Archive | November, 2014

Wednesday Words of Wisdom:Do What you love

20 Nov

“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”

Judy Collins
Tis the season…to be creative and Lucky. I am always amazed when I find my lucky pennies. Of course, I find a lot of shiny construction nails and screws in the road, but today, I found a lucky penny and a lucky quarter. It must be my magnetic personality.


I was having a tough time coming up with a motif for my Christmas ornament this year. It’s stressful trying to come up with a new idea every year, seeing as I’ve been painting them for almost twenty years. But, I finally played around with some scenes and found one I liked. Another labor intensive scene, but I do what I love, and love what I do. No shortcuts, just a lot of time, love and patience. The best part is how much the recipients love and treasure my creations.

Here we go!

The production line begins.


A little glitter and it’s perfect.

Tuesday:Tip of the Day

19 Nov

“When we think we’re multitasking we’re actually multiswitching. That is what the brain is very good at doing – quickly diverting its attention from one place to the next. We think we’re being productive. We are, indeed, being busy. But in reality we’re simply giving ourselves extra work.”
― Michael Harris
Sometimes I find myself doing several things at the same time. You might call it multitasking, but I call it multi procrastinating. I really don’t get a lot done, but I seriously avoid doing a lot of important tasks, looking very busy while I’m doing it.

I started laughing to myself the other day when I had the TV on, watching a recorded Joel Osteen. He had a very profound message. I just don’t remember what it was. I was eating my oatmeal, sipping my tea, checking my email on my ipad, and talking to my mom on my cell phone. That’s not multitasking. That’s just crazy…and avoiding going upstairs to work on painting my ornaments.

So, here’s the tip. Do not multitask. Just do one thing at a time, giving it all your attention. Do as I say, not as I do. I’m watching NCIS, writing my blog, eating dinner and washing dishes during commercials.

Old dogs…….. We don’t learn new tricks, but we can perform several old ones at the same time.




Montage Monday: It’s Cold!!!

18 Nov

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
Before I went to bed last night, I checked my Facebook page and noticed quite a few people commenting about snow. Snow? This is Texas! I ran to the window, and low and behold, it was snowing. (Just exactly what does low and behold mean?)


Well, it wasn’t a lot of snow…but still!

Here’s a week in a peek.




Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

17 Nov

“Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.”
― Jack Layton
Today’s first reading was the proverb telling husbands to cherish their wives. If she is a worthy, loyal, God fearing woman, she is more valuable then precious gems.

This is true in of any relationship, be it husband, wife, son, daughter, sister, brother, or friend. We should cherish every moment, every person that comes into our lives. If you do not appreciate these gifts and cherish these people, it is your loss. You don’t get a second chance…
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2014
First Reading
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax and works with loving hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a reward for her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates.
So, here’s the other stuff…

After Mass, I stopped at the grocery store. Big mistake. I was hungry, and filled up my cart with massive quantities of junk food. I bought 6 jars of peanuts…yes, 6! (They were on sale, $1.99. Say no more.) Also, pecans, cheese puffs, pretzels, cream cheese, and 2 containers of ice cream. I did get some frozen broccoli and peas, for a rainy day.

Well, it was raining, but I threw the veggies in the freezer and got out a spoon to sample the chocolate peanut butter ice cream before putting it in the freezer and putting away the rest of the groceries. Priorities! And remember, don’t go to the store hungry!

After feeling a little guilty for eating ice cream for breakfast, I changed and went out for a walk in the semi-freezing drizzly rain. Then, I did some laundry, did a little housework, and decided to make a warm nutritious dinner. Being semi-lazy, creative, with a lot of left overs in the freezer, I opened a can of cream of chicken soup, threw in left over Mexican chicken fajita/beans/rice/spinach concoction, making a hearty yummy soup. I made a grilled cheese on my George Foreman, and plopped a handful of spinach with some tomatoes for a quick salad. Pretty plate and presentation. Actually, pretty healthy and tasty.



I guess I did a lot for a lazy Sunday. It’s supposed to be my day off! Hmmm! Maybe some more chocolate peanut butter ice cream as a reward later.



Saturday: Sharing and Caring

16 Nov

“To do good is noble. To tell others to do good is even nobler and much less trouble.”
― Mark Twain
Everything I’ve learned in life, I’ve learned from Facebook. That’s a joke, but it leads into my theme for today. I thought I’d share some pictures and quotes from my friends on Facebook. Sometimes funny, sometimes insightful, always entertaining.




What would we do without these profound sentiments?


