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Second Saturday in McKinney

13 Apr

Telling stories and laughing with friends: precious moments you’ll never forget.
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Coming to you live from downtown McKinney on the Square…

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A lot happening on the Square. The Collin County Adult and Student Art Show was amazing.

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I was displaying my hand painted glassware at Sweet Spot for Arts in Bloom.

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So, I’d post more, but I’m busy singing along and tappin’ my toes. LATER!!!

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Second Saturday on the Square: McKinney Rocks

9 Mar

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”
― Stephen Sondheim
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McKinney, music, and making memories. Second Saturday on the Square always rocks. I can spend an entire day going from place to place, listening to the great musicians, young old, singing their hearts out.

Young Jaden Farnsworth serenaded us at Snug on the square in the afternoon. Later, my writing group, Mandy, Julia and Liz and ai met at Lone Star Winery for wine, cheese and singing along with Mike Allyn. Then the perfect sweet ending to a great day of fun and friends at Sweet Spot Bakery with John Wynn and a whole bunch of jammin’ friends.

Mike Allyn

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Jaden Farnsworth

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Mike Allyn

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John Wynn and friends at Sweet Spot bakery.

Another great Saturday. I CAN fly!

Theme Song Thursday:Sons

7 Mar

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
~ Louisa May Alcott
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Tossing and turning all night, was replaced with fumbling and rumbling with the early morning sun. What started out as another cookie cutter gloomy day was instantly revitalized with a single phone call.

Who could be calling at 7:15 in the morning? You know how your mind goes into panic mode in those three seconds it takes to answer the phone?

“Hi Mom. Were you sleeping? Thought I’d call you before I went to work.”

“Sigh… No, Mijo, I’ve been awake for a while.”

We talked for around twenty minutes, just about this and that, the weekend, the weather, just small talk with a big impact. Matt said he was busy and sorry he hadn’t called over the weekend, and he just wanted to check and see how I was doing. If he only knew how much that meant to me. My heart tingled. When I hung up the phone, I smiled, jumped out of bed, and started my perfect happy day.

Sometimes happiness is only a phone call away.

CELINE DION LYRICS

“If I Could”

If I could
I’d protect you from the sadness in your eyes
Give you courage in a world of compromise
Yes, I would

If I could
I would teach you all the things I’ve never learned
And I’d help you cross the bridges that I’ve burned
Yes, I would

If I could
I would try to shield your innocence from time
But the part of life I gave you isn’t mine
I’ve watched you grow
So I could let you go

If I could
I would help you make it through the hungry years
But I know that I can never cry your tears
But I would
If I could

If I live
In a time and place where you don’t want to be
You don’t have to walk along this road with me
My yesterday
Won’t have to be your way

If I knew
I’d have tried to change the world I brought to you to
And there isn’t very much that I can do
But I would
If I could…
Oh baby… mummy wants to protect you
And help my baby through the hungry years
It’s part of me
And if you ever… ever need
Sad shoulder to cry on
I’m just someone to talk to
I’ll be there… I’ll be there
I didn’t change your world
But I would
If I Could!

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Theme Song Thursday: You’ve Got a Friend

21 Feb

I learned very early in life that: “Without a song, the day would never end; without a friend, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend- without a song” So I keep singing a song.
Elvis Presley
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I’m a creature of habit, good habits and bad habits, plus I don’t like change. One of my habits (still not sure if it’s good or bad) is that once I put a CD in the car, it stays there for months. I listen to it over and over and over. I sing along till the cows come home. Well, I don’t have any cows, but you know what I mean.

The CD for this season is James Taylor. I love James Taylor! One of my favorite songs is “you’ve got a friend.” Friendship is so important to me, and I’ve been blessed with countless wonderful loving friends.

I’d like to think that there have been times when I have been a good friend when someone has been troubled and needed a helping hand. But, so many friends have been there for me, especially these past few months…..
“Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.”

That’s the theme song for today. “Ain’t it good to know?” Yes, I am blessed, and I’ll keep singing a song.

“You’ve Got A Friend”
James Taylor

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.

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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Theme Song Thursday: Born in Chicago

24 Jan

“There seems to be a different Chicago around every street corner, behind every bar, and within every apartment, two-flat, cottage, or bungalow. City of immigrants or city of heartless plutocrats, say what you will, Chicago almost defies interpretation. In many ways Chicago is like a snake that sheds its skin every thirty years or so and puts on a new coat to conform to a new reality.”
― Dominic A. Pacyga, Chicago: A Biography
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Another blustery winter’s day here in the Chicago area. I was born and raised in Chicago, and you know the old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Man…we are all pretty strong. Beside being able to survive the brutal winters, Chicago is known for its diverse and colorful ethnic neighborhoods, wonderful restaurants and food, awesome architecture, and a marvelous music. And believe you me, if you live in Chicago, you’re entitled to sing the blues. (Probably because you can turn blue in just a few minutes out on a winter’s night.)
Theme song for today:

