Archive | September, 2018

Sunday Sermon and Some Fun at Oktoberfest on the Square

30 Sep

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”

~Anne Frank

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A really lovely Sunday morning at church. The sunshine and cessation of rain had everyone in a festive mood. Little Avery always has a big smile and a hug when I hand her my little gift for the day. She is so cute.

Today’s Gospel was about John complaining to Jesus that someone who was not a follower was casting out demons using Jesus’ name, and asked if he should be stopped.

But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us.”

Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

Oh gosh, my take on it may not be very Catholic, but personally, I feel that a good person, someone who loves his fellow man, does good works, and is kind to everyone, that person will see the kingdom of heaven. Whoever is against evil is certainly for good. The Bible is a little more specific, but I think we are allowed our own interpretation.

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I decided to check out Oktoberfest on the Square this afternoon. It wasn’t crowded at all. I heard Friday and Saturday were busy, so I chose wisely.

My first stop was The Cove. I missed the cool, (actually very hot) raku firing last night, but Minda and Steve Macias were there finishing up and polishing the pottery from the firing.

This weekend, The Cove featured some amazing pottery by some VERY talented artists.

Alex Macias is away at school, but her pottery was on display and “Flat Alex” was there to take pictures with friends and visitors.

Then, off to the Square for Oktoberfest. I don’t drink and drive, so no beer for me. But, I did enjoy snapping pictures and people watching, and visiting with my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery and The Last Gallery. Oh, and then there’s always the handsome firemen.

There was plenty of activities for families.

The petting zoo had all kinds of fun animal including a….COMO SE LLAMA? A little Spanish animal joke.

Have a great Sunday! I sure did!

Saturday:) Signs, Symbols and Poetry

30 Sep

“Everything you see is merely a symbol for things you do not see.”

― Seth Adam Smith

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Those of you who know me will attest that I’m a huge believer of signs and symbols. I love finding my lucky pennies and feathers. But, there are many more symbols that catch my attention. This week was filled with happy signs, and inspired a little poetry as I walked in the misty morning.

SIGNS, SYMBOLS and POETRY

Blackbird, blackbird, just sitting in a tree

Are you a mockingbird, laughing at me?

Or a kind messenger, sending a sign

There to tell me that everything is fine.

Ladybug, Ladybug, perched at my door

Waiting to tell me, there is something more.

The symbol of luck, abundance and peace

Open up the door, enter and release.

Butterfly, butterfly, making no sound

I found you laying, injured on the ground.

There in my hand, you didn’t question why

A sign that both of us were meant to fly.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

Frugal Friday, Faith, and Fixin’ to Fix My Famous Black Russian

29 Sep

“Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It was a strange misty morning. I walked the dog, then went for a long walk by myself. It was only in the 60’s, (yay) so I wore a sweater. Later, I went to the bank and stopped at Papa Murphy’s Pizza to say hi to Miss Karri, then to Tom Thumb for a few groceries on sale. Yes, eggs were on sale for 69 cents a dozen. I go through a lot with my brownies and cupcakes. Then, they had those cute grape tomatoes for $1 a container. Well, I could go on… I only buy things on sale, unless it’s an emergency. I AM FRUGAL.

I hadn’t eaten all day, so McDonald’s was right across the parking lot. I love my McD app that has all kinds of fun coupons and discounts. Today, I ordered a crispy chicken sandwich for $1. Yes! Can you believe it? It was very good.

I could have gone to a fancy restaurant and spent $20 on a mediocre lunch, but I like to save my time and money for special occasions and to be with special friends. When I’m alone, $1 sandwich is just fine, and it’s fast, and it’s cheap… I mean frugal. Actually, there was 8cents tax. So, it was really $1.08 for lunch.

After my gourmet lunch, I decided to stop in at St. Gabriel’s for Friday Adoration and to light a candle. Today, I decided that instead of praying for a specific intention or person or concern, I was just going to spend a few minutes in church just to say, “Thank you!” I am very thankful for my many blessings. The sanctuary was empty and I was alone to light my candle and say a prayer. It was very peaceful.

Then, I walked into the back chapel where The Eucharist was on display for Adoration. There were about half a dozen people there in quiet meditation. I really admire people who take time out to give thanks, pray for others, and show respect for their faith. It’s a good thing.

I came home, walked the dog again, and another solo walk. I was in time for a beer in Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy’s garage. I told them that their house was the Beer Garden Garage. Mr. Joe from across the street was already sitting there in the extra lawn chair.

So, here I am. Fixin’ to fix my famous Friday night Black Russian.

This is how it starts, with a frozen chocolate almond ball, then some ice cream, some vodka and kahlua. It’s a scientific concoction. Not really. I just pour glugs of this and that, add some ice cream and… what’s not to like?

Happy Friday my friends.

Thursday:) Thank You Mother Nature

28 Sep

“Sometimes, life becomes a painting all by itself.”

― Anthony T. Hincks

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Every single day is yet another gorgeous painting of vibrant colors and beauty provided by Mother Nature. The relentless rain took a brief hiatus today. I actually was able to take a few walks without an umbrella, and was able to snap a few pictures of the beauty surrounding me.

FLOWERS…

THE BEAUTIFUL SKIES…

THE POND…

Each one of these would make a beautiful painting, don’t you think?

Wednesday:) What’s New In McKinney

27 Sep

“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

― Krishnamurti

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This morning at 10, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce welcomed a fun new eatery on the square with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

THE YARD is a new family friendly restaurant located on Church Street on the Square. Well, it’s not actually brand new. It’s located where Cafe Malaga used to be. The huge open courtyard has been transformed into an outdoor seating area and playground with picnic tables, fire pits, ping pong tables and children’s play area.

So, if you’re looking for a fun new place to hang out with family or friends, I think THE YARD is a great place to be. Check it out.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tiny Yellow Butterfly

26 Sep

“Butterflies are like angels kisses sent from heaven.”

― Malia Kirk

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I have this thing with butterflies. Well, there’s also lucky pennies and feathers, but I’ve had some wonderful conversations and visits with butterflies. Usually, I can’t get to my phone camera fast enough to take a picture, much less a video. Today, a tiny yellow butterfly followed me around, so I followed her with my phone to take a video.

Butterflies are my signs from heaven that make me smile. I smile a lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARmylDZiNBY

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

24 Sep

” You know what’s so nice about Monday? Yah! I can’t think of anything either.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Actually, I do like my Mondays. It’s a new day in a new week. A day to start all over and try to get it right this time. The last couple of months, I’ve been going over to the Senior Center in McKinney. They have a country dance every Monday afternoon at 1 pm, and I’ve made a few new friends, have met some nice people, but more importantly… I get to dance. I love to dance. Country was never my thing, and I get all discombobulated with the intricate line dancing steps, but I’m learning some steps, some songs, and some music that I’ve never heard of. Plus, I haven’t seriously injured any brave souls who have asked me to dance. That’s gotta count for something.

A week in a Peek….