Sunday Sermon and Some Sunsets

9 Nov

“Opportunity does not waste time with those who are unprepared.”

― Idowu Koyenikan

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Another beautiful day here in North Texas, but my sister back home near Chicago, just informed me that her weather was even warmer than mine today. Hmm? What gives? That’s awesome. But, I won’t be shoveling snow next month, or at least I hope not. This crazy world is going to H-E- double hockey 🏒 sticks in a hand basket. Ya never know.

Today’s Gospel was the parable comparing the kingdom of heaven and the ten virgins who took their lamps to meet the bridegroom. Five foolish ones took only their lamps and the five wise took their lamps and extra oil. The bridegroom was delayed, and only the wise had extra oil when the others were empty. The foolish had to run off to purchase more oil, and were not there when the bridegroom arrived to be escorted to the wedding feast.

Gospel

MT 25:1-13

Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

My take on it… well, the ever popular, “Ready or not, here ‘I’ come.” We can’t wait till the last minute to prepare for our last day, the last judgement, and the kingdom of heaven. Live your best life every day, and you’ll never have to worry about the final judgement day. Be prepared at all times.

The rest of my day was fabulous and flew by like a beautiful feather floating in the warm autumn breeze. In other words, I didn’t get anything productive accomplished. But, that’s ok, aren’t we supposed to rest of the Sabbath. Oh wait, I’m not Jewish.

I did go for my evening walk, though. I snuck in two miles before dark. The sunset was just so spectacular tonight. Well, it pretty much is spectacular every night. Lucky me.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some Awesome Artists and Poets and Writers Around McKinney

8 Nov

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

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That Leonardo guy was pretty savvy. Poetry and painting go hand in hand. Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of being invited to a special after hours Blue Moon Viewing and expressive painting soirée at The Cove in downtown McKinney. My fabulous artist friend, Anne Royer , thought I’d enjoy participating in the Japanese painting and impromptu poetry gathering. Oh yah! Right up my alley. I was honored.

The Cove was featuring the artwork of Anne Royer, KD Hafley, and Wayne Batchelder. Annie and KD are fabulous artists and Wayne is an amazing potter. The exhibit was called “Under the Full Moon.”

After the show closed on Halloween evening, Miss Annie brought Japanese papers, inks, brushes, pens, tools, teas and sake for the guests to participate in creating inspirational creations and verse.

Miss Annie, doing her thing with gold ink.

Lynne Hubner’s inspirations.

Here are the works that I was inspired to create. The other artists shared their creations and poetry, and we all wandered out from time to time to see the glorious Blue Moon masterpiece that lingered in the eerie evening sky. A beautiful artistic evening in downtown McKinney.

Look at that moon. That was SO cool. There even appeared to be a blue streak whispering through the clouds that night.

Friday:) Fun Photos, Facts, and Fresh Words of Wisdom From My Facebook Friends

7 Nov

” I haven’t watched the news, election coverage, or any regular television in days. My blood pressure is great, my disposition is cheery, and all is well with my soul. Ain’t I smart?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Most people I know have been consumed with anxiety, frustration and bitterness ever since all this election hoopla and hollerin’ started many months ago. Even though I don’t watch TV, so many people have used social media to be downright nasty. What’s with that?

On the other hand, I have a few awesome friends that I have NO idea who they voted for or even what their political affiliation is. Shouldn’t we all be like that? Now, those are perfect friends to have. My soul doesn’t have room for hatred and bitterness.

Today, I’m posting a few funny photos or words of wisdom from my Facebook friends. There is always something to be thankful for, and always something good and kind and funny to say.

Happy Black Russian Friday, my friends.

Quarantined Kitchen Karaoke Thursday:) “You’re So Vain”

6 Nov

“Pride only helps us to be generous; it never makes us so, any more than vanity makes us witty.”

― George Eliot

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The week is flying by. Thursday already? I ran a bunch of important errands today, and still got home in time for a sunset walk. I got in three marvelous miles today.

Time for singing karaoke in the kitchen.

Happy Thursday, my friends. I hope you’re singing, or dancing, or having fun in the kitchen. I sure am.

Wonderful Wednesday With Great News and a Sunset

5 Nov

“Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.”

― Zig Ziglar

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I’m still reeling and smiling from all my good news and excitement from yesterday, and today was just as beautiful.

The first good news was that I received an email confirmation from my EX husband (AH) about a pressing financial matter, and he actually responded quickly and wasn’t nasty. We haven’t spoken in six years, and not of my doing. I was pleasantly surprised.

Later in the afternoon, I received a call from my friend Mary from St. Gabriel. We used to greet at the door for many years before 9 o’clock Mass and BC (Before Covid.) Mary was also my annulment advisor and advocate. After a year of tedious paperwork, meetings, references, etc., the Archdiocese of Dallas has officially granted my annulment. For those of you who don’t know Catholic stuff, the church does not recognize state issued divorce. I was still considered married in the eyes of the church. Now, 6 years later, I’m officially not married. 🤗 Two good things.

I celebrated all day and phoned and texted a few friends and family. 🥂I slept like a baby. Also, because I never turned on the TV to watch any election coverage.

I woke up to a beautiful Wednesday morning. I had a doctors appoint in the afternoon, just routine blood work etc. with my hematologist, but you never know. All my numbers were perfect, she checked me over and said, “See you next year.” Awesome. Three good things.

