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Theme Song Thankful Thursday:) It’s A Good Day

17 Nov

On a bad day, I have mood swings – but on a good day, I have the whole mood playground.     

Charles Rosenblum


When I read these great quotes, I think, why didn’t I think of that?

I had a pretty good day. An easy going, my slip not showing, the rooster crowing, the sky not snowing, my car not towing, just to-and-froing kinda day. When you’re thankful for the little things in life, you receive great big blessings. I am very blessed.

I see beauty every day.

I had lunch with my friend Diane and found a lucky feather in the parking lot.

I spent the evening singing karaoke and dancing with friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

30 Oct

“When you’re kind to people, and you pay attention, you make a field of comfort around them, and you get it back–the Golden Rule meets the Law of Karma meets Murphy’s Law.” 

― Anne Lamott


A chilly Sunday morning. My friend Mary, who greets with me at the door at St. Gabriel’s was out of town. I greeted and received and doled out hugs all by myself for a while. Then, I saw David and his family walk in. David had greeted with us before and said he enjoyed it. I asked him if he’d like to join me today. He said that he had been out of town all week and he really needed to go in early and pray. I said, “Sure, maybe next time.”

Five minutes later, David walked back out, opened and manned the other door, saying good morning to the incoming people. I asked, “Did you change your mind?” He laughed and said, “I prayed about it and here I am.” A minute later, his young son nuzzled up next to him, and I asked his name. The young man said, “Eli.”

Wow! That was special. I told him that Eli was my father’s name and that was a very fine name. Elijah, yes, a very fine name.

Today’s Gospel was about Jesus being asked which commandment was the greatest…

Gospel MT 22:34-40When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”  He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
My take on it… there are only two commandments or laws necessary. You love God and you love your neighbor. This covers it all. The other eight commandments are just examples, or clarification. Don’t lie, cheat, steal, curse, kill, etc.  Voila! That’s it.

After Mass, I stopped at McDonald’s for coffee/tea with Mr. Jerry. The McD had been closed for remodeling for over a month and was now open, and guess what?  Yuk! I didn’t like the decor, very ultra modern with a side order of tacky. The wallpaper and seating were bizarre, and don’t get me started on the new beverage dispenser. It was one of those swipe the little symbol for Coke or Sprite or Lemonade. I HATE CHANGE! But, life goes on, even at McDonald’s. 

Mr. Jerry and I talked about an hour, sharing iPhone pictures of grandkids and stories and gossip. On my way out, I stopped to get a refill on my iced tea when I noticed a familiar face. Around four or five months ago, I met a lady sitting alone at this McDonald’s and we talked a long time, vowing to keep in touch, but never did. I gave her my card, and I think she lost it. It had been so long, that we forgot names.

This is Lynn. How could I forget that? I remember telling her when we first met that half of my friends are named Lynn. Well, at least twenty or thirty. This time I asked her for her info and  Facebook name so I could friend her. Done! 

“Do unto others.” It was funny, Lynn said that she has always been quite the introvert and pretty shy. But, she said that she has talked to a few strangers these past few months and credited my kindness to her new found boldness. I was honored. 

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

9 Oct

“Believe in your heart that you’re meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


It was a cool Sunday morning, and I was thrilled to wear a sweater. But alas, by the time Mass was over, the Texas sun was beating down and it was warming up fast. As Mary and I greeted at the door before 9 o’clock Mass,  many hugs and handshakes and smiles were exchanged. It was the children’s choir service and there was a baptism. A good start to the day.

Today, Father Don decided to discuss the second reading instead of the Gospel. We are told that if we make our requests to God through prayer and giving thanks, we will receive. The old, ask and ye shall receive story. My take on it…yes, you need to ask for what you want or believe that your dreams can come true, and they will. But, you have to believe with a true heart and work towards your goal with pure passion.

Reading 2 PHIL 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.


After church, I stopped at the store and bought a ton of groceries. Brownie mixes were on sale. Oh, no! You can never have too many boxes of brownies in the pantry. Also, the cowboys were playing today, so if you wear a team jersey, on game day, you get an addiction 10% of your total purchase.

Miss Pat, the “Cookie Lady” from our single mingle group, invited a bunch of us over to her house to watch the Packers/Cowboys game. I didn’t eat all day in anticipation of the feast that I knew she would prepare. I wasn’t disappointed.

It was an interesting game to watch because Miss Pat is from Wisconsin, so she and many of her family are Packers fans, but others are die hard Cowboys fans. This is Texas after all! There was some good humored taunting and flaunting when Dallas was in the lead. Then the mood shifted when the Packers charged ahead.

I guess it was an exciting game, not sure, as I wasn’t  exactly paying attention. I was just there for the fine food, desserts, and comaraderie.

Packers vs Cowboys
Final – Sun, Oct 8, 3:25 PM

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Green Bay Packers(4-1).  35

Dallas Cowboys(2-3)  31

Miss Pat was a happy “Cheddar Head.” She asked for a Packer win, and she got it.

Friday Friends and Miss Bonnie’s Birthday

7 Oct

“Birthday’s may come and go, but as long as your going to have a birthday, I’m going to be coming.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today was my senior art group at Towne Creek where I volunteer and it was also Miss Bonnie’s birthday. Some of the ladies had already planned a little celebration, so our usual Friday art group was going to be even more special.

