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Saturday:) Sunshine and Sunsets

10 Mar

“A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.”

― Crystal Woods

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It was another beautiful sunny day after a pretty rough storm over night. A beautiful calm after the storm. The perfect day for a long walk. Last week I walked with three layers of coats, a hat and gloves, with temperatures below freezing. Today, I wore sunglasses and a t-shirt, walking over 3 1/2 miles. Welcome to Texas.

The Bradford Pear trees are in full blossom around the neighborhood. They are gorgeous, but I was thinking that I was kind of happy that I didn’t have one in my yard. Looks like they make a big mess when all those blossoms fall.

I walked in the late afternoon, stopping at Miss Sandy and Mr. Larry’s garage for a beer and conversation. Time to catch up on neighborhood gossip. On the way home, the sun was starting to make its brilliant colorful descent. My favorite time of day. It was sunset time. Time to chase the sunset.

The last few blocks walking home, in the stillness of the night, the oranges and golden yellows faded into grey. A sliver of moon rose above the wispy streaks of dark clouds. The moonlight guided me home.

Happy Saturday. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight…

Saturday and Some Spectacular Sunsets

24 Feb

Psalm 118:24 (ESV)

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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I haven’t been out walking in time to catch the beautiful sunsets in such a long time. It’s either been cloudy or drizzly or I’m driving off somewhere and miss my photo ops. Tonight, I went for a second walk before dark (I got in 4.6 miles today), and kept strolling until the crimson sun was just barely kissing the dusty dark horizon. I could have stood there forever watching God put on His magic watercolor night-time light show right in my own backyard. (Well, actually down the street a little ways.)

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

21 Jan

“Men are what their mothers made them.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Another sock monkey hat morning. The snow from yesterday was all melted but it was bitterly cold greeting at the door before Mass. The warm smiles and hugs from friends more than made up for the cold. I had my Matchbox cars for three little boys in one pocket and a stuffed alligator for Avery in the other. She is so adorable.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the wedding in Cana.

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jn 2:1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 

When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? 

My hour has not yet come.” 

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” ………….

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My take on it… four little words… LISTEN TO YOUR MAMMA.

This was the first of the miracles that Jesus performed. He turned water into wine. Mary didn’t tell Jesus what to do. She only suggested that there was no more wine and left the rest up to her son. She raised her son properly and he respected her wishes. A good Gospel story.

After Mass, a quick coffee with Mr. Jerry and a long stop at the grocery store. It warmed up enough in the late afternoon to go for a brisk walk. Funny, the colder it is, the faster I walk. While I was walking, I received a text from my son asking if I wanted to FaceTime and see the grandchildren. I scurried even faster, but took two seconds to capture a quick snap of the glorious sunset.

“Hi Gamma!”

A glorious grand-daughter and a glorious sunset. A perfect Sunday.

Tuesday:) Tonight’s Terrific Sunset

24 Oct

“Every sunset is a journey, a journey to remember the memories of the past!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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Sometimes the sunset can just take your breath away. I usually scurry out in the evening to see what magical moment God has painted in the sky. Tonight, I was not disappointed.

Saturday:) Searching, Saving the Day, and a Sunset

16 Sep

“When you can’t make a decision, close your eyes, take a chance, and hope for the best.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I walk pretty much every day. I can count on one hand and have fingers left over, how many days I don’t get out for a walk in a year. It’s not only my thinking time, but I get to see beautiful sunrises and spectacular sunsets. Then, I also get to save the world from flat tires. Where’s my cape?

Dinner? What should I have for dinner? When I can’t decide, I close my eyes and reach into my over-stuffed jam-packed freezer.

I was hoping for chocolate ice cream, but pizza was good. Better than the cauliflower or cantaloupe in there.

After dinner, I went for a walk. I found a nail sitting smack dab in the middle of two different driveways along my route. I’ve picked up hundreds of nails on my daily walks throughout the years. I’ve gotten a few flat tires over the years, so I like to think that I’ve saved some neighbors and strangers from flat tires and the anguish and expense that goes along with it.

My reward for my caped crusader endeavors was yet another gorgeous sunset. Each evening, a perfect painting in the sky.

Wednesday:) What I See On My Walk

30 Aug

“Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being photographer”

― Walter De Mulder

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My sister paid me a very lovely compliment today. She said,”You take very nice pictures.” She was looking at the photos I took at the Arboretum and the Reunion Tower yesterday. I told her that I didn’t think it’s because I have a special talent, but because I take so many pictures and I know what I like. I take the pictures for me, always looking for unusual angles or backgrounds. I like the unusual. But, I also like the beauty that surrounds me every day, always appreciating the little things. My favorite photos are sunsets and sunrises and sultry summer skies and clouds that clutter the blue skies, and the misty moon in the dark of evening.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Talking Power Cleaning

30 May

“The good thing about my obsessive compulsive cleaning disorder is that it only hits me during months that start with M. Thank goodness it’s almost June.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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They always say if you want to keep your house clean, you should invite guests over or have a party. In May, I had a Cinco de Mayo party, and last Friday, I had some friends over for Black Russian Friday. Thus, I was inspired to tidy up the house, but not serious cleaning. I justified it by telling myself that the floors and kitchen were just going to get dirty with company, so don’t get carried away.

This morning, I went to Zumba class at 8:30, then rode the bike for 5 miles. I came home and went for a walk… very hot at 11. I was energized. Mr. Bob, the handy man, was coming over this afternoon to install a new light fixture where an old broken one was removed, loose wires precariously dangling from the ceiling. While I was stranded at home waiting for him this afternoon, I decided to vacuum and wash the floors. It’s been weeks, maybe months. First I swept all the floors with the broom, then vacuumed same floors, then all the carpets and area rugs. Oh, while I’m here, I should get out the duster and dust all the baseboards, above the doors and sills, and those pesky dusty blinds. Pledge the table and chairs. You know how that goes. One thing leads to another.

Mr. Bob arrived precisely at 2:30. He’s always prompt. While he was sawing and wiring and climbing up and down the ladder, I continued my power cleaning frenzy in the family room and in the kitchen.

I moved out all of the chairs and mopped the floor, wiped down the counters, oh while I’m here, look at the smudges on these cabinets, oh, the stove has spills…and it went on and on.

Mr. Bob installed the light fixture in less than half an hour. He’s fast, and NO, I’m not sharing his number because then he’ll be too busy when I need him.

Before and after…

After Mr. Bob left, I continued on into the bathrooms, mopping floors, cleaning toilets and mirrors. Oh, the master bath has a tub that I never use, so I got the nozzle from the vacuum and vacuumed the tub. Yep, the tub.

Finally, the entire lower level is spotless. I’m exhausted. The upstairs will have to wait till March, the next cleaning month that starts with an M.

After I got my second wind, I made some brownie bites that will be frozen, then dipped in chocolate Friday.

Around 7:45 pm, there was just enough time to squeeze in a long evening walk, cooler with the sun setting, and always a stunning sight to see.