Archive | May, 2019

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

21 May

 “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta


And… I love to tell stories.

Here’s last week in a peek and a sneak peek at this week.


A good week with friends, celebrating a birthday, remembering an old friend, feeding the hungry, and living life to the fullest.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

20 May

“Stick to love; it is heavy and it will carry you. Avoid hatred; it is heavy and you have to carry it. It is left to you to make your choice.”

― Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts


A beautiful sunny Sunday morning after nasty storms yesterday. It’s always a pleasure to greet at the door before Mass. I was able to see the Chateau bus pull around the side at 8:30, so I scooted over there to greet and the adorable elderly ladies from the senior complex, then I scurried back to the front doors, I don’t get to greet them and hug them like at the old church because they get dropped off at the closer side door at the new church, I miss their smiling faces on Sunday. But, I did get to see them Wednesday when I picked them up and took them back from their Life Touch photo shoot for the new directory at church.

Today’s Gospel reading was such an important message. Plain and simple…Love one another.

34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

After Mass, their was a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. It’s nice to sit and mingle, chat and have coffee with people that you might not get a chance to talk to. I bumped into Father Robert and Mary, so of course I had to say, “Selfie time, Father.”

After Mass, I went over to Walmart, yet again, because my low tire light came on for about the tenth time. They usually put air in it and its fine for a couple-three weeks, then lights up again. I asked them to check it “again and thoroughly.”‘they said it would be a while, so I called Zelda. We were supposed to meet for lunch, so she offered to pick me up and we went over to Nom Nom for a veggie burrito bowl. They called to say my car was ready.

When I went to the desk, I asked the lady who handed me my keys what they did, and she looked at the print out and said, “Fixed flat tire.” I’m not sure what they did. Maybe they just put air in it again. But, if that darn light goes on again in a couple of weeks, I’m going to have trouble following that commandment about “You have to love one another.”

Then, the highlight of my day is the Sunday evening FaceTime call with the grandchildren. Now, these adorable little faces…what’s not to love.

Doesn’t get better than this. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Celebrating 60 With Blynda Christian

19 May

Wow! It took me sixty years to look this good!


(But, it applies to Miss Blynda)


Today is Blynda Christian’s birthday, and she had a HUGE TINY birthday celebration at her house. I’ll explain. Blynda, a very talented artist, invited her friends and family to celebrate her Big Fat 60th birthday and Tiny Art Show by creating a tiny 4×4 piece of artwork to display at her party. Seeing as she has a zillion friends, there were a zillion fabulous tiny works of art displayed throughout her house.

The theme was “tiny”, so there were tiny desserts and food, like tiny tacos, tiny tostadas, tiny cakes, etc.

Each tiny canvas or artwork was a masterpiece. Blynda has a talented family, and so many talented friends.

Everyone had a great time, drank tiny glasses of wine, ate tiny food, and also created more tiny artwork at the kitchen table.

Oh, and there were the tiny 12 Aposticle Sticks by Amanda Wallace.

It was a HUGE TINY celebration, and I’ll have to say, 60 never looked so good. Happy birthday Blynda, and here’s to another 60. 🍷

Friday:) A Friend In Heaven and Here On Earth

18 May

Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same.     

Flavia Weedn


Yesterday, I attended the funeral of an amazing lady. My friend, Gilda Garza of McKinney, was a friend to all. A lifetime McKinney resident, she knew pretty much everyone in town, and everyone loved her. She staunchly supported her community, and this little tiny woman could strike fear in the hearts of giants. She will be greatly missed.

Mayor George Fuller spoke before the service and officially proclaimed May 16, 2019, Gilda Garza Day. The family was given the framed proclamation at the beautiful services held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. The church was filled with family, friends, Mayor Fuller and former Mayor Loughmiller, council members, co-workers, and neighbors. As the soloist sang Ave Maria, and tears streaming down my face, I couldn’t help but think that Miss Gilda was smiling down on us saying, “Nice turnout. Where’s the party?”

Deepest condolences to the family and friends of former McKinney Councilwoman Gilda Garza, who passed away on May 8, 2019. In 2000, Gilda was the first Hispanic female to be elected to the McKinney City Council. She was re-elected twice, the maximum allowed. Thank you, Gilda, for your service to the residents of McKinney. A funeral mass will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 16, 2019 at St. Michaels the Archangel Catholic Church, 411 Paula Road, McKinney, Texas

Mayor George Fuller

I didn’t know Miss Gilda for as many years as most, but the time we shared was always filled with laughter, food, fun and friends. She kept trying to get me more involved in local politics and organizations, and I kept trying to get her to sing karaoke or paint. Neither of us succeeded, but we had fun teasing each other.

I just went out for a quick walk to try and catch a photo of the sunset, then come back to finish writing this blog post. Well, I was greeted with a beautiful sunset and, not a lucky penny, but a lucky quarter. (Someone trying to tell me something?)

