Archive | July, 2016

Sunday Sermon:) Does Money Make You Rich? Nope!

31 Jul

Money may be a good servant, but for sure it is a bad master” 

― Corrado Ghinamo


“Women who marry for money and Men who marry for beauty are equally robbed in the end.” 

― Harmon Okinyo

(Just had to throw this one in for all those who will be robbed in the end.)


Scorching Sunday here in McKinney. It was fun greeting before Mass this morning, as everyone was rushing in to get out of the heat and into the air conditioning…except….Father announced that we were going to speed up the services because only one out of the three air conditioning units was working. We sang fewer songs, had a shorter homily, and said the Lord’s Prayer, lickety split. 

We have the most adorable families that attend Mass every Sunday, especially the babies.

The Gospel was the one about the parable of the rich man who stored up all his grain and wealth, thinking he could hold onto it for his future. My take on it…if you don’t share your blessings, and talents,mand wealth with others, you could die tomorrow and you never made a difference in anyone’s life. Money doesn’t do you any good when you’re dead. 

Gospel LK 12:13-21
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,

“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” 

He replied to him,

“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” 

Then he said to the crowd,

“Take care to guard against all greed,

for though one may be rich,

one’s life does not consist of possessions.”
Then he told them a parable. 

“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. 

He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,

for I do not have space to store my harvest?’

And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:

I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. 

There I shall store all my grain and other goods

and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,

you have so many good things stored up for many years,

rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’

But God said to him,

‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;

and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’

Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves

but are not rich in what matters to God.”


After Mass, I went to Sprouts and picked up some fruit and vegetables, walnuts, and oooooh, some dark chocolate covered cashews and pecans. I was all out. The little watermelons were on sale for $1, mangos were 3 for $1, and red peppers were  50 cents ea. I bought a bunch of stuff to share with friends who don’t get out to the store. I like to share the wealth…but I ain’t sharin’ my chocolate! Well, maybe if you ask me nicely.

Which reminds me, I’m hungry. Where are those cashews?

Saturday:) Simple Shadows

30 Jul

“My shadow casts the reflected light of my soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.” 
― Sylvia Plath


Another scorching hot Texas day. My weather app says 98 degrees, partly cloudy, feels like 103. The good news is, the ten day forecast promises to keep us in double digits, with no 100’s. Yeah!

This morning, the early morning sun whispered shadows at my feet. Of course, I immediately took out my phone to snap pictures. Saturday shadows.

The glow of the sun tried to peek through the trees.

Later this evening, I noticed my shadow against the pale grey wall near the kitchen. Aha! Take a picture! I love to play with shadows.

Every shadow tells a story, a fuzzy story of pale greys, unclear, unusual, unbearable. 

Friday:) Flags, Food, and Fluffy Clouds

30 Jul

“The morning sky revealed a brilliant glow of optimism, rebuking the dark and menacing clouds.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“And from the midst of cheerless gloom

I passed to bright unclouded day.” 

― Emily Brontë


It was Texas hot this morning. The skies were threatening rain, but the sun broke through and won the challenge. It’s always nice to see the sun, but the clouds and rain always mean a slight cool off in temperature. No such luck today. On the other hand, the sky was amazing this morning.

Clouds always impress me with their beauty and fortitude. 

Another impressive sight, flags flapping in the breeze. 

Then, a delicious lunch. I love spinach. It could be that my body craves it because I’m very low on iron, even taking supplements. I could eat spinach every day, and most times I do. 

Throw on an avacado, tomato, some cheese, not to mention a few toasted left over bread sticks from Olive Garden. A meal made in vegetarian heaven. Wait! I’m not even a vegetarian!

Theme Song Thursday:) I Light a Candle For You

28 Jul

“A single candle in the dark of night, a tiny flicker with a brilliant light.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank


Before our weekly support group at St. Gabriel’s, I always walk into the dimly lit sanctuary to bless myself with holy water from the font. Last night, there wasn’t a soul in sight. Perhaps unseen souls were there, but unbeknownst to me. There are two walls on opposite sides near the back with rows of votive candles. One side has a painting of the Blessed Mother Mary, and the other side has St. Joseph, the carpenter, with his young apprentice, Jesus.

Given an option, I light a candle beneath the guiding eyes of St. Joseph. This is to pray for my son Joseph and his new family, but also my son Matthew, and the rest of my family and friends. I always have the same prayer, “Health and happiness for my family and friends.” Then, I add a specific intention here and there. 

I’m a strong believer in prayers, which are basically those silent thoughts and wishes in your mind. 

“A single candle in the dark of night, a tiny flicker with a brilliant light.”

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom…From Facebook

27 Jul

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss


I’ve said this more than once, ” Everything I know, I’ve learned on Facebook.” Well, not really, but almost. I have hundreds of friends, many of whom are also Facebook friends. They always post cute family pictures and share words of wisdom. I’ll share a few words with you today.

Good advice Lynda!

Now, you have a few words of wisdom to contemplate. Here’s one of the best…There is nothing like a hug to get you through the day, so I’m sending a great big one your way!

