Archive | May, 2017

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day

31 May

“I’m not an expert at anything, but I sure know a lot of useless information that I’m happy to share with everyone.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I arrived back home this evening, unpacked my car and just threw everything in a pile by the door. It will probably stay there a few days. But, I did put away the cold things and perishables that I had in the little insulated bag. There were a couple of oranges in there. Oranges made me thing of Blue Moon Belgian Beer…not sure why that popped in my head, but I decided that maybe I should have a nice cold beer this evening. I get easily distracted.

Then, I thought, even better than a thin orange slice in my beer, maybe a frozen orange slice. So, I proceeded to slice some oranges for the freezer, then freeze a beer glass. Now, keep in mind, I’m not a big fan of beer, but my good friend, (and World’s Greatest Realtor) Linda Grossman, got me hooked of Blue Moon. Being an over zealous blogger, I decided to video my tip for freezing orange slices.

I put the orange slices in the freezer, went for a walk to unkrinkle my legs and mind from the long car ride home. Bags and clothes and stuff strewn all over the place, but I’m home and back into the swing.

Now, writing my blog, feet up on the coffee table, and drinking a cold beer. Oh…and sharing useless information.

Montage Monday:) A Week in Three Peeks

30 May

“What I tell you three times is true.” ― Lewis Carroll


Normally my Momday montage consists of a quick week in a peek, but this week it will take theee peeks to even begin to catch a glimpse of my week of travels through New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. 36 photos, not even a tenth of the photos I took. It was hard to decide which to share…

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

29 May

“Do not be afraid; our fate cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” 

― Dante Alighieri, Inferno


Today, I went to Mass at St. Francis in Stillwater. I met a very nice lady named Bobby who welcomed me as I entered.  I arrived early so I could light a candle and take a few pictures before everyone arrived. It is a beautiful church with traditional stained glass windows and lovely statues. 

After I lit my candle and said my prayer, I went back to the vestibule to chat with Bobby. She was greeting and handing out the bulletins. I told her how lovely the area was with the Virgin of Guadalupe. She told me that it was painted by one of the parishioners. What an honor and perfect way to share your talent.

I had a small container with a rosary that I gave to Bobby, just as a reminder and keepsake from a new friend from McKinney, Texas. Sweet lady.

The Gospel today was about Jesus before he ascended into heaven, leaving instructions for his disciples.,,

The Ascension of the LordMT 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


Father had a humorous homily. He talked about having faith in God  and believing in yourself. He told a story about how early in his priesthood, he was assigned to work in several remote parishes in Oklahoma, and how he often wished he could fly a plane. He decided to take flying lessons.

After many hours of study and lessons, he practiced landing with his instructor who said, just aim for the numbers and land. Each time it was bumpy with bouncing and ups and downs. Finally, the owner of the facility noticed his uneasiness and told him to forget the numbers, just look at the end of the runway. Focus on where you want to end up, not where you started. 

Keeping that in mind, the next time he had a lesson and practiced his landings, all of a sudden, each landing was smooth as silk. His instructor said he was ready to solo. Father was nervous and asked, “What if I crash the plane?” His confident instructor replied,”That’s OK Father. We have plenty of insurance.” (The congregation all laughed.)

The moral of the story is, sometimes we don’t feel ready to solo, but if you have faith and faith in yourself, all things are possible. 

Saturday:) Sitting Still In Stillwater, a Sunset, and Something Yummy to Drink

28 May

“In an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent as sitting still.”

~Pick Iyer


The final leg of the journey, with about twelve hours of driving from Alamosa, Colorado to Stillwater, Oklahoma. A few stops along the way to take more pictures.

Capulin Volcano National Monument.

A view from the top. 

A quick stop in Trinidad…because, well, because that’s Mom’s name. Had to get a picture or two.

Views and vistas.

A gorgeous sunset.

Now, a couple of days in Stillwater to unwind, put my feet up, and look at my hundreds of wonderful photos before heading home.

CHEERS!!!! A long awaited Black Russian with a twist…Dulce de Leche ice cream instead of chocolate. Yum!

Friday:) Friends, Freezing Cold and More Photos

27 May

“If the world is cold, make it your business to build fires.”~Horace Traubel

A lot of traveling this past week. New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and back again. Today, we went from sunglasses and t-shirts to heavy coats and hats, and back again all in the same day.

