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Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom From My Fabulous Facebook Friends

18 May

“Joy, love, sorrow, pain, hope, success, regret, endurance, and faith. These are all part of the fabric of our lives. It’s up to us to see them into a beautiful quilt to share.” ( I just made that up. Pretty good!)

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

“Take care of your words and the words will take care of you.”
― Amit Ray


I love to save and share words of wisdom shared by my fabulous Facebook friends. Each one inspires me. Sometimes I’m even inspired to make up some of my own words of wisdom. You never know how a few inspirational words can lift your spirits.

Words from friends….

“Joy, love, sorrow, pain, hope, success, regret, endurance, and faith. These are all part of the fabric of our lives. It’s up to us to see them into a beautiful quilt to share.” ( I just made that up. Pretty good!)

Tuesday:) Toni’s Real-time Easy Watercolor Rose Painting

17 May

“A rose can be as simple or as complex as the eye beholds. Beauty knows no bounds or limitations.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a painting video. My creativity and inspiration quotient has been lacking. Ah, but this afternoon, when I reached into my mailbox, I had an envelope from The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There was my motivation for today.

I’m a.ways on the look out for a simple painting tutorial or project to use with my senior art friends over at Towne Creek. This looked like fun.

This is not my usual 25 second time-lapse video, so it takes about 10 minutes. If I did it in time-lapse, it would be like 10 seconds or less. It’s a fun one.

The inspiration from the back of the envelope resulted in this quick 10 minute watercolor. If you think you can’t paint or draw or do anything artistic, you are WRONG! Anyone can play with paint and create a masterpiece. If you don’t believe me, come on over to my house. I’ll show you.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

17 May

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.”

Proverbs 27:9


Another awesome week with awesome friends. Life is good.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

15 May

“Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another.”
― Victor Hugo


Wow! What a beautiful sunny Sunday. As I scurried out the door for Mass this morning, my little neighbor cat was sitting in the middle of my driveway and wouldn’t even budge an inch when I started to back up. I had to get out of my car and shoo him away. I think he was hoping I’d stop and scratch his belly and behind, as I usually do when I see him, but I wanted to get to church early. He eventually moved, but still sat at the end of my driveway as I carefully maneuvered around him. 🤦‍♀️

Miss Toni, don’t go! Meow, meow…

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples that He wouldn’t be around much longer, and was giving them one more commandment… “to love one another.”


Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35

When Judas had left them, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
If God is glorified in him,
God will also glorify him in himself,
and God will glorify him at once.
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.
I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another.”

My take on it… I know Moses came down with that heavy tablet with the Ten Commandments inscribed in stone. Personally, I think an abridged version would have sufficed and been less heavy and fewer words. (If I had my way.) The Two Commandments: 1. Love God 2. Love one another. Number 2 would cover all those other 9 Commandments. If you loved one another you wouldn’t lie, cheat, steal, covet, kill and all that other bad stuff mentioned in 2-10. If you loved one another, that would be covered. Just my take on it. But, who am I to edit God’s tablet? 🤦‍♀️

After Mass, Helene and I went to McD for our ritual hot chocolate. The manager, Miss Kelsey, always greets us with a smile and says, “Two hot chocolates coming up.” She knows her regular customers and always takes time out to chat with us. Today, I was telling her that Helene and I were talking about how friendly and polite the entire staff is and that is only a result of a sweet manager. She was honored. I asked if we could take a photo together.

Miss Kelsey smiled and said, if we liked, we could call the number on our receipt and mention her store number to the customer service rep. I did that when I got home. The guy on the phone took my info and I said that Miss Kelsey and her staff go way out of their way to be friendly and that is the reason we stop in every Sunday. He said that it was great to hear and he’d make sure the info was passed on. I think that more people should report awesome service instead of only complaining about bad service. Fast food is a tough business.

It’s funny, sometimes when I’m leaving a restaurant, I’ll ask to speak to the manager, and the man comes out ready to get an earful of complaints. Then I say, “I just want to let you know that our server…(name) was just awesome, and I wanted to let you know.” I always get a relieved smile and a thank you.

As Jesus said, “Love one another.” Sounds like Wise advice.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Saturday:) Such Friends Are These

15 May

Such Friends Are These

Such friends are these that fill your days

With love and joy in countless ways.

Such friends who share your darkest night

And hold your hand till morning’s light.

Such friends though near or miles apart

Remain forever in your heart.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Feeling blessed with many friends. Yesterday, Helene and I met a group of church friends for a potluck dinner. Some new faces and some familiar faces. Thank you Don and Marion for you kind hospitality.

Sandy and Dave. Old friends.

On my way, I stopped at my favorite Fire Station 9,

More lemony cupcakes.

Also, I am cat sitting, so I get to visit with my funny little feline friends.

Sammi is always hanging out in front of my house anyway. I’m very because they keep the mice away,
Today, my very awesome friend Helene was going to Total Wine liquor store and asked if I wanted her to pick up anything for me. I could always use more vodka for my Black Russian Friday’s.
Score! She brought me two bottles. That ought to last me a few days, maybe. 🤦‍♀️

I sure have some awesome friends, Happy Saturday, my friends.

The Texas Bluesmen Live at The Hub 121

14 May

“Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.” Billy Gibbons


Last night, the awesome Texas Bluesmen performed at the new Hub 121 venue in McKinney. It was a free concert in a beautiful new outdoor concert arena. I haven’t been down that way in quite some time. Wow! They have all kinds of restaurants and shops and homes that must have popped up while I wasn’t looking.

