Archive | May, 2016

Friday:) From Here to There

21 May

Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?””That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”

“I don’t much care where –”

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.

~Lewis Carroll


The adventure I call life continues. A long road trip to Santa Fe, with beautiful countryside along the way. 

Theme Song Thursday

20 May

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Lao Tzu

Better late than never. A single step on my journey. I’m not a traveler or adventurer by nature. Sometimes nature leads you on a different path. 

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

19 May

When life rains on your parade, play in the puddles.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


We’ve had some dreary cloudy days with intermittent rain, followed by hot sunny days. It keeps the weather men on their toes. I pretty much walk every day, rain or shine. When I was walking over by the pond, I had to laugh out loud. The Ducks were playing in the puddles. They have a huge pond with a filtering fountain, but they played in the puddles. I thought, “Life may rain on my parade, but I want to play in the puddles, too.”

Words of wisdom from a couple of ducks and a nut.


Tuesday:) Teaching Is The Art Of Sharing

18 May

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 

― William Arthur Ward


I had another wine glass painting class at Lone Star Wine Cellars this evening. It’s always exciting to see the proud smiles when each is finished with their masterpiece. I am especially happy when I teach them new techniques and give them a few tips and tricks of the trade.

My first tip was, “Do not rinse out your paint brush in your wine glass.” It has been know to happen. I start out with a large demonstration on an easel with a very large flat brush, teaching one stroke double loading techniques. The ladies did a variety of bluebonnets, daisies, Queen Anne’s lace, and experimented with other ideas.

They did a great job, don’t you think? 

I hope that I inspired them to try painting another time.
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” 

― William Arthur Ward

Montage Momday:) A Week In a Peek

17 May

“Just reminding everyone that it’s Monday, just in case any of you were feeling overly optimistic.”

A good way to start your week is with a Monday. Ha ha! I like every day that ends in “y.” It was a good week with good friends, good food, and St. Gabriel’s  ground breaking ceremony. That’s a lot of good stuff for one week. 


Sunday Sermon and Some Ground Breaking News

16 May

“I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays


Today was Pentecost Sunday at church. A young man presented one of the readings in Latin, another reading was in German, and Father Don told the final reading in Spanish. He did an excellent job. 

My take on it…It was a good way to emphasize that language is not a barrier when it comes to your faith. We all speak the same language when it comes to God.

Reading 1 ACTS 2:1-11


Then there appeared to them, tongues of fire which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.


The real excitement was the afternoon ground breaking ceremony for the new church at St. Gabriel the Archangel in McKinney. The Knights of Columbus posted the colors. Mayor Loughmiller spoke and praised St. Gabriel for their generous and constant support in our community. Father Don, our current Pastor gave the opening prayer and Most Reverend Kelly, now Auxiliary Bishop and founding Pastor gave the blessing. It was very moving to see all the parishioners and dignitaries gathered to celebrate a very special day.

It was cloudy, but no rain, and just a perfect day.

Mayor Brian Loughmiller spoke about community, and listed the many groups and activities that the St. Gabriel parish supports. 

Father Don said he was very proud to follow Bishop Kelly as Pastor, and was honored to continue his legacy.

Bishop Kelly not only blessed all in attendance, but also walked the perimeter of the marked foundation, blessing the ground with holy water. 

We all were asked to form a long line along the orange outline of the new foundation and wave. A drone flew overhead to take our picture. That was pretty cool.

Everyone had a chance to symbolically dig a little dirt and take a photo. My friend and fellow greeter, Mary, and I donned a hard hat a grabbed a shovel.

But, here are the real people who helped make this all happen. A labor of love, twenty years in the making.

Saturday:) Celebrations and Other Stuff

15 May

“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.” ― Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion


My dear friends over at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery celebrated their 3rd Anniversay today. 

Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabth cut the cake together, just  as they’ve shared the good times and tough times of growing a small business. Friendship, loyalty and hard work have been the key ingredients for this recipe for success.
Look at this beautiful cake. It was even more delicious than it looked.

Along with yummy cake, their was live music and singing.

