Archive | February, 2020

Saturday:) Sometimes It’s Not What You Think

9 Feb

“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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My good friend and neighbor, Allison, called me the other day and invited me to join her at the Collin County Home & Garden Show in Allen today. She is the most amazing gardener, and she’s even taking classes to become a Master Gardner. She already is a master in my book. Her backyard is a little oasis of gardening delight. So, when she heard about this show, she was excited, looking forward to some novel gardening ideas and maybe find some new and exotic plants or flowers for her yard.

When we arrived, we walked through long corridors of tables and booths of vendors hawking their gutters, replacements windows, hot tubs, stamped concrete, etc. We just assumed that these were the exterior vendors that led into the main floor inside the Allen Event Center where we would discover all the wonderful gardening vendors.

Well, when we got inside, there was just a lot more of the same…more booths hawking gutters, knives, hot tubs, painters, roofers, movers, etc. The closest we came to seeing anything that had to do with a garden was the booth with ladies from the Collin County Master Gardeners Association, giving information about joining the group. Allison had just seen them at her class this morning.

We walked through the entire event center, back and forth, looking for anything to do with gardening or plants. As we left, Allison talked to someone on the way out and told them, “They really should call this the HOME SHOW because it had nothing about gardens.” We were both a bit disappointed.

The good news was, the event was in the same shopping center as Home Goods, Kirklands, Total Wine, and a few other cool stores. We drowned our sorrows by shopping, and then a nice dinner. And, it’s always nice to spend the day with a good friend.

So, sometimes what you see is what you get, and other times….

I hope you had a great Saturday.

Friday:) From Here to There and My Firemen

8 Feb

“Sometimes I do so much in a day that I actually forget some of the things,”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A really busy Friday, pretty much self-inflicted. I walked over to pick up Bella early this morning, and we walked around the pond. A cup of tea, a few emails, Facebook, then off to Zumba gold at the Y. After the class, I rode the exercise bike for a couple of miles. Here’s the sad part…I got my heart rate up to over 105, pedaled like a maniac, and it said I burned 33 calories. What? That’s not even a cookie.

Speaking of cookies, I had a couple of containers of cookies that Miss Pat made for my firemen. I stopped with one container at Station 5, but nobody answered, so both went to Station 9.

Since I was so close to St. Gabriel, I stopped in for Adoration and to light a candle, again. Two days in a row. Wow! My prayers will be twice as powerful.

It was such a beautiful day, I didn’t feel like going home, so I called Mr. Jerry who lives close to church. He was home and said to come on over. We visited a while, before he needed to run off. We always laugh and share silly stories. I have the greatest friends.

On my way home, I stopped at Kroger to pick up some sale items for my friends over at Holy Family School. They had Post cereal, peanut butter and gummy snack packs on sale. I stock up on the sales when I see something they can use, and then drop the goodies off every couple of weeks.

Another walk around the pond with Bella. Such a beautiful sky. Too early for the colorful sunset, but the clouds were beautiful.

Well, my day wasn’t done. Today was the first Friday night dance over at the senior center. The Danny Romo band was playing and Sid, a friend from karaoke, was meeting me there. It was fun. We did a lot of dancing. When I got home, I checked my phone to see how many steps I took today, between my little walks with the dog, and the dance, 13,111 steps. Lots of steps.

Bella was happy to see me when I got home. We went out back and then had a snack. Well, she did. I made my famous Black Russian and put my tired feet up. Now, I’m writing this post and reflecting on my really awesome day. I have such a blessed and wonderful life. When I go to church and adoration and light my candles, my prayers are always for family and friends. I’m already so blessed, I really don’t need to ask God for anything for myself. Well, maybe every now and then.

Happy Friday my friends….

Theme Song Thursday:) Steamroller Blues

7 Feb

“When good friends get together, it’s like a steamroller, baby.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Today just rolled by like a steamroller. From first thing in the morning, till well into the night, a hot blast of fun on a cold wintry day, I started out with a bunch of errands, some for Mr. Mike, walking the dog a couple of times, post office, office, pharmacy, getting some carry out. Then, I had some things to return at Walmart, but I bought more supplies for my Valentine’s Day project.

A group of us buddies were meeting Helene and family at Uncorked for a late lunch. She was picking up her sister and nieces from the airport and we all wanted to meet her family from Maine, they are only in for a few days. We had a nice visit and some great food. We have such fun. A lot of laughing and story telling.

