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Friday:) Friends Feeding the Hungry

13 Jul

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.”

Hélder Câmara

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Monday, after our McKinney Creative potluck meeting, I scooted over to St. Peter’s for another meeting about the next Empty Bowls Fundraiser. Jamie St.Clair, Empty Bowls Event Coordinator, invited artisans who had been involved in creating, donating, and organizing workshops for making the beautiful bowls distributed at the event. It was a brainstorming session on how we felt this year’s event faired and how to improve next year’s.

The most exciting part was the final result of the fundraiser, $75,000 was raised, which provides over 80% of the food allotment for the Community Lifeline Center. That is fantastic. Every year the event gets bigger and more popular, and the main reason is word of mouth and the generous people who donate their time, talents, and money for feeding the hungry in their community.

If every community and every person who has a little extra could help someone who needs a helping hand, there would be no hunger. McKinney is trying to do its part, one little step at a time.

The Macias family, all talented potters and generous with their time and talent.

The next Empty Bowls Event isn’t until next year, but artists and volunteers are already preparing. It takes 364 days to plan and execute this wonderful one day fundraiser. What can you do to help feed the hungry?

Tuesday:) Toni’s Talkin’ ‘Bout McKinney

11 Jul

“In a town full of smiles, love is surely the mayor.”

Anthony T. Hincks

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There is so much to do in my McKinney that I could use a few extra days in the week to do all the things I’d like to do.

Yesterday was Monday. I always share my montage of pictures about my week on Monday. Let me tell you about a few things I did on my McKinney Monday.

I got up and walked for an hour and a half in the Texas heat. (Yep, I’m crazy,) When I got home, sat under the fan, drank ice waters and cooled off for a while, it was time to make the brownies. I always make brownies for our monthly McKinney Creative Community meeting. When I bake, I always make a double batch so I can share with my firemen friends. Before I knew it, was 5 o’clock and time to leave, making a couple of stops on the way.

First, I stopped at Station 9, just down the street. They’re always happy to see me.

Then, I felt guilty that I hadn’t been over to Station 2 for a while, so I stopped by there too.

Then, off to McKinney Creative Community potluck meeting over at The Cove. This is a wonderful networking group of artists, writers, photographers, dancers, milliners, and other creative folks that enjoy getting together to share. We share food, talk about what’s new and good in our lives, and our creative endeavors.

Our guest speaker was the talented Lauren Palmer, the creator and publisher of The Art of Living Beautifully magazine. She shares her love of McKinney and the wonderful people and activities that make up this terrific town.

Lauren told us all about the inspiration and perspiration involved in creating her on-line magazine. She was speaking to a room full of people who could thoroughly relate and feel exactly the same way.

If you’d like to check out her stories and hear a little bit more about McKinney…

WWW.THEARTOFLIVINGBEAUTIFULLY.NET

I had to leave a little early at 7 to get over to a meeting at St. Peter’s just down the street. But, that’s an entirely other cool story to share about Empty Bowls. I’m saving that for another time.

Another fun busy day in McKinney.

Thursday Night Karaoke:) “Perfidia”en Español

6 Jul

“I’m a huge karaoke person even though I have the worst singing voice. When you love doing something, who cares?”

~Hoda Kotb

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Another fun night of karaoke at the McKinney VFW. Some old faces and some new faces tonight. Okay, I’m not saying your faces are “old.” Well, maybe I am. I have to look in the mirror too, ya know. These faces may be getting old, but we certainly still know how to have fun.

https://youtu.be/lcN4LOhXBw4

I had a few friends come on stage to help me sing. More like make me giggle. I wanted to make a serious video of me singing in Spanish for my sister, but we know how that turned out. This One’s for you, Jo. Thanks Sherri Murphy for recording and not laughing to loud.

Back up singers…

Very fun. Love you guys!

Fourth of July McKinney Style

4 Jul

“No other date on the calendar more potently symbolizes all that our nation stands for than the Fourth of July.”

~Mac Thornberry

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Here’s a little bit about McKinney, the place I currently call home. It’s a fast paced, fast growing, big city with a small town square that invites all with its charm and friendliness.

