Archive | September, 2015

Saturday:Softly Falling Rain

19 Sep

The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.~Douglas Coupland, Life After God


This morning, the dark looming clouds were a pleasant sight. I got up early to try and get a run in before going to my writing group. It misted a tiny bit when I first set out at 7:30, but I figured , “So what! I’m going to be sopping wet after my run.” It never did rain, so I joggled about three miles, and indeed, I was drenched without the rain. 

Look at those beautiful clouds! We desperately needed the rain. It started raining around 9:30 and it was wonderful to use the wipers on my car for a change. Did I mention we need rain?

Funny how a little rain can brighten a gloomy day. Ironic? The sun is out now, but the rain was lovely while it lasted. 


Fantastic Phenominal Friday: 1,000 Posts

18 Sep

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


I truly never thought that my lofty goal of writing my blog every day for a year without missing a day would be achieved so easily.  365 consecutive days is amazing. THEN, to surpass my greatest expectations by writing every day for 1,000 days is just phenominal. I still can’t believe it. 

One thing I am sure about is, writing every day has given me a reason to get up, explore, experience, and find the beauty, bizarre, purity or pain in every  day. The challenge is to write it all down and share it. Instead of struggling to find one topic, I often have trouble editing and cutting back on multiple subjects. TMI. 

When I looked at the stats for my 999 posts, I was thrilled and honored to see how many views, followers, and comments I had.  

42,791 views since I started.  20,755 visitors, and  531 followers. WordPress also keeps stats of  “Best Views Ever.” I had 484 views in one day for the story I wrote about my lying, cheating, scumbag ex-husband Tony Andrukaitis (AH), and his lying, cheating, slut, tramp girlfriend Debbie Causey. (HO) If you missed it, here is the link…

Sunday: SEX, LIES, and AUDIO TAPES (A true story of betrayal and survival) Happy Anniversary! via @toniandrukaitis

“One part at a time, one day at a time, we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves.” Karen Casey 


Thank you all for being a part of my journey, and a part of my story, but most importantly, a part of my life. I love you all !!!

Theme Song Thursday: Yo No Se Mañana

18 Sep

Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.Francis Gray


” Look well therefore to this day .” As my days go flying by, I still wake up each morning with the promise of a beautiful, perhaps better day. 

This morning, I woke up to sunshine and a text from Lynne asking if I wanted to walk after Zumba. Of course! I got up, changed , called Mom and drove off to Zumba. The Latin music, exhilarating dance steps, and friendly comaraderie always brighten my day. 

I always love it when Maria plays “Yo no se mañana.” She speeds up the tempo and we wiggle, sway, and salsa around. Today, I was listening to the words and understood most, but wanted to see the rest.  “I don’t know tomorrow .” This has been my personal theme.

After Zumba, I went over to Lynne’s and we walked over an hour. I came home and started trimming my trees and bushes. My neighbor asked me to watch her cats a few days, I made a big lunch of freezer leftovers, then took a long leisurely nap. Then, when you think life couldn’t get more delightful, I got a text from my friend Margie. She invited me to a Garth Brooks concert next week. Wow! I’ll finish writing this post, take an evening walk, and look forward to tomorrow. I wish you the same joy. 

 Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well therefore to this day.

Francis Gray


I don’t know what tomorrow may bring, but I will ALWAYS live my best today, be the best friend, best daughter, best sister, and best mother that I can be. That’s what dreams are made of. 


Wednesday Words of Wisdom

17 Sep

Most of us don’t need a psychiatric therapist as much as a friend to be silly with. ~Robert Brault,*******

The best therapist is a girlfriend. Better than one girlfriend is several really great girlfriends. Group therapy at its best. 

This morning was cloudy “with a chance of meatballs.” No meatballs, but it was cooler with a slight breeze. I ran/walked for 1 1/2 hours, did some laundry, then looking forward to a long lunch with girlfriends at 12:30. 

Glorious clouds, but still no rain. 

We met for lunch and caught up, shared iPhone photos, chatted, and laughed so hard, that a few times, I nearly snorted iced tea out my nose. 

Lynne, yours truly, and Sherry. Karen had to leave at 2 before photo op. We don’t get together too often, so when we do, we always have a lot to share. 

Do you ever take a long lunch with friends? Our lunch started at 12:30 pm and we left around 6:15 pm. One of our usual marathon lunches. 


“Note on a door: Out to lunch; if not back by five, out for dinner also.”

