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Montage Monday: Create

25 Feb

“No matter what your history has been, your destiny is what you create today. What are you going to create?”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
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This was another tipsy-topsy-turvy roller coaster kinda week. Keeping busy 24/7 can have its mind numbing advantages, but being challenged, enthusiastic, energetic, and creative fills my heart with promise.

I’ve been writing every day, challenging myself to share not only words, but my soul with friends, family, strangers and strangers who have become friends. (As of today, 13,567 views since I started to blog…OMG.)

I’ve been going to Zumba twice a week and loving the Latin dancing. I even popped into the gym last week and shot a few hoops on the courts. I’ve still got it…made a few free throws and lay-ups. Pretty good for an old lady. I’ve added walking a couple of miles almost every day. Energized!

On a creative note, I’ve been having fun at Sweet Spot Bakery on Tuesday, where I share a little make-and-take art project, enjoy the tea and treats, and belting out a few tunes with the group and Miss Kathy. Fridays are always spent with my senior art group. Then, Saturday writing group is so inspiring. Sunday is church and breakfast, bumping into friends and neighbors.

Whenever I start feeling down, there’s always something or someone to pick me right up. You can’t ask for more than that, can you? What are you going to create today? How ’bout your destiny!

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Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes

19 Feb

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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And what an agreeable afternoon we had. You never know who is going to walk in the door during Tuesday Tea Time, Treats and Tunes at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Kay brought her ukelele again this week, and the gorgeous weather found us sitting outside a while, serenading passers-by and local motorists.

Our weekly tea time venue is really taking off. Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth are providing a fun place on the square for folks to enjoy an afternoon singing and sipping tea or coffee, enjoying a sampler of yummy desserts, and spending time with friends.

It’s difficult to refrain from tapping your toe and singing along. Miss Kathy not only has a beautiful voice, but she taught us a few line dancing moves later.
Everyone tried their hand at an easy-breezy Zentangle art project. I provided the supplies and a few words of encouragement, and the ladies went to town creating the most fabulous Toni-tangles. Yes, I gave it my own name. Zentangle is just a fancy form of doodling. It’s all the rage. Great job gals!

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A few of the ladies that joined us. Hi!!!

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Jacquie and and Margie created these masterpieces in less than an hour…first timers…pretty cool!

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Mandy was amazing, another first, but probably not the last.

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Miss Kay didn’t think hers was that great, but look at this people, it is fantastic. She said she’s not an artist. Ha! Yes she is.

A good time was had by all. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring to the “ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Theme Song Thursday: “Help” One Another

7 Feb

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
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McKinney and nearby communities braved the ice, snow and frigid temperatures to support St. Peter’s Empty Bowls project, feeding the hungry one bowl at a time. Visitors were able to chose from one of hundreds of handcrafted donated bowls created by local craftsman, students and professional artisans.

Delicious soups, breads, desserts and beverages were served, while friends and neighbors enjoyed an evening of entertainment, laughter and community. A separate silent auction of professional artisan bowls raised over $3,200.

The amazing part of this fundraiser is that all the profits help support our community. Volunteers donated their time, local restaurants provided the food, artists donated the bowls. A community coming together to “HELP” one another.


Two videos: live from St. Peter’s Episcoplal Church in McKinney

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Me and Miss Sherry admiring our lovely bowls.

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E Flat Porch Band entertaining the crowd.

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A community coming together to support the less fortunate.

Tuesday: Terrific Tea Time and Tunes

5 Feb

Maybe life is a song but you’re scared to sing along until the very ending.
-Amanda quotes | added by: jasinski.amanda
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No one was afraid to sing along today at the very first Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery. It was such fun! A variety of toe-tapping country music, basic Broadway show tunes, and some fun standard classic songs were belted out this afternoon. I’ll be the first to admit that, “I sing out loud, proud and off key.” But, I sure do enjoy sharing good times with friends or even strangers. Watch this…really…it’s funny!


The array of tasty little treats, teas, and coffees was beautifully presented by Kathy and Elizabeth.

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Quite a few friends popped in to spend the afternoon laughing, singing and enjoying the entertainment. Wait a minute…they were the entertainment.

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We worked on several crafty valentine cards. They were quick, easy, and just too darn cute for words.

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A big thank you to everyone who came out on a dreary rainy Tuesday. I had a great time and hope you did too. Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes will be a regular event, so if you missed this week’s inaugural venue, come on down to the Square next week, or the next. Here’s another tempting photo to entice your taste buds.

