Tag Archives: Friends

Thursday:) Things To Think About From Facebook

2 Feb

“I get all my my news, information, and inspiration from My Facebook page. It’s all real and factual, right?”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Just a few photos, cartoons and inspirational snippets found on my Facebook page today.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

30 Jan

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

~Earl Nightingale

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Another week. This week didn’t have too much exciting to shout from the rooftops. But, like the quote says, “Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

A week in a peek.

Friday:) Friends From the “YMCA”

27 Jan

“Friends who sing together, cling together.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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You all know that I’ve been blessed with the greatest friends in the world. I have my long-time friends from high school, college, and dear friends and neighbors from raising children stages, and my friends here in Texas. Every stage in life builds new friendships.

I belong to this fun group of, shall I say, older and wiser people, who meet every other week for dinner, occasional trips, and now karaoke at the McKinney VFW every Thursday night. They’re called “Single Mingle,” but a few of them are married. It’s a fun group.

Last night, I sang a few of my favorite songs. My newest favorite is “LaBamba.” I get to practice my Spanish, and my friends get to get up and dance. I got the group, some of who don’t ever go up to sing, to go up as a group to sing, “YMCA.” They had a blast.

Montage Monday:) A Week In A Peek

23 Jan

“Monday roars in like a lion and rolls out like a yawning lion. Dang, it’s Monday again!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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A week in a peek, just trying to sneak in and freak me out till I shriek!!! Just sayin’.

The weeks go by too fast, but this past week saw a lovely wedding, lunches with friends, singing and dancing at the VFW, painting vases, talking to my granddaughter, and enjoying life…one day at a time.

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni!

18 Jan

“I like to think that when I paint vases, wine glasses, ornaments, or other special gifts, that I’m making a special memory for that person. They know they’re made with love. You just can’t buy that at the store.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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What’s cookin’ Miss Toni? Why, glass vases, of course.

I’ve been so blessed to part of the women’s CRHP 28 or Welcome retreat group at St. Gabriel’s these past six months. All the ladies have been meeting every Tuesday and other planning days to prepare for the next incoming group. Because I was out of town for over five weeks, I wasn’t able to join in several of the crafting and planning days. I tried to think of what I could make at home to contribute. We were in need of some table decorations, so I volunteered to paint some vases. Our color scheme is purple and grey, so I painted lavender flowers.

I spent two day painting the different layers, then baking in the oven for durability. I smiled and enjoyed every minute, because I knew that this tiny contribution would add to the beauty of the powerful retreat weekend.

They turned out pretty nice. We are going to put battery operated votive candles at the bottom. I’m pleased. I can’t wait to see all the other crafts and gifts the other ladies made with love, while I was gone.

First layer, then leaves and stems next. Then, into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Here’s what’s cookin’.

Voila! Baked, cooled and ready to share.

Friday {]:-) Firemen and Funny Face Brownies

13 Jan

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”

Charlotte Brontë

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I have been so blessed, and never more so expressed than by all the gifts, cards, calls, and greetings from friends and family, and even many people here on WordPress that I’ve never met. Thank you.

Remember the old days when you would take cupcakes or treats into school when it was your birthday. I liked that concept of celebrating your birthday by bringing treats for others. On that note, Wednesday, I baked a batch of brownies for my local fire station. Of course, I made a funny face in the mix first.

On my way to my birthday dinner with Kathy across the street, we stopped at Station 5. I am not a stranger to the local fire stations. I’m very appreciative of all they do for the community, so I stop there and Station 2 with cookies or brownies often.

When I rang the phone outside in the hallway, I heard yelling and laughter. When I heard, “Station 5, how can I help you?” I said, “You guys are having too much fun. It’s Toni with some brownies for you guys.” Firefighter Hutson ran to the door. I asked what was so funny, and he explained that they were racing to see who could get to the phone first. They wrestled and shoved and pushed to get there first. He won.

He was very appreciative and wished me a happy birthday. He said the guys would really enjoy them and thanked me. I always feel that the little I do is just a drop in the bucket compared to what they do. Thanks Station 5.

Wednesday:) What Day Is It? Why It’s My Birthday

11 Jan

“When I look in the mirror every morning, I don’t see an old lady. That’s because I’m old and I can’t find my glasses.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Well, another year has come and gone, and I’m still here savoring every minute. I had a very nice birthday. I received a zillion happy birthday texts, calls, and comments on Facebook.

You know what the best part of getting old is?……. Yah! I don’t know either. But, I do enjoy all the presents and lunches and dinners and attention. I have so many friends, I think I’ll be able to eat free for the entire month.

My sons called, I got to FaceTime with the baby, I talked to Mom and my sisters, and so many friends. Diane took me to lunch and Kathy took me to dinner. Hey, I’m free tomorrow afternoon….just sayin’.

My granddaughter wished me a happy birthday. Well, she actually said, “Dabamanadabawa,” but that’s close enough.

It was a good day. And not to tell my age or anything, but I am now an official Medicare Card Carrying Senior Citizen.