Archive | November, 2014

Saturday:Special Sisters and Such

23 Nov

A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life. ~Isadora James
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Sisters are a special blessing. Growing up, sisters are like friends that sleep over and don’t have to go home before dark. You play school, store, and restaurant, not to mention Monopoly marathons. Well, sometimes it’s like that, sometimes not. But, I remember those things.

If you weren’t blessed with actual blood line sisters, your best friends can become sisters. I’ve been blessed with both. I can’t even count all the wonderful women who have come into my life and I can consider a sister. I would do anything for them and they would do the same.

I had a few “sisters” over last night to see my new house and have a few snacks. I called it “Chocolate and Cheap Wine.” I served my infamous chocolate ice cream Black Russians, brownies, cheap wine, and snacks.

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After everyone went home, I just piled the dishes in the sink to soak. This afternoon. Liz and Mandy insisted on coming over to help me clean up and eat up a few left overs. No Black Russians though, it was only noon. Darn!

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I love my sisters!!!

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Furious Friday

22 Nov

“Treasure the wisdom of old age.
Learn from elder people and be wise.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
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When I checked my email today, I saw this letter from the Social Services Director at Towne Creek where I volunteer. I was outraged. Our seniors are neglected, disrespected, and taken for granted. What can we do? This can happen to our loved ones. This could happen to us!
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Mary is 92 and was told this week would be her last ride on the TAPS McKinney Fixed Routes. Mary lives independently at Towne Creek Apartments and has no family. She uses the TAPS to do her grocery shopping, errands and visits to the McKinney Senior Recreation Center. As of Monday, November 24th, she will have to depend on friends for transportation. Juanita is 97. She uses TAPS two to three times a week to visit the McKinney Senior Center to stay active since her son works during the day. These are only two of the lives that independence will be diminished at Towne Creek Apartments.

Residents at Towne Creek Apartments, a Retirement Housing Foundation Community, located at 506 S. Graves Street in McKinney just found out that they will not be on the TAPS McKinney Fixed Route any longer. Seniors have used the TAPS Route 100 since the inception of the McKinney City Routes.

Towne Creek is the only subsidized housing in McKinney for low-income senior citizens who are 62 years of age or older and/or those who are 18 years and older who are mobility impaired. (Subsidized under the HUD 202/8 program.)

The average age of residents who reside at Towne Creek living independently is 76 years old. Two of the residents who use TAPS most frequently are over 92 years old. 71% of our elderly residents are frail and at risk. We were told by TAPS that our residents could catch the bus at the stop which is 5 blocks away on Virginia (in front of the First Baptist Church). What adds further to the difficulty is that there are no sidewalks between our building on S. Graves and Rockhill, so seniors will have to use the street with their walkers and wheelchairs.

For most of our senior residents TAPS is the only means of transportation and they depend on this transportation everyday. The City Route affords these seniors transportation at no cost to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, senior center, etc. The average annual income of residents is $12,300.00. Without the City Route, the seniors would have to use the Demand Response which will cost $1.00 each way, but $2.00 could mean not be able to get their prescription; $10.00 could mean less for groceries; $40.00 could mean not being able to pay their electric bill.

On behalf of residents Towne Creek Apartments, staff has been in contact with TAPS representatives since this summer when the announcement of proposed changes was made. Staff has been told on numerous occasions that no changes would be made to Route 100. Towne Creek had a community Health Fair on October 2, 2014 where TAPS was a vendor present. No information of the change was given to the residents or staff. TAPS representatives made an education presentation at Towne Creek on October 21, 2014 and again no word on the changes coming. In fact, on the day of the presentation, TAPS representative provided Towne Creek with a flyer showing the daily times of the Route 100 stops at Towne Creek. After information was requested again last week, the only changes to the Route that Towne Creek staff was informed of was that TAPS would be extending the hours of operation of the routes from 5 am – 10 pm, not that the routes would no longer run down South Graves.

No advance notification has been given to Towne Creek Apartments residents. Residents who rode the TAPS bus this week were told the news by TAPS drivers. Not only is this change detrimental to the financial well-being of the residents of Towne Creek, but also the independence of said residents. The ability to continue to live independently is of utmost importance in maintaining a quality of life. One of the greatest aspects of moving to Towne Creek Apartments has been the access of public transportation weekly.

Please reconsider the route change.

Christy Sadler
Social Services Coordinator
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Theme Song Thursday:Stormy Weather

21 Nov

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
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It was a beautiful day today. But, a storm is on the way. Here is the calm before the storm.

