Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

24 May

“What can I say? Time flies faster than the speed of sound, so you don’t notice or feel it passing till it’s gone.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was a pretty interesting week. Oppressive hot days, then a cold snap, then warm and muggy again. That’s all in one week, actually just a couple of days. I’m all for change of seasons, but in the same day is kinda crazy.🤦‍♀️

Here’s a week in a peek….

Happy Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

23 May

“Peace begins with a smile.”~Mother Teresa


A beautiful Sunday morning. Yesterday’s warm muggy day ended with a cold front coming in. This morning was cool and crisp and lovely. I arrived at church early enough to chat with a few friends, light my candle, and greet the folks from the Chateau bus. Mr. Mike was dropped off in his wheel chair, so I asked him if he’d like a push, and he was delighted. I said, “Hang on!” Then, I scurried down the long hallway and parked him by the back pews. I patted his shoulders and he gave me a big smile, and asked my name. That’s what PEACE is all about, my friends.

Today’s Gospel reading was about Jesus telling his disciples to keep His word and how He leaves us with His peace.


Jn 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”

My take on it….Jesus wants us to feel peace and not feel troubled, and all who follow His word will be granted this peace. There is an inner peace when your heart and soul believe in the Lord.


After Mass, Helene, Ashleigh, and I stopped for coffee at McD. Then, I stopped for a quick stop at the store. Bananas on sale, 29c a pound, can’t beat that.

I went for a nice evening walk. It was great to wear a fleece jacket again. It was cloudy and cool and just lovely. I whistled to the birds in the trees, and enjoyed the view.

It was a lovely lazy Sunday.

Saturday:) Some More Sanctuary Sketches

21 May

“Do what you love and love what you do, and keep doing it.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It had been a while since I did some sketching at St. Gabriel after Adoration. It was nice to get back at it. It wasn’t really quiet and peaceful, as they were having a rehearsal for the Deacon Ordination. But, the hustle and bustle was not a factor.

I chose one of the recently installed windows behind the altar.
I was kind of happy there were no faces to try and master. I still have trouble with faces.
My finished pencil sketch… now for the cool Artisto App renderings. My favorite part.
I love them all. I can’t decide which ones I like best.

Ppl Saturday, my friends.

Friday:) More Furry and Feathered Friends

21 May

“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms”
– George Eliot


What a lazy Friday. I didn’t even poke my head outside until 7:45 pm when I decided to take a walk. The temp went from 90° at 6 down to 82° at 7:30 with a nice breeze. The birds were chirping, my friendly neighbor horse was out grazing, and the sun was setting. A perfect evening.

Last week I was talking to the cardinals. I’m learning to to talk to this guy now. Not sure what he or she is, but we had a nice conversation.

And a lovely sunset at the end of the day. Now, you can see why I’m inspired to walk every day and write poetry about the awesome sights and sounds on my way.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday

20 May


I am thankful for each sunrise

And for the clouds that bring the rain.

I’m thankful for the cleansing tears

That seem to wash away the pain.

I appreciate each sunset

With glowing colors in the sky.

And the bunnies as they scamper

As I attempt to walk on by.

I listen to the cardinals

When they sing high up in the tree.

I smile and whistle back at them

Because their song is just for me.

I’m thankful for the the end of day

For every feeling, sweet or sad.

How would I know what joy could be

If I saw good and never bad?

Should I look back at my lifetime

Would I regret what could have been?

I’d stop and say most honestly

“Oh, I would do it all again!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, I was inspired to write a poem on this Thankful Thursday. I have so much to be thankful for.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends

18 May

“Joy, love, sorrow, pain, hope, success, regret, endurance, and faith. These are all part of the fabric of our lives. It’s up to us to see them into a beautiful quilt to share.” ( I just made that up. Pretty good!)

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

“Take care of your words and the words will take care of you.”
― Amit Ray


I love to save and share words of wisdom shared by my fabulous Facebook friends. Each one inspires me. Sometimes I’m even inspired to make up some of my own words of wisdom. You never know how a few inspirational words can lift your spirits.

Words from friends….

“Joy, love, sorrow, pain, hope, success, regret, endurance, and faith. These are all part of the fabric of our lives. It’s up to us to see them into a beautiful quilt to share.” ( I just made that up. Pretty good!)

