Archive | March, 2022

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

20 Mar

“People hear what we say but they see what we do. And seeing is believing.”

~Al Lucia


A beautiful sunny warm Sunday here. Awesome! 9 o’clock Mass, friends, a lovely way to end the week.

Today’s Gospel was the famous Samaritan woman sitting by the well, then Jesus asks her for some water… It’s a long one, so you can fast forward to the end if you already know the story…


JN 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, 
near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there.
Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.
It was about noon.

A woman of Samaria came to draw water.
Jesus said to her,
“Give me a drink.”
His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.
The Samaritan woman said to him, 
“How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?”
—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—
Jesus answered and said to her,
“If you knew the gift of God
and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink, ‘
you would have asked him 
and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him, 
“Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; 
where then can you get this living water?
Are you greater than our father Jacob, 
who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself 
with his children and his flocks?”
Jesus answered and said to her, 
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; 
but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; 
the water I shall give will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him,
“Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty 
or have to keep coming here to draw water.

“I can see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; 
but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her,
“Believe me, woman, the hour is coming
when you will worship the Father 
neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You people worship what you do not understand; 
we worship what we understand, 
because salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, 
when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; 
and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him 
must worship in Spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him,
“I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; 
when he comes, he will tell us everything.”
Jesus said to her,
“I am he, the one who is speaking with you.”

Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him.
When the Samaritans came to him,
they invited him to stay with them;
and he stayed there two days.
Many more began to believe in him because of his word,
and they said to the woman,
“We no longer believe because of your word;
for we have heard for ourselves,
and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.

*****My take on it… Jesus didn’t care about the Samaritan woman’s reputation or character. He gives everyone a chance to hear His word. The Samaritans didn’t get along with the Jews, but they listened and learned and began to believe for themselves. Seeing is believing and believing is seeing.


After church, we stopped at McD for coffee, but this time Helene invited one of our new friends, Ashleigh. And when I was going up to order, I saw my friend Karen in her car, going through the drive-through. I asked her to join us. So we had a nice group of 5. Some didn’t know each other, but we laughed, and joked and had a nice visit.

Helene and I stopped at Tom Thumb for some sales, then home. I had a nice long walk, just under 6K steps today. Always beautiful. Happy Sunday!

Saturday:) Sunshine and Some Kind Words

20 Mar

“Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself. Never doubt who you are.”
― Stephanie Lahart


You never know how a simple kind word could encourage someone or make their day. In the same respect, remember what my Mom always used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.”

It was a gorgeous warm sunny Saturday. I was looking forward to a nice invigorating evening walk around the pond.

I usually walk two laps around the pond, then sit a minute, then a couple more laps. Today, I was pumping my arms, determined to get three laps before a short rest. Kids were out riding bikes, and the birds were chirping away. I was rounding the third lap when I felt someone swish by me. It was a young lady jogging by. After she passed me on the right, she turned around and said, “GOOD JOB!” and gave me a thumbs up. Those two little words made me smile.
Not only did I finish that third lap, but I went on to walk a fourth lap before sitting on the bench for a breather. I sat a few minutes, stretched my weary back and rubbed my sore knees, then continued on. I was pumped.
I usually walk about four laps, five tops, averaging between 3 or 4 thousand steps. Those two little kind words of encouragement, “GOOD JOB,” found me losing track of the laps and time, and just enjoying the sunshine.

You never know how just a few kind words can effect someone. Remember… BE KIND!

Friday:) Friends, Fun on the Square, and My Firemen

18 Mar

“Just when you’re all excited about going to The Pantry Restaurant on the Square, getting chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, and a side of fried okra, you realize it’s Lent, it’s Friday and you’re Catholic.” Bummer

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today was a fun Friday. I met my old friend Linda for lunch at the Pantry. Then, I remembered it was Lent. Bummer. But, I did get a double order of fried okra, and I had the chance to visit and catch up with Linda.

I love fried okra. I never had it until I moved to Texas. Good stuff.

We enjoyed our three hour lunch, and walked around the Square a bit.

There was a cool mural over by the CASA building. It beckoned for a photo op. The ladder looks so real.
More fun murals.

