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Wednesday:) Witty Words of Wisdom

21 Oct

“Someone always has something clever and inspirational to say just when you need it, but it usually isn’t me.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I’ve learned SO much over these past few years writing, reading, and researching. My favorite part of researching is finding an inspirational quote to fit my daily topic. Sometimes I find fantastic famous quotes, and sometimes I do what I do best… I make stuff up. Mostly, I’m inspired by quotes or pictures or funny cartoons shared by my friends on Facebook. I rarely remember jokes, but this is one my favorite. I usually say very seriously, “How do you tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?.” Feel free to borrow it…

See!
Really, that’s true!
Ya gotta love this song….🎶

Just in case you’re not familiar….

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

5 Oct

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams or wake up & chase them.”

Kristin, Sophisticated Gal

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Another Monday, another week, another set of dreams to chase.

A week in a peek…

Throwback Thursday:) Cookie Monster in Spanish. Monstruo de las Galletas

24 Sep

“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.”

~ Barbara Johnson

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Wow! Did you know that Cookie Monster is 55 years old? His birthday is November 2. He looks pretty good for his age. Must be all the clean livin’ and lots of cookies.

1966 . Cookie Monster constantly eats anything and everything, but cookies are his favorite. Cookie Monster evolved from a monster created by Jim Henson for a General Foods Canada commercial in 1966. This character advertised the snack foods Wheels, Crowns, and Flutes along with two other monsters and was known as the Wheel Stealer. The puppet was created in 1969 for Sesame Street.

For instance, Sesame Street’s lovable cookie-devouring Cookie Monster has a real first name, and it isn’t Cookie: it’s Sid.

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This afternoon, I met with my little Spanish/English practice group, Los Charlatintos. We try to meet once a week for conversation and practice. Some of us work on our Spanish and others on their English. I guess I need to practice both.

Today, my assignment was to lead a little discussion on art, painting, or drawing. I found a cute and short video in Spanish that demonstrated how to draw a Cookie Monster face. I sent the video out last week with words to practice or become familiar with like lápiz, goma de borrar, azul, galleta , etc. ( Pencil, eraser, blue, Cookie.)

https://youtu.be/miHG0X6txKI

Instead of just a discussion, I brought paper, colored pencils and a clipboard, and we drew step-by-step, a Cookie Monster Face. We practiced saying all the 12 colors in the pencil box. There were many words I wasn’t sure of, so Ubaldo assisted with those. It was fun. Hands on learning.

Pretty good for a first attempt. Nice drawing. Bonito dibujo.
Great job. This one looks very happy. Muy feliz.
Self portrait, perhaps? Autorretrato tal vez?
“Me love cookies!” “ Me encantan las galletas.”

Words to live by… “Make learning fun and eat more cookies!”

Toni’s Tuesday Tip of the Day:) When You Hear the Music… Just Dance!

21 Sep

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

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I don’t know about you, but when I hear a great song, I have to dance and groove and sway. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the mustard aisle at Kroger or swaying to a hymn at church. I have no control over my actions.

I was at Kroger this afternoon and I heard one of the songs that was on my son’s cd gift give away from his wedding 6 years ago. Still in my soul, I just started groovin’ in the grocery store.

If you want to hear the song, I dare you to listen to The whole thing and restrain yourself from dancing. ( Michael Jackson… Lobe Never Felt So Good.)

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

15 Sep

Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

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And to add to the above quote, it should also be entered into without a recipe or timetable.

Those of you who know me well, know that I love to cook. Yes, I do so with complete abandon. Hmm… I’ve probably abandoned a few projects too.

As I’ve mentioned before, being Mexican-American, I like to make “food.” You may call it Mexican food. So yesterday, when my neighbor Kathy asked if I wanted to go to dinner for Taco Tuesday, I said, “Why don’t you just come here and I’ll make FOOD.”

