Archive | July, 2015

Montage Monday

21 Jul

They talked in the shorthand of old friends and shared memories.Dee Henderson, Before I Wake


I’ve been back home for a week now. It was funny though, last Tuesday morning, I got up early for Zumba after only four or give hours of sleep, ran into my  closet to get ready, rummaged through my not-quite unpacked suitcase for a tank top , then couldn’t find any socks. Where do I keep my socks??? I was gone five weeks and forgot where everything was. Old age? 

Now, I’m back home and back to normal. Back to Zumba, friends in the neighborhood , artist friends at Creative Community , friends on the square and Sweet Spot Bakery, Mandy visiting from CA for a week , lunch with girlfriends , walking in the 100 degree heat, baking brownies, etc.  It’s like I never left. (FYI- I did eventually find my socks )

A week in a peek …


Sunday Sermon and Some Funny Yummy Brownies

19 Jul

You will never know how much you can accomplish until you try. Never stop trying. Your miracle will come in undefined moments.Lailah GiftyAkita


Ah! Back to church , St. Gabriel’s, familiar friends and faces, routines and rituals. I don’t deal with change very well, if you didn’t know. So, five weeks in Chicago, away from my routine, threw me off kilter. But, my ” kilter” is back to normal now. 

Sunday Sermon: 

GospelMK 6:30-34

The apostles gathered together with Jesus

and reported all they had done and taught. 

He said to them,

“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” 


My take on today’s Gospel. Jesus and the apostles were tired. They tried to get away to rest, but people followed them, thirsty for more. “They were like sheep without a shepherd. ” So, Jesus felt sorry for them and taught them more. Sometimes, we are tired and don’t feel like going on, but others may depend on us, or look to us for help , guidance, or just friendship. Rest is not as important as the people in your lives. 


Now for the funny part. My dear friend Lynne and her husband Charlie invited me to join them for dinner last night , and then run over to check out Winco across the street. Charlie was contemplating dessert and was going to but some brownies, but both Lynne and I were appalled at the thought of brownies NOT made by yours truly. I think we even gasped simultaneously.

Therefore, today, I have some brownies cooling on top of the stove to take over there. Of course, I had to make a funny face with the mix,   

  and add lots if chocolate chips and diced up Snickers and Milky Way bars. Wooo!    



Saturday: Sitting and Reminiscing

19 Jul

We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams. Jeremy Irons 


Now that I’m back home, back to my old routines, I can reminisce about some fond memories , fun stories, and meeting new people. 

This morning started off with my friend, Mandy, who is staying with me a few days, rushing off to her Mayborn Conference.  Then, I went to Zumba class, then home for a short walk. (Hot) 

  We’ve been spending our evenings with a glass of wine and reminiscing. She moved to California recently … Sniff …Sniff.  ( Notice the lovely hand- painted glass?) 

Ok, here’s another good one. Something funny. When I was visiting with Mom, I discovered a shortcut for making my Friday night Black Russian drink. The “lazy girl ” drink. Instead of this… 

I ate/drank my Black Russian with a spoon, right out of the carton. 

Don’t laugh. It works. No clean up. 

Ah , good memories. More stories later. 


Friday: Finding Lucky Pennies and Old Familiar Faces and Places

17 Jul

Find the right paths for your journey. Travel along these paths to your final destination.

Lailah Gifty Akita, Beautiful Quotes


Those of you who know me and familiar with my stories know about my lucky pennies. I find them all the time. To me, they are messages or signs from above, either my guardian angel or a loved one. But, one thing is certain, someone up there is looking out for me. That I know. 

I’m back from Chicago and back into my old routine. I went to kickboxing class this morning. Man! It kicked my you know what. Then, not to ignore my old routine , I went for a walk in the sweltering heat. Ok , it was only 94 degrees, but very sunny. 

Just a few minutes into my walk, I found a lucky penny on the street, and a small sharp, but possibly dangerous screw. ( Saving the world from flat tires) Ah, my old familiar signs. 

Then, I walked along my path by the pond and past the farm, and I saw my old equine friends grazing in the field. The young fillies and colts have gotten big, and were hiding under the shady trees. 


I am so fortunate to have such a scenic walking path. 

I met a new colorful friend today on my journey.  He looked hot and tired, but took time out to pose for a picture. 