BORN IN CHICAGO by Paul Butterfield Blues Band
I was born in Chicago at nineteen and forty-one
I was born in Chicago at nineteen and forty-one
Well, my father told me
“Son, you had better get a gun”

Well, my first friend went down
When I was 17 years old
Well, my first friend went down
When I was 17 years old

Well, there’s one thing I can say about that boy
He gotta go

Well, my second friend went down
When I was 21 years of age
Well, my second friend went down
When I was 21 years of age

Well, there’s one thing I can say about that boy
He gotta pray

Well, now rules are alright
If there’s someone left to play the game
Well, now rules are alright
If there’s someone left to play the game

All my friends are going
And thing’s just don’t seem the same
Oh, thing’s just don’t seem the same, babe

Songwriters
Nicholas George Gravenites

Published by
WARNER-TAMERLANE PUBLISHING CORP.

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Friday Fulmination and Yearning for Home

4 Jan

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell
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Winter can be cold and heartless, but the warmth of a mother’s smile or a child’s touch can bring solace and sunshine to any heart. Who says you can never go home again? Home is where the heart is. My heart is going home!

Carole King and I are singing a rainy winter’s day song. “Till I’m home again and feeling right.”


HOME AGAIN

Sometimes I wonder
If I’m ever gonna make it home again
It’s so far and out of sight

I really need someone to talk to
And nobody else
Knows how to comfort me tonight

Snow is cold, rain is wet
Chills my soul right to the marrow

I won’t be happy till I see you alone again
Till I’m home again and feeling right

Snow is cold, rain is wet
Chills my soul right to the marrow

I won’t be happy till I see you alone again
Till I’m home again and feeling right

Till I’m home again and feeling right
I wanna be home again and feeling right

Songwriters
SMITH/HARRIS/HARRIS

Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing
Read more: Carole King – Home Again Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek, a Festive Peek

16 Dec

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman
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It took a few days to defrost from the frigid winter storm that zapped north Texas. It’s 61degrees right now. Yippee! But, that too may change at the drop of a hat…so don’t drop your hat. There were a lot of fun activities happening in McKinney. I didn’t get to all of them, but, sure got to a lot.

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Theme Song Thursday: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

13 Dec

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge
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Today, the Art Club of McKinney had their annual Christmas luncheon at the heard-Craig Gallery. We were serenaded by the fabulous McKinney High School Harmony Group.They were amazing.

We were so inspired by the young voices that we had our own little sing-a-long after our ornament exchange and before our wonderful meal.


OK, we are bad singers, but we have a real good time. I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful ornament made from watercolor painted shaped flowers. Forgive me, I forgot the name of the charming and talented artist that created it, but here she is. She said it took her over ten hours to create.

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Then, the “TOTS,” Table Of Talent Sisters, met at Snug on the Square to celebrate Gail’s, Lynne H.’s, and Della’s birthday. What a busy December! Isn’t it grand? Life is good!

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Theme Song Thursday: One Less Bell to Answer

6 Dec

A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it, A song’s not a song ’til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, love isn’t love ’til you give it away!
Oscar Hammerstein II
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Forty-three years ago today, December 5th, 1970, I went on a blind date. It was magical and special. The Fifth Dimension was very popular in the 70’s and “One Less Bell to Answer” was my favorite song. That first Christmas together, he gave me that debut “Portait” album featuring the song. Four years later, he proposed on December 5th and we married the next year. Sounds very romantic? Not really. Now, forty-three years later it all comes full-circle. The words ring true, the song says it all. I think I still have that album in a box somewhere. If I ever find it, it’s going in the trash. Today is December 5th.

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One less bell to answer
One less egg to fry
One less man to pick up after
I should be happy

But all I do is cry
(Cry, cry, no more laughter)
Oh, I should be happy
(Oh, why did he go?)
I only know that since he left my life’s so empty
Though I try to forget it just can’t be done
Each time the doorbell rings I still run
(I still run)

I don’t know how in the world
To stop thinking of him
‘Cause I still love him so
(Love him so)
I spend each day the way I start out
Crying my heart out

Oh, one less man to pick up after
No more laughter, no more love
Since he went away, he went away
(He went away)
(One less bell to answer)
Why did he leave me
(Why, why, why did he leave?)

(One less bell to answer)
Now I’ve got one less egg to fry
One less egg to fry
(Why, why, why did he leave?)
And all I do is cry
(One less bell to answer)
Because a man told me goodbye
(Why, why, why did he leave?)

(One less bell to answer)
Somebody tell me please
Where did he go, why did he go?
(Why, why, why did he leave?)
Tell me how could he leave me

Songwriters
BACHARACH, BURT / DAVID, HAL

Published by
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Read more: 5th Dimension – One Less Bell To Answer Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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