Archive | March, 2019

Saturday:) Strange Cold Weather, Warm Veggies, and More Empty Bowls

31 Mar

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.”

~Bill Bowerman

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Yesterday was warm t-shirt weather. Today, I bundled up for my walk. What a difference a day makes.

When I got home, I finally got around to cutting up and roasting a huge pan of veggies. They were yummy. Yesterday brownies, today veggies. I’m just all over the map weather-wise and baking-wise.

After walking the dog, a late lunch, and packing up more paint and bowls, I headed off to another evening at The Cove. My friend Helene joined me. I sat and painted five more bowls. Yesterday was bluebonnets, today was red roses. I forgot to take pictures, but Helene took a video, but it didn’t transfer to my phone that clearly.

The two day meet the artists event for Empty Bowls was very successful. Now, we just wait for May16th and the big event. It will be amazing. We have some of the most amazing artists and potters here in McKinney.

Friday:) From The Cove~Meet the Artists of Empty Bowls

30 Mar

“When artists get together and collaborate, magic happens.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Friday and Saturday, the community has the opportunity to meet many of the artists and potters who collaborated to create dozens of beautiful hand-crafted bowls that will be auctioned off on May 16.

I was honored to have three bowls featured at the pre-view event. Instead of just standing around and mingling and nibbling, I decided to take my paints, brushes and a few white bowls to paint and demonstrate my signature bluebonnets. I got a chance to chat with other artists, potters, and visitors while I painted.

Alex Macias was home for Spring Break and was at The Cove throwing several beautiful clay bowls.

The large bluebonnet bowl that I under glazed last month was thrown by the talented Steve Macias. Lynne Weinberger’s cute bird and Marybeth Jagger’s hearts and birds were a lovely addition to the display.

If you missed the pre-view today, you still have a chance to visit The Cove Saturday evening, 6:30-9 pm, and meet some very talented artists, sip a little wine, and nibble some snacks. (I took some of my signature brownies, too)

Theme Song Thursday:) The Way He Wears His Hat

29 Mar

“If everyone started off the day singing, just think how happy they’d be.”

― Lauren Myracl

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Another fun evening with a bunch of great friends at karaoke. We really look forward to meeting friends, enjoying friendship, and being silly. Loretta and I planned a song that we would sing to Jerry. Just enough to embarrass him and just enough to show him that we love him. He loved it.

Here’s to the way he wears his hat… and the way WE sing off key. Fun night.

Wednesday:) What Wonders I see On My Walks

27 Mar

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

~Helen Keller

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Some people like to walk in the beautiful snowy woods, and others love to stroll along the beach collecting shells. I like to walk around my neighborhood. I find as much beauty and contentment here in my familiar surroundings. Yet, each day is different, and each glorious sunset a different painting.

Now that Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping and nesting.

This morning, I was walking along, picking up random discarded trash along my way. Wednesday is trash day, so I just place the waste in any nearby trash can. I was about a mile into my walk when I saw an unusual wooden dollhouse looking object laying by the curb. I decided that if I drive past later on my way to lunch and it’s still there, I’ll put it in my car and do something fun with it.

Well, it was still there at noon. I rang the bell and a nice lady answered. She said, yes, it was there for the taking. She even came out in her slippers to try and help me get it in my car, it was heavier than heck. It didn’t fit. I said I’d be back later after I ask a friend with a truck for some help. Miss Sandy drove me over there later, and we struggled to lift the darn thing, so I enlisted the aid of a man across the street a few houses down. The 3 of us just barely got it in. Then, I had to call Mr. Mike to help us get it out of the truck. I’ll let you know what I end up doing with it.

Another fun thing I stumbled upon on my walk. Beautiful chalk art on the sidewalk. I love the fact that children create art knowing full-well that time and rain will wash it away. It’s the creating that’s important.

Many wonders on my walks.

Tuesday:) Take Time To Smell The Flowers

27 Mar

Take time to smell the flowers

Spend time with that dear friend

Take pictures of each moment

For memories never end

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Such a glorious beautiful day today. My alarm went off at 7 am. I walked the dog over by the pond and caught the lovely sunrise before heading off to zumba at the Y.

Today was a day of amazing colors, nature, walking, and friendship. After Zumba, I was pooped. I threw myself on the bed and was going to take a nap, but I thought first I’d see if anyone wanted to go to lunch later. Sherri Murphy said she was free and asked if I wanted to go over to Shades of Green Nursery over in Frisco to get some flowers in about half an hour. (No nap) Well, I have a black thumb and can’t grow anything, but I love to look. Also, it was p a good place for painting inspiration. I always say, “I can’t grow a flower, but I can paint a flower. We all have our gifts.”

After Sherri got a big cartload of flowers and I took a ton of pictures, we stopped for a Taco Tuesday lunch. On the way home, Sherri wanted to show me a cool spot she stumbled upon off the beaten path. She always finds the coolest photo ops.

What a fun day! I was so inspired and refreshed (after a short nap) that I took another long walk before sunset. I put in 5.3 miles today. I always love to catch the sunset and take another picture of God’s glorious gifts.

Another great day, from sunrise to sunset.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

26 Mar

“Time waits for no man. But, a woman, on the other hand, time better get used to waiting. Just sayin’.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I know that I keep saying that the weeks keep flying by, but they do. It seems like one day I’m putting my Monday montage together and the next day I’m drinking Black Russians on Friday. Mom and I used to have this joke. She’d say every Friday, “My week is Monday, Tuesday, Friday. It’s Friday already.” Sure seems like it.

Well, it’s Monday again and here’s my week in a peek….

Great week with friends, talking to family, beautiful weather, and hail and brimstone. Well, the hail. I’m not sure what brimstone is, but we probably had some of that too.

Happy Monday.

Sunday Sermon, St. Gabriel Celebration and Tornado Sirens.

25 Mar

“Springtime in North Texas can be summed up in one word…CRAZY.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. And, this is Texas in March, so let us be careful. We had a gorgeous morning and crazy thunderstorms in the evening.

Our Gospel this morning was the story of the Samaritan Woman at the well. Jesus asked her to give Him some water. He explained that drinking the water from that well would still leave thirst, but He offered water of eternal life and there would be no more thirst…

The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

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My take on it… Jesus told the Samaritan woman His message, even though Samaritans were considered inferior and unworthy by the Jews at that time. But, Jesus wanted to share His word and salvation to all. We are all welcome who believe and have faith.

After Mass, Jerry, Helene and I walked over to the Donut Kitchen about a 1/4 mile for coffee because the St. Gabriel Carnival and Celebration started at noon and we didn’t want to lose our great early Mass parking spot. The previous forecast was rainy, but this morning, it was a perfectly sunny, beautiful day. Hmm? Perhaps someone had some heavenly clout.

I couldn’t help it. Selphie with Father Don.

OK! I did another goofy, perhaps sacrilegious thing. But, being Catholic, I can go to confession on Saturday. We were handing out these cool purple and white commemorative sunglasses to visitors. It was very sunny, and I felt sorry for the poor Angel Gabriel sitting alone in the courtyard.

The celebration was scheduled from 12-4. The weather was perfect, skies blue, and temps in the low 80’s. By 5 pm, the clouds rolled in and by 7, we had thunderstorms, hail, and the tornado sirens went off. Wow!

A few hail sightings posted by friends on Facebook.

This was the day the Lord has made…CRAZY!