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Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

26 Jan

“Procrastination gives me a little extra time to make a list of the things that I’m not going to get done tomorrow.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I would say it was a busy week, but it wasn’t really. It was a fun week. I’ve been checking off a lot of “firsts” and “bucket list” events on my life calendar these past few months. I was invited to the Fort Worth Rodeo this week, that was a first. Very cool, a very Texas thing to do.

Now, I need to get productive and get some things done around the house. Or, maybe I’ll just make a list and think about it tomorrow.

Here’s a week in a peek… 


Sunday Sermon and More Sunsets

25 Jan

“The more I see, the more I write, and the more I write, the more I see.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“Writing is like breathing, it’s possible to learn to do it well, but the point is to do it no matter what.” 

― Julia Cameron, The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life


It was a sunny Sunday morning, cool and windy, but lovely, none the less. I went to church early to do my “greeting thing.” There were two baptisms during 9 o’clock Mass, which always brightens the day. The Gospel was about writing a narrative, which made me reflect about my own writing. To record daily events, feelings, and thoughts is the best told story. I find my daily blogs have become my personal journal and journey.

Gospel LK 1:1-4; 4:14-21
Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events

that have been fulfilled among us,

just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning

and ministers of the word have handed them down to us,

I too have decided,

after investigating everything accurately anew,

to write it down in an orderly sequence for you,

most excellent Theophilus, 

so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings

you have received…


 For me, “writing is like breathing.” If I breathe, I write. As I breathe, I observe and record with words and with pictures.


Saturday:) Sturdy Shelves, Stubborn Streaks, and a Sunset

24 Jan

“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


This morning, I got up early to take Bella for a walk before going to writing group. I didn’t have anything to share or that needed critiquing, but I enjoy the comraderie of the group of wonderful writer’s and friends. Aelle paid me the nicest compliment. She said, “Toni, when are you going to work on your novel? I read your blog, and you are a wonderful writer.” Good question! I guess it’s part of my stubborn streak. Until my mind and soul feel at peace, I don’t want to write something that isn’t coming from my heart. But, perhaps that’s what I need to write about.

Now, what does that have to do with sturdy shelves, you ask? It’s all part of getting organized, my life, my mind, and my “crap/craft room.” Pardon my French. I was talking to Sherry the other day about organizing craft rooms, and decided if I had another wall of shelves, I could display and organize better. I went to Home Depot and bought four more shelf units. AND, ta-da…they were on sale. Even better.

I managed to get all four units in a big shopping cart, with two inside the cart and two dangling precariously off the bottom. Of course, there was no clerk to help lift them or offer to help me out. I am a sturdy stubborn woman, and I intended to tackle it by myself. But, after paying, as I was teetering across the parking lot, a kind gentleman offered to help me. He grabbed the two bottom shelves as they slipped off the cart and into the street. He said, “You steer and I’ll follow.” Then, to add to my damsel in distress blonde moment, I forgot which aisle I parked my car. I was close, but turned the cart one aisle too soon , and we had to remove and carry each unit across a wide curb to my trunk.

I was pleased to find that chivalry is not dead, and there are still considerate, kind, and helpful people still on the planet. I thanked the gentleman and drove away thinking, he’s probably still shaking his head saying to himself, “Spacey woman!” 

You’ll be pleased to note that I managed to remove all four shelves from my car all by myself. Now, it might be quite a while before I muster up the energy to tackle the organizing. That will be another story.

I got home just in time to capture another glorious sunset on my evening walk. And the moon…oh my…the moon was spectacular.



Friday:) From Last Night’s Friendly Rodeo to the Fiery Friday Sunset

23 Jan

“As long as you keep on walking on the old paths, you will never have footprints on the new paths!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan


I’ve been “walking on old paths” for many, many years, but must admit that lately, my footprints have been on many new paths. As, promised, I wanted to share a few photos from the Fort Worth Rodeo Shoot Out from last night.

“This ain’t my first rodeo!”    Well, yah…it was! New paths to travel. 

First of all, y’all gotta wear some boots if y’all are goin’ ta the rodeo.

Then y’all gotta get a burger and cheese fries at the RODEO GOAT before the event. Sooooo good!

A lot of pageantry and patriotism, a Texas tradition.

It’s all a big blur. The riders, Broncos, and Bulls move so fast…impossible to get a photo. Each event is over in seconds. I found myself holding my breath and grabbing my chest as each rider got flung and bucked and thrown to the ground. 

It was a fun evening with my dear friend Sherry, her momma and daddy, and sister and other kin. (Don’t I sound all Texan like?) I was exhausted just from watching all the Cowboys, men and women ride and race and fall and chase.

To contrast the excitement from last night, here are a couple of tranquil firey sunsets from this evening’s walk.

 These sunsets are also from my new path, my new life, my new journey.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek With a Smile

30 Nov

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh


Another week, another squeak! Thanksgiving was great. I celebrated with my friends the Murphy’s and their lovely family. Now, all the hub-bub of Black Friday, Crazy Saturday, Black Sabbath, and Cyber Monday…I made up some of those. I spent most the weekend painting and glittering my ornaments. I have my huge order of 86 done, but lots more to do. Plus, it was a pretty cold, rainy, crummy weekend, so I didn’t miss much.

