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Frightfully Lazy Friday

10 Oct

“If my Friday was any lazier, people would think I was in a coma.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Wow! I literally did not get out of bed till noon today, and that was because I gave myself that very resolute and lofty goal. Now, the fact that I got out of bed at noon doesn’t mean I got anything accomplished. I stayed in my pajamas until 4:45 pm and took a shower at 5.

I did make a couple of phone calls, did some meditation, listened to some self-help cerebral type YouTube videos, and checked my emails, then floated away and flittering away the day on Facebook. On a laziness scale from 1-10, today I was about… pi cubed… 31.0062766803. That’s pretty lazy, but aren’t you impressed that I even know what “pi” is?

Everyone is entitled to a real lazy day now and then. My problem is I’m have too many “nows” and not so many “thens.” But, it’s Friday, my friends.

AND… It’s Black Russian Friday…. Cheers!!!!

Friday:) Fiery Hot Texas Days, Friends, and a Fabulous Sunset

18 Jul

“If these Texas days were any hotter, I would think I died and went to the opposite of heaven. Just sayin'”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


It was another scorcher here in North Texas. It was soooo hot, the farmers were feeding their chickens ice chips so they wouldn’t lay hard boiled eggs. (I borrowed that from somewhere?) when I went outside early this evening, around 6, the heat and humidity crushed my chest like an anvil weighing on it. I only stayed out about 15 minutes, and decided to postpone my long walk until right before sunset. That’s my favorite time anyway.

I went to Tom Thumb this afternoon and picked up a few great sale items, which always perks me up. Then, I made some phone calls, and talked to my best friend from back home a while this evening. It was good to catch up. Also, I got to FaceTime with the most adorable granddaughters on the planet. Thank goodness for technology.

I’m sure, like most of you, the extent of your activity and communication these days is done via some electronic device. That’s why it’s good to revel in the beauty of nature once in a while. I need this at least once a day. Here is my sunset from tonight. Yes! Amazing!

I walked 2.2 miles and admired and appreciated every second.

Now, for my Friday night tradition. Black Russian Friday. Cheers, my friends!

Friday:) Funny Faces In The Strangest Places

9 May

“Faces says the status of mind.”

― Biju Karakkona


I’ve been making funny faces in my brownie mixes for many years. “I see faces everywhere.” When I made a batch of brownies, I was inspired. I never thought in a million years that this would be a theme for a brownie face photo. (I’ve been quartile too long.)

But, I also see faces in strange places when I’m out walking.

I’m not sure how it got to be Friday again already, but here we are.

Happy Friday, my friends. Cheers!!!

Friday:) Finding Fun Things To Do and a Fiery Sunset

11 Apr

“Follow your instincts, be curious, dream big, love what you do, love learning, keep an open heart, and a strong spirit, have fun.”



It’s getting more difficult to get out of bed every morning. There’s no plan, no class, no lunch with the girls, no dancing or karaoke. There’s nothing to look forward to. It’s “Groundhog’s Day” every day.

I did a little organizing up in my “crap room,” but I can only take so much overwhelming chaos. It will take weeks and weeks of hard work and determination. I’ll keep you posted.

Then, there’s the endless hours I spend checking emails and looking at Facebook. You never know if there will be a new post or comment, so you need to check every three minutes, right? Sometimes that’s a good thing.

I saw a post reminding me that Maria had a Zoom Zumba class at 5. So, I logged in and managed to get through most of the fun hour before my knee gave up. Gracias Maria!


I decided to try and take a little nap after that. Hmm? What else was there to do? I haven’t mastered the early evening nap yet. So, I got up and took a nice long walk. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to catch the fabulous fiery sunset. It always ignites my soul. God sure does know how to paint a magnificent masterpiece in the sky.

Happy Friday my friends. Cheers!

Friday:) Faith, Friends, Firemen and a Little Frank Sinatra

1 Feb

“It’s always difficult to keep Fridays confined within themselves… they tend to spill over…”

~Parag Tipnis


My Friday started out with a frenzy of errands. Then, a stop at church for Adoration, to calm my soul, light a candle, and pray for special intentions. It’s a beautiful feeling when I take a deep breath and all my muscles relax, and my heart beat slows down. A beautiful place inside and out.

After texting and checking if my sick neighbor needed anything, I stopped at the store to get her some eggs and orange juice. I also decided to get the fixings to make a big batch of chicken soup for her. (Another story) I dropped the bag on her front porch bench, as she doesn’t want to get me sick if she is contagious.

Also, a stop at Fire Station 9 to drop of some of Miss Pat’s famous cookies.

