Archive | August, 2022

Thankful Thursday:) SOOOO Many Blessings

19 Aug

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

Steve Maraboli


I have so many things to be thankful for, and at the very top of my list is my amazing family. I am truly blessed. Everyone has been posting back to school photos, so I thought I’d get in on the action.

Look at that smile. I’m one proud grandma.
Then, besides an awesome family, we received a beautiful downpour of rain this afternoon. I was so optimistic that I took an umbrella with me when I went out this morning. The power of positive thinking. That, and a lot of prayer and my Navajo rain dance.
Singing in the rain!

So much to be thankful for!

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends 🤗

17 Aug

“If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people. If you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.”

Aaron Sorkin


Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms and from many different sources. I spend way too much time on Facebook. But, I do find many inspirational quotes from friends that I like to save and share.

Some inspirational words of wisdom…

Some days you’ll move mountains in your dreams and stay in bed all day.
Old Abe had it right. “A house divided….”
Do you see a 9 or a 6? It depends on your view. Sometimes you have to look from the other side.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! Keep on keepin’ on. 🤗

Tuesday:) Toni’s Trip to Love Field

17 Aug

“I would love to travel if it wasn’t for all the preparations, packing, traffic, airports, security, waiting, crowds, delays, etc. Besides that, travel would be fun.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


There is nothing about Love Field that I love. They should call it Hate Field.Well, it’s not really that bad, but it ain’t great. That’s what I like about Star Trek. I would just love to say, “Beam me up, Scottie.” That’s the way to travel.

My friend Helene was coming back from her two week visit with family in Maine. I drove her to the airport, but she had her GPS cranking away and guiding me with tricky turns and ramps. I am a self-proclaimed directionally impaired driver. I’m pretty good within a 5 mile radius, but if I haven’t been there 27 times before, I still use GPS in those 5 miles. Oh, if it’s dark, even worse. I could pass up my own street. I’ve done that. 🤦‍♀️

A couple of different times before, my GPS guided me to some weird low rent scary district behind the airport, and said “You have arrived.” So today, I asked Sid if he wouldn’t mind driving to the airport. Saved! It worked out great because he got there in less than 40 minutes, and while he parked by the curb, I ran inside and waited for Helene and helped her with two big heavy bags.

Welcome home!

On the way home, we stopped at Rosa’s Cafe and Tortilla Factory for lunch. It was Taco Tuesday! Gotta have tacos.

Thanks for an awesome lunch, Sid.

The tortillas are freshly made while you order. And… they give you extra tortillas on the side, so warm and delicious. Oh no! It’s right down the street from Helene’s new apartment. I have a feeling this will be our new Taco Tuesday. 🤦‍♀️

On my way home, I stopped at Sprouts to stock up on more nuts and such for my trail mix that I make and always keep handy on the counter.

“Sometimes you feel like a nut…”
Mmm! Dark chocolate covered almonds on sale. $4.99 a pound. Can’t beat that. Now, to add to my mixture.

A wonderful day called for a long afternoon nap. After that big lunch and eating like a polar bear getting ready for a long winter’s hibernation, a nap was perfect. It’s nice being old, retired, single, nothin’ I have to do. I can nap any time I want. Life is good! 🤗

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

16 Aug

“If it gets any hotter here in Texas, everyone will be barbecuing outside, without a barbecue grill. Just flip those steaks on the wrought iron patio table.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, it’s been hotter than H-E- double hockey sticks here again this week, with no end in sight. Today, I was driving home from the dentist and my car temperature said 103°. We did have three drops of rain last Wednesday, but that was like spitting in the Grand Canyon. It’s been crazy. 🤦‍♀️

That being said, got my complaining out of the way, I’ve had a great week filled with blessings and great friends.

A week in a blessed Peek…

I hope y’all have a great week. (Notice the y’all? I’m from Chicago. I just write y’all to be funny. Youse guys probaly seen that comin’.) 🤦‍♀️

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

14 Aug

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

~Abraham Lincoln


A very lovely Sunday morning, of course, until the heat kicked in. But, that’s why God created air conditioning. Well, He got a little help from Willis Carrier, “The Father of Air conditioning.”

I arrived at St. Gabriel early with plenty of time to run over to greet the ladies on the Chateau bus. I was busy opening the huge heavy metal door this morning. It was a little more crowded with families, as it was also a day for “blessing the backpacks,” and all the students heading back to school. I wondered why so many children came to Mass with backpacks. When you don’t have young kids, you get out of the loop.

