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Friday:) From the Oven

10 Feb

“When it’s freezing cold outside, and the snow is piled up, it’s time to crank up the oven.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s winter in Chicago, it’s been snowing, so I’ve been cooking. What else is new? After a week of homemade tacos, Chicago pizza and Chicago hot dogs, I figured it’s time to fix a few healthy meals.

Thank goodness for weather predictions. Everyone and there uncle was at he grocery store yesterday stocking up on food and essentials. We have enough Fritos, Bugles, and potato chips in Mom’s cabinets, so we stocked up on fruit and veggies. (Hmm, I hope I have enough vodka for Black Russian Friday!)

I think we should be set for a while. Lots of roasted veggies. Yum!

When the going gets tough, the tough get cooking.

If you’re in the cold, stay warm and enjoy the view. If you are nice and warm….don’t talk to me. Just kidding. Have a good one.

Saturday:) So How Cold Was It in Texas, Miss Toni?

21 Jan

“So when you’re cold

From the inside out

And don’t know what to do,

Remember love and friendship,

And warmth will come to you.”

Stephen Cosgrove

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It finally warmed up a little today, but I still needed to cover my ears, wear a warm coat, and put on

gloves this morning. The sun came out later in the afternoon, just in time to warm up for Rachel and Mason’s wedding today. But, that’s a different story.

It was so cold last week that ponds were frozen, people had pipes freezing and bursting. Knock on wood, I didn’t run into any of those problems. This is Texas! What’s going on?

I had to laugh when I walked yesterday and passed by Miss Bernadine’s house two blocks over. She has a St. Francis statue in the front yard. It was so cold that poor St. Francis had a winter coat and hat on. I smiled, took a picture, and shivered my way down the street.

Keep warm, my friends!

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

24 Feb

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
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It’s unusually cold here in north Texas. The Sunday night forecast for Monday was bleak and scary. School and municipal closings for Monday flashed on the TV during the Oscars.

So, this morning, when I heard the sleet pelting at my window panes, I pulled up the covers, rolled over and stayed in bed till noon. No walk, no Zumba, no plans, no nothin’. McKinney was closed for the day. The forecast looks the same for tomorrow. Yikes!

Here’s my week in a peek.

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Montage Monday: A Week on a Peek and a Week’s Worth of Nails

17 Feb

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
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It was cold outside today! OK, not cold like…Chicago, Boston, New York, Green Bay or Alaska cold, but cold for McKinney. Saturday evening, I was sitting outside at Sweet Spot Bakery in a T-shirt, sipping iced tea and catching some rays. It was 77 degrees. Today, the high was maybe 33 or 34.

Normally, my neighbor Diane texts me the night before to say what time we are walking in the morning. She just said, “No walk for me. Too cold.” So, I did what any dedicated resolute walker would do. I didn’t set my alarm and slept in and stayed under the covers until 10 am. Ok, I’m wimpy, but let’s face it, I’ve been in Texas 11 years. I’m spoiled. But, I am from Chicago. 33 is Bermuda short weather to a native Chicagoan.

I finally slithered out from under the covers, made some hot tea, did some chores, checked my e-mail and Facebook, had lunch then bundled up like an Ewok Eskimo and went for my walk. It wasn’t too bad out, although I didn’t see any other nuts out there walking. (Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of day… Or whatever?)

So, here’s my week in a peek. A pink peek.

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So, wherever you are, I hope you are staying warm. Hopefully Spring is on the way.

Oh yes, a weeks worth of nails, lucky pennies, and big bucks. (Saving the world from flat tires.) Remember the time a few months back, when I found a $20 bill in the street? Well, last week, I found 3 lucky pennies, a dime, and a $50 bill and a $1bill. I looked up to the heavens and said, “Thank you Lord for your generosity and the money, but, you do realize that this is only Monopoly play money, don’t you?” No response!

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Montage Monday: It’s Cold!!!

18 Nov

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
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Before I went to bed last night, I checked my Facebook page and noticed quite a few people commenting about snow. Snow? This is Texas! I ran to the window, and low and behold, it was snowing. (Just exactly what does low and behold mean?)

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Well, it wasn’t a lot of snow…but still!

Here’s a week in a peek.

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Theme Song Thursday: A Hazy Shade of Winter

10 Jan

“So when you’re cold
From the inside out
And don’t know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,
And warmth will come to you.”
― Stephen Cosgrove, Gnome from Nome
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I’ve been cold from the inside out for quite a while now, but I’m back home in Chicago where the temps are freezing cold but the love and friendship is cozy and warm. Good to be home, at least for a while!

Simon And Garfunkel – Hazy Shade Of Winter Lyrics

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me
While I looked around
For my possibilities
I was so hard to please
But look around, leaves are brown
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside, it’s bound to be a better ride
Than what you’ve got planned
Carry your cup in your hand
And look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That’s an easy thing to say, but if your hope should pass away
It’s simply pretend
That you can build them again
Look around, the grass is high
The fields are ripe, it’s the springtime of my life

Ahhh, seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won’t you stop and remember me
At any convenient time
Funny how my memory slips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme
Drinking my vodka and lime

Ilook around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Look around, leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground…

Look around, leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground…

Look around, leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground…

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Look! We’re having a heat wave. It’s up in the 20’s and tomorrow maybe even 30’s. Any temp without a minus sign in front of it seems down right balmy. Woo-hoo!