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Theme Song Thursday:) At Last

21 Jun

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”

― Edward Bulwer Lytton

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I always look forward to Thursday night. It’s karaoke night at Delaney’s Irish Pub. We had a small group of regulars tonight because quite a few people were traveling this week. But, we also had some new folks join us. One lady, in particular, said that she was just visiting with friends and never sang karaoke before. Oh my goodness, Johnnie has an amazing voice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikXCaIGwxvg

Our fearless leader and DJ tonight, Justin, sang a few songs. One of our favorites is “A Boy Named Sue.” It’s a tough one to sing, but he does a great job. I didn’t get a chance to record it. Maybe next time.

I sang a duet with Miss Loretta, “Unforgettable.” We hadn’t practiced it, so I was pretty bad. She has a lovely voice. Then later, I sang “Walk on By.” That was pretty high for me so I squealed and squeaked a little here and there. I always say, “I sing loud and proud and off key, but I love to sing.” (Thank goodness for friends who applaud and don’t boo.) I don’t plan on quitting my day job and going on the road. Wait…I don’t have a day job. Lucky thing,

Still with a song in my heart and on my mind, I came home and was singing a few more songs with YouTube. I liked this one.

Yep, not gonna quit my day job quite yet,..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoB1I5QBD-c

Tuesday:) Today is Jerry’s Soulful 75th Birthday

19 Jun

“Birthdays are good for your health.  Studies show those who have more birthdays live longer.”

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Happy birthday to my dear friend Jerry Horton who celebrated his 75th birthday with about 75 of his dearest friends and family. It was a grand celebration for a wonderful man. I think if anyone was asked to describe Jerry in just one word, that word would be “gentleman.”

Jerry is as colorful a character as the flamboyant clothing he loves to wear. Today, yellow was the color choice of this gregarious man’s garb. There was a wide array of yummy catered food, a well stocked bar, complete with a bartender, and a three piece jazz band. Such a fun party. Classy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDmrWRVx3pQ

Happy 75th birthday to a very sweet colorful character. Love ya

Mr. Jerry.

Saturday:) Finding Treasures at Trade Days

16 Jun

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

― Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

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My friend Allison invited me to join her for a treasure hunt today at McKinney’s Third Monday Trade Days just down the road from us. I haven’t been there in a couple three years, so it was long over due. Allison finds amazing bargains and turns them into works of art, mostly wonderful yard art. My backyard is pretty much naked, except for my one painted horses fence section that I put out there last year.

We left around 9am and walked, scoured, investigated, collapsed, and wandered some more until after 1 pm, with only three trips back to the car to load up stuff. It was a pleasant breezy overcast morning, but that didn’t last long. It’s Texas after all. But, it was fun hunting for treasures.

We probably would have lingered longer, but we both have bum knees and neither of us had eaten all day. Also, we were running low on cash and stamina. I plum forgot I was going to make a final stop and buy a cook ukulele. Oh well. Next time.

Here are a few of my treasures. There are a couple of other big ones in the garage that I’m too lazy to go out and take a picture of.

This cool thing I put right out back on my outdoor table. Fits perfectly. Not sure what it is, but I just had to have it.

My favorite find was this old rustic cross. I collect crosses and I love red. This is perfect for my kitchen. Love it!

Allison and I stopped for a quick late lunch at Pep’s Tacos Y Mas, then home. I walked the dog then we took a nice long well needed nap.

Happy Saturday my friends.

Friday Friends, Firemen, and a Fiery Sunset

15 Jun

“There’s something special about a heartfelt hello and a smile. It can brighten up your day.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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For some reason, today didn’t feel like Friday. My days are getting all discombobulated. I set my alarm for 7:30, walked over to pick up Bella, then took a quick one mile walk before starting my day. I was meeting my friend Linda for breakfast at 10.

I stopped over at Fire Station 9 on my way with cookies and cake that Miss Pat made for karaoke last night. She always tells me to take the leftovers to my firemen.

I picked up the outside phone and said, “Hi, it’s Miss Toni with some cookies.” I was greeted at the door and escorted back into the kitchen to pick up my previous container. I had to smile as I walked down the hallway past each office. Every doorway I passed, I saw a smile and heard a cheerful, “Hi Miss Toni!” It’s kinda like the TV show Cheers. You want to go where everyone knows your name.” They not only know my name, they feel like family. Nice way to start my day.

I met Linda for breakfast and we spent a good four hours talking, sharing grand-baby pictures on our phones, and catching up.

The rest of the day flew by. I walked the dog again and went for another solo walk, stopping to visit with my neighbor Allison. She invited me into the garage to check out some of her cool Goodwill treasure finds that she’s going to turn into yard ornaments. I was offered a glass of wine. How could I resist? Just one glass and some good conversation. I didn’t stagger home this time. Actually, I continued my walk so I could catch a few late evening sunset pictures. I love sunsets.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Theme Song Thursday:) “Busy Doing Nothing.”

