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Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~What Are You Doing For Others?

15 Apr

“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Martin Luther King Jr.


Sometimes I wonder if people reading my stories about taking brownies to the firemen, or volunteering with local senior artists, or taking food and treats to the preschool, well, I wonder if they think I’m trying to toot my own horn or show off. The truth of the matter is, I have found that when I share some of these random acts of kindness, often times, other people are influenced to join in on the fun. Yes, fun. Friends have given me checks to donate, others have given me cookies to take to my firemen, and others have joined me in volunteering. And guess what? They had fun and felt joy, too.

There is no greater satisfaction in the world than making someone smile. It could be something as simple as paying a compliment to a stranger, or writing a note or making a call to an old friend. And, my firemen love my brownies and always smile. From my own experience, I have found that the more I give, the more I receive.

I always say that my cup isn’t half full or half empty, but rather, it’s always overflowing. I have been blessed with so much that I try and share a little of my blessings with others. Then, right when the cup starts getting a tiny bit lower, it gets filled to overflowing again, so I need to share again. That’s how my universe works.

Monday, Helene and I went over to Holy Family School over on the east side. During the course of the month, we shop the sales at different stores for items that the little ones can use, anything from baby wipes to cookies to, the ever popular, Mickey Mouse Goldfish crackers. We delight in sharing our bargains. Then, about once a month, we gather a trunk load of items and take it over.

This month, I hit the jackpot, apple juice was only 99 cents, as well as the bags of cookies. Helene had puddings, cookies, and a bunch of other treats at her house.
Between the two of us, we had a trunk load of goodies for the little ones.
Miss Melody greeted us with the biggest smile, even under her mask. She knows that we are just two ladies that appreciate what the school is doing to help the young children and families in the neighborhood.

If we all just give back a little to our community, the world could be a better happier place. I know Helene and I are happier every time we visit.

Frantic Frenzied Friday:) It’s A Good Thing

2 Jul

“A frantic pace may win the race, but a gentle start will win the heart.” 

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

Wow! That’s very deep, Miss Toni!


What a frantic Friday! I started with a trip to the orthopedic doctor at 9 am. My knee has been bothering me for many months. It hasn’t slowed me down, and I still walk everyday, it just hurts when ai do.

When the doctor took an ultrasound of the knee to find where to place the injection, he told his assistant, “Take a picture, Josh.” I said, “Wait, wait, wait. Toni needs to take a picture, too.” I’m sure I was his first patient to ask to take a picture of a knee injection. (Look away, JoAnn…..)

Dr. Bridwell. I told my senior friends, “Nice doctor, very knowledgeable, but I have shoes in my closet older than him.”

I’m hoping to have some relief soon. He said it may take a couple of days. I’ll keep you posted.

After the doctor, Imhad enough time to run to the grocery store to get food, snacks, drinks and dessert for my senior art group at Towne Creek, where I volunteer on Friday. I bought two pizzas, chips, cookies, a 24 pack of bottled water, and a 2 liter ginger ale. From the store, I had time to meet friends for lunch at Palio’s at 11:30, then run over to a friend’s house who is out of town a few days to get mail and water plants and pots. Then, ran home, gathered materials for senior art group. By now, it was 2:15. I arrived around 2:30. I shared a few stories about my Chicago trip, then started our art project.

I didn’t have a plan, so I walked into our well stocked art closet and looked around. We have different levels, so I decided on working on large black paper.

Mr. Angel worked with colored pencil. Even more exciting and colorful in person.

Miss Nelma painted a rooster with acrylic. She didn’t get to finish, but very cool.

Miss Bonnie used pasted chalk.

Miss Kathy used both pastel and acrylic. Nice!

Then, we stopped for a prayer and a mid-day meal.  We always say a nice prayer of thanks. Miss Nelma led the prayer and started by thanking God for our blessings, our  meal, and Toni’s wonderful visits. I was honored.

