Archive | October, 2014

Montage Monday

21 Oct

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
― Douglas Pagels
Very true. Each new day is a blank page in the diary of life. I have been journaling and writing and recording what I do every day for over ten years. Not a lot of detail, but a brief summary of the day. But, I’ve also journaled, written poems and stories, and recorded important events as long as I can remember. When I’m old and gray, I can look back at my journals, a retrospective of my life. Oops! I’m already old and gray.

Now, I need to turn that diary into the best story possible.

Another busy week filled with fun and friends.


Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

20 Oct

“Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”
― Jess C. Scott, Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology
OK. My previous post disappeared in auto draft. It’s out in cyber world and I ain’t writing it again. So, here’s a recap…
Went to church, Father was funny, had a leisurely brunch with Karen and Mercedes at Bien Salsa and strolled around the Square, came home and went for a long walk. Another nice day.

(The hypocrite theme relates to the sermon and homily today.The guest priest told a story about a couple who said they didn’t want to attend his church because it was FULL of hypocrites. He replied, “Not really. Come in and join us. We still have room for a couple more.”) now, some pictures.



Me, Karen and Mercedes at Bien Salsa.

A couple old jalopies.

Saturday:Sights, Sounds, Sittin’ and Sippin’

19 Oct

Success in life is by opportunity and preparation, instead of sitting around waiting for luck, get up and go find your luck.
Blaze Olamiday
An early Saturday morning walk, run over to writing group, then lunch on the Square with Mandy at Brother’s Pizza. It was another gorgeous day. How many more perfect days can we have? We walked around, and stopped at Art On The Veranda. Dana and Judy were teaching a jewelry making class.

One of my all time sittin’ around people watching spots is Sweet Spot Bakery. I actually got a little sun burn today.

Miss Elizabeth was making these adorable high heel cupcakes and taught me how to make them. I love to learn new things.


Aren’t they cute?

Here’s my first attempt at the rose frosting. I think I’m a natural! I told Elizabeth to call me next time she has to frost 70 cupcakes. (What if she takes me up on it?)
After I got home around 6pm, I strapped on my gym shoes and went for another long walk. I walked over to see the friendly horses down the road.

Now, I’m just sittin’ around with my weary band aide feet up, a frosty gin and tonic, my trusty ipad, and some mindless pre-recorded television programs. That’s what I call a beautiful busy day!

Grass doesn’t grow under my feet…or does it?



Happy Friday

18 Oct

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it! Happy Friday!
It was a gorgeous Friday here in North Texas, 70’s melting into 80’s with clear blue skies and the warmth of the sun. A brisk early morning walk with my neighbor Diane was followed by a leisurely breakfast, and some errands. I met my friend, Mandy, at Market Street for an iced tea and a long visit I the afternoon. . I needed a visit, a distraction, a friend to share the afternoon with. It’s funny, it always seems like when I need a friend, the phone rings, or the text dings, or someone stops by. I’m just so fortunate that way. I know! I am blessed.

I took another long walk when I got home. It was just too spectacular of a day not to enjoy every last minute of it. Plus, I found several more construction nails on my walk, my designated saving the world from flat tires.



I decided to change up my usual chocolate ice cream Black Russian Friday night with a little vanilla, just for variety. Nah! I like chocolate much better. I’ll just have to finish this one and switch back to chocolate.


I must be VERY successful. I like myself, I like what I do, and I like how I do it. HAPPY FRIDAY!

Theme Song Thursday: Fire In The Sky

17 Oct

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”
― C. JoyBell C.
I will never be anything but in awe of each glorious sunset. Every evening is amazing. Did you ever see a boring sunset? No! A sunset is God’s way of painting the sky with every fiery color in His magical palette. I’d like to paint every sunset that I see. Someday I will. Well, maybe not all of them, but a few hundred.

This is the picture perfect sunset I captured on my evening walk.


Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Family

16 Oct

“My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.”
― Rick Riordan
It was a long busy day yesterday, with an early walk, Zumba, baking, a birthday celebration and Creative Community meeting in the evening, but I was still looking forward to a late visit from my cousin Jeff. He was in town on business, just for a couple of days then back to Chicago. He had a long day, but said he’d come over after work and dinner.

He plugged my address into his GPSand was on his way at 9:00 pm. The phone app took him to a totally different city, and by the time he got redirected and to my house, it was almost 11. I felt bad that he had a round about scenic tour of north Texas.

