Archive | August, 2021

Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse Video:) Watercolor Hummingbird

31 Aug

“either you take in believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird.”

~Henry Miller


A simple watercolor project with watercolor paper and I expensive paints, a big brush and a fine brush, (papa bear and baby bear brushes) water, and a stencil.

Wet on wet technique. Brush clear water over entire surface, then drop in colors going from lights to darks. I like the lighter colors in the middle so the stencil will show up. Remember, watercolor always dries a bit lighter, so don’t be afraid of bright colors.
I used a hummingbird stencil, but there are thousands to choose from. I was planning my art project for my seniors at Towne Creek.

Because I am a hoarder… I mean, a collector of anything that can be used for an art project, I had some sticks and twigs from my yard or from flowers that I’ve received as gifts. Never waste a fine stem.

I attached the paper to the twig by making a fold over the twig, then taped the back to secure, and added some twine to make a hanger. If you watch the video below, you will see that young and old can create a beautiful wall hanging for any occasion.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

30 Aug

“Life is one grand sweet song, so start the music.”

~Ronald Reagan


It was a grand sweet week, and “the band played on.”

A week in a grand peek…

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

30 Aug

“Life is one grand sweet song, so start the music.”

~Ronald Reagan


It was a grand sweet week, and “the band played on.”

A week in a grand peek…

Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

30 Aug

“Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.”
― Anthony Burgess


Another awesome Sunday. My heart is full with so many blessings and wonderful people in my life. You know who you are.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Jesus replying to the Pharisees and scribes who questioned why some of His disciples were not respecting the tradition of washing their hands before eating. He called them hypocrites who honor with words but not their hearts. They teach lessons of human commandments….

8 You put aside the commandment of God to observe human traditions.’14 He called the people to him again and said, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand.15 Nothing that goes into someone from outside can make that person unclean; it is the things that come out of someone that make that person unclean.21 For it is from within, from the heart, that evil intentions emerge: fornication, theft, murder,22 adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly.23 All these evil things come from within and make a person unclean.’

My take on it… God knows what’s in your heart. Actions speak louder than words. Goodness comes from within, not from what appears on the outside.


After Mass, a quick stop for coffee and conversation with Helene and Jerry. Oh, and lots of silliness and joking around. The rest of my afternoon was awesome and quiet.

Always a highlight… a FaceTime call with my favorite granddaughters.

Before I knew it, it was time for an evening walk. I got in 2.2 miles and captured another awesome sunset.

Look at those stunning clouds. Wow! Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

29 Aug

”The sun shall shine in ages yet to be, The musing moon illumine pastures dim, And afterwards a new nativity for all who slept the dreamless interim.”

~Natalie Crane


Thursday afternoon, I spent a couple of hours or more sketching in the Sanctuary. I’ve already done all the Rose windows, a sculpture, the mosaic dove, and the crucifix. So, after lighting my candle, I walked the side perimeters of stained glass windows in search of my next religious reference. So many choices. I finally was inspired by the window of The Nativity. A perfect choice.

Good choice, right?
You’re probably thinking, wow, look how quickly and easily Miss Toni can sketch. What you don’t see is all the light lines, erase marks, more sketching and more erasing. This took about two hours to get this far. I always sketch the main outlines and complete the rest at home.
I just finished this a few minutes ago, with probably another couple of hours of work. Not really work as much as an artistic labor of love. Then, to put the sketch in my Artisto app to create those cool colors and backgrounds.
One of my favorites. I’m not sure if I should have added the leaded lines from the window. I guess I could always add them later.
Well, a few of my favorites. I’m sure you can see why I enjoy my meditative sketching in the Sanctuary and creating these beautiful images.

Friday:) Fun Art, Food and Friends at Towne Creek

28 Aug

“Be willing to share your blessings. The only riches that last are the ones that are given away.”

-David Khalil


Tada! Today was our Towne Creek Senior Art Group. Such a nice group of ladies who love to learn new painting techniques and draw and just have fun with arts and crafts. Helene and I bring food and drinks and snacks and we just party all afternoon, 2-6 pm.

I did a quick watercolor demo, and I like to make them laugh when I paint with my eyes closed, looking the other way. It’s just to show them to relax and not be so worried about details. Just have fun.
Everyone had fun and learned a few tips and tricks along the way.

Around 5 pm, Helene and I prepare our feast. But, while they are working, we have snacks and cookies.Today, the feast was pizza 🤦‍♀️, lemonade, unicorn pudding (rainbow cupcake flavor), and root beer floats for dessert.

Now, I’ll tell you the hilarious story about baking the pizzas in the oven.

