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Sentimental Saturday: Sitting, Sipping, and Sharing

29 Jun

Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”
― Charlotte Brontë
Another busy Saturday. A quick five mile walk in the morning, off to the Square for writing group, lunch and socializing. (Lots of hugs today.) Back home to put my feet up a bit, check emails, watch tv, and work on some writing. Then, another fast three mile walk before dark. The sipping isn’t too exciting. Not a tall tempting alcoholic drink, rather three glasses of cold water with lime. All that walking makes me thirsty.(I’m not saying a beverage is not in my future.)

So, here are a few photos that I’d like to share from my last couple of days.

Miss Bonnie finished painting her bird feeder Friday at Towne Creek.

Miss Marie painted a quaint little scene complete with a cat amidst the flowers.

Miss Nelma put the finishing touches on her ocean scene. Pretty awesome!

O.K. Here’s my beverage from last night’s Black Russian Friday. I’m always happy to share my day, my photos, my words and… Feel free to stop by for a chocolatey Black Russian.


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,

Friday: Flowers, Fun, and Friends

10 May

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”
― Luther Burbank
The doorbell rang this morning around 10am. I scooted over to the door, but didn’t see anyone. Ah, I saw the UPS truck out by the street and a package by the door. A long, thin purple box that said 1-800 peeked out below the window. How exciting,

I opened up the box and found two dozen colorful tulips. The card inside said Happy Mother’s Day, Love Joe. Yesterday, when Matt called, he asked if I was going to around Sunday because he was sending something. That’s when you know that you raised your sons well. They love their mama. Thank goodness I have a lot of vases. Thank you God, for two wonderful sons.

Aren’t they pretty?

Later, I went to Towne Creek for my little senior art group. I brought some roses from my Knockout rose bushes. We worked on painting some scented votive candles and small glass bowls. Then, we had a feast of cheddar brats, snack mix, strawberry whipped cream cake and chocolate covered strawberries. More fun with friends on Friday.


It was a beautiful evening, so when I got home, I went for a long walk, even though I was pretty tired. Now, I’m writing this post. A long day… A good day!


Friday: Life is Short, Eat Dessert First

26 Apr

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand. ~Author Unknown
On Friday, I’m always in a quandary as what to make and take to my senior art group. I usually get very elaborate, but the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of things on my “plate” and on my mind, so I’ve been doing something fast and simple. I’ve been doing this every Friday for over seven years, and I tend to run out of ideas. I didn’t want to run out to the store, so I looked in the freezer, fridge and pantry for inspiration.

Aha! I had a brainstorm, or dessert-storm. I had some ice cream sandwiches in the freezer, chocolate syrup and cool whip in the fridge, and a bunch of bananas on the counter. Easy- breezy banana splits. Perfect for a warm spring day.

Just tear off the paper on the ice cream sandwich, plop it on a plate, a dollop of cool whip, some sliced bananas, and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Easy and beautiful and yummy. I even ate one.


Friday Friends and Silver Linings

5 Apr

We all want to do something to mitigate the pain of loss or to turn grief into something positive, to find a silver lining in the clouds. But I believe there is real value in just standing there, being still, being sad.
~John Green quotes
Today was another good day. I went for a double walk this morning, ran errands, popped into Papa Murphy’s Pizza to say hi and get hugs from my friends Karri and Justin, started a big pot of beef stew for my senior art group, (took a little stew back over to Justin because he said it sounded good), then off to Towne Creek. Krys was back from the Kingdom and stopped by to visit. She baked a beautiful cake for us, only to find out it was her birthday. We sang and ate cake, ate stew, and ate more cake. ( you can never have too much cake)

Happy Birthday Krys

It was still sunny when I got home, so I decided to get in another walk. Stopped by my neighbor Vicki’s house and we walked two times around. Came home and made some calls, and man… It’s almost 10 pm…where did the day go?

Yesterday’s storm was scary, but here is a picture of the “silver lining” that I captured before the skies wreaked havoc on McKinney and north Texas. Sometimes it’s OK to stand still and be sad, but then again, it’s good to know that every dark cloud has a silver lining.




Sunday Sermon, Sinners and Some Sweet Stuff

10 Mar

“In life I would much prefer to be sinned upon than the sinner. It is easier, vous comprenez? With the clear conscience one sleeps very well. The sinner may deny it… but in his heart he knows. He does not deserve to be happy.”
― Nikki Sex, Karma
Today’s Gospel was from The Gospel is from St. Matthew 4:1-11. Father told us how after Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the desert, the devil tempted him in three ways, but Jesus resisted temptation and remained faithful. The devil doesn’t tempt us when we are strong, but waits until we are weak, hungry, thirsty and exhausted. My interpretation is that it’s pretty easy to be good, honest and faithful when everything is going well, but it takes a special person and all your strength to stay on the right path when everything is going wrong.

