Saturday Sharing and Caring

30 Aug

No greater feeling of friendship than gathering around a table to eat, laugh, and create memories. 
~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis
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I’m having so much fun at Crescent Moon Lodge in Oklahoma with my dear friends Michele and David Betnard, our hosts, and Sherri, Sherry and Lynne. 
Sherri asked me for a little instruction on doing a watercolor of the lake scene right outside the lodge door. She never painted with watercolor before. Her painting was fabulous. 
 Ok. Internet was out all afternoon/evening. Still can’t post photos. Hope this works. 
Michele and David never painted with watercolor either, and they did a fabulous painting, but can’t share till I get home. 
 We’ve been painting, eating, drinking Black Russians, eating gourmet meals, gossiping, eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, more eating and drinking. What a great weekend! 
More tomorrow

Saturday Sharing and Caring

30 Aug

No greater feeling of friendship than  gathering around a table to eat, laugh, and create memories. 

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’m having so much fun at Crescent Moon Lodge in Oklahoma with my dear friends Michele and David Betnard, our hosts, and Sherri, Sherry and Lynne. 

Sherri asked me for a little instruction on doing a watercolor of the lake scene right outside the lodge door. She never painted with watercolor before. Her painting was fabulous. 

 Ok. Internet was out all afternoon/evening. Still can’t post photos. Hope this works. 

Michele and David never painted with watercolor either, and they did a fabulous painting, but can’t share till I get home. 

 We’ve been painting, eating, drinking Black Russians, eating gourmet meals, gossiping, eating freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, more eating and drinking. What a great weekend! 

More tomorrow. 

 
    

Friday Friends and a Road Trip

29 Aug

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. 

~ Susan Sontag

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“Well, I’ve never been to Heaven,  but I’ve been to Oklahoma.”

~ Three Dog Night

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WAIT! I’ve never been to Oklahoma. But,  

 here I am. It’s kind of like heaven, but with a thick Southern accent. 

Spending time with some wonderful friends. ROAD TRIP!!!!!

   

  

  

  

  

Theme Song Thursday 

27 Aug

May good luck be your friend in whatever you do and may trouble be always a stranger to you.~ Irish Blessings quotes  

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A beautiful day. Zumba in the morning followed by a long walk/run. I was energized  and motivated for a great day.  I found a lucky penny on my walk.  I’m not sure if I find these lucky pennies or they find me. 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWvblZh8yt4&sns=em

Then, a leisurely lunch with my friend Lynda. I found a lucky feather on the sidewalk walking from my car. 

  
The signs are there. The songs are there. We just have to see the signs and sing the songs. The rest will follow. 

  

Wednesday Words of Wisdom 

27 Aug

“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass
springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleanora Duse**************

I am in awe of each hazy sunrise and fiery sunset.  A crystal blue sky is a backdrop for soaring hawks. The bright green pastures feed the frolicking colts and fillies in the field across the road. 

The  “simple things in nature have a message.” My soul is alive.  

   
I appreciate it all and celebrate the simple things of nature. 

  

 
I celebrate it all. Cheers, my friends !

  

Tuesdsy : Toni ‘s Tip of the Day

26 Aug

You gain control over any situation with a positive outlook.~Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

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My timely tip for this Tuesday:

When life gives you old squishy lemons, make new refreshing lemonade. And when life gives you not so fresh and fluffy cupcakes, make new yummy cake balls and pop them in the freezer for a rainy day. 

 ~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I had a few cupcakes that were a couple of days old. The frosting was starting to get crusty. Oh no ! You can’t waste cupcakes. I do this with brownies, except rarely do I have left over brownies. 

Step. 1: Put cupcakes in a bowl. Yes, take the paper liners off, silly goose. 

  
Step 2: Mush and smush and blend cupcakes with a big fork. If you’re lazy or have a lot, you can use a good processor. I hate the clean up. 

  
Step. 3: Blend in some left over frosting that you have tucked away in the back scary recesses of your freezer. ( yes, I always have some in a baggy ) Or use about  1/2 cup of canned frosting. Smoosh that all up together. 

Step 4: Grab about a tablespoon of mixture and roll into bite size balls. I just use my hands. This way I can lick my fingers at the end. 

  
Step 5: Pop a couple in your mouth to make sure they are delicious. Yes, they are! 

Step. 6: You can either freeze them or dip them in melted chocolate or both. Or, just stand there and eat most of them like I did. There weren’t that many ! 

  

Montage Monday: More Marvelous Sunsets and My Poem 

24 Aug

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” ― C. JoyBell C.

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Instead my usual week in a peek, I wanted to continue the celebration of my  1 year anniversary of my new home and my new life. The amazing sunsets that I see every evening are just breathtaking. 

I’ve shared this poem before , but it’s one of my favorites. 

  
COME CHASE THE SUNSET                    

 

 

                    Come chase the sunset, come chase it with me

                    Fiery reds of the sky, tranquil blues of the sea.

                    Sizzles of summer, the softness of spring

                    With autumn upon us, winter’s chill on the wing.

                    Time is but fleeting, there’s only one chance

                    Shall we sit by the fire or get up and dance?

                    The journey is long, with burdens to bear

                    I never noticed, you carry more than your share.

                    Together let’s run and never look back

                    The clouds may be looming when the sky fades to black.

                    Just take my hand as the road rounds the bend

                    Run as fast as you can ‘til we get to the end.

                    Let’s race to the finish and shout out with glee

                   Come chase the sunset, come chase it with me.

                   

                   Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

  

 
  
Cheers!!!

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