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Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

24 May

“What can I say? Time flies faster than the speed of sound, so you don’t notice or feel it passing till it’s gone.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was a pretty interesting week. Oppressive hot days, then a cold snap, then warm and muggy again. That’s all in one week, actually just a couple of days. I’m all for change of seasons, but in the same day is kinda crazy.🤦‍♀️

Here’s a week in a peek….

Happy Monday, 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…

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff:) Happy Mother’s Day

8 May

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Abraham Lincoln


Another beautiful Sunday, and to make it even more beautiful, it is also Mother’s Day. I have been blessed with two wonderful sons, but also I was blessed with an Angel Mother, who guides me from heaven now.

Father Don gave all the mother’s a special blessing.

I drove into the parking lot at church just as I saw the Chateau bus driving in. I ran like the wind, well, actually like a slow gust in a dust bowl, through the parking lot to the back doors to greet the ladies. I had a little gift and a hug for them on this beautiful Mother’s Day. I made it just in time. I’m not fast. I took a short cut. The smiles were priceless.

Today’s Gospel was short and sweet… Jesus is the shepherd that recognize His voice and follow Him.

Jn 10:27-30

Jesus said:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

My take on it… Jesus is the shepherd who tends His flock. Once you know His voice, you will follow and be protected and loved forever. It’s kind of fitting also on Mother’s Day. Children recognize their mother’s voice at birth, and they are guided and nurtured, protected and loved forever. (Well, in most cases. Just speaking from personal experience.)

After Mass, Jerry and Patricia joined me and Helene at McD for coffee and breakfast. Mr.Jerry was kind enough to treat all of us lovely ladies today. Very sweet. Thank you Jerry.

I didn’t need anything from the store, so I came right home after McD. I missed a FaceTime call this morning from the grandkids. But, I know they’ll call later. I received a sweet message from my youngest in California this morning before church. 6 am, his time. So this has been a great day already.

Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

2 May

“Every photo is a memory that lasts a lifetime. Take pictures, smile, laugh and love. Then, you can look back and relive those moments.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another wonderful week with great friends and fun adventures. And a special surprise visit with Mandy, from California. Our Towne Creek art group had a blast, and I enjoyed lots of baking and sharing, making new friends and spending time with the people I love. Life is good.

Happy Monday, my friends!

And of course, it’s aLways wonderful to FaceTime on Sunday with the granddaughters.


They are very artistic… just like their grandma. (OK, maybe their parents contributed a little bit to their talent. But, I’m taking credit while I can.”

Tuesday:) Toni’s Two Favorite Little People

26 Apr

“Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.”

~Pam Brown (and my family agrees)


I spent a lot of time looking at old photos on my iPad today and discovered that the majority of the 12,946 photos and 197 videos are of my beautiful granddaughters. so, I thought I’d share a few recent ones. They always make me smile and realize that being a grandmother is one of, if the the greatest blessings in the world.

Sophisticated and silly all rolled into one.
Double trouble, double the fun.
Pretty princesses in pink. What do ya think?
Happy Tuesday! 🤗

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

25 Apr

“I am so busy doing nothing… that the idea of doing anything – which as you know, always leads to something – cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything.”

Jerry Seinfeld


Well, it was a busy week of not doing anything but keeping busy trying not to do something. I did join an IPC- International Procrastinators Club, But, we haven’t had our first meeting. We keep putting it off. Maybe next month. We haven’t decided yet. It’s only been a year. 🤦‍♀️

A week in a peek.

Another fabulous week .

Friday:) From My Church to Yours and Fond Memories From this Day

22 Apr

“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.” Alek Wek


I drove over to church today to go to Adoration in the chapel and maybe sketch a little. I saw a lot of cars in the parking lot, so I figured maybe there was a funeral, so I stayed in the chapel and started to sketch the crucifix. I didn’t get very far because I had a tap on my shoulder. Helene, Linda and June were there. I totally forgot that they were going to the big Game Day Charity Event At St. Gabriel.

