Archive | April, 2021

Montage Monday:) A Week In a Pokey Peek

20 Apr

“It’s been a pretty slow uneventful week. If it wasn’t for procrastination, I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Wow, a slow week here in my little world. My iPad, “Master Mind” recordings and “Murder She Wrote” reruns are my constant companions. And, every time I say, “OK Google, what’s the temperature. Siri says, “It’s the same temperature as it was five minutes ago Miss Toni! Get a life!” NOT REALLY, but I know what she’s thinking. 🤦‍♀️

Here’s a week in a pokey peek…

I think I’ll have a glass of wine and mess with Siri for a while. Sometimes when I cuss, she says, “Now, now, is that any way to talk!”

Happy Monday my friends! 🤗

Sunday Sermon and Silver Sneakers

19 Apr

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. – Friedrich Nietzsche


Today, back to watching Mass on TV in my pink polka dot pajamas. Just one of those days.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples. They were frightened, but Jesus showed them his wounds and ate food to prove He was truly alive…

44Then he said to them, “These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things.

My take on it… Jesus proved His resurrection and opened their minds to understand so the disciples could continue preaching and sharing His word. **************

The rest of my Sunday was AMAZING! Just a beautiful cool sunny day. A day to reflect on my blessings and appreciate my friends, family and the world.

It’s always fabulous to FaceTime with my little girls.

I’ve been trying to break in my new silver sneakers. Today, they finally felt comfortable. I was able to walk so much faster.

When I got to this sign, I realized I better slow down so I wouldn’t get pulled over by the police for going faster than 25 M.P.H. (Ha, just kidding. I was probably only going 22 or 24.)

Another fine sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) “Say Houston, We Have A Problem.”

18 Apr

“It is better to solve one problem five different ways, than to solve five problems one way.”
― George Pólya


The other day, I was sitting quietly on the sofa watching tv when I heard a distant thud. It didn’t quite sound like it came from outside, where several houses were getting new roofs replaced after the recent hail storm. It sounded like it came from upstairs. Spooky. No one has been upstairs for days. so, I went up to investigate.

I walked around, and when I checked out my really neat and organized studio, formerly known as “the crap room,” I noticed a large glass vase on the floor. Hmm? Upon further investigation, I noticed one of my supposedly heavy duty shelves was leaning like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Oh no! If that would have come crashing down, it would have been UGLY!

I removed everything from all the shelves, and canvases, bottles, and glassware were scattered ALL over. Then, I proceeded to examine the situation and decided that the best thing to do was “do nothing.” The mess sat there for days while I procrastinated. I asked Sid to take a look at the shelf, and he noticed that a couple of the posts were really loose. So, we disassembled the unit and wrapped some masking tape around the loose posts and reassembled it. That seemed to do the trick.

Then, the empty shelves sat a few more days uNtil I had the inclination and energy to put everything back. The secret this time was, “don’t put anymore really heavy stuff of the top.” Duh!

I paint a lot of glassware, and a bunch of friends also have given me wine glasses and vases that they no longer want. They know I’ll turn them into something beautiful. BUT, where to store everything?

Let’s put everything back. Well not everything. I got a couple of large bins to store some of the heavier pieces on the other side of the room.

Well, I hope this works. So far, so good. I’ll let you know if I hear another thud, or God forbid, a big crash. 🤦‍♀️

After a couple of hours wrestling with that problem, it was time for an evening walk and to chase the sunset.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Friday Fulminations, My Firemen, and Some Feathered Friends

16 Apr

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

Michael Caine


So, we have had SO much rain lately that I told a few friends that I was running up to Home Depot to pick up a lot of lumber and start building the ARK. Now, how to gather all the animals two by two is another story. Well, most people know my weird sense of humor, or lack there of. Miss June gave me a funny look while she pondered how I planned on building an Ark. she got it after a little reflection.

