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Wednesday:) Well, What’s Been Happenin’ On The Square?

15 Oct

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

― W.B. Yeats

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Magic and beauty and amazing adventures are happening all around us, right before our own eyes, in our own home town. All we have to do is open our eyes. Voila! There it is.

Yesterday was a very awesome day. I got up early for a long walk and to walk the dog. Then, Helene and I made plans to scoot over to Holy Family School to take our donations of snacks and goodies for the little ones. Miss Sondra and the staff are always so appreciative of our little donations and our visits.

The construction for the Community Kitchen and Garden behind the school is coming along. It will be so nice for the community to have fresh home grown vegetables and meals available to them. Cool!

After our visit, we wandered over to the Square for lunch at The Pantry. Oh my goodness. I always get the chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy and fried okra. SO much food. We always have leftovers.

Of course, I needed a phot op in front of the mural painted by our friend, Andrea Holmes, on the side of Fair and Square Imports across the street.

Then, off we went to visit Kim Guthrie at her studio on Virginia. She’s always busy at work by her window. Perfect for a photo op and a visit. Her awesome whimsical style has captured the hearts of all of McKinney and beyond.

Another artistic stop at The Last Gallery on Louisiana. We were greeted by another artist friend, Leslee Ortega. Leslee has a brilliant eye for color and composition, and has also mastered the art of painting with coffee. (Yep…coffee. It’s a blast. I love it too.) The gallery has become a fantastic artist co-op that features the finest artists in North Texas. (Most of them are friends of mine, so I’m a little biased.)

It was a great busy day, and what better way to end my day than a nice walk at dusk to capture one of God’s greatest works of art. The evening sunset. (I really need to paint some of these scenes. But, I have SO many. Where do I start?)

Have a great day, my friends.

On The Square and Elsewhere ❤️ McKinney

26 Jul

“I always say that I bloom where I’m planted, but I sure have been blessed to be planted in McKinney, TX.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Blessings are to be shared, that’s for sure. It seems like the more you care and the more you share, your blessings multiply tenfold. If you’re anything like me, when you see a great sale at the grocery store, you stock up. OK! Maybe you don’t, but I do. My favorite items to stock up on are items to take over to Holy Family School, over by the Square, to share with the adorable pre-schoolers.

Helene, my partner in crime, and I stock up for a few weeks on snacks, drinks, cereals, baby supplies, or whatever we think they could use. Then, we stop by for a quick drop off about once a month. Miss Sondra and the staff are always so appreciative. Lately, with the distancing thing, we generally just ring the bell and pop the items inside the door and scurry on our way. That’s what we did yesterday.

Since we were so close to The Pantry Restaurant on Louisiana, and it was after lunch time, we stopped by to get a to-go order of their famous chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and crispy fried okra. It’s enough for two meals. (But, we each got one. Yum!)

Right across the street from The Pantry is the awesome wall mural on the side of Fair and Square Imports, painted by our amazing artist friend, Andrea Holmes, so I had to get a photo op. (I do have my mask on. Safety first.)

McKinney is a great town. Now, saving the best for last, here is just one of the amazing sunsets that blesses the end of my day. Just awesome.

Saturday on the Square:) So Many Places, So Many Faces

2 Jun

“The best place to be a tourist is in your own little town,”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It was a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon. I said it WAS, because now it’s storming and clapping thunder out there. Glad I’m home safe and sound. But, it sure was a fun afternoon.

After my morning walk, I made plans with Helene to go over to the Square for lunch and some walking around. We started out at The Pantry. OMG! Their chicken fried chicken is so awesome with those smashed potatoes and gravy. I love their fried okra. We split the chicken because it was the size of the entire plate.

After consuming that feast, we waddled across the street to the Fair and Square store. Andrew and Kate were very helpful. I was looking for a special item for an upcoming birthday gift.

We popped into the shop right next door, Texas Monkey Business. I never even knew it was there. Jim said they’d been open for three years. Hmm? How come I didn’t know that? They had a LOT of really cool Texas, McKinney, and school and college merchandise and tons of souvenirs. I bought a McKinney t-shirt. (Like I need another t-shirt.)

We wandered over to McKinney Wine Merchant so Helene could pick up a nice bottle of Cab for the aforementioned birthday coming up. Roy was very helpful in finding a superb Cabernet. I wouldn’t know a good Cab from an old Uber.

We also had a really nice visit with artist/friend, Kim Guthrie, over in her brand new gallery location right on the square. She is such a sweet and talented artist. Her paintings and sculptures are so fun and funky. She was making a paper maché fish when we walked in, and a messy mushy hug ensued.

Kim is having her gala grand opening celebration next weekend. Stop by and see her, right across from the Wine Merchant on Virginia.

Wow! What a great day for being a tourist in my own little town.