Archive | March, 2021

Thankful Thursday:) Words of Wisdom for a Thirsty Soul

12 Mar

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

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Some words for thought and the soul from my Facebook friends…

And my all time favorite….

You’re welcome!!!!

Happy Thursday, my friends.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

11 Mar

“You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake.” – Unknown

(Leave that to the fast, cheap, easy fake people out there. You know who I’m talkin’ about.)

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I had a nice talk with vegan son in California the other day. I told him that I had some veggies that I needed to cook and asked if he had any ideas. He had many. I decided to make some veggie tostadas. I even skipped my favorite cheese to make a vegan meal.

The slicing, dicing, and chopping was time consuming, but I also used an onion cutting hack that I saw on YouTube, so I made my own video.

Then I had fun smashing “the snot” out of a couple of onions In a plastic bag, getting out some aggression. You should try it.

https://youtu.be/z6ZG4tbedNs

Now, for the yummy cabbage, broccoli, onion and black bean vegan tostadas with diced spinach, tomato and avocado. The tortillas were warmed and browned in a dry pan till crispy.

Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about. Yum!
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Toni’s Tuesday Very Delayed Painting Video:) Easy Iris

10 Mar

“Sometimes patience and Technology and I are not the best of friends.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s almost 1:45 am on Wednesday, but I started this post many hours ago Tuesday evening. I wanted to make a full length painting video of an easy acrylic iris on watercolor paper. It only took me about half an hour to paint and record the first iris painting. I immediately started uploading the video onto YouTube. While I was waiting, I decided to paint three more paintings. Why, you might ask? Because I had left over paint. I hate to waste paint.

Four time the fun…

Well, about an hour later, the YouTube video upload said, “Unable to upload.” That was from my phone. So, I transferred it to my iPad and tried uploading again from there. The upload symbol kept churning and churning ever so slowly. Over two and a half hours later, the upload was complete. That’s just crazy!!!! I know my internet is slow, but I could have grown real irises from seed quicker than that.

Well, hopefully worth the wait.

Montage Monday, Honoring My Mom, and International Women’s Day

9 Mar

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” —Maya Angelou

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My Montage Monday… a week in a peek…

A fine week with fine friends and fine weather.

Now, a brief tribute to my angel mother on this International Women’s Day.

My mother was a hurricane with endless colors, as Ms. Angelou quoted. She had endless energy with a constant thirst for knowledge and boundless love for everything and everyone who knew her. I always remember her working two jobs, taking care of her family and friends, taking classes and learning how to do everything she put her mind to. She was the perfect role model and perfect example of an International Woman.

Trinidad Aguirre-Armenta was a self-taught artist, only to start expressing herself in her paintings after she retired when she was 65. She loved creating scenes from her Mexican heritage and Catholic Faith.
These are just a few of her paintings.
This one is my favorite. A young lady musician teaching and encouraging a young girl how to play the guitar and how to love music.

You are missed MOM. I hope you’re painting, dancing, laughing, singing, and playing music in heaven.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global holidaycelebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.[3] It is also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence against women.[4]

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

8 Mar

“Is all anger sin? No, but some of it is. Even God Himself has righteous anger against sin, injustice, rebellion and pettiness.”

Joyce Meyer

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Sunday is always a special day for me. A day to count my blessings and the wonderful people in my life. (You know who you are.) Also, a good day to watch Mass in my pajamas.

Gospel, John 2:13-25

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus going to the Temple in Jerusalem where He found people selling animals and doves, and there were money changers. Jesus was upset, making a whip and chasing out the offenders saying, “Take all this out of here and stop using my Father’s house as a market.”

“During his stay in Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he did, but Jesus knew all people and did not trust himself to them; he never needed evidence about anyone; he could tell what someone had within.”

My take on it… we never think that getting angry is justifiable, but even Jesus got angry on occasion. People tell you, don’t get mad, always forgive, or turn the other cheek. Some things are just not acceptable or forgivable. ( I’ve said this on many occasions.)

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A penny for your thoughts…

I was doing laundry today, and there at the bottom of the washer , I found a lucky penny. Now, you’re probably thinking that this is not so unusual. It may have been in a pocket of a shirt or pants. But, I was washing sheets and pillow cases. Weird, right? How did that penny get in there? Perhaps a sign. Lucky me.

And as always, the highlight of my evening, a little FaceTime with the cutest little faces in the whole wide world.