After our stroll, I was headed over to the St. Peter’s Church Office to see if I could drop of my bowl donations for Empty Bowls. I plugged in the address into my GPS because I wasn’t sure where Foote Street was. When I I parked in the empty lot, I remembered that Minda said the office closed at noon on Friday. Oops!

So, here’s the funny part. I thought, hmmm? Maybe I’ll take my chances and see if anyone is over at SPARC, the ceramic art studio that is somewhere near St. Peter’s. Maybe I could drop my bowls off there. I plugged the address into my GPS and it said 1 minute walk. Hmm? Must be close. I clicked on start for directions when I noticed the studio was just on the other side of the parking lot where I was, right behind a row of bushes. Boy, did I feel foolish. I am not directionally challenged. I’m just in a different time dimension for this planet Called earth. 🤦‍♀️

Both Minda and Alex Macias were there, and I was able to drop off my donations. I also got a chance to see a bunch of the other artist bowls created by other local artists. Wow! This year is going to be an amazing event. I didn’t take pictures so as not to spoil the surprise. There will be an artist preview event next Saturday. I’ll share some photos then. I’m excited!

Well, to finish my Friday with more alliteration, I dropped off some of my “bad ass brownies” for my firefighter friends at Station 9 the other day.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Thankful Thursday:) Attitude of Gratitude

18 Mar

“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


I have signed up for and listened to soooo many podcasts and webinars in the past two years that I’m pretty sure that I could start and star in my own do it yourself, self help, fix your brain and fix your life talk show. I just finished one on BrainHealth today. Very insightful. Maybe more on that another day.

But, what I’d like to share today is that THE NUMBER ONE KEY, THE NUMBER ONE WORD, that every theme has focused on is GRATITUDE. You can’t be happy with yourself, your life or anyone else if you are not grateful and thankful for who you are, what you have, and how you can share it with others.

I am so grateful and blessed with the most wonderful family and friends. I think this and feel this every day. I share it in my morning prayer when I wake and when I close my eyes at night. My constant prayer is “Thank you for Your blessings.”

Along with feeling blessed is try and be a blessing to others. I try and share. This week, I was able to doggie sit a few days for my old neighbor Mr. Mike. (well, he’s not old, but he has moved away.) Just a small favor for a friend that makes me feel good, and he appreciates my help. I also was kitty sitting a couple of weeks ago for Miss Kathy. I try to explain to them that I get such joy by helping them out. That’s what friends are for.

It’s also cool to show your appreciation for others. After Mr. Mike picked up Bella, I went to Kroger to get my prescription and do some grocery shopping. The assisted check out line with a real person was so long, so I went to self-check out. I don’t like it because A. I feel that it’s putting people out of work, and B. I can’t figure out how to weigh my own tomatoes and cabbage.🤦‍♀️

I got started and got stuck with weighing. A young employee came over to help me. I kept her there until she weighed four different items for me. When I was finished, I noticed that one of my items didn’t ring up with the digital coupon sale price. I called her back and she fixed it. I thanked her profusely and asked her name, as her tag was covered up. “Riley.”

Oh man! It was Riley. A couple of months ago, I was going to check out, and this young lady who was closing to go on her break or go home, waved me on and checked me out anyway. I remembered her because when we were done with my order, she gave me a hug. I had told the dozen or so people trying to get in line behind me that she was closing, Saving her from having to continue checking. She was just too nice to say no. So, when I was leaving, I went to customer service to tell them how amazing she was, and also sent a note to corporate. Today, I said, “Riley, you may not remember me, but a while back you were so sweet and asked me if you could give me a hug, and that just made my day.” Her smile widened and I gave her a hug this time and asked for a selfie. She felt appreciated and I felt thankful for her kindness. Win-win.

After I got home and put away my groceries, I only had about 30 minutes before my BrainHealth Webinar at 7. Another thing I’ve learned in my vast research is “Take care of yourself physically and emotionally.” I love my walks, so I threw on my gym shoes and scurried out the door for a short brisk walk. It was getting dark and cloudy, so I picked up the pace. As I walked, I saw a lady walking her dog. I’ve seen this lady almost every day for months, but I never stopped to ask her name. So today, I was feeling grateful for my walks, my neighborhood, and the people in my world, so I asked her name.

