees, and I was moved to change, put on my tennis shoes and go for a long walk. A great Sunday.

So, life is full of signs, we just need to see them. AND, life is full of sinners, so we have to pray for them…some more than others.

Saturday Soliloquy

17 Nov

I am kind, wonderful, generous, creative, friendly, loving, frugal, hard-working, talented, happy, supportive and last but not least…modest. Did I miss anything? Not modest, but definitely all the rest. When I looked up the word “soliloquy,” it said: so·lil·o·quy\sə-ˈli-lə-kwē\
noun
1 : the act of talking to oneself
2 : a dramatic monologue that represents a series of unspoken reflections
Other forms: plural so·lil·o·quies
Origin: Late Latin soliloquium, from Latin solus alone + loqui to speak.
First use: circa 1613

Today, I am talking to myself, telling myself that I have all the afore mentioned qualities. If I say it often enough, perhaps I will start believing it. Sometimes we are the last to “toot our own horns.” Why is that? I’m going to get the trumpets tooting and share an on-line story that was written about me by Rita Rita Cook, an award winning journalist who writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily News, Waxahachie Daily Light, Dreamscapes Travel Magazine, Porthole, Core Media, Fort Worth Star Telegram and many other publications in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. With five books published, her latest release is “A Brief History of Fort Worth” published by History Press.

TA-TA-TA-TA-DA…..
http://greensourcedfw.org/articles/new-paint-artist-antoinette-andrukaitis-repurposes-second-hand-finds

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To be or not to be? There is no question…I be…well, you name it. I just BE!

I was honored to be featured in this story and thrilled to share my talents and blessings with others. Life is good!

Friday: Friends, Fun and a Feast

16 Nov

Don’t get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.
Dean Inge
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I had a pretty fun day today. Stein Mart was having an early bird special sale, so I got my bird up early and went shopping. Normally, I shop for an hour or two and come home empty handed. Not today. Everything fit perfectly, was unbelievably cheap, and my only problem was trying to haul it all back to my car. I got home in time to grab a bite to eat and pack up some supplies and food to take to my Towne Creek senior art group.

You know that old saying, “It’s either feast or famine?” Well, today we feasted. I brought taco chips and cheese dip, Karen brought homemade beef stew! Kris brought a platter of chips, cheese curls, and pretzel mix, and Della brought roasted chicken and strawberry cheesecake. Oh man! It was like Thanksgiving on steroids.

Kris brought her jewelry supplies to make angel book marks with our paper beads, and and Della brought things to make homemade gift bags. Everyone was working on fun projects and then we feasted. It was a wonderful day with friends.

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Kris assists miss Nelma with her project.

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Mr. Angel was working on a painting, but came over to join “bag ladies.”

Then, the magnificent feast!

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Don’t we have fun every Friday? I guess it’s either feast or feast. We never do the famine thing. Life is good when you pay for your share of the feast.

Theme Song Thursday

15 Nov

You gotta love Texas! The stars at night…are big and bright…everybody sing along…
Another great day with friends. It started out by attending the monthly Art Club of McKinney meeting in the morning. Did you know that we are the oldest art club in the state of Texas? We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary next November. Cool! Then off to lunch with girlfriends to celebrate miss Sherry’s birthday, then back home to work on my ornaments and painting. A fun, busy, creative day.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?autoplay=1&v=VGF4ibgcHQE&desktop_uri=%252Fwatch%253Fv%253DVGF4ibgcHQE%2526autoplay%253D1

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Ranger was on duty today. He has an official badge.

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Art Club of McKinney guest speakers-quilter/artists, Debra Linker and Alice Wilhoit

Then lunch at Snug on the Square. Happy birthday Sherry. She liked my gift of hand-painted Yellow Rose of Texas wine glasses.

It was a fun-filled big as Texas kinda day. Oh, forgot to say, “y’all.”

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom

14 Nov

To all the other dreamers out there, don’t ever stop or let the world’s negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible.
Adam Green
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Today was going to be a painting day, but my friend Michele Bernard called me in the morning and invited me to join her for breakfast at Spoon’s. Afterwards, she was going to visit McKinney’s Fire Station 1, where they have a fire station museum. She wanted to do some research for the book she’s writing. Well, you don’t have to ask me twice…stay home and work or go out and play? I dropped everything, changed, and hopped in my car.

After a leisurely breakfast and chat, we went to the station. Wow! Such a wealth of information about McKinney and very kind and knowledgeable firefighters.(Not to mention, very handsome.) Michele was born and raised in McKinney and pretty much knows everything and everyone, but even she was impressed by the archives, photos, and memorabilia.

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With a Sherlock Holmes type magnifying glass, Michele studies the archives.

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The volunteer firefighters in 1944.

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The sophisticated state of the art fire trucks of the day.

Words of wisdom…surround yourself with friends, fun and handsome firemen. Thanks, Michele, for sharing your day and friendship with me. I surround myself with angels, better known as girlfriends.

Tuesday Tips for Today

13 Nov

A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.
Bill Cosby
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That Mr. Cosby is not only funny, but very wise. Why waste your advice on the wise, they already know what’s going on.

And you know the old saying about when life gives you lemons….

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My advice or tip for you today, is when life gives you lemons… Make BROWNIES…make a funny face with the mix, eggs and oil…take a picture of it…and share the photo and the baked brownies with friends. I know, I know, you didn’t get any brownies unless you went to the McKinney Creative
Community pot luck tonight, but I hope you enjoy the picture. And, remember to play with your food and make faces with your cake and brownie mixes.

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Montage Monday

12 Nov

But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost
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A busy week of trials, tribulations and jubilations. In other words…the good, the bad and the ugly. Fortunately, there is ALWAYS more good than bad or ugly. I am excited that I just finished painting 20 candle ornaments and they just need glitter, hooks and then paint their matching boxes. I made promises. So, miles to go before I sleep. Life is good!

A week in a peek.

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Sunday Salutations

11 Nov

We all know that a church is not a building.
Robert H. Schuller
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I started out my day with a conversation with the two entities who have been looking out for me since the day I was born. The first, was my dear mother, of course, the second was with God. Yes, I went to church again this morning. I wanted to show my appreciation and respect, ask for strength to carry on, and have a few moments to pray. I know a church is not a building. I find it is a place that gives inspiration and comfort.

After church, I was able to spend another fun-filled afternoon with friends. We visited the art studios on the MAST tour that we missed yesterday and had a great lunch at Louisiana Street Grill near downtown McKinney. What would I do without my wonderful friends, my passion for art and my writing? I am so blessed.

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Annie Royer’s studio.

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Renee Wrenwood and Gail McLaughlin.

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Cool photo op by the Flour Mill.

A good day!