Tag Archives: theme song Thursday

Theme Song Thursday:) Saying Goodbye

22 Jun

“Moving on is simple. It is what we leave behind that is hard.”


Today, we said our goodbyes to our friend Richard at karaoke. He’s moving to Washington to be with his son. It will be nice for him to be with family, but we will miss his smiling face, and I think he’ll miss us too. All the ladies ladies will really miss him at the VFW on Thursday night because he is a marvelous dancer and would always take turns dancing with each and every lady there. A great dancer and true gentleman.

I made him a special big poster size card with a bunch of photos that I’ve taken throughout the past few years. Everyone signed it and wished him well on his new adventure.

Then, when it was my turn, I sang “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and dedicated it to Richard. “All your bags are packed, you’re ready to go. You’re sitting there, right by the door. We hate to see you leave and say goodbye….You’re leaving on a jet plane…”

Good luck and safe travels, Richard. We will miss you. Keep dancing!

Theme Song Thursday:) You’ve Got a Friend

1 Jun

“When the world is so complicated, the simple gift of friendship is within all of our hands.”

~Maria Shriver


Today was filled with friends, fine food, and a fun night at the VFW.

It’s been so hot, but I got out for a long early morning walk. I squeezed in an hour before total heat exhaustion summoned me home. I cooled off by sitting under the ceiling fan. Then, it was time to get ready for my nice lunch with my Neighbir, Diane. She wanted to thank me for cat sitting last week. (Remember, I’m the animal whisperer.) We went to RIck’s Chophouse, on the square and had a lovely lunch.

After lunch, we walked around the Square a while, but it was pretty hot. We stopped at Sweet Spot Bakery for some ice cream. So glad they’re open again. I missed my favorite hang out during their renovations. It was good to see Miss Elizabeth again.

I came home, did a few chores, then went for another walk. It was a short one. Too hot.

Then, it was time to get ready for karaoke at the VFW. I love that a bunch of friends meet every Thursday night for singing, dancing, laughing and camaraderie. When I arrived, they were finishing up a VFW meeting, so karaoke hadn’t started yet, so I went back outside to take a few pictures.

When I first arrived, there was only a handful of friends, so we only had three people singing. I got to sing a lot of songs. My good friend and neighbor, Mr. Larry was there. Of course, selfie time.

As the time passed, more and more folks filtered in, and it got pretty crowded. We laughed and danced and sang fun songs. It’s always a fun night.

Miss Sandy and I sang a duet , “You’ve Got a Friend.” Yep, I always have a friend. I am blessed. Music makes my heart sing.

It was a fine day.

Theme Song Thursday:) In The Eye of the Beholder

25 May

“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”

~Salma Hayek


I find myself seeing the most beautiful things in the most common and ordinary sites.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

On my morning walk, I saw a decomposing flower that had fallen off a nearby bush, lying on the steamy sidewalk. The moisture of the flower and the heat of the day created a watercolor image on the grey sidewalk backdrop. It was so beautiful, I needed to stop and take a picture. A perfect oval halo creating a natural masterpiece.

What do you see? Where do you find beauty? It’s all… in the eye of the beholder. Go out and behold!

Thursday:) Do What You Love

18 May

“The ultimate dream in life is to be able to do what you love and learn something from it.”

~Jennifer Love Hewitt


My two great passions are my artwork and my writing. So, what better way to spend a day than writing about my art. Lately, I haven’t been too inspired to doing anything artsy-craftsy. I usually need a bunson burner under my butt to get me motivated. So, when my friend, Linda Grossman, (World’s Greatest Realtor) asked me if I’d paint some glass vases as gifts for a special luncheon, I was excited.

I got out my glass paints and started painting my signature bluebonnets. It took a few days. Then, I got a brainstorm and decided to buy some fancy white bags to paint on those, an even more special presentation for the gifts.

I really do love creating hand-painted gifts for special people. Nothing says love like home-made.

It’s also fun to make a mess and be able to leave it upstairs on the table. After I painted a dozen bags, I had some paint left on my palette. I thought hmm… I’m running low on hand-painted note cards. Yep, I painted a dozen cards with matching envelopes to add to my depleted stash of cards.

It’s always so rewarding to do what you love, and sharing that talent with others.

Theme Song Throwback Thursday:) Memories

6 Apr

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”

~Honore de Balzac


I’ve been going through a tangled jumbled heap of costume jewelry that belonged to my sweet mother. I touched and reminisced and sorted through dozens and dozens of sentimental pieces, many of which were gifts from me, family and friends. But, when I was packing up the plastic container with all the neat compartments, the box slipped off the bed onto the floor. So I just heaped the piled into a large zip lock bag, and put it in my carry-on bag when I flew home. Needless to say, security went through my bag and even had to separately rescan the jewelry a second time.

I was still in the process of de-tangling today, when I came across a very special locket.

Memories came flooding back. Memories of babies and families and special gifts and unconditional love. That huge pile of costume jewelry is probably only worth a few dollars monetarily, but the memories are priceless.

When I get nostalgic, I write poetry and I sing songs and I get misty. That’s what I do.


A tiny silver locket

A picture tucked inside

It was given on her birthday

She showed it off with pride.

A picture of her grandsons

On the back, her favorite part

The inscription said, I love you

And was worn next to her heart.

So, now I have her locket

Those memories will not fade

I’ll place Mom’s picture next to theirs

New memories to be made.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Theme Song Thursday:) Pennies From Heaven

23 Mar

Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.

~Margaret Thatcher


I keep finding pennies from Heaven. While I was going through Mom’s many craft bins and drawers yesterday, there at the very bottom of the last drawer, I found a single solitary tiny ziplock bag with a lone penny. I smiled. My reward for a long day of sorting.

Gotta love Frank Sinatra….

This afternoon, my sister asked me to go to the car wash with her. We drove through and parked afterwards to readjust the side mirrors and wipe the excess water. As I stepped out of the car, yep, a penny right at my feet.

I think one lucky penny from heaven is worth a dozen dirty dollars from…. well, wherever dirty dollars come from. I am blessed.

I’ll keep all my lucky pennies from Mom in heaven in a special jar when I get home.

Theme Song Thursday:) Reflections

26 Jan

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.



It was a beautiful afternoon for a walk here in McKinney. The sun was warm and bright, with glorious reflections on the pond. I thought, hmm? What will I write about today. Thursday is usually theme Song Thursday. So, I thought of the Supreme’s wonderful Motown song, “Reflections.” An oldie but a goodie.

Isn’t that a cool photo?