Lucky Gamma! ❤️❤️

Saturday On The Square:) Empty Bowls 2021 Artist Party

7 Mar

“When awesome artist creating beautiful artwork come together for a worthy cause, that is called COMMUNITY at its finest.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This evening was a meet the artist and view some of the awesome bowls created for Empty Bowls 2021 over at The Cove. The auction and event will take place on April 29th.
(Keep the date open. Help celebrate 10 years of feeding the hungry and providing services for our community.)
I was honored to have two of my bowls selected to be featured.

I was just in awe at all the outstanding submissions by local potters and artists. Everyone recognized my yellow roses, and my ceramic pink roses that were glazed on a hand thrown bowl made by the fabulous Steve Macias.

A few more amazing bowls.
I think this one by Minda Macias was my favorite.
JB Phipps always turns an awesome wooden bowl. This one is huge and spectacular.
Then of course, it’s always fun to run into old friends that you haven’t seen in ages. Sherri Murphy glazed this adorable floral bowl.

(DISCLAIMER-masks were worn by all at this event, but removed very briefly for photo ops.)

Friday:)Follow Your Heart and Your Feathers

6 Mar

“I think it’s important to have a dream and to follow your heart.” ~Austin Butler

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It was an on and off drizzly day. The good news is… I still went out to walk the dog a few times, the bad news is, my back has been bothering me for a few days, ranging from a little sore to a a screeching screaming I think I’m going to die.

On one of my tenuous excursions in the park, I smiled when I looked down to see black feather laced in the grass.

A lucky feather.

Then, walking back to the house, a heart in the street brightened the gloomy day.

When I see a random heart, I like to think of it as a sign that says “Follow your heart.” I like to think I’m doing just that. ❤️

Well, it’s Friday. You know what that means… Black Russian Friday.

Cheers, my friends.

Throwback Theme Song Thursday

5 Mar

“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away.”

– The Beatles

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I believe in YESTERDAY…. just a throwback Thursday.

I’m the adorable one on the left.

Wednesday:) What’s Happenin’ In My World

4 Mar


“It’s okay to be crazy and scared and brave at the same time!”
― Kelly Epperson

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This certainly is a crazy scary world nowadays, but life goes on. And, we have to make the best of it, so it’s okay to be crazy and scared and brave. Hopefully, that will include being smart and exclude being stupid.

I’m trying to continue on with my life, being careful and considerate. I’ve gotten my first dose of vaccine and have an appointment for my second next week. Even then, I will continue to wear my mask and try to keep others safe. But, I’ll still do my thing.

Yesterday, Helene and I masked up and went over to Holy Family School with a trunk load of our donations for the little ones. We stock up on sales every week and about once a month, we drive over to the east side for our “happy fix.” We had baby wipes, Gold Fish crackers, juice, cereal, bottled water, and other snacks. The staff is always happy to see us, and we love peeking in on the little ones napping or going out to the playground.

It was kinda funny, today, on my Facebook memories from last year on this day, this cute photo popped up. (Pre-scary Covid time.)

When Helene and I were leaving downtown McKinney, we spotted the mounted patrol putting the horses in the trailer for their rest and lunch break. (The horses, not the officers. Well, maybe them too.) Officer John even recognized me with my mask and said, “Haven’t seen you in a long time.” Officer Kevin said the same, and the horses were glad to get a pat on the nose and a gentle nuzzle. Do you think they remember me, too?

Aren’t they adorable! The horses….well, the officers too.

Today, I met my friend Krys for a quick lunch and to pick up my order. She had sewn some special order items for my little granddaughters. I wanted to get them shipped before Easter, so she’s been working diligently. Not easy with the power outages we had. (Thanks Krys)

Aren’t they magnificent! Krys works wonders with fabric, and my little girls love the special handmade gifts. I ordered two identical sets so there is no fussing or confusion down the line. I have the most talented friends. If you want to contact Krys Watson, let me know.

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of days. Keeping busy and trying to stay out of trouble. (That’s not always easy.) Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Toni’s Tuesday Regular-Time Video ~ Paper Bag Bunnies

3 Mar

“When life gives you an empty bag, fill it up with creativity.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This was too quick of a project for a time-lapse video, so I did regular speed. It’s just a fun craft to do with kids or just to make something cute for Easter for friends and family. If you make a pattern, the older kids can cute and glue and color. The younger kids might need some help. You could put in Easter eggs, candy, small stuffed toys, or my favorite… a big bag full of cash.

https://youtu.be/j7eE3CkHRX0