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Two Penny Tuesday

9 Jul

“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.”
― Alice Hoffman, Local Girls
Perspective, hmmm? It depends on how you choose to look at things. The old, “Is the glass half empty or half full” concept. You have half of a glass of water, be happy you have a glass and some water and move on already! Just kidding. But, you know what I mean.

This morning, I went to the funeral Mass for a friend and neighbor, Beth Hrenak. She was the most delightful, passionate, loving, and giving person you’d ever want to meet. Her time here on earth was too short, but she did so much with her life and left so many special memories with her family and friends. That’s what life is about, I guess. It’s not if your life if half full or half empty, just live it the best you can.

Funerals always get me to thinkin’, not to mention, get me to cryin’. Life can be pretty tough sometimes, but I’ve always felt lucky. There have been some hard times, and some really hard times, but NEVER ONCE did I ever think that I wasn’t lucky. Maybe that’s what keeps me going when I start thinking about that glass being “half empty.” I’m lucky that I’ve got got a glass of water.

I’ve talked about finding my lucky pennies on more than one occasion. I found a lucky penny this afternoon while visiting with my friends at Sweet Spot Bakery, then another when I went out for my evening walk. These pennies tell me that “everything is going to be OK.” I like to think that someone up in heaven is sending me a sign. I’m pretty sure these two pennies were from Miss Beth. It was a two penny Tuesday. Thanks, Miss Beth!



Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Patience and a Penny

19 Jun

“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
― Fulton J. Sheen
: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people
: done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying
Patience is power. No, it’s not a sign of weakness. Sometimes we have to wait a very long time for things to happen, or for that happy ending. Right is might, patience is power, slow and steady wins the race. Wow, that’s a lot of wisdom.

Today, I found a lucky penny on my morning walk. It was right in front of my foot when I stopped to say “see ya later,” to Kat, my walking buddy. It was bright and shiny and waiting just for me. My lucky pennies always say,”Things are going to be OK.” I just have to remember to be patient.
(The picture is a little blurry, but sometimes life is a little blurry, isn’t it?



A Special Mother’s Day Sunday

12 May

“As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.”
― Kristin Hannah, Summer Island
What a beautiful quote. It represents my thoughts exactly. My mother is the sun and the moon! We talk on the phone everyday, and I can’t imagine starting my day without her sweet voice and soft giggles. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!


This morning at 9o’clock Mass, there was also a baptism of two baby girls. The entire congregation celebrated the welcoming of these two young souls into the arms of Christianity. I thought of my two sons on their baptismal days. It takes many people to raise a child. I also realized that mothers are more than just women who gave us life. There are all those grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, nurses, doctors, teachers and friends who nurture each child. And believe me, a woman’s heart and love cannot be equalled.


When I got home, I had a missed call from Joe. We played phone tag a couple of times, but then we finally got to talk. I thanked him for the flowers he sent and he thanked me for being a great mom. Later, Matt called and asked if I received his flowers. I hadn’t, but as we spoke the doorbell rang, and there they were. I live for the phone calls, to hear their voices, to share their days.

My sons are far away, but tucked close to my heart every day. Mother’s Day is everyday when you have an amazing mother and are blessed with wonderful children. And today, I have beautiful flowers everywhere to brighten my day.



Easter Sunday: Prayers, Blessings, and Friendship

21 Apr

“Be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
It was a strange morning. I left a little earlier than usual for 9o’clock Mass, as it was Easter Sunday, and it was sure to be crowded at St. Gabriel’s. Oh my! Not only was the entire lot jammed, the side grassy areas over the curbs were filled with cars. I drove around a while and couldn’t find a spot. So, I decided to leave, hang out at McDonald’s for a little bit, then catch the next Mass.

As I stood in line at McD’s, I thought, this is crazy. I’ll have the same dilemma later, so I went home, looked up the Mass schedule for St. Michael’s on the east side of town. There was an 11:30 service. Perfect! I arrived a little after 11, had no trouble parking, and it was a beautiful Mass. I’d never been to this church, but always wanted to visit.

