Archive | June, 2020

Friday:) From the Mouths of Youth

20 Jun

“Wisdom oft comes from the mouth of babes.”

~ George R.R. Martin

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I went to the grocery store today to pick up a few things. Putting on my mask and getting my phone ready with the weekly coupons for Tom Thumb, I strolled over to the entrance to get my shopping cart. Two young men were taking a break, but still sanitizing the outgoing carts.

Walking towards them with a smile, that of course they couldn’t see beneath my mask, I greeted them with a warm,”Hello gentlemen.” Spritz, spritz, and I was handed a card. One young man said, “Can I ask you a question?” I said, “Sure.” He asked, “If you could describe your life in just one word, what would you say?” Without skipping a beat, I responded, “Amazing!”

Allen had the biggest smile, and he said,”Wow! That is so cool! How did you think of that so fast?” I told him, “That’s because my life IS amazing, and my perception is my reality.” Another “Wow!” Slipped out.

I asked Allen what his word was. He said, “I really don’t have a word. I have a sentence.” I don’t remember all the details, it it was something like, “My world is all about doing my best, my goals and my art.” I smiled and asked if he was an artist, and he proudly said,”Yes!” I told him that I was too. He seemed pleased.

The other young man, Chase, just stood and listened. I said, “Chase, what is your word?” He said that he didn’t have a word, so I said, “OK, think of a word real quick. He thought for only a second and replied, “Satisfied.” Cool! I thought that was pretty cool and true because he responded so quickly.

These two young men, obviously friends, one Hispanic, the other African-American, gave me a smile and a little hope for our future during these trying times. Both with goals and dreams. Hopefully their perception will become their reality.

“Wisdom oft comes from the mouth of babes.”

~ George R.R. Martin

Happy AMAZING Friday, my friends. Cheers!

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday

19 Jun

“…all that matters is the truth as you know it, and as the ones who love you know it.”

― Rachel Hawkins

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Another Thursday has come and gone. I miss my singing and dancing, and karaoke with my friends at Delaney’s. When will we ever get back? Will we ever get back? Well, until then, I’m still singing.

This song is for my dear friend Jerry Horton who is celebrating a birthday today. ❤️🎤 Missing Rose’s birthday, too.

Of course, our good friend Bob belted out an awesome rendition of “Pretty Woman.” You go, Bob. Thanks Joni! Can’t wait to get together for real!

Happy Quarantined Karaoke Thursday, my friends.

Wednesday:) What’s With That Hair, Miss Toni?

18 Jun

“Oh, I just love these hot humid sultry summer days, said NO Latina ever!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I always hated my unruly curly hair. I call it my hysterical Hispanic hair. Especially in the 70’s when every girl wanted fine, long, and straight hair. I had long thick, couldn’t get a comb through it curly hair. So, of course, I used chemical straighteners, ironed it, hot curlers, you name it, but the first humid day… disaster. Thank God for pony tails and braids.

The winter and early spring here in North Texas has been mild and comfortable. But, the last couple of weeks have been blistering hot and humid. Not good for the Hispanic hair.

I go through many comb attachments on my hair dryer every year, just trying to get out the curls and tangles.

Because I’m too embarrassed, or just not up for the painful experience, I tend to cut my own hair, too.

When I would go to a salon, the poor shampoo girl would get carpal tunnel while I yelped as she tried to comb out the tangles,

So, when I receive all those compliments in the winter about my beautiful thick curly hair, I just say, “Thank you.” But, they have NO idea how much work it takes to smooth out that forest.

If you see me around town or on Facebook this summer, remember that my hair will be up in a bun or ponytail until next winter. It’s a Hispanic thing.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day-“A Watched Pot Never Boils.”

17 Jun

” A watched pot never boils, yet an unwatched pot burns your dinner to a nasty crazy crisp.” (Ask me how I know.)

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Here’s my tip for the day… when you sauté an entire huge red onion, do not, and I repeat, do not step away from the stove to get on your iPad to delete your old nonessential and annoying photos.

I have an older iPad that had been sitting in a drawer for a couple of years. I charged that baby up and was looking through some old photos, well over 10,000. I think that’s why I bought a new one. It was too full. I know, you’re going to ask, why don’t you upload them on your laptop? Well, I tried that. My old laptop is just as quirky and obsolete as I am.

Anyway, back to the watched pot. I put the diced onions in a covered frying pan to sauté on low while I started to delete old photos. Well, I got carried away. I had so many old quotes, redundant sunsets, dozens of meals, cupcakes, people I didn’t even recognize, and on the top of my list was deleting old photos of the old dogs and the old husband. (That felt pretty good.)

About two thousand deleted photos later, I was on a roll when smelled something burning. Yikes! I totally forgot about the onions. I was engrossed in deleting my old life.

The good news is, I had another onion. So, I cleaned up that mess and started again. This time…NO stepping away from the stove. Then, I diced up four or five left over boiled potatoes, and topped with some Monterey Jack cheese. I warmed up some flour tortillas, added a little Bernard’s Gourmet Foods salsa, and voila. The perfect homemade veggie burritos. Yum?

