Archive | February, 2014

Sitcom Saturday:Four Funny Females

9 Feb

“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.”
― George Meredith, Diana of the Crossways
My friends Lynne, Gail and I spent the evening laughing at the hysterical comedy of FOUR FUNNY FEMALES at the McKinney Performing Art Center. Our good friend, Laura Bartlett, is the producer and one of the adorable funny ladies that entertained a sold out house tonight. Jodi Hadsell, Sherry Belle and Linda Stogner also shared hilarious stories and jokes that the entire audience could relate to.

I have to admit that I was in stitches and could totally relate to the jokes about Catholic confusion and strenuous workout that is better known as Mass. Each funny lady took every day life events and spun them into side-splitting stand-up routines. It’s funny how real life can be really funny. The laughter never stopped until the final bow.

We were honored to be invited backstage after the show to visit with these “Four Funny Females.”

Laura Bartlett is not only hilarious! she is also so cute, isn’t she?

These witty women are true Texas treasures.

Friday: Friends and Fury

8 Feb

“And there is nothing more dangerous in this world, in any world, than someone calm, clear and angry.”
― Audrey Hart, The Dig
Friday is often a difficult day for me. I get distracted for a couple of hours in the morning by making a big pot of soup, sandwiches, or some yummy dessert for my senior art group, but then my mind screeches back to reality.

Today was a cold dreary make some soup kinda day. I bought a big ol’ birthday cake to celebrate Miss Kathy’s birthday, and I hauled all that and a big basket of art supplies and headed over to Towne Creek. I put on my phony happy face, warmed up the food, worked on art projects and made small talk. Inside I was bursting. The sad part is they know me too well and they know I’m hurting. They are my friends and my extended family. Thank goodness for friends, and people who talk you down from the ledge. (You know who you are.)

When the going gets tough, the tough make soup.

We ate soup with warm rolls, then Miss Kathy made a wish after we sang happy birthday.

I’m not sure if I am angry or hurt or mad or just disgusted with my life in limbo. But, whatever it is, I’ll be happy when I figure it out. Right now, I feel calm, clear and angry. Hopefully one day soon, I’ll be able to bake muffins and shit again.

OK, I got that off my chest. Thanks!

Theme Song Thursday: “Help” One Another

7 Feb

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth

McKinney and nearby communities braved the ice, snow and frigid temperatures to support St. Peter’s Empty Bowls project, feeding the hungry one bowl at a time. Visitors were able to chose from one of hundreds of handcrafted donated bowls created by local craftsman, students and professional artisans.

Delicious soups, breads, desserts and beverages were served, while friends and neighbors enjoyed an evening of entertainment, laughter and community. A separate silent auction of professional artisan bowls raised over $3,200.

The amazing part of this fundraiser is that all the profits help support our community. Volunteers donated their time, local restaurants provided the food, artists donated the bowls. A community coming together to “HELP” one another.

Two videos: live from St. Peter’s Episcoplal Church in McKinney


Me and Miss Sherry admiring our lovely bowls.

E Flat Porch Band entertaining the crowd.

A community coming together to support the less fortunate.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Transformation

6 Feb

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”
― Rumi
These are very inspirational words. But, sometimes sorrow violently sweeps through your house leaving dust, dirt and emotional clutter in its wake. Often the yellow leaves remain withering on the branch, remaining there dry and shriveled grey until Spring. When the rotten roots are pulled up and exposed, only the proper amount of time for healing will allow new stronger growth. Such is life.

Transformation is a lengthy process. I’m hoping to sweep away the dirt, reveal brilliant green leaves, and regrow stalwart roots. If sorrow prepares you for joy, I’m ready. Bring it!


Fighting the evil forces of the Decepticons…


Tuesday: Terrific Tea Time and Tunes

5 Feb

Maybe life is a song but you’re scared to sing along until the very ending.
-Amanda quotes | added by: jasinski.amanda
No one was afraid to sing along today at the very first Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery. It was such fun! A variety of toe-tapping country music, basic Broadway show tunes, and some fun standard classic songs were belted out this afternoon. I’ll be the first to admit that, “I sing out loud, proud and off key.” But, I sure do enjoy sharing good times with friends or even strangers. Watch this…really…it’s funny!

The array of tasty little treats, teas, and coffees was beautifully presented by Kathy and Elizabeth.

Quite a few friends popped in to spend the afternoon laughing, singing and enjoying the entertainment. Wait a minute…they were the entertainment.

We worked on several crafty valentine cards. They were quick, easy, and just too darn cute for words.



A big thank you to everyone who came out on a dreary rainy Tuesday. I had a great time and hope you did too. Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes will be a regular event, so if you missed this week’s inaugural venue, come on down to the Square next week, or the next. Here’s another tempting photo to entice your taste buds.


Montage Monday: More Celebrations

4 Feb

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude”. ~ Denis Waitley
Another week has flown by as fast as a Texas tornado.


There is so much to celebrate if we just open our eyes.

Sunday Super Bowls and Sciuridae

3 Feb

The trouble with weather forecasting is that it’s right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it.
-Patrick Young
Ah, you already know what Super BOWLS are, or do you? But, I bet you don’t know what a Sciuridae is. Am I right? I didn’t either. Here ya go….
The groundhog, also known as a woodchuck, whistle-pig, or in some areas land-beaver, is a rodent of the family “Sciuridae,” belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Marmota monax
Higher classification: Marmot
Rank: Species


This year, the Super Bowl and Ground Hog Day land on the same day. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, thus signifying that the Broncos would not see the football much and would experience six more weeks of winter. Did I mix that up? Well, you know what I mean.

My friend Linda and her husband went to Woodstock, Illinois for the reenactment of the movie version of “Groundhog Day.” She shared some photos. Woodstock Willie saw his shadow there too. I guess there is a big ol’ shadow all over the country. It’s been a gloomy grey winter all around.

That’s Willie… The furry fellow or Sciuridae, as we now know.

Hi Linda, thanks for the pics.(Linda is the one not in the furry costume.)

Now, for the other Super BOWL. Just a reminder that if you are in McKinney on Thursday, make sure to attend St. Peter’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. This BOWL is so much more important and significant than a group of overpaid athletes throwing a ball around for a few hours.



Saturday: Sharing and Caring

2 Feb

“The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world.”
– Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet
“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
I was very excited this morning when I opened the oven. No, I didn’t bake my famous brownies or chocolate cherry Bundt cake. I baked the nine glass bowls that my Young At Heart senior artists had painted on Friday. We had a lot of fun creating them, but the greatest joy came from the fact that these bowls were going to be donated to St. Peter’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Our little group is honored to be able to support this project that will help to feed the hungry. Last week, Krys Watson, led the group in decoupaging another batch of bowls. Our total is nineteen beautiful bowls to share.

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