After a few more phone calls, I went out for my evening walk to catch the sunset. Amazing colors tonight. Wow! Four good things. I’m one blessed and lucky lady.

Happy Wonderful Wednesday, my friends.

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Painting~ Easy Breezy Butterfly

4 Nov

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.”

― Naya Rivera

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Hello, my beautiful friends. I had a great time making this video. It took many steps and I learned some tips along the way. Every time I make a video, I never know how it’s going to turn out. It’s a new adventure.

If you want to do this projects with your kids, you can cut out some butterflies on cardstock for the younger ones, or the older ones can draw their own, and fold in half to create symmetry before cutting.

Then, generously drop on some acrylic paint with dots and stripes, a few dots for the center, but just on one half. Then, fold over and smoosh and rub. (Here’s the tip I discovered too late… use waxed paper under and over because when the paint dries, it sticks to the regular paper under.)

After you’ve opened the first butterfly, add another blank one on top and rub and smoosh again. Now, you have two butterflies. Make a bunch. Their fun.

I used my finger nail to add some detail in the wet paint. You can use a tool or back of a paintbrush. I’m used to getting messy.

I made three, actually four, but one was on paper instead of cardstock, and it stuck to the paper. I can save it by cutting it out later.

This one, I just put a little doubled tape in the center of the body, and hung it on the wall. I folded up the wings for dimension. Wouldn’t a while wall of these be fun for a kid’s room or classroom project?

Montage Blue Moon Monday:) A Week In A Peek

3 Nov

“We can thank our lucky stars when once in a blue moon we find rare and kindred souls along the pathways of our lives.”

~ Laurel Burch

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My week in a Blue Moon Peek…

The moon was so awesome Saturday night. As I drove towards the Square, I had to pull over and take a photo of the eerie clouds that veiled the blue moon. Yes, I started to sing… “Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone. Without a dream in my heart. Without a love of my own.”

It was so cool!

A week in a peek.

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

2 Nov

“Greet each man with peace, and leave each man with love. Ask yourself – One more enemy, or one more dove?”

― Suzy Kassem

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A beautiful Sunday morning, and what was even nicer is we gained an hour on the clock. The bad news is it’s going to get dark earlier. I have a love/hate relationship with Daylight Saving Time. Well, mostly hate. Actually, I can’t think of anything good about it.

I watched Mass on TV this morning. Bishop Burns presided and also gave some descriptive information on the meaning of many of the rituals, phrases, and origins of parts of the Mass celebration. It’s a nice refresher.

Today’s Gospel was the very famous “Blessed are the poor…” from Matthew.

Gospel, Matthew 5:1-12

1 Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him.

2 Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

3 How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

4 Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.

5 Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill.

7 Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognised as children of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 ‘Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.

My take on it… Jesus explained to His followers that our reward will not necessarily be on earth, but rather in heaven. So, be gentle, honest, merciful, peaceful, and honor God above all things and “your reward will be great in heaven.” Another opinion of mine is, all these attributes should be practiced even without the promise of reward. It’s just the right thing to do. It feels good.

The rest of my Sunday was delightful, with music, dancing in the kitchen, yummy dessert, ending with a lovely evening walk and a beautiful sunset. Oh, then of course, my FaceTime call with my adorable granddaughters.

Life is good.

Saturday :) Happy Halloween~Sights and Sounds

31 Oct

“Halloween. It’s all fun and games until I forget where I parked my broom.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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As I walk through my neighborhood and around town, it’s fun to see the interesting and creative Halloween decorations. I’m still not sure if many parents are allowing heir kids to go out this year. It seems like a lot of them are, according to the scuttlebutt on Facebook. It’s only about 4 pm right now, and I haven’t had any visitors yet, sometimes they wait until dark.

A few sights…

The cutest most adorable trick or treaters I’ve ever seen. Well, not up close and personal, but through the magic of the internet. I miss these little “Mouses” or is it “Mice?”

Using the old plastic salad tongs for passing out candy.

Happy Halloween. Be safe. (And let me know if you find my broom parked around somewhere. Licenses plate IAMAZING1)

Friday:) Fun Fall Photos Past and Present

31 Oct

Stanley Horowitz

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

~ Stanley Horowitz

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The sun was vibrant and invigorating today, very little breeze and perfect temps in the mid 60’s. Ah, Autumn at its finest.

Today, I’d like to share some photos present and past. I don’t do much holiday decorating since the kids are grown and have left the nest. But, I do love to collect colorful Fall leaves on my walks, press them between pages of a heavy magazine, collect acorns, and use them for decoration in the kitchen. My knockout rose bush is still blooming plentifully.

Here’s my professional leaf and flower pressing procedure.

This big heavy duty RH Interiors catalog came a few years ago, (Have no idea what that is) but it’s perfect for pressing leaves and flowers now that we don’t get phone books anymore. I used to love phone books for pressing.

Some photos from the past…

Reading to my artist friends at Towne Creek Senior Apartments 10 years ago. I was wearing my new glasses, and I must have had a cold because my nose was all red.

Old Prince dressed up as a cowboy. I think he really wanted to be a fireman that year, but the hat just wouldn’t stay on.

Always a lot of baking to do.

My neighbor, Miss Donna gave me this humongous bag of chocolate chips because she knows I love to bake.

Last year, I got to visit with my dear besties back in Chicago.

Now, saving the best for last… IT’S BLACK Russian Friday! Cheers, my friends.