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Friday:) Friends, Food, and Fun Calligraphy

4 Sep

“ Every girl needs a friend that they can call or text and say, ‘What ya doin’ today, Thelma?” And she replies, ‘I’ll be right over, Louise!’ “

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I probably didn’t fall asleep till 2am this morning, and woke up at 8. Instead of going back to sleep for a couple of hours, I decided I should get my walk in before the morning heat slithered in. I was out the door by 8:30 and managed to get 3 miles in before sweltering.

I walked around 3 loops around the pond, then took a rest under the shady tree, then another two loops, a rest and another few loops. It was a nice morning.

I had planned on taking a nap when I got home, but decided to make a few calls and check Facebook. Well, I noticed that my good friend, Sherri, otherwise known as my Thelma, had just posted something. So, I commented on her post and said, “What ya doin’ today, Thelma.” A few minutes later, the phone rang. I answered, “Hey Sherri!” She replied… “Who?” Oops… I corrected myself and said, “Hey Thelma!”

After a little bantering back and forth of where to go to lunch or what to do, we decided on lunch at PETRA’s for “food.” Sherri remembered that when someone asks if I like Mexican food, I always reply, “I’m Mexican. We just call it food.” Ha.

We had a yummy lunch at Petra’s. Lots of chips and salsa and “food.”

After way too much food and nice conversation, we drove back to my house to play with some art stuff. I wasn’t sure what, but I mentioned if she’d ever dabbled with calligraphy.

Thelma is always up for a challenge. We experimented with brush marker, wide tipped Sharpies, fat flat brushes and round brushes and paint. Miss Sherri is a natural and did pretty darn good for the first time. Lettering is fun and I know she’s going to run with it.

After Thelma went home, I was determined to be a little productive. (Very little) I cleaned a couple of bathrooms, straightened up the kitchen and was going to take a shower when I heard the lawnmower guys in the back yard. They mow three of our houses in a row, and if I’m home, I always make sure to give them something cold to drink or some ice cream sandwiches or both.

The only downside is, I need to estimate how long they will be mowing, then peek out the window when they are almost done so I can get the ice cream sandwiches out of the freezer. It’s so hot out, they’d melt in 5 minutes. the ice cream too.

So, that’s my Friday so far. Now, time to relax. You know what Friday means….

Black Russian Friday. Cheers, my friends!

Saturday on the Square, and Some Other Stuff

29 Oct

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” ― Shannon L. Alder


It started out being a slow sleepy Saturday. But, once I got moving, it was a super fun day of shopping, sales, friends, art, and spooky stuff.

I began with a trip to one of my favorite places, Michael’s Craft Store. I had a 60% off coupon burning a hole in my pocket. I bought glitter. (Of course you did, you’re saying to yourself.) I also bought a cart load of other things on sale. 

My next stop was Winco. I haven’t been there in ages, but I got an add in the mail and decided to check it out. Oh my…too many good sales. Gala apples only 68 cents a  pound! Crazy! Brownie mix 88 cents! Be still, my heart. I even bought a bunch of canned goods for the little local free food pantry. Another cart load of items to squeeze into my car.

I haven’t roamed around the Square for a while, so I drifted off in that direction. It was a little chilly, so it wasn’t too crowded and I easily found a parking spot in one of the lots. 

My first stop was Sweet Spot Bakery. I tapped by the back door, and Miss Kathy unlatched the screen door saying, “Back door friends are the best.” I was shocked because she was decorating cookies. She always says she’d rather leave all that to Elizabeth, the baker, but she was doing a pretty good job. We chatted a while and caught up on the latest. Tonight was the Ghost Tour, so they were staying open late. 

As I worked my way down the street, I heard a familiar voice calling me from a distance. Yay! My friend Sherri! She was selling tickets and organizing volunteers for the Ghost Tour. Always good to see Miss Sherri.

We walked around and listened to some of the volunteers dressed in old time costumes, talking about local ghost sitings and stories.

Elizabeth and Kathy over at Sweet Spot were also on the Ghost Tour. Their shop has been frequented by a very determined female ghost who likes to rearrange furniture and throw things around occasionally. They just ignore her and go about their business.
Governor Throckmorton was pointing one way, but I was going the other way. Still directionally challenged. Plus, I don’t take orders well. I’m so confused.

It was getting late and dark and I still hadn’t eaten anything all day, but I wanted to stop at The Cove Art Gallery to see my friend, Leslee Ortega’s art show. I also bumped into a few other artist friends.

Leslee paints the cutest animal portraits, and also teaches classes on painting your own pet. They are colorful and funky and fun, kinda like Leslee.

It was a very fun-filled Saturday. I drove home, put away my groceries and finally got around to fixing a frozen pizza for dinner. Well, I actually took the time to bake it. I didn’t eat it frozen, although tempted. Yep! A good day!

Friday Family, Fun, and Food

4 Jul

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.Mark Twain


A beautiful day in Elgin, sunshine and 70’s. Couldn’t ask for a better day. When I woke up, Mom was making pancakes. I don’t eat breakfast before noon, so I passed. BUT, I suggested that she make a funny face in her pancakes. She doesn’t see faces in her food, so I took the liberty of embellishing her breakfast. 


I see faces in the pancakes!!!

I went for a long leisurely walk, and soaked in the sunshine, birds chirping, racoons roaming. 

It was too nice to stay inside. Mom doesn’t like to venture out that much anymore, but my sister and I coerced her into joining us for lunch at Olive Garden.  She said that she doesn’t like their food, so I told her to just order dessert then. She loves dessert. So, off we went. 
Their black tie chocolate mousse cake is fantastic. “Life is short, eat dessert any time.” (Me)

I am a very considerate and helpful daughter, so I helped Mom with her lunch.