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Theme Song Thursday:Tea for Two

30 Jan

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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Tea time is my favorite time of day. Of course, I sit and sip on my tea five or six times a day, so I guess all day is my favorite tea time. A couple of months ago, I was chatting with my friend Kathy, who owns the yummy bakery on the Square. We threw around some ideas about her hosting a special Tuesday tea at McKinney’s Sweet Spot.

Well, it’s official. Starting next week, Sweet Spot Bakery will host an exciting Tuesday Tea Time every week with treat, tunes and Toni. A special Tuesday offering of tea (or coffee for the non-tea lovers) with a sampler of Miss Elizabeth’s delicious baked goods, will be available. Miss Kathy, also a professional singer, will have her handy karaoke machine set up in case a spontaneous sing-a-long breaks out, or someone wants to belt out a tune.

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Toni (that would be me) loves her show tunes, but I also love my arts and crafts projects. So, I said I would offer a hands-on art or craft demonstration. Anyone interested could create a greeting card or other fun project. I enjoy showing people, especially those who say they couldn’t possibly make anything creative, how to make something beautiful in a short time. We’ll be sipping tea, sampling divine desserts, singing tunes and spreading our artistic wings.

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A couple of ideas for a fun Valentine card.

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Miss Elizabeth will bake some sensational treats and Miss Kathy will provide fun entertainment.

COME JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY FOR TEA, TUNES AND TONI’S ARTSY TIME. JUST POP IN ANYTIME BETWEEN 12 noon and 4PM on Tuesday for TEA TIME.

Special Tuesday TEA FOR TWO only $10. That’s only $5 a person. Bring a friend or a bunch of friends. It will be a blast!
But stop in anytime. Sweet Spot is open Tuesday through Sunday. Great coffee and teas, wonderful baked goods, ice cream, and breakfast and lunch always served with a smile and an occasional song.

McKinney’s Sweet Spot
120 W Louisiana St, McKinney, TX
(214) 395-9535

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Tuesday Tips and Late Night Painting Projects

29 Jan

“I love the silent hour of night, for blissful dreams may then arise, revealing to my charmed sight what may not bless my waking eyes.”
― Anne Brontë, Best Poems of the Brontë Sisters
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“Do not put off till tomorrow what you can put off till today, or the night before you leave.” Here’s a tip. When you’re visiting your mom for three weeks, try not to procrastinate. I promised my mother that we would do some glass painting during my visit. We did some watercolor, pastel chalk projects and played with a bunch of crafts, but I totally forgot the glass painting.

On my last night there, I started packing a few things and was scouting out the nooks and crannies to make sure I didn’t leave anything behind. There on the floor were all the clear glass vases that she had been saving and a few more that we bought at the dollar store. Yikes! I forgot. So, at 10:30 pm, we gathered all the paints and vases on the table. Mom was tired and it was late, so she just assisted me with prepping, shuffling and moral support. Mom is my biggest fan. She kept saying, “You are wonderful!” I always reply, “The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Late night glass painting project. BEFORE…

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I spent two or three hours painting. Mom scooted her chair close by and moved the vase after each step and handed me the next. It was a well oiled assembly line. We let them dry over night.

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I finished eight vases, four with bluebonnets and four with lavender. Cute, huh?

In the morning, I popped them in a cold oven and baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool without opening for at least three or four hours. Voila!!! Last minute, late night, guilt ridden, procrastination glass painting project.

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Hey! What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Not cookies or brownies…glass vases. Now, Mom has some gorgeous vases to give her lady friends as a gift for a birthday or celebration. MY WORK HERE IS DONE!

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Sacrosanct Saturday: Family, Friends, and Fish?

26 Jan

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Chinese Proverb

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The sacrosanct time spent with my friends and family these past three weeks has been wonderful. The Chicago weather has ranged from frigid to unbearable, but not for this Texas gal. The warmth and love I’ve experienced has negated any cold temperature, and has given me the spiritual and emotional boost that will help me get through the tough times ahead. But alas, I go back to Texas tomorrow. I’m excited to see my dear friends and get back to my activities. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could have both? Wherever I am, I miss who I must leave behind.