We meet many people in our lifetime, and we visit many places, but sometimes we find that special place where we make those great friends that make very special memories. 

Afterwards, I stopped at the Visitor’s Center to chat with Miss Sue. McKinney is a special place….friends everywhere.


Congratulations Sweet Spot Bakery!!, 


Friday:) Friends From Now On And Forever

14 May

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” ― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey


I have some of the greatest friends, old friends and new friends. Yesterday, I got to visit with some of my artist friends at our Art Club luncheon. One of my dear friends, Bonita, was there. I like to take a girlfriend selfie when I see her.

Today, I had lunch with some YMCA girlfriends at Palios. I totally forgot to take a picture. Yikes! Me? Very unusual.  

I had a dentist appointment at 2:30, so I stopped at Steinmart for a few minutes and found a cute turquoise blouse. The dentist appointment was just to adjust the crown done a few weeks ago.

I came home, put on my sneakers and went for a walk. Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy were sitting in their garage with salutations and offers of beer, water, or a Coke. I politely declined, but Miss Sandy offered some fresh greens from her garden. That, I was happy to accept. I have the kindest, most generous neighbors.

I came home, washed my greens, and sat out in my back yard when  I got a text from my neighbor, Diane. She said, “Want some company?” She and her dog Bailey came over. We sat out back and drank wine. I have the best friends.

We drank a few glasses of wine, talked, shared stories, laughed, and cried. I have the best friends.

I miss my old friends, but I’ll see them again sometime. I love spending time with my new friends, and I get to see them now and then, the common theme here is…I have the best friends.


Thursday:) THE Art Club of McKinney

13 May

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


Today, The Art Club of McKinney gathered for their May Luncheon and Meeting at the Heard-Craig House. The general meeting featured three member artists describing their mediums and techniques.

Lynda, the past president, handed over the “proverbial gavel” to incoming Marybeth with a gift and a hug.

Did I mention that it was also crazy hat day?

Voting for most creative.  
The luncheon at the historic Heard Craig House was catered by the amazing duo of Chef David and Michele Bernard. They also happen to be very good friends of mine. (Lucky me…I do drive by visits) David is describing all the wonderful ingredients that graced the tables.

Everyone was taking pictures of their food and hesitated to disrupt the beauty. But, we all managed to eat every bite.

A few of the TOTS (Table Of Talent Sisters) enjoying lunch and a photo op. Yes, I wore a crazy hat.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

11 May

“You really don’t know which calls are important until you say ‘Hello’ and find out who it is.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.” 
― Oprah Winfrey


Yesterday, I told my somewhat amusing story about getting a call at 5:30 in the morning from a friend in need. I was sound asleep, couldn’t see who it was, but I answered the phone. It got me to thinking about how our calling in life is similar to our actual phone etiquette. 

I’m one of those dinosaurs that actually still has a landline phone and a cell phone. I’ve had that number for almost a dozen years. Granted, the majority of the calls I receive are solicitations, but I STILL ANSWER THE CALL. My sons and family call me on it, this way they know I’m at home. If I don’t answer, and it’s important, then they’ll call my cell. 

I know a lot of people who look at a ringing phone and say, “I don’t recognize the number,” then they ignore it. Some even ignore the ringing without looking because they are just too darn important to be troubled. “They’ll leave a message if it’s important.” Well, I have a son that doesn’t believe in leaving messages. And he’s very important.

My point here is…You really don’t know which calls are important until you say “Hello” and find out who it is. I answer all my calls, even the annoying solicitations. If it’s a robo-call, I say, “No, thank you” to the automated machine. (I’m polite) If it is a real-live person, I politely say, “No, thank you.” But, if it’s a really obnoxious relentless annoying solicitor, I let them go on and on and on, thus wasting their precious time too. Then, I say, “No, thank you.” (That’s about as rude as I can get. I just can’t hang up on a real person, annoying or not.)

The same goes for your calling in life or the people that come into your life. You may have to answer a lot of wrong numbers before you get THE important call. Or, sometimes you might get that life-changing call out of the blue, and if you ignore it, they may not call back. Opportunity may knock, but if you don’t answer the door, you’ll never know.