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Tuesday:) Timeless Treasures

2 Aug

“Every keepsake is a memory, and every memory is a time and place in someone’s heart.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“What we spend, we lose. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever.” ― David McGee


I wanted to write and share this story at the end of May and plum forgot. Or did I? I don’t remember now. Well, it started sometime in March. I was cleaning out the fridge and organizing the kitchen, when I ran across this little bottle of wine. It was a wedding souvenir for the attendees of Kevin and Margies wedding on May 30, 1987. When I looked at the bottle that has traveled and been packed up from house to house, New Jersey, to Illinois, and then to Texas, I wondered , why in the world did I still have this. 

Kevin was the son of Barbara, the sweet lady who was our relocation realtor who found us our house in New Jersey when we moved there in 1986. She was so impressive, that when her son graduated college and was looking for work, she asked Tony, (Mr. EX, as I call him,) if he could interview at his company. Long and short, Kevin was a great guy, got the job, and later we were invited to his and Margie’s wedding. I really didn’t see them more than a handful of times when we lived in NJ, but they were a nice young couple. We moved back to Illinois in ’88. The little wine bottle traveled along.

When I discovered this keepsake and realized that it was nearly 30 years old, and their anniversary was coming up, I did some research. I couldn’t find them, but Miss Barbara, low and behold, was still selling real estate. I contacted her through the company website. She then called her daughter-in-law, Margie, and told her about the keepsake. Margie emailed me…


Hi Toni,

Barbara told us that she received a nice email from you recently. I laughed when you told her, that for some reason, you still had the small bottle of wine from our wedding. That is too funny. I think we used all of the extras in our early marriage cooking fiascos….

(Some personal greetings and family stuff I edited out.)

Anyway, when I heard that you contacted Barbara, I just wanted to reach out to you and say hello. Stay well and God Bless you and your family.
Warm regards,

I replied to the email and asked for their address so I could send them their wine bottle for their 30th anniversary. She was pleasantly surprised, and for some reason, I thought it was meant to be. Maybe that’s why I kept it all those years, so this nice couple could have this special memory and warm wishes from a long ago acquaintance.


Hi Toni,

Thank you so much for your package and card. The card and envelope are gorgeous. You have a wonderful talent. (I sent a handpainted card) I may be sending the card back to you in 30 years to remind you of your exquisite talent. I put the wedding favor in our hutch as it will make a nice keepsake. I remember when I was deciding on wedding favors, my Mom and I had a little spat at the time. (More personal stuff.)…

Kevin and I are looking forward to celebrating our Anniversary with a trip to Punta Cana. He works so much that I hope he is able to unplug for a while. He has been known to go on vacation and continue to work for several hours per day.

Have a nice summer and thank you again for your thoughtfulness.


Sometimes you hold onto things for no reason, or it seems like for no reason at the time. But, every keepsake is a memory, and every memory is a time and place in someone’s heart. I’m glad I sent Margie and Kevin a little memory from 30 years ago. Not everyone gets a happily ever after, but some do.

Saturday With Mom:) Some Snow And Some Other Stuff

18 Dec

“Sometimes it’s the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.” 

― Steve Maraboli


I never thought I’d miss the snow, but to share the view and the day with my sweet Mom, now, that is a perfect day. This is the view from her balcony window. We are all toasty warm inside…very warm…Mom keeps her thermostat somewhere between 82 degrees and the boiler room of Hades. 

We started off the day with chorizo, potatoes, and eggs wrapped in a warm tortilla. Ah…home cooking and memories.

Then, we took a nap. We have a lot in common with babies. All we do is eat and sleep. Not really. We had some fun painting. (We were being silly, too.)

Mom and I are making memories and making a mess in the kitchen. 

Last night, we had Black Russians. It was Friday night, and that’s my Friday tradition, and Mom was kind enough to join me. 

Extraordinary memories with Mom.

Montage Monday:) Reminiscing

28 Jun

There are events in one’s life which, no matter how remote, never fade from memory― Jim Corbett


I’m back home in McKinney after three fun-filled, food-filled, family and friend-filled weeks in Chicago. It’s good to be home, it’s sad to leave home.

Montage Monday:) Memories Made

14 Jun

 We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams.
– Jeremy Irons

A wonderful week here in Chicago. Making new memories.

Saturday:) Celebrations and Other Stuff

15 May

“Every day is a good day. There is something to learn, care and celebrate.” ― Amit Ray, Walking the Path of Compassion


My dear friends over at McKinney’s Sweet Spot Bakery celebrated their 3rd Anniversay today. 

Miss Kathy and Miss Elizabth cut the cake together, just  as they’ve shared the good times and tough times of growing a small business. Friendship, loyalty and hard work have been the key ingredients for this recipe for success.
Look at this beautiful cake. It was even more delicious than it looked.

Along with yummy cake, their was live music and singing.

We meet many people in our lifetime, and we visit many places, but sometimes we find that special place where we make those great friends that make very special memories. 

Afterwards, I stopped at the Visitor’s Center to chat with Miss Sue. McKinney is a special place….friends everywhere.


Congratulations Sweet Spot Bakery!!, 


Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

1 Mar

A photograph is a memory you can hold in your hand and share with the world. 

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


What would we do without cameras and phones that take pictures? They are instant memory recorders. Every picture tells a story, captured in less than a second, lasting a lifetime.


Montage Monday:) A Week in a Peek

10 Nov

A picture is worth a thousand words, but a picture and a thousand words is worth a lifetime.

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


I love to take pictures and tell a story about each one. Each picture tells a story and every story is my life. When I share my life, I feel it will live on forever. 

A week in a peek.

How true!