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Theme Song Thursday: A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

16 May

“Just remember, there comes a time when the party isn’t a party anymore; it’s your life.”
― Doug Cooper, Outside In
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What’s your definition of partying? There comes a time in your life when you realize that partying is not about getting drunk and acting stupid. It’s doing fun, happy things that brightens your spirit, and doesn’t harm anyone. It’s your life.

I love going to Zumba. We dance our little booties off, laugh, sweat and get a great workout. That’s my idea of partying. But then again, I’m getting kinda old. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.” Nope, a little party should be totally awesome. Here’s a snippet of today’s partying at the YMCA.

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That’s another great idea. After a lot of good, clean, healthy partying, time to take a nap.

Saturday: Some More of My Peeps

20 Apr

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
― Ruth Reichl
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A beautiful day here in McKinney. I went to the 9:30 Zumba class, and went for a walk when I got home. Then…time to finish decorating the rest of the cupcakes that I didn’t have time to finish yesterday. If you recall, I couldn’t find anymore bunny Peeps, so I bought the yellow chicks. Here ya go…

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Then, all my peeps and I delivered a few more cupcakes to neighbors, friends and of course, the firemen.

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Firefighter Eddington at Station #5. (My local station. They were on a call yesterday when I stopped by)
Then, off to Station #8. Captain Chandler came to the door with a big smile.

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He was joined by a hungry companion.

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I did tell the firefighters that I ran out of bunnies, but seeing as they were “chick magnets,” that they could appreciate the humor.
After my deliveries, I enjoyed the sunny afternoon having lunch and visiting with friends on the Square. A good day with all my “peeps.”

Sunday: Sitting, Standing, Singing and Other Aerobic Catholic Exercises

17 Mar

“We are all born like Catholics . . . in limbo, without religion.”
― Yann Martel, Life Pi
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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the comedy performance of FOUR FUNNY FEMALES in McKinney. One of the funny ladies had a bit about all the confusion with standing, sitting, and kneeling during her first visit to a Catholic Mass. That got me to thinking, wow, that could be very confusing to someone who didn’t have the routine already ingrained. So, what do you think I did? Yes, I recorded all the aerobic maneuvers, gestures, recitations, and sing-a-longs. Well, I may have missed a couple things because it’s more like a memory marathon.

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The first thing you do when you come in is dip a finger in the holy water font and make the sign of the cross (soc1). Then you find a pew or chair, kneel (k) and make the sign again (soc2), say your prayer, make the sign (soc3), and sit (s1). And that’s all before anything has started. Father comes in and we all stand up (su1) and we sing a hymn (sh1). Oh yah, there’s a lot of reciting of prayers, greetings, and verses. Father blesses us, another sign (soc4), then we recite The Confiteor (r1).

Now, that’s all in the first five minutes, so I m going to spare you all the details and cut to the chase. Here are my totals, give or take… 10 signs of the cross, 14 songs or singing verses, (it’s Lent so we didn’t sing a closing hymn), sit 5, stand 5, kneel 4, group reciting 8, shake hands and greet 2, and hold hands for The Lord’s Prayer 1. Are you getting dizzy just trying to keep up?

I can’t imagine what it would be like to attend a religious service where you just walk in and sit the whole time. That would be kinda boring, not to mention not being able to burn off hundreds of calories. We only get that thin little wafer and a tiny sip of wine, so it’s a very calorie friendly service.

If you’d like to worship and get a great workout at the same time, give the Catholic Church a try.

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Tuesday Tea Time, Treats and Tip for Today

5 Mar

There’s nothing wrong with me a little ice cream won’t fix.
~Author Unknown
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Another fun Tuesday Tea Time at Sweet Spot bakery on the Square. Miss Kay brought her ukulele and is tried to teach me a few chords. I’ve got C down, that’s about it. We had a few delicious treats, did a little singing, and made cute initial notecards.

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Miss Elizabeth was baking in the back kitchen and working on a seriously decadent red velvet concoction topped with ice cream and gooey chocolate and caramel sauces. YIKES! Fat Tuesday was appropriately named. Look at this!

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Now for my tip. I’ve shared this one many times, but a little reminder couldn’t hurt. When cooking, baking, or doing just about anything…make it fun…laugh…share. I made these brownies last week for our tennis team’s home match. First, I make a funny face with the batter, then cut up a bunch of Snickers bars and sprinkled on top of the batter and baked. YUMMMM!!!

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Foot Fetish Friday

22 Feb

Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
Because I love you (Yes, I do)
-James Taylor
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Ah, you are probably wondering…foot fetish, what’s that all about? I was trying to decide what to write about today, so I went through my thousands of pictures on my iPad for inspiration. (I do that a lot.)

I ran across this picture of my boys when they were just knee high to a grasshopper. Wow! That’s an old one. It reminded me of happy times when every little thing my babies did was amazing. Now, my babies are grown men, far away from my yearning eyes and arms, but they still make me smile.

