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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

25 Oct

“Profession and possession [of faith] are not the same thing.”

Tom Wells

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Another lovely Sunday. My first chore was to scoot across the street at 7:30 to feed Miss Kathy’s cats while she’s gone a few days. Sammi has been sick, so he had a couple of different meds to be administered. Did you ever try and give a cat a pill, much less two pills? Plus, he doesn’t like wet food and only eats dry, thus eliminating the old hide the pill in some tuna. I brought a towel over to wrap him a little so he wouldn’t put the death claw grip on me like yesterday’s adventure. It took a little chasing under tables and chairs and few attempts, but we got them in. We nuzzled for a while. Poor Sammi.

Then, home to change out of my kitty fur covered clothes and into my Sunday Goin’ to church clothes, and off to Mass.

Another baptism today, baby Blaise Antonio. Adorable.

Today’s Gospel was a reminder of persistence and faith.

Gospel, Mark 10:46-52

46 They reached Jericho; and as he left Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus — that is, the son of Timaeus — a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road.47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and cry out, ‘Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.’48 And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, ‘Son of David, have pity on me.’49 Jesus stopped and said, ‘Call him here.’ So they called the blind man over. ‘Courage,’ they said, ‘get up; he is calling you.’50 So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus.51 Then Jesus spoke, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘Rabbuni, let me see again.’52 Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has saved you.’ And at once his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

My take on it…the blind man was persistent and begged Jesus to have pity on him, even after being scolded by the others. His sight was restored because of his faith. Sight could be a symbol of seeing clearly, perhaps not just with your eyes, but your soul. Even when you cannot see what you desire, never give up.

Jerry and Patricia invited me and Helene to join them for a burrito breakfast brunch in Princeton. Then, Helene and I stopped at Tom Thumb to pick up some sale stuff. For some reason, my app wasn’t working and I asked the young man if I got the sale prices. He said yes. When I got to the car…NO! So, I marched back in and had to get all my items returned and re-rung.

Even Miss Barbara couldn’t understand why it didn’t work. All the items were on my stupid app. I hate those stupid apps where you have to have the special super duper digital deal in order to get the sale. Forgive my French, but just have a DANG sale, already.

The rest of my day was busy talking to family and FaceTiming with friends and the grandkids. A strange cloudy drizzly full moon crazy kinda day.

Always the highlight of my Sunday.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Time for Tedious Tasks

20 Oct

“I am a PRO at CRASTINATION, so today I bit the bullet and took out the vacuum. “

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My friend Karen does her major housework on Mondays and calls it maintenance Monday. I don’t have a specific day because I procrastinate too much. Today, I took my trusty friend Sharona the Shark vacuum cleaner for a spin around the house. She was so lonely there in the closet for weeks.

I know you want to sing “My Sharona.”

Back into the closet for a few weeks. My only tedious task for the week.

Happy Tuesday.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek Of Fleeting Moments

18 Oct

“We are all shades of gray. Its been said again and again; Lifes a process we are fleeting moments that come and go, and I’m grateful for my time, my aspirations, my mistakes, my flaws and my abilities, think of me what you will but before you do, don’t.”

~Alex Gaskarth

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Another week in a peek of fleeting moments …

Happy Monday, my friends.

Sunday Sermon and Some Spectacular Sunsets

18 Oct

“The more you want, the more you need. Instead be content, in word and deed.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Don’t you understand that wanting does not belong here, because that is what wounds, and there is never an end to it.”
― Isobelle Carmody

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A beautiful crisp and cool Sunday morning. Sweater weather at last. Awesome.

Another baptism today. Little Ann Marie.

Today’s Gospel was the story of James and John asking Jesus if they could have the favor of sitting at His right and left in a place of honor. Jesus explained to them and the other jealous disciples His journey and how He was here to serve, not to be served.

Gospel, Mark 10:35-45

35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached him. ‘Master,’ they said to him, ‘We want you to do us a favour.’36 He said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’37 They said to him, ‘Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’38 But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I shall drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I shall be baptised?’39 They replied, ‘We can.’ Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I shall drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I shall be baptised you shall be baptised,40 but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.’41 When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John,42 so Jesus called them to him and said to them, ‘You know that among the gentiles those they call their rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt.43 Among you this is not to happen. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant,44 and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all.45 For the Son of man himself came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’

My take on it… in order to truly follow in Jesus’ footsteps, we can’t go through life always demanding more and more, and never being satisfied. Be content, appreciate your blessings, share with others. That is the reward, that feeling of contentment.

