Archive | June, 2015

Saturday With Someone Special

21 Jun

If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then would you realize how special you are to me.Unknown


I have been so blessed all my life to have the most wonderful mother in the whole world. Really, she is! Now, I’m really lucky because I’ve been able to spend south time together. 

She always says that I am her sunshine, but she shines brighter than the sun. Many people would attest to that. To know  Trini is to love her. 

So , another Saturday with someone special. If she could only see how I see her through my eyes. But, I think she has an idea. We are like two peas in a pod.  



Friday and Really Old Friends From Freshman Year

19 Jun

They talked in the shorthand of old friends and shared memories.Dee Henderson, Before I Wake


Yesterday, another lunch with old friends. This time, two dear old friends from  high school. ( Not so old…same age as me…very young.)  Let’s just say our 40th reunion has come and gone. We met during our freshman year at A.A. Stagg and have kept in touch. We live in different states, but we all happened to be near Chicago at the same time. Old friends are the best. 

Diane , yours truly and Linda. It seems like yesterday in Mr.Dyer’s Spanish class or Mrs. Claypoole’s  PE class. Not to mention those gourmet cafeteria lunches. 

(Now, we are just missing Darcee GrayBrown…lost touch. And then there wasMary Flannigan Hodits, one year younger.  I know where you are Mary! Keep in touch.)

“Our hearts are as young as our memories.”

~Me.  Toni Atmenta Andrukaitis


Theme Song Thursday: Reunited

19 Jun

Reunion reveals friendship potential that haven’t yet been emerged in the past.

Toba Beta


Who says you can’t go home again? Not me. Yesterday, I had dinner with my old bowling buddies. Well, they aren’t old, but we are old friends. Our kids were in grammar school, middle school, highschool and college at the same time. Sometimes the same schools, often times different ones. but, we went through the  “mommy wonder years ” together. You know .., those years that you wonder…what ‘a going on and where did the years go? 

Now, our kids are grown , I’m their thirties , some married, some with kids of their own. But, we still keep in touch, share memories , photos, laughter, and visit whenever we can. 

” Old friends are the best.  New friends are good too.  They just need a few years to ferment to make t to Ithe old friend list.”
~ Me ~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Deer Park Lanes Bowling Reunion

Me , Vicky, Lin, Diane and Viv. 

Long fun dinner at Outback Steak House. Then we walked outside and chatted for another half hour. We had a big group hug, then I made a joke about Vicky Hodi ‘s huge family. She just had 75 people over for dinner on Sunday. So, I said, “Let’s do the Hodi Pokey and lets shake it all about.” So, we did. 

Fun times!


Wednesday Words of Wisdom

17 Jun

It’s not enough to have the feathers. 
You must dare to fly!

Cass van Krah


They say birds of a feather flick together. I guess that means that you surround yourself with people and friends who are like yourself. This must be true because I have the most adorable , kind and sweet friends and family members. 

My flock is fabulous!

So, it was cute when I was out walking by Mom’s place and I saw two ducks swimming in a tiny pond. It made me feel like I was back home where my little duck friends swim. 

Even my duck friends greeted me. Life is  just “ducky.”
It’s not enough to have the feathers. 
You must dare to fly!

Cass van Krah


Time to fly ! 

Tuesday: Timeless Tunes and More Pizza

17 Jun

When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember each other.Rob Sheffield


This morning, I joined Mom and her lady friends down in the coffee room. They meet every morning at 10. Mom brought a cd to play and we all sat around and sang the old songs. I had 

Time after time. 

After nearly an hour sing-a-long, my best friend Debbie came to visit, bringing donuts and presents for Mom. Then she and I went to lunch and shopping. 

What did I want for lunch? YES! More pizza. This time deep dish. I could eatChicago  pizza everyday. Wait a minute! I think I have since I arrived. 

Gotta love Lou ‘s!!!    Lou Malnati’s Pizza and salad with creamy garlic dressing. Heaven! 

Singing, shopping and pizza. A perfect day.  


Montage Monday

16 Jun

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it does not depend on blood. Not is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends , whether or not they are related to you , can be your family.”

