Sunday Sermon:) Good Samaritan and a Sunset

15 Jul

“Like the Good Samaritan, may we not be ashamed of touching the wounds of those who suffer, but try to heal them with concrete acts of love.”

Pope Francis


A lovely Sunday morning, and the 7am alarm was more then welcomed. Driving to church, I had the car radio blasting Rod Stewart oldies songs while I sang along. Greeting, hugging, and shaking hands before Mass is the highlight of my day.

This morning, I ran down the three big steps to help Miss Dorothy, with cane in hand, maneuver up the cement obstacles. We walked arm in arm inside. She always has a big smile and a thank you. We both wore pink today, so I said we were sisters.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Good Samaritan. A lawyer asked Jesus how can one attain eternal life, and Jesus replied with the question of what does the law say?

“He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.”

Then, Jesus told the story of a priest and a Levite avoiding contact with a man who had been beaten and robbed and left on the side of the road. But the Samaritan, (detested by the Jews) showed compassion and helped the man.

My take on it… We shouldn’t put labels on people because of their race, religion, origins, or political beliefs. A good compassionate person comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and affiliations. As do the bad people.


After Mass, I stopped for coffee with Helene and Jerry, a quick stop at Tom Thumb, (eggs and bacon were on sale), then off to water plants for my traveling friend.

I met Linda Grossman, World’s Greatest Realtor, for a quick dinner and catching up at Panera, then home for a walk. Oh, and a little FaceTime with my family.

It was a lovely evening, with a cool breeze, (In the 80’s, but that’s cool for Texas.) and the clouds drifting by.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sing-a-long Saturday:) My Son Sings to His Bride and Some Awesome Karaoke Singers at Delaney’s

13 Jul

“Sing like nobody’s listening and dance like nobody’s watching, because most likely they’re not. They’re on their cell phone.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.”

~Lou Rawls


Today is my eldest son’s birthday. I texted him with a “Happy birthday” this morning. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. Where does the time go? Now, he’s married with two children of his own. I like to think that he takes after his mother, well, I know he does. He has a kind and generous heart, loves people, and has many friends. He loves music and loves to sing. And, he’s directionally impaired and gets lost a lot like me. (I’m sorry about that part.)

After we talked and did FaceTime with the family, I was looking at old videos of their wedding. Their anniversary was two days ago. The video portion was blurry, but I wanted to share a couple of songs of my son singing to his bride four years ago. He has a great voice and plays a mean guitar. He didn’t get that from me or the other side. That’s a gift from God.

Happy birthday Mijo.

Then another song.

With all these songs in my heart, I thought I’d share some songs from some really awesome singers at Karaoke night last Thursday at Delaney’s Irish Pub in McKinney. Such a fun night with friends.

Sing like nobody’s listening and dance like nobody’s watching, because most likely they’re not.

Happy Saturday my friends.

Friday:) Friends, Faith, Fiery Skies, and My Firemen

13 Jul

“I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.”

~Joel Osteen


Friday again! How did that happen? Where do the days go? I left the house this morning around 11:20 to go to Zumba at theYMCA and didn’t get home till after 6pm. After Zumba, I rode the redundant bike for a couple of miles. (One time Mom called it the redundant bike, and I can’t get that funny name out of my head. So funny and appropriately named.) Then, I met Helene at Palio’s for lunch and had a nice long lunch and visit.

Miss Pat had called me during lunch and had a computer question, so I stopped at her place to see if I could help. It was an easy fix. Plus, I had some butter and eggs to give her for her massive cookie baking war chest. Another nice visit. By now, it was after 4pm and I still needed to stop and water plants for my vacationing friend, then over to Walmart to buy a 12 volt battery that I needed to replace at home.

I was driving down Stonebridge drive when I remembered that St. Gabriel has all day Adoration on Thursday and Friday. I stopped into the sanctuary for a quiet prayer before going to the chapel for Adoration. I love this alone private time when I’m the only one there.

There were several people in the back chapel for Adoration with the Eucharist on display. I closed my eyes and said a rosary. It’s been a while since I’ve said the rosary. I keep a one decade rosary in my purse at all times. You never know when you need one, right?