I was familiar with the word “sacrosanct,” but very rarely had a chance to use it. So, what better place than right here to share a fun vocabulary word…

sacrosanct
sac·ro·sanct\ˈsa-krō-ˌsaŋ(k)t\
adjective
: too important and respected to be changed, criticized, etc.
Full Definition
1 : most sacred or holy : inviolable
2 : treated as if holy : immune from criticism or violation
sac·ro·sanc·ti·ty \ˌsa-krō-ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-tē\ noun
Examples
the teacher’s book of grades is sacrosanct, and someone could be expelled for changing anything in it
believers eventually built a chapel on the sacrosanct spot where the miracle was thought to have taken place
Origin: Latin sacrosanctus, probably from sacro sanctus hallowed by a sacred rite.
First use: 1601
Synonyms: hallowed, holy, inviolable, sacred, unassailable, untouchable
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On my last full day with Mom and her lady friends at The Greens, we had our last little arts and crafts lesson. We’ve been making beautiful notecards, and now that they each have several different examples, I’m sure they will be making more cards on their own. Mom has all the stencils, chalks, pencils and cards to share, and she is an excellent teacher in her own right. I’m glad I taught them to fish instead of giving them a fish. I have a feeling that I’ll be receiving some lovely handmade cards in the future.

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Sunday Services and Sharing

20 Jan

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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If this is true, which I sincerely hope it is, there is a very good chance that I will never grow old. I have so many dreams and plans and hopes, and I certainly will never stop pursuing them.

This morning, I had the pleasure of joining Mom at her Sunday service that takes place in their activity room. A very sweet lady from St. Thomas More came to lead the service and pass out communion. About fifteen residents attended, most shuffling in behind their walkers, but determined to recite prayers, sing hymns, and give thanks. I certainly admire their faith and commitment.

I’ve been staying with my mom for a couple of weeks now, and the seniors here are very inspirational. Mom is one of the most loved little ladies at The Greens. Everyone knows and loves Trini, and a lot of her friends have come to know and love me, too. (The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree… We are both nuts…sing show tunes…and do arts and crafts.)

I’ve missed my senior art group back in McKinney, but I’ve had the opportunity to share a few artsy-craftsy projects with Mom’s friends. They really enjoy my funny stories, off key singing and art demos.

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We’ve been making notecards.

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Life is all about sharing, loving, and dreaming. May you always have dreams to pursue, and may all your dreams come true…and NEVER GROW OLD!

Saturday: Sun and Fun on the Square

29 Dec

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
― Helen Keller
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It was a beautiful sunny Saturday. No way was I going to sit in the house all day. Our writing group wasn’t meeting, but I decided to head over to the Square anyway. I had a leisurely breakfast at Sweet Spot Bakery then meandered over to Snug on the Square for a tall hot chocolate. My buddy Daniel always gives me a big ol’ smile and a hug when I come in. Snug and a hug go hand-in-hand.

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I sat outside, positioned my chair directly into the sun and absorbed every ray of sunshine and vitamin D possible. It felt invigorating. I bumped into Jeremiah Hammer and chatted a couple minutes. Then, my neighbors, Sheila and Bob Johnson, strolled by. We ended up talking and sipping our drinks for over an hour. That’s what downtown McKinney is all about.

On my way back to my car, I popped into Art on the Veranda. It’s an adorable gift and art shop that features local artists and crafter’s work, and has the most creative gifts. They also offer a wide variety of classes. I just so happened to peek in during a Zentangle class. If you aren’t familiar with this fabulous doodling art form, make sure you check it out. Anyone can learn and create some nifty projects. (Did I just date myself and say, “nifty?”)

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Zentangle instructor/artist, Angie Vangalis, leads a class at Art on the Veranda.

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I was so pumped by the sun, fun and friends on the Square, that when I got home, I strapped on my tennis shoes and went for a long walk. More sunshine! Life is good!

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The perfect end to a perfect day!

Friday: Holiday Fun and Friends

21 Dec

The pursuit of beauty and truth is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
Albert Einstein
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Another fun video from my Zumba class yesterday at the McKinney YMCA, getting into the holiday spirit. Such fun!

We celebrated Della’s birthday at Towne Creek today. Her birthday is Christmas Eve, and that’s a heck of a time to have a birthday. But, hopefully we made it a special day for her. We worked on making some crafts, had a little feast, and sang happy birthday before digging into red velvet cake. My favorite part was when we held hands before our celebration and said what we were thankful for. Funny, everyone mentioned the wonderful friends we had made and shared our days with. That’s what it’s all about, my friends!

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Our little feast.

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Della loved her special birthday celebration with friends and red velvet cake.

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Krys Watson brought fabulous appetizers. Look how cute!

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We made a bunch of these crafts to share with friends and family.

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