Today’s Gospel was a bit confusing, with Jesus saying He had come to set the earth on fire, and there would be division in families…


Lk 12:49-53Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

My take on it… I’ll admit, I had to read a few reflections to better understand. What I finally decided is that Jesus came to earth, not to force people to follow His way, but to guide and show the way to redemption and heaven, for which He gave up His life. Families would be divided because not everyone chooses good over evil or kindness over cruelty or love over hatred. Again, there’s that free will thing.

Now, more so than I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, in our own country, I see that “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Sad.

After Mass, I stopped at McD with Miss Joyce. Everyone was either on vacation or had other plans. we had a nice visit.

Miss Joyce is so sweet. When I told her how I always love seeing what beautiful outfit she was going to wear to church, she said that she was old school. She grew up with the teachings that you always wear your nicest clothes to church, thus, your Sunday best.” Pearls? I have pearls. Why don’t I wear my pearls?

Maria and Marta at McDonald’s are always smiling and gracious. I appreciate that they don’t laugh at my poor Spanish when I say, “Muchisimas gracias!” They reply with a kind retort, but sometimes it’s so fast, I can’t make it out. I’m pretty sure it’s nice.

After McD, a quick stop at Tom Thumb. Remember? Bananas were on sale.

The rest of my day… nada, not much, just lazy. Life is good. Happy Sunday!

Saturday:) Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs (Follow Your Heart)

13 Aug

“You can do anything as long as you don’t stop believing. When it is meant to be, it will be. You just have to follow your heart.”

Keke Palmer


I really didn’t sleep much last night, as I was tormented by a feisty relentless mouse up in my attic. That’s another story for another day. So, when I woke up at 7:30, I intended on going back to sleep. But no! I knew it was only going to get hotter and hotter outside by the minute, so I got up and went for my morning walk. I love my walks.

As usual, the dragonflies were in their spot over by the pond, and they hovered around me to say good morning. There was a slight breeze and it was beautiful out. As I walked along, I saw a shape in the sidewalk that looked like a heart. I took out my phone and took a picture. I like to call it “Following my heart.” Of course, my eyes kept finding more and more heart shapes here and there. I continued to snap pictures.

It’s funny how piles of dirt or clumps of mud can look like a heart shape.
Holes in the sidewalk or shadowy indentations.
Even the stone wall over by Mr. Mike’s old house resembled hearts.
I’ll admit, the heart with dried up leaves on the right was manipulated a tad. Even Mother Nature needs a helping hand now and then.

People don’t always see the beauty or the signs in common every day objects. But, if you appreciate life and nature and the beauty in all things, great and small, there are endless signs. Always follow your heart. ❤️

Friday:) Friends, Neighbors, Furry Four-legged Friends and My Firemen

13 Aug

“My Friends always put up with my quirkiness, bad jokes, and off key singing. Is it my charming personality or my delicious brownies? Hmm? I wonder?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Friday is usually a fun day for me, but today, even more so. I met my old friend Zelda for lunch. I scurried out of the house so quickly today that I forgot my phone was still on the kitchen counter being charged. When I got to Olive Garden and looked for my phone, oh no! I felt naked, vulnerable, and afraid. No phone! How will I survive for two or three hours?

Because I had no phone for my mandatory selfie, I grabbed this picture of Zelda from a few months back. So, no photos of my eggplant parmigiana, or my salad, or our very attentive waiter named Scott. (Lucky you.) we had a nice two, maybe three hour lunch.

On the way home, I stopped at the Dollar Tree to look for some possible fall craft project ideas.

I ran into another old friend, Miss Erma.

I didn’t have my phone, so we used hers for our selfie. I ended up with a cartload of Stuff. I was all out of those disposable aluminum pans with plastic dome lids for my many cooking and baking giveaways. I was all out.

When I got home, I put together some containers for dispersing some bad-ass brownies and lemon cheesecake cookies.

Some for my neighbors Nextdoor whose very nice son came and changed out a couple of my very high kitchen pot lights last week.
Some treats for my other Nextdoor neighbor, Elke. We always sit and visit a while. (I didn’t forget Kathy across the street. She got some yesterday)
Then, we mustn’t forget my friends, the firefighters over at Station 9. It was so funny, after I dropped off the treats to the firehouse, I was getting into my car when a beautiful monarch butterfly fluttered right by my face. I smiled. (Good luck)

When I got home, my four-legged furry friends ran across the street, meowing and scurrying to greet me. I don’t give them brownies or treats. They are more than happy to meow and enjoy a belly rub or a little ear scratching. Then, they lay in the dry dirt, formerly known as the grass, in front of my house, or sit on my front windowsill.

Another fun Friday with friends. Feeling Blessed.

