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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

29 Nov

“We have the greatest power through love that can be known. It overcomes everything with its fierce and steady truth, if you can continue to stand in it.”
― Jay Woodman

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A chilly, but sunny Sunday. Another good day to give thanks.

Today’s Gospel sounded pretty familiar for our current situation with nations in agony, bewildered by the turmoil, terror and fear. Sounds familiar, right?

Gospel, Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

25 ‘There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the turmoil of the ocean and its waves;26 men fainting away with terror and fear at what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.28 When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.’34 ‘Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day willcome upon you unexpectedly,35 like a trap. For it will come down on all those living on the face of the earth.36 Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to hold your ground before the Son of man.’

My take on it… as the Gospel says… “when these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high…” So, if you are prepared and have led a good life, you are “ready or not, here I come.” Some people wait till they are old and grey and at deaths door before they decide to straighten up. Umm… I don’t think that’s how it works. I think it’s like a report card in school. If you always try your best, you study, and you show up every day, you’ll get a passing grade. But, if you cut all your classes, party all the way through school, don’t study, and flunk all your tests, don’t expect to graduate, walk with your class, and get your diploma. Just sayin’. Just my humble opinion.

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After Mass, I stopped at McDonald’s all by myself. 🙁 Poor me. Helene was on a trip with her son, and Jerry is still on the mend and homebound. But, tradition is tradition. I thought I might find someone to talk to, but the place was empty. 🙁 So, I just enjoyed the quiet and my large iced tea. But, I did give Jerry a call and asked if he was up for a short visit, and he was. Yay! I called my sister to wish her a happy birthday and a little conversation while I sat in my car. The sun was warm, and you couldn’t ask for a nicer day.

He’s lookin’ good! (Selfie time.🤦‍♀️)

I stopped at the store and then visited my Nextdoor neighbor Elke, for a little tea party and chat.

Then of course, a little FaceTime visit with my little granddaughters.

A very fine Sunday so far. The day is still young. Perhaps more adventures to come. Happy Sunday, my friends.

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday:) Feeling Blessed

26 Nov

“I try counting my blessings every day, but I just can’t count that high.“

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I know we should count our blessings every day, but Thanksgiving is that special national holiday that we are reminded to take time out to think about all the things and people we have to be thankful for.

Today, I am especially thankful for my beautiful family. I was able to FaceTime with my sister, my oldest son, his wife, the granddaughters and Nana. They may be far away, but FaceTime keeps us close.

So adorable!

I also talked to my California boy, and wished him a Very Vegan Happy Thanksgiving.

I was invited to have dinner with my friend Helene and her family today. Instead of turkey, they made a festive Mexican meal of chicken enchiladas, rice, beans, and awesome desserts. Right up my alley. It’s three hours later and I still feel like “I’m goin’ to splode!”

Four people but enough food for 40. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Before dinner, we played a round of Cribbage. I never played before, and learning all the rules and point system was overwhelming. My brain was “goin’ to splode.” I still don’t get it. I’m going to stick with War or solitaire or something less stressful.

Today, I am also thankful for the rest of my awesome family all over the country. I am thankful for my many, many friends all over the world. I am blessed with a fine home, health, love, happiness, great neighbors, my faith, my fears, and my strengths.

Most importantly, today, I am thankful for stretchy pants and baggy sweaters.

Happy Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

23 Nov

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” – ~Harvey Mackay

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Another week just flew by. Thank goodness time is free and priceless. It just zips away so quickly.

A week in a Zippedy Do Da Peek…

Happy Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

22 Nov

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner

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Another fine Sunday. It was cool and cloudy and dreary, but my day is always warm when I start with gratitude and attitude and a lovely morning Mass.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus explaining about His kingdom and His truth…

Gospel, John 18:33-37

33 So Pilate went back into the Praetorium and called Jesus to him and asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’34 Jesus replied, ‘Do you ask this of your own accord, or have others said it to you about me?’35 Pilate answered, ‘Am I a Jew? It is your own people and the chief priests who have handed you over to me: what have you done?’36 Jesus replied, ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, my men would have fought to prevent my being surrendered to the Jews. As it is, my kingdom does not belong here.’37 Pilate said, ‘So, then you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘It is you who say that I am a king. I was born for this, I came into the world for this, to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.’

My take on it… kings and rulers of this world have a kingdom with finite time and power. God’s kingdom will last forever. The final sentence, He “came into this world for this, to bear witness to the truth;and all who are on the side of truth listen” to His voice. Truth is the key, honesty, and faith.

