Archive | January, 2016

Wednesday:) What Do You See? I SEE FACES!

21 Jan

If you always walk with a smile on your face, you will always see a face with a smile wherever you go.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis



I’ve been known to see faces in the strangest places. I see faces in the clouds, very typical, but I also see faces in my brownie mix, not so typical. I see faces in oil spots on the street, weird, and today I saw faces on the plastic water reclamation receptacles. Crazy! Some fallen leaves and sprigs had fallen on top of the circles, and with a little arranging, they came alive with a smile.

Now, you see those cute faces too, don’t you? I see you smiling!

Tuesday:) Tales of a Talisman

20 Jan

“If you don’t believe in luck, you won’t have any. If you don’t believe that dreams can come true, they won’t. You are what you believe.

~Toni Amenta Andrukaitis


“All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right-about-face which turns us from failure towards success.”

Dorothea Brande


The definition of a talisman is described below. I find lucky pennies or lucky feathers, and I use them  as a personal talisman. I always seem to find them when I need them. For me, the penny symbolizes, not wealth necessarily, but that things will be OK and will work out for the best. I feel that the feather represents the wings of courage, the ability to fly and soar when I might be feeling sad and earthbound, perhaps even angel wings guiding and protecting. A talisman is only what you make of it. Magical powers.


tal·is·man\ˈta-ləs-mən, -ləz-\noun

: an object (such as a ring or stone) that is believed to have magic powers and to cause good things to happen to the person who has it

Full Definition

1 : an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune

2 : something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects


This afternoon on my walk, I found a lucky feather almost hidden in the thick winter  grass. I needed the reassurance of the feather talisman today. I found it. It was a good day.

“If you don’t believe in luck, you won’t have any. If you don’t believe that dreams can come true, they won’t. You are what you believe.
~Toni Amenta Andrukaitis

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

19 Jan

“Every morning we begin our new life with new joy. So let it be beautiful.” ― Debasish Mridha


This week was filled with old friends and new life. My friend, Debbie, came for a visit. It was fun to reminisce, walk, shop, go to church, and eat vast quantities of food. Then, Sunday, I attended two baby showers, and the excitement of the soon-to-be moms, and the hopeful promise of new life, is very uplifting. Sometimes we just have to sit back and watch in wonder at this thing called life.


Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

18 Jan

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” 

― Mitch Albom, For One More Day


Today’s Gospel was about the wedding feast at Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine. His mother, Mary noticed the wine was almost gone and she asked Jesus to intercede.Jesus told his mother, “My hour has not yet come,” but he did as she asked.

My take on it… Always do what your mother asks you to do. I’m just speaking as a mother.


During the Mass today, there was also a baptism for a baby girl. The congregation welcomed the baby into the Catholic Communty with prayers and a round of applause.

Again, an example of parents teaching children, building them and sharing their faith through example.

Speaking of babies, I had the privilege of attending two baby showers today. Two young mothers excited about bringing a new life into the world. People gathering to support and welcome a child, a child who will be loved and cared for by many.

   Mandy was delighted with the many friends who came to welcome little Aria. I just loved all the “ooohs,” and “ahhhs” from friends and family.

  Mandy and her sweet mamma, Sherry. Three generations of beautiful girls. (One waiting for arrival.)

Then, off to Sweet Spot Bakery to celebrate Kaylyn’s soon to arrive little boy. We played baby bingo and other games, had some great snacks and had some yummy cake made by mamma, Elizabeth.

Kaylyn performing a C-section on the cake. 

We played the “guess how wide Kaylyn’s tummy is” by cutting off a ribbon length to our guessed estimate of her baby waste. Makes you realize how big a tummy can get.

It was a busy day with babies and babies to be, and mothers and mothers to be be. But, one thing is a common thread, ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR MAMMA! 


Mom is always right! “You hear that, boys?” 

Silly Saturday Musings

17 Jan

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation”
Walter Bagehot 

Some silliness to share on a Saturday evening. My dear friend, Debbie, has left and is safely back home in Chicago. We had a fun visit, laughed, were silly, and ate too much. 

I had left my Christmas decorations up so she could see my house all decorated, and with the ulterior motive of having her help me take down the tree and put things away. It worked! I wanted to show her my cute nativity scene, and see if she got the joke intended. 

You see Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, the three wise men (3 wise guys), a shepherd, two sheep, an angel, and a pack of camels. ( I broke my camel, so I had to substitute.) What’s wrong with this picture? 


I’m sure you’ve heard about the new “OPEN CARRY” law being passed in Texas and effective  January first of this year. This is my version of “OPEN CARRY.” A flask with a specific warning! 

Now, here’s a picture of me taking a picture of Miss Kathy while she’s taking a picture of me taking a picture of her, and then a selfie of us both, over at Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square. Silly girls!

Silly faces! I see silly faces!

A funny face made with lemon cake mix before mixing and baking.

Funny face of silly woman with a sock monkey hat. 

