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Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

28 Nov

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when we try to get through another week. Happy Monday.”

~ Me

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Here’s another week in another peek. Crazy how time flies… Life is good!

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

28 Nov

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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After days of gray and gloom and rain, we finally have a lovely sunny Sunday. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. No sock monkey hat for church this morning. I left for St. Gabriel a little early today so I could greet my friends on the Château bus. I guess I was really early because when I got to the parking lot, there was only one other car there. 😳 I actually had to think twice. “Is today Sunday?” A few minutes later, the “usual crowd shuffled in.” I took a quick picture, enjoying the fact that it was warm and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky.

The first Sunday in Advent.

Todays Gospel was the story of Jesus letting us know that we need to be vigilant and always prepared for the Second Coming…

Gospel 

Mt 24:37-44

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
In those days before the flood,
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man.
Two men will be out in the field;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Two women will be grinding at the mill;
one will be taken, and one will be left.
Therefore, stay awake!
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house
had known the hour of night when the thief was coming,
he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into.
So too, you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

My take on it… plain and simple, if you lead a good life, are honest, kind, and love the Lord and your neighbor, you are always prepared. No worries. Are you prepared?

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After Mass, we stopped at McD. Then Helene and I went to Tom Thumb for a few sales. Bananas 29c a pound, limit 4 pounds each. Woa! We are going to add that 8 pounds to our stash of goodies to take to Holy Family School.

It was a beautiful afternoon and evening, so I was able to get out for a nice evening walk. It had been raining for days. A long walk was just what the doctor ordered.

A beautiful sunset.

Then, a bunch of phone calls with friends and family to finish up my day.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Friday:) Artist Friends at Towne Creek

26 Nov

“The artist has one function–to affirm and glorify life.”
— W. Edward Brown

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A very busy, amazing, and rewarding day. A couple of days of preparing arts, crafts, and food preparations for our Young at Heart senior art group at Towne Creek.

I had some fun art projects planned and Helene and I prepared our usual feast. Then we made up big gift bags with Christmas snacks, drinks, goodies and gifts.

We spent over three hours making fun Santas from chip paint brushes and ginger bread men from brown grocery bags. Holiday magic.
Cute! Right? Quite a few holiday gifts were made,
Everyone had a good time and loved their projects. Everyone received a big gift bag filled with drinks and snacks. A fun holiday paint party.
I made another cute turkey shaped cracker/cheese/veggie platter. Helene made delicious homemade chicken salad sandwich, we had Ramen mushroom soup, and peanut butter cheesecake brownies. Quite the feast and celebration.

Happy Friday my friends,

Thankful Thursday:) Happy Thanksgiving

25 Nov

“Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.”

~Hausa Proverb

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I wake up every morning and think of all the people and things in my life that I am thankful for. But, on Thanksgiving, we set aside a National day on the calendar to celebrate. We should celebrate every day. Just not a good idea to eat like there’s no tomorrow every day. 🤦‍♀️

Today, I was invited to spend Thanksgiving with my friend Helene and her family. We are a lot and laughed a lot and the TV was on with a strange sporting game where a bunch of big men with little tight pants, wearing helmets all chase one guy with an almond shaped ball. They all jump on top of one another until a zebra man comes and blows a whistle. Then they stop and do it all over again. Weird game!

Thank you Helene, Mark, and Angie for a lovely Thanksgiving. Helene made chicken enchiladas and Spanish rice. Mark and Angie made a family recipe of blueberry crumble cake.
I brought my first ever attempt at a turkey shaped cheese and cracker snack tray. I think it turned out cute for a first try.

It was a good day, even though it’s been raining for two solid days. I couldn’t even go out for a stroll to walk some of this off.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 🤗

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

23 Nov

“As the holiday season approaches, may your home be filled with lots of love, laughter and yummy smells!!” ~Jesse Joseph

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OK, as I was looking up cute quotes for holidays, I saw this one about “As the holiday season approaches, May your home be filled with lots of …” AND THEN my strange bizarre brain filled in the rhyme with lots of roaches. I know, right! My brain is goofy. It’s a gift, it’s a curse.