My evening was going to be fun. I picked up Helene and Denna at 6 for our concert at MPAC on the square. Dave Halston was performing a Frank Sinatra Tribute at 8. It was a sold out concert. When we arrived, we saw our friends Loretta and Linda who were volunteer ushers for the event.

Dave Halston and his band were great. They played so many of Frank Sinatra greatest songs, and Dave threw in a few funny jokes. It felt like a Vegas show right in our little local theatre.

Then, seeing as it’s Friday night….

Friday:) This is Texas~ Go Big or Go Home

25 Jan

“This is America. We’re entitled to our opinions.”

“Wrong. This is Texas. And my opinion is the only one that counts.”

― Susan Elizabeth Phillips


I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as quick as I could. I’m sure you’ve heard that before, but it’s true. Everything is bigger in Texas, so they say. I like that. It seems pretty appropriate today. When I cook, I cook big, when I bake, I bake big. Then, there’s Black Russian Friday.

Another day of counting my blessings. Mr. Mike came over this morning to finish installing my Ring Doorbell. I have the greatest friends and neighbors. I like the concept that sometimes God sends you angels and sometimes YOU are asked to be an angel for someone else.

While Mr. Mike was busy with the tedious installation, with several frustrating problems with wifi and settings, I received a text from my neighbor Allison. She said that she ended up in the emergency room yesterday with pneumonia and severe flu symptoms, and was feeling horrible. I asked her if there was anything I could do for her or pick up from the store. She was so thankful and gave me a short list of needed items from the store like soup, jello, ginger ale, orange juice, etc. I went to the store and dropped them off at her house.

We are all here to help each other. Good neighbors, good friends.

When I got home, I had a lot of cooking to do. I was a member of St. Gabriel’s women’s CRHP retreat a couple of years ago, and previous members are asked to provide meals for the new retreat members. They meet this weekend. Of course, I signed up for brownies. That’s my specialty.

Then, I felt guilty just making brownies. Too easy. So, I said I’d make pasta salad. Not just a bowl of pasta salad, but two huge bowls of pasta salad, starting with five bags of penne pasta. No recipe, just a lot of chopping, dicing, and love. “Go big or go home.” Very yummy.

To end my Go Big day, it’s Friday, so I decided to Go Big on my Black Russian Friday. A taller, bigger glass just means fewer refills along the way.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Frustrating Friday:) Holy “You Gotta Be Kidding” Honda Dealer and My Firefighters

19 Oct

“Do I look stupid? Don’t answer that, please.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I got up bright and early to walk the dog and get over to the Honda dealer for a scheduled oil change. That yellow wrench light on the dash had been on for a couple of weeks. I had received a coupon in the mail for $10 off a maintenance appointment. Good timing. It was a beautiful cool sunshiny morning.

When I pulled into the service bay, the advisor was very prompt and courteous. I said that I had an appointment and a coupon for my oil change. He said great, and it would be about an hour, and he’d text me when my car was ready.

I decided to walk across the street to the Whataburger and get an iced tea, better than sitting in the crowded waiting room. I wasn’t tempted by the free coffee and sugar cookies. And, without fail, the advisor always comes in with a clipboard with all the other suggested services that your car really desperately needs.

I was sitting there at Whataburger with my iced tea, checking emails, when I received the text. OH MAN! There was a litany of suggested maintenance tasks that needed attention. I texted back, “NO THANK YOU. JUST THE OIL CHANGE.”

Is it just me, or do they make up stuff because I’m a woman, and an old woman, to boot? Would they pull that stuff on a man? The reason I was really skeptical was because the paperwork said I needed new rear tires. I got four brand new tires at a different place about a year ago. It also said my battery failed the load test. Now, that’s a load of …. I also got a new battery from AAA not that long ago. The list went on and on. My car only has 42,000 miles on it. Really?

My oil change with super duper coupon discount was only $42.18. That’s ALL I paid. If I would have agreed to the suggested maintenance…. an additional $1,159.09 was the estimate. You do the math. Over $1,000 in additional service!!! I DON’T THINK SO!!!! I declined. Do I look stupid…? Don’t answer that.

OK, that’s my rant for today. It was just a little annoying, probably because I used to fall for that stuff. Not anymore.

Afterwards, I had time to run a few errands and get over to the YMCA in time for my Zumba class, then ride the stationary bike for 2 1/2 miles. Then, a quick stop at Fire Station 5 to take some cookies. Miss Pat takes several plates of cookies to karaoke on Thursday night, and I get to take the leftover cookies to the fire station Friday morning.

I took brownies over to station 9 on Tuesday. See, these guys are so skinny. They need brownies and cookies.