Sometimes you have to burn a few burritos and burn a few bridges. Well worth it.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

16 Jun

“Making the best of what we do have, instead of begrudging what we don’t, has a way of creating all that we’ll ever need.”

― Charles F. Glassman

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Another steamy hot Texas week, but a very awesome week. Basically, living mostly in my pajamas, talking on the phone, emails, Facebook, FaceTime with the grand-babies, a visit to the fire station and Holy Family School, and beautiful sunset walks every night. Life is good.

A week in a peek…

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

15 Jun

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

John Muir

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Another exciting and busy morning, rolling out of bed, walking ten steps into the family room, and watching Mass in my pajamas. So exhausting!

Today’s Gospel on this Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ Sunday is from John 6:51-58.

“I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

My take on it… just like bread is a simple and basic way to sustain our bodies, the consecrated bread is a simple way to nourish our souls. Christ said that consuming the blessed bread and wine was the same as His flesh and blood, allowing us to live forever, instead of temporarily. A very difficult concept to comprehend, but true faith doesn’t require absolute comprehension.

The rest of my Sunday, I was busy doing squats… DIDDLY SQUATS! A very lazy day. Bit, the day is still young. Oops! No it isn’t. It’s after 7 pm. The day is done. But, I will get out for an evening walk shortly.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) A Single Rose

14 Jun

“The gentle rose offers a powerful joy known only to the heart.”

― Andrew Pacholy

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A SINGLE ROSE

I picked a single rose

From my flower bed today.

This has much more meaning

Than a hundred rose bouquet.

Roses from a florist

Or a grocery store display

Could never match the love

That a homegrown rose can say.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

A lot of sitting around on a Saturday calls for a little poetry. Sometimes, I just see something special and decide it needs a poem. Not just any kind of poem, but a homegrown inspired right from the heart poem.

I keep promising myself that I’m going to put together a book of my poems inspired by my paintings or photographs. But, it turns out I am much better at procrastination than determination. Someday?

I took a nice evening walk before dusk, and as I sat on a bench, I contemplated my day and my single rose. Inspiring.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Friday:) From Holy Family School and a Few Firemen

13 Jun

“Everyone is hoping to get back to normal, but I’m thinking maybe the old normal wasn’t such a good thing.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s been several months since Helene and I visited our friends over at Holy Family School. We both had several bags to share with the adorable children. Helene also had a huge 18 count box of Kraft Mac and Cheese. Their favorite lunch. We knew we couldn’t see the children, but we put on our masks and drove over to take our donations, now that the school is open. It was wonderful that the school has been able to care for infants and children of first responders and medical personnel. ❤️

I also made a quick stop to visit my friends over at Fire Station 9. They still weren’t able to accept homemade brownies or cookies, but I thought they could use some Powerade for these really hot days. The young fireman that answered the door was very appreciative. I had my mask on, so I mumbled to him, “You guys are all getting so skinny. I’ll keep checking to see when you can have some brownies.”

It was nice to get back to a little of our old sharing and caring routine. It still wasn’t back to normal, just smiling behind a mask, but pretty close.

When things finally do get back to normal, I hope things are a better normal.

I hope you all have a better than normal Friday. Cheer, my friends.

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Lean On Me

12 Jun

“Friends are the pillars on your porch. Sometimes they hold you up, sometimes they lean on you, and sometimes it’s just enough to know that they are standing by.”

~ Unknown

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It certainly was another beautiful Quarantined Karaoke Thursday. Places are opening up a lot more here in Texas. But alas, still no karaoke at Delaney’s Irish Pub. So, I’m still missing my friends, and singing in the bathroom. Bob is still singing to his lovely wife in his media room just about a mile away. I wish they’d open the windows and crank up the volume. I might be able to hear them from my house.

It’s good to have good friends, and have “Somebody to Lean On.”

Bob singing to his beautiful wife Joni, “Only You.”

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and a Walk

11 Jun

“Take care of your words and the words will take care of you.”

― Amit Ray

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Seeing as I spend the majority of my waking hours looking at Facebook, checking emails, and endless hours of surfing the web, it’s obvious that most of my information comes from these avenues. I very rarely turn on the TV, and I NEVER watch the news. Maybe that’s why I’m usually in a fairly good mood. This is not all bad. Well, it ain’t all good either, but it is what it is.

But, this morning, when I asked my Google companion, “OK Google, what’s the temperature?” She replied, “The current temperature in McKinney is 68 degrees.” Well, I replied, “I love you Google.” She didn’t answer, as it wasn’t in the proper questioning format.

OK, this is crazy. I just this moment said, “OK Google, I love you.” She just replied, “Really! It feels good to be loved.” I have way too much times on my hands and spend too much time with my devices.

So, anyway, I went for a wonderful walk this morning. I even needed a light jacket. After several days in the 90’s, it felt divine.

Later on, I sat with my iPad, checking Facebook and found some interesting words of wisdom that friends, family, and others had shared.

And after a beautiful morning and afternoon, another FaceTime with my adorable granddaughter, I went out for an evening walk. Two walks in one day. Great! When I checked my step counter app on my phone, I was at 5.8 miles. Hmmm? Being an over achiever, I decided to March around the kitchen and family room until I got up to 6 miles even. Weird! I know! That’s me.

I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday, too. 🤗