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Saturday:) Sunshine and Sunsets

10 Mar

“A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”

― Crystal Woods


It was another beautiful sunny day after a pretty rough storm over night. A beautiful calm after the storm. The perfect day for a long walk. Last week I walked with three layers of coats, a hat and gloves, with temperatures below freezing. Today, I wore sunglasses and a t-shirt, walking over 3 1/2 miles. Welcome to Texas.

The Bradford Pear trees are in full blossom around the neighborhood. They are gorgeous, but I was thinking that I was kind of happy that I didn’t have one in my yard. Looks like they make a big mess when all those blossoms fall.

I walked in the late afternoon, stopping at Miss Sandy and Mr. Larry’s garage for a beer and conversation. Time to catch up on neighborhood gossip. On the way home, the sun was starting to make its brilliant colorful descent. My favorite time of day. It was sunset time. Time to chase the sunset.

The last few blocks walking home, in the stillness of the night, the oranges and golden yellows faded into grey. A sliver of moon rose above the wispy streaks of dark clouds. The moonlight guided me home.

Happy Saturday. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight…

Saturday:) Sunshine, Sanctuary, Sprouts and Stranded

21 Oct

“Construction of the ark has been delayed because of an U.S.O. sighting~ an Unusual Strange Orb in the sky~ the sun.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“Don’t let yesterday’s storm keep you from enjoying today’s sunshine.”

― Matshona Dhliwayo


The sun finally made an appearance for the first time in a very long time. It felt so strange to grab my sunglasses and walk with the sun warming my face.

I needed to go to the bank and run some errands. I was so close to St. Gabriel’s, so I decided to stop in a few minutes to light a candle and say a special prayer. There was some kind of small service going on. I thought that maybe in was a couple’s workshop or something. Audrey, the events coordinator was by the door. She asked if I was there for the funeral. I told her I just wanted to light a candle. She said the candles hadn’t been replaced and none were available, but I was welcome to stop in or go to the chapel. I decided to just sneak in the back and listen to Father Don’s Gospel reading and homily.

Kneeling in the back, listening to Father’s words, I got a bit teary eyed. He spoke about the man who had passed away, and about the legacy he left to the world. Father spoke about how sometimes the legacy we leave is not monetary or tangible, but how we influenced the people around us. It’s how much we love and are loved. Those are the true measures of a life well lived.

It’s funny, last Sunday when I stopped for coffee with Mr. Jerry after church, I asked him if he thought I was goofy. He said I was very sweet and kind and generous. Then he joked and said, “But, there is that time you crashed that funeral at St. MIchael’s.” In my defense, it was Ash Wednesday, and I thought it was a regular Lenten service. I smiled and thought, well, here I go again, crashing another funeral. At least this one was in English.

Afterwards, I stopped at Sprouts to pick up some vegetables to make a big pot of chicken soup. I bumped into my friend Deborah Ricci. She was sharing info and samples of natural and healthy skin products. We chatted and I showed her grand-baby pictures. Good to catch up.

Well, I put my groceries in the car and went to start it up…. dead as a door nail. It wouldn’t even turn over, just red lights flashing on the dash. No, I hadn’t left any lights on or anything. When I got my oil change last month, the guy did say that my battery was low and he tried to talk me into a pricey battery. He had already talked me into a pricier oil change and changing a couple of filters, so I really didn’t believe him.

I called AAA service. They said it would be an hour and twenty minutes. There was a Dunkin Donuts across the parking lot, so I walked over and asked for the gooiest filled donut to drown my sorrows. As I waited, I received several texts from friends Jerry, Bob, and Doug, who were watching college football, bantering back and forth about the games. Doug was at a bar with friends, Bob was sitting at home with candy and Jerry just got home from his grand-daughter’s cheerleading practice. I said I was drowning my sorrows at Dunkin Donuts with a dead battery and waiting an hour for AAA.

Jerry texted that he could be there in five minutes. Before I could reply to say that wasn’t necessary, he texted, “I’m on my way.” The funny part is, just as I read the text, a song playing in the restaurant said, “I’m on my way.” I laughed out loud, and also thought, how lucky am I to have such nice friends.

Jerry arrived in five minutes and sat with me while I waited. I said maybe I was being punished for crashing another funeral. He laughed. Then, he drove me back to my car when the AAA guy called to say he’d be there in five minutes. The young man was very sweet. His name was Fernando, and we chatted about his unusual name and other family names and how some cars have batteries hidden or buried under all kinds of stuff. He checked the battery, and it was extremely low. He jumped it and it started up right away. But, I asked if he could just replace it because, the way my luck was running, it would die again before I could get it to an auto shop. So, he put in a new battery.

