Archive | February, 2014

Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes

19 Feb

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
And what an agreeable afternoon we had. You never know who is going to walk in the door during Tuesday Tea Time, Treats and Tunes at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Kay brought her ukelele again this week, and the gorgeous weather found us sitting outside a while, serenading passers-by and local motorists.

Our weekly tea time venue is really taking off. Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth are providing a fun place on the square for folks to enjoy an afternoon singing and sipping tea or coffee, enjoying a sampler of yummy desserts, and spending time with friends.

It’s difficult to refrain from tapping your toe and singing along. Miss Kathy not only has a beautiful voice, but she taught us a few line dancing moves later.
Everyone tried their hand at an easy-breezy Zentangle art project. I provided the supplies and a few words of encouragement, and the ladies went to town creating the most fabulous Toni-tangles. Yes, I gave it my own name. Zentangle is just a fancy form of doodling. It’s all the rage. Great job gals!

A few of the ladies that joined us. Hi!!!

Jacquie and and Margie created these masterpieces in less than an hour…first timers…pretty cool!


Mandy was amazing, another first, but probably not the last.

Miss Kay didn’t think hers was that great, but look at this people, it is fantastic. She said she’s not an artist. Ha! Yes she is.

A good time was had by all. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring to the “ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

18 Feb

It’s another day. It’s another beautiful day! Life is a matter of perspective. No matter what the weather, no matter what the situation we are in, if we have the right perspective in life, life will always be beautiful!
-Joel Randymar
We’ve finally had some nice warm sunny days here in North Texas. Many things can brighten your spirit, but a sunshiny day is one of the best. The last few days have been warm and everyone has been out enjoying the nice weather. I sure hope that Spring is on the way. Sorry to all my friends and family back home in Chicago who just got a bunch of new snow today. I had a good week, hope you did too!

Here’s my week in a peek!




Sunday: Science and a Spectacular Day

17 Feb

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. The most rewarding thing in life is the patience to wait for the right moment.
-Anil Sinha
FINALLY!!! Today was a gorgeous day. It started a little “iffy.” When I went to 9 o’clock Mass, it was cloudy and almost looked like rain. Walking back to my car later, the lady behind me told her husband,”They said it was going to be partly cloudy today.” I turned around and said, “Where’s the other part?” But, a couple of hours later, the sun emerged in all its glory.

My friends Lynne and Charlie invited me to go with them to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. We spent hours wandering around the four levels, hands-on displays, and even got to experience being “all shook up” on the earthquake simulator.

The museum is a unique building with amazing architectural elements. In other words, “it’s pretty cool.”

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” Who? That’s what he said. Get it? Who, who!

There were dinosaurs of all kinds, and “lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.” Well, not real ones. There were many interesting displays for children and adults alike.

Look at this amazing view from the window.

Because it was the first truly lovely warm day in a very long time, people were out in droves, or throngs, or whatever people come out in when they have been cooped up for weeks. We walked over to Klyde Warren Park.
Warren Park is an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets. The street was lined with food truck vendors, people walking dogs or babies in strollers, children splashing in scattered water features, chess players, and those afore mentioned throngs of people enjoying a wonderful day.

We sat in the park, soaked in the sun, and ate yummy sandwiches from the food trucks. The hours just flew by. Then to top it all off, we stopped at Culver’s on the way home and had double scooped ice cream sundaes. Yikes! When I got home, I ran in the door and put on my gym shoes to catch the last few minutes of daylight to walk off a little of the day’s delightful treats.

Yes, it was a spectacular day!


Sentimental Saturday: Counting My Blessings

16 Feb

Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
If I had to count my blessings! well, I don’t think I could count that high. Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling very sorry for myself, but then I start my amazing day. I start out by calling to my wonderful mother every morning. She brightens every day.

Today, I went to a Saturday morning Zumba class. I never go on Saturday because I usually have my writing group, but we met yesterday this week. The music, the dancing, the friendship, these all make for the most invigorating morning. I get pumped up and wired for the entire day.

Later, I had a lovely leisurely lunch with my dear friend Della. We met at Olive Garden, and she treated me to a belated birthday lunch. I’m still celebrating a month later. I have the most amazing friends.

My friends Lynne and Charlie drove over to my house on their motorcycles around 5, and they stayed to visit a while. They invited me over to their house to hang out a while, so I did. They both walked me out to my car and said to feel free to call any time, day or night, if I ever needed anything. What made that so special is, I know that they genuinely meant it. As we admired the full vibrant moon glowing and peaking through the hazy clouds, I began to count my blessings.

I have so many amazing friends who brighten my day, every day. I have my mother, sister and sons who give me strength and unconditional love. I have more friends and blessings than there are stars in the sky. I “embrace my blessings,” and today was another day “worth remembering.”



I am truly grateful for my many blessings.

Friday With Friends and Happy Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

2 reasons on why Valentine’s Day sucks: 1. it makes single people feel like crap & 2. it’s kinda scary to know that a fat baby is running around with a weapon.

