Archive | October, 2015

Tuesday:)Toni’s Tip of the Day

20 Oct

A brief candle, both ends burning An endless mile, a bus wheel turning A friend to share the lonesome times A handshake and a sip of wine So say it loud and let it ring We are all a part of everything The future, present and the past Fly on proud bird You’re free at last Charlie Daniels quotes  

Here’s my tip of the day…”Don’t  try and do two things at once, much less three or four things.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I tend to get easily distracted. So, when I was making dinner yesterday, I thought I would warm up my tortilla in a skillet, as I always do, and just check my emails for a second. Well, you probably guessed it. The emails took over my brain, and I lost track of the tortilla until that distinct pungent burnt smell came wafting through the air. Yes, I did it again. This isn’t the first time, nor will it be the last. I tend to try and burn the candle at both ends.

The good news is, I always have more tortillas. And the other good news is, I happen to be on a first name basis with most of the fire fighters in McKinney. They enjoy when I drop off my brownies and cup cakes, and I’m sure wouldn’t mind a visit. 

Another good tip…If you’re easily distracted while cooking, and tend to burn things, have plenty of extra brownies around. The very helpful and handsome firemen appreciate it. So far, no house calls…knock on wood! 


Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

20 Oct

“Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will–tomorrow” ― Gloria Pitzer


It was a pretty lazy week, mostly laying low after the dreaded colonoscopy Thursday. Then, the Friday fainting scare didn’t help much. So, I decided to just have a lazy weekend. Starting to get back to normal, as normal as procrastination can allow.

A week in a peek…


Sunday Sermon and Silpada Party

19 Oct

You have to be careful what you wish for. What you think you want, may be more than you can handle.

~ Unknown


 Today’s Gospel was the one about James and John asking Jesus if they could be seated at his right and left side. He pretty much warned them to be careful what they asked for because “the cup” He must drink from was  a difficult one. My take on it… you have to be a servant of the people and sacrifice all in order to be seated next to The Lord in heaven. We are here to serve, not to rule. Make sure you are prepared to sacrifice and share with others.


Gospel Mark 10:35-45…

Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


I have been enjoying my greeting volunteering before Mass on Sunday. Today was a gorgeous cool morning. Everyone was happy and smiling, a wonderful way to start the day. Over 600 people attend 9 o’clock Mass every Sunday, and I get to say good morning to most of them. 

This afternoon, I was invited to a Silpada Jewelry party at Lynne’s house. The proceeds were going to benefit the new HUGS CAFE in McKinney. Some lovely friends and neighbors gathered to purchase beautiful jewelry to support a beautiful cause.

Hugs Cafe is the dream of our Founder and President Ruth Thompson. Her vision is to create a non-profit Cafe that will be run and operated primarily by Special Needs Adults.
But then again, it might be just what you wished for and needed all along. 

Saturday:) Last Saturday~CLC Gala

18 Oct

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” 

― John Holmes


I never got around to telling you about the Community Lifeline Center Gala that I attended last Saturday with Sherri Murphy. Sherri has been very involved volunteering with this organization, and I was honored to be her guest at the 25th Anniversary Gala.

(Community Lifeline Center was born as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1989 when a group of churches determined it was best to work together in supporting and meeting the needs of people in need. We’ve evolved and grown over the years but our original purpose remains unchanged: to be the premiere place for providing assistance, information and referral services for the residents of McKinney and north Collin County.
Funding is mainly provided by individual and business donations, and by local churches. Additional support is at times provided by TXU Energy, CoServ Charitable Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), City of McKinney Community Development Block Grant & Community Support, churches, and local businesses.) 

It was a fun evening with friends, food, and fun dancing. I love to dance!

Thanks Sherri! A wonderful organization that assists many needy people in our community. 


Friday Frenzy and Friends

17 Oct

“Its always difficult to keep Fridays confined within themselves..they tend to spill over..” 

