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Friday:) Finding a LuckyPenny, Friends, Signs and Spring

27 Mar

“Spring is the fountain of love for thirsty winter”
― Munia Khan


I’ve got this thing about lucky pennies and signs. Here’s my little story. Yesterday, I was heading out for an afternoon walk. I headed across the street to the park when I stopped, turned around and thought, “ I should walk over towards Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy’s house. They live about four blocks away, and I haven’t seen them in months. They usually sit out in their garage from 4-5pm, I walk past and open their garage fridge, grab a beer, and catch up on the neighborhood gossip.

I rounded the last corner and could see down the street, but the garage was closed. I grabbed my cell phone and started dialing their number. I looked down and saw a lucky penny a few houses away. Hmmm? A sign? I smiled.

“Hello, Miss Sandy. The garage is closed. What’s going on?” I joked. Miss Sandy proceeded to tell me, in a raspy voice, that she has been in and out of the hospital and Mr. Larry has stage four lung cancer. (Oh no!) I asked if there was anything I could do.

Miss Sandy said, “What are you doing tomorrow?” I told her I was free all day, and asked how I could help. She needed a ride home from the hospital the next morning. I was happy to offer a ride. The garage door opened and Miss Sandy strolled out and we sat in our designated chairs. I heard about all the health problems, hospitalizations, and doctor’s appointments.

A few minutes later, Mr. Larry walked out and sat in his waiting chair. He had lost a lot of weight and was coughing. We did some catching up on neighborhood gossip and the usual pleasantries and unpleasantries.

Mr. Larry had a doctor’s appointment around the same time Miss Sandy would need a ride home from the hospital after outpatient surgery. He dropped her off at 6:30 this morning, and I picked her up around 10. I was able to sit with her in the recovery room for a while until she was discharged.

I realized that my lucky penny was a sign that I was meant to walk that way yesterday. I always say, “Sometimes God sends you an angel when you need one, and sometimes He sends you to be an angel for someone in need.”


It was such a beautiful sunny Spring day that I took two walks today. I put in over 4 miles and enjoyed every minute, with a few stops at the welcoming bench by the pond. The sunset was calm and the evening moon was inspiring.

Now, for my favorite part of Friday night…Black Russian Friday. Cheers!

Theme Song Thursday: Fourteen Feathers and a Penny

19 May

“It’s not enough to have the feathers. 

You must dare to fly!” 
― Cass van Krah


I believe in lucky feathers and angels and pennies from heaven and the power of prayer and positive thinking. I believe that your own perceptions and beliefs are your reality. The mind is a powerful instrument and the soul its receptor.

When I went for my walk the other day, I noticed a feather in the grass in the park. Then another, and another. The feathers were a sign of good luck for me, but not so lucky for he bird or birds that obviously lost these feathers. The trail of feathers continued along my path. I had picked up the first couple, then decided to see how many I could find. Fourteen in all.

These may look a little rumpled, but I always wash them with antibacterial soap when I get home. 

Later that day, I went to the store, dropped off some groceries to a friend, had ice cream on the square with a new friend, visited with Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth at Sweet Spot Bakery, and took some canned  goods over to the Little Free Food Pantry. A long busy fun day. When I got back to my car, right there by my car door was a lucky penny. 

Fourteen feathers and a lucky penny. 

Here’s the theme song for today. The theme Song from Forrest Gump. FEATHER…

Saturday On The Sidewalk

18 Feb

My favorite place is whichever sidewalk is beneath my feet because I am just constantly fascinated by walking and looking and learning. If I’ve already walked a street five times, then the next five times I walk it looking up, and I learn something about the cornices. ~Danny Meyer

You would think that walking down the same old familiar sidewalks, day after day, would be boring. It never is. There is always something new to see or neighbors to talk to. Don’t even get me started on being coerced into drinking beer and sitting in a Mr. Larry’s and Ms. Sandy’s garage.

If you’re like the rest of the country, today is a beautiful, unseasonably warm day. Mother Nature is confused.

I can’t be accused of not being able to read the writing on the wall,  I also enjoy reading and admiring the writing and drawing on the sidewalk.

Looks like a little girl had a good time expressing herself.

Someone left a piece of chalk on the sidewalk. I could never resist chalk. I had to say hi. Playing is good.

Later, I found two lucky pennies. Hmmm? Someone trying to tell me something? Like, don’t quit your day job? Or, stop letting people walk all over you?

Tuesday:) Two Lucky Finds and Some Food

4 Jan

“Here’s the thing about luck…you don’t know if it’s good or bad until you have some perspective.” ― Alice Hoffman


I haven’t  even thought about lucky pennies for a long time. They seem to turn up when I least expect it. This afternoon, my sister and I coerced Mom into going out for lunch at Portillo’s. She didn’t want to venture out, but we didn’t give her a choice. It was almost 40 degrees and pretty darn nice for Chicago weather. As we took a couple of steps from the car, there on the dark black top was a lucky penny, right by Mom’s foot.