I made chicken quesadillas with all the fixins’ and Kathy brought all the liquid refreshments for margaritas.
Cheers!
I wanted to share my no-recipe recipe for black eyed pea and bean salsa stuff, just in case you missed it a previous time. It goes well with anything or just as an appetizer with tortilla chips. It also made a visit to my friendly fire stations for 9/11 and several friends and neighbors.
4 or 5 cans of corn, drained, dry roasted in a big pan (casueala above) When corn starts to brown, add a swig of vegetable oil, add two big cans of diced tomatoes, 5 or 6 or 7 cans of black eyed peas (drained), 2 or 3 cans of black beans (drained) 1 jar of salsa, and a jar of sliced pickled jalapeños (mushed) I put as many cans of stuff as will fit in the big casuela. (Secret ingredient- about a cup of apple cider vinegar.) I simmer for a little while, then let cool.
I put the cooled mixture in jars for sharing. The stuff is always better the next day or two after it’s coagulated and fermented.

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tasty Tip of the Day

7 Sep

“Everything is better dipped in chocolate. Well, maybe not a car bumper, but you get the idea.”

Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I purchased some fresh strawberries today. I thought they would go well mixed with my watermelon, blueberries, and fresh peaches. I’ve been trying to eat healthier. You noticed the “trying” part. I have been eating oatmeal for breakfast, salads for lunch, vegan tacos for dinner… most of the time, and not all in the same day. There are occasional lapses, and that’s OK.

For some reason, these strawberries were calling out…”DIP ME IN CHOCOLATE!”

So, I did! One must answer the call. I just nuked a big handful of semisweet chocolate chips drizzled with just a tiny bit of oil for 1 minute in the microwave. I stirred it up until the chips were all melted. I had washed the strawberries and dried them first. Water and chocolate don’t mix well. Then dip.
This makes a lovely dessert or snack for someone special ❤️, a party, or just for yourself. YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL , TOO!

Well, you know what I’m having for dinner tonight. 🤦‍♀️

Throwback Thursday:) Dog’s Best Friend and A Good Sense of Humor

3 Sep

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” ― M.K. Clinton

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I can laugh about it now because many years have passed. I heard this funny joke a long time ago. It was funny because it was SO true.

“My husband wanted a dog, and I didn’t want a dog. So, we compromised and got a dog.” That was my life and how it went back then. He just came home with dogs that I had to take care of.

Now, I can laugh about it and tell this joke…

“My husband wanted a divorce, and I didn’t want a divorce. So, we compromised and got a divorce. But, he got the damn dogs.” A win-win.

But, to be perfectly honest, even though I never had a say in getting a dog, what kind of dog, when to get a dog or how many, or what to name the dogs, I still loved them. I took care of them about 99% of the time. I walked them and fed them and played with them and dressed them up for Halloween. But, during the divorce, I told him that he needed to take HIS dogs because I was trying to sell the house after he moved out. It was almost impossible to show a house with two huge messy dogs, while he was busy playing golf and playing house. (Did I say that out Loud?)

Today, on my throwback Thursday, I was looking back at some old videos, and this one of the dogs made me smile.

Buck, the pup, and Prince, the old guy. Cute video below.

Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone loved as unconditionally as a dog. Happy Thursday, my friends.

Friday:) Fun Art, Food and Friends at Towne Creek

28 Aug

“Be willing to share your blessings. The only riches that last are the ones that are given away.”

-David Khalil

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Tada! Today was our Towne Creek Senior Art Group. Such a nice group of ladies who love to learn new painting techniques and draw and just have fun with arts and crafts. Helene and I bring food and drinks and snacks and we just party all afternoon, 2-6 pm.

I did a quick watercolor demo, and I like to make them laugh when I paint with my eyes closed, looking the other way. It’s just to show them to relax and not be so worried about details. Just have fun.
Everyone had fun and learned a few tips and tricks along the way.

Around 5 pm, Helene and I prepare our feast. But, while they are working, we have snacks and cookies.Today, the feast was pizza 🤦‍♀️, lemonade, unicorn pudding (rainbow cupcake flavor), and root beer floats for dessert.

Now, I’ll tell you the hilarious story about baking the pizzas in the oven.

I set the oven for 380, and popped in the pizzas around 5pm. About ten minutes went by, and the smoke detector above the oven started to sound with a piecing chirp. Oh no! There was no smoke, so we opened the door and started fanning the ceiling with large plastic trays. Chirp! It continued. Helene and I took turns fanning at the annoying detector. We were afraid it would set off the alarm and then the cute firemen would have to come and all 50 residents would have to evacuate. We kept fanning. I turned off the oven when the pizzas were almost done. Miss Fay went up to her apartment and got a big fan and we placed it on the floor facing up and the annoying chirping alarm. What gives?