Thursday:) That Thrifty Gal

11 Aug

“Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Well, you know how I’m always telling you about the great sales at the grocery stores? My grocery lists usually are comprised of what’s on sale that week. I’m just cooking for myself, so I eat what I like… if it’s on sale that week, of course. Hey, Tom Thumb has bananas 29c a pound. 👍🏼 Now, baking, that’s another story. I bake mostly for friends and neighbors and cute firemen. But, I do manage to stock up on brownie and cake mixes when they are on sale.

On this Thrifty Thursday, I wanted to share with you the cute bargains I got at Plaza Thrift over on the east-side. I usually check out the thrift stores in search of unusual glass bowls to paint for Empty Bowls. Sometimes I find cool art supplies or kitchen gadgets. Once in a while I scour through the ladies clothes and find something cute. This week was a winner for tops. No luck with a glass bowl.

The orange top just might be inspiration for my next watercolor painting project. It also has little sparkles and some beads.
A couple of dressier ones for church.
Then a couple of casual tops suitable for thrift store shopping or a fancy dinner at McDonald’s.

These adorable tops, six in all cost…. can you guess? I’ll give you a second. Imagine the Jeopardy theme song playing in your head while you guess… do do do.. do do do do do… OK, suspense over. $15.46. Not for one, but for all six, with tax. Crazy, right?

I forgot which one, but one was marked down to 79 cents. I am very proud of being thrifty, but please, if you see me at church or at Kroger, don’t shout across the room, “Hey Toni! Is that the 79 cent blouse?” I don’t want other people to get jealous. 🤦‍♀️

Happy Thrifty Thursday. Please feel free to share any of your awesome bargains and thrift store finds. I’d love to see them.

Wednesday:)What’s Happenin’ In My Wacky World?

11 Aug

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.”

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

(Words to live by, Walt. Thanks)


I woke up early again today, deciding I was going to roll over, take the day off and not walk. My knee was acting up, I didn’t go to bed til after 1am, and I was tired. All good excuses, right?

I have this imaginary Angel/Devil on my shoulders argument thing going on in my head all the time. The Devil on my left shoulder says things like, “Don’t walk, stay in bed, or eat those brownies, or you don’t have to go to church today. 👿 Then, the Angel on my right shoulder says, “It’s a beautiful day, go enjoy the birds and get some exercise, drink more water, have a smoothie for breakfast, and I’ll see you at church on Sunday.” 😇

I’ll confess, the Angel doesn’t always win, especially the eating brownies part. But, she’s usually right, so I got up and went for a nice walk before it got too hot. I got in two miles. (Thank you Angel.)

Me and my shadow.

Today, I was really looking forward to our Words With Friends writing group over at The MillHouse at 1pm. Melissa Cantu is such a talented and inspirational facilitator/host. I am ever so grateful that she started this group.

Thank you, Melissa! 🤗
Our guest speaker today was Rachel Francis (second from left) who conducted a thought provoking poetry workshop. A beautiful group of talented ladies, all bringing their own unique and wonderful ideas and insights to each meeting.

I tend to bring the comic relief, with my weird sense of humor and outbursts of silliness. I read to them my Country Western Poem/Song that just needs a catchy tune and fabulous country singer to make it fly off the charts. It’s called, “I’ll Just Have Another Beer.” I’m thinkin’ Garth Brooks or Blake Shelton should sing it. It’s about this guy, and his girl left him and stole his truck and his dog. Typical country song, but funny. I read it with a thick southern twang. 🤦‍♀️

Now, saving the best for last. Remember how I’ve been praying and doing my best Navajo rain dances. Well, this afternoon, I heard big thunder booms. The sky got dark, but no rain. Friends were posting on Facebook that it was pouring rain by them, just a few miles away on the other side of town. But, no rain here. So, I went outside, lifted my hands to the sky and chanted my best rain chant. Finally, a nice little down pour. (You’re Welcome!)

It only lasted about 5 minutes, but I’ll take what I can get. (Maybe someone up there didn’t care for all my singing and dancing.) I should have stuck to show tunes like, “Singing in the Rain.”

Tuesday:) Toni’s Montage Monday Delayed Until Tuesday Because I Had More Exciting Things to Share Yesterday. 🤦‍♀️

9 Aug

“ Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done yesterday, or last week. Procrastination is not a designation, rather a resignation.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was a good week. It would be better if I got a little rain over my house. Some parts of North Texas and McKinney got some a few minutes ago. But NO! None for me. I’m still holding out and praying. I even did a rain dance outside, combining my Catholic prayers with my tiny bit of Navajo Indian bloodline dancing. 🤞🏼

A week in a peek…

Please rain already! 🤞🏼🙏🏼🤞🏼🙏🏼