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Saturday: Sun and Fun on the Square

29 Dec

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”
― Helen Keller
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It was a beautiful sunny Saturday. No way was I going to sit in the house all day. Our writing group wasn’t meeting, but I decided to head over to the Square anyway. I had a leisurely breakfast at Sweet Spot Bakery then meandered over to Snug on the Square for a tall hot chocolate. My buddy Daniel always gives me a big ol’ smile and a hug when I come in. Snug and a hug go hand-in-hand.

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I sat outside, positioned my chair directly into the sun and absorbed every ray of sunshine and vitamin D possible. It felt invigorating. I bumped into Jeremiah Hammer and chatted a couple minutes. Then, my neighbors, Sheila and Bob Johnson, strolled by. We ended up talking and sipping our drinks for over an hour. That’s what downtown McKinney is all about.

On my way back to my car, I popped into Art on the Veranda. It’s an adorable gift and art shop that features local artists and crafter’s work, and has the most creative gifts. They also offer a wide variety of classes. I just so happened to peek in during a Zentangle class. If you aren’t familiar with this fabulous doodling art form, make sure you check it out. Anyone can learn and create some nifty projects. (Did I just date myself and say, “nifty?”)

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Zentangle instructor/artist, Angie Vangalis, leads a class at Art on the Veranda.

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I was so pumped by the sun, fun and friends on the Square, that when I got home, I strapped on my tennis shoes and went for a long walk. More sunshine! Life is good!

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The perfect end to a perfect day!

Another Saturday on the Square

27 Oct

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. ~Douglas Pagels
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Saturdays are blessed with family, friends and fun on the Square. Today, I began with my morning phone call to Mom, which always inspires a joyful day. Then, writing group at Sweet Spot Bakery with my amazing friends, Julia and Mandy. We actually got some serious critiquing done, not to mention laughing, gossip and a handful of off-color jokes. (Yes, the ladies can be a little naughty sometimes.) Lunch at Cadillac Pizza was followed by a leisurely stroll around the Square, bumping into old friends.

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Sweet Spot Bakery is all decked out for Halloween.

Tommy, the wandering troubadour, was hanging around playing his guitar, when a trio of teenagers stopped to chat with him. Tommy offered the young man a chance to play his guitar while the girls sang a soft ballad. People strolling around can always find something interesting to do and see, fun places to shop, and great places to eat.

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Musicians, artists, writers, shoppers and diners buzz around downtown McKinney on the weekends.

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Tommy played some old standards while folks dropped dollars in his guitar case.

Another lovely Saturday afternoon on the Square. Severe storms and hail swept in this evening, but I made it home safe and sound before any bad weather. Life is good!

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Saturday on the Square

19 May

I had something totally different to blog about today, but my Saturday on the Square in downtown McKinney always lends itself to a more exciting blog. (Hint: I’m saving the best for last.)

Our writing group meets at 10 at Coffee2. I am so lucky to have the greatest writing friends. They are so talented, not to mention helpful in every aspect of the writing process. I think we spend more time laughing and razzing each other than we do critiquing, and often bump into friends or neighbors popping in for coffee. Needless to say, we don’t always spend all our time working.

This morning, I had two different people say, “Hi, are you Toni?” The first was John Wynn, owner of Guitar Studio on the Square. He was talking to Kathy White, owner the the new bakery “Sweet Spot,” inside the coffee shop. We never formally met, but have been Facebook buddies for quite some time. I didn’t know who he was, but he knew me from my photo. I told him, “I didn’t recognize you, John. You’re so much taller than your half inch picture on Facebook.” We talked a while, and I vowed to get over there and take some lessons someday.

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A few minutes later I heard, “Excuse me, are you Toni?” Well, it was Laura Bartlett, Executive Producer, and one of the ladies who make up the hilarious comedy group, FOUR Funny Females. Again, a Facebook friend who I’d never met in person. It was a Facebook kinda day. We talked a long time, sharing stories about our backgrounds, hometowns, and mutual love of McKinney. Oh yes, we also discussed our mutual innate ability to procrastinate an entire day away.

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It was such a glorious day, that I decided to treat myself to a yummy lunch over at SNUG on the Square. As I sat waiting for my lunch, perusing my emails, and people watching, I saw the most delightful sight. An elderly couple strolled down the street, walking hand-in-hand. They stopped in front of SNUG, he held open the door for her, and they walked in. I couldn’t help but get all goose-bumply.(I think I made that up.) I wondered, how do they keep that beautiful magic alive? I sat there a while, still smiling. Yep, I couldn’t resist. I sauntered over and said, “Would you mind if I ask how long you’ve been married.”

The lovely lady replied, “We’ve been married fifty-five years, but we’ve known each other since the sixth grade.” I told them that I loved how they held hands while they walked down the street. The gentleman smiled and said, “We always hold hands.” I told them that they looked like newlyweds, and that if more couples held hands all the time, more marriages would last forever, like theirs. I asked their names and if I could take their picture. The charming Carol and Dave from Plano were more than happy to oblige.(I told you I saved the best for last.) Such a fun day!

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