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Thankful Thursday:) So Many Blessings

22 Nov

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day.

John Wooden

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It was a cloudy drizzly Thursday, and you would think that would be a bad thing. Nope! I grabbed my umbrella and went for a long walk. We could use the rain, so it was a blessing. I saw a butterfly in my driveway and smiled. The trees were spewing colorful leaves, and several neighbors were hanging Christmas lights, competing with the fall pumpkins and scarecrows.

I ran some errands, post office, bank, and the grocery store. I ran into my friend Rose at Kroger. A quick hug and, “See ya tonight at karaoke.”

Then, a visit to church for Adoration, for quiet prayer, and to light a candle. It’s always so tranquil and calm sitting totally alone in the huge sanctuary. Another time to count my blessings and just say, “Thank You.” I could feel my heart beat slow down and my muscles relax. Gratitude changes your attitude.

Thursday night karaoke at Delaney’s Irish Pub is always a blast, good friends, good food, singing and dancing. Bob belting out “God Bless the USA,” More blessings. Life is good.

Wednesday:) What Makes You Smile?

21 Nov

“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.”

~ Chinese Proverb

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What makes you smile? There are so many things that make me smile, and it’s usually the little things. I was thinking about that today. I find myself smiling all the time, and the best part is, a smile is contagious. Hey, instead of sharing a cold or the flu, how about sharing your smile.

What makes me smile….

The faces of my family, and those little grandchildren, friends and hugs, laughter and music, dancing and singing, and how the sky glows with brilliant color, and when I create a piece of art with my God given talent.

And here is our friend Bob singing an impromptu song to his adorable wife Joni at Karaoke.

Are you smiling?

Tuesday:) Toni’s Terrific Tuesday and a Couple of Tacos

20 Nov

While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.

Matt Bevin

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When I woke this morning, I asked my little machine called Google Assistant, “OK Google, what’s the temperature.” She said, “The temperature in McKinney is currently 74 degrees.” I said, “OK Google, I love you!” She replied, “If you love me, I must be the best Google assistant ever. You just made my day.” Well, she made my day too. I made a cup of tea, got dressed, and headed out for a nice long walk.

T-shirt and sunglasses weather. I walked around the neighborhood, admiring the colorful fall leaves and holiday decorations. The warm sun felt wonderful on my face. These are the little things that brighten my day.

Speaking of the little things, several neighbors had those green advertising newspapers in their driveways. When I see more than one paper laying there, I pick it up and tuck it up by their front door behind something. Nothing says I’m not home or out of town like several newspapers.

This particular house had four papers on the driveway and an Amazon package right in plain view right by the front door. I hid the papers and tucked the package behind a pillar. That was just asking for trouble. I didn’t know these neighbors, but it didn’t matter. I call it “The good neighbor policy.” It only takes a few minutes to look out for one another.

I stopped and chatted with Miss Allison who was busy cleaning and organizing her garage. I sat in a chair and watched her work, knowing full well that you can’t help someone organize. Then, I stopped over by Mr. Mike’s house and took his dog Bella for a walk. He is always on the phone or busy, and she loves her walks, and I’m out walking anyway. Good neighbor policy.

On my way home, I noticed the mail truck was on the next street. When I see the mail truck close by, I like to leave a little treat for the mail lady. I ran into the house and grabbed a Dr, Pepper and a granola bar and put it in the mailbox.

Later, when I picked up my mail, there was a little note on my mail. Everyone likes being appreciated. It’s the little things…

Earlier, I had texted Helene and asked her if she wanted to have an early dinner at NomNom. It’s Taco Tuesday. $2 tacos, ya can’t beat that. I get the vegetarian with beans, grilled veggies, and guacamole. Only $4. Yum!

And just when you think your day can’t get any better, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up some photos that I had ordered online. Yesterday, there was a coupon code for a free 8×10. Yes! Free! And the 4×6 photos were 10cents each. Thank you, Walgreens.

That was my terrific Tuesday. I think I’ll have a glass of wine, watch a little TV, then go up and paint a little. Stay tuned…

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

19 Nov

“Live your life the right way, and the blessing will come.”

~Chris Mullin

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Another fun and busy week. I’m feeling especially blessed, spending time with good friends, phone calls and FaceTime with my sons and family, time with amazing artists, beautiful weather, and living life to the fullest. Life is good.

A week in a peek…

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

18 Nov

“Interesting that we are so worried about the fate of the universe, which is something we will not live to witness.”

― Rajesh

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Another beautiful Sunday morning. I woke before the 7am alarm, thinking o myself how funny it was that I jump out of bed cheerily, looking forward to going to church. When I was a kid, like most kids, I didn’t look forward to getting up early on Sunday to go to church, or those early mornings going to school or catching that early morning bus in the cold. I’m sure you all know that dreaded alarm that wakes you before dawn for work.