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After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD, then over to Tom Thumb. Eggs were on sale. 88cents a dozen, limit two. Cool! A quick stop at Sprouts, then home. A lazy afternoon with phone calls and wasting away time on Facebook and emails. Then, my evening walk … ah… my evening walk and FaceTime with the grandkids. Perfect evening.

My first loop around the pond, then just a few minutes later… the sky exploded with color.
Look at this spectacular sunset.

As I was walking, the kids called and we did a FaceTime while I walked. I showed them my sunset, and the horses across the street grazing in the pasture.

They shared pictures of their adventures at the zoo. Oh no, my grandchildren have been captured by a giant kangaroo!

Another perfect Sunday.

Saturday:) A Special Day on the Square~ McKinney Día de Los Muertos

17 Oct

“Our dead are never dead to us, until we have forgotten them.”

– George Eliot

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Today, McKinney celebrated the first Día de los Muertos Festival on the Square. I wasn’t sure how well the turnout would be, as it was the first year of the event. It was fantastic. I was honored to be one of the judges of the costume contest, and I was excited to participate in making and decorating some of the crowns and prizes. So, I’ll just show you some of the cool pictures.

Winners of the Family and Catrin and Catrina prizes
Los Bebes winners and other contestants.
There were vendors, artists, food trucks, entertainment, and music. Lots of music.

There were a lot of people dressed in colorful costumes.
A fun day with friends, music, dancing, and celebrating those who have gone on before us. “Never forget.”

Remember my friends, life is short, so enjoy every minute and celebrate.

Friday:) Finally Ready for Día de Los Muertos

15 Oct

“I’m not really a procrastinator. I just do my best work at the last minute.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, to or row is the big day. Mc Kinney’s first Dia de Los Muertos Festival on the Square. I’ve been busy designing and creating some crowns and headbands for the awards. Also, Blynda asked me to write the date and info on the cool statues she purchased for the first place winners, El Catrin, La Catrina, and Los Bebes,

I stayed up till almost 2 am last night, and got almost everything finished. Today, I worked on a few simple headbands and putting together the postage stamps and cards that my sister, Jo Ann kindly donated in honor of my mother.

A photo of Mom’s favorite painting, “Just Like You.”
Last minute taping and writing.
And a little time to decorate my front door.

If you’re in McKinney, stop by Saturday on the Square. October 16, 12-9pm.

Happy Friday, my friends!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’, Miss Toni?

14 Oct

“Cooking and baking is just a chore for some, but for me, it’s an amazing and fun creative outlet.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I just love to cook and bake. You don’t hear that very often, but it’s true for me. The other day, I roasted a huge batch of veggies. I used it in soups, tacos, frittatas, and ate some just right out of the pan.Who doesn’t love veggies? (Cut and chop once, eat for days.)

That was a LOT of chopping.

Another favorite snack is my homemade “Texas Caviar” bean salsa. (Black eyed peas, roasted corn, black beans, and diced tomatoes.) The secret ingredient is a touch of Bernard’s Jalapeño Habañero Salsa. Just a touch because it’s REALLY caliente. Then, Salsa verde tortilla chips. Oh don’t forget some candy bars. This little snack went over to my friend Sherry’s house on Sunday.
Don’t forget my famous brownies. The mini marshmallows in the batter and chocolate chips on top make them awesome.

Right now, I’m having my left over veggies with cream of mushroom soup, topped with Pepper Jack cheese and crumbled salsa verde tortilla chips.

Time to eat. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday:) Toni’s Dia de Los Muertos Little Workshop

13 Oct

“Creative geniuses redefine the desired solution. They don’t just push the envelope; they create a whole new courier system.”
― Puneet Bhatnagar

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When my good friends Theresa Johnston and Blynda Christian asked me if I’d be interested in helping out with the first ever McKinney Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, I was ecstatic. The Latino tradition of celebrating and honoring our ancestors who have passed away is a wonderful age old tradition in most Latin American countries.

