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Tuesday:) Time to Visit Our Friends at Holy Family School

3 Aug

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”

~Toy T. Bennett

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Ah, today Helene and I drove over to Holy Family School to drop off our treasure trove of snacks, drinks, and school supplies that we have been collecting for over a month. We try and get over there at least once a month with our Kroger, Tom Thumb and Walmart bargains and sales that we find for the little ones during the course of the month. We get so excited when we find a great sale… “Oh look, yogurt is 3 for $1. Crayon’s are 2 for $1. Wait, wait…Goldfish Mickey Mouse crackers, only 99cents?” We are easily excited. This is just our little way to share our smiles and love with the adorable pre-school children and staff and our community.

My snacks and drinks, sales and bargains.
Helene found a ton of crayons and markers to add to her fantastic finds.
Miss Sondra was upstairs in her classroom with the children, but took a few minutes to come down and say a quick hello. We hadn’t seen her in months. Such a sweet loving lady. so good to see her smiling face.
Look at those adorable faces.

After our quick visit, we stopped at One and Only Burger on HWY 5 and 380 for lunch. OMG! The fries are so fresh and hot and delicious, and the medium bag is enough for two line backers and their brother . The burgers are handcrafted, not frozen, with anything you want on it. I had lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, avocado, mushrooms and grilled onions. (No extra cost) PLUS, get this, when we got our receipt, I couldn’t figure out why it was so darn cheap. We usually spend a lot more for one meal, much less two. The girl gave us a senior discount. (Hmm? Should I be happy or insulted? I went with happy,)

We did our best, but couldn’t finish all the fries.

A great day with friends, food, smiles, and our Holy Family School Family.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

3 Aug

“Another week, another peek.”

~ Me

Wow! The Week sure did fly by. Time flies when you’re having fun. I had a dine fun week. Life is good.

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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

2 Aug

“The question of bread for myself is a material question, but the question of bread for my neighbor is a spiritual question.”

Nikolai

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Another hot and steamy Texas morning. A good day to get up early, go to church and thank God for air conditioning. Gosh, I remember in the old days, we didn’t have air conditioning in our houses, much less in the huge old brick churches, flanked all around with stained glass windows. Colorful heat. (Yes, I’m that old.)

A candle lit for family and friends.

Normally I post a montage of photos from Mass that I find on the Facebook video link for St. Gabriel. (I don’t take photos during Mass.) For some reason, they didn’t have the correct 9am Mass with Father Bartholomew. Oh well. They tend to all look the same, don’t they? Use your imagination.

Today’s Gospel is the story of how the people who had witnessed the miracle of the loaves and fish went searching for Jesus and the disciples. Jesus told them not to look for food for the body, but rather the food that gives eternal life sent from The Father. They wanted another sign so they could believe.

“Jesus answered them: I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever hunger; no one who believes in me will ever thirst.”

My take on it… wow, first the followers were amazed at the miracle of the loaves and fish. But then, they wanted even more. Hey, we’ll follow you, but show us some more cool stuff. What? How many miracles do you need? Faith is believing in your heart and soul, not with just your eyes or with concrete proof plopped on your head every five minutes. There is more to life than just the material.

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After Mass, a quick stop for coffee with Mr. Jerry, then pick up a few more things at Tom Thumb for Holy Family School. Yoplait yogurt 3/$1, limit 12. Cool!

My Sunday afternoon was awesome, as usual. ❤️ Church is a good way to start your day with joy and gratitude. Mr. Mike brought Bella over for me to doggie sit while they are out of town. I haven’t seen her in about a month. I think she missed me.

A few clouds threatened when Bella and I went for a walk in the park. No luck. Maybe later.

Then, the kids called this evening to FaceTime with Grandma. I was put in Grandma timeout long distance about 20 times and tickets were given, and I apologized to the officers. Ah, the imaginations of little ones.

Life is good. I am blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday on the Square:) Can You Dig It? Diggin’ It Rocks!

1 Aug

“To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.”

—Thomas Watson Sr.