Today, I smiled as I got dressed and scurried off to church. I always look forward to every Sunday, greeting before Mass, hugging friends, shaking hands, trying to sing along with the wonderful choir, and especially the quiet solemnity of the rituals of the Catholic Mass.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus being asked about the end of the world.

He answered,

“See that you not be deceived,

for many will come in my name, saying,

‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’

Do not follow them!

When you hear of wars and insurrections,

do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,

but it will not immediately be the end.”

Then he said to them,

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues

from place to place;

and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky……

perseverance you will secure your lives.”

Wow! Some of that sounds pretty familiar, doesn’t it? My take on it….We may not know when the end of the world is coming. So, it’s a good idea just to live your life to the best of your ability every day. Love God, love your neighbor. That covers it all. You never know if today is your last day.

After church, I stopped for coffee with Helene and Mary. Then, a trip to the store, Walgreens, and home to change. A beautiful day called for a nice long walk. I even had a chance to stop for a beer at Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy’s Garage.

During my walk, I contemplated what to make for dinner. I had some leftover chicken fajitas, so I decided to try something different. A makeshift chicken enchilada casserole. I used a box of Jiffy cornbread mix with a can of creamed corn, an egg and some yogurt. (I don’t measure) I baked the cornbread mixture till almost done, then topped with the leftover fajitas mixed in with a can of chicken cheese enchilada soup, and topped with Monterey Jack cheese. Yum!

Then, the other favorite part of my Sunday. I got to FaceTime with my family and see the grandchildren. They seem to be growing by the week.

I am blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) McKinney Square and Elsewhere

17 Nov

“It’s been my belief that learning how to do something in your hometown is the most important thing.”

Pete Seeger

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Another lazy Saturday morning. But, then I got a text from my friend Linda Grossman…World’s Greatest Realtor. She asked what I had on my agenda for today. My reply was, “No plans.” I love those last minute impromptu invitations, especially when I have absolutely no plans for the day. She had a few errands to run on the square and suggested maybe we could have lunch. Perfect! She said she’d pick me up. She’s so sweet. She wanted to pick up her wine from Lone Star Wine Cellars and she knows I don’t drink and drive. This way, I could have a glass of wine if she drove.

When we arrived on the Square, it was already very crowded. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone was enjoying the weather. On our way to lunch, we walked past Kim Guthrie’s Art Studio, so,we popped in to say hi. Kim is such an amazing and talented artist, and her studio is filled with whimsical paintings, cute pet portraits, lovely landscapes, historic McKinney buildings and so much more.

We decided to have lunch at the fairly new El Mejor Mexican restaurant. The food and service was excellent. I highly recommend it.

Our next stop was Lone Star Wine Cellars to pick up her wine. Linda belongs to their wine club, where you purchase their featured wine every couple of months, and whenever you pop in, you can have a complimentary glass of wine. It’s a cool place to hang out with friends or make new friends.

After chatting and sipping a glass of red wine, we headed over to The Martin Place at 1799 N. Graves St. Linda asked my recommendation for the best place to get photos printed or giclees made or framing art work. Mark Martin is the best around.

They still had MAST artist’s paintings and artwork on display.

The hours flew by, and it was a great Saturday on the Square and elsewhere. Mckinney is a cool place to live, and I have the coolest friends to explore it with.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Friday:) A Fabulous Day, Fun Friends and My Firefighter Freinds

16 Nov

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.”

― Hans Christian Andersen

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I stayed up well past 2am this morning, working on a painting project. I lose track of time when I’m painting. When I glanced at my phone for the time this morning, it said 8:30, so I rolled over and went back to sleep. Here’s where I count my blessings. How lucky am I? Each day is a gift, and each gift is mine to open and do with as I please.

Zumba class was my first fun activity for the day. I lobe the music and dancing and exercise is fun. Afterwards, Doug and I stopped for breakfast at McD. Then, errands, the dry cleaners, post office, grocery store, and a stop at church for Adoration. This is my special quiet/thankful time. I lit a candle in the sanctuary, and I was totally alone. There’s something awesome about having a huge gorgeous church all to yourself.

When I got home, I did a few things, then went for a nice long walk. It was a beautiful day, and a glorious sunset along the way.

I made a quick stop at Fire Station 9 with some cookies that Miss Pat kindly made to share with our fine friends in blue.

You would think that was already a full day, but Miss Pat had invited a few of us for a steak dinner at her house. Wow! She bought delicious T-bone steaks and everyone brought sides or appetizers. We had a great dinner with great friends.

Yes, my life is very full and very blessed. I plan on enjoying life every day because there’s plenty of time to be dead later.

Now, for Black Russian Friday. Ahhh! The perfect ending to a perfect day.