Archive | November, 2014

Some More Saturday on the Square: Home for the HolidaysPart II

30 Nov

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen
Today was even more gorgeous than yesterday. After a long morning walk, an even longer chat with my neighbor, Kathy, across the street, I went back to the Square for the second day of Home for the Holidays. It was actually t-shirt weather in the afternoon. I had so many “Likes” on my Facebook page for my picture with the Grinch, that I took another picture today.

Oh yes, I stopped at SPARC for their open house, where Steve Macias was demonstrating some pottery making techniques. I also had the pleasure of bumping into his parents joe and Virginia.

Here are a few more sights and sounds from my adventures.



The streets were filled with families, couples, children running around and giggling, but there were also plenty of handsome men in blue, firemen and policemen, keeping everyone safe. The handsome young officer in the middle is Officer Wilkerson. I went to his and Mandy’s wedding just a couple of months ago. Small world.

Then, there was plenty of music all around the Square. Miss Kathy over at Sweet Spot sang some beautiful Christmas songs. She sings like an angel.

On my way back to my car, I sauntered past the band stand and had to stop to enjoy the music, take a few videos and tap my toes.

A very nice way to start off the holidays in McKinney.

Friday Night Lights and Festivities

29 Nov

“The holidays drape us in magic and give us the hope that we can do better than we have done in the past
~Toni Sorenson
McKinney was hosting their Home For the Holidays festivities this weekend. The Square was teeming with visitors. I had to drive around quite a while to find a place to park. A nice long walk around the busy streets packed with people, kids and strollers. After snapping a lot of pictures, I took a break at Sweet Spot for a double scoop of ice cream,

After visiting with my friend, the Grinch, I found a comfy seat inside Sweet Spot and did a lot of people watching until the tree lighting ceremony at 6pm. The weather was cool, yet perfect for that holiday feeling.

I’ve never seen so many people on the Square. I had a chance to chat with Mayor Brian Loughmiller and his wife, Donna. That’s what I love about McKinney, everyone knows everyone.

I was standing right in front of the Christmas tree for the lighting. Perfect photo op position.

It was a beautiful evening. The holidays begin!


Thankful Thursday:Happy Thanksgiving

28 Nov

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”
― Thomas Goodwin
Today is Thanksgiving, a day we set aside to be thankful for our blessings, our families, and our friends. I try to be thankful every day, but it’s nice that we set aside a special day every year, make it a national holiday, and force people to eat massive quantities of turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie. Just kidding. I don’t think anyone is forced.

I spent the day talking to friends and family on the phone and took a couple of walks. It was such a beautiful sunny day, it was a shame not to take advantage of it. Old man winter is not far behind. My special holiday meal was a big bowl of Greek yogurt with apples, bananas, and granola. Not as yummy as my usual Snug on the Square yogurt parfait, but pretty close.

So, here are some cool pics of what I see every day on my walks. You can see why I am thankful for my new house, new friends, and new neighborhood.

The horses were enjoying their Thanksgiving meal.

This little pond and fountain is a favorite spot to visit.

One of my little duck friends was quacking and taking a swim.

I started out my day the way I’ll end my day, talking to friends and family, writing, sipping a cup of tea, and being thankful.


Wednesday : Watercolors Created By Nature

27 Nov

No form of Nature is inferior to Art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms
~Marcus Aurelius quotes
My morning walk was more like a walking art show. The colorful moist leaves had created beautiful stains on the concrete sidewalks. They were as intricate and fascinating as a detailed watercolor. Nature…God’s artistic canvas. I couldn’t have painted it any better myself. Oh, that’s right, the original artist is a little more talented than I am.




Aren’t these beautiful? I just may have to try and paint these someday.


Tuesday: Tall Shadows and Two Sunsets

26 Nov

The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
I started off the day with my 8:30 Zumba class. After that, I’m pumped for the rest of the day. Exhililerating! Breakfast at Snug on the Square, visit friends at Sweet Spot Bakery, home for a long walk, a couple of hours of serious painting of ornaments, another long walk. On my final walk, I was mesmerized by my long, tall shadow. Photo op!

I’m not really ten feet tall. Well, maybe I am.

When I walked in the door, more interesting shadows on the wall. Snap, snap.


Now, here are the two sunsets. Always breathtaking.




The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

25 Nov

“So. Monday. We meet again.

We will never be friends—but maybe we can move past our mutual enmity toward a more-positive partnership.”
― Julio Alexi Genao
The days fly by like leaves in a tornado. Keeping busy is my mantra. Hmmm!

A week in a whirlwind peek.

Monday, again?


Sunday Sermon, Some New Friends, and Sunny Skies

23 Nov

“A man should not be judged by his fame, power, or money, but rather by how much love he gives to others.”
― Sandranil Biswas
Today’s Gospel was about how kindnesses we have done for others, is the same as if we did those things for The Lord. Then at our final judgement, He will chose the righteous on His right side and punish the wicked on His left.

I rather be a good person and be kind to others, not for the fear of punishment or hopes of a reward, but rather because it’s the right thing to do and it makes me feel good. I like that old quote, “When I die, I’d rather be a good person and find out there is no heaven, than be a bad person and find out there is.”

Gospel MT 25:31-46
…For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
After Mass, the Knights of Columbus group at St. Gabriel’s was hosting a pancake breakfast. I’ve been wanting to sit and visit with my new friends Virginia and Joe, and this was a perfect opportunity to have a cup of coffee and chat a while. They are the nicest couple, and we usually just say hello or wave after Mass, so it was nice to sit and share a meal and some time with them.


When I got home, it was soooo gorgeous and sunny out, (gloomy and rainy all day yesterday) that I changed and went for a two hour walk, enjoying the sun on my face and the beautiful skies overhead. (T-shirt weather)


Aren’t those amazing?