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Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff:) Happy Mother’s Day

8 May

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Abraham Lincoln


Another beautiful Sunday, and to make it even more beautiful, it is also Mother’s Day. I have been blessed with two wonderful sons, but also I was blessed with an Angel Mother, who guides me from heaven now.

Father Don gave all the mother’s a special blessing.

I drove into the parking lot at church just as I saw the Chateau bus driving in. I ran like the wind, well, actually like a slow gust in a dust bowl, through the parking lot to the back doors to greet the ladies. I had a little gift and a hug for them on this beautiful Mother’s Day. I made it just in time. I’m not fast. I took a short cut. The smiles were priceless.

Today’s Gospel was short and sweet… Jesus is the shepherd that recognize His voice and follow Him.

Jn 10:27-30

Jesus said:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

My take on it… Jesus is the shepherd who tends His flock. Once you know His voice, you will follow and be protected and loved forever. It’s kind of fitting also on Mother’s Day. Children recognize their mother’s voice at birth, and they are guided and nurtured, protected and loved forever. (Well, in most cases. Just speaking from personal experience.)

After Mass, Jerry and Patricia joined me and Helene at McD for coffee and breakfast. Mr.Jerry was kind enough to treat all of us lovely ladies today. Very sweet. Thank you Jerry.

I didn’t need anything from the store, so I came right home after McD. I missed a FaceTime call this morning from the grandkids. But, I know they’ll call later. I received a sweet message from my youngest in California this morning before church. 6 am, his time. So this has been a great day already.

Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.

Friday:) Friends and May Picnic With Miss Pat and the Gang and My Firemen

6 May

“It’s funny how when you grow old together with old friends, no one seems to notice that we’re getting old.” 🤦‍♀️

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


We had such a perfect day for a picnic over by Miss Pat’s place. There are about eight friends that live in the apartment complex, and they host a spring picnic every year, and every year the weather is perfect. We also celebrate May birthdays. A few of our regulars couldn’t make it today, but we still had a nice crowd.

Fun! A few of us remembered to wear our matching “Friends” t-shirts.
It was a potluck and there was SO MUCH wonderful food.
We celebrated May birthdays for Will, Harriet, Doug and Patricia. There were only four huge cakes and dessert trays. Enough to feed an army.
Of course, I had to stop and share some of my famous lemon cupcakes with my friends over at Station 9. No one answered the phone in the hall, so I just went through the open bay doors where the team was out back doing drills. Chief Floyd was back there, so I said “Hi,” and told him that I left some cupcakes on the table inside. I think they should give Miss Toni a key for when they aren’t around. Don’t you think so?

Happy Friday, my friends. I hope you have a great start to a great weekend.

Thankful Thursday:) Special Friends

5 May

Friends are like the stars. They shine bright when you are near, but their brilliance glows just as much when you are far away.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I’ll start off with my friend Helene. As I’be stated many times, my friend Helene had a “drug” problem. When I met her at church, she didn’t know anyone around McKinney. So, I drug her to Art Club. Then, I drug her to karaoke. Later, I drug her to Towne Creek where she is teaching, cooking and sharing her talents. I drug her to our single mingle group where she made so many more new friends. I drug her to Holy Family School where she generously donates snacks and drinks and goodies for the little ones. I could go on and on…

Yesterday, Miss Helene drug me over to Texas Roadhouse for dinner, where I was forced to consume massive quantities of their world famous onion blossom.

I haven’t had one of these in ages. My all time favorite belly bustin’ meal. When our server asked what I wanted to have, I told him the onion blossom. And, he assumed it was an appetizer. I said, “No, this is my meal and I’m going to eat The whole thing and I ain’t sharin’.” He laughed, I was serious.

OK, it looks like I ate it all, it I only ate 1/2 and brought the rest home. It was painful and marvelous, all rolled into one. Speaking of roll…. Helene had to roll me out of there.

Helene had the ribs. We had to take pictures to tease our friend Doug, who always takes pictures of his awesome dinners but NEVER invites us to come along. We’re going to flaunt this one.

I am also grateful for a nice long phone conversation with my dearest friend Lin Lin, back home. We did a lot of catching up and over an hour on the phone.

Let’s not forget another call from Debbie, in Chicago. Gosh, we’ve been friends from our teaching days around 1977? I really am blessed.

Tonight, I’m having dinner with Miss Kathy across the street. She always spoils me with a nice dinner as a thank you for keeping an eye on her cats when she’s out of town. I should thank her. The boys always hang out at my house making sure I don’t have any mice.