When I got home, I dropped off Mr. Mike’s Whataburger dinner, walked the dog a little, then came home to gather up some containers of chicken soup that I had made for Mr. Danny’s neighbor. Danny lives a few blocks away, and his next door neighbor has been ill. After I walked over and dropped off the soup, I decided to do a little more walking. It was only in the mid 30’s out but the sun was still out and it was almost sunset. I love catching the sunset.

I love it when the moon is high in the sky in the east and the sun starts to,set in the west. A contrast of colors and mood.

By the time I got home from my walk, it was time to run over to meet the gang at Delaney’s Irish Pub for karaoke. Most of the same group from lunch was there and a bunch more. We have such a blast. Helene brought her family so they could see how much fun we have every Thursday. The nieces took a lot of pictures and videos of their mom and Aunt Helene being wild and crazy.

There was an Elvis impersonator who sang and danced with Miss Pat. Pat is the biggest Elvis fan you’d ever want to meet. She loved it.

Later, Elvis sang to Miss Loretta and did a little lap dance. I think a few dollar bills were provided. All in good fun, just a bunch of silly seniors, laughing and having fun.

A fun evening was had by all.

Wednesday:) Working on Some Craft Ideas for Valentine’s Day ❤️

6 Feb

“I find the best way to come up with a great craft project is to gather up every art and craft supply you can think of and just play, play, play. Then, steal some ideas from Pinterest.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been trying to come up with some craft projects to do with my senior friends over at Towne Creek on Valentine’s Day, next Friday. Some Girl Scouts are supposed to come and join us, and the other residents in the apartments have been invited. So, I don’t know if there will be five or fifty people. Hard to plan.

Last week, the TOTS met at Lynne’s to paint some red hearts on black rocks. So, I picked up a few more black rocks and rummaged through my craft room for some large blue glass stones. I painted a few examples so I can show my seniors what they look like.

This technique is easy. I dip the end of a fat brush in red gloss paint and make two dots next to each other, (like eye balls) then drag each dot down to a point to form a heart. I call them dip-dot hearts. These were on the blue glass stones.

Then, I painted a few more hearts on the black rocks, then I used an opened paper clip to dot around the hearts. Cute.

I played around with some blank while index cards and some of those red paint swatches from the Walmart paint department to creat a book mark. I have a bunch of peel off heart stickers, punched a hole at the top and put a fuzzy pink yarn string,

I love pop-up cards, so I designed, after much measuring and cutting, a pop-up heart to put inside some cute note cards I found at Hobby Lobby last week. I used pastel chalk for an easy background.

So, this is how I get inspiration. I make a big mess and see what develops. Still more ideas in my head. I’ll keep you posted.

Timeless Tuesday:) Friendship Is Ageless & Timeless

5 Feb

As long as I’m learning every day of my life, I will never feel old. Never. And I don’t feel old; I feel in my head and in my heart – I don’t know, ageless!

Pat Mitchell

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This morning, a group of abeles and timeless friends gathered at the lovely Dulaney Cottage in the Historic Chestnut Square Village in downtown McKinney.

Our international, world traveling, and amazing friend, Annie Stokes, invited all of her local McKinney friends to join her for brunch at the Delaney Cottage this morning. Annie rarely stays in one city, much less one country long enough to spend much time with her friends, so this was more of a reunion and celebration. The beautiful historic home was the perfect setting for a gathering of talented and fascinating ladies whose ages spanned nine decades. The informal brunch provided time to visit with old friends, and the best part, time to meet new people and make new friends.

The adorable Annie Stokes, orchestrating the yummy brunch, along side another dear friend, Lynne Weinberger.

Some of the ladies had to leave early for other appointments, but the majority of us lingered long through the morning to chat, hear fascinating historical stories, and make new friends. There’s something really special about sitting in an old historic home, imagining all the history and stories the old building could tell. We became part of that history as we sat there continuing the tradition of friendship and community. McKinney, “Unique by Nature,” is our motto, most appropriately penned.

Thank you Annie Stokes for arranging such a lovely reunion.

If you haven’t been to Historic Chestnut Square, it’s a charming timeless place to visit, with farmer’s markets, wedding venues, tours, and many activities. Check it out.

https://www.chestnutsquare.org/

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

4 Feb

My blessings are many

And my troubles are few.

And you would be smiling

If you knew what I knew.

There is no big secret

There’s no fountain of youth.