Well, you probably guessed. We finally figured out that it was the low battery chirp because it never did stop. 🤦‍♀️ what are the chances it would happen when we started baking pizzas. Maintenance is gone until Monday, so it will keep chirping until then.

It was a good day. A little strange, but good. I was so tired when I got home, I threw myself on my bed for an hour, just to get off my feet. Did I mention that I also entertain the ladies with dancing the “Cupid Shuffle” and singing “Proud Mary?” I brought my karaoke microphone. I told them that I would keep singing until they paid me to stop. I got a few offers. That’s my new idea. I think I could make good money by singing, and people would pay to stop. My new career.

Happy Friday, my friends. CHEERS!

Friday:) Fun At The Dentist, Free Fries, Frustration At The Bank, Finding Solace In The Sanctuary, Appreciation, and Celebrations.

20 Aug

“Did you ever have one of those days where there was just nothing on your calendar and nothing to do! No? Me neither!”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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An early morning alarm and 9:30 dentist appointment. I was getting my bite adjusted, meaning checking all the highs and lows and adjusting my over bite, under bite and in between bite. Hopefully, this will help with clenching and headaches. 🤞🏼

Dr. Do and the young technician, Alex, took very good care of me over at Red Oak Family Dentistry. I was there almost two hours.

Thank you Dr. Do and Alex.

The dentist’s office is just a hop skip and a jump from McDonald’s. This morning, I got an email reminder that Friday was free medium fries day with a $1 or more on-line purchase. You know me. I love free stuff, plus I was hungry and I’d never been to this new McDonald’s on 380.

I enjoyed my free fries and my $1 iced tea and called my sister and chatted a while before heading off to the bank and church.

Well, Friday frustrations at the bank…I received an email from Bank of America saying that my accounts that are in a Living Trust needed to be updated. I didn’t know if this was a hoax, phishing, spam, or what. So, I went in to check and take care of it in person.

The young lady assisting me checked my email and said it looked legitimate, but she would check the number given to call. I waited quite a while, but she came back and said it was correct. I asked if I could take care of it here, in person. She said, NO, they don’t have my information in the bank. I’d have to call that number. When I went home and called the number, the gal looked up my info and said that I had to take care of that at the bank in person. (See my frustration?) I was told that someone in the bank needed to change my Trust into a business account. I’ve had this Trust account for 7 years. (Ya gotta be kidding me!) Yikes!

I just took a deep breath and said thank you. I was pretty mellow and relaxed after spending a couple meditative hours at Adoration and sketching in the Sanctuary. (More on that tomorrow.)

After I got home, the lawnmower guys were mowing my lawn. They also mow three other neighbors. I try to catch them before they leave to give them a soda, snack or something cold. Today was pretty darn hot, so it called for ice cream sandwiches.

When I finally put my feet up with my iPad in hand, I checked my emails and Facebook. I saw in my Facebook memories that today was the anniversary of my divorce, 7 years ago. Plus, it’s Friday. A couple of awesome reasons to celebrate.

7 years ago? Time flies when you are free.
Cheers, my friends! Salud! It’s also National Latina Day. It doesn’t get better than this! CELEBREMOS!!!!!

Now, that’s a busy Friday! And the day is still young.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

19 Aug

“Don’t cry over spilt milk or boiled over oatmeal. Make the best of it.”

~Toni Armenia Andrukaitis

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My sister and I have this love/hate relationship with oatmeal. She calls me to tell me that she burned her oatmeal again, and the pan is impossible to clean, even after soaking. I tell her that I cook my oatmeal in the microwave. Thus, not burning a pan. But, I always forget the time and it overflows… every time.

Today, I put the timer on 1 minute and said to my self…”DO NOT STEP AWAY!” Oh well, something shiny or distracting. I forgot.

I texted my sister this photo.
The good news is, I made the best of it and decided it was a sign to clean the microwave…. and the stove… and the fridge… and mop the floors. See, it was t such a bad thing after all.