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Friday Friends, Food, and My Feet Are Killin’ Me

8 May

“You know you’ve had too much fun when you can’t stop smiling, even when your feet are killin’ ya.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A very super busy day today. I was up late last night, well, actually early this morning making my special egg salad for my senior friends over at Towne Creek. Why egg salad? Eggs were on sale, 99c for an 18 pack. I boiled 24 eggs, softened a package of cream cheese, added about a cup or more of mayo, (I don’t measure), then sautéed an onion and celery. I made 16 sandwiches and still had some egg salad left over.

I also made up some snack bags with pretzels, popcorn and cheese balls, I also made up some chocolate dipped strawberries, and put together some of my now famous peanut butter topped brownies. We had lots of snacks and drinks. Helene brought fresh fruit and topped it with praline ice cream. OK, I bet you’re wishing you could come to our art class, right?

It was a fine fun day. Now, I need to put my feet up and have a drink. It’s Black Russian Friday.

Thankful Thursday:) Best Family and Friends

7 May

“Sometimes we spend so much time and energy thinking about where we want to go that we don’t notice where we happen to be.”
― Dan Gutman

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Happiness and blessings are usually sitting right in front of us, we just need to open our eyes. I feel blessed and thankful every day.

Today, was the annual “Friends” Picnic over at Hudson Crossing Apartments. (I forgot to wear my “Friends” T-shirt. 🤦‍♀️) There are about ten or more friends that live in the complex, and they host a big potluck picnic for the gang.

It was Doug and Linda’s birthday this month, so we all sang Happy Birthday. There was plenty of food and drink and friendship.

On my way home, I stopped at church for Adoration and to light a candle. The main sanctuary was totally empty and the silence felt sacred and comforting. As usual, I don’t pray for something I need, I thank God for my many blessings, my friends, and the most wonderful family.

When I got home, I took a brisk 3 mile walk and had a nice conversation with a bunny in my front yard.

She may or not be the mommy of the baby bunnies that may have encountered an early demise by Bella
last week. . Nonetheless, I apologized if I brought harm to her young family. She really didn’t respond, but she sat and listened without budging. I think she accepted my apology. I hope so.

Thus was My Thankful Thursday so far. Feeling blessed.

Wednesday:) Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

6 May

“Cinco de Mayo is here! Let’s give ’em something to taco bout!”

Which Disney princess only comes out on Cinco de Mayo?
Taco Belle!

~allwording.com

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I remember on St. Patrick’s Day, I shared some Irish jokes that a few people thought were a bit much, mostly about drinking. Well, I think Cinco de Mayo has the same reputation with drinking and Mexican jokes, but that’s OK. I’m Mexican-American and I love margaritas and a good joke.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May, for the Spanish impaired) is not Mexican Independence Day. It’s actually the day the Mexican Army won a shocking victory against invading French forces in 1862. Not only does the holiday commemorate a great military victory, but also celebrates Mexican unity in the face of overwhelming odds.

At least, that was the original idea. Today, Cinco de Mayo is much more popular in the United States than in Mexico. And while it’s nominally about honoring Mexican-American culture, let’s be honest – it’s Taco and Margarita Day as far as most people are concerned. (allwording.com)

I can’t remember the last time I made a margarita. Wait, yes I can… last year on Cinco de Mayo. I’m wearing the hand-stitched huipil that belonged to my mother. Gracias, mamasita.

Also, in honor of my heritage which is woven with wonderful traditions of celebrations, food, family, and sharing, I stopped over at my local Fire Station 9 to share some snacks for the occasion. You may recall, I was told last month that I couldn’t bring any more homemade goodies for a while, but prepackaged items were OK.

I put together a bag of different tortilla chips, beans, cheese, jalepeños, and of course, my favorite BERNARD’S Gourmet Foods Salsa. Also, a case of bottled water to wash it down with.

My little drop by visits are always appreciated, and I appreciate all our fire fighters do for us. Gracias!

