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Friday:) Familiar Family Friends -Holy Family School

22 Jan

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”

David Ogden Stiers


A couple of days ago, Helene and I stopped at Holy Family School to drop off our donations for the children. Just about every week, we find great bargains and sales at the grocery store that we think the little ones at the school would enjoy. Then, about once a month, we drive over to the east side to share our treasures. We are always greeted with grateful smiles.

This beautiful non-profit Christian School has been serving the McKinney community for 70 years. Such a blessing.
Here’s a pre-Covid photo of the adorable youngsters.

Family is not a certain group or house or thing. Family is everyone in your heart.

Happy Friday, my friends.


Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.”

15 Jan

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi


It is absolutely wonderful to feel loved and appreciated and admired and complimented. I’m very lucky because Christmas and my birthday are just a few weeks apart. I receive SO many calls, texts, gifts, cards and well wishes that it’s hard not to feel extra special and truly loved.

On this Quarantined Karaoke Thursday, I can’t help but feel… “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You.” (You know who you are.) ❤️


Keep singing, keep dancing, and keep loving, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Birthday Week in a Peek

12 Jan

“ The nice part about having so many wonderful friends and family member is that when it’s your birthday, you get to celebrate all month and you get all kinds of awesome gifts and well wishes.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’ve been celebrating my birthday all week. I’m still getting cards, phone calls, and gifts in the mail. I must be pretty AMAZING! Just sayin’.

Here’s a week in a peek…

Little angels singing Happy Birthday…

Sunday Sermon and the Ghosts of Birthdays Past

11 Jan

“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed. “

Charles Schulz


Well, it was a cold dark morning and they were calling for snow storms. There was about ten minutes of fluffy flakes and that’s it. I’m not disappointed. I watched Mass in my pajamas.

I was a happy girl. Today’s my birthday. I’m happy to be one year older, still healthy, alive and AMAZING.

Today’s sermon was short and sweet. Jesus was being baptized and God acknowledged His son.

My take on it… I know how it is to have a beloved son, except I have two. Lucky me.

7And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; 11and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my beloved Son; with thee I am well pleased.”

A lot of phone calls, FaceTime and birthday wishes from friends and family. I am truly blessed.

My friend Helene made me this awesome enchilada dinner and I have enough for a couple more days.

Lynne stopped by and left a beautiful gift at my door with a fantastic piece of artwork made jus pt for me with a secret message.

Thank you Lynne,

Ghosts of Birthdays past…

Happy birthday to me! ❤️

Sentimental Saturday:) A Mother’s Tears

10 Jan

“A mother understands what a child does not say.”

— Jewish Proverb


This morning, I was still in bed when the doorbell rang. I wasn’t going to run to the door, but I checked my handy-dandy Ring Doorbell app on my phone. I saw the FedEx man dropping off a package and walking away. Cool! Someone sent me a present. Tomorrow is my birthday, hmm, let’s see who it’s from.

I crawled out from under the covers, walked barefooted to the front door, peeked outside to make sure no one would see me in my penguin pajamas, then grabbed the box. It looked like flowers, it it didn’t say from who. The label said, “Find gift message under this label.” So, I got a knife and slit open the label and found this message.
I read the note and burst into uncontrollable tears. I couldn’t stop. I had to sit down, holding the message against my heart. It wasn’t that my son in California sent me some beautiful flowers. It was because he signed the note. “Love you. From: Matty. I’m the only one who calls him Matty. He’s 37 years old, and I’m pretty sure he cringes whenever I call him that, but to me, he’ll always be my little baby, and my little Matty. His using that name told me more than a thousand words or a long beautiful poem could express. He was telling me that he knew how important it was to me that he’d always be my little Matty. That one word said it all.

Like the opening quote says…
“A mother understands what a child does not say.” — Jewish Proverb

The little tree came in a lovely ceramic container with a black Japanese garden type tray with tiny rocks. So precious. (It took quite a while to stop sobbing.)

I placed the lovely gift on the counter along with some other early birthday gifts and cards I’ve received from friends. I am SO blessed, and I have So many people who love me. You can’t ask for more than that.

At the end of the day, another gift. God painted this amazing sunset for me to enjoy on my chilly evening walk. Look at That!

