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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
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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.

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Sunday: Be Still and Cease Re-Pinning

25 May

Be still, sad heart! And cease repining; behind the clouds is the sun still shining; thy fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Into each life some rain must fall, and fall it did. Metaphors and literal translations. We were blessed with a brief, but well needed down pour this afternoon. I remember the days when I dreaded rainy days, but with the severe drought here in Texas, each rain is a cause for celebration, I hope we get a little more.

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Here’s something funny. When I read this quote to myself, my PINTEREST brain kicked in and I thought it said, Be still, sad heart! And cease repinning, you know…like when you re-pin someone’s pin. I realized that I spend too much time on social media, Facebook and Pinterest when I thought that Longfellow would cease repinning. But then, I thought, if he was around today, he’d probably be blogging and re-pinning too. So, I was half right.

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Theme Song Thursday: Where Do Those Golden Rainbows End?

2 May

“Donde termina el arco iris,
en tu alma o en el horizonte?

Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?”
― Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions
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I had a lovely dinner with my friend Della tonight. We went to Chili’s and I ate 7,568 chips with salsa and artichoke dip. Well, maybe only 5,439 chips, and that was all before the sizzling fajitas arrived. Woooo! Driving home after a long, leisurely dinner, we saw this amazing rainbow. Maybe it wasn’t a rainbow because it was perpendicular, straight up and down. Maybe not a rainbow, but a rainstick or a rainfinger, who knows? Anyway, it was pretty cool.

Of course, rainbows made me think of a song, and because James Taylor is on a continual loop on my car Bluetooth, “Long Ago and Far Away,” popped into my head. “Where do those golden rainbows end? Why is this song so sad?” There’s always a song in my head, so that’s where today’s theme song came from. Rainbows and sad songs…

James Taylor: Long Ago and Far Away

Long ago, a young man sits and plays his waiting game.
But things are not the same it seems as in such tender dreams.
Slowly passing sailing ships and Sunday afternoon.
Like people on the moon I see are things not meant to be.

Where do those golden rainbows end? Why is this song so sad?
Dreaming the dreams I’ve dreamed my friend, loving the love I love
to love is just a word I’ve heard when things are being said.
Stories my poor head has told me cannot stand the cold.
And in between what might have been and what has come to pass,
a misbegotten guess alas and bits of broken glass.

Where do your golden rainbows end? Why is this song I sing so sad?
Dreaming the dreams I dream my friend, loving the love I love to love to love to love.

It was a lot more colorful in real-live-person.

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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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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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Friday:First Flower, Furry Rock, a Found Penny , and Fun on the Square

12 Apr

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
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This morning when I went for my walk/run, I noticed a tiny tinge of red hidden under the leaves on the rose bush in front of the house. I was so excited. My first rose of the season. The Knockout Roses are prolific, but the first rose is always a welcome sign of Spring,

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Further down the street, I saw this amazing rock all covered in furry moss and had to take a picture with my phone. You see the coolest things when you’re not looking for cool things.

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A few minutes later, I was getting ready to change my brisk pace walk into a turtle pace run, when I noticed a lucky Penny on the sidewalk. Boy, a lot of distractions this morning.

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It was a glorious Spring day, so I headed off to the Square to see if I could help a couple hours at the art show before heading off to Towne Creek and my senior art group. I totally forgot that they were having the High Noon activities on the lawn in front of MPAC. April 11 – Magic Show with Main Street Magic and Fun. The kids loved the magician.

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And all that was before 1 in the afternoon. That was just the beginning of my day. I did a lot more, but we’ll save some of the other activities and photos for tomorrow. I’m exhausted just recounting it all. Plus it’s almost midnight and I want to get this published under the wire.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Community

10 Apr

“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don’t need a lot of money to be happy–in fact, the opposite.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
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I am very lucky to live in a very special city. McKinney has a beating heart that welcomes everyone. Yesterday, I spent the entire day with various activities, Zumba at the YMCA, the afternoon crafting and visiting at Sweet Spot Bakery, then our monthly pot luck at Mckinney Creative Community.