Our group of friends are particularly fond of Paul and Justin who are the awesome Bluesmen duo who can rock any stage with their dynamic singing, dancing, harmonica and comedic antics.

Jake and Elwood, otherwise known as Paul and Justin. Check out this short video clip.

They also had a rockin’ band, and John, the young teenager there on the left, brought the house down with his awesome guitar playing.
If you haven’t seen them perform in North Texas, you’re missing out. They sound just like Akroyd and Belushi. They even have a Bluesmobile. Friend them on Facebook.

Love these guys! ❤️❤️

Empty Bowls McKinney-2022

13 May

“If you cannot feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

~Mother Teresa


The Annual Empty Bowls McKinney feeds a lot more than a hundred people. The donations provide funding for Community Lifeline Center and the Community Garden Kitchen. This year’s turnout was amazing. I can’t wait to hear how much money was raised.

From its humble beginnings in the community room at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the event has exploded into a county wide gala at the McKinney Performance Art enter on the Square.

Bowls, bowls, everywhere bowls. These were just a few of the Event bowls offered. Everyone who purchased a ticket got to pick out a bowl. But, extra bowls could be purchased for $20. A lot of folks were buying four or five extra for gifts. Every $5 provides a meal for someone in need.
Helene, Sid, and I had a lot of fun. The soups and desserts were great and the band was cool!
We ran into a lot of friends and awesome artists.
Jerry and Patricia didn’t win the high bid on my bowl, but they had a good time supporting Empty Bowls.
And the event wouldn’t be complete without a Murphy sighting. ❤️❤️

What an awesome day!

Wednesday:) Where Was Miss Toni? Holy Family School With Helene

12 May

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ~Nelson Mandela


Yesterday, Helene and I made our monthly pilgrimage to Holy Family School on the east side of town. The quaint little non-profit preschool has been a Godsend to working parents all around McKinney. With a beautiful Christian based atmosphere, children from babies to pre-schoolers are lovingly cared for.

Helene and I have been gathering up fun snacks and drinks and baby supplies for a few years now. When we see a great sale for the kiddos, we add it to our stash, then we plan a day around once a month to visit and drop off the goodies. Our friends June and Linda went with us last month and have started adding to our contributions.

Holy Family School has become our little family away from home.
The staff is always happy to see us and they truly appreciate our visits.
We had a trunk load of goodies to share with our little friends.

After our drop off, we stepped out back to see how the Community Kitchen and gardens were coming along. It’s so neat that the children get to see the vegetables growing right in their own back yard behind the school.

I bet the kiddos enjoy watering and watching things grow.
The pretty playground overlooks the gardens, providing a fun safe environment for these beautiful children. The little ones were all napping when we arrived, so we didn’t get any kiddie photos this time.
Here’s a cool photo from their Facebook page. Look at those smiles.

After our stop at Holy Family, Helene and I have a tradition of stopping at One and Only Burger for the best fresh French fries in town.

This is one medium order of French fries. That’s enough for two or three hungry people. That’s all we ordered and split it. And, that’s all I ate all day. Yum! So good.
After we rolled out of One and Only Burger, we stopped at “The Purple Store,” that it is known by, but actually the real name is the Samaritan Inn Thrift Store. I’m always on the hunt for a unique glass bowl for next year’s Empty Bowls auction. I didn’t find the perfect one yet, but I did find a bowl for an artist Collectors Club that might work. I’ll keep looking.

And, don’t forget …Tomorrow, Thursday May 12, 6-8 pm, is the Annual Empty Bowls Event on the McKinney Square.

Wow! That first bowl looks really amazing. I wonder who the talented artist is? 🤦‍♀️ 👩🏻‍🎨 The high bid is only at $400. And, it’s a very fun charity event for a very worthy cause. “Feeding the hungry, one bowl at a time.” (More on that tomorrow.)

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Talking to Todd Hutchinson About the Independent Art House at Filtered

10 May

“New and exciting things don’t just happen all by themselves, it takes a dreamer who shares his dreams.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Yesterday was the first time I’ve been to McKinney Creative Community since 2020 B.C. (Before Covid) 🤦‍♀️ The wonderful gathering at the MillHouse takes place the second Monday of the month. Every month, anyone interested in sharing ideas, food, and networking with like minded creative people are welcome to attend. We sit around, introduce ourselves and share what’s “new and good” in our world. Great fun. There is usually an awesome guest speaker.

This month’s guest speaker was Todd Hutchinson, who shared his new collaboration of the Independent Art House at Filtered on the Square. Tomorrow will be an Open House, if you’re around, stop by.

Todd and his wife are so excited about bringing a more exciting creative atmosphere to the already blossoming artistic community here in McKinney.
Thank you Andrea Holmes for always finding such great guest speakers.

McKinney Creative Community is an awesome place for anyone interested in meeting like minded creative and talented folks. We have artists, writers, musicians, dancers, film, etc. You don’t have to think you are creative, everyone is creative. Check us out on Facebook.

Happy Tuesday, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

10 May

“We are only beginning to learn what to say in a photograph. The world we live in is a succession of fleeting moments, any one of which might say something significant.”

~Alfred Eisenstaedt


Another fun busy week with friends, talking to family, and enjoying each day.

A week in a peek…