Archive | October, 2014

Friday:New Friends and New Flowers

11 Oct

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
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This morning, I went for a nice long walk with my new friend Diane. New neighborhood, new friends. She lives just down the street and she likes to walk, too. We met at 7:30 this morning and walked for about an hour, then I took a couple of more laps when she went home before I headed
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I knew we were destined to become good friends because she uses those “easy words like “What about lunch?” We met later for a leisurely lunch at Jason’s Deli, then drove over to Home Depot and Lowes in search of some Crepe Myrtles and flowers. She found a white tree and I picked up a red Knock Out rose bush. I was excited, as this will be my first flower planting in my new house. A new flower for a new home and a new beginning, the cycle of life. I didn’t plant it in the ground when I got home because we are supposed to get some really big storms tonight or tomorrow. I don’t want it to drown it’s first day home.

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Starting over isn’t always easy, but there are small stepping stones that make the path a little easier to travel.
~Me

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Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s Black Russian Friday.

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Thankful Thursday: Thankful for God’s Art Gallery

10 Oct

“Thank God I have seen an orange sky with purple clouds. How easy it is to forget that we have the privilege of living in God’s art gallery.”
~Erica Goros
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What a magnificent quote! Today was a day filled with God’s art gallery and the friends who take His talents to create a gallery of their own.

Yesterday, I captured a beautiful sunset, and today I am able to share a glorious sunrise.

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Then, off to the Art Club of McKinney monthly meeting with artist Rusty Jones demonstrating landscape painting.

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Followed by lunch and visiting friends on the Square. A short stop home, then off to UNT Denton for our friend Linda Kingsley’s art show. Talk about talent! She is amazing. Lynne, Carolyn, Jill in I were in awe of her paintings and sculpture. Fabulous show!

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After the exhibit, we headed back to McKinney and spent a special evening at Lynne’s house, enjoying the fall breeze, a glass of wine, (I had iced tea- no drinking and driving for me.) and conversations of art, inspiration, hopes and dreams.

A day to be thankful for, indeed!

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom

9 Oct

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton
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There are so many glorious things in life that are absolutely free. A glowing sunrise or a fiery sunset, a long walk soaking up the scents and scenery, or a leisurely chat with a friend, these are all free. I have the pleasure of enjoying these lovely experiences on a daily basis. And, they’re absolutely free, not to mention no calories. What more can you ask for?

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Not only free, but today I made money. I found two lucky pennies just a few feet from my house on my final lap. I’m rich!

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Tuesday: Tip of the Day

8 Oct

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
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Quite a busy day. I went for a long walk at 7:15 am with my new neighbor, Daine, for about an hour, then off to Zumba 8:30-9:30. Stopped for an iced tea with Karen after class, then straight home to work on MORE unpacking. Will it never end? Nope!

I got so wrapped up with my whirlwind organizing, that I totally forgot that I hadn’t eaten in 24 hours. Yikes! I opened the fridge. Oops! No leftovers. Now what?

Thank goodness I learned that tip about freezing avocados. I buy them when they are in season and cheap, then add a little lemon and freeze halves in a little,ziplock.mI always have tortillas, cheese, spinach and plain yogurt in the fridge. Then there’s always a can of black beans in the pantry. All these items last a pretty long time.

Now, to prepare a feast. I warm the tortilla in a dry pan till crispy, add cheese, squish the avocado on top, a couple of spoonfuls of black beans, a handful of spinach, tomato, then a few dollops of yogurt. Oh my! Awesome!

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This is one of my all time favorites. Great for vegetarians too. I’m not a vegatarian, but I could be…not really. Once in a while, I need a slice of pepperoni pizza.

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Montage Monday: A Week In Peek

7 Oct

A dream collage is pictures of your goals. It’s like your future photo album.
Bo Bennett
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Everyone should have a dream. Why not put it into a collage? Every Monday, I put together a collage of my week. Perhaps I should make a dream collage also. I’ll work on that.

From the musical South Pacific. “You’ve got to have a dream, if you don’t have a dream, how ya gonna make a dream come true.”

Another week that has flown by faster than a 747. A week in a peek.

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Sunday: Sometimes Flowers Bloom in the Desert

6 Oct

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.”…Buddha
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I admire the tenacity of the bold flowers that bloom in the dry cracked earth. When I see patches of glorious color spotting the side of the road or the dusty empty lots along my walk, I smile to myself. It gives me hope. Beauty can be found pretty much anywhere. You just need to open your eyes and your heart.

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“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.”…Buddha

Saturday Sights and Sounds

5 Oct

“Every piece of writing… starts from what I call a grit… a sight or sound, a sentence or happening that does not pass away… but quite inexplicably lodges in the mind.”
~Rumer Godden
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From my early morning walks to my late night chocolate ice cream Black Russians, the impromptu photos with my handy-dandy iPhone inspire what I write about each day. The sights and sounds of an ordinary day make for extraordinary vision.

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A colorful hot air balloon drifted through the morning sky.

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While walking and talking to my mom on my cell phone, a family of quacking ducks waddled by.(This is where I learned I could take a picture and still talk to Mom at the same time and not get disconnected. I learn something new all the time.)