McKinney Creative Community is a group of talented artists, writers, musicians, and other creative souls that gather the second Tuesday evening of every month at SPARC, just north of the square. Their purpose is to nourish, share, and support each other and give back to their community. I’ve made some wonderful friends here. Everyone is welcome. (You can find a link on Facebook.)

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I am thankful for and treasure all the special people in my community.

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Theme Song Thursday: Every Storm

4 Apr

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
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Rain, hail, lightning bombarding McKinney right now. I was out having dinner with Miss Eleanor and Karen. My friends Lynne and Linda texted me to see if I was aware and home safe. (FRIENDS!) I got home just minutes before all H-E-double hockey sticks broke loose. Tornado sirens started blaring and I headed for cover. No basements here in Texas, so an interior bathroom and some big pillows are my only security.

I’m writing this blog, watching intermittent CBS weather as the tv signal goes in and out, ready to jump into the bathroom any second. A minute of the storm out my window.

9 pm. Tornado and severe storm warnings over! Good news!

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“Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)”

Oh so your standing in the middle of the thunder and lightning
I know you’re feeling like you just can’t win, but you’re trying
It’s hard to keep on keepin’ on, when you’re being pushed around
Don’t even know which way is up, you just keep spinning down, ’round, down…

Every storm runs, runs out of rain
Just like every dark night turns into day
Every heartache will fade away
Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain

So hold your head up and tell yourself that there’s something more
And walk out that door,
Go find a new rose, don’t be afraid of the thorns
‘Cause we all have thorns
Just put your feet up to the edge, put your face in the wind
And when you fall back down, keep on rememberin’

Every storm runs, runs out of rain
Just like every dark night turns into day
Every heartache will fade away
Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain

It’s gonna run out of pain
It’s gonna run out of sting
It’s gonna leave you alone
It’s gonna set you free
Set you free

Every storm runs, runs out of rain
Just like every dark night turns into day
Every heartache will fade away
Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain

It’s gonna set you free,
It’s gonna run out of pain,
And set you free

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Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

31 Mar

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
[Meditations Divine and Moral]”
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I could be mistaken, but I believe the bitter winter weather has sailed past Texas. Now, I’m not speaking for our neighbors to the north. Tomorrow is only April 1st, and anything is possible. But, for us, the buds are popping from their branches and fuzzy green shoots of grass, (and weeds of course), are bursting through the dry brown earth. However, if we don’t get a lot more rain, we’re going to have only dry brown earth this summer. “Hope springs eternal.”

Here’s a week in a peek. Enjoying the sun, fun, and friends.

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Tuesday: Tea, Tips and Time With Oscar

26 Mar

“The day is an empty canvas, the shapes and colors are yours to choose.” ~Alex Noble
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We had our Tuesday Tea Time at Sweet Spot today. It was a leisurely laid-back day, enjoying visiting with friends and great food and sweet treats.

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Miss Ann created a cool cross card.(notice the alliteration.)

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Miss Ginger created a hip heart card.

So, for my tip for today. I like to find interesting ideas on Pinterest. I saw this neat little mini birthday cake made from a brownie. Now, you know I need more ideas to be creative with my brownies. NOT!!! I’ll have to try this.

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After Sweet Spot teat time, my friend Zelda and I had dinner at Mellow Mushroom on the Square. We had pizza and salad. Very yummy. Our server, Maura, said, “Miss Toni, it’s me Maura, from Spoons.” I bump into old friends everywhere.

Then, we walked around the Square a while to walk off a little pizza. We popped into The Grand Hotel to visit with Oscar, who mans the front desk. He is such a sweetie pie. I’ve known him for years. He asked if we’d like a tour of one of the hotel rooms, as we were looking around and checking out all the neat paintings, sculptures and decor. It’s a lovely old hotel with a rich history.

There’s always something interesting to do in McKinney.
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