Simply love who you are

And let that be your truth.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Another great week, my friends. How blessed am I!

A week in a pictorial peek…

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

3 Feb

“A promise fulfilled may be a classic moment, but prophesies mean anticlimax. How much more awesome was an unexpected salvation?”

~ China Miévikke

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A beautiful Sunday morning, sunny and in the 60’s at 8am, warming up by the minute. Greeting before Mass was a pleasure, with all the smiling faces and children skipping and frolicking on their way inside.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Mary and Joseph taking the child Jesus to Jerusalem to the temple as required of the first born son, and a sacrifice be made. A righteous man named Simeon arrived who had been promised by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until the arrival of the Messiah.

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation,which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradict (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

My take on it… pretty simple…God keeps His promises. And, maybe it’s a good idea if we keep our promises to God.

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After Mass, a nice visit with Helene for coffee at McD. When I got home, it was SO beautiful out. I asked google what the temp was and she said, “The current temperature in McKinney is 79 degrees.” Holy heat wave, Batman! I changed quickly and went out for a nice long walk. T-shirt weather.

Later, Miss Kathy, my friend and neighbor across the street and I went to Nom Nom for dinner. It was good to catch up.

I had a pretty awesome weekend. I didn’t even tell you about last night. After my super soup making extravaganza, my friends Joni and Bob invited me to join them to go over to Lone Star Wine Cellars and to listen to some live music. They were kind enough to pick me up because they know I don’t drink and drive. This way I could have a drink or two. Woo hoo. I very rarely get to imbibe when meeting friends because I have to drive. Bob was kind enough to be designated driver. We met Jerry and Loretta there. What a fun Saturday evening with friends. Good friends, good music and yummy frozen sangria and wine-a-ritas. Life is good!

Saturday:) Some Super-sized Soup for the Soul

2 Feb

“Forget Chicken Soup for the Soul. How about chicken soup for your friends with the flu?”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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We’ve all heard about or have read the series of CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL. If you think about it, when you are sick, have a cough, cold or flu, you always think, hmmm… I need some chicken soup to make me feel better. And the books relate inspirational stories that speak to soul, to make you feel better.

Motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen collaborated on the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book, compiling inspirational, true stories they had heard from their audience members. Many of the stories came from members of the audience of their inspirational talks. (Wikipedia)

But sometimes, we need to do things to help other people feel better, emotionally and physically. My for friend and neighbor Allison has been sick for weeks with a horrible cough, flu, possibly pneumonia. I’ve stopped at the store and picked her up some groceries a couple of times, but nothing says I love you like a huge pot of homemade chicken soup. Yesterday, I spent hours dicing, chopping, simmering, de-boning, and preparing a big pot of chicken soup.

I always do great until I get to the onions, that’s why I save that for last. I cry.

The soup was delicious, and I dropped off a big container at Miss Allison’s front door, and left it on the bench. She still worries about being contagious. She texted me that the soup was wonderful and she really appreciated my kindness, plus, she had enough to last her for days.

There’s chicken soup for the soul and chicken soup for your sick neighbor. I’m pretty sure the soup and gesture were good for the soul. That’s what friends are for.

Friday:) Faith, Friends, Firemen and a Little Frank Sinatra

1 Feb

“It’s always difficult to keep Fridays confined within themselves… they tend to spill over…”

~Parag Tipnis

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My Friday started out with a frenzy of errands. Then, a stop at church for Adoration, to calm my soul, light a candle, and pray for special intentions. It’s a beautiful feeling when I take a deep breath and all my muscles relax, and my heart beat slows down. A beautiful place inside and out.

After texting and checking if my sick neighbor needed anything, I stopped at the store to get her some eggs and orange juice. I also decided to get the fixings to make a big batch of chicken soup for her. (Another story) I dropped the bag on her front porch bench, as she doesn’t want to get me sick if she is contagious.

Also, a stop at Fire Station 9 to drop of some of Miss Pat’s famous cookies.

My evening was going to be fun. I picked up Helene and Denna at 6 for our concert at MPAC on the square. Dave Halston was performing a Frank Sinatra Tribute at 8. It was a sold out concert. When we arrived, we saw our friends Loretta and Linda who were volunteer ushers for the event.

Dave Halston and his band were great. They played so many of Frank Sinatra greatest songs, and Dave threw in a few funny jokes. It felt like a Vegas show right in our little local theatre.

Then, seeing as it’s Friday night….