Archive | July, 2016

Theme Song Thursday:) Colorado Rocky Mountain High

21 Jul

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir


My last day in Colorado. Today, hiking by the Colorado River Trail, and through the lush green woods, just another reminder of the beauty that nature provides.

Wednesday:) What Wild Wonderful Creatures Have You Seen?

21 Jul

The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.― Suzy Kassem

Mother nature not only provides beautiful vistas and flora, but her creatures great and small are a wonderment to behold. My first wildlife sighting in Colorado was not only amazing, but also amusing. A herd of elk had the tourists all stopping to take pictures. (Me included.) The amusing part was the elk were walking smack in the middle of town in front of the liquor store. (My kind of elk.)

Then, I saw a mamma deer and her baby fawn munching some dry grass on the side of the road at the YMCA camp.

There were ground squirrels and chipmunks all over looking for food.

All creatures great and small. This one was very small and very cute.

This little guy was looking for food in our backpack. Not shy at all.

The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.” 

― Suzy Kassem

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of The Day…Treasure The World Around You

19 Jul

“When you treasure the world around you, you are the richest person alive.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis 


“Looking at beauty in the world, is the first step of purifying the mind.” 
― Amit Ray


Today was spent hiking trails, taking amazing photos, and giving my nasty knee and old worn out body a good sturdy workout. The pictures will speak for themselves.

What treasure I discovered today!

Montage Monday:) People Make Life a Richer Experience

19 Jul

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” 
~Eleanor Roosevelt


This past week has been filled with fun, friends, firemen, policemen, and cupcakes. All sweet! Oh yes, except for the dentist thing. That wasn’t fun.

A week in a peek!

Sunday Sermon, Service, and a Church Picnic

17 Jul

Service without spirituality is exhausting and hopeless. But . . . spirituality without service is barren and selfish.” ― Joanna Weaver


This morning, I had the pleasure of attending church services at the Community Church of  the Rockies. It was funny because Jim offered to drive me over to the local Catholic Church, then rush over to the Presbyterian Church for his service, as both began at 10 am. I told him that I’d be more than happy to attend services with him. I explained, “I think God will know where I am.” 

I’m not sure what the Gospel was over by the Catholic Church this morning, but here, the second reading was the story of Martha and Mary, sisters of Lazarus, good friends of Jesus.

Martha was upset that she was doing all the work and attending to Jesus and the others, while Mary sat idle, just listening. Jesus defended Mary…

The minister commented that he believed that both sisters, in their own way, served the Lord in their own fashion. But, perhaps it is good to do have both qualities. Listen to the Word, and give service to others.

My take on it…is pretty much summarized by the opening quote…”Service without spirituality is exhausting and hopeless. But . . . spirituality without service is barren and selfish.” 

― Joanna Weaver


The service was, in a way, very similar to our traditional Catholic services with readings, hymns, songs and reciting. The big difference is, they just don’t get all that extra aerobic activity as we do with all the kneeling, standing, sitting, more kneeling, and let’s not forget the twenty-seven times making the sign of the cross. 

Afterwards, we stopped and chatted with several people from the congregation, including the minister and his wife. She made a special point to invite us to their annual church potluck picnic over at the marina, immediately following the service. She said not to bother bringing anything, just come and join them. That was very nice. We didn’t want to impose, but decided to attend. We stopped at the Safeway and picked up some cut up fruit containers, and headed to the marina. What an amazing view and wonderful hospitality. We planted ourselves at a picnic table with two empty spots. As it turns out, we sat next to the minister and his wife. A lovely morning of fellowship and friendship.

Look at this view!!!

Saturday:) Savor The Moments

17 Jul

“I want to take all our best moments, put them in a jar, and take them out like cookies and savor each one of them forever.” ― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading


I was traveling on an airplane recently. It was an early flight, and I hadn’t eaten much the day before, so I was pretty hungry. Not being a big fan of airport cuisine, I decided that I could wait until my final destination. The flight was on time, I had no trouble boarding, and I was even bumped up to an aisle seat without charge. My lucky day. 

When the flight attendants came down the aisle with the beverage cart, we were each given a little cookie. A Stroopwafel, to be exact. I commented to the man seated next to me, “Well, this looks pretty filling.” But, in truth, it was an extremely tastey cookie. He gobbled his down in about twenty seconds. I, on the other hand, after the first tiny bite, decided to savor the flavors. Each little bite sat on my tongue for a couple of minutes. It probably took me twenty minutes to finish my Stroowafel. It was delicious.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this story about a cookie. As I was enjoying my hearty breakfast, I thought about all the things that we take for granted in life, and how we gobble things down without thinking, without savoring  each moment. I tend to let a piece of fine chocolate rest on my warm tongue for minutes, feeling the chocolate melt, contemplating how divine and delicious the chocolate is. I really do try and appreciate the little things and the special things in life.

If you’re reading this, I’m sure that the next time you have a piece of chocolate, you just might let it melt slowly on your tongue and realize that it is so much more satisfying and delicious when you don’t gobble it down. (Nice metaphor.)

Friday:) Firemen Like Cupcakes Too~ The Other Men and Women in Blue

15 Jul

Firefighting – one of the few professions left that still makes house calls. ~Author Unknown

Yesterday, I posted pictures of my cupcake baking frenzy, and about taking over a hundred mini cupcakes to the police station. Some of you may already know that I like to take homemade baked goodies over to the fire stations on a regular basis. So, I didn’t want my other friends in blue to feel left out, so I took a few over to Station 5. I didn’t have to explain who I was or that the cupcakes were safe to eat. They know me there. (A little blurry picture. My quick snap iPhone photo skills aren’t always the best.)