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I spent the afternoon on the Square, visiting with friends and enjoying a gorgeous Fall day.

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When I got home, I went for another long walk, as if to try and hold on to every minute of a beautiful day. I found a shiny lucky penny in the road.

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Home Sweet Home! There’s No Place Like Home!

Friday: Four Ducks, a Feather and a Few Friends

4 Oct

“When you are standing in the middle of a storm you have two choices: Pray to God that it goes away. Or, start praying to God that he gives you the wisdom to figure out why you’re standing in the middle of a storm.”
― Shannon L. Alder
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We had some pretty bad storms yesterday, but our fair city of McKinney didn’t get hit too badly. We needed the rain, for sure. When I got up in the morning, it was cool and the sun was shining. I was out the door before 7:30 and walked well over an hour, just admiring the scenery, the ducks quacking in the pond, and the crisp refreshing after the rain air.

Then off to the store to pick up some refreshments and treats for my senior art group. (Found a lucky feather right next to my car.)

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I had a nice Mediterranean lunch at Blue Olive with Karen and Mercedes, stopped at Ross, Michael’s, Big Lots, then over to Towne Creek. I brought hot dogs, chips and a chocolate pie to celebrate Miss Bonnie’s and Mr. Angel’s birthday. Miss Mary, who doesn’t even come to art, brought us a whole watermelon. We worked on some watercolor projects, and had a feast.

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It was a long day…but, I came home, put on my gym shoes and went for a little walk before it got dark.

It was comforting to see the sunshine after the storm.

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Theme Song Thursday With a Side of Thankful

3 Oct

The one thing that you have that no one else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
~Neil Gaiman
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My morning started out with a super-charged Zumba class. Johnny was subbing for the class today. We never had a guy instructor, so I was a little dubious. OH MY!!! Johnny Got Moves!!! It was such a fun hour of dancing, hopping, grooving, and sweating. So fun!

I had to look up the song. We’ve done this one before, but I never knew the name. Plus, we never moved like that before. Shawty Got Moves:Get Cool.

After Zumba, I came home, did not pass go, did not collect $200, and went for a long, long walk. The dancing and the walking gives me such motivation and energy. After a late breakfast, I paid some bills, made some calls, and checked my emails. It’s funny, I was looking at my Linked In page and saw my friend Becky Hill’s page saying that she celebrated three years at the bank. Becky is also an intuitive and motivational speaker back home in Barrington, Illinois. We’ve been friends for over twenty years. I clicked on “LIKE” and thought, “I wonder how Becky’s doing.”

I decided to go upstairs and tackle some more unpacking of boxes and bins in the “crap room.” I just turned on the radio and the phone rang. It was Becky! Whoa! We’ve only talked a couple of times in the past few years. She said, There are NO coincidences.” She was thinking about me too and felt compelled to call.

So, today I am thankful the gift of dance, music, and friendship. AND last but not least, I am thankful a well needed refreshing rain this afternoon.

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I am thankful for my voice, my mind, my story, my vision. So I write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only I can.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: And the Truth Shall Make You Free

2 Oct

John 8:32

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

– King James Bible “Authorized Version”, Cambridge Edition
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Internal struggles are the worst. I feel like I have this tiny good angel on my left shoulder and a huge evil devil on my right shoulder. They both whisper in my ears simultaneously, non-stop, getting louder and louder, until I can’t distinguish one from the other. (To be continued. Are you intrigued?)

A couple of days ago while I was walking, I waved and said hi to a neighbor standing outside in her driveway. Instead of just waving and walking away, I trotted across the street and went over and introduced myself. Her name is Diane, and she said that she’d seen me out walking and that she walks around 7:15 most mornings. We chatted a while, and I said I’d drop off my card with my phone number next time I was passing by. Maybe I could join her for a walk sometime.

Well, I didn’t have Zumba today, but I didn’t get out for my walk until 7:45. I walked my usual route by the path of rose bushes and around the pond with the quacking ducks, and past the horses across the road having their breakfast. Of course, while I’m walking, I have the good angel/bad devil dialogue going on in my head.

Yesterday, when I wrote about Tuesday tips for finding beauty in humble places, it started out…Tell it Like it is Tuesday…(Bad devil.) until I found the pamphlet with Jesus bearing his cross. Today, after walking about half an hour, I found a beautiful large black lucky feather on my path. I had been struggling with the tormenting need to expose the lying, cheating and betrayal that has plagued my heart for the past year and a half. The bad devil on my shoulder is angry and wants revenge.. The sweet angel on the other side leaves me a feather and tells me to be patient. Then, to distract my distress even more, my new friend Diane walked by and asked if I wanted to walk a while longer.

The thing is, angel or devil, bad or good, right or wrong, distraction or not, I know I won’t rest or find peace until the story is told. I’m a writer. I need to tell my story. That’s what I do. THE QUILL IS IN MY HAND!

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What do you think? What would you do? You wouldn’t believe what goes on at the country club! Or would you? I see a made for TV movie.

P.S. I also found 2 construction nails, saving the world from flat tires this morning.

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