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Thankful Thursday

20 May


I am thankful for each sunrise

And for the clouds that bring the rain.

I’m thankful for the cleansing tears

That seem to wash away the pain.

I appreciate each sunset

With glowing colors in the sky.

And the bunnies as they scamper

As I attempt to walk on by.

I listen to the cardinals

When they sing high up in the tree.

I smile and whistle back at them

Because their song is just for me.

I’m thankful for the the end of day

For every feeling, sweet or sad.

How would I know what joy could be

If I saw good and never bad?

Should I look back at my lifetime

Would I regret what could have been?

I’d stop and say most honestly

“Oh, I would do it all again!”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


Today, I was inspired to write a poem on this Thankful Thursday. I have so much to be thankful for.

Theme Song Thursday:) Seasons Change and So Must We

20 Apr

The seasons  change, and then so must we

The reasons are not for us to see.

The harsh cold winter begets the Spring

Blaze of Summer will cool Autumn bring.

Inspired by life, inspired by pain

The snow always melts, followed by rain.

Barren brown trees, and lifeless black earth

Blossoming into a wondrous rebirth.

One thing is certain, one thing is true

Your life will change, and now so must you.

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” 

― Albert Camus

These two trees were barren and lifeless, while the others right next to them were budding fresh with bright green leaves. We all grow and change at our own pace. TO EVERY SEASON…

Tuesday:) Take It One Day At A Time

21 Feb

“When this rollercoaster life spins you till your dizzy, then swirls you around in slow motion, the best thing to do is take a deep breath, hold on tight, and take it one day at a time.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis
“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” 

― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


For me, the secret to not getting dizzy and throwing up in this rollercoaster ride we call life is…keep busy, keep busy, and keep busy. It keeps your mind off the bumpy ride. I do it well.

Yesterday started out as a gloomy dreary day. The grey flannel clouds (I like that metaphor) hovered over the cookie cutter rooftops as I walked. I was almost inspired to write a poem, but the inspiration passed. I love taking pictures of the skiy and surroundings on my walks.

I took my neighbor dog, Bella, for a couple of walks. By the time we got around to the afternoon walk at 4, the sun was out the the sky was an alluring azure blue, with a few tufts of white cotton ball clouds.  What a difference a couple of hours makes.

I had just enough time to write my Monday blog, change, and head over to Rockfish, the restaurant where some friends were meeting at 5. This is a nice group of 50-and-over  folks that just meet a couple times a month for food and friendship. Mr. Jerry from church invited me a couple months back. About 25-30 people attend, and I always get to talk to some interesting people and make new friends.

This is Bill. He’s kind of a McKinney fixture. I see him on the square all the time, but never had a chance to talk to him. Nice guy.

When I got home, around 8, I went up to my “crap room” to paint till around 1:30 a.m.  Yes, my craft room  is a mess again. I’m working on painting another large bowl and some wine glasses. (Long story for another day. Maybe tomorrow.) Yikes! A busy Monday.

Today, the same rollercoaster day. Walk Bella, lunch at Olive Garden with Zelda, stop at the craft store, and a few errands, walk Bella again, and walk more after dropping her off, pay some bills, work on this blog, then I’ll scurry off to church at 6 to hear Father Jim, from Sunday, talk about his mission. That should be fun. He’s a Catholic comedian in a priest’s collar. Do you remember Father Jim from Sunday?

Life is short, so I like to pack a lot into every single day. I take a deep breath, get on the rollercoaster, and take it one day at a time. 

Tuesday:) Time For Tunes and a Tank Top Kinda Day

17 Feb

“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.” 
― Osho


Do you love life? What do you do to enhance its beauty? What do you do to bring pure joy into your life?

Music, movement, dance, singing, creating art, and writing, all these things bring me joy. I take classes at the McKinney YMCA, usually kickboxing Monday and Friday, then Zumba Tuesday and Thursday. The music, movement, and dance is sheer exhilaration. Walking every day and taking photos are good for my soul. Then, I love to write. I write this blog, I write poetry and stories and letters and emails. Sometimes I paint, teach others to paint, and share my artwork with others. When I hear music, I dance or I sing, or both. 

Yes, I’m in love with life. So many things to love, so many things to do, so little time. 

A short snippet from Zumba class today. So, “Shut up and dance with me.”

After a long afternoon walk, I parked my bottom in a chair, sat in the sun, and watched the world go by.

A beautiful tank top kinda day.

Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

19 Jan

“Every morning we begin our new life with new joy. So let it be beautiful.” ― Debasish Mridha


This week was filled with old friends and new life. My friend, Debbie, came for a visit. It was fun to reminisce, walk, shop, go to church, and eat vast quantities of food. Then, Sunday, I attended two baby showers, and the excitement of the soon-to-be moms, and the hopeful promise of new life, is very uplifting. Sometimes we just have to sit back and watch in wonder at this thing called life.


Montage Monday:A Week in a Peek 

6 Oct

“The answer to every adversity lies in courageously moving forward with faith.” ― Edmond Mbiaka


Another week in a peek, filled with friends, running, walking, playing, praying, and life. 


Montage Monday

14 Sep

There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.Sarah Dessen, Just Listen


Another busy week with Art Club of McKinney, 9/11 baking and sharing, St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club, Empty bowls glazing, walking every day, Zumba, kickboxing, greeting at church, airport run, and the list goes on. Busy is good. Busy keeps my heart beating fast and true. I love what I do with my time and my heart. 

A week in a peek…   

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

21 Apr

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” 

― Albert Einstein



Everything is a miracle!!!!!!


Theme Song Thursday: Do Not Pass Me By

19 Feb

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
~Carl Sandburg
Routines and regiments are a good thing. If you have something to look forward to EVERY day, then life won’t pass you by, so I try to keep busy.

I love Tuesday and Thursday. Those are my Zumba days at the YMCA. Of course, I missed last Tuesday because my upper crown of my tooth popped out and I spent most the day at the dentist. Today, jumped put of bed, looking forward to an exhilarating class, and it was. Sometimes I take a quick video, but then the music makes me move and I end up bouncing and jumping around, then my camera work isn’t too steady.

After Zumba, I came home, went for a long chilly walk, made some cupcakes. I’m going to a fun “PLAY WITH CLAY” class at SPARC with Laura Canfield. That’s not what it’s called, but that’s what I call it.

There are so many things I want to do and learn. I don’t want life to pass me by. I want to be running along side of it.

Cupcakes for clay class.


Don’t let life pass you by, no matter how fast it’s zipping past.

Montage Monday: A Week in a Peek

22 Jul

“It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places.”
― Karen Marie Moning, Dreamfever
I just liked this quote. There are so many beautiful things in the world, a glorious sunset, a baby’s giggle, a well written book. I get excited when I find a lucky penny or a feather. It’s hard to be down in the dumps when the view from there is filled with amazing vistas.

A week in a peek-a-boo.