Archive | March, 2018

Tuesday:) Tap Dancing Tunes With Your Toes

21 Mar

“MUsic gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

~ Plato


A friend posted a video of the giant piano on Facebook recently, and people were tap dancing and making music with their feet. I thought it was so cute and clever. I’d like to try it someday. Heaven knows, I can’t play piano with my fingers. Maybe I’d do better with my feet. Looks like fun.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

20 Mar

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.

~Charles Kuralt


A week in a peek. A busy, dizzy, hazy week.

Sunday Sermon and a Special Celebration of Life

19 Mar

You may never get back this life, so do something in this lifetime worthy of celebration.     

~Debasish Mridha


We had a beautiful Celebration of Life Service for Mom this morning. The normally sparsely attended 10:30 service here was standing room only. There were so many people here to pray, worship, and pay tribute to their dear friend, Trini. Friends and family spoke after the Mass, telling funny stories and sharing fond memories of Mom. We shared pictures and displayed just a fraction of Mom’s paintings.

I was honored, once again, to give the Second Reading, as Mom had done for so many years.

Hebrews 5:7-9

In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh,

he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears

to the one who was able to save him from death,

and he was heard because of his reverence.

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;

and when he was made perfect,

he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

My take on it…Jesus was an obedient and humble son, and although He prayed and pleaded as a man, He had a higher purpose, and gave His life for our salvation.


It was good to see friends and family that I hadn’t seen in decades. They always say, why do we wait to get together until there is a funeral or a wedding. I say, “What does it matter? We are together now. Let’s celebrate, hug, kiss, and love one another today.”

Family. Love you guys! Mom is smiling down us.

This is a great quote. Oh, so true.

Saturday:) St. Patrick’s Day~Some Serious Baking and Eating and a Little Irish Princess

18 Mar

“If you can’t find good food where you live, go home.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My sisters and I have been baking, organizing, and getting ready for Mom’s special Celebration of Life tomorrow. We took a break between cleaning and shopping to pick up our cousin CC, who just drove in from Missouri. We were going to take her to Beef Villa, then decided last second, NO, Portillo’s would be better. We were right.

A couple more stops at the store to pick up massive quantities of more food and supplies, then back to start the baking frenzy. These little delights will be frosted and decorated with Peep bunnies in the morning. Two pans of brownies and dozens of sandwiches are ready for cutting in the morning.

There’s a lot more to do, but I needed to blog before midnight.

So, here’s my little Irish grand-daughter with her daddy. He was so excited to learn from his Ancestry DNA that he does have some Irish. We had a Murphy somewhere on my mother’s line.

Happy St. Patty’s day.

Friday:) Just A Few Words

17 Mar

“Only the poet can look beyond the detail and see the whole picture.”

Helen Hayes


Only a few words to describe today.

We will miss you Mom. Love you!

Throwback Thursday:) Old Photographs and Faded Memories

16 Mar

“A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.”

Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words


A good day to go through old photographs. And yes, I am that old that my first pictures and memories were all in black and white.

I was an adorable blonde baby in the 50’s.

I’m the cute one in the middle. I’m still workin’ the curly

My grandfather who I never met, above. My dad’s father.

Another group of adorable little girls with Mom. I’m still the cute one in the middle.

My father’s WWII army picture. Small, but you get the picture.

My great-grandparents with my mother.

My cute mom when she was a baby, and my grandparents.

Thursday, a few throwback photographs.

Wednesday:) Where in the World?

15 Mar

“To pray is to communicate with the essence. Praying is calling home.”

J.R. Rim


Ok, guess where I am?

Yes, you are correct. Back in Chicago. Feels like I never left.

I told you about my terrible cold yesterday. Well, it’s a little better. I couldn’t sleep well last night, wheezing and coughing. So, I finally slept from about 3-5 am when the alarm went off. Leaving at 6 am for the airport.

Arriving with plenty of time to spare, I sat at the airport by the gate, busy texting away, when I heard, “Hey! Toni. How are you!” I looked up and saw a very handsome American Airlines pilot dressed in his navy blue uniform. Ah, my old neighbor Bob. Well, he’s not old. I’m old. So we hugged and talked about the grandkids and the neighbors. He and his wife, Erin, are very good friends. Such a huge airport. What are the chances of bumping into someone you know, much less a pilot. He was off to Baltimore or some place, I don’t recall. Always nice to see a friendly face. After he left, I thought, dang, I forgot to get a selfie of the two of us. How could I be so lax? Must be the cold. Oops! I hope I didn’t give Pilot Bob my cold germs.

