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Thankful Thursday:) Rosaries, Rainbows, and Karaoke

20 Mar

” If you can’t go out with your friends to laugh and drink and sing karaoke, stay home and laugh and drink and sing karaoke.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This was a very lazy hazy Thursday. I didn’t get out of my jammies till 2 in the afternoon. I made a lot of phone calls to friends and family while sipping tea under the covers. Then, at 3 o’clock, I got my favorite rosary that belonged to my mother, and joined Father Don from St. Gabriel on a live streaming of praying the rosary. Thank you Debbie for telling me about this yesterday.

Amid worsening conditions related to the global coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis urged Catholics to unite spiritually to pray the rosary simultaneously on the Feast of St. Joseph.

The pope invited every family, every individual Catholic, and every religious community to pray the Luminous mysteries on Thursday, March 19 at 9:00 pm Rome time. The initiative was initially proposed by the bishops of Italy.

With all the sadness, doom and gloom going on in the world, it was uplifting just knowing that millions of people were praying, not just for themselves, but for the entire world.

The rest of my afternoon slipped into evening. Storms and rain raged for a while, with tornadoes threatening. But 7 pm, the eerie clouds drifted away, and the sun peeked through. I needed desperately to get out of the house and get some fresh air. I was greeted by a glorious sunset, followed by a spectacular rainbow peeking between the trees.

Thursday has always been our karaoke night at Delaney’s Irish Pub. Our gang of great friends always get together for food, fun, song, dance, and assorted beverages. I was really missing that tonight. So, instead of feeling sad, I was inspired by the beautiful rainbow. I decided to have my own karaoke night and sing my solitaire quarantined version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDlyS_df54A

And yes, the singing is off key and warbley, but that’s me and that’s as good as it gets. I love to sing.

Montage Monday and Another Magnificent Sunset

18 Feb

“A loving heart is a magical magnet for magnificence.”

― Debasish Mridha

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I can honestly say that I wake up EVERY morning and greet the day with gratitude. “Thank you for your blessings.” That’s my morning prayer, my waking thoughts, my mantra for the day. Sometimes it is followed by, “Holy crap! I forgot to set my alarm,” or “What a glorious day, I think I’ll roll over and go back to sleep.” But, every day is a good day, some “gooder” than others.

Today, I went to the country dance at the senior center, and had lots of fun. It was our chili cook-off lunch, and there was SO much good food. Afterwards, a few of us stopped for an iced tea at Whataburger. I ended up chatting and laughing and gossiping with some friends for almost three hours. Fun! Then, home to walk the dog again. On my drive home, the sky was so gorgeous. I kept hoping for a red light so I could take a picture, and the only red light ended up with all kinds of telephone poles and streetlights and buildings, blocking the view. So, I hurried home and drove down the street where there was a somewhat unobstructed view. Unfortunately, the original massive expanse of blues and grays mingled with golden hues had mostly disappeared, but I caught the grand finale. It was pretty darn awesome.

A week in a peek, and another magnificent sunset.

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!