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Sunday Sermon, a Sunset, and Some Other Stuff

20 Jan

“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.”

― Amit Ray

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A glorious Sunday morning, a little cool, 34 degrees, but I was happy because it was sock monkey hat weather. A lot of hugs and handshakes greeting before Mass. I always look forward to Sunday morning.

Today’s Gospel was the story of John the Baptist seeing Jesus walking towards him and proclaiming Him the Son of God.

John testified further, saying,

“I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven

and remain upon him.

I did not know him,

but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,

‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,

he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

My take on it… John the Baptist believed that a savior was coming, and that a spirit like a dove who came down upon Him was the sign and was proof to John that Jesus was the Son of God. Faith is a very powerful thing. We aren’t always given a sign or miracle to substantiate our beliefs, but some of us have. I truly believe that if you believe, you will receive. I’ve experienced a few miracles in my life.

After Mass, Jerry, Helene and I stopped for coffee and conversation, then a quick stop at the store.

Another birthday celebration planned for the afternoon with my friend Zelda. Nom Nom was my lunch choice. Normally we go to Olive Garden, but we were thinking something different. Can’t beat Nom Nom for great Mexican food that you pick and choose every item in your meal.

The next stop was a movie. There aren’t too many good movies out there that one of us hasn’t seen already. Zelda suggested “Just Mercy.” At first I poo-pooed the suggestion because it sounded sad, but I thought I’d give it a chance, seeing the alternatives were slim to nothing. I was so glad we decided to go see it.

We were both pleasantly and positively surprised. It was kind of sad in the respect that such tragedies and travesties of justice have, and still take place in our country. But, this was based on a true story, and it gives us hope that there are still some good honest caring people in the world. I give it 4 stars **** out of 5. It was a little long in some stretches, but on a whole, very entertaining.

When I was at the movies, there were no less than 10 or 15 buzzing texts on my phone. Only one was from my son Joe, seeing if I wanted to FaceTime with the girls. Missed it. Oops! When we walked out of he theatre, the flaming sunset was blazing in the sky. Look at these colors! The actual colors! Picture perfect.

When I got home, I was able to FaceTime with Belle, but the baby was already asleep. We had a nice conversation, always ending with “Bye, bye. Love you.” Perfect ending to another perfect day. Feeling blessed.

Happy Sunday, my friends. 🙋

Sunday Sermon, A Sunset, and Other Stuff

6 Jan

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

― Lisa Mantchev

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A beautiful sunny Sunday morning. It was so nice to be back at my familiar post greeting with friends before 9 o’clock Mass. So many hugs and handshakes exchanged.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Magi following the star that would lead them to the Christ child. King Harod was troubled, and secretly spoke to the Magi and asked them to inform him when they found the child, that he may also go and pay homage. The three followed the star and found the child with his mother Mary. They payed homage and offered their gifts. Then, they were warned in a dream not to return to King Harod, so they returned to their homes by a different route.

My take on it… we are called to follow our own star. Sometimes there are distractions, detours or people undermining our journey. Never give up your dreams. “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

After Mass, my friend Mary and I stopped for coffee. There was a lot of catching up to do after a month, and stories to share. Two and a half hours later, we hugged and said adieu until next Sunday.

I stopped at Sprouts for fruit and veggies, oh, and cashews were on sale. I love cashews. A stop for gas on the way home, then a few phone calls, chores, and a nice long walk before the sun disappeared. I do love to catch the glorious sunsets.

I still haven’t done anything with my suitcase contents from Thursday. I seem to just shuffle things from here to there. TODAY! You are my witness. I will unpack before the night is over. (If I don’t get distracted.) I’m watching “Fiddler on the Roof.” Another distraction. Great movie.

Happy Sunday my friends. Make sure to follow your star.

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.

Saturday:) Saving Some Sultry Texas Sunsets For A Gloomy Rainy Day

27 Oct

“Nana always said the rain was nature’s way of adding sparkle to the outdoors.” –

~Mehmet Murat Ildan

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It’s been a horrible gloomy rainy day here in Chicago. Where’s the sparkle?

Not much new to report except this old Gamma is exhausted. Another full fun-filled day with the grand-daughters. Two down, three more to go.

So, I decided today would be a good day to share some spectacular McKinney, Texas sunsets and skies, to brighten up the gloomy day. Oh… and just one more Gamma in Chicago picture.

Happy Saturday my friends!

Friday:) From Sunup to Sundown

28 Sep

“Be the morning in everyone’s eyes and make their day turn into a thing of beauty.”

― Anthony T. Hincks

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The busier and dizzier the day, the better I like it. There were some early morning phone calls, then a quick walk for Bella before I went to Zumba. As we walked in the park, a lovely butterfly and I had an in depth conversation.