If you are in the McKinney area on Saturday, you should come check it out. I have the honor of being one of the judges of the costume contest that begins a 4pm-6pm and winners announced at 6:30.

I volunteered to work on decorating some crowns for the winners. Blynda found some amazing metal crowns for the Catrin (male) winners that I could jazz up, and I found some headbands to decorate for the Catrina (female) winner.

This is how creative people work… they take out ever possible object known to mankind, grab a glue gun, scissors, wire cutters, and various strange tools and just start playing. I had a great time playing and inventing ideas to make these crowns.

This is just the table. You would see the floor. 🤦‍♀️

The Catrin Crowns.
The Catrina Crowns. (I made some extra because I want one too.)

I’m looking forward to a fun day and celebration. You know there will be photos Saturday. ❤️

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

12 Oct

“As a self-proclaimed procrastinator, my favorite day of the week is Someday, followed by Anydaynow.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I had a very nice busy week. I really didn’t get very much accomplished, was not really productive, but still a good busy week.

A week in a procrastinating peek…

Happy Monday!

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

11 Oct

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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A lovely Sunday morning. The alarm was set for 7 am. I went across the street to feed Miss Kathy’s cats before church. They were happy to see me.

“Hurry up! Where’s the food.”

When I arrived at church, I was walking through the parking lot when I saw the Chateau bus driving towards the back entrance. I literally scurried through the long corridors to meet the bus on the far end. I’d call it a run, but it was more like a turtle troggle joggle.

There was also a baptism during Mass. A beautiful baby boy, Benjamin Joseph. I cried. I always cry at baptisms, weddings, funerals, the National Anthem, and pretty much every ceremony there is.

Today’s Gospel was the story of a wealthy man asking Jesus how he could earn eternal life. Jesus said to follow the commandments. The wealthy man said that he already did those things...

21 Jesus looked steadily at him and he was filled with love for him, and he said, ‘You need to do one thing more. Go and sell what you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’Jesus looked round and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!’22 But his face fell at these words and he went away sad, for he was a man of great wealth.24 The disciples were astounded by these words, but Jesusinsisted, ‘My children,’ he said to them, ‘how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!25 It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God.’26 They were more astonished than ever, saying to one another, ‘In that case, who can be saved?’27 Jesus gazed at them and said, ‘By human resources it is impossible, but not for God: because for God everything is possible.’28 Peter took this up. ‘Look,’ he said to him, ‘we have left everything and followed you.’29 Jesus said, ‘In truth I tell you, there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or land for my sake and for the sake of the gospel30 who will not receive a hundred times as much, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and land — and persecutions too — now in this present time and, in the world to come, eternal life.

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Wow! My take on this… I can see where this Gospel reading can be difficult to understand. But, I do believe that if you have been blessed with wealth, that it is your obligation to share your blessings with others. There are so many people have so much wealth and are not satisfied, and they always want more and more. They would never dream of sharing with the less fortunate. Then, there are so many who have very little, yet they are the first to share with the less fortunate. They feel blessed and satisfied, so they feel obliged to share their blessings.

I like the analogy of a camel and the eye of a needle. A big ol’ fat lumpy camel is like a stingy greedy rich person, just storing up more and more, and trying to get into heaven. Good luck with that. I know quite a few people who have been blessed with a comfortable life and would be considered wealthy, and they are some of the most generous people I know. I don’t think they literally need to give everything away in order to get into heaven. And, it seems the more they share, the more they are blessed. Love God, love your fellow man, and share your blessings. Amen. Awomen…equal opportunity.

*****After Mass, we stopped for coffee at McD. And yes, I waited till 11 am to get another Happy Meal and toy for my girls. 🤦‍♀️

Later in the afternoon, I went over to Miss Sherry’s to see if I could help with her estate sale. I’m glad I went. She had a very sweet Mexican Family with two children come by, and they didn’t speak any English. I got to use my very rusty Spanish, and they bought a LOT of stuff. They just moved to Texas and didn’t have many things. They were there for nearly three hours. Miss Sherry was very generous and practically gave things away. (Again, with the Gospel theme…share with the less fortunate.)

It was a very good Sunday. I do feel very blessed. Happy Sunday, my friends.

I need a glass of wine. 🍷