Now, it’s getting late and my margarita is melting. I need a refill and some chips and … BERNARD’S Salsa.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Toni’s Tuesday True-Time Video:) Painting Easy Yellow Roses

4 May

“The gentle rose offers a powerful joy known only to the heart.”
― Andrew Pacholyk

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This easy painting project was to quick to make a time-lapse video, it probably would have been a blur of 3 seconds. So, I made a full length video and it was still pretty quick. My favorite yellow rose notecards. It was my friend Lynne’s birthday last Friday, and when I went upstairs to my card collection, I noticed I was out of hand-painted rose cards. So, I sat down and painted. (Of course, I’m an over achiever, so I painted a few extra while the paint was handy.) The funny part is, the card was still wet when I walked out the door to drop off the card and some yellow roses. It dried before I arrived.

*Side note… my sister asked me the other day if there was some way to watch my quick, way too fast time-lapse videos on YouTube. I told her about the small dots on the upper right hand corner of the video that will slow down or speed up a video. I found out by experimenting when I was trying to learn some easy piano songs and they were way too fast for me. 🤦‍♀️

My yellow rose note card and matching envelope.
Over achiever!

https://youtu.be/w-rcnG0i-jw

Happy Tuesday and MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU!!!!

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

4 May

“I know Spring is in the Texas air because it was 92° and beautiful most of the day, and tonight I’m sitting in the bathroom with a pillow and a flashlight and the tornado siren was blaring.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Interesting week. Spring in North Texas is always a weather rollercoaster. We had cool gloomy rainy days, then today Sunny and in the 90’s, and storms and possible tornadoes tonight. Crazy!

A week in a crazy peek…

Stay safe, my friends!

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

3 May

“People are like vines … We are born and we grow. Like vines, people also need a tree to cling to, to give them support.”

Elizabeth Kata

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Another beautiful “AMAZING” Sunday. It’s nice to be back at 9 o’clock Mass and seeing old friends and celebrating the Mass together in person.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus saying,” I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” The comparison is to vines and branches that cannot exist if cut off from the branch…

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing.6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a branch — and withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for whatever you please and you will get it.

My take on it… if we remain faithful and true to God’s word, we will flourish. If we abandon our faith, we will be cut off and wither and die. I think that can relate to anyone cut off from the sources of life like water, food, air, etc. Our bodies can’t survive without those sources and our souls cannot survive without the source of our faith, kindness, and love.

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The rest of my day was AMAZING as usual, and a nice evening walk in the warm evening air, followed by a chat on the phone on the park bench with my old friend Debbie. Yah, she’s old, but so am I.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday:) My Cup Runneth Over~ Literally

1 May

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 23

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I know sometimes I go on and on about my blessings, and maybe you’re getting tired of hearing it, or maybe you don’t believe me. But today, I was given a sign! “MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.”

I was making oatmeal in the microwave this morning. I told myself, “Do NOT step away from the microwave. You know how it always runneth over.” Well, needless to say, I did not heed my own advice. it runneth over.

My point being, I need to focus on what I know for a fact. “A watched pot never boils and an unwatched cup is gonna runneth over.”

I’ve been studying a lot of mind over matter, meditation and mindfulness, and the neuroscience of rewiring your brain. The basic concept I’ve learned, and I’m saving you hours and hours of studying… “When life gives you lemons, make margaritas.”

Instead of getting upset about the oatmeal, I told myself, “Well, you knew that was going to happen, so what did you learn and what do you do now.” Here’s an opportunity to clean up the microwave. Cool! When I decided to reheat the oatmeal later, I did not step away and watched it carefully and it didn’t runneth over again. I laughed at the situation instead of getting down on myself and felt blessed that I had more oatmeal if I needed some. A WIN-WIN. A lesson learned and I’m rewiring my brain to problem solve and be happier. THE END 🤗

Friday:) Furry, Feathered and Flowering Friends

1 May

“Friends and fun can be found everywhere if you just open your eyes.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I have so many remarkable friends, especially of the humanoid version. But today, I found myself admiring the furry, feathered and flowering friends that grace my world.

