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Saturday on the Square:) Arts In Bloom 2021

11 Apr

“Art is in the air, art is everywhere, must be because… it’s Arts In Bloom on the Square.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It was the perfect afternoon for Arts In Bloom on the Square In Downtown McKinney today. The three day festival had a shaky windy start Friday evening, but today was gorgeous and tomorrow should be even nicer. Yay!

Helen and I met Sherri, walked around a little, then had a yummy lunch at The Pantry. The Square was packed and we ran into a lot of friends and artists on our adventures.

So many talented friends, so much to see, so little time.
Musicians performed along the streets and the wine tasting venue was hopping.
Colorful flowers, crowded streets, food vendors, packed restaurants, and artwork everywhere. Many people were wearing their masks, unless they were eating or drinking. (But, most everyone was eating and drinking) We had our masks on except for photo ops.
Of course, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take a photo with a few of McKinney FD’s finest. A few familiar faces under those masks.
There was also a nice representation of McKinney PD officers.
A fine fun day was had by all.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

6 Apr

“Stick to the basics, Hold on to your family and friends-they will never go out of fashion.”

~Niki Taylor

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What a fun week. Great weather, great friends, bluebonnets, and blessings.

Happy Easter Sunday:) Friends, Family and My Firefighters.

5 Apr

“The very first Easter taught us this: that life never ends and love never dies.”

~Kate McGahan

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Easter Sunday is such a special day. It’s more than bunnies and colored eggs and baskets. It’s about faith, Resurrection, and the ultimate rebirth. I don’t have to bother with sharing the Sunday Sermon. Everyone knows what today is about. The tomb was empty.”He has risen.”

After watching Mass on my iPad, I proceeded to frost and pack up the zillion more cupcakes I baked late last night. Chocolate this time.

Almost finished. Some to take to the Murphy’s, some for some neighbors, and a whole bunch for my firefighter friends.
I was invited to spend Easter with the Murphy clan. I’m an unofficial/official member of the family.
Thank you Sherri and Michael!

When I got home, I frosted more cupcakes then made a few stops to visit my “peeps” at a few fire stations. Some were working a mandatory overtime double shift instead of being at home with their families. I really appreciate these fine men and women in blue.

I even had time for a walk before it got dark. I took a few more cupcakes nextdoor and then walked over a few blocks away to drop off a couple for Mr. Danny. He was so sweet. He called me this afternoon to wish me a Happy Easter and see if I was doing OK.

Family, good friends, and good neighbors. That’s what it’s all about. (Not to mention lots and lots of cute cupcakes.)

I finished the evening with a FaceTime call with my little girls and a 2 mile walk.

They opened all the Easter presents that Grandma sent them.

I am so blessed! Happy Easter my friends!

Saturday:) A Special Day With a Special Friend~ Bluebonnets and Backroads

3 Apr

“The best sights are seen on the backroads with a best friend.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My awesome friend, Sherri Murphy…AKA…Thelma, called me up and invited me to check out the backroads and some Bluebonnet fields this afternoon. Yippee! I never have done that, and seeing as Sherri took me to see some amazing sunflower fields last fall, we have a flower field theme going on.

Sherri picked me up and even brought some fun girlie hats to use for our photo ops.

We took some backroads and pulled over on the side of the road to photograph some old barns and beautiful wild flowers.

We stopped for lunch at the Hula Hut in Little Elm and had an awesome lunch overlooking the water.

We took turns sitting in the big girl chair outside.

Lunch was yummy. They have the greatest burgers and fries. I was afraid this big sturdy chair wasn’t going to hold me. After I ate all that food.

Then, off to the bluebonnet field next to an old cemetery.

Good friends enjoying the backroads and the Texas Bluebonnets! Thank you Sherri Murphy for an awesome day.

Friday:) Finally Back at Towne Creek, Friends, Food, and My McKinney Firefighters.

3 Apr

I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.

Michael Jordan

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Well, today was the day. The first time in exactly a year since Helene and I were able to go to Towne Creek Senior Apartments for our arts and crafts group. We were both so excited. We took enough food, drinks, snacks, and art projects to last a month. I’ll show you the baking and food frenzy another time.

The ladies made all kinds of Easter projects. Bunny bags, wooden cross hangers, and cross book marks.
Helene and I made up bag lunches with lots of food and goodies, plus extra to take home for later. It was a fun afternoon.

On my way home, I stopped off at Station 9 to drop off some Peep cupcakes. I had stopped at 1:30 on my way to Towne Creek, but everyone was out on a call. On my way home around 6, I caught them in the middle of dinner. Just in time for dessert.

It’s almost 9 pm, I’ve been on my feet all day and I’m exhausted… in a good way. Thank goodness it’s Friday.

Cheers, my friends!

Friday:) Finding a LuckyPenny, Friends, Signs and Spring

27 Mar


“Spring is the fountain of love for thirsty winter”
― Munia Khan

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I’ve got this thing about lucky pennies and signs. Here’s my little story. Yesterday, I was heading out for an afternoon walk. I headed across the street to the park when I stopped, turned around and thought, “ I should walk over towards Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy’s house. They live about four blocks away, and I haven’t seen them in months. They usually sit out in their garage from 4-5pm, I walk past and open their garage fridge, grab a beer, and catch up on the neighborhood gossip.

I rounded the last corner and could see down the street, but the garage was closed. I grabbed my cell phone and started dialing their number. I looked down and saw a lucky penny a few houses away. Hmmm? A sign? I smiled.

“Hello, Miss Sandy. The garage is closed. What’s going on?” I joked. Miss Sandy proceeded to tell me, in a raspy voice, that she has been in and out of the hospital and Mr. Larry has stage four lung cancer. (Oh no!) I asked if there was anything I could do.

