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Saturday:) So How Cold Was It in Texas, Miss Toni?

21 Jan

“So when you’re cold

From the inside out

And don’t know what to do,

Remember love and friendship,

And warmth will come to you.”

Stephen Cosgrove

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It finally warmed up a little today, but I still needed to cover my ears, wear a warm coat, and put on

gloves this morning. The sun came out later in the afternoon, just in time to warm up for Rachel and Mason’s wedding today. But, that’s a different story.

It was so cold last week that ponds were frozen, people had pipes freezing and bursting. Knock on wood, I didn’t run into any of those problems. This is Texas! What’s going on?

I had to laugh when I walked yesterday and passed by Miss Bernadine’s house two blocks over. She has a St. Francis statue in the front yard. It was so cold that poor St. Francis had a winter coat and hat on. I smiled, took a picture, and shivered my way down the street.

Keep warm, my friends!

Friday:) From Chaos To Organized

20 Jan

“Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination”

Christina Scalise, Organize Your Life and More

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I’m not sure what that quote means, too many big words, but I recognized procrastination. I majored in that in college. Oh, I know clutter. That was my minor in college, and has been my occupation for all these years.

But, every now and then, I get a bee in my bonnet, (when I can find my bonnet in all the clutter) and I decide to tackle one de-clutter project at a time. I figure if I tackle one project a week, by the end of the year, it’s time to start over again decluttering the first project.

I was inspired when I was looking for a pair of scissors to cut open my package of brownie mix. Very important! The drawer was so disorganized, and there were about five pairs of scissors mingled in between hundreds of paper clips, rubber bands, twist ties, pens, markers, stamps and well, you know the drawer I’m talking about. I think we all have one or a few of those. I decided that after the brownies got placed in the oven for baking, I was going to tackle and organize that one drawer.

BEFORE…

AFTER?..

Aren’t you proud of me? Next January I’ll be tackling it again, I’m sure. But for now, I can find the scissors and I know where the stamps are.

Procrastinators unite! But, maybe tomorrow, or next week.

Have a good weekend.

Saturday:) Such a Brave Senior Citizen

14 Jan

“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

Emma Donoghue

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Now that I’m an official senior citizen, I need to take better care of myself. But, what do you do when you’re an old scaredy cat? “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” That describes me pretty well. I’m afraid of fear and just about everything else.

One of the many things I’m afraid of is getting a flu shot. But, my sister urged me to get one this year because this flu season has been awful. I resisted and protested. I’m afraid of having a foreign substance injected into my arm. Oh yes, I’m afraid of needles too.

But this evening, I mustered up all the courage I could, and went to Walgreens for a flu shot. It was already after 5 o’clock, and I was half hoping the technician giving shots would be gone for the day. Darn! She was there. So, I rolled up my sleeve, actually, pulled down my sleeve, and got a flu shot. This is only the second time in my life that I got one. I AM SO BRAVE!

It didn’t hurt, and I didn’t cry. But, you know me. I’m always ready with my phone to take a selfie.

If I can do something brave today, maybe you can too!

Saturday:) Saving The Day, Just Like Mighty Mouse

7 Jan

“Saving the world is only a hobby. Most of the time I do nothing.”

Edward Abbey

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Being back in the saddle after five weeks away from home, and back to my routine means a lot of walks, running around, and back to saving the world from flat tires. When I find nails and sharp object on the sidewalk or street, I always feel like singing, “Here I come to save the day.” Probably just us old-timers and baby boomers remember that old cartoon, but it’s and oldie but a goodie.

I was walking Bella this afternoon, and she just so happened to be sniffing by the curb on the busy Wilmeth Road. It was a little too close to the occasional zooming cars, so I pulled her closer to the sidewalk. That’s when I saw, not one, but two long pointy and potentially dangerous screws on the street near the curb. I put on my Mighty Mouse cape and hummed the theme son as I grabbed them quickly from the street. Thus, saving some unsuspecting motorist from a flat tire. (Maybe even my own)

As is often the case, I was generously rewarded for my kindness and act of heroism. I found a lucky dime a couple of blocks away when I continued my walk. I’m a lucky gal!

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom and Funny Quotes

13 Dec

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

~Maya Angelou

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“It may be cold and bleak outside, but there’s always a ray of sunshine when you smile.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Here are a few funny words of wisdom, cartoons, and quotes to brighten you day.

This is my all time favorite… it’s a Mexican thing… Save your ransom money. No one will be calling you about me.

Yay! I’m getting a dictionary for Christmas!!! I hope it’s a red Webster. I seemed to have lost mine.