— Unknown


I am blessed with the greatest therapist/girlfriends. Lin, sorry I missed your call. Long distance therapy works wonders too.  


Tuesday: Today On the Square, In the News

16 Sep

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.H. Jackson Brown Jr.


This morning: Zumba, an hour walk, then a text from Kathryn asking for any suggestions for her Channel 5 News interview with Meredith Yeomans about the controversial parking garage proposal for the McKinney square. 

Kathryn Waite lives just a few houses away from the bustling downtown in the historic district of McKinney. I met her last week when she asked for assistance in starting her Facebook page, SOS- Support Our Square.  I was happy to help. 

She invited me to join her and several other neighbors before the interview. I don’t live on the east side or anywhere near the square, but I spend a lot of time there. I love the quaint atmosphere and the wonderful people. It is important to get involved in your community. 

Everyone agrees a parking garage is needed, but the proposed location would be a monstrosity of a 5 level parking garage right as you drive into the square. It would be unsightly, and detract from the charm. Several other proposed sites were rejected even though they would have worked better. ( Sounds fishy to me.)

Kathryn Waite. I just saw the interview on the news. Great job, Kathryn!


Montage Monday

14 Sep

There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.Sarah Dessen, Just Listen


Another busy week with Art Club of McKinney, 9/11 baking and sharing, St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club, Empty bowls glazing, walking every day, Zumba, kickboxing, greeting at church, airport run, and the list goes on. Busy is good. Busy keeps my heart beating fast and true. I love what I do with my time and my heart. 

A week in a peek…   

Sunday Sermon, Some Friends and a Sunset

13 Sep

Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither.

C.S. Lewis, The Joyful Christian


What a gorgeous morning here in McKinney. The sun was shining in a clear blue sky, and the cool breeze eased the summer heat. The temps were in the low 70’s. Yay! A brief relief, more heat on the way. 

I did my  “greeter thing” this morning at church. I just love seeing all the smiling faces as the enter, and I especially love seeing the families coming together for prayer. 

Mark8:27-35.  Gospel

……He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them,

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,

take up his cross, and follow me. 

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,

but whoever loses his life for my sake

and that of the gospel will save it.”


My take… I don’t think this means that God wants us to “give our life” as in die, but rather give your life by leading a good life, loving and helping others. Instead of just thinking of ourselves and our own earthly and selfish ways, “take up His cross and follow Him.” 


After Mass, I stopped at Sprouts, went for a walk, then off to DFW to pick up my good friends who had been on vacation.  (You don’t know how much you miss someone till they go on a long vacation .) 

Welcome home Lynne and Charlie ! 

Being directional impaired and parking challenged, I was clever enough to take a photo of where I parked. Thank you iphone. 

“I’m not getting older and wiser. I’m getting older and critically challenged.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

Now, a pretty Texas sunset. 

I think I’ll aim for heaven. It’s prettier up there. 

Saturday Smiles and Funny Faces

12 Sep

“I enjoy it when the world smiles; the more smiles, the warmer I am.” ― Dejan Stojanovic, The Shape


I love it when people smile, but I see smiles in just about everything. Some of you are already familiar with my brownie mix smiles. 

In honor of 9/11.

Then I see faces in my breakfast. 

Lately, when I’m out walking or running, I see smiling faces in the oil spots on the street.  

Just weird, right? It’s a gift, it’s a curse. 

Keep smiling!!!!

Friday Forever Remembered

12 Sep

9/11. We shall never forget, we shall keep this day, we shall keep the events and the tests in our minds, our memory and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on. Unknown
As is my tradition, I baked brownies for several fire stations. At Station 5, two young ladies were also dropping off some home made goodies and showing their appreciation.

Today is just one day out of the year. We should show our appreciation every day for those who risk their lives for our safety.


Theme Song Thursday

11 Sep

“There are greater things to be achieved in every new year, and each and everyone must prepare themselves to be great, not by words of the mouth, but by alot of sacrifices.”

― Michael Bassey Johnson

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Today has been a very challenging day. Being computerly challenged is painful. I just got off the phone with my poor son Joe, who tried to talk me through an Apple Mac tutorial.Im working on the Mac. My WordPress app on both my phone and ipad are not working. Yikes! Than goodness I can play the “I was in labor all day giving birth to you guilt thing” so he was very patient with my ignorance and incompetence.

Any way, I had planned on blogging about the song “Something”s Coming” from West Side Story. i plan on it being my mantra for a while and playing it in my car. If I keep thinking it…it will happen.

Short and sweet. NIGHT!