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Sunday Sermon and Some Smiling Friends

25 Apr

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

Victor Hugo


Today’s Gospel was as simple, yet as important as any other. My take on it…Just love one another. 


Gospel JN 13:31-33A, 34-35When 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 day started with greeting before Mass, having a chance to smile, laugh, and hug a few people. It was a gorgeous morning. My dear friend Bonita and I had coffee at McDonald’s  with Jerry after Mass. Then, she and I went  to brunch at Stareood Cafe, a new restaurant in Adriatica. Very good food, but even better company. 

After brunch, I went home, changed, and went for a long walk. I dropped by with some brownies for My neighbors Larry and Sandy. Mr. Larry kept telling me that I needed to see Sandy’s garden. So, I dropped by unannounced, rang the bell, and said, “Just stopped by to see how does your garden grow.”

It’s good to have friends with a garden. If I  happen to drop by often enough,  I may leave with some home grown vegetables. 

Did I mention a peach and nectarine tree? I’ll be walking past their house daily.

Then, a perfect ending to a fine day, with a long phone call and conversation with both my sons. Life is good!

Saturday: Simple Silly Determination

25 Jul

If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don’t work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!Sarah Dessen


I’ve tried to do all of the above. Trying is the start, not giving up despite all the odds is the reward. I do hold my head up and try again. 

After I went for my short 1/4 mile run/joggle yesterday, I thought to myself… “Self, how far can you joggle today?” It was only about 84 degrees when I laced up my running shoes at. 8 am. My goal was to go as far as I could go before I felt queasy. I set my phone app to log my jog, or loggle my joggle, and proceeded. The streets were quiet, the sites were lovely, except for the dead armadillo by the sidewalk, (didn’t take that photo), the horses were grazing across the street, and I was determined. 

I went a lot further than I expected, around the pond, and down a few streets, and back to my door to get some water before a cool down walk. 

 1.28 miles, PDG… Pretty “darn” good for an old gal. Except … When I got to the house, tried to unlock the door with my key, it wasn’t opening right away. My ears started tingling and I got light headed. Uh oh! I felt faint. I went from rapid heart rate to a complete stop too quickly. Finally, the door opened, I grabbed some water, turned on the ceiling fan and plopped on the couch. I recovered in about ten minutes, drank more water, then went back out to walk the same route of 1.28 miles to cool down. 

Now, that’s determination. Either that, or just plain crazy. I’m thinking the latter. 

“Sometimes plain  ol’ crazy is the best inspiration.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Tuesday: Tales From the Trail

14 Jul

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
Terry Pratchet


Home at last ! It’s well after midnight… Better late than never. Bittersweet ! I hated to leave Chicago, my friends and family, not toention the best pizza and hot dogs in the world, but I also missed my friends in McKinney and my home. My home!  

My sister ran herself ragged, driving me all over for five weeks. My boys and Lindsay ran around with me and my old girlfriends all visited and hung out with me. Then , there was my sweet Mom. She’s gonna miss me like crazy! I miss her already!

It was a long  visit and a long day. My flight landed at almost 10 pm. Lynne offered to pick me up from DFW. But, look who was there to greet me! The TOTS! ( Table of talent sisters) The official McKinney best friends. 

So , what do best friends do after picking you up from the airport? Why, they take you out for matgaritas and snacks, of course.  


Friday: Fun and Frivolous Stuff

12 Jun

It is easy to be solemn, it is so hard to be frivolous.G.K. Chesterton


Really? Not for me. My middle name is frivolous, or was that procrastination? I have a double middle name…Toni Frivolous-Procrastination. It’s not on my birth certificate, but should be. 

So, the other day I made a batch of brownies for Mom and her lady friends to celebrate her  88th  birthday. Of course, if you known me for any amount of time , you know I have to make a funny face with the brownie mix before I stir and bake. I looked around Mom’s place for some brownie props. Hmmm? A red hat from her Red Hat Society and some apple slices for lips. 

Yes, I’m goofy and see faces in the brownies. Better than seeing  “dead people,” I guess.  ( Movie reference )


  After the brownies were made and cut up , we went downstairs and Mom gave each of her girlfriends a long stem rose from the dozen I had given her. Mom likes to share too. Sharing frivolity is contagious. 

See! It’s easy to be frivolous!