Archive | September, 2015

Wednesday Words of Wisdom and the Wonderful Women of St. Gabriel’s

10 Sep

When we give cheerfully and gratefully, everyone is blessed.
~Maya Angelou
Yesterday, I had to make the big decision of whether to go to the monthly McKinney Creative Community pot luck gathering, or attend the St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club meeting. They both meet on the same day and time very month. I hadn’t been to the St. Gabriel’s group since last October. 
It was their yearly kick-off meeting, so I decided to attend. It was also a good way to meet some new ladies and make friends. The meeting started off with a pizza, salad, and cannoli dinner. I thought, I usually make brownies for MCC, so I made a double batch of brownies. One to take to church, and the other to share with neighbors. Of course, I had to start out with a funny face in the mix.


The women were all very friendly and welcoming. I only recognized a few familiar faces from 9o’clock Mass. They played a fun ice-breaker game. They passed out various colored rubber bands and had us each chose one. Later, we were asked to find everyone with the same color band and introduce yourself and see if you could discover something you had in common. Very fun! One lady was also from Chicago. I suggested we put our hands together with our bands for a photo op.

This group and funds, sponsors, and helps with many charitable activities. I was very proud of myself because I was able to leave unscathed, without signing up to chair any committees. Of course, I will be donating time, baked goods, and garage sale items at different times, but NO committees.


Tuesday Tip of the Day: Take Time For You

8 Sep

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.Andrew Solomon


Sometimes we don’t take care of ourselves, but we are more than willing to take care of others. Like the flight attendants say on the plane, “Put you mask on first , then assist others.” My take on it … You can’t help someone from a hospital bed or the cemetery. 

So, here’s where I share. I’ve been walking my neighborhood with friends or by myself for as long as I can remember. I enjoy it , but now I am taking it s lot more seriously. I’ve started incorporating some running too. Of course , I call it a joggle. 

I started joggling in June when I went to Chicago. I’d walk a little, then joggle a little. I got up to  1/ 3 mi run, then 2/3 mi walk, rinse and repeat for about 2 or 3 miles. I continued when I returned to Texas, smack dab in the middle of the Heat of summer. 

Yesterday morning ,  I finally got curious enough to map my run/walk. 

I was able to run almost 2 miles before I slowed down for a walk. Then , I ran at least another mile or more. In total I covered 6.46 mi before 10 am. Needless to say, I was very proud if myself. Exhausted …but proud. I did it for ME! 

And truth be told, as I’m running and pushing myself , I say  ( in my head of course ) “YOU are amazing!” And you know what! I AM!!! 

If you are reading this, thank you. Now, go and do something for yourself!

All red in the face, sweaty, and feeling AMAZING!

Montage Monday

7 Sep

I can do a week in a weekend. That’s not how efficient I am, that’s how little I work.Jarod Kintz


Really! I think I do that sometimes. I pack a ton of running around in a weekend and get nothing done all week. I guess I am efficient and I work very little. 

I hope you are having a wonderful Labrador weekend. A week in a peek. 


Sunday: A Greeter’s Greeting 

7 Sep

 The greatest inspiration you can ever get is to know that you are an inspiration to others. Wake up and start living an inspirational life today. Good morning.

Sunday reflection

: Mark 7:31–37
Today ‘s Gospel was the story of Jesus being asked to restore hearing to a deaf man, and correcting his speech. He did so, and the people proclaimed His healing power and mercy. 
My interpretation: If you are in need of healing, don’t give up. Continue to ask for God’s strength and healing. 


Last week, I signed up to volunteer to be a greeter at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church before the 9 o’clock Mass. A perfect job for me. I like to talk, I’m always smiling, and I get to meet new people. 

Elayne and I stood out front and opened the doors and greeted people on their way in. Everyone, and I mean every single person that walked in returned the smile and the “Good morning” or the  “How are you ?” 

 Everyone knows Elayne, so they stopped, chatted, shook hands or hugged. So, not to be left out, I shook a few hands, and when my fellow greeter got a hug, I said, “Ooooh, ooooh, can I get a hug too?” And guess what? I got a few hugs. A great way to start a Sunday. 

One simple smile can journey a mile. 

~Toni Armenta Andtukaitis


Saturday:Salsa Car Wash With a Side of Sunset

6 Sep

It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.
— Bern Williams*************

Busy day today. I got up early to go for an hour run/walk before the Texas sun started scorching the day. Then, a quick change before going to Zumba, and an hour of wiggle-giggle salsa/bali/country dancing. Nice way to start a day. 

I met my friend Gilda for a leisurely lunch at Taqueria Hernandez. Then, she was kind enough to take me on a driving tour of the east side of McKinney. 

