Tag Archives: Saturday

Saturday:) Sights, Sounds and Sunshine

27 Oct

“Construction of the ARK has been postponed again due to sunshine and beautiful weather here in North Texas.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yay! The sun is out today, so I sported sunglasses and a t-shirt instead of a raincoat and an umbrella. The kids were all outside playing, giggling in the air, with lawn mowers buzzing, birds chirping, and my favorite part, butterflies escorting me around the neighborhood.

A few blocks away, I crossed the street where I normally don’t cross because a neighbor was mowing his lawn. Oh yah! There in the street was a lucky penny from heaven. I smiled.

About half an hour later, I walked past this beautiful tree bursting with fall colors. The homeowner was getting into his car. I said, “I love your tree.” He thanked me. Isn’t it spectacular!

I love my neighborhood. I love hearing the kids playing and watching the families going about their day. I love talking to people I don’t know, and chatting with friends I’ve made along the way.

Yep, that’s what it’s all about. It’s like the “Hokey Pokey.”


Saturday on the Square:) And the Cove

20 Aug

“Saturday night is perfect for writers because other people have “plans.”― Mike Birbiglia


Oh that’s a perfect quote. Here I am writing while “all y’all” have plans. I had to throw that in. My favorite Southern expression is “all y’all.” Only in the South can they make a double plural and it sounds cute. I guess it’s better than my native Chicago “you’se guys.”

But, I did have a good and busy Saturday. I started out walking Bella, then went to the YMCA. I did the Zumba class at 9:45 and then rode the exercise bike. I was very proud of myself. I was telling my sister about it a minute ago on the phone. I said my goal was to ride 3 miles very fast and get my heart rate up. Then I coerced my brain to go for 4 miles. Then I said, I bet I can do 5 miles in less than 25 minutes. I know I can. So I did! A quick stop at the bank,  and visit with Miss Karri at Papa Murphy’s, followed by a VERY long shopping adventure at Tom Thumb. That’s another story. Back home, walk the dog, check on the neighbor’s cats, work on some bills, feed the dog and walk her again, then off to the car dealer to complain about the moulding that got torn off my car windshield in their car wash yesterday. After that, a visit at Sweet Spot Bakery, over to The Cove art show and a stop at Lone Star Wine Cellars to chat with Bob. Finally home, walk the dog again and check on cats. I NEED A DRINK! Or better yet, I should eat something.
Oh wait, I guess my Saturday wasn’t all that slow and boring after all. Now, I have something to write about.

Sweet Spot Bakery.

Now, fun at the Cove. If you live in or near McKinney, you should check out the Cove. So many talented artists and great exhibits. You can also snap up some fantastic original artwork at a pretty good deal from a local artist. I love art shows where all the artists are good friends. Lots of hugs.

Mr. Guy is an amazing photographer, but also works in other mediums.

Pernie and Lynne. (Sorry Lynne- didn’t check the picture.)

Miss Jeni is so talented. This is a landscape, but her horses and animals are so life-like.

It was a fine Saturday.

Saturday:) No Sittin’ Around For Me

21 Feb

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” ― Emily Dickinson


What started out to be a fairly ordinary Saturday, turned out to be a super busy fun day.

I went to Zumba at 9:30, had some breakfast, then felt kinda mopey because it was cloudy and gloomy out. So, I grabbed the bull by the horns…not really, no livestock available. I put on my gym shoes and went for a long walk. I stopped by the model homes sales office to say hi to Michael and Derek, as I do very often while walking. They always have a smile and a hug for me. Michael sold me my house. I love my house! 

We got to talking about food and lunch. Michael said that all that food talk was making him hungry. I said, “How would you boys like some tamale casserole for lunch? I made two, and I have an extra.” Well, they were excited, not to mention hungry. I scurried home, nuked the casserole, popped it in the broiler to melt the cheese, warmed up some tortilla chips, grabbed a jar of salsa and a couple of cans of Dr. Pepper, and drove over with a wonderful Mexican meal for my two friends.

They REALLY appreciated the gesture. I love to cook and sharing makes me happy. While they ate,  I continued with my long walk. About an hour later, I picked up the dishes nearly licked clean, and went home. I was tired, the sky had cleared up a bit, but I wondered what I’d do with the rest of my day. 

I was going to run over to the square, but I get tired of going places or doing things alone all the time. I’m a people person, and I tend to get melancholy on the lonely weekends? I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if someone called me and said, “Hey, you want to do something?” I’m always calling people, looking for something to do, but most friends are busy with family on the weekends. 

I resigned myself to just stay home and just take a leisurely nap. Maybe tackle some housework. I grabbed a blanket and plopped myself on the bed and fell asleep. About an hour later, my phone pinged with a text. My dear friend, Linda Grossman, (Texas’ finest realtor) texted, “What you up to today? Want to go grab a bite?” (Wow…that was kinda eerie.)

Well, that just made my day, also answering my subliminal query to the universe about wishing I had something to do. Linda picked me up, and we went off to the square, my favorite place to hang out. A couple of the restaurants we tried were too crowded with long waits. We ended up at The Celt Pub. Perfect choice. Beer, appetizers, and music from a young group of fabulous performers.

Afterwards,,we went over to Spoons, sat outside on the patio, sipping coffee and tea. A great singer was playing guitar across the street and Landon’s Winery. The night was warm and pleasant for February. Enjoying the stars, the square, and a lovely evening with a lovely friend.

No sittin’ around for me. It was a wonderful Saturday.

I enjoyed every minute.

Saturday:Softly Falling Rain

19 Sep

The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.~Douglas Coupland, Life After God


This morning, the dark looming clouds were a pleasant sight. I got up early to try and get a run in before going to my writing group. It misted a tiny bit when I first set out at 7:30, but I figured , “So what! I’m going to be sopping wet after my run.” It never did rain, so I joggled about three miles, and indeed, I was drenched without the rain. 

Look at those beautiful clouds! We desperately needed the rain. It started raining around 9:30 and it was wonderful to use the wipers on my car for a change. Did I mention we need rain?

Funny how a little rain can brighten a gloomy day. Ironic? The sun is out now, but the rain was lovely while it lasted. 


Saturday Night Live on the Square

28 Sep

“Middle age is when you’re sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn’t for you”
Ogden Nash quotes
I’m glad I’m past middle age. I’m not sitting home on a beautiful Saturday night. Oktoberfest on the Square. A gorgeous day, a lovely night.

I love McKinney!

Fun day at Oktoberfest.






Saturday and So Many S’s…

6 Apr

“Saturday night is perfect for writers because other people have “plans.”
― Mike Birbiglia
Wow, that’s a perfect quote, isn’t it? Writers are writing, while artists are painting. Other people have plans on Saturday night.

My Saturday was busy with a lot of S’s. Started off at Sweet Spot for our writing group at 10 am, then Snug for lunch, Stopped at Art on the Veranda, scurried home for an early evening walk, captured my shadow on my phone, stirred up a scrumptious Black Russian cocktail, now sitting stretched out by the TV, sipping and scripting my blog. Now, that’s a lot of S’s for one Saturday.

My larger than life shadow. When the sun is at your back, your shadow falls before you.

Look at this yummy Black Russian cocktail! This time I made a frozen chocolate almond milk ball to add instead of ice, a little chocolate ice cream, Kahlua and vodka. Voila…the perfect sweet treat/cocktail.


Saturday: Sharing the Shadows

23 Mar

A short and sweet post. Sharing my Saturday, my poem and my photos. Have a great weekend.

Standing in the darkness
The sun begins to set
The shadows paint a picture
A timeless silhouette.