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Sunday Sermon and Arts In Bloom on the Square

15 Apr

“Only he who believes is obedient and only he who is obedient believes.”

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Saturday was a completely miserable rainy dreary washout kinda day. Today, nothing but crystal blue skies, sunshine and beautiful weather. What a difference a day makes.

It was a pleasure to greet before Mass today. Mr. Jerry was back from his trip to Israel, so he and Helene saved my seat, on this solemn Palm Sunday. Today’s Gospel reading was the long story that began with the Last Supper and continued through all the tragic passions, betrayal, trials and ending in the crucifixion and death of Jesus. I’ve heard this Gospel a million times, but I always get misty at the end.

The part that really spoke to me was when Jesus was praying alone at the Mount of Olives and He asked…

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

My take on it… sometimes we are given a heavy burden to carry, and often the cross we are asked to carry seems unbearable. Even Jesus asked God the Father for a reprieve, but He said “your will be done.” He was obedient to His Father’s will. God gives us the strength to get through our suffering. It’s ok to question, just keep the faith.

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After Mass, a quick stop for coffee at McDonald’s to hear about Jerry’s awesome trip, and an even quicker stop at the store for one loaf of bread, I scurried home. I walked the dog, talked to my friend Debbie in Chicago on the phone, then headed off to meet Helene at Arts In Bloom on the Square. The three day festival was great Friday and a huge rainy disaster Saturday, but today it was perfect.

Talented artists and friends we visited today. Some wonderful creative artwork.

My talented friend, Gary Williamson, is a fantastic paper sculpture artist.

Then, Helene and I stopped at The Cove, where the amazing potters had been building, throwing, and firing and demonstrating all weekend.

I visited with Flat Minda and Flat Alex, too.

Watch this cool, actually, smoking hot video of emptying the kiln.

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

Then, to finish off a great day, Helene and I stopped at Taqueria Hernandez for my favorite… gorditas.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Friday:) Fun on the Square and McKinney’s Finest Firemen

9 Mar

“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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Wow! A fun busy Friday for Miss Toni. I started off with a heart pumping zumba class at the Y. Then, I picked up Helene, and we headed off to the Square. First, we stopped at the Art Studio to drop off my auction bowl for Empty Bowls, then over to St. Peter’s to drop off 25 event bowls. (More about the bowls another time.)

Did I mention it was a gorgeous day? 77 degrees, sunny, and a tiny breeze.

Helene and I walked around the Square, stopped for lunch at Snug, and stopped in a few shops.

Bay Willow Design is always a fun stop. Owner of the trendy millenary shop, and good friend, Jenny Foster, was busy reorganizing displays. But, she took time to stop and chat, showing Helene around the awesome shop.

Way in the back, I saw a couple cool artist friends, Leslie and Andrea. They were working on website designs.

Andrea, on the right, suggested we stop at Patina Green to see her bird paintings that she just installed. Oh, for sure.

Aren’t those cool? Those are individual wooden plaques, taking up an entire wall.

We stopped at the Antique Mall, and after a lot of browsing, I found a small white porcelain heart shaped box to paint this Christmas. I’m always on the look out for a white surface to paint bluebonnets for Mr. Dan’s dead wife who isn’t really dead. Some of you know that story. Too, long for this. I told Helene, and she laughed. So, when I checked out at the counter, I told the two ladies wrapping up the box, “I have a great story for you. I bought this to paint bluebonnets on for Mr. Dan’s dead wife.” Then, I told them the story. They laughed, and I think I made their day.

By the time I took Helene home and parked in the garage, it was almost 5 pm. I took a ten minute break, talked to my sister on the phone, then headed out for a walk. I just checked my walking app. 3.7 miles today.

It was still so beautiful out, so I decided to trim the front bushes after my walk. I had to quit when it got too dark to see, but I got a lot trimmed. I had the windows open all evening because it was cool and 68 in the house and 77 outside. Great day!

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Now, for my friendly neighborhood firemen. I stopped over to Station 9 on Wednesday, but I like to share my Firemen stories for Friday, just because I like alliteration. Wednesday morning on my way home from church, I noticed that several fire trucks and vehicles from other stations were over at station 9, so I decided to bake a double batch of brownies so there would be plenty to share. They were doing special training, and I’m sure would appreciate a little sweet treat after lunch. The hard part was that I had decided to fast all day on Ash Wednesday, so I didn’t even lick the spoon or taste test the crunchy edges,

I always get a big smile and a cool photo op. Oh, they also save my containers from the previous drop off. Everyone knows Miss Toni and knows to save my containers. One time, one of the veteran firemen told a new guy, “Oh, we have that in our fire fighter handbook. Save Miss Toni’s container.” Hmm? That just might be true. Ha!

Happy Friday my friends. Time to fix my Black Russian. It is Friday, after all!

Saturday on the Square:) Home for the Holidays

25 Nov

“If you can’t get home for the holidays, bring a little holiday into your home.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A lot of fun this weekend on the Square for Home for the Holidays. It was great bumping into friends, fun food, firemen, music, and my favorite part… my annual photo with the Grinch.

Friday night, Miss Erma, Sherri and I enjoyed a concert by “Asleep at the Wheel.” The tree was lit up and beautiful. It was packed.

Miss Kathy was in her adorable Sweet Spot Bakery cupcake mobile.

Gary Williamson had his amazing paper sculptures.

The Square is all lit up and decorated, it’s like something out of a Hallmark Christmas Special.

Today, I got to see a lot of friends and cool sights while roaming around.

Lynda Kingsley was painting her cool alcohol ink coasters and paintings.

Last but not least, my buddy the Grinch.