It was a good day, and it’s Friday. Yay! Black Russian Friday just minutes away.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Friday:) Finest Friends and a Few Firemen

28 Jun

“If you only have a small circle of friends, make a bigger circle.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

-William Shakespeare


I always feel so blessed to share my many adventures with new and old friends. This week has been filled with adventures. Dinners and lunches and a concert. Every Monday is the country dance at the senior center and lots of new friends there. And, Thursday night is karaoke at Delaney’s.

Look who came to karaoke last night…Frinchie and Lynn, my church friends.

Then, an impromptu lunch with the TOTS (Table Of Talented Sisters) is always a blast. I need a selfie stick or a longer arm.

Now, last but not least, my special firemen friends. Miss Pat always tells me to take her cookies that she brings to karaoke over to my fire station if there are any left over. She always brings a ton, so there are usually plenty left over. They always appreciate the sweet treats and thoughts that go along with the visit.

Thank you Station 9. Thank you Miss Pat…aka the Cookie Lady.

Happy Friday, my friends.

Friday:) Freezing Cold, Fun with Belle, No Firemen

7 Dec

“So when you’re cold

From the inside out

And don’t know what to do,

Remember love and friendship,

And warmth will come to you.”

― Stephen Cosgrove


Wow! It’s been pretty cold here. It got all the way up to 23 degrees earlier. Tonight will get down to around 15. (Can you say shiver me timbers?) I took Elvis out for a walk this afternoon. Not the real Elvis, of course. Elvis, is a dog. He tugs on his leash like the real Elvis tugs on your heart.

I don’t know what I was thinking. The sun was out for a few hours, but that didn’t stop my hands from getting numb. I think I’m spoiled living in Texas. It can get pretty cold there too, but for a few minutes.

Even though it’s cold out, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is being with family, friends, but most of all… quality Gamma time.

It’s Friday already. Where did the time go? I hope to keep up with my traditions while I’m here. I’m going to visit with my sister a few days, I sure hope she has the fixings for my Black Russians, otherwise we’re going to have to run to the store…liquor store, that is.

I’m also going to miss my Fire Station 9 friends back home. I did stop there with some brownies and taco fixings right before I left. I’ll just have to bake and make up for lost time when I get back home.

Happy Friday, my Friends. Stay warm wherever you are,

Friday:) Fun Friends, Fancy Footwork, and More Firemen

3 Nov

“If I could just squeeze in a few more hours in the day, I’d have a lot more fun. Where does the time go?”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Its almost 11 pm, and my boots have been hittin’ the ground running all day. Well, I take that back. I don’t wear boots, I can’t run with my bad knee, but I’ve been scootin’ around town all day.

I started off getting up early to pick up Bella, my doggie friend, and taking her for a walk. Then, take a batch of brownies to Miss Kathy across the street, make another two batches of brownies for the bake sale at St. Gabe’s, and my fire station friends. While the brownies baked, I mixed up some chocolate frosting.

We had a birthday lunch for Miss Sherry at 12:30, so I packed up my presents, grabbed my container of brownies for Fire Station 9, and was out the door just a little past noon.

I took a batch to the guys on Tuesday before Halloween, and asked them to save my container. Captain Floyd was kind enough to return the container to me this morning, so I took an another batch over at noon, right out of the oven. I put a sticky note on it that said, “If you save this container, I’ll keep refilling it.”

Off to lunch with the TOTS, the Table Of Talent Sisters. These girls have been with me through thick and thin, literally. It was Sherry’s birthday. I just noticed, I’m the only one without glasses. I should have put on my glasses. Love these girls.

After lunch, I stopped at Walmart on my way home to get a new battery for my car key fob. The light on my dashboard kept flashing “CHANGE BATTERY ON KEY FOB!” Ok, already.

I got home a little after 4, and still had to frost a few more brownies and pack them up and get them over to church before 5. Yikes! I got there at 4:58. I took six containers of brownies.

Back in the car and hurry home, walk the dog quick, change, curl my hair, and get over to pick up Miss Pat for dinner at Braum’s by 6, and meet Doug for dinner, then go to the Friday night dance at the senior center. Yikes! Made it.

The dance was fun. The first Friday of the month, they have a live band, City Lights. It’s a country band with a Little Rock and Roll thrown in every now and then. I’m starting to learn a few more line dancing steps. Slowly but surely. Lots of cowboy hats. You’d think we were in Texas, or somethin’.

I finally got home around 10pm. I called my sister, after missing her calls earlier. I was all discumbobbled and running on adrenaline. After a couple minutes talking, I stood up while I was talking to her and was looking all over for my cell phone. Did I leave it in the car? I thought, “Darn, I just cancelled my home land-line phone, so how am I going to call my cell to find out where it is?” Then, I realized, “What are you talking on SILLY?”

Yep! A little too much crazy busy. But I love it. Now, to fix my Friday night Black Russian. Cheers!