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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

25 Oct

“Profession and possession [of faith] are not the same thing.”

Tom Wells

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Another lovely Sunday. My first chore was to scoot across the street at 7:30 to feed Miss Kathy’s cats while she’s gone a few days. Sammi has been sick, so he had a couple of different meds to be administered. Did you ever try and give a cat a pill, much less two pills? Plus, he doesn’t like wet food and only eats dry, thus eliminating the old hide the pill in some tuna. I brought a towel over to wrap him a little so he wouldn’t put the death claw grip on me like yesterday’s adventure. It took a little chasing under tables and chairs and few attempts, but we got them in. We nuzzled for a while. Poor Sammi.

Then, home to change out of my kitty fur covered clothes and into my Sunday Goin’ to church clothes, and off to Mass.

Another baptism today, baby Blaise Antonio. Adorable.

Today’s Gospel was a reminder of persistence and faith.

Gospel, Mark 10:46-52

46 They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus — that is, the son of Timaeus — a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road.47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and cry out, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’48 And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’49 Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man over. ‘Courage,’ they said, ‘get up; he is calling you.’50 So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus.51 Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbuni, let me see again.’52 Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And at once his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

My take on it…the blind man was persistent and begged Jesus to have pity on him, even after being scolded by the others. His sight was restored because of his faith. Sight could be a symbol of seeing clearly, perhaps not just with your eyes, but your soul. Even when you cannot see what you desire, never give up.

Jerry and Patricia invited me and Helene to join them for a burrito breakfast brunch in Princeton. Then, Helene and I stopped at Tom Thumb to pick up some sale stuff. For some reason, my app wasn’t working and I asked the young man if I got the sale prices. He said yes. When I got to the car…NO! So, I marched back in and had to get all my items returned and re-rung.

Even Miss Barbara couldn’t understand why it didn’t work. All the items were on my stupid app. I hate those stupid apps where you have to have the special super duper digital deal in order to get the sale. Forgive my French, but just have a DANG sale, already.

The rest of my day was busy talking to family and FaceTiming with friends and the grandkids. A strange cloudy drizzly full moon crazy kinda day.

Always the highlight of my Sunday.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some Scary Zombie Brownies

23 Oct

“Cooking and baking is so much more fun when you are a silly, experimenting , no measuring, no rules or recipes kinda gal!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I was trying to think of something fun and silly for my Halloween baking. I researched and googled and really didn’t see anything easy. So, I decided to just walk through the candy aisles at Kroger for inspiration. I was looking for eye balls, skeletons, witches, zombies or something cool for ideas. They used to have Peeps with ghosts or Frankenstein. When I looked if they made them, I saw they had some at other stores, BUT.. they were only 3 in a package for $1. What? That would be a fortune just for the Peeps. I like to bake on a shoestring and a prayer, especially since I like to bake a LOT and give it all away.

Just when I was about to give up, I saw that KitKats came in green with a little witch on the package. Hmm? I could get two green sticks per pack. And even more if I cut them in half. ZOMBIES! Yes, I’ll try to make some zombies 🧟‍♂️ and put on top of my world famous brownies.

I separated the sticks, cut them in half again, and used some mini chocolate chips for the eyes.
If I wasn’t making so many, I would have left the stick whole. I used melted white chocolate to attach the eyes, then put in the fridge a few minutes to set. I cut some large marshmallow in half with scissors for a base, also the sticky side up helped the zombie stick with a little knife slit and a little white chocolate to stand.
I melted some white vanilla candy coating to drizzle the white bandages all over the zombies. I think next time I’ll avoid the eyes. This was all an experiment, a work in progress.
I put a little slit in the center of the marshmallow, added a dab of the melted candy coating and pushed into the middle. I put them in the fridge a few minutes to set. Then, a dab on the bottom of the marshmallow to put on the brownie.
I put the brownie square in a cupcake paper for easier handling. So, for next time… I’ll keep the sticks whole and taller and avoid the eyes with the white drizzle. well, at least they tasted great. I hope my firemen like them. I know my friends did.