After dinner, I need to start working on baking MORE cupcakes for our annual picnic over by Miss Pat’s apartment. More cupcakes… more food… more awesome friends. More on that tomorrow.

Happy Thursday, my friends. I hope you have many many things to be thankful for too. ❤️

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

2 May

“Every photo is a memory that lasts a lifetime. Take pictures, smile, laugh and love. Then, you can look back and relive those moments.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another wonderful week with great friends and fun adventures. And a special surprise visit with Mandy, from California. Our Towne Creek art group had a blast, and I enjoyed lots of baking and sharing, making new friends and spending time with the people I love. Life is good.

Happy Monday, my friends!

And of course, it’s aLways wonderful to FaceTime on Sunday with the granddaughters.


They are very artistic… just like their grandma. (OK, maybe their parents contributed a little bit to their talent. But, I’m taking credit while I can.”

Saturday on the Square:) Art Fair at the Heard-Craig Center

30 Apr

“Sharing your art with the world isn’t always easy, but making art just for the pure joy is good for your soul.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Wow! It sure was a gorgeous Saturday to be walking around on the Square in McKinney. My good friend and fabulous artist, Sherri Murphy, was going to be at the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts today, displaying her adorable artwork. The courtyard was filled with local artists and visitors.

We sat in the shade and visited for about an hour, as folks meandered by.
Look at her cute paintings. She has such fun with color and whimsical styles.
I ran to my old friend Paula. We used to play tennis together, back in the day. She was, and still is an awesome tennis player, and she creates the most amazing jewelry for local sports teams, college teams and sports themes.
MY TEAM JEWELRY. Check it out on Amazon.
Miss Darby had some cool paintings, but also her own local honey. I had to get a jar. I love local honey called SUNKEN BOOT HONEY. Just had some in my tea. Yum!
Miss Janis had some fun little paintings. Cute!
On my way home, I actually remembered to stop by St. Peter’s to drop off the event bowls that my senior art friends at Towne Creek made a few weeks back. I was down there a couple of times before, and plum forgot to drop them off. 🤦‍♀️

And last but not least, I stopped over at Station 9 to drop off a dozen of my awesome triple lemon cupcakes. Yum!

Before and after! I dropped off more cupcakes today and picked up two empty containers from previous visits.

Funny story… one time, a few years back, I was dropping off some brownies and a brand spanking new fire fighter answered the door. I asked if he could find some previous empty containers. He wasn’t sure. He came back with the Captain and a couple containers. The Captain said, “This is Miss Toni. Make sure you save her containers. It’s in the handbook!” I laughed, but who knows? It might be in the handbook now. 🤦‍♀️

It’s been a great Saturday so far. Now, for a nice walk to finish up the day. I hope you had a great day, too. 🤗

Friday: Fabulous Artist Friends at Towne Creek

30 Apr

“The family that paints and eats together, faints together. Sugar overload.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Another fun afternoon drawing, painting, laughing and sharing good food with the folks obverse at Towne Creek Apartments. We always have a good time.

A lot of baking and prep and getting ideas for projects.

Everyone worked on something different today.
Then, time for our Friday feast.

It was a good day. Happy Friday.

Thankful Thursday:) Talk About a Great Day With a great Friend!

29 Apr

“Spending time with an old friend is as precious as gold.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I got a text from my old friend Mandy Griffith yesterday saying that she was in town just for a couple of days and wondered if I was free today. Well, of course! She and her husband drove all the way from California and they were traveling cross country visiting friends and family, and I was on the list. I was honored.

We met at The Pantry in downtown McKinney. We had a nice lunch and did a little catching up on what’s been happening since last we met. A lot to talk about.
After lunch, we planned on walking around the square. It was a beautiful afternoon with sunshine and perfect weather. Our first stop was Fair and Square Imports right across the street. Miss Kate was more than helpful. The store is brimming with fabulous merchandise, perfect for the unusual gift or home decor.
We did a lot of walking and a lot of talking and a lot of photo ops.
Another fun stop was the Collin County History Museum.
We popped into The LAST Art Gallery. So many awesome artists are a part of this artist coop gallery, and I am blessed to call many of them friend.

We stopped for a coffee before Mandy had to head back to Arlington to pick up her husband. Four hours later, a little rest, sipping coffee from the Bike Shop, we still didn’t have enough time. It went by too fast. Thanks for the fun visit Mandy!

