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Sunday Sermon, A Spectacular Sunset, and Other Stuff.

1 Jun

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Yet another Sunday morning Mass in my pajamas. This is getting too easy. I was thinking that when we finally get back to normal, we should all go to church in our pajamas, just for old times sake, or for us old timers who actually will forget to put on clothes.

Today’s Gospel on this Pentecost Sunday was the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples who were scared and hiding in a locked room. He said, “Peace be with you,” and showed them His wounds, so they would believe it was Him.

“The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord,

21 and he said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. ‘As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.’

22 After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit.

23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”

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My take on it… Jesus proved to the disciples by showing them His wounds that it was really Him. Sometimes we are also scared and hide from the world’s realities. Jesus gave them the gift of the Holy Spirit and told them that He was sending them out into the world to preach His word. We are ALL called to continue the work of the disciples. During these very trying times, between the pandemic and civil unrest, we may be scared, but need to hold our beliefs strong and show through our examples and actions the faith that guides us. The TEN COMMANDMENTS boiled down to two: LOVE GOD and LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

As Jesus said to his disciples…”PEACE BE WITH YOU.”

Sunday is usually a pretty lazy day for me. Oh wait… every day has been a pretty lazy day. I did get out for a couple of walks. Of course, my late evening walks right before sunset are the best. Tonight did not disappoint.

When I got home, I went out back to water some plants when I saw a spectacular sky. I ran out the front door for a better view. Look at these snaps right outside my door.

Wow! Only God could paint such a masterpiece. I really should try to capture some of these in watercolor or on canvas.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sentimental Saturday:) Sunsets, Sonnets and Such

31 May

“I find myself becoming increasingly nostalgic for the past, but after all I suppose that is the only thing one can be nostalgic about.”

― James Rozoff

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I am nothing, if not a product of my sentimentality. I love my art, my writing, my poetry, my family, and friends. I surround myself with constant reminders and memories of the people and things that I love. I display gifts and keepsakes from friends and family all over my house.

That last few days, when I open my Facebook page, the first thing I see is that page of memories, so nicely provided. There to greet me is the beautiful face of my angel mother, now smiling from heaven. What a great way to start my day.

Another memory came up of a sunset and a short poem I wrote about the photo. When I saw that sky, all I could think of was that it looked like a red velvet ribbon, and therefore required a poem for such a lofty poetic thought. Not quite a sonnet, but close.

Here are a few more recent sunsets. Perhaps they are in need of some lofty thoughts and poetry. Feel free to give it a try.

This one cries out… “wispy tangerine sky.”

Happy Sentimental Saturday, my friends. ❤️

Friday:) Fun Projects From My Studio

30 May

“One characteristic of winners is they always look upon themselves as a do it yourself project.”

Denis Waitley

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I’m more of a work in progress kind of gal. I’m not good at do it yourself, because “myself” isn’t too handy.

But, now that my “Crap Room” now finished art studio is done and organized, it’s fun to work on projects because I know where everything is now.

I’ve been working on some different technique to make notecards. Pastel chalk, is by far, the easiest and coolest method.

Check out the time lapse video…

Some other things I’ve been working on.

Well, “Cheers” and happy Friday, my friends.

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) “Precious and Few”

29 May

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Marcus Aurelius

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On yet another Quarantined Karaoke Thursday, I’m missing my family, my good friends, laughing, singing and dancing. But, I wake every morning feeling blessed, realizing what a “precious privilege it is to be alive-to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” A great song for today… “Precious and Few.”

And of course, another awesome song from Bob…”In the Still of the night.”

Happy Quarantined Karaoke Thursday my friends. Be safe!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

28 May

“Some people are talented creative cooks and bakers. Me, I just slap stuff together and delicious concoctions are created.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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If you know me well, you know I don’t follow recipes. I just kinda fly by the seat of my pants. Well, the other day, I had some left over brownies. ** How is that humanly possible, you ask? Left over brownies? Well, I’m still not able to take goodies over to my favorite fire stations, and I still have that inner burning desire to bake every now and then. You see the dilemma.

I also had some left over peanut butter no bake pie filling in the fridge, so I decided to combine the great flavors.

RECIPE-KINDA:

Leftover brownies (from a mix)

Leftover peanut butter pie filling: 1 cream cheese, 1cup powdered sugar, 1 container cool whip, around 1/2 cup peanut butter.

Melted chocolate chips with a tiny vegetable oil (just a few drops)

Taste better refrigerated.

Oh boy, those were good. I still had a little peanut butter filling left, so I put a scoop on top of an Oreo cookie, to make a few mini pies. Oh yes, I also melted some chocolate chips to swirl on the top for extra chocolates goodness.

I, of course, sampled a few, then dispersed the rest to friends and neighbors who were gracious enough to take them off my hands. Thank goodness for friends!

Tuesday:) Time To Get Off the Sofa And Plant

27 May

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.

Meister Eckhart

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I’ve gotten pretty comfortable sitting around in my pajamas all day every day. Yesterday, I got up early and watched a Zoom Zumba class. My daughter-in-law has a friend teaching a free class, so I logged in and had a blast dancing along. Exercise is a good way to energize your day.

After the class, a shower, and run some errands, I stopped into Lowe’s to check out the plants and get a new vacuum cleaner belt. There’s nothing like looking at plants and flowers in the pouring rain. The plants like it, me… not so much.

So today, my goal was to avoid another couch potato day. I ventured out again after a morning walk, and ran over to Sprouts for some long needed fruits and vegetables. When I got home, the cloudy skies faded away to a nice sunny evening. Yeah! Now I could plant my azaleas.

I get easily distracted. The front yard grass was looking shabby because too many fallen leaves had smothered the grass, leaving bare spots under the trees, so I needed to rake. Oh no, some of these branches need trimming. I really should spray the trees with insect spray. I think some bug has invaded the trees, that’s why the leaves look bad. Easily distracted.

Oh, okay, time to take the six azalea plants from the garage out back to the two barren flower beds. I planted something last fall but… I killed it all. Did I mention that I can’t grow ANYTHING? Everything dies. Well, gonna give it another try. Wish me luck.

I have two identical empty beds in the back, so I wanted to have them look the same, three in each. The soil was so yucky with clay, so I added a lot of potting soil. Seeing as I’m an old lady, it took me a long time to dig the six hole, take the yucky clay from the holes and transport it to some open spots along the fence line where the bunnies come in. It was a big job, and I almost quit after one bed. No! I can do it. No quitting until they’re both done. Tada! Just one photo. They’re both the same.

I sat down for a couple of minutes and noticed the sun was starting to go down and the orange glow was calling me. Off for a walk…

Now, I’m pretty darn tired. But, it feels pretty darn good.

Montage Memorial Day Monday 🇺🇸

26 May

“America without her soliders would be like God without His angels.”

– Claudia Pemberton

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A gloomy rainy Memorial Day today. I think it has rained pretty much all day, alternating between a light drizzle and a heavy down pour, with no end in sight for several days.

My Facebook memories came up with a photo from 5 years ago, another rainy Memorial Day view of my flag outside in my front yard.

The solemnity of the day has been heightened by the pandemic, and that has reduced the parties, picnics and parades into more reflective times. Rightfully so. A good time to think about the real reason for the day.

On my walk yesterday, a beautiful sunset. Too much rain to walk today.

Here’s my Montage Monday… A Week in a Peek… Counting my blessings…