After Mass, a stop at McDonald’s (our tradition) with Helene for tea and hot chocolate. Then, I stopped at Kroger for a few more fabulous sale items. Gathering more snacks and drinks for Holy Family School.

It sure does get dark so early nowadays. No evening walk tonight. I was busy on the phone most of the day. I called all my Aunts and Uncle and then my favorite, a lovely FaceTime call with my little girls.

Kisses for Grandma.
Such beautiful faces.

Now, that’s a perfect Sunday. Blessings to you, my friends.

Sunday Sermon, a Sunset, and Silly Grandma

15 Nov

“The end of the world, like the beginning, is in fact our concept of the world.”
― Fernando Pessoa

Another beautiful Sunday morning and early morning Mass. We also had a baptism of a tiny baby, Damien Joseph. He was so tiny and beautiful. Today’s Gospel tells us a little bit about what the end of the world will look like, and that no one will know when it will happen…

Gospel, Mark 13:24-32

24 ‘But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,25 the stars will come falling out of the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.27 And then he will send the angels to gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of the sky.28 ‘Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.29 So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, right at the gates.30 In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place.31 Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.32 ‘But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angelsin heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.

My take on it… “Ready or not, here I come.” No one but God will know when the end of the world will be, so be ready. How? Just be good and kind and honest and have faith always. You’re ready!

Helene and I stopped to visit Jerry after church. He had surgery on Monday and was already looking pretty darn good today. Patricia made us a nice brunch, and we visited. Of course, the Cowboy game was on, so the conversation was a little football oriented. They were looking good, so not too much cussing.

I had a nice evening walk and caught another spectacular sunset.

We had a nice family FaceTime visit with my sister, and both my boys and family. Matt was in Chicago just for a day, so he stopped to visit his nieces that he hasn’t seen in two years. Even if we couldn’t be together in person, it was nice to FaceTime together.

Later on, the granddaughters called me again to FaceTime before bed. They always ask Grandma to make a funny face. No problem! I was born with a funny face.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Thursday:) Thankful Four Our Veterans

11 Nov

. “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” — Abraham Lincoln

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I’m sure that quote sounds familiar. I remember I had to memorize the Gettysburg Address in elementary school. “ Four score and seven years ago…” I’m sure you remember the rest, too.

Today, I am thankful for all the men and women who put on a uniform to protect our country, values, and way of life. They and their families also sacrificed so much for our freedom. Thank you, one and all.

The first well decorated Veteran that I’d like to acknowledge is my father, Elijah Armenta, who served in the Philippines during WWII. He passed away in 1999, but he’ll always be alive in my memories.

I created this multi-layered watercolor of my father with the Philippine jungles and islands in the background .
My Uncle Inie looked like a kid when he was in the Navy. Well, I guess he was. Thank you Uncle Inie. And also, thank you for your many years of service as a police officer with the Kansas City P.D. I hope you are having a great day.
My Uncle Butch, George Aguirre, is no longer with us, but he proudly served his country during the Vietnam Nam War.

I want to thank my cousin Roxanne for posting a picture of her brother, my cousin, Don Avila. Thank you Cuz! I hope you are enjoying your day.

I know that I have many other relatives who served our country, but I don’t have any photos. Hopefully, they will read this and send me a photo for my family album.

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

8 Nov

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

~Amy Carmichael

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Another beautiful Sunday, and an extra hour of sleep when the clocks fell back ending Daylight Saving Time. And I know I complain because it really didn’t save me any time, and I spent a good 20 minutes in my car trying to change the time. I forget what I did 6 months ago. 🤦‍♀️ But, I was happy to get up at 7am knowing that it was really 8am in disguise. A good day for an early morning Mass, lighting a candle, special prayers and special friends.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus explaining that the poor widow who gave her two small coins was more significant and generous than the pompous rich who gave large sums of money from their surplus.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 12,38-44. 

In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext, recite lengthy prayers. They will receive a very severe condemnation.”
He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.”

My take on it… what we give from the heart is more generous than what we give from our wallet. If you don’t have a lot of money, you can give your time, share a smile or a kind word. You can share your talents with others. There are many ways to give and share besides with money. (Personally, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and handmade items are my thing to share.)

After Mass, we stopped for coffee and conversation. Then, I met my friend Zelda for a leisurely lunch. We don’t get together very often, so it was good to catch up.

