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Montage Monday and My Joe’s Birthday

13 Jul

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



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


(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


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.

Quarantined Karaoke Thursday:) Again?

3 Jul

“The love of a grandmother for her grandchildren is ‘A Tale as Old as Time.’ ”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


How did it get to be Thursday already? I’m missing my karaoke friends, but not as much as I’m missing my little grand-daughters. I recorded this song so my son could play it for his little girls. This one is for BELLE, my 3 1/2 year old, who happens to love this song. When she sees Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” she says, “That’s me.”

“Tale as old as time.”

As always, Bob knocking it out of the park with the Drifters’ “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

Keep singing, my friends. 🎤

Sunday Sermon and A Sahara Sunset

29 Jun

“When the thing that your heart strongly loves to do is the thing world hungers and thirsts to see done, then that’s what you were called to do. You must never leave it undone!”

― Israelmore Ayivor


Today, was the last day for Father Robert to say Masses before his new assignment at St. Williams in Greenville. His farewell homily was moving and I believe he sniffled a little, holding back some obvious emotions. I watched the streaming video on Facebook at 9am, and then watched the live streaming of Bishop Kelly and our own Father Don at 11 on television.

Father Robert will be greatly missed. It was sad that he couldn’t get a proper send off and farewell party.

Bishop Kelly celebrated Mass at 11, with Father Don giving the homily.

Today’s Gospel tells us how Jesus explains how we must live our lives…

“Whoever receives you receives me,

and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.

Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet

will receive a prophet’s reward,

and whoever receives a righteous man

because he is a righteous man

will receive a righteous man’s reward.

And whoever gives only a cup of cold water

to one of these little ones to drink

because the little one is a disciple—

amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”

MY take on it…. it’s not for us to seek a reward for the sake of a reward. Even a cup of cold water to someone in need, a selfless act of kindness, will be noted and worthy of a reward.

The Archdiocese of Dallas has allowed the opening of Sunday Masses now, with explicit safety instructions, of course. But, I still don’t feel comfortable attending with the possibility of large crowds. I’m not sure when or if we’ll ever get back to normal.

Well, a Sunday highlight is getting to FaceTime with my adorable granddaughters. I appreciate the technology that can keep us connected during these disconnected times.

Then, my evening walks to savor the sunsets are always uplifting. With the Sahara sands clouding up the skies the last few days, the sunsets have been most unusual to say the least. This was last night, rather a hazy eerie sky.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

8 Jun

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

― Mitch Albom


Another Sunday service in my pajamas. I had my cracker and cup of tea at the ready for when Bishop Burns consecrated the bread and wine. I forgot if I mentioned this, but I had a discussion with some of my elderly friends who said that they really miss going to church and receiving communion. I told them that I hold up a cracker or cookie, and then my cup of tea when the priest consecrates the bread and wine. I said that Father is giving his blessing virtually on TV, so it’s basically the same thing. Miss Vi, from the Chateau Senior Living Complex, said that she never thought of it that way. I told her that I always think outside the box. (I hope that gave her an idea and some comfort.)

Today’s Gospel on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity was very brief and to the point. God sent His only Son to save the world.

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him might not perish

but might have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,

but that the world might be saved through him.

Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,

but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,

because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

The Bishop had a special message and prayer for our community and country, stating that racism is a sin. God loves us all equally, all races and tongues. And, as the Holy Trinity is united, we need to make a world where we can all live together as one. The Mass ended with a special prayer to the Virgin Mary, praying for “The dignity of every person.”


It was pretty hot again today, so I didn’t venture out till almost sunset time and my walk. Instead I listened to a whole bunch of videos and podcasts on empathy, narcissists, unlocking the power of the brain and heart, and a Suze Orman on retirement planning. Basically, I wasted away my day. But, I think I did learn a few things to use in life. So, not a total loss.

Then of course, my favorite part of the day, FaceTime with the cutest granddaughters in The whole world.

Ending my day with another walk, about 2 1/2 miles, and capturing the evening sunset.

Feeling blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

2 Jun

“These are strange times. Reason, which once combatted faith and seemed to have conquered it, now has to look to faith to save it from dissolution.”

Johan Huizinga


These certainly are strange times. I still wake up every morning thinking that it’s all a bad dream, but alas, it’s all a strange reality that we are all living right now.

I am blessed and life continues relatively unscathed, with my faith, friends, and family to lean on. Gratitude is my attitude. Thank you ALL for being a part of my life.

Happy Monday my friends. We made it through another week.

Montage Memorial Day Monday 🇺🇸

26 May

“America without her soliders would be like God without His angels.”

– Claudia Pemberton


A gloomy rainy Memorial Day today. I think it has rained pretty much all day, alternating between a light drizzle and a heavy down pour, with no end in sight for several days.

My Facebook memories came up with a photo from 5 years ago, another rainy Memorial Day view of my flag outside in my front yard.

The solemnity of the day has been heightened by the pandemic, and that has reduced the parties, picnics and parades into more reflective times. Rightfully so. A good time to think about the real reason for the day.

On my walk yesterday, a beautiful sunset. Too much rain to walk today.

Here’s my Montage Monday… A Week in a Peek… Counting my blessings…

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Quarantined Peek

4 May

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


My days are melting into one big blob of melted marshmallow mushy memories. How do you like that for alliteration? It’s not like I feel that I have no purpose, it’s just I can’t remember what purpose that was. Hmm?

I started writing this post, and I was researching some great quotes, like the one above, when I got distracted on my Google page with headlines. So, like a dog distracted by a squirrel, I started looking at nonsense news headlines, and how to take inches off your waistline by drinking this every morning. (You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?) Then, I told myself to step away. Maybe go upstairs and work on my endless task of organizing my “crap room.” So, I turned off my iPad and started to get my lazy butt off the couch when I remembered… “Oh yah! I was looking up quotes so I could post my Montage Monday blog for today.” I had forgotten what I was doing. Mush… I tell you! My brain is turning to mush!

So, here’s a week in a melted marshmallow mushy memories peek…

Before I forget again….

It’s also May 4th… SO… May the 4th Be With You! (And with your spirit… a little Catholic humor,)

Sunday Sermon, Some Other Stuff, and a Spectacular Sunset

4 May

“A good shepherd is not afraid of the storm for himself, but for the herd!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan


This morning I was able to watch Mass with Bishops Burn and Kelly on channel 4. They were live streaming at St. Monica’s. It was a very nice service.

Today’s Gospel was Jesus telling the parable of the gate keeper who lets the shepherd in through the gate….

“The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.

But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”

He explained, 9 “I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: such a one will go in and out and will find pasture.”


My take on it… We need only recognize the voice of the true good shepherd, and not follow the imposters and liars, and those who tempt us with evil. How do you recognize that true voice? That little voice inside you called a conscience, that’s the shepherd’s voice, installed inside each heart. Unfortunately, not everyone listens.

The rest of my day was pretty lazy, with meditations, exercise, phone calls, and endless hours of wasting time on Facebook and emails. I sure can flit away a day.

Then, the highlight of my Sunday is Face-timing with the granddaughters.

Blowing kisses to Gamma. Love it!

To end a lovely steamy day, (I guess it got into the 90’s today) a nice evening walk around the pond, just in time to catch the beautiful sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.