Life is good!!! Silly and good!!! Have a good silly day!!!

Friday:) Forever Friends

16 Jan

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like “What about lunch?” ― A.A. Milne


Another fun day packed with activities and adventures with my dear friend, Debbie, visiting from Chicago.

We started out by going to 8:3o a.m. Mass.

Then, off to the Donut Kithcen restaurant for a donut and coffee. 

It was Third Monday Trade Days on Highway 380, which is Friday, Saturday and Sunday…which makes absolutely no sense. I found a few crosses/crucifixes for my collection and some white milk glass vases.

Later, a delicious lunch at Taqueria Hernandez for gorditas and chile relleno. 

The weather was amazing, warm, and sunny, in the 60’s. We walked around the square, looking in shops and antique shops. We worked up an appetite…not really…we were still stuffed, but too nice not to sit and enjoy some Blue Bell Ice Cream at Sweet Spot Bakery.

Goodies Texas Chocolates on the Square…NO… We didn’t get any chocolates! Just some post cards.

I am very blessed to have so many special friends. The kind who use short easy words like “What about lunch.”


Theme Song Thursday:) 3 Things…Things Are Looking Up

15 Jan

“When you’ve been down for so long, the only way to go is up.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Trying to think of a song to describe my day, or my mood, or my life, is often difficult. I’ve been having some really great days lately, and my family and many friends  who know me well, understand how wonderful this is. When you’ve been “down” for so long, the only way to go is “up.” Things are looking up for me, so this was a good theme song for today. It starts out sad, but has a happy ending, just like in real life.

3 Things …Jason Mraz

There are three things I do when my life falls apart

Number one I cry my eyes out and I dry up my heart

Not until I do this will my new life start

So that’s the first thing that I do when my life falls apart
The second thing I do is I close both of my eyes

And say my thank you’s to each and every moment of my life

I go where I know the love is and let it fill the me up inside

Gathering new strength from sorrow

I’m glad to be alive
And things are looking up

I know above the clouds the sun is shining

Things are looking up

Love is still the answer I’m relying on

Three little things
Things are looking up
Well the third thing that I do now when my world caves in

Is I pause, I take a breath and bow and I let the chapter end

I design my future bright not by where my life has been

And I try try try try, try again

Yes I try try try try, try again
Things are looking up

I know beyond the dark the sun is rising

Things are looking up

I know above the clouds the sun is shining on

Things are looking up

Ooh, love is still the answer I’m relying on

Three little things

Three little things


Wednesday With an Old Friend

14 Jan

“They talked in the shorthand of old friends and shared memories.” 
― Dee Henderson


Debbie and I have been friends since 1977. We met when we were teaching at Conrady Junior High. It was my first full-time teaching position. I taught art and she taught English. We were both young, crazy, and optimistic. We have been friends ever since, even after many moves, new jobs, travels, children, and troubles. There is no friend like an old friend.

So, Debbie arrived yesterday from Chicago to spend a few days in beautiful McKinney, Texas. When she left Chicago Tuesday morning, she had to shovel snow before leaving for the airport. After a long leisurely lunch and short sunshiny walk around the pond, we sat outside in the sunshine, 63 degrees.

Today, the weather was just as wonderful. We went to the Square to enjoy a late breakfast at SNUG ON THE SQUARE.

We walked around and visited with my friends at SWEET SPOT BAKERY, popped in the Visitors Center, then stopped for frozen yogurt. A long walk was in order after that adventure.

Drinks and snacks every evening is a must when  friends visit. 

At the end of the day, we remembered that tonight was the big Power Ball drawing, so we drove over to the gas station to get our winning numbers, along with half the population of North Texas.  Wish us luck!

We talk in the shorthand of old friends. If we win the big Pwer Ball tonight, we’ll be talking shorthand and longhand in Hawaii. Aloha!

Tuesday:) Too Many Shades of Grey

13 Jan

Artists do not see in black and white, but many shades of grey.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I took some interesting photos on my evening walk. The horses across the road sauntered over to the fence to visit with me. The sunset was glowing orange and gold and beautiful, but when I used the grey filters on my phone app, I loved the shots even more. So many shades of grey.


Montage Monday and More Celebrations 

12 Jan

I think the more birthdays you have, the more days you should be able to celebrate.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, just when I thought I was done celebrating my birthday and being treated to lunch, another day of celebration. 

My friend, Linda Grossman, realtor extrordainaire and dear friend, invited me to lunch today, for yes, yet another birthday celebration. This makes day 5 of birthday celebrations. I think you should get at least one day for every decade you manage to get through. Hmm? Let’s see what tomorrow brings? 

When I got home, I received a Edible Arrangement gift basket from my son Joe and new wife, Lindsay. Fresh fruit and chocolate dipped fruit. What’s not to love! 

It was another great day. More celebrating, and another beautiful sunset on my evening walk.

Even the sky celebrated with glorious color at the end of the day.