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This morning, I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of awesome talented friends. Theresa Johnston invited Blynda Christian and me to her charming home just north of the Square for a brainstorming meeting about the upcoming Dia de Los Muertos Celebration in October. These two ladies have so much community events planning and volunteer background, so I was honored that they invited me to join them.

Theresa lives right across the street from this adorable gift shop called DIGGIN’ IT, and is also good friends with the owner, Tracey Collins. We stopped over to check out the really cool Dia de Los Muertos gifts and home decor, along with beautiful handcrafted jewelry, paintings, and gifts. The outside is teeming with cool yard art , plants and flowers.

Stop by if you’re in McKinney. 507 N Tennessee St. 469-953-3446

http://thedigginitshop.com/

Look at this cool bad ass bandolera. Yah, the one made of metal, not me.
Cute couple. Perhaps they overdid the Keto diet thing.
So many cute gifts. I loved the real pressed flower notecards and jewelry created by local artists.
If you haven’t stopped in, I hope you have a chance to visit DIGGIN’ IT on Tennessee just north of the Square.

Thank you, Tracey Collins, for the visit and great conversation. See you soon.

Friday:) Artist Friends, Fun, Food and Frolicking at Towne Creek

31 Jul

“Anyone who says that they can’t draw or paint or do any kind of art has never come to our art class at Towne Creek.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve been volunteering sharing art and having fun with the seniors over at Towne Creek Senior Apartments for about 15 years now. We have the most fun, and we laugh and eat and play. That’s what art is… just playing with life. I find the toughest part for me is coming up with new and interesting projects to demonstrate and share.

One of our favorite activities is snack time.
Busy and having fun.
I showed Miss Kathy how to make a cute feather with markers.
The mark of a good art teacher is when the students are even better and more talented.

It was a long day. Helene was kind enough to meet me at the Honda dealer at 2, so I could get my car inspected, oil change, etc. We had to transfer all my bins and bags into her car and then drop me back after class at 6. Much better than sitting a few hours at the dealer just down the road from Towne Creek.

It was a fabulous Friday with friends. Cheers…..

Black Russian Friday!

Thursday:) The Girlfriend Birthdays Continue

30 Jul

“When you are lucky enough to have a couple good friends, you enjoy celebrating a couple of times a year. When you have a whole bunch of awesome amazing fantastic good friends, you pretty much celebrate all year long.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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As you may know already, I have been blessed with a multitude of awesome friends. Not just casual acquaintances, but friends that would go trough fire for you, or give you the shirt off their back. Except for the skinny ones, the shirt just wouldn’t fit me, but they’d offer anyway. That always means a lot of birthdays to celebrate.

Today, we celebrated Karen Thomason’s birthday up in Sherman. We were meeting at The Iron Post Restaurant. Sherri Murphy picked me up, and as we got closer to Sherman, she talked into her phone for directions. She just said, “Directions to The Iron Post.” I said, “Sherri, what if Siri directs you to the nearest iron post on the road and asks you, would you like a rusty iron post or the nearest iron post with a little patina on it.”Then she whacked me on the arm going about 70 mph on Central Expressway. I was being serious.

Girlfriends! (No, we weren’t drinking beer. It was only 11:30 in the morning. We always wait till at least noon.)
Karen loved her presents. Girlfriends think of the greatest presents.
I always try to give a hand-painted or homemade gift. Yellow rose of Texas, also yellow roses are for friendship.
Sherri and I spotted a few cute murals on our way back to the car. Selfie time. I think Sherri is the only friend I know that takes more photos than I do. That’s why we’ve been friends for so long. “Great minds…”
I have wings to soar!
Look at this cool mural. There were several other paintings Of cowboys and cattle and longhorns along the long brick wall.

Great friends, great times, life is good!

Wednesday:) Well, Look Who Just Came Out Of The Closet!

29 Jul

“The closet can be a dark and lonely place.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, my Sharona finally came out of the closet. It’s a dark and lonely place in there, but my floors haven’t been vacuumed in a very long time. My Sharona Shark vacuum cleaner sat in the kitchen for a couple of days before I took her for a spin.

