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Tuesday Tip for the Day

18 Jun

“If You Are Feeling Blue, Try To Paint The Sky With It. When Its Done, Look At It And Then Definitely The Golden Sun Will Come Out From You To Brighten Up Your Entire Day….”
― Muhammad Imran Hasan
That’s a different way of saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” When life gives you “blue,” paint the sky with it. I like that, then the golden sun will come out.

So, my tip for the day is…try and see the bright side, even when life looks pretty dark. Grab some sunshine, grab some friends, and paint your sky blue.

Well, the golden sun was definitely out today. Hot…and in the 90’s. After an hour of Zumba and another hour walking with Kat in the morning heat, I was pretty tired and sweaty, but energized from the sun. I had a nice long 3 hour lunch with Karen D. And Miss Eleanor at Hutchin’s Barbecue. Oh my! I haven’t eaten that much in three days combined. It was good. Did I mention peach cobbler with ice cream at the end? “Tie me down and call me Ollie!” I really don’t know what that means. Just popped in my head.


Nice place, good food, pretty empty when you have lunch from 3-5.



Swinging Saturday on Square

15 Jun

In life you are going to make mistakes, you’re going to fall down, but it’s the getting up that counts. Just like in baseball: you’ll get a few hits, but most likely, you’ll strike out more than you’ll get on base. But don’t quit. Find your focus, relax, take a deep breath and give it a good swing.
Dave Pelzer
An early morning walk, a quick shower and off to the McKinney Square, my favorite place to hang out. A social-slash-writing meet up at Sweet Spot with Mandy. Then, across the street to paint and chat with Judy at Art on the Veranda.


You never know when friends will pop in. Hi Miss Erma and Miss Connie.

Ok, by now I was pretty hungry, so I ran (literally) over to Snug to get my favorite yummy yogurt parfait and a big hug from my buddy Daniel. The Square was hoppin’ with several weddings coming and going. When my painting/visiting ended, I scooted back over to Sweet Spot to people watch and wait for the Second Saturday jam session. Great people watching. “Here comes the bride.”


Now, coming to you live from the jam session. Folks just stopping by to play instruments, sing and share good music and friendship.




Monday Montage: A Week in a Peek

10 Jun

“Love is a sliver of sunlight peeking through the darkness; a whisper of hope when all is lost.”
Rochelle Maya Callen, Ashes and Ice
The week certainly flies by, doesn’t it? So much to do, so little time…well, there’s a lot of time. I should say, so much to do…so little I get done. That would be more accurate.

Here’s a week in a peek.


Have a great week, my friends!

Sunday: Acceptance, Understanding, Appreciation

9 Jun

“Love is made up of three unconditional properties in equal measure:

1. Acceptance
2. Understanding
3. Appreciation

Remove any one of the three and the triangle falls apart.

Which, by the way, is something highly inadvisable. Think about it — do you really want to live in a world of only two dimensions?

So, for the love of a triangle, please keep love whole.”
― Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
McKinney celebrated North Texas Pride Day this afternoon. The threatening clouds and rain disappeared, and the sun heated up the day. Maybe a little too hot, but better than rain. Everyone had a good time.

It was great to see all the support from the community. It was a fun event.





Montage Monday and Memorial Day

27 May

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” -John F. Kennedy
It started out to be a dreary, rainy Memorial Day, but by afternoon, the skies cleared and sun came out. Everyone here in North Texas is pretty happy whenever we get a little rain, so we got the best of both worlds today. People were still able to have their parades, picnics, and cook outs.

It certainly was another busy week, the highlight being the appreciation lunch for the McKinney firefighters. So, here’s a week in a peek.



Tuesday: Taking Time To Say Thank You

21 May

When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work.
~Edward F. Croker
The charming seniors at Towne Creek Apartments hosted their second annual appreciation lunch for the McKinney firefighters. They spent the morning decorating, cooking, baking and preparing for the festivities. Everyone cheered each time another group of firemen and administrators stopped by. It was nice to see the handsome men in blue for a celebration instead of the many emergency situations. Yes, it was nice to say thank you.





After sharing a wonderful lunch of homemade salads, beans, pasta, pies, cakes and some delicious Dickey’s barbecue, there was a ton of yummy food left over. So, we packed it all up in dozens of containers and Miss Nelma and I drove over to three different fire stations that were unable to attend the lunch, and dropped of a huge bag of food. Each station was extremely appreciative.