I stopped at the store on my way home to pick up last minute goodies for my art class at Towne Creek Apartments tomorrow. I made a couple other stops, but when I got home, I still felt compelled to get out for my evening walk. It was just too nice of a day not to enjoy. More steps.

A lot of steps, but Mike’s to go before I rest. Now to make massive quantities of triple lemon cupcakes for our feast for folks at Towne Creek tomorrow. I’ll be up all night, that’s for sure. I still haven’t planned the art projects yet either. 🤦‍♀️ Procrastination is my middle name… it should be my first. ❤️

A very Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday:) What’s Cookin’ Miss Toni?

28 Apr

“When I cook and bake, I love to share with friends and neighbors. You know what’s even better than than? When friends share with me.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Wow! I had a pretty busy and fun Wednesday. I started off with a beautiful morning and a wonderful breakfast. Then, off to my writing group over at the MillHouse. We had nine talented ladies today, and Melissa Cantu led us in some fun writing activities.

Afterwards, I stopped across the hall to visit Andrea Holmes, artist extraordinaire, in her studio.

She was working on this awesome painting. Her bird paintings are so beautiful, and her murals all over town are well known by all.

After that, I was on my way to my Spanish group when I got a call from our fearless leader, Ubaldo, saying he had to cancel. I’m not sure exactly why because I was driving and he was explaining in Spanish. 🤦‍♀️

Having a little time to kill, I stopped at the Hall Library and visited with an old friend.

This old grandpa has been sitting on this bench and reading to this little boy for many years. I decided to listen too. Then, I made a phone call to my daughter-in-law! Lindsay. Today is her birthday. I totally forgot to send a card. 🤦‍♀️ But, I did remember to call. Happy Birthday Lindsay.

Then, a stop to the thrift store. I’m always on the look out for the perfect unusual bowl for the next Empty Bowls Event. This year’s event is coming up in a couple of weeks. My silent auction bowl is already up to $400. Woo hoo. I didn’t find a bowl, but I did find a fee things that I really didn’t need.

The reason I was killing a little time is, my good friend Helene said that she made me a big pan of chicken enchiladas. She was going to drive way out of her way up to my house and drop them off after her appointment. I said that I could stop by and pick them up on my way home. Save her a long trip.

I forgot to take a picture of the big pan they came in. When I got home, I divided the huge pan into smaller containers to fit in my fridge. (You know my fridge! 🤦‍♀️ No room,) Yum, chicken enchiladas and Spanish rice and chips. You know what I’m having for dinner… for a few days.

Thank you Helene! All I ever make for you is cupcakes and brownies. I need to step it up.

Happy Wednesday, my friends.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

25 Apr

“I am so busy doing nothing… that the idea of doing anything – which as you know, always leads to something – cuts into the nothing and then forces me to have to drop everything.”

Jerry Seinfeld


Well, it was a busy week of not doing anything but keeping busy trying not to do something. I did join an IPC- International Procrastinators Club, But, we haven’t had our first meeting. We keep putting it off. Maybe next month. We haven’t decided yet. It’s only been a year. 🤦‍♀️

A week in a peek.

Another fabulous week .

Sunday Sermon and Some Other Stuff

24 Apr

“Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.”
― Richard P. Feynman


Another beautiful Sunday. Well, the skies were gloomy and grey, it was windy, and don’t even get me started about the humidity. My hair and humidity don’t cooperate. But, besides that, it was a beautiful Sunday. 🤦‍♀️

We had a lovely baptism this morning. Adorable Matthew Scott didn’t even make one whimper or cry the entire Mass of over an hour. Such a cutie. Welcome Matthew!

Today’s Gospel was the well know “Doubting Thomas” story…


Jn 20:19-31

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
But he said to them,
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe.”
Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

My take on it… just like Thomas, often times we don’t believe things unless we see them with our own eyes. “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” Not one of us here on this earth right now have seen Jesus, yet many believe. As Christians, as Catholics, as people of faith, we are asked to believe in a higher power that we have never seen. Faith is just that… believing in something we cannot see.


After Mass, Helene and I stopped for our hot chocolate and a chat. We ran into a few other after church goers and our new friend Avi.

After that, I stopped at Tom Thumb to pick up a few things. When I checked out at Miss Suzy’s lane, I asked her if when she pulled out my receipt, if she could pull a little extra register tape. They have a McD coupon on the back for a buy one get one free that Helene and I use for hot chocolate. I got four new coupons to use later. That’s four Sundays to save $3.59. It adds up, ya know!

Well, I heard some thunder out there. I have a feeling the storm is on the way. Happy Sunday, my friends.