A few pictures along the way. I think I only took 68 today.

My friends Jim and Molly, and a warm sunny day. Molly showed us around an old monastery in Snowmass. I’d tell you about it, but I had to take a vow of silence. (Just kidding) We did have to whisper though. I couldn’t take any pictures inside. (It was killing me) The view from the grounds were amazing.

My favorite picture from the monastery, looking at the snow capped mountain.

St. Benedict’s Monastery is a monastery in mountainous country of the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in Pitkin County in the unincorporated town of Snowmass about 18 miles (29 km) northwest of Aspen. The monks are members of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, commonly called the Trappists.
Currently the monastery is home to about 16 monks. The monks live communally in the monastery. Their day is balanced by prayer, work, reading, and contemplation.
St. Benedict’s is located on over 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of a scenic, semiarid valley in the foothills of the Elk Mountains, near the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The monastery protects a large amount of open space in a sensitive area near important wildlife migration routes. The monks manage their ranchlands, operate a cookie bakery, and offer retreat facilities for groups and individuals. The retreat house and guest hermitages are located about 1 mile from the main monastery building.
More pictures while driving…

Independence Pass and snow. We threw snow balls and froze.

It was a good day. Hot, cold, and back again.

Theme Song Thursday:) Somewhere Over the Rainbow

26 May

“We colour the world, Not with the darkness of our pasts, But with the rainbow of our hope.” ― Jenim Dibie


Today at Arches National Park, at the end of a very long day of sight seeing in a couple of different states, cities and sites, a fantastic surprise. The skies were dark and gloomy on one side of the mountains and sunny and bright on the other. The result…see for yourself.

Arches National Park is a US National Park in eastern Utah. The park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. It contains the highest density of natural arches in the world.

More from Arches…

I took 85 pictures today. Aren’t you glad there are only 7 here? 

“We colour the world, Not with the darkness of our pasts, But with the rainbow of our hope.” 

― Jenim Dibie

Wednesday:) What? More Wonderful Vacation Pictures

25 May

“No man needs a vacation as much as the man who just had one.”

~Elbert Hubbard


I’m going to need a vacation after my vacation. Only half way through, and I have ten thousand pictures. Well, almost. Maybe just five hundred. 

Yesterday, a drive up to Chaco Canyon. 

The Center of Chacoan Culture

For all the wild beauty of Chaco Canyon’s high-desert landscape, its long winters, short growing seasons, and marginal rainfall create an unlikely place for a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture to take root and flourish. Yet this valley was the center of a thriving culture a thousand years ago. The monumental scale of its architecture, the complexity of its community life, the high level of its community social organization, and its far-reaching commerce created a cultural vision unlike any other seen before or since.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day…Take Pictures

24 May

“If you can’t describe how beautiful something is, take lots of pictures.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday, a fascinating trip to Bandelier National Park to check out the ancient Puebloan ruins.  This is what Wikipedia has to say…

Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre (13,629 ha) United States National Monument near Los Alamos in Sandoval and Los Alamos Counties, New Mexico. The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the Southwest. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600 AD.

Here’s what I have to say…

I took a lot of pictures. There’s a couple hundred more. Aren’t you glad I didn’t post them all?

Montage Monday and More New Mexico

22 May

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.” ― Willa Cather


A wonderful week of travel, churches, mountains, art shows, museums and more,

A week in a peek.

Sunday Sermon and Some More Santa Fe

22 May

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”

~J. M. Barrie


I had the honor of attending Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. A beautiful cathedral and lovely service. I especially liked that the hymns were sung both in English and Spanish. 

The sermon was a simple one. My take on it… Just follow the commandments. It doesn’t get easier than that. Even if you don’t particularly believe in a stone tablet that God engraved on a mountain top and gave to Moses, all the principals apply. Honor God, parents, spouses, neighbors, don’t lie, cheat, steal, and treat EVERYONE with respect. Easy peasey. 

The Gospel ends…
Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

I lit a candle and offered my prayer and petitions. 

After church, the plaza was packed with people on a lovely spring day. There was an antique car show, and entertainment at the bandstand of Folclorico Dancers. Dancers of all ages in colorful costumes. 

Great old cars lined all four streets of the plaza. 

Another fine day in Santa Fe.