Sometimes I feel that a sermon is speaking directly to me. With the help of my family, many friends and faith, I have been able to stay strong. Unconditional love amazingly can get you through anything. A clear conscience helps too. (Karma- you get what you deserve.)

Now, for the sweet stuff. After Mass, I met some friends at Snug on the Square for breakfast. It was gloomy morning, but by afternoon, the sun peeked out and warmed up the air and everyone’s spirits. I usually hang out at Sweet Spot bakery afterwards, having a cup of tea and a chat with Miss Kathy, the owner and good friend. It was just about closing time, so she asked if id like some cinnamon rolls to take home. I don’t eat too many sweets, but I said if she had anything she’d like to share, I’d take it over to my senior art friends friends.Well, she packed up two big boxes filled with cupcakes and cookies.

I stopped at Towne Creek on my way home, rang a few bells, and invited the ladies down for an impromptu tea party. My quick ten minute drive-by turned into a 2 1/2 hour gabfest. I even ate a huge peanut butter cookie. (I was weak and the temptation was too much- little sermon joke.) We still had several extra cupcakes even after everyone took one home for an evening snack, so I knocked on a few doors and offered cupcakes and brownies to other residents. (Thanks Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth.)

That was some pretty sweet stuff! I came home and went for a double long walk around the neighborhood.

Yep, I had a good Sunday. “In life I would much prefer to be sinned upon than the sinner.”


Friday Friends: Sharing Your Takent

1 Mar

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today was a really good day. The sun was shining and the temperature shimmied up from the 40’s up to almost 70, give or take. I went for a brisk morning walk, straightened the house, prepared a meal for my senior art group, did some shopping, then headed off to Towne Creek.

My good friend, Chris, joined us this afternoon. I kinda put her on the spot and said, “So, what are you going to teach us today?” Chris is an amazing artist and teacher, so we might as well take advantage of her expertise. While I prepared yummy tuna salad sandwiches, (for some reason I thought it was Lent already, duh…next week.) chips and German chocolate cake for our snack, Chris rummaged through our art closet and found pastels and inspiration.

There were some silk flower daisy plants on every table, so Chris did a wonderful pastel chalk demo for us. She showed us how simple shapes and bold complimentary colors could make the artwork pop off the page. We gave it a try and the results were amazing. THANKS CHRIS!!!

Chris shares her talent with the Young At Heart senior artists at Towne Creek Apartments.




Miss Bonnie worked on a colored pencil project.

They turned out pretty cool, huh?

Friday With Friends and Happy Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

2 reasons on why Valentine’s Day sucks: 1. it makes single people feel like crap & 2. it’s kinda scary to know that a fat baby is running around with a weapon.

I wish that Valentine’s Day came with a fast-forward button… ~Unknown

“I’m Single”~It means I know what I deserve and not settling for anything less. I’m independent and I am able of taking care of myself and don’t need a man to do so. ~Unknown

Happy phony, romanticized, overly commercial, sucks to be single, pretend that its love, day! ~Anon

Valentine’s Day is for couples. Us SINGLES have the other 364 days of the year to enjoy ourselves! ~Unknown

REMINDER: Valentine’s Day is a gentle reminder that Christmas decorations must come down!

Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, I’m celebrating Discount Chocolate Day tomorrow.
Some interesting quotes for an interesting day. I’m not even going to go there. Today, I had the pleasure of spending the day with some amazing friends. Mandy and Julia brightened my morning during our writing group meeting at Sweet Spot bakery. Julia brought me a lovely tea cup and saucer that I will treasure all my life. The sentiment and tradition behind the gift brings tears to my eyes. I am so blessed with the greatest friends.


Friday afternoon is always spent with my Young At Heart senior artists at Towne Creek. We ate turkey sandwiches with barbecue potato chips, followed by tea and cheesecake for dessert. Then, we actually worked on some artwork. But, there’s always time to be silly.




These are a few of …”My Funny Valentine’s.”

Saturday: Sharing and Caring

2 Feb

“The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world.”
– Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet
“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
I was very excited this morning when I opened the oven. No, I didn’t bake my famous brownies or chocolate cherry Bundt cake. I baked the nine glass bowls that my Young At Heart senior artists had painted on Friday. We had a lot of fun creating them, but the greatest joy came from the fact that these bowls were going to be donated to St. Peter’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Our little group is honored to be able to support this project that will help to feed the hungry. Last week, Krys Watson, led the group in decoupaging another batch of bowls. Our total is nineteen beautiful bowls to share.

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