Miss Mary, in the back, joined us for dinner, but didn’t want to paint today. All are welcome.

Everyone was having so much fun and enjoying their artwork that I didn’t have the heart to stop at our scheduled 6pm, and we worked until almost 7:30. 

Oh yes, when I arrived, there was a lucky penny waiting for me on one of the far tables.

(I always get rewarded for my kindness.)

I stopped for gas on the way home, grabbed my mail and bumped into Harvey and Elke next door outside. We chatted a while. By the time I finally plopped down on the couch to start writing this, it was almost 9pm. Twelve hours of non-stop frantic frenzied Friday.

It was a good day. I’m Glad glad it’s Black Russian Friday. Yay!!!!

Sunday Sermon and Silpada Party

19 Oct

You have to be careful what you wish for. What you think you want, may be more than you can handle.

~ Unknown


 Today’s Gospel was the one about James and John asking Jesus if they could be seated at his right and left side. He pretty much warned them to be careful what they asked for because “the cup” He must drink from was  a difficult one. My take on it… you have to be a servant of the people and sacrifice all in order to be seated next to The Lord in heaven. We are here to serve, not to rule. Make sure you are prepared to sacrifice and share with others.


Gospel Mark 10:35-45…

Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


I have been enjoying my greeting volunteering before Mass on Sunday. Today was a gorgeous cool morning. Everyone was happy and smiling, a wonderful way to start the day. Over 600 people attend 9 o’clock Mass every Sunday, and I get to say good morning to most of them. 

This afternoon, I was invited to a Silpada Jewelry party at Lynne’s house. The proceeds were going to benefit the new HUGS CAFE in McKinney. Some lovely friends and neighbors gathered to purchase beautiful jewelry to support a beautiful cause.

Hugs Cafe is the dream of our Founder and President Ruth Thompson. Her vision is to create a non-profit Cafe that will be run and operated primarily by Special Needs Adults.
But then again, it might be just what you wished for and needed all along. 

Saturday:) Last Saturday~CLC Gala

18 Oct

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” 

― John Holmes


I never got around to telling you about the Community Lifeline Center Gala that I attended last Saturday with Sherri Murphy. Sherri has been very involved volunteering with this organization, and I was honored to be her guest at the 25th Anniversary Gala.

(Community Lifeline Center was born as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1989 when a group of churches determined it was best to work together in supporting and meeting the needs of people in need. We’ve evolved and grown over the years but our original purpose remains unchanged: to be the premiere place for providing assistance, information and referral services for the residents of McKinney and north Collin County.
Funding is mainly provided by individual and business donations, and by local churches. Additional support is at times provided by TXU Energy, CoServ Charitable Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), City of McKinney Community Development Block Grant & Community Support, churches, and local businesses.) 

It was a fun evening with friends, food, and fun dancing. I love to dance!

Thanks Sherri! A wonderful organization that assists many needy people in our community. 


Sentimental Sunday

14 Jul

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Douglas MacArthur

I was looking for something in one of my dresser drawers this morning, sifting through old playbills and letters from Mom, when I stumbled upon an old stained box. You know, one of those white cardboard gift boxes with the cotton on the bottom. When I opened it up, a delightful flood of butterflies and sentimentality danced in my heart. Inside we’re several handmade necklaces and trinkets from my boys when they were little. (Now in their thirties.)

Having been an art teacher in my B.C. days, (Before Children) I always volunteered at the boys’ school. One year, maybe around when Matt was in third grade, I volunteered to teach his class how to make a Mother’s Day necklace to surprise their moms. I brought all the beads, little wooden mom cut-outs, and fishing line. The kids had fun decorating the mom made of wood with markers and stringing the colorful beads. Matt always loved when I volunteered to read or do a craft in his class, and his friends loved it too. I think it was because I always brought a snack or candy.

The front of my necklace reads, “Back off Dude, I’m a Mom!” But the part that made me giggle out loud was the message on the back. It said, “No fair, you’re not surprised!”