I wish that Valentine’s Day came with a fast-forward button… ~Unknown

“I’m Single”~It means I know what I deserve and not settling for anything less. I’m independent and I am able of taking care of myself and don’t need a man to do so. ~Unknown

Happy phony, romanticized, overly commercial, sucks to be single, pretend that its love, day! ~Anon

Valentine’s Day is for couples. Us SINGLES have the other 364 days of the year to enjoy ourselves! ~Unknown

REMINDER: Valentine’s Day is a gentle reminder that Christmas decorations must come down!

Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, I’m celebrating Discount Chocolate Day tomorrow.
Some interesting quotes for an interesting day. I’m not even going to go there. Today, I had the pleasure of spending the day with some amazing friends. Mandy and Julia brightened my morning during our writing group meeting at Sweet Spot bakery. Julia brought me a lovely tea cup and saucer that I will treasure all my life. The sentiment and tradition behind the gift brings tears to my eyes. I am so blessed with the greatest friends.


Friday afternoon is always spent with my Young At Heart senior artists at Towne Creek. We ate turkey sandwiches with barbecue potato chips, followed by tea and cheesecake for dessert. Then, we actually worked on some artwork. But, there’s always time to be silly.




These are a few of …”My Funny Valentine’s.”

Theme Song Thursday

14 Feb

“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
I had another fun-filled busy day, but the highlight of it all was the beautiful evening moon that followed me on my evening walk. It was the first truly gorgeous sunny day we’ve had in a long time. I literally ran in the house, put on my gym shoes and ran out the door. I wanted to get in a walk before dark. The pale white orb against the soft blue sky slowly transformed as the sun began to sink, and the dark sky revealed an amazing glowing moon.

The beginning of my walk.

The end of my walk. Amazing, right?

Gotta love Frank!!!

Wednedsay Words of Wisdom: Communty

13 Feb

“Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don’t talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
I’m not sure where I fall in the category in afore mentioned quote. I like to do a lot and I like to talk about it. I guess I just like to talk and write, oh yes, and meet people, make friends, and get involved in my communty.

Yesterday was an example of a whirlwind busy day. I started off with a fun-filled Zumba class at my local YMCA. I’ve made some wonderful friends here.The upbeat Latin music and vigorous dance moves had me pumped for the whole day.

I ran home, well, actually drove, popped a batch of brownies in the oven for the potluck at 5:30 while I took a shower.

Of course, I usually make a funny face before mixing up the brownie batter. Doesn’t everyone?

Then, I went off to Sweet Spot Bakery for the special Tuesday Tea Time at 12. We had a hoot singing songs, sipping tea, tasting yummy treats and creating a fun valentine card.

Instead of driving back home, I just hung out at Sweet Spot on the Square until 5:30pm. It was the monthly meeting of McKinney Creative Community that meets the second Tuesday of every month. (Check it out on Facebook if you’re interested.) I thought for sure that it would get cancelled or have a poor turn out, but the threatening storm and freezing drizzle didn’t deter anyone.

McKinney Creative Community is an open group of artists, writers, musicians, dancers, etc. who gather to share good food, good company, and community support. After our pot luck dinner, we gather, introduce ourselves for any new members, and share what’s new and good in our life. This is a true example of community. These are the people “who make the community live.”

Wasn’t that a fun busy day in McKinney?

Tuesday Tips, Tea, Tunes and Time With Friends

11 Feb

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
Another sing-a-long and tea time at Sweet Spot bakery on the Square. Miss Kay brought her ukulele, too. Fun afternoon with friends. If your heart doesn’t sing and your soul dance, then what’s the point?




Time with friends…priceless!

Montage Monday: A Busy Week

11 Feb

“Too often, we miss out on opportunities in this life because we were too busy waiting for them to fall into our lap that we missed them tapping on our shoulder.”
― Daniel Willey
I had a busy week, but it was a very fun week. “I was busier than a rabbit in a cabbage patch.” OK, I googled that quote to see if it was already famous or taken, because the last time I thought I had made up, “I’m busier than a horsefly at a rodeo,” someone else had already taken credit for that. So far, I think this is an original, but don’t “quote” me on that. Get it? Quote me! Ha ha!

So, here’s a brief wrap-up of my time warp week.

The weeks just fly by too fast. It does feel like a time warp.

I guess I’m lucky that I’m not wise or a man, but I sure am busy.

Some Sound Advice, Some Funny Sayings, and Singing With the Beatles

10 Feb

“May I share with you a formula that in my judgment will help you and help me to journey well through mortality… First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill your heart with love.”
― Thomas S. Monson
Excellent advice and a life to strive for. As in most things, easier said than done, but worthy of every effort. I do believe that truth is very important, not only the words you tell others, but the words you tell yourself. I need to work on that. Sometimes that is the hardiest truth. Service is equally as important. Service and helping people is another gift that nourishes your soul. Then, filling your heart with love, family and friendship completes the formula.

Being thankful is the key.

This is funny, but true. If you survived a catholic education! you can survive anything. Amen. Now sit down and fold your hands.

OK, this one was just cerebral and amusing,
Now, for the Beatles? CBS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. I’m singing along…as I tend to do. I remember it like it was “YESTERDAY.” Get it? “Yesterday, life was such an easy game to play.”