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A Special Birthday for a Special Lady:) Miss Pat

8 Mar

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

~Oprah Winfrey


Yesterday, family and friends gathered together to celebrate the 75t birthday of a very special lady. Miss Pat, AKA the Cookie Lady, is literally one of the sweetest ladies around. It could be all that sugar and butter and frosting and cookies that she is busy handling all day, every day.

When her family decided to throw her a big birthday bash, of course, there had to be a surprise visit from Elvis. She thought it was just going to be the stand up card board version…

But, when the “real Elvis” showed up, she was thrilled. Miss Pat is probably the biggest Elvis fan on the planet.


A very happy birthday to a wonderful “sweet” friend, Miss Pat.

Thursday:) This is Miss Pat’s Big Birthday

28 Feb

“Happy Birthday. May each an every moment of your special day be filled with the same joy and happiness you bring to others.”



Our dear friend Miss Pat was celebrating her birthday today, and many of her best friends celebrated with her at Delaney’s Irish Pub tonight. It was our usual karaoke night, so it was the perfect venue for a big celebration.


We are so blessed to have such a wonderful friend. Miss Pat is known as “The Cookie Lady,” because she bakes hundreds of cookies every day and shares with everyone and everywhere she goes.

Loretta and I changed the words to “The Candy Man” and sang this to Miss Pat…

Who can take a rainbow (who can take a rainbow)
Wrap it in a sigh (wrap it in a sigh)
Soak it in the sun and make a groovy lemon pie
The Cookie Lady can
The Cookie Lady can
The Cookie Lady can
‘Cause she mixes it with love
And makes the world taste good
(Makes the world taste good)
(The Cookie Lady makes everything she bakes)
(Satisfying and delicious)
Now you talk about your childhood wishes
You can even eat the dishes
Oh, who can take tomorrow (who can take tomorrow)
Dip it in a dream (dip it in a dream)
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Cookie Lady can
Oh, the Cookie Lady can
The Cookie Lady can
‘Cause she mixes it with love
And makes the world taste good
(Makes the world taste good)
(The Cookie Lady makes everything she bakes)
(Satisfying and delicious)
Talk about your childhood wishes
You can even eat the dishes
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Who can take tomorrow (who can take tomorrow)
Dip it in a dream (dip it in a dream)
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Cookie Lady can
The Cookie Lady can
The Cookie Lady can
‘Cause she mixes it with love
And makes the world taste good
(Makes the world taste good)
Yes, the Cookie Lady can
‘Cause she mixes it with love
And makes the world taste good
(Makes the world taste good)

Happy birthday Pat Richter!

Saturday:) So Many Blessings, and Friends, and Celebrations

12 Jan

“Count your age by friends, not years, your life by smiles, not tears.”

~John Lennon


Another special day of birthday celebrations. The most amazing part of having so many great friends is that there are endless dinners, lunches and birthday get togethers. I invited a few friends over this evening and we had a wonderful time. Because I was safe at home, I was able to have a few glasses of wine. When I go out to meet friends, I don’t drink and drive so this was a very special occasion. I was home.

I got up early and baked and prepared food, but everyone brought all kinds of food and wine to share, so we had enough for an army, and a very big army, at that.

I received so many cool gifts. My friends really know me. Jerry got me a cool karaoke microphone with built in bling and sparkle…rather like myself. I proceeded to serenade everyone. Then, they all serenaded me with a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.

I am so blessed with the greatest friends in The whole wide world.

The birthday celebrations continue.

Sunday Sermon and Celebrating 60 With Sherri

1 Jul

A fine Sunday morning. I guess we had bad storms here yesterday evening, but we missed that. We were up in Oklahoma celebrating Sherri’s birthday, but I’ll talk about that later.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus and the disciples being turned away in a Samaritan village. On their journey to the next village, they encountered people who wanted to follow them, but they had things to do first.

62 “Jesus said to him, ‘Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

My take on it… Once you choose to be a Christian, or follow any noble path, for that matter, you should never look back or question your decision or your resolve. Always fight the good fight, never give up, stand strong, and never ever look back.


Now for the celebrating. Last night, Sherri Murphy invited me to join her family for her birthday celebration dinner. We went to Tishomingo, OK for dinner, dancing and good ole country music at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Restaurant and The Dog House dance hall next door.

After a great dinner and lots of laughing, (Sherri was throwing back shots…actually just one) we went next door to the Dog House dance hall. We had so much fun, with a lot of toe tappin’ country music, and singing and dancing. Here’s Sherri in THE DOG HOUSE.

We had a blast and stayed up way past our old people bedtime. Tishomingo is about a one and a half to two hour drive from here. Thank goodness Mr. Murphy was doing the driving. We didn’t get home till well past 1 am, then I didn’t get to sleep till well past 2, with my alarm set for 7.

I got up early to get the brownies in the oven before church. I was invited to the official family and friends birthday party at Sherri’s house, with her dad, grandkids, friends and neighbors. Today is her actual birthday, so of course, I needed to make brownies.

What a great weekend, celebrating, dancing, dining, and laughing with the always charming and ever effervescent Sherri Murphy.

Tuesday:) Today is Jerry’s Soulful 75th Birthday

19 Jun

“Birthdays are good for your health.  Studies show those who have more birthdays live longer.”