I happen to know Miss Bonnie’s favorite desserts have coconut, so I got a German chocolate coconut cake, made Hawaiian salad, and egg salad sandwiches. She also loves Dr. Pepper floats, so I brought the fixings for that. When I arrived, the table was set with party decorations and balloons and a big beautiful lemon cake. Miss Bonnie was more than excited.

We had our feast, then sang happy birthday and cut the cake, and washed it down with Dr. Pepper floats.

Another great Friday.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and the Judge

5 Oct

“To love a man enough to help him, you have to forfeit the warm, self-righteous glow that comes from judging.” ― Ron Hall


After the tribulations of spending half the day at the Social Security Office yesterday, I decided to brave the Collin County Courthouse today. I needed to get some official documents in order to apply for Medicare. 

Well, the first thing I did was drive down that long winding road with all the county buildings. I went to the wrong one. It looked familiar because that’s where I went to pay my taxes. Oops! The courthouse was a couple miles down the road. Off I went.

Such a difference. When I arrived, the security officers were so pleasant and cheery as I slid my purse through the scanner. I wasn’t sure where to go when I strolled through the long empty hallways. Yep! Empty halls. My friend and attorney, Laura Roach, had texted me that I should see the county clerk for my official paperwork when I asked her. There were several doors that said county clerk, so I asked a nice lady with a name tag where to go,

I took a number at the kiosk outside the door. My wait time… approximately five minutes. Whoa!  The clerk was so nice. She printed out my divorce decree and hand stamped each page and signed the back. I mentioned that this was such a pleasure compared to waiting 3 1/2 hours at social security yesterday, she just smiled. When I took out my credit card, she said, “Oh, this is for social security, there’s no charge.” Double whoa! I scooted out of there with a big grin, like I won the lottery.

Since I got done so quickly, I decided walk around the beautiful modern courthouse. Laura had mentioned that while I was there, I should go say hi to her husband, Judge John Roach, Jr.  As luck would have it, he was in court and I sat in and listened to a case in progress. I’d never done that before. It was pretty interesting. I’d never been to a court hearing. I didn’t even get to go to my own divorce hearing.

When the case was over and the next preparing, I gave the judge a shy wave. He hadn’t seen me there and said, “Hi, what are you doing here?” He motioned for me to come up, or as we say in lawyer talk, “approach the bench.” I walked over and said, ” A little birdie, named Laura, said to stop in and say hello.”

He said, “Come on up here. Do you want to take a picture? Want to sit in my chair?” He asked the attorney waiting for the next case to take our picture. I was a little embarrassed and honored, all rolled into one.

Judge Roach, Jr. is a fine man, a fine judge, and a fine friend. I certainly hope he gets re-elected next year. He does so much for our community. Thanks Judge John.


Re-Elect Judge John R. Roach, Jr. for 296th Judicial District Court

Judge Roach has spent his life’s work on making a difference. Whether as a United States Marine, Plano City Councilman, an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University or the University of North Texas College of Law, the Co-Author of Divorce in Peace, a community volunteer or in his current position as Judge he has worked tirelessly to make the difference for his country, community, the legal profession and for the litigants who appear before him.

Friday:) Fitness and Futility…Go Hand-In-Hand

30 Sep

Change is the only constant, and to turn one’s back and pretend that it is not coming is an exercise in futility. 

~Anthony Carmona


I got up bright and early this morning. Well, it wasn’t that bright. It was a dark drizzly morning. And, it wasn’t so early. I set my alarm for 8 am. That doesn’t sound that early, but when you go to bed at 3 am, that’s kinda early. My neighbor Diane picked me up and we went over to the YMCA. She took the yoga class and I rode the stationary bike and did some machines. I went around 7 miles at about a 5 minute to a mile pace. The machine said I burned about 314 calories. Heck, that’s about two Oreo cookies, right?

I worked on the machines for upper body and arms. I have no arm strength to speak of, and the lowest setting was about my max, and I still grunted and puffed air out like I was pressing 100 pounds instead of 20. 

When I got home, I did not pass go. I drank a tall glass of water, grabbed my umbrella for “just in case”, and walked my usual long neighborhood route.

Ah, I was feeling fine and fit. But, The entire purpose was because I was going out to lunch. 314 calories was a drop in the proverbial bucket. Jason’s Deli has that little ice cream dispenser that you can just help yourself. Oh no! 

Futility reigns again. So, back on with the gym shoes and another walk around the neighborhood. Wouldn’t you know it, Mr. Larry’s garage was open and I was forced against my will to sit with him and Miss Sandy and drink a beer. 

This is my fitness routine. Exercise, walk, lunch, ice cream, walk, beer, and then to make matters worse, today is Friday. BLACK RUSSIAN FRIDAY!!! A lesson in futility.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

25 Sep

“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.” 

― Oscar Wilde

Mr. Wilde was a very funny and smart man.


It was another fine week. Hot dry weather, art workshops, church and candles, karaoke and singing, lunches and dinners with friends, long walks and short tempers. I wake every day grateful for my life, my family, my friends, and my health. ( Well, at least the parts that aren’t in pain and falling apart.)

A week in a peek…