Archive | March, 2015

Saturday and a Special Friend

22 Mar

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels


My mail order of champagne flutes finally arrived Friday. I couldn’t find them in the stores, and I wanted to paint a dozen glasses for my dear friend Kathy. She’s getting married next week, and I wanted to make her a special gift.

I stayed up till after 1 am painting so I could let them dry and cure over night, then bake in the oven in the morning. Yes, you have to bake them. Helps their durability.



All painted and ready to wrap.



A special gift for a special lady! 



Mom and I went over to a Sweet a Spot Bakery on the Square to see Miss Kathy and give her her gift before her wedding next week. 

Congratulations Kathy and Tim!!! You are wonderful friends and a I wish you a zillion years of happiness.


Mom and I celebrated with some ice cream and a selfie. Delicious!  

 Thanks for the ice cream Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth.


Friday Best Friend, Feasting, and Fun Shopping

21 Mar

Adriana Trigiani

“I like it when my mother smiles. And I especially like it when I make her smile.” 
― Adriana Trigiani
The nice thing about Mom ‘s visit is I get to spend time with my best friend. I have quite a few best friends, but Mom has always been my A number one best friend.  


This morning we had breakfast together, we went shopping in the afternoon, then stopped for an early dinner. Such a special time. 


We stopped for burgers and fries at Steak ‘n Shake. 


Ya gotta have a shake if you go to Steak ‘n Shake. It’s the law!


Our shopping trip was successful. Cute jackets to wear to church on Sunday. We look like sisters or twins or somethin’.  Right?


First friend, best friend!

Theme Song Thursday: You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em

20 Mar

You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run

 Kenny Rogers quotes


Ain’t that the truth? We could all use that sound piece of advice from Kenny.

You know how I’m always seeing signs in my life? Sometimes lucky pennies, feathers, etc. well, I had to laugh today while I was walking. I found a couple of nails, but there was a pile of trash on the side of the road. I didn’t pay much attention to it, but there were some playing cards. The 6 of Spades was face up and the others face down. Then, I walked later in the evening, and the cards were still there. I stopped this time to take a picture. Ha! Maybe this was a sign. What does the 6 of spades mean?

I came home and looked of the meaning of the card.

Wow! You know that old saying, “If you’re looking for a sign, this is it.” This is the card of overcoming. 

“You gotta know when to hold ’em…”

Sometimes you throw in your queen looking for the ace, then you end up with “the joker.” Sounds like someone I know.

Wednesday| a Wild a Wacky Women

19 Mar

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” 

― Charlotte BrontëJane Eyre


Another fun day with Mom. After my morning walk and breakfast, Mom was kind enough to attempt to show me a few chords on the piano. The only thing I learned was…I’m not meant to learn to read notes, use the right fingers, and last but not least, I don’t like to use the black keys on the piano. This saves me a lot of time just using the white ones. But, I will admit, I can play a little by ear. It just hurts a little when I bang my ear on the piano for more than a few minutes. Ha, ha!

Mom and I discovered a fun impromptu duet when we were playing around on the piano at Sweet Spot Bakery yesterday. I had no idea what I was doing and neither did Mom. Say no more…let’s record it for posterity and my blog.

We are having such fun.

Tuesday Tunes With Trini

18 Mar

“I only sing in the shower. I would join a choir, but I don’t think my bathtub can hold that many people.

― Jarod KintzWho Moved My Choose?: An Amazing Way to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into Your Life


I’m having such a fun visit with Mom. Yesterday we went to Olive Garden for dinner, and she couldn’t decide what to order. She wasn’t too hungry, so she asked if she could just have cheesecake or cake. Hey, why not! Our family motto is, “Life is short, eat dessert first.” She ordered the Black Tie Mousse Cake. Look at that little grin!

Today was a BEAUTIFUL sunny day. I went to Zumba, came home and went for my walk, then we scooted off to the Square. (My favorite place to be.) it was 78 degrees. We sat outside at Snug under the umbrella and enjoyed the glorious warmth of the day. The forecast is for rain for the next few days, so we wanted to take advantage of the lovely day. 

Our next stop was Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Kathy, who sings like an angel, entertained us with some beautiful songs, then we had a sing-a-long of some old show tunes. I’ve mentioned before, I don’t sing well, but I sing loud and strong. Guess what? I get that from Mom.

Thank you Miss Kathy for a fun afternoon of song and friendship.

Miss Kathy, me, Miss Elizabeth and my sweet Mom at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square. Oh yes, Mom played several of her favorite songs on the piano. She and I even did a Chopsticks make shift impromptu duet on the piano. Did I mention I don’t know how to play piano either?

A very nice Tuesday going to my favorite places, spending time with my favorite folks.

Montage Monday and Da Mamma

17 Mar

No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.

 ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin


I always enjoy sharing my week in a peek, but this week I get to share a sneak peek of my sweet Mamma. She has been my inspiration, my guiding light and the smile that starts my day every morning when I call her. But, she’s here for a couple of weeks, so I get to see her and hug her.