Tuesday:) Toni’s Real-time Easy Watercolor Rose Painting

17 May

“A rose can be as simple or as complex as the eye beholds. Beauty knows no bounds or limitations.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a painting video. My creativity and inspiration quotient has been lacking. Ah, but this afternoon, when I reached into my mailbox, I had an envelope from The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There was my motivation for today.

I’m a.ways on the look out for a simple painting tutorial or project to use with my senior art friends over at Towne Creek. This looked like fun.

This is not my usual 25 second time-lapse video, so it takes about 10 minutes. If I did it in time-lapse, it would be like 10 seconds or less. It’s a fun one.

The inspiration from the back of the envelope resulted in this quick 10 minute watercolor. If you think you can’t paint or draw or do anything artistic, you are WRONG! Anyone can play with paint and create a masterpiece. If you don’t believe me, come on over to my house. I’ll show you.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

17 May

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”

Proverbs 27:9


Another awesome week with awesome friends. Life is good.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

15 May

“Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.”
― Victor Hugo


Wow! What a beautiful sunny Sunday. As I scurried out the door for Mass this morning, my little neighbor cat was sitting in the middle of my driveway and wouldn’t even budge an inch when I started to back up. I had to get out of my car and shoo him away. I think he was hoping I’d stop and scratch his belly and behind, as I usually do when I see him, but I wanted to get to church early. He eventually moved, but still sat at the end of my driveway as I carefully maneuvered around him. 🤦‍♀️

Miss Toni, don’t go! Meow, meow…

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples that He wouldn’t be around much longer, and was giving them one more commandment… “to love one another.”


Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

My take on it… I know Moses came down with that heavy tablet with the Ten Commandments inscribed in stone. Personally, I think an abridged version would have sufficed and been less heavy and fewer words. (If I had my way.) The Two Commandments: 1. Love God 2. Love one another. Number 2 would cover all those other 9 Commandments. If you loved one another you wouldn’t lie, cheat, steal, covet, kill and all that other bad stuff mentioned in 2-10. If you loved one another, that would be covered. Just my take on it. But, who am I to edit God’s tablet? 🤦‍♀️

After Mass, Helene and I went to McD for our ritual hot chocolate. The manager, Miss Kelsey, always greets us with a smile and says, “Two hot chocolates coming up.” She knows her regular customers and always takes time out to chat with us. Today, I was telling her that Helene and I were talking about how friendly and polite the entire staff is and that is only a result of a sweet manager. She was honored. I asked if we could take a photo together.

Miss Kelsey smiled and said, if we liked, we could call the number on our receipt and mention her store number to the customer service rep. I did that when I got home. The guy on the phone took my info and I said that Miss Kelsey and her staff go way out of their way to be friendly and that is the reason we stop in every Sunday. He said that it was great to hear and he’d make sure the info was passed on. I think that more people should report awesome service instead of only complaining about bad service. Fast food is a tough business.

It’s funny, sometimes when I’m leaving a restaurant, I’ll ask to speak to the manager, and the man comes out ready to get an earful of complaints. Then I say, “I just want to let you know that our server…(name) was just awesome, and I wanted to let you know.” I always get a relieved smile and a thank you.

As Jesus said, “Love one another.” Sounds like Wise advice.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Such Friends Are These

15 May

Such Friends Are These

Such friends are these that fill your days

With love and joy in countless ways.

Such friends who share your darkest night

And hold your hand till morning’s light.

Such friends though near or miles apart

Remain forever in your heart.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Feeling blessed with many friends. Yesterday, Helene and I met a group of church friends for a potluck dinner. Some new faces and some familiar faces. Thank you Don and Marion for you kind hospitality.

Sandy and Dave. Old friends.

On my way, I stopped at my favorite Fire Station 9,

More lemony cupcakes.

Also, I am cat sitting, so I get to visit with my funny little feline friends.

Sammi is always hanging out in front of my house anyway. I’m very because they keep the mice away,
Today, my very awesome friend Helene was going to Total Wine liquor store and asked if I wanted her to pick up anything for me. I could always use more vodka for my Black Russian Friday’s.
Score! She brought me two bottles. That ought to last me a few days, maybe. 🤦‍♀️

I sure have some awesome friends, Happy Saturday, my friends.