13 Jun

“I am so busy doing nothing… that the idea of doing anything – which as you know, always leads to something – cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything.”

― Jerry Seinfeld

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“I don’t need to take a spin class. I burn a lot of calories just spinning my wheels, wasting the day, and getting nowhere fast.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Wow! What a perfect quote for my day. Well, also pretty much all my days. I spin my wheels and get a lot of nothing done. But, in my defense, I think about all the things I should be doing and sometimes even make a list, of course, I don’t do any of those things.

I did go for a walk this morning, and I stopped and took little Bella for a walk. I was going to vacuum today, but I’ll have her again for a few days and it’s kinda silly to vacuum up dog hair when she’ll just be contributing again.

I lose track of what day it is sometimes when I’m busy doing nothing. Monday was all that cooking and baking, then I went to the dance at 1. When I got home, made more sandwiches and went to McKinney Creative Community.

I wanted to tell you about that. We had a wonderful pot luck gathering at The Cove, with many friends, and our guest speaker was Erin Neilson. She is a fabulous artist and illustrator. She described how she got started as an artist and her passion for illustration.p, and a few tips and tricks of the trade. The best part was, she shared with us how anyone with enough determination and perseverance should be able to achieve their dreams. Very inspirational.

We are truly blessed here in McKinney with such talented artists, writers, teachers, musicians and creative souls who are willing to share their gifts with the community. Thank you Erin!

Tuesday, I had dinner and too much wine with an award winning, talented, creative, and all around fun lady and author, Allison Bottke. We sat in her beautiful backyard, sipped wine, and discussed the world, love, life and the pursuit of happiness.

Yesterday, I had breakfast and visiting with the JULIETs …Just Us Ladies Into Everything Together. Then, I stopped and bought some plants and misc. stuff I didn’t need at Walmart. A quick walk, then off to church for our St. Helen’s Divorced and Separated Support Group. Again, another day without accomplishing anything productive.

Today, I did start a painting project, but it’s going to take several days to complete. It’s a surprise birthday gift for Mr. Jerry. So, now my hands are covered in Enamel paint, and I need to grab a quick shower before I run over to karaoke at Delaney’s. Helene called me and asked if I’d come early so she could buy me dinner. Well, who can pass up a free dinner?

(Sneak peak at what I’m working on. This is the before…stay tuned for the after.)

Maybe I should sing “Busy Doing Nothing” tonight at karaoke. What do you think?

Tuesday:) Tipsy Times And A Special Friend

12 Jun

“I have an intoxication of life that goes beyond any drink.”

― Anthony T. Hincks

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What a wonderful lazy day. Sue texted last night that she didn’t feel up to going to Zumba this morning, (Thank goodness!) so I didn’t set my alarm for 7 am. We went yesterday and Lorelei was subbing for the 10:30 class, oh my, I thought I was going to need a medivac unit. I didn’t roll out of bed till 10am this morning, Wonderful!

I fed and walked the dog through the park and around the pond, then went for my solo long walk. I put in 5.5 miles total today. Not bad. My new friend and neighbor, Allison, had invited me over for dinner today, so I stayed close to home, trying to get some chores done. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. I walked the dog a few more times, watched some Jeopardy and wasted away the entire day.

Allison had shown me this very talk clear glass cylinder a few weeks ago, that she was going to make into a bird bath, and I told her that I’d love to paint some flowers on it. So I did. She gave me a plate with an example of what she might like for the flowers. I love a challenge.

This is what the blank slate looked like, about 36 inches tall. I was a little nervous, but once I got going, mixing colors and adding vines and such, it was fun.

So, when I called Allison today and told her it was finished, she invited me over for dinner and wine and sitting out in her gorgeous backyard. I drove the large vase over. She laughed when I told her that I was going to drive back home, park my car, then walk over for dinner. I DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE! Never, not even the three blocks to her house.

She set the glass bowl fixture that would be the bird bath on top, with the plate to see how it would look in the yard. She was over the moon happy with how it turned out. We sat outside beneath the huge canopied tree, ate salad and quiche and drank white wine. The conversation was funny and stimulating. We both admired her magnificent yard and my beautiful painting of the glass vase. It will make a lovely addition to her eclectic landscape.

As the sun slowly descended, dinner devoured, and the entire bottle of wine diminished, we sat and talked and solved the problems of the world. Not really. But, wouldn’t that be nice. We laughed about if the police were patrolling the neighborhood, and I was walking home a little tipsy, if I could get pulled over for “drunk walking.” In my semi-inebriated state, I concluded that unless I was staggering home with an open container of alcohol, which I was not, that I was probably pretty safe from any illegal activity or impending incarceration.

I must admit, I have the nicest friends. What would life be like without great friends? I certainly never want to find out.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

11 Jun

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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It was a busy week with friends, neighbors, people, pets, walks, talks and storms. Time for giving, volunteering, painting, dancing, singing, and missing Mom on her birthday. Now, another busy week ahead.

Happy Monday, my friends.