Wednesday:) Where In The World Was Miss Toni? 

25 Oct

” Every time I travel, it’s an unbelievable adventure. That’s because I have no idea where the heck I am half the time. Unbelievable!” 

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.” 

― C. JoyBell C.

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Yesterday, I told you about talking to a stranger at McDonald’s on my way home from Stillwater. And as promised, here’s my story about getting lost after that.

I really was proud of myself. I left Stillwater around 9:45 am, turned left at the second busy street, stopped for gas at the station just down the road from St. Francis Catholic Church on the right. (I need visual landmarks) I remembered that the I35 exit was the second one, as I needed to go south to Texas, not north to Canada, or what ever’s up there. I say that in my head…Texas south, Canada north. Traffic was fast and steady, and I tried to stay behind slower trucks in the right lane, but even they were going 75 or 80 mph. Yikes! I maneuvered through the change in lanes by Oklahoma City, staying in my left and not going to Tulsa. Good girl!

Feeling a bit confident, I decided to take a lunch break at McDonald’s in Marietta. (That’s where I met Tracy, the truck driver from yesterday’s blog,) I think because I took a long break, my time sequence in my head was a little off. Normally, I drive the 4 1/2 hours straight without stopping. So, when I tapped in my map and directions for home on my phone, Siri talked me through the u-turn and getting back onto I35. No problemo.

Zipping along, Siri told me to exit going towards Gainesville. Hmm? I didn’t remember that, but I knew there was a Denton bypass along the way, that had to be it. Right? Siri wouldn’t lie to me, would she? I exited and went down an industrial road that looked like the bypass. Good. About twenty minutes later, I was deep into farm, ranch and agricultural two lane roads. Uh oh! This didn’t look right. I kept driving and Siri kept leading me deeper into nowhere land. I was going to pull over, but there were only gated gravel farm or ranch gates that were closed. I was too nervous about pulling over and getting sideswiped by some sidewinder. (I was in Texas, after all.) 

The good news was, my car compass said I was going south and east. I did know I lived south and east of Oklahoma. The other nice thing was, wow, there was some awfully pretty country roads back there. I crossed a lot of rivers and saw long horns, sheep, goats, fields of cotton, horses, some humongous ranch mansions, and quaint old farm houses and barns. But… lost is lost, and I was lost. I finally pulled over by a rural church to reprogram Siri,  and give her a stern talking too. She didn’t cooperate. Maybe she got mad at me.


My journey continued along long winding FM roads. I navigated over Lake Kiowa, down to Tioga and Pilot Point, and around Aubrey, Siri had me go east towards Celina. On the map, those small roads look pretty straight forward, but I almost got as dizzy as when I went on that crazy ride at the state fair. See the big red line on the left…35? That’s where I was supposed to be until Denton. Now, see all those squiggly grey lines by Gainesville and the blue water. That’s where I zigged and zagged my way through north Texas.



Look folks! Cotton fields, as far as the eye could see. It looked like a blanket of snow along the roads.


Mostly what I saw was a lot of long winding roads going no where with no end in sight. But, I was going south and east. That was good..I think. Finally, Siri said turn on Preston Road. Yay! A familiar name. She led me into the back way past Meyers Park and down to Wilmeth. I never come from that direction, so when I saw the familiar cell tower…Ah, I was home. I could release the death grip from the steering wheel.

Being directionally challenged is not fun. Siri, I will never trust you again! I still have to call on you for help all the time, but I will never trust you again. 


My adventure was maybe only one and a half hours longer than it should have been, but I was rewarded with some lovely back road scenery and a gorgeous sunset.

Saturday:) Sometimes You Have to Follow Your Heart

21 Oct

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” 

― Jalaluddin Rumi

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 I have to use my navigation app pretty much anytime I go anywhere more than five miles from home. Did I mention I’m directionally impaired? Yep. So, when Siri guided me through traffic on 380, coerced me through the Denton bypass, and onto I35 north, I relaxed when she said, “Continue on I35 for 212 miles. 

As I got comfortable behind the wheel, turned Siri off, cranked up my CD of Joe’s wedding songs, and cruised along in the slower right lane, I got behind a truck going around 70 mikes an hour (slow for Oklahoma). When I got closer, I smiled and said, “Ah, now I can follow my heart.”


I cruised north following a Hobby Lobby truck. It made me smile, but also reminded me that when I get back home that I need to work on painting my Christmas ornaments. My craft room upstairs would rival a Hobby Lobby warehouse. Thanks Hobby Lobby truck driver for leading the way.