Well, I’ll keep experimenting. Suggestions always welcome.

Friday:) Friendship, Fun and Food

23 Oct

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”

~Woodrow Wilson

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A very busy Friday. My neighbor Kathy was in need of a ride to pick up her car at ServicePro this morning. She was going to take an Uber. So, I volunteered. That’s what neighbors are for, right. Plus, I’m going to be cat sitting for her a few days, so I needed some instructions. Her kitties love Miss Toni.

Kitten kisses.

Seeing as I was so close to Discount Tire, I remembered my email reminder that my tires needed checking. Just pull up, no appointment, no charge. A young man was out there just checking car after car, courteous and diligent. I only had a couple of singles, so I told him, “It’s not much, but maybe you can get a Coke.” He gave me a big appreciative smile.

On my way home, I stopped over at GRACETOCHANGE, to meet Kim Hughes. Kim is an awesome community volunteer and advocate for folks in need. I had a trunk load of men’s clothing donated by my great friend Sherry Joplin. Kim is collecting for a men’s clothing closet at Turtle Creek Manor, a community center for men on the road to sobriety.

Kim Hughes, such a blessing to our community.

Another stop. Time to check out McDonalds to see if they got any new Happy Meal toys. I’ve eaten a lot of French fries these past few weeks. The people there are so sweet and friendly and we chat.

Miss Kim was kind enough to tell me what day they get new deliveries of toys (Monday and Friday) and Michael was telling me how it was a great job. I was on the phone with my sister when I got excited and said, “The McDonald’s truck is here.” I wanted to see if they got any new toys. I’m easily impressed.

A lot more to my busy day, but it’s getting late. Happy Friday, my friends.

Throwback Thursday:) Popsi

22 Oct


“We’re all immortal, as long as our stories are told.”
― Elizabeth Hunter

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I really like this quote. “We’re all immortal, as long as our stories are told.”
And, the only way that are stories will be told is if we share them with others.

I have an entire wall of photos in my bedroom. One side of the wall displays photos of my ancestors, those not with us anymore. The other side has photos of my current family. There are stories to share from both sides.

One of my favorite photos is the one of Popsi. Everyone just called him Popsi, but his name was José. He was my great-grandfather. I heard a few stories from my mom about this sweet and gentle man, it Nothing was ever written down. Mom is gone now, so I can’t ask her and record the stories. Fortunately, my Auntie Frances is still going strong, well in her 90’s, and my cousins are recording stories of her life and our family.

This is our Popsi. The only story I remember about this photo was, Popsi was a valet for a matador. One day, he “borrowed” the ornate clothing and posed for a photograph. This is the original photo that I remember seeing when I was a little girl, visiting my great-grandparents. It was passed down to my grandmother Antoinette, who passed it on to her daughter Trini, who passed it down to me.
I looked in my family Bible, also passed down to me from my mother, to see if there was any information about Popsi. Nope! But, Mom’s siblings, births, weddings, etc. are recorded. I guess we have to start somewhere. I guess I should update my Bible with my family history too, before it’s too late.

Tell your story… become immortal.

Wednesday:) Witty Words of Wisdom

21 Oct

“Someone always has something clever and inspirational to say just when you need it, but it usually isn’t me.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve learned SO much over these past few years writing, reading, and researching. My favorite part of researching is finding an inspirational quote to fit my daily topic. Sometimes I find fantastic famous quotes, and sometimes I do what I do best… I make stuff up. Mostly, I’m inspired by quotes or pictures or funny cartoons shared by my friends on Facebook. I rarely remember jokes, but this is one my favorite. I usually say very seriously, “How do you tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?.” Feel free to borrow it…

See!
Really, that’s true!
Ya gotta love this song….🎶

Just in case you’re not familiar….

Tuesday:) Toni’s Time for Tedious Tasks

20 Oct

“I am a PRO at CRASTINATION, so today I bit the bullet and took out the vacuum. “

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My friend Karen does her major housework on Mondays and calls it maintenance Monday. I don’t have a specific day because I procrastinate too much. Today, I took my trusty friend Sharona the Shark vacuum cleaner for a spin around the house. She was so lonely there in the closet for weeks.