They were happy. I think they just feel good that people appreciate what they do. I always shake their hands and say, “Thanks for all you do, guys!” Who else would be willing to sacrifice their life to help a total stranger? They’re a special breed. God bless our firefighters!

Thankful Thursday:) Thank You BLUE!

14 Jul

“Today, I am thankful for all the men and women who endanger their lives daily to make my world a safer place. I have too many friends and family members who have put on a blue uniform to ever have anything but the utmost respect for their sacrifice. THANK YOU!”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I started my baking frenzy last night. I baked well over one hundred and fifty mini cupcakes. Last night, I took some next door to my neighbors. The dad is a police Liuetenant in a nearby city. He’s the one who always points at me when I drop something off and asks,”How ya doing over there. Need anything?” Then, I took some around the corner to Officer Rick, the state trooper and his family. They got the chocolate frosting. These are my favorite. Chocolate cake mix with a cherry in the middle. A surprise with every bite.

This morning, I started making my blue frosting for the rest of the frenzy. Freshly frosted to take over to the police department building. They have a lot of officers and employees coming and going, so I made over a hundred for them.

They were warmly accepted and appreciated. I didn’t capture the previous smile. This was the, “I’m a serious police officer” smile and someone is taking my picture. I also attached a long note of thanks, along with my business card, my photo, and the names of several McKinney officers that I’m friends with. I didn’t want them questioning or thinking that the cupcakes were not safe to eat. The only danger is eating too many and getting a tummy ache.

This was my THANKFUL THURSDAY! It’s always nice to be appreciated, especially in times when your honor is in question. 


To quote some scripture…

Have you thanked a cop lately?

Wednesday:) What In The World? A Busy Day!

13 Jul

“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” ― Henry David Thoreau


Sometimes I just have one of those non stop, run around, spin my wheels kinda days. Today was one of them.

I started off at the stupid dentist for my stupid implant and stupid crown appointment. Don’t get me wrong, none of the afore mentioned are stupid, but I’m tired of of the ten thousand dollar tooth saga.AND…I’m still not done.

A picture says a thousand words. I had to mumble, but you get the idea. Dr. Lynch is working on phase two of the implant.

Yes, I took a picture of whatever the heck that is. Dr. Lynch’s assistant today was…you’d never guess? Her name was Toni. I was amused. There aren’t too many of us out there. Toni asked me if Imwanted a little laughing gas before the doctor started numbing me up and working. I told that I get clostraphobic with that masks thing. I said, “No laughing gas, just tell me a few real funny jokes!” Yes, I am annoying witty, even at the dentist.

Then, I had to go down the hall to Doctor Markahm to get a crown measured and made. He did the previous one on that tooth…we won’t even go there.

Paula was putting that Nasty goopy stuff in to make the mold. See how everyone is smiling. Sure, they’re not numb and annoyed.

So, after a couple of hours there, I mozied off to the square to chat with friends, actually, I mostly mumbled, with no feeling on my left side. I stopped at the McKinney Visitors Center and mumbled at Miss Beth and Miss Sue.

Then, I went over to Sweet Spot Bakery and ran into Miss Elizabeth on her way to pick up lunch. I walked along with her, and there on the sidewalk, I found some money. If you recall, I’m always finding money. DON’T GET TOO EXCITED! It was $1,000! But it was pretend play money. The point is, I’m pretty lucky.

I sat with Miss Elizabeth and Kenzie while they ate lunch. They offered to share, but as you recall, I couldn’t feel my face, much less eat.

Later, Mr. Guy popped in for his afternoon coffee and brownie break. I went over and mumbled at him for a while. We had a nice visit.

I drove home, and the minute I walked in the door, I began my mini cupcake baking frenzy. But, that’s at story is for tomorrow, when I finish the frenzy. I baked about 140 mini cupcakes! Yikes!

Now, I’m writing my blog, need a quick shower, then drive over to St. Gabriel for our St. Helen’s DAS, Divorced and Separated support group at 7. I’ll get home around 9, but I’ll pick up little Bella on my way home and take her for a little walk and a sleep over. (Bella is a dog, in case you wondered.)

The last thing will be, fall down and collapse. Perhaps a glass of wine. It was a busy day, but a good busy day.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of The Day

13 Jul

“Sometimes the little opportunities that fly at us each day can have the biggest impact.” ― Danny Wallace, Yes Man


How often do the smallest things go unnoticed, the smallest creatures unattended? My tip for today…Be kind, be attentive, be generous to all creatures great and small. Why? Because you will be blessed in return tenfold. 

I was out for my walk this morning, and it was already between really hot and dang near deadly hot. I didn’t get that far, when I saw this tiny creature trying to maneuver across the blistering hot sidewalk.

All I could think of was, “Ouch! That must be scalding his tiny little feet and belly.” I found a small stick and let Mr. Crawly Creature climb up the stick, then I carefully placed him in the cool green grass. I’m not sure if that’s where he wanted to go, but I thought, if that was me, I’d take the grass over the hot sidewalk. 

That’s what we need to do. Think about, “If that was me.” I think I’ve heard that somewhere before. Hmm? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,”

I’ve been lucky in life, and I’ve have had people help me off the scalding hot sidewalk of life.