Here’s a week in a peek.

Sunday Sermon and Some Visitors

16 Mar
“I may not always be with you 
But when we’re far apart
Remember you will be with me
Right inside my heart” 
― Marc WamboltPoems from the Heart


 Fourth Sunday in Lent. Today’s Gospel was the one about Jesus healing the man who was blind from birth. Then, the Pharisees said it wasn’t right that Jesus did this on the Sabath…OK, here’s my take on it. A miracle is a miracle. If you want to do something wonderful on the Sabath, then it’s a good thing.

JN 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38.        As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.

He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva,
and smeared the clay on his eyes,
and said to him, 
“Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” — which means Sent —.

So he went and washed, and came back able to see.


After Mass, I stopped at Lynne’s house. It was an exciting day. Lynne was going to help me get to downtown Dallas to Union Station to pick up Mom. She took the train from Chicago to visit with me for a couple of weeks. (Thanks Lynne)

Being directionally impaired, having a friend guiding with a handy GPS was vital. Otherwise I’d probably end up Oklahoma. The train was only 45 minutes late after a shakey start. Mom said the experience was less than pleasant, so I guess I won’t be giving it a try.

View from Union Station. Here comes the train!

Mom was so happy to see me. It’s been a little more than a year since I was able to hug her in real live person. Even though we talk every day, it’s so wonderful to hold her tight and kiss her lovely cheek. I love my MOmmy!

Isn’t she adorable! We’re going to have a wonderful time.

Saturday on the Square and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

15 Mar

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.

~ Old IRISH Saying


I had a lovely morning with Mandy and Julia at our writing group. We spent most of the time chatting, sharing stories, and laughing. I think that’s the best atmosphere for creativity. Afterwards, Mandy and I zipped down to the Square for a leisurely lunch at SNUG. It was pretty crowded. I totally forgot the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Everyone was dressed in green, with green hats, shamrocks, and painted faces. 

I had the pleasure of running into my dear friends Sherri and Michael MURPHY. Gee, I wonder why they would be celebrating? Here’s Michael Murphy taking a picture of me while I’m taking a picture of him. We do this all the time.

Mr. Murphy took my picture like this. It’s a little inside joke with me and Sherri.

Open arms, always welcoming! These two are the best!

It was a bit chilly, cloudy, with an occasional mist in the air, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the festivities. Everyone was happy and everyone was Irish.

I stopped by the Visitors Center to visit with my friend Beth Shumate. What a sweet gal! 

Even Big Foot got I to the spirit.

This little red head was happy as a lark, enjoying the day.

Friday:Fairies, First Signs of Spring, and Fulmination

14 Mar

Rainer Maria Rilke

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke
I walked in the rain
With no sign of sun.
Still feeling the pain
When will it be done?
A cleansing with time
More blossoms to bring.
No reason or rhyme
The first signs of Spring.

Toni Andrukaitis
It rained, drizzled, and misted pretty much all day. I refused to be a captive by the weather,

 so I walked in the rain. I saw this fairy hiding behind a bush in a neighbor’s yard and thought of my blogger friend, Brenda.

More signs of Spring.

Thankful Thursday: This is What Art is All About

13 Mar
“To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart.” 
― AberjhaniJourney through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made Out of Poetry


Art has always been in my soul! and I feel so blessed to have that desire and ability to write, paint, and express my world. I also believe that it’s a gift that everyone has, you just have to open your eyes and your heart and find it.

Today was an especially fun day. I knew I had our monthy Art Club of McKinney meeting at 9:30 but I also didn’t want to miss Zumba, so I did both. I went to Zumba at the Y and danced my little heart out, did a quick change and scooted to Art Club by 10. A little late, but in time for the demo.

Everyone was looking forward to our guest artist demo by Pernie Fallon. She is an amazing McKinney pastel artist, and a friend. Being a high school art teacher, she also is experienced at teaching and explaining every aspect of her work.

By the time the demo was over, everyone who never worked with pastels wanted to try it, and those who already worked with them were inspired. 

At the end of the meeting, I stayed to help clean up and help Miss Pernie gather up her materials. My mother raised her girls to always tidy up and help others. So, when I helped Pernie carry all her paintings, easels and bags to her car, she was very appreciative. When the last easel was tucked away safely in her car, she asked, “Would you like the little demo painting?” 

Oh my goodness! I thought my dentures were going to fall out, and I don’t even wear dentures. I was so honored. I am now the proud owner of an original Pernie Fallon pastel. Whenever I do little kindnesses for others, it always seems to turn around and bless me twice fold. 

When I drove away, I felt so honored, that little tears trickled down my face. (Thank you Miss Pernie.) The day continued to be uplifting. I had a fun lunch with Sherry, strolled around the square, stopped at the store, came home, walked for an hour and a half, chatted with some neighbors, and now, here I am. Needless to say, I had an amazing day.

This is the pastel painting Pernie Fallon gave me. (I still can’t believe it.) WOW!