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Saturday:) Sights, Sounds, and St. Gabriel’s Holiday Boutique.

4 Nov

“Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.”

~Eileen Caddy

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A beautiful Saturday, cool, breezy, sunny, morning. I took little Bella for a walk. She loves the cool weather, and prances like a pup on these days.

We walk around the pond, and sometimes we see the horses across the street.

Later in the afternoon, I went over to the St. Gabriel Holiday Boutique. Before going in, the Knight of Columbus men were selling tamales as their fundraiser. I said I’d get a dozen on the way out, but they said they only had seven dozen left out of the 180 they started with. Naturally, I grabbed one quick. Inside, I checked out to the women’s Club bake sale. Wow! It was only 2 pm, and they were almost sold out. As I was looking at the cakes and pies, a man was purchasing a container of brownies. As he took out his $15, I chimed in, ” Wow, I hear those are fantastic brownies!” The lady behind the table said, “Did you bake these?” I told her I had, and they were fantastic. We all smiled. I think all the containers I took over got sold quickly.

There were a lot of wonderful crafters and vendors there. I ran into Miss Bonita right away, and she said it was crazy busy all day. The best part was bumping into friends.

When I got home, I got a call from my sister. We chatted a while, then I went for another walk. The clouds started rolling in and the wind kicked up. Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy were sitting in their garage, so of course, I had to stop for a beer and catch up on neighborhood gossip and political mayhem. It’s been a long time since my last visit.

A good Saturday with so many blessings, so many friends and wonderful sights and sounds.

Saturday:) Sights, Sounds and Sunshine

27 Oct

“Construction of the ARK has been postponed again due to sunshine and beautiful weather here in North Texas.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yay! The sun is out today, so I sported sunglasses and a t-shirt instead of a raincoat and an umbrella. The kids were all outside playing, giggling in the air, with lawn mowers buzzing, birds chirping, and my favorite part, butterflies escorting me around the neighborhood.

A few blocks away, I crossed the street where I normally don’t cross because a neighbor was mowing his lawn. Oh yah! There in the street was a lucky penny from heaven. I smiled.

About half an hour later, I walked past this beautiful tree bursting with fall colors. The homeowner was getting into his car. I said, “I love your tree.” He thanked me. Isn’t it spectacular!

I love my neighborhood. I love hearing the kids playing and watching the families going about their day. I love talking to people I don’t know, and chatting with friends I’ve made along the way.

Yep, that’s what it’s all about. It’s like the “Hokey Pokey.”

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Saturday:) Sights and Sounds

30 Apr

man has an irrepressible tendency to read meaning into the buzzing confusion of sights and sounds impinging on his senses; and where no agreed meaning can be found, he will provide it out of his own imagination.
Arthur Koestler

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As I sit and write, the wind is howling and the trees are swaying with an erratic salsa beat.  Must be my Latin blood. The skies are a threatening grey mass outside my window. 

Fortunately, the morning and afternoon were warm with only intermittent clouds. The news said the storms and hail would be rolling in this evening…here they are.

I decided to get a double dose of walking in this afternoon. Instead of one zip-zagging loop around the neighborhood, I took two loops, about 90 minutes. My first fun sighting was a lucky feather on a neighbor’s lawn. Just waiting there for me.

I also have this thing with butterflies, they keep following me around, they greet me outside my door, flying past my face, or landing near my feet. I think that’s a good omen. Right?


Then, a lovely lady bug crossed my path. Good luck all around.


On my walk, I stopped a few minutes to chat with neighbors here and there…thus the 90 minutes. On the last leg of my walk, and my last leg of energy, a few drops of rain plopped on my head, so I walked really fast. But, it disappeared.

I decided that if the storm was going to hold off a while, I’d scurry over to church and light a candle and go to Reconciliation at 3:30 (Confession- in Catholic talk) 


The first glow of a candle under the painting of St. Joseph. It was a good day…”spent with the sights and sounds of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, and the search of truth.”

Saturday:) Sights and Sounds

8 May

“It is good people who make good places.” ― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

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I’ve mentioned before, many times, that I love walking around my neighborhood. I don’t use headphones to listen to music. That would distract me from the sounds of the ducks quacking, the horses winny, and the laughter of children in the park. I need my sights and my sounds every day. Then, it’s always fun to stop and chat with a familiar neighbor, or say hello to a stranger. That’s how strangers become familiar friends.