Throwback Thursday:) If Only

8 Jan

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we take a day or a month or a year and just throw it back? 2020 would be a good choice.”

2019 and the first couple of months in 2020 were really swell.
About 35 years ago. My Joe
Over 35 years later.
The best family ever.
Over 65 years ago. Yikes. I’m the cute baby in Mom’s arms.

Sunday Sermon, Family, and Some Other Stuff

28 Dec

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.”

Winston Churchill


Another beautiful Sunday morning, walking the dog, enjoying the clear blue sky, and thanking God for my many blessings.

Christmas is over, but let’s pray that the Christmas spirit will continue and usher in the New Year with hope, kindness, and love.

Today’s Gospel, on the Feast of the Holy Family, was about Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to Jerusalem to be purified and making sacrifice according to the law. Simeon, who,was promised that he would not die until he saw the Lord. was at the temple.

Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Lawrequired,

28 he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:

29 Now, Master, you are letting your servant go in peace as you promised;

30 for my eyes have seen the salvation

31 which you have made ready in the sight of the nations;

32 a light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.

My take on it… the Holy Family followed the mandates and laws of the time. They didn’t question tradition or rules even though they knew that their son Jesus was the Savior. The sanctity of the family is the most important thing in the world. We sure could use more of that spirit.

Our current times have seen a diminished sanctity of Family, marriage, and values in general. We have become a society of selfishness and immediate gratification. At the first sign of trouble or a bump in the road, people call it quits. Thank goodness it’s not ALL people, but the divorce rate speaks volumes. And surprisingly, it’s lower than in previous years. Unfortunately, I think it’s because fewer people are committing and not even getting married. Sad… (Especially when you are part of the statistics😔)

What is the Current Divorce Rate? Today, some 39 percent of marriages in the United States are ending in divorce. This data comes from the most recent census data, and there are a number of reasons that couples are deciding to call it quits.Feb 21, 2020 (SMU Daily Campus)

“If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family. The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too small. There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.”

~ Mother Teresa


Good advice, Mother Teresa. Love your family, friends, neighbors and all people, and keep them close to your heart.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sentimental Saturday:) ‘Twas the Day After Christmas

27 Dec

‘Twas the day after Christmas, but I wasn’t sad.

With wonderful memories, and fun we once had.

Although not together beside the Christmas tree.

With two cute grand-daughters, as sweet as can be

When I count all my blessings, too many it’s clear.

I pray that we’ll be together, making memories next year.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“No one can ever take your memories from you – each day is a new beginning, make good memories every day.”

~Catherine Pulsifer

Last year, making cookies and memories.
Two years ago.
Three years ago.

Happy day after Christmas, my friends.

Merry Christmas to All and to all a Safe Night

26 Dec

“This has been, by far, the weirdest, most outrageous, really bizarre crazy Christmas in my lifetime.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It certainly has been a strange scary year, and I’m sure 2020 will be in the record books for all kinds of things. Let’s just pray that 2021 will turn out to be better and safer.

I was pretty sad, it being able to travel to Chicago to be with family and friends this Christmas, but I’m hoping we will all stay healthy and safe, and next year will bring us together. So, when I woke up this morning, I sauntered over to my little tree and opened up all the presents that had been sent. I’m one of those traditionalists that likes to save presents for the occasion.

My first gift to open was from my son Joe, Lindsay and the girls. Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a new Notre Dame sweatshirt. My sister Donna sent me some hand sewn masks and a lovely garnet ring.
More gifts from friends.
And MORE gifts from friends.
And of course, I got to FaceTime with the cutest little girls on the planet. I am SO blessed.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, too.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a GOODNIGHT!

And guess what day it is???? Yes! Merry Black Russian Friday. Cheers!

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

15 Dec

“Thank goodness for Monday, a new week, a new start and no short term memory. What day is it again?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I think the only reason I write a blog every day is so I can remember what day it is. But, there was that one time that I said it was Tuesday when it was really Wednesday, and I wasn’t even drinking. I did forget an entire year once. Somethin’s gotta keep me straight. It’s a wonderful day. It’s my youngest granddaughter’s 2nd birthday. I miss not being able to hold her and smother her with kisses, but I did get to FaceTime her and wish her a happy birthday.

Now, my week in a peek…

Happy birthday Sophie Bear, otherwise know as Sophie Knievel..