Archive | November, 2015

Tuesday:) Time For Community and Funny Faces

11 Nov

“One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.” 
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth


The second Tuesday of every month, a talented and fun group of people gather for McKinney Creative Community potluck. It was out first meeting at DIGGIN’  IT on Tennessee just north of the square instead of SPARC. We share more than great food, we share friendship. 

As we gather in a circle to introduce ourselves and tell a little bit about what we do, we also share what’s new and good in our lives. Sometimes we share our sad news and sorrows. It’s like an extended family. We often have new people join us, and they become part of the family. The group members are writer’s, painters, sculptors, musicians, and all around creative folks. I love these people!

 Oh yes, I always bake brownies for my potluck contribution. Being a creative person, I usually make a funny face in the mix before I start mixing. “I got a million of  ’em!”

Don’t forget about MAST this weekend. McKinney Artist Studio Tour.

Saturday and Sunday. Google for more info.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

10 Nov

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a picture and a thousand words is worth a lifetime.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love to take pictures and tell a story about each one. Each picture tells a story and every story is my life. When I share my life, I feel it will live on forever. 

A week in a peek.

How true!

Sunday Sermon and other Stuff

8 Nov

“But I give best when I give from that deeper place; when I give simply, freely and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason. I give best when I give from my heart.” 

― Steve Goodier


A bright sunny Sunday morning, but a little on the chilly side. I had the honor of being a greeter before 9 o’clock Mass this morning. Not only did I get to smile and say good morning, I got to say, “My, isn’t it chilly,” or “where’s your jacket?” I had a few people ask me if I was freezing because I was outside,  holding the door open. I said, “This is beautiful weather. I’m from Chicago.” They smiled and agreed.

So, today’s sermon was about the poor widow who gave her two coins, all that she had, and Jesus said that she gave more than the wealthy who only gave their surplus.

My take on it…The people who give to others only for show, to feel like a big shot, looking for recognition, or they have a lot of money and want to impress people, but it’s not even missed.These people have given nothing. They never give of their time or talents, just dollars. (I know people like that) (AH)

Those who truly give are those who share what little they have joyfully. They don’t look for recognition or a pat on the back. They feel blessed and share their blessings. The funny part is, God usually blesses them many times over. Perhaps not monitarily, but with a good life, many friends, a loving family and a happy heart. (Ask me how I know.)


Gospel MK 12:38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,

“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes

and accept greetings in the marketplaces,

seats of honor in synagogues, 

and places of honor at banquets.

They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext

recite lengthy prayers. 

They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury

and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. 

Many rich people put in large sums.

A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. 

Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more

than all the other contributors to the treasury. 

For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,

but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,

her whole livelihood.”



Share some happiness and joy with someone first chance you get. You get twice as much back. “Double or nothing!” 

Sending you a virtual hug!


Saturday at St.Gabriel’s Holiday Boutique

7 Nov

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” 



Handmade items make the best gift because they are made with love.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

I always look forward to the annual holiday craft show at St.Gabriel’s in McKinney. Not only because I find wonderful handcrafted treasures for myself, friends and family, but also because I bump into many friends who are displaying their items, friends who are shopping, and other parishioners to visit with. I personally think handmade items make the best gifts. 

My friend Paula Mattei creates beautiful jewelry, especially with local, college and national team charms. ( My Team Jewelry)

My friend Krys Watson sees, paints, makes jewelry, you name it. I really scored some treasures here. Krys also is a frequent visitor at Towne Creek with our seniors and has taught us to make so many fun gifts.

Father Don was checking out the bake sale items. I ate lunch here. Frito pie. (Chili and Fritos with cheese, sour cream, jalepeños)

Bumped into Sherri Murphy and her mom. (Open arm welcome)

My friend Miss Bonita on the left and some other church ladies.  

 Great turnout and wonderful crafts and food. 

Afterwards, I walked across the parking lot and said a few prayers. I had the entire church to myself. (Captive audience) As always, I thanked God for my many blessings, my wonderful family and friends, and His continued strength and support. Amen!


 Some of my treasures. 


Friday Friends and Fun

7 Nov

“When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.” ― Edmond Mbiaka


Friday again? How did that happen? I didn’t go to kickboxing because my left foot and heel hurt pretty bad, my right knee is tender, and I think I’m falling apart and getting old. Oh no! But, I still went for a walk, went to a church meeting at 9 am, grocery store, Papa Murphy’s, the bank, then get ready for Towne Creek volunteering. I decided that we’d start working on making some Christmas cards with the group. 

Miss Nelma’s watercolor cards. Pretty nice, huh?

Miss Kathy didn’t think she could paint, but I think she has an excellent teacher.

Mr. Angel enjoyed using some fun colors.

Miss Bonnie used pastel chalk and a stencil I made real quick. We added bows, and voila, instant Christmas card.

Afterwards, I stopped at the square and visited with Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth at Sweet Spot Bakery. It was a beautiful night. 

Fun Friday with friends.


