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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

11 Aug

“What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever.”

― David McGee

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A beautiful, yet steamy Sunday morning. It’s going to be pretty darn hot all week. It was nice to be back greeting at the door before Mass. All my little children, “the usual suspects” were there today. I gave away three matchbox cars and a little stuffed doggie, and a lot of hugs were exchanged.

Today’s Gospel according to Luke was about living this life in preparation for the next. Sell your possessions and share with those in need.

“For wherever your treasure is, that is where your heart will be too.”

Be vigilant, like the servants waiting for their master to return.

“Blessed those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. In truth I tell you, he will do up his belt, sit them down at table and wait on them.”

My take on it… This life is just a preparation for the next, a testing ground, so to speak. We aren’t sure how long we have on this earthly planet, but we should make the most of it. Not just for ourselves, but for all of those around us.

Haven’t you felt that wonderful warmth in your heart when you do something nice for a friend or neighbor, or a random act of kindness for a stranger? That’s a wonderful feeling. The more you give away, the more you receive. It’s not a one time deal, or an occasional act, it’s should be a way of living.

I’m sure you are all feeling the aftershocks of the tragedies going on in our world right now. Instead of condemning and blaming, let’s rally together and support and help one another. Baby steps… one step at a time. We are all one family.

After church, I stopped at McDonald’s as I usually do with friends, but this morning, the usual friends weren’t there. So, I sat alone a while, drank my iced tea, looked at the church bulletin and did my traditional people watching. Being a writer with an active imagination, I always imagine who these strangers are and what their lives are like. Everyone has a story. I make up stories in my head about these folks, just from their mannerisms or who they are with or what they are wearing or eating. It’s a fun pastime.

The rest of my day has been very quiet. It’s too hot out to do anything outside or go for a walk. I miss my walks. But, tomorrow is the dance at 1 and Creative Community in the evening, so I’ll get some baking and running around in. Well, no actual running. It’s too darn hot. Google says it’s 98 degrees now. Yikes!

Saturday on the Square and Elsewhere

11 Aug

“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”

—L.M. Montgomery

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This morning, I received a call from my friend Sherri Murphy, asking if I wanted to go to dinner and check out the Second Saturday festivities on the Square in the evening. We have some artist friends that were showing their work, and it’s always fun to walk around, even in the summer heat.

I had some errands to run, the bank and a couple of stores. I stopped into Papa Murphy’s Pizza to visit my friend, Karri Munson, the manager. We hugged and chat pied and shared funny stories. She was telling me about their new product, s’mores cookie dough bars, She showed me a promotional band that goes around the container. I kind of thought it looked like a crown, so I decided to put it on and even wear it on my way to Tom Thumb grocery store next door. I said it was good advertising. “Will work for cookie dough.” Silly is my middle name.

Sherri picked me up around 3:30, and we headed to The Pantry for dinner.

After dinner, we strolled the square and stopped in a few shops, and visited friends at The Last Gallery. Kim Guthrie was having an open house and wine tasting at her studio and a Pop-Up show across the street at The Wine Merchant.

Kim’s beautiful paintings were a fine compliment to the fine wines at the Wine Merchant. Sherri and I each bought a bottle of MAMAMANGO wine. Yum!

It was VERY hot out, probably around 100, so we popped into the Red Canoe to check out their ice cream that is made with different liqueurs called Cocktail Creamery. Ted, the proprietor and creator, was kind enough to let us sample several creamery concoctions until we decided on our frozen dessert.

Sherri and I love the new decor and atmosphere at the Red Canoe, formerly Snug on the Square.

The sun was finally falling below the buildings and providing a little shade, and a little breeze was making it more comfortable to sit outside and listen to some music. A talented young singer was performing on the street corner, and folks were gathered around enjoying his amazing voice. Armon Ramirez, the young performer, belted out some Bublé, Elvis, and other classics.

As we sat, listening to great music, with the sun setting, a couple dancing behind us, then we saw the Mounted Patrol sauntering down the street. The perfect ending to a perfect day. I just love the McKinney Square.

Friday Friends at Towne Creek

10 Aug

“Friends, food, and fun art projects. What more could you ask for””

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, I’m back from vacation in California, and back to my hustle bustle aching sore muscle daily routine. I started out the morning with a service call from Joplin’s AC and Heating. My AC was acting up before my trip, so I made an appointment for first thing this morning.