We hadn’t seen each other in years, but we sat and talked and visited like it was yesterday. I made him one of my famous chocolate ice cream Black Russian drinks. Catching up and exchanging stories from childhood, family, happy times and bad times, we lost track of time. It was after 4 am before he headed back to his hotel almost an hour away. Yep, family is important. If you see family every day or once every ten years, blood is thicker than water. They are family and you love them just the same.

This is how I still see my little cousin in my eyes. He’s in his forties now, but he’ll always be my little cousin Jeff. (I stole this from his Facebook page.) thanks for a great visit, Cuz!


Tuesday: To Be or Not To Be…Creative

15 Oct

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein
A great Tuesday. An early chilly morning walk at 7:15 am, followed by Zumba at the YMCA at 8:30, some errands and home to bake brownies for Creative Community. Of course, I had to make a funny face with the mix.

I went over to Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square to celebrate Miss Elizabeth’s birthday.

Then, off to McKinney Creative Community that meets the second Tuesday of each month at SPARC, a fun studio space for potters and sculptors. It’s a wonderful networking group of artists, writers, musicians, teachers, or anyone looking to meet other creative people. It’s a potluck venue and the food is always wonderful. After chatting an hour or so, we sit in a big circle and share what’s new and good. Always interesting. Here we are. Say “HI.”


To be or not to be creative?


Rainy Days and Mondays and a Montage

14 Oct

You want to know what living life to the fullest actually is? It’s waking up on a Monday morning with no complaints. It’s knowing you always deserve to laugh. It’s doing what feels right no matter what. It’s doing what you want to no matter how stupid you look. It’s about being yourself, because no one can tell you you’re doing it wrong.
~Bernajoy Vaal quotes
A chilly rainy Monday morning here in McKinney. Normally, I jump out of bed before 7 for an early walk, but I didn’t fall asleep till after 3am. A combination of late night tv watching, writing, and a wall-shaking scary thunderstorm kept me up. When my internal alarm woke me around 7am, I just pulled the covers up over my head and tried to go back to sleep. The operative word here is…tried.

It was drizzly and gloomy most the day, so I just bundled up in the afternoon and went for a long walk anyway. Needless to say, not many people were out walking, and most the construction workers were sent home because of the gale force winds. Yet, I was out walking. Takes a lot more than a little wind and rain to stop me from my appointed rounds…or is that the mailman? Nope, no mail today. Columbus Day.

Here’s a week in a peek.



Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff: Many are Called but Few Are Chosen

13 Oct

“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”
― James Baldwin
Today’s Gospel was the parable of the king who invited guests to a feast and they refused to come, and even harmed the messengers. Then, the king told the servants to invite strangers. Those people came and honored the king.

Father gave his interpretation, but here’s mine. Everyone is invited to the banquet. We all have choices. We can attend and be honorable and respectful to the king and others, or we can be selfish and think only about ourselves. Our actions define who we are. Makes you think! Well, at least made me think.

Gospel MT 22:1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.

On a less serious note, it was a sunny, cool Sunday morning. I stopped at Sprouts after Mass to get some veggies and nuts and stuff. I love those big barrels of things to choose from. It doesn’t take much to excite me, so when I checked out and it was only $17 for all my goodies, I was elated.

Look at all these yummy things, granola, cranberries, sunflower seeds, etc, so colorful. I didn’t even buy chocolate…it wasn’t on sale, or I would have been downright giddy.

When I got home, I went for a long walk, then came home and planted my rose bush and did some chores around the house., and had a late lunch.Around 5pm, the temperature dropped, the clouds rolled in, and it started to mist. So, what did I do? I went out for another walk in the mist, and bumped into my neighbor, Diane, who is almost as crazy as I am.

Just another Sunday, just trying to follow the right path, just trying to get by.


Second Saturday Live…On The Square

12 Oct

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
― Maya Angelou

A dreary rainy Saturday blossomed into an amazing day of art, music and friends in downtown McKinney. Music In Motion at the Heard Craig Gallery featured fantastic local artists and musicians








Then, off to Sweet Spot Bakery for the Second Saturday Jam Session. Sweet treats and sweet tunes., musicians drop in, play and sing their hearts out. Many have never met before, yet play like they’ve been together for years. Musicians all have the same heart and sing the same song.


Another cool Saturday on the Square…really…it’s only 58 degrees out. It’s cool!
Night y’all!!!