― Kai Sinclair


A funny thing happened to me on my walk this morning! Well, it wasn’t so funny. After my two day fast and prep for the “dreaded colonoscopy” yesterday, I slept in this morning. I promised my sister on a stack of bibles that I wouldn’t go to kick boxing, even though I felt great. I just had a bit of a headache and a bad runny nose from the cold oxygen thingy they stick up your nose. I’m still sneezing. So, I ate a little breakfast and was going to meet Zelda for lunch at Olive Garden at 12:30. I love the eggplant, and I was finally hungry.

I decided to go for a slow leisurely walk around the pond. It was a gorgeous cool morning. I made it around a few blocks, then all of a sudden, whammo! I started feeling dizzy, my ears tingled and I was 2 blocks from home. The park was about 100 feet away, so I groggily made my way over to the bench. I thought if I sat a few minutes, I’d feel better. Wrong! Everything got blurry then all I could see was bright white light. Then no vision. Yikes! Do I call 911? (Right now you are saying, YES, silly.) I couldn’t even see my phone. 

Laying down on the cold concrete bench was all I could think to do. Taking long deep breaths, and hoping if something serious happened, someone would come along and find my limp lifeless body. (Glad I wrote my final words and comments on life yesterday.) The good news is, after about 15 minutes of laying still, I was able to get up and walk home. Death crisis averted. I’m pretty sure I was just dehydrated from over 48 hours without food and losing all liquid.

Crazy gal that I am, 20 minutes later, after drinking lots of water, I changed, hopped in my car and met Zelda for lunch. I ate like a little piggy and drank like a camel. Then we drove over to the Square and walked around, popping into a few shops, and stopping for gelato. I felt just fine. Weird, right?

It’s always fun to bump into friends and familiar faces downtown. I just love McKinney!

Zelda and I visited Miss Sue over at the visitors center. 

Nan Lee was surprised with beautiful flowers from her employees/friends for Boss’ Day. Nan Lee has the most gorgeous jewelry in her shop at 108 W Virginia.

Then a quick stop at Sweet Spot Bakery to say hi to Elizabeth and Kaylyn. Hi girls!

Well, that was my Friday in a nutshell. From a scary death defying morning walk to a fun stroll on the Square. Life is good! Strange, but good!


Thankful Thursday:) What Are You Thankful For?

16 Oct

“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends etc). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed” 
― Pablo


This has to be my most bizarre blog post of all time. You know that I pretty much blog every single thing going on in my life, right? Here we go.

I was having a medical procedure done today. My dear friend Karen offered to take me and wait for me at the surgical center. So, when I got called by the nurse to go back and get ready, I left my purse and phone with Karen. I filled out the forms, then changed into that lovely open-backed hospital gown. I jokingly said, “Oh darn, I don’t have my cell phone to take pictures. I blog every day and I was going to document my colonoscopy.” 

The nurse laughed and said,”Oh my! That would be interesting.” She probably thought I was kidding. Well, I wasn’t going to take any graphic or personal photos, but I did want to share how thankful I am for all the loving people in my life. I’m so grateful for Karen for spending half a day with me. Then, there are all the other friends who offered to help, or who called to see how I was doing. I am thankful for my mom, sister, sons, daughter-in-law, and many friends who worry and/or pray for me all the time. 

If you haven’t had a colonoscopy, I’m sure you’ve heard all the horror stories. Well, I’m here to tell you, it wasn’t all that bad. You can handle some discomfort for a couple of days. I was more concerned about the results. The good news is, the procedure went smoothly, and everything was fine. No polyps, no problems. Yeah!

It was funny, at least four staff members asked, “So, what are you going to eat after you leave?” I guess most people are starving or have a craving after not eating for two days. Heck, I can do that standing on my head with my eyes closed. But, when the nurse asked if I wanted something to drink, a diet Coke sounded pretty good. And look at what my can said on the side. “FRIEND.” That’s what it’s all about. Thank you, Karen!!!

Today, I am thankful for family and friends. What are you thankful for?

Here’s my happy, all done, going home now face. (Had to do a selfie!)



