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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: When the Going Gets Tough

20 Mar

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru
“When the going gets tough, the tough get going…on a road trip with their dear friends who call them up out of the blue and say let’s go.” –Me
The morning sun and promise of a warm day wasn’t enough to cheer me up this morning. I had no plans, no Zumba, no classes, no lunch, no nothin’. I was just about to make a cup of tea and go for a long walk when the phone rang. It was Lynne, “What are you doing today?”

I told her that Wednesday was the only day that wasn’t totally jam-packed to the gills, and I was struggling to think of a way to occupy an entire day. To my complete delight, she said, “Would you like to take a road trip and go up to Lake Texoma and visit Sherry?”

Woo-double-hoo. An all day adventure with dear friends. Say no more! I’ll just share of few of our adventure with photos.

On the floor at one of the many antique and thrift shops we visited.




Yes, we live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, and there is no end to the adventure when you have friends to share them with.

Second Saturday on the Square: McKinney Rocks

9 Mar

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”
― Stephen Sondheim

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

Jaden Farnsworth

Mike Allyn

John Wynn and friends at Sweet Spot bakery.

Another great Saturday. I CAN fly!

Sunday: Sermons, Snug, Sunshine and Swans

24 Feb

Her tongue will not obey her heart, nor can Her heart inform her tongue–the swan’s down-feather That stands upon the swell at full of tide, And neither way inclines.
-William Shakespeare
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Gospel is taken from St. Matthew (5:38-48). Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well.

That was today’s gospel and sermon. I don’t claim to be the most devout person in the world, but I thought, and I thought, and I contemplated the sermon, and all I could come up with is, “Easier said than done.” I say no more on the subject,

After Mass, I ventured over to the Square and had the most yummy yogurt parfait at Snug. I ran into Laura Bartlett and coincidentally it was her birthday. Happy birthday, Laura.


She’s not only one of the “Four Funny Females,” comedy group, but she’s cute a s a button.

It was such a sunny sensational day, that I decided to walk around the Square. Miss Elizabeth over at Sweet Spot bakery was working on a wedding cake. Of course, I just make myself at home, walk into the back room, and visit with the talented bakers.

I always try to cram in as many activities into a fabulous sunny day as humanly possible, so I called my friend Chris. We met at Towne Lake park and went for a long walk and talk around the lake. Everyone was put enjoying the day, especially the ducks and swans who appreciated the bread and treats the visitors shared.

Not wanting to see the day end, when I finally arrived back home around 5:30pm, I went out for a brisk walk around the neighborhood before the sun sank slowly in the western sky. (The walk was especially brisk because my neighbor came out to warn me that he saw a couple of bobcats traipsing around.)

Are you thoroughly exhausted just from hearing about my busy day? Yep, me too! Happy Sunday, y’all!

Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes

19 Feb

“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
And what an agreeable afternoon we had. You never know who is going to walk in the door during Tuesday Tea Time, Treats and Tunes at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Kay brought her ukelele again this week, and the gorgeous weather found us sitting outside a while, serenading passers-by and local motorists.

Our weekly tea time venue is really taking off. Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth are providing a fun place on the square for folks to enjoy an afternoon singing and sipping tea or coffee, enjoying a sampler of yummy desserts, and spending time with friends.

It’s difficult to refrain from tapping your toe and singing along. Miss Kathy not only has a beautiful voice, but she taught us a few line dancing moves later.
Everyone tried their hand at an easy-breezy Zentangle art project. I provided the supplies and a few words of encouragement, and the ladies went to town creating the most fabulous Toni-tangles. Yes, I gave it my own name. Zentangle is just a fancy form of doodling. It’s all the rage. Great job gals!

A few of the ladies that joined us. Hi!!!

Jacquie and and Margie created these masterpieces in less than an hour…first timers…pretty cool!


Mandy was amazing, another first, but probably not the last.

Miss Kay didn’t think hers was that great, but look at this people, it is fantastic. She said she’s not an artist. Ha! Yes she is.

A good time was had by all. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring to the “ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

18 Feb

It’s another day. It’s another beautiful day! Life is a matter of perspective. No matter what the weather, no matter what the situation we are in, if we have the right perspective in life, life will always be beautiful!
-Joel Randymar
We’ve finally had some nice warm sunny days here in North Texas. Many things can brighten your spirit, but a sunshiny day is one of the best. The last few days have been warm and everyone has been out enjoying the nice weather. I sure hope that Spring is on the way. Sorry to all my friends and family back home in Chicago who just got a bunch of new snow today. I had a good week, hope you did too!

Here’s my week in a peek!




Sunday: Science and a Spectacular Day

17 Feb

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. The most rewarding thing in life is the patience to wait for the right moment.
-Anil Sinha
FINALLY!!! Today was a gorgeous day. It started a little “iffy.” When I went to 9 o’clock Mass, it was cloudy and almost looked like rain. Walking back to my car later, the lady behind me told her husband,”They said it was going to be partly cloudy today.” I turned around and said, “Where’s the other part?” But, a couple of hours later, the sun emerged in all its glory.

My friends Lynne and Charlie invited me to go with them to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. We spent hours wandering around the four levels, hands-on displays, and even got to experience being “all shook up” on the earthquake simulator.

The museum is a unique building with amazing architectural elements. In other words, “it’s pretty cool.”

“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” Who? That’s what he said. Get it? Who, who!

There were dinosaurs of all kinds, and “lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.” Well, not real ones. There were many interesting displays for children and adults alike.

Look at this amazing view from the window.

Because it was the first truly lovely warm day in a very long time, people were out in droves, or throngs, or whatever people come out in when they have been cooped up for weeks. We walked over to Klyde Warren Park.
Warren Park is an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets. The street was lined with food truck vendors, people walking dogs or babies in strollers, children splashing in scattered water features, chess players, and those afore mentioned throngs of people enjoying a wonderful day.

We sat in the park, soaked in the sun, and ate yummy sandwiches from the food trucks. The hours just flew by. Then to top it all off, we stopped at Culver’s on the way home and had double scooped ice cream sundaes. Yikes! When I got home, I ran in the door and put on my gym shoes to catch the last few minutes of daylight to walk off a little of the day’s delightful treats.

Yes, it was a spectacular day!


Tuesday Tips, Tea, Tunes and Time With Friends

11 Feb

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
Another sing-a-long and tea time at Sweet Spot bakery on the Square. Miss Kay brought her ukulele, too. Fun afternoon with friends. If your heart doesn’t sing and your soul dance, then what’s the point?




Time with friends…priceless!

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
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.

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.”

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

These witty women are true Texas treasures.

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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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
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.


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.

A couple of ideas for a fun Valentine card.

Miss Elizabeth will bake some sensational treats and Miss Kathy will provide fun entertainment.


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