I almost had a head start this morning when I was walking the dog in the rain. A few friendly ducks were across the street waddling around on the neighbors front lawn. Plenty of water around.

Now for the fulminations. I stopped at my fire station with some brownies this afternoon.

A few minutes after the young man went back to check on my other empty containers from the previous weeks, one of the captains came out to talk to me.

“Sorry Miss Toni. We aren’t able to accept homemade treats yet. The other guys didn’t realize that the chiefs are frowning upon and are insisting that no homemade food be brought in. Not even from home or their souses. It’s a safety issue with Covid . Pre-packaged items are ok. But, we have your number and you’ll be the first one we call when we get the ok.”

Well, back to my packaged tortilla chips, canned beans, and Bernard’s Salsa. “”Sigh.”

Happy Friday, my friends.

Self-Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue

16 Apr

“I appreciate when people listen to the sad songs, because it’s almost like telling someone your problems and having them listen with a compassionate ear.”

~Jhene Aiko


Such a yucky rainy day all day today, with chance of continued yucky tomorrow. Instead of “Rainy With a Chance of Meatballs,” it’s more like “Rainy With a Chance of a Tall Glass of Chardonnay.” (Just sayin’.)

I guess the gang is getting together for karaoke on Fridays now at the VFW, like the old days. I haven’t joined them yet. Delaney’s replaced their backroom with pool tables, so no more karaoke and socializing there. I may have to hang up my self-Quarantined microphone and get over to the VFW. But, for today… singing at home..all by myself. Oops…that’s a good song too.

My brown eyes aren’t so blue anymore. ❤️

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom~What Are You Doing For Others?

15 Apr

“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Martin Luther King Jr.


Sometimes I wonder if people reading my stories about taking brownies to the firemen, or volunteering with local senior artists, or taking food and treats to the preschool, well, I wonder if they think I’m trying to toot my own horn or show off. The truth of the matter is, I have found that when I share some of these random acts of kindness, often times, other people are influenced to join in on the fun. Yes, fun. Friends have given me checks to donate, others have given me cookies to take to my firemen, and others have joined me in volunteering. And guess what? They had fun and felt joy, too.

There is no greater satisfaction in the world than making someone smile. It could be something as simple as paying a compliment to a stranger, or writing a note or making a call to an old friend. And, my firemen love my brownies and always smile. From my own experience, I have found that the more I give, the more I receive.

I always say that my cup isn’t half full or half empty, but rather, it’s always overflowing. I have been blessed with so much that I try and share a little of my blessings with others. Then, right when the cup starts getting a tiny bit lower, it gets filled to overflowing again, so I need to share again. That’s how my universe works.

Monday, Helene and I went over to Holy Family School over on the east side. During the course of the month, we shop the sales at different stores for items that the little ones can use, anything from baby wipes to cookies to, the ever popular, Mickey Mouse Goldfish crackers. We delight in sharing our bargains. Then, about once a month, we gather a trunk load of items and take it over.

This month, I hit the jackpot, apple juice was only 99 cents, as well as the bags of cookies. Helene had puddings, cookies, and a bunch of other treats at her house.
Between the two of us, we had a trunk load of goodies for the little ones.
Miss Melody greeted us with the biggest smile, even under her mask. She knows that we are just two ladies that appreciate what the school is doing to help the young children and families in the neighborhood.

If we all just give back a little to our community, the world could be a better happier place. I know Helene and I are happier every time we visit.

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video~ Painting Grapes With An Ear Plug

14 Apr

“Artists pretty much use everything but the kitchen sink in their artwork. Well, maybe some even use the kitchen sink.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, I was trying to think of a simple painting projects, easy enough for kids and even easier for adults. Adults don’t always like to play and experiment with their artwork.

I Googled a bunch of examples of different art techniques , but I ended up going up to my studio to look for inspiration. Aha! A note card of a cluster of grapes using an ear plug for a perfect circle every time.

