Archive | April, 2014

Saturday: Some More of My Peeps

20 Apr

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
― Ruth Reichl
A beautiful day here in McKinney. I went to the 9:30 Zumba class, and went for a walk when I got home. Then…time to finish decorating the rest of the cupcakes that I didn’t have time to finish yesterday. If you recall, I couldn’t find anymore bunny Peeps, so I bought the yellow chicks. Here ya go…

Then, all my peeps and I delivered a few more cupcakes to neighbors, friends and of course, the firemen.

Firefighter Eddington at Station #5. (My local station. They were on a call yesterday when I stopped by)
Then, off to Station #8. Captain Chandler came to the door with a big smile.

He was joined by a hungry companion.

I did tell the firefighters that I ran out of bunnies, but seeing as they were “chick magnets,” that they could appreciate the humor.
After my deliveries, I enjoyed the sunny afternoon having lunch and visiting with friends on the Square. A good day with all my “peeps.”

Friday Friends, Firemen and Funny Peeps

19 Apr

“You never forget a beautiful thing that you have made,’ [Chef Bugnard] said. ‘Even after you eat it, it stays with you – always.”
― Julia Child, My Life in France
I had all the ingredients set out last night so I could get up early and start my baking frenzy. As I opened the fridge to take out the eggs, oh no, only two eggs. So, off to the store I went. Foolish me, I thought I’d have time to make frosting, bake and decorate ten dozen cupcakes in the morning, take a long walk, and be out of the house by two. Ha! But, I did manage to post my progress hourly on my Facebook page. Here’s the progress.

Set out ingredients, then go to the store for the eggs I forgot.

Make a funny face with the cake mix and eggs.

Make two batches of cream cheese frosting. Vanilla and chocolate.

The chocolate cupcakes had a dollop of cherry pie filling, the yellow had a peach slice.

Frost and decorate a zillion cupcakes and mini cupcakes…then share with friends.

Justin and Karri…my good friends at Papa Murphy’s Pizza. Hi guys!

Firefighter Taylor over at Station #1. He looks pretty pleased.

The firemen at Station #2 invited me inside. On my way out, I found a lucky penny next to the fire truck. ( a very lucky sign. Someone up there saying, “Good job!”)

My senior friends at Towne creek loved the cute cupcakes, too. I took a few over to my friend Lynne’s house, and took a few over for the triplets next door. BUT… I ran out of peeps. Oh no. I had more cupcakes to decorate for tomorrow. I went to three stores tonight and everyone was out of the bunny peeps. So, I ended up having to buy some yellow chick peeps at Walgreens. I have a few more firehouses to get to tomorrow. (I was disappointed at first, but then I thought…huh, those cute firemen are “chick magnets,” so it will be quite appropriate.)
So, here’s to all my “PEEPS” out there.

Theme Song Thursday

18 Apr

“When people cheat in any arena, they diminish themselves-they threaten their own self-esteem and their relationships with others by undermining the trust they have in their ability to succeed and in their ability to be true.”
― Cheryl Hughes
Sunday evening, I posted some photos about the performance at McKinney’s MPAC featuring local singer/songwriters Crystal and Will Yates. Crystal won the Texaco Country Showcase Competition, accompanied on guitar by her proud husband, Will. They have a new song that will be released soon, and I captured the moving song on my teeny-tiny iPhone. Crystal explained that she wrote the song for a very dear friend who was going through a very painful divorce. She expressed it perfectly, so I saved it for my theme song Thursday. Feel free to read between the lines.


The best country songs, or any song for that matter, come from the heart. And when that heart has been crushed and broken, the song is all the more real. Crystal wrote and expressed that broken heart quite well. It was a wonderful performance.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

17 Apr

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ~Walt Whitman
The sun was shining this morning, and the crisp morning air made my early walk/run very invigorating . I was also excited about a “girlfriend road trip” to the town of Anna in the afternoon. Lynne invited us to Join her for a visit to Luscombe farm to see the iris fields, have lunch in their quaint restaurant, and have a tour of the charming rustic farm. It was a perfect day for fields of flowers, photos and friends.



Beautiful irises in bloom and in bud, but even more spectacular were all the rustic and rusty buildings, farm equipment and amazing scenery.
You know what the best part of the entire spectacular day was? Yep! Spending time with wonderful, artistic, and creative friends. We were snapping dozens of pictures of beautiful blooming flowers, but we all got so excited over moldy wooden boards, rusty tin roofs, and a dilapidated out house. Wild, wacky girlfriends are the best!!!



Tuesday Time With Friends

16 Apr

We should live every day like it is a holiday, being thankful and spending time with family, and looking hopefully to the future.
Family and friends…friends are family. When your only real family is far away, your friends become family. I am blessed with the best of both. Tuesday started with Zumba friends, then off to Tea Time at Sweet Spot friends. Miss Kay delighted us with a vast repertoire (thank goodness for spellcheck) of ukelele songs. She is amazing. Mandy enjoyed it too.

A couple of ladies wandered over and sang some Hawaiian songs with us.