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day…About Writing

27 Jul

“You’re never too old or too young to learn, to write, or to tell your story.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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


Three and a half years into writing this blog, I still feel like I have something to say, to share. Mostly, my posts are mundane, monotonous, or melodramas of my medieval existence. I also love alliteration, not to be confused with illiteration. It has become an addiction of sorts, a self-proclaimed challenge. I started out challenging myself to write every day for one year. That was January 1st, 2013. I haven’t missed a day yet. Need I say more?

The idea or theme of what to write each day does not always come easily. I may scan through my photos or Facebook for inspiration. Today, I was checking my Twitter entries and reading posts that I follow. My writer friend, Liz, had several re-tweets from writers that she follows. One that caught my eye was from author, Katie Lewis,

Ms. Lewis explained that if you are a writer and you are not writing, there is only one reason for that…you are lazy. Hmmm? She has a point! She suggested seven points to help avoid being a lazy writer. I will summarize for the lazy writer.

1) Go to the library and look at the books.

2) Read, read them, everyone, everything, including cereal boxes. (I do that, not all the books, but cereal boxes, toothpaste labels.)

3) Learn which writers work for you and which don’t. (Read what you enjoy)

4) Write EVERY DAY. (I do that)

5) Create a space in your home for writing. (Does the couch with the TV on and an iPad on my lap count?)

6) Set a daily writing goal.

7) Play an active role in the creative community.( Funny she should say that. I belong to McKinney Creative Community. Nice talented folks, meeting every second Tuesday)

Then, her final words of advice were profound, if not profane, so I have to abbreviate…


Good advice. My advice…you’re never too old or too young to learn, to write, or to tell your story.

Monday:) Music, Monte Montgomery, and My Montage Momday Monday.

25 Jul

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George Harrison


Saturday night, my friends Diane and Richard invited me to a concert over at the Guitar Sanctuary, with up front VIP seating. I hadn’t heard of Monte Montgomery before, but now I’m a huge fan. Amazing guitarist and singer/song writer.

Zack King opened, an up and coming musician in his own right, and cute as a button.

Monte came out and rocked the house with amazing songs and skills.

A great evening with great friends.

Then today on Facebook, I was nominated yet again to post pictures of why I love being a mom. So, instead of my usual Montage Monday, I have my Montage Momday.

I have two amazing sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and the cutest mom. I am truly blessed. Happy MOMDAY!

Sunday Sermon, and Sitting With the Shark.

25 Jul

God is able to do more than you ever imagine!

Keep trusting God. Your miracle will surely come true.” 

― Lailah Gifty Akita


Today’s Gospel, Luke 11, was about one of the disciples asking Jesus how to pray. The answer was the words of The Lord’s Prayer, or as some call it, The Our Father. Then Jesus went on to say, if you are persistent in asking God for something, he will answer your prayers.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive;seek and you will find;

knock and the door will be opened to you. 

For everyone who asks, receives;

and the one who seeks, finds;

and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 

My take on it…yes, this may be true, BUT, and I believe there is a BUT, your petitions must be sincere, your heart honest and true, and your request must be worthy. You can’t say, “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedez Benz…” That’s been done. You need to pray for strength, or health, or help, not a new car or television or to win the lottery.


After Mass, I stopped for coffee at McDonald’s with a couple of friends from church. While I was there, I received a text from my good friend Sherri Murphy. She asked if I’d like to join her and her family and go over to her parent’s house for lunch and swimming. I said sure. I just needed to go home and change out of my church clothes. (I didn’t tell her that, not only do I NOT swim, but I’m terrified of water.) It sounded like a fun afternoon, none the less.

I arrived at their house before 1, and we packed up their truck with a ton of food Sherri prepared, and snacks to take to Mom and Dad’s. Sherri had this huge inflatable toy that I sat in the back with. I thought it was a shark, as it had a fin at the top and I couldn’t see his nose. So, we all laughed because I was sitting with the shark in the back of the truck. The thing took up the whole back seat and then some. Help!

It was a fun afternoon. We had a great lunch followed by ice cream sundaes. Everyone went swimming except me and Grandma and Grandpa. We watched the kids play and swim, and even Mr. Murphy was wresting the shark in the pool…which was actually a dolphin or porpoise?  It was funny. It was a terribly fun afternoon on a terribly hot day in Texas. 

Thanks Murphy Clan!

Saturday:) Sunrise to Sunset

23 Jul

“So dawn goes down today. Nothing gold can stay.”

~Robert Frost


Today is a good day to merely share some gorgeous sunsets and sunrises. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Friday:) From the Front Porch to the Front Door

22 Jul

The people in your life are like the pillars on your porch.Sometimes they hold you up, and sometimes they lean on you.

Sometimes it’s enough to know they are standing by.

Merle Shain


Last night, I was sitting on the front porch in the cool Colarado night. Now, back to the blistering reality of the Texas summer heat. It was beautiful and scenic, hard to leave, but it’s also good to be home.
A view from the front porch in Estes Park at the YMCA Camp.

There were deer wandering around the cabins.

On the way to the Denver airport at sunrise, around 5:30, the sky was on fire.  The shuttle picked me up at 4:30 am.

The flight was on time. I even got an aisle seat, and everything went smoothly. Karen was there to pick me up from DFW. Friends…airports…say no more! 

It’s good to be home. It’s sad to leave.

From the front porch to the front door. The best of both worlds.