Firefighter Rice over at Station#1 and Miss Nelma.

Firefighter Hendricks at Station #2

A group photo with the guys at Station #5. These are my guys. They’ve seen many a brownie or cupcake.

It was a full day of appreciation and saying thank you to those who do so much for us. Thanks guys and gals in blue!

Sunday Sights, Sounds and Sweet Things

19 May

I spent some time on the Square this afternoon. I had a little lunch at Snug, visited with some friends, did some people watching, Then, I remembered that my friend, local artist Anne Royer had arranged a painting/music gathering at the Heard Craig Center for the Arts, at the Carriage House. Keyboardist William Foley played such beautiful music while Anne and friends painted and sketched. It was a gorgeous day. Some beautiful sights and sounds.


Wasn’t that lovely!

Now, for the sweet things. My “sweet” friend, Elizabeth Farmer, from Sweet Spot Bakery gifted me with twenty delicious cupcakes to share with my senior friends at Towne Creek. Miss Nelma, who just got back from a scary hospital stay, was thrilled when I knocked at her door bearing cupcakes.

Thank you miss Elizabeth and Miss Kathy for your constant generosity,

Tenacious Tuesday

14 May

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”
Amelia Earhart
Today was a very tenacious Tuesday. I was busier than a horsefly at a rodeo. Call Mom, straighten the house a little, Zumba at 8:30, scramble home, shower, cut up and package brownies, gather art supplies and paints for Tuesday tea time, and be out of the house by 11:45 am. (I’m tired already.)

Whenever I bake a double batch of brownies, I take a container over to Fire Station 5. They always appreciate a sweet little treat from a sweet little old lady. Paramedic Floyd looks pretty happy.

Then, off to McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery for tea time, treats and tunes. Miss Kay, Karen and I had our ukuleles, and we strummed a few tunes. Miss Kay played, Karen and I held down the C chord and pretended to play. During our intermission, we worked on painting daisy notecards and on glass votive candles. They did a great job.

Sherry always masters each project.

Miss Kay loves learning new things.

Karen can play a mean C chord and paint a mean candle. Mandy left before I could snap a picture.
I hung out until 5:30, then off too McKinney Creative Community pot luck at SPARC. That’s what the other batch of brownies was for. This is a great group of writers, artists, teachers and other creative people that meets the second Tuesday of each month. After chatting, socializing, and eating, we sit around in a big circle, taking turns introducing ourselves and sharing “what’s new and good.” It’s a great networking group, plus, there’s always good food and conversation.



It was a twelve hour tenacious Tuesday. Always crazy busy, always crazy fun.


Tuesday Tips and Tunes: When There Are Strings Attached

7 May

There’s something about the ukulele that just makes you smile. It makes you let your guard down. It brings out the child in all of us.
Jake Shimabukura
When life comes with strings attached, play the ukulele.
What a fun afternoon. Kay Griffith joined us at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery for Tea Time and Tunes. Karen brought her brand new purple ukelele, and I brought my uke, too. Miss Kay showed us three simple chords to practice, and we kinda figured out two. I think I’d do much better with only one string instead of four. Is there such an instrument?

Karen, moi, and Kay.

Here we are practicing.
Here’s the tip…pretend you are playing the ukulele, and let Miss Kay do the playing.


Cinco de Mayo and Montage Monday

6 May

“Every year thousands of Americans mistakenly refer to cinco de mayo as Mexico’s Independence Day.” –Joe Baca
A lot of people think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day…no…no. Literally “the Fifth of May,” Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862. In 1861, France sent a massive army to invade Mexico, as they wanted to collect on some war debts. The French army was much larger, better trained and equipped than the Mexicans struggling to defend the road to Mexico City. It rolled through Mexico until it reached Puebla, where the Mexicans made a valiant stand, and, against all logic, won a huge victory. It was short-lived, as the French army regrouped and continued; eventually taking Mexico City, but the euphoria of an unlikely victory against overwhelming odds is remembered every May fifth.
The McKinney Square celebrated their first Cinco de Mayo celebration yesterday, sponsored by the restaurant, Bien Salsa. Magnificent Mariachi’s performed, as did the Mexico Lindo Ballet Folklorico. A good time was had by all.

Mexico Lindo Ballet Follorico dances.

The Mariachi band was magnificent, also.


HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO MIS AMIGOS! Victory against overwhelming odds. I like that.

Here’s my montage for Monday. A week in a peek.