Always great food at Portillo’s. Mom had the Chicago hot dog and JoAnn and I had the Polish. Mine was the Maxwell Street Polish sausage with grilled onions. Oh yes, and lots of fries. Yum!

When I got back to Mom’s place later, there in the middle of the hallway floor,  was a lucky dollar. 100 times luckier than a penny, all in the same day.

Maybe my luck was so good because I sampled some black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, a southern good luck tradition. I was too lazy to prepare any kind of recipe with them, so I just opened the can and ate a teaspoon full. (I’m very superstitious and can use all the good luck charms available.)

Theme Song Thursday:) Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

22 Sep

“Not everyone believes in signs or divine intervention, but if you open your eyes and your heart, the signs are everywhere.”

~ Toni Armenta Andruakitis


It was already 90 degrees when I went for my morning walk yesterday. I started out slowly, but everywhere I walked, I was greeted by fluttering butterflies. So close I could almost touch them, (I have a couple of really good butterfly stories for another time.) Why were they so perky? Too dang hot out to be perky, but they lifted my spirits, and my pace quickened. Butterflies are the symbol of transformation. You know, metamorphosis, and all.

I wanted to get my walk in early enough so I could relax a few minutes, take a quick shower, and get to the doctor by 1 pm. Just a routine annual exam. You know the kind. Prevention is the best medicine. I’ve got the coolest doctor. Dr. Moolamalla. She is a friend, confidant, with a side order of medical knowledge. She got me through a tough time, and I adore her.

I left with a smile and handful of orders for tests, bloodwork and vaccines that us old folks should be getting. I’ll do that next week. I wanted to do some shopping down that way. Exciting stuff! I got a carbon monoxide detector and some solar lights at Lowe’s. But, when I stepped out of my car in the parking lot, guess what greeted me? Yep, a lucky feather.

Then, I drove over to the dollar store, and another feather.

This one was scrawnier. After all, it was the Dollar Store, but another feather right at my feet.

Over at Ross, yet again, right next to my car. A tiny feather. I looked around by ALL the other cars. No feathers there. Hmm? Go ahead, say coincidence, but my eyes and heart are open.

That was enough shopping for me. I had to run home and bake brownies. Some brownies for Miss Sandy and some for divorce support group at church.

I arrived at St. Gabriel’s a few minutes late, popped out of my car and…no, not a feather, but rather, a lucky nickel. Right there by my foot. Five times luckier than a penny!

Friday:) Friendly Skies, a Feather and a Penny

17 Sep

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore


I walked this morning for about an hour and a half. It was hot and muggy, but walking is always my thinking time. While I was striding along, I saw a young woman on the other side of the road. I crossed the street, introduced myself, and started chatting. She didn’t live in the neighborhood, but was just walking while her daughter was at a dance lesson. With no particular agenda, I just walked her direction, so we walked down some streets I normally don’t travel. That’s when I found a lucky penny in the street. I haven’t found one in a while. “The road less traveled.”

Later, when I had lunch with my friend Diane, we walked out the door, and there on the sidewalk by my feet, was lucky feather.

When I got home, I was exhausted. I was up till almost 3 a.m. after painting a dozen wine glasses all night. I decided to take a leisurely lap around 4. When I woke up, it was already 6:45 and it would be getting dark soon. I almost talked myself out of my evening walk, but I really love to capture the evening skies and the sunset on my walks. Every evening is a work of art. I scrambled, put on my gym shoes, and ran out the door. Well worth the effor. THE FRIENDLY SKIES.

These are all from my one hour walk. The grand finale was the Harvest Moon in the night sky.

Now, you can see why I love my evening walks and THE FRIENDLY SKIES.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Lucky Signs

6 Aug

That is life, isn’t it? Fate. Luck. Chance. A long series of what-if’s that lead from one moment to the next, time never pausing for you to catch your breath, to make sense of the cards that have been handed to you. And all you can do is play your cards and hope for the best, because in the end, it all comes back to those three basics.Fate. Luck. Chance.

Kelseyleigh Reber, If I Fall


Luck comes in only two forms, good and bad. Often times, it just depends on your perspective.

~Toni Atmenta Andrukaitis


Sometimes my lucky pennies or coins or feathers show up at the strangest yet appropriate times. Take today for example. I went for my morning walk/joggle, and I noticed a small white plastic card on the street, next to a grey car. I picked it up to see what it said. It looked like one of those work badges or key cards, so I stuck it under the windshield of the car. Maybe the owner dropped it. My good deed for the day. 

Continuing my walk, I hadn’t taken two steps when there by my foot was a shiny lucky penny. Coincidence ? Hmm? I thought, someone up there is saying, “Good job. You are a kind considerate person.”

Then, walking up the street and turning the corner, what do I see on the sidewalk? A small red playing card, the ace of hearts, face-up. Oh man! Not a two of diamonds or four of spades, but an ace of hearts. 