My sister picked me up at O’Hare, we stopped for a nice lunch, then over to Mom’s place. It’s strange being here without her. It’s almost like she’s still here. I guess in a way she is.

After making a big pot of ginger/lemon, honey tea, sorting through a couple of things, I crashed and took a LONG winter’s nap. I woke up in the dark, with only the annoying ticking clock sound in my head. I got up, removed the clock from the wall, and took it to the spare bedroom. That’ll teach it.

So, the adventure begins. I hope your day was good.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip For Cold and Flu Season

14 Mar

“Natural heals at a slower pace. Slow and steady wins the race.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“I believe that for every illness or ailment known to man, that God has a plant out here that will heal it. We just need to keep discovering the properties for natural healing.”

Vannoy Gentles Fite


I have a cold. Not just your average cold, but the knock down dragged out yucky boogers kinda cold. I haven’t had a cold or the flu in over three years. Knock on wood… I’m tapping the end table now. I hope this is it for a while.

The first thing I do with any ailment is Google home remedies. I normally drink a ton of tea with lemon and honey, but I think I was out of sync when I was back home in Chicago for so long. I wasn’t drinking my tea, or walking several miles every day or going to Zumba, etc. I think I was just run down. I told my sister about my cold and that I was going to try looking up some home remedies. I’m sure a doctor would just give me some prescription of some foreign substance that would make me feel better, but on the last line of the warnings is always…”And may cause death.” I never really heard of anyone dying from ginger tea.

JoAnn sent me a link with a recipe for a tea made with garlic. I know, don’t start wincing. It was pretty good.

I made the tea with garlic and raw honey, but I added some fresh ginger and lemon. The next batch, I added some cinnamon too. If a couple of ingredients are good, then more is better, I always say.

My sore throats was much improved within a few hours, but I’m still dealing with the runny nose, sneezing and cough. I can tell I’m feeling a little bit better. Slow and steady wins the race. Right now, my nose is running a marathon. More tea!

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

13 Mar

It’s fun to peek into other people’s worlds and see how they go about doing things.

~Norah Jones


My head’s all clogged

My nose is runny

I have a cold

And it ain’t funny

~ ME


A week in a peek…. friends, firemen, artists, my grand-baby and assorted other Peeps.

Sunday Sermon and a New Friend and a Sunset

12 Mar

“You don’t meet people accidentally. They cross your path for a reason, but it’s up to you to stop and say hello, or keep walking. I always stop and say hello.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Woa! It was a blustery gloomy morning. Then, with Daylight Saving Time, I didn’t even get five hours of sleep. (It didn’t save me any time! What’s the deal?)

I arrived in the St, Gabriel’s parking lot early, and as I crossed the parking lot, a lady rolled down her window and asked, “This is my first time here, could you tell me where the entrance is?” I pointed to the nearby doors then pointed where the parking was. I introduced myself, and her name was Jan.

When I arrived at the door, for my usual greeting spot, I told the others greeting, “There’s a new lady coming in shortly. She’s never been here before. When she gets to the door, why don’t you surprise her and say, Good morning, Jan. Welcome to St. Gabriel’s.” And they did. I was hiding behind the other doors. Jan was so shocked. Hmmm, how did they know her name? Then, I walked over and she laughed.

I escorted her into the sanctuary and asked her if she wanted to sit next to me where I saved my seat. After Mass, I invited her to stop for coffee at McDonald’s. We had such a nice visit, and of course, we are now Facebook friends.

This is my new friend, Jan.


The Gospel today was the story of Jesus placing mud on the blind man’s eyes and later his sight was restored. The others questioned and didn’t believe, but the blind man praised him and believed.

Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.’

My take on it… we are given choices, and we can choose between right and wrong, to have faith or to live only for ourselves. To be selfless or selfish. There will be a final judgement day. Did you see, or were you blind?


When I got home, I changed and took a well needed nap. I took a nice evening walk. It was still windy and chilly, but the sunset was well worth the challenge.

Look at that! Only God could paint a glorious sky like that.