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Friday Friends: Sharing Your Takent

1 Mar

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Today was a really good day. The sun was shining and the temperature shimmied up from the 40’s up to almost 70, give or take. I went for a brisk morning walk, straightened the house, prepared a meal for my senior art group, did some shopping, then headed off to Towne Creek.

My good friend, Chris, joined us this afternoon. I kinda put her on the spot and said, “So, what are you going to teach us today?” Chris is an amazing artist and teacher, so we might as well take advantage of her expertise. While I prepared yummy tuna salad sandwiches, (for some reason I thought it was Lent already, duh…next week.) chips and German chocolate cake for our snack, Chris rummaged through our art closet and found pastels and inspiration.

There were some silk flower daisy plants on every table, so Chris did a wonderful pastel chalk demo for us. She showed us how simple shapes and bold complimentary colors could make the artwork pop off the page. We gave it a try and the results were amazing. THANKS CHRIS!!!

Chris shares her talent with the Young At Heart senior artists at Towne Creek Apartments.




Miss Bonnie worked on a colored pencil project.

They turned out pretty cool, huh?

Friday With Friends and Happy Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

2 reasons on why Valentine’s Day sucks: 1. it makes single people feel like crap & 2. it’s kinda scary to know that a fat baby is running around with a weapon.

I wish that Valentine’s Day came with a fast-forward button… ~Unknown

“I’m Single”~It means I know what I deserve and not settling for anything less. I’m independent and I am able of taking care of myself and don’t need a man to do so. ~Unknown

Happy phony, romanticized, overly commercial, sucks to be single, pretend that its love, day! ~Anon

Valentine’s Day is for couples. Us SINGLES have the other 364 days of the year to enjoy ourselves! ~Unknown

REMINDER: Valentine’s Day is a gentle reminder that Christmas decorations must come down!

Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, I’m celebrating Discount Chocolate Day tomorrow.
Some interesting quotes for an interesting day. I’m not even going to go there. Today, I had the pleasure of spending the day with some amazing friends. Mandy and Julia brightened my morning during our writing group meeting at Sweet Spot bakery. Julia brought me a lovely tea cup and saucer that I will treasure all my life. The sentiment and tradition behind the gift brings tears to my eyes. I am so blessed with the greatest friends.


Friday afternoon is always spent with my Young At Heart senior artists at Towne Creek. We ate turkey sandwiches with barbecue potato chips, followed by tea and cheesecake for dessert. Then, we actually worked on some artwork. But, there’s always time to be silly.




These are a few of …”My Funny Valentine’s.”

Saturday: Sharing and Caring

2 Feb

“The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world.”
– Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet
“Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
I was very excited this morning when I opened the oven. No, I didn’t bake my famous brownies or chocolate cherry Bundt cake. I baked the nine glass bowls that my Young At Heart senior artists had painted on Friday. We had a lot of fun creating them, but the greatest joy came from the fact that these bowls were going to be donated to St. Peter’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Our little group is honored to be able to support this project that will help to feed the hungry. Last week, Krys Watson, led the group in decoupaging another batch of bowls. Our total is nineteen beautiful bowls to share.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Where There’s a Will…

23 Jan

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
-Mahatma Gandhi
I’ll be the first to admit, I had to look up the word “indomitable.” I kinda figured out what it meant, but I’m pretty sure that I’ve never used it in a sentence, spoke it out loud or recall hearing anyone use it. Mr. Gandhi has expanded my vocabulary. Now, I will try and use this word often and add it to my extensive repertoire of fancy words like “y’all” and “fixin’ to.” Here’s what I learned…

: impossible to defeat or discourage
Full Definition
: incapable of being subdued : unconquerable
in·dom·i·ta·bil·i·ty \(ˌ)in-ˌdä-mə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·dom·i·ta·ble·ness \in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·dom·i·ta·bly \-blē\ adverb
an indomitable spirit was needed to endure the rigors of pioneer life
Origin: Late Latin indomitabilis, from Latin in- + domitare to tame — more at daunt.
First use: 1634
Synonyms: bulletproof, impregnable, invincible, insuperable, insurmountable, invulnerable, unbeatable, unconquerable, unstoppable
Even though the weather in Chicago has been more suited for the abominable snowman, (not to be confused with the indomitable snowman), I have tried to keep up my spirits by teaching painting classes for mom’s friends, shopping, visiting with old friends and a little exercise. ( I even did some indoor jogging. I haven’t jogged in ten years. Now, I know why!) The great thing about the Midwest is, a little thing like five months of frigid temps, shoveling snow, and pelting sleet never deters the INDOMITABLE will of the hearty citizens. (See, I used it in a sentence!) “Where there’s a will… there’s a new word.”



Sunday Services and Sharing

20 Jan

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
If this is true, which I sincerely hope it is, there is a very good chance that I will never grow old. I have so many dreams and plans and hopes, and I certainly will never stop pursuing them.

This morning, I had the pleasure of joining Mom at her Sunday service that takes place in their activity room. A very sweet lady from St. Thomas More came to lead the service and pass out communion. About fifteen residents attended, most shuffling in behind their walkers, but determined to recite prayers, sing hymns, and give thanks. I certainly admire their faith and commitment.

I’ve been staying with my mom for a couple of weeks now, and the seniors here are very inspirational. Mom is one of the most loved little ladies at The Greens. Everyone knows and loves Trini, and a lot of her friends have come to know and love me, too. (The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree… We are both nuts…sing show tunes…and do arts and crafts.)

I’ve missed my senior art group back in McKinney, but I’ve had the opportunity to share a few artsy-craftsy projects with Mom’s friends. They really enjoy my funny stories, off key singing and art demos.

We’ve been making notecards.





Life is all about sharing, loving, and dreaming. May you always have dreams to pursue, and may all your dreams come true…and NEVER GROW OLD!

Wednesday: Words of Wisdom- Aging Gracefully

8 Jan

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
― George Bernard Shaw
My mother is always laughing. She will never grow old. Trini is a very young 86 1/2 years old, always smiling, singing, sharing and loving. When you get in your eighties, it’s kinda like when you are 4 1/2 and you add that 1/2 to make sure people know that pretty soon you’ll be 5. In your eighties, every year and every half year is a badge of honor to be worn proudly, mostly because you’re still around and kicking.

Mom is always learning. She may forget how to do something, but she’ll ask for help and keeps on trying. Mom is an avid surfer. Don’t worry, it’s not the scary ocean surfing activity, but rather, the Internet computer surfing kind. Today, she spent some time checking her e-mail, listening to her niece singing on YouTube, and of course, reading my latest blogs. (Thanks Mom.)

Mom is my role model, my hero, and the love of my life. I can only aspire to be a little like my talented, beautiful mother.

Tuesday Tunes and Croons

8 Jan

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained”
― Walt Disney Company
Mom lives at a lovely place that often has live entertainment. Today, a talented singer/musician, Richard Gersten, performed for the seniors gathered around the piano. His charming voice enthralled the group with several Broadway classics and familiar sing-a-long tunes. I’ll be the first to admit that I have an unusual penchant for knowing the words to a plethora of old songs and show tunes. I also tend to sing along, solicited or not. Life is short…so, belt out a show tune if you so desire. I always desire.

Richard Gersten

Another melody. Pretty nice, huh?

Mom and I thoroughly enjoyed the music, the songs and a cozy afternoon with friends.