Here are a few sights from my walk. Imagine the sound of the “whoosh” from the hot air ballon and all the neighborhood dogs going nuts and barking at the strange orbs in the sky. Beauty all around, every day. 

   
  
 
   
 
 

Saturday: Simple Sights and Sounds

22 Jun

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. … In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
― John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in
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This morning started out with a morning walk with my neighbor, Kat. The birds were chirping and the squirrels and bunnies were romping in the cool morning grass. The sun was gearing up for another warm, muggy day. Then, a quick shower and off to the Square. (I love downtown McKinney.)

Our Saturday morning writing group met at Sweet Spot Bakery, but more socializing, sipping coffee, and gossiping took place. Three hours later, oh my, time for lunch at Mellow Mushroom for some yummy pepperoni pizza.

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Liz, Mandy and I walked across to “Mom and Pop Popcorn Shop.” They have the best popcorn and old fashioned candy. Bins, jars, and fun displays in every corner. Liz treated me to a bulls eye candy. Just one is all I needed to bring back that 5 year old feeling and fun childhood memories.

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Then a quick stop into Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop. Two rooms of any kind of salsa, jams, jellies, pickles and condiments your little heart could desire.

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After our wanderings, I stopped in to visit the gals at Art on the Veranda, just plopped myself in a chair and chatted for a while. A quick stop into the McKinney Visitors Center to say hi to Miss Sue before heading home. That pretty much sums up my sights on the Square.

Now, just finish up this post, get my gym shoes on and see what evening sights and sounds will be discovered. The sunsets have been amazing.

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Sunday Sights, Sounds and Sweet Things

19 May

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I spent some time on the Square this afternoon. I had a little lunch at Snug, visited with some friends, did some people watching, Then, I remembered that my friend, local artist Anne Royer had arranged a painting/music gathering at the Heard Craig Center for the Arts, at the Carriage House. Keyboardist William Foley played such beautiful music while Anne and friends painted and sketched. It was a gorgeous day. Some beautiful sights and sounds.

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Wasn’t that lovely!

Now, for the sweet things. My “sweet” friend, Elizabeth Farmer, from Sweet Spot Bakery gifted me with twenty delicious cupcakes to share with my senior friends at Towne Creek. Miss Nelma, who just got back from a scary hospital stay, was thrilled when I knocked at her door bearing cupcakes.

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Thank you miss Elizabeth and Miss Kathy for your constant generosity,

Saturday: Sights, Sounds and a Little Smirnoff

2 Mar

“Ignorance is a lot like alcohol: the more you have of it, the less you are able to see its effect on you.”
― Jay M. Bylsma
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It was a glorious day today. I started out with an exhilarating one hour walk around the neighborhood. The birds were chirping with the promise of another delightful day. I called Mom after a quick shower. It’s always such a joy to hear her cheerful voice every morning. We laugh and talk and laugh some more. Then off to the Square.

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Look at that, folks! Wow!

Our writing group met at 10 at Sweet Spot Bakery. We sipped our teas and coffees and solved all the problems of the literary world. Well, almost. Then a yummy lunch at Snug on the Square, followed by a leisurely stroll around, popping into shops and visiting with friends. Art On The Veranda had a jewelry making class going on. They were making box pendants from real silver clay. Way cool!

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Well, not to take full advantage of the beautiful weather would be a sin, so, when I got home around 4:30, I put on my well worn sneakers and went for another walk. (The forecast for tomorrow is cold and rainy, possible sleet. Yikes!)
So, those were the sights and sounds of the day, and here’s the Smirnoff’s story. There’s nothing more frustrating than when you are getting ready to make your famous chocolate ice cream Black Russian cocktail and you can’t open the new vodka bottle. (Well, maybe if you didn’t have a new bottle.) Having weak wrists, arthritis and no wrench available, I twisted and yanked and cursed at the metal seal on the impenetrable bottle. I resorted to drastic measures, grabbed a knife, and slit its neck. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Ah, finally!

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