I vacuumed all the downstairs rooms in the morning, then took a break.
In the afternoon, I dragged My Sharona upstairs to vacuum all the upstairs rooms, getting every nook and cranny. I filled and emptied two dust canisters by the time I finished. Whoa! Where did all that dust, dirt and hair come from?
I was so exhausted, red faced, and sweating. I didn’t have the energy to bring My Sharona back downstairs. No closet for her tonight. It’s a dark and lonely place, after all.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Teeny Tiny Art Class

28 Jul

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
― Vincent Van Gogh

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You know what I love better than creating art? I love sharing ideas, techniques, and my love of art, writing, baking, cooking, singing, dancing, well, I can go on. I love a lot of things.

Yesterday, I met my good friend Helene and her granddaughter for lunch. Then, they came over to My studio (otherwise know as the crap room) to work on some painting and craft projects. The little 9 year old is very artistic, and was eager to learn some new techniques.

We made some butterflies by pouring blobs of paint on one side, then folding over and smooshing together to get a beautiful symmetrical pattern. Me Me (Helene) joined in on the fun. (I forgot to take a picture of the finished large butterflies. They took a long time to dry.)
One small 3-D butterfly was placed on a painted Jello Pudding box.
Kiera painted a small canvas with sky and clouds to put her other butterflies.
Then we painted some silk scarves with fabric markers. It was all playing and experimenting and fun.

We will play again on Friday when Helene and Kiera join me at Towne Creek for our monthly art group with the seniors.

“And what is done in love is well done.”

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

27 Jul

“I’m too lazy to look up or make up an interesting quote so…. What do you call a donkey with only 3 legs? …WONKEY.”

-Me

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A week in a quick back at home Peek….

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

26 Jul


“God is our great provider!
The Lord’s blessings are our greatest wealth.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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Well, it’s heating up here in Texas, with the highs in the 90’s. The good news is that it wasn’t over 100 today, The bad news, we’re supposed to get there the rest of the week. Oh well, it’s Texas after all. What do we expect? I spent most of the day in the air conditioning, so today I’m grateful for electricity and air conditioning.

It was nice to get back to St. Gabriel for morning Mass. We were also celebrating our 25th Anniversary as a parish after all the services this weekend with donuts in the community center. We also welcomed a new priest who is replacing Father Dankasa. Father Don introduced Father Bart, who was warmly received.

Today’s Gospel was the very famous story of the 5 loaves and 2 fish that fed the multitude of hungry followers.

11Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, that nothing may be lost.” 13So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten. 14When the people saw the sign which he had done, they said, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world!”

My take on it… even in our darkest hour, if we have faith and trust in the Lord, He will provide. What may seem impossible can be possible. Heck, not only did He feed the crowd of thousands, there was a lot more left over than they even started with.

I had to smile, this story reminded me of the many times that I started to bake mini cupcakes, thinking that two cake mixes wouldn’t be enough. Then, I ended up with about 144 little cupcakes, enough to feed an army and plenty left over.

After Mass, I stopped in the community center to say welcome to Father Bart. I ran into a few friends and said hello. I was good and didn’t even have a donut.

But, here’s a neat story of my own. A lady in the crowded cafeteria came up to me and said, “Hi, Toni. You probably don’t remember me, but I was in the CRHP Womens Retreat with you a few years ago, and I still remember your witness testimony that you told us. It was so moving. Thank you.”

Wow! I was so honored, and I thought, if my story of reconciliation, and how God took tragedy and pain, and turned it into celebration and joy, if I could inspire even just one person, then I feel very accomplished. I’ve had a few other ladies over the past four years say the same thing. I didn’t recognize their faces, but they remembered me and my story. Awesome! That made my day.

The rest of my afternoon was awesome. I stayed inside with air conditioning, so I had no idea how hot it got out there. I made a couple of phone calls and talked to my sisters. And of course, the highlight is when my little girls FaceTime and talk to Grandma. I think they miss me just a little.

Feeling blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends,