Archive | February, 2015

Tuesday Tunes in the Car Wash and Tooth Trouble

18 Feb

Be true to your teeth and they won’t be false to you.
~Soupy Sales
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I woke up this morning all pumped up for my Zumba class. I finished brushing my teeth, and started to floss. Half way through the process, I heard a clink in the sink. When I looked around to see what it was…yikes…it was the crown from my upper back tooth. Great way to start your day!

The dentist’s office was able to get me in right away. After a bit of serious pain and a couple of hundred dollars later, I was back in business. It’s tough getting old. Your teeth start falling out. But hey, sometimes you can pop them back in.

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On my way home, I stopped at the car wash. The sun was shining and my car was filthy. Two hours later it started pouring rain. That was kinda how my day was going. But, I always take a fun video while going through the car wash. An appropriate song was playing…”Love hurts.”

Happy Tuesday!

Montage Monday: A Week on a Peek and a Week’s Worth of Nails

17 Feb

“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
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It was cold outside today! OK, not cold like…Chicago, Boston, New York, Green Bay or Alaska cold, but cold for McKinney. Saturday evening, I was sitting outside at Sweet Spot Bakery in a T-shirt, sipping iced tea and catching some rays. It was 77 degrees. Today, the high was maybe 33 or 34.

Normally, my neighbor Diane texts me the night before to say what time we are walking in the morning. She just said, “No walk for me. Too cold.” So, I did what any dedicated resolute walker would do. I didn’t set my alarm and slept in and stayed under the covers until 10 am. Ok, I’m wimpy, but let’s face it, I’ve been in Texas 11 years. I’m spoiled. But, I am from Chicago. 33 is Bermuda short weather to a native Chicagoan.

I finally slithered out from under the covers, made some hot tea, did some chores, checked my e-mail and Facebook, had lunch then bundled up like an Ewok Eskimo and went for my walk. It wasn’t too bad out, although I didn’t see any other nuts out there walking. (Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of day… Or whatever?)

So, here’s my week in a peek. A pink peek.

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So, wherever you are, I hope you are staying warm. Hopefully Spring is on the way.

Oh yes, a weeks worth of nails, lucky pennies, and big bucks. (Saving the world from flat tires.) Remember the time a few months back, when I found a $20 bill in the street? Well, last week, I found 3 lucky pennies, a dime, and a $50 bill and a $1bill. I looked up to the heavens and said, “Thank you Lord for your generosity and the money, but, you do realize that this is only Monopoly play money, don’t you?” No response!

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Sunday: Salute to Everything French- Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade

16 Feb

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera
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When I was asked to be one of the judges for McKinney’s annual Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade, I was thrilled. I’ve gone to the parade many times, but never realized how difficult it would be to decide the winners. There were so many fun and fabulous costumes and floats. The two legged contestants/owners were just as amazing as the four legged entries.

I’ll just show you the Best of Show Winners and then a variety of other winners and entries. Too many great pictures, too little time.

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Best of Show: “Let Them Eat Cake” Twinkle & Cricket, toy poodles, were pieces of cake. Kate Peabody (7) was Marie Antoinette, the adults were pastry chefs and pulled a gigantic cake.

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The weather was cooperative, even though dark cloudy skies threatened rain. It was a delightful doggie day on the Square in McKinney. Thank you Blynda Christian for asking me to be a judge. Thank you Miss Kathy White from Sweet Spot Bakery for bringing me hot chocolate, and thanks to the contestants that bribed us with chocolates, candy, Mardis Gras beads, and various snacks and treats. Everyone was a winner!

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Saturday Night Live or Valentines Day

15 Feb

“Different cocktails for different Saturday nights.”
― Drew Barrymore
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Well, it was a beautiful McKinney morning, I went for a wonderful walk, sat in the sun a while, and went off to the Square in the evening. It was in the upper 70’s. How awesome is that! I visited with my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery. It was fun just to sit outside on the Square with Kathy, Tim, And Elizabeth and watch all the people and the world go by. It was pretty crowded, as it was Second Saturday and Valentine’s Day. I bumped into a few friends here and there. I love McKinney!

Here are some Saturday night sights on the Square.

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Seeing as I have a strict policy of “No drinking and driving,” I waited until I got home to have a cocktail. I wasn’t celebrating anything special, or was I?

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Friday Night Light and Firemen

14 Feb

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
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The other day, when I made my brownies for Creative Community, I made a double batch so I could take some over to Fire Station #2. When I arrived at the station, they didn’t have a call phone in the hall like they do at station #5. I tapped at a few windows and tapped on the door, but no one answerd. I walked around to the side and peeked in where the trucks were, but no one was in sight. Just as I was walking back to my car, an ambulance was returning to the station, so I flagged the guys down. They rolled down the window, and of course recognized me from my many visits. I’m glad I caught them or I would have had to drive over to station #5 later. (Or eat them all myself…oh no!)

I love the big smiles I get from the guys. I know it’s mostly because they love being appreciated, but a little chocolate never hurst.

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This evening, when I arrived home from an impromptu dinner with my friend Lynne, it was dark out. When I got out of my car, I noticed the wonderful rays of light and shadows made from the solar light on the lawn. It’s just an inexpensive $3 light from Lowes, but how amazing is the glow. Just goes to show, beauty and light can be found in the darkness. You just have to open your eyes and look.

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Isn’t that cool?

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Thankful Thursday: Art in My Heart

13 Feb

“Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighborhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful!”
― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love
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Thursday is as good a day as any to be thankful, and the alliteration works. I try to appreciate a little something each day. It might be a golden sunset or lunch with a friend.

Today, I am thankful for all my talented artist friends and the wonderful McKinney art community. I am a member of the Art Club of McKinney, the oldest art club in the state of Texas, that meets the second Thursday of the month. It’s an opportunity for networking, meeting with friends, and learning from the many fascinating demonstrations.

Our talented guest speaker and demonstrator today was watercolor artist, Michael Holter. In just over an hour, he took a plain piece of watercolor paper and created a masterpiece before our eyes.

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I dabble in watercolors, but when I see such an amazing talent, I am inspired and encouraged. (Here’s a brief video segment.)

Ok, here’s a good place to throw in one of my watercolors.

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Art is in my heart, and I am thankful for my many blessings, my many friends, and my McKinney art community.

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Wednesday:Words of Wisdom: Fifty Shades of Garbage

12 Feb

“When you’re silent, your silence condones it. Thus, whatever you believe in goes down the drain.”
― Jennifer Tindugan-Adoviso
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Ok, right off the bat, this is going to be controversial. I usually don’t do controversial, but today I am. I can’t remain silent. There seems to be a great big buzz about the movie release this week, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” I didn’t read the book, never intend on reading it or going to see the movie.

My life is already fifty shades of grey. I have so much unruly grey hair, my new house is painted mostly grey, and my world and my life has been in a very dark grey place for quite a while. I’ve had enough grey to last me a lifetime.

Do I consider my self a prude? Damn straight, I do! Did I just say damn? That’s about as foul as you’ll ever hear from me. I’m not into profanity, pornography or immorality. I’m an old fashioned girl and a self-proclaimed “goody-two-shoes”. I still believe that love, vows, marriage, sex, and relationships are sacred. I guess that is why I am divorced after 39 years of marriage and now single. He didn’t believe in any of those things. (Did I say that out loud? Yes, I did.)

Here in lies the controversy. Many women are on the band wagon, saying that they are not going to go see the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey,” or read the book. Some are saying that good Christian women should boycott. I say, “Do what you feel is right in your heart.” I just feel that the morals in our society are going to hell in a hand-basket, someone even said, in a bullet train. I don’t care to see garbage on the big screen, thanks anyway. I’m standing up,for what I believe in. You want to see it, feel free.