I know you want to sing “My Sharona.”

Back into the closet for a few weeks. My only tedious task for the week.

Happy Tuesday.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek Of Fleeting Moments

18 Oct

“We are all shades of gray. Its been said again and again; Lifes a process we are fleeting moments that come and go, and I’m grateful for my time, my aspirations, my mistakes, my flaws and my abilities, think of me what you will but before you do, don’t.”

~Alex Gaskarth

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Another week in a peek of fleeting moments …

Happy Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Spectacular Sunsets

18 Oct

“The more you want, the more you need. Instead be content, in word and deed.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Don’t you understand that wanting does not belong here, because that is what wounds, and there is never an end to it.”
― Isobelle Carmody

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A beautiful crisp and cool Sunday morning. Sweater weather at last. Awesome.

Another baptism today. Little Ann Marie.

Today’s Gospel was the story of James and John asking Jesus if they could have the favor of sitting at His right and left in a place of honor. Jesus explained to them and the other jealous disciples His journey and how He was here to serve, not to be served.

Gospel, Mark 10:35-45

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him. ‘Master,’ they said to him, ‘We want you to do us a favour.’36 He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’37 They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’38 But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I shall drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I shall be baptised?’39 They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I shall drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I shall be baptised you shall be baptised,40 but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’41 When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John,42 so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the gentiles those they call their rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt.43 Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant,44 and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all.45 For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

My take on it… in order to truly follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we can’t go through life always demanding more and more, and never being satisfied. Be content, appreciate your blessings, share with others. That is the reward, that feeling of contentment.

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After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD, then over to Tom Thumb. Eggs were on sale. 88cents a dozen, limit two. Cool! A quick stop at Sprouts, then home. A lazy afternoon with phone calls and wasting away time on Facebook and emails. Then, my evening walk … ah… my evening walk and FaceTime with the grandkids. Perfect evening.

My first loop around the pond, then just a few minutes later… the sky exploded with color.
Look at this spectacular sunset.

As I was walking, the kids called and we did a FaceTime while I walked. I showed them my sunset, and the horses across the street grazing in the pasture.

They shared pictures of their adventures at the zoo. Oh no, my grandchildren have been captured by a giant kangaroo!

Another perfect Sunday.

Saturday:) A Special Day on the Square~ McKinney Día de Los Muertos

17 Oct

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

– George Eliot

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Today, McKinney celebrated the first Día de los Muertos Festival on the Square. I wasn’t sure how well the turnout would be, as it was the first year of the event. It was fantastic. I was honored to be one of the judges of the costume contest, and I was excited to participate in making and decorating some of the crowns and prizes. So, I’ll just show you some of the cool pictures.

Winners of the Family and Catrin and Catrina prizes
Los Bebes winners and other contestants.
There were vendors, artists, food trucks, entertainment, and music. Lots of music.

There were a lot of people dressed in colorful costumes.
A fun day with friends, music, dancing, and celebrating those who have gone on before us. “Never forget.”

Remember my friends, life is short, so enjoy every minute and celebrate.

Friday:) Finally Ready for Día de Los Muertos

15 Oct

“I’m not really a procrastinator. I just do my best work at the last minute.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, to or row is the big day. Mc Kinney’s first Dia de Los Muertos Festival on the Square. I’ve been busy designing and creating some crowns and headbands for the awards. Also, Blynda asked me to write the date and info on the cool statues she purchased for the first place winners, El Catrin, La Catrina, and Los Bebes,

I stayed up till almost 2 am last night, and got almost everything finished. Today, I worked on a few simple headbands and putting together the postage stamps and cards that my sister, Jo Ann kindly donated in honor of my mother.

A photo of Mom’s favorite painting, “Just Like You.”
Last minute taping and writing.
And a little time to decorate my front door.

If you’re in McKinney, stop by Saturday on the Square. October 16, 12-9pm.

Happy Friday, my friends!