Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

11 Feb

“Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them …”

Stephen Richards


I went to Mass up in the chapel at Mom’s place. Loretta was the volunteer from St. Thomas More who officiated. How she got through all the snow and slush is nothing more than a miracle. I guess God was her snow plow.

The Gospel today was the story of the leper who came to Jesus and asked to be healed. Jesus had pity on the man and healed him, then asked him to go to the temple to show he was cleansed, offer sacrifice, but to tell no one of the healing. The leper was so excited, he didn’t keep his promise.

He spread the report abroad

so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.

He remained outside in deserted places,

and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

My take on it…sometimes you have to keep your word, no matter how excited you are, no matter how hurt you are, a promise is a promise. Miss Loretta said that maybe it was a good thing that everyone wanted to come and see Jesus and be cured. I had to disagree. Jesus had to hide away from the throngs looking for healing. Those people were seeking something for themselves. They wanted a miracle, but did they want to follow His word. Good question. Do you follow your faith and the laws and the rules because you want something or need something or are afraid of the consequences if you disobey?

“Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them …”

Stephen Richards

Saturday:) Salve Regina

11 Feb

“All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.” » ~J.R.R. Tolkien


Being snowed in, with long cold days and even longer Chicago nights, it’s good to have an artistic outlet. While Mom slept a little, I was going through her old Magnificat (daily Catholic prayers and Mass readings) I thought it would be nice to find some psalms or hymns that I could embellish. I thought a simple rose would brighten up the page.

This is a very nice prayer to the Blessed Mother. Quite appropriate, as I sat near my own blessed mother. Mom thought they were pretty nice too.

As my adventures have been few, I’ll be sharing little blessings, here and there.

And I’ll admit, I’ve been saying many prayers to the Blessed Mother. When I can’t fall sleep, I say “Hail Marys” until I’m lulled into sleep. It works. Give it a try.

Friday:) From the Oven

10 Feb

“When it’s freezing cold outside, and the snow is piled up, it’s time to crank up the oven.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It’s winter in Chicago, it’s been snowing, so I’ve been cooking. What else is new? After a week of homemade tacos, Chicago pizza and Chicago hot dogs, I figured it’s time to fix a few healthy meals.

Thank goodness for weather predictions. Everyone and there uncle was at he grocery store yesterday stocking up on food and essentials. We have enough Fritos, Bugles, and potato chips in Mom’s cabinets, so we stocked up on fruit and veggies. (Hmm, I hope I have enough vodka for Black Russian Friday!)

I think we should be set for a while. Lots of roasted veggies. Yum!

When the going gets tough, the tough get cooking.

If you’re in the cold, stay warm and enjoy the view. If you are nice and warm….don’t talk to me. Just kidding. Have a good one.

Thursday:) This Is Chicago Dining at Its Finest

9 Feb

“The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”

~Mark Twain


When in Chicago, eat like you live here. (Or Nothing better than home cooking and eating your favorite food from home.

Chicago Pizza Authority thin crust pizza. Yum!

Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago hot dogs and fresh hot fries. Oops! Half the hot dog is missing? Where could it have gone?

Then, my all time favorite. Homemade beef tacos like Mamma taught me to make.

Home and good food.

Wednesday:) Stop Whining and Start Wining🍷

7 Feb

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

Ernest Hemingway


Darn, I’m going to miss the chance to purchase some bottles of wine and have them beautifully engraved for Valentine’s Day gifts. My friend and fantastic artist, KEN BROWN, will be at several locations this week at local Market Street Locations.

The great part is, you just buy the wine, and Ken does the beautiful engraving, at no extra charge to you. I purchased several bottles of wine at Christmas time, and they made fabulous gifts. If you can’t make it this week, look up Ken Brown and get on his website or mailing list. Perfect gifts, not to mention great wine that you pick out yourself.

So, stop your whining if you can’t think of the perfect gift for your sweetheart, friend, wedding, or any celebration.

This is not a paid advertisement. I just think Ken Brown is a very talented and cool guy. I have a bottle of wine at home with his name on it at all times. Thanks Ken! 🍷🍾

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tonic

7 Feb

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.

~Grenville Kleiser


They say that there is always something in nature that can cure any ailment. Seeing as I’ve been on a pizza, hot dog, bugle, cheese puff, Coke and Black Russian diet lately, I was in need of a tasty tonic.

Here’s what I came up with.

Fresh strawberries, blue berries, apple sauce (I had no fresh apples), banana, and the golden elixir of prune juice. I added a few ice cubes to make it cool and refreshing. Very tasty and good for ya.

Then, add a smile and you’ve got it covered.

Montage Momday:) A Week in a Peek

5 Feb

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”

Robert Frost


Its funny. I was writing the title of my post today, Montage Monday, and I accidentally typed Momday. I deleted it and said to myself, “No, that’s perfect. I’m here visiting with Mom. So, it is a Momday. Cool!

Here’s a week in a peek.