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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!

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!

Wednesday:)What Christmas Is Really About

17 Dec

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

Thomas S. Monson


My favorite part of Christmas, besides spending time with family, of course, is giving and sharing, and seeing the gleam in the eyes of the recipient. This year, I don’t get to see any family, but I am blessed with friends who have become family over the years.

I’ve spent a few weeks gathering up fun little treasures, snacks, drinks, and crafty things for our senior art friends at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. My friend Krys gave me a whole bunch of hand crocheted scarves for the ladies, and my friend Linda made a bunch of glitzy face masks. Helene shared big bags, ribbons, and other goodies.

I spent about four or five hours sorting, wrapping, boxing and bagging all the treasure. I blasted Christmas songs and sang along as I joyfully worked. Helene came over this afternoon and we wrote out cards, labeled, finished up, and ribboned up the boxes and bags. Then, off to Towne Creek we went, with a quick stop at Holy Family with a special gift donation.

Here’s how I started.

Kelly, the director and a good friend, greeted us at the door. We knocked on a few doors and dropped off our gifts. There is no better feeling than seeing those twinkling eyes under a smiling mask.

Miss Kelly sure makes Towne Creek an enjoyable place to live.
You see those smiles? That’s what Christmas is all about.

Friday :) Fabulous Friends, Elvis on the Shelvis, and Black Russian Friday

12 Dec

Misty Copeland

“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.”


I wanted to send a big shout out and thank you to David and Michel Bernard. I texted Michele the other day and told her I was going to be near her house and wondered if I could pick up a few more jars of their awesome yummy award winning salsa. I was down to my last jar and I wanted to pick up some for gifts for my local fire stations. She told me that she didn’t have any at home, but David was out making deliveries, so he could drop some off at my house. I didn’t want anyone to go out of their way, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be home. I said I’d leave an envelope under the front door mat.

David delivered the boxes. Inside a gift box was a lovely note saying how much they appreciate my always sharing my salsa recipes on Facebook and always supporting our local fire fighters. She said the salsa was a gift along with a beautiful salsa bowl . I have the sweetest most generous friends on the planet,

Thank you David and Michele Bernard.

Today, my Elvis on the Shelvis is sitting on my lap while I enjoy my Friday night Black Russian.

Elvis on the Shelvis and on my lap. CHEERS!!!!

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday and Some Tacos

27 Nov

“Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible.”

― Isabel Quintero


I am thankful for so many things, but my family is at the top of the list. My little granddaughters FaceTimed and said “Happy Thanksgiving.” It’s so wonderful to watch them grow before my eyes, even if from long distance. My son and daughter-in-law are so sweet to call all the time.

My son Matt in California called and we talked for almost an hour. I talked to both of my sisters, and I called my Tia’s. (Aunts) Two out of three answered, and we had a nice talk. I had a nice chat with my old friend Debbie.(Don’t tell her that I said she was old.) Another nice call to my sister-in-law Ann. Then, there were a lot of texts and emails from friends and family.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be thankful and keep in touch with people to let them know how thankful you are to have them in your life. (You know who you are.❤️)

My neighbor and friend, Mr. Mike texted that he was going to drop of a plate of snacks, and just knock on the door and leave. That was nice. He knew I wasn’t going anywhere.

When I talked to my sister Jo Ann, I told her I was going to carry on the tradition that she and Mom had of having tacos for Thanksgiving. I found some shredded beef and avocado in the freezer. I had my Bernard’s salsa, tortillas, black beans, cheese, and lettuce.

Oh my. Fresh pan fried tacos right out of the skillet. Too good.

Then, the end to a perfect day. A beautiful two mile evening walk, catching the sunset at its finest.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

23 Nov

” A good week is any week where the time flies by, no family member or friend is sick, and I open my eyes yet another day,”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Happy Monday, my friends.

A week in an uneventful peek…