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Theme Song Thursday: I’m Much Too Young

26 Sep

“Getting older is a question of coming to terms with the fact that you’ll never know the secrets; and the resulting equilibrium is what gives the illusion of actually knowing them.”
― Paul Shepheard, How to Like Everything: A Utopia
Another gorgeous day here in McKinney. Yes, voted #1 best city to live in by Money Magazine this year. Last year we were #2. I spent the day on the Square, and I mean ALL DAY.

I was sitting at Snug having my yogurt parfait when I saw Tommy, the wandering Troubadour walk in. Tommy and his guitar travel the country, playing music, visiting old friends, or camping out. He hadn’t been around since last year. I sat next to him on the bench, listening to some songs, and singing along when I knew the words.

I’d never heard this song, “I’m much too young to feel this damn old.”

My friend, Karen, called and asked if I wanted to have lunch. Well, why not. We had lunch at Spoons, then walked over to the visitors center to check out the Made in McKinney shirts. We walked around the Square and sat under a shady tree chatting a while, when we bumped into Lynne and her friend Mary. More visiting and whiling away the day. Next thing we knew, it was 5:30 pm. Yikes, I left the house at 8:15 in the morning. Where did the day go?

On my way back to my car, I popped into The Grand Hotel to,say HI to Oscar,,working the desk, then stopped at Sweet Spot to visit with Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabth. (More procrastinating, but I did find a lucky feather on my way.)
So as not to feel totally unproductive, when I got home around 6:30, I put on my gym shoes and went for a long walk. A fun day…by the way…I may be getting older, but I’m much too young to…let it bother me.


Sunday Sit and Doodle

7 Jul

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Robert M. Pirsig

Saturday is usually my sit at Snug on the Square day, but the 4th of July being on Thursday, no writing group Saturday and a full moon combined with belated daylight savings time, I’m so confused. So, today I had breakfast at Snug and ran into some old and new friends. Tommy, the wandering troubadour is back from his travels and playing his guitar.

My new friend, Laura Bartlett was there having coffee with a friend. We said, “Hi.” I had my iPad, checked my emails and Facebook, and had a mango smoothie. Then I did a little doodling on a torn book page. Here’s Laura!

Sometimes doodling is a Zen-like distraction. That’s probably why the creation of Zendoodle and Zentangle. Very fun! Here’s my amusement for today.

If you aren’t familiar with the concept, just Google Zentangle. Just saying, ” Google Zentangle,” is very disturbing. Are we speaking a foreign language? Yes!

Saturday: Sun and Fun on the Square

16 Mar

It was a glorious Saturday in McKinney, Texas. With nothing on my agenda, I decided to take some of my paints, brushes, and blank note cards, and head over to Snug on the Square for a yummy breakfast. After breakfast, I set up my paints and worked on a few note cards.



My old/new friend Tommy, the wandering Troubadour, was sitting on a bench, playing some toe-tapping melodies. I bumped into a few friends while soaking in the sunshine and painting. Oh, I also bumped into Mayor Brian Loughmiller and wife, Donna, as I was getting ready to leave. We chatted a while about my Towne Creek senior art group, his re-election campaign, and tennis. Where else can you chat with the mayor on a street corner, and he even knows your name? McKinney is a great town.


Before leaving, I couldn’t resist sitting on the bench with Tommy while he played a few more tunes. I even sang along, took some photos, and watched the people pass by, dropping dollar bills into the black guitar case. Tommy said it was a good day.


Right now, I’m home, sitting on the back patio with the dogs, my iPad and some more sunshine. What a great day!