Happy birthday to my dear friend Jerry Horton who celebrated his 75th birthday with about 75 of his dearest friends and family. It was a grand celebration for a wonderful man. I think if anyone was asked to describe Jerry in just one word, that word would be “gentleman.”

Jerry is as colorful a character as the flamboyant clothing he loves to wear. Today, yellow was the color choice of this gregarious man’s garb. There was a wide array of yummy catered food, a well stocked bar, complete with a bartender, and a three piece jazz band. Such a fun party. Classy!


Happy 75th birthday to a very sweet colorful character. Love ya

Mr. Jerry.

Montage Monday and Mr. Doug’s Birthday

8 May

“Live life like its somebody’s birthday celebration today. Actually, it is somebody’s birthday every day. So, go celebrate.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another great busy week, with Empty Bowls fundraiser being the highlight. Or was it my Cinco de Mayo celebration with friends. Ooh, Karaoke was really fun too. My visit with my senior artists at Towne Creek was pretty cool, and then the Murphy’s surprised me with a visit on Black Russian Friday. Oops! The Ranger’s game and concert was so fun. Then, today we celebrated Mr. Doug’s birthday at Delaney’s, and Miss Pat made two cakes, and we sang just enough to embarrass him properly.

Wonderful friends make a wonderful week.

A week in a peek.

Here’s the birthday boy. Happy Birthday Doug Enck!

Wednesday:) What Day Is It? Why It’s My Birthday

11 Jan

“When I look in the mirror every morning, I don’t see an old lady. That’s because I’m old and I can’t find my glasses.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Well, another year has come and gone, and I’m still here savoring every minute. I had a very nice birthday. I received a zillion happy birthday texts, calls, and comments on Facebook.

You know what the best part of getting old is?……. Yah! I don’t know either. But, I do enjoy all the presents and lunches and dinners and attention. I have so many friends, I think I’ll be able to eat free for the entire month.

My sons called, I got to FaceTime with the baby, I talked to Mom and my sisters, and so many friends. Diane took me to lunch and Kathy took me to dinner. Hey, I’m free tomorrow afternoon….just sayin’.

My granddaughter wished me a happy birthday. Well, she actually said, “Dabamanadabawa,” but that’s close enough.

It was a good day. And not to tell my age or anything, but I am now an official Medicare Card Carrying Senior Citizen.

Friday Friends and Miss Bonnie’s Birthday

7 Oct

“Birthday’s may come and go, but as long as your going to have a birthday, I’m going to be coming.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today was my senior art group at Towne Creek where I volunteer and it was also Miss Bonnie’s birthday. Some of the ladies had already planned a little celebration, so our usual Friday art group was going to be even more special.

I happen to know Miss Bonnie’s favorite desserts have coconut, so I got a German chocolate coconut cake, made Hawaiian salad, and egg salad sandwiches. She also loves Dr. Pepper floats, so I brought the fixings for that. When I arrived, the table was set with party decorations and balloons and a big beautiful lemon cake. Miss Bonnie was more than excited.

We had our feast, then sang happy birthday and cut the cake, and washed it down with Dr. Pepper floats.

Another great Friday.

Theme Song Thursday:) Friends

13 Jan

“Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.” ― Marian Anderson


It was a busy Thursday for me. My first night back home, sleeping in my own bed for the first time in a month was interesting. I woke up startled at 5 a.m. It took me a few seconds to realize I was home. I got a good five hours sleep, then got up, dressed and ready for Art Club. 

I am not exaggerating. I tried on six different tops before I found one that fit over my gigantic ate too many Chicago hot dogs and deep dish  pizzas for an entire month belly. “I need to lose ten pounds…I  only have twenty more to go.” 

After Art Club, the Tiny Tots (Table of Talent Sisters) got together to celebrate my birthday at Olive Garden. These are the McKinney girlfriends that double as airport chauffeurs, confidants, artististic inspirations, chocolate chums, road trip buddies, and best friends. 

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”

Gifts from the TOTS. A beautiful furry scarf, (it was 75 yesterday, in the 40’s today), some tulip bulbs (that I was told that I couldn’t possibly kill like I do everything else. Ha! ), a lovely succulent plant that I couldn’t possibly let die…right?, and some soothing bath bombs in a cute ice cream dish…yes, I’ll take a bath this year. THANK YOU GIRLS!

The celebration continues. I usually celebrate the entire month of January. So many friends, so many lunches, so many chocolate desserts. (Did anyone get me that Weight Watchers gift subscription yet?)

Tuesday:) Today Is Toni’s Birthday~ Yay!

11 Jan

“I’m getting too old to give a care, but not old enough for Medicare. I’m a geriatric-tween.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“There is still no cure for the common birthday.” ― John Glenn


Today is my birthday. I’m not telling my age, but I’m old enough for AARP but not ready for Medicare. I don’t get carded for alcohol, but have been offered the senior discount at stores and restaurants. It’s a tough age. 

I received a bazillion happy birthday texts, calls, and Facebook well wishes. I’ve been celebrating all week with friends and family in Chicago, and I’ll do more celebrating when I get back to Texas tomorrow. 

Now, if I have ANY real friends out there, you’ll buy me a one year subscription to Weight Watchers for my birthday. It’s been a very “weighty” trip. Too many Chicago dogs, Italian beef and pizza. Oh wait, I still have birthday cake for tonight! Help!

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Another year older, another year of blessings, good friends and wonderful family.