Archive | September, 2014

Saturday: Sales, Sights and Other Silly Stuff

21 Sep

If you see me smiling it’s because I’m thinking of doing something evil or naughty. If you see me laughing it’s because I’ve already done it.
-Unknown…but I think we’ve all been there.
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I got up early to check out the big semi-annual Stonebridge /McKinney Ladies Association Fall garage sale. It started at 7am at the United Methodist Church. It’s a big one with great bargains

I found some treasures, but I was on the lookout for a small chest of white drawers or two for closet storage. I also wanted a small wine rack. I have about 10 bottles of wine. I don’t drink wine, but I have been given some lovely wine and I have friends who like wine.

Now, here’s the dilemma. I found this great bargain.

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It was ONLY $5. Yep, couldn’t pass it up. But, it holds 70 bottles of wine, and I only have 10. Now, I have to get. 60 more bottles of wine! ( Just being silly.) I’ll probably just have some friends over to drink the 10 bottles, then I can use the rack in my craft room.

I bumped into some friends. Miss Kay and her lovely daughter.

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It was a fun busy day, but I had to get back home by 4 to wait for the AT&T guy to fix my internet and Uverse TV.
He came, “He no fix, me be mad!” So, here I am AGAIN on my teeny tiny iPhone, trying to post this. No TV! Let’s see what tomorrow brings. It’s difficult to be silly without internet.

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Frustrating Friday

20 Sep

To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not on the obstacles.
-T. F. Hodge
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I was having a pretty great day. A leisurely morning, run to the bank and grocery store,(actually drove, but you know what I mean) then get my oil changed at the dealer.

Here’s where the frustration begins. They said it would be about 40 minutes. I said ok, can the courtesy car take me over to Towne Creek just 3 blocks away? This way they could take their time, as they said I needed my free tire rotation too. So, 45 minutes later, still no courtesy car. Here we go again. I went out to complain, and they said it would be another 20 minutes. Heck I could have walked over in 10, but I had sandwiches, drinks, and a tray of cookies. So, they
said a tech could drive me over.

While I stand outside laden with my stuff, they say my car is ready. More time filling out paperwork. Ok, just bite your tongue and go.

The seniors were happy to see me, we ate and talked and painted. I left at 6 pm, came home, went for a nice long walk, and got out the fixin’s for my Friday night Black Russian. Now I can watch mindless tv and write my blog.

NO INTERNET, NO TV. Uverse was out! Crap! I called, did all the trouble shooting garbage, still nothing. Tech coming somewhere between 4-8 tomorrow.

So, here I sit with my tiny iPhone, touching all the wrong keys, and writing this. The good news… I’ve got my Black Russian and some cookies.

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Theme Song/Thankful Thursday: “Happy” Dancin’ In The Kitchen

19 Sep

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”
― Thomas Goodwin
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Today, I am thankful for music, dance, and a happy spirit that can lift my spirits and brighten my soul, even when my heart is broken. (The rest of me works just fine.) Broken can be fixed, and sometimes better than new.

I am thankful that I still love dancin’ in the kitchen. I’m dancin’ in my beautiful new kitchen, I’m “Happy,” and no one can take that away. So, crank up the music and go dance in the kitchen. Seriously! Do it today! Dance along with me.

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I am thankful for families that play in the park, roses along my walk, and the lucky feather that was right outside my car door when I went to the store. I looked all around. The feather was just by my car. I didn’t see feathers anywhere else.

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So, forget “Throwback Thursday,” and let’s make it “Thankful Thursday.” What are you thankful for? Share it with the world.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: What Do You See?

18 Sep

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
― John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in
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This morning, I was plucking some grapes off the stem. When I saw the bare branch-like form, I noticed how much it looked like an intricate tree. Most people would only see a yucky stem and proceed to toss it in the garbage. I saw a work of art and an intriguing photo op. What do you see?

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If you look very closely, the tree has tiny green birds perched on each branch, and if you listen carefully, you can hear the birds chirping a cheery song. OK, I just made that part up. If I start hearing birds chirping from grape stems too, then I’m in big trouble!

