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Sentimental Saturday: Super Special Day

27 Apr

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath is a gift from God.
Mary Manin Morrissey
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Wow! What a crazy busy day with some super special friends! I started off with my writing group at 10, and lunch with Mandy and Liz at Cadillac Pizza. Then, I stopped in to visit Judy and Dana at Art on the Veranda, chatted with Miss Kathy at Sweet Spot Bakery, then drove home so I could get a walk in before the rain. While I was starting my second loop, Karen called and asked if I wanted to get some dinner. Well, why not? We met at Market Street and got our usual three veggie plate. More chatting and friend time. Back home, no rain yet, so, finished the second 1.5 mile walk. I just started taking of my shoes around 7pm when the phone rang. Miss Della asked if I wanted to meet for an iced tea and some girlfriend time. Hey…I’m there! 9pm and just ending my day and writing to share my amazing day with friends.

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When I got dressed this morning, I put on this special feather bracelet that my girlfriends gave me. I have more friends than you can shake a stick at…weird saying…why would you want to shake a stick at anyone?

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Yep, I’d share my last cookie with anyone of these special friends! They’d do the same for me.

Montage Monday: To All My Peeps and Friends

22 Apr

“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
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I agree Miss Austen. It is not in my nature either. I spent a very jammed packed busy week with so many of these wonderful friends, and I would do anything for them, and they the same for me.

Good Friday started off my weekend baking frenzy. I baked 6 dozen large cupcakes and decorated them for “my peeps” and firemen friends, and 4 dozen mini cupcakes. All were well received, and it was my extreme pleasure to make so many people smile. This makes my heart soar. I don’t do things by halves, more like by the dozens.

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A week in a peek.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom

17 Apr

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. ~Walt Whitman
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The sun was shining this morning, and the crisp morning air made my early walk/run very invigorating . I was also excited about a “girlfriend road trip” to the town of Anna in the afternoon. Lynne invited us to Join her for a visit to Luscombe farm to see the iris fields, have lunch in their quaint restaurant, and have a tour of the charming rustic farm. It was a perfect day for fields of flowers, photos and friends.

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Beautiful irises in bloom and in bud, but even more spectacular were all the rustic and rusty buildings, farm equipment and amazing scenery.
You know what the best part of the entire spectacular day was? Yep! Spending time with wonderful, artistic, and creative friends. We were snapping dozens of pictures of beautiful blooming flowers, but we all got so excited over moldy wooden boards, rusty tin roofs, and a dilapidated out house. Wild, wacky girlfriends are the best!!!

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Tuesday Time With Friends

16 Apr

We should live every day like it is a holiday, being thankful and spending time with family, and looking hopefully to the future.
-Unknown
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Family and friends…friends are family. When your only real family is far away, your friends become family. I am blessed with the best of both. Tuesday started with Zumba friends, then off to Tea Time at Sweet Spot friends. Miss Kay delighted us with a vast repertoire (thank goodness for spellcheck) of ukelele songs. She is amazing. Mandy enjoyed it too.

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A couple of ladies wandered over and sang some Hawaiian songs with us.

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The cool morning warmed up nicely, so when I got home in the evening, I went for a long walk with my new best friend. Guess who? ME! Slowly but surely, I am getting used to my own wonderful company. (Modesty, not one of my best attributes.) The long brisk walks allow a lot of time to think, plan, mentally create. Time is never wasted. Time to heal, reflect, renew, “looking forward to the future.”

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Tuesday Tea Time, Tips and Other Stuff

8 Apr

“I like the pace of my world. It’s busy, but for me, the less I do the lazier I get.”
― Hoda Kotb, Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee
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Wow! Today was a busy day, and I’m not even halfway done yet. I woke up at the crack of dawn to make a batch of brownies before Zumba.

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Too early to be creative and dress up my brownie mix face. Tip-always play with your food.

Then off to Zumba to wiggle, giggle and dance away any troubles or stress. Chatted with Karen a bit, home to shower and pack up supplies for art project at Sweet Spot bakery Tuesday Tea Time.

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The gals concentrating on their project. Oh yes, today is Liz’s birthday. Happy, happy birthday, Lizzie.

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Tip- celebrate your birthday with goofy friends.

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Sherri and Margie always create something beautiful. Tip- always have a wonderful instructor. (That would be me. Ha!)

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Heather and Ginger hiding behind their work. Camera shy?

It was a good day, but, now off to McKinney Creative Community with my brownies. Always great to visit with creative souls.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Getting Back on the Horse

3 Apr

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” — Marie Curie
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Perseverance and confidence, two words to strive for, to live for. You can only move forward, one step at a time. I’ve been in a holding pattern for a long time, but today, I felt revitalized when I stepped back on the tennis courts after not playing in almost a year. Time to “get back on the horse” and start getting back to the things I love, the things that I put on the back burners.