This is Kelly. Her dog Waffles is not shown, but he’s a cute big white dog. I repeated Kelly’s name a couple of times so I’d remember. (I saw a podcast on memory and remembering last week.🤦‍♀️) I also learned to associate names in order to remember. I said, “Nice to meet you Kelly, on this lovely St. Patrick’s Day.” She laughed, but I’ll associate Irish and Kelly and St. Patrick’s Day.

I am thankful for all the cool people in my life, all the knowledge I have gained, and all the things that make Miss Toni…. AMAZING!!!!

“Never stop learning, never stop laughing, and never stop loving.”-Me

Wednesday:)Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends

17 Mar

“Voice is not just the sound that comes from your throat, but the feelings that come from your words.”
― Jennifer Donnelly


Here are some insightful words of wisdom from my fabulous Facebook friends. All just from today! Every day is filled with a lot of wisdom… and sometimes a little crap! 🤦‍♀️ I just delete the crap. 🤦‍♀️

I especially like, turn off the news!
I love my sunsets.
See, I’m not broken,.. I’m a disco ball. “Stayin’ Alive.”

Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday. 🤗

Tuesday:) Toni’s Top Ten Reasons to Fear the Ides of March

16 Mar

“Beware of the Ides of March. Be not afraid. Go bake brownies.”

~William Shakespeare And Toni

********************** Lots of bad things have happened on this day.

1. Assassination of Julius Caesar, 44 B.C.
Conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus stab dictator-for-life Julius Caesar to death before the Roman senate. Caesar was 55.

2. A Raid on Southern England, 1360
A French raiding party begins a 48-hour spree of rape, pillage and murder in southern England. King Edward III interrupts his own pillaging spree in France to launch reprisals, writes historian Barbara Tuchman, “on discovering that the French could act as viciously in his realm as the English did in France.”

3. Samoan Cyclone, 1889
A cyclone wrecks six warships—three U.S., three German—in the harbor at Apia, Samoa, leaving more than 200 sailors dead. (On the other hand, the ships represented each nation’s show of force in a competition to see who would annex the Samoan islands; the disaster averted a likely war.)

4. Czar Nicholas II Abdicates His Throne, 1917
Czar Nicholas II of Russia signs his abdication papers, ending a 304-year-old royal dynasty and ushering in Bolshevik rule. He and his family are taken captive and, in July 1918, executed before a firing squad.

5. Germany Occupies Czechoslovakia, 1939
Just six months after Czechoslovak leaders ceded the Sudetenland, Nazi troops seize the provinces of Bohemia and Moravia, effectively wiping Czechoslovakia off the map.

6. A Deadly Blizzard on the Great Plains, 1941
A Saturday-night blizzard strikes the northern Great Plains, leaving at least 60 people dead in North Dakota and Minnesota and six more in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. A light evening snow did not deter people from going out—“after all, Saturday night was the time for socializing,” Diane Boit of Hendrum, Minnesota, would recall—but “suddenly the wind switched, and a rumbling sound could be heard as 60 mile-an-hour winds swept down out of the north.”

7. World Record Rainfall, 1952
Rain falls on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion—and keeps falling, hard enough to register the world’s most voluminous 24-hour rainfall: 73.62 inches.

8. CBS Cancels the “Ed Sullivan Show,” 1971
Word leaks that CBS-TV is canceling “The Ed Sullivan Show” after 23 years on the network, which also dumped Red Skelton and Jackie Gleason in the preceding month. A generation mourns.

9. Disappearing Ozone Layer, 1988
NASA reports that the ozone layer over the Northern Hemisphere has been depleted three times faster than predicted.

10. A New Global Health Scare, 2003
After accumulating reports of a mysterious respiratory disease afflicting patients and healthcare workers in China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada, the World Health Organization issues a heightened global health alert. The disease will soon become famous under the acronym SARS (for Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome).

T.A. Frail

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Tom Frail is a senior editor for Smithsonian magazine. He previously worked as a senior editor for the Washington Post and for Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.

