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Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

27 Oct

A full description of a person’s life, however uneventful or uninteresting, fills a large folder.

~Henning Mankell

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A very uneventful week.

Cold and gloomy here again today.

Sentimental Saturday

25 Oct

“I find myself becoming increasingly nostalgic for the past, but after all I suppose that is the only thing one can be nostalgic about.”

― James Rozoff

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The life of a long distance grandma is challenging. Thank goodness for technology and a wonderful caring family. I received a FaceTime call from my sweet daughter-in-law, asking if I was able to FaceTime with the girls. Princess Belle wanted to show Gamma her new outfit. She was Minnie Mouse today. The girls love to play dress up.

While I had them on camera, I asked if they’d like to open their Sunday Surprise package from Gamma today. I had this cool idea that if I sent a box of little packages for the girls, labeled Week 1, Week 2, etc., enough to last a couple of months, then I could watch them open up their little gifts when they called on Sunday. They called today, so I asked if they could open their gifts today.

The girls were excited and immediately went to the table to use their new colored pencils, and Belle was enchanted with the pencil sharpener, needing to sharpen the already sharpened pencils, but just the colors that she liked. Black and brown did not need re-sharpening. Lovely sentimental things like this just warms my heart.

After we said our goodbyes, I was going through some of my old photos on my iPad. I have over 10,000. It takes a while. I lingered over the more nostalgic memories. I won’t share them all. You’re welcome.

Some of my favorites.

The Reynolds triplets a long time ago. I bade them this silly school bus cake for back to school which was also around their birthday. I miss these little faces.

One of Mom’s beautiful murals.

A chilly cloudy day here in North Texas, but a warm nostalgic Saturday here at my house.

Happy Saturday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

19 Oct

“Once I acknowledge that life owes me nothing, I have positioned myself so that I can begin to enjoy everything.”

― Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Another beautiful Sunday, a walk in he park with the dog, check on the neighbor’s cats, shower and get ready for church… on TV… in my sweats.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Pharisees trying to trick Jesus into commenting negatively about the census tax imposed by Caesar. He didn’t fall for it.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
“Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax.”
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”
They replied, “Caesar’s.”
At that he said to them,
“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”

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Well, that was pretty smart thinking. My take on it… Sometimes people try to trip you up with their words and questions. And don’t even get me started on taxes. Too many people pay too little and too many pay too much. It should all be fair, but it isn’t. But, I do agree with paying what is expected of you here on earth. Money belongs to man, and how we live our lives and love one another is how we belong to God.

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The rest of my day was splendid. I made some yummy quinoa for dinner. It had sautéed onions, sweet potatoes, chicken, with dried cranberries. It was SO delicious. I just used chicken because I had left overs to use up, but next time I’m going vegetarian with it.

Then of course, my marvelous Sunday tradition of FaceTime with the granddaughters. They are just so adorable. I get to watch them run around screaming and laughing and being silly.

Another wonderful Sunday. Thank YOU for being a part of my “vortex.” You know who you are.

Friday From My Kitchen:) Another Baking Frenzy

17 Oct

“Some people say they are addicted to sugar. I’m addicted to making and baking and sharing the sugar. Does that make me a “sugar pusher?”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, she’s at it again. I had a big bowl of lemon cream cheese frosting left over from last week, so I had to use that up, right? So I made more mini lemon cheese cakes. But, cream cheese was on sale at Kroger this week, and not everyone likes lemon, so I decided to make a batch of my infamous mini no-bake peanut butter pies.

Please don’t ask for the recipe. I don’t use no stinkin’ recipe. I don’t even measure the sugar anymore. I just eye ball it. Haven’t had any complaints yet.

I think I ate two of these and gave the rest away. I don’t make them to eat them, I just need to make and bake and give them away. OH NO! I am a “sugar pusher.” I wonder if there’s a support group for that? S.P.A. Sugar Pushers Anonymous.

It was a fantastic fun Friday. The air was cool and crisp, and the sky was crystal blue. I didn’t catch the sunset for a photo because I was on the phone. But, even better, I got to FaceTime with my adorable granddaughters.

A perfect ending to a perfect day, Black Russian Friday. Cheers, my friends.

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Sunrise, Sunset

16 Oct

“Some parents can’t wait until their children grow up and leave the nest. I wish I could have put a padlock on that nest and never let them go.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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What an amazing Thursday this has been. It was a dark, cloudy, blustery, and overcast day, but I loved it. I walked in the dog in the park, several times, met with some friends, went to the store, did some household chores, and enjoyed the day. The best part, of course, was a really awesome phone call from my sister. It was great to hear her voice and catch up.

The days go by too fast, and our children and grandchildren grow up too fast. There wasn’t an amazing sunset tonight, but last night and a zillion Other sunsets inspired my karaoke song for tonight…

Sunday Sermon and Babies-In-A-Box

12 Oct

“Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.”

– Chinese Proverb

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A beautiful warm Fall Sunday. No alarm was set, and a leisurely morning before watching Mass on TV. A great way to start my day. Many smiles along the way.

Today’s Gospel was the parable Jesus told of the king who invited guests to his son’s wedding feast. When he sent servants to inform the invited guests, they were ignored. He then sent more servants who were beaten or killed..

8 Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready; but as those who were invited proved to be unworthy,

9 go to the main crossroads and invite everyone you can find to come to the wedding.”