I missed playing tennis and the tennis girls who have been the greatest friends, some for almost ten years. I didn’t want to let them down so I didn’t commit to play as a regular, just to sub if they needed me. Today, they needed me, but I needed to play again to start getting back my confidence. Not just about tennis, but about everything.

I was a bit rusty, but Judy and I managed to win one set. Of course, Judy had to run all over the courts like a mad woman to cover me. It was wonderful to get back on the horse, back on the courts, back to my life…one step at a time.

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Friday: Friends of a Feather

29 Mar

“Birds of the same feathers flock together, and when they flock together they fly so high.”
― Cecil Thounaojam
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I keep finding feathers and pennies where ever I go. The universe, or my guardian angel is telling my that all is well. I know this, but the little reminders are helpful. Thank you universe.

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I found this beautiful feather on one of my walk/runs yesterday. When the pent up anger and energy builds up, I am gifted with a feather or a penny to remind me that I am blessed, and that I am loved. Then a real bird comes to laugh with me and make me smile.

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I went shopping this morning, had lunch with my friend Zumba Karen, (not her real name), my friend Lynne with the baby called, (the baby is in school already), I went to Towne creek and shared the afternoon with my senior artist friends, went for a run, talked to my sister Jo, and sat to collapse.
Then, to make my evening complete, my son Joe called and we talked for almost an hour about his vacation and other such pleasantries. Life is good!

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Towne creek artists hard at work.

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Theme Song Thursday: Busy

21 Mar

“Busyness chokes deep thinking.”
― Todd Stocker, Refined: Turning Pain Into Purpose
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Keeping myself off the charts busy every day is the only thing that keeps me going. This morning started out with making brownies, cleaning the house and tidying up for a showing, changing into work-out clothes, snarfing down some yogurt, scrambling off to Zumba while calling Mom in the car. Then, a great hour of Zumba, scurry back home, five minute shower, change, turn on all house lights, grab brownies, stop at bank, run over to Walmart, then stop and watch my tennis friends play their home match.( reason for the brownies.) I joined them for lunch, but just had an iced tea, chatted and drove home, threw on my gym shoes and went for a double walk, about an hour. Paid some bills, made my dinner, checked emails and working on this blog now.

I try to keep very, very busy. It chokes deep thinking. I hate deep thinking, it’s usually not a good thing.

I liked this little song. I like BUSY!

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I made brownies…and a funny face. Makes me smile.

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It was a beautiful day to watch tennis. Maybe I’ll play again someday.

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Lunch, a stop at the store, and a long walk. The trees are starting to blossom. Today’s the first day of Spring. Hope springs eternal!

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Friday Friends, Art, and More Friends

15 Mar

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.”
― Charles Lamb
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Yesterday was yet another busy day. I went to my Zumba class at 8:30, changed really quickly and ran, (actually drove) over to the Heard Craig for the monthly Art Club of McKinney meeting. I missed some of the 9:30-10 meeting, but arrived in time for the guest demonstrator.
Program: Darla Bostick, “Dramatic Watercolors”
Darla gave an informative and humorous demo of using acrylic paints with a watercolor technique.

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Very interesting.
After the meeting, a bunch of us went over to Snug for lunch. It was a beautiful day, so we sat outside and enjoyed one of the rare warm days we’ve had lately. I have the nicest friends!

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I walked around the square and visited with friends at Sweet Spot bakery and Art on the Veranda. My car was filthy, so I stopped at the car wash! drove home and ran in, put on my gym shoes and went for a walk. Half way through my walk, I ran into my neighbor Debbie. She said her daughter, Kat, was home from college and would love to see me. Another couple hours visiting and chatting. I finished my walk, getting home around 7:30.

Well, that was around eleven hours of running around with friends and having fun. Yep, I keep busy, talk a lot of nonsense, but my nonsense is respected and actually…it’s expected.

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Tuesday: Tips and Tunes

11 Mar

“How cruelly sweet are the echoes that start, when memory plays an old tune on the heart!”
― Eliza Cook
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OK! I made my brownies this morning and wasn’t going to make a funny face. What? I was in a hurry after Zumba, and still wanted to come up with an idea for my Tea and Tunes gathering, and pack up all that stuff before noon. Well, I grabbed a cowboy hat and some western paraphernalia. VOILA! Funny Face Brownie Mix!

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Remember my tip? Always play with your food!

Then, off to Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Kay played a few fun tunes on her ukulele. It’s Spring break here, so there were kids all around, and they enjoyed singing along.

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Kay Griffith’s magical melodies.

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Mercedes

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Me and Margie

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Had a fun day so far. I’m going to McKinney Creative Community tonight with afore mentioned brownies.(Baked of course.) Another busy day in McKinney.

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