The good news is, Grant, the repairman was very nice and helpful. The bad news is I need a complete new AC unit for my house that isn’t even 5 years old. Gehan put in the crappiest units in all their homes and all the neighbors have been complaining about it on Facebook and Nextdoor. So, I wasn’t at all surprised. Grant was kind enough to fill up the coolant to get me through till installation on Tuesday, and to have enough time to sell my first born child, auction off my car, hoc the furniture and pawn my wedding ring to pay for it. (Just kidding! Got rid of the wedding ring 6 years ago.) I’ve spent the past few days with the house at a steamy 88 degrees or more. Thanks Grant from Joplin’s AC.

This afternoon was my volunteer day with my lovely senior artist friends at Towne Creek. I got some inspiration for a project while we were visiting The Last Gallery after art Club yesterday.

I did a quick demo on a small 8×10 canvas of just dripping, splattering, and scraping paint for a background, then dropping blobs of watered down acrylic for flowers, and then playing with it for different effects.

I told my ladies that their paintings turned out even nicer than mine. They didn’t agree, but I think it’s true. Plus, I told them that it’s a huge compliment if the student’s work is better than the instructor’s. Then, I’ve done a good job.

Didn’t they do a great job? Oh, and the neat part is, we put our paintings outside the door to dry because the paint was very thick and very wet, and it was VERY hot out there. When we went to look at them, Miss Dorothy noticed that some pink flowers from the crepe myrtle tree out front had fallen on Miss Nelma’s painting. So, we plucked a few pink blossoms and placed them on the thick white paint of her flowers, right where God had dropped them for a special 3-D effect. (Upper left)

Miss Dorothy did a special larger painting that was inspired by a beautiful spiritual dream that she had a while ago. She says she is not an artist, but had a dream that she was doing a painting and talking to God. It’s a beautiful story, and it’s Miss Dorothy’s to tell, so she’ll have to share it. The colors all have a special meaning. It made us all cry.

After our little feast of hot dogs, chips, and ice cream sandwiches, Miss Dorothy had arranged a big pizza party for all the residents at 6 o’clock. She also invited a couple of friends from church to entertain. So, of course, I stayed for the festivities.

After the music, a few people gave some inspirational testimony of God’s influence on their lives. I told my beautiful story of Mom leaving us those two lucky pennies from heaven.

Thank you for a fun evening, Miss Dorothy.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

8 Aug

“Friends that share their art, share their heart.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This morning was our August Art Club of McKinney meeting at The Hub. We’ve been off for the summer, so it was great to see old familiar faces, some new faces, and some amazing artwork. Our August meeting is always our fun “Show and Tell” meeting, where each member brings one or two or a few of their recent artworks to share with the group. We describe the pieces, talk about techniques, and answer any question. Everyone leaves so inspired. Wow! We have some fantastic artists.

Here’s what I brought. A couple of painted glass vases and my 3-D butterfly painting done with only coffee.

After the inspirational meeting, a few of us walked over to Rick’s Chophouse for lunch.

Then, we walked over to The Last Gallery, that is now a super cool artist cooperative gallery, featuring our talented local artists. Then to visit Kim Guthrie at her studio around the corner.

If you’re around the Square this weekend, it’s Second Saturday. Kim’s studio on Virginia will be open all day and a lot of her cool and funky pieces will be featured at The Wine Merchant across the street from her studio. The Last Gallery on Louisiana is a must see stop, too.

You know what’s better than having good friends? Having good friends that are amazing artists that inspire and support and share their talent and love. Love you guys!

Wednesday:) When The Vacation’s Over

8 Aug

“Don’t be sad that the vacation is over. Start planning the next one.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, I’m back home in beautiful steamy McKinney, Texas. It’s after 9pm and I asked Google what the temp is, and she said “The current temperature in McKinney is 91, but with the humidity it feels like 99.” Also, my AC was acting up before I left, and I made my Joplin’s AC appointment for Friday because I have Art Club in the morning. I had the AC set at 86 while I was gone, and it said 86 when I got home, OK, I turned it down to 80, and over the next few hours the readings went up instead of down. It’s blowing air, but now the thermostat reads 88. It doesn’t feel that warm, but maybe the thermostat is wonky? I’ll survive. So, back to my vacation,.,

Yesterday was my last day in beautiful Venice CA where the evening and early morn temps were around 68 and daytime in the 70’s. Matt had to work most the day, it asked what I wanted to do for my last evening. I said, “I want to put my feet in the ocean.” Now, that’s one big step for mankind! All my friends and family know that I’m afraid of water. But, you can’t go to the ocean and not walk by the ocean.

