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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


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.

Wednesday:) When You Have A Little, Share A Little

6 Jun

“Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little often share.”

― Oscar Wilde, De Profundis


In my many decades on this planet, I have found that often the people who have the least are the most generous. A good example is my good friends over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. They are some of the most generous people I know, and they live on very limited incomes.

The residents spent several hours this morning putting together special hygiene kits for the StreetsideShowers that provides a safe clean place for the homeless take a shower.

The residents, staff, friends and family donated sample size products and cash to purchase the much needed supplies. Lance Oliniski, is going to visit the residents on June 10th to talk to the group and show them the mobile unit.

The residents, led by Christy Sadler, Service Coordinator at Towne Creek, gathered and purchased enough supplies to put together around 100 Hygiene Bags. Christy said, “I originally was thinking that we might be able to put together about 30 bags. But, we have enough for over 100.”

The lovely seniors are planning to do this again in the Fall. So, if you want to start saving up your sample size hygiene products or donate some products or cash, you can contact me, Christy Sadler at Towne Creek, or directly to StreetsidShowers. It’s a good thing.

Volunteer McKinney is proud to recognize those who give back to the community by highlighting them through Humans of Volunteer McKinney.

Meet Lance A. Olinski, Founder of Streetside Showers:

I have always had a heart for people that the world pushes aside, but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago when I realized how lacking some basic needs are in the homeless community.

One day, I saw a man in a public bathroom in McKinney desperately trying to bathe himself in the sink. My heart went out to this man, thus beginning Streetside Showers.

I began our nonprofit organization in June 2017. Our mission is simple. We strive to offer hope and restore dignity through the form of a hot shower and hygiene supplies to those who need it most.

Since the start of Streetside Showers we have been able to provide over 4,200 showers in North Texas. I have spent countless hours serving our homeless community, and nothing beats the smile on their faces when they are finished taking a hot shower. Streetside Showers is honored to provide basic care to those in need on a daily basis!

This quote by Bill Wilson pretty much sums up my life, “The purest form of love in this world is demonstrated by a person who loves somebody who can give absolutely nothing in return.”

Lance A. Olinski

Founder, Streetside Showers

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

3 Jun

“Transformation literally means going beyond your form.”

~Wayne Dyer


It was a drizzly morning, but it cleared up in the afternoon. I got to church in time to run to the side door to greet the ladies from the Chateau as they got off their bus. Big hugs were exchanged.

Today is Ascension Sunday, and a very meaningful service at church. The Gospel was about Jesus Ascending into heaven, telling his disciples that He would return in the same manner.

“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.”

After Mass, Jerry, Helene and I stopped for coffee. Helene and I went over to the store afterwards. When we were walking back to our cars, I found a lucky dime in the road. While I was picking it up, Helene found one too, a few steps ahead. A lucky day for us both.

I had made plans to meet Zelda for lunch and see a movie. We decided on “Rocketman.” It was very good, not just on a music basis, but I also liked the timeline story of the transformation that took place in Elton John’s life. Some of the story was sad and destructive, but we found out why. Without having a spoiler alert, we saw how he turned his life around. Yep. Great music. Great story.

When I got home, there was time for a nice long walk before dark. And it’s always great to catch the sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday on the Square:) So Many Places, So Many Faces

2 Jun

“The best place to be a tourist is in your own little town,”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon. I said it WAS, because now it’s storming and clapping thunder out there. Glad I’m home safe and sound. But, it sure was a fun afternoon.

After my morning walk, I made plans with Helene to go over to the Square for lunch and some walking around. We started out at The Pantry. OMG! Their chicken fried chicken is so awesome with those smashed potatoes and gravy. I love their fried okra. We split the chicken because it was the size of the entire plate.

After consuming that feast, we waddled across the street to the Fair and Square store. Andrew and Kate were very helpful. I was looking for a special item for an upcoming birthday gift.

We popped into the shop right next door, Texas Monkey Business. I never even knew it was there. Jim said they’d been open for three years. Hmm? How come I didn’t know that? They had a LOT of really cool Texas, McKinney, and school and college merchandise and tons of souvenirs. I bought a McKinney t-shirt. (Like I need another t-shirt.)

We wandered over to McKinney Wine Merchant so Helene could pick up a nice bottle of Cab for the aforementioned birthday coming up. Roy was very helpful in finding a superb Cabernet. I wouldn’t know a good Cab from an old Uber.

We also had a really nice visit with artist/friend, Kim Guthrie, over in her brand new gallery location right on the square. She is such a sweet and talented artist. Her paintings and sculptures are so fun and funky. She was making a paper maché fish when we walked in, and a messy mushy hug ensued.