Hasta Luego, Amiga…

Thursday:) The Most Creative and Fun Event of the Year: McKinney Empty Bowls 2019

17 May

“If you can help the less fortunate and have a blast at the same time, that’s a win-win.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


McKinney Empty Bowls 2019 has been an entire year in the making. Artists, potters, artisans, volunteers and endless hours of effort went into this amazing event. I was overwhelmed by the community support and participation. There were hundreds of hand-crafted donated bowls that visitors had the opportunity to chose from. Their entry ticket allowed them to pick out any event bowl, and they could purchase additional bowls for $15 each. I saw people walking around with their arms laden with purchases.

the silent auction and celebrity bowls were a big hit, and a big money maker. I was honored that a couple of my bowls were featured.

I’m not sure what the final bid was on my bowl, but I did bid on it myself early on. Hopefully it went to a good home and made a little money for Community Lifeline.

Visitors were able to sample so many wonderful soups and desserts, pick out a bowl, and meet artists as they strolled along outside and inside MPAC.

It seems like every year the event gets bigger and better. I can’t wait to see how much they raised this year. I’m honored to be just a little teeny-tiny part of this wonderful endeavor to feed the hungry in our community.

Here’s the bowl I picked out… the brown one in front. I placed it on my piano with some of the others I’ve chosen over the years.

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.~

Amy Carmichael

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni???

16 May

” When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But, when life gives you strawberries, dip them in chocolate,”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I really have never made lemonade with real lemons before, have you? Sounds like a lot of work. I just get a can of Minute Maid frozen concentrate. Oh, and the limeade is great for making margaritas.

I was at Sprouts on Sunday, and strawberries were on sale $1.88 for the big quart box. I had three events that I needed to take something for on Monday, so I decided to make a whole mess (3 boxes) of chocolate dipped strawberries. They’re actually pretty easy to make and you can’t beat the price. Kroger had the big fancy ones featured around Mother’s Day for something like $2 a piece. Yikes! So, I made my own.

The first thing you do is wash and dry a zillion strawberries.

Then, you melt 3 bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave with about 2 tablespoons of canola oil. I zapped it 1 minute, stirred, then zapped another 30 seconds at a time till smooth. Then, hand dip each one.

Then, you place them on waxed paper and put in the fridge for 5 or 10 minutes. I put one pan in while preparing the next. (I only had room for one at a time.) You don’t want to leave them in there too long, just till they set. I made them right before leaving so they would be fresh.

Wow! I just counted. 103, less the ones I “taste tested.”

My first stop, as always, is Fire Station 9, (large ones on the left) then to the country dance at the senior center. (The right) A third batch went to McKinney Creative Community at 5:30, and there was some left over for Station 2 on the way home. Oh, and about a dozen for Miss Kathy across the street to take to work. I made sure all were gone so I wouldn’t be forced to eat more than the two I taste tested in the beginning.

Life is better when it’s dipped in chocolate.

Tuesday:) Two More Days ‘Til Empty Bowls

15 May

“One of the greatest feelings in the world is knowing that we as individuals can make a difference. Ending hunger in America is a goal that is literally within our grasp.”

~Jeff Bridges


Our entire community has been gearing up for this year’s Empty Bowls event for months. This Thursday is the big day.

Local artists, potters, teachers, students and volunteers have been crafting creating, glazing and painting bowls all year long.

Empty Bowls is an annual event hosted by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church to increase awareness of hunger in McKinney. Your ticket will help feed the hungry in our community, and you will be able to sample wonderful soups, breads, and desserts from local restaurants. You will also be able to pick out a handcrafted souvenir bowl as a reminder of the bowls that remain empty and the people that often go hungry. Proceeds benefit Community Lifeline Center.

Help us fight the hunger cycle right here in McKinney!

See you in downtown McKinney at the McKinney Performing Arts Center,

6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 16

Here are a few of the bowls my senior art friends from Towne Creek painted and donated.

I was surprised and honored when friends told me that my picture was in the Community Impact Newspaper.

One of my donations is being featured in the silent auction. I loved painting this one of a kind piece.

Here are more amazing bowls created by local potters and artists.

I hope to see you Thursday evening on the Square. It will be fun and will be helping a great cause.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

14 May

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.     

Harvey McKay


A week in a peek. Time well spent.

Sunday:) Mother’s Day Tribute

12 May

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the heart of a mother.” – –

~St. Therese of Lisieux


A beautiful sunny Sunday after endless gray days of rain and gloom. Greeting before Mass was especially cheerful with all the Mother’s Day greetings and hugs.

When I got home, I got to FaceTime with my grand-daughters and Joe and Lindsay.. Matt sent me flowers and there were endless texts and FaceTime greetings.

But, when I woke this morning, I said a special “good morning” to my sweet Angel Mother in heaven. Happy Mother’s Day.

A little video tribute to Mom. Love you! Miss you!

Saturday:) “Insight Out Jazz Art” at The Cove

12 May

“Creativity and insight almost always involve an experience of acute pattern recognition: the eureka moment in which we perceive the interconnection between disparate concepts or ideas to reveal something new.”

~Jason Silva


Fred “Jazz” Roland’s vibrant expression of color, contour and concert was featured this weekend at The Cove. Helene and I stopped in to enjoy the colorful art exhibit and smooth sultry music performed by The Tribe.

Photography by Brandy Roland was also featured. Brandy’s descriptive black and white New York street scenes were very powerful.

A shout out to my friend Bob Romans

If you missed the show, the art show will be open one more day, Sunday, May 12 from 6-9 at The Cove. 402 N Tennessee, just north of the McKinney Square.