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Saturday:) What a Difference a Day Makes

16 Jan

“It’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do Day in and day out that makes a difference.”

~Jenny Craig

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Well, yesterday was in the 70’s. I had lunch with my girlfriends outside. We spent over three hours laughing and catching up and celebrating birthdays. Then, I took a lovely evening walk, about two miles around the pond. It was lovely,

Yesterday….
NOW…Today…

I didn’t even poke my little nose out of the door today, not even to get the mail. It’s only going to be 27° tomorrow morning when I go to church. Looks like it’s going to be another SOCK MONKEY HAT SUNDAY. Doesn’t the weatherman know that this is TEXAS!

Stay warm, my friends.

Friday:) MORE Friends and Fun Birthday Celebrations

15 Jan

“Just when I thought I was done, more birthday celebrations . You can never have too many birthdays or too much celebrating.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yes, yet another birthday gathering with friends. This time, we got to celebrate two. Sherry’s birthday was in November and we’ve been trying to catch up since November. 🤦‍♀️

We had an awesome leisurely lunch at Palio’s outdoor patio. The weather was great, around 70°, and we were the only ones dining outside. Hmmm, maybe we scared them away. (Not really, the place was pretty empty.)
So much laughter and so many presents.
I’m going to have to get an extra room for all my gifts and cards.

(I keep getting these cute gifts that say, “You are Amazing.” I cant imagine why?)

For an added bonus, the grandkids wanted to FaceTime with Grandma this evening. We were playing pretend Cookie Monster and impromptu karaoke, but we had to make up a song. Except for boys. Daddy got to sing Elvis’, “Teddy Bear.”
Another fabulous Friday and never ending birthday. “Cheers!”

Thankful Thursday:) More Birthday Celebrations

14 Jan

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

~Marcel Proust

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I certainly have the most amazing and charming gardeners in my life, and my soul continues to blossom and bloom daily. The birthday celebrations continue, with more calls, gifts, texts, and cards arriving everyday. I am truly blessed.

Lots of birthday cards and gift cards.
Great gifts, and who doesn’t love cookies!
Beautiful roses.
Gorgeous jewelry.
Then to make a beautiful day even better, a lovely evening walk, 72°, and a spectacular sunset. Now, you see why I am so thankful and feel so blessed.

Happy Thankful Thursday, and may you blossom and bloom and be blessed.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends

13 Jan

“I’m always so inspired by reading profound words of wisdom. Now, if I could only follow some of that profound advice.” 🤦‍♀️

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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It’s been a wonderful Wednesday so far. I hope you’re having a great day.

Sharing some Words of Wisdom I’ve found inspiring from my Facebook friends…… There were a lot today. (You know who you are.)

Tuesday:) Toni’s Ten Year Challenge and then some.

12 Jan

“To me – old age is always ten years older than I am.”

Bernard Baruch

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I think the quote above should be more like old age is 20 years older than I am. When I was in my 20’s, 40’s seemed old. Now, in my 60’s, 70’s doesn’t look that old. 80’s looks pretty decent too. Maybe 100 seems old, just a little.

A lot of my friends on Facebook are doing the 10 year challenge, where they post a picture of themselves 10 years ago, and then how they look now. Since I am a self-proclaimed overachiever, I’m going to do the 10 year challenge and then my own personal 60 year challenge.🤦‍♀️

Ten years ago… and now. Hmm, I think I look a little happier now. A lot has happened in ten years. Some bad, some good, but I’m here smilin’. Just sayin’.

60 years ago…. and now. Gosh, I look just about the same, right?

Time flies way too quickly. 60 years has passed in the blink of an eye. Enjoy every moment. ❤️

Montage Monday:) A Week On A Peek

11 Jan

“A New Year, a New month, life is good and I am blessed.”

~Me

A week in a peek…

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

10 Jan

“Baptism is faith in action.”

~Watchman Nee

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A gloomy drizzly Sunday morning, with a 7:30 alarm. I popped out of bed, brushed my teeth, did 100 old lady crunches while listening to an interesting podcast from Dr. Joe Dispenza on mind/body connection. Then, got dressed and out the door, in the car, and on the way to church by 8:20. Win-win.

What a great surprise to find Bishop Kelly was visiting and celebrating the Mass this morning. Bishop Kelly was the original Pastor of St. Gabriel way back when it was first established in 1996. Cool!

Today’s Gospel was the story of John the Baptist and how he had the honor of baptizing Jesus…

From the Gospel according to Luke
Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation,
and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.
John answered them all, saying,
“I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

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My take on it… John the Baptist was highly regarded by many, but he knew that he was just a lowly servant who would proclaim and prepare others for the coming of Jesus. Baptism with water is just a symbol of your faith. But, the actual proof is in the way you perform your faith throughout each day of your life.

Today was the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord. I was eager to scroll through some of my previous Sanctuary Sketches On my phone to find my pencil sketch of that stained glass window.

My original sketch
A few of the awesome renderings from my Artisto app.

Saturday:) Sanctuary Sketches

9 Jan


“All sorrows are less with bread. ”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

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With the holidays, traveling, and trying to get back into the swing of things, it’s been good to get back to church to do some quiet meditative sketching.

Sharing bread.
A simple sketch. It looks simple, but about five or six or seven hours later, erasing, frowning, smudging, with a dose of total dissatisfaction…
Done… now the fun part, playing with my Artisto app…
Just a few of my favorites. Which do you like best?

Happy Saturday, my friends. ❤️

Friday:) From a Frigid Walk to Warm Friendly Folks and Firemen

8 Jan

“To quote my three year old granddaughter, ‘Sharing is caring.’ “

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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We got zapped with another cold front here in North Texas. The bad news is, it’s not very comfortable walking out there. The good news is, it was another chance to wear my awesome sock monkey hat.

Happy Friday!

Another fun way to keep warm is to bake a bunch of brownies.
Tuesday, when I went to vote at Fire Station 9, I had brought a big bag of snacks for my firemen friends. The folks working the polls were kidding around and said, “Oh, did you bring us lunch?” I told them, “Well, I’ll have to stop by with some brownies one day.” Today was the day.

My friendly firefighterS were all out on a call today, so the kind election officials said they would give them their brownies when they got back.

Firefighter Baas was there Tuesday when I stopped by with my good luck New Year snacks.

Nothin’ says Thank You and Happy New Year in Texas like Dr Pepper, chips, salsa, and my homemade black eyed pea/corn salsa.

Like I said, to quote a wise three year old, “Sharing is caring.”

Happy Friday, my friends. Stay warm.

Thankful Thursday:) Shout Out to All My Friends and Family ❤️

7 Jan

“For someone who writes, blogs, emails, texts, and makes a zillion phone calls every day, I’m terrible at sending out Christmas cards, birthday cards and thank you notes. So, consider yourself thanked! Sorry. Mea culpa. My bad. 🤦‍♀️”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I don’t have many flaws, because I am most AMAZING. But, I’ll admit that one of my only flaws is that I’m terrible at sending the snail mail thank you notes, or Christmas and birthday cards. What makes it even more negligent is the fact that so many of my friends and family members continue to grace me with gifts and cards despite my lack of reciprocation.

To all those who have been so kind, generous, and understanding, I say THANK YOU. You know who you are.

A few of my cards and gifts of unrequited love.

I may not say thank you with pen and paper and an overpriced postage stamp, but I say thank you verbally and from my heart. GRACIAS!