Even though it was chilly this morning, I went for a walk before my writing group. Thank goodness I did, because once again, I saved the world from many a flat tire. Today’s encounter…


Friday:Funny Faces, Fabulous Cookies, Friends, Firemen and a Feather

15 Nov

“Never be so busy as not to think of others.”
― Mother Teresa, The Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living
Wow! A busy Friday, starting with a long morning walk with my neighbor, Diane. I came home and baked two batches of brownies and some fancy cookies. Of course, I made a silly face with the brownie mix. I looked around, no props today.

The brownies were extra special because I chopped up 12 Milky Way candy bars and sprinkled on top of the batter before baking. Man…super yummo!

I cheated with the cookies. I had some cookie dough balls that I had made a few months ago and had tucked away in the freezer. I defrosted them, smooshed them down, and placed a slice of Russell Stover fancy candy in the middle. Yummy and pretty!


Oh yes, the reason for my baking frenzy…first, it was cold out. Second, I was going over to Towne Creek to celebrate a Feliz Cumpleaños with the folks there. Third, since I was baking anyway, I decided to bake a double batch and take some brownies to the firemen and Station 2.


The residents had a Hispanic birthday celebration for Miss Candy, complete with Mexican music, menudo, tortillas, tres leches cake, rice, beans and other goodies. I did a little salsa dancing to make room for dessert.

I stopped at Michael’s to pick up a few things, and found a funky blue feather on the sidewalk outside. After my running around and partying, I went over to the Square a bit to visit with Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth at Sweet Spot Bakery.

On my way home, I stopped at Station 2 with a batch of brownies. I had gone earlier in the afternoon, but no one was around. They must have all been out on a call. It was dark and spooky out, but there was a light on in the front, so I tapped on the window. Firefighter Dixon came out and opened the door. He had a big smile and was very appreciative.


Oh yes, here is my saving the world from flat tires for today, and a lucky penny.





Theme Song Thursday: Dance for…

14 Nov

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.
~ Angela Monet
I love Zumba, I love dancing, I love music. The music and motion and beat courses through my veins and I just start dancing. You can’t be sad or mad when you are dancing and wiggling around like a nut.

But alas, the music eventually stops, and the dancing slippers are put aside. Keep the music in your heart and in your head. Dance in your dreams.

What do you dance for?




Wednesday: Words of Welcome and The Women’s Club

13 Nov

A smile is the universal welcome.
~ Max Eastman
Yesterday, I was torn between two activities. The McKinney Creative Community meets the second Tuesday of the month. I didn’t realize that when I signed up to join the St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club. They meet the same day and time. Decisions? Maybe alternate.

I emailed the President of the group on Monday, and asked her where they meet and if I needed to bring anything. Jo Pond responded to just come a little early, and she would introduce me to a few ladies. When I arrived at St. Gabriel’s, a cheerful woman came up to me with a hug and said, “You must be Toni. Come in.”

You know how you get that nervous feeling when you enter a crowded room and you don’t know a single soul? Well, that didn’t happen. Everyone was friendly and smiling. They were having a turkey dinner buffet and a guest speaker from Market Street. Joel Lomas talked about the beautiful holiday decorations and table scape that he brought, and shared some decorating tips.


After the demo, there was a raffle drawing. The first number called was for a red vase from the table, and the second was for a yummy two layered carrot cake. I was very surprised when my number was called for the carrot cake, I love carrot cake! Plus, I have enough glassware to start my own store. I felt very lucky. There were over fifty ladies there, and I won! New member’s luck.

All in all, it was a pretty lucky day. When I walked in the morning, I found a lucky penny and a few nails and screws in the road, again SAVING THE WORLD from tire damage.

I’m sending you a big smile. It’s the universal welcome. (This is not my smile. I don’t have such pretty teeth and lips. Thank goodness for Google images.)


Tuesday: Tribute To Our Veterans

12 Nov

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
~Maya Angelou
Every day should be Veteran’s Day. Even though we take one day out of the year to honor those who have served our country and who have sacrificed so much, I think we should be thankful every day. When I see a veteran with his cap on that says what branch or war he served in, I make it a point to go up to them and shake his hand and say, “Thank you for your service.”

Sunday at church, Father asked all the veterans and current military to stand up to be recognized. There were so many men and women, young and old that stood up. We all raised our right hands in the air to join in the blessing as Father said a special prayer to watch over and bless these good people. Then there was a huge round of applause. Very nice.

We are the land of the free because of the brave.

My father, Elijah Armenta, served in World War II in the Philippines. He passed away in 1999, but was always very proud of his service to his country and close to a few of his army buddies. There was a special bond.




Montage Monday

11 Nov

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams
Another week, another peek into my ordinary world.

No matter how ordinary or mundane, my camera captures spectacular skies, fabulous friends, and fun local activities.
“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
― Ansel Adams