The cool morning warmed up nicely, so when I got home in the evening, I went for a long walk with my new best friend. Guess who? ME! Slowly but surely, I am getting used to my own wonderful company. (Modesty, not one of my best attributes.) The long brisk walks allow a lot of time to think, plan, mentally create. Time is never wasted. Time to heal, reflect, renew, “looking forward to the future.”



Montage Monday: Music and Art

15 Apr

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
I LOVE THAT!!! “I am here to live out loud.” Everyone should live out loud.

I had another busy, eventful week. It was filled with art and wonderful artists, music and talented musicians, singing, dancing, tennis, food, fun and friends. Every day that ended with “Y” was filled to the brim and bursting. Yes, I am here to live out loud, y’all!

Here’s another week in a peek.



Sunday Sermon and Singer Song Writer Night

14 Apr

Of emotion, of love, of break up, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.
Johnny Cash
Today is Palm Sunday. Instead of sharing the sermon, I’ll share my own personal sermon. Patience is a virtue. Mass was very long, with the additional procession, passing out palms, reenactment, and singing. By the time mass was over, the parking lot was jammed with people trying to leave while the next group was looking for parking for the next Mass. So, instead of starting my car, trying to inch my way out into the long line, I just sat in my car for fifteen minutes, leaned back, checked my email on my phone, and practiced patience. That’s my sermon.

It was also a gloomy rainy morning. I went over to MPAC on the Square to help with the last day of the art show and clean up. My friend, Lynne, also helped all afternoon, and when we were done, the sun was out, we got a bite to eat, and Lynne invited me to join her at MPAC for the Crystal and Will Yates performance.

The Yates are extremely talented musicians living in McKinney. Crystal won the Texas title in the state round of the Texaco Country Showcase singer-songwriter competition, accompanied by her husband Will. This evening, there was a watch party at MPAC to support the couple’s success, listen to the story of their lives, and watch their performance at the Texaco Country Showcase. Crystal and Will also performed a future release for the audience.

You know what was the most amazing part of the performance? It wasn’t the music, the fabulous songs, or the support of the audience. It was how Will wiped tears from his eyes when he watched his wife win the award on the big screen, when they both cried on stage when Crystal won the completion, and when the people sitting in the tiny auditorium wiped tears from their eyes when they witnessed the genuine love the couple shared with each other and their fans. It was a moving event.


Country music can be very moving, but what makes it so real, is the heart and soul that the performers pour out from the depths of their total being.

Second Saturday in McKinney

13 Apr

Telling stories and laughing with friends: precious moments you’ll never forget.
Unknown quotes
Coming to you live from downtown McKinney on the Square…

A lot happening on the Square. The Collin County Adult and Student Art Show was amazing.


I was displaying my hand painted glassware at Sweet Spot for Arts in Bloom.

So, I’d post more, but I’m busy singing along and tappin’ my toes. LATER!!!


Friday:First Flower, Furry Rock, a Found Penny , and Fun on the Square

12 Apr

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
This morning when I went for my walk/run, I noticed a tiny tinge of red hidden under the leaves on the rose bush in front of the house. I was so excited. My first rose of the season. The Knockout Roses are prolific, but the first rose is always a welcome sign of Spring,

Further down the street, I saw this amazing rock all covered in furry moss and had to take a picture with my phone. You see the coolest things when you’re not looking for cool things.

A few minutes later, I was getting ready to change my brisk pace walk into a turtle pace run, when I noticed a lucky Penny on the sidewalk. Boy, a lot of distractions this morning.

It was a glorious Spring day, so I headed off to the Square to see if I could help a couple hours at the art show before heading off to Towne Creek and my senior art group. I totally forgot that they were having the High Noon activities on the lawn in front of MPAC. April 11 – Magic Show with Main Street Magic and Fun. The kids loved the magician.

And all that was before 1 in the afternoon. That was just the beginning of my day. I did a lot more, but we’ll save some of the other activities and photos for tomorrow. I’m exhausted just recounting it all. Plus it’s almost midnight and I want to get this published under the wire.


Theme Song Thursday: Artists

11 Apr

“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.”
― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
Yes, artists are weird. Their world revolves around creating, expressing and sharing. On the most part, artists know that they will never become rich and famous, but that doesn’t stop them. Many artists band together to help one another and their community. And, this is most evident by the Art Club of McKinney volunteers.

This weekend, the Art Club of McKinney will sponsor the 50th Annual Collin County Art Show and Student Art Show at MPAC on the Square. There is soooo much work involved in setting up and hosting this event, and there are always those selfless, hardworking, generous people who do all that work, silently, behind the scenes.

Yesterday and today, I spent a few hours helping out with collecting artwork and setting up the show and the silent auction. But, there are some tireless folks that are spending eight to ten hours each day, for weeks, preparing, working, hanging work, hosting, and taking down. Hats off to you!

McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 111 N. Tennessee
McKinney, Texas 75069
Reception and Awards April 11, 2014 Friday, 7pm – 9pm
Show Open to the Public April 11-13, 2014
Friday, Noon – 9pm
Saturday, 10am – 9pm
Sunday, Noon – 2pm

Here’s a cute theme song in honor of all the crazy artists in the world.