I’ve been doggie sitting for little Bella for the past ten days, and she loves Miss Toni. When I’m sitting on the sofa, she lays up right up next to me, so close that I can’t even move my arm to type on my iPad. I have to pull up my left arm to free my elbow. She even follows me into the bathroom and into the closet. She’s so cute. She went home with Mr. Mike today, and I’m sure I’ll be looking around for her as the days go by.

After meeting some of my humanoid girlfriends for lunch today, I went for a nice long walk. 3 1/2 miles. We’ve had so much rain lately that I haven’t walked much. But, with the rain came lots of puddles and wet areas everywhere.

This lovely couple, Mr. and Mrs. Duck, were waddling around on my front lawn today. This is my yard! Why did the ducks cross the road? To visit Miss Toni, of course!

On my long walk, I stopped to admire the wild flowers that someone might call weeds. I thought they were beautiful, so I picked a few and put them in a little vase on my kitchen counter.

Some say weeds, I say beautiful yellow flowers.

Well, it is Friday. You know what that means!

Cheers! Happy Friday, my friends!

Thursday:) McKinney Empty Bowls 2021

30 Apr


“After a full belly all is poetry.”
― Frank McCourt

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This evening was the wonderful McKinney Empty Bowls event at MPAC on the Square. The annual charity event supports Community LifeLine, which helps feed the less fortunate in our community. The rain held off, with threatening clouds and drizzle all day. We lucked out.

I was honored that my bowl was displayed front and center of the display with all the other awesome handcrafted auction bowls.
There were hundreds of event bowls that were available with the purchase of a ticket, and others for an additional fee. These were created by volunteers, church and school groups, and other donations.
There was entertainment and many restaurants and area food vendors donated soups and desserts to feed the visitors.

Local potters were on hand to show the art of throwing clay bowls. My friend Steve Macias was busy creating beautiful bowls.

Bernard’s Gourmet Foods won People’s Choice for their black bean soup. I’ll have to agree. Congratulations David Bernard!

A big thank you to all the volunteers, donors, artists and visitors who came together to support Community LifeLine and feeding the hungry, “ONE BOWL AT A TIME.”

Wednesday:) What’s Up, Miss Toni? Not MULCH!

28 Apr

“There is an abandonment, an escape, that physical labor bestows.”
― Steven Gould

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve never been opposed to good hard physical labor. I’m not that strong, but if I can let out a big grunt and drag a bag of heavy rain soaked mulch from one place to another, I’m gonna do it.

I jokingly put in my tips from Toni last week, that if you leave your bags of mulch in front of your garage long enough, someone will offer to help. The truth is, I did have a couple of offers of help, but I like to do as much as I can on my own, while I’m still young and strong enough to do the hard work. (I take that back. I’m neither young nor strong. I should have said naive and stupid enough.)

I should have taken some before and after photos. I just have the after. I did have the neighbor’s landscaping guy dig out a couple of my dead bushes from in front. He only dug out two, thinking the one I had trimmed down that had a few baby shoots growing I wanted to save. Nope! So, a few days later, I tried to dig that last dead sucker out by myself. Holy Hannah! It took over an hour of grunting and cursing and digging and snipping to get that one little guy out. (These are just the bags left for the back yard.)

After I got that demon out, the big holes and dingy bare space was looking sad, so I decided to put down a few bags of mulch to spruce it up. I grunted and lifted and dragged each bag into place and slit each bag open with a knife and the precision of a fine surgeon. Not really, I spilled mulch all over me.

Look how awesome that looks. So satisfying when I look at it and say, “I did that!” My roses are in bloom and my big red condominium bird feeder attracts the birds. Cool!

While I was at it and the sun was slowly setting, I tackled the small space where I pulled out all the tall decorative grass that died with the killer winter frost. I added mulch and put my reclaimed flower box (Nextdoor neighbor threw out and I painted it) in front where it could be seen and appreciated. I’m going to get some other flowers, but I had to display the cute yellow plant that Miss Sherri gave me.

I bought some Scott black plastic edging that will have to wait for another day and more energy.

I worked until dark, and could barely straighten up without groaning. Later in the evening, I went out and saw the beautiful moon and admired my handiwork.

I am thankful for my strength, perseverance, my beautiful home, God’s great blessings and … TYLENOL!