So, here’s a week in a peek.



Friday: Farewell to a Special Friend

31 Jan

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie
Day 2 of my humility challenge which reminds me to share and encourage others. Therefore, I’d like to tell you a little bit about a wonderful woman who has been such a vital part of making McKinney the best city in the country to live.

This morning, there was a farewell reception for Barbara Johnson, who has been the executive director of the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts for the past fifteen years. Many friends, dignitaries and local residents packed the Heard-Craig Carriage house to say goodbye and good luck to a lovely lady who shared a wealth of knowledge and endless time with McKinney residents and visitors. Barbara is retiring and she and her husband are moving to Colorado.

The first time I met Barbara, several years ago, she gave me a personal tour of the Heard-Craig House. By the time I left, I felt that I knew everything about the house, the family, and the rich history of McKinney. But, I also felt like I made a new friend. That is a special gift. Over the years, Barbara Johnson has been a great friend to the city of McKinney and all who have had the pleasure of meeting her.

Mayor Brian Loughmiller was honored to present Barbara Johnson with a special award from the city and wish his friend the best of luck.

Thank you Miss Barbara. We love you and are going to miss you so much. Bless you and best wishes!

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie

Saturday: Sales, Sights and Other Silly Stuff

21 Sep

If you see me smiling it’s because I’m thinking of doing something evil or naughty. If you see me laughing it’s because I’ve already done it.
-Unknown…but I think we’ve all been there.
I got up early to check out the big semi-annual Stonebridge /McKinney Ladies Association Fall garage sale. It started at 7am at the United Methodist Church. It’s a big one with great bargains

I found some treasures, but I was on the lookout for a small chest of white drawers or two for closet storage. I also wanted a small wine rack. I have about 10 bottles of wine. I don’t drink wine, but I have been given some lovely wine and I have friends who like wine.

Now, here’s the dilemma. I found this great bargain.

It was ONLY $5. Yep, couldn’t pass it up. But, it holds 70 bottles of wine, and I only have 10. Now, I have to get. 60 more bottles of wine! ( Just being silly.) I’ll probably just have some friends over to drink the 10 bottles, then I can use the rack in my craft room.

I bumped into some friends. Miss Kay and her lovely daughter.

IMG_6971.JPG. Then Molly and Jill wandered by. I saw Bob and Sheila Johnson volunteering as greeters. But my favorite photo op was the adorable Sherri Murphy.

It was a fun busy day, but I had to get back home by 4 to wait for the AT&T guy to fix my internet and Uverse TV.
He came, “He no fix, me be mad!” So, here I am AGAIN on my teeny tiny iPhone, trying to post this. No TV! Let’s see what tomorrow brings. It’s difficult to be silly without internet.


Wednesday Words of Wisdom

4 Sep

The greatest wisdom is in simplicity. Love, respect, tolerance, sharing, gratitude, forgiveness. It’s not complex or elaborate. The real knowledge is free. It’s encoded in your DNA. All you need is within you. Great teachers have said that from the beginning. Find your heart, and you will find your way.”
― Carlos Barrios, Mayan elder and Ajq’ij of the Eagle Clan
Often times, other people can express my sentiments much better than I can. I like to collect various profound words of wisdom that my friends have shared on Facebook. I’ll share them with you also.








Tuesday: Terrific Tips and Tricks

3 Sep

A place for everything, and everything in its place.
-Benjamin Franklin
I am so excited about my laundry room storage solution. When I moved into my new house, my pantry space is about 1/4 of the size of my old house, and my cabinet and storage space at least 1/3 or 1/4. So, where do you put everything? Yes, I know…you’re probably thinking, why didn’t you get rid of a lot of stuff. Well, I did! Really, I did! But there were a lot of items near and dear to my heart, and I wasn’t going to give them away. I had 39 years of treasures to pack up and move. That’s a lot of stuff, bit I wasn’t going to lose my treasures. I’ve lost enough.

You can imagine my excitement when I saw the extra space in the laundry room, just off the kitchen. There’s a little alcove underneath the stairwell going upstairs on the other side of the wall. Cool! I had the idea of putting some wire shelves on casters (wheels) in the space. When my friends Lynne and Karen were over, it was suggested that they could fit in sideways and be rolled out for access one at a time. Eureka!

During Matt’s one week visit to help me move, not only did he set up my tv, computers and phones, but he put together the shelves and wheels. Although the rest of the house looks like a bomb of boxes and papers exploded, my laundry room/auxiliary pantry will be organized.

Tip of the day: Put wheels on it.

Here’s what the empty space looks like.

Load up the shelves, then slide them into the space.

Isn’t that cool?


Montage Monday: Happy Labor Day

2 Sep

“Have you noticed that even the busiest people are never too busy to take time to tell you how busy they are?”
― Bob Talbert
Hah! I’m going to take some time out of my very busy life to tell you how busy I am. Not really. I didn’t actually work too hard on my unpacking yesterday or today. I decided that I wasn’t going to labor that much on Labor Day Weekend, and I didn’t even set my alarm. Wow!

Anyway, here’s a week at a peek.