Theme SongThursday:) Change 

6 Nov

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” 
― Albert Einstein



It’s been five days dealing with this Daylight Saving Time  nonsense. My internal alarm clock is still screwy. Right now it’s about 6pm and it looks and feels like midnight. 

That’s not bad enough, it took me four days to try and figure out how to change the clock in my car. Sunday, on my way to church, I fooled around with the darn settings at every red light, in the parking lot before and after church, and about fifteen minutes in the garage with the car running. Yes, don’t worry, the door was open, and yes, I had the manual out and was reading it. And NO, I didn’t figure out how to change it.

I tried again every day,  and would sigh and give up. Finally, on Wednesday, after sitting in the garage for another fifteen minutes, pushing menu, reading page 105 for the 105th time,  twisting to settings, and a zillion other things crazy contortions, I finally was able to change the time and go back one hour. But, I lost four days of sanity doing so. AND, I have no idea how I did it.

PLEASE! Repeal, get rid of, destroy, and/or stomp out Daylight Saving Time. I don’t think I can go through this again in six months.

The clocks on the stove and microwave were fairly easy. The iPhone changes itself, (thank goodness) and I never change my little black clock in the bathroom, so every six months it’s either correct or an hour off . Right now it’s correct. It’s one of those solar powered things. I tried to change it once, but I think it has to be hit by lightning on Halloween during a full moon at midnight in order to change it.

Here’s a funny video clip about Daylight Saving if you didn’t see it already. It’s pretty funny.



Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and Wonderful Wacky Women

5 Nov

There’s a point in every true friendship, where friends stop being friends and become sisters.- Unknown


Friends may spend a couple of hours together, but best friends spend all day long just having lunch. 
-Toni Andrukaitis


Today, a few girlfriends got together to celebrate Sherry’s birthday. We met at noon at a local Italian restaurant. It’s difficult to get everyone together, but those of us who can make it to lunch to celebrate a birthday, always make it a special occasion. There is always laughing, sharing stories, passing around cell phones with pictures, presents, and of course, having lunch. 

We started our lunch celebration around noon and sat there till after 5pm. We always joke and say, “I guess we should order dinner now.”

Happy birthday Sherry!

It was really only 5:19 when I got in my car. I’m still trying to figure out how to set my clock back for daylight saving time.(But, that’s another story.)

Long lunch! We have the greatest group of girlfriends, and they are all wild and wacky women. We aren’t friends anymore, we are sisters. 

I am thankful every day for my family and girlfriends. I have been blessed with many friends all over the country, here in Texas, back home in Illinois, and places along the way. LIFE IS A DANCE…and I love to dance. 

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

4 Nov

Do as I say, not as I keep doing over, and over, and over.

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times…do not step away from the broiler when you’re warming up left over pizza. Why don’t I listen to my own advice?  Probably because I get easily distracted. I ALWAYS burn the pizza! 

Burnt to a crisp! That’s the bad news. The good news is, I always have more left overs. A big ol’ freezer full of left overs. 

So, I did NOT use the broiler again, (smart choice) I made a big salad using some left over chicken from the freezer, and some other fixins from the fridge.

Tip of the day…do not listen to my advice because I certainly don’t listen. 


Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

3 Nov

“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero


It was a fun, creative, inspiring week. From glazing bowls at SPARC to baking Halloween cupcakes. It was fun seeing all the cute costumes of the adorable trick-or-treaters, going to the movies, and finding a fortune of $10 in the parking lot. Life is good!


Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

2 Nov

Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.” 

― Alice Hoffman, Local Girls


Today is All Saint’s Day. Father Don said that we can’t all be saints, but we should all strive to be more saintly by following the words of today’s Gospel. My take on it…you don’t have to be poor, suffering in pain, and a push over to be saintly, but you do have to share your wealth and gifts, have faith and be strong when in pain, and always be fair, honest, kind and grateful.


Matthew 5 : 1-12a
At that time, when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up the mountain. He sat down and His disciples gathered around Him. Then He spoke and began to teach them :
“Fortunate are those who are poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Fortunate are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.”
“Fortunate are the gentle, they shall possess the land. Fortunate are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.”
“Fortunate are the merciful, for they shall find mercy. Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God.”
“Fortunate are those who work for peace, they shall be called children of God. Fortunate are those who are persecuted for the cause of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”
“Fortunate are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because you are My followers. Be glad and joyful, for a great reward is kept for you in God.”


It was still a dreary drizzly morning, but it was daylight saving time, so we got to turn back the clocks one hour. An extra hour to sleep. Yeah! After church, I stopped at Albertson’s to get some groceries. When I stepped out of my car, there, right by my car was… Not a lucky penny…Not a lucky feather…But a lucky ten dollar bill!! Now, that’s pretty lucky!

Am I lucky or am I blessed? I don’t know…I think it’s the same thing. 

Or, I am both lucky and blessed!

Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.” 

― Alice Hoffman ( My perspective is I’ll call it good luck.)