For now, “Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”

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Two Penny Goodie Two-Shoes Tuesday

17 Sep

A lot of people think this is a goodie two-shoes talking. But we do have a tendency to complain rather than celebrating who we are. I learned at my mother’s knee it’s better to appreciate what’s happening… I think we kind of talk ourselves into the negative sometimes.
~Betty White
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I’ve been accused of being a “goodie two-shoes” on more than one occasion. You know what I have to say about that? “THANK YOU VERY MUCH!”

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I agree with Betty White. We do have a tendency to complain and look at the negative. And, I also learned at my mother’s knee to appreciate things, but more importantly, I learned that kindness and generosity to others is important. There are way too many selfish, it’s-all-about-me people in this world. It’s better to give than to receive.

I went to Zumba this morning, jump starting an exhilarating day. Then, I stopped for an iced tea with my friend Karen for some friendly conversation and catching up. It was a beautiful day, so I took another walk this evening. But, this time I wasn’t on the phone and distracted, so I didn’t get lost. I observed the beautiful sky, with a hint of rainbow colors in the haze.

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Down the road, three charming horses were grazing in a pasture, I walked across the road to take their picture, so they mozied over for a photo op.

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Continuing my trek, I picked up several rusty nails and construction screws and staples in the street. I picked up some discarded trash
here and there, and I was rewarded with two lucky pennies, just a couple feet away from each other. (I didn’t even tell you about what I found on Monday. Another time.)

Yes, I choose to believe in lucky pennies and feathers, recycling, picking up trash, saying hello to strangers, volunteering, being a kind and loving person, and looking at the world through rose colored glasses.

I may only have TWO-SHOES, but they are oldie but GOODIES.

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Montage Monday: Have a Good One!

16 Sep

“Candy is natures way of making up for Mondays.” ~Unknown Author”
― Rebecca Gober
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I like candy and I like Mondays. Hope you’re having a good day and have a great week.

Sometimes starting off the day with the tiniest of accomplishments makes for a good start to a Monday. Today, I cleaned up the mess in the bedroom, unpacked and emptied a few boxes, and put away a bunch of stuff. The bedroom is picture perfect. Granted, I shoved most the stuff into the closet, and that’s a mess, but the bedroom looks beautiful. Closets…another day. Maybe I can just keep shifting boxes and things into different rooms each day, take a picture, and have one nice room. That’s clever.

Later in the afternoon, I met my friend Zelda for lunch at Blue Goose Cantina.(No margaritas) Then, we went to see that new movie, THE DROP. It was pretty good. I usually don’t like that type of movie, but I enjoyed this one.

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After I got home, I put on my gym shoes and went for a walk. I talked to my son Joe while I was walking. I got a little distracted and disoriented in this new subdivision, and found myself a little lost. I was just telling Joe, “I may have to GPS myself on the phone and find my house,” when I found a familiar street. Note to self…don’t walk and talk in a brand new place without paying attention. I could have ended up in Oklahoma!

So, it was a good day, a good Monday, and a good start to another week. Hope you have a good one! A WEEK IN A PEEK.

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Sunday: Sights and Sounds in My New Surroundings

15 Sep

“Part of the process of beginning anew, or changing directions is to know where you want to go. I know this sounds simplistic and easy, but this is one of the most difficult of choices to make with clarity.” Byron Pulsifer, May Is Not Just For Flowers
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Sunday starts out with a simple ” Thank You” at 9 o’clock Mass. A thank you for His blessings and strength. I have a lot to be thankful for.

I’ve started a new tradition. It’s called SUPER LAZY SUNDAY. I don’t feel guilty about not cleaning, doing laundry, or unpacking any of the quadrillion moving boxes. I give myself the day off.

So, today on super lazy Sunday, I decided it was a good day to take a walk around my new neighborhood. I used to walk at least five or six miles a day at my old house, and I haven’t walked in weeks since I’ve moved. It was a lovely evening, so I searched for my gym shoes and headed out the door.

There’s a lot of new construction, so I had to stroll down sidewalks that ended into muddy streets. On my walking adventure, I did find several humongous construction nails in the street that I picked up and tossed into the debris piles. (Side note- I had to buy a brand new tire last week because of a big nail.)

Here are a few pictures of what I saw on my walk.

