Archive | February, 2014

Foot Fetish Friday

22 Feb

Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
Because I love you (Yes, I do)
-James Taylor
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Ah, you are probably wondering…foot fetish, what’s that all about? I was trying to decide what to write about today, so I went through my thousands of pictures on my iPad for inspiration. (I do that a lot.)

I ran across this picture of my boys when they were just knee high to a grasshopper. Wow! That’s an old one. It reminded me of happy times when every little thing my babies did was amazing. Now, my babies are grown men, far away from my yearning eyes and arms, but they still make me smile.

My ringtone on my cell phone plays James Taylor’s, “Your Smiling Face, whenever my boys call. So appropriate! Another James Taylor kinda day.
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Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
Because I love you (Yes, I do)
And when you give me that pretty little pout
It turns me inside out
There’s something about you, baby (I don’t know)……………

JAMES TAYLOR

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I bet this made you smile too!

Theme Song Thursday: You’ve Got a Friend

21 Feb

I learned very early in life that: “Without a song, the day would never end; without a friend, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend- without a song” So I keep singing a song.
Elvis Presley
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I’m a creature of habit, good habits and bad habits, plus I don’t like change. One of my habits (still not sure if it’s good or bad) is that once I put a CD in the car, it stays there for months. I listen to it over and over and over. I sing along till the cows come home. Well, I don’t have any cows, but you know what I mean.

The CD for this season is James Taylor. I love James Taylor! One of my favorite songs is “you’ve got a friend.” Friendship is so important to me, and I’ve been blessed with countless wonderful loving friends.

I’d like to think that there have been times when I have been a good friend when someone has been troubled and needed a helping hand. But, so many friends have been there for me, especially these past few months…..
“Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.”

That’s the theme song for today. “Ain’t it good to know?” Yes, I am blessed, and I’ll keep singing a song.

“You’ve Got A Friend”
James Taylor

When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa, nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow,
keep your head together and call my name out loud.
Soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend? People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you. Well, they’ll take your soul if you let them,
oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, Lord, I’ll be there, yeah, yeah,
you’ve got a friend. You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Oh, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Science vs. Religion

20 Feb

“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
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This afternoon, I went to the movies with some friends to see “Philomena.” It was based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. My son Joe had seen it and gave it the “Mom movie” stamp of approval. He knows what I like. No violence, cussin’, gratuitous sex or Three Stooges slap-stick stupidity. It was a lovely movie.

The movie got me to thinking about the enormous part that religion can play in our lives. We were raised Catholic, as my parents and their parents were, and as my children were. That was our foundation. Some people were raised without any religious beliefs and take a more scientific approach to life, but they are still good people. Religion doesn’t define a person’s heart, the goodness of their heart defines that person.

Without giving away the plot of the movie, (just in case you didn’t see it yet) the Catholic Church sometimes gets a bad rap for many of its present practices and of those from days gone by, but religion gives us that foundation to build on. It’s up to us to complete the house. (Wow! I’m coming up with some deep metaphors.) There are good and bad people in every society or religious background. You can’t make blanket generalizations, but many people do.

I found the movie thought provoking and entertaining. The character of Philomena never lost her faith, even after suffering untold hardships. Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts on the movie and my faith. The movie made me laugh, cry and contemplate life. If you saw it too, feel free to share your thoughts. I know you’re never suppose to discuss religion or politics, but this is more like discussing good movies.

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Science vs Religion…the two are not rivals.

Tuesday Tea Time and Tunes

19 Feb

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady
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And what an agreeable afternoon we had. You never know who is going to walk in the door during Tuesday Tea Time, Treats and Tunes at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery. Miss Kay brought her ukelele again this week, and the gorgeous weather found us sitting outside a while, serenading passers-by and local motorists.

Our weekly tea time venue is really taking off. Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth are providing a fun place on the square for folks to enjoy an afternoon singing and sipping tea or coffee, enjoying a sampler of yummy desserts, and spending time with friends.

It’s difficult to refrain from tapping your toe and singing along. Miss Kathy not only has a beautiful voice, but she taught us a few line dancing moves later.
Everyone tried their hand at an easy-breezy Zentangle art project. I provided the supplies and a few words of encouragement, and the ladies went to town creating the most fabulous Toni-tangles. Yes, I gave it my own name. Zentangle is just a fancy form of doodling. It’s all the rage. Great job gals!