This crucifix is in the chapel. It used to be in the old church before we finished building the new magnificent church.
As you can see, I didn’t get very far. But, this gives you an idea how crude and totally disproportionate my original sketches are.

I went and joined the ladies in the main sanctuary , where Helene was giving them a little tour. They were most impressed. I also showed them my finished sketches of the stained glass windows and statues. Again, they were impressed. After we talked, they left and I went to light my candle and put money in the poor box, as is my custom.

As I was leaving, this group of Ladies were walking around the sanctuary, admiring the stained glassy statues, and awesome architecture. I stopped to chat with them, and found that they were visiting from Waxahachie. They came for the Game Day event and they were all parishioners of St. Joseph’s.

So, I took the opportunity to show off and showed them my sketchbook. I just so happened to have a few color photos of one of my Artisto app renderings, and I gave them each one. They were delighted, as was I. A nice afternoon at church.

Now, for a few fond memories that popped up on my Facebook page today.

One of my many favorites. 5 years ago today. The newest tiny Norte Dame fan.
Three years ago today. Me and some of my special “Peeps.”

Happy Friday, my friends!

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Wonderful Easter Week Peek

19 Apr

“Memories are timeless treasures of the heart.” – Unknown


A busy beautiful bunny Peeps with my Peeps kinda week. Capture the moments while you can. Life is good.

Sunday Sermon and Easter Celebration

18 Apr

“We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence.”

~Pope Francis


A beautiful Easter Sunday morning. The 6:30 alarm found a dark morning sky. We all knew that 8:30 Mass would be crowded, so my plan was to leave by 7:30. I still wanted to put the Peeps on top of a few cupcakes for more Easter Sharing after Mass.

Unfortunately, my early Mass with Father Barth was not video taped, so this is the 11 am Mass photos with Father Don.

Today’s Gospel was about finding the tomb empty… He has Risen.


Jn 20:1-9

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.

A glorious Gospel for a glorious day. The Easter service was filled with song and celebration after the long forty days of quiet solemnity.

After Mass, even the overflowing parking lots were dispersed seamlessly with the help of many volunteers and the McKinney PD officers directing traffic.

Helene and I stopped for our usual after church hot chocolate at McD. The place was empty except for a young father with his little daughter. I waved at the little girl and she said “Hi.” Her father said it was her birthday today. I had brought my bag of containers with cupcakes inside with me so they wouldn’t stay in the warm car. Helene and I went over and gave the little girl and her dad a cupcake and sang Happy Birthday. Dad and daughter were so appreciative of the kindness of strangers,

Later, a familiar face that we see every Sunday came in with his book and ordered his same coffee. He smiled and said “Happy Easter.”

After all these many months of seeing a familiar face, we made our formal introductions. Happy Easter, Avi. See you next Sunday.

Then, guess who else popped in. Miss Susie from Tom Thumb was on her lunch break.

Ooh! More cupcakes. She thought they were just too cute. I gave Helene a couple of small containers of cupcakes to take home and share with her friends.

Then, on my way home, a stop at Fire Station 5, my old station.

Happy Easter Station 5.

When I got home, I texted Miss Kathy to see if she was home for a couple of cupcakes. She said she wasn’t home yet, but I have my key. So I put a couple cupcakes in her fridge.

Tim and family across the street were home.
Just sharing and caring with my “Peeps.”

It was a busy day of church, friends and many cupcakes. I went for my evening walk and enjoyed the sunny warm evening. The best part was a FaceTime call from the kids. It’s always great to see the granddaughters and hear about their adventures.

They went to the zoo today. It was pretty cold there. I was out walking with a t-shirt on.

A beautiful Easter Sunday from early morning till the end of day.

Happy Easter, my friends.

Throwback Thursday:) My Little Boys

8 Apr

“There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.” — Washington Irving


These photos of my two little boys always make me smile. They will always be my little boys.

My babies around 1983.
Two cuties!
Thanks to my sister Jo for sharing this photo. The finest most adorable sons in the world.
Go Bears! 🐻
Yes, my sons are my heart and soul.

Love you, Mijitos.