My first layer was a lighter purple,then a darker layer for the second layer. A few little white highlight C strokes, a stem and a few leaves, and VOILA! A pretty gift card to add to a bottle of wine or a pair of hand painted wine glasses. Since I already had the paint out and only one original card left, I made a few more. Remember…I don’t like to waste paint.

I can’t just paint one. Just like cooking and baking… I get carried away.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

13 Apr

Keep busy at something: a busy person never has time to be unhappy.Robert Louis Stevenson


It was a fun busy week. I don’t have “time to be unhappy.” The days are getting longer… well, a day can’t really get any longer than 24 hours, but the daylight hours are getting longer . This allows for longer evening walks, sunsets, and glorious days.

A week in a peek… Happy Monday, my friends. ❤️

Sunday Sermon and In Person Live Didn’t Show Up In My Pajamas Morning Mass

12 Apr

“I don’t know about you, but I was so nervous that the first Sunday back to church in person, that I would show up in my pajamas and slippers. Phew! I remembered to get dressed. You’re welcome!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


A very special Sunday for me. I attended 9 o’clock Mass at St. Gabriel this morning. This is the first time in many months. I’m feeling more confident having had my vaccines for about a month now. It was wonderful to be back. (And… I didn’t show up in my pink polka dot pajamas.)

It was nice to see familiar faces and good friends. I sat with Jerry and Helene, and even though we are still wearing masks and distancing, families sit together, and we are family. (Just not by blood.)

Today’s Gospel was the ever popular story of “Doubting Thomas.” Jesus appeared to the disciples locked in an upper room in fear after the resurrection. Thomas was not there, and when he returned, he did not believe that Jesus appeared, saying that he would need to see and touch the wounds to believe.

A week later, all were in a locked room together and Jesus appeared, again saying, “Peace be with you.” Jesus challenged Thomas to touch the wounds if he needed proof…

“Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”


Ah, that’s a good one. My take on it is pretty much the same as yours. Those who believe without physical proof are blessed. You haven’t seen God, but you still believe. You haven’t seen heaven, but you believe. I believe in Angels and haven’t seen one, but I have felt a presence and guidance. Then, there are those lucky pennies and feathers that appear. Thats the definition of faith.

Ohhhhhh! I was so delighted and amazed that the church had a sensor activated holy water dispenser! Did you ever? I never heard of such a thing. There hadn’t been any water in the front or holy water dispensers for like a year. When we were exited, I noticed people putting their hand beneath this dispenser and it said HOLY WATER. How clever! Who comes up with these things? Must be a miracle! Just kidding, but some clever innovator at work.

It looked just like this. I googled it, as I didn’t want to cause a scene by stopping to take a photo at church in wild amazement and admiration. Cool!

The rest of my Sunday was great. How can you go wrong with church, special friends, communion, holy water, hugs, kisses, and dancing and singing in the kitchen?

Happy Sunday, my friends!

Saturday on the Square:) Arts In Bloom 2021

11 Apr

“Art is in the air, art is everywhere, must be because… it’s Arts In Bloom on the Square.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was the perfect afternoon for Arts In Bloom on the Square In Downtown McKinney today. The three day festival had a shaky windy start Friday evening, but today was gorgeous and tomorrow should be even nicer. Yay!

Helen and I met Sherri, walked around a little, then had a yummy lunch at The Pantry. The Square was packed and we ran into a lot of friends and artists on our adventures.

So many talented friends, so much to see, so little time.
Musicians performed along the streets and the wine tasting venue was hopping.
Colorful flowers, crowded streets, food vendors, packed restaurants, and artwork everywhere. Many people were wearing their masks, unless they were eating or drinking. (But, most everyone was eating and drinking) We had our masks on except for photo ops.
Of course, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to take a photo with a few of McKinney FD’s finest. A few familiar faces under those masks.
There was also a nice representation of McKinney PD officers.
A fine fun day was had by all.