Here’s a little comic relief from Dave Barry if you want to read more.
Dave Barry Learns Everything You Need to Know About Being a Husband From Reading 50 Shades of Grey

You need to have an honest, no-holds-barred conversation about sex with the special woman in your life — provided you’re a superhot billionaire who can move without being seen

http://time.com/3030375/dave-barry-50-shades-of-grey/
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I’m standing up for what I believe in, I always have and always will.

Here’s another viewpoint worthy of reading. I thought this was well written. The author received thousands of comments, and not all very nice. I don’t get it. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. You don’t have to blast everyone that doesn’t agree with yours. (Hint…hint)
Christian Women and Christian Grey
http://www.scissortailsilk.com/2015/02/10/christian-women-and-christian-grey/

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Tuesday Tip of the Day and Two Pennies For Luck

10 Feb

“A party without cake is just a meeting”
― Julia Child
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And a meeting without brownies means Toni wasn’t invited. Today is our monthly McKinney Creative Community meeting at SPARC over by St. Peter’s in the historic district. I always bring brownies. One time I didn’t, and well, I was chastised soundly.

But, before I made my brownies, I went to Zumba in the morning then went for a long walk after I got home. It’s still pretty nice out. I did find a couple of nails in the street, but this morning, I found two lucky pennies in the road. Twice the luck for me today, I guess.

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So, of course, I had to think of a funny face to make with the brownie mix before baking. Seeing as this group consists of artists, writers, musicians, dancers, etc., I thought I’d have an artistic face today. You probably think I’m nuts…and you’d be right. It’s just something fun to do and fun to share with friends on Facebook.

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If you can’t play with your food, you might as well eat at restaurants all the time.
That is my tip for Tuesday. I’ve shared it before, but try to enjoy your cooking, baking, and definitely play with your food. And don’t forget to share the photos. Here’s how they looked after playing around. I always put chocolate chips on top of the batter, and I cut up some Milky Way candy bars. The other batch I added marshmallows, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and cut up Milky Ways. Yes, I know you wish you had one right now, don’t you?

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Have a great Tuesday!

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Montage Monday: It’s a Beautiful Day!

9 Feb

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations
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Old Ralphie boy said it perfectly! Is it profane to call Emerson, “Ralphie?”
But, it is another beautiful day here in North Texas. If you’re here, I hope you enjoy this beautiful day. If you are someplace freezing cold with piles of snow, oops! Don’t be jealous, Spring is right around the corner. (Not, really. I was just trying to cheer you up.)

Here’s my week in a peek. And it’s only noon. A first for me. Usually I’m cranking this post out at 8pm. I want to go out and enjoy the day. Have a good one!

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Sunday: From Sunrise Till Sunset

9 Feb

“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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A very busy Sunday. It started out with a gorgeous sunny morning and 9 o’clock Mass. I stopped at Sprouts and picked up some beautiful fruit and vegetables, granola, cashews and…ta-da…chocolate covered peanuts. Peanuts-good. Chocolate covered peanuts-even better. I purchased some extra items to take over to Miss Eleanor.

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Then, off to the Square to have breakfast with my friend Chris. We had breakfast at Snug, sat outside in the sunshine, chatted and watched people walk by. We always bump into friends. Laura Bartlett of “Four Funny Females” fame was having breakfast with her sister.

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After breakfast, we walk around the Square and stopped in at Sweet Spot Bakery to say “Hi” to Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth.

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Walking back to my car, I heard a little tap-tap-tap on the glass window at Square Burger. It was my dear friend Sherri Murphy and her husband Michael. I popped in to get my traditional “Sherri siting” photo, and to steal a couple of French fries from Michael’s plate.

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On my way home, I stopped at Towne Creek to drop off some fruit and vegetables at Miss Eleanor’s, and have a cup of tea. More chatting and sharing stories. By now it was almost 4.

The beautiful day called for a long walk. The sun was so inviting and invigorating that my friend and I walked for almost two hours. A new trail, new sights, a new adventure until dusk. We stopped for tea and more conversation.

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By the time I arrived home it was after 8:30 pm. A twelve hour day, from sunrise till sunset. Hope you had a good Sunday, too.

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