I set the oven for 380, and popped in the pizzas around 5pm. About ten minutes went by, and the smoke detector above the oven started to sound with a piecing chirp. Oh no! There was no smoke, so we opened the door and started fanning the ceiling with large plastic trays. Chirp! It continued. Helene and I took turns fanning at the annoying detector. We were afraid it would set off the alarm and then the cute firemen would have to come and all 50 residents would have to evacuate. We kept fanning. I turned off the oven when the pizzas were almost done. Miss Fay went up to her apartment and got a big fan and we placed it on the floor facing up and the annoying chirping alarm. What gives?

Well, you probably guessed. We finally figured out that it was the low battery chirp because it never did stop. 🤦‍♀️ what are the chances it would happen when we started baking pizzas. Maintenance is gone until Monday, so it will keep chirping until then.

It was a good day. A little strange, but good. I was so tired when I got home, I threw myself on my bed for an hour, just to get off my feet. Did I mention that I also entertain the ladies with dancing the “Cupid Shuffle” and singing “Proud Mary?” I brought my karaoke microphone. I told them that I would keep singing until they paid me to stop. I got a few offers. That’s my new idea. I think I could make good money by singing, and people would pay to stop. My new career.

Happy Friday, my friends. CHEERS!

Throwback Thursday:) Isn’t Life Grand!

27 Aug

Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.

Sharon Draper


I love this quote. It sounds like something I would write. I guess Miss Sharon beat me to it. It’s been a nostalgic week, looking back at old photos and videos.

Mom had the greatest time visiting Station 5.
This grandma loves her babies.
Weddings are so special.
Final weeks and fond memories.
Oh, and the sunsets…

Wednesday:) What Wondrous Sights and Sounds

26 Aug

“It’s amazing all the sights and sounds you will encounter if you get out of bed before noon. Just sayin’ for a friend.🤦‍♀️”

I actually went to bed before midnight last night. That doesn’t happen often. My eyes opened somewhere after 7 am, and I got myself moving by 7:30. I decided that it would be a good idea to get a morning walk in before the treacherous Texas heat swooped in. Then, I could walk a little in the morning and a little at night.

The morning moon was still shining in the sultry blue sky.
The birds were chirping and this little squirrely fella kept pace with me just a few feet ahead for a block or two. Maybe he was a squirrel scout.
I stopped to take a rest under a shady tree before making a couple more loops around the pond. A little white butterfly fluttered by my hands for a while, so close that I could almost touch it.

My evening walk was just as rewarding with a fiery evening sunset. It was a lot warmer than this morning.

My feline friend, Sammi, always runs to greet me on my walks.

Well, I was pretty proud of my walking activity today. So many sights and sounds.

I haven’t done 5 miles in a while. Oh no! I may have to get up early all the time! NAH! That ain’t gonna happen. 🤦‍♀️

Time-Traveling Tuesday

24 Aug

“Maybe you can’t go back in time, but memories and photos can take you back there for a little while.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


This morning, I went upstairs to my library/office to look for a large mailing envelope and a book. I promised my granddaughter that I would send her a unicorn bandana. One for her and one for her sister. As not to waste all that postage on just two bandanas, I decided to mail one of the many children’s books that I’ve collected over the years… even before I had grandchildren.

While looking for just the right book to send, I ran across several boxes of old photos. Oh no! I opened each box and reminisced and smiled at old friends, family from years ago, previous homes, sunsets, and old art projects. Then, I ran across a photo that really made me smile and I wanted to share.

The Reynolds triplets were only 5 years old when I first moved to McKinney. These adorable kids lived Nextdoor to me until I moved away ten years later. I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was a hot August day and I wanted to bake them a back to school cake in the shape of a school bus. I think it may have been their birthday, too, or at least close to it. The cake was pretty ugly, but fortunately my baking skills improved over those ten years. And, my little baking buddy on the right, came over to visit regularly to make brownies. Occasionally, the boys would join us for a tea party or to watch a dvd video “The Dinosaurs”. (“Not the Mamma.”)
Now, these little ones are all grown and finishing up college. Their older sister is married with an adorable baby of her own. We still keep in touch via Facebook, and I attended their high school graduation party and older sister’s wedding. They will always be my little buddies. (I borrowed and edited this photo from their mom’s Facebook page.)

The time sure does fly by, but as long as I have these photos and fond memories, I can TIME TRAVEL anytime I want to. LOVE YOU GUYS!

Montage Monday:). A Week in a Peek and a Flashback

24 Aug

“It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.”
― Nicholas Sparks


Today is the 7th anniversary of the day I moved into my new house. August 23rd, was also the day that I got married in 1975. The marriage didn’t last, even though 39 years is a long time for someone to decide, “Gee, I’m just not happy. We got married too young.” Ya think that would have come up in 39 years? But, as is my good fortune, I landed on my feet, moved into my brand new house, and started my new life. One of my miracle days. I have to say, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Here’s a week in a peek… and a flashback….

Another great week. Also, 364 weeks in my beautiful house and my wonderful life.
On this day in 1975. A flashback memory. No regrets, just a wonderful future ahead, ( This photo memory greeted me on Facebook this morning. 🤦‍♀️)