TA-da!

When a small wave rushed up by my ankles, I got nervous and walked further away. But, we did walk along the shore for a while, until the sun started setting. It was beautiful.

I took so many nice pictures that will make beautiful references for watercolor paintings.

Then, I wrote my name in the sand and watch the water come in and wash it away. Cool!

Matt then took me for my last vacation vegan dinner in California. A perfect end to a perfect visit with my California boy.

Thanks for the pick up at the airport Lynne. It’s so nice to have wonderful friends. Zelda took me to DFW and Lynne picked me up. I’m a nervous traveler, so having a friend give me a ride always calms my nerves. We’re so busy talking, I don’t have time to get nervous.

Happy Wednesday my friends. It’s good to be home. It’s sad to be home. I can always start planning my next trip.

Tuesday:) Tunes From The Hollywood Bowl

6 Aug

“Latin music has a rhythm that stirs your soul. All music can stir your soul, but all music doesn’t make you want to get up and dance.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Saturday night, after an already busy day, Matt took me to dinner in Hollywood before the concert. (I didn’t get discovered in Hollywood, so I’ll be heading home tomorrow. Darn!) I had a crispy vegan chicken sandwich and fries that was better than anything vegan that I’ve ever tasted. And, probably as good as any.

We left the car at the valet at the restaurant and took an Uber over to the Hollywood Bowl. Wow! A very cool concert venue, and so well organized. Matt thought I would enjoy the Gypsy Kings, so he bought tickets when he found out the days I was coming to visit. How thoughtful.

Las Cafeteras opened for the Gypsy Kings. They had the crowd all wound up and dancing in their seats. They had a few political innuendos and commentaries woven into their songs, but if you didn’t understand Spanish, you wouldn’t get it.

The Gypsy Kings.

Artists

The Gipsy Kings

Melding flamenco, rumba, salsa, and pop to the tune of 20 million albums sold, the Grammy® Award–winning hitmakers The Gipsy Kings return with dance-ready furor, celebrating their 1988 eponymous breakthrough. It’s party-starting perfection forged by the raucous spirit of the south of France! Afro-Mexican folk-rockers Las Cafeteras open, making this two nights of high-energy guitar thrills.

It was a very cool concert. People were in the aisles dancing and singing and enjoying the awesome evening. Even leaving the venue was quick and orderly. Matt called for an Uber while we filed out and it was waiting for us at a ride-share designated spot in just a couple of minutes. Parking would have been a nightmare. He’s SO smart.

So, a few Latin tunes from Toni on this glorious Tuesday. Have a great day, my friends.

Montage Monday and More

6 Aug

“Time waits for no man. That’s because man is sitting on the sofa watching sports, or yelling at some commercial. Time waits for woman, because she’s making dinner, cleaning the kitchen, feeding the baby, and making sure the kids did their homework and said their prayers after their baths, then tucking them in for the night. Time has to wait.”

~ Unknown… (OK, it was me)

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I just threw in that quote because time seems to be slipping away. I’ve been visiting Matt in Venice, CA for a week and I go home soon. The time just flew by. A very fun week with a lot of sight seeing, great vegan food, sunshine, entertainment, Sunday morning Mass, museums, walking, perfect weather, FaceTime with grand babies, and the very best part… spending quality time with my youngest son. He’s my knight in shining armor.

A week in a peek…

Yesterday after church and the Norton Simon Museum, Matt took me to an Italian restaurant that had vegan pizza. Seriously, it was delicious. I may not switch to a total vegetarian or vegan, but I’m going to give it about 90%.

For my penance, I had pizza in Purgatory. That was the name of the pizza place. Pretty appropriate for Sunday after church.

Happy Monday, my friends.