“It was a dark and gloomy day… I didn’t leave the house, as I had to wait for the Pest Control guy… but that’s another story. Maybe that’s why my brain went there. No roaches, but mice and rats in the attic. Story for another time. After Mr. Joe left with my estimate of $1,100, I dug I to some of my projects.

I put together some containers of my “Bad Ass” brownies. Some to take to Helen’s tomorrow and some for Friday for our Towne Creek art group.

Funny story. I offered Mr. Joe from Barrett’s Pest Control a couple of brownies with the yummy peanut butter cheesecake topping. He took them with him when he left. 5 minutes later, I got a call, “This is Joe from Berrett’s Pest Control. You were right, those are Bad Ass brownies. Thank you.” I just laughed.

After cleaning up the kitchen, i went up to my crap room to finish up my ornament project. I always make such a big mess. Then, I was getting ready to put on my shoes To go to the Dollar Tree to look for some containers and more crafty things to do with my senior artist friends Friday, when I decided to look in my closet in that big mysterious Christmas bin. Maybe something is in there. I found a bunch of containers, crafts, stickers, bags, etc. Then I gathered up some of the goodies that will go in the bags. We are celebrating our Christmas this Friday at Towne Creek. I’ll have to wait till Friday morning to put that all together, because I like to make my famous popcorn, pretzel, cereal, snack bags fresh.

So, I’ve been a busy gal. But, I’m going out to dinner with my neighbor friends at 6, so that will be a nice break from the clutter.

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

22 Nov

“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you.”

~ Brigitte Bardot

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Another busy week, with lots of fun, friends, food, and frigid temps. Life is good.

A week in a peek..

Sunday Sermon and a Couple of Camels

21 Nov

“Where did the knight park his camel?
Camelot.

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Another really chilly day here. When I woke up, it was 29°. Time to break out the sock monkey hat again to bundle up for greeting before Mass. I even got to St. Gabriel early enough to greet the folks from the Chateau bus.

No pictures from Mass today. I think they had problems with their AV equipment.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus hanging on the cross, and those that taunted him. But, one of the criminals defended a Jesus and asked to be remembered. Jesus said that the man would soon be in paradise with Him…..

Gospel 

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
“Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
“Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”

My take on it… people are human and make mistakes. God will forgive all who realize their errors, repent and make atonement for their sins. Forgiveness doesn’t come with a quick “I’m sorry,” and continuing your same old ways. The key is realize, acknowledge, repent, and atone.

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Now, for the cool part. This afternoon, the 60+ group from St. Gabriel was meeting for a potluck social gathering at Michael Millen’s house out in Prosper. Mike has the coolest house, most awesome acreage and the most amazing animals I’ve ever seen. He was kind enough to invite our group to his home again.

Mike is upper left photo, on the right. Thanks Mike.
Helene and I got a chance to pet the camels and horses. Lower left is a Zedonk. See his striped legs? So cute.
All kinds of beautiful creatures came to say hello. The cows remained in the pasture off camera. They didn’t need the attention.
We had a nice potluck dinner with enough food and desserts to feed an entire army. Father Cristian came and gave the blessing. He’s not anywhere near 60, but he joked and said,” I was so happy that I didn’t get carded at the door!” Someone commented, “Do you even shave yet, Father?” He’s very young looking.

A very special Sunday counting my blessings and sharing friendship, fine food, and fun animals.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and a Couple of Camels

21 Nov

“Where did the knight park his camel?
Camelot.

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Another really chilly day here. When I woke up, it was 29°. Time to break out the sock monkey hat again to bundle up for greeting before Mass. I even got to St. Gabriel early enough to greet the folks from the Chateau bus.

No pictures from Mass today. I think they had problems with their AV equipment.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus hanging on the cross, and those that taunted him. But, one of the criminals defended a Jesus and asked to be remembered. Jesus said that the man would soon be in paradise with Him…..

Gospel 

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
“Are you not the Christ?
Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
“Have you no fear of God,
for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”

My take on it… people are human and make mistakes. God will forgive all who realize their errors, repent and make atonement for their sins. Forgiveness doesn’t come with a quick “I’m sorry,” and continuing your same old ways. The key is realize, acknowledge, repent, and atone.