Kim is having her gala grand opening celebration next weekend. Stop by and see her, right across from the Wine Merchant on Virginia.

Wow! What a great day for being a tourist in my own little town.

Friday Friends, Old and New & My Firefighters

1 Jun

“Every person is a new door to a different world.

Six Degrees of Seperation


Sometimes I just think about how blessed I am with such an amazing array of friends. Today, was a good example. I had a lazy morning, but got my act together in time to get over to Zumba Gold at the Y. I danced and wiggled and pranced along to the music with my Zumba friends. I always get a big hug from Doug. Hey, that rhymes.

After the class, I rode the stationary bike for a few miles. After that, I sat in a comfy chair by the door and called my good friend Karen. I hadn’t seen her in a while, and she had surgery a few weeks ago. I left a message and she called back. She suggested we have lunch, but needed a few minutes to change. In the meantime, a young lady from the Y was talking to her co-workers, showing them a poster she was working on for the summer camp. She told them that it took her forever just to write and fill in the words, and asked them if it needed more color.

I jumped up and said, “That’s very good. I’m a former art teacher.” The young lady said, “Uh oh!” I suggested that if she wanted to fill in the large area of sky that pastel chalk would be quick and easy. That’s when Karen called back.

While I waited ten minutes before leaving to meet Karen, I walked down the hall to look for the girl and her poster. I found her in an office and I started talking to her, giving her other art tips for her poster and future projects. I showed her some of my artwork on my phone. She was impressed. I told her she could call me anytime if she had any art questions. We exchanged phone numbers. And of course, I had to take a selfie. And the coolest part… her name is Monet. How cool, unusual and artistically appropriate is that? (We meet people for a reason.)

I went to meet Karen for lunch and we caught up on all the weeks we’ve missed. We exchanged children and grandchildren stories and photos. A leisurely two hour lunch.

When I got home, I was planning on walking when I got a text from Helene asking if I wanted to go have dinner. Yikes, I told her I was still full from lunch. But, I said I’d go to Braum’s for an ice cream cone. So, off I went again to pick up Helene. She had dinner and I had ice cream.

On the way home after ice cream, I stopped at Fire Station 9 to drop off cookies from Miss Pat. Firefighter Williams answered the door again, with my previous container from Tuesday in hand. I said, “I caught you with your eyes closed the other day,” and she said that happens a lot. I thought I took a good picture. Nope! Missed the open eyes again.

By the time I finally landed at home, it was 7:30 and just enough time for a good long walk. I stopped at Mr. Mike’s on the final leg of my journey to walk Bella and chat afterwards for a while.

That’s a lot of fun quality time with fine quality friends, old and new. That’s just one day in…”A day in the life of Miss Toni.”

Theme Song Thursday:) The Cookie Lady Can…

31 May

The Cookie Lady makes everything she bakes, satisfying and delicious…”

~ Me


Another fun night at karaoke. Miss Loretta and I sang a special tribute to Miss Pat, THE COOKIE LADY. Miss Pat bakes hundreds of cookies every week. I’m talking HUNDREDS. She bakes them for her daughter’s hair salon, for all her friends and family and takes them to just about everyone she knows and everywhere she goes. And after karaoke, what ever is left over from the five plates full of cookies, I get to drop them off the next morning for my firemen.

“The Cookie Lady can ’cause she mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.”


Thanks for all the cookies, Miss Pat. We love you.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

29 May

“When life throws a little talent your way, don’t throw it away.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My good friend Miss Pat, the Cookie Lady, is always raving about the hand-painted wine glasses that I gave her as a housewarming gift. She loved the bluebonnet glasses and matching vase. But, when she mentioned a couple of weeks ago that she loved her yellow rose wine glasses and would really love a matching vase for yellow spring flowers, I was on a mission. Miss Pat does so much for so many people. Did I mention hundreds of cookies everywhere we go?

My philosophy is “Ask and ye shall receive.” Or something like that. So, a couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days painting not one, but several vases with yellow roses. The yellow glass paint is fairly transparent, so each rose and leaf required two layers of paint, with drying time between. Time consuming, but well worth the effort. They make perfect gifts.

I do most of my painting between the hours of 11 pm and 4 am. I’m a night owl. 🦉 The cookin’ part comes after the paint has dried and cured for a day or two. I bake the glass at 350 for 30 minutes. This helps heat set the paint for durability.

Miss Pat sent me a picture of her new vase sitting on her table, flanked by the matching wine glasses.

So, when I was invited to brunch this Sunday at Mr. Jerry’s house after church, I had a lovely vase. I stopped at the store and picked up some yellow roses. Great gift.

A little talent goes a long way. “Everything’s coming up roses.”