MORE RECENT:2020- The Covid Pandemic is now in full swing, the entire world is in a Pandemic Panic…

  • European countries impose restrictions on gatherings and borders as COVID-19 deaths rates rise dramatically – Italy 1,809, Spain 288, France 120
  • US Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to near zero to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic

NOW, March 15, 2022- BREAKING NEWS…Toni is baking her famous “Bad Ass Brownies,” and life goes on. Appreciate each day, but “Beware of the Ides of March.”

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

14 Mar

“The only thing stranger than the winter weather where you live is the winter weather at my house.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was cold this morning, then the sun came out in the afternoon. Now, the sky is dark and gray and the thunder clapping is shaking the windows and scaring me. Welcome to Texas in March.

Dark rain clouds moving in. (This is a color photo)

Well, here’s my week in a peek…

Happy Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Mar

“silence is the language of god,
all else is poor translation.”
― Rumi


Another beautiful Sunday. The 7 am alarm found me confused and in the dark. Oh yah, the clocks were changed. “Spring forward.” Bummer. Every one likes fall back with the extra hour, but losing an hour in the morning, not so much. But, I still jumped out of bed, did my meditating and 100 crunches, had some hot tea, and was out the door and at church by 8:30.

The Chateau bus was a little late. I was thinking that maybe they weren’t coming today, but the driver pulled up and waved.

I always scurry down the hall to meet the bus, hand the ladies a bulletin, and give them a hug. Only four ladies today, but they all love their hugs and greetings.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah in a misty cloud…


Lk 9:28b-36

Jesus took Peter, John, and James
and went up the mountain to pray.
While he was praying his face changed in appearance
and his clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah,
who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus
that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake,
they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus,
“Master, it is good that we are here;
let us make three tents,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking,
a cloud came and cast a shadow over them,
and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.
They fell silent and did not at that time
tell anyone what they had seen.

My take on it… the apostles weren’t sure what they witnessed, but they thought they saw Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah. As they were enveloped in the cloud, they only heard a voice, saying, “This is my only Son.” They didn’t question or tell anyone, but it confirmed what they already believed. So, faith and religious beliefs can be confusing. We don’t need to totally understand or be given concrete proof for everything. Trust, believe, have faith and love.

This is an earlier collage. Our 9 am Mass this morning didn’t get streamed today, but we did have Father Barth.

After Mass, a quick coffee with Helene and Jerry at McD. and a stop at Tom Thumb, and home. For some reason I was cold and drowsy when I got home and decided to take a nap around 3. My sister called, so that didn’t work out. But, I did get out for a nice long walk. It was breezy and chilly, but I enjoyed the sunshine and my 6,112 steps.

Usually the highlight and perfect ending to my Sunday is a FaceTime call with the granddaughters. I just got a text that the girls were tired and cranky and they’ll call tomorrow. But, they did send a nice photo of the girls enjoying their afternoon. B.C.- Before Cranky.🤦‍♀️

Life is good,my friends. Happy Sunday.

Saturday:) Some More Sanctuary Sketches ~The Agony in the Garden

13 Mar

“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.”
― George Eliot


This sketch took several days and many hours of sketching. I loved the compassion of the angel and the comfort Jesus found in the arms of the angel.

Many quiet hours sketching at St. Gabriel the Archangel.
My finished sketch.

Now, for the fun renditions on my Artisto app.

A few of my favorites. I think I’m improving with practice. Which one do you like best?

Friday:) Finally Finished Painting My Bowl

12 Mar

“There are two fatal errors that keep great projects from coming to life:
1) Not finishing
2) Not starting”
― Buddha Gautama


I’ve been playing with the idea of what to paint on this special glass bowl that I purchased for my background for Empty Bowls coming up in May.

I’ve researched and practiced on paper, but like some artists, putting that first speck of paint can be intimidating. Well, I finally finished. I may go over a few spots in a day or two after it’s thoroughly dries.

This is what it looked like before painting. It’s a beautiful variegated gold to orange, perfect for a fiery sky background. Perfect for an African theme.
First layer of trees.

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.