My ringtone on my cell phone plays James Taylor’s, “Your Smiling Face, whenever my boys call. So appropriate! Another James Taylor kinda day.
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Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
Because I love you (Yes, I do)
And when you give me that pretty little pout
It turns me inside out
There’s something about you, baby (I don’t know)……………

JAMES TAYLOR

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I bet this made you smile too!

Montage Monday: A Busy Week

11 Feb

“Too often, we miss out on opportunities in this life because we were too busy waiting for them to fall into our lap that we missed them tapping on our shoulder.”
― Daniel Willey
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I had a busy week, but it was a very fun week. “I was busier than a rabbit in a cabbage patch.” OK, I googled that quote to see if it was already famous or taken, because the last time I thought I had made up, “I’m busier than a horsefly at a rodeo,” someone else had already taken credit for that. So far, I think this is an original, but don’t “quote” me on that. Get it? Quote me! Ha ha!

So, here’s a brief wrap-up of my time warp week.

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The weeks just fly by too fast. It does feel like a time warp.

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I guess I’m lucky that I’m not wise or a man, but I sure am busy.

Some Sound Advice, Some Funny Sayings, and Singing With the Beatles

10 Feb

“May I share with you a formula that in my judgment will help you and help me to journey well through mortality… First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill your heart with love.”
― Thomas S. Monson
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Excellent advice and a life to strive for. As in most things, easier said than done, but worthy of every effort. I do believe that truth is very important, not only the words you tell others, but the words you tell yourself. I need to work on that. Sometimes that is the hardiest truth. Service is equally as important. Service and helping people is another gift that nourishes your soul. Then, filling your heart with love, family and friendship completes the formula.

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Being thankful is the key.

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This is funny, but true. If you survived a catholic education! you can survive anything. Amen. Now sit down and fold your hands.

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OK, this one was just cerebral and amusing,
Now, for the Beatles? CBS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show. I’m singing along…as I tend to do. I remember it like it was “YESTERDAY.” Get it? “Yesterday, life was such an easy game to play.”

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Sitcom Saturday:Four Funny Females

9 Feb

“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.”
― George Meredith, Diana of the Crossways
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My friends Lynne, Gail and I spent the evening laughing at the hysterical comedy of FOUR FUNNY FEMALES at the McKinney Performing Art Center. Our good friend, Laura Bartlett, is the producer and one of the adorable funny ladies that entertained a sold out house tonight. Jodi Hadsell, Sherry Belle and Linda Stogner also shared hilarious stories and jokes that the entire audience could relate to.

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I have to admit that I was in stitches and could totally relate to the jokes about Catholic confusion and strenuous workout that is better known as Mass. Each funny lady took every day life events and spun them into side-splitting stand-up routines. It’s funny how real life can be really funny. The laughter never stopped until the final bow.

We were honored to be invited backstage after the show to visit with these “Four Funny Females.”

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Laura Bartlett is not only hilarious! she is also so cute, isn’t she?

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These witty women are true Texas treasures.

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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Sing a Song of Sunday: Leaving on a Jet Plane

27 Jan

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan
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I hate to travel! If you know me or have read my blog, you know this. Today, I bade a final farewell to the frigid Chicago temps and headed back to temperate Texas. (Did I just say, bade farewell? Is that even a word.)

My sister was kind enough to brave the cold to take me to the madhouse that is O’Hare Airport. We left three hours before the flight, just in case. No traffic on Sunday, so we got there quickly. There was no long line at security, I was sent through that short, don’t take off your shoes line, and I walked over to F14. Easy-peasy! With plenty of time to spare, I did a little people watching, did a some writing, and checked my email. Smooth!

With about forty-five minutes to go, I decided to take a little stroll. Boy, am I glad I did. I went over to that white board that had the flight info on it. Cleaveland? I wasn’t going to Cleaveland. Yikes! I scurried down the corridor to the arrival/departure board. The Dallas flight was changed to E2. Why didn’t they tell me. Don’t they know I hate to travel, much less a change in my travel plans? I hate change! So much for smooth. (It wasn’t that bad.)

We started boarding a few minutes later. I was paranoid that my cell phone boarding pass scanner thingy wasn’t going to work and they would send me to security or Siberia or something. It worked fine. I was even able to shove my luggage in the overhead compartment without whacking anyone in the head. All was well, so I decided that this was the perfect time to break into song. Not really. But, I did Google the perfect song that would capture the moment. I’m into capturing the moment.

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Leaving the friendly frozen confines of Chicago.

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Welcome to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.
My friends Karen and Lynne picked me up at the airport, and were waiting for me at baggage claim. We stopped at On the Boarder for dinner, and because I wasn’t driving, I had a tall frosty margarita. Woo-hoo! I am so grateful for family and friends who are always there to ease my travel traumas.

I’m celebrating the journey, pot holes and all. Life is good!