Scooting to Walmart was my next stop. It wasn’t too crowded. I was sad to see that the back to school supplies were already out. Come on, it’s July! Scouring the shelves for my 12 volt battery had me asking a nearby clerk stocking the shelves where they were. They don’t carry them. 😔 Unfortunately, I found a lot of other things that I didn’t need, filling my cart to the brim.

I went to the check out lines where they only had two real live people checking, and the lines were long with loaded up carts. The rest of the lanes were self check-out only. I hate to use them because it seems like those dang machines are putting people out of work. They used to have at least eight cashiers at all times, now only two. Where are those other six people? Out of work! That’s where they are, and those folks didn’t make all that much to begin with. But, I didn’t want to wait an hour in line, so I went to the self check-out,

Who was in front of me scanning a zillion items under the bar code reader but my dear friend Sherry Joplin? I would have taken a selfie, but she was fuming mad at Walmart. She had put all her MANY items on the counter after waiting in a long line with a cashier, then I think something happened, and she had to put all her stuff back in the cart and go to self check-out. She had just gotten back from vacation and had to stock up. She was flustered. After a few mumbled possible expletives, we hugged. We chatted a few minutes about her fun vacation and grand babies and such. Then she said, “Thanks for calming me down.” Which is funny because Sherry is the most laid-back, mild mannered sweetie pie in the world.

So, a busy fun day. I went for a walk later before the sun went down. I love the sunsets. Look at this great sunset. I stopped at Mr. Mike’s to walk Bella and ask him about my 12 volt battery. He ordered me one from Amazon. He has Prime and it will be here tomorrow. Cool!

Now for my firemen. I did a lot of baking this week, so I was able to stop at three different stations with my famous candy bar brownies.

Happy Friday, My friends.

Thankful Thursday:) The Trilogy of Miracles

11 Jul

“When God sends you a sign, you are blessed. When He sends you three, there’s no doubt in your mind that God performs miracles.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today is 7-11. July 11, 2013 was the worst, most painful and devastating day of my entire life. I will never forget that awful day, and all the trauma, heartache and betrayal that followed. That’s the day I confronted my now ex-husband about his affair with the waitress at his country club. But, there was so much more, and such unfathomable disgusting behavior that I can’t even begin to reveal. My heart was broken and my life was in turmoil. I said it was the “day that will live in infamy.” When I saw that day on the calendar, I cringed. Not any more.

Fast forward two years later…7-11 was the day my son got married to the most beautiful and amazing girl. 7-11-15, I danced at my son’s wedding and celebrated with friends and family. Now, this is a day of celebration and joy and love. They had no idea that this particular day was the worst day of my life, and was now transformed into a day to celebrate. BUT, God did.

Happy Anniversary Joe and Lindsay. May all your dreams come true. Thank you for blessing me with your beautiful family and my adorable grand-daughters.

There were only three dates on the calendar that were painful memories for me. 7-11, 8-23, and 12-5. This was just the first miracle. I’ll share the others when they come up. God erased all three horrible days, and now all three are celebrations. All my friends and family can be witness to this. One date, luck? Two dates, coincidence? Three dates, miracles. Yes, only God could have done that.

Wednesday Road Trip With Sherri

10 Jul

“Spontaneous last minute, hurry up and put your shoes on road trips with friends are the best.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This morning at 8:56, I got a text from Sherri Murphy saying, “Good morning. Are you up? Want to play today? Trip to Buc-ee’s and lunch somewhere?” Well, she knows me pretty well and knows I don’t get up early unless I have Zumba or church or something important. I was just starting to clean the bathroom at 1:30 am. I am a night owl, so I was still in bed at 8:56.

I texted her back that I could be ready in an hour. I just needed to wake up, get dressed, and feed and walk the dog. She’d been talking about taking me on a road trip to Buc-ee’s ever since I said, “What the heck is Buc-ee’s? So, off we went.

I was thinking a long road trip. I didn’t know where we were going and our last road trip was almost a three hour drive in the pouring rain. I was all set to pack a lunch and take emergency water, but she said it wasn’t too far, just up in Melissa. ??? We were there in ten minutes.