Wednesday: Words of Wisdom From Other People

14 Oct

Most of the wisdom I have attained in life has been gleaned on Facebook, Google, and Pinterst. 

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Feel free to borrow my quotes any time, and if you don’t know what “gleaned” means…just Google it. 

I just thought I’d share some interesting quotes, thoughts and words of wisdom from my Facebook friends or Google and Pinterest searches.

The last one is my favorite quote. We should all start each day with a grateful heart. 

Tuesday: Taking Time To Help a Friend

14 Oct

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.Maya Angelou


One of the greatest compliments I receive is when a friend calls me and asks for an “emergency craft or art consult.” 

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Tana called me and said, “Toni, I have a big favor to ask you. I was trying to paint some flowers on a large chalkboard and it turned out terrible. I painted over it. Can you help me ?”

She texted me a picture of a framed board that she had printed all the names of guests and table seating for her daughter’s wedding. It was Thursdady afternoon and the wedding was Saturday. So, I asked what the wedding colors were, and I drove over to her house with paints and brushes in hand. Turns out their colors were white and gold. Perfect! I love painting roses in those colors. 

This was a huge, maybe 40x 50 in. frame. I love a challenge. I did a quick practice on paper and asked her if she liked it. She did. I was a little nervous, as she had spent hours writing all the names. 

Tana loved the roses. Her husband came home while I was in the middle of painting. They both watched me in awe, and couldn’t believe how quickly and easily I painted the roses. Lots of practice!

In less than half an hour, I saved the day. Well, not really, but they were very grateful for my kindness. I donned my Super Artist cape, rinsed my brushes, and was on my way. Another crafting crises avoided. 

I often get calls from friends asking for help on some project or other. I usually have a good solution. And when I don’t know, I do what most creative artists do…I make something up. Just kidding! Or am I? 


Montage Monday:) Golden Sunrise and a Week in a Peek

13 Oct

One golden sunrise is worth one thousand gold coins.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This was my morning sunrise. Worth a thousand gold coins indeed.

A week in a peek. 

Happy Monday! Have a great week.

Sunday Sermon and the Church Picnic

12 Oct

“A picnic is more than eating a meal, it is a pleasurable sate of mind.” 

― DeeDee Stovel


I got up extra early to frost my mini cupcakes for the church picnic this afternoon. I had volunteered to stand by the Welcome Ministry booth from 12-3, so I wouldn’t have time after Mass to frost. The cupcakes turned out cute.


Today’s Gospel was about getting into heaven. My take on it is not so literal, not so much that you can’t be wealthy and get into heaven, but if you are selfish, greedy, or dishonest gaining your wealth, that is bad. If you don’t help others, and don’t share your blessings, then you won’t get into heaven. You don’t have to be a pauper, but if you have a loaf of bread, share it with someone who has none. Just my opinion.


Gospel MK 10:17-30
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up,

knelt down before him, and asked him,

“Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus answered him, “Why do you call me good? 

No one is good but God alone.

You know the commandments: You shall not kill;

you shall not commit adultery;

you shall not steal;

you shall not bear false witness;

you shall not defraud;

honor your father and your mother.” 

He replied and said to him,

“Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.”

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him,

“You are lacking in one thing.

Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor

and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 

At that statement his face fell,

and he went away sad, for he had many possessions…….


It was a beautiful day. I signed up  to be a greeter for 9 o’clock Mass. I scurried home afterwards to change and decorate my cupcakes with spiders and pumpkins. I made 6 dozen. I took 5 dozen to the picnic and gave the rest  to a few neighbors. (I share my wealth.)

St. Gabriel had a great turnout for the picnic. My friend Ed was taking a head count with a clicker thingy,  and counted close to 800 people who went through the food line. That didn’t even count the helpers, volunteers, and entertainers. I was inside most the time, so I didn’t get to take pictures of the crowd outside.

Father Don, in he middle, greeting people walking past the ministry tables.

It was fun to see all the families, friends and neighbors enjoying their community. It reminded me of an old Any Griffith Show, and all the folks in Mayberry going to the church picnic.