Of course, FaceTime with the girls is always a highlight. I was just heading out for my walk when they called, so I took them along on my adventure. They got to see Miss Kathy’s cats, Mr. Tim’s dog, the park, the pond, and we walked over to see the horses. It was a nice virtual visit.

My girls!
They enjoyed saying hi to the horsies.
Another lovely sunset.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Monday:)Memories and Demolition Day at the Joplin’s

2 Nov

“…the remembrance even of joy having its bitterness, and the memories of pleasure their pain.”
― Oscar Wilde

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This morning, I had the honor of joining the Joplin family to watch the demolition of their home. I say home because it wasn’t just a house. The home had been in the family for many years, with endless memories, hopes, and dreams within the plastered walls.

It was bitter-sweet because even though the old home was torn down, a brand new beautiful home will be built on the sacred ground for future generations of Joplin’s to make beautiful new memories.
The cement step that had tiny handprints and loving parent’s guiding hands with names scrawled beneath was carefully preserved by the awesome demolition man. J.P. and the big ol’ CAT machine with its huge metal teeth delicately carried the beloved step over to the front grass for the family to preserve and incorporate into the building of the next new house.
A lifetime of memories.
It’s amazing how long it takes to build a house and how in just a few short hours, it can be totally demolished.
Instead of being sad and gloomy, Jud and Sherry hired a food truck to come and feed all the family, friends and neighbors who came to view and celebratewith them. Champagne and mimosa toasts were made as the huge CAT gobbled away at bricks and walls, windows and chimneys.

The awesome part of this demolition was , even though tears were shed for the loss of an old home and it’s memories, the whole family was there to hold hands, laugh and cry, and even take turns knocking down and scooping up some trees in the big CAT.

Girlfriends! Can’t wait to see the new house and celebrate again. (I’m sure it will be quite a while.) Love you!

Sunday Sermon and Some Halloween Fun

1 Nov

“Do you wish to be free? Then above all things, love God, love your neighbor, love one another, love the common weal; then you will have true liberty.”

~Girolamo Savonarola

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A beautiful Sunday morning. My alarm went off at 7 am and it was still really dark. I pressed the snooze, but decided to get up anyway. I needed to go check on Miss Kathy’s cats before church, trying to scoot out the door by 8:15. I like to get to St. Gabriel early enough to light a candle and meet the Chateau Senior Living bus. Mission accomplished.

Today’s Gospel is one of my favorites because it simplifies all of God’s Commandments. Love God and love your neighbor. What more can you ask for?

Gospel, Mark 12:28-34

28 One of the scribes who had listened to them debating appreciated that Jesus had given a good answer and put a further question to him, ‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’29 Jesus replied, ‘This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord,30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.31 The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’32 The scribe said to him, ‘Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true, that he is one and there is no other.33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength, and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any burnt offering or sacrifice.’34 Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken, said, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And after that no one dared to question him any more.

My take on it… If you love God and respect Him, it’s pretty obvious that you will love and respect your neighbor. But, just in case you missed that memo, it’s in the Ten Commandments. Also, He says love your neighbor as thyself. Well, sometimes we don’t love ourselves enough, so love your neighbor even more, like YOU would like to be loved.

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A few stops after Mass, McD for coffee, then the grocery store. Flour was on sale. Holidays coming up. I was surprised that pretty much ALL the Halloween candy shelves were empty. I have plenty, but I worried that it’s such a lovely day that we’d get a lot of trick or treaters tonight.

I’m sitting outside on my front porch now. The kids didn’t start coming till 6:30. I guess there’s an unwritten rule that they don’t start till it gets dark. It’s a beautiful night. I’m wearing my sock monkey hat. (I’m kinda scary looking, too.)

First, a picture of the family back in Chicago getting ready for their adventures.

My “Super” Family!
My first scary visitors.
Pretty princesses and scary deadly dudes.

I may be out here a while, maybe not. Who knows? A lot of the kids went to church parties and other organized activities. So, I’ll sit here a while and see. Oh… I decided to play “THRILLER” while I’m sitting here. Cool!!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN Y’ALL!!!L 🎃🧟‍♂️

Wednesday:) Wonderful Fall Memories

27 Oct

“When words are not enough, wonderful memories are just a photo away. “

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I was glancing at my Facebook just a few minutes ago and saw a memory from two years ago today. I was in Chicago visiting my family, and babysitting a few days for my little granddaughters. It was Fall and the trees were all dressed in their glory. It just made my heart sing, so I had to share it again today.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so a several pictures and a video are worth a zillion words. Happy Fall, Y’all!