Poor Jerry was missing his beloved Michigan game, but he said he’d probably get home before the final. Now, that’s a real friend. I’m very blessed.

So, that was my strange Saturday. I got my sunshine, but I had to weather the storm.

Sunday Sermon, Sunshine and Smiles

22 Nov

“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” ― Walt Whitman


A beautiful sunny day here in McKinney. I had the loveliest surprise on my way to church this morning. I was driving down Stonebridge Dr., when who did I see walking down the street but my two dear friends Sherri and Michael. Of course, I just slammed on my brakes and stopped to chat. Only a few cars had to buzz around me. Then, you know me. I had to get a photo op in. “Hi Murphy’s!”

Great way to start my morning. Then, I did my greeting thing before Mass, holding the door open, smiling, shaking a few hands, and greeting all who entered. I’m getting pretty good at it. I still take a little Match Box car every Sunday for my young friend Landon. He always has a big smile. Isn’t he cute!

Today, we celebrated the Feast of Christ the King. Father Charles related the Gospel to a king who so loves his people that he doesn’t ask his army to go out and do the fighting for him, but goes out and sacrifices his own life for his people. 

My take on it…don’t ask anyone to do anything that you are not willing to do yourself. Lead by example, love by example. That’s what Jesus did. 


Gospel, John 18:33-37

33 So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and called Jesus to him and asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’

34 Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others said it to you about me?’
35 Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’
36 Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. As it is, my kingdom does not belong here.’
37 Pilate said, ‘So, then you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is you who say that I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’


After Mass, the Knights of Columbus were hosting a pancake breakfast, so Miss Virginia and I walked over and had breakfast and met a nice couple from Frisco. Afterwards, I walked over to my car, ready to leave, and realized that the 11 o’clock Mass was starting in 15 minutes. I turned off my car and thought…I should go over and greet for the next Mass for a few minutes while I’m here, as they are having trouble getting  anyone to sign up for greeters. I never get to see the 11 o’clock Catholics. I saw a lot of new faces and smiles, then left after Mass started.

Yes, it was a nice Sunday morning with sunshine and smiles.

I always bring my own sunshine!

Saturday, Sunshine and the Square

29 Mar

Walt Whitman

“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” 

It was a beautiful sunny Saturday. Mom’s two week visit flew by like a soaring gray hawk in an azure blue sky. (Prose and melodrama.) So, what should we do on our last day? We decided that a nice lunch and a visit on the square would be nice. My favorite burger place in all McKinney is now, ONE AN ONLY BURGER on 380 and McDonald. So good, and the fries are amazing. A large order of fries can feed a small army. 

Then, we went over and sat outside of Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square and we enjoyed some people watching and mounted police watching while soaking up the sunshine and atmosphere.



While we enjoyed the day, the mounted patrol passed right by us. The horses like to check and see if Miss Kathy is near the back door to give them an apple.


After a beautiful afternoon, it sadly was time to go home and get ready for the flight back to Chicago in the morning. But, it was a perfect ending to a perfect day. Hope the snow is gone by the time she gets back. 

I’ll miss you Mom. You always say that I am your sunshine, but you are my sunshine too. 


Montage Monday: It’s a Beautiful Day!

9 Feb

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations
Old Ralphie boy said it perfectly! Is it profane to call Emerson, “Ralphie?”
But, it is another beautiful day here in North Texas. If you’re here, I hope you enjoy this beautiful day. If you are someplace freezing cold with piles of snow, oops! Don’t be jealous, Spring is right around the corner. (Not, really. I was just trying to cheer you up.)

Here’s my week in a peek. And it’s only noon. A first for me. Usually I’m cranking this post out at 8pm. I want to go out and enjoy the day. Have a good one!




Sunday: From Sunrise Till Sunset

9 Feb

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton
A very busy Sunday. It started out with a gorgeous sunny morning and 9 o’clock Mass. I stopped at Sprouts and picked up some beautiful fruit and vegetables, granola, cashews and…ta-da…chocolate covered peanuts. Peanuts-good. Chocolate covered peanuts-even better. I purchased some extra items to take over to Miss Eleanor.

Then, off to the Square to have breakfast with my friend Chris. We had breakfast at Snug, sat outside in the sunshine, chatted and watched people walk by. We always bump into friends. Laura Bartlett of “Four Funny Females” fame was having breakfast with her sister.


After breakfast, we walk around the Square and stopped in at Sweet Spot Bakery to say “Hi” to Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth.