What does that mean? I’m hoping something to do with the heart. Wouldn’t that be nice. I could use some excitement right about now.

Well, I’m not finished yet. On my way to meet my girlfriends for lunch, I stopped at Walgreens to pick up some photos I ordered. On the sidewalk by the entrance, I found a lucky dime. Ten times the luck of a penny, right? 

Three lucky signs in one day, actually in one morning. 

Fate, luck, and chance.  


Theme Song Thursday:  I Walk Alone

24 Jul

When I walk alone, I wish I could reach the end of the road soon. But, when a FRIEND walks with me, I wish the road never ends. Unknown quotes 


This morning, I walked alone. You may ask why, and the answer is,  ‘cuz it’s so dang hot out! No one is crazy enough to go out and walk with me. After my 8:30 zumba class, I was so energized that I came home , grabbed a bottle of water, (in my very special beer koozie) put on my new Notre Dame visor, (also a gift from Joe and Lindsay’s wedding) and scurried out for a long walk. It was only 11 am and only 92 degrees, so I wanted to get out before it got too hot. Ha ha! But, there was a breeze, so I walked about  1 1/4 hours. 

Funny, I didn’t bump into anyone else out walking today. Hmm? Nor yesterday when I was walking… 

So here comes the theme song part. While walking down the boulevard… of broken dreams… I walked alone… and thought of this song. Most apropros. 

Green Day “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” 

I walk a lonely road 

The only one that I have ever known 

Don’t know where it goes 

But it’s home to me and I walk alone 
I walk this empty street 

On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams 

Where the city sleeps 

and I’m the only one and I walk alone 
I walk alone 

I walk alone 
I walk alone 

I walk a… 
My shadow’s the only one that walks beside me 

My shallow heart’s the only thing that’s beating 

Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me 

‘Til then I walk alone …

And here is “my shadow that’s the only one that walks beside me.” I found a lucky penny. I may walk alone, but someone up there is looking out for me. 

Here is another lucky sign. 

I guess I don’t walk alone after all. 


Wednesday: Words of Welcome and The Women’s Club

13 Nov

A smile is the universal welcome.
~ Max Eastman
Yesterday, I was torn between two activities. The McKinney Creative Community meets the second Tuesday of the month. I didn’t realize that when I signed up to join the St. Gabriel’s Women’s Club. They meet the same day and time. Decisions? Maybe alternate.

I emailed the President of the group on Monday, and asked her where they meet and if I needed to bring anything. Jo Pond responded to just come a little early, and she would introduce me to a few ladies. When I arrived at St. Gabriel’s, a cheerful woman came up to me with a hug and said, “You must be Toni. Come in.”

You know how you get that nervous feeling when you enter a crowded room and you don’t know a single soul? Well, that didn’t happen. Everyone was friendly and smiling. They were having a turkey dinner buffet and a guest speaker from Market Street. Joel Lomas talked about the beautiful holiday decorations and table scape that he brought, and shared some decorating tips.


After the demo, there was a raffle drawing. The first number called was for a red vase from the table, and the second was for a yummy two layered carrot cake. I was very surprised when my number was called for the carrot cake, I love carrot cake! Plus, I have enough glassware to start my own store. I felt very lucky. There were over fifty ladies there, and I won! New member’s luck.

All in all, it was a pretty lucky day. When I walked in the morning, I found a lucky penny and a few nails and screws in the road, again SAVING THE WORLD from tire damage.

I’m sending you a big smile. It’s the universal welcome. (This is not my smile. I don’t have such pretty teeth and lips. Thank goodness for Google images.)


Supernova Sunday

25 Aug

I think that we are like stars. happens to burst us open; but when we burst open and think we are dying; we’re actually turning into a supernova. And then when we look at ourselves again, we see that we’re suddenly more beautiful than we ever were before!
C. JoyBell C.
When I search for an interesting quote to start my daily post, I’m always amazed that the most absolutely perfect words have been expressed for me to “borrow” and share. This one is fantastic, isn’t it?

This morning, although thoroughly exhausted, I got up early and went to 9 o ‘clock Mass. I needed to say “thank you” for all the strength, friendship, and love that I have been blessed with. Later on, Matt and I went up to the Square for lunch. I hadn’t been there for a while and needed a “Snug'” visit and a hug from Sandra. Then, of course, over to “Sweet Spot Bakery” for more hugs from Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabeth, and some yummy treats for later.

Matt has been my knight in shining armor. We made two long trips back to the old house to grab more things. Moving is such a pain. We stopped to get something to eat at Blue Olive, but they were closed. So after making another packing trip, we had lemon bars and a drink when we got home.

It’s been a long day, a long year actually, but just when I thought I was going to burst open and start dying… I turned into a Supernova. I feel beautiful!

( I forgot to mention, when I went into my suitcase this morning to get something to wear for church, there it was. A lucky penny to greet me. )

It was a good day.