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Now, for the cool part. This afternoon, the 60+ group from St. Gabriel was meeting for a potluck social gathering at Michael Millen’s house out in Prosper. Mike has the coolest house, most awesome acreage and the most amazing animals I’ve ever seen. He was kind enough to invite our group to his home again.

Mike is upper left photo, on the right. Thanks Mike.
Helene and I got a chance to pet the camels and horses. Lower left is a Zedonk. See his striped legs? So cute.
All kinds of beautiful creatures came to say hello. The cows remained in the pasture off camera. They didn’t need the attention.
We had a nice potluck dinner with enough food and desserts to feed an entire army. Father Cristian came and gave the blessing. He’s not anywhere near 60, but he joked and said,” I was so happy that I didn’t get carded at the door!” Someone commented, “Do you even shave yet, Father?” He’s very young looking.

A very special Sunday counting my blessings and sharing friendship, fine food, and fun animals.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Friday Friends:) Celebrating Birthdays and Back to the VFW for Karaoke

19 Nov

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
— Khalil Gibran

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You know how you know when you’re getting old? You have to leave a big note on your kitchen counter that says, CALL LIN.! Today is my old dear wonderful amazing friend’s birthday back home. She’s not old…I’m older, but she is all the other afore mentioned things. A few years back, I plum forgot to call her on her birthday, and I felt horrible, because she never forgets mine. Maybe because she is so much younger, maybe two years. So, I left myself a note.🤦‍♀️

I called her cell, but there was no answer, so I left a message and sang, “Las Mañanitas (Mexican birthday song) in my raspy cold-like off key voice and my very poor Spanish pronunciation. Then, I tried her home phone, and she answered. We talked for 1 hour and 11 minutes. While we were talking, she laughed because she saw a red cardinal outside her window. Perhaps her dad saying hello. The funny thing is after we hung up, I looked out my front window to see if it was cloudy or raining, and there was a grey female cardinal outside my window. (My mom saying hello. Mom doesn’t like to be outdone.)

Happy birthday Lin! Can’t wait till we can have a Turtle Tuesday.

Then, this evening, the old gang is getting together to celebrate Richard’s birthday at the VFW with karaoke, singing, dancing, birthday cake and old friends we haven’t seen in ages.

Happy birthdayRichard,

Good friends, good times. Happy Friday.

Thankful Thursday:) So Much To Be Thankful For

18 Nov

“Under trees, the urban dweller might restore his troubled soul and find the blessing of a creative pause.”~ Walter Gropius

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This morning, I woke up thankful that no alarm would summon me after going to bed quite late, and my pesky attic visitor, Mr. Mickey Mouse, did a little tap dancing routine during the wee hours of the night, 🤦‍♀️

The only thing on my calendar was a meeting at church at 2pm for the Connection Desk and Welcome Committee. I was going to go early and do some sketching in the sanctuary, but I received a few phone calls that impeded my progress. But, I did have 5 minutes to go to Adoration, light a candle, stop at the poor box, and get to the meeting by 2.

I am so grateful for the awesome people, volunteers, and friends that I’ve made at St. Gabriel the Archangel. Everyone is so giving and loving. The parish is growing by leaps and bounds, and it was reported
that we are getting interest from around 40 new families a month. Woa! Our meeting was to see how volunteers can help share information to visitors and prospective members. Personally, I just like to greet at the door on Sunday, share a smile, a hug, a compliment, and make people feel welcome.

After my meeting, I met Helene over by the chapel. She was there for Adoration, and we planned to stop at McD after. I am thankful for my dear friend Helene. Not only did she treat me to a big hot chocolate, but she came bearing gifts. She felt sorry for me and my goofy cough, cold, sneezing, etc. I’m feeling much better, about 80%, but a little back up is a good thing.

I am thankful for the amazing sunset that I was able to capture and enjoy on my evening walk. I haven’t been walking in a while, so it was great to bundle up and get out for a brisk walk.

Ah, my reward at the end of the day. A spectacular sunset of crimson and gold.

The day is not over, although it’s only 7pm and feels like midnight. I plan on having a nice dinner and going upstairs to my “crap room” (craft room) to paint a little. The holidays are soon approaching.

Happy Thankful Thursday, my friends.