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I have a cute little park right across the street from me. I sat on the bench and looked up at the sky through the leaves. A lovely lazy Sunday.

“Part of the process of beginning anew, or changing directions is to know where you want to go.”

I’m not sure where I want to go, but I have a new place to start it in.

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Saturday on the Square: Art and Music

14 Sep

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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It was another fun Second Saturday on the Square in downtown Mckinney. The Texas summer heat took a holiday and the temps were in the 60’s. A great evening to enjoy a little music and some lovely art.

First stop was the grand opening of the LAST ART GALLERY located Louisiana, visiting with Gail Delger and the other artists. The new gallery is featured with the ART ON THE VERANDA shop, where my friends Dana and Judy create the most beautiful handmade jewelry and offer a variety of fun workshops.

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Around the corner was my next stop, at John Wynn’s Guitar Studio. Several musicians, singers and friends gathered for a jam session.

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Right next door was the studio of Rachel Reitan. We talked for quite a while, then we had one of those, “Where do I know you from?” moments. We discovered that we both were members of the the Art Club of McKinney and McKinney Creative Community. Wonderful artist!

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Final destination, a toe-tapping, sing-a-long jam session at Sweet Spot Bakery. Always fun music and talented musicians.

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“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I guess I got to do all of the above today. It was a good day!

Three Feather Friday

13 Sep

“It’s not enough to have the feathers.

You must dare to fly!”
― Cass van Krah
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TGIF…is not one of my specialties. Fridays come way too fast and way too often. It just means another week has flown by. Speaking of “flown.” I encountered three feathers today. I am still feeling stressed and overwhelmed with the move and all, but Friday is the day I volunteer with my seniors. No time for stress.

I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things, and on my way out the door, I saw two lucky feathers. Good sign, settle down, things will be ok. I had been questioning why I still go volunteer every Friday, go out of my way, bake, cook, teach painting techniques, bring art materials, wait on people, and clean up. Then, I find the feathers.

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Next stop, Papa Murphy’s Pizza to say HI to Miss Karri and pick up a couple of pepperoni pizzas for Towne Creek. What do a spy from the corner of my eye…like the rhyming??? Yes, yet another feather. You don’t have to hit me over the head. Three feathers in less than three seconds. Signs, signs, everywhere signs.

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The rest of the day was just another Friday, but it was a three feather Friday.

“It’s not enough to have the feathers.
You must dare to fly!”

Now, I must learn to fly.

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Thankful Thursday: Remembering 9/11

12 Sep

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For some people, today was just an ordinary Thursday, an ordinary September 11th. But, to those of us of a certain age, “We will never forget.” That image replays in our heads over and over, just like it did on every TV channel, over and over. Do you remember where you were?

As I mentioned yesterday, I like to bake to show my appreciation for our fire fighters. I made the brownies and mini cup cakes last night and frosted them today, just a few minutes before I took them over to Stations #2 and #5.

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As I parked my car over by Station #2 around 4pm, I noticed a few of the guys out back throwing a football around, so I walked across the grass with my big aluminum pan filled with treats. From a distance, I could see my buddy, Quincy, with a big smile on his face.

Here’s the part that melted my heart. Quincy shouted out as I approached , “I was wondering where you were. You never miss a 9/11.”

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That’s Quincy on the far right. I met him a few years back when he was over at Station #5, and I interviewed him for a story I was working on. Now, we are Facebook friends, and I get to see photos of his lovely family and friends. That’s what I love about McKinney. Friends become family.

Then, I scooted over to Station #5. I picked up the call phone outside the door and said, “Hi, it’s Toni with some treats for you guys.” Not only was I welcomed, but I was invited back for a photo op. Fire fighter Stephens has been on duty quite a few times when I dropped off brownies or cupcakes. He knows I like to take pictures. I told them that I moved and Station #2 was closer to my new house, but I’d still be stopping by with my brownies. Then Stephens said, “Well then, we should adopt you as Station Mom.”

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I kinda like that…Station Mom.

So, it was a good day of remembering and honoring and saying thank you.
I didn’t have my brownie face making props handy when I was baking yesterday. I’m sure they’re in a box somewhere deep in the recesses of the garage. So, here’s one of my favorites from the past. Throwback brownie Thursday.

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