Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

18 Nov

“Interesting that we are so worried about the fate of the universe, which is something we will not live to witness.”

― Rajesh

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Another beautiful Sunday morning. I woke before the 7am alarm, thinking o myself how funny it was that I jump out of bed cheerily, looking forward to going to church. When I was a kid, like most kids, I didn’t look forward to getting up early on Sunday to go to church, or those early mornings going to school or catching that early morning bus in the cold. I’m sure you all know that dreaded alarm that wakes you before dawn for work.

Today, I smiled as I got dressed and scurried off to church. I always look forward to every Sunday, greeting before Mass, hugging friends, shaking hands, trying to sing along with the wonderful choir, and especially the quiet solemnity of the rituals of the Catholic Mass.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being asked about the end of the world.

He answered,

“See that you not be deceived,

for many will come in my name, saying,

‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’

Do not follow them!

When you hear of wars and insurrections,

do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,

but it will not immediately be the end.”

Then he said to them,

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues

from place to place;

and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky……

perseverance you will secure your lives.”

Wow! Some of that sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it? My take on it….We may not know when the end of the world is coming. So, it’s a good idea just to live your life to the best of your ability every day. Love God, love your neighbor. That covers it all. You never know if today is your last day.

After church, I stopped for coffee with Helene and Mary. Then, a trip to the store, Walgreens, and home to change. A beautiful day called for a nice long walk. I even had a chance to stop for a beer at Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy’s Garage.

During my walk, I contemplated what to make for dinner. I had some leftover chicken fajitas, so I decided to try something different. A makeshift chicken enchilada casserole. I used a box of Jiffy cornbread mix with a can of creamed corn, an egg and some yogurt. (I don’t measure) I baked the cornbread mixture till almost done, then topped with the leftover fajitas mixed in with a can of chicken cheese enchilada soup, and topped with Monterey Jack cheese. Yum!

Then, the other favorite part of my Sunday. I got to FaceTime with my family and see the grandchildren. They seem to be growing by the week.

I am blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) McKinney Square and Elsewhere

17 Nov

“It’s been my belief that learning how to do something in your hometown is the most important thing.”

Pete Seeger

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Another lazy Saturday morning. But, then I got a text from my friend Linda Grossman…World’s Greatest Realtor. She asked what I had on my agenda for today. My reply was, “No plans.” I love those last minute impromptu invitations, especially when I have absolutely no plans for the day. She had a few errands to run on the square and suggested maybe we could have lunch. Perfect! She said she’d pick me up. She’s so sweet. She wanted to pick up her wine from Lone Star Wine Cellars and she knows I don’t drink and drive. This way, I could have a glass of wine if she drove.

When we arrived on the Square, it was already very crowded. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone was enjoying the weather. On our way to lunch, we walked past Kim Guthrie’s Art Studio, so,we popped in to say hi. Kim is such an amazing and talented artist, and her studio is filled with whimsical paintings, cute pet portraits, lovely landscapes, historic McKinney buildings and so much more.

We decided to have lunch at the fairly new El Mejor Mexican restaurant. The food and service was excellent. I highly recommend it.

Our next stop was Lone Star Wine Cellars to pick up her wine. Linda belongs to their wine club, where you purchase their featured wine every couple of months, and whenever you pop in, you can have a complimentary glass of wine. It’s a cool place to hang out with friends or make new friends.

After chatting and sipping a glass of red wine, we headed over to The Martin Place at 1799 N. Graves St. Linda asked my recommendation for the best place to get photos printed or giclees made or framing art work. Mark Martin is the best around.

They still had MAST artist’s paintings and artwork on display.

The hours flew by, and it was a great Saturday on the Square and elsewhere. Mckinney is a cool place to live, and I have the coolest friends to explore it with.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Friday:) A Fabulous Day, Fun Friends and My Firefighter Freinds

16 Nov

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”

― Hans Christian Andersen

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I stayed up well past 2am this morning, working on a painting project. I lose track of time when I’m painting. When I glanced at my phone for the time this morning, it said 8:30, so I rolled over and went back to sleep. Here’s where I count my blessings. How lucky am I? Each day is a gift, and each gift is mine to open and do with as I please.

Zumba class was my first fun activity for the day. I lobe the music and dancing and exercise is fun. Afterwards, Doug and I stopped for breakfast at McD. Then, errands, the dry cleaners, post office, grocery store, and a stop at church for Adoration. This is my special quiet/thankful time. I lit a candle in the sanctuary, and I was totally alone. There’s something awesome about having a huge gorgeous church all to yourself.

When I got home, I did a few things, then went for a nice long walk. It was a beautiful day, and a glorious sunset along the way.