Later in the afternoon, I had a lovely lunch with my neighbor, Diane , who watched my house, got my mail and watered my plants while I was away. 

It was a Ftiday filled with old familiar faces and places.  


Theme Song Thursday: Going Home

16 Jul

Coming back is the thing that enables you to see how all the dots in your life are connected, how one decision leads you another, how one twist of fate, good or bad, brings you to a door that later takes you to another door, which aided by several detours–long hallways and unforeseen stairwells–eventually puts you in the place you are now.

Ann Patchett


This is a beautiful song. Really! Take a minute to listen to this amazing voice. 


I’ve been back home for three days. Before I went to Chicago, for over five weeks, I told my friends here inCKinney,  “I’m going home. ”  When I left Chicago to return to McKinney, I said, “I’m going home.”

How lucky  am I? I have two places to call home !

Favorite places and favorite faces!   
 There’s NO place like home !

Both homes!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

16 Jul

“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice big comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life, of imagination and radical silliness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let this happen.” — Anne Lamott********

I want to have a big juicy creative life! I’m going to write my memoir! I’m going to tell everyone how perfectly amazing life can be even after being kicked in the teeth and tossed aside like a piece of trash. You know why? Because I’m amazing! I’m silly, I have fun, I dance and walk and run and talk to strangers. My thighs jiggle and my arms wiggle. I’m not perfect, but I’m amazing !

I get up  EVERY day and tell myself how amazing I am.  Really!  

 Life is good and I have been so very blessed. No one can take that away. It’s a gift I give myself. It’s a gift from God. Amen!

Short and sweet. If you appreciate your blessings and your life, you will be blessed. That’s how it works. 

Montage Monday

14 Jul

Ah, nothing is too late , till the tired heart shall cease to palmitate. 

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 


This is a first for me. I posted Tuesday’s blog before Monday’s. I always was a little backwards! But, I started writing about my trip home, my adventures, and my friends meeting me at the airport, and I almost forgot about Monday! It’s almost 1am Tuesday morning. 

Better late than never.  

So, here is Montage Monday and a week in a wedding peek. 


Back to the Texas heat , friends, and home. Nice to be back…but, will miss my other back home. 

My tired heart has not ceased to palpitate, but rather is basking in the glow of a lovely visit back home and my son’s wonderful wedding. Here’s to new beginnings!

Tuesday: Tales From the Trail

14 Jul

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
Terry Pratchet


Home at last ! It’s well after midnight… Better late than never. Bittersweet ! I hated to leave Chicago, my friends and family, not toention the best pizza and hot dogs in the world, but I also missed my friends in McKinney and my home. My home!  

My sister ran herself ragged, driving me all over for five weeks. My boys and Lindsay ran around with me and my old girlfriends all visited and hung out with me. Then , there was my sweet Mom. She’s gonna miss me like crazy! I miss her already!

It was a long  visit and a long day. My flight landed at almost 10 pm. Lynne offered to pick me up from DFW. But, look who was there to greet me! The TOTS! ( Table of talent sisters) The official McKinney best friends. 

So , what do best friends do after picking you up from the airport? Why, they take you out for matgaritas and snacks, of course.  


Sunday : No Sermon, Some More Photos

13 Jul


two halves of the 

same soul 

joining together in lifes journey



No Sunday Sermon today. Just more pictures of the wedding for the friends and family all over the country. 


My best girlfriends back home. 

The best Grandma. 

The best brother and best man. 

Best wedding! With best friends. 


Saturday : The Special Day 

12 Jul

When your son gets married , you don’t lose a child, you gain a man and a lifetime of new memories. 

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis 


It was an amazing day. A long day. I missed my midnight deadline , but I just got to my room. My feet are killing me from all the running around and dancing the night away. 

Being part of the wedding party, I didn’t get to take a million pictures, but I got a few hundred. Just kidding. Just a brief clip tonight. I’m exhausted and elated. I only cried a few times.  
The wedding party. The guys in their Notre a Dame Jerseys. The ring bearer , Brian , is Joe’s godson and so adorable. 

Mom and me.  

Joe and Father Wayne. 


Signing the Ketunah. 

Goodnight! More pictures tomorrow.  

 Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Andrukaitis