Trenton Lee Stewart


A week in a peek. Family, friends, and God Bless Chicago pizza!


Nothing better than Chicago thin crust pizza… Unless it’s deep dish pizza. I love ’em both, youse guys! 

Sunday Sermon and Some Selfies

15 Jun

      “So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.”

About: Opportunity quotes.


I’m visiting with Mom for a while, so I went with her to her 10:30 service. Mom goes down early and sets up the chairs, puts out the hymnal folders, and pours the holy water in the small white angel vessel. She is very proud that she always gives the second reading. 

The Gospel today was that famous one about the mustard seed… Short excerpt…

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,

or what parable can we use for it?

It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,

is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.

But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants

and puts forth large branches,

so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”


My take on it … Even the tiniest thing , thought, word or action can have amazing results if nurtured and sown with love. 

So , now for the selfie of Mom and me. She thinks I’m goofy, but the  “nut” doesn’t fall far from the tree. 

Time to. “pray for us sinners.” We’re double teaming the devil today!

Saturday: Shopping and Someone Fun

13 Jun

There’s always a good lesson in meeting new people, its enlarging your circle of friends. And though there are times you don’t match with their likes, there are some whom you just blend well.



You never know when or where you are going to meet someone interesting and funny. 

Today , I went shopping with my best friend, Lin. We went to Woodfield Mall and hit all the usual suspects. Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s , etc.  I was on the quest for a pair of dressy shoes for the wedding. Big dilemma… Something to match a dark grey dress and comfortable yet elegant shoes for gigantic feet. We found a pair at L&T, but too small. Ordered some to be shipped within a week. Good !

Next mission… Some elegant, yet not too flashy jewelry. That’s where we met Maureen , in the fine jewelry department. She had to be the all time most helpful , sweet and energetic salesperson that I’ve ever met in my life. 

Not only could Maureen sell ice to an Eskimo, she would be invited for dinner and ice cream. As a matter of fact , she said she had been invited to several weddings of customers who bought wedding rings from her. One of those friendly people who goes the extra mile. 

After a long conversation, we knew all about Maureen and her 25 years at Dominick’s prior to JCPenney. She helped pick out the perfect bracelet and earrings, suggested I open a charge to get an additional savings , and added the additional coupon savings. By the time we were done, we ended up exchanging email information and I kiddingly invited her to Joe’s wedding. She just giggled and said, “Please, don’t invite me to the wedding. I have 6 weddings this summer. ” (I bet she does.)


It was lovely meeting you Maureen. Let’s keep in touch. I told you I was going to blog about you today, my friend. 

Friday: Fun and Frivolous Stuff

12 Jun

It is easy to be solemn, it is so hard to be frivolous.G.K. Chesterton


Really? Not for me. My middle name is frivolous, or was that procrastination? I have a double middle name…Toni Frivolous-Procrastination. It’s not on my birth certificate, but should be. 

So, the other day I made a batch of brownies for Mom and her lady friends to celebrate her  88th  birthday. Of course, if you known me for any amount of time , you know I have to make a funny face with the brownie mix before I stir and bake. I looked around Mom’s place for some brownie props. Hmmm? A red hat from her Red Hat Society and some apple slices for lips. 

Yes, I’m goofy and see faces in the brownies. Better than seeing  “dead people,” I guess.  ( Movie reference )


  After the brownies were made and cut up , we went downstairs and Mom gave each of her girlfriends a long stem rose from the dozen I had given her. Mom likes to share too. Sharing frivolity is contagious. 

See! It’s easy to be frivolous! 

Theme Song Thursday

12 Jun

You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.

Tom Hiddleston


It’s You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.

Tom Hiddleston 

It’s good to be back home. There is absolutely NOTHING more important than family and friends. The highlight of my day is just holding my mother’s hand while we watch tv, walking down the busy winding sidewalks to visit my sister, or a bear hug from my sons. 
On my daily walks, I soak in the sunshine or dodge the raindrops. The path may not always be the same, but the journey is. 

“You never know what’s around the corner.” I just keep putting one foot in front of the other and enjoy the view. There is always something beautiful to see on the path.