As an added bonus, after Mass, I was able to go up next to the altar and light a candle by the statue of Our lady of Guadalupe. Funny candle story… I was looking all over for that long, thin stick, lighter thingy that lights the candle, only to discover a tiny red push button that lights an electrical pretend flame in the votive. Ay, technology! Then, to the right of the Virgin was a St. Joseph statue. Even better. I had my St. Joseph statue in my purse that Sherry gave me that will help me sell my house. I know, I know! it sounds crazy, but it works. If you aren’t familiar with the back story, just look up St. Joseph and selling your house. So, I said my prayer to St. Joseph and will bury him tomorrow.

Our Lady of Guadalupe. She’s a little blurry because I was trying to discreetly take a picture.

I said my special prayer and asked for His blessing.

After church, I was invited to Sherri and Michael Murphy’s for brunch. It was a lovely family gathering, complete with an Easter egg hunt for the grand-kids, and massive quantities of delicious food. I felt just like part of the family. I hope they adopt me because Sherri is a wonderful cook. Then, I stopped to visit Lynne and Charlie who live just a couple streets away.

My day started out a little shaky, but it turned out to be filled with special prayers, blessings, and friendship. Later in the evening, both my sons called and we talked for a long time, making my day truly blessed.



Montage Monday: happy St. Patrick’s Day Y’all!

18 Mar


Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Y’all. (Combination Irish/Texas expression.) here’s another week in a peek. I already have a host of friends that never ends…so wishing the same for you!



Friday Friends and Flaws

8 Mar

“Here’s all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.”
― George Carlin
My dear friend Kay sent me the email below. It pretty much sums up how I feel about all my wonderful friends, real sisters and best friends who are like sisters. These women are amazing. Don’t forget your worth and thank you for reminding me of my own. You know who you are. “LOVE YOU!”
One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men…

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

But they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

And laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in…

They stand up to injustice.

They don’t take “no” for an answer

When they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the

Doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

And cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

A birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

Yet they are strong when they

Think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

Can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

To show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

Makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

Family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

And everything to give..




Please pass this along to all your women friends and relatives to remind them just how amazing they are…


Theme Song Thursday:Sons

7 Mar

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
~ Louisa May Alcott
Tossing and turning all night, was replaced with fumbling and rumbling with the early morning sun. What started out as another cookie cutter gloomy day was instantly revitalized with a single phone call.

Who could be calling at 7:15 in the morning? You know how your mind goes into panic mode in those three seconds it takes to answer the phone?

“Hi Mom. Were you sleeping? Thought I’d call you before I went to work.”

“Sigh… No, Mijo, I’ve been awake for a while.”

We talked for around twenty minutes, just about this and that, the weekend, the weather, just small talk with a big impact. Matt said he was busy and sorry he hadn’t called over the weekend, and he just wanted to check and see how I was doing. If he only knew how much that meant to me. My heart tingled. When I hung up the phone, I smiled, jumped out of bed, and started my perfect happy day.

Sometimes happiness is only a phone call away.


“If I Could”

If I could
I’d protect you from the sadness in your eyes
Give you courage in a world of compromise
Yes, I would

If I could
I would teach you all the things I’ve never learned
And I’d help you cross the bridges that I’ve burned
Yes, I would

If I could
I would try to shield your innocence from time
But the part of life I gave you isn’t mine
I’ve watched you grow
So I could let you go

If I could
I would help you make it through the hungry years
But I know that I can never cry your tears
But I would
If I could

If I live
In a time and place where you don’t want to be
You don’t have to walk along this road with me
My yesterday
Won’t have to be your way

If I knew
I’d have tried to change the world I brought to you to
And there isn’t very much that I can do
But I would
If I could…
Oh baby… mummy wants to protect you
And help my baby through the hungry years
It’s part of me
And if you ever… ever need
Sad shoulder to cry on
I’m just someone to talk to
I’ll be there… I’ll be there
I didn’t change your world
But I would
If I Could!