I made a quick stop at Fire Station 9 with some cookies that Miss Pat kindly made to share with our fine friends in blue.

You would think that was already a full day, but Miss Pat had invited a few of us for a steak dinner at her house. Wow! She bought delicious T-bone steaks and everyone brought sides or appetizers. We had a great dinner with great friends.

Yes, my life is very full and very blessed. I plan on enjoying life every day because there’s plenty of time to be dead later.

Now, for Black Russian Friday. Ahhh! The perfect ending to a perfect day.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

15 Nov

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.”

~Albert Einstein

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The second Thursday of the month, The Art Club of McKinney meets at The Hub in downtown McKinney. Everyone was looking forward to the November meeting because, instead of a presentation or guest artist, we were having a hands-on jewelry making workshop. There were three different stations, guided by several of our own talented members. We took turns trying out various jewelry making techniques using beads, wire wrapping, and an array of creative possibilities.

We started out with our general meeting and minutes, followed by our raffle, artist of the month, and wonderful refreshments. Then, on to the jewelry making.

I personally flunked out of station 1, where we took a beautiful oblong stone and wire wrapped a basket type facet for it. Mine fell out twice, my wire was all crooked, and I gave up and shoved it in the little plastic bag. I don’t do well with tiny detail. The other members created some beautiful pieces. I did a little better at the next two stations.

Everyone had a good time, and learned a few new artistic jewelry making techniques. I learned to laugh at myself. I do much better with a paint brush and a canvas. But, I’m willing to try new things.

Here’s the necklace and bracelet I made. The necklace was supposed to be a pair of earrings, but I improvised. Fun day with fun talented friends.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom on Facebook

14 Nov

“Inspiration can be found pretty much anywhere, even on Facebook.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I have a lot of friends who are prolific readers. I admire them, but for some reason, I can’t hold still long enough to read anything longer than the Wednesday grocery sale ads that come in the mail. Novels are too long and put me to sleep, then because I’m old, I’ll forget where I left off and have to start from the beginning. Therefore, most of my reading and information and news is gleaned from my Facebook page.

It’s always fun to keep up with family and friends through photos, jokes, and messages. But, I also find a lot of inspirational quotes posted by many of my friends. So, I decided to pick out and share just a dozen “Words of Wisdom” that I found on my Facebook page today.

Words of Wisdom….

Tuesday:) It Takes a Village…or a Community

13 Nov

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

~Coretta Scott King

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McKinney Creative Community meets every second Monday of the month at 5:30ish, over at The Cove on Tennessee. It was so cold and blustery last night, that I thought for sure that not that many people would attend. The place was packed with artists, writers, musicians, web designers, friends, etc. (we even had a visiting puppy dog.) All were there for the same reason, to share food, friendship and information.

McKinney has the greatest arts community and the most wonderful artists and creative people on the planet. Maybe, even the universe, but I haven’t visited the rest of the galaxy to find out. Maybe one day?

All are welcome to attend these pot luck gatherings. You don’t have to be an artist or even think you are creative. But, if you attend, you certainly will leave feeling inspired, and maybe decide to take that pottery or jewelry class, or sign up for a dance or yoga class. It’s never to late to learn or try something new. And the best part is, you’ll make new friends.

I always like to post a picture of my brownies on the Facebook page, before they go in the oven. I’ve been told that that’s a good reminder and incentive for the gathering. Yesterday, I made Snicker-s’mores brownies. I used lots of leftover Halloween candy bars and marshmallows. Yum!

The first hour or so of our meeting is socializing, sharing yummy foods, desserts, and beverages. Then, we gather in a circle and just share our “New and Good.” It can be anything from taking a workshop, upcoming art shows, awards, or just a recent trip. My sharing was about my visit to Chicago to see my grand babies and visit family. We are all family here, sharing family news.

Our guest speaker yesterday was Molly Brewer from McKinney’s Arts Commission. Not only did we find out about the many projects and opportunities in McKinney, but also about the many grants available to various individual artists and art groups. Several suggestions and opportunities we would never have known about. Very informative.

As I’ve said a zillion times, there is so much to learn and so much to share in our community. It only takes that first step to say, “I want to expand my horizons.”

In December, many of the artists will be featured or attending the Tupps Brewery Holiday Art Bazaar. The perfect opportunity to purchase amazing local art and crafts at wonderful prices. Check it out.. oh yes… and have a beer or two while shopping and meeting the cool artists.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

12 Nov

And my only rule being if when I wake in the morning I’m looking forward to the things that I have to do that day, then I’m on the right track.

Demetri Martin

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A very busy week, and good to be back home. Here’s a week in a peek…