Wednesday:) What’s New In McKinney

27 Sep

“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

― Krishnamurti

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This morning at 10, the McKinney Chamber of Commerce welcomed a fun new eatery on the square with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

THE YARD is a new family friendly restaurant located on Church Street on the Square. Well, it’s not actually brand new. It’s located where Cafe Malaga used to be. The huge open courtyard has been transformed into an outdoor seating area and playground with picnic tables, fire pits, ping pong tables and children’s play area.

So, if you’re looking for a fun new place to hang out with family or friends, I think THE YARD is a great place to be. Check it out.

Saturday:) Strolling and Sitting Around the Square

28 Jul

“Walking . . . is how the body measures itself against the earth.”

Rebecca Solnit

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A few of my CRHP sisters decided to have an impromptu coffee/Bible/shopping meeting this morning on the Square. Jamie invited the group to join her at Snug at 8 am to discuss this weekends’ Gospel readings, then walk over to the farmer’s market.

Well, 8 am is pretty early for me, especially since I rarely get to bed before 2 am. Last night, I went to bed early, around 1:30. When the alarm went off at 6:45, I didn’t groan or hit the snooze button, I jumped up and fed the dog, got dressed, took Bella for a long walk, and still had time to check my email for a few minutes.

There were just four of us, but that made for a cozier discussion. I plum forgot to take a group picture. Hmm? I must be slipping. After we discussed the readings, talked about families, and shared our thoughts, we strolled a few blocks over to the farmer’s market. (I remembered to take pictures.)

The colorful homegrown fruit and vegetable were very tempting. Most of the vendors had samples of their wares. My first stop was the Tamale Company booth. I’ve been on the search for a delicious homemade tasting tamal, like my mom and dad used to make. That will never be achieved, but I’m still on the quest. I just bought half a dozen chicken to check it out. I’ll let you know.

But, one thing I’m sure of is, the world’s best salsas. My dear friends, David and Michele Bernard have been making this sumptuous salsa for years, and started selling their yummy concoctions to the public. They are currently finalists in the H-E-B Quest for Texas Best in the salsa contest. Their charming son, Chase, was selling salsa like “hot cakes,” forgive the pun. “Hi Chase!”

Around the corner, I ran into my friend Leslie Luscombe, from Luscombe Farms in Anna, TX. Seeing as I was already on a Mexican food theme, I bought a jar of jalepeño peach jelly. This is divine mixed with softened cream cheese on crackers.

The quaint Square atmosphere would not be complete without a visit with the McKinney Mounted Patrol. Officer John and Ontario were appreciative of the partly cloudy skies and a shady tree. The visitors and children always love petting Ontario’s friendly nose. I know, I did.

After the farmer’s market, I stopped at Sweet Spot Bakery to visit with Miss Elizabeth and Kaylyn.

The McKinney Square is not just a quaint friendly place to visit, it’s a fun place with endless friends, fine food, and unique shopping. Gotta love McKinney!

Saturday on the Square:) My Little Town

10 Jun

“There may be no secrets in small towns, but there are no strangers either.”

R.A. Mathis

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McKinney feels like a little town when you are walking around the charming Square. The city itself is busting at the seams with growth. But, I still love my little town.

In the 2010 census, the city’s population was 131,117, making it Texas’s 19th-most populous city. The most recent population estimate, produced by the city as of January 1, 2018, is 179,804. As of May 2017, McKinney City was the third-fastest-growing city in the United States.

I spent the afternoon with my friend, Loretta. We went to a movie at the old McKinney 14 theater in the afternoon, (that’s for another day) then went over to the square for the Second Saturday.

We were so lucky to find a parking spot in the first lot right away. That alone was a miracle. Our first stop was to visit with Kathy, Elizabeth, and Kaylyn at Sweet Spot Bakery. Ice cream and iced tea on a hot day was perfect.

We sat and chatted and shared stories. Then, back out into the heat to check out the artists and musicians dotted along the Square.

Loretta and Annie became fast friends, with so many mutual interests and mutual friends.

As we walked around, we ran into other friends, and enjoyed checking out the artwork and music along the way.

Kim Guthrie, always among the talented artists displaying her work.

Unfortunately, with all the hustle-bustle and searching for parking, there was a car accident on the corner. It looks like no one was hurt, just a couple of banged up cars.

Our last stop was a few blocks away at The Cove. There was a special event called “Space, Time & Love: The 3 Dimensions of Life.” Featuring the paintings and music of Steven Wright.

I drove Loretta back to her car back at the theater, then home. It was a very busy fun Saturday.

Saturday:) Some Reasons Why McKinney Rocks

29 Apr

“Rock ‘n’ Roll might not solve your problems, but it does let you dance all over them.”

PETE TOWNSHEND, attributed

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Friday night, my friend, Linda Grossman, World’s Greatest Realtor, invited me to a fun concert at the Guitar Sanctuary in Stonebridge. A nice ending to a very busy day.

4/27/18 – Andy Timmons & Jennifer Batten

The Guitar Sanctuary presented an evening of Virtuoso Guitar with Andy Timmons, Jennifer Batten, and friends at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center on Friday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRLLT-KdtqA

Today was a beautiful day. I went out and walked two hours this afternoon. The neighborhood was having a sub-division garage sale. I checked put a few, but I only found one glass vase for a dollar. Will power.

Then, off to the Square to check out the art show at The Cove. My friend, Don Simmons, had a one man show, displaying his amazing photography. Don has the most amazing and instinctive eye for detail, color, composition, and nostalgia.

Then, another fun music venue this evening on the Square at Cadillac Pizza Pub. Maylee and the Mayor were rockin’ the house. Our own Mayor of McKinney, George Fuller, is part of an awesome rock ‘n roll band that performs at many local venues. Maylee has a combination voice of Janice Joplin, sprinkled with Tina Turner, and an angelic gospel singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8om6FP_vCFc

Mckinney certainly rocks…and rolls.