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Friday Friends and a Few Camels

24 Jul

“Just like a caravan of camels walking in the desert, be durable against the adversities of life and walk with decisive steps.”

~Mehmet Murat Ildan


What a wonderful day! Life is good! I have the most wonderful family, the greatest friends, and more blessings than I can count. After a most awesome afternoon, Helene, Bonita and I went to a gathering of friends from church in Prosper.

Oh my gosh. The 60+ group met at Mike Millen’s home in Prosper this evening. I have never seen such an awesome home, with acres of land, animals grazing in the pastures, and get this… camels. Yes, camels. Everyone should have camels grazing in their backyard.

It was a beautiful evening, perhaps a little warm, but with fans cooling and friends chatting, it was just a perfect evening. It was a potluck dinner, and there was sooooo much food and drink.

The camels seem to enjoy carrots and nibbling on Bonita’s fingers.
A big thank you to Mike and the co-hosts who made this fun evening possible.
Well, it is Friday, after all!
Cheers, my friends! Happy Black Russian Friday.

Thursday:) This Is Me Trying To Get Back To Normal

23 Jul

“It’s funny, but it doesn’t matter if it’s two weeks or two months or two years away from home, it takes a long time to get back to normal.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I can’t believe I was only gone two weeks visiting family and friends in Chicago. When I got home, I felt like had I run ten consecutive marathons with a full army pack, with no food or drink, then run over by a Sherman tank. Basically, I was fried. I took a long nap, and didn’t unpack or look at the mail. I just vegged.

This morning, I didn’t open my eyes until 11 am, then rolled over for a while. I did muster up the energy to go to the bathroom, brush my teeth and check my emails and Facebook on my recently rescued iPad. But, I was still under the covers. My friend Helene called about 1:30 and asked if I’d eaten lunch. Heck, I hadn’t eaten since yesterday afternoon. No energy, no food. So, we met for lunch and caught up on all the latest gossip and world events.

Since my refrigerator was almost totally empty, (quite the miracle) I stopped at the store on the way home. I walked up and down each aisle, deciding what delicacies would grace my cart. Seeing as tomorrow is Friday, I definitely needed ice cream and chocolate almond milk, and some fresh fruit and veggies to counteract the decadence.

I unpacked the groceries on top of the counter, already cluttered with two weeks worth of bills, newspapers and junk mail.

Before I left two weeks ago, Miss Kathy across the street offered to bring in my mail, check the house, and water my plants. I only had one planter in front that she helped me carry to her house, so she could water them when she watered hers. She has so many beautiful plants and flowers. I have one lonely planter box with four little plants still alive and two that were at deaths door. When I walked over to retrieve my garden in a box this evening, my little feline friend ran across the street to greet me.

He said, “Miss Toni, where have you been? I’ve been coming over every day, and you weren’t here! See, I’ve been taking care of your flowers.”
“I missed you so much!”
He tried to follow me in the house. “Sorry, Sammi! I missed you too, but you can’t come in.”

Well, the mail is still on the counter, the suitcase isn’t put away, the clothes not washed, the dishwasher not emptied, but the ice cream and perishables got put away in the fridge. That’s something, right? After all, “Tomorrow is another day.”

That’s right, Scarlet.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Busy Peek

20 Jul

“I don’t think quantity time is as special as quality time with your family.” — Reba McEntire


Well, my week has been so busy with family and friends, I figured I’d just post the pictures and leave it at that.

Happy Monday, my friends.

Saturday:) Some More Grandma Adventures

18 Jul

“Becoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment you’re just a mother. The next you are all-wise and prehistoric.”

Pam Brown


A fun morning at the park.

A two seater.
Double trouble slide,
A beautiful sunny afternoon. Lunch at The Landmark.
Tradition! Lin came for a visit, a late lunch, and the grand finale, Turtle sundaes at Culver’s.
The girls making big bubbles with the bubble wands from Lin.

Another busy fun day with friends and family. Only a few days left. I sure am making the best of my short visit.

Wednesday:) What’s Cooking Miss Toni?

15 Jul

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

Maya Angelou


Two little chefs cooking in the kitchen.
Perhaps peanut butter funny face bread,
Now, for the grand finale of the day. Miss Toni is in CHICAGO TRADITION HEAVEN, PORTILLO’S…..yay!
Maxwell Street Polish, fries and a Coke, perfect!!!! I was dreaming of theirs for almost 2 years.
Thank you Debbie for an awesome afternoon and driving all over creation and spending half a day on backed up expressways to come and visit. Love ya!

40 Years Ago Today:) Happy Birthday Joe

14 Jul

“Do You remember what you were doing 40 years ago today? You would if your first born baby boy made his debut appearance two weeks early and upside down.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


40 years ago today, I was very busy giving birth to my firstborn son, Joe. Happy birthday Joe. Today, I was so happy that I could spend this special day with Joe and his family and his friends.