In the 2010 census, the city’s population was 131,117, making it Texas’s 19th-most populous city. The most recent population estimate, produced by the city as of January 1, 2018, is 179,804. As of May 2017, McKinney City was the third-fastest-growing city in the United States.

I love going to the square for the 4th of July parade. The motorcycle police officers start us off, followed by the fire truck from Station 1. All the streets were lined with families, friends, neighbors and visitors.

I arrived early, so I could get a good parking spot. And I did. Cool! I stopped in Sweet Spot Bakery on the corner to visit with Kathy and Elizabeth. I sat down and had a nice conversation with a gentleman from Van Alstyne who was sitting alone. His name was Mack.

Mack had placed his folding chair over by the parade route earlier to save himself a spot in the shade. Smart move.

When the parade was starting, who did I run into but Sherri and Michael Murphy. (Actually, I texted her to tell her where I was standing.)

I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story about the parade.

The Mounted Patrol always brings up the rear. Probably in case the horses have to make a “donation.”

After the parade, they were having Salsa Fest at Chestnut Square. So, we mozied over there. Our good friends, the Betnard’s have the most amazing salsa. I put all five of my votes in their container.

Of course, it’s always fun bumping into friends.

To end the afternoon, Michael and Sherri gave me a Jeep ride back to my car. Poor Sherri squeezed in the back. Fun day.

I JUST LOVE MY MCKINNEY!!!

Friday:) Firemen and a Few Other Friends

23 Jun

“The shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.”

~Anthony de Mello
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Friday turned out to be a fiery hot day. I took Bella across the street to the park for only a few minutes at a time. I, personally, am a bit crazy, so I put my cool wrap around my neck, and went out for a walk. I walked half an hour, came in to sit under the ceiling fan, then back out again. Yep, I’m crazy.

My goal today was to go to get some walking in, go to the bank and take some brownies over to my firemen friends at Station 5 and 9. I decided that I finally needed to write a little story to share with the friendly firefighters. I’ve been taking them goodies for so many years, so I wondered if they might like to know why I do this. It’s a special story. So, I wrote it down, printed it and attached a special photo. I took the story and brownies over today.

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MY ANGEL MOTHER

In 2002, my sweet mother had a serious stroke. She was visiting with me in Hawthorn Woods after not feeling well for a few days. Her speech was slurred and she collapsed in my arms. I held her with one arm and dialed 911 with my free hand. The Lake Zurich fire station was just around the corner. The dispatcher kept me calm and gave me detailed instructions. “The ambulance is on the way. Make sure the front door is unlocked. Stay with me on the phone. It’s going to be OK.” The paramedics arrived in just a few minutes.

The care and compassion, not to mention, saving my mother’s life has always remained with me. After that experience, I have always visited my local fire stations with homemade cookies, brownies or cupcakes, especially at Christmas and September 11th. At Easter time, I make those cute Peep cupcakes, but many times, I just stop by because I feel like baking and sharing.

When I moved to McKinney in 2004, Station 5 was my local station. I brought my baked goodies, and even hand-painted ornaments at Christmas. In 2014, I moved a little further north, and Station 2 was closer. That just gave me double the incentive, so I just stopped by with goodies for both. Now, the new Station 9 is walking distance from my house. That just adds to my baking and sharing.

I wanted to share why this is so important to me. Not only do all of you risk your lives every time you go out on a call, but you do this for strangers or neighbors or friends. It doesn’t matter who you are helping. Some selfless compassionate people saved my mother’s life those sixteen years ago. That sweet angel mother recently passed away on February 15, 2018. I know she’s smiling down every time I stop by.

One of her proudest moments was when she visited me a few years ago from Elgin, Illinois. She went with me to take some brownies to Station 5. When I asked if I could take a photo, the guys on duty insisted on taking her back to the fire truck for the picture. One of them held her arm as she shuffled down the long hall with her cane. After the photo was taken, she was escorted and helped into my car. She was so proud that day. I made copies of that picture that she showed off to all of her lady friends when she returned home.

That’s why I bake and share with you all. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!

First, I stopped at Station 5. I told the guys that I wanted to let them know why I’m always stopping by. They both thanked me and asked if I wanted to come in. I said I’d just like to take a picture. The captain glanced at the story and asked, “Are you the one who made all those hand-painted Christmas ornaments?” I told him I was, but I missed last year because I was in Chicago for a month to visit Mom and my new grand-daughter. (I guess I owe them an ornament.) That was a nice recognition.

