Archive | April, 2018

Theme Song Thursday:) On the Street Where You Live

19 Apr

“Don’t forget to leave your handprints on the ones you love and your footprints around the neighborhood.”

Lisa C. Miller


I walk through my neighborhood pretty much every day, sometimes twice, maybe thrice. Every day is an adventure, every neighbor a friend, every sunset a spiritual blessing.

This morning, I noticed some sidewalk drawings done by a child, I assumed a little girl, as there was a name, Addie. I admire the freedom and expression children have when given some chalk and a blank sidewalk. Parents…always let your children draw on the sidewalk.

I took a couple of pictures, then noticing there was an extra piece of chalk lying there, I decided to leave Addie a message.

Hopefully, she was pleased to see someone appreciated her fine artistic skills.

This made me think of the song, ” On the street where you live.” It’s always a pleasure and adventure.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~Listen to Your Doctor

19 Apr

“There’s a lot of difference between listening and hearing.”

G.K. Chesterton


I have found as I grow older that it is not only important, but it absolutely vital to listen to your doctor. When I went to my doctor for my last annual exam, she asked if there were any concerns. I said that occasionally, I lose my balance or get dizzy early in the morning, especially when in the shower. She asked if I had proper safety features in my shower so I don’t fall. Then, she said that I need a good strong bar in the shower.

I don’t have a bar in my shower, so I did some on-line research.

After a long exhaustive search, I found the perfect bar for my shower. I ALWAYS listen to my doctor.

Tuesday:) Toni & Friends~ Tribute To Trini…You Are My Sunshine and Will Always Be

17 Apr

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

~Robert Browning


Mom’s favorite song was “You are my Sunshine.” We sang it to her during her final days and played it for her as a tribute after her final breath. It is one of my favorites because, when I used to call Mom in the morning and I’d ramble about this or that, she would always laugh and say, “You are my sunshine.” Then I’d giggle and ask, “But, am I your only sunshine? Do I make you happy when skies are grey?” Then, I’d burst into a full-fledged song and finish the tune while she mumbled, “I fell for it again.” I always had a show tune or song for her.

So, last week, when I went to karaoke at the VFW, I asked the group if we could all sing this song for Mom. They were more than happy to oblige. Here are a few friends singing a “Tribute for Trini.”

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

17 Apr

“You may delay, but time will not.”

~ Benjamin Franklin


Time certainly is fleeting, and each week flies by so quickly. Another busy week. A fun McKinney Creative Community meeting, church support group, karaoke at the VFW, Art Club, lunches with friends, and Arts In Bloom on the square. A very busy fun week.

Sunday Sermon and a Spectacular Sunset

15 Apr

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix


Another cold and blustery Sunday morning. I didn’t wear my sock monkey hat, but after I got to church and greeted at the door for over half an hour, I regretted the decision. All we could do was push open the doors with all our might, and try and hang on. Needless to say, everyone scurried inside.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus visiting with the disciples after his resurrection. A couple of things caught my attention. I liked it very much that He started out His conversation by saying, “Peace be with you.” We say that a lot during the course of the Mass. I sort of say it, as I’m sure most of us do, without really thinking of the origin or meaning.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

My take on the Gospel… Jesus very much wants us to live in peace, not to be afraid or troubled. He sacrificed much, rose again, and tried to prove this, not only by appearing to the disciples, wishing them peace, calming their fears, showing them his wounds to prove it was Him, but stopping by for a bite to eat to also prove He was flesh. What more proof do you need?

After Mass, the ladies from the St. Gabriel’s Craft Ministry had a craft sale. I wouldn’t have known about it if my friend Bonita hadn’t mentioned it to me at Art Club the other day. I bought this neat sign that I took home and immediately hung up at the entrance of my kitchen. It describes how I feel every day, and will be a beautiful reminder of my blessings.

I was cold and tired and lazy after church, so I didn’t even stop anywhere. I came home, hung up my cute sign, made a cup of tea, walked Bella and was lazy the rest of the day.

But, I did want to share this beautiful sunset with you. As you know, only God could paint such a glorious painting in the sky each evening.

Saturday:) On the Square and Elswhere

15 Apr

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”

Dorothy Day


This morning, my friend, and “World’s Greatest Realtor,” Linda Grossman, invited some friends to join her volunteering at PSA McKinney, handing out flyers and promoting LOVE LIFE FOUNDATION. There is a fun run/walk coming up next Saturday at Adriatica to support this worthy cause.

Maylee Thomas

What We Do

Our Mission

To further expose the plight of “at risk” women and children in our community and beyond by promoting awareness in our neighbors, family and friends, encouraging their generosity and inspiring them to become involved.  To provide support, aid and hope to help these innocent victims learn how to love life.

A Few of Our Beneficiaries:

• Casa

• Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center

• Genesis Room

• Hope’s Door

• McKinney ISD

• The Rainbow Room

• The Samaritan Inn

Me, Linda, Loretta and Julie.

After our time volunteering, we scooted over to the Square for ARTS IN BLOOM festivities. This three day festival features fine artists, fun food and drinks, festive music, and more. The best part for me was running into friends on the Square and visiting with many of my artist friends.

Jenni Tomlinson, amazing artist and good friend.

Lynda Kingsley had her beautiful watercolors and resin tiles.

So many friends, so little time. Hi, Miss Annie Royer.

Brad Donaldson displayed rows and rows of his amazing resin artwork pieces, furniture and paintings.

Lisa Labarge is a phenomenal potter. I really need to take some classes. Such amazing work.

Leslie Ortega and her clever and whimsical pet portraits.

There were dozens and dozens of other booths and tents and friends to see.