My first trip to a Buc-ee’s. I guess it’s a combination rest stop, truck stop, diner, gift shop, souvenir city, and massive retail store with a strange beaver in a red hat for a mascot.

when you first walk in the door, you are greeted with a friendly “welcome to Buc-ees,” so I threw open my arms and shouted, “It’s my first time.” A few strange looks, but that’s ok. I had trouble decided amongst the hundreds of t-shirts on display. I decided on this one. (Just in case anyone wonders where I live.)

Then I was mesmerized by all the colorful souvenirs, gifts, novelties, etc.

Oh, and food, sandwiches, tacos, and drinks as far as the eye could see. Fudge!! Dozens of flavors of homemade fudge. Be still my heart.

We had a great time just walking up and down the aisles, soaking in all the colors and acting silly.

I found a beautiful cross with the perfect quote for my cross collection.

After a couple of hours of Buc-ee’s sensory overload, we were ready to check out. The man behind me was showing his wife a silly shirt with Bob Ross (the artist) all over it. I commented that it was cute and asked if he was an artist. He said, as a matter of fact, he was a painter. We chatted a few seconds and he said they lived in McKinney. I told him that he should stop in at McKinney Creative Community on the second Monday of the month at the Cove. He said he actually went once, a while back. I gave him one of my card ps and said to look me up on Facebook. Of course, I had to take a selfie.

I didn’t get their names, but I got a picture. Anyone know who he is? He’s an artist. From his t-shirt, I don’t think he knew either, or he wasn’t telling, and he wants us to “GUESS?”

Fun adventure and road trip with Sherri Murphy to Buc-ee’s. Then, off to Taqueria Hernandez off the square for lunch. Yum! Gorditas and tacos.

Have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY my friends!

Tuesday:) Together We Can Change The World

10 Jul

“Together we can change the world, just one random act of kindness at a time.”

~Ron Hall


The second Monday of the month is always an evening to look forward to. McKinney Creative Community is a very fun group of like-minded, very talented, and very giving folks who get together for a pot-luck social and sharing gathering.

Our meetings are hosted at The Cove, a fantastic artist cooperative gallery in downtown McKinney. Our sessions just keep getting larger, more interesting and diverse. We have artists, writer’s dancers, musicians, teachers, potters, and other talented people who enjoy sharing ideas, information, food, fun, and it’s a great place for networking. Everyone is welcome.

Our guest speaker last night was Dr. Beth Beck. Her ideas about entrepreneurship and enabling women to excel in all aspects of their lives are fascinating.

Dr. Beck retired from NASA in 2018 after thirty years in federal service. So, what better speaker for our Creative Community than one who is passionate about social entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

Our McKinney Creative Community members listened intently while Dr. Beck shared her concept and dream of creating the MillHouse Foundation right here in McKinney.

MillHouse Foundation is a nonprofit foundation designed to connect women, build community, share resources, and create social, creative, and economic impact by fostering “fempreneurship.” MillHouse McKinney is a membership-based social space with studios, programs, activities, and experiences to promote and support emotional well-being and entrepreneurial experimentation that may result in emerging business opportunities. For more information:

Because the foundation is just in the initial stages, this is a great time for individuals and the community to get involved on the ground floor.

Thank you so much, Dr. Beth, for your inspirational presentation, but also for your tireless efforts in making your MillHouse Foundation dream become a reality.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

9 Jul

“And as the years have passed, the time has grown longer. The sad truth is that what I could recall in five seconds all too needed ten, then thirty, then a full minute – like shadows lengthening at dusk. Someday, I suppose, the shadows will be swallowed up in darkness.”

― Haruki Murakami


July rolled in like a lion and most likely will roll out like a lion. Summer in Texas is living up to its spicy hot weather reputation. But, we were blessed with a lovely mild Spring, so we can’t complain. Well yes, we can complain! That’s what people in Texas do every summer.

It was a great week with friends, 4th of July, art, music, dancing and singing, and of course, beautiful photos of the grand babies that keep me going till I can hold them in person.

Happy Monday, my friends.