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A few of the ladies that joined us. Hi!!!

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Jacquie and and Margie created these masterpieces in less than an hour…first timers…pretty cool!

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Mandy was amazing, another first, but probably not the last.

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Miss Kay didn’t think hers was that great, but look at this people, it is fantastic. She said she’s not an artist. Ha! Yes she is.

A good time was had by all. Can’t wait to see what next week will bring to the “ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

18 Feb

It’s another day. It’s another beautiful day! Life is a matter of perspective. No matter what the weather, no matter what the situation we are in, if we have the right perspective in life, life will always be beautiful!
-Joel Randymar
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We’ve finally had some nice warm sunny days here in North Texas. Many things can brighten your spirit, but a sunshiny day is one of the best. The last few days have been warm and everyone has been out enjoying the nice weather. I sure hope that Spring is on the way. Sorry to all my friends and family back home in Chicago who just got a bunch of new snow today. I had a good week, hope you did too!

Here’s my week in a peek!

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Sunday: Science and a Spectacular Day

17 Feb

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. The most rewarding thing in life is the patience to wait for the right moment.
-Anil Sinha
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FINALLY!!! Today was a gorgeous day. It started a little “iffy.” When I went to 9 o’clock Mass, it was cloudy and almost looked like rain. Walking back to my car later, the lady behind me told her husband,”They said it was going to be partly cloudy today.” I turned around and said, “Where’s the other part?” But, a couple of hours later, the sun emerged in all its glory.

My friends Lynne and Charlie invited me to go with them to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. We spent hours wandering around the four levels, hands-on displays, and even got to experience being “all shook up” on the earthquake simulator.

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The museum is a unique building with amazing architectural elements. In other words, “it’s pretty cool.”

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“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.” Who? That’s what he said. Get it? Who, who!

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There were dinosaurs of all kinds, and “lions and tigers and bears. Oh my.” Well, not real ones. There were many interesting displays for children and adults alike.

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Look at this amazing view from the window.

Because it was the first truly lovely warm day in a very long time, people were out in droves, or throngs, or whatever people come out in when they have been cooped up for weeks. We walked over to Klyde Warren Park.
Warren Park is an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets. The street was lined with food truck vendors, people walking dogs or babies in strollers, children splashing in scattered water features, chess players, and those afore mentioned throngs of people enjoying a wonderful day.

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We sat in the park, soaked in the sun, and ate yummy sandwiches from the food trucks. The hours just flew by. Then to top it all off, we stopped at Culver’s on the way home and had double scooped ice cream sundaes. Yikes! When I got home, I ran in the door and put on my gym shoes to catch the last few minutes of daylight to walk off a little of the day’s delightful treats.

Yes, it was a spectacular day!

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Sentimental Saturday: Counting My Blessings

16 Feb

Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
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If I had to count my blessings! well, I don’t think I could count that high. Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling very sorry for myself, but then I start my amazing day. I start out by calling to my wonderful mother every morning. She brightens every day.

Today, I went to a Saturday morning Zumba class. I never go on Saturday because I usually have my writing group, but we met yesterday this week. The music, the dancing, the friendship, these all make for the most invigorating morning. I get pumped up and wired for the entire day.

Later, I had a lovely leisurely lunch with my dear friend Della. We met at Olive Garden, and she treated me to a belated birthday lunch. I’m still celebrating a month later. I have the most amazing friends.

My friends Lynne and Charlie drove over to my house on their motorcycles around 5, and they stayed to visit a while. They invited me over to their house to hang out a while, so I did. They both walked me out to my car and said to feel free to call any time, day or night, if I ever needed anything. What made that so special is, I know that they genuinely meant it. As we admired the full vibrant moon glowing and peaking through the hazy clouds, I began to count my blessings.

I have so many amazing friends who brighten my day, every day. I have my mother, sister and sons who give me strength and unconditional love. I have more friends and blessings than there are stars in the sky. I “embrace my blessings,” and today was another day “worth remembering.”

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I am truly grateful for my many blessings.