Maria worked us pretty hard in our Zumba Gold class. It’s supposed to be geared for seniors. I think Maria didn’t get the memo. Just kidding. It was fun, but I was sweating before the hour was done. Feeling invigorated, I rode the stationary bike for three miles, then off for some errands.

I stopped at the post office then over to St. Gabriel’s for Adoration in the chapel. It was good to sit in the quiet, eyes closed, and saying the rosary. I could feel my heart rate calm. Afterwards, a visit into the sanctuary to light a candle and put a small donation by the newly dedicated St. Vincent DePaul statue. They do such kind and generous ministries.

Since I was in the neighborhood, I stopped to visit Mr. Jerry, still convalescing from his back surgery. Then, I wanted to get some more boxes of granola bars at Kroger for Holy Family School while they’re still on sale. NEVER go to the store on a very empty over-exhilarated stomach. My cart was very full, and frozen pizzas and Dr. Peppers found their way into my cart. I did get some almond milk yogurt, just to feel healthier. Also, a few things for Mr. Mike.

I dropped off Mr. Mike’s groceries, walked Bella again, then later, took an evening walk. I always like to capture the sunset. On my walk, I found a dangerous screw in the middle of the street, thus saving the world from flat tires…again. My superpower.

Now, for my sunset. A lovely way to end the day. Oh yes, my pizza is out of the oven and it is BLACK RUSSIAN FRIDAY. Woo hoo!

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

16 Sep

“Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past.”

― Shannon L. Alder

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Another beautiful Sunday, and great morning to meet and greet hundreds of friendly faces at St. Gabriel’s before 9 o’clock Mass. Today was Father Don’s birthday, so every one sang happy birthday after the announcements.

Today’s Gospel from Luke was about some people complaining that Jesus welcomed sinners and eats with them. Jesus told parables about a man with a hundred sheep who lost just one sheep. He searched and rejoiced when the one was found. Also, a woman with ten coins, lost only one coin, yet searched and swept, then rejoiced when she found it.

Then, the last, and more familiar story of the prodigal son who moved away and squandered all of his inheritance and returned destitute and repentant. His father welcomed him with open arms and rejoiced. The son who had remained at home, loyal and hardworking was angry. The father said, “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.

My take on it… like the faithful son who was always good and loyal, you are always in God’s favor and will be rewarded. And, like the prodigal son, if you lose your way and your sins are many, if you learn from your mistakes, you repent, and change your ways, making atonement, vowing to sin no more, THEN, you will also be welcomed with open arms. But, the key words here are repent, remorse, and change. Both are equally loved by the Father.

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After Mass, Helene and I stopped at McDonald’s for a drink and a chat, scooted over to the grocery store for a few things, then went over to visit

Mr. Jerry, who was feeling much better after his back surgery a few weeks ago. I forgot to post this cool picture of Mr. Jerry enjoying an adult beverage after a long dry spell.

It was good to see his smiling face.

When I got home, I had many well intentioned plans of getting some housework done. So instead, I took a nap. 🤦‍♀️

But, I didn’t fall asleep right away, and my nap was short lived. So, I got up and went for a late evening walk. I went and picked up my doggie buddy, Bella. We had a nice long walk.

We were just in time to catch the gorgeous and brilliant sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

2 Sep

“How does one remain humble at the sight of glory ? the answer is simple no glory ever truly belongs to any mortal man.”

― Shemar Stephens

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A beautiful Sunday morning, with many smiling faces and hugs greeting at the door before Mass.

The Gospel from Luke today was the parable of the guests at a wedding feast, and how they took the places of honor. He said it was better to take the lowest place, then the host might come and invite to a higher place. Also, don’t invite friends and rich relations, but invite the poor, crippled and blind, and those who cannot repay you. Then you will be blessed.

11 “For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.”

My take on it… well, this I learned from my sweet angel mother. Never be boastful or proud. Mom always taught us to give from your heart without expecting anything in return. She was always doing nice things for people. Random acts of kindness for strangers are the best. Your joy comes from the act of giving.

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I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest of my day. Usually I stop at the store, but I still had a fridge and freezer full of food, so I went straight home. I decided to roast all my left over veggies. I had carrots, celery, broccoli, spinach, and cauliflower with some olive oil and garlic.

Then, I saved half for another time, and made some pasta for the other half.

Well, you would think that would have satisfied my cooking frenzy. I didn’t feel like eating any of it. So, I texted Helene and asked her if she and the gals might want to meet later at Braum’s for dinner and ice cream. I was hankering a frozen yogurt twist cone. That was my dinner. I love their frozen yogurt, plus it was nice to meet some friends for dinner and laughter.

I came home in time to take a nice long walk and catch the sunset. Even the bunnies were out for an evening stroll.

The perfect end to a perfect day. Happy Sunday, my friends.