Miss Sandy said, “What are you doing tomorrow?” I told her I was free all day, and asked how I could help. She needed a ride home from the hospital the next morning. I was happy to offer a ride. The garage door opened and Miss Sandy strolled out and we sat in our designated chairs. I heard about all the health problems, hospitalizations, and doctor’s appointments.

A few minutes later, Mr. Larry walked out and sat in his waiting chair. He had lost a lot of weight and was coughing. We did some catching up on neighborhood gossip and the usual pleasantries and unpleasantries.

Mr. Larry had a doctor’s appointment around the same time Miss Sandy would need a ride home from the hospital after outpatient surgery. He dropped her off at 6:30 this morning, and I picked her up around 10. I was able to sit with her in the recovery room for a while until she was discharged.

I realized that my lucky penny was a sign that I was meant to walk that way yesterday. I always say, “Sometimes God sends you an angel when you need one, and sometimes He sends you to be an angel for someone in need.”

Yep!

It was such a beautiful sunny Spring day that I took two walks today. I put in over 4 miles and enjoyed every minute, with a few stops at the welcoming bench by the pond. The sunset was calm and the evening moon was inspiring.

Now, for my favorite part of Friday night…Black Russian Friday. Cheers!

Theme Song Thursday:) That’s What Friends Are For~Happy Birthday Linda Grossman

26 Mar

“Friendship is all about trusting each other, helping each other, loving each other and being crazy together.” ― O. Henry, Heart of the West

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Today, a few girlfriends got together to celebrate the birthday of Linda Grossman, .”WORLD’S GREATEST REALTOR.” Personal blatant plug. She’s the best, and I tell everyone just that. We’ve been friends for a long time and she has seen me through some tough times…”And That’s What Friends Are For.”

Happy birthday Linda!
What a lovely vase. I wonder who painted that???
Fine wine for a fine lady.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

22 Mar

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

~Maya Angelou

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Another week has flown by. Between changing clocks for Daylight Saving Time, Spring forward, and witnessing Spring’s fickle weather sequences, I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I’m so confused. But, one thing I know for sure, life is good, beautiful and abundant if only you see it with eyes that see with passion and a heart that feels with compassion. Amen.

A week in a peek…. Happy Monday, my friends.

An amazing week!

Friday:) Friends, Food, Fun Painting Butterflies and My Firemen

20 Mar

“I was never one to seek the limelight in life, but a little chartreuse afterglow would be nice every once in a while.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I thought I’d throw in a little color palette quote/joke for my artist friends out there. When I was scrolling through some quotes about friends, I ran across one about looking for the limelight, and for some reason the word chartreuse popped into my head, so made up my own quote. I’m just strange that way. 🤦‍♀️

So, today was such a fun day. My dear friend, Sherri Murphy, was coming over to play with paint and have lunch. We haven’t had an adventure in so long. She offered to bring lunch, and I said, “NO! Please let me cook and bake and fix something for lunch. I never get to cook. I miss cooking.” Well, some of you are mumbling, thinking I’m nuts, but I do miss cooking a big dinner or a fancy lunch for friends and family. I told you I’m strange.

Sherri arrived at noon, bearing gifts, of course. A beautiful plant with a cute plant marker.

Isn’t she adorable.

We had a nice chatty catch up lunch of pizza, salad, homemade banana nut cake, and Dr. Pepper, of course.

I got carried away with the baking, I know. Besides that huge cake, I made two dozen cupcakes. Some to share with neighbors and a dozen for my firemen. Sherri was kind enough to take half the cake home to share with her family, (isn’t it pretty? I outdid myself on the cream cheese frosting piping, I kept adding blobs and stripes and things until I ran out of frosting.

Then, upstairs to my “ crap room“, I mean my studio, to paint some fun butterflies.

Sherri had a blast pouring and smooshing and being creative.
Aren’t they cute! We just dropped acrylic paint onto half of the butterfly then folded it over, smoosh it around then open up the masterpiece. After they dry, we can always add extra lines and embellishments.
This was my favorite, I just added a couple of black squiggly lines on the wings. Also, because these are done on card stock, they can be folded in half, the center body glued onto a small canvas or board with the wings up for a 3-D look. I’ve even put double stick tape in the center and taped them on the wall.

After Sherri left, I ran over to Station 9, …well… I actually drove. I don’t run anymore. I dropped off my cupcakes, and Captain Chandler was very appreciative. He was just filling in at #9 today, normally he’s at #8. He asked if I bake regularly for the station. I said absolutely. I’m thinking he might eat one of my awesome cupcakes and request a permanent transfer to #9.

Well, it’s been a long fun-filled day… but it’s Friday… you know what that means. Cheers, my friends.

Saturday On The Square:) Empty Bowls 2021 Artist Party

7 Mar

“When awesome artist creating beautiful artwork come together for a worthy cause, that is called COMMUNITY at its finest.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This evening was a meet the artist and view some of the awesome bowls created for Empty Bowls 2021 over at The Cove. The auction and event will take place on April 29th.
(Keep the date open. Help celebrate 10 years of feeding the hungry and providing services for our community.)
I was honored to have two of my bowls selected to be featured.

I was just in awe at all the outstanding submissions by local potters and artists. Everyone recognized my yellow roses, and my ceramic pink roses that were glazed on a hand thrown bowl made by the fabulous Steve Macias.

A few more amazing bowls.
I think this one by Minda Macias was my favorite.
JB Phipps always turns an awesome wooden bowl. This one is huge and spectacular.
Then of course, it’s always fun to run into old friends that you haven’t seen in ages. Sherri Murphy glazed this adorable floral bowl.

(DISCLAIMER-masks were worn by all at this event, but removed very briefly for photo ops.)