Archive | February, 2016

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

29 Feb

“Hope

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, 

Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” 

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Today’s Gospel was different at 9 o’clock Mass than the others, because we were celebrating the catechumens. It was the story of the Samaritan woman that Jesus asked to draw water from the well, and she didn’t feel worthy…

The story of the woman at the well teaches us that God loves us in spite of our bankrupt lives. God values us enough to actively seek us, to welcome us to intimacy, and to rejoice in our worship. As a result of Jesus’ conversation, only a person like the Samaritan woman, an outcast from her own people, could understand what this means. To be wanted, to be cared for when no one, not even herself, could see anything of value in her—this is grace indeed.

(gotquestions.org)

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My take on it…even if we don’t feel worthy, or important, or we give up on our dreams, God doesn’t give up on us. There’s always hope. 

After Mass, I went for a nice long walk under dark puffy cloudy skies. The afternoon eventually cleared up. Then, I met my friend, Kelly, at the movies to see “The Lady In the Van.” Maggie Smith was excellent in the British  comedy/drama about an old homeless lady living in her van, befriended by a quirky playwright. 

  

It’s been a nice, quiet Sunday. 

  

Saturday:) Sunrise to Sunset

28 Feb

“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

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A beautiful day here in McKinney Texas. An early morning walk displayed a spectacular sunrise and a sun that enveloped the crystal blue sky.

  
Then, off to Zumba, which was a Bali X version, very fun and invigorating with beautiful music and flowing movement. Back home for another walk with Bella, my doggie house guest. By now, it was t-shirt weather, no jacket required. 

A couple of hours on the square visiting friends, is a fun way to spend the afternoon. Miss Kathy, over at Sweet Spot Bakery, was torn between which horse from the mounted patrol would get his treat first. Ranger, on the left, is usually a bit more assertive, and Ontario, on the right, is more patient. Both are spoiled by Miss Kathy’s loving generosity.

  
  
The square was bustling today with shoppers, diners, and visitors.

  
I stopped at Towne Creek to visit a few of my senior artist friends on my way home. I had bought 10 lbs of bananas on sale for 24 cents a pound, so I wanted to share with some of the ladies who don’t get out to the store often, much less get such a great sale. I love a great sale.

  
Back home in time to catch the glorious sunset. “The sun coming up every day is a story.” YEP, every day is a story, a beautiful story.

Friday:) From Start to Finish

27 Feb

“Begin each day with a grateful heart, and they will end just the way they start.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Do not say something if you do not mean it.Do not do something if you can’t accept the consequences. 

Do not promise something if you can’t honor it.

In simple, do not start something you can’t finish” 

― Wendo L.

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There is nothing better than having a perfect day, from start to finish. Today started with a leisurely cup of tea in my favorite girlfriend cup, reminding me that I am blessed with special friends. 

 
Then I walked my little visiting doggie friend, Bella, who was staying with me for a couple days.She’s so cute.

  
 
Then, off to kickboxing class at the YMCA. Oh man, that class always kicks my butt, but I love it. Then, home to walk Bella again, a quick shower, then off to lunch with my dear friend and neighbor, Diane. We went to Harry’s on the Harbor. It was such a beautiful day. We sat outside in the sun, enjoying a delicious lunch, and soaking up every minute.

  
So, what did I do when I got home? Well, I had to walk off that lovely lunch, and went for yet another walk. My mother often asks, “Why do you walk so much? I thought your feet hurt you.” I tell her, “I walk because I still can, and my feet will hurt if I walk or I sit still. Might as well walk.”

The reward for a long late evening walk is the glorious sunset that paints the evening sky. I count my blessings each day, from that first morning cup of tea to the last glimpse of a scarlet sunset. A perfect day from start to finish.

Now, I sit, writing my daily blog, sharing my perfect day, counting my blessings. It’s  Friday night, which is my Black Russian Friday. A sweet way to end a delightful day.

  
  
A beautiful sunset tonight.

Thankful Theme Song Thursday:) Day Moon

26 Feb

” I always used to think of the moon as only an amazing nocturnal gift, but when I see it in the early morning, it affirms my belief that glorious beauty is out there all the time. Sometimes it’s hidden by the light of day or the dark serenity of night, but it’s always there.”
~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yesterday, I posted about Mindfulness. It’s interesting how being aware of your surroundings, being grateful for your blessings, and allowing yourself to feel, experience, and share everything that life throws at you, good and bad, can bring joy into your life. Mind you, it’s not a euphoric constant state of la-la-land. But, I think starting each day with gratitude helps you with the hurdles. 

I was out walking Bella this morning around 7:30. Right as I stepped out of the front door, there it was. The soft pale moon up against the crisp blue sky. I stood there in awe for a few seconds, then did what I always do…took out my phone to take a picture.

  
 There it is! How often do we notice the wondrous things around us every day? This morning, I was grateful for the beautiful moon up in the early morning sky. What are you thankful for today? I bet if you sat down and thought about it, you would come up with a long list. I know I could.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom:MINDFULLNESS 

25 Feb

” Your attitude is a direct reflection of your gratitude.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaits

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Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”

― James Baraz
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Yesterday, I posted a somewhat satirical comment about tribute to all the things I’ve learned on Facebook, and sometimes, it’s actually true. Today, my Facebook friend, Sherry Tucker posted a link about MINDFULLNESS. I looked it over and did a little more research. It’s a wonderful meditative type concept, and I think everyone can benefit from the ideas. 

I already do wake up every morning grateful for my blessings. I’ve also found that writing everyday allows me to focus on the good, beautiful, and interesting things in my life. Then, when I share my thoughts, it’s another way to feel fulfilled. 

If you’d like to read a little bit about it, but you may already be familiar with it.

http://www.mindful.org/how-the-mind-helps-heal-the-body/?utm_source=Mindful+Newsletter&utm_campaign=8d59f293f2-MF_Weekly_Feb_23_20161_23_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6d03e8c02c-8d59f293f2-22086841

I like to think that I already practice many of these concepts, but there are a couple I still struggle with, like forgiveness and acceptance. The good news is, being Catholic, I can just go to confession and receive absolution for my sins and short comings. (Good attitude)

  
  
  

Tuesday:) Time To Share 

24 Feb

“Every important fact I ever learned, I learned on Facebook.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I spend way too much time on Facebook. But, I must confess, I rarely watch the news or read a newspaper, so I get all my news upsdates and vital information on Facebook. And we all know, everything on Facebook is true. Right? 

Then, when I learn something fantastic, I always click “share.” Of course, I click “like” on every friend’s post and picture of what they had for lunch, where they went on vacation, and every grandchild’s ballet recital or baseball game. I expect the same in return.  

 
I get the most comments and likes on my Friday night ritual of having a Black Russian. And, I post this pretty much every Friday night. What would we do without Facebook, my friend? Oh, if you’re reading this and we’re not Facebook friends, hey, send me a friend request so you can find out where I’m going to lunch tomorrow. See ya!

   
 
  

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

23 Feb

A social butterfly prefers to soar in the clouds amongst the eagles, than to hover in the dark with the caterpillars. 

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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One thing I have to say for myself, I sure do keep busy. It was a another busy week with friends, activities, Zumba, kickboxing, walking…lots of walking, and of course writing. A good week!