10 So these servants went out onto the roads and collected together everyone they could find, bad and good alike; and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 When the king came in to look at the guests he noticed one man who was not wearing a wedding garment,

12 and said to him, “How did you get in here, my friend, without a wedding garment?” And the man was silent.

13 Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot and throw him into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”

14 For many are invited but not all are chosen.’

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My take on it… the King symbolizes God, and we are all invited to join Him. We have our jobs, family, friends, and busy lives, but when called, we should drop what we’re doing and go. If we receive the invitation but ignore the messengers, others will be invited. Now, when we are invited, we have to dress accordingly. To me, that means the preparation. We have lived our good honest lives and are ready for the feast. If you are not “prepared,” you will be thrown out. “For many are invited but not all are chosen.”

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Hmm? Who doesn’t love a great wedding feast. I’m in. I plan on dressing accordingly.

The rest of my day was awesome. Sundays are the perfect day to count my blessings and appreciate life. Especially, Sunday evening when I get to FaceTime with my beautiful granddaughters.

Babies-in-a-box….

Life is good! Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, Sunsets and Other Stuff

28 Sep

“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.”

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Another beautiful Sunday. The Archdiocese of Dallas Mass was very informative this morning. Bishop Burns gave a brief description of the symbolism, traditions, and meanings of the rituals of the Mass throughout the service.

Today’s Gospel was another parable where we are asked to think and relate the story to our own lives.

Gospel, Matthew 21:28-32

28 ‘What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He went and said to the first, “My boy, go and work in the vineyard today.”

29 He answered, “I will not go,” but afterwards thought better of it and went.

30 The man then went and said the same thing to the second who answered, “Certainly, sir,” but did not go.

31 Which of the two did the father’s will?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘In truth I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.

32 For John came to you, showing the way of uprightness, but you did not believe him, and yet the tax collectors and prostitutes did. Even after seeing that, you refused to think better of it and believe in him.

My take on it… sometimes we are resistant to what is asked of us, what is right, or what is difficult. Even when we say NO at first, there’s always time to do the right thing. Others will lie and pretend that they will do the right thing, and never do it. We all know who will find their way to the kingdom of God.

Now, one of my rituals is to watch Mass on TV. I usually have a cup of tea and a cracker to be blessed, but today, I decided to have just a sip of wine and a cookie wafer to be blessed. I know, it’s goofy, but I feel that the priest or bishop has blessed my “bread and wine” virtually.

The rest of my day was wonderful, calm, peaceful and lovely. I was able to FaceTime with the granddaughters and watch them run and play and give grandma kisses.

Then, an evening walk and beautiful sunset to end the day.

Happy Sunday, my friends!

Montage Monday and My Joe’s Birthday

13 Jul

“Son, you will outgrow my lap, but never my heart.”

~Unknown

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Another week flew by. July is a special month for me in so many ways. Both sons were born in July, Matt a couple of weeks ago, and Joe’s today. I’m one lucky mom. Here’s a week in a peek, and Happy Birthday, My Joe.

Thank you for blessing me all these years and blessing me with these beautiful granddaughters and beautiful daughter-in-law.

A week in a peek…

Saturday:) Miracles and Anniversaries

11 Jul

“When God sends you a sign, you are blessed. When He sends you three, there’s no doubt in your mind that God performs miracles.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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(I share this miracle every year on this day. It’s the first of three, and everyone who has heard my trilogy of miracles will agree that only God could do this.)

Today is 7-11. July 11, 2013 was the worst, most painful and devastating day of my entire life. I will never forget that awful day, and all the tears, trauma, heartache, hospitalization, and betrayal that followed. That’s the day I confronted my now ex-husband about his affair with the waitress at his country club. We were married 39 years. But, there was so much more, and such unfathomable disgusting behavior that I can’t even begin to reveal. My heart was broken, and my life and my health was in turmoil. I said it was the “day that will live in infamy.” For two years, when I saw that day on the calendar, I cringed and I cried. Not any more. Now it’s a celebration.

Fast forward two years later…7-11-2015 was the day my son got married to the most beautiful and amazing girl of his dreams. That beautiful July 11th day, I danced at my son’s wedding and celebrated with friends and family. Now, this is a day of celebration and joy and love. They had no idea that this particular day was the worst day of my life, and was now transformed into a day to celebrate. BUT, God did.

Happy 5th Anniversary Joe and Lindsay!!! I love you “To the moon and back.”

It’s been five years now, and this beautiful couple has also blessed me with two beautiful granddaughters. Even more reason to celebrate. I love 7-11.

7-11-2015 A celebration and miracle.

More celebrations!

Look at this ever growing miracle!

Saturday:) Setting an Example and Raising the Flag

5 Jul

“When you set a good example to the world, you become a flag waving on the skies of the entire world!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

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This 4th of July is definitely the most unusual and surreal 4th that I have ever known. For the past 15 years, I usually was on the Square, watching the parade, eating ice cream, talking with old friends and making new friends. Not today.

But, I have my memories and old photos to remind me of the good ol’ days. Hopefully, this will be the last scary/weird 4th of July. Who knows?

My all time favorite 4th of July photo is this one of my granddaughter placing a small American flag in her front yard. I’m sure she wasn’t sure of the significance, but you could tell that she knew that it was important. That’s why I’m so proud of my son and daughter-in-law. They are setting a fine example for their children, teaching them love and respect, and to honor their country.

A small flag in a small hand, a big head start in a big heart. ❤️🇺🇸

Memories from last year…

Cheers, my friends. Happy Red, White and Blue, Blue Ice Cream Black Russian 4th of July.