Joe’s first born helped grandma make some brownies. Of course, we had to make a funny face first, because that’s what grandma does. (She saw all my funny face brownie face photos on my phone)

My assistant funny face brownie maker.
It was rainy, humid and drizzly most of the morning and afternoon, but cleared up nicely for a perfect evening and birthday celebration.
Happy Birthday Joe.

Toni’s Taco Tuesday and My Firemen

7 Jul

“It’s funny how sometimes things just fall into place when brownies are involved.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I had one of those baking urges again this morning. I was meeting Helene at Nom Nom’s for our usual Taco Tuesday at 1 pm, but I decided That I had enough time to make some brownies before I left. I haven’t been by the fire station in a few weeks and they’re probably getting all skinny.

I decided to make a double batch so I could take some to Station 9 on my way to lunch and drop off another at Station 5 on my way home. I also made a couple of smaller containers to give Helene to share with her neighbors.

When I arrived at Station 9, there were several other trucks from others stations In the parking lot, and a whole bunch of firefighters were shuffling in. Uh oh. I decided that they were probably having meetings or something, so I grabbed both containers and asked one of the guys to take them inside. He said they were having a training meeting today and thanked me.

Well, I guess I wasn’t going to stop at Station 5 after all.

I drove off to Nom Nom to meet Helene for tacos. When I arrived, two trucks from Fire Station 5 were parked in the lot. Hmm? They were probably having lunch at Nom Nom too. So, I grabbed the two containers that were intended for Helene and friends. There were four or five firemen eating lunch. I walked over, placed the brownies on their table and said, “Ah, you saved me a trip. Now, don’t feel like I’m showing you guys favoritism. I already stopped at Station 9.”

Helene was already waiting for me in line. I told her that she sacrificed her brownies for Station 5. She just laughed because she was trying to cut back on her sweets and bring her cholesterol and sugar down. She said they did her a favor.

A few minutes later, the guys were leaving and one of the firemen came over, showed me a half empty container and said, “Thanks again, Mam. As you can see, we got a head start on your brownies.” That made me smile. It was all meant to be. Station 5 didn’t miss out after all.

Thus was my exciting Taco Tuesday adventure.

Saturday on the Square:) 4th of July Parade

4 Jul

“If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade. That’s life.”

Mike Ditka


A fantastic perfect day for a small town parade on the Square with a couple of great girlfriends. Happy almost 4th of July, my friends!

Helene, Sherri, and yours truly.

A picture’s worth a thousand words, so a lot of pictures says volumes.



Thankful Throwback Thursday:) Happy Birthday

2 Jul

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my” dear and old friend Debbie. Today is her birthday, (and yes she’s old, but then, so am I,) and I have been so blessed to have her as a friend for well over 40 years. It’s also my son’s birthday. I remember calling Debbie from my hospital room that day saying, “Hey, Happy Birthday Deb. I just had the baby, and on your birthday, too.” She thought I was kidding.

Friends Forever!

I also awoke smiling and thankful for my youngest son Matt. I tease him sometimes and say, “I was in labor with you for…… 48 minutes!” He would reply, “That’s not a long time, is it?” And I would concede, “well, that’s all I got!” He was a good baby and fine young man, quiet and shy, smart and talented, and has kept those same qualities as a grown man. I am truly blessed.

Happy birthday, Mijo.
Throwback Thursday. Feeling blessed.

Friday Friends at Towne Creek Apartments

26 Jun

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” — Audrey Hepburn


Today was our monthly art day at Towne Creek Senior Apartments. It was nice that we were able to have two people at a table, a little distanced, but much nicer than separate tables all 6 feet apart,

I had so many compliments on my time-lapse video of the horse on Tuesday that I decided that would be one of our projects today. Some ladies used watercolor pencils, others markers and others regular colored pencils. All turned out different, and all awesome. Those that finished quickly worked on a 3-d flower pot drawing,

Everyone was busy with their horses.
It was great to see Miss Clair. She wasn’t one of our regular ladies until the last few months, and I’ve been volunteering here for about 15 years. she finally decided to join us. She’s pretty awesome!
Miss Bonnie is an original YAH YAH. Young At Heart artist. (So Nice we say it twice.)
Miss Dorothy’s projects were so colorful. I love it! Her flower pot looks woven, but it’s just tiny squares that she markered in a cool pattern.
Miss Kathy said she didn’t think she was going to like the horse project. When she was done, she loved it. So did I. Cool, right!
Miss RoyAnn enjoyed her projects. She’s a fairly new member of our little art group. Sweet talented lady.
Even our own dear Helene played around with some pencils. Usually she’s running around like a chicken helping the ladies, but this was a good, sit down for a while and color kinda project. Not so much running around.
Today, we were graced with a visit from a young high school volunteer, Michelle. She was so helpful getting all the tables cleared and ready, passing out supplies and running around. She enjoyed her project, too.

Another fun day with my Young At Heart artist Friends at Towne Creek.

Happy Friday, my friends.