Driving home around 6 pm, I decided to see if the car wash was still open. It was! Yay! My car was filthy, and God has not blessed us with a Mother Nature car wash in over two months. 

I like to crank up my music then record the drive through car wash. 

The evening sunsets have been glorious, so off I went for a short walk. 

 “It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.” I like to daydream.  Look at this sky!


Friday: Friends In Blue

5 Sep

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.”– Sidney Sheldon


Texas SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

Area police to join statewide ‘back the blue’ moment

Gov. Greg Abbott called for law enforcement to flash their lights as deputy’s funeral begins

Texas flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth

Friday, September 4, 2015… Wear BLUE that day to show that you stand in solidarity with our Police Officers nation wide!

Today, my senior artist friends at Towne Creek wanted to show their support for our police officers. Miss Nelma suggested that we paint something blue to give to our police officers. She painted some beautiful bluebonnets on a blue background. 

Isn’t that pretty! Notice that she’s dressed all in blue. 

Miss Augustina painted a blue birdhouse with a blue stripe and a white star.

Miss Bonnie painted a birdhouse too. 


 I painted some bluebonnets and wore my blue today. I tried to stop at the police municipal building afterwards to drop off our tribute art, but it was almost 7 pm and I didn’t see any cars in the lot or any way to get in. (I didn’t want to dial 911) I’ll have to try again tomorrow. 



Theme Song Thursday

3 Sep

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. 

~Victor Hugo


I heard this Phil Collins song in the car on my way home from my Zumba class this morning. I don’t think I actually ever paid attention to the words before. I love Phil Collins, his style, instruments and off beat rhythm. Then, I listened to the words, and they spoke to me. Especially, ” So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you’ve been. It’s all been a pack of lies.”

But, even with the sad words and drumming cadence, I felt some positive energy.  “I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lotd. ” There is something coming… That’s positive, and I’m waiting. And, I like the “oh Lord” part. I’ve leaned on HIM quite a bit too. 


“In The Air Tonight” Phil Collins
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, Oh Lord

Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well, if you told me you were drowning

I would not lend a hand

I’ve seen your face before my friend

But I don’t know if you know who I am

Well, I was there and I saw what you did

I saw it with my own two eyes

So you can wipe off that grin,

I know where you’ve been

It’s all been a pack of lies
And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

Well, I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord

And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I remember, I remember don’t worry

How could I ever forget,

It’s the first time, the last time we ever met

But I know the reason why you keep your silence up,

No you don’t fool me

The hurt doesn’t show

But the pain still grows

It’s no stranger to you and me
And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

Well, I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord

I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord

But I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord

But I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord

I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

But I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord.



Wednesday: What Do You See? 

2 Sep

What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game.
Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.~John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in


I tend to see things a little differently than most people. It could be my artist’s eye or my writer”s imagination, or perhaps I was dropped on my head as a young child. (Inside joke…other sister.) But, any way you look at it, I probably look at it differently. 

Here’s a photo of bark on a tree trunk. What do you see? 

Isn’t it amazing? Squint your eyes a little. I would tell you what I see, but that would spoil your perception. 

Again, you must remember that I see faces in the brownie mix! 

  See, I told ya!

 “Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”


Tuesday Teamwork

2 Sep

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” ― Idowu Koyenikan


This evening, at the McKinney City Council  meeting, dozens of residents rallied to support the continued funding of the McKinney Mounted Patrol unit. Kathy White, owner of Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square, was first to address the Council and she submitted petitions  with well over seven hundred names of those supporting the patrol, and mentioned the online petition of over a thousand signatures. 

Jan Richardson , Steve Spainhouer, and others spoke and shared stories about the patrol and their importance to the community. Mayor Brian Loughmiller interjected during a brief pause in speakers, and informed us that the council had met Monday evening and had already discussed the budget and allocation of money to keep the patrol funded. There was a rousing round of applause, and no one else felt the need to continue to speak.  (I stood up and applauded.)


It was so nice to see the community rally in support of these officers, but also nice to know that McKinney continues to  have that small town feeling and sense of comaraderie. It’s like the Mayberry of mid-Texas. 

 “It takes a village. ” A big thank you to all those who showed up , signed up, saddled up, and worked many hours to make this happen. McKinney is indeed  “Unique  by Nature.”


Montage Monday 

1 Sep

The world is a sad place today. I miss the good ol’ days. Gosh, why can’t I just go back to last weekend?~Jarod Kintz


My week in a peek montage is a tribute to a glorious weekend with dear friends at Crescent Moon Lodge in Oklahoma… 

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,

And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet, When the wind comes right behind the rain…


Like I said,  “Well, I’ve never been to heaven, but I’ve been to Oklahoma. ”

Fun , fun, fun !!!!