Linda and I got to talking to this young man, Clay. He was helping his family at their booth. Linda said the olde fashioned soda was amazing, so we had to try some. It was. We chatted with Clay and told him about some of the cool arts and music venues in McKinney. He’s a musician by night and a mortgage banker for his day job that pays the bills. He’d like to venture out more with his singing. I told him that maybe he should sing his mortgage quotes and serenade his customers, then he could have the best of both worlds. Hmm…I don’t think he’s going to try it. Couldn’t hurt, though.

After a LONG day of fun in McKinney, the four amigas stopped for some refreshments at Lone Star Wine Cellars, where we bumped into another group of friends.

You’ve gotta love your community, because it always loves you back.

Friday:) Friendly Firemen Finally Man Station #9

14 Apr

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~John F. Kennedy


I was delighted to see the brand new shiny red fire trucks inside the bays at the new #9 fire station in McKinney yesterday. The city had the ribbon cutting ceremony weeks ago, but plumbing or some such difficulties postponed the actual starting date of the new station.

When I was having lunch at Nom Nom the other day, two firemen walked in behind me. I asked, “When is Station #9 opening?” One of the men pointed to his shirt pocket that said “Captain” and replied, “I’m just a captain. I have no idea, but we’re hoping tomorrow or the next day.”

Yesterday, when I saw the trucks, I scurried home and put a batch of brownies in the oven. Nothing says welcome like a batch of brownies.

This was a special batch. Not only did I use the mini marshmallows and chocolate chips, but I sprinkled chopped up candy bars on top. Yum!

When I stopped by the station, I tapped and tapped at the door. I didn’t see a phone or bell. Finally, a young fire fighter came to the door. I told him, “Welcome, and glad you are finally here.” I handed him the container and asked if I could take a picture. He said, “Sure, but come on in and meet the other guys. We can get a group picture by the truck.” I thought that was very nice, seeing as they were pretty busy and working on getting settled in.

A few of the fire fighters at our new Station #9. Thanks guys. I’ll be back soon.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

13 Apr

“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”

~Georgia O’Keeffe


I’m glad I checked my calendar on my phone before I went to bed last night. Well, actually, it was around 2 in the morning. I thought, I can just sleep in, nothing till karaoke at night. Wrongo! I had forgotten about The Art Club of Mckinney April meeting at 9:30. This meant setting the alarm for 7:30 so I could walk the dog before I left. Yikes, scramble.

Then, I got half way to the meeting when I realized that I left my phone on the kitchen counter. Panic! I think I said a cuss word out loud. I was going to turn around when I said to myself, “You can do this. You can go three or four hours without your phone,” it was scary, but I did it, I’m so proud of myself. When I got tomArt Club, I felt empowered. A little vulnerable, naked, and scared, but empowered.

You know what is the best part of the monthly meetings? Seeing all of my talented friends and going to lunch afterwards. Ha!

Our guest artist was Noriko Dewitt, an extremely talented colored pencil artist.

I borrowed Sherry Joplin’s phone to take some pictures. Thanks for sharing Miss Sherry.

Noriko demonstrated many informative techniques and explained her intricate drawing process. Personally, colored pencil is WAY TOO labor intensive for me. I don’t have the patience or the talent. Noriko is blessed with both.


Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and Your Health

12 Apr

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”



Last year was an interim year for medical tests. I put off everything because I had one of those fly by night insurance plans because all the others were so expensive. This wasn’t cheap, but it beat $1,200 a month out of pocket for the name brand policies. I had to use only doctors in their network, and my favorite family physicians wasn’t one of them. I only had to make it through 2017, just one more year before Medicare. Yay! I did it.

Your health is so important. As Buddha said, it is the greatest gift. So, I was excited to make my appointment to see Dr, Moolamalla again. She has seen me through a lot of good times and bad over a dozen years. When I made the appointment, the receptionist asked for my name and said, “Doctor was just asking about you. She’ll be happy to see you.” I appreciated her so much that I had given her a framed print of one of my paintings for her office when she opened her own practice. She treasured it, and often pointed it out to patients when they admired it.

So, after donning the delightful paper gown, and enduring the usual, not so pleasant annual exam, we talked about our families, her girls in college and my sons, and catching up on health and happiness. She also checked my latest medical history and made sure I left with scripts and referrals for all the tests and vaccinations that I need to catch up on. This getting old stuff isn’t fun, but it’s much easier when you have a very good and caring physician to help you along the way.

Please take care of your health and keep up with your medical tests. You only have one life and one body. Make yourself a priority.

Tuesday:) Talented People in McKinney

11 Apr

“I’m inspired by artists and musicians. There are so many wonderful and talented people in the world. I love discovering new music, new writers, or new art.”

~Alicia Keys


Yesterday, a group of wonderfully talented people met at The Cove in downtown McKinney for our monthly McKinney Creative Community potluck gathering. Local artists, writers, dancers, musicians, photographers, and other creative souls meet to share fun, food, conversation, and creative endeavors. We usually have a fun guest speaker who wows us with wonderful inspiration.

For our April meeting, our guest was Melissa Patrello, a talented, funny, and creative kinetic artist who told us how she got inspired to create puppets when volunteering at her children’s school, and turned her passion into a thriving business.

Melissa brought many of her amazing creations, and shared her creative process with us. By the time I left, I wanted to go home and make a puppet and start talking to myself in a high pitched monster voice.

McKinney Creative Community is a hidden treasure in our area, and well kept secret, but everyone is welcome to join us the second Monday of every month. Just bring a dish or snack to share, and be ready to make a lot of friends, have a fine meal, and be totally inspired.

(Thanks for sharing this photo Silky)