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A beautiful sunset on my evening walk.

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Here are the clouds rolling in. We can use the rain, for sure.


Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky…stormy weather. A classic.

Waiting to come out of the storm.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom:Do What you love

20 Nov

“I think people who are creative are the luckiest people on earth. I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something Greater than You, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”

Judy Collins
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Tis the season…to be creative and Lucky. I am always amazed when I find my lucky pennies. Of course, I find a lot of shiny construction nails and screws in the road, but today, I found a lucky penny and a lucky quarter. It must be my magnetic personality.

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I was having a tough time coming up with a motif for my Christmas ornament this year. It’s stressful trying to come up with a new idea every year, seeing as I’ve been painting them for almost twenty years. But, I finally played around with some scenes and found one I liked. Another labor intensive scene, but I do what I love, and love what I do. No shortcuts, just a lot of time, love and patience. The best part is how much the recipients love and treasure my creations.

Here we go!

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The production line begins.

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A little glitter and it’s perfect.

Tuesday:Tip of the Day

19 Nov

“When we think we’re multitasking we’re actually multiswitching. That is what the brain is very good at doing – quickly diverting its attention from one place to the next. We think we’re being productive. We are, indeed, being busy. But in reality we’re simply giving ourselves extra work.”
― Michael Harris
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Sometimes I find myself doing several things at the same time. You might call it multitasking, but I call it multi procrastinating. I really don’t get a lot done, but I seriously avoid doing a lot of important tasks, looking very busy while I’m doing it.

I started laughing to myself the other day when I had the TV on, watching a recorded Joel Osteen. He had a very profound message. I just don’t remember what it was. I was eating my oatmeal, sipping my tea, checking my email on my ipad, and talking to my mom on my cell phone. That’s not multitasking. That’s just crazy…and avoiding going upstairs to work on painting my ornaments.

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So, here’s the tip. Do not multitask. Just do one thing at a time, giving it all your attention. Do as I say, not as I do. I’m watching NCIS, writing my blog, eating dinner and washing dishes during commercials.

Old dogs…….. We don’t learn new tricks, but we can perform several old ones at the same time.

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Montage Monday: It’s Cold!!!

18 Nov

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
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Before I went to bed last night, I checked my Facebook page and noticed quite a few people commenting about snow. Snow? This is Texas! I ran to the window, and low and behold, it was snowing. (Just exactly what does low and behold mean?)

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Well, it wasn’t a lot of snow…but still!

Here’s a week in a peek.

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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

17 Nov

“Cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey.”
― Jack Layton
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Today’s first reading was the proverb telling husbands to cherish their wives. If she is a worthy, loyal, God fearing woman, she is more valuable then precious gems.

This is true in of any relationship, be it husband, wife, son, daughter, sister, brother, or friend. We should cherish every moment, every person that comes into our lives. If you do not appreciate these gifts and cherish these people, it is your loss. You don’t get a second chance…
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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2014
First Reading
Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She obtains wool and flax and works with loving hands. She puts her hands to the distaff, and her fingers ply the spindle. She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy. Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her a reward for her labors, and let her works praise her at the city gates.
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So, here’s the other stuff…

After Mass, I stopped at the grocery store. Big mistake. I was hungry, and filled up my cart with massive quantities of junk food. I bought 6 jars of peanuts…yes, 6! (They were on sale, $1.99. Say no more.) Also, pecans, cheese puffs, pretzels, cream cheese, and 2 containers of ice cream. I did get some frozen broccoli and peas, for a rainy day.

Well, it was raining, but I threw the veggies in the freezer and got out a spoon to sample the chocolate peanut butter ice cream before putting it in the freezer and putting away the rest of the groceries. Priorities! And remember, don’t go to the store hungry!

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After feeling a little guilty for eating ice cream for breakfast, I changed and went out for a walk in the semi-freezing drizzly rain. Then, I did some laundry, did a little housework, and decided to make a warm nutritious dinner. Being semi-lazy, creative, with a lot of left overs in the freezer, I opened a can of cream of chicken soup, threw in left over Mexican chicken fajita/beans/rice/spinach concoction, making a hearty yummy soup. I made a grilled cheese on my George Foreman, and plopped a handful of spinach with some tomatoes for a quick salad. Pretty plate and presentation. Actually, pretty healthy and tasty.

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I guess I did a lot for a lazy Sunday. It’s supposed to be my day off! Hmmm! Maybe some more chocolate peanut butter ice cream as a reward later.

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