After my first visit, I stopped at the store around the corner. I was ALL out of chocolate ice cream. OH NO! Today is Black Russian Friday. I need my chocolate ice cream.

Who did I run into in the ice cream aisle? Why, my good friend Laura Bartlett. Great minds think alike. We both were getting ice cream.

I’m a smart Texas girl. I keep a cooler in the back of my car pretty much all year long. I put the ice cream in the cooler and headed towards home. But, Station 9 is on the way home. I stopped, called on the outdoor phone and a nice fireman came to the door. I gave him the brownies and handed him the story and photo of Mom. He noticed Captain Floyd in the old photo. He said, “Why don’t you come on back. Captain Floyd is here today.”

We walked back to the office, and when I asked to take their picture, the young man said, “Let me get a picture of you with the Captain.” That was nice. They offered to go back to the fire truck, but I didn’t want to bother them. We have some of the nicest fire fighters here in McKinney, not to mention the cutest. (Thanks for all you do, McKinney Fire Fighters!)

This has been a really good day and a fun Friday. Hey, and I have chocolate ice cream in the freezer. I am blessed.

Saturday:) Toni and the Tiny Art Show

16 Jun

“Don’t despise the little steps you know you can take every day. There are tiny miracles in each and every one of them.”

Israelmore Ayivor

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Last night, I had the pleasure of attending THE TINY ART SHOW at The Cove. If you missed the opening night last night, you’re in luck. The show will be open tonight from 6-9 pm. It was so much fun. Check it out.

Wendolin Mercado’s Tiny Art and her enormous talent and huge dreams inspired a Terrific Tiny Art Show.

Other amazing artists…

There was an artist station for visitors to create their own tiny masterpieces to add to the gallery.

I didn’t have any artwork on display, but I did provide some Tiny Brownies.

A fun Friday night with fabulous local artists and friends. McKinney really is an amazing town.

Come on down and have a tiny ice cream cone…or two.

The Tiny Art Show, curated by Wendolin Mercado

The Tiny Art Show is here!

June 15th and 16th 6-9pm

Don’t miss this unique, lighthearted gallery showing of tiny works of art.

Join the show by creating your own tiny work of art to be displayed!

(Tiny art supplies provided.)

Tiny snack and big fun will be provided!

Friday:) Women in Service 6th Annual Luncheon

19 May

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

~Douglas Adams

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I had the pleasure of attending the 6th Annual Women in Service Luncheon today, hosted by the LoveLife Foundation and Maylee Thomas-Fuller. The even was held at the Sanctuary in McKinney. The charity event supports at-risk women and children in Collin County.

Guest speaker, Holly Snell, is executive director of Hope Women’s Center right here in McKinney. Holly spoke about how God turned an extreme tragedy in her life into restoration, and a blessing to others. Her story had the entire room in tears.

It was also wonderful to see many McKinney friends, all women who support their community in many ways. There was a wonderful lunch, door prizes, raffle, and gifts for each guest. Oh, let’s not forget the lovely hand-painted vases and gift bag for our table, created by yours truly, commissioned by my good friend…and World’s Greatest Realtor, Linda Grossman.

The bottom inscription says 1COR 13:13. Faith Hope Love ❤️

Just a few of my good friends attending.

When I first arrived, I was busy setting up the table, so I didn’t purchase any raffle tickets. I wasn’t going to, but then a thought popped in my head, “I always win something.” So I purchased just one little lonely $10 raffle ticket and put it in the little box in front of the wine basket filled with wine accessories and gadgets. Well, you know what’s coming next. Maylee said, “Now, for the wine basket, number ending in 546… I looked at my ticket…Yep, it was my number.

At the closing, Maylee asked for prayers and support, not only for LoveLife Foundation, but also for the city of McKinney. Her husband, and also mayor of McKinney, George Fuller, has had to deal with some recent controversial events. The Fullers hope to raise awareness and bring our community closer, instead of dividing it.

Maylee’s closing words…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C9d0LMYDqM

So, what is our purpose here on this planet? I think it’s to love one another, help one another, and be happy. Today was a good happy day.