Walking back to my car, I heard a little tap-tap-tap on the glass window at Square Burger. It was my dear friend Sherri Murphy and her husband Michael. I popped in to get my traditional “Sherri siting” photo, and to steal a couple of French fries from Michael’s plate.

On my way home, I stopped at Towne Creek to drop off some fruit and vegetables at Miss Eleanor’s, and have a cup of tea. More chatting and sharing stories. By now it was almost 4.

The beautiful day called for a long walk. The sun was so inviting and invigorating that my friend and I walked for almost two hours. A new trail, new sights, a new adventure until dusk. We stopped for tea and more conversation.


By the time I arrived home it was after 8:30 pm. A twelve hour day, from sunrise till sunset. Hope you had a good Sunday, too.


Tuesday Tip of the Day: Enjoy Every Moment

28 Jan

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
Eddie Cantor
While the east coast was being rocked and socked by snow storms and frigid temps, it was a glorious warm sunny day in McKinney. You can’t waste a wonderful winter day like today. I got up early and went to Zumba with my neighbor, Diane. When I got home, I went for a long brisk walk, almost two hours. It’s late January, and I had a t-shirt on, no jacket. It was in the 70’s. Woo hoo!

By 5 o’clock, I was ready for another walk. I was going to soak up each second of sunshine, and enjoy all the sights and sounds of nature. Here are some fabulous photos from my walk.


Several hot air balloons floated in the sky.

A young mom and her baby were feeding the ducks by the pond.

After my walk, I sat on the front step with an iced tea, called my sister and chatted on the phone, and just watched the glorious sun set paint the horizon.




Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
Eddie Cantor
I did that today. I didn’t miss any scenery or a second of sunshine.

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

27 Jan

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
― Karl Lagerfeld
Sunshine, shadows, and learning something new summarizes my week. The weather was great, time with friends was fun, and looking back at a wonderful week always makes me smile.

A week in a peek.



Saturday: Sunshine, Shadows, and Saving the World

25 Jan

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Götz von Berlichingen

Sunny days make me smile. They also inspire me to go out for a brisk walk. I walked about an hour before my Saturday writing group at 10. It was a great session, and we actually got some work done in between the laughing and sarcasm. We have the sarcasm down to a science. We stopped for lunch afterwards.(Missed you, Julia) I ran a few errands and drove home.

The lovely sun was sinking slowly into the west, so I donned my gym shoes and headed out the door for an evening walk. (I walk a lot, as you may have noticed. It’s my quiet thinking time.) As the solar sphere made its shimmery descent, I was captivated by the sultry shadows cast along the way.

OK, now I’m just getting bizarre and smaltzy, using my high fillutin’ two dollar vernacular. Ha! Basically, I love shadows. I thought this one was very descriptive.

My shadow between the crossroads and the stop sign of life…think about it. Pretty cool!

Then, of course, as I stroll and patrol the streets, I’m always finding nails and sharp objects. So, I don my super hero cape, pick up the nails, and save the world from mass destruction and flat tires. Here is a week’s worth of super hero activity. I also find lucky pennies and coins as payment for my hard work.

It was a lovely Saturday. I enjoyed the sunsine, the shadows, and saving the world.


Sunday Sermon and Some More Sunshine

19 Jan

“You and I read the same books and hear the same sermons and we come away with different messages. That has to be evidence of some serious problem, right?”
― Dave Eggers, Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
Here’s my take on today’s Gospel. Sometimes I come away with a different message, too.

When the two disciple followed Jesus, He asked them, “What are you looking for?” They weren’t sure, but they knew something important was happening and they needed to follow. Jesus said, “Come, and you will see.”

I’m not sure what I am looking for or what’s going to happen next either, but I will follow. All we can do is be honest, faithful, loyal, loving and kind. If we believe and follow these teachings of our faith, then…well…then we will see.

Gospel JN 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day…
After Mass, I stopped at the store, then came home, put on my gym shoes and went for a long walk. It was a beautiful, gloriously sunny day. The three little ducks that inhabit the nearby pond were quacking and waddling around. The sad part was, a lot of garbage and plastic debris from the previous windy days had found its way to the shoreline. The busy duck family bobbed and searched around the garbage looking for food. I thought to myself, “It doesn’t matter what the neighborhood looks like or how bad the situation is, if the family is together, that’s all that matters.” That goes for ducks and people.

I so desperately wanted to hold on to the warmth of the day, so after my walk, I placed a lawn chair at the end of the garage by the driveway, plopped down with my chair facing the setting sun, and closed my eyes, absorbing every melting moment. (I caught myself dozing off with a nod several times.) It was glorious!